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QuiltCon Block Challenge: Quilt Back

What a wonderful and unexpected surprise to have my block design selected for the QuiltCon Quilt Back! Thank you Elizabeth and MQG. The back of the quilt looks amazing!  –TaMara

The Modern Quilt Guild

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.  

For the quilt back, I decided to spice things up with a few more of the challenge blocks.

The blocks were made by (left to right):

The rest of the back is Kona Jade Green and Kona White.

I’ll be posting more photos of the finished quilt tomorrow!


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…

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QuiltCon Block Challenge: Graphic Squares, Rectangles & Boxes

Thank you Elizabeth and the MQG for sharing these wonderful blocks.  –TaMara

The Modern Quilt Guild

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.  

Today we have an eclectic mix of squares, rectangles, and boxes.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Bobbi Brekke of the Austin MQG

Block B = Tamara Howard

Block C = Carolyn S. Vagts

Block D = Holly Broadland of the Vancouver MQG

Block E = Alicia Weiss

Block F = JoAnn Lee of the Vancouver MQG

Block G = Jan Myers

Block H = Eom Jae Young of the Los Angeles MQG 

There are lots of different block styles here, but I love how…

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Exciting! QuiltCon Email

To:  TaMara Howard

From:  Elizabeth Green-Hartman

Subject:  QuiltCon Block Challenge

Date:  September 3, 2012 12:53 AM

Thank you so much for submitting a block to the QuiltCon Block Challenge! I’m truly overwhelmed by the beautiful block you made.

I’m just sending you this e-mail to confirm that your block will be featured on the MQG blog on Thursday, September 6, 2012. You can follow the blog during the next few weeks to see more fabulous blocks and be sure to check the blog starting September 24th, for the announcement of the blocks that were selected to be included in the QuiltCon Raffle Quilt.

The blocks that aren’t selected for the raffle quilt will be used to make bed quilts for the Austin Children’s Shelter so, even if your block doesn’t end up in the raffle quilt, it is definitely going to a good cause! We’re currently looking for guilds interested in finishing one of the quilts for the children’s shelter so, if you think your guild might be interested, please let me know.

Thank you, again, for participating in the QuiltCon Block Challenge!


Elizabeth Hartman

The Modern Quilt Guild

My QuiltCon Block Entry

Just in time!  I submitted my QuiltCon block entry TODAY.  Measuring 12.5″ x 14.5″, I created a Rectangular Log Cabin Block that utilizes six of the QuiltCon logo colors:  White, Coal, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Lemon, and Turquoise all in Kona Cotton solids.

A traditional Log Cabin block begins with a red or yellow center square (called the “hearth”) with strips or “logs” pieced around it in varying light and dark values.  According to, the alternating values represent the sunny and shady sides of a home.  In addition, most Log Cabin quilts are composed of multiple blocks arranged to produce secondary patterns and are foundation-pieced for precision and stability.

Reflecting those traditions, my machine pieced rectangular Coal colored center, surrounded by Tangerine, emulates the warmth from the hearth of a home.  But the alternating width of the logs in light and dark values adds a modern element to a timeless block.

This is my first quilt challenge entry and the blocks that have been submitted thus far are all AMAZING!  Sneak a peak at the QuiltCon Block Challenge flickr group.

QuiltCon Block Challenge

I’ve accepted the challenge to use the colors of the QuiltCon logo to make a quilt block that reflects what modern quilting means to me.  The block has to be 12½” tall x a width of my choice, machine pieced, and made from a “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabric in any combination of tangerine, gold, citrine, lime, aqua, turquoise, white, and/or gray.

Modern Quilt Guild Board Member, Elizabeth Hartman, will curate the submitted blocks, selecting 20 or more of her favorite to be featured on The Modern Quilt Guild’s blog and to be used to make a quilt honoring the QuiltCon inaugural conference and show in Austin TX.  But as a way of saying “thank you” to the City of Austin, the remaining blocks will be used to make quilts for the Austin Children’s Shelter.

With that said, when I think of what modern quilting means to me, I immediately think of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend.  Their quilts reflect both artistry and freedom, making quilting accessible to all sewers.


My favorite pattern within the Gee’s Bend collective is the Log Cabin Block in all it’s varied versions.  The Log Cabin quilt has a rich history and is an “ideal example of early American quilt-work, representing home, warmth, love and security”.

With only five days to meet the August 15th deadline, a Gee’s Bend Log Cabin Quilt will be the inspiration for my QuiltCon block entry.

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