New Quilt Challenge with Prints and Wovens

Do you love fabric? Of course you do! Do you enjoy showing off your quilts? Who doesn’t? Do you love a quilt challenge? We’re betting yes. Then, why not enter our latest Keepsake Quilting Challenge! You get to design a quilt and play with fabrics, we hand out prizes and publicize the winners!

The deadline for our new Challenge–Prints & Wovens–is August 15, 2016, so let’s learn all about it.

What is the KQ Quilt Challenge?

prints wovens quilt challengeCreate a 30″ x 30″ quilt from a combination of prints and wovens. You must use at least four fabrics from the six-piece fat-quarter challenge Medley™ and may add up to two other fabrics of your choice.

All the entries for the quilt challenge will be shown on the Keepsake Quilting website, and a pattern for one of the entries (maybe yours!) will be featured in a favorite quilting magazine!

Keepsake Quilting gift certificates will be awarded as follows: first place $500; second place, $300; third place, $100; honorable mention, $50; and staff’s choice, $200. The first-and second-place quilts will become part of the permanent Keepsake collection. All entries must be received at Keepsake Quilting by August 15, 2016. Complete rules and an entry form will be sent with your challenge Medley.

Tips for Impressing the Judges

Creativity: Color, fabrics and patterns used in an unusual way. Design reflects something unique about your personality or style.

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Puzzle quilt design by Roslyn Ryan Lees, first-place winner our Strip-pieced Batik challenge.

Use of Color: Color values (lights and darks) arranged in an interesting way. Color accents lend spark, design interest or movement.

Workmanship: Piecing fits together smoothly and lies flat. Applique stitches are invisible or add to the design. Binding is neat and square. Embellishments are tasteful.

Design Balance: Design has a focal point. Size of the design elements are in scale with the overall design, and the sashes and borders are well proportioned. Uniform amount of quilting over the entire quilt top.at the right to maintain margins.

Express Yourself!

The beauty of the Keepsake Quilting Challenges is that you can imagine the design and use the fabrics any way you want, provided you follow the basic rules.

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Gayle Shelton turned her strips into circles, adding impressive free-motion quilting to take second place in our Strip-pieced Batiks quilt challenge.

Look how different Roslyn Ryan Lees’ winning design is from Gayle Shelton’s second-place entry, even thought they both used the same fabrics and challenge parameters from our most recent challenge, made with batik strips.

Roslyn designed her quilt, above, with the puzzle piece, a symbol for autism. She created the pattern after looking in vain for a quilt to use as an autism fundraiser. Now, a pattern for Roslyn’s winning quilt will be featured in an upcoming issue of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly magazine.

Gayle, on the other hand, used all 40 of the strips to create an artistic leaf quilt covered with hundreds of fusible-appliqued circles. Her leaf is set against a dark purple batik that is masterfully free-motioned quilted in a vibrant yellow/green thread.

Challenge Yourself!

The winner of the staff’s-choice award for the Batik Strip-pieced Challenge was Paula Sloan, who was inspired by the curves and paper piecing of Judy Niemeyer.

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Paula Sloan took a completely different approach,
earning her the Staff Choice prize for the Strip-pieced batik quilt challenge.

Paula not only did a superb job with her foundation-piecing technique, she also created great depth and dimension with her careful placement of lights and darks. Her dynamic design took the Staff Choice award.

You can see all the previous challenge winners on our website.

This is your chance to get creative, challenge yourself, and maybe win a prize and recognition for your quilting skills.

Take the Prints & Wovens Keepsake Challenge and show us your stuff!

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Cate Prato

About Cate Prato

Cate Coulacos Prato loves fabric, thread, and dabbles in all types of fabric art. As Senior Online Editor for Keepsake Quilting, she welcomes your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and discussion on quilts, quilting, fabric shopping, and the quilting community.

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