Habitat Quilt Challenge Entry

Jay McCarroll paid the PMQG a visit back in June to announce a quilt block challenge featuring his newest line of quilting fabric, Habitat. And the winners are in! Check out the winning entriesĀ here.

While my block may not have won, I had a lot of fun designing it and hope to one day make a whole quilt out of it.

Habitat Challenge Quilt Block

These fabrics were great to work with, and I had no trouble getting inspired. Here’s a peek at my ‘design process’… The idea came from the feathers on a badminton birdie, no lie!

Design Process for Habitat Challenge Quilt Block


Jay McCarroll

The Philly Modern Quilt Guild was lucky enough to have Jay McCarroll as a speaker last week. Jay couldn’t have been nicer, answering a ton of questions about his creative process, his fabric lines, and of course Project Runway. He brought along a number of projects made with his new line of quilting fabric, ‘Habitat’.
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG

The reupholstered chairs that Jay brought along were my favorite.
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG

This quilt, made with my favorite colorway in the ‘Habitat’ line, was made by the talented staff at Spool in Philadelphia.
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG

These pillows are a great way to use small pieces to make a big statement.
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG

For those of you who are admiring Jay’s necklaces, he made them! He kindly let me take a close up of the pendant. Just gorgeous!
Jay McCarroll Visits the PMQG

Jay was also at our meeting to launch a challenge using his fabric. It’s a quick turnaround — only two weeks to design and submit. Free Spirit generously donated fabric for us to use. By the luck of the draw, I selected the colorway that I like the best, in blues, yellows, and peach. I’m really excited to get started on a block. I have a few ideas rattling around… look for a future post with my block ideas.

Many thanks to Jay for coming to our meeting! He’s a funny, down to earth guy, and it was a pleasure to hear him speak.

Jay McCarroll Speaking at PMQG!

I have been a huge Project Runway fan from the very beginning — I remember a gaggle of us getting together in college on Wednesday nights for nachos and our Tim Gunn fix. “Make it work, people!”

Jay McCarroll, the winner of season one, has always been one of my favorite designers to come out of the show. Remember the headphones for the final runway show? As a knitter, I was tickled that he incorporated serious knitwear into his final collection. That blue sweater was to die for!

Since his stint on PR ended, Jay has embarked on a number of endeavors, but the nearest and dearest to my heart have been his lines of quilting fabric. Imagine my excitement when it was announced at the May Philly Modern Quilt Guild meeting that Jay would be coming to speak on June 21st! (Seriously, I think I squealed out loud in front of everyone. Embarrassing…)

He is coming to promote his newest line of quilting fabric — Habitat — and to launch a nationwide Modern Quilt Guild challenge. How gorgeous is this collection?!

For more details, check out the PMQG post here. Seats are limited, so if you’re in the Philly area and you would like to see Jay speak, you need to contact the guild. Blogging Project Runway also made mention of Jay’s visit!