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Sep242012

QuiltCon Block Challenge

Today is a GREAT day! I just found out that my block has been chosen to be one of the 20 blocks that will be featured in the Quilt Con Raffle Quilt! Click here to see it! There were over 375 blocks submitted and all of them were simply mind-blowing. I'm utterly amazed that mine was chosen. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I'm speechless! ;) And if you don't believe me, simply click here to see all of the amazing blocks and the hard hard task that Elizabeth had in choosing! 

For those of you in that are not in the modern quilt world, here is a little background: The Modern Quilt Guild is a national guild that has over 100 chapters (PMQG being one of them). For the first time ever they are hosting a conference in February in Austin, Texas called QuiltCon. So far, I believe over 800 people have registered (myself one of them!). There will be workshops, lectures, meet-ups, and more! One of the activities leading up to the event was a block challenge. Simply put, make a block using the QuiltCon logo colors to describe what modern quilting means to you. 20 blocks would be picked to be part of a quilt that will be raffled off at QuiltCon to raise money for Austin Children's Shelter. All of the other blocks will be assembled to make quilts for every child in the shelter! 

I knew I wanted to participate if not only to help make a quilt for a child. Thinking about what modern quilting means to me, I knew I wanted to play with some mid-century shapes. I love taking vintage elements and translating them into quilts. It's quite a challenge, but being challenged is something that I love about modern quilting. It's so open to interpretation and you can make anything that you set your mind to! I sketched out many designs but ultimately decided on a blocky design, following the order of the QuiltCon logo. 

The QuiltCon logo: 

My sketch and plan: 

After mapping it out, I decided it would be much more vibrant and represent myself if I added pattern. Pattern is what drew me to start quilting. I love print and pattern, so not including it would not have fully represented what modern quilting means to me. I decided on the dimensions and then I pieced each shape together in strips. I didn't pre plan where I would sew the patterns in, I slightly improved where they would go and made the strips longer than they needed to be so that I could trim them later. 

Here it is one more time! It measures over 24 inches long! I really didn't think that it would get picked simply because of the volume it would consume within the raffle quilt! Thanks everyone in PMQG & the online quilting world, you all continue to inspire me with all of your amazing work, I love being apart of this creative community!! 

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Reader Comments (5)

Congrats, Heather! I love the pops of pattern as well! You choose perfect prints to coordinate with the QuiiltCon colours.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Congratulations, Heather! Your block is so beautiful and fresh and vibrant!

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Heather, your block is amazing...creative and joyful! Congratulations! It will be fun to see how it's used in the quilt! cheers su "-}

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSu Scott

I love your block! Congratulations on having it chosen for the quilt... a real honor!

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Yours is my favorite in the quilt. I wasn't surprised to follow the link to your blog one bit! See you in Austin. xo

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

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