Project Modern: Challenge 4

Here it is everyone! The forth and final challenge for Project Modern!  This is the last chance to join in the fun, so take the plunge and start working on your entry now!  Make the Modern Quilt Guild that you are a member of proud just by participating!  Here is the challenge:

Make a quilt that is all you!  Like all of the other challenges, use of other designers’ patterns is not allowed but this time, find your own voice.  Spins on existing techniques, improvisation, fabric manipulation – any and all of it is allowed and encouraged.  Stretch and push yourself to make something that you’ve never made before!  Why not skip using a ruler?  Why not be open to changing your initial plans and ideas along the way?  Innovate!  Make this quilt your voice and yours alone!

 Meet Our judge, Denyse Schmidt:

Denyse Schmidt has been designing and making quilts since 1996 when she established Denyse Schmidt Quilts.  A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she has generated international attention for her modern spin on classic quilts.  Her studio, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, produces three quilt collections, available from retailers nationwide. Denyse’s quilts have been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, People, O, the Oprah Magazine and Time.  She has designed and released multiple fabric lines and her first book, “Denyse Schmidt Quilts” came out in 2005.  Her second book comes out in Spring 2012. You can visit Denyse Schmidt at

The Prizes:

Each of the three winners of Challenge 4 will receive a fabulous prize package, including:

A one yard bundle of Denyse’s fabric line, Greenfield Hill from Westminster/Free Spirit Fabrics.

A copy of Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee from Stash Books. By Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks, Foreward by Denyse Schmidt!

From Robert Kaufman, a large bundle of neutrals! Having so many neutrals enhances a stash so much.

-1 of each of the Ash pre-cuts:
a 40pc roll-up
a 42pc charm pack
-1 of each of the Snow pre-cuts:
a 40pc roll-up
a 42pc charm pack
a 42pc ten-square
-1 of each of the Monochrome pre-cuts:
a 40pc roll-up
a 42pc charm pack
-One fat quarter bundle in the Grounded colorstory

Also included in the prize package is a a thread prize from Aurifil!

And from Spoonflower, a $50.00 gift certificate. You can create and upload your own textile designs and have it printed on demand on seven different fabric weights. Or you can order original designs by other independent fabric designers.

Finally, that Janome Horizon sweepstakes is still going strong and we’ll be drawing a winner in a few short months!  Everyone should check back here on July 18th for more information to enter. Be sure to enter for your forth and final 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 Block Party, the gift certificate from Spoonflower and a Greenfield Hill one yard bundle from Free Spirit!

A huge thank you to our generous 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 4 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 4 must be received by September 30, 2011.

– The winners of Challenge 4 will be announced on or about October 15, 2011.

– US residents only are eligible for the prizes.

– The three winners of Challenge 4 will be selected by our Guest Judge, Denyse Schmidt. 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 4 submissions will be posted in a public Flickr group after October 15th, 2011.

– Full challenge rules here.

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