QuiltCon Block Challenge

QuiltCon is the inaugural conference and quilt show of the Modern Quilt Guild.

QuiltCon is sponsoring a Quilt Block Challenge curated by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! 

The challenge guidelines require using colors consistent with the QuiltCon logo to create a quilt block that reflects what modern quilting means to you.

Elizabeth Hartman selected a stack of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton colors consistent with the logo and wrote a great blog post on choosing colors and fabrics for making your block. We’ve created a Pink Chalk Fabrics QuiltCon stack based on her color selections.

And, of course, since the color matching was in full swing, Diana created 4 new color stacks inspired by the QuiltCon palette!

Entries to the Quilt Block Challenge are being accepted now through August 15.

An impressive lineup of workshop teachers is beginning to form including Denyse Schmidt (she’ll also be the keynote speaker), Malka Dubrawsky, Elizabeth Hartman, Anna Maria Horner, and Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr.

Entries for the Quilt Show will be accepted July 1 through October 31. Registration for the conference begins on August 30th.


I haven’t done a giveaway FOREVER. (I also haven’t actually selected winners for our last two giveaways so please bear with me as I get caught up, I see light at the end of the tunnel!)

Up for grabs are 4 QuiltCon Solids Stacks. Leave a comment stating what modern quilting means to you. I’ll draw winners on Monday. Winner’s Announced

Happy Weekend! xo Kathy



268 Responses to QuiltCon Block Challenge
  1. Mary
    March 16, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    I can’t wait to see what folks come up with using this bundle and yes I’d love to win! thanks for the chance.

  2. Deanna
    March 16, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    For me modern quilting involves solids and straight lines. Not all kinds of fancy piecing, but simple and bold.
    Love the colours you are offering in the giveaway! Sure hope they make it to my house.

  3. Holly
    March 16, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    I’m just learning about the concept of ‘modern’ quilting. To me it is a combo of the use of interesting colors in geometric settings with lots of ‘white’ space (not that the space has to be white). what I’m seeing are many people defining it differently.

  4. destiny
    March 16, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    modern quilting to me means quilting with currently popular colour trends and designers while using vintage techniques to update the classic comfort of a handmade quilt! i’ve never actually completed a full-size quilt but i would love to give it a whirl!

  5. Shannon F
    March 16, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    To me modern quilting is more about interpretation than literal translation. It’s having your feet in tradition while simultaneously bucking it. Most importantly, it’s about creative freedon and self-expression. Hence, my love of it. :)

  6. Cameron H
    March 16, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    Modern quilting to me means bold, bright colors, rather than the subdued palettes of more traditional quilts.

  7. Debra Lee
    March 16, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Modrn quilting means to me no patterns necessary and any color combination goes!

  8. Holly
    March 16, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    To me it means clean lines and thinking outside the box. Vibrant colors and flexibility. Fun!

  9. Megan
    March 16, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    i’m pretty sure modern quilting is what got me into quilting in the first place. i love the simple designs, bold colors and clean lines.

  10. Adrianne (Little Bluebell)
    March 16, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    For me its pushing the boundaries of what’s been done, experimenting and having fun.

  11. Angelina S.
    March 16, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    To me, modern quilting is building on traditional quilting’s foundation, but with a modern aesthetic. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Rebecca Kennedy
    March 16, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    I love the freedom to experiment with imperfection – sometimes that’s what I end up loving the most when I make something.

  13. sewkatiedid
    March 16, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Edgy, BOLD, fresh!

    Can’t wait.

  14. Sallie
    March 16, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Modern quilting uses larger pieces of fabric in bright colors and looks crisp and geometric. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Laura
    March 16, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Freedom of expression, not tied to any rules or customs.

  16. Cassandra
    March 16, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    I’m new to quilting and currently working on my, what seems like forever, quilt. I’m 1,000+ squares into it.

    To mean when I hear modern quilting I think it being more outside the “box”, as in away from squares and rectangles, not your 9-blocks. Flow-y curves, circles, or even lines/strips.

    Well this is what I think of when I hear modern quilting. :-)

  17. Becky Greene
    March 16, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    I think of Modern Quilting as a freedom from the “rules” mixed in with a good dose of negative space. Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!!!

  18. Sonya
    March 16, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Modern quilting means creativity and freedom at the same time that I am participating in a deep art tradition.

  19. Tong
    March 16, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Modern quilting means that I get to be creative, and lose myself in this otherwise rare in my life creative process. I get to say that I’ve created something beautiful because I actually did. I get to spoil loved ones with handmade gifts, and I get to meet new friends from all walks of lives who I otherwise would never have met!

  20. Dell M.
    March 16, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Modern quilting to me means adding new ideas to traditional ones using the beautiful modern designer fabrics and colors we have access to now.

  21. Siew
    March 16, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    I’d like to think that one day people will look at our “modern quilts” the same way we look at log cabin and pinwheel quits, classic and timeless.

  22. Tina
    March 16, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    For me, it means keeping alive a traditional technique in a modern way. A connection from the past to the future. For the love of fabric and sewing.

  23. laurel miller
    March 16, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    for me modern quilting is a fun and coloerful way for me to express myself with a more traditional twist

  24. Bronwyn Brestle
    March 16, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    Modern quilting…it’s taking what my grandmother taught me and using it to make something that I find stylish and beautiful. It’s like refinishing an antique piece of furniture. The old structure and craftsmanship is still there, but the product looks fresh. No matter what you call it, it’s creative and doing a little of something I love.

  25. ~Michelle~
    March 16, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    I really don’t like to define modern quilting… I cringe at the idea of freedom from rules, because I think most modern quilters still try to stick to the basics (1/4″ seams, etc) because those rules lead to a finished result that will still look good! Anyway, I do think there is a certain aesthetic one can associate with modern quilting, whether it be design or fibers used…

  26. Lori
    March 16, 2012 | 12:28 pm

    For me modern quilting means developing my own design which is very subtle and clean.

  27. YC
    March 16, 2012 | 12:29 pm

    I think it means not being constrained to gridded blocks and that simple is okay.

  28. nicole
    March 16, 2012 | 12:29 pm

    modern quilting to me is clean styles. process is about the same as traditional (sewing 1/4″ seams binding), but the end result is something different. taking the basics to something fun and exciting.

  29. Rebecca
    March 16, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    To me, modern quilting means putting your own spin on a piece rather than ‘getting it right’ and conveying something of yourself through your work!

  30. Cynthia
    March 16, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    Modern quilting inspired me to restart quilting after a long absence. I love the freeform creative expression, the bold patterns and colors and the traditional aspects of making quilts combined into one.

  31. Katie Stein Sather
    March 16, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    for me, modern quilting is a path of openness to new ideas, whatever that might be. No more expectations other than what I chose.

  32. Elena @ breakfast for dinner
    March 16, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    To me, modern quilting is about using bright bold colors in an interesting and often geometric way.

  33. Melissa
    March 16, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    I discovered “modern” quilting only a little over a year ago as I stumbled through the internet, re-teaching myself how to sew, and I will admit freely to love at first sight! I’ve never been a fan of the classic fabrics I grew up seeing my mom sew with and it left me hesitant to jump in, but when I saw those bright, bold colors in AMAZINGly designed quilts, I was blown away! So, to me modern quilting isn’t yet something I can define, only a feeling that is somewhere around excited-inspired-and always longing for more!

  34. Chris Clark
    March 16, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Modern quilting to me, is the freedom to take an idea & run with it. Making it my own without worry someone will tell me it’s “wrong.”

  35. Sally
    March 16, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Modern Quilting to me means thinking of the top as a whole design, not just the individual blocks. Thanks for the chance.

  36. Betsy
    March 16, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    For me, the ability to highlight the wonderful new patterns and colorways of fabric is one of the delights of many modern quilt designs. While I love the traditional and often intricate piecing, the minimalist approach holds much delight. I’ve just completed three lap quilts, one for each niece, using several colorways of Dolce by Tracey Whelan. These fabrics are the star of the quilts.

  37. Jennifer
    March 16, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    I think modern quilting is what brought me into quilting. It’s not just about modern design, but also the fabric. That prints don’t have to floral, and solids can balance out the busy-ness. I also see it as planned over scrappy designs.

  38. Jenny G.
    March 16, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Modern quilting to me means working with bright colors in a very geometric pattern. Often, these are not ‘traditional’ blocks, but the fabric choice often has more to do with the feel than the pattern, but that does not mean a modern quilt can’t borrow from traditional block design.

  39. Audrey
    March 16, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    I think modern quilting is a world-wide party where everyone is invited to have fun with bright colors and experimentation is encouraged. We are blessed with such innovative fabric designers that our quilts look fresh whether they are filled with many pieces or few. The elements that seem most modern to me include straight line quilting and at least a few free-form blocks that are not repeated throughout the entire quilt, giving it an uncluttered feeling, unlike this lengthy comment. I want to win some fabric!

  40. Pam
    March 16, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Modern Quilting means artistic interpretation. I like to quilt not knowing how the quilt will end up. I don’t follow patterns – rather I follow instinct. PS. I’m addicted to fabric.

  41. Alician
    March 16, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Modern quilting to me means anything goes!

  42. Sheila Boyd
    March 16, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Modern quilting is to me in many ways something that it has always been: practical but a tad creative too. As a working mother of two young children with a reduced budget in these economic times, I have to find practical ways to bring quilting into my busy life and this often means fewer large scale blankets and more smaller, useful-in-an-everyday way projects. It has also come to embrace re-use of cast of fabrics from clothes and other projects. Modern to me has embraced both practical application and sustainable (no cost) materials. Although my application of the craft is practical, I still want it to be a form of creative self-expression. Elaborate art quilt hangings take more time than I have and I only have so many places to display them (or so many people to share them with). Creativity is coming through in the choice of recycled fabrics, the type of project, and unique flavor of the item when it is completely assembled.

  43. karrie smith
    March 16, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Modern Quilting is about doing what YOU like and love. There are so many fabrics today to pick from. The rules have already been set. Modern Quilting, I believe, encourages quilters to use all their creative assets. There are so many different kinds of threads that you can use to embroider, or use to contrast against bright colors of fabric. Modern Quilting, to me, is everything from the past up to the asymmetrical designs of today to be encouraged and praised, just as long as you do what you love. That’s the techincal aspect. Modern Quilting is the use of the internet to allow quilters from EVERYwhere to share ideas and their quilts with people they normally would never, ever meet. It has allowed me to meet beautiful women from all over who create such awesome, inspiring works. I also have learned there is SO MUCH MORE out there than my local big box fabric store. I struggle with depression and learning how to quilt is literally saving my life. It sounds corny, but it’s true. I love the fact that I can do almost anything, and other people will be able to see the love and time I put into a quilt. It means so much to a person to recieve that as a present, than a giftcard to their favorite store.

  44. Lisa E
    March 16, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    About a year ago I discovered modern quilting. My quilting mojo had been missing for a long time but modern quilting has rejuvenated me.

  45. ruth
    March 16, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    modern quilting is a true expression of oneself through color and texture as a tangible reminder of who we are.

  46. Jocelyn
    March 16, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Modern quilting to me is more fun with a lot more room for being unconventional and just doing what you like :)

  47. Cheryl
    March 16, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    I am new to the “modern quilting” joyride, but to me it is bold and bright and young! Perfect for the tweens, teens, and 20 somethings I have been quilting for lately!!

  48. Patrice
    March 16, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    Modern quilting means not being confined by rules and using fresh colors. Having fun with the design of a quilt and following a pattern if you like, but if not…that’s okay.

  49. Emmie S
    March 16, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    For me, modern quilting was a gateway into the fabulously creative and addicting world of quilting. My mother makes beautiful traditional quilts that require a lot of tricky piecing and somewhat drab pallet, and while I admired what she did, I never thought I would be able to quilt because it looked so hard. Then I discovered “modern quilting” with its simple, clean lines, bold colors, and freedom to improvise. Now I’m hooked.

  50. PattyK
    March 16, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    Modern Quilting means to me there are no rules. You are free to create, no right or wrong way. Just do it!

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