QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilts

Each year in conjunction with QuiltCon, the Modern Quilt Guild hosts a Community Outreach Quilt Challenge.  Each participating guild works to create a quilt that incorporates that year’s color palette and theme.  These quilts are intended to raise money for a charity. For more information https://www.quiltcon.com/

2023 QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge

Theme: Color Shift

For this year’s Community Outreach Challenge, we are asking members to make quilts that show a color shift, or gradient, in the piecing. We have selected two colorways for you to choose from, and hope you are as excited about them as we are!

One of the MQG’s largest-scale charity projects is back and better than ever! This year, we are pleased to announce that guilds will have the opportunity to sell their Community Outreach quilts during QuiltCon to raise funds for the benefit of two charitable programs supported by the Brown Sugar Stitchers Guild of Atlanta: The Carrie Steele Pitts’ Home and the children’s sickle cell disease program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Our goal is to make it easier than ever for participating groups to fundraise for nonprofit organizations with this challenge. Make sure to check out all the details here.

Color Palettes

There are two gradients for your group to choose from for the 2023 QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge. We’ve shown many color stops along the way from one end to the other. Choose your starting point and be sure to use a total of at least three color stops on your gradient. You do not have to use all of the color stops shown, nor are you required to use solids for this project. Get creative with your use of solids and prints. Make it scrappy, or reuse bits from older projects. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 




Option 1: Cool colors from Dark Teal to Lime Green


Option 2: Warm Colors from Eggplant Purple to Pink

2021 QuiltCon Together Community Outreach Quilt

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The theme for the 2021 Quiltcon Together Community Outreach Quilts is CURVES. The design focus is on curved piecing, large, small, improv, or structured.  Each team was encouraged to push our boundaries and improve our curved piecing skills. We were required to pick two or more colors from this year’s color palette.

The charity we chose for our 2021 Quiltcon Together Community Outreach Quilt is Women Helping Women. They serve Southwestern Ohio as a unique provider of crisis intervention and support services for direct and indirect victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking and take a leading role in educating the community to promote awareness and help prevent these types of abuse.

They had an auction gala in April where they auctioned off our quilt. Go to their website for more information. https://www.womenhelpingwomen.org/

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With the curves theme in mind, we were inspired by their purpose and designed the quilt to represent hands touching.

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2020 QuiltCon
Community Outreach Quilt

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The 2020 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt design theme was TEXT. Each quilt should include at least one word and it should be a central design element in the composition. The color palette required was black, white, and gray.

The Charity we chose for 2020 was The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Their mission is to empower people of Greater Cincinnati who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence. For more information go to their website https://www.cincyblind.org/

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We were inspired by the quote by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,” and the quilt spells this out in braille. We constructed it using the “Potholder Quilt” method. Each word is its own mini-quilt panel and is
completely finished including the binding. Then all of the mini-quilt panels were assembled together into one quilt. Our goal was to emphasize the tactile nature of braille through various construction methods such as applique, trapunto, and embroidery. This quilt was auctioned off at the CABVI annual Dining in the Dark Fundraiser. 


2019 QuiltCon
Community Outreach Quilt

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The 2019 Quiltcon Community Outreach Quilt theme was SMALL PIECING. While the whole quilt did not need to be made up of all small pieced blocks, they should be the main focus. We were required to use colors from the required color palette.

The charity we chose for the 2019 Quiltcon Charity Quilt was Girls On the Run. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.  For more information go to their website https://www.girlsontherun.org/

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2018 QuiltCon
Community Outreach Quilt

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The theme for 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilts was MODERN TRADITIONALISM. The colors used were from the required color palette.


2017 QuiltCon
Community Outreach Quilt

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This quilt was donated to the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation, which runs “The Barn,” which is where our guild has its monthly meetings. The Barn provides space for art instruction, art exhibits, artists’ studios, meetings, and events. It is maintained and operated by The Foundation as a State of Ohio Cultural Facility serving men, women, and children of the Greater Cincinnati Area. For more information go to their website  https://www.artatthebarn.org/

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The 2017 Quiltcon Charity Quilt theme was PLAYING with SCALE. The fabrics had to be chosen from the required color palette.


2016 QuiltCon
Community Outreach Quilt

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The theme for the 2016 QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilts was improv with intent. We had to choose fabrics from the required color palette.

The guild members decided to use the "Seven Hills of Cincinnati" as our quilts theme. We improv pieced the colored sections and then appliqued the "seven hills" over the white background. 


2013 QuiltCon
Community Outreach Quilt

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The 2013 Quiltcon Charity Quilt started with the QuiltCon Block Challenge.  All MQG members had an opportunity to design a modern quilt block. Twenty blocks were selected by The MQG to make a fundraiser quilt to support The Modern Quilt Guild.

Participating guilds received a package of 7 or more of the blocks that weren’t selected for the fundraiser quilt.  Each guild then used those blocks to make a twin bed quilt for one of the beds at the Austin Children’s Shelter.  This is the Quilt put together by the Cincinnati MQG.