Design Challenge and Mini Swap

MQG Graphic Design

Introducing DMMQG’s Graphic Design Challenge and Mini Quilt Swap

Design Challenge Sign Up Form

Members of the DMMQG are invited to participate in a design challenge based on Rebecca Bryan’s webinar hosted by the MQG – A Quilter’s Guide to Graphic Design: Applying Lessons from Graphic Design to Modern Quilt Making.

Rebecca is the author of Modern Triangle Quilts and Modern Rainbow. You can learn more about her at her website Bryan House Quilts

What is the challenge?

Each participant is challenged to create a mini quilt (less than 24’’ square) to swap.

The design should be your own and based on your exploration of the graphic design principles discussed in the webinar: color, texture, framing, figure/ground, symmetry and balance, scale, rhythm, grid and pattern.

Participants are encouraged to play and challenge themselves to create outside of their comfort zone. There are no guidelines except for the size requirement (less than 24’’ square). However, each swap participant can declare the basic color palette they would like to be used for the piece they will receive.


The webinar was viewed at the November business meeting. For those who missed it, you can view the webinar here.

Sign up will begin at the Nov. 8 business meeting and end at the Dec. business meeting on Dec. 13. Sign-up forms have been attached to the November business meeting notes and are available by clicking this link: Design Challenge Sign Up Form. If you are unable to attend the meetings you can still participate. Simply complete the form and email it to denvermetromodernquiltguild [at]

Partner assignments will be shared the week of Dec. 18. The quilts will be revealed at the March business meeting.

Swap Partners

Please complete the sign-up form and provide all information requested. Your swap partner will appreciate knowing who your favorite designers are, what colors you love or just tolerate etc.

You will receive information on your swap partner via email the week of Dec. 18.

What if?

Life happens and you may not be able to complete your mini challenge as you had intended. No worries. Contact Julie Elliott, or any of the guild officers, and we’ll identify an alternate.

Swap Host Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?

Please contact Julie Elliott at juliea.elliott [at]