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.
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.
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?

Announcing QuiltCon Instructors and Lecturers


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:

Cheryl Arkison
Susan Cleveland
Cristy Fincher
Alison Glass
Lee Heinrich
Anna Maria Horner
Rossie Hutchinson
Katy Jones
Celina Mancurti
Betz White
Krista Withers
Casey York

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
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Rock Paper Scissors
Sew Modern
Schmetz Needles

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

Quilt Category Sponsors 
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Michael Miller Fabrics
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Stash Books
Windham Fabrics

Special Exhibit Sponsors 
Bertina Studio Designs
Beyond the Reef

Winner of the FabricMaker Digital Printer

We have a winner for the FabricMaker giveaway – Kim Lapacek,  an Individual MQG member who blogs at Persimon Dreams!

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Congratulations Kim, we can’t wait to see all the awesomeness that you will be creating.

Keep an eye out for a survey coming your way! FabricMaker will be sending a quick survey of all those who entered  (you’ll all received a sample of their printed fabric) and give away up to 25 custom printed sheets to one of the participants.

Member Spotlight: Beth Chinderle aka Bettina Danger

Meet Beth, otherwise known as Bettina Danger. A modern quilter from Austin, Texas Beth loves math and soaking up quilty knowledge from online tutorials to MQG meetings!


When did you become a MQG member? Do you belong to a guild or are you an individual member?

I finished my first quilt in April 2012 and became a member of the Austin MQG around August 2012.


When did you first find modern quilting?

I first learned about modern quilting via the internet when I was trying to learn how to make my first quilt. I would search things like “how to make a quilt sandwich” and somewhere within scanning different pages, I found Elizabeth Hartman’s blog. From there, I found out that QuiltCon was being hosted right here in ATX!


What is your favorite part of the quilt-making process?

Being a math educator, of course my favorite part is the math! Every step has an underlying mathematical concept and this keeps me intrinsically motivated throughout the process.


How do you educate yourself on new techniques?

Often times, I enjoy the trial and error process of problem solving. I have an idea and I try to figure out how I can execute it. This often leads me to a Google search where I can find blog tutorials and helpful videos. In particular, Elizabeth Hartman’s blog, her classes on Craftsy, and her free-motion quilting workshop at Quiltcon really taught me the basics of making a quilt.  My other teachers are the incredibly talented and creative members of the Austin MQG! I look forward to the meetings because I know that I’ll be recharged with new knowledge from everyone’s perspective and experiences.


Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration is always evolving from a variety of different life adventures, but a major lens I look through when designing is my passion for teaching and writing elementary math curriculum. Even if I try not to think about math, it happens. As a student who never liked math in school, I now have a passion and responsibility to educate the community about how to provide better opportunities for students. Math is a language and everyone deserves the opportunity to learn it with understanding and use it confidently in their lives.



What is your most used and favorite quilting tool?

This is a toss up between Mac the Ripper and my 24.5 by 6.5 inch ruler. Mac the Ripper always gets me out of a bind! The ruler, besides for measuring, is a perfect area model for multiplication that has excellent benchmark fractions.


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

This isn’t quilting related, but around the time I first started sewing I decided to make a dog plushie for a friend’s baby shower gift. I drafted what I thought was an excellent pattern for a dog, cut out the pieces, sewed up all of the parts, and just as I turned the plushie inside out, I realized I created a two-legged dog!


Show us your sewing space!


What sewing machine do you sew on?

I have a Janome 3160 QDC.


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

This is a tough question because there are so many talented quilters in the world! A class with Carolyn Friedlander would be awesome because I like how her background in architecture influences her work.


Stay update to date with Beth:

Blog: Bettina Danger

Facebook: Bettina Danger

Instagram: Bettina Danger

Twitter: Beth Chinderle

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SewDown Nashville: Classes!

One of the great things that we heard over and over was how diverse the classes were at SewDown Nashville. From improv to paper piecing there was something for everyone. Check out the great projects that attendees worked on over the weekend.

Aerial with Carolyn Friedlander

Students learned how to paper piece using a strip-friendly, graphic project by designer Carolyn Friedlander. Tons of blocks where finished in this class and many more are being finished right now at home!

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Mod Corsage with Anna Maria Horner

Using the traditional Broderie Perse style quilt as inspiration, Anna Maria lead students through building their own modern bouquet! This class was lively and serious all at the same time, people really took time to layout and plan their Mod Cordage.

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Little Changes, Big Variety with Angela Walters

This fast-paced class tackled swirls, pebbles, squares, clamshells and more! People left with excitement for free motion quilting and grand plans for finally finishing all those quilts at home.
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Playing Outside the Box with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Staring with absolutely nothing but scraps, everyone played and build a block. Students where challenged to trust their intuition, looking, listening, and find inspiration in what they made.
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SewDown Nashville: Anna Maria Horner Studio Tour

Wow, what a way to start SewDown Nashville. Anna Maria opened her home and studio for a small gathering and pop up shop.

Walking into her home you are instantly greeted with beautiful color, handmade items and an overall warmth that surrounds you.


The pop up shop was insane! There was fabric flying and some serious buyers scooping up all the bundles.


There was also some good time to meet new friends and socialize. Cheryl from Kansas City MQG and Stephanie (the winner of #savoreachstitch contest on Instagram) pictured below.


What a fun experience to roam around Anna Maria’s studio. It was tempting to go through all that fabric! There most certainly were some coveted out of print fabrics in there. Everything about the studio made you want to sit down and create.




Everywhere you turned there was inspiration. Below is baby Mary Anna’s room. That chair! That wall! It was all fantastic.


As a special surprise, Anna Maria had her father in-law and friends play a little Blue Grass for us all!



Thank you Anna Maria and family for welcoming us into your home. We all had a great time and went home with fond memories.


Winner of FunStitch Studio Prize Pack

We are please to announce the winner of the  FunStitch Studio  prize pack from Stash Books  is Susan Justice! Check your email Susan.

Thanks to Stash for such a fun giveaway we can’t wait to see what you create Susan.


A Kid’s Guide to Sewing


Fabric • Paper • Thread


We Love to Sew

FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.



Stash Books: Win a FunStitch Studio Pack!

Stash Books is an annual Platinum sponsor for the MQG. We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.  Today they are offering our readers the opportunity to win a FunStitch Studio prize pack!


FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.

To be entered to win,  complete the form below by April  11th: NOW CLOSED

The giveaway includes three books:

10889DWe Love to Sew

11003DA Kid’s Guide to Sewing

10929DFabric • Paper • Thread

The books feature projects and instructions geared towards 8-14-year-olds at every skill level. These books strive to instill a love of handmade in the next generation and encourage kids to “Stitch Your Art Out,” as the tagline goes. The titles in this imprint aim to be both inspirational and educational, including the basics like sewing, quilting, and embroidery, but also emphasizing the importance of building skills while having fun creating.

The winner will be notified on April 14th. Check back to see if you are the lucky one!


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!
Must be a member to view the webinar. Become a member today.
A recording will be available to members 48 hours after the webinar.

Webinar: Design Fundamentals of Modern Quilting

We are pleased to announce our next webinar presented by Heather Grant, Director of Marketing & Programming at the Modern Quilt Guild.

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In this entertaining lecture, Heather will briefly cover the philosophy of modern quilting before going into an in-depth review of design fundamentals, such as scale, grid work, negative space and more. Using photographic examples from modern quilters in the movement, the audience will understand how these elements are central to modern quilt design and how to apply them into their own quilts.

Join us on March 26 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST

$10 for non-members. Register Now
Free to members (registration link on Community site)

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