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SAMQG Challenge Block

on May 6, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, book, contests, SAMQG | 2 comments


The first Thursday of the month is the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I always leave quite inspired. This month was no different. We saw a movie on Gees Bend and got to flip through some of the members’ books on Gees Bend. Of course, the block above is NOT Gees, but it is our challenge block.

Challenge block?? Well, that isn’t modern at all. I know- that IS the challenge. 3 coverlets (quilted bed covers) were donated to our guild after being found. A friend of our guild gave these to us with the express purpose of “remake them into something vintage modern”. Oh wow. So yes, we were told to cut up his late mother’s coverlets. Honestly, that part was kinda weird because I do really like old quilts almost as much as I like new quilts. These shapes were all hand pieced and hand appliqued. The black stitching was, of course, by hand, and the sashing/borders was joined by machine.


The rules for the challenge were that you can make the finished block any size, but you had to use ONLY fabrics that came in the original block. You could add muslin or stabilizers, if they would not be seen and you had to cut away the blue border and not use it at all.

I decided to go straight to Hexagons Made Easy because I seriously have HEXAGONS on the brain. I used the block idea from this post as my block design and adapted the shapes to fit the techniques in the book.


The fabric was quite stiff even after a soak in water. I suppose holding the same shape for 60+ years will have that affect. I even tried to rub out the previous stitching lines and shadows from the background fabric, but no luck. Maybe who ever wins the collection of blocks will be able to clean that up?? You can see the old shape in the background, pictured below:


I was lucky enough to grab two challenge blocks this month and I already have the wheels turning for the design on the second one. Stay tuned to see what that one will be re-worked into.



  1. Wonderful idea! I have your book and can’t wait to take this idea and adapt a jellyroll that’s languishing in my stash, all sewn together but that’s it!


    May 6, 2013

  2. This is just awesome. I love this challenge! Again, so sad that I can’t be a direct part of the amazing SAMQG (anymore), but at least I get to live vicariously through blogs! Thanks for sharing.


    May 6, 2013

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