QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: Ann Arbor MQG

Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (A2MQG)

The Ann Arbor Quilt Guild was very excited to participate in the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge! We had enough interested participants that we decided to split into two groups: one where members would piece blocks based on a pattern, and another where members would piece blocks in an improvisational manner.

The improv team started with an idea: a quilt inspired by ideas! Arrows swarming and circulating represent the coordination of thought fragments.

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Arrows were made improvisationally. A tutorial was written by team member Jenna and can be found HERE.

In accordance to the challenge guidelines, we forsook a traditional block format and rather used negative space and variable framing to give our arrows an alternate grid.

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This quilt was long-arm quilted by member Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen.

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Our other group used their skills following the beautiful Think Positive pattern written by A2MQG member Debbie Grifka.

Team members made gorgeous plus blocks that were then assembled into a stunning quilt top.

Charity Quilt Spotlight: Chicago MQG

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild’s entry into the QuiltCon Charity Quilt project was inspired by the pattern “Blue Ice” from Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. As a longtime member, Jacquie has contributed so much to the spirit of the guild and it was a natural choice to turn to her for inspiration.

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The first group of blocks were made at our guild’s fall retreat. We put out a call to bring scraps in the blue, green, and grey from the assigned color pallette, brought some coordinating yardage and borders, and set the group loose. The instructions included the finished block size and some guidelines about the block borders: at least three, using the yardage we bought, and only use berry in the middle border. Some ladies produced entire blocks while some created the gorgeous improv centers and passed them on to others to put borders on. Choosing a pattern that combined some improvisation with some specific guidelines allowed participants to play within their comfort zone or push themselves to try something new. The group had a lot of fun working together and exchanging ideas, encouragement, and scraps.

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A couple of weeks later, we brought all the supplies to our monthly guild meeting and invited everyone to participate by taking fabric home to make a block. For those who had missed out on being in the group working together, it was fun and helpful to look through the blocks that had been made at the retreat. Looking through the blocks together provided an opportunity to notice details and ideas together and share in that inspirational part of the group process. In all we had at least 25 members participate in the project.

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With the blocks done, three of us got together to press, trim, arrange, and assemble. The best part about helping with this task was being able to spend time looking at every single block. Each one is so incredibly different. Some have huge centers and skinny borders while some are tiny in the middle with extra-thick borders. Some centers are tall and skinny, some square, some funky parallelograms, and some break out into their borders. Some blocks follow the guidelines to the letter and some beautifully break the rules. Looking at just two or three blocks lined up may make one wonder how they will fit together in the same quilt, but stepping back to look at the entire quilt reveals that what each block has in common is more than enough to hold them together in a beautiful whole. In this way, the quilt has become an unexpected reflection of our guild and of the wider quilting community. There are as many different styles, methods, and personalities as there are quilters, but when you bring us together the resulting friendships are the kind that are made to last.

Charity Quilt Spotlight: Central Jersey MQG

The Central Jersey MQG took on the QuiltCon Charity Challenge! We wanted to involve ourselves on the international level and contribute to charity further (we just finished our 2014 project of making 25 baby quilts for a New Jersey charity).

Earlier in 2013, our guild banner came together with incredibly creative, original modern blocks by our members. Therefore, it wasn’t rocket science to suppose that they could step up to the plate again. I sketched a rough idea in my sketchbook, setting the blocks into circles, or bracelets – something new. Then, I visited my LQS (Pennington Quilt Works), armed with the MQG’s challenge color scheme. After cutting the fabric I bought into various strips and squares, I created 18 piles of fabric on my carpet to be bagged.

Members brought their blocks to the guild meeting one month after they had received the fabric. At our November guild retreat, I spent two days piecing the blocks and negative space to fit my vision for the quilt. I also set random blocks on-point for visual interest. The negative space was a lot harder to piece than I thought it would be!

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Next, Jessica Levitt quilted the quilt with her longarm. She used many thread colors to blend with the fabric, and did an amazing job of highlighting all of the blocks and the negative space. Finally, Neva Asinari bound, labeled, sewed on a quilt sleeve, photographed, and sent the quilt to Austin. We had a short time frame to make the quilt, but I’m so pleased at all the teamwork within our guild!

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Overall, “Modern Bracelets” is a tribute to minimalism, bright colors, and modern piecing of every kind. My favorite part is the hidden gray block (Neva’s)! When it arrives back from Austin, we will donate the quilt to S.A.V.E., a New Jersey animal shelter, who will raffle it off at their spring gala. Those of us attending QuiltCon can’t wait to see our quilt hang along with all the rest of the charity quilts!

-Jessica Skultety, President

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Charity Quilt Spotlight: Calgary MQG

The Calgary Modern Quilt Guild completed its QuiltCon charity project with the direction and spirit of Becca Cleaver. From an energetic and laughter-filled coffee shop meeting to designing the quilt to making the final stitches, she led the commitment.

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Our design is built off of blocks from guild member Bernadette Kent’s book, Rubies, Diamonds and Garnet, Too. Bern also helped sew the quilt. With its on point layout, a million HSTs and that great gray slab background, the quilt takes some seemingly traditional blocks to a wonderfully modern level. We decided to use the chosen fabrics to represent the four seasons, and the machine quilting reflects that as well.

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We had members piecing, a long arm volunteer, others squaring up, another binding, someone attaching the sleeve. It was a true group effort completed around everyone’s busy schedules. That quilt traveled a lot in the city!

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Calgary is no stranger to giving, and even needing a helping hand. After the devastating floods in 2013, the city rallied to help neighbours, friends and strangers clean up. We even did some of our sewing in a flood ravaged house, with members who themselves were flooded out of their homes. The spirit of giving is in our quilt, the support of our guild members and hopefully translated into our quilt.

QuiltCon Registration is Open!

 

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Did you hear? Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is NOW OPEN! There are just a few workshops remaining after members registered, so act quickly if you want to snatch one up.

We also have an amazing lecture line up. Come and see many of modern quilting’s top names speak about design, their inspirations and all things quilt-ish!

Want to see Gee’s Bend Keynote speech? There are not many spaces left so don’t delay in registering.

Hope to see you in Austin in February!

Register Now.

QuiltCon Tips: Tina Michalik

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). Have you figured out your schedule?! This week we wanted to share advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here, Becca’s post here, and Christa’s post here.

The next tips come from Tina Michalik who is the president of the South Bay Area MQG.

QuiltCon was such a great experience. I came home brimming with enthusiasm, which I still feel. I love sharing it with people in the South Bay Area MQG and other quilting friends.  

Along with a few of my guild mates, we came to Austin not knowing what QuiltCon would be like exactly, we just knew it was going to be awesome.  I did a lot of saving and personal destashing of fabric in order to purchase three workshops, one for each day of QuiltCon.  I would never regret taking a workshop, but in hindsight, I think I was overloaded by the end and next year, I’ll be taking maybe one less workshop.  Also, this year I’ hope to be a Super Volunteer. I’m really looking forward to that because I think you get to meet so many more people by volunteering.  Also, by taking three workshops, I ended up missing some of the lectures that I really wanted to attend.  I heard so many great things about the lectures and what a wonderful visual feast they are. (Thankfully, some of these lectures are available to watch for free on Craftsy.)

What was so great about Austin is that you can walk everywhere you need to go from the convention center.  There was great food venues right outside for quick lunches. They offered quick and tasty International fare complete with vegetarian options.  

I would definitely recommend pairing up with blogging and Flickr/Instagram friends to share hotel expenses with.  That way, the QuiltCon vibe keeps on going even when you go back to your room.  You can chat about your day, look at all the goodies you purchased or got in your swag bag, and you always have someone to go out on the town with.  

Finally, I just want to say that going to Quiltcon ’13 was an experience that will always stay with me.  Being around all the beautiful quilts, meeting like-minded quilters and literally feeling the energy every day has given me memories to draw from for the rest of my life.  I came back with a renewed sense of purpose in my quilting, inspiration from others, and lasting friendships.  Even if you’re only halfway considering going to Austin next year, I truly encourage you to come be with us.  You’ll never regret it!

Emily Sardo's picture of me looking at my ribbon the moment I found out I had been given one!

Emily Sardo’s picture of me looking at my ribbon the moment I found out!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

Become part of the MQG today! Check out the benefits and join now.

QuiltCon Tips: Christa Watson

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). Have you figured out your schedule?! This week we wanted to share advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here, and Becca’s post here.

The next tips come from Christa Watson who is one of our very active Individual MQG members.

Hi all! I have a couple of tips to share from my awesome experience at QuiltCon in 2013!! 

First of all, don’t be afraid to go up and introduce yourself in person to people you’ve met online, and be open when people do the same to you :-). I did that all weekend and solidified so many new friendships by the end of the show!  

Katie Blakesley, Christa Watson, Faith Jones, Holly DeGroot and Lee Heinrich hanging out and having an outside dinner at QuiltCon 2013. This was the first time I met them all in person.

Katie Blakesley, Christa Watson, Faith Jones, Holly DeGroot and Lee Heinrich hanging out and having an outside dinner at QuiltCon 2013. This was the first time I met them all in person.

Second, when you take pictures of quilts to share on your blog with the folks who couldn’t be there, take a picture of the info card that goes along with each quilt. That way you can give proper attribution when you are writing about it later. I usually take a picture of the quilt first and then the information card next, so they are in order on my camera. 

I can’t wait until February, 2015 to do it all over again!

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Info card from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s & Lisa Sipes’ Best of Show quilt. It was handy to have it right there when writing up a blog post later!

Thanks Christa for those great tips!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

QuiltCon Tips: Becca Jubie

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). That leaves you with SIX days to figure out your schedule! This week we wanted to share some advice from members that attended in 2013. You can read Anne’s post here.

The next tips come from Becca Jubie of the Seattle MQG.

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I had a great time at QuiltCon 2013! The entire event was amazing – the huge quilt show, awesome swag bags, dance party, and the fantastic schedule of lecturers and classes. I found it easy to meet other people – everyone was so friendly and excited to be there, and it was also a great way to get to know the people from my guild too. I took two classes that were both fun – machine quilting with Elizabeth Hartman and a table runner class with Valori Wells. They were both enjoyable – Elizabeth demonstrated tons of cute quilting patterns as well as showing off her beautiful quilts, and Valorie gave wonderful color advice and was really down-to-earth. I also took part in a leadership mixer as I am on the board (Seattle MQG), and it was fun to meet other guild officers and discuss guild ideas. I learned so much at QuiltCon and left feeling really inspired about my own quilting and guild.

Some advice I’d give: Don’t over-schedule yourself! There are so many fabulous classes and lectures being offered so it is tempting to want to do it all, but it can be overwhelming. You’ll want to save time to look at the quilt show, shop and check out Austin, plus just get together with new and old friends. Also be sure to pack light! The swag bags are jam-packed, and there is a shopping area in the convention center, so there is plenty to take home. Finally, try to get some barbecue! 

Thanks Becca for sharing your thoughts. We are glad that you enjoyed QuiltCon 2013!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members (check your email)
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

QuiltCon Tips: Anne Sullivan

Registration for QuiltCon 2015 is June 24 (members only). That leaves you with SEVEN days to figure out your schedule! This week we wanted to share some advice from members that attended in 2013.

The first few tips come from Anne Sullivan of the South Bay Area MQG.

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QuiltCon 2013 was such an amazing time! I generally give anyone who asks two pieces of advice. The first is to not over-schedule yourself! I took two full-day workshops and I felt that was about all I could handle. The workshops are fantastic, but there’s so many other great things going on and people to meet and random encounters to have! I also ended up feeling pretty creatively spent by the end of the second workshop. I was glad for some downtime the third day.

The second piece of advice is to volunteer! I ended up volunteering on a whim, and it was so much fun. QuiltCon is huge and (for me at least) somewhat intimidating to know where to start or how to meet people. By volunteering I was able to meet great people and get a behind-the-scenes peek at things so I had a better idea of what QuiltCon had to offer. Plus the staff and the other volunteers are just awesome people,
and we had a blast together!

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Thanks Anne for sharing your thoughts. Working with you as a volunteers was a blast!

Did you go to QuiltCon 2013 and want to share some tips? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com.

Important dates to remember:

QuiltCon
June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members
June 23  Acceptance letters for Super Volunteers sent
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 8 am PDT/11 am EDT
July 1  Registration open to non members
July 30  Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

Quilt Show Entries and Contest
June 27  Submissions for MQG Special Exhibit at International Quilt Festival close
June 30  QuiltCon Design Challenge submission close
July 1  Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)