QuiltCon Tips: Becca Jubie

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). That leaves you with SIX days to figure out your schedule! This week we wanted to share some advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here.

The next tips come from Becca Jubie of the Seattle MQG.

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I had a great time at QuiltCon 2013! The entire event was amazing – the huge quilt show, awesome swag bags, dance party, and the fantastic schedule of lecturers and classes. I found it easy to meet other people – everyone was so friendly and excited to be there, and it was also a great way to get to know the people from my guild too. I took two classes that were both fun – machine quilting with Elizabeth Hartman and a table runner class with Valori Wells. They were both enjoyable – Elizabeth demonstrated tons of cute quilting patterns as well as showing off her beautiful quilts, and Valorie gave wonderful color advice and was really down-to-earth. I also took part in a leadership mixer as I am on the board (Seattle MQG), and it was fun to meet other guild officers and discuss guild ideas. I learned so much at QuiltCon and left feeling really inspired about my own quilting and guild.

Some advice I’d give: Don’t over-schedule yourself! There are so many fabulous classes and lectures being offered so it is tempting to want to do it all, but it can be overwhelming. You’ll want to save time to look at the quilt show, shop and check out Austin, plus just get together with new and old friends. Also be sure to pack light! The swag bags are jam-packed, and there is a shopping area in the convention center, so there is plenty to take home. Finally, try to get some barbecue! 

Thanks Becca for sharing your thoughts. We are glad that you enjoyed QuiltCon 2013!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members (check your email)
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

QuiltCon Tips: Anne Sullivan

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). That leaves you with SEVEN days to figure out your schedule! This week we wanted to share some advice from members that attended in 2013.

The first few tips come from Anne Sullivan of the South Bay Area MQG.

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QuiltCon 2013 was such an amazing time! I generally give anyone who asks two pieces of advice. The first is to not over-schedule yourself! I took two full-day workshops and I felt that was about all I could handle. The workshops are fantastic, but there’s so many other great things going on and people to meet and random encounters to have! I also ended up feeling pretty creatively spent by the end of the second workshop. I was glad for some downtime the third day.

The second piece of advice is to volunteer! I ended up volunteering on a whim, and it was so much fun. QuiltCon is huge and (for me at least) somewhat intimidating to know where to start or how to meet people. By volunteering I was able to meet great people and get a behind-the-scenes peek at things so I had a better idea of what QuiltCon had to offer. Plus the staff and the other volunteers are just awesome people,
and we had a blast together!

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Thanks Anne for sharing your thoughts. Working with you as a volunteers was a blast!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

Don’t miss out…Call for Quilts!

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.

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

http://canberramodernquiltguild.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/danielle-plus1.jpg Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens (http://www.polkadottea.com), quilted by Angela Walters (http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com)

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.

Business Webinar: Developing a Financial Plan

Join Kathy Mack to gain insight into developing a financial plan for your online business. Running a craft related business is an artful balance between following your passion and making sure there’s enough profit at the end of the day to make it a financially viable pursuit. Kathy will share her experience in starting, growing and operating my online fabric shop over the past 6 years. She has learned quite a few things about online retail, making a realistic financial plan, and how to navigate her way out of trouble spots.

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Get to know Kathy:

Kathy Mack is a passionate sewist, quilter and entrepreneur. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington where she is the owner of Pink Chalk Fabrics, an online fabric shop and Pink Chalk Studio, a line of quilt and accessory sewing patterns. After spending years on a traditional career path as a CPA and software developer she jumped off the corporate ladder and began following her love of sewing with the goal of creating a financially viable business. She enjoys sharing her experiences and business knowledge with other creators that aspire to turn their passion into a business. Kathy is also a current Board Member of the MQG and the Interim Treasurer.

This webinar will be recorded and available to all members to view at their convenience. To find all recordings check out the Resources tab here.

All webinars are free to MQG members.
Not a member? Join today!

Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight: Christy McDevitt

Meet Christy McDevitt a MQG member from Bend, Oregon and part of the Central Oregon MQG. Christy is fairly new to quilting and like many modern quilters found inspiration through online tutorials and blogs. Read on and maybe you’ll find inspiration in Christy!
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When did you become a MQG member? Do you belong to a guild? When did you first find modern quilting?
I first became an official MQG member in 2013. In spring of 2011 I joined the  Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild, desperately trying to find the momentum to finish a quilt made of Hawaiian fabrics I bought while on vacation. Little did I know it would be the beginning of a great new hobby. Once I learned a quilt could be more than squares on a gird with sashing, I was hooked. I was instantly smitten with asymmetry, negative space, solids, and of course improvisation. 
COMQG at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show with their 2013 color challenge quilts in the background.

COMQG at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show with their 2013 color challenge quilts in the background.

What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?
I love to create. I generally begin the design of a quilt with an idea in mind but it usually morphs as I work through completion of the project. I don’t think I’ve completed a single pattern as written, except for Supernova from Quilting Modern. I’m known in my guild for not following directions!

Stitch and flip technique from Quilting Modern.

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?
I learn a lot from my fellow guild members, enjoy the art quilt gallery in my local quilting shop QuiltWorks, and utilize the good tricks on many free tutorials online. I try to ask lots of questions when I’m in the company of more seasoned quilters.

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Where do you find inspiration?
Following blogs, even some non-quilting blogs, Pinterest, and meeting with the guild give me great ideas. For me, silence, solitude, and time to just think are also rewarding. By giving myself space and time to contemplate a quilt, I often find I come up with better ideas than when I just copy what’s already out there. For example I’m proud of a recent creation called Ohio Wedding. It’s a challenge mash-up for both the 2014 Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild Ohio Star Challenge, and the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild Double Wedding Ring Challenge. Below you can see I carved a linoleum block into an Ohio star and used the stamp to print onto Kona snow. I sliced the printed fabric apart and pieced it into double wedding rings.

The quilt was part of the Double Wedding Ring NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge. You can see all the lovely quilts on their blog. Also, this quilt won a judge’s choice award in the New York City Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge and was featured in this spring’s issue of Modern Patchwork.   
The quilt was part of the Double Wedding Ring NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge. You can see all the lovely quilts on their blog.
What is your most useful and favorite quilting tool?
I’m not much for special tools but I love my Sewline fabric pen. It draws a clear purple line for measuring and the ink disappears as it dries.

Land Cruiser quilt with custom designed Spoonflower fabric.

Land Cruiser quilt with custom designed Spoonflower fabric

What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while sewing?
I was trying to baste a quilt on my upstairs banister. I turned to grab a pin, and the quilt slithered off and fell down into the living room. I baste on the kitchen floor now.
Show us your space!
I try to keep things simple and the stash to a dull roar but have plenty of space to create in my upstairs bedroom. I’m looking forward to upgrading my cutting table this winter to a taller and larger surface.
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What sewing machine do you sew on?
I sew on a Juki TL2010Q. I’ve had it for about 6 months and am so happy with the purchase. It really makes free motion quilting easy. The long neck is awesome and it quilts faster than I can think. I started on a Brother CS 6000i which was a great introductory machine for me to “try out” quilting before I made the jump to the Juki.
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If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who would it be?
I already got to take two classes from Jacquie Gering and Katie Petersen. I’m stalking Victoria Findlay Wolfe waiting for her to do a west coast class offering! The classes I took from Jacquie and Katie were offered at Island Quilter on Vashon Island, Washington.

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I can’t say enough great things about their classes and teaching. Island Quilter is a beautiful shop specializing in Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a friendly and helpful staff. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located on an island in Puget Sound! It was a quilt-vacation of slice-n-dice and machine pieced hexagons!

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Stay up to date with Christy:
Blog: Rampant Moss
Facebook: Christy McDevitt
Instagram: Cat Bend
Pinterest: Christy McDevitt
Flickr: cmcdev
Interested in being feature on our blog? Email jen@themodernquiltguild.com today!

The final QuiltCon instructors and lecturers are…

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We have been busy finalizing our schedules to create an amazing conference for you. We’ve are happy to announce the following instructors and lecturers for QuiltCon:

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Alexia Abegg
Christen Barber
Susan Beal
Alissa Haight Carlton
Vanessa Christensen
Meg Cox
Kim Eichler-Messmer
Amy Ellis
Rhonda Green
Luke Haynes
Mickey Krueger
Yoshiko Jinzenji
Heather Jones
Penny Layman
Johanna Masko
Sarah Nishura
Bill Volckening
Sherri Lynn Wood
Nancy Zieman

Head on over to the QuiltCon website for bios and more info on these amazing instructors.

Our last announcement of speakers, instructors and panelists will be in a couple weeks, so stay tuned!

Pricing & Schedules Mark you calendar!
Pricing and schedules will be announced June 1. We are working hard to make the pricing affordable for all budgets. Volunteering is a great way to be part of much of the action for free!

Super Volunteers!
Our Super Volunteer program is back! Super Volunteers will get a four-day show pass, two snazzy tee-shirts, a goodie bag and are eligible to be classroom assistants if they volunteer 16 hours or more at QuiltCon. The best benefit of course, is meeting new people, making new friends and having more fun than anyone else! Sign up for the newsletter here.

Applications are due May 30, priority will be given to MQG members. Please join our volunteer e-newsletter for the latest information on volunteer opportunities.

Want to volunteer, but don’t want that kind of commitment? We’ll release regular volunteer schedules in the fall.

Registration (Non-members)
Registration opens July 1 for non-members! Space is limited, so don’t wait to register. Based on feedback and the response to our hotel blocks, we expect QuiltCon to sell quickly. If a workshop or lecture pass sells out, there will be wait-lists available.

Members get early registration, join today!

Quilt Show Entry
Entries open in July. We have more than $10,000 in cash prizes. New this year, will be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. We’ll announce the details soon, but start on your quilts now!

Not a fan of judged shows? We encourage you to enter for “exhibit only”, your quilt will be eligible to be juried to be into QuiltCon, but you won’t be judged (or be eligible for cash prizes).

Have questions? Please review our frequently asked questions.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Baby Lock BERNINA USA Coats & Clark Handi QuilterPanasonic  Purl Soho Robert Kaufman Fabrics Stash Books Windham Fabrics

 

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
Rock Paper Scissors
Sew Modern
Schmetz Needles

Workshop Room Sponsors
Coats & Clark
Janome
Bernina
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter
Soak
Superior Threads

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

Special Exhibit Sponsors 
Bertina Studio Designs
Beyond the Reef

QuiltCon Design Challenge: Are you the one!?

The Challenge:

We want YOU to design our official giveaway quilt for QuiltCon 2015! Proceeds raised will benefit the Modern Quilt Guild.

Guidelines:

  • Quilts cannot be previously published online, digitally or in publications.
  • Design sketches are the preferred entry, although completed quilts will also be considered.
  • Original designs only.
  • MQG members only.
  • Entry is open from May 12 to June 30.

This quilt will be shown far and wide while promoting QuiltCon and for general MQG promotion. Additionally, we’ll create a pattern from the quilt design to sell at the show and online.

The winner will receive huge recognition and a $500 award for their design. Become a member and enter today!

Join Now

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I enter?
Become a member of the MQG here. The link to enter will be available on the MQG Community site.

What is the due date?
The due date for quilt designs is June 30.

What are the submission guidelines?
See above.

What is the fine print?

  • Employees of QuiltCon sponsors, members of the MQG board and employees are not eligible for financial compensation. They can enter if they agreed to forfeit the cash prize and donate the design.
  • The MQG and QuiltCon reserve the right to use the winning quilt design and iterations thereof in current and future promotional materials.
  • Entry is open to all MQG members, US and international.
  • The decisions of the jury and judges are final.
  • QuiltCon does not discriminate against entrants based on race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  • The MQG reserves the right to use someone other than the designer for pattern development. The MQG will own the rights to the winning design but will always credit the designer.

What are you waiting for?!

Get designing today!

Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal & A Creativebug Giveaway

Welcome Creativebug for this special giveaway for the MQG! We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.
Folks, do you know Susan Beal? She says that when she learned how to piece together her first block, it felt like she learned a new superpower.

Which makes her our kind of lady.
She’s a longtime fixture on the modern craft scene, as a contributing editor at Stitch Magazine, the historian for the Modern Quilt Guild, and past president of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. She’s also the author of six books, including Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Sewing for all Seasons, Bead Simple, Button It Up, and World of Geekcraft.
Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal
Starting May 6, Creativebug – your go-to source for modern, online craft instruction — is running a month-long Log Cabin quilting workshop with Susan…and it’s shaping up to be a pretty fantastic class.
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In her four-week course, Susan puts a fresh spin on the traditional craft of log cabin quilting. Each week, she explores a different block style, from easy, graphic square-within-a-square blocks to minimalist, modern crosses and even improvised quartered wonky blocks. The course is perfectly suited to both seasoned quilters and newbies, with ample hand-holding on core techniques, expert tips on block settings, and lessons on how to play with color and print to make your designs pop. At the end of each class, Susan shares fabulous projects that incorporate what you learned, including baby quilts, bags, pillows and table runners. It includes PDF downloads, weekly live chats with Susan, and videos you can watch again and again as you master each technique.W3_fb_susanbeal
About Creativebug
Creativebug is the place to go for online art and craft instruction. They’ve gathered some of the most inspiring designers and crafters to bring video workshops right to your screen. Whether you’re a master of your craft or just getting acquainted with a glue gun, their video workshops provide project ideas, expert guidance and a healthy dose of creative inspiration.
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Win a Creativebug Subscription
Want to quilt along with Susan and make some of these fabulous projects yourself? We’d like that too. Simply enter below, and you could be one of two lucky contestants who will win a 3-month subscription to Creativebug. That should give you plenty of time to test out Susan’s classes…and a few of the other quilting projects on Creativebug. Enter to win by May 14. Winners will be announce May 19. Good luck to everyone!
NOW CLOSED, thanks for everyone who entered! Check back on May 19th for the winners!

So tell us: Are you excited about log cabin quilting?