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2013 Modern Madness CHAMPION

Congratulations to our 2013 Modern Madness champion …

Architexture FQ bundle
photo courtesy of Flickr user tobit_e

ARCHITEXTURES
by Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander : Architextures

Carolyn Friedlander : Architextures
photos courtesy of the workroom

After 692 of you voted, Architextures took the title with 434 votes (63%) over very worthy opponent Simply Color (258, 37%).

architextures + constellations
photo courtesy of Flickr user knottygnome

Have you made a project using Architextures, or have you seen another’s project that you absolutely love? Send us a link in the comments below. We’re putting together a gallery of amazing projects using the Architextures line for a future post, and we’d love to include yours!

Carolyn Friedlander : Architextures

photos courtesy of the workroom

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Modern Madness — both our wonderful readers who voted as well as our many fabric designer friends who have as much fun with Modern Madness as we do.

Newest fabric addition
photo courtesy of Flickr user JennySquawk

Modern Madness 2013 | THE FINALS

Thank you for your patience as we encountered some technical difficulties getting this posted.  The madness continues as we approach the end of another amazing season of modern fabric …

We’re deep into the competition and the races are still super tight!! Are you ready to see who will be competing in the 2013 Fat Quarterly Modern Madness Finals?

 

Simply Color (256 votes, 51%) def. Field Study (248 votes, 49%)

 

Architextures (302 votes, 60%) def. Madrona Road (202 votes, 40%)

 

Which modern fabric line will take home the title? Be sure to cast your vote below. (One vote per reader, please. : ) For easy reference, updated brackets can be found here.

Modern Madness 2013 | The Final Four

After our biggest voting turnout yet (621 votes!) and another down-to-the-wire finish (decided by 1 vote!), we’re down to our final four modern fabric lines.  Let’s see who advanced …

Simply Color (324 votes, 52%) def. Pearl Bracelets (297 votes, 48%)
Field Study (311 votes, 50%) def. Noteworthy (310 votes, 50%)
Architextures (352 votes, 57%) def. Marmalade (269 votes, 43%)
Madrona Road (327 votes, 53%) def. The Birds and the Bees (294 votes, 47%)

Any surprises?  Are your favorites still in the race?

Well, now the real fun begins.  Be sure to vote early and vote often for your picks to advance.  For your reference, updated brackets can be found here.

** Voting is now closed.  Thanks for playing! **

Modern Madness 2013 | The Elite Eight!

After 485 votes, we’ve narrowed down the field to your favorite eight fabric lines. Let’s see how they all fared …

Pearl Bracelets (270 votes, 56%) def. Comma (215 votes, 44%)
Simply Color (269 votes, 55%) def. 2wenty Thr3e (216 votes, 45%)

Noteworthy (301 votes, 62%) def. Constellations (184 votes, 38%)
Field Study (309 votes, 64%) def. Oh Deer! (176 votes, 36%)

Marmalade (274 votes, 56%) def. PB&J (211 votes, 44%)
Architextures (328 votes, 68%) def. Chicopee (157 votes, 32%)

Madrona Road (268 votes, 55%) def. Glimma (217 votes, 45%)
The Birds & the Bees (248 votes, 51%) def. Summersville Spring (237 votes, 49%)

Now’s the time when your favorites really need your votes! Use the form below to record your responses. For your reference, an updated bracket sheet can be found here.

** Voting is now closed. Thanks for your response! **

By |April 15th, 2013|modern madness|3 Comments

Modern Madness 2013 | The Sweet Sixteen

And with another round of voting under our belt, we’re down to 16 of the year’s favorite fabric lines — and one of our contenders made it through by one vote!  After totaling our 485 votes, we’re excited to announce who’s moving on to compete again for a spot in our 2013 Final Four.  And for your reference, updated brackets can be found here.

Pearl Bracelets (311 votes, 64%) def. Cuzco (174 votes, 36%)

Comma (275 votes, 57%) def. Bella (210 votes, 43%)

2wenty Thr3e (350 votes, 72%) def. Simpatico (135 votes, 28%)

Simply Color (258 votes, 53%) def. Salt Water (227 votes, 47%)

Noteworthy (300 votes, 62%) def. Shelburne Falls (185 votes, 38%)

Constellations (243 votes, 50%) def. Sew Stitchy (242 votes, 50%)

Field Study (252 votes, 52%) def. Mama Said Sew (233 votes, 48%)

Oh Deer! (259 votes, 53%) def. Bloomsbury Gardens (226 votes, 47%)

PB&J (267 votes, 55%) def. Lucky Penny (218 votes, 45%)

Marmalade (333 votes, 69%) def. Curious Nature (152 votes, 31%)

Chicopee (281 votes, 58%) def. Color Me Retro (204 votes, 42%)

Architextures (336 votes, 69%) def. Honey Honey (149 votes, 31%)

Glimma (324 votes, 67%) def. Stamped (161 votes 33%)

Madrona Road (303 votes, 62%) def. Indie (182 votes, 38%)

Summersville Spring (277 vote, 57%) def. Tsuru (208 votes, 43%)

The Birds and the Bees (264 votes, 54%) def. Les Amis (221 votes, 46%)

Congratulations to our 16 finalists!  Who’s going to make it through to the Elite Eight? It’s up to YOU!  After checking out the match-ups, please vote below …

Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics)
vs.
Comma by Zen Chic (Moda Fabrics)

2wenty Thr3e by Eric & Julie Comstock (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Simply Color by V and Co. (Moda Fabrics)

Noteworthy by Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Constellations by Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics)

Field Study by Anna Maria Horner (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Oh Deer! by Momo (Moda Fabrics)

PB&J by BasicGrey (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille (Moda Fabrics)

Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman Fabrics)

Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter (Windham Fabrics)
vs.
Madrona Road by Violet Craft (Michael Miller Fabrics)

Summersville Spring by Lucie Summers (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
The Birds & the Bees by Tula Pink (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

** Voting is now closed. Thanks for your response! **

Modern Madness 2013 | Second Round Voting

Hello and Happy Easter, everyone!  Thanks for your patience as we’ve wrapped up voting on the first round of this year’s Modern Madness tournament.  After 483 votes, round 1 saw some close races … including the elimination of former tournament champion Jay McCarroll and the early exit of a frontrunner to take it all (Notting Hill) BY THREE VOTES.  But we’re now ready to move on to Round 2.  Have your favorites advanced?  Let’s see below!

Cuzco (271 votes, 56%) def. Textures (212 votes, 44%)

Pearl Bracelets (314 votes, 65%) def. Lucy’s Crab Shack (169 votes, 35%)

Bella (329 votes, 68%) def. Alchemy (154 votes, 32%)

Comma (386 votes, 80%) def. La Dee Dah (97 votes, 20%)

2wenty Thr3e (353 votes, 73%) def. In My Room (130 votes, 27%)

Simpatico (269 votes, 56%) def. Center City (214 votes, 44%)

Simply Color (243 votes, 50%) def. Notting Hill (240 votes, 50%)

Salt Water (354 votes, 73%) def. Frippery (129 votes, 27%)

Shelburne Falls (266 votes, 55%) def. Camp Modern (217 votes, 45%)

Noteworthy (327 votes, 68%) def. LilyBelle (156 votes, 32%)

Constellations (290 votes, 60%) def. Heaven & Helsinki (193 votes, 40%)

Sew Stitchy (279 votes, 58%) def. Micro Mod (204 votes, 42%)

Field Study (361 votes, 75%) def. Pam Kitty Morning (122 votes, 25%)

Mama Said Sew (284 votes, 59%) def. Ruby Star Sparkle (199 votes, 41%)

Oh Deer! (352 votes, 73%) def. Seven Wonders (131 votes, 27%)

Bloomsbury Gardens (298 votes, 62%) def. Juggling Summer (185 votes, 38%)

Lucky Penny (270 votes, 56%) def. Rock & Romance (213 votes, 44%)

PB&J (334 votes, 69%) def. Wish (149 votes, 31%)

Curious Nature (258 votes, 53%) def. Timber & Leaf (225 votes, 47%)

Marmalade (260 votes, 54%) def. Type (223 votes, 46%)

Chicopee (340 votes, 70%) def. Splendour 1920 (143 votes, 30%)

Color Me Retro (346 votes, 72%) def. Simple Marks (137 votes, 28%)

Honey Honey (286 votes, 59%) def. Mod Squad (197 votes, 41%)

Architextures (385 votes, 80%) def. Luxe in Bloom (98 votes, 20%)

Glimma (300 votes, 62%) def. Little Black Dress (183 votes, 38%)

Stamped (286 votes, 59%) def. Happy Drawing / Happy Drawing Too (197 votes, 41%)

Indie (277 votes, 57%) def. Asbury (206 votes, 43%)

Madrona Road (380 votes, 79%) def. Mixteca (103 votes, 21%)

Summersville Spring (328 votes, 68%) def. Freshcut (155 votes, 32%)

Tsuru (298 votes, 62%) def. Urban Cowgirl (185 votes, 32%)

The Birds and the Bees (247 votes, 51%) def. Posy (236 votes, 49%)

Les Amis (261 votes, 54%) def. Winterkist (222 votes, 46%)

Congratulations to all winners!  Now here are the match-ups for our second round …

Cuzco by Kate Spain (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics)

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter (Windham Fabrics)
vs.
Comma by Zen Chic (Moda Fabrics)

2wenty Thr3e by Eric & Julie Comstock (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Simpatico by Michelle Engel Bencsko (Cloud 9 Fabrics)

Simply Color by V and Co. (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Salt Water by Tula Pink (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Noteworthy by Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics)

Constellations by Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics)
vs.
Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey (Moda Fabrics)

Field Study by Anna Maria Horner (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics)

Oh Deer! by Momo (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Bloomsbury Gardens by Liberty Art Fabrics Lifestyle Collection

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass (Andover Fabrics)
vs.
PB&J by BasicGrey (Moda Fabrics)

Curious Nature by Parson Gray (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille (Moda Fabrics)

Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker (Art Gallery Fabrics)

Honey Honey by Kate Spain (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman Fabrics)

Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter (Windham Fabrics)
vs.
Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker (Kokka Fabrics)

Indie by Pat Bravo (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Madrona Road by Violet Craft (Michael Miller Fabrics)

Summersville Spring by Lucie Summers (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cloud 9 Fabrics)

The Birds & the Bees by Tula Pink (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Les Amis by Patty Sloniger (Michael Miller Fabrics)

Updated brackets can be found here.  Please enter your votes below.  Good luck to ALL!

** NOTE: Voting is now closed. Stay tuned for our next round! **

Modern Madness 2013 | First Round Voting

We hope that you’re enjoying some of the NCAA March Madness basketball action in your home.  It’s been a crazy weekend of upsets already!  To complement the hoops action, we’re ready to open up our Round 1 voting for Modern Madness.

Let the action begin, and don’t forget to vote below for your favorites!

Textures by Angela Walters (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Cuzco by Kate Spain (Moda Fabrics)

Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics)

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter (Windham Fabrics)
vs.
Alchemy by Amy Butler (Westminster Fibers)

Comma by Zen Chic (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
La Dee Dah by Erin McMorris (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

2wenty Thr3e by Eric & Julie Comstock (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
In My Room by Jenean Morrison (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

Center City by Jay McCarroll (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Simpatico by Michelle Engel Bencsko (Cloud 9 Fabrics)

Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Simply Color by V and Co. (Moda Fabrics)

Salt Water by Tula Pink (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Frippery by Thomas Knauer (Andover Fabrics)

Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Camp Modern by Birch Fabrics

LilyBelle by Bari J (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Noteworthy by Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics)

Constellations by Lizzy House (Andover Fabrics)
vs.
Heaven & Helsinki by Patty Young (Michael Miller Fabrics)

Micro Mod by Rob Bancroft (Cloud 9 Fabrics)
vs.
Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey (Moda Fabrics)

Field Study by Anna Maria Horner (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Pam Kitty Morning by Pam Vieira-McGinnis (Lakehouse Dry Goods)

Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Ruby Star Sparkle by Melody Miller (Kokka Fabrics)

Oh Deer! by Momo (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Seven Wonders by Parson Gray (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

Bloomsbury Gardens by Liberty Art Fabrics Lifestyle Collection
vs.
Juggling Summer by Zen Chic (Moda Fabrics)

Rock & Romance by Pat Bravo (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Lucky Penny by Alison Glass (Andover Fabrics)

PB&J by BasicGrey (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Wish by Valori Wells (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

Curious Nature by Parson Gray (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts (Blend Fabrics)

Type by Julia Rothman (Windham Fabrics)
vs.
Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille (Moda Fabrics)

Splendor 1920 by Bari J (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt (FreeSpirit Fabrics)

Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Simple Marks by Malka Dubrawsky (Moda Fabrics)

Mod Squad by Dan Stiles (Birch Fabrics)
vs.
Honey Honey by Kate Spain (Moda Fabrics)

Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson (Art Gallery Fabrics)
vs.
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman Fabrics)

Little Black Dress by BasicGrey (Moda Fabrics)
vs.
Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter (Windham Fabrics)

Happy Drawing / Happy Drawing Too by Ed Emberley (Cloud 9 Fabrics)
vs.
Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker (Kokka Fabrics)

Asbury by Thomas Knauer (Andover Fabrics)
vs.
Indie by Pat Bravo (Art Gallery Fabrics)

Madrona Road by Violet Craft (Michael Miller Fabrics)
vs.
Mixteca by Eleanor Grosch (Cloud 9 Fabrics)

Freshcut (reprint) by Heather Bailey (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Summersville Spring by Lucie Summers (Moda Fabrics)

Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cloud 9 Fabrics)
vs.
Urban Cowgirl by Urban Chiks (Moda Fabrics)

The Birds & the Bees by Tula Pink (FreeSpirit Fabrics)
vs.
Posy by Aneela Hoey (Moda Fabrics)

Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow (Lecien Fabrics)
vs.
Les Amis by Patty Sloniger (Michael Miller Fabrics)

Good luck to all 64 of these fantastic fabric lines!

** NOTE: Voting is now closed. Stay tuned for our next round! **

Modern Madness brackets are SET!


Note: Too small to read, so be sure to download the full-size document below!

They’re here, Modern Madness fans! The 2013 Modern Madness brackets are hot off the presses, featuring a combination of our favorite fabric lines as well as many that you submitted in our last post. There are sure to be some epic battles and the match-ups start SOON, so be sure to print out your brackets and fill them in before the action begins.

Let’s make some early predictions: who do you think will be the 2013 champion?

Edited to add: see some names you don’t recognize?  Don’t worry!  As always, when we post each round’s match-ups, we’ll include designer names and link to the collections.

Download your 2013 Fat Quarterly Modern Madness brackets (PDF).

It’s here! Modern Madness 2013

It’s March, and our longtime readers know what that means. It’s time for Modern Madness, our annual showdown between the year’s favorite fabric lines as determined by Fat Quarterly’s amazingly awesome readership!

Don’t know what Fat Quarterly’s Modern Madness is?  Well, it’s a friendly race to the end for 64 of the past year’s hottest modern fabric lines, facing off in a bracket-style tournament until only one remains.  It’s based on the NCAA college basketball tournament that’s so popular here in the U.S., and you can read more about it here (and catch up on all of our prior years’ action here).

Now before you get too upset, let’s remember that this is all in FUN.  We run Modern Madness with only the best of intentions — to celebrate all of the wonderful designs that we’ve been working with for the past 12 months and, more importantly, to expose our readers to some fabulous fabric lines of which they may have been previously unaware.  And while we like to celebrate the sole survivor, there are no winners or losers in Modern Madness — we’re highlighting ALL of the designers and lines that we love so much.

Who will succeed Ruby and Habitat as 2013′s champion?  The field is still being finalized, but we need your input.  What was your favorite fabric line of the year?  Maybe you have several lines you’d like to see included in the field.  Submit your entries below, and feel free to submit several times.  The highest vote-getters will be assured a spot in the tournament!

** NOTE: Submissions now closed. Thanks for all of the great suggestions! ***

By |March 6th, 2013|modern madness|1 Comment

Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop :: The Blog Tour!

We’re thrilled to announce the line-up for the blog tour for our book, Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters!  The fun kicks off today here and on the Lark Crafts blog, and we’ve lined up 17 fantastic stops where you can learn more about our book and even see some projects sewn from the book’s patterns.  Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs for inspiration, information and — of course — opportunities to win great prizes, including copies of the book.

Mark your calendars!

5/21  Lily’s Quilts: lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
5/24  Handmade by Alissa: www.handmadebyalissa.com/
5/29  In Color Order: incolororder.blogspot.com/
5/31  Comfort Stitching: comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/
6/4  Generation Q: generationqmagazine.com/
6/7  Sew Mama Sew: sewmamasew.com/blog2/
6/12  Pat Sloan: patsloan.com/
6/14  WhipUp: whipup.net
6/18  Sarah Fielke’s The Last Piece: thelastpiece.typepad.com/
6/22  Fat Quarter Shop: fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
6/26  Diary of a Quilter: www.diaryofaquilter.com/
6/28  Amy’s Creative Side: amyscreativeside.com/blog/
7/3  A La Mode Fabric: alamodefabric.blogspot.com/
7/6  It’s Sew Kiki!: kiki-itssewkiki.blogspot.com/
7/10  Craft Buds!: www.craftbuds.com/
7/12  Craft Foxes: www.craftfoxes.com/
7/16  {sew} Allegorical: www.sewallegorical.com/
7/18 Wrap-up Party back here at FatQuarterly.com!