The guild quilt block challenge

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I did a terrible job of officially announcing the kick-off of the guild quilt, partly because there was so much going on at the December meeting, and partly because there was not enough fabric to go around. This challenge will be due at our February meeting, so if you did not get a bundle of fabric to play with, leave a comment and I’ll use that count to be sure that everyone gets theirs at the January meeting on the 16th.

Here is our mission: We are going to make a quilt to serve as our own banner of identity. The fabric is solids pulled from the colors of our logo– Kona Chartreuse, Lagoon, Bright Pink and Orange. Each bundle has three of the four colors, roughly a fat eighth of each. If you’d like, you can also use Kona White (check against a swatch– there are a lot of different shades of white) in your block.

The challenge is to make a block that represents what modern quilting is to you. This is how The Modern Quilt Guild describes modern quilting. But it’s open to interpretation. Our goal is to have a conversation about what we like about modern quilting and make a quilt that shows how we as a guild represent as modern quilters. This could mean making a traditional block with solids, using lots of contrast and negative space or improvisation. But we are quilters of modern time, so whatever we make will be modern. Remember to be yourself!

I don’t use the word challenge lightly. There will be some kind of winner chosen as a favorite block– perhaps by a popular vote– with a special prize. So let me know if you’d like to participate and don’t already have fabric. And if you have yours, get designing!

Happy quilting!

EDITED TO ADD: Blocks can be any length or width, but it must be a rectangle or square with at least two opposing sides measuring 12.5″.

25 thoughts on “The guild quilt block challenge

  1. Melanie,

    Judy Veltidi here. I was not at the December meeting but would like to receive some of this fabric to make a block….Please have some for me at the January meeting….assume the Kona white will be available for purchase then, too.

    Also, Mel, remember my MQG pin you “promised me”.

    Happy New Year, and looking forward to a bright and happy year with the NJMQG. Judy

    Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:33:29 +0000 To: motherfrog@hotmail.com

  2. I would love to give it a go too. The fabric disappeared quicker than cookies on Christmas Eve….I have no idea… 😉

  3. Thanks so much for laying out the challenge in writing as I wasn’t paying attention when you spoke about it. Is there any restrictions on the size or shape of the finished block?

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