Habitat Challenge

photo by Sonja Callaghan


Here’s another challenge based on fabric The Modern Quilt Guild was generously offered by a fabric company. This time we will be working with HABITAT, designed by Jay McCarroll (The first ever winner of Project Runway) for FreeSpirit Fabric.

photo by Sonja Callaghan

Each member will be the recipient of 6 fat-eighths selected from the 8 fabrics in the line. Our colourway is the Jewel Tones. We handed out fabric packs at our August meeting and will do so again in September if you missed the meeting. If you’d like your fabric before September, you can contact Louise (vicepresident@vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca) and arrange to pick it up.

photo by Sonja Callaghan

The only restriction in this challenge is that you only use Habitat fabric or solids. No other prints are to be added to your quilt (or other finished quilted item). There are no finished size requirements either. The deadline for finished objects is the November 17th meeting.

Please have each of the fabrics you receive visible on the front, back or binding of your quilt. While there is no requirement of how much of each fabric you must use, please be considerate that this is a donation and the spirit of the challenge is to show off the fabrics.

Here’s some links to get you inspired:
Flickr group for the MQG Habitat Challenge
FreeSpirit’s Habitat Swatch Gallery (including a video of Jay McCarroll explaining his inspiration for the collection)
MQG Blog post about the challenge

Want to get your hands on more Habitat fabric? We called around and didn’t find any LQS’s that have it, but there are a few sources online. Here’s some suggestions:
The Needle Shop has most of the prints in the Jewel Tones colourway
Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, Sew Fresh Fabrics, and Fabricworm each have a few Habitat prints. You can find all these shops through an Etsy search for Habitat fabric.

Have fun with the challenge and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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