Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quilt Con

Our own Amy Verne is famous! Check out this link for her block submitted to the Quilt Con challenge!

QuiltCon Block Challenge: Scrappy Blocks

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 a quilt to be raffled at QuiltCon. You can see more photos of challenge blocks in the Block Challenge Flickr Group.  
Today’s post is all about scrappy blocks! All of the blocks in today’s post include little bits of multiple fabrics, including lots of print fabrics.
Here’s a breakdown of who made what.
Block A = Amanda Whited of the San Diego MQG
Block B =  Mona Keegan of the Houston MQG
Block C = Lauren Jonkman of the Pittsburgh MQG
Block D = Monica Cuartero of the Philadelphia MQG
Block E = Susan Holland
Block F = Heather Lott of the Portland, OR, MQG
Block G = Mary Walker of the Front Range (Colorado) MQG
Block H = Amy Verne of the Baltimore MQG
Block I = Bonnie Damron of the Los Angeles MQG
And here’s a second group of beautiful, scrappy blocks.
Here’s a breakdown of who made what.
Blocks A & F = Stephanie Jabcobson of the Omaha MQG
Block B = Gina Konopack of the Pittsburgh MQG
Blocks C = Melanie St. Amant of the Emerald Coast MQG
Block D = Lauren Jonkman of the Pittsburgh MQG
Block E = Amber Wilson of the Portland, OR, MQG
Block G = Melissa Lytle of the Kansas City MQG
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 the raffle 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 info@quiltcon.com to let us know.
Note: It’s important for us to give proper credit to designers. If you used a pattern or tutorial to make your challenge block, but didn’t mention it on the application form, please use the comments below to tell us more about your inspiration. Thank you!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bento Box Swap

Hi All!

We're having our first cross guild swap with the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild! This swap is open to everyone who wants to join!

We'll be swapping Bento Box Squares.

This is a quilt I made from a flickr swap I was in.

<  Harvey, Katie and Ty  >!

We'll be using this tutorial. Additional helpful hints are here. (These hints are related specifically to the other swap I was in, but provide some extra details.)

So, want to join in? Here the details.

*Make as many blocks as you'd like. Please use modern fabric only. Some solids are fine, but not an entire block's worth. Please do not use a white solid. It doesn't read well in the final quilt.

*Cut your finished (15.5") block into quarters, each measuring 7 3/4". If it doesn't measure up, don't send it. 

*Keep one quarter for yourself, and swap the other 3 quarters. 

*Use up those scraps!

*If you're making a bunch, it's tempting to want to use the same fabric and make these assembly line. If you must do it this way, to keep variety in the blocks, please at least change up the placement of the fabrics within the block.

*Blocks are due at the October 14th meeting. Blocks can come in earlier, or left in the guild mailbox at Seminole Sampler, but will not be accepted later.

*Place all of the blocks you are swapping in a large Ziploc bag with your name clearly labeled on the bag and the number of blocks (7.75" size) you are swapping. This is how I'll know how many to give you back.

*Once blocks are received, they will be shipped to the Minneapolis Guild. $1 - $2 from each participant is requested for postage. 

*When the blocks arrive from the Minneapolis Guild, they will be divided up, and hopefully be ready for distribution by the November meeting.

*I'll bring an example of a block and my finished quilt to the August meeting.

Any question? Let me know!

Let's have fun with this!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Just Wanted to Share...

This isn't really a Modern quilt design, but I posted this over on My Blog, and I wanted to share here too ~ This is my little quilt called Spring Garden Delight and you can read about her previous travels Here if you missed it.   She was in the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine in the Spring, and now she's making an appearance on TV!  I'm excited to announce that this little gal is being featured on the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting TV Show episode #2007 :) 

Check and see if your local PBS station carries Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  If you live in the Maryland area, Maryland Public Television is scheduled to run it this Saturday, August 4th at 6:00 a.m., so set that DVR!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn