QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt Challenge

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge! This is one of the MQG’s largest scale charity projects and we look forward to getting many guilds and teams of individual members involved in the challenge.

This year, we want to encourage individual members to form teams and work together. We are calling these Individual Member Teams (IMTs). IMTs must have a minimum of four MQG individual members (the maximum size is up to you). The IMT must appoint one person as the leader who will coordinate and communicate with the MQG.


Theme: Modern Traditionalism

The 2018 design theme is modern traditionalism. As modern quilters, we always want to recognize and honor the rich creativity found in traditional quilts. The challenge requires participating local guilds and IMTs to work collaboratively with their groups to create completed quilts by reinterpreting one or more traditional blocks or quilt designs using a predetermined color palette.

In this challenge, your team will dive into quilting tradition and springboard into your own modern interpretation. Here are some general guidelines to help your team get started—and feel free to explore and interpret in your own unique ways!

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.


MQG Webinars and Articles

MQG webinars and articles are available on the MQG Resources Page.

Color Palette

QC18 Palette.png

The color palette is shown here. No, you don’t need to use all the colors in this palette—your team can be selective if you prefer and limit your palette to just a few of the colors shown. 

Also, you do not need to use the specific fabrics listed by the manufacturers below, but seeking out some of these solids might help you pin down the color palette.

Once you have some of these solids on hand, it is easy to pull prints from your team’s stash that coordinate. And YES, you can certainly use modern prints too! When choosing prints, it is best to look for prints that are monochromatic or even tone-on-tone prints rather than those that include other colors since those colors may not be part of this color palette.

    Coordinating Solids

    FreeSpirit Designer Solids

    • Arctic White
    • Cream
    • Goldfish
    • Mango
    • Flamingo
    • Petunia
    • Splash

    ColorWorks by Northcott Fabrics

    • 9000-10 Snow
    • 9000-11 Eggshell
    • 9000-540 Canary
    • 9000-59 Pumpkin
    • 9000-242 Candy Apple
    • 9000-83 Violet

    Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids

    • Bright White
    • Vanilla
    • Marigold
    • Apricot
    • Watermelon
    • Jewel
    • Jam

    Painter's Palette Solids by Paintbrush Studio

    • White
    • Rice paper
    • Daisy
    • Tangerine
    • Tomato
    • Fuchsia
    • Purple

    Moda Bella Solids

    • Off White
    • Eggshell
    • Geranium
    • Amelia Orange
    • Berrylicious
    • Amelia Purple
    • Sunflower

    Robert Kaufman Kona Solids

    • White
    • PFD Bleach White
    • Grellow
    • Red
    • School Bus
    • Valentine
    • Regal

    How to Sign Up


    Leaders of all of the local MQGs will receive a signup link via email by May 15, 2017 . Please make sure this is filled out and submitted to the MQG by September 30, 2017.

    Individual Member Teams

    Each IMT should select a team leader who will be the single point of contact for the team. The leader should email our QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge Coordinator, (Amy Friend at charity@themodernquiltguild.com) to receive a link to a form that must be filled out by September 30, 2017. (Want to find other individual members in your area and form a team? Read the details below!)

    The MQG will feature selected guilds and Individual Member Teams and their quilts in our Communications in 2018, so make sure you collect the best photos of your process and stories!

    As in the past, Individual Member Teams and guilds will be asked to donate the finished quilt to their local communities! After the quilts are displayed at QuiltCon, guilds are asked to donate the completed quilt to the charity of their choice and notify the MQG of those details.

    The deadline for quilts to arrive is February 9, 2018. Mailing information will sent in late 2017.

    Attention individual members! 

    Individual Members are free to reach out and form their own teams, however, if you want to be linked up with other members, we can help! Watch your inbox for more information from us soon. We will help form IMT groups according to zip code and/or country to keep your traveling/shipping charges low.

    Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 11.06.40 AM.png

    Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 11.01.36 AM.png

    Need Help?

    If you need help, please visit the Community site or feel free to email our QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge Coordinator, (Amy Friend at charity@themodernquiltguild.com).

    Thank you for your interest in completing the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge.

    We hope that this information is helpful. If you have any questions you can post them in the forums on Community here, or feel free to email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com

    Details in Summary

    The signup link will be emailed to guild leaders and individual members by May 15, 2017. Guilds and teams will select a charity quilt contact person to coordinate and communicate with the MQG. Once the form is filled out and the teams established, please start researching, brainstorming, designing and making your quilt!

    Design the Quilt

    • Guilds and Individual Member Teams will complete a quilt using the predetermined color palette.
    • Guilds and teams will design and complete the quilt demonstrating a modern interpretation of a traditional block or traditional quilt design.
    • If your guild or team decides to use a pattern, be sure to get permission from the pattern designer and include that information when you submit the quilt to QuiltCon!

    Work Together

    • Your guild or individual members team will collaborate to create the design and piece the blocks for the quilt.
    • Your guild or individual members team will provide batting, backing, binding and additional fabric to complete the quilt top.
    • Quilts should twin size which is 65” x 88”. Quilts should be no larger than 72” x 92”.
    • Quilting must be no farther apart than 2”. These quilts will be used, so please make sure they are sturdy.
    • Machine sewn bindings are ok.

    Ship to QuiltCon

    We will send all information about shipping your quilts to QuiltCon in November 2017.

    Blog Post Article (optional)

    • Your Guild or Individual Member Team may submit an optional blog post article with 3-5 accompanying photos discussing the process of designing and completing your guild’s quilt. These posts are due by January 14, 2018.
    • We will email directions on submitting your content in October 2017.