QuiltCon Block Challenge: Applique and Embellishment

This is part of a series of posts about the QuiltCon Block Challenge. From August 27 – September 22, I’ll be posting photos of blocks received for the challenge. On September 24, I’ll start announcing which 20 blocks will be used in the quilt. You can see more photos of challenge blocks in the Block Challenge Flickr Group.  

Some of the blocks we received didn’t fit the challenge guidelines and, as such, they weren’t considered for inclusion in the raffle quilt. They’re just too fabulous not to show you though, so today we’re going to take a look at some applique or otherwise embellished blocks.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row:

  • Barbara Bruce of the Kansas City MQG (This block is called I’m On the Way.)

Second Row:

  • Pat Hilderbrand

Third Row:

  • Candy Chin

These blocks may not be up for the raffle quilt, but there’s no reason they can’t be a part of our quilt project for the Austin Children’s Shelter!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

Second Row (left to right):

  • Eun A. Chung
  • Jen Madsen of the Minneapolis MQG
  • Beth Copeland of the Houston MQG

Third Row:

  • Ginger Krenn of the Pittsburgh MQG

As a way of giving something back to QuiltCon’s host city of Austin, Texas, we’re going to use the blocks that aren’t selected for this quilt to make quilts for each of the 46 beds at the Austin Children’s Shelter. This will be MQG’s first large-scale charity project and we look forward to both using the many beautiful blocks we received for the challenge and getting as many guilds as possible involved in the process! Participating guilds will receive a package of 7 or more blocks (much like the groups of blocks being shown in these blog posts) to expand into a 68″ X 88″ Twin bed quilt. This can be accomplished by adding blocks, adding negative space, or some combination of the two. The quilts will need to be machine quilted, bound, washed, and shipped to Austin in advance of QuiltCon. MQG will also be interested in hearing about each guild’s process and will feature the completed quilts in a series of blog posts in Spring 2013.

If your guild is interested in this project, please e-mail info@quiltcon.com to let us know.

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Note: It’s important for us to give proper credit to designers. If you used a pattern or tutorial to make your challenge block, but didn’t mention it on the application form, please use the comments below to tell us more about your inspiration. Thank you!

3 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Applique and Embellishment

  1. I think Pat Hilderbrand’s “Quiltcon” block would be fantastic on the back of the raffle quilt as part of the quilt label. It’s gorgeous work and so fitting.

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