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?

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.

Sawgrass DIY Digital Fabric Printing with FabricMaker!

Welcome Sawgrass as an annual supporting 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 digital FabricMaker!


Digital Fabric Printing Is For Everyone Thanks To FabricMaker

Sawgrass  is introducing a new custom digital fabric printing solution to the quilting community. For the first time, you will be able to custom-print vibrant, washable, commercial-quality fabrics right in your own shop or home.

The best part is – you can enter for a chance to win this innovative product! For a FREE custom-printed fabric sample or a chance to win a FREE FabricMaker Personal system valued at $500!

Click here to enter.* (NOW CLOSED)

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What’s different about FabricMaker compared to other DIY fabric solutions? It includes Sawgrass’ professional textile inks and fabrics, the same technology widely used for high volume digital textile production. Unlike regular inkjet fabrics printed with inks made for printing paper, FabricMaker is a true digital textile ink that offers rich, vibrant colors and deep, high-contrast blacks. When used with FabricMaker quilt-weight inkjet fabrics, you get custom-printed fabrics that will hold up wash after wash.

What can you do with this custom fabric? Well, the possibilities go well beyond just quilting, but check out this unique quilt that was made with FabricMaker:


One of the quilters, Geri, has three grandchildren – Tucker, Katie Grace & Lillie – who were the inspiration for her modern quilt. She used Photoshop to manipulate photos of her grandchildren similar to Andy Warhol’s style. What she liked most about the FabricMaker system was the quality of the finished product as well as the opportunity to create her own designs that have a special personal meaning. Best of all, the system did not limit her creativity and allowed the flexibility to print on demand in any color.

You can learn more about these and other talented quilters and their experience making quilts with FabricMaker here.

FabricMaker Personal allows for print sizes of up to 8.5″ x 51″ and handles a surprisingly wide range of popular fabric cuts. Are you curious to learn more about FabricMaker? Be sure to attend some of their upcoming events and webinars. Check out the calendar here.

*Entries must be received by 4/15/2014. The winner will be announce on 4/29/2014

The International Quilt Festival!

It’s that time again…
The Modern Quilt Guild Show Case at the International Quilt Festival!

This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 31-November 3, 2013. We would also like to retain quilts for possible exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati (April 2014), and our summer International Quilt Festivals in Chicago (June 2014) and Long Beach (August 2014).

Registration is open now and will close April 26th.
For more information and specific guidelines click here.

Below are some of the photo’s from last years exhibit.
Good luck everyone!











Winner of the Kaffe Essay contest!

The question was: How has Kaffe influenced you in the past and how will that help you grow as a quilter in the new year?

The winner chosen by Kaffe: Cynthia of the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild!

Here is what Kaffe had to say:  “Cynthia is our choice of winning essay. We felt Cynthia covered some very good points. Actually all of the essays were good but Cynthia just has the edge.”

With Cindy’s permission, enjoy reading her story below.

How has Kaffe influenced you in the past and how will that help you grow as a quilter in the new year?

“Richness. Satiety. Opulence. Vibrancy.  These concepts comprise my automatic word associations with Kaffe Fassett, artist-designer (and dare I suggest, “color prophet”?}

As a textile junkie, color and pattern have been the hooks that draw me in to a work, project, or artist. Without the appeal of those elemental tenets, I am not captured, impassioned, consumed. I can appreciate the craft and understand the appeal, but will lack an emotional response

Kaffe masters the complexity of powerful color interplay that resonates with me, and clearly innumerable others world-wide. His exuberance and passion for vivid color combinations and pattern development have helped me appreciate the integral importance of color/textile pattern selection as the first step in a satisfying and ultimately successful project.

As a newer “mid-life” quilter, I appreciate the limits of my time and the investment in energy and hours that a new project will consume. As such, I want to LOVE the projects I choose, from the initial selection process, to completion, and to ongoing use and enjoyment. Over the past year, I have become much more aware of specific designers and pattern lines.  Kaffe Fassett has been one artist who I have spent time learning about in more depth. As I began to understand his philosophy, I began to see some parallels with my thoughts and feelings about my quilting projects. I now not only permit myself to be drawn in by color and a love of fabric design, I require it, before I commit to it. As such, I feel a freeness to pursue that which brings lasting pleasure to my creative spirit.

I found a bit of humor and enormity of freedom and relief in learning that Kaffe is a bit a bit perplexed by the emphasis on perfection and precise execution in the quilting world. I feel as if I have received absolution from “an authority on high” regarding this matter! I appreciate the value of pattern complexity and precision. I believe in the importance of quality workmanship. But, I will no longer be consumed by achieving mathematical and microscopic exactitude!

In 2013, I will allow myself to be carried away by fabric patterns that appeal to me and color choices that enrich and satisfy me.  I will allow myself to focus on what is pleasing to my eye. Perhaps I will choose to make a fabric swatch larger in a pattern if I love it.  I will take risks, trust my intuition, and worry less about what is “right or wrong” according to the pattern or rules. I will use patterns to guide me, rather than define me. Thank you, Kaffe Fassett for teaching me that beautiful quilts are rooted in creativity and a joyful soul!”



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Keep you’re eyes open for Kaffe’s new book schedule for a March 2013 release date:

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots + Stripes. It’s a book of quilt projects he collaborated on with Liza Prior Lucy, and includes small and large sized projects using just his solid-colored shot cottons and his striped cotton fabrics.

Thank you STC Crafts | Melanie Falick and Rowan Fabrics!


2013-A New Year, A New Contest!

Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you have big quilting plans for 2013. We’re starting off the year with a very exciting opportunity for all of you sponsored by STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books and Rowan Fabrics.


How has Kaffe influenced you in the past and how will that help you grow as a quilter in the new year?

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This is an Essay Contest! Write 500 words or less answering the question above. Three of the finalists will receive a copy of Kaffe’s Dreaming in Color and a 30 pc. Design Rolls. In addition the top two finalists will receive a copy of Kaffe Fassett Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts book and Kaffe Fassett Kaffe Quilts Again book.  The grand prize winner will receive Dreaming in Color, Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, and his upcoming March book, Shots & Stripes in addition to a 30 piece fat quarter set.


  • 500 words or less. Entries are to be sent to info@themodernquiltguild.com
  • Deadline: January 25th at midnight PST
  • Four finalists will be announced on February 1st
  • Kaffe will select the final essays and the winner will be posted on the MQG blog February 15th.
  • Open to international entries
  • 30 MQG will receive a copy of the book Kaffe’s new book Dreaming in Color-priority will go to the MQG’s that have members writing essay’s. Please include the MQG name that you are a member of to ensure your guild receives the copy.

About Kaffe by STC Craft | Melanie Falick

Born in 1937, Fassett spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and free spirits. After attending a boarding school run by disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then traveled to England, where he made his home. After an inspiring trip to the Shetland Islands, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, then the Missonis, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, tapestries, yarn and fabric design, costume and set design, and quilting. Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and travels worldwide to teach and lecture to his fans.

Kaffe Fassett is widely acknowledged as a visionary in the use of color and was the first living textile designer to have a one-person show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is a fabric designer for Rowan Patchwork and Quilting, the primary knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns, and the author of fifteen books, including STC Craft’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. He lives in London. Visit his website at http://www.kaffefassett.com.

Keep you’re eyes open for Kaffe’s new book schedule for a March 2013 release date:

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots + Stripes. It’s a book of quilt projects he collaborated on with Liza Prior Lucy, and includes small and large sized projects using just his solid-colored shot cottons and his striped cotton fabrics.

Thank you STC Crafts | Melanie Falick and Rowan Fabrics!