Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 pantone quilt challenge - winners!

Alright folks! The 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Greenery results are in!  

...But (quickly) before we get to that, Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and I just wanted to say how impressed we've been by vibrant and varied ways in which you all paid homage to Greenery.  All three of our judges remarked that their decisions were not going to be easy after seeing what you came up with, so kudos to all of our entrants for making their jobs that much harder. :)  And if you don't see your quilt listed below, we hope you know it is by no means a reflection on the quality of your work! You're all amazing.

 

But you know that already. :)  What you don't know, however, is who the judges and viewers picked! So without further ado....

WINNERS! 


Quilts (judged by Carolyn Friedlander)


Carolyn Friedlander

"These entries are great! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what folks made, and overall, I think everyone paid Greenery a wonderful tribute! To pick just 2 entries from the Quilts category was indeed a challenge. I loved reading about and seeing the inspiration behind Vicky's Succulence quilt. I appreciate seeing an idea translated into a finished project in a way that honors the inspiration while still having a life of its own. On the other hand, Diana's entry spoke to me in terms of color and texture. The palette achieves an interesting play on color, and the hand quilting adds great richness and detail."




First place — Robert Kaufman — Green Prize pack (Kona Color Card + 3 green Kona FQ bundles) 


"Succulence Quilt" by Vicky of Veni Vidi Vicky


Second place — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle


"Flamingos in the Shrubbery" by Diana Vandeyar


Viewers’ choice — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle


"Cluster" by Stacey Lee O'Malley of SLOstudio



Minis (judged by Jennifer Sampou)


Jennifer Sampou

"Ah! Not an easy decision. So many talented makers and successful quilts. My criteria was first based on visual graphic impact due to not seeing the quilts in person. These are my two choice winners. Very different approach/style yet both artists exhibit originality, understanding of dynamic composition and use of greenery. Quilting enhances design, adds depth and rhythm. Ultimately I am drawn to the excellent design sense of both artists and I am honored to be the judge of this challenge."


First place — Oakshott Fabrics — $100 gift certificate 


"Growing Green" by Ailish



Second place — Fat Quarter Shop — $50 gift certificate 


"Meadow" by Kari





Viewers’ choice — Love, Patchwork & Quilting Magazine — 1-year print subscription 

Okay, so it turns out the viewers were totally in sync with Jennifer on this one, which means "Growing Green" won their (your) vote, too.  However, in the interest of keeping things friendly and sharing the love, we're awarding the viewers' choice prize to the (close) second mini...


"Simple Stripes" by Monika Huelsebusch


Just the Top (judged by Christa Watson)


Christa Watson

"These were all so amazing and I had such a hard time choosing.

#1:  Those triangles just mesmerized me - making me wonder how she did that! I love all the color and movement that was achieved with her rich, monochromatic color scheme.

Runner Up:  I love how she mixed greenery with other colors to create such a delightful quilt. Her fabric choices are great and she was able to effectively create contrast with busy prints. Great job!"


First place — Aurifil — Large spool thread collection (Christa Watson’s Thread Box) 


"Love at First Glow" by Jill Fisher of Pie Lady Quilts





Second place — Lecien — Goodie Basket  


"X-Quilt" by Elina Temmes





Viewers’ choice — Crimson Tate — $50 gift certificate

"Fibonacci Geese" by Michelle Parent



Door Prizes


The following (and equally fabulous) entries have been drawn at random from the three challenge categories to win our “door prizes”:



 
"Good Morning My Feathered Friends" by Anne Varley
(Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card)



"Revitalized" by Jayne of Twiggy and Opal 
(me+you — precut triangles and hexies)



"Flowering Snowball" by Alisa of A Stitch In Between
(Stash Fabrics — gift certificate)


We'll be contacting our winners over the next few days to discuss logistics, etc., so keep an eye out for those emails.

Again, a big thank you to our judges, sponsors, and all of our entrants for making this challenge such a joy to watch over these past few months!  Rebecca and I have really enjoyed seeing all of your creations come to life.  And if you have any suggestions or feedback, we would love to hear it.  This was our first rodeo, so to speak, and we're sure there are ways we can improve for next year, so please let us know—we're all ears!

Sarah + Rebecca

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

reminder: vote for your favorite pantone quilts!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  

Just a quick reminder that although the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge is closed to new entries, there's still time to vote.  And voting is open to anyone and everyone!  So even if you didn't enter the challenge yourself, you can still participate in the vote :)
  
 

Cast your votes on the entries page here or over at Bryan House Quilts.  Voting will stay open until 10pm PST on Friday, June 2nd.  You get to vote for your favorite in each category.  To vote, simply click on the heart in the corner of the thumbnail photo.  Just don't go clicking willy nilly... you only get one vote per category (no redo's!) so once that little heart turns red, there's no going back.  ;)

We'll be back to announce the winners next week.  Stay tuned!

Sarah + Rebecca

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 pantone quilt challenge – open for entries!

The 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Greenery contest is open for entries!  You can link up here or at Bryan House Quilts.  (The linky runs on both blogs, so it doesn't matter where you link up—your entry will appear both places once you do!)

 

Before you link up, check out our amazing judges, the rules, and our wonderful sponsors.


THE JUDGES


We are delighted to have these three judges on board:  Carolyn Friedlander (top), Jennifer Sampou (left), and Christa Watson (right).  These women are such an inspiration on so many different levels, and we have full confidence they'll do a wonderful job considering your entries.


THE RULES:


We’ll be keeping an eye on entries and enforcing the rules by removing any entries that don’t meet the requirements.  (But see below for more information on the separate linky for quilts that don't meet the requirements!)  

All items must be finished in 2017 to be eligible.
  1. First of all, the feature color!  Here’s the official Greenery swatch:

The fabric in your quilt doesn’t have to be a perfect match to Greenery.  However, seeing as this is the Greenery pantone challenge, your project must contain at least some Greenery or similar green. (Just try to get as close as you can!) You can also use any other colors or neutrals you like, and as many (and as much) as you like.  That said, we would like to see Greenery as the feature color of your quilt, and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Greenery into account when making their decisions.
  1. There will be three categories: quilts, minis, and just the top.
  • Quilts: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
  • Minis: Shortest side under 30". (Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. all count as minis!)
  • Just the Top: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
  1. The contest will run from March 14 until May 29, 2017, with the link party open during the last ten days (May 19 - May 29, 2017).
  1. You can submit one entry per category (i.e., up to three entries).  Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding.  Again, all items must have been finished in 2017 to be eligible.
  1. By entering the contest, you agree that your project picture may be used in follow up posts about the Pantone Challenge.


PRIZES!


Quilts (judged by Carolyn Friedlander)

First place — Robert Kaufman — Green Prize pack (Kona Color Card + 3 green Kona FQ bundles) 
Second place — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle
Viewers’ choice — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle



Minis (judged by Jennifer Sampou)

First place — Oakshott Fabrics — $100 gift certificate 
Second place — Fat Quarter Shop — $50 gift certificate 
Viewers’ choice — Love, Patchwork & Quilting Magazine — 1-year print subscription 



Just the top (judged by Christa Watson)

First place — Aurifil — Large spool thread collection (Christa Watson’s Thread Box) 
Second place — Lecien — Goodie Basket  
Viewers’ choice — Crimson Tate — $50 gift certificate

 
Just as in previous years, we've kept the viewer participation element of this challenge so that there is a viewer's choice award for each category.  We know you'll have fun looking at all the entries and voting for your favorite in each one (we will!)


Door Prizes

Finally, we would really (really) love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Greenery, regardless of skill level, so a few entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our “door prizes”:

 

ENTRIES:

  1. Entries are open NOW and will close on May 29, 2017 at 10pm PST.  The link up tool (below) should tell you how much time the link-up has to run.  Winners will be announced the first week of June. The link party/gallery will be hosted at Bryan House Quilts and no hats in the house, but you only have to enter at one site (assuming it all goes smoothly, it's all the same thing). Entries will be open from May 19 - May 29, 2017. Entries will close on May 29, 2017 at 10pm PST.
  1. Each entry should link to a blog post, Flickr page, or Instagram post.
  1. Each entry should include the project title and quilt dimensions. (This will help us check that the quilt has been submitted in the proper category.)
If you haven't used a link-up tool before, Katy from The Littlest Thistle explains everything you need to know here.  

If you're planning to use Instagram to link up, Katy has another great post explaining that process (here).  If you're working from a phone or tablet, check out Rhonda's tutorial on how to link from Instagram (here).

Please pay attention to the different categories to make sure your entry winds up in the right place! But don't worry—if you make a mistake, the link program will allow you to delete your own links and re-submit in the proper category.

So without further ado... the linkies!

QUILTS




MINI QUILTS




    JUST THE TOPS




      JUST FOR FUN (NON-JUDGED ENTRIES)

        We thought it would be fun to provide a place for people to share quilts that feature Greenery but don’t necessarily comply with all the challenge rules—e.g., because they were not finished in 2017, or were made by me or Rebecca, etc. ;)  This is the separate link-up for people to share these quilts.  However, they will not be eligible for judging, voting, or to win prizes.   If you link up a quilt that is not eligible for the contest (e.g., it was finished pre-2017), we will move it to this category.



        We look forward to seeing all your entries!


        Sarah + Rebecca

        Tuesday, March 14, 2017

        2017 pantone quilt challenge: greenery {official announcement!}

        Today is the day! 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Greenery contest details!

         

        Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and I are so thrilled Anne and Adrianne entrusted us with the hefty (and, let’s be real, super exciting) responsibility of co-hosting the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge. We’re both huge fans of color, this community, and of course, a little friendly competition :)  To that end, we’ve got some inspiring posts lined up, a tremendous trifecta of guest judges, not to mention some incredible prizes up for grabs thanks to our wonderful sponsors.  

        So let’s get straight to it: judges, rules, prizes, everything you want to know…  


        THE JUDGES


        We couldn't be happier to announce our three guest judges:  Carolyn Friedlander (top), Jennifer Sampou (left), and Christa Watson (right).  These women are such an inspiration on so many different levels.  From fabric design to teaching to innovative quilting to book authorship—you name it, they’ve done it.  We have so much love and respect for their work, and have full confidence they'll do a wonderful job considering your entries.


        THE RULES:

        For those of you familiar with the challenge, the rules are pretty much the same as (recent) years past, including 2014 (Radiant Orchid) and 2015 (Marsala).  In the interest of keeping things fair, we’ll be keeping an eye on entries and enforcing the rules by removing any entries that don’t meet the requirements.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need clarifications! 

        All items must be finished in 2017 to be eligible.
        1. First of all, the feature color!  Here’s the official Greenery swatch:

        Finding this exact color won’t be necessary (…or perhaps even possible), so don’t sweat it—the fabric in your quilt doesn’t have to be a perfect match to Greenery.  However, seeing as this is the Greenery pantone challenge, your project must contain at least some Greenery or similar green. (Just try to get as close as you can, and follow along with us here for some helpful suggestions of greenery-inspired fabrics throughout the challenge!) You can also use any other colors or neutrals you like, and as many (and as much) as you like.  That said, we would like to see Greenery as the feature color of your quilt, and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Greenery into account when making their decisions.
        1. There will be three categories: minis, quilts, and just the top.
        • Minis: Shortest side under 30". (Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. all count as minis!)
        • Quilts: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
        • Just the Top: Any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
        1. The contest will run from March 14 until May 29, 2017, with the link party open during the last ten days (May 19 - May 29, 2017).
        1. You can submit one entry per category (i.e., up to three entries).  Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding.  Again, all items must have been finished in 2017 to be eligible.
        1. By entering the contest, you agree that your project picture may be used in follow up posts about the Pantone Challenge.
         

        HOW TO ENTER:

        1. A link party/gallery will be hosted at Bryan House Quilts and no hats in the house. Entries will be open from May 19 - May 29, 2017. Entries will close on May 29, 2017 at 10pm PST.
        1. Each entry should link to a blog post, Flickr page, or Instagram post.
        1. Each entry should include the project title and quilt dimensions.
         

        PRIZES!


        Quilts (judged by Carolyn Friedlander)

        First place — Robert Kaufman — Green Prize pack (Kona Color Card + 3 green Kona FQ bundles) 
        Second place — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle
        Viewers’ choice — Robert Kaufman — Kona Color Card + 1 green Kona FQ bundle



        Minis (judged by Jennifer Sampou)

        First place — Oakshott Fabrics — $100 gift certificate 
        Second place — Fat Quarter Shop — $50 gift certificate 
        Viewers’ choice — Love, Patchwork & Quilting Magazine — 1-year print subscription 



        Just the top (judged by Christa Watson)

        First place — Aurifil — Large spool thread collection (Christa Watson’s Thread Box) 
        Second place — Lecien — Goodie Basket  
        Viewers’ choice — Crimson Tate — $50 gift certificate

         
        Just as in previous years, we've kept the viewer participation element of this challenge so that there is a viewer's choice award for each category.  We know you'll have fun looking at all the entries and voting for your favorite in each one (we will!)


        Door Prizes

        Finally, we would really (really) love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Greenery, regardless of skill level, so a few entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our “door prizes”:

         

        NON-JUDGED ENTRIES

        We thought it would be fun to provide a place for people to share quilts that feature Greenery but don’t necessarily comply with all the challenge rules—e.g., because they were not finished in 2017, or were made by me or Rebecca, etc. ;)  We will be providing a separate link-up for people to share these quilts.  However, they will not be eligible for judging, voting, or to win prizes.  


        OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

        We would love to see your creations while you’re working on them, so be sure to tag them on Instagram using the hashtags #pantonequilt and #pantonequilt2017.  And if your stash is a little light on Greenery, word on the street from the color guru (Anne of Play Crafts) is that Kona Kiwi and Fern are a great starting point (not to mention all those lush, pre-picked Kona palettes like Spring Meadow, Wondrous Woods, Pleasant Pastures, and Grasslands). 

        Oakshott Fabrics’ nearest color is Colourshott 41 (Passy), but they too have lots of gorgeous greens across the Colourshott range (including some great little bundles, like Moss, Asparagus, and Kew). Plus, Oakshott has set up a Special Offer just for our readers: now through April 30, 2017, you can SAVE 10% on all Oakshott orders when you spend £25 or more using Promotion Code PQCGREEN. 

        Keep an eye out for more suggestions on where to find Greenery fabric, and we can’t wait to see your progress over on Instagram!

        xo

        Sarah + Rebecca