Project Modern: Challenge 2

Here we go everyone – it’s time for Challenge 2!

Design and make a quilt that is monochromatic. Create interest, life and energy in a quilt by using tints, shades and tones of a single color.

Meet our judge, Malka Dubrawsky:

Eighth grade art class introduced Malka Dubrawsky to art and she hasn’t been the same since. She went on to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. It was being at home with children that pushed her into working with textiles.

For several years Malka worked primarily as a fiber artist and was lucky enough to be included in some prestigious shows and publications such as Quilt National and Visions and Fiberarts: Design Book 7.

More recently she’s been busy making more functional textiles though still primarily out of her own hand dyed and patterned fabric. To this end she has turned her attention to crafting quilts, pillows and other sundries for sale via her online store, Malka writes and designs patterns and has been published in magazines such as Quilting Arts, Stitch, and several books including Sweater Surgery and Quilts! Baby, Pretty Little Mini Quilts, Whip Up Mini Quilts, and Quilting Art by Spike Gillespie. Her first book, Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric, was published by Lark Books in November of 2009 and a second book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless, Color, Design, and Inspiration was released this past December by Interweave Press. Read more about Malka and her work at

The Prizes:

Each of the three winners will receive a fabulous prize package, featuring the following products:

A copy of Malka’s wonderful new book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.

And a Robert Kaufman Bounty of Basics box of Kona Solids – a box of 100 Kona solid fat quarters!

It comes in both Dark and Light and if you win the challenge you’ll pick which box you’d like.

Imagine all that you could make with the inspiration from Malka’s book and all of this fabric!

Also, everyone should check back here on Jan. 17th to enter for  your second chance at winning the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP sewing machine drawing, courtesy of Janome America.

You’ll also automatically be entered to win a copy of Malka’s book!

A big 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 2 please email the following to

1. Two photos of your quilt, a wide shot and a detail shot
2. A brief write up (one or two paragraphs is fine) explaining your quilt and how you took on the challenge
3. Your mailing address
4. Your blog address (if you have one)
5. Your flickr user name (if you have one)

– All entries for Challenge 2 must be received by March 31, 2011.

– The winners of Challenge 2 will be announced on or about April 15, 2011.

– US residents only are eligible for the prizes.

– The three winners of Challenge 2 will be selected by our Guest Judge, Malka Dubrawsky. 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 2  submissions will be posted in a public Flickr group after April 15th, 2011.

– Full challenge rules here.

25 thoughts on “Project Modern: Challenge 2

  1. Do the fabrics have to include the same color. For example if I chose purple and one of the fabrics has small white snow flakes would it not count?

    • Hi Sofia! Good question. Use your discretion and just keep in mind that the goal is a monochromatic quilt. If the white pops enormously then it could take away from the success of that goal – but if the fabric pretty much reads as purple then it could work. It’s up to you to make the call as to if a fabric works! Have fun!

  2. This caught my attention 🙂

    How strictly monochrome should we be going? In other words, does it have to be actually monochromatic and stick with the same hue of color (like on a paint chip sample)? Or are we just sticking with the same color family (like all blues)?

    And, will black, grey, and white together count as monochromatic?

  3. I’ve never participated in a challenge before, but my New Year’s resolution was to try new things, so I’m going to enter. I bought the fabric this morning. I’m excited to try one of the new designs that have been rolling around in my head.

  4. My question may be the same as a previous one,but if I pick a color (say yellow) and I get several yellow prints, is that not allowed because some white or black may be in the print?

  5. What a fantastic challenge! And it will really stretch me to use my fabric stash. I may never finish such a quilt in time for the deadline, but I will have fun with it in my own time all the same. 🙂

  6. Does the quilt have to be of original design or may I use a published pattern as long as I interpret it in a monochromatic color scheme?

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