Quilting & Fabric Challenges


Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge

We're excited to unveil the next Michael Miller Fabric Challenge for QuiltCon 2018! This year’s fabrics include fabric from Michael Miller’s new Our Yard collection by Sarah Campbell. Signups for MQG members will happen June 17–24.

Each participant will receive fabric in the Cloud colorway, a few prints from the line, plus a coordinating Cotton Couture solid. Entrants can use either colorway. Like previous fabric challenges, we have many more members than available fabric. We wish everyone could get one, but the bundles are first come, first serve. That said, everyone who signs up for the challenge should submit their final quilt to the Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon — like other categories, this category is eligible for judging and awards up to $1,000!

To be eligible, participants must use at least two fabrics from the “Our Yard” line. However, participants may use as many “Our Yard” fabrics any Cotton Couture solids as desired.  Binding and backing can be any Michael Miller fabric. Once completed, these quilts will be entered it into the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon. The top prize for this category is $1,000!

Official Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Category Description: Eligible quilts must use a minimum of two fabrics the “Our Yard” collection and any number of Cotton Couture solids. Additional Michael Miller prints or solids may be used on the backing and binding. All fabric will be shipped by mid-July. Quilt entries will be open July 31 to November 30, 2017 (the same as other QuiltCon quilt show entries). Quilts can be submitted via the form at quiltconentry.com.

A list of shops carrying “Our Yard” will be posted here soon.

American Patchwork & Quilting
Flying Geese Challenge

Introducing the American Patchwork & Quilting Flying Geese Challenge! A building block of many quilts, the flying geese block is wildly adaptable, which means there's a lot of potential! Participants for this challenge are asked to modernize a traditional flying geese block (any variation is acceptable), and make it into a modern quilt using modern quilting elements. Finished quilts can be any size.

Some examples include:

  • Using modern color palettes including high contrast and graphic areas
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space
  • Alternate grid work
  • Scale

Official category description: Eligible quilts reimagine the traditional flying geese block using modern quilting elements. Any variation of flying geese is acceptable.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017. You can submit entries along with other QuiltCon submissions at quiltconentry.com.