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.

Procrasticraft-improv quilt

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.


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 Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens (, quilted by Angela Walters (

Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens, quilted by Angela Walters

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Gallery Wedges by Liz Hoyland Starry Diamond by Amira (

Starry Diamond by Amira Improv quilt by Gemma Jackson

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.

Call for Entries: MQG Showcase

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.

HMQS Top Winners!

HMQS  added a modern quilt category for the first time this year!  The quilt show was  held in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 9th-11th. The category for the show is defined below.

Modern: Quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics. Perimeter 220”- 480” Must be three layers; backing, batting and quilt top. What a great opportunity for all of us to show off our modern quilts.   HMQS_Quiltcon-ad-web-newsletter-side-Dec-3   With over 25 quilts juried and over 30 for display the show was beautiful. Below are the top two winners as well as a few highlights! Thank you everyone for entering.


1st place in the modern category:
Ellen Stallard
Watertown, TN
Quilt name: Simple


2nd place winner
Debbie Neilsen
Mapleton, Utah
Quilt name: Fire and Water Under the Bridge


Teachers Choice
Katie at From the Blue Chair
Jumbo Star
Salt Lake MQG


Marci Elmer
Madrona Road Challenge
Salt Lake MQG


Kayli Taylor and Sarah Oviatt
Salt Lake MQG


Rachel McPhail
Madrona Road Challenge
Salt Lake MQG

For more photos and information on the show, Christa at Christa Quilts! wrote up a blog post here.

The International Quilt Festival!

It’s that time again…
The Modern Quilt Guild Show Case at the International Quilt Festival!

This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 31-November 3, 2013. We would also like to retain quilts for possible exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati (April 2014), and our summer International Quilt Festivals in Chicago (June 2014) and Long Beach (August 2014).

Registration is open now and will close April 26th.
For more information and specific guidelines click here.

Below are some of the photo’s from last years exhibit.
Good luck everyone!











Quilting the MQG Logo

We were lucky enough to have Spoonflower print the MQG logo (designed by Jane Fitts) and then have Angela Walters, amazing long arm quilter, quilt it for us.  Here is her post from her blog, Quilting Is My Therapy.

I really love quilting smaller items. I get the thrill of starting a new project and the satisfaction of completing a project without a lot of work in between! This latest quilt is a great example of just that.

When the Modern Quilt Guild asked me to quilt the banner for their exhibit at Quilt Market, of course I said yes. It’s a small panel, which made it a pretty quick project. The panel was printed out through spoonflower and is one solid piece of fabric, although it looks as though it was pieced.

Since I knew it would be hanging a lot, I decided to use two layers of batting. Doing so helps keep it nice and stiff, and also helps the letter “pop” up just a little bit.

To help the letters pop out even more, I quilted really dense designs. I love the way it looks, but I couldn’t imagine doing this over a whole quilt!!

Here’s a picture to help give you a sense of how small the swirls are!

Do you want to know a quilting tip? If you want your quilting to look great, use matching thread and quilt really, really small. This is the same swirl design that I always do, but quilting it so tiny makes it look so much better. It’s not harder, just a lot more time consuming.

Part of the panel looked like piecing, so I quilted it just as I would have quilted a “real” quilt.

I would never quilt a larger, regular quilt like this….I don’t think that I would have the patience. But going all out on a smaller project is so fun and fulfilling!!

Happy Quilting!!

The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Fall Market & Festival

We are so thrilled to have our showcase up at International Quilt Market and Festival this fall.   It is a truly beautiful show!

Logo design by Jane Fitts, printed by Spoonflower and quilted by Angela Walters.

Pixelated Color Wheel by Kati Spencer of the Salt Lake MQG
Refracted Sunset by Heather Scrimsher of the Atlanta MQG
The Kelp Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson of the Ann Arbor MQG and the Mid Mod Bee (Cheryl Arkison, Amanda Carestio, Debbie Grifka, Rebekah Craft, Robin Ferrier. Lauren Hunt, Blair Stocker, Jacquie Gering, Bernie Olszewski, Yahaira Ferreira)

Zinnia by Lynn Harris of the Ann Arbor MQG
J Rock Star by Victoria Finley Wolfe of the NYC Metro MQG
Convergence by Latifah Saafir of the Los Angeles MQG

Building Bridges by Jacquie Gering of the Chicago MQG, quilted by Sheryl Schleicher
Cantilevers by Jessica Levitt of the Central Jersey MQG
Trajectory by Megan Dye of the Portland MQG

Fire Drill by Elizabeth Hartman of the Portland MQG
Stackable by Heather Scrimsher of the Atlanta MQG
Sky High by Kate Stiassni of the Connecticut MQG quilted by Jackie Kunkel

Cutting Edge Conglomerate by Earamichia Brown and the NYC Metro MQG, quilted by Jackie Kunkel
Shattered by Jacquie Gering of the Chicago Modern MQG, quilted by Angela Walters
Tilework by Elizabeth Harvatine of the Los Angeles MQG

Hugs & Hugs by Hannah Talecki of the St. Louis MQG
Mainframe Derez by Violet Craft of the Portland MQG

Typographic Circle by Emily Cier of the Seattle MQ
The 48 Pound Quilt by Tanya Finken of the Salt Lake MQ
Bits and Ripples by Alison Schmidt of the East Bay & Bay Area MQGs

Tail Wind by Stephanie Ruyle of the Front Range MQG
Broken Plaid by Alissa Haight Carlton of the Los Angeles MQG
Off the B.O.W. by Krista Fleckenstein of the Anchorage MQG and the Bee Liberated Bee (Susan McDonald, Jessica Brown, Joan Christ, Heidi Elliott, Wendy Frieden, Rachel Barsness, Dena Wayne, Kimberly Roberts)

Opposing Triangles by Katie Pedersen of the Seattle MQG, quilted by Krista Withers
What’s for Breakfast? by Karen Anderson-Abraham of the Santa Barbara MQG
Redirection by Hollie Lobosky of the Los Angeles MQG

Anni by Heather Jones of the Cincinnati MQG
5-HTP Squared by Jen Carlton Bailly of the Portland MQG
Two Margaritas by Ruth Beeby of the Bay Area MQG

Ripples by Daniel Rouse of the East Bay MQG
Supernova by Lee Heinrich of the Milwaukee MQG
Hot and Cold by Krista Fleckenstein of the Anchorage MQG