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Quiltcon Blocks

Hi There!

Have any of you heard about Quiltcon? It is a conference put on by The Modern Quilt Guild for all things modern quilting. This year was the first ever conference held in Austin, TX (my hometown). I heard it was spectacular. If you are interested click on the links above. You can also check out the lectures from the event for free on Craftsy.

I didn’t get to go. Totally bummed and still a little bitter about that. But I got to go to Craftcation instead, so I can’t complain. Anyways, The Modern Quilt Guild held a contest for the conference. Quilters from all around the world entered up to 3 quilt blocks for the chance to have their blocks featured in a final quilt that would be raffled/auctioned (can’t remember) at the event. The remaining blocks would be assembled into several quilts that would be donated to charity. How awesome! Sign me up!

So here is what I came up with:

My three quilt blocks for The Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon Challenge

My three quilt blocks for The Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon Challenge

 

The challenge required us to use the colors of the Quiltcon Logo. Love the colors! Here is a little look at each block and the inspiration behind it.

First up…Random Squared

Random Squared

Each little square measures 1 inch by 1 inch. The pattern is totally random, however I can’t tell you how many times I moved little squares around, snapped a pic, then moved some more. I decided to leave out the charcoal gray color because it felt a little overpowering.

Next up: Stereo Levels

StereoLevels

Do you see it? It reminded me of the sound bars on a stereo. I can’t remember the dimensions of each piece exactly, but I believe each little piece finished at 1 inch by 2.5 inches.

And finally: twist and turn

Twist and Turn

This is a doodle I’ve been drawing on graph paper since I was little. I was inspired by the drawings of M.C. Esher and celtic designs. The idea is that the colors all flow into one another and then come back full circle, but with lots of twists and turns. The inner squares finish at 1 inch by 1 inch.

It was a lot of fun to work with this challenge. While I didn’t make it into the final quilt, I did make it on the stage. They used some of the charity quilts as a backdrop for the presenters at Quiltcon. Can’t wait to see what challenge they come up with next year. Crossing my fingers I get to attend next year!

Cheers,

Liz

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Comments on: "Quiltcon Blocks" (4)

  1. It was so exciting to see all of your blocks used in quilts that served as a backdrop for all of the lectures and awards! My favorite block is the Twist and Turn. I was so danged proud of you, Liz!

    • Thanks Lynn! That’s my favorite block too. Wish I could have joined you guys there. It looked like so much fun! Hope you are doing well with the move and all. Miss you!

  2. Yes, we were very impressed that all three of your blocks were in such a prominent place in the lecture hall. Sounds like QuiltCon will be held every other year, but you’ve probably seen info about the Sew Downs – mini-quilt retreats held at upscale hotels in several different locations. I think at least some of the Bakersfield MQG gals are going to attend – not sure which location, though. Scottsdale is the closest, but Portland is tempting, and so are the other locations.

    • Thanks Laura. I had not heard about the sew downs…I must investigate this! If a bunch of you guys go, please let me know! Miss you all so much!

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