2020 Quilt Con Charity Quilt


QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt Challenge

Theme: Text

The 2020 design theme is text.  Quilts incorporating text have been popular in the modern quilt movement right from the start.  Krista Hennebury’s quilt, “Fly Blackbird Fly” (pieced with Denyse Schmitt’s letters) won a prize at QuiltCon 2012.  Most recently, at QuiltCon 2019, there were a number of quilts exhibited using words.  There was the powerful, “Where are all the black women?” quilt by Jessica Wohl.  Berene Campbell’s colorful quilts “Brave Brilliant Beautiful Badass” was eye catching as you turned the corner.  Bill Stearman exhibited a moving quilt that read “We were wrong. We are sorry. And we will never let this happen again.”  And, of course, Chawne Kimber can always be counted on to have a recent text quilt.  One of her recent quilts “not showing proper deference to wypipo”, also hung at QuiltCon.

There are many alphabet patterns available or you could work improvisationally.  Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill released a set of EPP letters called Typecast at QuiltCon. Jen Carlton-Bailly has designed a set of letters using curved piecing called Curfont. Stitch Your Story, a new release by Sarah Fielke, includes 6 alphabets.  There are no restrictions on technique.  

VMQG Specific Instructions

For our quilt we would like the guild members to make blocks that have a single word or short phrase.  These blocks can be made using piecing, applique or pen and ink.  Blocks should be squares or rectangles.  Any of the colors shown in the color palette below may be used, but you do not need to use all the colors.  Please do not use fabrics with colors outside of the color palette.  Solids and prints can be used.

VMQG Theme – “The Spirit of Giving”

Why do we give quilts?  Last year we gave over 1,200 quilts away through our Thomas Fire Quilt Project.  We also gave out over a dozen quilts to those affected by the Borderline shooting.  This year we are planning to give 50 baby quilts to Ventura County Public Health.  Part of our mission as a guild is to give back to our community.  

Words for your blocks should express what making and giving quilts away means to you and our guild.  Make as many word blocks as you want.  Duplicate words are allowed.

Blocks are due by the September meeting but can be turned in earlier.

Questions – Contact Karen ([email protected]) or Sarah ([email protected])


Color Palette

This palette is unique and more restrictive this year to coordinate with the text theme by using shades of gray, white, and black.

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.


Coordinating Solids from QuiltCon Sponsors

Please note the colors listed below are approximate and may not match exactly to the color palette above. Feel free to use your best judgement when matching color palettes.

Painter’s Palette Solids by Paintbrush Studio

  • 000 White
  • 016-Silver
  • 172-Pewter
  • 014-Grey
  • 090-Smoke
  • 004 Ebony

Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids

  • Bright White
  • Moon
  • Wind
  • Stone
  • Pewter
  • Black

Moda Bella                       Solids

  • 098- Feather White
  • 127 Feather
  • 185 Zen Grey
  • 322 Dovetail
  • 202 Graphite
  • 099 Black