Design Challenge Two


Your second challenge is to create one fabric design that embodies the industrial revolution.  The industrial revolution is marked by the shift in production from homes to factories.  The production of many goods moved from within the hands of homemakers to the modern machines of the 1800s.  Mechanization of life paved the way for the technological revolution we are currently living in.

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An example of the effect of the industrial revolution exists within quiltmaking.  The ability to weave and print yardage quickly allowed for individuals of a broad socioeconomic spectrum to participate in quilting.  The mechanization of thread production allowed quilters ample supplies for complicated piecing requiring an abundance of thread.  Imagine producing your own thread for an entire quilt or trading three chickens for a spool of thread to mend your britches (trading value is of course, approximate and possibly exaggerated).  Fast forward to today and you are able to order digitally printed fabric on demand from Spoonflower.  From design to production to use in quilts, materials can be produced in mere days…

Design one fabric that embodies the shifts, gains, and changes of the industrial revolution.  Submit three color ways of this design.  Designs are due by 12:00AM EST on April 11, 2012.  Two designers will be eliminated in April.


Please leave a comment on what the industrial revolution makes you think of and you could win a pack of Aurifil thread!  Giveaway closes at 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday April 4th!

The Winner is Carrie from Canary Quilts!  More giveaways soon, stay posted!

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5 comments on “Design Challenge Two

  1. Donna Langford on said:

    When I think of the Industrial Revolution and quilting, I am reminded of the revolutionary concept of the rotary cutter. Today another revolution is taking place with the fabric cutting machines.

  2. For some reason I think of Model T’s, that it was the beginning of the assembly line production and because the car has changed our way of life forever.

  3. Unadilla Orleans on said:

    Industrial Revolution makes me think of steam engines busting across the country, possibly passing by some tiny dwellings as they make their way west…

    • Jamie S on said:

      As I pass by the tiny dwellings on my way to work thinking about the industrial revolution, I also fast forward to the changes we are going thru in technology. It is amazing to think about all of the beautiful quilts that are created virtually and they will never come to life in textile form. Think how confused our historians will be when they look for the originals.

  4. When I think of the industrial revolution it always brings me to the harnessing of electricity and the subsequent invention of the air conditioner. Together they seriously affected the socialization patterns of communities. Pre- electricity and specifically air conditioning it was not uncommon to meet with your neighbors on the ‘stoop’ or a picnic/swimming hole. For some it was daily and for others weekly. Which in turn drives my thoughts to women getting together to actually create a quilt for warmth because they were a necessity and not a hobby/career/pastime/passion etc.

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