HomeMade Challenge

"Hey, I Made That!"

Join the HomeMade Challenge with Hummingbird Lane Fabrics

Tula Pink’s next collection, HomeMade, pays homage to the creators and sewers and all the creativity they bring to the world. This challenge encourages quilters to pay tribute to what drives the quilter/sewist/maker to create with their hands. A jury, including Tula Pink, will select 12 quilts that speak to the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.” 

The 12 selected quilts will have the chance to be part of the HomeMade Challenge exhibit at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX in October 2020, and the opportunity to win over $10,000 in prizes from Free Spirit Fabrics!

Entering the challenge can only be done with a participating quilt shop, like Hummingbird Lane Fabrics. Quilters can submit up to two pieces to a participating quilt shop.  The quilt shop will then select one entrant/quilter to submit to the jury.


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES BY FREE SPIRIT FABRICS. (This will take you to the Free Spirit Fabrics website)

The Prizes

First stop in the challenge is the Hummingbird Lane Fabrics challenge.  Quilts submitted to Hummingbird Lane for entry into the #HomeMadeChallenge will get the chance to win the following prizes:

First Place

  • $200 Gift Certificate from Hummingbird Lane
  • Free 1 yard bundle of the next Tula Pink collection after HomeMade

Second Place

  • $125 Gift Certificate from Hummingbird Lane
  • Free Half Yard bundle of the next Tula Pink collection after HomeMade

Third Place

  • $75 Gift Certificate from Hummingbird Lane
  • Free Fat Quarter bundle of the next Tula Pink collection after HomeMade

The Challenge

Competition theme: HomeMade

HomeMade – adjective (hōm′mād′): made or prepared at home, locally or by the maker’s own efforts.

The focus of the HomeMade juried exhibit is to create an item that celebrates our community of makers and all the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.” Each quilt will pay tribute to what drives us to create with our hands. It’s about creativity, intention, approach, quality and the pure sense of joy achieved by playing with fabric, threads and finely-crafted tools.

The entries can be art quilts or traditional quilts that speak to the theme. Any techniques—piecing, appliqué, embroidery and/or manipulated fabric, etc. may be used.  

General entry specifics: 

Each entrant may submit up to two works to Hummingbird Lane. Approximately 80% of each work (60”x 60” quilt) must feature FreeSpirit HomeMade fabric by Tula Pink. We ask that each entrant’s finished work include some application of Aurifil Thread too. When you submit your quilt, please be specific about the thread color and weights used.  One quilt from the Hummingbird Lane challenge will be submitted to FreeSpirit.

If you would like to enter the challenge, or think you might want to give it a go, scroll to the bottom of this page to enter your name and email address or send an email to admin@hummingbirdlanefabrics.com no later than January 17, 2020.  By doing so you will have access to:

  • a Private Facebook group 
  • Special discounts
  • Giveaways
  • Priority shipment on HomeMade Pre-Orders
  • Exclusive HomeMade Products, like coordinating threads and other fun stuff!

Size of entries: 

Each work should be no smaller than 60 inches (152.4cm) square (if a quilt is close to these dimensions but does not quite meet the requirements, the entrant may still enter their work). Each entry must have a 4” (10cm) finished sleeve or casing sewn to the top back edge of the quilt. Sleeves should be secured with stitching at the top and bottom edge of the sleeve. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, email address and telephone number must be securely sewn to the back of the quilt.


Quilts submitted to Hummingbird Lane will be showcased at a local quilt show and voted on by patrons.  Quilts will also be displayed on Social Media and this website for voting.  The top 3 quilts will be picked by May 31, 2020 and will be showcased at another local quilt show for further voting, as well as Social Media and this website. Voting will close on June 19, 2020. The quilt that earns first place from Hummingbird Lane will then be entered into the Free Spirit Fabrics challenge.

A jury of experts, including Tula Pink, will select twelve quilts from all the quilt shop entires. The jury’s decision is final. The organizers reserve the right to decide about the quilts for the exhibition upon seeing the actual quilts in person. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any work that does not match the slides submitted to the jury.  

Entering the Competition

Who may enter: 

The entries may be the work of more than one person as long as proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt. The person entering the quilt must have been involved in making the quilt. Limit 2 entries per person or group to their local quilt shop. Full-time employees of any associated Jaftex divisions, Aurifil Thread or Quilts, Inc., and Hummingbird Lane Fabrics are not eligible.

Copyright permission: 

Entry into the challenge automatically grants copyright permission for any images of the quilt to be used for publication and in advertising and/or publicity for the exhibition, including use on appropriate webpages.

See competition calendar below for other important dates.

Length of exhibit: 

The participating works, works selected by the jury to be in the HomeMade exhibit, must be available for one year, from May 2020 through September 2021. Quilts will be returned to entrants in September 2021 by Free Spirit Fabrics.

Definite venues for the exhibition include:

* International Quilt Market 2020— October 24 – 26—Houston, Texas USA

* International Quilt Festival 2020— October 29 – November 1—Houston, Texas USA

Entrants will be notified of any other venues. 

Official language: 

The official language of the competition is English. US and Canada only.

Sending Quilts for Exhibition

Deadline for receiving quilts: 

Quilts being submitted to Hummingbird Lane Fabrics for entry into the challenge must be sent to Hummingbird Lane no later than May 15th. This would allow for the entries to be showcased at local quilt shows, on Social Media, and this website for voting by the public. 

Return of Entries:

Quilts not chosen for the Free Spirit exhibit will be returned in August 2020. Entries chosen for the exhibit will be returned by Free Spirit Fabrics in September 2021.

Competition Calendar

  • JANUARY 17, 2020 – Submit your desire to enter the challenge to Hummingbird Lane Fabrics
  • MAY 15, 2020 – Quilts submitted to Hummingbird Lane Fabrics
  • MAY 16 & 17, 2020 – Antelope Valley Quilt Show
  • MAY 31, 2020 – Top 3 quilts will be picked based on votings from the quilt show and Social Media
  • JUNE 13 & 14 – Top 3 quilts showcased at the Santa Clarita Quilt show
  • JUNE 19, 2020 – Voting closed
  • JUNE 30, 2020 – Top pick will be submitted to Free Spirit Fabrics
  • JULY 21, 2020 – Jury selection and notification of finalists 
  • AUGUST 11, 2020 – Deadline for quilts to be submitted for the exhibition in Houston 
  • AUGUST, 2020 – Quilts not selected for the exhibit will be returned to entrants by Hummingbird Lane Fabrics
  • OCTOBER, 2020 – Judging and announcement of the winners at the International Quilt Festival
  • SEPTEMBER, 2021 – Quilts returned to quilters.

YOUR SUBMISSION of imagery and finished work is your agreement that you will abide by the rules and accept the decisions of the jurors and judge.