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:

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)

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.

All webinars are free to MQG members.
Not a member? Join today!

Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight: Christy McDevitt

Meet Christy McDevitt a MQG member from Bend, Oregon and part of the Central Oregon MQG. Christy is fairly new to quilting and like many modern quilters found inspiration through online tutorials and blogs. Read on and maybe you’ll find inspiration in Christy!
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When did you become a MQG member? Do you belong to a guild? When did you first find modern quilting?
I first became an official MQG member in 2013. In spring of 2011 I joined the  Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild, desperately trying to find the momentum to finish a quilt made of Hawaiian fabrics I bought while on vacation. Little did I know it would be the beginning of a great new hobby. Once I learned a quilt could be more than squares on a gird with sashing, I was hooked. I was instantly smitten with asymmetry, negative space, solids, and of course improvisation. 
COMQG at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show with their 2013 color challenge quilts in the background.

COMQG at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show with their 2013 color challenge quilts in the background.

What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?
I love to create. I generally begin the design of a quilt with an idea in mind but it usually morphs as I work through completion of the project. I don’t think I’ve completed a single pattern as written, except for Supernova from Quilting Modern. I’m known in my guild for not following directions!

Stitch and flip technique from Quilting Modern.

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?
I learn a lot from my fellow guild members, enjoy the art quilt gallery in my local quilting shop QuiltWorks, and utilize the good tricks on many free tutorials online. I try to ask lots of questions when I’m in the company of more seasoned quilters.

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Where do you find inspiration?
Following blogs, even some non-quilting blogs, Pinterest, and meeting with the guild give me great ideas. For me, silence, solitude, and time to just think are also rewarding. By giving myself space and time to contemplate a quilt, I often find I come up with better ideas than when I just copy what’s already out there. For example I’m proud of a recent creation called Ohio Wedding. It’s a challenge mash-up for both the 2014 Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild Ohio Star Challenge, and the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild Double Wedding Ring Challenge. Below you can see I carved a linoleum block into an Ohio star and used the stamp to print onto Kona snow. I sliced the printed fabric apart and pieced it into double wedding rings.

The quilt was part of the Double Wedding Ring NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge. You can see all the lovely quilts on their blog. Also, this quilt won a judge’s choice award in the New York City Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge and was featured in this spring’s issue of Modern Patchwork.   
The quilt was part of the Double Wedding Ring NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge. You can see all the lovely quilts on their blog.
What is your most useful and favorite quilting tool?
I’m not much for special tools but I love my Sewline fabric pen. It draws a clear purple line for measuring and the ink disappears as it dries.

Land Cruiser quilt with custom designed Spoonflower fabric.

Land Cruiser quilt with custom designed Spoonflower fabric

What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while sewing?
I was trying to baste a quilt on my upstairs banister. I turned to grab a pin, and the quilt slithered off and fell down into the living room. I baste on the kitchen floor now.
Show us your space!
I try to keep things simple and the stash to a dull roar but have plenty of space to create in my upstairs bedroom. I’m looking forward to upgrading my cutting table this winter to a taller and larger surface.
Simple sewing area
What sewing machine do you sew on?
I sew on a Juki TL2010Q. I’ve had it for about 6 months and am so happy with the purchase. It really makes free motion quilting easy. The long neck is awesome and it quilts faster than I can think. I started on a Brother CS 6000i which was a great introductory machine for me to “try out” quilting before I made the jump to the Juki.
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If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who would it be?
I already got to take two classes from Jacquie Gering and Katie Petersen. I’m stalking Victoria Findlay Wolfe waiting for her to do a west coast class offering! The classes I took from Jacquie and Katie were offered at Island Quilter on Vashon Island, Washington.

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I can’t say enough great things about their classes and teaching. Island Quilter is a beautiful shop specializing in Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a friendly and helpful staff. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located on an island in Puget Sound! It was a quilt-vacation of slice-n-dice and machine pieced hexagons!

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Stay up to date with Christy:
Blog: Rampant Moss
Facebook: Christy McDevitt
Instagram: Cat Bend
Pinterest: Christy McDevitt
Flickr: cmcdev
Interested in being feature on our blog? Email jen@themodernquiltguild.com today!