Cirrus Solids Block of the Month Challenge

BOM-BANNER Have you heard about Cloud9 Fabrics’ new Cirrus Solids: a range of chambray weight cross-weave yarn-dyed solids? They’re amazing! And they’re coming this September. And we’d love to see what you might have planned for them. So, we’re CALLING ALL QUILTERS! for a Cirrus Solids Block of the Month (BOM) Challenge! Each month we’ll feature a Cirrus Solids BOM and if we choose yours you will win a fat quarter bundle of all 21 solids (a $68 value). To enter:

  • Create a 12 1/2″ block design using no less than 4, but no more than 6 Cirrus Solids.
  • Use our web images, color pencils, a quilting program or construction paper! Whatever method works best for you to articulate your ideas to us.
  • Create 2 color versions of your block design: we’d like to see your block in virtual action, so give us a couple of ideas using different colors. Don’t be shy about being creative with the naming, too. For example you can call it:
    • light and dark
    • day and night
    • neutral and colorful
    • spring and fall
  • Send your illustration/diagram and type-written sewing instructions to – subject: BOM Challenge Submission
    • Be sure to use the accurate names of each Cirrus Solid color and label them concisely and clearly.
    • Block design must be comprised of only Cirrus Solids.
    • Submissions can be sent in any format that works best for you (.pdf, .jpg, .eps, .doc), but please make the email attachments less than 1MB each.
  • Winners will be chosen month by month – by the 5th of each month prior to posting (for instance: the BOM for November 1st will be chosen no later than October 5th).
    • Winning blocks will be posted on the 1st of the month.
  • Winners will be chosen on a variety of aspects including overall appeal, creativity, uniqueness and instructional accuracy.
  • The chosen block designs will be stitched up by our quilter and presented in a graphically styled downloadable PDF on our blog by our graphic designer.
  • The submissions will be cumulative – no need to submit twice – we will take all block designs submitted into consideration month to month.
  • Each winner will be given design credit for the block and instructions and we will link to your blog or website (if applicable)
    • Please include all your contact details and be sure to add to your address book so we can reach you.
  • Each winner will receive a FQB of all 21 solids as we notify them.
  • Challenge is open to anyone in the world.
  • Fielding questions in the community comments below.

Fall 2014 Lineup

fall2014Quilt Market is upon us and here’s our lineup for the upcoming Fall 2014 season!

  • Aug • Fanfare Flannel by Rae Hoekstra with coordinating solids
  • Aug • House & Garden will start shipping to quilt shops
  • Sep • Wildwood by Elizabeth Olwen
  • Sep • Cirrus Solids – crossweave yarn-dyed broadcloth
  • Oct • Cosmic Convoy by Michéle Brummer Everett
  • Nov • Revelry by Lisa Congdon in voile with touches of metallics!
  • Nov • Time Warp by Jessica Jones in barkcloth… yes, barkcloth!
  • Dec • Biology by Sarah Watson


free guideOur Creative Director, Michelle Engel Bencsko gives 10 helpful tips when submitting a portfolio to a company. Also, our designer Elizabeth Olwen shares designer-perspective insight. Plus it’s chock full of inspiring surface design work and other great features. It’s a beautiful publication.

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Meet Our Newest Designer | Jessica Jones


We liked working on our new logo with Jessica Jones so much that we asked her if we could work together some more! This fall we’ll debut our first barkcloth (!) collection on which Jessica’s retro style will be perfectly suited. Let’s learn more about Jessica:

As a child, Jessica Jones enjoyed both art and science. During her pursuit of a chemistry degree in college, she realized she missed art and changed course to graduate with a degree in design communication from the University of Minnesota.

jessica-jones-fabricsCuriosity and a love of problem solving serve her well in her work today as a graphic designer. Jessica spends the majority of her time developing brand identities and marketing materials for businesses and universities.

Jessica-Jones-logos-BWFrequently she switches hats, however, and designs surface patterns for fabrics, wallpaper, ribbon, and other products. Her textiles have appeared on accessories and home furnishings at Nordstrom, Target, and The Land of Nod and been spotted in Glamour, Real Simple, and other publications.

In her spare time, Jessica created How About Orange, a blog featuring DIY tutorials, decorating ideas, and design inspiration from around the web.

Follow Jessica on Twitter @howaboutorange, or visit her portfolio.


Outside Oslo fabric collection for The Needle Shop


Ribbon (for Renaissance Ribbons)