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Originating in China, a tangram is a dissection puzzle made up of seven pieces known as "tans." Essentially, it is a shape made up of a group of smaller shapes that never overlap. Create a design inspired by tangrams; design must repeat. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close 3/14/2017 at 3 p.m. EDT.


Overview

Designers: you've tackled novelty animal prints, quirky winter themes, and gathered inspiration from creative hobbies and cocktails of the jazz era. Now it's time to switch gears and take a month to revisit everyone's favorite class from grade school: Geometry. Based on requests from our designer community, surface design trends and popular searches, we've carefully selected 5 geometric themes this month. Some are rooted in spiritual practice (mandalas) others we're used to seeing in nature (hexagons), and a few other super fun themes in between that we think you'll love.

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 278 votes for Calliope - Geometric Floral Aqua Pink & Gold by heatherdutton
  2. 252 votes for Tangram Kites and Puppies by sarah_treu
  3. 239 votes for Tangram goldfish and water lilies by elena_naylor
  4. 237 votes for Modernist Owls Warm Tones Large by pinkowlet
  5. 233 votes for Tropical Tangrams by lisa_kubenez
  6. 231 votes for A shoal of tangram fish by ebygomm
  7. 210 votes for Boxy Foxy by lellobird
  8. 167 votes for Tangram Geishas by miyatake_(julie's_fabrics)
  9. 165 votes for people puzzled by abstracthands
  10. 161 votes for tangram town by scrummy
  11. 157 votes for Watercolour Animal Tangrams by emerysmithstudio
  12. 151 votes for Tangram Regatta by jill_o_connor
  13. 150 votes for royal_skull_tangram-01 by lusine
  14. 137 votes for Birds by la_fabriken
  15. 134 votes for Tangram Zodiac by thirdhalfstudios
  16. 132 votes for Tangram Folk Village by onelittleprintshop
  17. 131 votes for Spring Raccoon Tangram on Teal by pinky_wittingslow
  18. 129 votes for Blue Tangram Composition by marketa_stengl
  19. 128 votes for Golden Fox by gingerlique
  20. 127 votes for tangram flock o geese migration by vo_aka_virginiao
  21. 125 votes for Tangram Cats by timone
  22. 120 votes for Between Day & Night by kmreumann
  23. 119 votes for Ozark Mountain Dancers by orangefancy
  24. 117 votes for Mama's Tangram Quilt by cherishedminky
  25. 114 votes for foxy_tangrams_vert by nadja_petremand
  26. 114 votes for Tangram seascape by krissymadrid
  27. 111 votes for Scotties, Check!... yellow mix by stitchyrichie
  28. 111 votes for Sail Away in Navy by brittany_vogt
  29. 110 votes for Stormy-Rainbow-Animal-Tangram by linziloop
  30. 109 votes for Animal Tangram by _rachel_
  31. 108 votes for kcorytandramanimals by katherinecory
  32. 106 votes for Tangram night forest by dariara
  33. 105 votes for Bayeux Tangram Petting Zoo by eclectic_house
  34. 105 votes for A stitch in time with Tangrams by mimipinto
  35. 103 votes for TANGRAM FISH by janemonteith
  36. 103 votes for The Fox & The Crow by vannina
  37. 102 votes for Tangram Cats by heatherhightdesign
  38. 101 votes for Deconstructed Tangrams by numberfiveprintco
  39. 101 votes for Small girl on the tangram boat by magic_pencil
  40. 99 votes for tangram colourplay by lasidi
  41. 93 votes for Tangram_cats_and_mice by bugs4
  42. 90 votes for Tangram diamonds and pearls by camcreative
  43. 89 votes for tangram boats on blue by heleenvanbuul
  44. 89 votes for Tangram Fishes by studio_kyu
  45. 89 votes for pink bunny tangrams by designed_by_debby
  46. 88 votes for Tangram Town by ceciliamok
  47. 86 votes for (private design)
  48. 86 votes for tangram, matter and emptiness by analinea
  49. 85 votes for (private design)
  50. 84 votes for Parquetry Tangram by graceful
  51. 84 votes for Tangram Butterflies by mgdoodlestudio
  52. 82 votes for Tangram Tropical Fish by designsidestudio
  53. 82 votes for Tangramenagerie by ciellecharron
  54. 81 votes for Tangram cats by sveta_aho
  55. 81 votes for Tangram Fish and Turtles by pinmintprint
  56. 81 votes for Alphabet Tangrams in Watercolor by thread_sa
  57. 80 votes for Tangram Shapes by mariafaithgarcia
  58. 80 votes for (private design)
  59. 79 votes for (private design)
  60. 79 votes for Tangram Space Cats by amberw
  61. 79 votes for Tangram Chevron Pastel Patchwork by micklyn
  62. 78 votes for TangramBirds1a by offmyrocker
  63. 77 votes for Watercolor Tangrams by sarah_coombs
  64. 77 votes for Jewel Map by ghostfire
  65. 77 votes for Sunset Watercolor Tangrams by monicaanndesign
  66. 76 votes for Tangram Bunnies M+M Stone Grey by Friztin by friztin
  67. 75 votes for tangram-3 by lilcubby
  68. 75 votes for Tangram Cats in my garden by mutterfit
  69. 75 votes for Tangram Bunnies Bouncing by kellydawn
  70. 74 votes for tangram pattern by laura_may_designs
  71. 74 votes for spoonflower_tangrams by supersnazzy
  72. 73 votes for Tangram Bears by aimeelouiseillustration
  73. 72 votes for Boho Fox Tangrams by panda_ink_&_design
  74. 71 votes for Convexity (2) by jjtrends
  75. 71 votes for Heart Foxes by meowandcraft
  76. 70 votes for Fun with Tangram Animals by littlewhimsy
  77. 69 votes for Tangy Tangram by christinelynnjohansen
  78. 69 votes for Pink Tangram Patchwork by palusalu
  79. 68 votes for rabbits by kdh_miller
  80. 68 votes for House Cats by lindiart
  81. 68 votes for Tangram_Tapestry by j9design
  82. 68 votes for Tangrams Galore by khowardquilts
  83. 67 votes for Japanese indigo fishes tangram by gabriellemutel
  84. 67 votes for 06243248 © cubist tangram birds 8 by sef
  85. 67 votes for (private design)
  86. 66 votes for roze_mint_konijnen by leoniecromwijk
  87. 66 votes for Cats tangram pastel by maredesigns
  88. 64 votes for Tangram Figures by janetdrummond
  89. 61 votes for TANGRAM CAT by bluevelvet
  90. 61 votes for Rabbit And Chicken by moinlena
  91. 59 votes for Tangram by carimateo
  92. 58 votes for (private design)
  93. 56 votes for Tangram_foxes by modernfox
  94. 56 votes for Tangram Pop! by elramsay
  95. 55 votes for tangrams by teart
  96. 53 votes for Tangram Regatta by lisakling
  97. 53 votes for Tangled Tangram by jilbert
  98. 53 votes for (private design)
  99. 53 votes for Origami des Animaux by lottalorier
  100. 52 votes for Colored_Tangram410-ed by dollydimpledesigns
  101. 52 votes for watercolor tangrams by marta_strausa
  102. 52 votes for Tribal Tangrams by fattcheese
  103. 51 votes for Wood cut wildlife tangram by craftwithcartwright
  104. 51 votes for mermaids shells blues by magentarosedesigns
  105. 50 votes for A trip through the forest by everhigh
  106. 50 votes for Diamond Mine Tangram by jgh_design
  107. 50 votes for Tangram by honey_gherkin
  108. 49 votes for Fan Leaf Spectrum by camomoto
  109. 49 votes for Feline Fruit Fusion Larger Scale ©Jennifer Garrett by jennifer_todd
  110. 47 votes for TangramFun by fcdesigns
  111. 47 votes for Paradox by mariaspeyer
  112. 47 votes for Tangram Patchwork by fulgorine
  113. 45 votes for Tangram City by seesawboomerang
  114. 44 votes for Welcome! by miamaria
  115. 44 votes for (private design)
  116. 43 votes for animal_kingdom_tangram_pattern by jktphotofab
  117. 43 votes for Chagram by pain_d'epices
  118. 43 votes for shatteredromance1 by et_al
  119. 43 votes for Fun Origami by toxifera_opsis
  120. 43 votes for Tangram 2 Loving Pop by leah_quinn
  121. 43 votes for Puppy at Play Tangrams aqua by colour_angel_by_kv
  122. 43 votes for Animal Tangrams by thewellingtonboot
  123. 42 votes for Tangram by jadegordon
  124. 41 votes for geometric tangrams abstract novelty black pink red gray grey by amy_g
  125. 41 votes for TANGRAM_LAPINS-ch by melhenry
  126. 41 votes for Let sleeping catgrams lie by beesocks
  127. 40 votes for Rocky Mountain Tangram by smilinggebogebo
  128. 40 votes for Tangram by kate's_kwilt_studio
  129. 40 votes for Puppies_Tangram Style by diannemehta
  130. 39 votes for tin_man_tangram by leroyj
  131. 39 votes for Paper Tangrams & Chinese Fans by floramoon
  132. 39 votes for Icy Waters by milleappeal
  133. 38 votes for tangram2 by makalarose
  134. 38 votes for Stained Glass Red Blue by cvetidinkova
  135. 38 votes for Tangram Tiles by dunnspun
  136. 37 votes for Africa_variation_1 by isabella_asratyan
  137. 37 votes for Tangram-dy Land by kevin_skinner
  138. 36 votes for tangram17 by roxiespeople
  139. 36 votes for (private design)
  140. 36 votes for Tangram Chalk Dogs by palifino
  141. 36 votes for (private design)
  142. 36 votes for Ship Shapes Flamingo Ditsy by theeggplant
  143. 35 votes for Tangram_Kids by emmie_norfolk
  144. 35 votes for Fabric is my Kryptonite by jamielewisdesigns
  145. 35 votes for Blue Green Tangram by dnbmama
  146. 35 votes for Swans by alyhillary
  147. 35 votes for Tangram Cats Watercolor by mjmstudio
  148. 35 votes for 01_tangram_sorbetto by ecarchidesign
  149. 34 votes for Seven Colors For Matisse by menny
  150. 34 votes for Tangram Shapes by robyriker
  151. 33 votes for geodesic kingfisher pink by lilalunis
  152. 31 votes for Tangram a la Dreidel 2 by anneostroff
  153. 31 votes for Bunnies Tiptoeing Through the Tulips by jpweaver
  154. 30 votes for Tangram Patchwork by enid_a
  155. 30 votes for Dance, Like a Fox is Watching - Blue Land by azureimagestudio
  156. 30 votes for tangammy by hannafate
  157. 29 votes for TANGRAM_2 by bernies_bounty
  158. 29 votes for Quilt Stars by wildnotions
  159. 28 votes for swan tangram by perporia
  160. 28 votes for Boats by mstubina
  161. 27 votes for HDR Cats Fish & Ferrets Geometric Tangram by xoxotique
  162. 27 votes for One hunter's quota by ladyrattus
  163. 26 votes for The Early Tangram Gets The Worm by franbail
  164. 26 votes for Art Deco and Tangram Inspired Faces with Black Hats by creative_madame
  165. 26 votes for tiling_Tangram_1 by bahrsteads
  166. 26 votes for Bunnies by ccroix
  167. 25 votes for Tangram Designs by b2b
  168. 25 votes for Tangram Rabbits and Carrots by vinpauld
  169. 25 votes for catfabric by lilyfox
  170. 24 votes for Blue pup by katawampus
  171. 24 votes for Lumberjack red by laurajohanna
  172. 24 votes for tangram triangles white by pamelachi
  173. 24 votes for Tangrams by mandy_b
  174. 24 votes for Tangram birds kites by bonmélange
  175. 24 votes for Welsh_Dragon_Tangram by fatcat_designs
  176. 24 votes for Two_Small_Town_Cats sewindigo by sewindigo
  177. 24 votes for nordic_tangram by natalie_du
  178. 23 votes for Painted Patchwork Tangrams by boris_thumbkin
  179. 23 votes for Reading by anniedeb
  180. 23 votes for Tanagram Dance Party by ekatrina
  181. 23 votes for Tangram Cats by brooklynsouthern
  182. 23 votes for tancont_1b by isa_art
  183. 23 votes for Tangram universe seconds after the big bang in greens, white and black. by aygeartist
  184. 22 votes for Tangram Flower Pot by mypetalpress
  185. 21 votes for Tangram 1-2-3 by mandimlynch
  186. 21 votes for Rainbow Heart by spottedfox
  187. 21 votes for Tangrams fishes by Artninus by artninus
  188. 21 votes for (private design)
  189. 20 votes for more than meets the eye by illustrative
  190. 20 votes for Charles Rennie Tanagram by amsterdamsel
  191. 20 votes for Metallic 80's tangrams by arrpdesign
  192. 19 votes for Ode to Climbing: Hand-drawn Tangrams by clairekalinadesigns
  193. 19 votes for Mondrian_meets_the Tangram by ruthjohanna
  194. 19 votes for (private design)
  195. 19 votes for Diamond-Fox-Tangram-Pink by gloriapjlee28
  196. 18 votes for Tanagram_fish_swimming_with_lotus_flowers_2 by heather_hughes_-_halarty_designs
  197. 18 votes for Untitled-1 by ekcdesigns
  198. 18 votes for (private design)
  199. 17 votes for Puzzle_Art_Picture_1 by salihakhanum
  200. 17 votes for tangrams love - white by em0138
  201. 16 votes for harlequin_birds_blue by artist_chloe_birnie
  202. 16 votes for tangram_mallard_aztec by allisonyoung
  203. 16 votes for tangram_3 by pixabo
  204. 15 votes for I Love U Tangrams by rasha_stokes
  205. 15 votes for Swangram by sixsie_lou
  206. 15 votes for (private design)
  207. 15 votes for PINK YARROW, PALE DOGWOOD AND HAZELNUT TANGRAMS by heckadoodledo
  208. 15 votes for Beach Huts and Boats by lauraflorencedesign
  209. 13 votes for Tangram_Jewels by pru
  210. 13 votes for Small Navy ziggy by twigsandblossoms
  211. 13 votes for Tancalis by crca_gentile
  212. 13 votes for Gilded Tangram Pieces by pond_ripple
  213. 12 votes for Puzzling Tangram Pattern - Teal and Dark Red by whyitsme_design
  214. 12 votes for Bold by charldia
  215. 12 votes for Fish_tangram by alandco
  216. 11 votes for yellow triangles by ssullins
  217. 11 votes for In the Garden; large by twilfley
  218. 11 votes for Tangram by e_riv
  219. 11 votes for Tangram rocks by zandloopster
  220. 11 votes for Tangrams by suzanne_dye
  221. 10 votes for Little foxes by lalala_fabric
  222. 10 votes for tangram by muccajean
  223. 10 votes for Mountain_Village by jigliving
  224. 10 votes for Contest_Tangram___103_3334 by disneymamom
  225. 9 votes for Mirror Alaska by dall_artistry_
  226. 9 votes for tangram_collage_spoonflower by mermaid13
  227. 9 votes for Inspired_by_a_Tangram by varycarol
  228. 9 votes for Summer Tangram by ak-wildenature
  229. 9 votes for Tangram Chickens by raeranier
  230. 8 votes for Tree Dreams by liamkatiemom
  231. 8 votes for Woodduck 1 by otter54
  232. 8 votes for REDWOOD_FORREST by designer_gena
  233. 8 votes for floral_fabric by ishkabibbles
  234. 7 votes for Gems by by_alexa_joan
  235. 7 votes for Tropical Toucan by apalazon
  236. 7 votes for tangram in greens and reds by artgirlangi
  237. 6 votes for ivy acid green by feralappareletc
  238. 4 votes for tangram_square_dance by hedgepigart
  239. 4 votes for Batty for Tangram by old_owl_press
  240. 2 votes for gift60's letterquilt by gift60
  241. 1 votes for shapes_vers_tabcdeg by maryjanndesigns

Tangrams Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • Public or private designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

Timeline

  • 02/03/2017: Submissions open
  • 03/14/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 03/16/2017: Public voting opens
  • 03/21/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 03/23/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

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