QuiltCon Charity Quilt: Tipi by the Calgary MQG

By Rachel Elliott, Community Service Chair (Charity Quilts)

Every year, Calgarians celebrate our western heritage at the Calgary Stampede. A major component of the celebrations includes celebrating the aboriginal heritage of this area. It was a photo of this celebration that inspired this year’s Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Challenge. At the same time Canada was engaged in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools. In this regard Canada has a dark past that continues to haunt our aboriginal population, and the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild wanted to create a quilt that could contribute to healing the relationship between our Aboriginal population and those of European descent in Canada. It is our hope that this quilt and its proceeds will work towards building a better future for Calgary’s aboriginal youth. 

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In the photo you can see young people dancing at a pow-wow with teepees in the background and Calgary’s skyline in the distance. This seemed to represent our city beautifully, and the idea to make a teepee quilt was born. Teepees are known in the area to have provided shelter to local native tribes throughout history. They provide warmth in the cold winter months and are a cool shelter from summer’s heat. Families gather in teepees to find comfort and kinship. As a group of quilters, we knew we wanted to make a quilt that would symbolically bring people together and provide comfort and to bring our communities together. 

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We met at a sew day in August to design the teepees, and Jera MacKenzie created kits that members could get at meetings to create blocks for the quilt. We also have the benefit of having Cheryl Arkison in our guild, so she provided us with a lesson on “improv with intent.” Each person used their own inspiration to craft a teepee that represented her own style. In November we had a dedicated sew day to finish our quilt top. Members worked together to finish making teepees and design the final layout for our quilt. You can see from the photos that we had a productive day. We all learned so much in this process! Many of our members had never attempted improv sewing like this and were excited to practice a new skill. Our layout provided opportunities for members to practice their “quilt math” and partial seams!

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The whole team agrees that seeing the quilt come together with such an incredible gesture of generosity of time, resources, and talent was the best part. We are very fortunate that our guild is growing and that members are keen to participate in these events.
The quilt was then sent to member Mary Dylke to be quilted by her expert hands. Mary added petroglyphs that have been documented throughout the prairies. Petroglyphs are are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art. The quilting was definitely the final touch that brought the quilt to life and helped to tell the story we were hoping to tell through this project.

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The quilt will be donated to an organization that supports aboriginal youth in our area and provides them with resources to further their education and help preserve their culture. It is our hope that this quilt will help to heal the relationship between our two cultures and that it will contribute as one small step in the direction of a better future for Calgary’s indigenous youth.

Se more of our work at @calgarymqg and #calmgq.

Meet our new board members!

As you know, two of our MQG board members are stepping down, making way for two others to take up their leadership roles. We are sad to send off Heather Grant and Kathy Mack, but we are so excited to welcome Christen Barber and Jill Lombard to the MQG board! Christen joins us as a board member and Jill joins as treasurer.

BarberChristen Barber shares her love of sewing and fabric on her blog Love By Hand, including tutorials, inspiration and sewing business advice. Beyond sewing, Christen spends her days as a social media strategist for Create Digital. She has 10 years of experience in marketing, public relations and advertising agencies advising clients on branding, online marketing and social media strategy and execution, not to mention getting paid to be on Facebook all day. “It is such an honor to join the MQG board of directors,” Christen says. “I’m really looking forward to applying the strategic planning skills that serve me well in my day job to help the MQG grow as an organization and continue to create value for members. I’m excited to be part of such a wonderful community.”

Head shotJill Lombard lives in Carlsbad, California. She has been married 25 years and has two daughters in college. She started quilting in the late 1980s with Eleanor Burns and Quilt in a Day. It is still her local quilt shop and home to the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild. Jill has evolved from her first log cabin quilt in mauve and teal to a more modern palette. She is a CPA and Treasurer of the Modern Quilt Guild. “I am thrilled to be joining the National Board as the incoming treasurer,” Jill says. “I have been a CPA and nonprofit specialist for 30 years and a quilter for 25 years. The one consistent thing in my years of quilting is scrap quilts — they are dear to my soul! I look forward to working with all of you!”

“I am so happy to welcome Jillian and Christen to the Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors,” says Jacquie Gering, Chair of the MQG Board. “We are all excited to see what these accomplished ladies will contribute to the Board and the guild. While they have big shoes to fill, I know they will bring new voices, knowledge and skills and a unique perspective to the team. Congrats and welcome to the team!”

Thank you so much to Heather and Kathy for all their hard work and dedication to the MQG. They have been instrumental people in this community, and we wish them the best. Heather will remain in her role as director of marketing and programming for the MQG staff, and Kathy will remain crew member at QuiltCon 2016.

Please help us welcome our new board members by leaving a comment below!

We’ve reached 10,000 members!

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Today we’re excited to announce the MQG’s biggest milestone yet — we’ve reached 10,000 members!

Back in 2009, when the guild began, the goal was simply to give modern quilters a place to connect, learn and share their work. Since then, we’ve done that and so much more — with YOUR help — to build this great community. We’ve connected with each other and forged new friendships in our local communities and with members around the world. We’ve learned together through workshops, retreats, conferences, webinars, quilt patterns, blogs, events and more. We’ve shared our work online and in person at QuiltCon and other events.

Our community is now 10,000 members strong, and its amazing creativity and work is still providing inspiration every day. We have big plans for the MQG, and this is just the beginning of what we can accomplish together. But today, we want to say THANK YOU and celebrate what we’ve all created together.

Thank you for being part of this amazing, global community. Thank you for inspiring people to take up modern quilting, learn new skills, and become creative professionals. Thank you for believing in the importance of modern quilting and spreading it to all corners of the world. And thank you for sharing your expertise and creativity with the community in so many ways.

We can’t wait for the next big milestone (20,000, here we come!), and we hope you’ll join us when that time comes. Until then, keep quilting and keep being part of this amazing community.

Go MQG!

Alissa, Jacquie, and the MQG Team

Special thanks to our dedicated sponsors who have helped us grow this community and have generously provided gifts for our 10,000th member prize pack! Thank you Connecting Threads, Creativebug, Interweave, Janome, Michael Miller, Northcott, Paintbrush Studio, Stash Books and C&T Publishing, and Windham Fabrics.

Submissions now open for 2016 webinars!

Do you want to lead an MQG webinar in 2016? We want to hear from you! 

call for webinarsWe’re looking for teachers and presenters to lead one-hour webinars, which are free to MQG members. Each webinar is recorded and later posted on the members-only portion of the MQG website. Presenters will be compensated for their time.

Topics can include:

  • Modern quilting techniques
  • Modern quilt design principles
  • Elements of running a creative business
  • Sewing together (bees, swaps, etc.)
  • Tips, tricks and ideas for guilds
  • Panel discussions with multiple presenters

But if you have another idea, please pitch it! Presentations are accompanied by a slide deck. Any resources you wish to share will be posted on Community along with the webinar recording.

Please submit your idea to this form, and if it’s a fit, someone from the MQG will be in touch!

Get Ready for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Spring 2016!

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Who’s ready for another Riley Blake Fabric Challenge? Our next fabric is from a new Riley Blake line called Sashing Stash designed by Eleanor Dugan, and it’s so incredibly versatile! Just take a look at this video to see some of the different ways you can use it!

Registration + Fabric Shipping

The sign up form will be emailed to members on Dec. 19 at 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific (here’s a handy time zone converter if you don’t live in those zones). As always, we have many more members than we have available fabric, so register early!

This time around, shipping will be slightly different than previous fabric challenges. If you are part of a local guild, your fabric will be shipped to your guild of choice, and your leadership team will distribute the fabric. If you are part of two guilds, please specify which guild you would like to receive your fabric from. If you are an individual member, your fabric will be sent directly to you. Fabric will ship in January 2016.

Rules + Guidelines

  • You must make something quilted.
  • You must use prints in the Sashing Stash collection. Participating members will receive a cut of the black and white variety fabric (3/4 yard), but you are welcome to purchase the fabric in additional colorways.
  • You may use corresponding Riley Blake solids (see the Sashing Stash website for coordinating fabrics).
  • If you don’t receive fabric through the MQG signups, you are still able to participate in the challenge! Simply purchase the fabric from your local quilt shop or one of these retailers.
  • We encourage you to try an original design suited to the fabric! You may also use a pattern, but please tell us which one in your submission. (And always give credit to the designer when sharing images.)
  • We will announce the top three winners in May 2016.Winners will receive a prize from Riley Blake Designs.

Entering Your Quilt

MQG members can submit a quilt using the submission form on Community (the link will be available when fabric ships in January). We also encourage you to share your work on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #mqgfabricchallenge — and you can also share photos in the MQG galleries and on Pinterest!

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016, and winners will be announced in May 2016. We can’t wait to see what you create! Remember to share your work using the #mqgfabricchallenge hashtag. Happy sewing!

Questions?

If you have questions, please email info@themodernquiltguild.com.

MQG Exhibit at International Quilt Festival

 

One of the great things about going to Quilt Market is getting the first peek at the MQG showcase at the International Quilt Festival! We had a stellar show this year with lots of diverse modern quilts. The photos below give a nice overview on how the show looks and feels. Best of all, all of these quilts will make an appearance at QuiltCon in Pasadena!

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From L to R: Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Comma Comet by Pam Biswas

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From L to R: Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher, Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe

 

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From L to R: Line Study #1 by Andrew Steinbrecher, Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter, Bullseye by Vicki Ruebel

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From L to R: Paper Cranes by Sylvia Schaefer, Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

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From L to R: Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad, Pineapple Variation by Alexis Deise

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From L to R: Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Z. Ruyle, Fruit Flavors by Mary A. Menzer

 

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From L to R: 5/325 by Hillary Goodwin, Embers by Stephanie Z. Ruyle

 

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From L to R: Kintsugi I (Medallion) by Alexis Deise, Life in the ER Quilt by Hillary Goodwin

 

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From L to R: Trimmings 2015 – The Cog by Amy Gunson, Pointed Statement by Amy B. Friend, Echoes by Leanne M. Chahley

 

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From L to R: When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter, Corsage by Stacey Day

 

 

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From L to R: Wavelength by Rebecca Bryan, Pixels by Ashley Nickels

 

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From L to R: Rain by Christa Watson, Random Perfection by Wanda A Dotson

 

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From L to R: Home by Jessica Skultety, Puddling by Amy B Friend, Diamonds in the Rough by Tina Guthmann

 

 

Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt — Take 2!

By Jo Avery, Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild

Last year the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild members took part in the QuiltCon 2015 Charity Quilt Challenge. Our original quilt was a team effort made over a number of ‘sew-ins’ and quilted by our master long-armer (and treasurer!) Tatyana Duffie. We were all very proud to have a quilt exhibited at QuiltCon!

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After QuiltCon, all the quilts were donated to local charities. This one went to a local Edinburgh charity, The Yard, a purpose-built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities. They recently auctioned it and raised £500 ($760)!

Jenny Fox-Proverbs, the editor of Love Patchwork and Quilting, saw our quilt at QuiltCon and fell in love with it. As a regular contributor to the magazine, she asked me if I could create another version as a pattern for Love Patchwork and Quilting, with this quilt also going to a charity. (The magazine also gave a generous donation to get things started!)

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This new version was also beautifully quilted by Tatyana Duffie so is another great EMQG team effort! We are raffling this quilt for another local charity, The Edinburgh Clothing Store, a charity run by volunteers that offers clothing, shoes, bedding, etc., for people in genuine need. It’s a free service and no money changes hands. Around 1,500 people are referred to ECS every year, and the demand for their services is still rising. Raffle tickets are only available in the UK. Our fundraising target this time is £1,000 and we have til February 2017 to sell enough tickets!

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The pattern for the new version of the quilt is in issue 26 of Love Patchwork and Quilting, which is available in the UK now and in a month or so in the U.S. and elsewhere. You can also buy a digital version lovepatchworkandquilting.com.

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge 2015 Winners

It’s finally here! The winners of the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge have been announced! Thank you to everyone for your submissions — we were blown away by this year’s entries! Staff members from the MQG and Riley Blake Designs worked together to choose the finalists and winners, and it was one of the most competitive challenges yet.

Winners for this year’s challenge are as follows:

1st Place: “X and O’s” by Susan Clay, Individual MQG Member
From the judges: “This quilt has an exciting use of color along with the interesting design placement and excellent use of the prints. It was beautifully quilted, and we especially liked the tidiness of the piecing, quilting and binding.”

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2nd Place: “Tight Rope Walking” by Rita Scheiner, Individual MQG Member
From the judges: “This quilt has excellent fabric placement. We love the fussy cutting, which highlighted the Cottage Garden prints very well. The quilting added to the overall presentation of the whole quilt.”

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3rd Place: “Ode to the Hex” by Mary Kay Fosnacht, Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
From the judges: “This unique design has very interesting fabric placement. We appreciated the technically precise way it was quilted and pieced. We also like the way the quilting was used to accent the piecing.”

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Honorable Mention: “Anything is Possible” by Caroline Press, Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild
From the judges: “We love the creativity and inspiration of this quilt. It embodies what the challenge was all about. Well done!”

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This year we’re also announcing the finalists. Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered! You can see all of the submissions in the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge gallery, here.

Call for Submissions: QuiltCon Magazine 2016

Call for Submissions

QuiltCon Magazine is a special publication brought to you by the editors of Modern PatchQuiltcon2015_300_1024x1024work in close association with the Modern Quilt Guild. The magazine celebrates the modern quilt aesthetic and features articles about QuiltCon West, behind-the-scenes interviews, tips for modern design, and other distinctive content.

QuiltCon Magazine will also include quilt patterns from MQG members and leading modern designers, galleries of beautiful quilts from the 2016 show, interviews, tutorials, and more.

We encourage all submissions; however, we are specifically looking for:

  • Modern quilts: Approximately a dozen quilt designs will be patterned in this publication. Submission guidelines are noted below.
  • Articles on topics such as:
    • Southern California’s vibrant sewing community
    • Making the most of your QuiltCon experience
    • Quilting techniques and tips

We will accept submissions for QuiltCon Magazine through Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

How to Submit:

  • Quilts: Send up to three low-resolution images of the completed quilt or a computerized mock-up (with fabric choices, quilting plan, and brief description of the project)—please include final quilt dimensions. Quilts must be original designs and available for shipping
  • Articles: Send a brief description of the article you propose for publication, along with sample low-resolution images, if appropriate.
  • Quilt, project, or article proposals should be sent to submissions@quiltingarts.com with “QuiltCon” in the subject line. Attach up to three low-resolution photos per email.
  • One project or article per email.
  • Include your full name, address, phone number, website or blog, and credentials.
  • For questions, contact info@quiltingarts.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The MQG Staff and the Modern Patchwork editorial team

Call for Instructors & Lecturers: QuiltCon 2017

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QuiltCon wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing instructors and presenters who share their wisdom in workshops and lectures. We’ve had some amazing speakers throughout the years, and now we’re opening the floor for applications for QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, Georgia!

We’re looking for experienced instructors who can teach techniques of interest to modern quilters. Our workshop instructors are leaders in their fields for a specific technique, and they offer unique workshops that inform and inspire. QuiltCon instructors also teach techniques that are new to many modern quilters.

In general, we like a balance of technique-based and project-based workshops.

For more details on the application process, please read the application details and complete a submission. Please read through the whole page completely before emailing us with questions.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015 at midnight CST, and applicants will be notified by March 31, 2016. Good luck!