Couldn't make it to Pasadena for The Modern Quilt Guild’s jam-packed international quilt gathering? Never fear! Read on to see the show's winning quilts... now if only we could fit every quilt on display into this blog post!


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Quilt Con Going Up Quilt

Best in Show: Going Up

Pieced and quilted by Stephanie Skardal, North Carolina

Stephanie says: “Inspired to create unexpected shapes with negative space in traditional (but large) log cabin blocks, "Going Up" mixes the hard of high contrast and graphic lines with the organic look of Essex linen and straight-line quilting. This original design was created in Photoshop and machine quilted on a domestic machine.”

Read Steph's response to the award at or check out her instagram @stephskardal

About QuiltCon

Now in it’s fifth year, QuiltCon's hotly contested quilt competitions saw over 1,5000 quilts submitted. Judges Tara Faughnan, Beverly Fine and Melanie Falick had the uneviable task of picking the quilts that combined  technical skill with creativity and originality. Thank you to The Modern Quilt Guild for allowing us to feature these quilts here on the blog. With over 13,000 members in over 200 chapters worldwide, the Guild’s mission is to encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community

QuiltCon2018 Ribbon-Quilt

eQuilter Award of Quilting Excellence

Ribbon Quilt, pieced by Sarah Bond, Philadelphia MQG, quilted by Carol Heisler

“Like most quilters, I tend to gravitate towards the same color groups over and over again. My challenge here was to use every color in the fabric line at the time. Despite the amount of piecing involved, I pieced this quilt top in about six weeks. Sometimes you make the quilt. Sometimes the quilt makes you.”

See more of Sarah's quilts over at or check out her instagram @slbphilly

QuiltCon2018-All-the-best-parties quilt

Best Machine Quilting, Framed

All the Best Parties, pieced and quilted by Susan Kyle, Toronto

Susan says: “It is the morning after. The evidence of a great party covers your white tablecloth. The rings left by glasses of wine and beer, as well as cups of coffee and tea, are a happy reminder of a great party with lively conversation. My post-party tablecloth inspired the design of this free-motion, whole-cloth quilt.”

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We say: We can relate to this – we find it strangely therapeutic clearing up after a good party! Oh and Sarah's free motion quilting skills! ????

QuiltCon2018-Happy-Dance quilt

Best Machine Quilting, Frameless

Happy Dance, pieced and quilted by Sandra Kaye, Jacksonville, Florida

Sandra says: “This quilt is made up of 600, 112in plus signs. I am very new to the improv movement, and this quilt started last QuiltCon 2017 as a mini for my swap partner. I made her a mini with the first set of pluses and green background for my very first attempt at improv piecing. My Partner really loved her mini, and I enjoyed the process so much I never stopped making the pluses. So, here we are at QuiltCon 2018 and I have 600 pluses! This quilt just makes me very happy. I really enjoy improv piecing now — I'm totally hooked.”

Follow Sandra on Instagram @sandieloves2art


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Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor,

Zoe is the launch Editor of She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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