QuiltCon 2015 Quilt Show!

Did you know that QuiltCon quilt show entries are now open?!? Think you want to enter the show? Wondering what you need to know before you do? This series of posts will provide information that will help you understand what will happen before, during and after the show. Jacquie Gering has been leading the Education Committee, made up of 17 members, on revamping judging for QuiltCon 2015. The MQG Education Committee has been hard at work at these posts so they will be jam packed with loads of information for you!

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TODAY!: Show Overview and Choosing Your Quilt

Post 2: The Entry Process

Post 3: Preparing Your Quilt For the Show

Post 4: At the Show

Post 5: Judging

Post 6: Post Show

Ok – so let’s get to it and dive into the first post of the series!

Quilt Show Overview & Choosing Your Quilt

QuiltCon is the convention of the Modern Quilt Guild and the quilt show, as the main event, is our opportunity to showcase the spectacular work of our members from around the world. In order to enter a quilt you need to be a member of the MQG. Not a member yet? Join here.

The first step is to submit a quilt for consideration. Quilt submissions opened July 1, 2014 and close November 30, 2014 so you have lots of time to get a fantastic modern quilt made to submit!

Submitted quilts will not automatically be part of the quilt show. There is limited hanging space at the venue, all submitted quilts will undergo a jurying process to choose the quilts that will ultimately hang in the show. Think carefully about the quilt(s) you’d like to enter. The jurors will look for quilts that fit the modern aesthetic as defined for our guild:

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

Quilts do not have to have all of the characteristics of the aesthetic, but since this is a modern quilt show we are looking for modern quilts. The jury will also be looking for quilts with visual impact and quilts that are well made. Quilts will be chosen so that the show is balanced in each of the categories. We want to showcase the best work of our members. If you’re unsure about what is a modern quilt, we recommend you take the time to watch Heather Grant’s webinar that is available free to members on the MQG Community website.

How do you choose which quilt(s) should be entered into a show?

  • The quilt doesn’t have to be brand new, but it does have to be in great shape and made in the past four years.
  • The quilt should be clean and shouldn’t have stains, pet hair, tears, or worn areas. You can of course also make a quilt especially for entry into the show.
  • Pick your best work. Choose a quilt that has maximum visual impact, a quilt viewers at the show will walk up to, or move over to from across the room, and say, “Wow!” about.
  • Submitted quilts will need to fit into one of the categories listed below. Read the category definitions carefully to determine where your quilt fits. The jury and judges will make the final category determinations for quilts that hang in the show. Your quilt may fit into multiple categories, that is ok!

Quilts will be placed in the following categories based on entry:

Group or Bee Quilts – Modern quilts made by 3 or more people

Small quilts –  A quilt that fits into the categories listed below that measures 36″ or less per side. The quilt can be any shape as long as it does not exceed the size limit. The challenge is open to individuals or groups. Individuals may only be involved in one quilt or group.

Quilting Challenge – Bias Tape Applique, sponsored by Panasonic – Quilts that include either machine or hand sewn bias tape as part of the main design element.

Fabric Challenge – Cotton Couture Pastels, sponsored by Michael Miller – Quilts must primarily use Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture Pastels. Coordinating Michael Miller prints and cotton couture fabrics are permitted.

Youth – Entrants 18 years and younger

Quilts will be placed in the following categories during the judging process:

Applique – Quilt includes either machine or hand layering of fabric where the quilt’s primary focus is applique.

Handwork – Quilt includes at least one element of handwork including, but not limited to: hand piecing, hand quilting, embroidery, redwork, cross stitch, crewel, etc. Hand stitched binding does not qualify as handwork.

Improvisation – Quilt is pieced improvisationally (without the use of a defined pattern or templates).

Minimalist Design –The design of the quilt emphasizes extreme simplification of content and form to achieve maximum visual impact.

Use of Negative Space – Quilt design incorporates a creative or significant use of negative space which is integrated into and/or organizes the composition of the quilt.

Piecing – Quilts that are machine pieced and reflect a particularly strong or innovative use of piecing.

Modern Traditionalism – Quilt design incorporates the use of an identifiable traditional block pattern and modernizes it by applying design elements such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, color, scale, etc.

The Details:

  • The maximum perimeter of a quilt in the show is 480″. If a quilt is accepted and larger then 480” it will not be able to hang.
  • Quilts entered in the show must have been made in the four years before QuiltCon 2015 happens, so no quilt that was made before February 2011 may be entered in the show.
  • All entered quilts will not make it into the show. Does that mean it’s not a beautiful quilt or that it’s not a quality quilt? No, it doesn’t. It simply means that it didn’t get into the show. Sure, you might be disappointed, but no risk, no reward.

In the next post we’ll review all the information you’ll need for the submission process.

-See you then!
The MQG Education Committee

QuiltCon Registration is Open!

 

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Did you hear? Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is NOW OPEN! There are just a few workshops remaining after members registered, so act quickly if you want to snatch one up.

We also have an amazing lecture line up. Come and see many of modern quilting’s top names speak about design, their inspirations and all things quilt-ish!

Want to see Gee’s Bend Keynote speech? There are not many spaces left so don’t delay in registering.

Hope to see you in Austin in February!

Register Now.

A little fun with #quiltconplanning

Yesterday QuiltCon registration opened for all MQG members. A few weeks ago on Instagram we asked people to show us how they were planning for the day.

We had everything from Cats:

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To drinks:

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Helpful kiddos (and a husband!):

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And even a few flow charts:

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You were all so creative! Our favorite was this from Kimberly Needham a member of the Los Angeles MQG. It really show the emotions that people feel when trying to register for a huge event.

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Thank you to everyone who played along and shared your plans with us. While we know not everyone got what they wanted, know that there are still a ton of lectures and a handful of workshops left. I even hear there might be a hexie making bar crawl!

So Kimberly, we hope that you enjoy your great FQ set from Michael Miller Fabrics. We’re sure you’ll put it to great use!

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QuiltCon Tips: Tina Michalik

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). Have you figured out your schedule?! This week we wanted to share advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here, Becca’s post here, and Christa’s post here.

The next tips come from Tina Michalik who is the president of the South Bay Area MQG.

QuiltCon was such a great experience. I came home brimming with enthusiasm, which I still feel. I love sharing it with people in the South Bay Area MQG and other quilting friends.  

Along with a few of my guild mates, we came to Austin not knowing what QuiltCon would be like exactly, we just knew it was going to be awesome.  I did a lot of saving and personal destashing of fabric in order to purchase three workshops, one for each day of QuiltCon.  I would never regret taking a workshop, but in hindsight, I think I was overloaded by the end and next year, I’ll be taking maybe one less workshop.  Also, this year I’ hope to be a Super Volunteer. I’m really looking forward to that because I think you get to meet so many more people by volunteering.  Also, by taking three workshops, I ended up missing some of the lectures that I really wanted to attend.  I heard so many great things about the lectures and what a wonderful visual feast they are. (Thankfully, some of these lectures are available to watch for free on Craftsy.)

What was so great about Austin is that you can walk everywhere you need to go from the convention center.  There was great food venues right outside for quick lunches. They offered quick and tasty International fare complete with vegetarian options.  

I would definitely recommend pairing up with blogging and Flickr/Instagram friends to share hotel expenses with.  That way, the QuiltCon vibe keeps on going even when you go back to your room.  You can chat about your day, look at all the goodies you purchased or got in your swag bag, and you always have someone to go out on the town with.  

Finally, I just want to say that going to Quiltcon ’13 was an experience that will always stay with me.  Being around all the beautiful quilts, meeting like-minded quilters and literally feeling the energy every day has given me memories to draw from for the rest of my life.  I came back with a renewed sense of purpose in my quilting, inspiration from others, and lasting friendships.  Even if you’re only halfway considering going to Austin next year, I truly encourage you to come be with us.  You’ll never regret it!

Emily Sardo's picture of me looking at my ribbon the moment I found out I had been given one!

Emily Sardo’s picture of me looking at my ribbon the moment I found out!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

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June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

QuiltCon Tips: Christa Watson

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). Have you figured out your schedule?! This week we wanted to share advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here, and Becca’s post here.

The next tips come from Christa Watson who is one of our very active Individual MQG members.

Hi all! I have a couple of tips to share from my awesome experience at QuiltCon in 2013!! 

First of all, don’t be afraid to go up and introduce yourself in person to people you’ve met online, and be open when people do the same to you :-). I did that all weekend and solidified so many new friendships by the end of the show!  

Katie Blakesley, Christa Watson, Faith Jones, Holly DeGroot and Lee Heinrich hanging out and having an outside dinner at QuiltCon 2013. This was the first time I met them all in person.

Katie Blakesley, Christa Watson, Faith Jones, Holly DeGroot and Lee Heinrich hanging out and having an outside dinner at QuiltCon 2013. This was the first time I met them all in person.

Second, when you take pictures of quilts to share on your blog with the folks who couldn’t be there, take a picture of the info card that goes along with each quilt. That way you can give proper attribution when you are writing about it later. I usually take a picture of the quilt first and then the information card next, so they are in order on my camera. 

I can’t wait until February, 2015 to do it all over again!

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Info card from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s & Lisa Sipes’ Best of Show quilt. It was handy to have it right there when writing up a blog post later!

Thanks Christa for those great tips!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

QuiltCon Tips: Becca Jubie

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). That leaves you with SIX days to figure out your schedule! This week we wanted to share some advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here.

The next tips come from Becca Jubie of the Seattle MQG.

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I had a great time at QuiltCon 2013! The entire event was amazing – the huge quilt show, awesome swag bags, dance party, and the fantastic schedule of lecturers and classes. I found it easy to meet other people – everyone was so friendly and excited to be there, and it was also a great way to get to know the people from my guild too. I took two classes that were both fun – machine quilting with Elizabeth Hartman and a table runner class with Valori Wells. They were both enjoyable – Elizabeth demonstrated tons of cute quilting patterns as well as showing off her beautiful quilts, and Valorie gave wonderful color advice and was really down-to-earth. I also took part in a leadership mixer as I am on the board (Seattle MQG), and it was fun to meet other guild officers and discuss guild ideas. I learned so much at QuiltCon and left feeling really inspired about my own quilting and guild.

Some advice I’d give: Don’t over-schedule yourself! There are so many fabulous classes and lectures being offered so it is tempting to want to do it all, but it can be overwhelming. You’ll want to save time to look at the quilt show, shop and check out Austin, plus just get together with new and old friends. Also be sure to pack light! The swag bags are jam-packed, and there is a shopping area in the convention center, so there is plenty to take home. Finally, try to get some barbecue! 

Thanks Becca for sharing your thoughts. We are glad that you enjoyed QuiltCon 2013!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members (check your email)
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

QuiltCon Tips: Anne Sullivan

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). That leaves you with SEVEN days to figure out your schedule! This week we wanted to share some advice from members that attended in 2013.

The first few tips come from Anne Sullivan of the South Bay Area MQG.

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QuiltCon 2013 was such an amazing time! I generally give anyone who asks two pieces of advice. The first is to not over-schedule yourself! I took two full-day workshops and I felt that was about all I could handle. The workshops are fantastic, but there’s so many other great things going on and people to meet and random encounters to have! I also ended up feeling pretty creatively spent by the end of the second workshop. I was glad for some downtime the third day.

The second piece of advice is to volunteer! I ended up volunteering on a whim, and it was so much fun. QuiltCon is huge and (for me at least) somewhat intimidating to know where to start or how to meet people. By volunteering I was able to meet great people and get a behind-the-scenes peek at things so I had a better idea of what QuiltCon had to offer. Plus the staff and the other volunteers are just awesome people,
and we had a blast together!

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Thanks Anne for sharing your thoughts. Working with you as a volunteers was a blast!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

Don’t miss out…Call for Quilts!

We are so excited for our 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas!

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Here are the details:

We would like to invite members from any of the Modern Quilt Guilds around the world to be considered for inclusion in the new exhibit. You may submit a total of two (2) quilts for consideration. We require that quilts be at least 36″ on each side. There is no maximum size limit. Quilts entered into this showcase are eligible to be entered into QuiltCon 2015 as well.

Timeline for Quilt Entry:

Entry open – May 30th to June 27th, 2014
Notification by – August 1, 2014
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – December 2014

Amy Friend, Indie Vibrations

Amy Friend, Indie Vibrations

Colleen Wootton, Bull's-Eye 1

Colleen Wootton, Bull’s-Eye 1

Modern quilts and quilters:

  • Make primarily functional quilts but place a large emphasis on the design and art of quilt making
  • Use asymmetry in quilt design
  • Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
  • Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
  • Embrace simplicity and minimalism
  • Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
  • Incorporate increased use of negative space
  • Are inspired by modern art and architecture
  • Frequently use improvisational piecing
  • Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
  • Use gray and white as neutrals
  • Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
  • Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your work. For a complete list of details see this link.

Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

Australia’s 1st Modern Quilt Show!

Written by Julie McMahon of Canberra Modern Quilt Guild

Australia’s first Modern Quilt Show was held over a weekend in early May, and what a weekend it was!

Hosted by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild in the Berry School of Art, makers from all over the country (and the world) got their quilt on and submitted some amazing pieces to the exhibition – more than 150 quilts were on display.

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Faraway Fields by Julie McMahon

Bernina Australia sponsored the show, there were some amazing prizes on offer and it turned out to be the show of the Mollie’s:

Molli Sparkles won “Best of Show” and a $1200 Bernina Sewing Machine for his quilt Sparkleworks.

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Molli Sparkles, Sparkleworks.

 

Mollie McMahon won “Children’s Modern Quilt Competition” and a $250 Bernina Sewing Machine for her quilt Rainbow Magic.

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Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon

 

The best way to see any quilt show is through the quilts so here are some of my favorites from the weekend, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

Aloft by Jessica Wheelahan

Aloft by Jessica Wheelahan

View from Kanangra by Deborah Louie

View from Kanangra by Deborah Louie

Blue Splash by MonnSqueak, inspired by Alissa Haight Carlton’s, Didn’t get the memo

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. This quilt was made for a Canberra MQG challenge and was the first quilt Alys ever made

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. This quilt was made for a Canberra MQG challenge and was the first quilt Alys ever made.

Modern Medallion by Crystal McGann

Modern Medallion by Crystal McGann

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Morning Sunny Paper by Sylvia Clough

http://canberramodernquiltguild.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/danielle-plus1.jpg Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens (http://www.polkadottea.com), quilted by Angela Walters (http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com)

Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens, quilted by Angela Walters

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Gallery Wedges by Liz Hoyland

http://instagram.com/p/njkH8-KefV/ Starry Diamond by Amira (http://littlemushroomcap.blogspot.com.au)

Starry Diamond by Amira

http://instagram.com/p/nknC3tIk3g/ Improv quilt by Gemma Jackson http://prettybobbins.com

Improv quilt by Gemma Jackson

So many thanks need to go to the talented entrants, the sponsors and of course the organizers from Wollongong MQG – it truly was a magnificent effort and a really positive experience.

Thank you Jules for taking the time to share this great show with us! We love seeing all the amazing work from our members in Australia!

Don’t forget the 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas is open for entries now. Deadline for entries is June 27th! For details, check out the blog post here.

Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

Business Webinar: Developing a Financial Plan

Join Kathy Mack to gain insight into developing a financial plan for your online business. Running a craft related business is an artful balance between following your passion and making sure there’s enough profit at the end of the day to make it a financially viable pursuit. Kathy will share her experience in starting, growing and operating my online fabric shop over the past 6 years. She has learned quite a few things about online retail, making a realistic financial plan, and how to navigate her way out of trouble spots.

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Get to know Kathy:

Kathy Mack is a passionate sewist, quilter and entrepreneur. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington where she is the owner of Pink Chalk Fabrics, an online fabric shop and Pink Chalk Studio, a line of quilt and accessory sewing patterns. After spending years on a traditional career path as a CPA and software developer she jumped off the corporate ladder and began following her love of sewing with the goal of creating a financially viable business. She enjoys sharing her experiences and business knowledge with other creators that aspire to turn their passion into a business. Kathy is also a current Board Member of the MQG and the Interim Treasurer.

This webinar will be recorded and available to all members to view at their convenience. To find all recordings check out the Resources tab here.

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