Challenge and Giveaway

I don’t buy that much fabric (still too much for the time I have to sew). But, when I do I often find my-self ordering from Mad About Patchwork, a Canadian online shop.  Particularly, when I need to get some fabrics quickly for projects with a deadline. This was the case for my table runner in the book Set the Table! All fabrics came from there. The service is great and the shipping, for me who is in Canada, is so fast. Also, Pam, the shop owner, carries fabrics that will appeal particularly to modern quilters. She has a great selection of designer collections, great basic prints like Oval Elements by Art Gallery and Pearl Bracelet By Lizzy House for Andover. But most of all, she has a lot of basics like Kona cottons and Essex linen blends by Robert Kaufman and Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons.

Recently, Pam generously offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog. How fun is that! And I got to pick the fabrics. There is now a curated bundle of 16 fat eights available in her shop.

When she offered to pick some fabrics, I thought about a quilt I had sketched for one of our challenges at the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. This year, we asked our members to do quilts on the theme:  Modern Traditionalism. My idea was to use a simple traditional block and to play with scale. I picked the Shoo Fly block. You’ll find here and here two other modern interpretations of that block that I love.

Back to the fabrics. I wanted to use prints in a variety of colors. I like monochromatic prints or ones with only one color and white. I like geometric prints or ones that add texture, for example the ones in the Architextures collection by Carolyn Friedlander. I ended up picking prints in 5 different colors (3 for each) and one neutral print. I wanted to have a block that would contrast with the other ones. For this one, I chose a light grey Pearl Bracelet. Here is the complete list:

  • Glimma Kulla Orange Nut
  • Oval Elements Mustard
  • Domino Dot Starfruit
  • Oval Elements Beaujolais
  • Architextures Cross Hatch Plum
  • Carnaby Street King’s Road Fuschia
  • Oval Elements Peacock
  • Carnaby Street King’s Road Turquoise
  • Pearl Bracelet Swiss Chard
  • Pearl Bracelet Verbena
  • Architextures Landscape Grass
  • Architextures Topograph Grass
  • Stile Newbury Blue
  • Oval Elements Sapphire
  • Architextures Blueprint Blue
  • Pearl Bracelet Hi Ho Silver

Each of the Shoo Fly block in my quilt will be made out of one print. I’ll combined them with some Essex linen blend in black for the negative space. Here is a sketch of what the quilt will look like. I’m still unsure where I’ll position each of the prints, but it gives you an idea.

Modern Traditionalism Challenge - Sketch

I hope you’ll appreciate my selection of fabrics. I tried to select some basic modern prints that would be a great addition to any stash!


If you would like to win this bundle courtesy of Mad About Patchwork, just leave a comment on this post! I would love to know which traditional quilt pattern you would love to reinterpret with a modern aesthetic. I’ll announce the winner in a week from now (Sept. 13 2013).


And the winner corresponds to comment 11 by pinkbrain:

Congratulations Jennifer! Maybe I’ll get the chance to see some churn dash blocks or some x and + blocks in those fabrics in the coming year.

26 thoughts on “Challenge and Giveaway

  1. Jenny

    I'll go first. I have not yet made a Churn Dash of any kind — traditional or reinterpreted, but I've really been wanting to. I guess I've been seeing a lot lately. Thanks!

  2. Izzy

    My favourite traditional block is the churn dash. So i love seeing it pieced in modern fabric or blown up with lots of negative space. Thanks for the giveaway. I've also ordered from Pam and she really is fabulous. 🙂

  3. Jilly

    I want to do a quilt playing with that block, too but with scale, not by extending the block. I think that will look fun – I love your constant play with symmetry and balance and stretching things.

    I also really want to play with some giant hourglass blocks and Anna Maria Horner's filed study, so it looks like the prints are under a microscope or in a naturalist's sketch journal.

  4. Anonymous

    Je n'ai pas de bloc préféré, mais j'aime bien faire les "half-square-triangle", qui entrent souvent dans la composition d'autres blocs. J'aime beaucoup ton idée de jouer avec les dimensions des blocs. Je vais peut-être essayer … Merci Josée!
    Francine Benoit

  5. Wens

    Ooh lovely fabric choices! I want to make a quilt using the Windblown star/Balkan puzzle block. I think it will look awesome with some modern fabrics 🙂

  6. pinkbrain

    Great bundle Josee! I can't wait to see your shoo fly design in fabric. I'm really liking churn dash blocks lately and I've been having fun making x and + blocks (which is actually an old design by Nancy Cabot)

  7. Paule T.B.

    Jsuis toujours un peu intimidée d'utiliser beaucoup de couleur.. mais je réfléchis à un projet de "double wedding band" quilt, j'aimerais bien l'interpreter / varier ça un peu moderne. Je le donnerais à mes parents l'été prochain comme cadeau de 40eme anniversaire de mariage!

    Présentement, je pense y aller pour des anneaux crèmes, et le fond des tons de marine, bleu royal, turquoise, teal avec quelques pop de orange brulé et lime!

    Merci pour le giveaway Josée!!

  8. Sara

    J'ai fait ma première courtepointe cet été pour mon petit bébé (des chevrons avec la collection de tissus "Indian Summer"), et j'ai vraiment hâte de me relancer dans un autre projet! J'aimerais essayer les oies volantes (? Flying geese!) dans un arc-en-ciel de couleurs, en jouant avec la taille des blocks. Me semble que ça serait bien beau avec ta superbe sélection! 🙂

  9. Agnes Wong

    My favourite traditional block is flying geese, particularly when arranged in a Dutchman's puzzle block. I think I might riff off of this block for our guild challenge! Thanks for the give away!

  10. Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts

    What a lovely giveaway. I hope this is an international giveaway.

    I adore the re-invisioned thrend going on. I love triangles of all sorts. So anything with HST or flying geese. I've done a few flyfoot blocks that are super fun and can be done in a few ways.

  11. Deanna

    I've recently seen the churn dash blocks and I think they would look neat done up in modern fabrics. But I've also been waiting for a good time and the right fabrics to try the swoon block.

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