Monarch Challenge 2023

Regular price $50.00 $0.00 Unit price per

The Monarch Cherrywood Challenge

The monarch butterfly, known for its annual migration across North America, is in the endangered category of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. Let’s change that!

The wildly popular Cherrywood Challenge is back for it's 8th year! The striking exhibit creates a cohesive visual impact with artwork using the same theme, same size, same fabric and same colors.

    $50.00 Includes:

    • Eight Fat Quarters of hand-dyed cotton

    • Fat Quarter of Mistyfuse fusible w/ directions

    • Rule Sheet

    • Packet of Milkweed Seeds

    NOTE: The Entry Fee ($30) is collected at the time of submission


    What can you create with just eight colors?

    • THEME  

    The iconic black and orange monarch butterfly is threatened with extinction because of habitat destruction and climate change. What does that mean to you? How would you like to immortalize the monarch? What is it about monarchs that is so endearing? Use your insight and personal style to design the quilt. We will select quilts based on originality, creativity, design, impact, workmanship and overall variety of the exhibit.

    • SIZE

    Finished measurements must be 20 inches square. The name of the game for this challenge is continuity, so we need this exact size.

    • COLOR

    The challenge is to use a limited color palette. Your entry must use ONLY the eight colors of fabric in the official Challenge Bundle. Thread color, ink/paint color and colors of embellishments are not limited in their color.

    • FABRIC

    The entire quilt top and binding must be made out of the Cherrywood Challenge Bundle. No other brand of fabric may be added (with the exception of backing). This challenge is about using your talents to show off the suede texture and color of Cherrywood.


    ADD COLOR WITH EMBELLISHING TECHNIQUES: quilting, thread painting, embroidery, couching, beading, fabric painting, drawing, etc! Any technique or fabric manipulation is acceptable as long as it maintains the official challenge colors and character of a textile quilt. Embellishments must stay within the 20-inch size. Must withstand packing and shipping.
    • Mistyfuse
     We are excited to partner with Mistyfuse! A sample of this super fine fusible web is included in the Challenge bundle. Instructions included and more ideas at

        • Available on our website in 2-yard and 10-yard packages.

        • Goddess Sheets -  a fiberglass pressing sheet with a non-stick coating. It is designed to be used with Mistyfuse fusible and give it a shiny surface after applying. Nothing sticks to these sheets!  

     DUE DATE:

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

     Ready to submit your finished entry?




    1- Marigold 0440

    2- Orange 0330

    3- Monarch *NEW

    4- Onyx 1305

    5- White W1

    6- Peppermint 0770

    7- Chrysalis *NEW

    8- Frog 0677

    Synthrapol: hard to pronounce, easy to use.

    In the dyeing process, we use hot water and a Concentrated Surfactant (detergent) called Synthrapol to remove excess dye. This product suspends dye particles in water that have not bonded to the fibers. It does not change the color of the fabric. Darker colors have a high concentration of dye so pre-washing our fabrics at home is highly recommended to ensure color does not migrate. Cherrywood has already been washed 4 times in HOT water with Synthrapol before it leaves our studio. Please follow the directions below to make sure everything "behaves."


    FIRST TIME Washing (Prewashing):

    We encourage you to prewash all of your Cherrywood in a full load of WARM or COLD water with 2 teaspoons of Synthrapol. If you see a large amount of color in the rinse water, a second wash may be necessary. Synthrapol keeps those released dyes from reattaching onto other fabrics. If you have a front-loading machine, you may need to wash more times or use a laundry tub. Similar colors may be washed together as long as you use Synthrapol, but is wise to make keep very dark colors separate from very light colors while prewashing. Super dark colors may be washed in HOT water if there are concerns (this will flush out extra dye quicker). We have tested Color Catcher Sheets by Shout: they work well but may leave a lint residue on the fabric. There is no harm in using both products at once.


    SUBSEQUENT Washing (Finished quilts, garments, etc.):

    Wash finished projects in Synthrapol in COLD water for the first several times. This is just a good practice to ensure the dyes behave. Complete the COLD cycle. Synthrapol is an inexpensive product to have on hand to use whenever washing hand-dyes and batiks.


    Drying and Pressing:

    Remove fabric from dryer when slightly damp and press with a dry iron. If dry, lightly mist with water and iron to remove wrinkles. DO NOT let finished quilts/garments air-dry as this may cause wicking (the dyes are pulled from one fabric into the next if they dry too slowly). It is recommended to dry projects in the dryer. Use steam, or lightly spritz with water and use a dry iron when pressing Cherrywood garments to keep them looking crisp.

    • Cherrywood is preshrunk. It has been washed a minimum of four times and dried in a hot dryer before it is sold to you. Be sure to pre-shrink any other fabrics that you are combining with Cherrywood in a project.

    • Cherrywood is colorfast. As with ALL textiles, keep Cherrywood out of prolonged harsh sunlight, and it will retain its rich color.


    Questions? Please call 1-888-298-0967