Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019 Pantone Quilt Challenge {OPEN FOR ENTRIES!}

The 2019 Pantone Quilt Challenge: LIVING CORAL contest is FINALLY open for entries!

Sorry for the delay, peeps. Short story: 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!) Long story: We've encountered a bit of a technological curveball. The trusty link-up system we've used for years underwent some changes effective April 1, and from what we can tell no longer offers the voting option. (!) While we're working on how to manage that (democratically) given our long-loved Viewer's Choice award, you can still go ahead and link your makes for the contest from now until June 14 at 11:59pm EST.

EDITED TO ADD: Fixed! (We hope!)

   

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

THE JUDGES


 
 

Erika Bea, Lucy Tiffney, and Tula Pink (DREAM TEAM) are super amped to see what you guys have come up with!

THE RULES

For those of you familiar with the Annual Pantone Quilt Challenge (ahem, 2014 (Radiant Orchid), 2015 (Marsala), 2017 (Greenery), and 2018 (Ultra Violet)), this year’s rules are generally the same as in years past, with a select few tweaks. 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!


1. Seeing how this is the Living Coral pantone challenge, your project must contain at least *some* Living Coral (or similar shade).


But what shades of coral count as living coral, you ask? Whatever comes close! Read: no one will be whipping out an official Pantone swatch alongside each entry photo to check for a perfect match. Just try to get as close as you can, and follow along with us here or on social media for some fabric suggestions throughout the challenge!


Remember, 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 Living Coral as the feature color of your quilt, and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Living Coral into account when making their decisions.


2. Your quilt must fit into one of the following categories. There will be three judged categories (minis, quilts, just-the-top) and one participation-only category (“for exhibit only”):
  • Minis: Shortest side under 30” (pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. all count as minis!)
  • Quilts: Any size completed quilt from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”)
  • Just-the-Top: Any size quilt top from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”)
  • (Tweak for 2019!) For Exhibit Only (formerly known as the non-judged category): Any Living Coral project that doesn’t quite fit in one of the above categories but you’d like to share all the same! Or you just want to play along without the judgy pressure.
The contest will run from March 21 until June 14, 2019 with the link party open during the last week-ish (June 6 – June 14 at 11:59PM EST). Winners will be announced the following week (or thereabouts).


3. You can submit one entry per judged category (i.e., up to three entries). Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding. All items in judged categories must have been completed in 2019 to be eligible.


4. By entering the contest, you agree that your project picture may be used in follow-up posts about the Pantone Challenge.


5. All items in judged categories must have been completed in 2019 to be eligible.

THE PRIIIIIIIZES

In the interest of keeping things open to everyone (from everywhere), here’s what we came up with. Thanks in advance for understanding. Okay, here goes: we’re asking our judges to pick their top U.S. and global (non-U.S.) pick (TWO #1s!). That means regardless of where you live, you can enter in any category and be eligible for the respective prize at the 1st level (U.S. or Global), and any prize at the 2nd and Viewer’s Choice levels. Mmmmk? Phew! Now, on to the prizes from our kind, generous sponsors.

 
 


QUILTS (Tula Pink)

  • Judge’s 1st:
    • Global: 1 Large Collection Aurifil ($140) + Pantone Box
    • U.S.: Daylight Slimline 3 Table Lamp ($215)
  • Judge’s 2nd: 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Crimson Tate Liberty fabric stack
  • Viewer’s Choice: 1 Aurifil cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription


MINIS  (Erika Bea)

  • Judge’s 1st:
    • Global: 1 Large Collection Aurifil ($140) + Pantone Box
    • U.S.: Daylight Travel Lamp + LP&Q print subscription
  • Judge’s 2nd: 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Crimson Tate African wax print fabric stack
  • Viewer’s Choice: 1 Aurifil cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription


JUST-THE-TOP (Lucy Tiffney)

  • Judge’s 1st –
    • Global: 1 Large Collection Aurifil ($140) + Pantone Box
    • U.S.: Daylight Wafer 1 Lightbox with Cutting Mat ($194)
  • Judge’s 2nd: 1 Small Collection Aurifil ($50) and Me + You fabric stack
  • Viewer’s Choice: 1 Aurifil cone ($50) and digital LP&Q subscription

Door Prizes

Finally, we would really (really) love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Living Coral, regardless of skill level, so several entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our “door prizes” — brought to you by your hosts, judges, and more! *wink!*

ENTRIES:

  1. Entries are open NOW and will close on June 14 at 11:59pm EST. The link up tool (below) should tell you how much time the link-up has to run. Winners announced the following week (or thereabouts). 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).
  1. Each entry should link to a blog post, Flickr page, or Instagram post.
  1. Each entry should include THREE THINGS (in addition to your photo, duh!): (1) project title; (2) quilt dimensions; and (3) your country of residence. (All this helps us ensure the quilt has been submitted in the proper category.)

Link Up Trouble Shooting

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. *Drumroll please!* So without further ado… the linkies! *keep drumming*

QUILTS



MINIS



JUST-THE-TOP



FOR EXHIBIT ONLY

We would really (really) love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Living Coral, regardless of skill level or the year completed, so several entries that haven’t already won a prize will be drawn at random for one of our mystery “door prizes”!




We look forward to seeing your projects!!