QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: Kansas City MQG

Completed Quilt 2

The creation of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon 2016 charity quilt, Strata Steps, was truly a group effort. The guild asked members to complete improv strata blocks using one focus color from the list of provided colors. Blocks had to be at least 12” x 12”.

During the presentation of how the guild would be approaching the challenge, Community Service Committee Chair Kristin Marciniak made the tactical error of pointing out that lime green was not one of the MQG-approved colors. She would live to regret that, as the rest of the meeting was peppered with questions like, “What about lime green? Can we use that color?” and “Wait, so the blocks are supposed to be entirely lime green?”


Members posted on the guild Facebook group as they created their strata blocks and turned them in at the next couple of guild meetings. The KCMQG knows how to keep a joke going, so the threads were filled with lime green jokes and questions. But the more than 20 blocks collected fit the MQG’s color guidelines to a T. (The bag of blocks Kristin received from cheeky friends was another story altogether.)

Top in progress

Members then met at a Community Service Committee sewing day to help determine how to put the blocks together into a quilt top. During the sew day, Kristin and Jaime David posted a picture of the strata blocks on the guild Facebook group to let other members weigh in on how to put the top together. A few recommendations were made and, of course, members made sure to point out the lack of lime green blocks in the photo. Making a decision was harder than we thought, and by the end of the day, a quilt top was still not completed.

Luckily Jacquie Gering volunteered to take the blocks and create a quilt top. With some creative advice from Kim Eichler-Messmer, Jaime, and Denise Best, and some Kona Sunny, Rich Red, and Yarn-Dyed Essex in Black, we had a quilt top! Paula Leber put together the backing for the quilt and Denise quilted it with her long arm. It was then handed off to Shea Henderson for binding and sleeve and label creation. Shea transferred it to Jessica Toye to bring to the January guild meeting where Lesley Latham took over for this blog post and shipping.


Label ready for labeling

There were quite a few steps and people involved for this quilt to exist, but it was worth it for the oohs and ahhs when the finished quilt was presented to the members during Show & Tell at the January meeting. Thank you to everyone who contributed blocks and/or helped with each step of the creation process. And next year, we’re voting for lime green.


Call for Entries: MQG Showcase

We are so excited for our 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas!

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Here are the details:

We would like to invite members from any of the Modern Quilt Guilds around the world to be considered for inclusion in the new exhibit. You may submit a total of two (2) quilts for consideration. We require that quilts be at least 36″ on each side. There is no maximum size limit. Quilts entered into this showcase are eligible to be entered into QuiltCon 2015 as well.

Timeline for Quilt Entry:

Entry open – May 30th to June 27th, 2014
Notification by – August 1, 2014
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – December 2014

Amy Friend, Indie Vibrations

Amy Friend, Indie Vibrations

Colleen Wootton, Bull's-Eye 1

Colleen Wootton, Bull’s-Eye 1

Modern quilts and quilters:

Make primarily functional quilts but place a large emphasis on the design and art of quilt making
Use asymmetry in quilt design
Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
Embrace simplicity and minimalism
Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
Incorporate increased use of negative space
Are inspired by modern art and architecture
Frequently use improvisational piecing
Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
Use gray and white as neutrals
Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your work. For a complete list of details see this link.

Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

One Hundred…

That is how many Modern Quilt Guilds there are!
One hundred guilds in five countries.
United States , Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Australia


Thank you for all your support of the MQG. We would not be where we are without our members. The amazing talent that comes out of our group is fantastic!
Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

South Bay Area MQG-Charity Quilts

A few weeks ago I was poking around Facebook and was amazed at the photo I found on the South Bay Area MQG page. They had given themselves a goal-31 quilts for charity in 31 days. They actually made 36! Congratulations SBAMQG-the dedication and teamwork of your guild is something for all guilds to emulate. You can read the blog post about how it all worked here.


“This was our first organized charity drive for our guild and once it was announced that we were making quilts for an event that was happening in 31 days, we were excited and eager to start.  But, would we make our goal?  The quilts are for all 31 kids who are supported by Jacob’s Heart in Santa Cruz and leaving even one kid out was not an option. So we just had to put our heads down and make as many quilts as possible.  The response from our guild was amazing.  People committed to making two but made three or more.  We put no restrictions on design and emphasized simplicity, but our guild members made incredible quilts.  They are bright, modern and would cheer anyone up, especially a kid who is undergoing treatment.  Mariah Flanagan was instrumental in our enthusiasm because she told us about the effect that a colorful hospital room has on the treatment you receive in the hospital.  The quilts do more than just comfort the recipient, they provide a little happiness to everyone around them.  

When we were at our meeting, and everyone brought in their finished quilts and piled them up on the table, I kept thinking about how much this had brought our guild closer together.  We met on weekends and at each others’ houses to finish up, and no one did anything to let these kids down.  I think the phrase “stitched with love” is an understatement in these quilts.  We are ready to take on more Pay it Forward projects, including Blocks for Boston and To Boston with Love.  We are grateful for the opportunity to give back locally and to our sister guilds. “

 Tina Michalik-SBAMQG president.


Did your MQG make the news? Are you working on a special project that you want to share? If so we’d love to feature you! Email us at jen@themodernquiltguild.com.