QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: “Controlled Chaos” by the New Hampshire MQG

By Marie Joerger, VP; and Susie Boots, Technology

The NHMQG decided to participate in the MQG charity challenge, so the committee chose Michael Miller’s color palette to meet the challenge requirements. The decision was made to use bright white and soft white as the background colors and aqua as the main feature color, with touches of gray, gold and a hint of red.

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Where to start with an improv quilt? The co-chairs met and decided to incorporate two improv techniques that they could share with guild members. Packets were handed out at a meeting for members to complete two different types of blocks — one block style of made fabric and the other of 6” squares using the stitch and flip method.

Once we received the blocks back, we had a small group get-together to decide how to use the made fabric and blocks.

Using the design wall, we came up with a plan to piece the made fabric into larger pieces and added borders to these. With these squares, we created nine patches, while the remaining squares were scattered throughout the rest of the quilt.

We started cutting background pieces to fill in the space between the blocks that had been made. With lots of trial and error, our group worked the quilt from top to bottom. About halfway down we realized there was too much negative space on top. The decision was made to make appliqué circle blocks to fill in the negative space.

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Once the circles were placed, the thought came to add more shapes. Triangles were made in different sizes, then one landed on top of a rectangle, and an arrow was formed! The top was complete and off to the volunteer long arm quilter, Lisa Teichmann, of Garden Gate Quilting. Excitedly, we received bits of communication on the progress of the custom quilting. In the meantime, the charity committee created the pieced binding.

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Finally, when the quilt was received back with all the beautiful dense custom quilting, the process of blocking began. Once blocked and trimmed, the binding was added.

One of our members hand stitched the binding down. Then the sleeve and label were added. Now our toughest challenge of all will be finding the right audience to donate the quilt to. Any suggestions?

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Would we do this again? Yes!
See ya next year!
Co-Chairs,
Marie Joerger and Susie Boots

QuiltCon Charity Spotlight: “Louisiana: Oh What a State We’re In!” by the Quilters’ Guild Acadienne/Mod Squad

By Amy Aderman (Membership Committee Co-chair), Jonelle Archibald (Chair) and Ken Broussard (member)

Our Mod Squad is a modern quilting interest group comprised of individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild. We are all members of Quilters’ Guild Acadienne, a 25-year-old traditional guild. We saw this challenge as an opportunity to expose our traditional quilters to the world of modern quilting. We invited all guild members to participate. Quilters of all levels, most of whom were new to modern quilting, accepted. With little or no knowledge of how to begin, we began. 

pieced_charityAs a group, we watched the webinar, “Improv with Intent,” browsed galleries of modern quilts, and discussed how traditional concepts, techniques, and designs can be adapted for modern quilting. Since most of us were modern quilting newbies, we decided to collaborate by sharing ideas, teaching and learning from others. Our number-one priority was for our collaboration to be a fun, social learning process. Working alongside intermediate and advanced quilters, novices soaked up tips, techniques and confidence. They shared their own knowledge as well, and everyone grew from this exciting collaboration.

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The webinar, inspirational photos and state maps led to a brainstorming session for determining our intent. We decided that we would represent various aspects of our beautiful state, and then connect them all with the winding river. We started with a very rough sketch of the concept. At each sewing session thereafter, team members used his or her imagination to create landmarks, memories, and representational pieces in both abstract and realistic designs. The prescribed color palette, at first a challenge, soon became a source of fun and whimsy, spurring our imaginations. 

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When you view our quilt, visualize the scenes along the Mississippi and its tributaries. Can you find rice fields, crawfish ponds, a shrimp boat and an oil rig? Can you feel the joie de vivre in the vibrant rhythm of jazz and zydeco? Our state flower, bird, tree, and insect each have a place. The tranquility of the rural areas and the energy of the urban scenes flow around each other as one might discover Louisiana.

Whether you’ve lived in Louisiana your whole life, are a transplant from somewhere else, or even a visitor, you can’t help but be inspired.  Just as threads bind the various pieces of a quilt together, the mighty Mississippi is a source of energy stitching together all aspects of our lives: connecting, enriching, sustaining, feeding, and binding us all. 

The Charity Quilt Challenge has stirred the pot within our guild, challenging traditional members — both novices and experts — to taste a genre perhaps unfamiliar to them. We’ve added spice to our pot and a new flavor to our already-rich gumbo.

Mod Squad Charity Quilt Challenge Members (listed alphabetically)
Amy Aderman, Beth Andrepont, Jonelle Archibald, Kenneth Broussard, Nadine Cain, Linda Ducotey, Judy Garber, Beth Glass, Stella Guidry, Marty Mason, Diane Redfearn, and Polly Stacks.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: “An Exercise in Trust” by the Denver MQG

By Andrea Berryhill, President

Last year the Modern Quilt Guild threw out a challenge for the 2016 charity quilts to be displayed in Pasadena. The challenge required participants to “work collaboratively to create completed quilts using a predetermined color palette and improv with intent.” Several members of the Denver Metro guild know a thing or two about improv, so we were eager to accept the challenge!

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The first step in our process was to choose a theme around which to construct our quilt so that it would still be cohesive. The theme that was settled on was “Trust.” Specifically, how does trust come into play when making a collaborative quilt?

We trusted the MQG in their choice of colors, which included several neutrals and a few primary colors. Participants were then instructed to make an improvisational block using the neutral colors for their negative space and a simple four-sided shape with the black color trusting that there would be more direction to come. The third step was to put the pieced blocks into a bag, mix them up and draw out new blocks. Those blocks could then be altered using small amounts of the secondary colors using improvisation, curved piecing, slice and insert or whatever moved the maker, trusting the process while working together. Finally, the blocks were laid out with the intention of creating a focal point and some visual interest and movement through the use of the secondary colors and quilting. I think the result is a stunning success!

An interesting point to make is that many of these blocks were turned on their corners in order to create the movement of the smaller secondary colored curves. It was like putting together a puzzle for which there was no picture. There are a lot of Y-seams in this baby!

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Let’s face it, improv can be intimidating for a lot of us quilters. We tend to like order, and lines, and rulers! However, when you quilt with intention, basing your ideas off of a set of guidelines it takes some of the intimidation off the table and turns out to be a lot of fun. We loved seeing how all the blocks, as different as they were, still fit together (in our minds) perfectly! We’re not sure yet where we’ll be donating our quilt, but we hope that it makes the recipient smile.

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The women of the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild would like to give the following members thanks for their participation: Andrea Berryhill, Alaina Marler, Marsha Loewenberg, Chelsea O’Hayre, Katie Rapp, Shelby Skumanich, Rosalynda Turner, Amy Wade, and Emily Voytek. We would like to especially thank Stephanie Ruyle for trusting us with an amazing design concept and working on final construction, Wendy Bermingham and Christine Perrigo for the many hours of assembly, creating the back and the amazing quilting, Susan Sanstistevan for heading up the committee and Judy Sanclaria for binding the quilt. What a beautiful collaboration!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: Riverfire by the Brisbane MQG

By Victoria Mansfield, Committee Member

Participating in this challenge was my idea and fortunately, after floating the idea, I immediately had the support of the guild and was nominated to be the Project Leader. The first step, as always, is to come up with a plan, and since the Storey Bridge is the logo of the Brisbane MQG (BMQG) it was my first suggestion. Another member then suggested the bridge with fireworks, and that was it — we had our idea!

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“Riverfire” is the finale event to the annual Brisbane Festival and is a huge fireworks display along the section of the Brisbane River which winds its way through the CBD, with the Storey Bridge being a massive feature of this display. Almost everyone in Brisbane has attended at least one Riverfire, and the event holds a special place in all of our hearts. The Storey Bridge also turned 75 in July 2015, right at the time we were coming up with our plan. Brisbane, by world standards, is a relatively young city and has very few noteworthy architectural features. The Storey Bridge is one of our most recognised structures and we wanted to help celebrate it turning 75!

The next step was to come up with a type of quilt that would be able to include any member who wished to contribute.  We therefore thought smaller blocks would be the best option and liked the idea that this would pixelate the image. The quilt consists of 414 improv wonky log cabin style blocks 4½”. Twelve members made blocks, with a special mention to Janet Jackson, Jenny Cameron and Kirsty Cleverly, who between them made nearly 200 blocks.

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BMQG held its first annual retreat in October 2015, and one of the retreat missions was to get the last 50 or so blocks made and to work on the final layout. It was fantastic to have input on the layout from all on retreat, which helped make this quilt even better! After assembling the top, we chose quilting to amplify the fireworks and make them the main feature of the quilt. The bridge quilting was done with a walking foot on a domestic machine and the sky, water and fireworks were all done on a Sweet 16.

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I loved the collaborative process we went through as a guild to create this quilt and how much it brought us all together. The creativity of our members is a massive inspiration to me personally and to the guild as a group, and I want to thank the MQG for bringing us together! 

As Project Leader, I also want to thank all the members of the BMQG for their contributions to this project and for helping to make our guild so amazing! 

Our chosen charity is a Domestic Violence Shelter run by The Salvation Army.  We have donated 33 quilts to them over the last year, with many more in the process of being created and hope they provide some comfort in a time of need.

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Thank you to our QuiltCon sponsors!

Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors for helping make QuiltCon possible! We couldn’t do this show without you, and we truly, deeply appreciate your generosity. You mean the world to us!

Northcott

Northcott, Platinum Sponsor

Handi Quilter

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Baby Lock

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Robert Kaufman

Robert Kaufman, Platinum Sponsor

FreeSpirit

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Craft South

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Moda

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Bernina

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Stash Books

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Riley Blake Designs

Riley Blake Designs, Platinum Sponsor

Michael Miller Fabrics

Michael Miller Fabrics, Platinum Sponsor

Janome

Janome, Platinum Sponsor

Thank you everyone! See you in Savannah!

Congratulations to our QuiltCon 2016 winners!

The competition was fierce this year, but these quilts stood above the rest. Congratulations to our 2016 QuiltCon winners!

Best in show

My Brother’s Jeans
Pieced & quilted by Melissa Averinos
Individual Member
@melissaaverinos
84” x 91”

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Machine Quilting, Framed

No Value Does Not Equal Free
Pieced by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson
Individual Member
@molli_sparkles
72” x 72”

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Machine Quilting, Frameless

ABQMQG
Logo designed by Bob Lowe
Pieced by Lois Warwick
Applique by Sally Williams & Laurie Moodie
Quilting by Renee Hoffman
Albuquerque MQG
86” x 45”

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Freespirit Quilting Excellence

The Other Side
Pieced & quilted by Carson Converse
Northampton MQG
59” x 57”

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Judge’s Choice – Cheryl Arkison

Better Together
Pieced & quilted by Laura West Kong
Individual Member
@laurawestkong

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People’s Choice & Judge’s Choice – Scott Murkin

Mr. Swirl E. Bones
Pieced by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Shelly Pagliai
Individual Member
@victoriafindlaywolfe
94” x 94”

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Judge’s Choice – Lisa

Red Hot
Pieced & quilted by Shawna Doering
Individual Member
@thequilticorn
55” x 66”

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Applique – 1st

DripnSplash
Pieced & quilted by
Katherine Jones
Tasmanian MQG
84” x 60”

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Applique – 2nd

Ebb
Pieced & quilted by Carolyn Friedlander
Individual Member
@carolynfriedlander
41” x 36″

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Applique – 3rd

Cut & Keep
Pieced & quilted by Gina Pina
Austin MQG
@gina_pina
37” x 44”

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EZ Triangle Challenge – 1st

Eichler Homes
Pieced by Mickey Beebe
Quilted by Tami Levin, the Quilted Lemon
South Bay Area MQG
66” x 76”

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EZ Triangle Challenge – 2nd

Catnado
Pieced & quilted by Karen Duling
Individual Member
@karenbduling
56” x 61”

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EZ Triangle Challenge – 3rd

Facets
Pieced & quilted by Katherine Jones
Tasmanian MQG
25” x 37”

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Group or Bee Quilts – 1st

Mod Mood
Pieced by Debbie Jeske, Stephanie Ruyle, Leanne Chahley, Karen Foster, Felicity Ronaghan, Kari Vojtechovsky, Melissa Richie, Diane Stanley, Marci Debetaz, Hillary Goodwin
Quilted by Debbie Jeske
62” x 65”

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Group or Bee Quilts – 2nd

Pathways
Pieced by Janet Schoenfeld, Summer Rankin, Elaine Wienholt, Cindy Barcelles, Deb Kleiner, Judy Dunlap
Quilted by Maria O’Haver
Baltimore MQG
77” x 73”

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Group or Bee Quilts – 3rd

Twisted Sisters Quilt
Pieced by Stephanie Ruyle, Christine Perrigo, Wendy Bermingham, Amy Wade, Chelsea Camalick, Sheri Nichols, Michelle Davis, Wendy Roth, Teri Ladtkow, Susan Santisteven, Charlayne Dunn, Shelby Skumanich, Andrea Berryhill, Teresa Barbagallo, Lauren Lang, Dena Mehling, Anne deister, Katie Rapp, Carla Keahey, Marsha Loewenbery, Judy Sanclaria, Heather Ferguson)
Quilted by Wendy Bermingham, Christine Perrigo
Denver Metro MQG
78” x 88”

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Handwork – 1st

Places Unfold
Pieced & quilted by Heidi Parkes
Individual Member
@heidi.parkes
59” x 59”

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Handwork – 2nd

Double Wedding Ring
Pieced & quilted by Tara Faughnan
Individual Member
@tarafaughnan
78” x 78”

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Handwork – 3rd

Mod Mountains
Pieced & quilted by Susanne Williams
Individual Member
@suzyquilts
50” x 64”

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Improvisation – 1st

The One For Eric
Pieced by Chawne Kimber
Hand quilting by Chawne Kimber, longarm machine quilting by Pamela J. Cole
Individual Member
@cauchycomplete
79” x 77”

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Improvisation – 2nd

Night Flight no. 1
Pieced & quilted by Heidi Parkes
Individual Member
@heidi.parkes
58” x 58”

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Improvisation – 3rd

Colorfall
Pieced & quilted by Timna Tarr
Northampton MQG
@timnatarr
49” x 54”

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Michael Miller Challenge – 1st

The Stars Dream of Snow
Pieced & quilted by Kari Anderson
Los Angeles MQG
@Andersondesignworks
62” x 58”

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Michael Miller Challenge – 2nd

Pineapple Glitz
Pieced & quilted by Susan Slusser Clay
Individual Member
@slusclay
62” x 62”

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Michael Miller Challenge – 3rd

Better Together
Pieced & quilted by Laura West Kong
Individual Member
@laurawestkong
54” x 54”

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Minimalist Design – 1st

Bubble Gum
Pieced & quilted by Margaret (Kathy) Greer
Bainbridge Island MQG
58” x 72”

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Minimalist Design – 2nd

Shift
Pieced & quilted by Carson Converse
Northampton MQG
37.5” x 41”

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Minimalist Design – 3rd

Rainy Day Quilt
Pieced by Lindsey Neill
Quilted by Sarah Wilson from Crinklelove
Phoenix MQG
@penandpaperpatterns
56” x 72”

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Modern Traditionalism – 1st

Whimsical Logs
Pieced by Letitia Chung
Machine quilted by Laurie Grant
Sashiko by Letitia Chung
Individual Member
66” x 67”

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Modern Traditionalism – 2nd

Flounce
Pieced & quilted by Melanie Tuazon
North Jersey MQG
@melintheattic
52” x 57”

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Modern Traditionalism – 3rd

Release the Geese II
Pieced by Sarah Bond
Quilted by Carol Heisler, Norriton, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia MQG
@slbphilly
94” x 94”

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Piecing – 1st

Under the Radar
Pieced & quilted by Corinne Sovey
Austin MQG
@mustlovequilts
47.8” x 65”

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Piecing – 2nd

Pointed Statement
Pieced & quilted by Amy Friend
Seacoast MQG
@duringquiettime
48” x 60”

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Piecing – 3rd

Diamonds Quilt #2
Pieced & quilted by Tara Faughnan
Individual Member
@tarafaughnan
59” x 69”

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Small Quilts – 1st

Modern Improv Sampler
Pieced & quilted by Kristin Shields
Central Oregon MQG
@kristinshields
17” x 24”

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Small Quilts – 2nd

Lines Lost & Found
Pieced & quilted by Jennifer Rossotti
Individual Member
@jennrossotti
35” x 28”

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Small Quilts – 3rd

Holyoke 1938
Pieced & quilted by Timna Tarr
Northampton MQG
@timnatarr
22” x 29”

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Use of Negative Space – 1st

Reflection
Pieced by Nancy Purvis
Quilted by Mary Gregory
Triangle MQG
@owensolivia
37” x 47”

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Use of Negative Space – 2nd

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Pieced & quilted by Rebecca Burnett
Toronto MQG
@duzzabear
63” x 85”

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Use of Negative Space – 3rd

Catching Up
Pieced by Kathryn Simel
Quilted by Stacey Bendure
Maine MQG
@midcoastcottagedesign
68” x 84”

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Youth – 1st

Ka-Bloom
Pieced & quilted by Sofia Locke
Sydney MQG
@craftypanda55
51” x 51”

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Youth – 2nd

Hearts Desire
Pieced by Autumn Overton
Quilted by Autumn Overton & her teacher Mrs. Goodman
Junior MQG of Broward County
57” x 94”

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Youth – 3rd

Modern Harris
Pieced & quilted by Alexus Upitis
Calgary MQG
41” x 43”

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QuiltCon Charity Quilt: Tipi by the Calgary MQG

By Rachel Elliott, Community Service Chair (Charity Quilts)

Every year, Calgarians celebrate our western heritage at the Calgary Stampede. A major component of the celebrations includes celebrating the aboriginal heritage of this area. It was a photo of this celebration that inspired this year’s Calgary Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Challenge. At the same time Canada was engaged in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools. In this regard Canada has a dark past that continues to haunt our aboriginal population, and the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild wanted to create a quilt that could contribute to healing the relationship between our Aboriginal population and those of European descent in Canada. It is our hope that this quilt and its proceeds will work towards building a better future for Calgary’s aboriginal youth. 

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In the photo you can see young people dancing at a pow-wow with teepees in the background and Calgary’s skyline in the distance. This seemed to represent our city beautifully, and the idea to make a teepee quilt was born. Teepees are known in the area to have provided shelter to local native tribes throughout history. They provide warmth in the cold winter months and are a cool shelter from summer’s heat. Families gather in teepees to find comfort and kinship. As a group of quilters, we knew we wanted to make a quilt that would symbolically bring people together and provide comfort and to bring our communities together. 

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We met at a sew day in August to design the teepees, and Jera MacKenzie created kits that members could get at meetings to create blocks for the quilt. We also have the benefit of having Cheryl Arkison in our guild, so she provided us with a lesson on “improv with intent.” Each person used their own inspiration to craft a teepee that represented her own style. In November we had a dedicated sew day to finish our quilt top. Members worked together to finish making teepees and design the final layout for our quilt. You can see from the photos that we had a productive day. We all learned so much in this process! Many of our members had never attempted improv sewing like this and were excited to practice a new skill. Our layout provided opportunities for members to practice their “quilt math” and partial seams!

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The whole team agrees that seeing the quilt come together with such an incredible gesture of generosity of time, resources, and talent was the best part. We are very fortunate that our guild is growing and that members are keen to participate in these events.
The quilt was then sent to member Mary Dylke to be quilted by her expert hands. Mary added petroglyphs that have been documented throughout the prairies. Petroglyphs are are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art. The quilting was definitely the final touch that brought the quilt to life and helped to tell the story we were hoping to tell through this project.

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The quilt will be donated to an organization that supports aboriginal youth in our area and provides them with resources to further their education and help preserve their culture. It is our hope that this quilt will help to heal the relationship between our two cultures and that it will contribute as one small step in the direction of a better future for Calgary’s indigenous youth.

Se more of our work at @calgarymqg and #calmgq.

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 submissions@quiltingarts.com 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 info@quiltingarts.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The MQG Staff and the Modern Patchwork editorial team

Call for Instructors & Lecturers: QuiltCon 2017

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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!

Catch the QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

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The quilts of QuiltCon are on the road! Catch 20 inspiring quilts from QuiltCon 2015 at the following shows: