Modern Quilts for Modern Kids Challenge

Last year, the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, engaged in a challenge to create modern quilts for our charity – Durham Foster Care.

Each person who participated in the challenge received one of the two challenge bundles, and were asked to create a quilt for a kid. They could use all or some of the fabrics and any other fabric.

Bundle 1 (Blue, Yellow, Red):


Bundle 2 (Orange, Green, teal etc): _20150418_165416

Everyone did a great job.


They were very much appreciated and we are honored to be able to work with such a great charity. Thanks to all who participated.

Spoonflower Fabric Challenge: Part II

There are two parts to this challenge:

  • Fabric Mosaic Challenge: You will be given two color palettes to choose from. You take the color palette you select and make a mosaic of 6 prints from Spoonflower. The winning mosaic will be the fabric we use in making quilts in Part II.

    The winner of Part 1 of our Challenge was Sarah @ Stitching and Bacon. Here is the fabric bundle from her winning mosaic.

  • Quilt Challenge: Using 6 Fat Eighths (that are selected from Part I) + up to 3 additional solids, create a quilted item that will be part of our charity donation.

Below are the guidelines and instructions for the Quilt Challenge..

Guidelines For Part II: Quilt Challenge

  • The challenge runs from 8th March – 5 July.
  • Members who signed up will receive a fat eight bundle of the above Spoonflower fabric.
  • Members can add up to 3 solids.
  • To enter, create a quilt for donation to a Children’s charity. The quilt must be baby size (50 x 70″), Lap size (~60 x 60″) or larger.
  • It must be a finished item.
  • One (1) Entry per person.
  • Upload a photo of your finished quilt by 5th July  at 6pm using the link-up below (click on the button).
  • Voting for your favorite quilts begins at 8am, July 6th…each person gets 3 votes.
  • There will be 3 winners will be announced at our July meeting 12th July. The winner must be a member of the Triangle MQG.
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #spoonflowerfabricchallenge #trianglemqg on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter if you want to share.

Thank you to Spoonflower for providing the fabric and sponsoring the challenge.


Member Spotlight: Nancy Purvis

Name: Nancy Purvis
Blog: owen’s olivia
IG: owensolivia


Nancy is a stay-at-home mom who taught herself how to sew in 2011 when she needed to make a handy organizer for her laundry closet. Her machine barely worked and was the cause of many frustrations. Nancy now owns a better machine and spends most of her days sewing, creating, and taking care of her family.

How long have you been quilting and how did you start?
I began actively quilting in November of 2012 after I made my second quilt, which was for my sister at Christmas time.

My first quilt was made in April of 2012. A friend of mine introduced me to it, and I fell in love with the designs and wonderful fabric. I didn’t know much about quilting at the time, and I was surprised to find that more and more younger people were trying this old-time craft. Later on (like in 2014) I discovered I really like to paper piece and work with improvisational quilting. I really love minimal designs and clean looking quilts as well, which tend to be the main aesthetic of my quilts. This also tends to show as well in my quilting, as I like to keep that to a minimum.

[Fish, original design by Nancy Purvis]

Why do you like Modern quilting and why did you join the MQG?
I think what I like is considered modern, even though a lot of the blocks and quilting are based on traditional styles and techniques, but what drew me to what people are considering these days modern is the use of color, fabrics, and designs. I love quilting because I get to put a little of myself into a tangible product. As an artist, this is very satisfying. This product can then be used as art or to wrap a loved one in. Sometimes, I love the slow process of picking out fabrics, piecing them together, and watching the design I had in my head begin to unfold. I just love working with my hands, and I love design. The two go together very well.

[Crossover, original design by Nancy Purvis]

I joined our local guild to connect with others who like to talk about quilting. I have very little local friends who consider spending a Friday night behind a sewing machine fun. I also wanted to feel inspired and see what others doing. We all work with the same medium, yet the outcomes are so vastly different. It’s interesting!

Which of your quilts is your favorite?
Oh, that is tough! I have a few that are my favorite. I really love my most recent finish. It’s called 81 and combines a lot of color, which I typically do not do, and of course, is surrounded by my signature color- black.

[81, original design by Nancy Purvis]

Who do you find inspiration from and why?
There are so many wonderful textile artists out there, but I really love seeing what Meg Callahan, Lorena Maranon, Carolyn Friedlander, Luke Haynes, Lindsey Stead, the women of Gee’s Bend, Maura Grace, and Season Evans have up their sleeves. I love the work of Josef and Anni Albers (who doesn’t? :), as well as some modern day artists who display high quality work. I do not have one specific style that I love most, and all of these artists bring a unique voice to the community that I love seeing.

I like to find inspiration not only from people but from things as well. I have the ability to break down what I see (or is this a normal human skill?). To take a little section out of the whole and see it as something new, different, or as is. When I was first approached by Interweave, they asked for a theme. I knew immediately that I would love to share with people how to take everyday images we see, whether in real life with our own eyes at that very moment or images that are documented, and help people to break down those images they see and create a direct translation of that or use it as a foundation for a new design. The idea was rejected due to how abstract it was. (But I am very happy to see that Heather Jones will be sharing a book all about that this fall!) So we chose HSTs, which I love just as much! 🙂 Inspiration is all around!

What are your favorite fabric designers/fabric lines at the moment?
When it comes to prints, I love the work done by Leah Duncan, April Rhodes, Carolyn Friedlander, Holli Zollinger, Leslie Keating, Karen Lewis, and of course, there are many more! When it comes to solids, I love Art Gallery, In the Beginning Fabrics, and Robert Kaufman. Actually, I love all solid manufacturers because I love solids! I am currently not up to date with any fabric lines. Gasp! I have had to tighten my budget recently, so fabric buying (and browsing) has only been kept to a minimum.

Tell us something else about yourself
I grew up in Concord, NC and moved to Raleigh in 1999. My mother passed away when I was 15, which had a huge impact on me growing up. My father gave me her sewing machine when I married, but it sat in my closet for many years untouched. I love traveling and have been to Europe, the United Kingdom, around the US, and next summer we have plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, as long as I do not chicken out! I worked in dentistry before I decided to stay at home with my son, Owen. He is now 5. My middle name is Olivia, which is how I came up with the name owen’s olivia for my blog. I love arts, crafts, and design, and I’m usually doing something creative almost every day. It keeps me sane. 🙂

I’m still not really sure how this has happened, but I have a book coming out in October with Interweave, like I mentioned earlier. Quilting from every Angle is available for pre-order on Amazon.  It focuses heavily on half square triangles and includes triangles, geese, and some paper piecing. I’m excited for it to arrive and to be able to share it with you all in person!

Member Spotlight: Nicole Neblett

Name: Nicole Neblett
Blog: Mama Love Quilts
IG: mamalovequilts

Today we’re introducing Nicole Neblett from Mama Love Quilts. Mama of two young girls and wife to one supportive husband, Nicole spends her days working as a researcher of children’s language and literacy development. When she’s not researching how best to support children’s development, you’ll find her stitching quilts with bold colors and graphic designs. Her quilt making has been featured in places such as Sew Mama Sew, Modern Patchwork, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Craft Gossip and QuiltCon.


How long have you been quilting and how did you start?
In 2001, I got an email sent to a grad student listserv about an upcoming quilting class taught by a local quilt maker in her home. I had long admired quilts for their beauty so I figured, “Why not check it out?” I took the class and came away from it with the know-how of traditional quilt making. It wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered modern quilt making and was hooked for life!

Why do you like Modern quilting and why did you join the MQG?
One of the things I love about modern quilting is being able to create a quilt that is free from many of the traditional rules of quilting. The result is something that is a mix of art and practicality. I joined the MQG because I like getting to know people who are as crazy about fabric, quilts, and stitching as I am.

Which of your quilts is your favorite?
My latest favorite is Kaleidoscope, a quilt I made with some help from my bee mates in the That Stash Bee. The quilt is in my signature color combo: pink and orange. I love the illusion of circles that come from the play between light and dark.

Kaleidoscope Quilt

Who do you find inspiration from and why?
One of my favorite quilt makers is Leanne from She Can Quilt. I love her minimalist style of quilt design and her use of dense stitching with multiple colors of threads.

What are your favorite fabric designers/fabric lines at the moment?
Rashida Coleman-Hale is my favorite fabric designer. I’m swooning over her Mochi collection. I’m working on a Social Tote project (a Carolyn Friedlander pattern) using a Mochi print. I can’t wait to finish it and fill it with my sewing knickknacks.

Social Tote_In Progress

Tell us something else about yourself
I’m the only person in my family who quilts or sews. I’m hoping to change that history by inspiring my daughters to become quilt makers.

Low Volume Charm Swap

Next month, we are doing a low-volume charm swap. There is a sign up sheet over at our MQG site or Facebook (see button on the right). You will need 1 yard of low-volume fabric per slot you sign up for.

[The above mosaic was created using images from Sew Lux Fabrics Low-Volume Stash Builders]

For the purposes of this swap, low volume is defined as a print that reads as white in the overall design of a quilt. Backgrounds should be light neutrals. Prints may be in color, but should read as an overall neutral.

Here are instructions/tutorial on how to cut your charms:…/…/charm-squares-101.html

Member Spotlight: Ginny Robinson

Name: Ginny Robinson
IG: @minnowpeck

In my life outside of quilting, I am a freelance writer and editor. When I’m not working, I love to cook; my family owns a BBQ joint on the coast near Nags Head, so we specialize in preparing dishes that are delicious and bad for you! My husband works for Duke, and our plan is to raise our two young daughters here. We’re tired of moving, which we did quite a bit before, from San Diego to Philadelphia to Northern California and finally here, where we’ve been for two years.

[Photo Credit: Ginny Robinson]

How long have you been quilting and how did you start?
I started when my first daughter, Ellie, was about five months old. But really that’s just when I got my sewing machine, which is not at all the same as beginning to properly quilt. I sewed things together and waited to see if they stayed that way. That’s a better way of putting it. I took my first quilting class in 2011, and I had a love/hate relationship with it because I found out how hard “real” quilting was!

quilt so far
[Photo Credit: Ginny Robinson]

Why do you like Modern quilting and why did you join the MQG?
I like modern quilting for the same reasons I like modern poetry, something I studied quite a bit in grad school. I deeply appreciate the measure and pattern of traditional quilting (and poetry), but I love taking a good, healthy whack at tradition too. In grad school, our professors were constantly drilling into us that there was order and history in what we were doing, and then they’d demand elements like white space and unexpected line breaks. It’s not hard to translate that into quilting.

I joined the guild to make friends in a new place, and to discover parts of the quilting and crafting community that otherwise would have been hard to find my way to. It’s really difficult to move somewhere and have zero network, especially when you have small kids who take up so much of whatever time you have. I’m really grateful to have friends who are “mine,” which is to say not through my kids or my husband. It’s a place where I get to be just myself first. And I feel most myself in the company of creative people.

full lollypop
[Photo Credit: Ginny Robinson]

Which of your quilts is your favorite?
I feel like the right answer is the prettiest, most technically precise quilt. And I thought I had a least favorite—an orange chevron quilt that I named “Freak Flag,” but it then my two-year-old, Clara, announced, “My favorite color orange!” and adopted that quilt, so now I love it. So the truth is my quilts are like my kids. Each does its own thing, none are perfect, all drove me nuts at one point, but they’re mine. And I love them. Which makes me realize: I don’t go around introducing my kids to people and then (literally) pointing out their flaws, so why do I do that with my quilts? I really should stop that.

Who do you find inspiration from and why?
I find inspiration in quirk. Perfectly metered stuff doesn’t usually do it for me, so organic forms from nature are usually great for me. I love taking pictures of things so close up that I can’t tell what they are anymore. And I’m trying now to embrace more colors found in nature, especially the ones modern quilters don’t usually love to work with. Dirty oranges and ugly yellows! I’m going to make them work!
[Photo Credit: Ginny Robinson]

What are your favorite fabric designers/fabric lines at the moment?
I love Anna Maria Horner, which is kind of hilarious since in my own wardrobe and home I would never have brights and florals like hers, but I love them in a quilt. She designs funky prints, and a kind of country aesthetic comes through a bit, even though other prints are geometric and almost digital looking. For wearable quilted things like bags, I think I’d use a ton of Carolyn Friedlander. I’m Carolyn on the outside, but Anna Maria on the inside. And a dork for both of them!

Tell us something else about yourself
Oh, let’s see…I believe that any heartache can be cured if you have enough pie or cheesy grits. How’s that?? 🙂

Spoonflower Fabric Challenge: Part I (Fabric Mosaic)

Spoonflower_Logo_LowRes_RGBFor Triangle Modern Quilt Guild members only, Spoonflower has sponsored a fabric challenge for us.

There are two parts to this challenge:

  • Fabric Mosaic Challenge: You will be given two color palettes to choose from. You take the color palette you select and make a mosaic of 6 prints from Spoonflower. The winning mosaic will be the fabric we use in making quilts in Part II.
    Winning Entry will win a $50 Gift Card to Spoonflower
  • Quilt Challenge: Using 6 Fat Eighths (that are selected from Part I) + up to 3 additional solids, create a quilted item that will be part of our charity donation. Sign-up and more details to follow.

Today we will be going over the guidelines and instructions for the first part only – Fabric Mosaic Challenge.

Guidelines For Part I: Fabric Mosaic Challenge

  • The challenge runs from Wednesday 25th February to 4th March
  • The winner will be announced at our March Meeting 8th March. The winner must be a member of the Triangle MQG.
  • Members should choose 1 color palette to work with (out of the two provided below)
  • Members must choose fabric prints available on
  • You do not need to use all the colors within the color palette.
  • One (1) Entry per person.
  • Upload and share your photo (image) to the Spoonflower Fabric Challenge: Fabric Mosaic Album on our facebook page (see link on the right hand menu) by 6pm 4th March.
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #spoonflowerfabricchallenge #trianglemqg on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter if you want to share.

If you have any issues loading the photo you can email your mosaics (with first and last names) to trianglemqg (at) gmail (dot) com or ml_wilkie (at) hotmail (dot) com

Fabric Mosaic Instructions

Color Palette Choices

The two color palettes you can choose from are from design seeds. Choose one palette to work with.
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Finding Fabric Swatches to match the Color Palettes

  1. Go to Spoonflower’s Fabric Shop page.  Scroll down to the colors menu item on the left hand side, this is the easiest way to find fabrics that will be close to those represented in the palettes above.
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  2. Choose a color that is close to the color in the palette, by clicking on the square in this grid. The center web page will change with fabric swaps that represent that color.As an example, using the right color palette,  I selected a yellow. The web page now displays this:
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    NOTE: you will need to click that “CLEAR ALL” button between each color selection, otherwise you will have multiple colors. The other option is make your selection and click the X button to remove the color you no longer need.
  3. When you find the fabric swatch you want to use in your swatch, you will need the url  of that swatch (link address of the image; must end with a file extension like *.png or *.jpg).

Getting the url

  1. Click on the swatch from the main browsing window (featured above). For example, I clicked on the diamond plus yellow swatch on the bottom right image above. You will see a screen similar to this.
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  2. First step, copy this url of this page (highlighted with the black box in image below), and put it into a document to store for later (if you are a winner we will need to know your fabric selection url’s to print the fabric).
  3. Step 2, you need the image url with the file extension. Click on the “embed” button at the bottom right of the image (highlighted below in the black box). EmbedButton
  4. Copy the url that appears in the box and follows the text ” <img src= “.
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    You can see in the example below I have highlighted the text that starts with http://&#8230;. and ends with .png. Once highlighted, I copy the text.
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Building your Mosaic

  1. To build your mosaic, go to Mosaic Maker by Big Labs. For setting up your mosaic make these selections:
    – Choose a Layout: Square tiles
    – Columns: 3
    – Rows: 2
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  2. Below this dialog interface you will now see “Choose your photos” and 6 options where you will paste your image url in the box saying “or enter URL: “. In my case above this was
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  3.  Repeat the above steps for all the colors and fabric swatch url’s until all 6 boxes have a value (ie. the url).
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  4. To create the actual mosaic image click the Create button at the bottom of the screen (you see in the image above). You will see a new screen that looks like this.
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  5. You need to download this image by clicking onto the Download Button and for my machine (a MAC) I get a dialog pop open, asking me to save the file. You may receive something different if you are on a windows computer but you will want to save image to file. I clicked “OK” at this point. It will typically save in your downloads file as a *.jpg file.
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Load image to Facebook Album

If you have any issues loading the photo you can email your mosaics (with first and last names) to trianglemqg (at) gmail (dot) com or ml_wilkie (at) hotmail (dot) com (I am not sure on the permissions).

  1. On our Facebook page, Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, click on “Photos” on the menu (underlined in blue) and “Albums” on the header (in blue).
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  2. Scroll down and click on the album “Spoonflower Fabric Challenge: Fabric Mosaic”. To add you photo (image *.jpg) click “Add Photos”. A pop-up window should appear of your File directory, go to the downloads folder and select your image (*.jpg).
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  3. Once your image is selected, it will be uploaded. Add a comment with your name in the box where the text says “Say something about this photo”. Click “Post” (he blue button on the bottom left”. You are COMPLETE, your submission is entered.
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If you have any trouble, let me know. Good luck and have fun!!