A special offer from our QuiltCon sponsor: C&T Publishing

Going to QuiltCon?! While you’re there, make sure you visit us and the 11 C&T authors who will be lecturing and teaching workshops!

Wondering who our special guests will be? Look no further…

Alexia Abegg


Alexia is an award-winning designer, artist, and writer. After trying her hand at photography, production, acting, costuming, hair and makeup for film and television, fashion design, and custom sewing, she found her home in creating fine art quilts and sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn, New York. Check out her book Liberty Love, which features a lovely array of quilts, family apparel, and accessories for your home and wardrobe.

Cheryl Arkison


In the midst of full-time motherhood, Cheryl finds time to write books, teach quilting, and maintain a small freelance writing career. You can see all of Cheryl’s books and products here!

Alissa Haight Carlton

Haight Carlton

Alissa Haight is one of the founders of the Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Stitch magazine, Quilter’s Home, and Quilting Arts’ Quilt Scene. When not quilting, she casts reality shows, including seasons seven, eight, and nine of Project Runway. Check out Alissa’s books here!

Elizabeth Hartman



Patchwork City
The Practical Guide to Patchwork
Modern Patchwork

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quiltmaker and designer of modern sewing and quilting patterns. Elizabeth grew up in a family whose members were always making things, and she got hooked on quilting the first time she tried it. She loves the play of color and pattern, the orderliness of the process, and — perhaps best of all — the fantastic and functional pieces that are the reward at the end! View Elizabeth’s best selling titles here!

Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

Kerr  Ringle

Weeks and Bill Kerr are co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio and have been making modern quilts since 1999. They are the authors of The Modern Quilt Workshop, the first book ever published on modern quilting, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern, and Transparency Quilts. You can read more about them & find their books here.

Angela Walters


Angela Walters is a machine quilter and author who loves to teach others to use quilting to bring out the best in their quilt tops. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books. Take your quilts to the next level with Angela’s books…view them here!

Kim Eichler-Messmer

Eichler Messmer

Kim’s quilts have also been featured in West Elm, Apartment Therapy, and Design Sponge. Kim currently lives in Kansas City, where she does math daily, grows tomatoes, hugs cats, and is an assistant professor in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute. Create a one-of-a-kind quilt with hand-dyed fabrics using Kim’s book, Modern Color!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe, painter, photographer, and quilter, was raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. She learned to sew and quilt when she was four years old! Victoria is currently the president of the New York Metro Mod Quilt Guild and a member of New York City Empire Quilters and Minnesota Quilt Guild. She is also on the board of directors for the Alliance of American Quilts. Check out Victoria’s line of products and books here.

Casey York



Modern Appliqué Illusions

She is an avid quilter and designer, drawing her inspiration from masterpieces of the past as well as the contemporary world. Two of her quilts were included in the inaugural QuiltCon quilt show in 2013. Casey has released several stand-alone patterns, and her work has been featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Stitch magazines. She also teaches workshops in embroidery-finished applique and improvisational applique. Delight your eyes with bold minimalist quilts that give the illusion of depth and distance in Casey’s book, Modern Applique Illusions!

Mary Fons



Make and Love Quilts

In 2010, Mary created Quilty (New Track Media), a weekly online program she hosts for beginner quilters. She now serves as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine, available bimonthly on fine newsstands nationwide and via digital subscription. Since 2011, Mary has served as co-host of Love of Quiltingon PBS/Create Network alongside her mother, quilter and educator Marianne Fons. Mary’s popular Make and Love Quilts will warm your heart, soul, and bedroom!

Not able to make it to QuiltCon? No problem! We’ve got a special offer just for YOU! Right now, get 25% off any of the above authors’ books and products at ctpub.com by using promo code QUILTCON25 upon checkout.

Happy shopping!

Meet our new team members!

Big news! We’re so excited to announce that we’ve added two new members to our staff! Molly Isenbarger joins us as our Membership Services Manager and Riane Menardi is our new Communications Manager. They are both experts in their fields, and we are so excited to have them on board—they’ve really hit the ground running to pick up where Jen left off. And good news! They’ll be joining us at QuiltCon in Austin next week, so be sure to say hello.

Molly Isenbarger, Membership Services Manager

IsenbargerHey Members!

If you haven’t already heard from me, I’m Molly. I am the new Membership Services Manager at the MQG. I recently moved to Noblesville, Indiana from Boston, but grew up all over (including Wyoming, Kazakstan, and Northern California). After I graduated college, I worked as the managing director at a nonprofit and an accounting firm to help other nonprofits develop and grow their financial practices. I love to be the connection between people and systems to help us work and play better!

I joined the MQG team because I am so excited by its explosive growth, smart and creative member base, and all the opportunities for where we can go next as a community. My role at the MQG is to make your experience the best it can be. I work behind the scenes to keep our membership database working smoothly, provide access to resources and the member community on our website, and help new and growing guilds get the support they need. Most importantly, I came on board to listen to what you’re hoping to see at the MQG in the future, what isn’t working yet, and what we can do to help! I hope to get to know many of you soon as we continue to grow. Starting at QuiltCon — be sure to introduce yourself! You can also always find me on Instagram at lane33andahalf.

Thanks, Molly

Riane Menardi, Communications Manager 

Hey Modern Quilt Guild!Menardi

I am so, so excited to join the MQG as the Communications Manager — I’m Riane (pronounced Ree-ann), and you’ll be hearing from me from time to time with MQG updates via emails, blogs and social media. I’ll also be in charge of the webinar series, so I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

My background is in journalism, but I’ve done just about everything under the sun in communications. I worked for ReadyMade magazine before it was put to rest (R.I.P.), and then went on to help indie handmade companies do promotions, events and social media. I also worked as a community builder for a startup handmade marketplace (not Etsy, but close). And for the past year, I’ve been with an agency, helping clients run marketing campaigns and communications. I also contribute words, designs and project management to Fresh Quilts from time to time.

I’m based in the sweet, sweet heartland of Des Moines, Iowa, and when I’m not sewing or writing, you can find me sipping craft beer, doing yoga or cycling (but only in weather over 50 degrees).

I can’t wait to learn more about this awesome community and share all the great things that are in store for the MQG! You can find me online and on Instagram as vesselquilts, or you can just say hi in person! I’ll be at QuiltCon, frantically snapping pictures and posting updates. Please stop me and say hello.


QuiltCon Call for Instructors & Lecturers

We are looking for experienced instructors who can teach techniques of interest to modern quilters. In general, we like a balance of technique based and project based workshops.

Our workshop instructors offer unique workshops and are the leaders in their field for a specific technique – or they teach techniques that are new to many modern quilters.

For more details on the application process, please complete our application form.

Please read the application packet and application completely before emailing questions.

Deadline is March 9, 2015.


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.