Have you seen the fantastic entries submitted to the Stag and Thistle challenge?! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating!


The winner of the challenge was chosen by Brett Lewis, the fabric designer himself!

“I am amazed with April’s EQ8 Stag and Thistle Design challenge. Thank you to everyone for all the beautiful entries. I can’t wait for the the fabric to arrive in stores and see some of these designs come to life.

Choosing just one quilt design was a challenge in its self, but after reviewing all the marvellous entries one design stood out: Barbara Bittinger’s ‘Stag and Thistle Labyrinth.’  The movement and secondary design that emerges from Barbara’s design took me on a journey through her Labyrinth, discovering fussy cut stags, hidden birch groves and sewing notions. Congratulations Barbara, and to all quilters that entered, thank you for your design inspiration.

Happy Quilting,


Barbara Bittinger’s ‘Stag and Thistle Labyrinth’ quilt design:

Barbara’s submission: I named my design “Stag and Thistle Labyrinth.” Having so many prints, colors and shades of this beautiful fabric line was really fun and I found myself often twisted up in designs reminding me of being in a Labyrinth. I learned so much about EQ8 working on this quilt design. I was impressed with how I could rotate and fussy cut fabrics.

Barbara will receive fat quarters of the Stag and Thistle collection from Northcott!

Again, you can see all the fabulous entries in the original blog post. Thanks again to all participants and congrats to Barbara!!

Want another chance to win fabric? Check out our May design challenge!