QuiltCon Block Challenge: Minimalism

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’s blocks all feature minimalist designs.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Jennifer Young

Block B = Holly Dumont

This block is called Message and features Morse Code.

Block C = Mary Workman of the Kansas City MQG

Block D = Gina Pina of the Austin MQG

Block E = Charlene M. Lane of the Beaufort, SC, MQG

Block F = Stephanie Hicks of the Knoxville MQG

Block G = Doris Lovadina-Lee of the Toronto MQG

Block H = Mari Hull

Blocks I and J = Julie R. Moore

Such beautiful, clean lines!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A and F = Denise Gonzales-Walker of the Austin MQG

Block B = Heather of the Austin MQG and the Atlanta MQG

Block C = Andrew Montejo of the Los Angeles MQG

Block D = Leticia Reed of the Houston MQG

Block E = Twila Blume

Block G = Emily Waszak of the Charlotte MQG

Block H = Michelle Boyd of the Bay Area MQG

Block I = Cheryl Strong of the Bay Area 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!

4 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Minimalism

  1. Elizabeth, I don’t know how the heck you are going to choose! So far I only have about 30 favorites……I love the way you’ve grouped them, they are almost quilts if you put them all together in their groups.

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