Join the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Challenge

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Join the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Challenge

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IMG 7359You’re invited to enter the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge. Brainstorm, browse, design, and plan. Then, stitch! Enter the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge by emailing your image to [email protected].

2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Complete Entry Rules:

Sew a mini modern quilt to showcase your quilting talents. Submit your entry by emailing a high-resolution image of your quilt to [email protected] by 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

  • Mini Quilts must be no more than 24-inches square, and may be pieced, appliquéd, mixed, or other.
  • Mini Quilts must be made from fabrics in a modern color palette and design.
  • Mini Quilts must be quilted through three layers by hand, by machine, or both.
  • You may enter ONE modern mini quilt that is completed within the last year.
  • Entries must be sent to [email protected]; participants are encouraged to share progress and quilt photos on social media using hashtag #ModernMiniQuiltChallenge.
  • Submitted entries will be shared on Quilt Expo’s Facebook page throughout the month of May at facebook.com/QuiltExpo.
  • Winners selected by a panel of judges, plus five randomly drawn winners, will be announced on Tuesday May 29, 2018.
  • Judging takes place May 24–25, 2018.

Open to US residents only.

Grab the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge badge and let your friends know about this fun quilt challenge!  Visit facebook.com/QuiltExpo for details.

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

View the Gallery of Quilts

Photos will be hosted by Wisconsin Public Television on the public Quilt Expo Facebook Page in the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge album. You may comment and ask questions directly on the photo. Of course, you can always share photos within Facebook, too.  You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to enter the challenge. By emailing your photo to the address above, you’re acknowledging and consenting to having the image shared in public online social media venues. Subscribe or “LIKE” the Quilt Expo Facebook page to see all the new mini quilt images as they are added. View entries in the photo album here.

How to Make Our Modern Mini Floating Hexagons Wall Hanging

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At first glance, hexagon quilt block shapes can cause many quilters to think three-intersection-Y-seams! Not so with this all-new Floating Hexagon modern mini quilt.

In this blog-exclusive free project, each hexagon shape is created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux-hexagon halves are stitched in rows, with all straight seams, and with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic!

Note From Team Nancy      The key to tricking the eye into seeing floating hexagon units is to use similar background fabrics. We chose smaller prints—each with light eggshell backgrounds.

Floating Hexagons Mod-Mini Wall Hanging finished measurements are approx. 18″ W x 18″ L. Use scant 1/4″ seam allowances.

Supplies

IMG 7273Trace 'n Create Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Templates by Nancy Zieman

Construction

  • The Grandmother’s One-Patch Template set, the faux-hexagon, is used for this project.
  • Only the 2” shape is traced and cut from the fabric, including the end pieces. (Watch Nancy demo this online, it’s a lot easier to show this in action).

Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template

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  • Cut assorted 2-1/2″ fabric strips from background fabrics, stack-cut 2–4 layers.
  • At the end of strip set, align template and trace a “finishing piece” using template markings.

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Note From Team Nancy     Because we’re using 10-inch fabric squares, we found it most efficient to always trace the ‘smaller’ 2-inch “finishing piece.”

 

  • IMG 7279Rotate template and align the straight edge of the template along the edges of the stacked fabric strips. Trace side markings for the 2-inch hexagon using a non-permanent marking pen.
  • Rotate template and continue marking background fabric half-hexagon shapes along crosswise strips, as needed.

Note From Team Nancy     Our Floating Hexagons Mod Mini Quilt background uses 44 half-hexies, 10 left mini finishing pieces, and 10 right mini finishing pieces.

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  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut along marked lines.

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  • Trace and cut 3 pair half-hexagons from assorted sold colors 2-1/2″ precut fabric strips, fat quarters, or fabric scraps (for floating hexagons).
  • Arrange the hexagons and mini finishing pieces in 10 rows, as shown below.

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Note From Team Nancy Faux-hexagon halves are stitched in rows, eliminating the intersection of three seams—otherwise known as Y-seams.
  • Stitch pieces together in rows.
  • The faux-hexagons are sewn together with straight seams. Make sure to off-set each angled seam 1/4″. There are no Y-seams in this column quilt project!
  • Press seam allowances open.
  • Modern Mini Quilt Challge Floating Hexi QuiltJoin rows using scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • IMG 7298Press seams open. That’s it—all straight seaming.
  • Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt ChallengeLayer backing, batting, and quilt top.
  • Quilt as desired. We opted to echo-quilt our mod mini.

Note From Team Nancy     We used the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, and Frixon marking pens to mark six random hexagons—mark 1/4-inch inside hexagon seams.

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We gathered three coordinating Madeira Aerofil Threads,

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threaded the Baby Lock Sashiko Machine,

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  • IMG 73281The remaining background hexies were echo-stitched with Madeira Monofil thread—on our Baby Lock Destiny II, using a 1/4-inch quilting foot.
  • Trim the quilt sandwich to measure 18-inches square.

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Sa2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Complete Entry Rules:

Sew a mini modern quilt to showcase your quilting talents. Submit your entry by emailing a high-resolution image of your quilt to qechalle[email protected] by 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

  • Mini Quilts must be no more than 24-inches square, and may be pieced, appliquéd, mixed, or other.
  • Mini Quilts must be made from fabrics in a modern color palette and design.
  • Mini Quilts must be quilted through three layers by hand, by machine, or both.
  • You may enter ONE modern mini quilt that is completed within the last year.
  • Entries must be sent to [email protected]; participants are encouraged to share progress and quilt photos on social media using hashtag #ModernMiniQuiltChallenge.
  • Submitted entries will be shared on Quilt Expo’s Facebook page throughout the month of May at facebook.com/QuiltExpo
  • Winners selected by a panel of judges, plus five randomly drawn winners, will be announced on Tuesday May 29, 2018.
  • Judging takes place May 24–25, 2018.

Open to US residents only.

Grab the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge badge and let your friends know about this fun quilt challenge!  facebook.com/QuiltExpo

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

 Over $1,600 in prize packages!

Visit QuiltExpo.com/ModernMiniQuiltChallenge for complete details and prize package listing.

View the Gallery of Quilts

Photos will be hosted by Wisconsin Public Television on the public Quilt Expo Facebook Page in the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge album. You may comment and ask questions directly on the photo. Of course, you can always share photos within Facebook, too. You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to enter the challenge. By emailing your photo to the address above, you’re acknowledging and consenting to having the image shared in public online social media venues. Subscribe or “LIKE” the Quilt Expo Facebook page to see all the new mini quilt images as they are added. View entries in the photo album here.

IMG 73591Nancy Zieman's Blog GiveawayFor a chance to win a copy of Nancy’s Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection from Clover, please leave a comment sharing plans for your mod-mini challenge quilt. Trace 'n Create Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Templates by Nancy ZiemanHappy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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15 Comments

  • Max
    May 1, 2018

    I enjoy mini projects, they come together quickly. In my mind I have the fabric and pattern selected to this project–will see how it turns out–half hex here I come!!!

  • Peggy V
    May 1, 2018

    I have never done a mini think it is about time I try. Will look for inspiration for this project!!!

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    May 1, 2018

    I would love to win the template package. I have been wanting to make a hexagon quilt but have been worried about sewing all the angles. The mod hex would be so much simpler. I need to explore mod prints and colors for the challenge since it is outside my comfort zone. I usually stick to more traditional. This will be a fun new challenge.

  • Anne Z
    May 1, 2018

    I plan to take a traditional block and give it a modern twist.

  • Pat
    May 1, 2018

    I have never made a “modern quilt”. I tend to stick to the more traditional pieced blocks and fabrics. This mini quilt will be the perfect size to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win the template.

  • Clovis
    May 1, 2018

    I entered last year contest. Haven’t decided what to do this time. Good luck.

  • Beverly
    May 1, 2018

    I think mini half-hexis in bright geometric prints would be fun.

  • Bonnye
    May 1, 2018

    I like mini projects. Hexagons have always been a favorite.

  • Dorothy Martin
    May 1, 2018

    Scraps of beautiful fabrics have been waiting for this opportunity! I can hardly wait to work on them with this marvelous theme and spectacular instructions. Thank you, Thank you!

  • Kathy
    May 1, 2018

    I usually do more traditional quilts but have a really good idea I want to try for this mod quilt. I like minis and have a variety of them but not mods. I think it will be something scrappy though. Thank you for the opportunity to win this template.

  • Gail Beam
    May 2, 2018

    I think the minis would make a cute doll quilt.

  • Jennifer Reinke
    May 2, 2018

    How fun this would be to do! Thank you for the many ideas–I would love to do this in rich jewel tones.

  • Nancy
    May 2, 2018

    I have never made a modern quilt yet, but find a growing interest in attempting one. I do find mini quilts so fun. This just might be the perfect project to try a first modern quilt. Thank you.

  • Sherril
    May 2, 2018

    I had designed a modern quilt a few months ago and this is the perfect opportunity to present the finished quilt design. Thank you.

  • Carol
    May 4, 2018

    IF I MAKE THIS, I WILL PROBABLY CHOOSE SPRING COLORS- MAYBE A BLUE/PINK COMBINATION, WITH A SPLASH
    OF YELLOW AND LEAF GREEN.

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