Pittsburgh MQG Guild Spotlight!


With the opening of membership for the MQG we thought it would be fun to get to know some of the new “official” Modern Quilt Guilds. 

Today we are spotlighting Pittsburgh MQG! Pittsburgh is a newer MQG that shows us you don’t have to be all business! Their meetings are all about sewing and teaching each other.

When did your guild form?

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild has its first official meeting in July 2012. (We just celebrated our first birthday last month with a big party and a yummy potluck!)

PGHMQG birthday cake

Pittsburgh MQG birthday cake

Where do you meet?

Initially we held an informal meeting in May 2012 at a locally-owned fabric shop, Loom. Based on the number of people who attended that meeting we knew we were going to need a larger meeting space to allow for sewing. The guild now meets at The Pittsburgh Project, an amazing non-profit organization located in the heart of the city serving those in need. Our guild usually meets the first Sunday of the month from 1:00-4:00 PM, unless there is a major holiday or we have a special off-site event.

How many members do you have?

As of our last meeting we had about 20 members, but we continue to grow!  We are always excited to see new faces at our meetings.

What makes your guild awesome?

The guild really belongs to its members. Although the guild is formalized with bylaws, elected leaders, etc. we really strive to create a casual, fun environment that is open to positive, new ideas. We sew more than we discuss guild “business”. Many of us don’t have a lot of spare time for sewing; therefore, our meetings provide an opportunity for our members to focus on their work and share with similar spirits.

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt by Lauren_front

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt by Lauren Jonkman http://thefabricchemist.blogspot.com

Madrona Road_Challenge Quilt by Jodi

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt, Shadow of the 16th Street Bridge, by Jodi McLaughlin http://www.fibrehaus.com

Melissa FMQ Progress for MR Challenge

Melissa FMQ Progress for Madrona Road Challenge

How do you educate your members?

Our guild is made up of total newbies and very experienced quilters; however, each and every one of them wants to learn; therefore, from the beginning our guild has operated more like a “teaching” guild. So far guild members have led workshops and demos, but we hope to bring in modern quilters from outside our community to help us continue to grow and strengthen the local quilt community. We have also participated collectively in challenges, such as Madrona Road, Pile of Fabric’s Skill Builder BOM, and Sherri Lynn Wood’s Mod Mood quilt. Challenges have helped build our technical and creative abilities.

TaMaraHoward_FreshLemonQuilts_Table Runner

TaMara Howard’s Table Runner based on Faith Jones/Fresh Lemons Solstice Star Series pattern (www.folkquilts.com)


Dia SWS Degranulation Quilt

Have you participated in any quilt shows as a guild?

This is the exciting part! The guild will be having its first members’ show September 1-October 31, 2013 at the Gallery @ Main, a community gallery space at the Carnegie Library’s Oakland branch. (440 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 1:00-4:00 PM.
The show will include a modern mini-quilt challenge. Members have been encouraged to create a mini-quilt (no bigger than 8”X10”) that reflects their interpretation of Pittsburgh. There will also be larger quilts from our members on display.

Madrona Road_Challenge Quilt by Melissa

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt by Melissa Fontanese http://classyquilts.blogspot.com

How do you give back? Any charity projects or events?

Our first outreach project was participating in the QuiltCon block challenge and making of the charity quilt for the Austin Children’s Shelter.
We are currently planning a few community-interactive projects for our show and opening reception at the Gallery @ Main.
It’s our goal to educate people about the modern quilt movement and bring them a little quilt joy with all of our future outreach endeavors.

ACS Quilt Front

Austin Children’s Shelter

ACS Quilt Back

Austin Children’s Shelter

Guild website/blog:
www.pittsburghmodernquiltguild.com or http://www.pittsburghmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com

Flickr group page:

Instagram Hash Tag:


  • Jodi McLaughlin, President
  • Gina Konopack, Vice President
  • Lauren Jonkman, Treasurer
  • Melissa Fontanese, Social Media Coordinator
Mod Mood Quilt by Lauren

Mod Mood Quilt by Lauren Jonkman

Thank you so much Pittsburgh for sharing a little about your guild. Your members are truly talented. We are glad to have you part of the community!

Want to be part of the Modern Quilt Guild? Find your local guild here.

Ready to join? Sign up here.