Tennessee Farmers Cooperative's 80th Anniversary Agriculture Quilt Contest: Patchwork of Progress


Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (TFC) cordially invites our valued Co-op customers to participate in a special quilt square contest, celebrating Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s 80th anniversary in 2025. Selected squares will be thoughtfully stitched together to create a quilt that will grace the TFC Conference Room in La Vergne.


Theme: "Patchwork of Progress: TFC's 80th Anniversary Quilt"


Contest Guidelines:

1. Quilt Square Specifications:

  • Create a 10-x-10-inch quilt square that honors the rich history and significance of agriculture in Tennessee and the pivotal role played by our farmers cooperatives.
  • Send in a block without a border.
  • Quilt squares can be crafted through either hand-stitching or machine-stitching.
  • Please do not submit painted squares.

2. Submission Rules:

  • Each participant is entitled to submit one quilt square.
  • Place your completed quilt square inside a gallon-size, zip-lock bag for its safekeeping during submission.
  • Don't forget to include the printable form found here, which includes your name, Co-op with which you do business, email address, phone number, address, and a story about your quilt square inside the bag alongside your quilt square. Entries devoid of the entry information will, unfortunately, not be considered.
  • Kindly mail your submission and the below form to Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, Attention Claire Hill, 180 Old Nashville Highway, La Vergne, TN 37086.
  • Submissions are due by May 15, 2024. 

3. Participant Eligibility:

  • Contest participants must be residents of Tennessee.

4. Winners' Notification:

  • Winners will be notified via phone upon the conclusion of the contest. First place will receive $300, second place will receive $200, and third place will receive $100. All participants with chosen squares will receive their name listed in a story in The Cooperator, when the quilt is complete in 2025. 


Quilt Square Theme Suggestions: You are encouraged to explore various aspects of Tennessee agriculture and TFC in your quilt square. Consider themes like:

  • Iconic Tennessee agricultural elements such as corn, soybeans, beef and dairy cattle, horses, wheat, cotton, hay, and tobacco.
  • The unique characteristics of Tennessee's three distinct regions – East, Middle, and West.
  • Depictions of Co-op services and products, including agronomy, retail items in stores, and feeds.
  • Representations of Tennessee counties and the integral role they play in the Co-op's mission.
  • The Seven Cooperative Principles that have guided TFC's journey.
  • A glimpse into the history of the Co-op, particularly the landmark year 1945 leading up to the 80th anniversary in 2025.
  • Squares that represent the legacy of farming and agriculture in Tennessee.