Friday 14 March 2014

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge - Open for Entries!

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

The 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge is open for entries!  You can link up here or over at Play Crafts - the linky runs across both blogs so it doesn't make a difference where you link up.

The official "Radiant Orchid" swatch!

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


All items must be started in 2014 to be eligible

1. There will be 3 categories:
 - Minis: Shortest side under 30". Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. will 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").

2. This is the Radiant Orchid Quilt Challenge, so your project must contain at least some Radiant Orchid or similar purple. You can also use any other colours or neutrals you like (and as many as you like). That said, we would like to see Radiant Orchid as the feature colour of your quilt and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Radiant Orchid into account when making their decision.

3. You can submit one entry per category. Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding.


Quilts - judged by Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew

First place - Oakshott Fabrics - £100 Gift voucher plus free shipping
Second place - Stitchbird Fabrics - fat quarter bundle of Ellen Luckett Baker's Garden collection
Third place - Fat Quarter Shop - $50 gift certificate

Minis - judged by Elizabeth Dackson from Don't Call Me Betsy

First place - Fat Quarter Shop - $50 gift certificate
Second place - Intrepid Thread - Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter fat quarter bundle
Third place - Westwood Acres - $20 gift certificate

Just the top - judged by Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced

First place - Aurifil - Thread pack ($130 value)
Second place - Hawthorne Threads - $50 gift certificate
Third place - Robert Kaufman Kona - Half-yard bundle of Pantone Spring Kona cotton solids

Random Winners

We would really really love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Radiant Orchid, regardless of skill level, so an entry in each category that hasn't already won a prize will be drawn at random, and will win one of: a $25 gift voucher from Sew me a Song, a $25 gift voucher from Polka Dot Tea or a $25 gift voucher from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

Viewer's Choice

We also think it's more fun when everyone gets to participate, so we will also run a viewer's choice award where everyone can vote on their favourite creation!  The winner will receive this amazing Radiant Orchid inspired bundle from Fabricworm.


We are delighted to have three fantastic guest judges on board.  These ladies are seriously talented quilters, designers and authors.  We love their work and know they'll do a fantastic job when it comes to judging your entries!


From left to right: Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew, Elizabeth Dackson from Don't Call Me Betsy, and Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced.


1. Entries are open NOW, and will close at on March 21 2014 at 11pm PST and winners will be announced on March 26 2014.

2. Each entry should link to a blog post / Threadbias post / Flickr page

3. Each entry should include quilt dimensions.



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Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

Finally! I have been bursting at the seams all day to link up, doesn't always pay to be first in the world to see the sun!

DeborahGun said...

Yay! Thanks so much for organising. It has been a fun challenge :-)

Geta Grama said...

Thank you for this fun challenge, Adrianne.

Kelli said...

I had a question about the Radiant Orchid Pantone Quilt Challenge. I see in the rules that all entries should of been started in 2014. If I cut the fabric for my project late 2013, but didn't start actually sewing/piecing it until 2014, would that qualify?

Erin @ Once Upon a Donkey said...

Aak, so much purple loveliness! I will have to come back and spend some serious time drooling over all those links. Great job hosting this year! Has been fun watching people's progress. :)

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Yay, so excited to finally link up!! What an amazing bunch of quilts!!

CeLynn said...

Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge!

Soma @ said...

It's really great to see how everyone has showcased the color purple! Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event :)


Salsy said...

Thanks Adrianne for your fab organising skills. Nice to be a part of this. I enjoyed delving into my purple fabric scraps.

Kara {me and elna} said...

I'm so excited about this; thanks for hosting!!! Quick question- I initially linked my unquilted quilt top to the quilts section but then deleted it and added it to the just tops section; is that correct or should I put it back in the quilts section? Thanks! :)

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Hi Adrianne,
I tried to delete my original link up for my criss-crossed quilt (#23 of finished quilts) after adding a new link that gave the dimensions and was an official Pantone challenge post on my blog. But it doesn't look like it deleted although I clicked yes a few times. Is there any way you can delete it? Sorry to be a pest!!! Jamie

Anonymous said...

Lovely contest. I had a hard time picking put my favorites!!!
I wish I could have finished my project to link up too, but " life" happened! Better luck next time!
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

Katherine said...

Amazing entries in all categories - so much inspiration and talent to enjoy. Thanks so much for organizing this wonderful challenge, Adrienne and Anne!

ChristaQuilts said...

These are all so fabulous! I'm beginning to like orchid just a bit now, LOL!!