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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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Marci Elmer
Madrona Road Challenge
Salt Lake MQG

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Kayli Taylor and Sarah Oviatt
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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!
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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