Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge – It’s ON!

Patterson Kathy 150x150 Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge   Its ON!Whether it’s quilting shows, contests, exhibits, or challenges, entering a quilt for judging and public display is a rite of passage for many quilters. It takes a bit of confidence and usually more than a bit of determination. But for most people who follow through and get their entries in, the experience can’t be beat! You learn a lot about your quilt designing and making abilities, and sometimes even get new insights into why you make quilts in the first place.

Blues 1200px 1024x429 Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge   Its ON!In that spirit, I’m happy to invite you to enter the Quilt the Blues Quilt Challenge, presented by McCall’s QuiltingQuiltmakerFons & Porter’s Love of QuiltingQuilting Arts, and Modern Patchwork magazines. Here’s your chance to demonstrate your creativity by designing an original quilt using fabulous pre-selected fabrics, and then enter your quilt for a chance to win fantastic prizes! The winning quilt and finalist quilts will be exhibited at Original Sewing & Quilt Expos all across the US in 2017.

The rules are simple: Make a quilt using your original design that measures 56”-60” x 68”-72” when finished, using the Quilters Quilt the Blues Challenge Fabric Bundle available only from QuiltAndSewShop.com. You may also add up to three other fabrics of your choice.

Enter online or by mail (Quilters Quilt the Blues 2016 Quilt Challenge, 741 Corporate Circle, Suite E, Golden, CO 80401) or by email to QuiltersNewsletterMagazine@gmail.com. Entry deadline is December 1, 2016.

You must include the following with your entry:

·         Photo of FINISHED quilt
·         Quilt name
·         Quilt’s finished dimensions (in inches)
·         Artist’s statement describing quilt
·         Receipt showing proof of purchase of the Quilters Quilt the Blues Quilt Challenge Fabric Bundle from QuiltAndSewShop.com
·         Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if you have one)

If your quilt is chosen as a finalist in the Quilt the Blues 2016 Quilt Challenge, it must have a hanging sleeve and quilt label which specifies the maker’s name and the quilt’s title in order to qualify for the prizes or be featured at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Events in 2017.

Official rules are available here.

And there are prizes! AWESOME prizes!

Grand Prize:

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HUSQVARNA VIKING®’s top-of-the line sewing machine, SAPPHIRE™ 965Q, offers many features to assist and guide you throughout your sewing. On top of that it has a vibrant Interactive Color Touch Screen. Use your stylus and navigate between different menus and functions. It has never been easier. Most settings are made by the machine itself based on what fabric or stitch you are using. All you have to do is focus on what you love – sewing!

Two tickets to an Original Sewing and Quilt Expo event

$100 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon


Second Prize:

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Sizzix Big Shot Pro die-cutting machine

Ready to create quick and perfect shapes for your quilts, appliqué and more? With the pro-strength Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine, you can! From the smallest dies to the big 12″ wide variety, the Big Shot Pro Machine features a 13″ wide opening to precisely cut with any Sizzix die for easily replicated shapes from an incredible range of materials. For added versatility, the machine is compatible with SureCut dies from the Ellison education brand, plus most other brands of steel-rule dies.

$50 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon


Third Prize:

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Sulky Original Slimline Thread Storage Box – 12 Wt. Cotton Petites Thread Dream Asst. – 2nd 80 Colors

Contains the second 80 colors of 12 Wt. Cotton Petites that are available on 50 yd. snap-end spools for easy use and storage.  Gone are the days of having to separate strands of floss or untangle your thread before you start your latest project.  One strand of Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton thread is equal to 2 strands of embroidery floss. Sulky Cotton Petites thread has been a huge hit among quilters and hand embroiderers.

$50 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon


Are you ready to get started? Order your fabric pack and fire up your quilt designing software or grab your graph paper and colored pencils – it’s ON! Enter your original quilt by December 1, and best of luck to all who accept the Quilt the Blues Quilt Challenge!

Let’s quilt!

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10 Responses to Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge – It’s ON!

  1. Jamie says:

    I’m thinking about it!

  2. Jeri nussbaum says:

    How do I get the fabric, and how much does it cost? I love blue fabric and most of the quilts I make have blue in them. It’s a perfect challenge for me. Please reply. Thank you.

  3. Betty Kimberling says:

    Do you have to use all 16 fat quarters? Is 60X72 the largest you will accept? Please define original design, does it have to be a pattern no one else has ever used, or can changes to an existing pattern be used?

  4. Kathy says:

    Jeri, you get the fabric in our online shop, here: http://tinyurl.com/hw7djsv

    The price is $39.99.

  5. Kathy says:

    Betty, you have to use at least 8 of the fabrics in your FQ pack. Yes, 60″ x 72″ is the largest quilt you can enter. Original design means you designed the quilt yourself without assistance from anyone else. It can be a pattern you have used before or others have used before, but it MUST be your own original design, not an adaptation of someone else’s. Hope that helps! -Kathy-

  6. Julie LaDuke says:

    Yes I am wondering if we need to use all the blue fabrics?

  7. Kathy says:

    You need to use at least 8 of the fabrics from your pack.

  8. Lynne McDermott says:

    The rules above state that ” using the Quilters Quilt the Blues Challenge Fabric Bundle available only from QuiltAndSewShop.com.” What are entrants to do when this Bundle is SOLD OUT at QuiltAndSewShop.com? Can we buy the bundle at another store or online source? Thanks for your kind reply.

  9. Kathy says:

    Lynne, so sorry about the temporary unavailability of the fabric packs. You should now be able to follow the link and order yours.

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