Michael Miller Fabric Challenge: The Winners are…



We are so pleased to announce the three winners of the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.

Picnic Petals by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill a Southern Connecticut MQG Member

scifaldi FRONT

The inspiration for my quilt, Picnic Petals, was the Petal Pinwheels fabric collection as a whole, but specifically the Tile Pile pattern. Going into the challenge, I looked at a lot of photos of pinwheels, flowers and sketched elements of these objects to study how I could convey organic shapes and movement and a block quilt. As a relatively new quilter (only 2 years), this was the first time I worked with curved elements. This challenge encouraged me to work with fabric patterns and techniques I might not normally work with. Many thanks to The Modern Quilt Guild, Michael Miller Fabrics and the wonderfully-talented women of the newly formed Southern Connecticut Modern Quilt Guild. They are constant source of inspiration and knowledge for me.


Spinning Mills by Michelle Hart a Phoenix MQG Member


My inspiration for this quilt started with the name of the collection, Petal Pinwheels. I knew I wanted the quilt to show a lot of movement. I used a combination of colors from Cotton Couture solids, Petal Pinwheels fabrics, and a few from my stash to create the geometric design. I wanted to offset this with contrasting quilting to add another layer of movement. I quilted it using coral, yellow, green and turquoise 50 wt. Aurifil. The lines started more compact and then spread out like a ripple in water. The back is leftover scraps and dark gray dumb dots.  It is a simpler design, but just as fun as the front. This was a very fun challenge to put together!


and the moon at night by Colleen Molen an Individual member


My inspiration for this quilt came while browsing for a new kindle cover. I was drawn to a piece of art and knew I had to make it into a quilt. This is the most fun I have ever had throughout the entire quilt-making process, from design to choosing just the right solids, and even quilting concentric circles and burying hundreds and hundreds of thread ends. Sewing the binding on (by hand, which I hardly ever do!) happened during an emotional time for me. As I thought about what to name it, several people suggested names related to the sunrise. I was reminded of an old Broadway song and knew that “with the sun in the mornin’ and the moon in the evening” I’d be all right. And I feel happy every time I look at it hanging on my wall.

Congratulations to all of you!

There were so many amazing entries to this challenge that a congrats is due to all of the participants. Thanks so much to all of our wonderful and talented members for making this another successful challenge.

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

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 July 25, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014  Aug 1.
  • 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.

Winners of the Michael Miller/Madrona Road Challenge

Without much ado….the winner’s (yes, there are two! Violet couldn’t pick just one!) of Violet’s Choice are:

Onwards by Casey York

Read about her store and see more photos on her blog.


IARA OLIVEIRA from the SPModern Quilt Guild (Brazil)


And for the Michael Miller picks that will be displayed at their booth during QuiltCon…

Pick Up Truck by Dsheck

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Meetings and Parting by Sarah Oviatt


Wonky Road by  Jen A Quilting Jewel


Untitled by Tina ~ Seaside Stitches


Pillows by Kari at Craft Happy


Here Comes the Sun by misskadiebeth


Untitled by Amy at  The Cute Life Smiles


Untitled by Molly of the dallasMQG


Thank you once again to Michael Miller and Violet Craft for such a fun and inspiring challenge!

To view all the finished items, check out this group on Flickr.