Sunflower Mini-Quilt Challenge: A Fundraiser for Ukraine

Do you want to use your quiltmaking skills to help the people of Ukraine?

The International Quilt Museum and its partners, Lincoln Rotary Club #14 and Friends of the IQM, invite you to make an entry for our Sunflower Mini-Quilt Challenge. Each mini-quilt will be sold at auction to raise money for the Rotary Disaster Response Fund, which directly supports efforts in Ukraine to provide disaster relief, including immediate shelter, supplies and personnel. Rotary International works closely with ShelterBox and other non-profit organizations to support short- and long-term disaster relief around the world. 

Sunflowers have long been a popular motif for quiltmakers, often symbolizing peace, happiness and optimism. As the national flower of Ukraine, sunflowers have recently also come to symbolize solidarity with Ukrainian resistance during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

Submission guidelines:

1. Make one or more 16-inch x 16-inch quilts inspired by a Sunflower quilt in our collection (click on each image to learn more about the quilt):


2. Write a brief statement about your quilt

3. Upload your statement and an image of your quilt on the SUBMISSION PAGE (CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED)

4. Be sure to print a copy of your submission information to include in the package with your quilt

5. Package up and ship your quilt (or drop it off at the museum during open hours) to:

International Quilt Museum
Attn: Sunflower Mini-Quilt Challenge
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1523 N. 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503-0838

Important information:

  • The deadline for the International Quilt Museum to receive the 16-inch x 16-inch finished quilt(s) is Monday, May 30, 2022
  • The online auction will take place on June 8-10, 2022
  • For questions, email: [email protected]

Terms and conditions:

Entry into the Challenge automatically grants the International Quilt Museum the right to sell the entered quilt at auction for funds that will go to Rotary Disaster Response Fund. It also grants copyright permission for the image of the quilt and/or all or part of the artist’s statement about the quilt to be used in articles, ads, promotions, catalogs, books, posters, cards, gift shop merchandise, websites, event news coverage, television productions and/or multimedia productions for and about the International Quilt Museum. The quilt artist retains copyright to his/her quilt design.