This yearâ€™s winners for the Riley Blake Designs and Modern Quilt Guild ChallengeÂ have been announced. Entries were judged by staff members of the Modern Quilt Guild and Riley Blake Designs.â€œOnce again, we were thrilled to work with Riley Blake Designs on this challenge,â€ says Heather Grant, director of marketing and programming for the MQG. â€œThe fabric this year was very unique, and we were eager to see what MQG members would do with it, They didnâ€™t disappoint, and created quilts that inspire the community. We are very pleased with the results.â€
The fabric for this yearâ€™s challenge was Sashing Stash, designed by Eleanor Dugan and produced by Riley Blake Designs. Participants were also able to use coordinating Riley Blake solids. The challenge was to create something quilted that the participant had never done before, encouraging MQG members and nonmembers to expand their skills and try something new.
â€˜â€™We were so impressed with the entries for the Riley Blake Designs Challenge using the Sashing Stash collection,â€™â€™ says Cindy Cloward, President of Riley Blake Designs. â€˜â€™The use of the fabric along with the challenge, to do something the quilters had never done before, created stunning quilts. We are always so proud to be a part of the Modern Quilt Guildâ€™s annual challenge.â€™â€™
Winners for this yearâ€™s challenge are as follows:
1st Place:Â â€œOut Of Lineâ€
By Adrianne Ove -Â Individual MQG member
From the judges: â€˜â€™We are so impressed with the imaginative design, graphic quality and intricacy of the piecing. It created such a dramatic effect.â€™â€™
2ndÂ Place:Â â€œHills and Valleysâ€
By Cassandra Beaver -Â Central Ohio MQG member
From the judges: â€˜â€™We were amazed at all the different styles of quilting motifs. Also, the wonderful use of the challenge fabric and the color scheme.â€™â€™
3rd Place:Â â€œJumbleâ€
By Betsy Vinegrad -Â North Jersey MQG member
From the judges: â€˜â€™We loved the use of the challenge fabrics. The black and white color choice is so striking and powerful.â€™â€™
Honorable Mention:Â â€œCaught in a Cross Stitchâ€
By Antoinette McNultyÂ Individual MQG member
From the judges: â€˜â€™We really liked the graphic quality of the quilting along with the use of the challenge fabric. We also loved the splashes of pink!â€™â€™
â€œAccidentally on Purposeâ€ by Diana Vandeyar, Individual MQG member
â€œFlashesâ€ by Kate Manley, South Sound MQG member
â€œRoundaboutâ€ by Cynthia Steward, Individual MQG member
â€œRiley Blake Challenge Oh Yes It Wasâ€ by Susan Paris, Portland MQG member
â€œChasing Trianglesâ€ by Rose Daley, Baltimore MQG member
â€œMiniâ€ by AnnMarie Cowley, Portland MQG member
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!
About The Modern Quilt Guild: In six years, the Modern Quilt Guild has expanded rapidly to include over 10,000 members in over 170 chapters worldwide. The guildâ€™s mission is to encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.