The 2017 Paint Chip Challenge

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Our 2017 Spring Challenge was a Paint Chip Challenge. We had 24 submissions that show the wide range of styles our members have.

Voting has closed. Join us at our September meeting to find out who won! And remember, due to our retreat, that meeting is at a special time (noon–2pm) and in a special place (YMCA Camp Abnaki, North Hero, VT)


Challenge Quilt Details

  • Each participating member has randomly received a paint chip, which will be various shades of greens or gray.
  • Each participating member will have the choice to randomly pick a bonus “pop” paint chip that they must incorporate into their quilt. The “pop” paint chip color shouldn’t be be more than roughly 10% of the quilt (no need to measure, just eyeball it). The idea is to have very small pops of a contrasting color.
  • Please choose fabrics that match the colors on your paint chip as closely as possible. You may use solids or prints, but the colors in the prints must match the chip.
  • It is okay if there is a small amount of white or a neutral color in your print, as long as the fabric primarily reads the color on your paint chip.
  • Each quilt needs to be 18′′ square, with binding. Any binding technique is acceptable, as long as it finishes at 18” square.
  • The binding should also match your paint chip. The back can be anything.
  • Quilting thread can either match your paint chip or be a neutral color (such as white, off-white, or gray).
  • Aside from the colors on the paint chip and the size, anything else you do with the quilt is up to you. Feel free to explore minimalism, improv, modern traditionalism, hand quilting, machine quilting, applique… whatever floats your boat! We just ask that your quilt fits a modern aesthetic.

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