Your second chance to win the Janome Horizon!

As promised, here it is – another opportunity to win the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP sewing machine!

Just complete this form and you’ll be entered!

The winner of the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP will be chosen within seven days of the close of the contest on September 30, 2011. This is the second of four chances to win. The four entry periods correspond with the four Project Modern challenges.

During this second entry period, which will be open until March 31, 2011, entering to win the Janome Horizon will also enter you to win Malka’s book, Fresh Quilting!

So fill out the entry form and you’ll be entered to win both the sewing machine and the book!!

The winner for the book prize drawing will be announced when we announce the winner of Challenge 2. Complete sweepstakes rules can be found here.

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, http://stitchindye.etsy.com. 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 http://stitchindye.blogspot.com.

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 projectmoderncontest@gmail.com.

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.

Challenge 1 Winners!

In Challenge 1 of Project Modern, the Modern Quilt Guild challenged the quilting community to design a quilt based upon a photo that inspired them. We were pleased to get 45 entries! As the entries started to pour in we couldn’t wait to see them all and get them handed over for judging. Our judge for Challenge 1, Valori Wells really took her time with each entry not only looking at the quilts but, also reading the description of how the photos inspired the quilt. Thanks Valori for the care and time that you put into this!

And, without further delay (drum roll please) in no particular order, the winners are:

Challenge Winner #1: Kristen MacDonald

Valori says: I love the photo and the graphic quality along with the organic feel. The quilt takes on the same feel. I think the color choices are perfect to compliment the color of the photo. Very cool!

Kristen’s Description:

For my job last summer, I routinely drove through acres of grass seed fields.

I was fascinated by the sweetly changing yellow of the field against the brilliant blue of the sky. When the sun would hit the fields in the afternoon, they would glitter like gold. It took my breath away every time.

After the grass seed was cut, it was left in rows. I was inspired by the striped effect this made. When I made my quilt, I chose to echo those stripes, as well as incorporating the color variations of the field and clouds.

Kristen’s Inspiration Photo:

Challenge Winner #2: Heather Jones

Valori says: I do really like this quilt . . . it is one of my faves.

Heather’s description:

This was such a fun project for me and I’m thrilled to submit it for the first challenge of Project Modern. The inspiration for this quilt came from a grid in the parking lot of our local Walmart. I’m sure I have seen that grid many times before, but one day a couple of months ago, I was really struck by its visual design as my husband was driving through the lot. Luckily, I had my sketchbook in my purse, so I grabbed it and a pencil, and drew a quick sketch of the grid. I played with the pattern a bit more at home, and felt that the simple, yet bold design would work really well with solid cottons.

I used Moda Bella solids in Weathered Teak, Robin’s Egg Blue, Orange, and Pistachio for the quilt, and Pistachio Bella for the binding. I really love how those four colors work together. The quilt’s back is pieced with those fabrics, as well as the addition of Kona Cotton in Ash. The batting is cotton and I machine quilted it, rather heavily, in an organic meandering pattern, using cotton thread in a color very similar to the Weathered Teak. I think the contrast between the regularity of the grid pattern and the organic shapes and swirls of the quilting adds to the visual interest of the quilt. I did not pre-wash my fabrics, so after the quilt was washed, it crinkled quite a bit, which to me is the best part! It measures roughly 62 by 67 inches and was completed in November of 2010.

And, the photo that inspired Heather:

Challenge Winner #3: Mary Claire Allen

Valori says: I love the story with this quilt. Something I can relate to, the oops factor! But she made it work and I love the use of the quilting and the simplicity of the piecing.

Mary’s Description: I am primarily a see it somewhere first, then make my version, kind of crafter. When I saw the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge #1 I thought, “I need to do this.  I need to make something that is entirely mine.  I have a few quilts under my belt; it’s time”.   So off my mind went, searching for just the right thing.  I read about City Quilts and more about the modern quilting movement.  Surely now my brain was primed to come up with the perfect “me” Challenge Quilt.

This Midwest summer was long and HOT.  HOT!  Watching the news one day, hearing about more hot weather is when inspiration hit.  Warm front.  I need to make a warm front quilt.  I could make a quilt with the little pointy triangles just
like the warm front symbol on a weather map; I loved the idea and felt oh so clever!

Soon after I made my quilt top with some grey fabric and a few cherished patterned triangles, my dear sister broke me the news.  My warm front?  Yeah, um, well…is actually a cold front.  What?  Are you sure? Really?

Really.  Maybe it was me subconsciously wishing for cooler weather?  Maybe my meteorology teacher is turning over in his grave (sorry Mr. T!)?  No worries; the quilt is still me (maybe even *more* me now with this little blunder) and now that the colder weather is here I can snuggle up under it to stay warm and pretend I planned it that way.  {wink}

I quilted my quilt with weather in mind, particularly precipitation and weather maps.  I used two colors of orange thread to give it some personality (and because, let’s be honest, I ran out of the first color) and tried to depict rain, wind, lighting, and iso-lines.

Making my Warm Front, “It’s a Cold Front”, Quilt was so much fun and I just love that it has its own little funny story.  I am certainly looking forward to doing more original design quilting and crafting in the future and can’t wait to be inspired by all the other entries in this Challenge!

Another Winner

Did any of you enter to win the Janome 7700 Horizon? We wont be picking the winner until the end of the contest period in September of 2011 (and you’ll have several more chances to enter over the coming months). But, to coincide with each of the Project Modern Challenges we will pick a winner of a smaller prize pack. Of course we used the random number generator and out of 1331 entries, number 1177 won! Congrats, Nancy Uyeda of Santa Clara, CA. You will receive the fabric prize pack featured here.

Thanks to All the Entrants!

Thanks to everyone that entered Challenge 1 of Project Modern. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting some of the other quilts that we loved! And be sure to check back in the new year as we announce Challenge 2. It is our hope that we’ll have even more entries for round two!

Project Modern Challenge 1

The deadline has passed for Challenge 1 so thanks to all of you who submitted a quilt!  We sent out a reply email to each entry – so if you didn’t get an email from us please let us know by contacting us at projectmoderncontest @ gmail.com.

Valori Wells, our judge for this challenge is sorting through the submissions and the winners will be announced on Dec. 15th!  From there, we’ll be announcing the next challenge first thing in the new year!

Checking in with Project Modern – Challenge 1

We are just about at the halfway mark for Challenge 1 of Project Modern. How are all of you doing? You’re so quiet out there! We just know it is because you are busy rearranging fabric on your design wall, quilting away, and coming up with a masterpiece to enter into the first challenge. (If you’re not doing this then you must be distracted daydreaming about winning the Janome Horizon sewing machine!) The entries have started to trickle in already but, we can’t wait to see what all of you are working on!

For those of you who haven’t started yet, don’t dismay. You still have about 45 days to whip up something fabulous! Click here to read all about the first Project Modern challenge including our amazing judge, Valori Wells, and the many wonderful prizes you can win.

Project Modern: Challenge 1 is all about creating a quilt that is inspired by a photo of something in your world. What are you inspired by? Here’s a picture that inspired one of our planning committee members recently.

The fun thing about creating a quilt inspired by a photo is that 10 different people can look at the same photo and come up with 10 different ideas. What would a quilt look like if you used this photo for inspiration? Would you be inspired by the subtle but distinct gradations of colors in the building? Would you use the same color family of oranges and reds or would you go for another color family and still create a similar effect? Would you be inspired by the dimensions of the long skinny planks? Would you create something literal and include a representation of the little square windows in your quilt. Would you look at the contrast with the surrounding buildings, the blue sky and maybe even the dirt and the shrubs and somehow include this contrast in your quilt? Or would you design a quilt inspired by how this picture makes you feel when you look at it? So many possibilities!

Be inspired! And be sure to submit your entries to projectmoderncontest@gmail.com before the deadline on November 30, 2010! (Once again you can find full contest details and rules here.)

Enter to win the Janome Horizon!

Want to know how you can enter to win the Janome 7700 Horizon sewing machine??

It’s easy! All you have to to is ENTER HERE. Once you complete the linked form, you will be automatically entered to win the sewing machine!

A winner will be chosen within seven days of the close of the contest on September 30, 2011. Between now and then, you will have four chances to enter the drawing. The four entry periods will correspond to the four Project Modern challenges.

During this first entry period, which will be open until November 30, 2010, entering to win the Janome Horizon will also enter you to win:

This Kona Solids Roll-Up in the Bright Colorway, from Robert Kaufman

…and fat quarters of the entire line of  Monaluna Organic Fabrics’ new collection, Monaco!

So click here to fill out the entry form and you’ll be entered to win both the sewing machine and the fabric!!

The winner for the fabric prize drawing will be announced when we announce the winner of Challenge 1.  Complete sweepstakes rules can be found here.

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: projectmoderncontest@gmail.com.  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.

Project Modern

Do you love to create modern quilts? Do you like the challenge of coming up with your own design or unique modern spin to a traditional design?  If so, have we got an announcement for you!

The Modern Quilt Guild is thrilled to launch Project Modern, a year long series of exciting quilting challenges!  Project Modern will be made up of four challenges that will span from September 2010 to September 2011.

We have lined up a group of incredible judges who we are so pleased to have involved.  Valori Wells, Malka Dubrawsky, Pokey Bolton and Denyse Schmidt will each judge one challenge.

Our wonderful sponsors are providing us with  amazing prize packages and, to top it all off, there will be a chance to win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP sewing machine!!

Everyone is invited to participate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or consider yourself a pro. It is about each of you challenging yourself to design and create. We welcome all members of the modern quilting community and encourage quilters to stretch out of their usual comfort zones. We anticipate that you will come up with some exciting and innovative creations.

We will be announcing the first challenge on September 1st, so keep an eye out here for the details, to see what fabulous prizes you can win and how you can take part!

Meanwhile, please do grab our button (on the right side bar – if you don’t see it now just click the blog header to bring up the sidebar) and put it on your blog.  We hope that each and every one of you will join in the fun!

Stay tuned…