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 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

We look forward to hearing from you!

The MQG Staff and the Modern Patchwork editorial team

Call for Instructors & Lecturers: QuiltCon 2017


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!

QuiltCon Charity Spotlight: South Sound MQG

South Sound Modern Quilt Guild
Olympia Washington

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Our quilt is truly a guild team effort. The block was inspired by a quilt that was designed by one of our guild members. The original quilt is called Balance and was designed by Kathy Lindell of Eagle Nest Designs. The block was designed by our guild member, Bethany from Sew I’m Pressed.

Kathy took the time to teach our guild how to do paper piecing using freezer paper, and we had 20 guild members make our colored sections. We decided as a guild to use all solids for a more uniform and modern look. One of our guild members, Melissa, pieced all of the blocks and the gray and white sections. A wonderful long arm quilter, Dianne pieced the top and did the incredible quilting. Finally our quilt was bound by Honnah, and photographed and mailed by Roberta.

You can truly see the wonderful quilting on this photograph of our backing.

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Many, many hours went into the creation of our quilt, pulling in resources from our entire guild and we are so excited to have it at QuiltCon!

QuiltCon Charity Spotlight: Tucson MQG

The Tucson Modern Quilt Guild’s entry was a truly collaborative effort that grew from a shared vision of a quilt that would represent our desert city, affectionately known as the Old Pueblo.

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We met to plan the quilt armed with a flip chart and lots of magazines. After compiling a list of subjects that reflected Tucson’s history and desert themes, we discussed whether the quilt should be representational or abstract, made up of many blocks or one large image, etc. Someone pulled up an image of San Xavier Mission at sunset (“Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson” by Richard Cummins/LPI). The Mission was established in 1692 and the current building dates to the 1780s. A thunderstorm had created a large puddle in front of the Mission that reflected one of our spectacular sunsets. We all loved the image, but how could we represent it in a quilt?

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More flipping through magazines found us our inspiration quilt, titled “Shining Through” by Brigitte Heitland (Modern Quilts, Summer 2013 (Vol 2, #3)). Her quilt features multiple sizes of squares set in a diagonal field that is quite striking.

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Inspiration quilt: “Shine Through” by Brigitte Heitland, Modern Quilts, Summer 2013 (Vol 2,#3)

We had an image and a layout, so we set to work selecting fabrics in the prescribed color palette. Our quilt shop, The Quilt Basket, had a variety of shot cottons and prints that worked for us. We purchased 13 fabrics and distributed them among the members with guidelines for cutting the fabrics into squares and rectangles. We added some white fabric later.

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At our next meeting, we began laying out the fabric on a twin sheet marked with a diagonal grid. We wanted to represent the Mission as well as the sunset in the sky and its reflection in the water. We even sneaked in an abstract saguaro cactus.  Can you find it?

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As we worked on the design, we developed guidelines for incorporating our colorful squares and rectangles into strips that could be joined together. After two sewing days, the quilt began to take shape.

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The strips were joined together, and the top was turned over to our intrepid quilter, Kristi, who had volunteered to do the quilting over her Christmas holiday.

We had suggested that she quilt parallel lines, figuring it would be challenging but straightforward. But the quilt had developed a personality by this time and demanded that there should be several different sets of parallel lines to set off the design and that each color needed its own quilting treatment. Thirty hours of quilting ensued, and then we were treated to photos of the finished project.

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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.


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.


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 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.






Leeanna Walker
Publicity chairwoman

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.