2023 Shop Challenge Quilt
Meet the 2023 Challenge Quilt from Dark Star Fabrics
Flying Around Town, pictured above, with closeups below, is Dark Star Fabrics’ Shop Challenge Quilt, made specially for the 2023 Maine Quilt Shop Hop.
Created by Rachelle Knight and Deb Black of Dark Star Fabrics, and quilted by Rachelle Knight, this vividly colored, high contrast medallion quilt is their original design.
The 81” x 82” quilt uses the 2023 featured Shop Hop fabrics by Benartex Fabrics: Chalk Garden and Dancing Flowers florals and Chalk Texture blenders.
Cast Your Vote
At the bottom of your Shop Hop Passport (pdf), you can vote for your favorite Shop Challenge Quilt if you have your passport stamped in five or more shops.
We invite you to consider Flying Around Town when you make your choice.
Past Dark Star Fabrics Challenge Quilts
In 2022, Deb and Rachelle, in collaboration with Janice White, designed, pieced, appliquéd and quilted What’s Up Buttercup? using the featured fabric lines, Wildflowers by House of Turnowsky and Rapture Coordinate Blenders by QT fabrics. The quilt was awarded 2nd place in the 2022 Shop Challenge.
In 2021, Deb created and quilted Barred Owl in Moonlight. This art quilt used only the Stardust featured fabric line by Banyan Batiks. The quilt received the top prize in the 2021 Shop challenge.
In 2020, Rachelle and Deb created and quilted Under the Big Top, using the Birds and Berries of Maine featured fabric line. The quilt received the top prize in the 2020 Shop challenge plus the Chauffeur’s Choice award.
In 2019, Dark Star Fabrics’ submission to the Shop Hop Challenge was Wildflower Fantasy, using the Wildflowers of Maine featured fabric line. The quilt was awarded 3rd place in the 2019 Shop challenge.
Many thanks to all the Shop Hoppers who have voted for Dark Star Fabrics’ Shop Hop Challenge Quilts over the years.