Jun 5, 2010


Last fall Electric Quilt organized a design challenge in conjunction with AccuCut, Martingale Publishing and Nine Patch Media.  The challenge was to design a Rose of Sharon block in the EQ software using the AccuCut shapes: a simple rose shape in 8 sizes, a simple leaf shape in 8 sizes and a small palette of batik fabrics.  I submitted a dozen designs, all non-traditional.  It was fun coming up with the designs but I hit "send" and forgot about it.

At Spring Market they displayed the six winning designs made up into a beautiful quilt.  The grand prize was an embroidery software package, but since I don't have an embroidery machine I wasn't having prize envy.

I have received an email from Sharon Pederson, who is writing a book for Martingale and doing a DVD for Nine Patch Media about this challenge.  One or more of my blocks are being included in her book and the DVD.  She only had room for 84 blocks in the book.  There were 850 entries.  I am speechless!

I will be interested to see the book when it is released in August.  At this point I can only guess which block made it in, but I hope it was "Sharon's in Love."  It was my favorite.


  1. Joan!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Wow!! I can't wait to see your designs!!!!! :)

  2. Hi Joan:
    Not only did you get two blocks in the book, but you got an additional block in the DVD. We loved your 'non trad' Rose of Sharon blocks and I wish I could tell you if 'Sharon's in Love' won but as we didn't get names for them I guess you'll have to wait. By the way, if you want to see the quilt that was made with the 12 winning blocks, visit my blog at www.sharonpederson.com. Thanks a million for sending in your great blocks. Cheers, Sharon Pederson

  3. That's great news, congratulations!