Design Challenges

Categories: BlogBy Published On: June 1, 202025.4 min read552 words5 Comments on Design Challenges

Hi Everybody,

After the post I wrote yesterday I decided it would be fun to maybe share some of the designs that I created from “Design Calls” or challenges.

I would also love it if you would leave a comment with a Design Call or Challenge. If I design something using one of your ideas I will give you a free pattern of your choice. :)

I seem to really thrive with those types of challenges. I can’t share all of them obviously because they are waiting to be published or enroute. But I will share a few that I have already released.

So one of my favorites is “You are Here:

My favorite quilts tell a story.

You are here was designed because one of the magazine companies put out a design call I think the theme was something personal like “Journey” or something along those lines.

I knew this would not be accepted because there are far to many pages. But I really love this design and how it tells my story. I have been up and down, over and under and I have gone the wrong way several times. But all of that has lead me to right here…right now.  I always say that my life right now is a miracle and I am glad to be where I am.

So a one word design call. Journey, travel, Taking a trip, maps….I think that is what the design call was. Immediately, I thought of that map in the mall that says: You are here and this design came to me.  You would think that I might think of a literal map of the country or taking a vacation. But No. LOL. That would be too easy for me.

Another design call was blue and white quilts. A design call based on color.

It was to be a winter issue. I submitted 3-4 designs. But the one that was accepted is Winter Mountains:

I was so pleased with this design I actually made this a series. This one was published in the magazine. But I also published Summer Mountains:

And I am in the process of making Spring Mountains and Autumn Mountains. Here are the mock ups. The patterns are being tested right now and I have to finish my samples before I publish the patterns:

So that one design call inspired a whole series of quilts. I kind of love that.

I actually did use the other designs that were not accepted into some other design calls and they were accepted for different companies. ( not magazines)

Sometimes the design calls are technique based as well. One of the calls was show us ways to use 60 degree triangles.

So I came up with a few designs but the one accepted was Prints A Plenty:

Another design call was using crazy blocks and English Paper Piecing. I combined the 2 and submitted the pillow:

This has a ton of techniques. Such a fun pillow.

I wish I could share some of the other ones….because there are some really good ones that are going to be published within the next few months. I will share their stories as they unfold.

Send your “design calls” I will see what inspires a design and I will share my ideas.





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  1. Kathy June 1, 2020 at 8:00 am - Reply

    City hope. Something to inspire the heart that civil peace will return with
    love for all “colors” of hearts.

    • Kathy Byer June 2, 2020 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      I love this idea, especially with the protests and riots going on right now. I would love to see a quilt with the City Hope idea.

  2. Roger Holloway June 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I just love the Prints a Plenty quilt Charisma! It suites my taste in quilting very well! I am so tickled that you’re finally being recognized for the talent you are!

  3. Vannicea June 3, 2020 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Bicycle Built for Two… this can mean so many things to different people. What pops into your head?
    Usually this time of year Nebraska has their BRAN ride. Bike Ride Across Nebraska . That has been cancelled this year. Bike riders start usually on the western side and ride east. They come through our little town, and sometimes the route plan has them stay in our town. You see bikes of all kinds and people from around the world come to enjoy the Nebraska scenery, hospitality, fresh air, and the challenges of the routes. I will miss them this year and the many bicycles built for two!

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