Riley Blake Designs: Fabric Challenge WINNERS!

It was a tough choice for the Riley Blake team but they did it…thank you again to Riley Blake Designs for their continued support of the MQG.


We have loved working with the Modern Quilt Guild on this challenge and have been amazed with all the beautiful and unique designs created out of 6 basic fabric prints.  Kudos to everyone who entered a quilt and congrats to the winners of the challenge.  Well done.

And the winners are:

1st place Doris Brunnette- The more we look at this quilt the more we like it. Interesting placement of color suggesting movement of the quilt.  The detailed quilting added to the overall look. Splendid design.

Dorris is a member of the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild. She blogs at Made by a Brunnette and is also co-owner of a quilt pattern design company, Row House Creations. Her partner Trina Kirkvold (also from Des Moines, Iowa) is the long-arm quilter that quilted this quilt.

I loved the possibilities of the fabric swatches we were given; and I changed “my plan” dozens of times before I ever cut into the fabric. Finally in late January, I started cutting squares for half-square triangles with no real plan in sight. But as I sewed and trimmed the HSTs, an idea came to me (inspired by the frost on my studio windows). I sat down and drew this quilt out on graph paper. The warm tones contradict the “frosty” inspiration, but the two-tone background gave me the exact outcome I was imagining. 

I was both honored and humbled to have my quilt selected as the winner. There is a lot of talent in this Guild, and so many of the other entries WOWed me!

Doris Brunnette

Doris Brunnette

What Riley Blake had to say:

2nd place Shannon Page- Unique idea using feathers as the focal point. Excellent use of color. Very artistic.

Shannon is a member and president of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. She’s a prolific sewer and you can follow along with her on Instagram. Pattern by Anne Sullivan and can be found here.

“I am thrilled to be recognized out of such a vast and talented group that is the MQG.  I played with scale to capture a falling feather, which was inspired by the Riley Blake Basics,  caught just right in the light.”

Shannon Page

Shannon Page

What Riley Blake had to say:

3rd place Melissa Corry- There is a great overall color balance to this quilt and we loved the use of negative space. We liked the water drop ripple affect of the quilting, that is off center, which is a beautiful edition to the design of the quilt.

Melissa Cory is an Individual Modern Quilt Guild member. She’s an avid blogger and can be found at Happy Quilting.

Since the Riley Blake Challenge was all about Basics, I designed this quilt to be made entirely of my favorite basic piecing units: squares, half-square triangles, and flying geese. Back to Basics has quickly become an all-time favorite of mine and I am over the moon excited that it is a favorite of Riley Blake’s as well.

Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry

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Where is the best modern quilt show on the planet?


Be here in one year!


February 19-22, 2015
Austin Convention Center

Keynote and Special Exhibit: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend

Workshops, lectures and panel discussions with:
The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Denyse Schmidt, Weeks Ringle, Bill Kerr, Jacquie Gering, Elizabeth Hartman, Lizzy House, Angela Walters, Carolyn Friedlander, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lisa Sipes, Maura Ambrose, Cristy Fincher and many more!

Special exhibits:
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Modern Materials: Quilts of the 70’s from the collection of Bill Volckening
The Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts of the Month
And more!

Member registration opens June 24, 2014. Become a member today!
General public registration opens on July 1, 2014.

Quilt Entry:
More than $10,000 in cash prizes. Quilt show entry opens July 1, 2014.

We’ll be announcing more instructors, lecturers and special exhibits over the next couple months, so be on the look out! Don’t miss out, QuiltCon is so full of quilt fun you’ll drop your pins and needles.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Sew Modern

Workshop Room Sponsors
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter

Quilt Category Sponsors 
APQS/Over the Top 
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Michael Miller Fabrics
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Stash Books
Windham Fabrics


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Riley Blake fabric challenge top ten are….

Riley Blake Designs was this year’s sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.

The challenge was centered around basics. Each member received fat 1/8th’s of the below fabrics. There were two rules:

  1. It must be quilted.
  2. If additional fabric was used it needed to be a Riley Blake print or solid.

You can see more about the guild lines here.

There were 390 entries! The talent that is coming out of our members is outstanding.

Below are the top ten from those entries. Congratulations everyone who participated; narrowing the pool was extremely difficult.

Christa Watson

Christa Watson

Jade Prosser

Jade Prosser

Angie Henderson

Angie Henderson

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry

Doris Brunnette

Doris Brunnette

Leanne Chahley

Leanne Chahley

Delores Hamilton

Delores Hamilton

Shannon Page

Shannon Page

Rachel Singh

Rachel Singh

The top three winners will be announced on February 24th so stay tuned!
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Are you ready!?

We are so excited to announce Michael Miller Fabrics as our sponsor of the 4th annual MQG members fabric challenge. The fabric we will be using is a brand new collection called Petal Pinwheels. A fun graphic collection that will cut up so well.



  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
  • See the members Community site for sign ups.
  • Fabric sign ups end Feb 28th, 2014

A note from Michael Miller:

This year we will pick 3 winners. Each one will receive a posting on our blog and “A year of Free Fabric”.  Every month for a year we will send you a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from our newest collections.

Okay read that one again. A whole year of fabric! How fantastic is that…

We cannot wait to see what you make! Have questions? Email Jen.

Check out the last Michael Miller fabric challenge winners here.

Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG? Read about membership here.

SewDown Portland: Sponsors and Wrap Up

We are so grateful to have had some fantastic sponsors at SewDown Portland.

Modern Domestic represented Bernina as our knowledgable and talented sewing machine sponsor.
Modern Domestic

Modern Domestic


Drygoods Design was our fabulous pop up fabric shop. It was so great having beautiful fabrics at our finger tips all day long!
Dry Goods

Drygood Design


Soak provided each room with Flatter as well as had a manicure station set up their new nail polish sets!



Cute goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity for our Saturday breakfast.
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Saturday goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity.



Monica Solorio-Snow and Mo Bedell show off their projects.

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Jacqueline (Soak) Kelli (Drygoods) and Margaret (Drygoods)

Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the snow to volunteer, set up, teach, lecture, sew and make this one amazing SewDown! Can’t wait to see some of you in Nashville.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

SewDown Portland: Classes

What a fun group of teachers we had! Check out the great class pictures below. Thank you Sherri Lynn, Lee, Heather, and Julie. You are all so talented and inspirational!

Sherri Lynns class

Sherri Lynn Wood: Improv Round Robin
An improvisational twist on the Round Robin.

Julies class

Julie Herman: Sidekick Sampler Workshop
This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes!

Lees class

Lee Heinrich: Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini
Learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts.

heathers class

Heather Jones: Modern Strip Piecing
Use strip piecing to make quick modern quilting projects with bold designs.

Thank you Julie, Mo, Jessica, Farah, Pink Chalk, Lee and Kristin for the use of your photos.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.


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SewDown Portland: It’s a wrap!

Its been a few days since the end of SewDown Portland. It was sad to say good bye and really hard to come back to “real life”. But spending time with all the amazing teachers, lecturers, and students made it all worth while. The inspiration can most certainly keep us all going for awhile.

The weekend started off with a freak snow storm in Portland that shut down most of the city.


That didn’t stop people from shopping, sewing and having a great time on Friday night.

Daniela and Victoria checking in

Friday night hand sewing.

Friday night hand sewing.

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs pop up shop.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

In addition to classes, participates were treated to three inspiring lectures. Violet Craft spoke about her journey to becoming a fabric designer, Valori Wells shared her story and inspiration around her latest collection, and Bill Volckening shared his stunning collection of vintage quilts.

Violet Craft sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant.

Violet Craft, Saturday Lunch Lecturer sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant

Valori Wells, dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

Valori Wells, Saturday dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

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Bill Volckening Sunday lunch lecturer. Sharing his collection called Masterpiece Quilts, Modernism in American Patchwork.


Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.


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Drygoods Design: SewDown Portland Shop Sponsor

Drygoods Design has been hard at work preparing for SewDown Portland. They will be right outside the classrooms waiting to assist you in any of your hoarding fabric needs. They will have bundles, scrap packs, kits and anything else you might need for your classes and open sew!



About Drygoods Design

At Drygoods Design it’s simple. We’re about you, the customer, and finding delightful fabrics and goods. We don’t carry every fabric or gift made, but if it is on our shelves, it means we love it and hope you will too!
We’re located in Seattle, WA and serve our fun group of customers at our storefront in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and all across the globe from We pride ourselves on fast, affordable shipping and prompt service.


If you want to visit our storefront, we are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 to 6 and Sundays, 10 to 4. 


Store and studio address: 5308 Ballard Avenue NW, Studio 1…Seattle, WA 98107

Store phone number: (206) 535-6950

Store email:


Make sure to check your swag bags for a special gift from Drygoods!

All  photos are thanks to Rendy Tucker Photography.

Modern Domestic + BERNINA

Modern Domestic is the official sewing machine shop for BERNINA at SewDown Portland. They have an amazing staff that is full of knowledge and is uber talented. We have no doubt you will fall in love with them and their machines!

A little note from Modern Domestic:

We are so excited to be spending next weekend with the SewDown participants in downtown Portland Oregon! We have pallets of beautiful BERNINA sewing machines on there way here as I type this and we are really looking forward to introducing them to you! 

box of berninas

Modern Domestic loves Modern Quilting, we love BERNINA and we can’t wait to share that love with you! We are thrilled to have the honor of being the shop to support your BERNINA machine experience this weekend while you get your SewDown on in PDX! Check out all sorts of info and details about our shop here.

md sign

We have been planning for months and have selected just the right machines and accessories to make your seams straight and your learning soar and we hope you will enjoy the two different models we have selected. 

The BERNINA 350PE is a shop favorite. We have spent the last 4 years with this machine in the classroom at Modern Domestic and everyone – teachers, students, and open sewists simply love the ease of use and precise stitch that this machine delivers. With a walking foot and Free Hand System, your sewing rhythm never fails to be smooth and effortless. 

350 A couple summers back we all fell in love with BERNINA’s new 7 Series line. When we saw the impressive list of features, it was like BERNINA had been in our head planning the perfect machine. They created a machine with dual feed, super fast and quiet sewing speed, a full featured foot pedal (the presser foot lowers when you tap it) and 10 inches of space to quilt and work on large projects! Did I mention the ENORMOUS bobbin? It even surpasses the beloved 8 series bobbin!


At the shop, we will await your arrival and be glad to assist with your any further machine questions after the show. We will also FREE SHIPPING on a BERNINA machine to your home! You can stock up on fabric when you are here too! Along with free shipping, we have special Sew Down 0% interest financing available to make your purchase simple and straightforward. The link to apply for financing is right here

We are located about half-way between The Nines Hotel downtown and the airport. We are right off I-5 in NE Portland’s Alberta Arts District for those of you driving. We have special machine pricing and fabric discounts planned for participants. You can come by Thursday and Friday to find out more or we will be thrilled to chat with you at The Nines during Sew Down. 

Thanks and we welcome you all to Portland,

MD Team

Lupine, Michelle and the whole Modern Domestic team!


Even MORE Riley Blake Challenge Photos!

What? You want more beautiful photos from the Riley Blake fabric challenge?! Sure thing….check it out. We really do have some pretty talented members!

Amanda Headrick

Designed and made by Amanda Headrick of the Knoxville MQG


Designed and made by Bethany Smith of the Triangle MQG

Crystal Prior

Designed and made by Crystal Prior of the Canberra MQG

Denise Bane

Designed and made by Denise Bane of the Kansas City MQG

Neva Asinari

Designed and made by Neva Asinari of the Central Jersey MQG

The Details:
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!


Interested in becoming a member? Join here.