QuiltCon Block Challenge: Chevrons & Zigzags

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.  

Today we have a wide variety of chevron and zigzag-inspired blocks. I especially love the variety of sizes among today’s blocks!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Lily Gonzales Creed of the Austin MQG

Block B = Lisa Holk of the Kansas City MQG

Block C = Kelly Spear of the Emerald Coast, FL, MQG

Block D = Serena Brooks of the Los Angeles MQG

Block E = Ruth Beeby of the Bay Area MQG

Block F = Jessica Prosper of the San Diego MQG

Here’s a second group. So many different interpretations of a chevron or zigzag!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Blocks A, B and C = Mary Claire Goodwin of the St. Louis MQG

Block D = Amanda Campbell of the Roanoke MQG

Block E = Brandy Yingling of the Beaufort, SC, MQG

Block F = Jody Glover

Block G = Christine VanBuskirk of the Richmond MQG

Block H = Manda Colburn

Block I = Michele Duncan

  • This block is based on the pattern Barbed Wire by Liz Porter.

Block J = Eun A Chung


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.


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!

10 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Chevrons & Zigzags

  1. Thanks for featuring my block (block H). I think autocorrect must have “fixed” my last name. Could you change it to “Colburn”. 😉

  2. I have to say I’m hugely enjoying the collage of blocks you’re creating from all the entries. It’s the first email I opened this morning. 🙂

  3. I’m neither a brights, nor a modern quilter – but WOW these blocks are just knocking my socks off! I’m loving the posts. Thanks!

  4. What a fun job you’ve had with all these blocks! (at least, I hope it has been fun). It’s a big job, to be sure, but I love seeing how you’ve grouped them by theme. I can see some fun quilts popping out of here that will be such a blessing and bright spot for the kids!

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