Fat Quarter Tuesday – Central Park Sudoku Quilt Kit by Kate Spain + Dogwood Trail Table Runner Kit by Sentimental Studios

The Sudoku quilt kit is a fun little idea developed by Moda Fabrics. This version features Central Park by Kate Spain. The kit includes 9 squares each of 9 different prints from the collection. You first solve the Sudoku puzzle and then use the numbers to guide the square layout.

As a bit of a math geek, I enjoyed the following that is printed on the kit description:

“The idea is to fill a 9 x 9 grid with these digits so that each column, each row and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the box contains all of the digits from 1 to 9. In the overall puzzle numbers cannot be repeated in the same playing row, column or 3×3 box.

Although the name is Japanese, the concept of a number grid with only one appearance across and up and down was developed by an 18th century Swiss mathematician, Leonhard Euler. The Japanese puzzle company, Nikoli, made the puzzle popular in the mid-80’s. It became an international sensation in 2005.”

I’m certain I’m late to the party in making a connection that Sudoku layouts insure a beautifully random distribution of prints throughout a quilt design but I still think it’s cool!

Show me anything with a dogwood blossom and I want to make it. This beautiful Dogwood Trail Table Runner Kit by Serendipity Studios features a nice big swath of the focus fabric down the center of the design. The surrounding pinwheels are made with 5″ x 5″ squares. Simplicity and elegance.


Let’s talk about kits. I’m a kit kinda girl. I grew up going to Lee-Wards with my grandmother (man, are those FOND memories!) and adore anything in a bag that contains pieces inside waiting to be assembled. Felt ornaments with sequins and beads, printed embroidery cloth with floss and needles, fabric and pattern ready to be stitched together. Comfort sewing. The project defined and a guaranteed outcome. A time to be busy with my hands while letting my mind dream and wander about without needing to belabor design decisions.

What do you think about kits? Gasp, that’s cheating! or a welcome respite. What type of kits do you like best?

We’re giving away one of each kit, leave a comment for a chance to win.


Last week’s winners were selected early and everyone has been contacted:

Bari J Online Sewing Class: susan evans

Bari J Patterns: Debbie Fetech of Patchwork ‘N Pieces Quilting, Rosemary, Katherine, and Shawn.


How Fat Quarter Tuesday works:

  • Every Tuesday two items from the Pink Chalk Fabrics online store will be featured and given away the following week in a random drawing.
  • The first winner is selected from those who opened their Pink Chalk Fabrics e-mail newsletter during the week.
  • The second winner is selected from all comments left on the blog for the week (comments from all posts, not just the giveaway post).

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190 Responses to Fat Quarter Tuesday – Central Park Sudoku Quilt Kit by Kate Spain + Dogwood Trail Table Runner Kit by Sentimental Studios
  1. Jane
    July 27, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    I think kits are great. I just wish I could afford to buy them!

  2. Leslie Allen
    July 27, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    I love kits–I can just open the package and get started without having to go back to the store for something else! The dogwood kit is beautiful! On my wish list–which I will try to fulfill in August! Do you have block of the months? I like those too.

  3. Krystina
    July 27, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    I love souduku! What a cute idea!

  4. Brie Henri
    July 27, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    I have never tried a sewing/quilting kit before but I’ve always LOVES the idea that everything is there for you.

    Can’t wait to try one 😀

  5. Shannon
    July 27, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    I am a math geek too! how cool :)

  6. Pat V.
    July 27, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    I generally purchase kits when I fall in love with a pattern that uses a little of many (or all!) the fabrics from one line. It ends up being cheaper than my trying to find and purchase all the different bits!

  7. Andee Neff
    July 27, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    I love kits too!

  8. MarciaW
    July 27, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    Every day I work Sudoku puzzles from the newspaper – what can I say – mathematics was my field. So, winning a Sudoku quilt kit would be fantastic! Thanks Pink Chalk!

  9. carol broughton
    July 27, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    I love kits! I especially love Kate Spain fabrics! Beautiful table runner.

  10. DianeH
    July 27, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    Kits are fabulous to have on hand when you just want to get up and sew!

  11. Frances
    July 27, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    I like kits – to get you started in something new, to help you through the tricky parts and sometimes just to be able to get hold of the fabric that some other wizard has put together that looks fantastic!!!!

  12. Ladybug
    July 27, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    I enjoy kits for small projects and those that require a large number of different fabrics especially if it’s an odd size.

  13. Kathy
    July 27, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Way cool…couldn’t resist purchasing the kit as a Christmas gift for my sister who is a puzzle geek and really needs to get back into quilting. I can’t wait to get her sewing again. Thanks!

  14. Sonia
    July 27, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    I just love the sudoku kit. I have only ever bought a moda happy kit, I still haven’t put it together BUT I think kits are great and can save some fuss finding fabrics. I love the sudoku quilt concept, it is genius!

  15. Patty
    July 27, 2011 | 8:23 pm

    I think it would be fun to do one of the sudoko quilts.

  16. YC
    July 27, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    I wondered about that Central Park kit! I figured the charm pack contents had to be different, and so they are.

    I have a weakness for cross-stitch kits — I have so many unfinished! And I’m always trying to save the unused kit materials for another project. I haven’t found a fabric kit that I’ve liked enough to buy…but perhaps you guys haven’t made it up yet! :)

  17. Bobbie23nc
    July 28, 2011 | 5:29 am

    I like using kits but I am very particular about the ones I use. I hope I win this one but I think I’ll go ahead and order one too! Who wouldn’t be pleased to give this one as a gift.

  18. Susan
    July 28, 2011 | 6:53 am

    As a newish quilter, quilt kits have helped me learn the basics (with the help of online research) without having to attend classes. I’m not so great with choosing fabrics/colors so quilt kits allow me to leave out the guesswork.

  19. Paula Anderson
    July 28, 2011 | 7:46 am

    Just learning how to quilt. That looks like something I could start with. Love the Dogwood.

  20. Maryse
    July 28, 2011 | 8:11 am

    I love these fabrics….can’t wait to work them into my new inspiration!thank you for opportunity!

  21. Patricia
    July 28, 2011 | 9:13 am

    I haven’t used a kit, but love the idea of someone else doing all the cutting for me!

  22. starjumper
    July 28, 2011 | 10:52 am

    hmmm, i hope it’s an easy sudoku… like i need another reason to procrastinate!!!

  23. Ebeth
    July 28, 2011 | 11:51 am

    I love precuts and kits! I need to have some easy achievements between bigger projects! Love them both!


  24. Linda
    July 28, 2011 | 12:54 pm


  25. valerie
    July 28, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Love Kate Spains designs! Hmmm, I would say I generally am not a huge fan of kits. A huge part of the fun of quilt making for me is the fabric selection – putting together all kinds of options before settling on one, so with a kit, you don’t really get to do that. However, I have been known to buy kits just to have the fabric combination, and not necessarily use for the pattern with that particular fabric. Just my 2 cents…

  26. Leigh
    July 28, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    Kits are fab! I definitely have a soft spot for them but I’ve never tried a quilting kit. My most recent was a pretty Japanese origami-inspired needle book. Very satisfying! x

  27. Ramona
    July 28, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    I do like kits. I don’t want all my quilts to be kits but sometimes I find the cutest kit on sale and it is fun to do it.

  28. Stephanie C.
    July 28, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    In theory I really love the soduko kits. In practice, I am terrible at them so I’d have to find someone to help me!

  29. Erin
    July 28, 2011 | 8:11 pm

    Love the sudoku kit- and the central park fabric is beautiful!

  30. Willow
    July 29, 2011 | 4:26 am

    I haven’t thought about Lee Wards in years! My grandmother also loved that place and took me, and sequined calendars and stocking kits and embroidery kits…she loved them, and I loved them. This grandmother was also the one that taught me to knit and crochet.Thanks for bringing those memories to my mimd!

  31. Rachel D
    July 29, 2011 | 5:50 am

    I think kits are great to use when you’re using fabric that you really don’t want leftovers of – such as Christmas themed fabric.

  32. Lynne B
    July 30, 2011 | 7:30 am

    I’m just learning so I like the idea of kits.

  33. MargaretQuilts
    July 30, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    Normally I don’t use kits, yet these are so lovely that wanted to enter. Thanks.

  34. Susan I
    July 31, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    I really like the idea of kits. Sometimes the creativity brain cells are on a “slow setting” and kits help you work through that. Thanks for this awesome chance!