Saturday, February 20, 2021

QuiltCon Together :: Group Quilts

I do love a group quilt and though you already know about Rings hanging in the QuiltCon Together show, I had a very small hand in three additional group quilts in the show.

The first is Resilience, Seattle MQG's response to the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge. The theme for this year was "Curves," drawing from a specific color palette. The design for our quilt was initially inspired by member David Owen Hastings/@davidowenhastings

Personally, I used Stephanie Ruyle's Curves Ahead tutorial to create the blocks I submitted. The original quilt design evolved a bit to embrace the blocks that were received from members, but I really like the finish. The top was constructed by Rachel Singh/@liketosew and Matt Macomber/@odditease; quilted by Pam Cole/@pamjcole; and bound by Matt.

I'm still smiling over my friend Ellyn/@ellynz' first place win in Group or Bee Quilts! Her "Urban Emergence" portrays a relevant message about how "major cities around the world began to emerge from the smog and blue skies were revealed" at the beginning of the lockdown in 2020. Still good food for thought.

I was pleased to be invited to contribute a handful of gray improv blocks to Ellyn's quilt.

And then there's COQQUILT2020. When Jen/@jen.broemel put out a call for black and white improv blocks way back in March of last year, I got right to making and sent a block. Her intent was very clear... to create a collaborative quilt to emphasize our community's interconnectedness in spite of our separation. In the end, over 75 artists contributed to the "Collaborative Quarantine Quilt" that is currently 'hanging' in the QuiltCon Together show.

DO look close, as Jen blanketed each block with her own stitches. According to Jen, "Each stitch brought me hope, gratitude and solace in an unusual time..."

See what fun group quilts can be? And so varied.... definitely worth it to jump in when you get the chance to participate.


  1. I find group quilts to be challenging (and often fun) design challenges. How wonderful to contribute to these 3 varied and stunning show quilts!

  2. Good for you to so willingly participate in invitations and opportunities to contribute blocks. You really have a skill for that, and the resulting quilts are each wonderful. You can be proud of your role in each lovely creation.

  3. thanks for being a part of my quilt! I never imagined the fun opportunities that would come from making it. your other contributions are stunning too! I loved spending time going through all of the quilts this weekend, but found the community service quilts to be especially striking