Will you be in Houston for Quilt Festival?
Make sure to stop by the Houston MQG meet up!
The MQG has listened carefully to feedback on the judging process at QuiltCon 2013 and we are working to improve the judging experience for our members and the judging process for our judges and volunteers. The MQG is committed to developing a competitive experience that is positive for all involved and which will allow our members to receive feedback which will be encouraging and allow them to set goals for improving their work if they so desire.
A panel of three judges, one of whom will be an NQA certified judge, will conduct the judging process at QuiltCon. The quilts will be judged with an elimination process rather than a points system. Quilts will be organized by category. Each category of quilts will be “fanned”or held up in front of the judges one at a time so that the judges can view each quilt at a distance and get an overall impression of the quilt, evaluate the overall design and see the general appearance. Judges will consider individual design elements and how they have been combined to create an effective, impactful design. The judges will have an evaluation form to use as a guide during judging. We will share the form as soon as it is in its final version, but essentially the quilts will be judged on Design and Composition, Overall Appearance, and Workmanship.
The quilts will then be examined individually, on a flat surface, so that the judges can view the quilt up close and examine workmanship, applique, quilting, edge finishing techniques and visual detail. Quilts can be held up again at the judges’ request. The judges will discuss each quilt as a team and decide on feedback for the quilter that will be written verbatim by a volunteer scribe. The judges at QuiltCon will be asked to give a minimum of three pieces of positive feedback for the quilter and if the judges deem appropriate, constructive feedback which will help the quilter improve.
After a quilt has been examined individually the judges will decide if the quilt will be released or held for a possible award. After all quilts have been judged, the held quilts will be reevaluated as a group and individually to determine the awarding of ribbons. It is at this time that judges may recommend that quilts be held for special awards such as Best Machine Quilting.
Each quilter will receive their feedback sheet from the judges with the return of their quilt. We hope the comments and feedback will be taken in the spirit in which they were intended. No judging process is perfect and final results will vary based on the individuals involved. Every effort will be made to conduct the judging process in a professional, impartial manner.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
The Education Committee
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!
TODAY!: Show Overview and Choosing Your Quilt
Post 2: Challenge Details + The Submission Process
Post 3: Judging
Post 4: Post Show
Ok – so let’s get to it and dive into the first post of the series!
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.
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
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.
In the next post we’ll review all the information you’ll need for the submission process.
-See you then!
The MQG Education Committee
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.
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.
Mollie McMahon won “Children’s Modern Quilt Competition” and a $250 Bernina Sewing Machine for her quilt Rainbow Magic.
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:
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.
We are so excited for our 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas!
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.
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
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.
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. 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.
For more photos and information on the show, Christa at Christa Quilts! wrote up a blog post here.
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.
Andover fabrics sponsored the Peoples Choice award at QuiltCon. Over the four day show thousands of people voted. The winner was Alison Glass‘s Over Grown. The quilt is shown below with Dennis Bevins, Nations Sales Manager for Andover. Lisa Sipes was the quilter.
What are you going to be making for 2015!?
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.
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.
We are so thrilled to have our showcase up at International Quilt Market and Festival this fall. It is a truly beautiful show!
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)
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
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