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It’s Back! 2017 Quilt Designer Fellowship

Your own Fall Quilt Market booth, $1500 cash to build your brand, a new Brother sewing machine, and so much more — that’s what awaits the winner of our 2nd annual Quilt Designer Fellowship!

Craftsy's Quilt Designer Fellowship 2017

We’re looking for designers with a distinctive style and original point of view, and we would love to see your work. Plus, Angela Walters and Kristin Link are back to reprise their roles as expert panel judges, this year alongside Pat Sloan, Roxane Cerda and Roseann Kermes!

The nitty gritty: application details

So how do you apply, and what do you include, you ask?

Complete the online application here. Then, email 4-6 photos that are representative of your work to quiltdesignerfellowship@craftsy.com. Don’t worry, all images will be kept confidential.

Apply Now

The prizes

This year’s Fellowship winner will take home:

  • An Innov-is NQ1300PRW sewing machine, generously donated by our friends at Brother ($2500 value)
  • Fall Quilt Market Booth ($1500 value)
  • $1500 cash to put toward Quilt Market booth decorations, travel, printing flyers, etc.
  • Quilt Fellowship Winner signage for your Quilt Market booth
  • $500 worth of fabric from Craftsy’s favorite brands
  • Logo development – various file formats provided (web/print ready)
  • Four hours of marketing consultation with Craftsy experts
    • Session 1: Best practices for bloggers
    • Session 2: Using social media to scale your business
    • Session 3: Customized analysis of your website or blog
    • Session 4: Personalized question-and-answer session on topic of your choice

Judging criteria

All applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity: Fresh, original design aesthetic that encourages and inspires more people to quilt
  • Initiative: Motivation and drive to succeed in business, within the quilting industry
  • Design potential: Overall aesthetic and design marketability

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2017. The winner will be notified on May 1, 2017.

Meet our judges here! 

Let’s celebrate creativity together

At Craftsy we’re all about helping creativity grow, whether your dream is to complete your first quilt — or launch your own quilting business. Our Quilt Designer Fellowship celebrates the next generation of quilting visionaries by helping up-and-coming designers establish professional credentials and gain marketplace exposure.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Learn more about the Quilt Designer Fellowship 2017 program here.


Darlene Berreth

Is this information available to Craftsy users? Any charge for service?
Logo development – various file formats provided (web/print ready)
Four hours of marketing consultation with Craftsy experts


Hi Darlene,
These are special offer just for our Quilt Designer Fellowship winner. Best of luck in the contest!

Tasha McFadyen

Do you require photos of finished quilts or photos of designs, or both? Thank you!

Karen Kelty

Hi Tasha!

Photos of finished quilts and/or designs will be accepted.

Cheryl Yeatman

Do the 4-6 photos need to each be of different pieces of work or different aspects of specific pieces?

Are you looking for patterns able to be repackaged and sold?

Karen Kelty

Good questions, Cheryl!

Ideally, the judges want to see your breadth of work, so it would be beneficial to send in different pieces of work.

And the fellowship prize has been created to support a designer break into the industry – which would ultimately involve selling her/his patterns in the quilting marketplace. While applicants don’t need to have patterns published currently, the fellowship will support the winner in publishing patterns for sale.

Cheryl Matzen

Does the essay have to be 400 words exactly, or may I be short a few words?
Are paragraph markers considered a character?

Currently my essay contains:
394 words
2,298 characters (with spaces)
14 Paragraphs

Are these numbers acceptable? If so, I’ll submit my entry immediately. Thanks

Kristin Doherty

Hi Cheryl,
Sorry for our delayed reply! Those numbers are perfectly OK — thanks for checking and good luck!


Hi Melissa,
We’ve been in contact with the winner and will share details on the blog soon. Stay tuned!


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