With the start of the new year comes the start of the new Project QUILTING season. I'm hoping to participate in all six challenges this season. In 2020, I started my Improv Log Cabin Mini series with a couple of the Project QUILTING challenges. This year, just before the first challenge was announced I decided I would layer my own design challenge on top of the Project QUILTING challenge's again this year. I'll be using modern traditional design in my challenge quilts this season.

Modern Traditionalism in quilting refers to a design that is built on a traditional quilt block combined with more modern design elements. These elements can include use of bold colors and prints, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and/or alternate grid work.

This week our challenge was a color challenge, Illuminating + Ultimate Gray, the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year. I love a color challenge, because you can do just about anything with it as far as the design goes. I went about picking a traditional quilt block to design off of and started selecting solids from my stash that worked with the yellow and gray theme.

I chose the card trick quilt block. I began by changing the elements of the corner of the block, instead extending the "card color" to the corners. Then I offset this quilt block in my design and extended the lines from the block into the negative space surrounding it. Finally, through the value choices of my colors, I gave the quilt a look of transparency.

My quilt finishes at 16 1/2" x 16 1/2". It has very minimal quilting, because, ya know... one-week deadline. I didn't start cutting fabric until Friday, so I didn't leave myself much time.

My quilt is labeled on my corner triangles, included for ease of hanging. First finish of the year!

Thanks for visiting, please hop over to Kim's blog to see the over 225 submissions for the Illuminating + Ultimate Gray challenge.

I'm also linking up with my linkup, Show Me Something. ;-)


We are eight weeks into the Quilting the Countdown 100 day project. There are 43 days left until QuiltCon. I'm spending at least 15 minutes a day working on my Patchwork City blocks.

I finished three blocks this week. This brought me to 55 out of 75 blocks complete. It was a little slower going than I thought it would be since 4 of the 6 blocks in the new colors have a lot of template pieces. The finished blocks shown feature Kona Tomato, Kona Papaya, and Kona Wasabi.

There's been lots of fabric selection and some cutting in addition to these finishes. I paper pieced the units below that will go together into the 5" x 14" papaya block.

Thanks for visiting!

In case you didn't see it, my Show Me Something linkup post went up this week. I hope you'll link up a finished project that meets this month's theme. Happy quilting!


Quilt challenges are some of my favorite ways to start (and finish!) a project! I love having a limited focus delivered by the challenge whether it be a color palette, style, theme, skill, or tool. And I love a deadline for getting things done! I recently wrote about the now underway season of Project QUILTING challenges. This month, Show Me Something That's a Challenge, that is, a quilt you've finished from a challenge prompt. This can be something from a past challenge or something new you finish this month. Please linkup up to 3 projects.

If you've participated in any kind of quilt challenge in the past, please linkup what you've made. If you're looking to try out a quilt challenge for the first time, here are a few options in January:

Project QUILTING 12.1: Illuminating + Ultimate Gray (January 10 deadline)

Project QUILTING 12.2: theme announced on January 24. (January 31 deadline)

Pantone 2021 Artisan Challenge (January 29 deadline)

Covid Mini Quilt Challenge (January 7 deadline)

Hoffman 2020 Challenge (April 1 deadline)

Or you can choose any past challenge as your prompt for a personal challenge this month! Want a random challenge? Comment below and request a challenge prompt and I'll give you your very own challenge prompt for the month. :-)

Here are some of the quilts (my daughter and) I have made for challenges in past years. (Click on images to read more about them.) I also recently shared specifically about quilts I've made for Project QUILTING challenges.

Possibly My First Challenge Quilt (circa. 2005)

Nine-Patch Challenge

Pantone Ultra Violet Quilt Challenge

Vintage Reimagined Challenge

My Daughter's Red, White and Blue Challenge

Curves Challenge


I look forward to seeing what you've created for quilt challenges in the past as well as any new challenges you finish this month!

Here are the linkup details:

  • The monthly Show Me Something quilt linkup will start on the first of the month and continue until midnight (PST) on the last day of the month.
  • You may linkup a maximum of 3 new or old finished projects that fit the theme.
  • You may linkup a blog post or Instagram post.
  • Participation in the linkup grants me permission to use an image of your project in a future blog post, with credit and a link back to your post.
  • If you linkup from a blog post, please link back to this post in your post. If you post from Instagram, you can tag me @sarahgoerquilts.
  • Visit others in the community who share their projects... and leave comments. :-)

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