QuiltCon Block Challenge: Crazy Piecing

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 involve some kind of free piecing. I’m calling this group crazy piecing not because the blocks are crazy, but because the style and shape of the piecing in many of these reminds me of classic crazy quilting.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Tia Curtis of the Kansas City MQG

Block B = Kathleen Placek of the Kansas City MQG

Block C = Elisa Belmont

Block D = Mary Langenberg of the Kansas City MQG

Block E = Margaret Griffiths of the Richmond MQG

Block F = Susan McAdams of the Austin MQG

Here’s a group with a lot of white negative space.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Brian Beardslee of the NYC Metro MQG

Block B = Shelley Brooks

Block C = Cindy Wiens

Block D = Irelle Beatie of the Santa Barbara MQG

Block E = Alejandrina Pattin of the Orlando MQG

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

And here’s a group with a lot of great solids and pops of white.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Pamela Flam of the Boston MQG

Block B = Meredith Fleming of the East Texas MQG

Block C = Sue Erdreich of the NY Metro MQG

Block D = Jenny Hibberd of the Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz MQG

Block E = Beth Schmidt of the Orlando MQG

Block F = Debbie Redfield of the South Jersey MQG

Block G = Andrew Joslyn of the Philadelphia 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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