QM’s Annual Staff Challenge

We recently completed our annual staff challenge. Six of us each used the same block to create a quilt but we all used different fabrics.

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The block for this challenge came from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2. It’s called Infinity and it was designed by Vickie Eapen who blogs at Spun Sugar Quilts.

This was a perfect challenge block. By putting light, medium or dark values in different places and by rotating blocks, we caused the design to take on multiple personalities. It was easy to do using EQ7—the possibilities were quite literally endless!

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We all used the setting shown above.

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Graphic Designer Denise Starck created this version. Fabric: Sienna by Kensington Studio for Quilting Treasures; quiltingtreasures.com.


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This version is by Associate Editor Eileen Fowler. Fabric: Lark by Amy Butler for Rowan Fabrics; westminsterfabrics.com.


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This is the quilt I made. Fabric: Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics; unitednotions.com.


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Editor-in-Chief June Dudley made the version above. Fabric: St. Remy de Provence by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics; rjrfabrics.com.


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This version is by Creative Editor Carolyn Beam. Fabric: Mums the Word Metallic-Sunkissed from Northcott Studio; northcott.net.


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Associate Editor Paula Stoddard made this version. Fabric: Stitch by Betz White for Robert Kaufman; robertkaufman.com.

We’d like to thank our generous fabric sponsors:
Quilting Treasures
Rowan Fabrics
Moda Fabrics
RJR Fabrics
Northcott Studio
Robert Kaufman

Grab the Jan/Feb ’12 issue of Quiltmaker where you’ll find the block pattern, materials and cutting lists for each quilt, block piecing diagrams (they vary from quilt to quilt) and the sku for every fabric. Enjoy!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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4 Responses to QM’s Annual Staff Challenge

  1. Jerry Beavers says:

    I love all of them. Amazing how we as individuals interpret things individually & add our personalities to the things that we do. Great job to all.

  2. Rose says:

    Love all the quilts……..everyone did a great job and everyone so different! Thanks

  3. Donna says:

    Wow! I love them all…just makes me covet EQ7 even more than I already did. Thanks for showing us the variety that can be had from one pattern.

  4. Linda says:

    Wow- love all the quilts- nice work!

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