Monday, January 2, 2017

30 Quilt Designs Challenge 2017

Announcing!  Last year Rachel at Stitched in Color started a 30 Days of Quilt Design Challenge which ran from August 5 to Oct. 31.  Sadly, I missed out on it, but thought it such a great idea.  With 2017 shaping up to be more of a year of design, I thought well, why not just do this on my own?  And The Universe said, "Uh, no..."   Shortly thereafter, in conversation with Lisa at Sunlight in Winter Quilts, I brought this up and she said she'd love to do it with me, because she, too, just hadn't been able to join in last year.

So here we go!  If anyone would like to join in, feel free!  I don't have a sponsor (yet...but you never know) but I do have a couple of prizes for certain milestones, for example, 10th design.  I've been saving selvages for a while now since I saw some people like to make things with them!  So this is one prize:
Another is these two fat quarters:

Of course, the best prize is the designs that are yours and yours alone, and that you've challenged yourself, and realized growth. đź’–

Here's what I envision:

Who:  Anyone!

  • Design a quilt block or an entire quilt.  If you draw a quilt block, maybe put a few together to see what an overall pattern might look like.  Add some colour.  Just as Rachel said in her challenge, you can use non-original blocks, but re-invent them by changing up colour or value, or put two non-original different ones together and see what magic can occur!
  • You may submit hand-drawn designs or digital designs.  Personally I find there is something relaxing and Zen-like in getting out the old Crayola pencil crayons and notebook...
  • No construction directions needed.
  • The goal is to create 30 quilt designs by March 15.

  • Take a photo of your design, number it, and post it on Instagram using the following hashtag:
  • Please tag each photo @mmmquilts and @sunlightinwinterquilts so we can see your designs!
  • Be sure to number each design.
  • To be eligible for prizes, be sure to follow both @mmmquilts and @sunlightinwinterquilts

When:  Today, January 2 - March 15, 2017

Why: Henri Matisse said, "Creativity takes courage."  And, as Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all."

Here is my Design #1
What a surprise when I thought, 'What if I put sashing between the blocks?' and then saw half-blocks, and then thought, 'Hmm, need to add a third colour...I wonder...'  I like!

Linking up with
Patchwork Times
Cooking Up Quilts

Note: If you have any questions, or I've not thought of something, don't hesitate to shoot me an email, (click View my Complete Profile or use: ephdra at gmail dot com) or ask in the comments below. Be sure to leave your email address if you are a no-reply so I can respond!


  1. Try that again...Ha! I'm quilting challenged LOL. As your non-quilting sister, I'll leave this up to you, LOL. Beautiful design!!

  2. How fun! I hope you ladies have a wonderful time and it will be exciting to watch the designs evolve. :)

  3. Awesome! I love how this design evolved.

  4. I darent. Once I get on EQ it's like a black hole opens up and the day is gone. I look forward to seeing what you come up with xx

  5. Hi, I tried to figure out how to contact you directly, what would be involved in being a sponsor? Let me know. Love your design!

  6. What a great idea! I love the third version; how clever to spot the potential!

  7. I'm looking forward to this, Sandra! I had so much fun with Rachel's challenge, and created so many designs I want to make :) I wonder how many more I'll have when we're done this time. I love your first design, especially once you added the third colour.

  8. I'll add in a few prizes myself !

  9. This sounds like fun and am looking forward to it. Ideas are swirling already.

  10. Happy New Year and have fun! I joined Rachel's challenge and really enjoyed it! Now should make some of my designs. x Teje

  11. what a fun challenge - I love your design - its amazing how a churn dash can look so different with colour placement !

  12. This sounds like fun. I'm not very good at designing, but I think I might play along. Let the creative juices start to flow!

  13. For some reason this challenge scares me! But I'm going to give it a try and see what happens.

  14. It sounds great fun. I can't commit to it this time, shame, but I will definitely be following along.

  15. I'll just have to follow along for now, to many other commitments, but it looks like such fun.

  16. What a fantastic enterprise, Sandra and Lisa!!!! I have three (or thirteen) designs in my sketchbook, spreadsheet, gum wrappers etc. but please...I cannot add Instagram to my to-do list. I will definitely be watching.

  17. I have seen yours and Lisa's designs on IG Sandra - what a wonderful idea! I wasn't in the right place to play along last year so it's wonderful to have the opportunity to now. Also it's just the right time for me .... having recently installed EQ7! I am enjoying seeing yours on IG already and will be sure to link up.


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