And here are the final four! Read about these four blocks today, then check back on Monday for an update on my progress putting the quilt together.
Eom Jae Young of the Los Angeles MQG
This is such a fun composition. I love the rectangular block shape and the variety of sizes and colors among the pieced squares. Graphic and beautiful!
Block by Lora Douglas of the Gainesville, FL, MQG
The layout of this block is simple, yet so effective. I love how the colors shine against the soft gray background, and Lora did a masterful job of piecing those skinny crossbars between the colorful rectangles.
Block by Holly Broadland of the Vancouver MQG
Such beautiful, clean lines in this Mondrian-inspired block. I appreciate how effortless it looks, even though I know that it must have taken some time to plan and piece.
Blocks by Louise Gates of the Chicago MQG
I couldn’t choose between these two blocks that Louise made, so I’m going to treat them as a set and use them both. I love the variety of widths in these pieced strips and the very slight wonkiness, which adds movement but still looks very structured.
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.