Quilt Festival Recap!

The Modern Quilt Guild was once again honored to exhibit quilts at International Quilt Festival in Houston from October 31 to November 2.


Austin MQG Members, Mary Anne Mashl Wiliams and Jill Ivie staff the table. MQG logo designed by Jane Fitts, a Los Angeles MQG member, printed at Spoonflower and quilted by Angela Walters.


Box of Rain Quilt by Karen Anderson-Abraham, a Santa Barbara MQG member


Lines in Linen by Irelle Beatie, a Santa Barbara MQG member


Archicoop by Jenna Brand, an Ann Arbor MQG member
Inspired by Rossie Hutchinson’s, an Ann Arbor MQG member, Painted Pebbles Quilt


Trapezoids at Work by Jenna Brand, an Ann Arbor MQG member


Rhythm & Blues by Anne Deister


Fireworks Quilt by Tara Faughnan, an individual MQG member


Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend, a Seacoast MQG member


Oddballs by Alissa Haight Carlton, a Los Angeles MQG member


Sparkler by Lee Heinrich, a Milwaukee MQG member. Quilted by Jeny Pedigo


You & Me by Heather Jones, a Cincinnati MQG member.
Quilted by Angela Walters
Inspired by a four-block strip quilt by Loretta Pettway, made c. 1960


Is This Love?
By Chawne Kimber, an individual member. Quilted by Pamela J. Cole


Scattered by Katie Pedersen, a Seattle MQG member


Solid Love by Kelly Smith, a St. Louis MQG member
Pattern: New Wave by Elizabeth Hartman, a Portland MQG member


Untitled by Lindsay Stead, a Toronto MQG member


Fifty Shades of Groovy
By Leslie Tucker Jenison


Bull’s-Eye 1 by Colleen Wootton, a Seattle MQG member
Inspired by Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly

The quilts will also be exhibited International Quilt Festival in Chicago from June 19-21, 2014.

SewDown Nashville: Register Now!

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SewDown Nashville is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway in the beautiful luxury Loews Vanderbuilt Hotel. Hotel, meals and all workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with a full load of workshops and tons of sewing fun! Learn from superstar workshop instructors Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner, Angela Walters, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Get inspired with lectures from Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Elizabeth Dackson, and Maddie Kertay.

Attendees will also be invited to join Anna Maria Horner in her Nashville home studio for an exclusive tour and cocktails! Transportation will be provided.

Can’t make the entire weekend? Lecture packages will be available too!

Want more information on this event? Check out the website here.

For a link of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

We can’t wait to see you in Nashville!

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge: Update!

Hello MQG Members!

The Riley Blake fabric challenge is underway. Most of you have received your fabric and some of you have even started your project! We can’t wait to see what you make…


(Photo by LINDSEYKIESZ on Instagram)


Now for some exciting news! 

Riley Blake has offered up some fabric prizes.
Here are the details with an updated deadline:
  • 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.

1st place RB

1st place winner prize

2nd place RB

2nd place winner prize

3rd palce RB

3rd place winner prize

Have fun and create something awesome!


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


Board Of Directors Annual Meeting

The Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors held their annual planning meeting in Houston, just before Quilt Market. Board members attended both in person and through video conference.

The board recognized a need for leadership positions on the board to help us achieve our goals and provide guidance to the MQG staff. To that end, the Board elected Jacquie Gering as our chairperson, Kathy Mack as Treasurer, and Susanne Woods as Secretary.

The Board of Directors established five focus areas for the Modern Quilt Guild in 2013-2014.
1. Educating our members and the quilting community
2. Developing processes and procedures to form a strong foundation for the guild
3. Supporting, developing and growing our membership
4. Creating a charitable program for membership and the community
5. Developing and implementing a membership voting and governance process

With the goal of involving our members in strategic decisions and the development of the organization, we are excited to announce the establishment of six committees that will provide support and guidance for strengthening the foundation of the guild and supporting the mission of the MQG.

These committees are member volunteer based and will be chaired by a member of the Board of Directors with the exception of the Nominating Committee which will be chaired by a member.

Chaired by Jacquie Gering
Supports skill growth within membership; supports development and implementation of education support; seeks outlets for membership education; handles and oversees events, external communications, and maintains judging and jurying process for the MQG. The goals for 2014 are:
• Develop judging and jurying process for QuiltCon
• Educate other guilds and judges about judging modern quilts
• Develop judge certification process
• Provide input to instructor and lecturer recruitment process
• Develop teacher/lecturer certification program

Chaired by Kathy Mack
Includes legal, HR, policies and procedures, IT, technology purchases and long-term planning. Handles and oversees finances. The goals for 2014 are:
• Develop employment contract process
• Work with Executive Director to develop employee annual review process
• Work with the staff and other committee chairs to produce annual report

Chaired by Alissa Haight Carlton
Handles and oversees membership details from the database to addressing member concerns; oversees the developing of documents for guild support; acts as primary contact person to our internal members; funnels member concerns to the Board of Directors; oversees annual membership survey. The goals for 2014 are:
• Develop documents for guild support
• Execute 2014 membership survey

Chaired by Heather Grant
Oversees charity sewing and MQG volunteerism; develop and maintain a grant program. The goals for 2014 are:
• Identify focus areas of charities for the guild
• Develop a community involvement program
• Develop charity sewing program
• Develop grant program

Chaired by Susanne Woods
Develops and oversees the MQG’s governance structure; works with the nominating committee. The goals for 2014 are:
• Develop governance structure with member input
• Determine election process for National Guild board members
• Execute elections

Nominating Committee*
Chair TBD
Lead and staffed by members (not the board); researches and identifies potential board candidates; oversees board member applications and works closely with the Governance Committee. The goals for 2014 are:
• Develop criteria for National Guild board member candidacy (with input from governance)

* Nominating Committee members are not eligible to be National guild board members.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these committees, please email Jacquie at jacquie@themodernquiltguild.com.

Quilt Market Wrap Up

The Modern Quilt Guild hosted our annual fall Quilt Market meet-up on Saturday, October 26. Hundreds of people and members attended! It was great to see old friends and make new ones. We are very thankful to the generous companies who provided door prizes.

Cheryl Jemelia Carolyn-crop

Fun times with our MQG members: Jemellia Hilfiger, Stash author Cheryl Arkison, and Robert Kaufman Designer Carolyn Friedlander.

Thank you to our door prize donors:

Cheryl Arkison
Cloud 9 Fabrics
Dianne Springer Designs 
Drygoods Design Online
Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio
EZ Quilting/Simplicity 
In the Beginning Fabrics
La Todera Sewing and Craft Patterns
Marcus Fabrics
My Modern Quilt Shop
Oilcloth by the Yard
Quilter’s Dream Batting
Riley Blake Designs
Schmetz Needles 
STC Craft/Abrams 
The Long Thread
Windham Fabrics 

We were thrilled that Baby Lock  provided one of their new machines as our Grand Door Prize, the Rachel . This is a great computerized machine for experienced or beginner sewists, it has 50 stitches, a drop-in bobbin and more.

Babylock Rachel

Babylock Rachel

An additional thanks to our annual sponsors:


Platinum Annual Sponsor


Platinum Annual Sponsor


Platinum Annual Sponsor

Platinum Annual Sponsor

Platinum Annual Sponsor


Supporting Annual Sponsor


Basic Annual Sponsor

Quilts Inc Logo

And a special thank you to Quilts, Inc.

SewDown Nashville!

The Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce the instructors and lecturers for the upcoming Nashville SewDown, to be held April 11-13, 2014! Hold on to your fabric, because we’ve got an amazing line-up of teachers and one very special event you don’t want to miss!

SewDown Nashville

Learn from superstar workshop teachers Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner, Angela Walters, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Get inspired with lectures from Alexia Abegg and Elizabeth Dackson.

Attendees will also be invited to join Anna Maria Horner in her Nashville home studio for an exclusive tour and cocktails! Transportation will be provided.


SewDown Nashville is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway, filled with delicious food, inspiring lectures, amazing teachers, and new friends. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with four workshops, open sewing time, and a studio tour from Anna Maria Horner herself! All workshops, lecturers, hotel room and meals are included in the registration fee. A limited number of lecture passes and local day passes will be available as well. SewDown Nashville will be held at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel from April 11-13, 2014.

Nashville, also known as the Music City, is a center for the music, health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to Vanderbilt University, as well as Belmont University and Tennessee State.  Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is chock full of music-related sights and sounds throughout the city.


Mark your calendars – registration opens November 11, 2013 9 am PST/12 pm EST!

For workshop and lecture descriptions, schedule and pricing, please visit the SewDown Nashville website.

Member Spotlight: Andres

Meet Andres, a brand new quilter/sewist who picked up his first needle and thread in 2012. Honestly, you would never guess he was newbie. His designs and eye for color is truly inspiring.

Andres is also one of our forum moderators over on the Community site. He’s quick with a helpful suggestion, link and great graphic to show you whatever you need to know to navigate the site! We so appreciate the time he takes to volunteer. THANK YOU!


When did you become a MQG member? 

I became a MQG member in July. I joined with the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. It was always the intention of the VMQG founding members to join a national organization and we joined as soon as it was available.


When did you first find modern quilting? 

My first exposure to modern quilting was in late winter 2011. A local fabric shop (superbuzzy) that was online-only opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Oct-Nov and my roommate (who was already interested in the modern quilt aesthetic) and I started hanging out there. Mind you, at the time I didn’t sew/quilt/etc. but what I saw interested me. In January 2012 we founded the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. The first thing I sewed was our guild’s February block challenge.


What is your favorite part of the quilt making process? 

My favorite part of the quilt making process is that initial spark of of inspiration for a new quilt. There’s nothing like that first “hey, you know what would be awesome…” moment.


How do you educate yourself on new techniques? 

I educate myself by reading blogs, asking my roommate for advice, consulting my guild mates and local shop owner. I ask a lot of questions.


Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in everyday things I see and the work of my peers.


What is your most used and favorite quilting tool? 

A rotary cutter. There’s no way I’d quilt without one.


What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while sewing?

Funniest mistake? Is sewing two pieces together the wrong way funny? It is after it’s fixed. I’ve also nicked myself with a rotary blade while cutting/drinking. The cut wasn’t bad so I laughed it off. I also don’t drink and cut anymore.


Show us your sewing space! 

My sewing space, I like to keep it modular so I can move tables around depending on what I’m doing.


What sewing machine do you sew on? 

I sew on a Janome Horizon 7700QCP. I recently bought a Singer Featherweight from 1946 (according to the internet, at least).



If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who would it be? 

I would have said Jacquie Gering but I’m taking a class from her at Road to California next year! There’s too many brilliant people I’d love to take classes from. My second pick for Road was Lisa Sipes, she looks like one cool cat. A long quilt retreat with Joe Cunningham would be totally awesome too.

Want to see more from Andres? Check out:




SewDown Philadephia: Lizzy House

Oh Lizzy House, you make such pretty things! It was such a joy to finally meet Lizzy. She is not only talented but also totally awesome. Her style of teaching is very unique and the students loved her class. You can check out the Meadow Block class she taught here.

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Thanks for sharing your talent with us Lizzy! We can’t wait to see everyone’s Meadow quilt develop over the next few months.

Announcing SewDown Portland!

We are so excited to announce the line up for the Portland SewDown!

The amazing instructors are:


Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist who lives in Oakland, California, where she improvises quilts as a life practice and blogs about it at Dainty Time. She has an MFA in sculpture from Bard College, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University, and teaches regularly at Penland School of Craft. Sherri’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. She has been making and selling quilts professionally for 20 years. Learn more at daintytime.net.

heather jones

Heather Jones is a designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She is often inspired by everyday places and things that many people wouldn’t even notice (think an old metal silo or a painted grid in the parking lot of a big-box retailer), and is always excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into her work. Heather has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. Her modern quilting patterns are available at a number of online locations and she will soon be bringing the Heather Jones Studio patterns to print as well. Heather is currently working on her first solo publication, which is scheduled for a fall 2015 release. Learn more at oliveandollie.com.

lee squareLee Heinrich is a quilt designer, author, and blogger. Her book “Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks”—co-authored with Faith Jones and Katie Clark Blakesley—will be out in December 2013. She also has a line of patterns now available, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Quilt Magazine, and Quiltmaker. Lee loves the burgeoning area of “modern traditionalism” and wants to help quilters think outside the grid when it comes to traditional blocks. Stay up to date with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

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Julie Herman lives in the San Diego and started sewing in 2002 and blogging in 2009. The goal when she started her blog was to share her quilts & have a journal of them. Since starting her blog she has been published in many magazines, started her own pattern company, and developed the Hex N More Ruler. Her book “Skip the Borders” was released in August of 2012. To read more about Julie, check out her blog jaybirdquilts.com.

The fantastic lecturers are:

violet squareViolet Craft was born in the Old West into a ridiculously talented family of weekend artists and musicians. She was always drawn to art, craft and make-ing, but pursued her education in business and finance. As often happens, the birth of her first daughter compelled her to seek out her passion in design. Violet’s first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns. She teaches sewing and design workshops and is an active member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. Learn more at violetcraft.com.

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Valori Wells is a professional quilter, author, fabric and pattern designer, painter and photographer. She also co-owns The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, with her mother. Valori came into quilting through osmosis, having a mother who shared her love of quilting and opened the Stitchin’ Post in 1975. She has been designing fabric, writing quilting books and patterns for 14 years, presenting a new look to the quilting and sewing world. Valori lives and works in Sisters, Oregon, with her husband and three children. Learn more at valoriwells.com.

Bill SquareBill Volckening is a quilt collector who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has collected quilts since 1989, and his collection includes more than 250 quilts made between 1780 and 2012. Bill studied art and photography at Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts in New York (BFA), and New York University / International Center of Photography (MA). Quilts from his collection have been included in exhibitions and publications around the world, with solo exhibitions at the Benton County Museum (2011) and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (2013). Bill was recently featured in Quilters Newsletter and Generation Q Magazine. He blogs about quilts at Wonkyworld, and as a guest blogger for Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. Read more about Bill at billvolckening.com.

Portland SewDown registration will be opening on September 12, 2013! We hope to see you there!

What are the SewDowns? An all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway! A swanky hotel, all meals and workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with four teachers, a full load of workshops and lectures, plus spend time sewing with your friends at the open sew nights!

Can’t make the entire weekend? Lunch and dinner lectures will be available too!

The Portland SewDown dates are February 7th 2014 to February 9th 2014.

Full Package Cost:
Shared room: $750 MQG members/$935 non-members
Single room: $960 MQG members/$1200 non-members

What you get!
Four workshops with our amazing teachers
Six delicious meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
Three informative lectures
Two nights at a fantastic hotel
Two fun nights of open sewing time!
1 great swag bag

Local Package (No Hotel) Cost:
$480 MQG members/$600 non-members

What you get!
Four workshops with our amazing teachers,
Four delicious meals (2 lunches, 2 dinners),
Three informative lectures,
Two fun nights of open sewing time,
And 1 great swag bag!

Please note we have a limited number of local packages available.

Lectures Only
Luncheon Lectures $50
Dinner Lecture $90

The Nines Hotel
525 SW Morrison St
Portland Oregon 97204
United States

For workshop descriptions, schedule and pricing, please visit the SewDown Portland website.

Sewing machines will be generously provided by:


The Basics Challenge with Riley Blake Designs

We are so excited to announce Riley Blake Designs as this year’s sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.


Basics! We all love those wonderful basics from Riley Blake. They are generously providing each official MQG member 6 fat eighths from their Basic category. Each member will be receiving fabrics like these colors and patterns.


  • The challenge runs from September 2013-December 2013.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solids 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.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • See the members Community site for sign ups.
  • Fabric sign ups end Aug 31st, 2013

We cannot wait to see what you make! Have questions? Email Jen.

Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG? Read about membership here.