HUGE News about QuiltCon!

You better sit down for this one, it’s a doozy –

QuiltCon is moving to EVERY YEAR! 

And there’s more! QuiltCon won’t just be annual, it’s going on the move! On the even years, like 2016, QuiltCon will take place in the West. On the odd years, like 2017, QuiltCon will take place in the East.

Mark your calendars!

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QuiltCon West 2016

February 18-21, 2016
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA

Keynote: Gwen Marston
Lecture, Workshops and Special Exhibit

 

 

Visit the QuiltCon West website for a list of instructors and speakers, and we are adding more all the time!

From dining and shopping to theater and museums, Pasadena offers travelers a surprising combination of sophisticated charm, culture, history and fun. Pasadena is home to over 500 restaurants, 3 dynamic shopping & entertainment districts, 14 world-class museums & gardens, spectacular nightlife, all less than 10 miles from Los Angeles, California. Pasadena is also home to beautiful weather in February – the average temperature in February is approximately 67 degrees.

Ready to book your hotel room? You’ll find all of our lodging information on the QuiltCon West website right here. Registration will open summer 2015.

QuiltCon East 2017

February 23-26, 2017
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Savannah, GA

Keynote: Angela Walters
Lecture, Workshops and Special Exhibit

 

 

The oldest city in the state of Georgia, Savannah is chock full of historic charm. Downtown Savannah is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States, home to 22 park-like squares as well as the Savannah Historic District, and Savannah Victorian Historic District. Downtown River Street is home to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, as well as unique night spots. Savannah will have beautiful weather for QuiltCon as well – the average temperature in February is approximately 65 degrees.

Ready to make your plans for QuiltCon East 2017? You can book your hotel reservation right here! Registration will open summer 2016.

Interested in teaching or speaking at QuiltCon? Check out our announcement on our call for instructors here.

Keep in mind that all MQG members will receive discounts. Become a member today!

Call for Entries: Texas Quilt Museum!

MQG Members!

We have a fantastic opportunity for you. Did you run out of time to submit your modern quilt to QuiltCon? Well don’t fret and read on!
Texas Quilt Museum

The Modern Quilt Guild invites digital submissions from MQG members of their original quilt art created after 2005 for a juried exhibition planned at the Texas Quilt Museum for January – March 2016, sponsored exclusively by EZ Quilting by Simplicity Creative Group.

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 plan to select approximately 18 quilts for the exhibition.

There are no size limitations for the quilts and no entry fee, but please note that the quilt cannot have been exhibited within 200 miles of La Grange, Texas, during 2015, including at QuiltCon in Austin.

For more information on submitting a quilt click here.

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

Sewciety + QuiltCon: Volunteering!

This is the final podcast in a four part series. The other posts can be found herehere, and here.

In the final episode with Stephanie at Modern Sewciety the conversation centers around volunteering at QuiltCon. Listen in how you can volunteer at QuiltCon. There are also some good tips for volunteers!

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Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG?
Read about membership here.

Sewciety + QuiltCon: The Experience

This is the third podcast in a four part series. The other posts can be found here, and here.

This episode with Stephanie at Modern Sewciety is all about getting the most from your experience. Listen in to get some great tips from Jen Carlton Bailly, Susan Beal, and Andrew Joslyn. They talk about everything from what to bring to how to schedule your days!

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Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG?
Read about membership here.

Sewciety + QuiltCon: Workshops and Lectures

This is the second podcast in a four part series. The first one can be found here.

The next episode with Stephanie at Modern Sewciety is all about the experience with workshops and lectures at QuiltConElizabeth Dackson, MQG Events Manager, chats about how to prepare for the classes and a bit about what to expect when taking lectures and workshop. Cheryl Arkison and Carolyn Friedlander talk about the experience of taking workshop and lectures at QuiltCon. Don’t miss out on some great tips given by all!

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Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG?
Read about membership here.

MQG Members in the News!

One of the great benefits of becoming a member of the MQG is our free Quilt of the Month patterns. Each month MQG members are sent via email a modern quilt pattern designed by one of our talented members!

In February, Paige Alexander (an Individual member from South Carolina) fell in love with Debbie Grifka’s (a member of the Ann Arbor MQG) Zephyr pattern. Below is a great interview with AQS about her quilt Variegated, which received honorable mention the Modern category. Her quilting was inspired by a post written by Christina Cameli, a member of the Portland MQG.

Congrats Paige! We are so excited to for your win.

Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG?

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QuiltCon Charity Quilt: Alternative Gridwork

We  hope you have already read all about the 2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge and are planning to join in! If you missed reading about it, you can find the original post here, and the Color post here.

The QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge is one of the MQG’s largest-scale charity projects. For QuiltCon 2015 guilds are asked to follow a predetermined color palette and alternate grid work design.

As quilters we are often (but not always) naturally forced into grids based on our construction techniques. In this post, we’ll talk about different forms of grid work and how to consider using them in your charity quilt design.

Alternate grid work is a modern quilting design element that is used frequently by modern quilters. It is often one of the easiest design elements to experiment and explore modern quilt making with. Modern quilters often “break the grid”. Alternate grid work is a tool to help showcase modern quilting design fundamentals such as negative space, no borders, minimalism, asymmetry, modern traditionalism and exaggerated scale.

Alternate grid work in modern quilt making refers to quilts that don’t follow the traditional block format of many quilts. The majority (but not all) of traditional quilt styles follow a predictable grid structure. It’s important to note that some modern quilts DO follow traditional quilt grid work and some traditional quilts do NOT follow traditional quilt grid work.

Traditional Grid Work Examples

The Straight Set – columns and rows of repeating blocks.

On Point – columns and rows of repeating blocks on a 45 degree angle

Medallion – a central focus feature with design elements bordering outward.

Credit: Marcelle Medallion Quilt by Alexia Abegg

Alternate Grid Work Examples

Traditional grids can be adapted or altered beyond the normal repeating columns and rows.

Increasing negative space.

Shifting the on point angle to an atypical degree.

Alternate gridwork refers to the underlying grids. As quilters, our seam lines guide our grids. Here are some examples of alternate grids.

Modular Grids are the basis for a vast majority of quilt design. You can use a modular grid, but don’t follow strict columns and rows. Using scale is a great way to use a modular grid in an alternate way.

Adding negative space is another way to use the modular grid in an alternate way.

Variable Framing uses the modular grid, but floats blocks in negative space. The underlying column and row format is there, but utilizes negative space to make it modern.

Offset or Misaligned Grids shift the rows and columns to offset blocks.

Paneling does not follow a modular grid structure and disguises any underlying grid.

Are you really into grids? Here’s some great reading:

Grids for Graphic Designers:

The Designer’s Guide to Grid Theory

Grid-Based Design Theory

Five Simple Steps to Designing Grid Systems

A Brief History of Grids

Books:

Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara

Geometry of Design

The Alternate Grid Chapter by Jacquie Gering, Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making, Lucky Spool

General Design Books:

Design Basics by David Lauer and Stephen Pentak

Design Elements by Timothy Samara

Applying Mathematics to Web Design 

Understanding the Impact of Design:

A great book to understand how forms impact and are processed by the human brain is Sensation and Perception by E. Bruce Goldstein. This book was the first book that really got me to think about design in an objective rather than intuitive manner. Have fun everyone!

Thanks,

Heather Grant, Director of Marketing & Programming