Making Decisions Together

After listening to membership feedback and having many, many conversations within the community, the MQG staff and Board of Directors have decided to retract the blog post about derivatives that was published in July. We want to sincerely apologize for the confusion, misunderstandings and frustrations it caused. We made mistakes with how the information was presented, and it was not our intention to discourage, stifle or disappoint members. For that we are truly sorry.

We are removing the blog post to avoid future confusion, but we realize some members may still want to review the post and associated comments, so a complete PDF is available to members on the Resources page, here.

Clarification of QuiltCon Rules and Jurying/Judging Policies

  • There will be no changes to the rules about derivative works for QuiltCon 2017 (i.e., the same rules that applied for QuiltCon 2016 will apply for the 2017 show).
  • The Education Committee is currently working on compiling the current jurying and judging policies and procedures for QuiltCon into a consolidated document for members to view. The information outlined in this document will be no different from anything we’ve been doing in the past, but we are formalizing the policy document to provide better transparency about the existing process. This document will be released to members in the October newsletter.
  • In the coming months, we plan to launch a new pilot member involvement program (see below). One of the first of these programs will be a task force to obtain membership input on how to best incorporate the important issue of derivative work into our QuiltCon 2018 quilt entry rules, and jurying and judging policies and procedures.

Making Decisions Together

As an organization, we realize there is a huge opportunity to increase member involvement, especially when making decisions that affect the entire membership. The response to the derivative post showed that a larger issue needs to be addressed: communication between members and leadership and how we make decisions. As such, we’ll be rolling out a new pilot member involvement plan in late 2016, which we will be discussing in an upcoming town hall meeting (see below). It won’t be fast, and it will take time to launch, but we are 100% committed to creating more avenues for member involvement within the MQG.

All-Member Town Hall Meeting

This town hall meeting will be held to share highlights of recent activities, present concepts to increase member involvement and answer your questions. Any and all MQG members are invited to attend.

Because the MQG is a global organization, we explored many dates and times, but found that the one below works best across all time zones. If the time is not convenient for you, please note that the town hall will be recorded and posted on the Community Resources page shortly after airing live. Any member may submit a question, here, and those questions will be read in the order they are received after live questions have been answered. The time for the town hall is:

Los Angeles: 1pm PDT, Thursday, September 22
Denver: 2pm MDT, Thursday, September 22
Chicago: 3pm CDT, Thursday, September 22
New York City: 4pm EDT, Thursday, September 22
London: 9pm BST, Thursday, September 22
Sydney: 6am AEST, Friday, September 23

Town Hall Agenda: 

  • Highlights of recent MQG activities
  • Pilot member involvement plan
  • Q&A

 

Edit: Please visit the events page on the MQG Community site to register and submit questions.

Thank you for your questions, comments and support over the last few weeks. We are committed to answering questions and working with all members to improve the organization, and we thank you for being on this journey with us. We can’t wait to take the next step and move forward together.

Please note that staff is not working over the holiday weekend, so comments made after 4p EDT will not receive a response before Tuesday the 6th.

We’ve reached 10,000 members!

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Today we’re excited to announce the MQG’s biggest milestone yet — we’ve reached 10,000 members!

Back in 2009, when the guild began, the goal was simply to give modern quilters a place to connect, learn and share their work. Since then, we’ve done that and so much more — with YOUR help — to build this great community. We’ve connected with each other and forged new friendships in our local communities and with members around the world. We’ve learned together through workshops, retreats, conferences, webinars, quilt patterns, blogs, events and more. We’ve shared our work online and in person at QuiltCon and other events.

Our community is now 10,000 members strong, and its amazing creativity and work is still providing inspiration every day. We have big plans for the MQG, and this is just the beginning of what we can accomplish together. But today, we want to say THANK YOU and celebrate what we’ve all created together.

Thank you for being part of this amazing, global community. Thank you for inspiring people to take up modern quilting, learn new skills, and become creative professionals. Thank you for believing in the importance of modern quilting and spreading it to all corners of the world. And thank you for sharing your expertise and creativity with the community in so many ways.

We can’t wait for the next big milestone (20,000, here we come!), and we hope you’ll join us when that time comes. Until then, keep quilting and keep being part of this amazing community.

Go MQG!

Alissa, Jacquie, and the MQG Team

Special thanks to our dedicated sponsors who have helped us grow this community and have generously provided gifts for our 10,000th member prize pack! Thank you Connecting Threads, Creativebug, Interweave, Janome, Michael Miller, Northcott, Paintbrush Studio, Stash Books and C&T Publishing, and Windham Fabrics.

Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt — Take 2!

By Jo Avery, Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild

Last year the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild members took part in the QuiltCon 2015 Charity Quilt Challenge. Our original quilt was a team effort made over a number of ‘sew-ins’ and quilted by our master long-armer (and treasurer!) Tatyana Duffie. We were all very proud to have a quilt exhibited at QuiltCon!

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After QuiltCon, all the quilts were donated to local charities. This one went to a local Edinburgh charity, The Yard, a purpose-built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities. They recently auctioned it and raised £500 ($760)!

Jenny Fox-Proverbs, the editor of Love Patchwork and Quilting, saw our quilt at QuiltCon and fell in love with it. As a regular contributor to the magazine, she asked me if I could create another version as a pattern for Love Patchwork and Quilting, with this quilt also going to a charity. (The magazine also gave a generous donation to get things started!)

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This new version was also beautifully quilted by Tatyana Duffie so is another great EMQG team effort! We are raffling this quilt for another local charity, The Edinburgh Clothing Store, a charity run by volunteers that offers clothing, shoes, bedding, etc., for people in genuine need. It’s a free service and no money changes hands. Around 1,500 people are referred to ECS every year, and the demand for their services is still rising. Raffle tickets are only available in the UK. Our fundraising target this time is £1,000 and we have til February 2017 to sell enough tickets!

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The pattern for the new version of the quilt is in issue 26 of Love Patchwork and Quilting, which is available in the UK now and in a month or so in the U.S. and elsewhere. You can also buy a digital version lovepatchworkandquilting.com.

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.

All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing Beyond The Hexagon

By Diane Gilleland 

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106_cAlexandraGrablewski_ElongatedTableRunner_AllPointsPatchworkAll Points Patchwork covers English paper piecing from every angle: how to baste and sew patches, how to finish various kinds of projects, how to make your own designs and templates, and special tips for working with hexagons, diamonds, triangles, octagons, curved shapes, and more. There are 30 project ideas and 84 pattern ideas, but the book focuses on technique instead of specific project instructions, so you have more flexibility to dream up your own designs.

English paper piecing is a very old method for making beautiful, intricate patchwork. You don’t need any special skills or tools. All you need, aside from some basic hand-sewing supplies, is a stack of paper templates. When you baste fabric to these shapes, you get crisp, precise patches. Sew the patches together, and the paper does all the work of matching up the points.

IMG_7041I found EPP about five years ago, when hexagon patchwork began popping up around the internet. I was hooked after my first hexie. As much as I love my sewing machine, I find the slow, hand-stitched pace of EPP to be so meditative, and I can carry my projects with me anywhere. The craft goes way beyond hexies, too – you can EPP in any shape you can dream up, and you can work with great big patches or tiny little ones.

Learn more about the book at AllPointsPatchwork.com, and if you’d like to dip a toe into some EPP right now, try these simple free patterns on my website!

Storey Publishing is giving away three copies of All Points Patchwork to members and friends of the MQG. Enter here for a chance to win! We’ll select winners on Wednesday, June 17. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge — QuiltCon 2016

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Hold on to your sewing machines, because the fabric for the next QuiltCon Michael Miller Fabric Challenge is here! And we’re excited to unveil these fantastic metallic prints from Michael Miller’s Glitz collection.

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This year’s fabrics include 12 glamorous prints from Michael Miller, and each participant will receive six fat eighths at random. Like previous fabric challenges, we have many more members than available fabric bundles… We wish everyone could get one, but the bundles are first come, first serve. That said, we ask that everyone who signs up to please plan to submit the final quilt to the Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon — like other categories, this category is eligible for judging and awards up to $1,000!

To be eligible, quilts must primarily use the fabrics above, but additional coordinating Michael Miller solids are permitted. Once completed, these quilts will be entered it into the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon. The top prize for this category is $1,000!

The registration link will be sent to members via email on May 9th at 10 a.m. Eastern time, 7 a.m. Pacific. To make things easy, here’s a handy time converter so you’ll know exactly when the link will be available to you. Registration is open until all fabric bundles are gone or until May 23. Bundles go quickly, so if you’re sure you want to enter, don’t wait! (However, if you’re not ready to commit, remember that you don’t have to get the free fabric to be involved – all you have to do is use the fabrics above in your quilt.)

All fabric will be shipped by mid-July, and the deadline for entries is November 30, 2015 (the same as other QuiltCon quilt show entries).

Have ideas for this sweet fabric yet? We’d love to hear ’em. Post a comment below! And for more info, visit the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge page at quiltcon.com.

Thank you QuiltCon Sponsors!

QuiltCon would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. From all the feedback we’re getting, the show was a resounding success, and part of the fun was seeing our sponsor booths on the show floor. Thank you all! Can’t wait until next year in Pasadena.

Baby Lock 

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Baby Lock had their machines out to sample and purchase.

 Bernina

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At Bernina’s booth, people fueled their passion by trying out the latest and most popular Bernina machines.

 Handi Quilter

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Handi Quilter also had machines to test and buy — a great experience for our attendees!

 Michael Miller Fabrics

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Michael Miller Fabrics drew crowds with their bright quilts and temporary tattoos!

Moda Fabrics 

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At Moda’s booth, show-goers could play bean bag toss to win a cute Moda prize.

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Robert Kaufman brought their Kona booth, complete with the fun “Test Your Kona IQ” challenge. What was your score?

 Stash Books

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Stash Books kept show-goers supplied with inspiration — their endless stacks of books and patterns were a hit!

Windham Fabrics 

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Windham Fabrics brought designers like Lotta Jansdotter to talk with show attendees at their colorful booth.

Thank you also to Platinum sponsors Coats & ClarkPanasonic and Purl Soho for their support!

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Giveaway: Panasonic 360° Freestyle Iron

Ever feel like you spend more time pressing than sewing when you’re making a quilt? We definitely have those days. But a good iron is a quilter’s best friend, and our friends at Panasonic are giving away one you’ll love.

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The Panasonic 360° Freestyle is a sleek, cordless iron that lets you press in any direction with speed and ease — and the ergonomic, high-tech design is easy on your hands and wrists. It also has an anti-calcium system to prevent clogged steam vents, and vertical steam settings to eliminate wrinkles from hanging quilts or garments.

Enter the giveaway on Instagram by hashtagging #PanasonicIrons. The winner will be selected one week from today!

Submit a Quilt: Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum

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The Texas Quit Museum is still looking for entries for an upcoming juried exhibition. If you missed the opportunity to show at QuiltCon, this is an amazing opportunity to show your work at a renowned quilt museum. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, so choose your best quilt and apply today! Here are the details for submissions:

  • The show will run January to March, 2016.
  • Quilts must have been made in the last 10 years (after 2005).
  • Submissions are open to MQG members only. (Not a member? Join today!)
  • The jury committee consists of Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, co-directors of the Museum, and Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator, Texas Quilt Museum.
  • The jurors will select 18 quilts for the exhibition.
  • Each applicant may only submit one quilt, identified by maker(s), title, date, and measurements (height by width in inches).
  • There are no size limitations for the quilts and no entry fee, but the quilt cannot have been exhibited within 200 miles of La Grange, Texas, in 2015 (including at QuiltCon in Austin).
  • The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, and the makers of accepted quilts will be notified by August 31, 2015.

Ready to submit? More details are available at mqgcallforquilts.com, where you can also start the application process.

Thanks to the exhibition sponsor:

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QuiltCon People’s Choice: “Quilt for Our Bed” by Laura Hartrich

On the last day of QuiltCon, we tallied the votes for People’s Choice, and one quilt stood above the rest. Congratulations to Laura Hartrich of the Chicago MQG! She won for her “Quilt for Our Bed,” pieced by Laura and quilted by Nikki Maroon.

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“I have been a quilter for 5 years and had never made a quilt for our bed. I decided it was time. I was inspired by Jen Carlton Bailly’s phenomenal 5HTP Squared quilt, which used quarter circles in a way that almost looked like letters but weren’t. I decided to run with that inspiration and actually make letters from quarter circles, squares, and triangles. The words are something my husband and I say to each other every night before drifting off. I figure, if I stay up too late sewing, now the quilt can say it for me.”

Congratulations again, Laura!

And thanks to our People’s Choice Sponsor:

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P.S. And If you were wondering who won the raffle quilt, it went to Matt Wheeler. Congratulations, Matt!