2 Challenges for Turning 2

We are going to be 2 and have 2 challenges for you this month!

At our May meeting, Paul provided pieces of Kona cottons in the QuiltCon colors to make a quilt block that reflects what modern quilting means to you for challenge number one. We thought it would be neat to ALSO make blocks in the VMQG colours for challenge number 2. So go on and stretch yourself and create blocks that represents your own take on modern quilting.

Please follow these Challenge Guidelines inspired by the QuiltCon challenge:

1. Blocks should be 12½” tall (unfinished) x the width of your choice. That could mean 12½” x 5”, 12½” x 24”, or anything wider, more narrow, or in between. Be creative!

2. Blocks should be machine pieced. Any piecing style is welcome, but please avoid using hand sewing, applique, embroidery, fabric markers, or any other embellishments.

3. For the QuiltCon blocks please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics in colors consistent with the QuiltCon logo (tangerine, gold, citrine, lime, aqua, turquoise, white, and gray.  Please attach the QuiltCon Block Challenge Entry Form to each of your QuiltCon Blocks (http://www.quiltcon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Block-Challenge-Entry-Form.pdf)

4. For the VMQG blocks please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics in colors consistent with the VMQG logo (medium grey, azure, parsley, spearmint, amber and coffee/chocolate plus white) We provided VMQG swatch cards at the May meeting for colour reference using Robert Kaufman Kona solids.

5. Please feel free to include as many or few of the logo colors as you like, in each block but avoid adding additional colors. Both print and solid fabrics are welcome in each block.

6. Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.

7. Bring your completed blocks to our June 21, 2012 meeting and celebrate our SECOND anniversary!  We are going to take a group photo with our blocks. (QuiltCon Blocks may also be brought to the July Meeting)

We look forward to seeing what you create!

The QuiltCon blocks will go to the QuiltCon Committee to be reviewed and Elizabeth Hartman, of Oh, Fransson!, will select 20 or more of her favorite blocks to make a quilt that will be displayed at QuiltCon and awarded, by raffle, to a lucky winner. Remaining blocks will be used to make quilts for Austin Children’s Shelter.

Check out http://www.quiltcon.com/get-involved/quiltcon-block-challenge/ and http://themodernquiltguild.com/tag/quiltcon-block-challenge-guidelines/ for more info.

We are planning to make a guild quilt with the finished VMQG blocks to have at future shows like Maker Faire, since it’s in our guild colours.

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