We are so excited to announce the 10 finalists of our 2018 Quilt Designer Fellowship! A special program created to help up-and-coming quilters make the leap from amateur artists to professional designers, this year’s third annual Fellowship saw tremendous popularity, with hundreds of incredible submissions. Now we need your help to choose the winner!
How it works
Keep scrolling to see the finalists’ work and learn more about them. Then vote for your favorite based on the following criteria:
- Display of initiative
The last day to cast your vote is March 23 at 11:59 p.m. MST. From your votes, our team of judges will work together to decide on the final Quilt Fellowship Winner! The winner will receive their own Fall Quilt Market booth, $1,500 cash to build their brand, a new Janome sewing machine and so much more.
Of course, a huge thank you goes to our judges Angela Walters, Pat Sloan, Roseann Keremes, Kristin Link and Roxane Cerda. As you can see below, they certainly had their work cut out for them (literally!).
Meet the Finalists
“I have never felt more confident in myself then when I’m in my studio making quilts and I want to take my passion for quilting and help teach others to have that same confidence in modern quilting.
I truly push my work as much as I can, trying new approaches and techniques to create modern and contemporary quilts that push the idea of what quilts are suppose to be and look like. I believe that my work has a very distinct aesthetic and I haven’t really seen too many similar quilts like it out in the market, especially when it comes to patterns.”
“My goal as a designer is to elevate the ordinary. I seek inspiration in both the unusual and the mundane. My training as a theatrical scenic and costume designer influences my approach to quilt design, and allows me to reinterpret the patterns and rhythms of the world around me. When designing, I locate and isolate specific aspects of an environment, then combine them in unexpected ways. This process creates a strong abstraction of the original inspiration without being a direct representation.”
“I [realized] that there was one block that I used frequently in my designs because of its endless design possibilities. I wanted to simplify and streamline the making of this block so I designed a ruler that could be used for cutting fabric squares, marking stitching lines, and squaring blocks. The ©Y Block Ruler creates identical (no mirror image) quarter square triangle units used in making Y Blocks and Quarter Square Triangle Blocks with NO bias edges. I had the ©Y Block Ruler manufactured and finalized my supporting patterns.”
“Quilting speaks to me in a way nothing else has in my life. My creativity comes alive when I design quilts. I feel challenged, excited, calmed and fulfilled when I design and make a quilt. I started designing quilts three years ago, but those quilts were just for myself and my family. As I continued to share my work, I started getting more compliments and affirmations that my designs were fun and unique.”
“It has taken some time to figure out my own voice in my designs. My patterns are simple, vibrant and have a unique graphic quality to them. I create designs that build a quilters confidence to learn new skills and complete a project using larger blocks, piecing shortcuts and forgiving assembly techniques. I love, love, love bright, happy color combinations. My quilts are modern, fresh and joyful, yet inspired by tradition.”
“My quilting design style has an architectural perspective that makes it unique, drawing upon my background as a shoe patternman, and then as an architect[…] I started sewing after being unemployed and bored, looking for something new to do and a chance to reinvent myself. Quilting and quilt designing has brought me real joy that draws upon my past experiences. Geometry plays a strong role in my designs which I write patterns for. Also the design themes of scale, transformation, transparency, and deconstruction are often explored.”
“I find joy in creating fiber art that delights and inspires others to realize their own creative ambitions. Every piece I create unites color, texture, quilting precision, and artistic creativity. I enjoy all forms of fiber art, but my passion is designing original art quilts. Art quilts give me the opportunity to showcase my eye for color and texture. I create confetti quilts with a fresh, color-rich style that draws inspiration from my travels and the beautiful landscapes that surround my home studio in Arcadia, Michigan.”
“I enjoy bold, saturated color and graphic design. I love exciting color combinations and often add another color in lieu of a neutral background. I create geometric designs with thought to the value contrast between the fabrics. And I love working out the quilt math!”
“Some of my favorite quilts put a twist on traditional blocks to create new and exciting designs. For example, my “Lennox” quilt is made with flying geese, but half of the “geese” are made with strip sets. My designs usually begin with color, and I let the fabric guide me. I like to create bold graphic designs and play with movement. With all of my patterns, I try to create designs I’ve never seen before, using both traditional methods and paper piecing.
“Quilting perfectly combines my engineering and artistic mindsets, and I love the puzzle-solving required to turn an idea into reality. Inspired by increasingly fluid boundaries between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (add Arts), I design modern quilts that bring new twists to traditional patterns and feature bright colors, bold lines, and graphic shapes. I produce designs that are easy to make, but pack a visual punch.”