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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13 thoughts on “Riley Blake Designs: Fabric Challenge WINNERS!

  1. Congrats to the winners! I love all of these quilts! I was in love with Melissa Corry’s quilt from the moment she posted it so I am glad to see it do so well!

  2. Reblogged this on Phat Bobbin Girl and commented:
    I wanted to give you all an update on the Riley Blake designs challenge, the winners have been picked and you can see them below. Congrats to all that participated. You have inspired me to consider participating in the next challenge.

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