QuiltCon Fundraiser Quilt Blocks: Group 1

This is part of a series of posts about the QuiltCon Block Challenge.  You can see more photos of blocks submitted for this challenge here, and in the Block Challenge Flickr Group.  

Hundreds of blocks were submitted for the QuiltCon Block Challenge and it was difficult to select just 20 to use in the raffle quilt. Before we start talking about the raffle quilt blocks, I just want to thank everyone who submitted blocks for this challenge. Your blocks are amazing and will all find a good home, if not in the raffle quilt, in a quilt for the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Today, I’m going to show you the first four blocks that I’m going to use to make the raffle quilt. You can check back each day this week to see four more of the raffle quilt blocks.

Let’s get started!

“Taking Off” by Barbara Lee of the Kansas City MQG

I love the movement in this block! The piecing is clever and the little rectangles moving across the negative space remind me of confetti.

Block by Emily Waszak of the Charlotte MQG

I love that Emily used only two colors to create this lovely, minimal composition using both straight and wonky lines. Very striking!

Block by Heather Davidson of the Portland MQG

I love the long rectangular shape of this block and I appreciate that Heather used both print and solid fabrics effectively. The pods are cheerful and their vertical arrangement echoes the look of the QuiltCon logo.

Block by Jen Eskridge of the San Antonio MQG. (Jen was previously a member of the Wichita, KS, MQG.)

This unexpected wonky ring shape is just wonderful. I love that it’s both organic and modern and I’m thrilled to see curved piecing used in such a creative way.


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.

7 thoughts on “QuiltCon Fundraiser Quilt Blocks: Group 1

  1. All the block are beautiful! I don’t know how you chose the winners but I know it was hard.
    Congratulations fellow Portland guild member Heather!

  2. Gorgeous blocks – love each one of them! The ring one is my fave though – would love to see how she did that! 🙂 I’d bet it was really difficult to choose the winners!

  3. We’re proud to have Jen Eskridge join us in the San Antonio MQG! Congratulations on your block being selected, Jen!

  4. I was not part of the QuiltCon donation blocks…but wanted to let you know how much everyone appreciates all the updates you’ve done to show these wonderful blocks! Only those who have done similar work know how much WORK it takes to keep track and to acknowledge everyone! Thanks from one who isn’t a participant!

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