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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. 78 votes for nudetangram by sevas
  64. 77 votes for Watercolor Tangrams by sarah_coombs
  65. 77 votes for Jewel Map by ghostfire
  66. 77 votes for Sunset Watercolor Tangrams by monicaanndesign
  67. 76 votes for Tangram Bunnies M+M Stone Grey by Friztin by friztin
  68. 75 votes for tangram-3 by lilcubby
  69. 75 votes for Tangram Cats in my garden by mutterfit
  70. 75 votes for Tangram Bunnies Bouncing by kellydawn
  71. 74 votes for tangram pattern by laura_may_designs
  72. 74 votes for spoonflower_tangrams by supersnazzy
  73. 73 votes for Tangram Bears by aimeelouiseillustration
  74. 72 votes for Boho Fox Tangrams by panda_ink_&_design
  75. 71 votes for Convexity (2) by jjtrends
  76. 71 votes for Heart Foxes by meowandcraft
  77. 70 votes for Fun with Tangram Animals by littlewhimsy
  78. 69 votes for Tangy Tangram by christinelynnjohansen
  79. 69 votes for Pink Tangram Patchwork by palusalu
  80. 68 votes for rabbits by kdh_miller
  81. 68 votes for House Cats by lindiart
  82. 68 votes for Tangram_Tapestry by j9design
  83. 68 votes for Tangrams Galore by khowardquilts
  84. 67 votes for Japanese indigo fishes tangram by gabriellemutel
  85. 67 votes for 06243248 © cubist tangram birds 8 by sef
  86. 67 votes for (private design)
  87. 66 votes for roze_mint_konijnen by leoniecromwijk
  88. 66 votes for Cats tangram pastel by maredesigns
  89. 64 votes for Tangram Figures by janetdrummond
  90. 61 votes for TANGRAM CAT by bluevelvet
  91. 61 votes for Rabbit And Chicken by moinlena
  92. 59 votes for Tangram by carimateo
  93. 58 votes for (private design)
  94. 56 votes for Tangram_foxes by modernfox
  95. 56 votes for Tangram Pop! by elramsay
  96. 55 votes for tangrams by teart
  97. 53 votes for Tangram Regatta by lisakling
  98. 53 votes for Tangled Tangram by jilbert
  99. 53 votes for (private design)
  100. 53 votes for Origami des Animaux by lottalorier
  101. 52 votes for Colored_Tangram410-ed by dollydimpledesigns
  102. 52 votes for watercolor tangrams by marta_strausa
  103. 52 votes for Tribal Tangrams by fattcheese
  104. 51 votes for Wood cut wildlife tangram by craftwithcartwright
  105. 51 votes for mermaids shells blues by magentarosedesigns
  106. 50 votes for A trip through the forest by everhigh
  107. 50 votes for Diamond Mine Tangram by jgh_design
  108. 50 votes for Tangram by honey_gherkin
  109. 49 votes for Fan Leaf Spectrum by camomoto
  110. 49 votes for Feline Fruit Fusion Larger Scale ©Jennifer Garrett by jennifer_todd
  111. 47 votes for TangramFun by fcdesigns
  112. 47 votes for Paradox by mariaspeyer
  113. 47 votes for Tangram Patchwork by fulgorine
  114. 45 votes for Tangram City by seesawboomerang
  115. 44 votes for Welcome! by miamaria
  116. 44 votes for (private design)
  117. 43 votes for animal_kingdom_tangram_pattern by jktphotofab
  118. 43 votes for Chagram by pain_d'epices
  119. 43 votes for shatteredromance1 by et_al
  120. 43 votes for Fun Origami by toxifera_opsis
  121. 43 votes for Tangram 2 Loving Pop by leah_quinn
  122. 43 votes for Puppy at Play Tangrams aqua by colour_angel_by_kv
  123. 43 votes for Animal Tangrams by thewellingtonboot
  124. 42 votes for Tangram by jadegordon
  125. 41 votes for geometric tangrams abstract novelty black pink red gray grey by amy_g
  126. 41 votes for TANGRAM_LAPINS-ch by melhenry
  127. 41 votes for Let sleeping catgrams lie by beesocks
  128. 40 votes for Rocky Mountain Tangram by smilinggebogebo
  129. 40 votes for Tangram by kate's_kwilt_studio
  130. 40 votes for Puppies_Tangram Style by diannemehta
  131. 39 votes for tin_man_tangram by leroyj
  132. 39 votes for Paper Tangrams & Chinese Fans by floramoon
  133. 39 votes for Icy Waters by milleappeal
  134. 38 votes for tangram2 by makalarose
  135. 38 votes for Japanese Spindle by cvetidinkova
  136. 38 votes for Tangram Tiles by dunnspun
  137. 37 votes for Africa_variation_1 by isabella_asratyan
  138. 37 votes for Tangram-dy Land by kevin_skinner
  139. 36 votes for tangram17 by roxiespeople
  140. 36 votes for (private design)
  141. 36 votes for Tangram Chalk Dogs by palifino
  142. 36 votes for (private design)
  143. 36 votes for Ship Shapes Flamingo Ditsy by theeggplant
  144. 35 votes for Tangram_Kids by emmie_norfolk
  145. 35 votes for Fabric is my Kryptonite by jamielewisdesigns
  146. 35 votes for Blue Green Tangram by dnbmama
  147. 35 votes for swans by alyhillary
  148. 35 votes for Tangram Cats Watercolor by mjmstudio
  149. 35 votes for 01_tangram_sorbetto by ecarchidesign
  150. 34 votes for Seven Colors For Matisse by menny
  151. 34 votes for Tangram Shapes by robyriker
  152. 33 votes for geodesic kingfisher pink by lilalunis
  153. 31 votes for Tangram a la Dreidel 2 by anneostroff
  154. 31 votes for Bunnies Tiptoeing Through the Tulips by jpweaver
  155. 30 votes for Tangram Patchwork by enid_a
  156. 30 votes for Dance, Like a Fox is Watching - Blue Land by azureimagestudio
  157. 30 votes for tangammy by hannafate
  158. 29 votes for TANGRAM_2 by bernies_bounty
  159. 29 votes for Quilt Stars by wildnotions
  160. 28 votes for swan tangram by perporia
  161. 28 votes for Boats by mstubina
  162. 27 votes for HDR Cats Fish & Ferrets Geometric Tangram by xoxotique
  163. 27 votes for One hunter's quota by ladyrattus
  164. 26 votes for The Early Tangram Gets The Worm by franbail
  165. 26 votes for Art Deco and Tangram Inspired Faces with Black Hats by creative_madame
  166. 26 votes for tiling_Tangram_1 by bahrsteads
  167. 26 votes for Bunnies by ccroix
  168. 25 votes for Tangram Designs by b2b
  169. 25 votes for Tangram Rabbits and Carrots by vinpauld
  170. 25 votes for catfabric by lilyfox
  171. 24 votes for Blue pup by katawampus
  172. 24 votes for Lumberjack red by laurajohanna
  173. 24 votes for tangram triangles white by pamelachi
  174. 24 votes for Tangrams by mandy_b
  175. 24 votes for Tangram birds kites by bonmélange
  176. 24 votes for Welsh_Dragon_Tangram by fatcat_designs
  177. 24 votes for Two_Small_Town_Cats sewindigo by sewindigo
  178. 24 votes for nordic_tangram by natalie_du
  179. 23 votes for Painted Patchwork Tangrams by boris_thumbkin
  180. 23 votes for Reading by anniedeb
  181. 23 votes for Tanagram Dance Party by ekatrina
  182. 23 votes for Tangram Cats by brooklynsouthern
  183. 23 votes for tancont_1b by isa_art
  184. 23 votes for Tangram universe seconds after the big bang in greens, white and black. by aygeartist
  185. 22 votes for Tangram Flower Pot by mypetalpress
  186. 21 votes for Tangram 1-2-3 by mandimlynch
  187. 21 votes for Rainbow Heart by spottedfox
  188. 21 votes for Tangrams fishes by Artninus by artninus
  189. 21 votes for (private design)
  190. 20 votes for more than meets the eye by illustrative
  191. 20 votes for Charles Rennie Tanagram by amsterdamsel
  192. 20 votes for Metallic 80's tangrams by arrpdesign
  193. 19 votes for Ode to Climbing: Hand-drawn Tangrams by clairekalinadesigns
  194. 19 votes for Mondrian_meets_the Tangram by ruthjohanna
  195. 19 votes for (private design)
  196. 19 votes for Diamond-Fox-Tangram-Pink by gloriapjlee28
  197. 18 votes for Tanagram_fish_swimming_with_lotus_flowers_2 by heather_hughes_-_halarty_designs
  198. 18 votes for Untitled-1 by ekcdesigns
  199. 18 votes for (private design)
  200. 17 votes for Puzzle_Art_Picture_1 by salihakhanum
  201. 17 votes for tangrams love - white by em0138
  202. 16 votes for harlequin_birds_blue by artist_chloe_birnie
  203. 16 votes for tangram_mallard_aztec by allisonyoung
  204. 16 votes for tangram_3 by pixabo
  205. 15 votes for I Love U Tangrams by rasha_stokes
  206. 15 votes for Swangram by sixsie_lou
  207. 15 votes for (private design)
  208. 15 votes for PINK YARROW, PALE DOGWOOD AND HAZELNUT TANGRAMS by heckadoodledo
  209. 15 votes for Beach Huts and Boats by lauraflorencedesign
  210. 13 votes for Tangram_Jewels by pru
  211. 13 votes for Small Navy ziggy by twigsandblossoms
  212. 13 votes for Tancalis by crca_gentile
  213. 13 votes for Gilded Tangram Pieces by pond_ripple
  214. 12 votes for Puzzling Tangram Pattern - Teal and Dark Red by whyitsme_design
  215. 12 votes for Bold by charldia
  216. 12 votes for Fish_tangram by alandco
  217. 11 votes for yellow triangles by ssullins
  218. 11 votes for In the Garden; large by twilfley
  219. 11 votes for Tangram by e_riv
  220. 11 votes for Tangram rocks by zandloopster
  221. 11 votes for Tangrams by suzanne_dye
  222. 10 votes for Little foxes by lalala_fabric
  223. 10 votes for tangram by muccajean
  224. 10 votes for Mountain_Village by jigliving
  225. 10 votes for Contest_Tangram___103_3334 by disneymamom
  226. 9 votes for Mirror Alaska by dall_artistry_
  227. 9 votes for tangram_collage_spoonflower by mermaid13
  228. 9 votes for Inspired_by_a_Tangram by varycarol
  229. 9 votes for Summer Tangram by ak-wildenature
  230. 9 votes for Tangram Chickens by raeranier
  231. 8 votes for Tree Dreams by liamkatiemom
  232. 8 votes for Woodduck 1 by otter54
  233. 8 votes for REDWOOD_FORREST by designer_gena
  234. 8 votes for floral_fabric by ishkabibbles
  235. 7 votes for Gems by by_alexa_joan
  236. 7 votes for Tropical Toucan by apalazon
  237. 7 votes for tangram in greens and reds by artgirlangi
  238. 6 votes for ivy acid green by feralappareletc
  239. 4 votes for tangram_square_dance by hedgepigart
  240. 4 votes for Batty for Tangram by old_owl_press
  241. 2 votes for gift60's letterquilt by gift60
  242. 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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