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Quilters Newsletter “Traditional to Modern Challenge”

Quilters Newsletter “Traditional to Modern Challenge”

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Here’s a quilt contest that might appeal to you modern quilters, or to anyone else who’s thought about experimenting with a quilt in the modern style!  Quilters Newsletter magazine is sponsoring a “Traditional to Modern Quilt Challenge,” in which entrants must re-interpret a specific traditional quilt into a modern-style quilt.

The traditional quilt, Bears in the Roses by Lori Baker, uses alternating bears paw and arrowhead blocks in a sweet, traditional floral fabric.  See the inspiration quilt here.

Challenge rules require the modern interpretation to include fabric from Rowan, Free Spirit or Ty Pennington as the focal fabric and the finished quilt “must measure 144 inches around the borders – for example, 36”x36”, 30”x42”, 20”x52” etc.”

Not quite sure what makes a quilt “modern”?  The official rules state, “A modern quilt is considered modern based on fabrication, often including bright colors and plenty of solids.  Modern quilts also often include curves, modified block arrangements and altered scales of a block.  Piecing can be improvisational and liberated or exact and measured.”

Still not sure?  Read more in “What Makes a Modern Quilt?

The Challenge will have 4 winners, Grand Prize, Best Use of Fabric, Editors’ Choice and Viewers’ Choice.  The Grand Prize winner will receive a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine (value $1, 699) and all the winners will receive a prize package of fabrics, books, threads and notions with a total value over $350.

Visit the Quilters Newsletter magazine site to read more about the Challenge and enter your completed quilt.  The deadline is Sept. 10, 2013.


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