I like to enter the annual challenge organised by my State quilting Guild, whenever I can think of a design that responds to the challenge theme. This is my Tangelo Time, the quilt I made in 2004 for the 'Exotica' theme. It arrived home a few weeks ago, after travelling as part of a suitcase exhibition for the past two years.
In addition to responding to a theme, another requirement is that a challenge quilt be a specified size. I struggle with that sometimes because my quilts just want to be the size they need to be.
The theme for 2007's challenge is 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'. I guess this may be interpreted to reflect on the Guild's 25th anniversary this year. If you are interested in the members' challenge, you can find more information here.
Do you struggle with themes? I confess I don't have a single idea for this one. I'm not good at coming up with clever and witty designs but I always admire those who do. I had a fantastic idea for a past challenge but ran out of time to make the quilt. A friend reminded me that I could still actually make the quilt if I would enjoy to do so. That though has stayed with me and the idea is still on my to-do list.