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. April c
    March 17, 2012 | 7:48 am

    For me, it is an expression of color and creativity. I love modern fabrics, they are so beautiful I want them all! A quilt is a fun and relaxing way to bring all those colors to life in my own expression.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Auntie Pami
    March 17, 2012 | 7:50 am

    It is the dawn of a new dimension on an ever evolving art form. The colors available to quilters today as well as the Internet (the largest quilt guild ever) is just indescribable.

  3. Lindsay
    March 17, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Modern quilting can be so many things, but typically I am drawn to a creative use of fabric, shapes and blocks that make me see quilting in a new light! There’s a wide range of styles at our modern quilt guild meetings, and we all have an appreciation for traditional piecing. It’s just fun to see old traditions carried on side-by-side with new ones!

  4. Susan
    March 17, 2012 | 8:00 am

    My interpretation of Modern Quilting is Freedom – freedom from rules, straight lines and that darn 1/4 inch seam line!

  5. Donna
    March 17, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Modern quilting to me is the style of quilting going on currently–more geometric, light, quicker, simpler lines–with white often. Having quilted for many (many) years, we always thought what we were doing was “modern” at the time, but of course, it looks dated now–as will the “modern” quilting of today.

  6. Katherine
    March 17, 2012 | 8:09 am

    Modern quilting means fresh to me. Fresh colours in fabrics…prints or solids and a fresh take on block making as well as in fabric combinations.

  7. Dee Winter
    March 17, 2012 | 8:11 am

    Modern quilting to me is the option of using colors, patterns that are Open and clean. The granddaughters are true Modern Quilters, they’ve never been touched by the “quilt police” who try to push you into doing it their way.

  8. KimT
    March 17, 2012 | 8:15 am

    Modern quilting to me has been a sort of permission to work with the full spectrum of colors. I started out with Civil war repro fabrics, but it was so limited and I knew I needed to find something more. Exploring color and seeing what others have done has been so much fun.

  9. ritainalaska
    March 17, 2012 | 8:17 am

    modern quilting, to me, is never having to follow the lines, to make something quilty that expresses how i feel. to make changes in a pattern that tells me that this is the way i like it!

  10. Fenna
    March 17, 2012 | 8:22 am

    To be honest, I haven’t yet given quilting a try–it’s on my list of things to try! I love how creative some people are with their quilts!

  11. Marianne
    March 17, 2012 | 8:22 am

    Modern quilting is like modern furniture to me, simple lines, clean, brisk, bright, notice-me-look! Don’t like the furniture but love the quilts!

  12. Paula Wedig
    March 17, 2012 | 8:23 am

    Modern quilting means that I have the freedom to try mixing colors or patterns to create MY quilts. I’ve always done my own thing and the traditional quilters just nod their heads and go their way. Now there is a larger community of “art” quilters who are enjoying the new tools, and creating amazing quilts. It is now a lot more fun to be a quilter. (I’ve been quilting over 40 years and still have loads of quilts to make.

  13. Barbara Winkler
    March 17, 2012 | 9:18 am

    For me, it’s trying the same pattern with a variety of fabric to see how different they can look! Makes it fun to do Quilts of Valor for our Military Veterans.

  14. Amy C
    March 17, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Well, I guess Modern Quilting means, to me, putting colours together in a creative way and using shapes that add interest and movement. Great giveaway :)

  15. Mary
    March 17, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Modern quilting is basically ‘no rules’ quilting. It is not based on what others have done in the past but rather it’s the next page in an ongoing story of a wonderful textile art form. I especially like the great choice of colors and textures that can be incorporated in today’s modern quilt.

  16. Jennifer
    March 17, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Modern quilting to me means bending the rules of quilting and doing whatever you love!

  17. Chris
    March 17, 2012 | 9:48 am

    I think it just means no QUILT POLICE!

  18. Kelly Irene
    March 17, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Modern quilting has opened a creative door for me in what I thought was the most unlikely place. After making my first quilt a year and a half ago, I knew I had misunderstood quilting. I have found a new sense of creativity and community–both online and off!

  19. Melissa
    March 17, 2012 | 10:21 am

    I love the crisp, clean, geometric lines of the fabric used to make the Modern Quilt. There is something so calming about crisp, geometric lines.

  20. Ronnie
    March 17, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Pure, clear color is the most distinct aspect of modern quilting for me. Then add in creativity, simplicity, asymmetric lines, forms and patterns. And it’s so great to see a new generation of quilters has been captivated!

  21. Diana
    March 17, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Clean, clear colors.no rules and very geometric. Love tobend rules.

  22. Carol Y
    March 17, 2012 | 10:38 am

    My interpretation of modern quilting includes everything from freeform (no pattern) to clean cut, geometric patterns, composed of modern solids and prints.

  23. Kelley
    March 17, 2012 | 10:40 am

    modern quilting to me means clean lines, crisp colors, rule breaking and experimental, simple but not simplistic.

  24. Bruinbr
    March 17, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Modern quilting means freedom to create to me. There are no rules and you do what makes you happy :)

  25. Sue in Scobey
    March 17, 2012 | 11:28 am

    I believe that modern quilting is a blending of traditional and non-traditional quilting. It pays homage to the past while enjoying the present and looking forward to future quilting art forms. It encourages imagination and whimsy while staying true to the important elements of its history. It allows the individual quilter his or her complete freedom of expression while still allowing other quilters the freedom to stick to more traditional forms. Unlike so many “modern” trends in art (and culture) it allows one to keep the figurative baby linked with the bathwater.

  26. Mary Ann Harpe
    March 17, 2012 | 11:28 am

    The ability to get cotton fabric is bright colors.

  27. Joy
    March 17, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Modern quilting is putting fabrics and colors together in a way our grandmothers never though of.

  28. carrie
    March 17, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Modern quilting to me is finding ways & time to incorporate traditions into our new & ever changing world. New fabrics in old blocks, and new twists on the familiar.

  29. Shannon
    March 17, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Modern Quilting is storytelling: form and function walking a delicate balance between the planned and the spontaneous. Morder quilts can be timeless (thinking Gees-Bend here)

  30. ellen
    March 17, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    I love an interesting challenge!

  31. Emily L.
    March 17, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Less busy. I love the simple clean designs.

  32. Susan McAdams
    March 17, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Modern quilting means a lot of white space and clean lines.

  33. Anna Avery
    March 17, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Modern quilting to me means pure fun! It is so cool to me when I make a traditional quilt made with Modern fabrics and a twist on those designs.

  34. Leigh Knox
    March 17, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Modern quilting means to me that anything goes and any fabric goes. Modern quilting means let it be a reflection of where you are at the project time in your life.

  35. Karen Brannon
    March 17, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Color, color, color!!!

  36. Leith McDougall
    March 17, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    Modern quilting allows me to bring my creativity and love of hand made things into the soft furnishings of my modern styled home that is reasonably minimalist. With careful thought and planning, I can use and adapt traditional blocks to create something that my husband will like and not dismiss as “old fashioned”.

  37. DianeY
    March 17, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    I’ve read so many definitions & opinions on this, but to me it really is about the fabrics and the freedom to do what you like. Lots of old traditional blocks look great in modern fabric. I gave up quilting once because everything looked alike in beige, navy, hunter green & deep red. Now I’m an avid quilter again!

  38. Kathrynn
    March 17, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    Modern quilting to me is a continuation of the line of women who desired to keep their families warm and their homes beautiful.

  39. Susan
    March 17, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Modern quilting is a fresh new perspective in the world of quilting which has engaged me for over 40 years!

  40. Krista
    March 17, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    Bright, fresh, clean, sharp lines, fun…..
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Pam Raby
    March 17, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Modern quilting is all about “fresh”: fresh ideas, fresh colors – a 2012 interpretation of quilting – and I love it!

  42. Netta
    March 17, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    It is extremely freeing. Challenges me to step out of my comfort zone.

  43. Elizabeth McDonald
    March 17, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Modern quilts to me mean more geometrics, more large prints, and no calicoes!

  44. Fran
    March 17, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    To me it means a freshness as well as a very
    contemporary quality. …..a free-ness too…
    I have to agree….no quilt rules leads to thinking
    “out of the box ” !

  45. char
    March 17, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    Modern quilting…. to me this means anything that goes beyond the traditional cliches we have come to expect of quilting. It’s wide open to interpretation. In fact, it’s the re-interpretation itself that makes it so exciting to make and view… thanks for asking me to consider this, and thanks for having this wonderful virtual space to share beauty together.

  46. Jeannie
    March 17, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    Exciting, fresh, crisp, free…the list can go on and on.

  47. Margaret
    March 17, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    Modern quilting takes traditional quilting and turns it on its ear. Gorgeous fresh fabrics, a new spin on symmetry and form and no rules bring new color, life and creativity to an old art form.

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  48. Nicole Gendy
    March 17, 2012 | 4:28 pm

    I find it difficult to define modern quilting. I like traditional blocks made with fun, modern fabrics and I also like quilts made improvisationally. I think modern quilts generally have a feeling of space in them.

  49. Evelyn
    March 17, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    Modern quilting means doing what pleases my soul — the bright colors, the color combinations, the clean lines, the freshness of design, as well as the simplicity or complexity as the case may be of the quilt as it takes on a life of its own.

  50. Kate/Massachusetts
    March 17, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Modern quilting means raising the functional to the artistic. Electric sewing machines, machine quilting and piecing, beautiful fabrics that have never been used for something else before being used for the quilt, sewing because you want to and not because you need to!