Five Year Retrospective of The Cherrywood Challenge

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45 Min. Pre-recorded

The Cherrywood Challenge has grown over the last five years into an international event that showcases the creative genius of everyday quilters like you!

This video was pre-recorded from a Live Facebook Event (January 2021) hosted by Cherrywood owner, Karla Overland. She shares actual quilts from the six artists who have had their work accepted into all five contests, plus several artists who have made it into four.

A beautiful video shows a sampling of quilts from

The WICKED Challenge
The LION KING Challenge
The VAN GOGH Challenge
The PRINCE Challenge
The BOB ROSS Challenge

Featured artists:
Ceesay Landree, Laurie
Crum, Marguerite
Giesfeldt , Lisa
Ricci, Shelli
Shannon, Betsy
Wilson, Cindy
Fromherz, Marilyn
Koenig, Robin
Marchetti, Karen
Oliver, Gail
Wagner, Jenny
Adams, Stephanie
Bahn, Terri
Bedell, Vicky
Berger, Anna
Berkebile, Deb
Borowy, Kim
Carrier, Joyce
Cureton, Catherine
Denney, Rhonda
Duhon, Bonnie
Endriga, Kate
Gragg, Robyn
Hentsch, Carl
Hollingsworth, Ben
Humphries, Miyuki
Lamphere, Joy
Kamrath, Megan
Kemble, Melanie
Kilbourn, Barbara
Knapp-Steer, Kristi
Kuck, Pamela
Lanak, Jennifer
LaPorte, Nancy
Leme, Aparecilda
Marcotte, Christa
McGregor, Freya
Moening, Sherri
Muehring, Linda
Peterson, Karla
Porter, Roberta
Randall, Lynn
Schmidt, Elizabeth
Syverson-Guild, Linda
Von Arx, Patricia
Weichselbaum, Enid
Wolf, Linda


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 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 need to be washed several times if there are concerns (depending on your water). 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. Complete the COLD cycle. This is a good practice to ensure the dyes behave. 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 1-218-829-0967

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