QuiltCon Block Challenge: Rainbow 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.

The colors of the QuiltCon logo create a beautiful rainbow, and a number of quilters played with this in their blocks.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

Second Row (left to right):

  • Alice Webb Greer of the Boston MQG
  • Doris Lovadina-Lee of the Toronto MQG (This block is called Modern Arch.)

Third Row (left to right):

All those bright colors look wonderful against the white and gray negative space.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

Second Row (left to right):

  • Jodi McLaughlin of the Pittsburgh MQG
  • Carole Kelley of the South Bay Area MQG (This block is called Modern Quilt Guild DNA Profile.)
  • Jen Eskridge of the San Antonio MQG

Third Row (left to right):

  • Virginia Bobro of the Santa Barbara MQG
  • Kristy Daum of the St. Louis MQG
  • Stacy Olson

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!

8 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Rainbow Blocks

  1. I’ve liked and been inspired by all the blocks posted for the challenge, but I love love LOVE these! I’m leaving work right NOW because I have to go home and SEW SOMETHING!

  2. I have been so inspired by all of the blocks. Thanks to those who entered a block and thanks for posting. Look forward to meeting some of you In Feb. in Austin, TX. at QuiltCon. Virginia

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  4. Carole – my husband walked by and saw your block and said, “are those DNA plasmids?” He knew what your block was all about even before we read its name!

    I love all of the blocks in this group!

    • Thanks so much for letting me know! I really wondered if someone would recognize it and am delighted that your husband did!

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  6. Those rainbow blocks are so inspiring. I love have everyone’s block are so uniquely different yet perfectly matched. And who would have thought the basic color rainbow could be so breathtakingly pretty?

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