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by Kristi Coupe October 01, 2018

Put MY Quilt on it - barn quilt design contest

Chances are if you're reading this blog and visiting this website, you've thought about what your ideal barn quilt would look like.  As a quilter, I see inspiration everywhere, from floor tiles and wood work to kids books and natural surroundings.  Now is the time to take that inspiration and take the chance to see it come together in the form of your very own barn block!

Desktop design set up for put a quilt on it


Curious?  Here's what we're doing.  From now until October 7 you can post a photo on Instagram showing what your dream block would look like.  Make sure to tag me @putaquiltonit and use #putmyquiltonit or else I might miss it. 

From the entries, Put a Quilt on It will select 4 finalists and then we will have a vote to see who is selected as the winner.  (Full and official rules and details are below.) The winning design will be printed on the same great quality materials as our original Modern Barn Blocks and will be featured for sale on our website.

Barn Quilt designs by Put a Quilt on It

So what are we looking for?  Barn quilts come in many different styles and we want to see your originality shine through.  Think about what will stand out from a distance as someone is driving by.  Is there a special color scheme or symbol with significance to you and your family?  Maybe you will find inspiration from an heirloom quilt.  

Inspiration board for Put my quilt on it


We have a great prize package for the winner!  First of all, your design will be put into print by Put a Quilt on It so that you will receive your very own design in one of our original size Modern Barn Blocks!  Your design will also be available for purchase by other fans of your work.

Put My quilt on it barn quilt design contest

In addition, you will also win this incredible fabric bundle from our friends at Kiwi Fabric.  This is the Carolyn Friedlander coordinate bundle which includes 20 fat quarters in Robert Kaufman Kona solids.  Kiwi Fabric is a premium quality fabric shop on Etsy that carries some amazingly useful color coordinate bundles as well as our favorite designer collections.

Prize fabric bundle from Kiwi Fabric

We also have patterns for each of the finalists from two of my favorite designers.  Alli Jensen has generously included a pattern from her shop Woodberry Way.  This summer I put together her Star Kisses pattern but there are so many others on my wish list.  You may fall in love with her latest pattern Summer Blossoms with its cheerful flowers or maybe get in the holiday spirit with Christmas Candy.  The hardest part will be deciding which pattern is your favorite.

 Prize from Woodberry Way

And if that's not enough, we also have a pattern by the talented Karen Lee from her shop Quiltaposy.  Karen can be found on Instagram @quiltaposy and if you're not following her already, you should.  She has just recently launched her pattern shop and already it is loaded with some awesome modern, minimalist and graphic designs.  I have already put together her Make Your Mark pattern and thoroughly enjoyed the organic, freeing nature of her construction technique.  Check out her Instagram to see some of the other examples of what quilters are making with Karen's patterns like this gorgeous Cabin Quilt.

 Pattern prize from Quiltaposy

Have fun with this.  It's one of my favorite parts of running Put a Quilt on It.  Sitting at my computer or with pen and paper and sketching new designs which then make it all the way to print is an incredible feeling.  I've probably designed hundreds of different designs and color schemes and then narrowed things down to my absolute favorite favorites.  Sometimes I will go back to my saved ideas.  Sometimes, I wonder "what I was thinking?" At the end of the day though, it's about expressing your creativity and having fun.  I hope you enjoy this special contest.

Want to see the designs I have already created?  Check out the shop here for all in stock blocks.

 Current designs by Put a Quilt on It

Official Rules:


THE CONTEST: Entrants in the “Put My Quilt on It Design Contest” (“Contest”) should submit artwork to be considered for a Put a Quilt on It Modern Barn Block, based on approved artwork and language provided here within the Official Rules.

SPONSOR: Put a Quilt on It and Kristi Coupe (collectively “Put a Quilt on It” or “Sponsor”) is the sponsor and administrator of the Contest and is responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. Entrants should look solely to Put a Quilt on It with any questions, comments or problems related to the Contest.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 21 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Officers, directors and employees of Put a Quilt on It are not eligible to participate. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest runs from October 1, 2018 at 7:01 am EST and ends October 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST (“Contest Period”).  The contest will have two (2) phases including the submission phase and the voting phase. The submission phase will run through October 7, 2018. Finalists will be notified by October 9, 2018. The voting phase will begin on October 11, 2018 and run through October 13, 2018. Winner will be notified and the winner will be announced on or before October 15, 2018.

GUIDELINES: Upon selection by Put a Quilt on It of the finalists, each entry must be emailed to Sponsor in a PNG or JPEG file. Each entry must be smaller than 15MB in size. All files will be converted to an appropriate file format as deemed necessary by Sponsor. Entrants must craft their own design. Use of previously copyrighted designs are expressly prohibited. Submission of work originally created by another artist is prohibited.    

HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, Entrants may submit up to three (3) separate and total entries, by posting the design on Instagram and tagging @putaquiltonit and #putmyquiltonit. Entrant’s Instagram profile must be public so that entries are visible. Entries sent via email will not be accepted or considered. By entering, contestants warrant that each submission is their own original creation and that no entry infringes on another contestant or person’s rights.  Any use of any photo, drawing, images or elements created by any other person, is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.  Please do not repost any one else’s work from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or other online source. The whole point of this contest is to see YOUR original ideas.

Entry may not have earned a prize in a previous contest or competition held by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or reject any entry, in their sole and absolute discretion, that does not meet the above criteria. Once submitted, an entry cannot be modified. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, CONTESTANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON SPONSOR’S WEBSITE AND EDITED, IN SPONSOR’S DISCRETION. For example, if a design is submitted with patterned designer fabric, Put a Quilt on It reserves the right to substitute the fabric print for a solid color in a coordinating shade.

OWNERSHIP: Put a Quilt on It has EXCLUSIVE rights to reproduce and use. Entries become the property of Put a Quilt on It and none will be returned or acknowledged except as provided herein. Submission of an entry grants Sponsor and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license and right to publish, use, edit, adapt, modify and/or publicly perform the entry in any way, in commerce and in any and all media worldwide now known or hereinafter developed, without limitation and without notice or consideration of the contestant. By submitting an entry, each contestant in the Contest further agrees that his/her entry constitutes an assignment of all rights, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, and title in and to such entry and the photograph therein to Sponsor. Sponsor may require contestants to execute documents to confirm this transfer of rights. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Upon submission you agree to forfeit any ownership and are prohibited from the independent reproduction or sale of any images.  By virtue of a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license for the designs granted by all finalists chosen prior to the voting process, Put a Quilt on It shall have the right to edit, adapt, print (as on apparel) and publish any or all of the designs deemed finalist, and may use them in any media and/or the promotion of Put a Quilt on It without compensation to the contestant, his or her successors or assigns, or any other entity. Put a Quilt on It maintains the rights to receive all proceeds from the sale of any merchandise using the submitted artwork, without fee or other form of compensation due at any time to the contestant.  Designs will be credited to the artist on Put a Quilt on It’s website and in all promotions relevant to that product. In the event that ownership of any design submitted is challenged in any manner by any person, Put a Quilt on It may disqualify that design and will discontinue use.

PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected and awarded a Modern Barn Block in their winning design, and be named as the winner on www.putaquiltonit.com.  Four (4) Finalists will have their design submission displayed on www.putaquiltonit.com. No prize substitution is permitted. Prizes will be awarded provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received. No substitution for prize, unless at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prize is not transferable. All taxes are the winner’s responsibility.

WINNER SELECTION: Finalists will be selected by the owner of Put a Quilt on It based on the following criteria: a.) originality, b.) appropriateness to Contest Theme of “Put my Quilt on It”, and c.) After the finalists are selected, the winner will be selected by public appeal as determined by public comments received. In the event of a tie, an additional judge will be added to the panel. Decisions of the judges shall be final in all matters related to this Contest. Put a Quilt on It will choose four (4) Finalists from all designs submitted, and post the designs online for public voting.

GENERAL TERMS: By participating in the Contest, contestants warrant and represent that none of the material submitted or posted infringes upon or otherwise violates the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual or proprietary rights of any person or entity and that they have fully complied with the Official Rules. Prize acceptance constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name, likeness and entry (in whole or in part) for publicity purposes in all forms of media including the worldwide Internet without additional compensation, notification or permission. CONTESTANTS AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES AND TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, ITS RELATED COMPANIES, DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS OF PUT A QUILT ON IT, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, JUDGING AGENCIES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, PRIZE SUPPLIERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, OR THE DOWNLOADING, ACCESSING OR SUBMISSION OF ENTRY MATERIALS. By participating in the Contest, contestants agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use all personal information provided to Sponsor. Participants, by participating in this Contest, hereby waive and release, and agree to hold harmless the Sponsor, distributors and retailers of Put a Quilt on It products, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, from and against, any and all rights, claims and causes of action whatsoever that they may have, or which may arise, against any of them for any liability for any matter, cause of thing whatsoever, including but not limited to any injury, loss, damage, whether direct, compensatory, incidental or consequential, to person, including death and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize in the Contest, or their participation in the Contest, or their participation in any Contest or prize related activity, or any travel related to the Contest, or any travel for any prize related activity. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or illegible entries or Internet technical, hardware, software, telephone, or transmission failures of any kind, which may limit a person’s ability to enter the Contest. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for any injury or damage to contestants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Contest on the Internet should a computer virus, unauthorized intervention or other cause corrupt the integrity or proper conduct of the promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any contestant found to be disrupting the operation of the Contest or its web site. If the integrity of the Internet portion of the Contest is compromised in any manner, Sponsor reserves the right to modify Contest and judge winners from valid entries received that are unaffected by the problem. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any online contestant, contestant will be deemed the individual named on the online entry form.

All entrants acknowledge that the Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Put a Quilt on It is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Contest. Put a Quilt on It assumes no responsibility for any misdirected or lost submissions, or any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Put a Quilt on It is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web-site or combination thereof, including injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Put a Quilt On It which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, then Put a Quilt on It reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.


Kristi Coupe
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