QuiltCon Block Challenge: Organic Look

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.  

Despite their bright colors, I thought that all of the blocks in today’s post had an organic look about them.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Margaret Griffiths of the Richmond MQG

Block B = Janet McWorkman of the Anchorage MQG

Block C = Angie Henderson of the St. Louis MQG

Block D = Lucy M. Radatz

  • This block is called G is for Grace.

Block E = Carrie Reichert

  • This block is called King Tut’s Wedding Ring.

Block F = Petra Anderson of the Portland MQG

Block G = Karen Foster of the South Bay/Santa Cruz MQG

Block H = Penny Gold

The simple shapes are so striking!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Lucy M. Radatz

  • This block is called Transfiguration.

Block B = Anna Ziegner of the Philadelphia MQG

Block C = Donna McDole-Meyer of the Chicago MQG

Block D = Monica Cuartero of the Philadelphia MQG

Blocks E and F = Jane Godshall

Block G = Kimberly Place of the Austin MQG 

Block H = Bonnie Branner Biciunas of the Triangle 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.


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!

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