QuiltCon Block Challenge: Pods and Pixels

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.  

Before I start talking about today’s blocks, I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who sent in blocks for the challenge. The blocks you sent are amazing and I’m having a difficult time deciding which ones to use in the raffle quilt! (That’s right. I still don’t know for sure which ones I’m going to use.)

I decided that the best way to show off all the fabulous blocks would be to divide them into groups based on piecing style. I’ll post about the groups individually on Monday through Saturday of the next four weeks. Many of these blocks could have fit into multiple categories and many of them didn’t have an obvious top or bottom. So, if you see your block, and it’s not arranged as you envisioned, or it’s not in the group you would have chosen, please forgive me. My goal here is simply to take photos of all these beautiful blocks!

The first group of blocks (pictured above) all feature graphic pod shapes.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Blocks A & B = Alison Page of the Northampton, MA, MQG

Block C = Linda Mullins of the Orlando MQG

Block D = Sarah Peterson of the Triad (North Carolina) MQG

Block E = Heather Davidson of the Portland, OR, MQG

Block F = Joseé Carrier of the Montreal MQG

Block G = Melody Baker of the Kansas City MQG

  • Blocks C and G are from a pattern called Mondrian by Jamie Moilanen from the book Modern Blocks.

The next group of blocks all include colorful pixels. So much great movement here!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Stephanie Hicks of the Knoxville MQG

Block B = Pam Sadler of the San Diego MQG

Blocks C & F = Dayna Harris of the Westport, CT, MQG

  • Block C is called Building Blocks. Block F is called Recess! Playing 4 Square. 

Block D = Susan Kephart of the San Diego MQG

  • This maze pattern was generated using the maze generator here.

Block E = Liz Smith of the Bakersfield, CA, MQG

Block G = Judy Tucker of the Chicago MQG

Block H = Holly Wright


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.

6 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Pods and Pixels

  1. These are all great blocks – such creativity! It’s quite awesome to see that two people used my Mondrian tutorial from Modern Blocks – yay!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to share about each block. I appreciate knowing who made the blocks. They look fabulous and I can see why you have a hard decision to make!

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