QuiltCon Block Challenge: Postage Stamps and Repeating Shapes

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 repeating shapes. This first group includes postage stamp style piecing and other groups of small squares.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Angela Dufresne of the San Diego MQG
  • Liz Smith of the Bakersfield MQG
  • Janice Mitchell of the South Jersey MQG

Second Row (left to right):

Third Row (left to right):

This second group features repeating shapes other than squares.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Ivete Tecedor of the NYC MQG
  • AnnMarie Cowley of the Portland, OR, MQG

Second Row (left to right):

  • Irene Bokman of the Los Angeles MQG
  • Teri Emerson of the Triad MQG

Third Row (left to right):

  • Barbara Mars of the Milwaukee MQG
  • Lily Gonzales-Creed of the Austin 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.

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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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