Fabric play! A challenge for us—and for you (+ fabric giveaway!)

Detail of quilts from Fabric Play

We love all the books we publish, but sometimes a book comes along that we’re just begging to test drive before it hits your local quilt shop. Recently a book inspired a resounding “I can do this!” response from 11 employees—that’s more than 25% of our staff!

What is it about the new book Fabric Play by Deanne Moore that moved so many of us to create?

Morse Code quilts from Fabric Play
“Morse Code” in two colorways, from
Fabric Play

The possibilities!

FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Kona Bay Fabrics have generously donated a bundle of beautiful half-yard cuts to give to you! Learn how you can win it at the bottom of this post.

Kona Bay fabric giveaway!

In Fabric Play, Deanne explains how you can dramatically change the look of a quilt with a change of fabrics. With her make-in-a-weekend projects, “Change the Fabric, Change the Quilt” tip boxes, helpful design sheets, and pretty patterns each shown in two colorways, you simply can’t go wrong—no matter what your fabric collection contains!

Fabric Play is all about the fabrics and colors you love. To see what we mean, take a look at the 13 quilts we made.

Shiloh After All quilts
First, Deanne’s quilts from
Fabric Play: “Shiloh After All” in two colorways

Both of Deanne’s quilts are lovely, don’t you agree? Following her advice, we created our own versions of “Shiloh After All” featuring our favorite fabrics. Below we share what we liked best about making Fabric Play quilts.

Quilts from Fabric Play
Marketing coordinator Mary says, “The best part was coordinating fabrics from my stash with a new novelty print in the focus panel.” Right: Customer service representative Sheila M. says, “I really enjoyed collecting the fabrics; it was also liberating that there were no seams or points to match. Very easy!”

Quilts from Fabric Play
Customer service manager Tracy says, “It went together super fast and it showcased a fabric that I really liked but didn’t want to just use for a border.” Right: Senior customer service representative Cornelia says, “I really enjoyed pawing through my scraps, strips, and fat quarters to find chunks of fabric large enough to coordinate with the fabric panel I chose as my center.”

Quilts from Fabric Play
Author liaison Cathy says, “This was a two-for-one treat: the pattern was perfect for making my first grandchild a snuggly flannel quilt with cute critters, and I got to participate in the
Fabric Play challenge.” Right: Cathy made a second quilt with fabrics donated by Kona Bay and got a completely different look.

Quilts from Fabric Play
Director of marketing Karen J. says, “It took me longer to choose fabrics than it did to stitch the entire top. Seriously! I started cutting after breakfast and had the top done before lunch.” Right: Acquisitions editor Karen B. says, “I liked being able to use my cute specialty fabrics; the ones I’ve been keeping and not wanting to cut.”

Quilts from Fabric Play
I (Jenny, content editor) loved using Deanne’s design sheet as a starting point. After sampling the colors of my batik stash on the design sheet first, I knew exactly where I wanted to place each fabric in my quilt…with a few last-minute switches.

Now take a look at Deanne’s quilts from her “Sticks and Stones” pattern:

Sticks and Stones quilts
Fabric Play: “Sticks and Stones” in two colorways

And here are our versions:

Sticks and Stones quilts
Copywriter Durby says, “It was so fun seeing all the colors come together—choosing fabrics was a breeze, and I love how it turned out!” Right: More yummy fabric for Cathy from Kona Bay! She says, “Beautiful fabric appeared. I stitched.”

Sticks and Stones quilts
Virginia in accounting says, “I liked all the possibilities that came to mind when looking at the illustrated version of the quilt.” Right: Administrative assistant Linda says, “It was easy and fun!”

See all 14 quilts (and their alter egos) in Fabric Play >

Fabric PlayWhat a prolific few weeks it has been for us, thanks to the inspiring premise of Fabric Play. We’re all in agreement: the quilts are so versatile, so easy, and so fun to make. And we want to send that quilting joy your way!

Now we extend the challenge to you—come play with us! Make your own version of a quilt from Fabric Play; then send a photo of your quilt to jenny@martingale-pub.com. The first person to send a photo of her or his finished quilt will receive a free eBook of her or his choice at ShopMartingale.com! We’ll be sharing your photos on our Facebook page and on Pinterest too.

Now, on to today’s fabric and book giveaway!

What style of fabrics would you feature in your first Fabric Play quilt: traditional, modern, reproduction—or do you need to check your stash? Tell us in the comments and you could win the beautiful fabric bundle from our friends at Kona Bay plus a copy of Fabric Play! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!


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