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 


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

Michael Miller Glitz Fabric Challenge at QuiltCon 2016

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.

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Baby Lock had their machines out to sample and purchase.


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

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

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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!




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.


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.


“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!

QuiltCon Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of QuiltCon. They are dedicated, hard-working, and they do every task with a smile— but most importantly, they are passionate about the modern quilting community and they are so FUN! We couldn’t feature everyone, but here are three of the awesome people behind the blue shirts who helped us make QuiltCon 2015 a success.

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“I’m the president of our guild and this was my first QuiltCon — but I wanted to be more involved in the MQG. I don’t sit still very well, so I knew I wanted to come and help do something.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting everyone in person who I’ve known from their Instagrams and blogs. It’s easy here not to be shy about it — I said hi to Denyse Schmidt and that was a big deal! And also I just love getting to help people.

Our guild is so small, so it’s nice to come down and meet people and get inspiration and to recharge your batteries. Events like this remind me that I’m doing what I love and that there are other people as crazy and passionate about quilting as I am.”

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James’ wife made his sweet apron!

James Brooks, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“My wife was here at the show, but it was my idea to volunteer — we booked a nine-day trip and came down for a vacation. It worked out great, because she doesn’t feel guilty about taking classes and lectures, and I get to help people. It’s something we can do together and it strengthens our marriage.”

It’s a very rewarding experience to volunteer, because you’re making something run smoothly so people can enjoy the show and do things like meet their Instagram friends in person for the first time.

We’ll be here in Pasadena doing the same thing (we’ve booked two weeks next year). And I want to challenge husbands to come out and volunteer next time — half the volunteers should be men!”

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Gabrielle Robles, South Bay Area MQG

“This was my first QuiltCon, but I wanted to volunteer because it makes everything more interesting being behind the scenes and seeing what goes into the event. And I was able to volunteer in different areas — I was a volunteer assistant in a workshop and was part of take-down. I also took four classes, so I stayed busy.

The best part of volunteering was meeting a bunch of cool people. There were 20 people in the workshop I helped with, and I ended up having lunch with one of them. Everyone, including the instructor, was really nice.

I want to volunteer in Pasadena, too. But next time I want to help set up the show and get a sneak peek at the designs. Since it’s in my own backyard, we’re already getting things set up at my guild.”

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Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers — we appreciate your help more than you can ever know. See you in Pasadena!

QuiltCon Recap: Charity Quilt Edition

Thank you to all the Modern Quilt Guilds who entered the 2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. All of the guilds worked collaboratively to create quilts using a predetermined color palette and alternate grid work design. The quilts were sewn in their entirety by each guild (from design and piecing through quilting and binding) to produce complete twin-sized quilts. The quilts are currently displayed in our QuiltCon lecture halls (hence all the chairs), but after the event, they will be donated to a children’s shelter in the guild’s local community. Here are this year’s charity quilts!











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QuiltCon Recap: Day 2

QuiltCon is still magical, and day two was even better than day one (we get better with age, people)! Check out the day in photos — and hey! Happy Friday. TGIF, right?

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The calmest part of the day is at 8 a.m. — before the lectures and before the doors open. This is the view from mission control.

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Bill Volckening does a pre-show tour of quilts at 9 a.m.

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During his tour, Bill Volckening said many women didn’t sign their quilts on the front until the 1970s,  when the women’s liberation movement started the quilting revival. This showed quilts were now being considered works of art.

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This is a crazy quilt from Bill Volckening’s 1970s quilt collection — he fondly refers to it as the “Roswell Quilt.”

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“Geometric Rainbow” by Nicole Daksiewicz. This quilt uses EVERY color from the Kona solids collection — all 303 of them.

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“Fernweh” by Madeleine Roberg — the quilt’s title is a German word meaning a longing for another place and time.

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“That Twitch” by Caro Sheridan — a lesson in breaking the rules, just a little bit.

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe gives a lecture on piecing and sewing seams.

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Leslie Unfinished designed our rad T-shirts. Hey Leslie!

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Attendees are sharing their inspiration online and in real life — why do your quilty friends rock?

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“Crossing the Line” by Corinne Sovey — this quilt was made using 60-degree angles and partial and y-seams.

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“Diamond Chains” by Charlotte Noll — designed and created for the 2014 MQG Michael Miller challenge.

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“Fallout” by Michelle Lieberson (left) and “Linen Log Cabin” by Barbara Perrino — entries in the Use of Negative Space category.

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“Eclipse,” Bellevue, Kentucky — Part of the Pieced With Love series. The blocks were made to represent balls bouncing on the quilt.

Join us this weekend if you can! We’ll keep sharing photos and bringing you updates.