QuiltCon Block Challenge: Text and Pictorial Blocks

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 today’s blocks feature text or pieced pictures. Fun!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Beth S. of the Orlando MQG
  • Dani Miller of the Roanoke MQG

Second Row:

Third Row (left to right):

  • Rebecca Roach of the Austin MQG
  • Karen Alexander of the Austin MQG (Block adapted from the book Creature Comforts by Barbara Brackman and Marie Shirer.)
  • Rebecca Williams of the Dallas MQG

Here are some more great pictorial blocks.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Michele Duncan (This block is a tribute to the work of Susan McCord.)
  • Emily Vardeman of the Des Moines MQG
  • Evye

Second Row (left to right):

  • Dia Sue-Wah Sing (Block design by Penny Layman from Modern Blocks.)
  • Sharon Schwarze of the Minneapolis MQG
  • Gina Pina of the Austin MQG

Third Row (left to right):

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!

5 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Text and Pictorial Blocks

  1. So excited to see my “QuiltCon” block today! Everyone’s blocks are looking fabulous! I can’t wait to see which ones you pick for the quilt!

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