Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Join us for Scrap Quilt Challenge 5

Fabrics N Quilts is proud to motivate you in another great year of Scrap Quilt Finishes with the Scrap Quilt Challenge!
Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge
Scrap Quilt Challenge Guidelines: 

  • 45” x 60” minimum size
  • Entries must be completed quilts (patchwork, applique, rag quilt are all fine. It just must be a completed project)
  • Entries must be obviously scrappy.  For our challenge, prematched, precut (jelly roll and charm pack, for example) projects are not the intent and will not qualify for prizes. {using your leftover scraps from them is encouraged}
  • Entries must have been completed in the last year (since last year’s challenge ended on October 15, 2014)
  • You may enter as many quilts as you like that meet the requirements.
  • Winners are chosen at random, October 16, 2015.  You may only win one prize.
  • Upload a picture by October 15th, 2015  & tell the story of your quilt in the Flickr Group here: www.flickr.com/groups/scrap-quilt-challenge-5/ (if you need help getting started or uploading on Flickr, click here)  Still having trouble?  Contact us!
Every year folks try to make this harder than it is.  We live in a complicated world.  The Scrap Quilt Challenge is designed to be easy - to let your focus be on the joy of your hobby.    It's your quilt, they are your scraps.

So, here it is.  Are you ready?  Just remember this sentence: 
Make whatever your heart desires, just meet the minimum requirements above.  We are working on the honor system.  If you don't want the bad quilting mojo following you around, play fair.
When you finish, remember the last step: upload a picture to the Flickr Group. Only quilts in the Flickr Group are considered entered in the Challenge.

It's really that simple.
There are no design limitations on your challenge piece, other than the bullet points above (labels are optional-there are no quilt police here).
So gather up your scraps & start designing your masterpiece!
Now for the fun stuff!

Our 2015 Scrap Block Designer Showcase!
A talented group of Quilting Authors have volunteered to help keep your creative scrapping going strong with monthly block tutorials, each an original design just for the Scrap Quilt Challenge.  These blocks are not required to be in your Challenge entry; they are for your enjoyment.  Please let the designers know you appreciate the time and effort they took to keep us stitchin' scrappily along by leaving them a comment on their post or sharing a picture of the block you made from their tutorial on social media.  All of our designers have a Facebook page and most are also on Instagram.  Tag them!

Today, I'm excited to share the block from Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway/Scrap Therapy with you.  I am a long-time follower of Joan, and love her scrappy style and organization system.  Our blog followers know & love her Snap Sack patterns as well as her books Cut the Scraps & Scraps plus One.
We all have a story about a bad thing that happened when quilting, and Joan's latest book, When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters is a must-have for the disaster kit.  Joan shows you how to right those wrongs that just happen in quilting.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters-Joan Ford-Free US Shipping at Fabrics N Qilts
Joan is a returning contributor to the Scrap Quilt Challenge Block Designer Showcase.  Be sure to check out her cute as a button block from last year!  Joan is hosting the tutorial for her block on her site, as all our designers will do.  Pop over and see the amazing twist Joan puts on the construction of her Challenging (as in Scrap Challenge) Geese block. {I squealed at the idea of scrappy geese}

Joan Ford Scrap Quilt Challenge TutorialJoan is so generous, she is giving us 2 tutorials!  Check out this block from the trim-offs!
Joan Ford Scrap Quilt Challenge Block Tutorial
On August 1st, Rebecca Silbaugh of Ruby Blue Quilting Studio will link up a block tutorial for us. Rebecca's new book, Seems Like Scrappy  is chock full of great scrap projects including projects that will utilize those left over precuts your last project didn't use. {Don't we all have orphan charm squares?}  I suspect that Rebecca's block will be smaller than 12", so we can use even more of our littler scraps.
Seems Like Scrappy-Rebecca Silbaugh-Free US Shipping at Fabrics N Quilts
September 1st, Anne Weins from Sweetgrass Designs will join us for her 2nd year in the Designer Showcase.  Anne has a great system of sorting her scraps by size rather than color. Her book, The Thrifty Quilter, presents many block designs from these standard, Go-Cutter friendly, sizes.  Be sure to click over and check out Anne's Quarter Star block from last year which will also link you up with her organization system and methods.
The Thrifty Quilter-Anne Weins-Free US Shipping at Fabrics N Quilts

Wrapping up our Designer Series, Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble will share her scrappy block with us on October 1st.  I have been honored to host a Trunk Show of Amber's quilts from her book Vintage Vibe this summer in the quilt shop.  Her workmanship is exquisite and her eye for color and contrast sublime.  There is truly not a project in this book I don't love.  I have already made 4 of them (check out my IG!).  Amber is also a generous blogger when it comes to tutorials.  Be sure to pop over & check out her blog now and in October.
Vintage Vibe-Amber Johnson-Free US Shipping at Fabrics N Quilts
Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams and your loyal Challenge hostess, Shannon Ownby of Fabrics N Quilts, will be hosting The Dreaming in Fabric Mystery that spans the length of the Challenge.  Quilt along with us & you'll have a jump start on next year's entry!  We'll each blog the same size block on the 15th of the month.  Make one, or make them both!  We'll each host a Linky Party each month for show & tell.  We'll post blocks July-September with September also showing you the reveal.  For a little extra fun, Fabrics N Quilts will host another Linky Party on November 1st for finishes.  We'll award a nice giftie to one random quilter who links up with us then!Dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL

Our 2015 Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsors!

If you find that you are running short of supplies, we hope you'll remember all our sponsors when it comes time to replenish!

Aurifil

Aurifil is again generously supporting your Scrap Quilt Challenge endeavors with 4 thread kit prizes!  This beautiful 50wt thread collection by Caroline Hulse is awash in bright tones.
Aurifil-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Moda Fabric
Moda Fabrics & United Notions have put together a lovely prize pack that includes 3 patterns, the adorable tote bag and zippered pouch, a swatch roll of Patchwork Garden and some handwork goodies too!
Moda-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Quilting Treasures Fabric
You may already know, but Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts designs patterns (you know, those free downloads) for Quilting Treasures Fabric.  Quilting Treasures has generously donated a Climbing Ladder Quilt Kit which is a pattern I designed to highlight the wonderful continuous yardage in the Amylee Weeks collection, Bloom.
Climbing Ladder Quilt Kit-Bloom-Amylee Weeks-Quilting TreasuresYou can find a link to this free download on our Free Patterns page.  Also, since this prize is of a Christian theme, we understand it may not be appropriate for every quilter.  If you are selected the winner and prefer a swap, we will gladly reward you with an alternate prize.


Quilters Dream Batting
Always generous, Quilters Dream Batting has provided us with 9 packages of batting to make 9 quilters very happy!
Quilters Dream Batting-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Studio E Fabrics
Behold the beautiful fat quarters!  Studio E has provided us with three bundles of fat quarters!  On the left is a 7 FQ bundle of Pirouette, in the middle, 18 Just Color FQ's, and on the right are 12 Peppered Cottons. Three scrappers will be very happy!
Studio E-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Creative Grids Rulers and Checker Distributors
Two lucky quilters will receive this prize pack!  PJ Anderson's Sweet & Sassy Rhombus Templates plus 3 coordinating patterns!

Sweet Sassy Ruler-Creative Grids

Martingale/That Patchwork Place
Martingale knows the heart of the quilter & has generously sent us these FIVE awesome books to reward our Challenge participants!
Martingale-Scrap Quilt Challenge-Fabrics N Quilts

Lavender Lime 

So jealous of the winners of the Lavender Lime Prize Packs!  We have 2 prizes to award; each winner will receive FIVE patterns!  Here are the bundles:
Lavender Lime Inspires-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Lavender Lime Inspires-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Blank Quilting
The folks at Blank Quilting are looking to make SEVEN quilters giddy with these beautiful fat quarter bundles and colorway strip rolls!
Blank Quilting-Scrap Quilt Challenge-Fabrics N Quilts

Hummingbird Highway/Scrap Therapy
Joan Ford will be sending one lucky scrap quilter an autographed copy of her wonderful new book, When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters

When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters-Joan Ford-Free US Shipping at Fabrics N Qilts

Wilmington Prints Fabrics

Lovely batik 2.5" strip rolls from Wilmington Fabrics will add some great color to the next project of two lucky quilters!  On the left is Berry Daring and on the right, Over the Taupe.  I just love the creative names they give their strip sets!
Wilmington Prints-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge
Craftsy
Craftsy supports the Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge
Craftsy is again rewarding our Challenge community with free classes!  THREE lucky quilters will get to choose any class on Craftsy for free!  Lots of scrappy ones to choose, or what a great way to learn a new skill or technique!


and, of course, your faithful hostess, Fabrics N Quilts 
Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge
Fabrics N Quilts will award a total of 3 Gift Certificates!  Each Winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to FabricsNQuilts.com!  And since we ship free to the US all day everyday (and the first pound to Canada too!) their spending power goes even farther!
So, that totals 43 prizes up for grabs, just for jumping into your stash & stitching away!  
Please grab & share our button across your social media!  
Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge

And don't forget to use our hashtag #sqc5 when you post online!  We want to see what you are working on & this will help us find you! You can also connect with a supporting group of scrap quilters in the Scrap Quilt Challenge Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/132734910115860/

6 comments:

harleywife57/ Mickey White said...

I say WOO HOO !!! What great gifts !! Thank you for hosting this challenge again this year !

Rebecca Scott said...

It sounds like a fun challenge! I love scrappy quilts!

Abbigail said...

All the more reason to get started cutting my scraps! Wonderful prizes!

Magpie Sue said...

I just finished a top that would totally qualify! All I have to do now is get it quilted and bound in order to play along...

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

For some reason I couldn't post a comment on Facebook. I clicked to join the scrap group, but nothing happened there either. Anyhow, I wanted to ask when the deadline for posting the scrap quilts is? You say you will choose winners on Oct. 16, but no where does it say when the photos of finished quilts need to be posted by. Do we only post them to the Facebook page? Or anywhere online, like Flickr, my blog, Facebook?

Shannon Ownby said...

Hi Daryl,
Thanks for checking out the challenge! The challenge group requires admin (me) approval to be added to keep spam at bay. Though I am a small business, I do step away from the internet in the evenings. You should see a notification in Facebook now that you were added to the group.

As you saw the prizes are awarded October 16th. You can enter any quilt that meets the guidelines (above) until that time, i.e., October 15th. Entries are the quilt pictures in our flickr group (the link is in the top bullet points right under the October 16th date).

Thanks for your feedback on what you found confusing. I will edit the page to include the 15th information.

Have a great weekend,
Shannon

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