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Congratulations Ruby, our 2012 Modern Madness Champion!

Wow.  To say that Modern Madness 2012 has been a roller coaster ride would be an understatement.

We began with 64 of the most fabulous modern fabric lines on the market and — round after round, week after week — you voted for your favorites.  Many (if not most) of the races were as tight as can be, decided by the slimmest of margins.  You’ve let us know that many of your front-runners were upset earlier than you had expected, and we never knew how the tournament would progress.

From 64, we got down to 32 … then our Sweet 16 … we determined the Elite Eight … and rooted for our favorites in the Final Four.  It all led to our epic final battle: the bold and graphic Echo, the debut line by first-time Modern Madness competitor Lotta Jansdotter versus the fresh and retro-sweet Ruby by the mother-daughter team of Bonnie & Camille.  1105 of you voted — the highest turn-out by far in this year’s tournament — and we’re excited to announce our winner.

By a margin of 57% (631 votes) to 43% (473), congratulations to our 2012 Modern Madness Champion …

RUBY
by Bonnie & Camille
for Moda Fabrics
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s Moda’s description of Ruby:

Ruby is a small town girl with big dreams, and even bigger style.  She works at the town ice cream parlor in her favorite red polka dot dress and can be found doing the jitterbug with her best girlfriends at the Country Diner on the weekends.  This cheery line is full of Ruby’s favorites, including a smattering of soin red and aqua, retro flowers, vintage prints and pretty little scallops.

Ruby now joins Habitat, our 2011 champion, in the Modern Madness Hall of Fame, and she is a very worthy champion indeed.  We’d love to hear your thoughts, both on Ruby’s ascent to the top of the heap as well as on Modern Madness overall.  We hope you had fun and learned about a lot of new fabrics and designers along the way.

We’d also like to build a readers’ gallery of Ruby projects to celebrate its win, so if you’ve worked with Ruby and have a quilt or other sewn project to share, please add your photos to our Fat Quarterly Flickr group.  We can’t wait to see them!

Scoring: for those of you keeping score, did anyone predict that Ruby was going to win?  If you did, give yourself 32 points!!  Add it to your previous total to get your final score.  Let us know your final score in the comments below — we’d love to hear how you all did!

And with that, we bring another year of Modern Madness to a close.  We truly hope you had as much of a blast as we did.  So who’s going to be back for Modern Madness 2013??

Modern Madness | THE FINALS

We started with 64 of your favorite fabric lines. After weeks of epic showdowns, we’re down to 2. And tomorrow, we’ll be able to announce the 2012 Modern Madness champion. Who will it be? Well, that’s up to you, dear readers. Want to see who’s competing in our 2nd annual Modern Madness Finals??

Ruby Layer Cake, Bonnie & Camille for Moda
Ruby Layer Cake from bloomerie fabrics via Flickr

Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics (376 votes, 52%) def.
LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics (352, 48%)

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter
Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, photo by Adrianne (littlebluebell) via Flickr

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (426 votes, 59%) def.
Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Timeless Treasures Fabrics (302, 41%)

We’re sorry to see LouLouThi and Washi, two formidable contenders, leave the competition, but want to congratulate our two very worthy finalists!

Scoring: If you picked either Ruby or Echo to be in the finals, give yourself a whopping 16 points for each. Add it to your final score to date, and let us know how you’re doing in the comments below.

And now — drumroll, please! — it’s time for the 2012 MODERN MADNESS FINALS ! ! ! ! !

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Modern Madness | THE FINAL FOUR!

Swoon Quilt
LouLouThi Swoon quilt by Jennifer (twinfibers) via Flickr

It’s championship weekend here at FQHQ — are you as excited as we are?? We started with 64 of your favorite fabric lines and now we’re down to 4. Any one of them would be a worthy Modern Madness champion and, given how close the races have been all along, every one has the chance to win! Let’s take a moment to honor our Modern Madness 2012 Final Four …

Loulouthi Garden
LouLouThi Garden quilt by Mitzi Wern (LiveLoveQuilt) via Flickr

LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics (248 votes, 57%) def.
Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics (186, 43%)

little bags
Little Bags made by Amy (amydunn) via Flickr

Ruby top
Ruby top by addieh via Flickr

Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics (256 votes, 59%) def.
Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (178, 41%)

Baby Washi Quilt
Baby Washi quilt by Rashida Coleman-Hale via Flickr

Washi Pillow
Washi Pillow by GoldWillow via Flickr

Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Timeless Treasures Fabric (230 votes, 53%) def.
Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (204, 47%)

Echo quilt for baby boy
Echo quilt for baby boy by Nikki Maroon (create_quilts) via Flickr

lotta charm quilt
lotta charm quilt by Ashley (filminthefridge) via Flickr

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (264 votes, 61%) def.
Half Moon Modern for Moda Fabrics (170, 39%)

Scoring: did you predict that LouLouThi, Ruby, Washi, or Echo would be in our Final Four? If so, give yourself 8 points for each line that you had making it this far on your original brackets. Add this to your total score to date, and let us know how you’re doing in the comments below!

And now it’s time for our penultimate match-ups … our Final Four!! Who do you predict will be our two finalists??

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Modern Madness | THE ELITE EIGHT

We’re getting close! By the end of the weekend, we will have crowned the 2012 Modern Madness Champion! There are still some epic battles ahead. Before we let the elite eight take the court, let’s see who survived the Sweet 16 …

Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale (248 votes, 58%) def.
Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (181, 42%)

Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (223 votes, 52%) def.
Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics (206, 48%)

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (291 votes, 68%) def.
Little Apples by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (138, 32%)

Half Moon Modern by Moda Fabrics (260 votes, 61%) def.
1001 Peeps by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics (169, 39%)

Scoring: Since we’ve advanced to the next round of competition, the stakes have been raised. This time, you get 4 points for every fabric line that you originally predicted would advance to the Elite 8. So, this go ’round, you get 4 points each if you predicted that Washi, Hometown, Echo, or Half Moon Modern would advance to the round of 8. Note that this scoring also holds true for the last post, so if you calculated your score incorrectly, be sure to update it! Add your total Sweet 16 score to that from rounds 1 & 2, and let us know how you did in the comments below!

And now, let’s get down to business. Ladies and gents, your TOP EIGHT TEAMS!!

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Modern Madness | The Sweet 16 (Part 2)

And we have the first four contenders in our Elite 8! Following some very close races (and our largest voter turn-out so far this year!), LouLouThi, Heirloom, Ruby, and Terrain live on to compete another day. It wasn’t easy, though. We have to say goodbye to four more of our favorite designer lines of the past year. We salute you, Fly a Kite, Outfoxed (my own personal bracket’s winner – gah!), California Girl, and Shades of Grey. No doubt we’ll see these designers back next year.

LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics (581 votes, 62%) def.
Fly a Kite by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Fabrics (362, 38%)

Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics (505 votes, 54%) def.
Outfoxed by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics (438, 46%)

Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics (510 votes, 54%) def.
California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics (433 votes, 46%)

Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (625 votes,66%) def.
Shades of Grey by Jan DiCintio for Daisy Janie Organic Fabrics (318, 34%)

Edited to add: Scoring: In my haste to publish the results, I forgot to talk about scoring! Since we’ve advanced to the next round of competition, the stakes have been raised. This time, you get 4 points for every fabric line that you originally predicted would advance to the Elite 8. So, this go ’round, you get 4 points each if you predicted that LouLouThi, Heirloom, Ruby, or Terrain would advance to the round of 8. Add this to your total score from rounds 1 & 2, and let us know how you did in the comments below!

Without further ado, let’s let our remaining fabric lines take the court:

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Modern Madness | The Sweet 16 (Part 1)

It’s Sweet 16 time, dear readers! That’s right — we’re down to our 16 remaining favorite fabric lines and one step closer to crowning our 2012 Modern Madness champion. We had a strong showing in region 4 and, though we’re hesitant to call it an upset because of the strength of Little Apples and Aneela’s proven track record of success in Modern Madness, many readers believed that Curious Nature would go further in the competition. With strong contenders like Curious Nature eliminated from the field, it’s still anyone’s game.

Eager to see who emerged victorious as the four lines that will represent region 4 in the Sweet 16? Let’s take a look at the results …

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (309 votes, 70%) def.
Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott for Moda Fabrics (133, 30%)

Little Apples by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (232 votes, 52%) def.
Curious Nature by David Butler of Parson Gray for Free Spirit Fabrics (210, 48%)

Half Moon Modern by Moda Fabrics (291 votes, 66%) def.
Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow for Lecien Fabrics (151, 34%)

1001 Peeps by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics (281 votes, 64%) def.
Across the Pond by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics

Scoring: If you had predicted that Echo, Little Apples, Half Moon Modern, or 1001 Peeps would advance to the Sweet 16 in your original brackets, give yourself 2 points for each one. Starting next round, the stakes are getting higher!

And speaking of the next round, let’s let the left side of the bracket take the court. Our first 8 teams are in action today to kick off our regional battles. Who will advance to the Elite 8?

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Modern Madness | Round 2, Region 4

Another region has completed its round 2 action, and four amazing fabric lines have emerged victorious. We’re now 3/4 of the way towards determining this year’s Sweet 16. What’s been your biggest surprise so far this year?? Don’t answer just yet … some of Region 3′s results may jump to the top of your list!

Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Timeless Treasures (221 votes, 54%) def.
Lush by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics (189, 46%)

Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (256, votes, 62%) def.
Annie’s Farm Stand by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods (154, 38%)

Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics (251 votes, 61%) def.
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien Fabrics (159, 39%)

Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (212 votes, 52%) def.
Ruby Star Spring by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabrice (198, 48%)

Scoring: if your original brackets had any of these 4 winning teams advancing into the 3rd round, give yourself 2 points for each. (That is, if you originally had predicted that Washi, Good Fortune, Prince Charming, or Hometown would moving on to round 3, you get 2 points for each.) Add this to your total score and let us know how you did in the comments below!

We’ve got one more region that needs to close out round 2. Ready for Region 4′s action?

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Modern Madness | Round 2, Region 3

Close races seem to be the name of the game so far in Modern Madness 2012! Fresh off a battle that was decided by one vote in Region 1, Region 2 didn’t disappoint with its own photo finish. Only 4 votes separated Daisy Janie’s Shades of Grey and Emily Herrick’s Going Coastal — wow! Moda Fabrics is well represented in Region 2 with California Girl, Ruby, and Terrain joining Shades of Grey as our region favorites. California Girl was helped by a late, strong surge by the recently mobilized Fig Tree fans. We LOVE to see this kind of excitement and passion during Modern Madness. Want to see your favorites advance? We suggest you might try the same!

California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics (447 votes, 59%) def.
Ruby Star Shining by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabrics (307, 41%)

Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics (502 votes, 67%) def.
Children at Play by Sarah Jane Studios for Michael Miller Fabrics (252, 33%)

Shades of Grey by Jan DiCintio for Daisy Janie Fabrics (379 votes, 50%) def.
Going Coastal by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics (375 votes, 50%)

Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (468 votes, 62%) def.
Far Far Away III by Heather Ross for Kokka Fabrics (286, 38%)

Scoring: Once again, if your original brackets had any of these 4 winning teams advancing into the 3rd round, give yourself 2 points for each. (That is, if you originally had predicted that California Girl, Ruby, Shades of Grey, or Terrain would moving on to round 3, you get 2 points for each.) Add this to your total score and let us know how you did in the comments below!

With all this nail-biting action, I can’t wait to see what happens in the other half of our bracket. Let’s get started by heading over to Region 3 …

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Modern Madness | Round 2, Region 2

You guys — you are NOT going to believe these results. In the closest race in Modern Madness history, we’ve had a match-up that was determined by ONE VOTE. And in another battle, a line that many predicted to go all the way to the end has been eliminated from the tournament. I have a feeling that these results are going to wreak havoc on many of your brackets.

So let’s get right to it …

Fly a Kite by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Fabrics (212 votes, 50%) def.
Grand Bazaar by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics (211, 50%)

LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics (256 votes, 61%) def.
A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (167, 39%)

Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics (221 votes, 52%) def.
Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (202, 48%)

Outfoxed by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics (273 votes, 65%) def.
Lark by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers (150, 35%)

Any surprises? Is your predicted winner still in the running?

Scoring: the stakes have been raised! If your original brackets had any of the 4 winning teams from Region 1 moving into the 3rd round, give yourself 2 points for each. (That is, if you originally had predicted that Fly a Kite, LouLouThi, Heirloom, or Outfoxed moving on to round 3, you get 2 points for each.) Add this to your total score from round 1 and let us know how you did in the comments below!

Let’s keep this party going. Ready to vote in region 2?

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Modern Madness | Round 2, Region 1

After our circuit through all 4 regions and all of our opening round match-ups, we’ve emerged with our 32 survivors. Ready to see the results from Region 4? There were some really close races here. How did your favorites do?

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (301 votes, 76%) def.
Sophie by Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics (94, 24%)

Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott for Moda Fabrics (228 votes, 58%) def.
Pear Tree by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics (167, 42%)

Little Apples by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (289 votes, 73%) def.
Paris Apartment by Bari J. for Lecien Fabrics (106, 27%)

Curious Nature by David Butler of Parson Gray for Free Spirit Fabrics (223 votes, 56%) def.
Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics (172, 44%)

Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow for Lecien Fabrics (227 votes, 57%) def.
Backyard Baby by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics (168, 43%)

Half Moon Modern by Moda Fabrics (288, 73%) def.
Taali by Jennifer Moore for Monaluna Organic Fabrics (107, 27%)

Across the Pond by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics (215 votes, 54%) def.
Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics (180, 46%)

1001 Peeps by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics (273 votes, 69%) def.
Powerpop by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics (122, 31%)

Scoring: As with the other regions, give yourself 1 point for every match-up you guessed correctly. Add it to your total score from the first 3 rounds to get your total score for Round 1. How did you do? Let us know via the comments below!

For those keeping score — and this is important — as we move into Round 2, do NOT re-select your winners based on the winners from Round 1 and who is still remaining. You should be sticking with your original picks for the entire tournament, and seeing how far your original picks advance.

OK, we’re moving back up to Region 1 to begin our Round 2 action …

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It’s still anyone game, but anyone have guesses yet on who will be our Region 1 champion?