Several months back, sometime in 2016, I came across this fabulous fabric line called With Glowing Hearts. It was designed by a lovely young and talented Canadian designer named Grace Noel. I bought a lot of this fabric from Dinkydoo online and I totally fell in love with it, especially the first fabric featured here; the teal one. Teal and Red. What’s not to love?
Grace designed her fabric collection for TrendTex to commemorate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary (called a sesquicentennial by the way). Once my package of fabrics arrived in the mail, I sat down and drew out my idea of what a Canadian celebratory quilt might look like. Initially, all I was interested in was designing and stitching and creating a project fellow quilters would want to make. So, tweaking my design drawing as I went, I have finished the quilt top; it’s a row-by-row style actually. The simplicity of my design really allows the fabrics and colours to shine.
Then, I read Quilter’s Connection Winter issue featuring Grace Noel and her work. Grace announced that TrendTex was sponsoring a Quilt Challenge….using her inspirational fabric collection. They are calling it With Glowing Hearts – Quilt Challenge 2017. So once I have finished machine quilting my top I may enter it in the Challenge. I’ve never done that before so I think it could be fun.
You may want to enter too! I know this fabric is still available through Dinkydoo. Here are some Rules and Regs:
There are two quilt categories
- Large (must be a minimum of 240″, maximum of 360″ total perimeter)
- Small (must be a minimum of 100″, maximum 160″ total perimeter)
Your quilt must have a minimum of six fabrics from the With Glowing Hearts collection. You can only use With Glowing Hearts fabrics AND coordinating Bella Solids. Embellishments and threads will be accepted. Sounds like fun, right? Prize money ranges from $750.00 down to $100.00 and winning entries will be showcased at the International Fall Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October, 2017. Quilts must be submitted to participating quilt shops by July 31, 2017….you can find a list of participating shops right here. And you can find more detailed contest details right here.
Do you feel challenged?