MQG Exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum

Thank you to everyone at the Texas Quilt Museum for hosting the MQG’s first-ever juried quilt exhibit. It was a huge success, and we were thrilled to be part of an exhibit at a internationally recognized quilt museum. Special thanks also to our exclusive sponsor, EZ Quilting.

See some of the featured quilts in the photos below!

Half Square #2 by Tara Faughnan

From right to left: Half Square #2 by Tara Faughnan, Individual Member; sticks&bricks by Laura Geiser, DC MQG; Irish Chain Variation by Amy Friend, Seacoast MQG

Rainbow Cloud Quilt by Sherri LynnWood, Individual Member

Rainbow Cloud Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood, Individual Member

Irish Chain Variation by Amy Friend

From left to right: Irish Chain Variation by Amy Friend, Seacoast MQG; sticks&bricks by Laura Geiser, DC MQG; Half Square #2 by Tara Faughnan, Individual Member

Cabana by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

From right to left: Cabana by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Southern Connecticut MQG; Summer Reading by Timna Tarr, Northampton MQG; Delilah by Emily Cier, Seattle MQG; Color Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Individual Member

Color Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Individual Member

Color Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Individual Member

Top: Dance Party at Tamara's House by Maria Shell, Individual Member; Bottom: Easy Does It by Lynne Mackay-Atha, DC MQG

Top: Dance Party at Tamara’s House by Maria Shell, Individual Member; Bottom: Easy Does It by Lynne Mackay-Atha, DC MQG

Austin House #3 by Carolyn Friedlander, Individual Member

From left to right: Austin House #3 by Carolyn Friedlander, Individual Member; Let’s Play by Doris Carr, Kansas City MQG; Sarasota Sunset #3 by Carole Lyles Shaw, Sarasota MQG; Color Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Individual Member

Leslie Tucker Jenison gives an impromptu talk at the Texas Quilt Museum.

Leslie Tucker Jenison, San Antonio MQG Member, gives an impromptu talk at the Texas Quilt Museum.

Leslie Tucker Jenison talks about her quilt, Aerial Geometry. Leslie is a member of the San Antonio MQG.

Leslie Tucker Jenison talks about her quilt, Aerial Geometry.

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!


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


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



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


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


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


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



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



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



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



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




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



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



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



MQG Showcase at the International Quilt Festival

One of the great perks of going to Quilt Market for work is getting the first peek at the MQG Show case at the International Quilt Festival! We have a stellar show this year with lots of diverse modern quilts.

Christa did a great wrap up of of the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival, showing each individual quilt. The photos below give you a nice overview on how the show looks and feels.

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Fade Into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle and Anni Albers’ Orange Chair by Martha Peterson

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Cycles 2 by Leanne Chahley, Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan, and Homage by Jacquie Gering

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Funky Junk by Renee Tallman and Las Ventanas by Kristin Shields

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Fissures by Debra Jeske, Entropy by Elisa Albury, and Pixel Pusher II Caro Sheridan

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Citrus Wedge by Jen Carlton-Bailly

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Disruption by Barbara Lockwood, STAR’D by Kristy Daum, and Boxed In by Elizabeth Dackson

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Namaste by Cheryl Olson and The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar

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Broken Bars by Rebecca Roach and Melon Ice by Amy Friend

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Tune In Next Week by Chawne Kimber, Quilted by Pamela Cole, City Center by Angie Henderson, and Folded Flock by Jenna Brand

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Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson, Pick Up Sticks by Becky Goldsmith, Avalon Sunrise by Colleen Wootton, and Blue Circle Quilt by Kim Eichler-Messmer

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Colorado 4×4 by Stephanie Ruyle, Amazonia by Nathalie Bearden, Off Center by Charlotte Noll, and Summer Break by Amy Anderson

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Back to Basics by Melissa Corry, Modern X by Christa Watson, and Grand Canal by Casey York, Quilted by Ann McNew

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Grand Canal by Casey York, Quilted by Ann McNew, Didn’t Get the Memo by Alissa Haight Carlton, and Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Blakesley

QuiltCon Quilt Show: The Judging Process

This is post 3 of a series of posts on the QuiltCon Quilt Show.  You can see the first post here and the second post here.

The Judging Process

The MQG has listened carefully to feedback on the judging process at QuiltCon 2013 and we are working to improve the judging experience for our members and the judging process for our judges and volunteers. The MQG is committed to developing a competitive experience that is positive for all involved and which will allow our members to receive feedback which will be encouraging and allow them to set goals for improving their work if they so desire.

A panel of three judges, one of whom will be an NQA certified judge, will conduct the judging process at QuiltCon. The quilts will be judged with an elimination process rather than a points system. Quilts will be organized by category. Each category of quilts will be “fanned”or held up in front of the judges one at a time so that the judges can view each quilt at a distance and get an overall impression of the quilt, evaluate the overall design and see the general appearance. Judges will consider individual design elements and how they have been combined to create an effective, impactful design. The judges will have an evaluation form to use as a guide during judging. We will share the form as soon as it is in its final version, but essentially the quilts will be judged on Design and Composition, Overall Appearance, and Workmanship.

The quilts will then be examined individually, on a flat surface, so that the judges can view the quilt up close and examine workmanship, applique, quilting, edge finishing techniques and visual detail. Quilts can be held up again at the judges’ request. The judges will discuss each quilt as a team and decide on feedback for the quilter that will be written verbatim by a volunteer scribe. The judges at QuiltCon will be asked to give a minimum of three pieces of positive feedback for the quilter and if the judges deem appropriate, constructive feedback which will help the quilter improve.

After a quilt has been examined individually the judges will decide if the quilt will be released or held for a possible award. After all quilts have been judged, the held quilts will be reevaluated as a group and individually to determine the awarding of ribbons. It is at this time that judges may recommend that quilts be held for special awards such as Best Machine Quilting.

Each quilter will receive their feedback sheet from the judges with the return of their quilt. We hope the comments and feedback will be taken in the spirit in which they were intended. No judging process is perfect and final results will vary based on the individuals involved. Every effort will be made to conduct the judging process in a professional, impartial manner.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

The Education Committee

QuiltCon 2015 Quilt Show!

Did you know that QuiltCon quilt show entries are now open?!? Think you want to enter the show? Wondering what you need to know before you do? This series of posts will provide information that will help you understand what will happen before, during and after the show. Jacquie Gering has been leading the Education Committee, made up of 17 members, on revamping judging for QuiltCon 2015. The MQG Education Committee has been hard at work at these posts so they will be jam packed with loads of information for you!


TODAY!: Show Overview and Choosing Your Quilt

Post 2: Challenge Details + The Submission Process

Post 3: Judging

Post 4: Post Show

Ok – so let’s get to it and dive into the first post of the series!

Quilt Show Overview & Choosing Your Quilt

QuiltCon is the convention of the Modern Quilt Guild and the quilt show, as the main event, is our opportunity to showcase the spectacular work of our members from around the world. In order to enter a quilt you need to be a member of the MQG. Not a member yet? Join here.

The first step is to submit a quilt for consideration. Quilt submissions opened July 1, 2014 and close November 30, 2014 so you have lots of time to get a fantastic modern quilt made to submit!

Submitted quilts will not automatically be part of the quilt show. There is limited hanging space at the venue, all submitted quilts will undergo a jurying process to choose the quilts that will ultimately hang in the show. Think carefully about the quilt(s) you’d like to enter. The jurors will look for quilts that fit the modern aesthetic as defined for our guild:

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

Quilts do not have to have all of the characteristics of the aesthetic, but since this is a modern quilt show we are looking for modern quilts. The jury will also be looking for quilts with visual impact and quilts that are well made. Quilts will be chosen so that the show is balanced in each of the categories. We want to showcase the best work of our members. If you’re unsure about what is a modern quilt, we recommend you take the time to watch Heather Grant’s webinar that is available free to members on the MQG Community website.

How do you choose which quilt(s) should be entered into a show?

  • The quilt doesn’t have to be brand new, but it does have to be in great shape and made in the past four years.
  • The quilt should be clean and shouldn’t have stains, pet hair, tears, or worn areas. You can of course also make a quilt especially for entry into the show.
  • Pick your best work. Choose a quilt that has maximum visual impact, a quilt viewers at the show will walk up to, or move over to from across the room, and say, “Wow!” about.
  • Submitted quilts will need to fit into one of the categories listed below. Read the category definitions carefully to determine where your quilt fits. The jury and judges will make the final category determinations for quilts that hang in the show. Your quilt may fit into multiple categories, that is ok!

Quilts will be placed in the following categories based on entry:

Group or Bee Quilts – Modern quilts made by 3 or more people

Small quilts –  A quilt that fits into the categories listed below that measures 36″ or less per side. The quilt can be any shape as long as it does not exceed the size limit. The challenge is open to individuals or groups. Individuals may only be involved in one quilt or group.

Quilting Challenge – Bias Tape Applique, sponsored by Panasonic – Quilts that include either machine or hand sewn bias tape as part of the main design element.

Fabric Challenge – Cotton Couture Pastels, sponsored by Michael Miller – Quilts must primarily use Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture Pastels. Coordinating Michael Miller prints and cotton couture fabrics are permitted.

Youth – Entrants 18 years and younger


Quilts will be placed in the following categories during the judging process:

Applique – Quilt includes either machine or hand layering of fabric where the quilt’s primary focus is applique.

Handwork – Quilt includes at least one element of handwork including, but not limited to: hand piecing, hand quilting, embroidery, redwork, cross stitch, crewel, etc. Hand stitched binding does not qualify as handwork.

Improvisation – Quilt is pieced improvisationally (without the use of a defined pattern or templates).

Minimalist Design –The design of the quilt emphasizes extreme simplification of content and form to achieve maximum visual impact.

Use of Negative Space – Quilt design incorporates a creative or significant use of negative space which is integrated into and/or organizes the composition of the quilt.

Piecing – Quilts that are machine pieced and reflect a particularly strong or innovative use of piecing.

Modern Traditionalism – Quilt design incorporates the use of an identifiable traditional block pattern and modernizes it by applying design elements such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, color, scale, etc.

The Details:

  • The maximum perimeter of a quilt in the show is 480″. If a quilt is accepted and larger then 480” it will not be able to hang.
  • Quilts entered in the show must have been made in the four years before QuiltCon 2015 happens, so no quilt that was made before February 2011 may be entered in the show.
  • All entered quilts will not make it into the show. Does that mean it’s not a beautiful quilt or that it’s not a quality quilt? No, it doesn’t. It simply means that it didn’t get into the show. Sure, you might be disappointed, but no risk, no reward.

In the next post we’ll review all the information you’ll need for the submission process.

-See you then!

The MQG Education Committee

Australia’s 1st Modern Quilt Show!

Written by Julie McMahon of Canberra Modern Quilt Guild

Australia’s first Modern Quilt Show was held over a weekend in early May, and what a weekend it was!

Hosted by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild in the Berry School of Art, makers from all over the country (and the world) got their quilt on and submitted some amazing pieces to the exhibition – more than 150 quilts were on display.

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Faraway Fields by Julie McMahon

Bernina Australia sponsored the show, there were some amazing prizes on offer and it turned out to be the show of the Mollie’s:

Molli Sparkles won “Best of Show” and a $1200 Bernina Sewing Machine for his quilt Sparkleworks.


Molli Sparkles, Sparkleworks.


Mollie McMahon won “Children’s Modern Quilt Competition” and a $250 Bernina Sewing Machine for her quilt Rainbow Magic.

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Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon


The best way to see any quilt show is through the quilts so here are some of my favorites from the weekend, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

Aloft by Jessica Wheelahan

Aloft by Jessica Wheelahan

View from Kanangra by Deborah Louie

View from Kanangra by Deborah Louie

Blue Splash by MonnSqueak, inspired by Alissa Haight Carlton’s, Didn’t get the memo

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. This quilt was made for a Canberra MQG challenge and was the first quilt Alys ever made

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. This quilt was made for a Canberra MQG challenge and was the first quilt Alys ever made.

Modern Medallion by Crystal McGann

Modern Medallion by Crystal McGann

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Morning Sunny Paper by Sylvia Clough Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens (, quilted by Angela Walters (

Plus One by Danielle Aeuckens, quilted by Angela Walters

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Gallery Wedges by Liz Hoyland Starry Diamond by Amira (

Starry Diamond by Amira Improv quilt by Gemma Jackson

Improv quilt by Gemma Jackson

So many thanks need to go to the talented entrants, the sponsors and of course the organizers from Wollongong MQG – it truly was a magnificent effort and a really positive experience.

Thank you Jules for taking the time to share this great show with us! We love seeing all the amazing work from our members in Australia!

Don’t forget the 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas is open for entries now. Deadline for entries is June 27th! For details, check out the blog post here.

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

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.

HMQS Top Winners!

HMQS  added a modern quilt category for the first time this year!  The quilt show was  held in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 9th-11th. The category for the show is defined below.

Modern: Quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics. Perimeter 220”- 480” Must be three layers; backing, batting and quilt top. What a great opportunity for all of us to show off our modern quilts.   HMQS_Quiltcon-ad-web-newsletter-side-Dec-3   With over 25 quilts juried and over 30 for display the show was beautiful. Below are the top two winners as well as a few highlights! Thank you everyone for entering.


1st place in the modern category:
Ellen Stallard
Watertown, TN
Quilt name: Simple


2nd place winner
Debbie Neilsen
Mapleton, Utah
Quilt name: Fire and Water Under the Bridge


Teachers Choice
Katie at From the Blue Chair
Jumbo Star
Salt Lake MQG


Marci Elmer
Madrona Road Challenge
Salt Lake MQG


Kayli Taylor and Sarah Oviatt
Salt Lake MQG


Rachel McPhail
Madrona Road Challenge
Salt Lake MQG

For more photos and information on the show, Christa at Christa Quilts! wrote up a blog post here.

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!