Don’t miss out…Call for Quilts!

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.

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QuiltCon Design Challenge: Are you the one!?

The Challenge:

We want YOU to design our official giveaway quilt for QuiltCon 2015! Proceeds raised will benefit the Modern Quilt Guild.


  • Quilts cannot be previously published online, digitally or in publications.
  • Design sketches are the preferred entry, although completed quilts will also be considered.
  • Original designs only.
  • MQG members only.
  • Entry is open from May 12 to June 30.

This quilt will be shown far and wide while promoting QuiltCon and for general MQG promotion. Additionally, we’ll create a pattern from the quilt design to sell at the show and online.

The winner will receive huge recognition and a $500 award for their design. Become a member and enter today!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I enter?
Become a member of the MQG here. The link to enter will be available on the MQG Community site.

What is the due date?
The due date for quilt designs is June 30.

What are the submission guidelines?
See above.

What is the fine print?

  • Employees of QuiltCon sponsors, members of the MQG board and employees are not eligible for financial compensation. They can enter if they agreed to forfeit the cash prize and donate the design.
  • The MQG and QuiltCon reserve the right to use the winning quilt design and iterations thereof in current and future promotional materials.
  • Entry is open to all MQG members, US and international.
  • The decisions of the jury and judges are final.
  • QuiltCon does not discriminate against entrants based on race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  • The MQG reserves the right to use someone other than the designer for pattern development. The MQG will own the rights to the winning design but will always credit the designer.

What are you waiting for?!

Get designing today!

SewDown Nashville: Classes!

One of the great things that we heard over and over was how diverse the classes were at SewDown Nashville. From improv to paper piecing there was something for everyone. Check out the great projects that attendees worked on over the weekend.

Aerial with Carolyn Friedlander

Students learned how to paper piece using a strip-friendly, graphic project by designer Carolyn Friedlander. Tons of blocks where finished in this class and many more are being finished right now at home!

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Mod Corsage with Anna Maria Horner

Using the traditional Broderie Perse style quilt as inspiration, Anna Maria lead students through building their own modern bouquet! This class was lively and serious all at the same time, people really took time to layout and plan their Mod Cordage.

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Little Changes, Big Variety with Angela Walters

This fast-paced class tackled swirls, pebbles, squares, clamshells and more! People left with excitement for free motion quilting and grand plans for finally finishing all those quilts at home.
PicMonkey Collage (4)

Playing Outside the Box with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Staring with absolutely nothing but scraps, everyone played and build a block. Students where challenged to trust their intuition, looking, listening, and find inspiration in what they made.
PicMonkey Collage (2)

SewDown Nashville: Anna Maria Horner Studio Tour

Wow, what a way to start SewDown Nashville. Anna Maria opened her home and studio for a small gathering and pop up shop.

Walking into her home you are instantly greeted with beautiful color, handmade items and an overall warmth that surrounds you.


The pop up shop was insane! There was fabric flying and some serious buyers scooping up all the bundles.


There was also some good time to meet new friends and socialize. Cheryl from Kansas City MQG and Stephanie (the winner of #savoreachstitch contest on Instagram) pictured below.


What a fun experience to roam around Anna Maria’s studio. It was tempting to go through all that fabric! There most certainly were some coveted out of print fabrics in there. Everything about the studio made you want to sit down and create.




Everywhere you turned there was inspiration. Below is baby Mary Anna’s room. That chair! That wall! It was all fantastic.


As a special surprise, Anna Maria had her father in-law and friends play a little Blue Grass for us all!



Thank you Anna Maria and family for welcoming us into your home. We all had a great time and went home with fond memories.


Winner of FunStitch Studio Prize Pack

We are please to announce the winner of the  FunStitch Studio  prize pack from Stash Books  is Susan Justice! Check your email Susan.

Thanks to Stash for such a fun giveaway we can’t wait to see what you create Susan.


A Kid’s Guide to Sewing


Fabric • Paper • Thread


We Love to Sew

FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.



Stash Books: Win a FunStitch Studio Pack!

Stash Books is an annual Platinum sponsor for the MQG. We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.  Today they are offering our readers the opportunity to win a FunStitch Studio prize pack!


FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.

To be entered to win,  complete the form below by April  11th: NOW CLOSED

The giveaway includes three books:

10889DWe Love to Sew

11003DA Kid’s Guide to Sewing

10929DFabric • Paper • Thread

The books feature projects and instructions geared towards 8-14-year-olds at every skill level. These books strive to instill a love of handmade in the next generation and encourage kids to “Stitch Your Art Out,” as the tagline goes. The titles in this imprint aim to be both inspirational and educational, including the basics like sewing, quilting, and embroidery, but also emphasizing the importance of building skills while having fun creating.

The winner will be notified on April 14th. Check back to see if you are the lucky one!


Business Series Webinar: Starting your own business

Thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business? Join Amanda Clow of, Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics and Kelly Stevens of for a panel discussion moderated by Heather Grant on starting your own business.
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We’ll learn about best practices, pitfalls and more covering a wide range of topics including: writing a business plan, goal setting, identity & branding, cash flow, inventory management, marketing, work/life balance, policies and administration, software tools, taxes, professional organizations, pricing and more! A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
About the Panelists
Amanda Clow Quilting and sewing have always been a part of Amanda’s life – from the Mama-made clothes she wore as a baby to the quilts and clothes she now makes for her own three girls. Although she started sewing at a young age, learning hand-sewing, quilt piecing, and clothing construction from her mother, she denied her crafty heritage once she hit her teen years. Amanda’s DIY nature popped up from time to time (those embroidered cut-offs in high school!), and she now fully embraces her need to sew, quilt, and embellish pretty much everything.
Shea Henderson Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and co-founder and a past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book, Modern Baby. Her first book, School of Sewing, will be published in the fall of 2014 with Lucky Spool Media.
Kathy Miller Kathy Miller founded Michael Miller Fabrics with business partner Michael steiner in 1999. Before starting Michael Miller, she spent over 20 years honing her fabric design skills, encompassing everything from kid’s wear to women’s wear, lingerie, bedding and the home sewing world. As an owner with a designer’s viewpoint, she directs Michael Miller’s diversely talented in-house artists, freelancers and a fabulous group of licensed designers.
Kelly Stevens Kelly  Stevens’ love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school – she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabric from Zairois women at a market. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university’s historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006 – just before the Grand-Recession. In 2012, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.
FREE to members. SPACE IS LIMITED! Log-in to Register Now!
Must be a member to view the webinar. Become a member today.
A recording will be available to members 48 hours after the webinar.

Where is the best modern quilt show on the planet?


Be here in one year!


February 19-22, 2015
Austin Convention Center

Keynote and Special Exhibit: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend

Workshops, lectures and panel discussions with:
The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Denyse Schmidt, Weeks Ringle, Bill Kerr, Jacquie Gering, Elizabeth Hartman, Lizzy House, Angela Walters, Carolyn Friedlander, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lisa Sipes, Maura Ambrose, Cristy Fincher and many more!

Special exhibits:
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Modern Materials: Quilts of the 70’s from the collection of Bill Volckening
The Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts of the Month
And more!

Member registration opens June 24, 2014. Become a member today!
General public registration opens on July 1, 2014.

Quilt Entry:
More than $10,000 in cash prizes. Quilt show entry opens July 1, 2014.

We’ll be announcing more instructors, lecturers and special exhibits over the next couple months, so be on the look out! Don’t miss out, QuiltCon is so full of quilt fun you’ll drop your pins and needles.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Sew Modern

Workshop Room Sponsors
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter

Quilt Category Sponsors 
APQS/Over the Top 
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Michael Miller Fabrics
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Stash Books
Windham Fabrics


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Riley Blake fabric challenge top ten are….

Riley Blake Designs was this year’s sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.

The challenge was centered around basics. Each member received fat 1/8th’s of the below fabrics. There were two rules:

  1. It must be quilted.
  2. If additional fabric was used it needed to be a Riley Blake print or solid.

You can see more about the guild lines here.

There were 390 entries! The talent that is coming out of our members is outstanding.

Below are the top ten from those entries. Congratulations everyone who participated; narrowing the pool was extremely difficult.

Christa Watson

Christa Watson

Jade Prosser

Jade Prosser

Angie Henderson

Angie Henderson

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry

Doris Brunnette

Doris Brunnette

Leanne Chahley

Leanne Chahley

Delores Hamilton

Delores Hamilton

Shannon Page

Shannon Page

Rachel Singh

Rachel Singh

The top three winners will be announced on February 24th so stay tuned!
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SewDown Portland: Sponsors and Wrap Up

We are so grateful to have had some fantastic sponsors at SewDown Portland.

Modern Domestic represented Bernina as our knowledgable and talented sewing machine sponsor.
Modern Domestic

Modern Domestic


Drygoods Design was our fabulous pop up fabric shop. It was so great having beautiful fabrics at our finger tips all day long!
Dry Goods

Drygood Design


Soak provided each room with Flatter as well as had a manicure station set up their new nail polish sets!



Cute goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity for our Saturday breakfast.
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Saturday goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity.



Monica Solorio-Snow and Mo Bedell show off their projects.

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Jacqueline (Soak) Kelli (Drygoods) and Margaret (Drygoods)

Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the snow to volunteer, set up, teach, lecture, sew and make this one amazing SewDown! Can’t wait to see some of you in Nashville.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.