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Design Challenge - Blue and White

05 September 2019 20:36


It's design challenge time again, and this month the challenge has a slightly different focus.

Can you create a fabric design for use in a quilt?

I'm planning to make at least one quilt for Project Linus.  You can read more about this in yesterday's post, Project Linus Quilt.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design a block for the quilt.  This can be a traditional patchwork block, a block of your own design or a 'picture' block. The block should be a maximum of 56cms x 50cms, fat quarter size.  However, if you design a traditional style of block, this may well be smaller, but repeatable.

The colour scheme of the quilt is going to be blue and white, so your block should be primarily those two colours, although different parts of the block may be different patterns, and maybe even different shades of blue.  You may include a 'pop' of one other colour, but you should only use that colour sparingly.

As usual, designs will be shown on Facebook and the blog at fat quarter size (and, if appropriate,  also at swatch or block size).  The closing date will be September 24th, which gives you an extra week.   The entries will be displayed on September 26th.

Arrangements for making designs public are slightly different this month, to include the option of having your design incorporated into the quilt.

If you'd like to make your design public as usual, order a swatch using voucher code BLUE.  This will enable you to order without paying.  I won't print the fabric, but you will then be able to make it public.  The code is valid until September 24th.  I may use some or all of your design, as needed, unless you ask me not to include it when you email.

Alternatively, if you would like to ensure that your design is used, and also contribute towards the cost of printing, then order a fat quarter and use code B&W.  This will take the £5 cost off, but leave the postage, which will go towards the cost of printing.  I will print your design and include it in the quilt.

I will incorporate the names of everyone whose design is included, unless you tell me otherwise.


Please upload your challenge designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your account and design.  (So I can find the right one!)  This is the name you use on your account, please.  It's the one on the black ribbon at the top of the screen when you log into your account.  I need this name to find your design.  There's no need to send me a link as this will not work until your design has been made public.  Without the correct name, it is very time-consuming for me to find your design, so your entry may not be included.    

You may also upload your design to our Facebook page.  I will put any not already uploaded onto Facebook after the closing date.   In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.   We may select one or two to put into our competition winners slot.  If you're on Instagram, you can post your design there, with the hashtag #pmpdesignchallenge.  I'll regram some of them.  (Likes from there won't be counted.)

If you'd like to make your design public, order a swatch using voucher code BLUE or B&W (see above for details.)  This will enable you to order without paying.  I won't print the fabric, but you will then be able to make it public.

 So, the challenge is:  Create a design suitable for making a quilt based on 'Blue and White'.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  Once you’ve uploaded your design to our website, you can play around with the repeats to see which one will look best.  For pictures of what the different repeats look like, check this blog post.

To take part:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, September 24th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.  You can also say a little about the inspiration behind your design, if you wish.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, September 24th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook and on the blog.  Any designs uploaded to Facebook after the closing date may be removed.

By entering, you agree to our challenge terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme 'Blue and White'. ‘Your own work’ means any form of original art work, photography, etc which you have produced. Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions or challenges.

All entries will be displayed, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the challenge, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes and in our quilt unless you tell me otherwise.

All designs entered into the challenge may be made public on our web site without charge and will be available for sale.   The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Over to you!