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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.