Above is a pillow I made using original prints. This was a gift for my Mom, “Hello Mom!”. I find it easy to use my original prints in a patchwork manner. The fabrics I print are small by necessity, so I find thinking about them in terms of patchwork quilting the easiest path.
In this photo, you see a quilt medallion or central portion of a future quilt top. This one includes a commercial print, the line drawn floral. Beside that, all fabrics are again original prints.
Here, I am pointing to a quilt designed and made by Stephanie Forsyth, whose pattern can be found in Modern Patchwork. The quilt is made entirely of Meadowlark. It was quite interesting to see how Stephanie used Meadowlark to make a really appealing quilt
I have been thinking it might be fun to host a quilt making challenge using Meadowlark. I love designing and making the patterns used in my commercial line of fabrics, but… When it comes to using that cloth, I hesitate. Over the past year, I have asked friends and colleagues to make quilts or items using Meadowlark to fill my booth at Market. Seeing what other people do with my cloth is a surprise and a delight each and every time. So I wonder if I might ask you, dear reader, to work your magical eye over Meadowlark, using this criteria:
1. The quilt top must contain at least 70% Meadowlark. The other 30% is up to you. I would really like to see what fabrics you pair with Meadowlark.
2. I encourage you to make a throw measuring 60″ square.
3. Some aspect of the quilt block Or quilt top must have half square triangles, because I like them.
4. This challenge is time sensitive, your quilt top must be completed between January 1 and March 1, 2015.
My rules are not set in stone, they act as guidance. If you make a baby quilt, great. If you use 65% Meadowlark, that is ok too. I may need to set the quilt police on your tail if you choose to omit half square triangles, but I bet you would survive that too.
Here are some of my thoughts about the Meadowlark line:
I would love to see the fruit fabric interpreted in a ‘French provincial’ style. I say interpreted because the fruit prints are pretty colorful, and I think it would be a loose interpretation.
The bird print is ‘my baby’, so if you wanted to feature that, go for it.
I think the oval daisy dot is a sleeper, so if you wanted to feature those prints, I would love to see what you come up with.
The vine prints? I think they would make great border prints.
Read the fine print:
1. If you are interested in participating in this challenge, please leave a comment. If you have a blog, leave a link to your blog in the comments. I will keep a list of participants in the sidebar of my blog.
2. If you would like to help spread the word about this challenge, I will give away a fat quarter pack of the entire Meadowlark line in one weeks time (Saturay, January 10). What you need to do to participate in the give away, is link to this post on facebook, Twitter, or any other social media and post a link to that here, in the comments.
Places to purchase Meadowlark online?
Amazon also carries my line.
12 thoughts on “Meadowlark quilt top challenge! (and giveaway)”
ive just shared your post on Facebook. I’m also wondering if you know of a Canadian site where I could order the fabric?
A fabric store in Winnipeg intends to carry it..They don’t have it yet…check out Keystone Quilts on FB…they will call me when they get it(I want some too!!) and I can let you know…or you can message them and get in contact directly.
Loving the challenge! I need to wait for the fabrics to come in, but in the meantime I am spreading the word via Facebook! Tagged you in the post, so you should be able to see it. Thanks for the opportunity Melanie 🙂
Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! (I always think of the bacon treats and the dog in the commercial when I type that. LOL!) Now to get the brain designing ideas. After all the half square triangles I made last month, I think I can do them in my sleep (or nightmares). Okay, the order for fabric will be sent today. Woot!
I have so many projects on the back burner that I don’t know that I would be able to compete in the challenge but I will definitely be watching. I’ve shared your challenge and giveaway on my Giveaway List for just sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks for the great giveaway. The fabrics are really beautiful.
I can’t participate right now I have a lot to catch up on but I did share on Facebook!!!!!! Thanks for the chance!!!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
I just shared your post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pk.solberg.1/posts/323503944522760?pnref=story. I’m a teacher and can’t participate in the challenge because the start of a new semester is pretty demanding. But I’ll definitely be watching because I love your Meadowlark line! The prints in the medallion quilt that you are holding in the photo above are also gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
I shared this on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/406379566351037360/
I created a quilt top on Friday just using meadowlark! I posted it on fB and Instagram already. 🙂
One day I will get the OOMPH to join one of these! I shared with my Twitter and Google+ followers. 🙂
Your fabric design is simply stunning. I don’t have the time to create anything with it, but wanted to let you know.
Missed it by 15 minutes! LOL