QuiltCon Block Challenge: Starbursts

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.  

All of the blocks in today’s post feature radiating lines that remind me of starbursts.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Barbara Lee of the Kansas City MQG

Block B = Nicci Pannell of the Bakersfield MQG

Block C = Nicole Neblett of the Triangle MQG

Block D = Danielle Hallinan of the South Jersey MQG

Block E = Robin Woods of the Houston MQG

Block F = Karen Ernest of the Charlotte MQG

Block G = Danielle Hudson

Block H = Emily Vardeman of the Des Moines, IA, MQG

So many different interpretations, but they all look great together!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Pat Hilderbrand

Block B = Elaine Dickson of the Charlotte MQG

Block C = Margaret Griffiths of the Richmond MQG

Block D = Jaime David of the Kansas City MQG

Block E = Bianca Miller of the Charlotte MQG

This block is called All Under One Umbrella. 

Block F = Kimberly Place of the Austin MQG

Block G = Hema Elumbalai oft he Boston 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!

7 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Starbursts

  1. Beautiful! Thank you so much for taking the time to showcase the blocks! Austin Children’s Shelter is very lucky to get these amazing quilts!!!

  2. Oh my goodness. All of the blocks look so great! You are going to have a tough time narrowing them down. I don’t envy you for that at all:) These daily posts are great! Keep ’em coming! And thanks for this challenge! It really pushed me outside of the box! It’s HARD to come up with a new design!! I mulled over what to do to almost the end of the challenge. But I’m glad I didn’t give up:) Sure wish I could be there at Austin. We don’t have a Modern Quilt Guild in my area. I just have to rely on the internet for inspiration.

  3. A big SHOUTOUT to Bakersfield MQG’s Nicci Pannell and her BEAUTIFUL block! You ROCKED it NIcci! Spreading the Bako luuuuuuuuuuve!!!! Good luck to all! They are all wonderful!

  4. Thanks so much for posting these wonderful blocks! They are so inspirational. A couple blocks have been created by members of our modern guild and we are all swelling with pride! Such a great project!!

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