Quiltcon Charity Quilt blocks

Hello NJMQG! Melanie here, with an update on our MQG charity quilt for Quiltcon.

Our winning design is Stars in Stars! Members can choose a star that they love to make and embed it into the overall design. It will be exciting to see how the stars come out and members should be able to find their stars in the finished quilt. (This is just a mock-up, our finished quilt will look very different!)

Stars in Stars

As you can see, it’s composed of blocks. Some are squares and some are half-square triangles (HSTs).

At the September guild meeting, we handed out bags with blocks and instructions. The instructions specify a background color and a star color. HST blocks also specify a solid triangle color for one half of the HST. This is so that the overall design emerges. Blocks that are white on white can be used as background or star– they will blend together but also add a lot of interest to the “negative space” of the quilt.

Here are some example blocks by Betsy and Kathy. If you post yours on Instagram, use the hashtags #njmqgcharityquilts and #quiltconcharityquilt .


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If you would still like to pick up a block, limited supplies will be available at the Open Sew meeting on October 7.

For star inspiration, search on Pinterest. Here is a post of traditional stars, and here is a tutorial for wonky stars (you will have to adjust the size).

Blocks are due at the October meeting on the 21st.

If you have questions, email me at melintheattic at gmail dot com.

2 thoughts on “Quiltcon Charity Quilt blocks

  1. It’s a shame that people who couldn’t make it to the September meeting will be shut out of participation in the charity quilt. (I also can’t make it to the open sew, and even if I could, sounds like there is not much left). Perhaps some of the blocks could have been reserved for pick up at the October meeting? Why are they due so quickly?

    • Such efficiency! Trying to get the bulk of the work done before the December holidays. There are some blocks left Sue, and then they will have to be trimmed and pieced together to make the top, and then there’s the quilting to be done.

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