The Modern Quilt Guild is getting ready for their first convention appropriately named QuiltCon this February.  As part of the fun, they have a block challenge which you can make a quilt block that’s 12.5″ by whatever, using the official quiltcon colors (solids or prints).  My local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG) decided to do a fabric exchange so we could each purchase a yard of one of the fabrics and exchange fat eights to get all the colors we needed.  I was assigned a tangerine print — (you can see it in my finished block).  I really had fun designing and making this block.

Modern Art for a QuiltCon block

OK — a bit about the block itself . . . I was inspired by modern art for this block — no specific piece — just my idea of modern art.  I really liked how it came together (at least on the second attempt – I’ll show you the first in a second).  I wanted to incorporate a bit of print with the solid to give it depth and character, but not get too busy even though it’s a busy design.  What do you think??

Modern Art for a QuiltCon block

It came together so well, I even had to show you the back too!!  Yes, this block is all pieced (no applique).  The circles came together perfectly and so did all of the curvy bits — no puckers!!

Modern Art for a QuiltCon block
Modern Art for a QuiltCon block

Here’s attempt #1 — I will not be sending this block in for the challenge.  It has several puckers (which I’ve circled for you) and I unintentionally made the mirror image of my original design.  No one would know that little fact but me, but it annoyed me.

Modern Art for a QuiltCon block

Biggest mistake here was rushing — I didn’t take my time on this block, and it shows.  On the second block (at the top of the post), I took my time, and the block came out perfectly.  This second block is going to be part of a charity quilt that the MMQG is putting together – so it won’t be wasted.

Modern Art for a QuiltCon block

The finished block size is 12.5″ square.

Original design copyrighted by Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns.

11 Comments

11 Comments on Modern Art for a QuiltCon block

  1. This is gorgeous! I am really slacking on my quilt con block. You know what, I’m probably not going, so I’ll just use the lovely fabrics I made to make some bags instead. Great work!!

  2. This is a gorgeous block! I’m looking for a modern quilt block that uses a circle and yours is fab! Any chance of a tutorial or even a just a pattern so I can make one myself? Pretty please??! currently making a modern quilt with 12″ blocks each a different rainbow colour! Many thanks!

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