Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Quilt Contest on Threadbias


Have you all checked out Threadbias yet?  Think Facebook for quilters and you just about have it...except Threadbias has some pretty cool toys to play with. 

The Quilt Design Tool is sweet....and free to tryout while you create a quilt for the contest noted above.

"Dashing Through the Briar"

I can't say that it would ever replace EQ7 in my design tool arsenal, but it is still amazing.  It is preloaded with hundreds of popular fabric lines - so you can get a feel for what you are making before you spend the money on fabric.

So...go try out Threadbias and their Quilt Design Tool.  If you win you get enough of Heather Ross Briar Rose to make the top you design.

I've included info about the contest below....this is copied from their site.

Briar Rose Quilt Design Contest

Briar Rose Quilt Design Contest

Hi everyone! The Briar Rose Quilt Design Contest is a collaboration with Pink Castle Fabrics, Windham Fabrics, and Threadbias! You get to use the Quilt Design Tool right here on Threadbias to design a quilt using the beautiful fabrics from Briar Rose - the newest collection by Heather Ross and her first with Windham fabrics!

Voting here on Threadbias will narrow it down to the Top 5 - then Heather Ross herself will choose her favorite design. The best part? The winner will receive enough fabric to make the quilt top they have designed!

There are 20 prints in the collection, as well as a few solids from Windham that you can use to design your quilt. You can use any of them, but you don't have to use them all.

It all starts April 15, 2013! Here are the details!

How to Enter

Use the Quilt Design Tool here at Threadbias to design your quilt using the Contest Function.
  • When you visit the Quilt Design Tool, the Get Started menu will pop up. Choose the contest at the bottom of the pop-up window and hit "Enter." You'll then be able to choose your canvas size (maximum size 60"x75").
  • Your canvas will open and you can work on your design and save your work, even if you are not currently a subscriber. Your palette will be limited to the fabrics in the Briar Rose collection and the coordinating solids.
  • Once you are happy with your design, go to the Contest Menu and choose "Enter Contest/Update Entry." A pop-up will appear asking for the name of the design and a brief description. Fill it out as you choose and hit "Submit." You should see a message letting you know that everything has been saved.
  • Once your image is done processing, it will show up in the contest area of the group.
  • You may also export your image as a graphic (jpeg) so you can share your design on your own blog
  • You may also export your image as a graphic (jpeg) so you can share your design on your own blog
  • For help getting started with the Quilt Design Tool, we recommend that you watch these tutorial videos.
  • If you have any questions about using the design tool or need help, please visit the Quilt Design Tool forum. We will be happy to offer assistance or answer any questions!
Important Dates

  • April 15, 2013 - May 5, 2013: Contest is open for entry!
  • May 6, 2013 - May 10th, 2013: Voting opens. Anyone who is a member of the Threadbias community can vote! Joining Threadbias is always free, and if you don't have an account, you can sign up right here.
  • May 11, 2013 - May 13, 2013: Heather Ross will choose ONE winner from the top five quilt designs (as voted on by the Threadbias community)
Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many quilt designs can I enter? You can enter ONE quilt design in the contest.
  • How big can I make my quilt design? There is no minimum size for your design, the maximum size is 60"x75".
  • How many winners will there be? There will be one winner, chosen by Heather Ross from the top 5 designs as voted on by the Threadbias community.
  • What can I win? The winner will receive enough Briar Rose fabric to make the quilt top they designed! (As calculated by the Threadbias Quilt Design Tool.)
  • Do I have to subscribe to the Quilt Design Tool to enter the contest? No, you don't. You'll have access to a contest workspace for FREE. The workspace will be limited to the maximum size for entry and the palette will only contain the Briar Rose fabrics and coordinating Windham solids.
  • Do I have to join Threadbias to participate? Yes, a free account on Threadbias is necessary to access the contest on the Quilt Design Tool.
  • Do I have to join this group? No, you don't, but it is encouraged! You'll be able to stay up to date on entries and announcements and have access to this discussion forum.
  • Can I buy Briar Rose fabrics now? Where can I get them? Briar Rose fabrics will be available in July. However, Pink Castle Fabrics is accepting pre-orders for the quilting cottons and the cotton Jersey knit.

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