2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Design Challenge

It’s time to start thinking about the next QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge for 2018 and your giving committee would love to have your input! So let’s have a design challenge!

The theme is Modern Traditionalism, and following are some things to think about as you consider your design(s).

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From the QuiltCon website:   

What is Modern Traditionalism?

Modern traditional quilts can be made by:

  • Updating a traditional block with modern quilting elements such as (but not limited to):
    • Playing with scale
    • Using negative space
    • Modern color palettes
  • Updating a traditional quilt layout with modern quilting design elements such as:
    • Alternate gridwork
    • Use of negative space
    • Improvisation
  • Using updated quilting motifs instead of using traditional designs such as feathers

Most (but not all) traditional quilts are typically built on a symmetrical grid structure of pieced blocks that are the same size throughout the quilt. Also, many traditional quilt blocks are ‘small’ or made of many small pieces. In addition, there are many traditional quilts that incorporate modern design elements such as Amish quilts or even the random and freeform blocks designs in crazy quilts. So, please explore lots of sources from our quilting traditions for your inspiration.

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The quilt needs to be twin-size (70″ x 90″) using this color palette:


Though it’s not necessary to use all the colors, we want to! Once we have a design in place, we’ll get the fabrics needed and make them available.

Also keep in mind that we’d like to include as many folks as would like in the actual making of blocks or sections of our quilt, so a design that allows for this will be more likely to be chosen. Your design can be in color, or a black-and-white line drawing. It can even be a partial design that can be expanded to the final size needed.

Please submit your design(s) via email to either Louise (mailto:imfeelincrafty@gmail.com) or Debbie (mailto:aquilterstable@gmail.com) by Friday, July 7. We reserve the right to choose a design, or be inspired by a design, that we feel will best be feasible to create as well as involve as many in our guild who are interested in participating. The winning design will be announced at our meeting on July 12. Thanks to Matt and Kim for curating a beautiful fat quarter prize bundle in the colors of the challenge!

QC 2018 Design Contest Prize Bundle

So start thinking and designing, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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