2019 Riley Blake Challenge Winners

We had another incredible challenge this year — thank you to everyone who entered! Special thanks to our sponsor Riley Blake Designs for hosting another great challenge, and to MQG member Christopher Thompson for helping select the fabrics! You can see the winning quilts below, and at the Garden of Quilts in September.

1st Place

Blossom Burst by Sarah Lefebvre

Baltimore MQG
Blossom Burst is an original quilt design created for the 2019 Riley Blake Designs Modern Quilt Guild Fabric Challenge. I used geometric shapes including triangles, diamonds, and parallelograms paired with organic straight line quilting to add contrast, texture and interest. It incorporates all of the challenge fabrics plus more, and finishes at 48 x 48".

2nd Place

 Quiltropolis by Betsy Vinegrad

North Jersey MQG
My husband works on the 41st floor of a building in Midtown Manhattan with floor to ceiling windows. I love looking down on the buildings and streets below. This quilt reminds me of that view. The block design, created in Electric Quilt, was inspired by a painting made up of squares with circles by Gary Andrew Clarke. Changing the squares to rectangles, I set them into an irregular grid that was inspired by Chawne Kimber's "Roberta" quilts. The blocks were paper pieced, and the circles were inset using Dale Fleming's 6-minute circle technique. Machine pieced and quilted on a domestic machine; it is 47" wide by 63" long. I hope you enjoy the view!



3rd Place

Guide by Jessica Plunkett

Central Iowa MQG
Rarely do we move through life on one perfectly defined path. We shift lanes. We take a wrong exit. We lose sight of where we’re going. In this quilt, the circular shape acts as a compass with the pink arrow indicating which way to proceed. Since there are many paths to get there, the outer blue and white striped curve, near the upper left side of the quilt, acts as a guide (think of a bumper in the gutter of a bowling lane!) to keep you flowing in the right direction.


 Farm Circles by Jackie White

Individual Member
I love circles and I love spending weekends at our farm. This quilt was made in the spring when the grass starts to sprout, the birds come out and the sky is blue!

 Stream of Thought by Cheri Turner

Space Coast MQG #1
24" x 25.5" wall hanging quilt using all 4 of the challenge fabrics as well as pink background and teal backing. All fabric used was from the Riley Blake collection. Pattern is an original.

 Sunrise by Carissa Luking

Individual Member
The inspiration for my quilt came from a textile I found that was created by Lucienne Day. The textile just mesmerized me. I couldn’t stop looking at. I thought the fabric in this challenge would be a perfect fit for a geometric design similar to her original textile print. I wanted to honor Lucienne Day’s overall concept and therefore opted to name the quilt after her original textile’s name; Sunrise. All four required fabrics were used, along with Riley Blake solid white for the majority of the backing and Riley Blake solid navy for the binding. 50wt Aurifil thread was used to piece the quilt together. Coats and Clark mercerized cotton was used for quilting (I didn’t have any white Aurifil available). The entire design was drafted using pencil and grid paper. The majority of the quilt was pieced using the foundation paper-piecing technique. I actually used exam table paper (from my medical office) to ensure I had a large enough size of paper. I used Warm and Natural needled cotton batting. I absolutely adore how this turned out, and I hope you do as well!! Overall finished size is roughly 50” x 68.5”.

Reflections by Laura Shaw
Fraser Valley MQG
An abstract table runner of mountains, rivers, valleys and lakes reflecting the morning sunrise.

 If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe by Dana Kuhnline

Cincinnati MQG
I was inspired by a Carl Sagan quote, "If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe," to modify a traditional orange peel design to evoke molecules, stars and the roundness of pies. This quilt uses raw edge fusible appliqué combined with machine and hand quilting.

 Which Way Do I Go? by Chris Juliano

Omaha MQG
I played with random HST placement to get multiple various subpatterns and used smaller triangles to break up an overload of HSTs and draw your eye in different directions. I finished with perfectly imperfect matchstick in varying directions.

 Marbles by Zina Clark

Long Beach MQG

This quilt was born out of my first failed attempt for this challenge. Determined to make lemonade out of lemons, I chopped up the fabric and incorporated it into a new design. I like this one so much better!