QuiltCon Block Challenge: Graphic Shapes Assortment

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.

We have an eclectic mix of blocks today, but they all feature graphic areas of color. This first group includes a lot of gray.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Yvonne Fuchs (This block is called Rainy Day.)
  • Barbara Mars of the Milwaukee MQG

Second Row (left to right):

  • Anne Woodman of the Portland, OR, MQG
  • Kim Lapacek of the Madison MQG
  • Jean Impey

Third Row (left to right):

The blocks in this second group feature prominent use of solid white fabric.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Dr. Jeanne Bergeron of the South Florida MQG
  • Dr. Jeanne Bergeron of the South Florida MQG
  • Jen Bland of the Charlotte MQG
  • Ellen McKee of the Cincinnati MQG
  • Dr. Jeanne Bergeron of the South Florida MQG

Second Row (left to right):

  • Chris Sullivan of the New York Metro MQG
  • Holly Dumont (This block is on it’s side. If you look at it sideways, you can see that is says “love” in letters and binary code.)
  • Donna Ramsey of the Charlotte MQG
  • Jen Bland of the Charlotte MQG

Third Row (left to right):

  • Jen Bland of the Charlotte MQG
  • Mary Beth Clark (from the Mint Julep pattern in Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr’s Transparency Quilts.)
  • Janet Archibald of the Vancouver MQG

Many of the blocks in this third group play with print fabrics.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Anne Woodman of the Portland, OR, MQG
  • Mona Keegan of the Houston MQG
  • Louise Wackerman of the Seattle MQG

Second Row (left to right):

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.

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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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