Have been doing some thinking about the challenges my guild has twice a year.
When I joined my guild, I thought that to do a challenge 'right', you thought of an original idea and executed it. Over the years, I have noticed that most of the winners used published patterns and met the requirements of the challenge. (Granted, there is only one 'winner' and it is based on popular vote. No one is supposed to know who made each entry). These winning entries are usually made very precisely and beautifully.
The two times I participated, I came up with my own designs and truth be told, my ambitions are often loftier than my skills.
Now, no sour grapes here, I didn't need to 'win' and it is fun to see how different minds work with the challenge rules but I just wondered how other quilters felt about this?
Just took a Carol Doak paper piecing workshop (wonderful) and am thinking I could try something with one of her designs next time to try something new.
What do you think about challenges?