"Hey, I Made That!"​

Join the HomeMade Challenge with

Hummingbird Lane Fabrics

Tula Pink's 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.” 

Entering the challenge can be done through a participating quilt shop, like Hummingbird Lane Fabrics, or participants can enter the virtual challenge without going through a local quilt shop. The virtual portal will be announces at a later date. To be eligible for the Hummingbird Lane Fabrics Exclusive prizes you must enter the contest through 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 Second Place Third Place
  • $200 Gift Certificate from Hummingbird Lane
  • Free 1 yard bundle of Linework, Tula Pinks next collection arriving in October 2020.
  • $125 Gift Certificate from Hummingbird Lane
  • Free Half Yard bundle of Linework, Tula Pinks next collection arriving in October 2020.
  • $75 Gift Certificate from Hummingbird Lane
  • Free Fat Quarter bundle of Linework, Tula Pinks next collection arriving in October 2020.


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@47dh6.hosts.cx.  By doing so you will have access to:

  • a Private Facebook group 
  • Special discounts
  • Giveaways
  • 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, or 60" x 60" (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 via social media, and possible at live events depending on where we are with COVID at the time.  Quilts will be displayed on Social Media and this website for voting.  The top 3 quilts will be picked by October 1, 2020 and will be showcased for further voting on Social Media and this website. Voting will close on October 31, 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 January 2021 through September 2022. Quilts will be returned to entrants in September 2022 by Free Spirit Fabrics.

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 September 30th. This would allow for the entries to be showcased 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 January 2021. Entries chosen for the exhibit will be returned by Free Spirit Fabrics in September 2022.

Competition Calendar

  • SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 - Quilts submitted to Hummingbird Lane Fabrics
  • OCTOBER 1, 2020 - Voting via website and Social Media begins
  • OCTOBER 31, 2020 - Voting closed
  • NOVEMBER 2, 2020 - Top pick will be submitted to Free Spirit Fabrics
  • DECEMBER 14, 2020 - Jury selection and notification of finalists 
  • JANUARY 2021 - Quilts not selected for the exhibit will be returned to entrants by Hummingbird Lane Fabrics
  • JANUARY 9, 2021 - Deadline for receiving trunk show/exhibition quilts at Free Spirit Fabrics
  • JANUARY 9 - JANUARY 24, 2021 - HomeMade Challenge Virtual Exhibit and voting for First Place, Honorable Mention and Viewer's Choice
  • FEBRUARY 5, 2021 - Winners of the virtual exhibit are announced.
  • FEBRUARY - JULY 2021 - HomeMade Challenge Trunk Show
  • AUGUST 2021 - Free Spirit ships the quilts to Quilts, Inc. for special exhibit at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX, October 2021
  • SEPTEMBER 2022 - 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.