Business Series Webinar: Starting your own business

Thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business? Join Amanda Clow of Threadbias.com, Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics and Kelly Stevens of superbuzzy.com for a panel discussion moderated by Heather Grant on starting your own business.
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We’ll learn about best practices, pitfalls and more covering a wide range of topics including: writing a business plan, goal setting, identity & branding, cash flow, inventory management, marketing, work/life balance, policies and administration, software tools, taxes, professional organizations, pricing and more! A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
About the Panelists
Amanda Clow Quilting and sewing have always been a part of Amanda’s life – from the Mama-made clothes she wore as a baby to the quilts and clothes she now makes for her own three girls. Although she started sewing at a young age, learning hand-sewing, quilt piecing, and clothing construction from her mother, she denied her crafty heritage once she hit her teen years. Amanda’s DIY nature popped up from time to time (those embroidered cut-offs in high school!), and she now fully embraces her need to sew, quilt, and embellish pretty much everything.
Shea Henderson Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and co-founder and a past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book, Modern Baby. Her first book, School of Sewing, will be published in the fall of 2014 with Lucky Spool Media.
Kathy Miller Kathy Miller founded Michael Miller Fabrics with business partner Michael steiner in 1999. Before starting Michael Miller, she spent over 20 years honing her fabric design skills, encompassing everything from kid’s wear to women’s wear, lingerie, bedding and the home sewing world. As an owner with a designer’s viewpoint, she directs Michael Miller’s diversely talented in-house artists, freelancers and a fabulous group of licensed designers.
Kelly Stevens Kelly  Stevens’ love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school – she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabric from Zairois women at a market. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university’s historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006 – just before the Grand-Recession. In 2012, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.
FREE to members. SPACE IS LIMITED! Log-in to Register Now!
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A recording will be available to members 48 hours after the webinar.

Where is the best modern quilt show on the planet?

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Be here in one year!

QuiltCon

February 19-22, 2015
Austin Convention Center

Keynote and Special Exhibit: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend

Workshops, lectures and panel discussions with:
The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Denyse Schmidt, Weeks Ringle, Bill Kerr, Jacquie Gering, Elizabeth Hartman, Lizzy House, Angela Walters, Carolyn Friedlander, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lisa Sipes, Maura Ambrose, Cristy Fincher and many more!

Special exhibits:
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Modern Materials: Quilts of the 70’s from the collection of Bill Volckening
The Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts of the Month
And more!

Registration:
Member registration opens June 24, 2014. Become a member today!
General public registration opens on July 1, 2014.

Quilt Entry:
More than $10,000 in cash prizes. Quilt show entry opens July 1, 2014.

We’ll be announcing more instructors, lecturers and special exhibits over the next couple months, so be on the look out! Don’t miss out, QuiltCon is so full of quilt fun you’ll drop your pins and needles.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Interweave
Janome
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Innova
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Mistyfuse
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Sew Modern

Workshop Room Sponsors
Janome
Bernina
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter

Quilt Category Sponsors 
APQS/Over the Top 
Aurifil
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Gammill
Interweave
Michael Miller Fabrics
Panasonic
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Stash Books
Sulky
Windham Fabrics

 

Become a member of the MQG! Check out the benefits and join now.

Riley Blake fabric challenge top ten are….

Riley Blake Designs was this year’s sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.

The challenge was centered around basics. Each member received fat 1/8th’s of the below fabrics. There were two rules:

  1. It must be quilted.
  2. If additional fabric was used it needed to be a Riley Blake print or solid.

You can see more about the guild lines here.

There were 390 entries! The talent that is coming out of our members is outstanding.

Below are the top ten from those entries. Congratulations everyone who participated; narrowing the pool was extremely difficult.

Christa Watson

Christa Watson

Jade Prosser

Jade Prosser

Angie Henderson

Angie Henderson

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry

Doris Brunnette

Doris Brunnette

Leanne Chahley

Leanne Chahley

Delores Hamilton

Delores Hamilton

Shannon Page

Shannon Page

Rachel Singh

Rachel Singh

The top three winners will be announced on February 24th so stay tuned!
Become a member of the MQG! Check out the benefits and join now.

SewDown Portland: Sponsors and Wrap Up

We are so grateful to have had some fantastic sponsors at SewDown Portland.

Modern Domestic represented Bernina as our knowledgable and talented sewing machine sponsor.
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Drygoods Design was our fabulous pop up fabric shop. It was so great having beautiful fabrics at our finger tips all day long!
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Drygood Design

 

Soak provided each room with Flatter as well as had a manicure station set up their new nail polish sets!
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Flatter

 

Cute goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity for our Saturday breakfast.
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Saturday goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity.

 

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Monica Solorio-Snow and Mo Bedell show off their projects.

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Jacqueline (Soak) Kelli (Drygoods) and Margaret (Drygoods)

Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the snow to volunteer, set up, teach, lecture, sew and make this one amazing SewDown! Can’t wait to see some of you in Nashville.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

SewDown Portland: Classes

What a fun group of teachers we had! Check out the great class pictures below. Thank you Sherri Lynn, Lee, Heather, and Julie. You are all so talented and inspirational!

Sherri Lynns class

Sherri Lynn Wood: Improv Round Robin
An improvisational twist on the Round Robin.

Julies class

Julie Herman: Sidekick Sampler Workshop
This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes!

Lees class

Lee Heinrich: Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini
Learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts.

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Heather Jones: Modern Strip Piecing
Use strip piecing to make quick modern quilting projects with bold designs.

Thank you Julie, Mo, Jessica, Farah, Pink Chalk, Lee and Kristin for the use of your photos.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

 

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

SewDown Portland: It’s a wrap!

Its been a few days since the end of SewDown Portland. It was sad to say good bye and really hard to come back to “real life”. But spending time with all the amazing teachers, lecturers, and students made it all worth while. The inspiration can most certainly keep us all going for awhile.

The weekend started off with a freak snow storm in Portland that shut down most of the city.

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That didn’t stop people from shopping, sewing and having a great time on Friday night.

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Friday night hand sewing.

Friday night hand sewing.

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs pop up shop.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

In addition to classes, participates were treated to three inspiring lectures. Violet Craft spoke about her journey to becoming a fabric designer, Valori Wells shared her story and inspiration around her latest collection, and Bill Volckening shared his stunning collection of vintage quilts.

Violet Craft sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant.

Violet Craft, Saturday Lunch Lecturer sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant

Valori Wells, dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

Valori Wells, Saturday dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

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Bill Volckening Sunday lunch lecturer. Sharing his collection called Masterpiece Quilts, Modernism in American Patchwork.

 

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

 

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

Drygoods Design: SewDown Portland Shop Sponsor

Drygoods Design has been hard at work preparing for SewDown Portland. They will be right outside the classrooms waiting to assist you in any of your hoarding fabric needs. They will have bundles, scrap packs, kits and anything else you might need for your classes and open sew!

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About Drygoods Design

At Drygoods Design it’s simple. We’re about you, the customer, and finding delightful fabrics and goods. We don’t carry every fabric or gift made, but if it is on our shelves, it means we love it and hope you will too!
We’re located in Seattle, WA and serve our fun group of customers at our storefront in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and all across the globe from www.drygoodsdesignonline.com. We pride ourselves on fast, affordable shipping and prompt service.

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If you want to visit our storefront, we are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 to 6 and Sundays, 10 to 4. 

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Store and studio address: 5308 Ballard Avenue NW, Studio 1…Seattle, WA 98107

Store phone number: (206) 535-6950

Store email: shop@drygoodsdesignonline.com

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Make sure to check your swag bags for a special gift from Drygoods!

All  photos are thanks to Rendy Tucker Photography.

Even MORE Riley Blake Challenge Photos!

What? You want more beautiful photos from the Riley Blake fabric challenge?! Sure thing….check it out. We really do have some pretty talented members!

Amanda Headrick

Designed and made by Amanda Headrick of the Knoxville MQG

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Designed and made by Bethany Smith of the Triangle MQG

Crystal Prior

Designed and made by Crystal Prior of the Canberra MQG

Denise Bane

Designed and made by Denise Bane of the Kansas City MQG

Neva Asinari

Designed and made by Neva Asinari of the Central Jersey MQG

The Details:
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!

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Interested in becoming a member? Join here.

More photos of the MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge…

Yesterday you saw some beautiful work from our fantastic MQG members.  Just incase you need a little more inspiration or just want to enjoy the pretty sites…

Laurel aka MohairMama

Designed and made by Laurel Rudolph an Individual Member of the MQG

 

Adelle Amison

Designed and made by Adelle Amison of the Tampa MQG

 

Delores Hamilton

Designed and made by Delores Hamilton of the Triangle MQG

 

Denise Bane

Designed and made by Denise Bane of the Kansas City MQG

 

Josée Carrier

Design and made by Josée Carrier of the Montreal MQG

 

Munaiba Khan

Designed and made by Munaiba Khan of the Greater Western Sydney MQG

 


The Details:
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!

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Interested in becoming a member? Join here.

MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The deadline for the Riley Blake challenge is quickly approaching.

Still haven’t decided what you are going to make? (I haven’t either!) Don’t worry, there are still 25 days left, which really is almost a whole month!

If you haven’t checked out the Community site to see what your fellow MQG’ers have made, or you are not yet a member (join now), here are some photos to inspire and motivate you. So come on…

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Thank you  to our members for letting us use their photos and share their talents!
Shannon Page
Quilt designed & made by Shannon Page of the Dallas MQG
Melissa Corry

Quilt designed & made by Melissa Corry an Individual member of the MQG

Linda Hungerford

Quilt designed & made by Linda Hungerford an Individual member of the MQG

Grace Lainhart

Quilt designed & made by Grace Lainhart a member of the Seattle MQG

Georgia MacDonald

Quilt designed & made by Georgia MacDonald of the Tampa MQG

Lesley Latham

Pillow designed & made by Lesley Latham of the Kansas City MQG

Just incase you need the details!
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!

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Interested in becoming a member? Join here.