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....


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


  1. Awesome! Congrats to all the winners AND all the participants! I so enjoyed seeing the amazing collection of Greenery! Thanks again for all your hard work making the challenge a reality.

  2. It was so much fun to see everyone working on their quilts for this challenge, and the results were amazing. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Ahh!!! Thank you so much!! It was so fun to be a part of this challenge. Thank you to you and Rebecca for hosting and to all the sponsors and judges. Muah! Kari B.

  4. I hope I can always be a lurker/participant for the Pantone Quilt Challenge. What an amazing collection of quilts and viewpoints. I love seeing the diversity that came out of a single color swatch. Thank you to the organizers, judges and sponsors for helping to make this happen! 😘

  5. What an exciting challenge! All the entries so fun and interesting! Congratulations to the winners, and to all the entrants who now have awesome quilts to remember the challenge by! Great job by the judges too!

  6. Congratulations to everyone who participated and won! Thank you to everyone who made this challenge happen!

  7. That was my first time entering challenge! Thank you for organising ... it was so much fun!! Congratulations to all the winners :)

  8. Congrats to all the winners-it was fun! Thank you, Susan

  9. Congrats to everyone who entered in this challenge and the winners! The results are really fantastic! And a big thank you to everyone who made this challenge happened.

  10. Congratulations to the winners. This was a really fun challenge. 'So glad to have found this blog :)

  11. Congratulations! There were some spectacular quilts entered and I didn't envy the judges at all! Love participating and can't wait for 2018 to see what we will be up against again! Thank you for your hard work ladies!

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