QuiltCon Block Challenge: Traditional Motifs

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 collection of blocks featuring traditional motifs.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what:

First Row (left to right): Mona Keegan of the Houston MQG, Carrie Pippins of the Triad MQG, and Patty Villarreal of the San Antonio MQG

Second Row (left to right): Lorna Ball, Kathleen Baden, and Michelle Duncan

Third Row (left to right): Rene Martinez of the Orlando MQG , Tammie Schaffer of the Kansas City MQG, and Yvonne Fuchs

  • Yvonne’s block is called Solar Flare.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what:

First Row (left to right): Kim Munoz of the Indianapolis MQG, Judi Sanders of the Orlando MQG, and Bobbi Brekke of the Austin MQG

  • Kim used John Q. Adams’ pattern Three In the Breeze

Second Row (left to right): Constance Coon, Molly Stovall of the Dallas MQG, and Patricia Gooden

  • Molly used a pattern from The Parfait Cafe called Interlocking Seasons.

Third Row (left to right): Jean Impey, Sue Erdreich, and Stephanie Akorli of the Pittsburgh MQG

Here’s a breakdown of who made what:

First Row (left to right):  Nicole Newman, Constance Coon, and Dia Sue-Wah Sing

  • Dia Sue-Wah’s block is based on Kurume Kasuri Musubi (Knot) from Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match by Susan Briscoe.

Second Row: Amber Dawson

Third Row (left to right): Roxanne Borrero of the Triad MQG, and 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.


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!