Project Modern: Challenge 1

Here it is!  Challenge 1.  We hope that you all dive in and get started.  We can’t wait to see all of your inspired quilts!

Make a quilt based on an inspiration of your choice. When submitting your entry you will have to submit a photo of your particular inspiration, along with a photo of your quilt and a few paragraphs explaining your quilt.  How does it relate to or display your inspiration?

Meet our judge, Valori Wells:

Photography and printmaking brought Valori Wells to her present career as a fabric designer.  She is also a professional quilter, author, and fabric and pattern designer who, with her mother, owns the beloved Stitchin’ Post quilt shop in Sisters, Oregon.  Valori’s quilting books, including Simple Start, Stunning Finish, Radiant New York Beauties, and Stitch ‘N  Flip Quilts, explore innovative techniques with natural and floral subject matter and her beautiful photography as inspiration.  She and her husband live just outside of Sisters, with their son and two daughters.

The Prizes:

Each of the three winners will receive a fabulous prize package, featuring the following products from C&T Publishing:

A copy of City Quilts by Cherri House, a book of beautiful quilt designs inspired by modern urban architecture and landscapes.  City Quilts is published by C&T’s exciting new imprint, Stash Books.

One package each of these amazing tools for exploring appliqué, paper piecing, and more:
Silicone Release Paper, Wash-Away Applique Sheets , Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper, and Quilter’s Freezer Paper Sheets.

A 3 in 1 Color Tool for handy reference and help planning color schemes.

Each prize package will also include:

A bundle of 12 coordinating half-yards of beautiful, modern fabric, courtesy of Fabricworm.

A Kona Cotton Solid Roll-Up in the popular Bright color palette, courtesy of Robert Kaufman.

Six yards of 90” wide Warm and White batting, courtesy of Warm Company.

And be sure to check back here on September 14 to find out how you can be in the running to win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP sewing machine, courtesy of Janome America.

Thank you to our wonderful contest sponsors!

The Rules & Details:

– All quilts must be 45” x 45” or larger

– Limit of one submission per person, per challenge

– To enter your submission for Challenge 1, email one photo of your quilt, one photo of your inspiration and a brief write up (one or two paragraphs is fine) explaining your quilt and how it reflects your inspiration to:  All entries for Challenge 1 must be received by November 30, 2010.

– The winners of Challenge 1 will be announced on or about December 15, 2010.

– US residents only are eligible for the prizes.

–  The three winners of Challenge 1 will be selected by our Guest Judge, Valori Wells.  At the judge’s discretion, members of The MQG Planning Committee may aid in selecting finalists.  However, no person involved in the judging process will know the identity of contest entrants.    Each winner will receive an identical prize package.

– Project Modern will be conducted on and through The MQG’s website. The details of each challenge, and the winners will be announced on the blog.

– All Challenge 1 submissions will be posted in a public Flickr group after November 30, 2010.  .

– Full challenge rules here.

24 thoughts on “Project Modern: Challenge 1

  1. How frustrating?……. You said in the last post about the challenge that it was open to international customers too, and yet you have now said that US Residents are only eligible for prizes.

    How unfair is that…. Considering you can fit that fabric from fabricworm in a flat rate priority envelope for $13.45 to Australia.

    I guess now I’m just gonna have to be in it for the fun. Pity too as that sewing machine from Janome looked awesome……

  2. I agree with Rachel. That’s why I asked if international entries were welcome. usually if prizes aren’t going to be sent it says US residents only. What a disappointment.

  3. We are truly sorry about the international situation. We wish it were different but in doing research about contest laws we realized that they are different in every country and we can’t accommodate all of them. We were genuinely disappointed to learn this was the case, and we wish it were different. We in no way intended to exclude non-US residents but there was just no way around the legality of it. Our apologies for speaking too soon about it previously.

  4. I am very excited about this. I have always wanted to be a ‘modern quilter’ and get out of a ‘pattern comfort zone’ but as yet haven’t made that huge leap! I am modern in taste in my pattern choices though.

    The very minute I read the challenge I knew what my inspiration was going to be.

    This will be so hard for me, but easy for others. So, I don’t expect to win, but I do expect to learn!

  5. I have to agree with some of the previous commenters. There are not that many quilters here in Europe and we few ones only have american websites to go to. So it is a bit of a disappointment to be excluded. That said, I think it is so great that you have this competition, I really hope to get some great inspiration from this.
    One question though, can we participate just for the fun?

  6. Again, we can’t say how much we are sorry about the situation. We really didn’t intend to disappoint people and are ourselves very disappointed that everyone can’t win the prizes. That said, anyone CAN participate! We do hope that everyone will still join in for the fun, you just can’t win the prizes due to contest law being different in each country. Thanks for your understanding!

  7. We want to say again how sorry we are that our friends outside the US won’t be able to win prizes in this contest. This isn’t out of a desire to exclude people or to save on postage. It’s a legal issue. We simply cannot risk running afoul of the many different laws and regulations regarding contests that exist in the various countries of the world.

    We wish we had known about this earlier, so this confusion could have been avoided. As a fairly new organization, we’re learning things all the time, and we’ve obviously learned a valuable lesson here. Our international members are an important part of MQG and we do hope you will join us for the Challenge, even though we cannot offer you prizes.

  8. I was curious, since the rules mentioned that the judges will only see the submitted entries, will not see our names, MQG has sole rights, etc…are will still allowed to blog about our quilts? Nothing about that was mentioned that I could find.

  9. I have my inspiration! And I sketched out my quilt – I LOVE it! This is going to be fun! A question though – can these just be tops or do they have to be quilted and bound?

  10. I’m so excited to begin this journey into modern quilting. I’ve already got tons of pictures to look through.

  11. Does the inspiration photo have to be our own picture also? I know exactly what I want to do, but the photo is an advertisement that is copyrighted. I am so excited. I have wanted to make this quilt for awhile, thanks for the nudge to get it started.

  12. Can entries be a concept? It says to submit a photograph but I wanted to do a quilt using my new job as inspiration. I am not am excellent quilter by any means but I think this would be a fun chance to give it a go.

    • Hi Linsday! While you can be inspired by the concept, the rules require that you include a photo of that inspiration. Since there’s also an explanation submitted with your entry, try to capture your inspiration with a photo (sounds like it could be or your work place?) and then you can explain more in your write up.


  13. I am new to modern quilting and just to participate in this challenge will inspire and open possibilities. So excited!

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