QuiltCon Charity Spotlight: Seacoast MQG

Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild

Our guild set aside time at our September meeting to plan our QuiltCon charity quilt. Our planning and execution was truly a group effort with a large percentage of our members contributing ideas, time, materials, and skill. Our project manager, Judy Durant, led a lively discussion. The plan for the quilt design evolved quickly from Stephanie Harrison’s suggestion of donating the finished quilt to “A Safe Place,” an emergency shelter for women and children in southeastern New Hampshire. Her suggestion was met with overwhelming approval, especially because she also contributed the idea of a quilt design involving houses, representing a place of warmth and security. Once this was decided, we were off and running. The color palette given to us by the MQG appeared challenging at first, but as discussion proceeded it was decided that we would use all the solids in the palette with the addition of only one print. The deep turquoise (we used Kona Glacier) was chosen as the background. Each block was to include a house and one chartreuse star. We left that meeting with a plan settled and all tasks involved covered by volunteers.

Kali Zirkle volunteered to create a quilt layout diagram, and from her design, members were assigned a block size. The blocks were of varying sizes and shapes, and because all used a common background color, we were able to achieve an alternate grid work design of houses and stars scattered in the deep turquoise background. Peg Connolly secured fabric, made packets for each member, and shipped those packets to all who were making house blocks. And as if by magic, everyone appeared at our October meeting with a finished house block! It was such fun to see the variety of house styles everyone had created and the level of interest and enthusiasm was wonderful.

The house blocks were assembled by Jessica Benoit May into a charming quilt top. She added some stars in areas of negative space and she pieced a wonderful improv strip of solid scraps to add design interest to the quilt back.

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Mary Gregory then burned the midnight oil quilting our creation with all sorts of free motion designs, including a cat in one of the house windows! Some of the designs suggested tiles or shingles.

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By our November meeting, the quilt was ready to hand off to Nancy Peach and Sue Trask for binding, sleeve, and label. Sue used her embroidery machine to create a very special label. Our finished product was much admired by all at our December meeting before it was shipped off to Texas where some of our members will be able to see it on display.

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Our guild has decided to make and donate pillow cases to A Safe Place along with the quilt for the women and children who are sheltered there in their time of need.

Call for Submissions: MQG Quilt of the Month 2016

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We’re looking for original, creative quilt designs to share with MQG members each month in 2016 — and we want your ideas! Submissions are now open for the 2016 Quilt of the Month series, and we’re looking for 12 new quilts. Will yours be one of them?

What We’re Looking For

  • Designs should be original and never-before-published online or in print.
  • Designs should have a challenging creative element (like a color study, new technique, or unique structure or piecing — we want our members to learn new things and challenge their skills!)
  • We need to see your vision! You should have a visual guide to your quilt — whether it’s a sketch or computer-generated design, we need to be able to visualize your quilt as close to the final product as possible.

Required Items for Selected Quilts

Selected quilters will be asked to submit the following items. We don’t need your finished quilt, but we do ask that you take great photos and write thorough instructions that others can follow.

  • Pattern instructions and pattern templates
  • Illustrations and/or diagrams for construction and assembly
  • Photos of the finished quilt
  • Personal information like Instagram handle, website, bio, headshot, and MQG Guild (we’ll use this info to give you credit and talk about how awesome you are!)

How to Submit (and Important Dates)

  • Decide how long it will take you to complete the quilt from the time of acceptance. An accurate timeline will help us determine which months to release patterns, so please be as accurate as possible.
  • Create a visual guide to your quilt by sketching or making a computer-generated version.
  • Fill out this form with your information and quilt design.
  • Submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2015.
  • The MQG will select quilts by Sept. 30, 2015.
  • Notifications will be sent on Oct. 1, 2015.
  • If your quilt is selected, you will be given more details and deadlines in late 2015.

Designers retain all rights to their quilt patterns, and we compensate you for the right to first publish the pattern in our MQG newsletter and on our website. Selected designers will be issued a contract with the particulars. If you have any questions, please email Riane at riane@themodernquiltguild.com. And to see past examples, visit the resources tab on the MQG Community site.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: Ann Arbor MQG

Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (A2MQG)

The Ann Arbor Quilt Guild was very excited to participate in the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge! We had enough interested participants that we decided to split into two groups: one where members would piece blocks based on a pattern, and another where members would piece blocks in an improvisational manner.

The improv team started with an idea: a quilt inspired by ideas! Arrows swarming and circulating represent the coordination of thought fragments.

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Arrows were made improvisationally. A tutorial was written by team member Jenna and can be found HERE.

In accordance to the challenge guidelines, we forsook a traditional block format and rather used negative space and variable framing to give our arrows an alternate grid.

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This quilt was long-arm quilted by member Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen.

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Our other group used their skills following the beautiful Think Positive pattern written by A2MQG member Debbie Grifka.

Team members made gorgeous plus blocks that were then assembled into a stunning quilt top.

Charity Quilt Spotlight: Detroit Area MQG

When our guild, the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild (DAMQG), saw the QuiltCon Charity Challenge we knew we wanted to participate. The Guild asked for a volunteer to chair the project. She designed and proposed three quilt designs for the group to choose from. She organized volunteers and, once the design was determined, selected a color scheme. She drafted the quilt design on paper, divided the design into separate blocks and distributed the blocks to those contributing their time and talents to the construction of the quilt.

The Guild arranged a Sunday Sew-In to construct the quilt top and backing under the direction of the chairperson. Those that were assigned blocks brought their finished block. Others came to help sew blocks together and construct the back. Once the quilt was constructed, our resident long arm quilter quilted the quilt and turned it over to another member for binding. This was a nice way for our group to bond and experiences making the quilt design come to life.

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DAMQG chose to donate the quilt to the Methodist Children’s Home Society. Methodist Children’s Home Society is a licensed private, non-sectarian child placing agency, as well as a 501c3 non-profit organization. MCHS responds to the needs of abused and neglected children by providing an array of housing, educational, clinical and therapeutic services.

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Charity Quilt Spotlight: Northwest Arkansas MQG

The Modern Quilt Guild of Northwest Arkansas divided into two groups to complete the charity quilt challenge.

Group 1 chose a churn dash variation, while group 2 chose to work with a random pattern created from disappearing 9-patch and 4-patch blocks of various sizes.

Fabrics were chosen at a guild meeting where preliminary cutting was done. Members took fabric home to do preliminary sewing, then several came together on a Saturday where they worked 8 hours to complete the final tops.

Members Sonja Koch quilted the churn dash, and Karen Kielmeyer quilted the disappearing 9-patch.

Members will choose recipients following QuiltCon.

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QuiltCon Charity Spotlight: Orange County MQG

Orange County Modern Quilt Guild (OCMQG)

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The OCMQG was very excited to participate in this challenge. We collected some ideas as to what type of quilt we wanted to make and decided as a group to do 3/4 log cabin blocks in varying sizes. We wanted to create our alternate grid with our blocks.

We purchased fabric in all of the challenge colors, as this quilt is intended for a child we wanted it to be bright and happy!  We cut our fabric into FQ’s and had our members select 3 colors each. Everyone then went away and made a selection of blocks, the member decided on the block size and color arrangement.

We have a monthly sew at the quilting studio of one of our members and it was here we collected all the blocks and spent a very happy few hours arranging and rearranging them into a top that pleased us. We managed to get the top pieced that day. We did have a few ‘left over’  blocks and lots of small strips of fabric from the block making. We decided to use all of this to create a block for the back of the quilt.

Our longarm quilter member (Karen) did the beautiful all over quilting, and then it was off to be bound, labeled, have a sleeve attached and get mailed (by Susan).

We are delighted to have been part of this MQG challenge and look forward to seeing all of the amazing quilts created by other guilds.

Catch the QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

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The quilts of QuiltCon are on the road! Catch 20 inspiring quilts from QuiltCon 2015 at the following shows:

Charity Quilt Spotlight: Chicago MQG

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild’s entry into the QuiltCon Charity Quilt project was inspired by the pattern “Blue Ice” from Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. As a longtime member, Jacquie has contributed so much to the spirit of the guild and it was a natural choice to turn to her for inspiration.

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The first group of blocks were made at our guild’s fall retreat. We put out a call to bring scraps in the blue, green, and grey from the assigned color pallette, brought some coordinating yardage and borders, and set the group loose. The instructions included the finished block size and some guidelines about the block borders: at least three, using the yardage we bought, and only use berry in the middle border. Some ladies produced entire blocks while some created the gorgeous improv centers and passed them on to others to put borders on. Choosing a pattern that combined some improvisation with some specific guidelines allowed participants to play within their comfort zone or push themselves to try something new. The group had a lot of fun working together and exchanging ideas, encouragement, and scraps.

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A couple of weeks later, we brought all the supplies to our monthly guild meeting and invited everyone to participate by taking fabric home to make a block. For those who had missed out on being in the group working together, it was fun and helpful to look through the blocks that had been made at the retreat. Looking through the blocks together provided an opportunity to notice details and ideas together and share in that inspirational part of the group process. In all we had at least 25 members participate in the project.

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With the blocks done, three of us got together to press, trim, arrange, and assemble. The best part about helping with this task was being able to spend time looking at every single block. Each one is so incredibly different. Some have huge centers and skinny borders while some are tiny in the middle with extra-thick borders. Some centers are tall and skinny, some square, some funky parallelograms, and some break out into their borders. Some blocks follow the guidelines to the letter and some beautifully break the rules. Looking at just two or three blocks lined up may make one wonder how they will fit together in the same quilt, but stepping back to look at the entire quilt reveals that what each block has in common is more than enough to hold them together in a beautiful whole. In this way, the quilt has become an unexpected reflection of our guild and of the wider quilting community. There are as many different styles, methods, and personalities as there are quilters, but when you bring us together the resulting friendships are the kind that are made to last.

Charity Quilt Spotlight: Central Jersey MQG

The Central Jersey MQG took on the QuiltCon Charity Challenge! We wanted to involve ourselves on the international level and contribute to charity further (we just finished our 2014 project of making 25 baby quilts for a New Jersey charity).

Earlier in 2013, our guild banner came together with incredibly creative, original modern blocks by our members. Therefore, it wasn’t rocket science to suppose that they could step up to the plate again. I sketched a rough idea in my sketchbook, setting the blocks into circles, or bracelets – something new. Then, I visited my LQS (Pennington Quilt Works), armed with the MQG’s challenge color scheme. After cutting the fabric I bought into various strips and squares, I created 18 piles of fabric on my carpet to be bagged.

Members brought their blocks to the guild meeting one month after they had received the fabric. At our November guild retreat, I spent two days piecing the blocks and negative space to fit my vision for the quilt. I also set random blocks on-point for visual interest. The negative space was a lot harder to piece than I thought it would be!

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Next, Jessica Levitt quilted the quilt with her longarm. She used many thread colors to blend with the fabric, and did an amazing job of highlighting all of the blocks and the negative space. Finally, Neva Asinari bound, labeled, sewed on a quilt sleeve, photographed, and sent the quilt to Austin. We had a short time frame to make the quilt, but I’m so pleased at all the teamwork within our guild!

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Overall, “Modern Bracelets” is a tribute to minimalism, bright colors, and modern piecing of every kind. My favorite part is the hidden gray block (Neva’s)! When it arrives back from Austin, we will donate the quilt to S.A.V.E., a New Jersey animal shelter, who will raffle it off at their spring gala. Those of us attending QuiltCon can’t wait to see our quilt hang along with all the rest of the charity quilts!

-Jessica Skultety, President

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