Monday, July 6, 2015

Inspiration of the Week!

Love the colors shown in this mural, painted by Leah Bartholomew of Beneath The Sun. It's got a Matisse vibe  to it - wouldn't you agree?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

QuiltCon 2016 Triangle Quilt Challenge

 EZ Quilting is sponsoring the QuiltCon 2016 Triangle Quilt Challenge.

This year’s challenge is to create a quilt using one of the EZ Quilting Triangle Templates designed by Darlene Zimmerman. These templates make it easy to create intricate designs from your scraps. Challenge participants can sign up to get a free ruler or pick up their own template at

Once again, we have many more members than templates, so they will go quickly. We will send the registration link to members via email on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. Eastern, 7 a.m. Pacific.

Learn more about the challenge at

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Now Open! QuiltCon Quilt Show Entries!

Maybe your quilt is ready now (or will be in a few months) — but QuiltCon entries are now open! Quilts will be juried into the show and may be either shown for exhibit only, or entered into competition and judged. Please read the rules carefully before filling out the online entry form.

Important dates

  • Deadline for entries: Nov. 30, 2015
  • Notifications sent: Dec. 30, 2015
  • Selected quilts arrive in Pasadena: Jan. 1–18, 2016
  • Quilts shipped for return by: March 8, 2016


You’re welcome to enter as many quilts as you would like in the show, but choose the category that best fits your work. If it fits in more than one, consider what you think is the strongest aspect of your quilt. This year’s categories include:
  • Group or Bee Quilts
  • Small Quilts
  • EZ Quilting Triangle Quilt Challenge
  • Michael Miller Fabric Challenge
  • Applique
  • Handwork
  • Improvisation
  • Minimalist Design
  • Use of Negative Space
  • Piecing
  • Modern Traditionalism
  • Youth 

Awards and Prizes

Over $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to winners in each category, including a $5,000 prize for Best in Show, $1,000 for People’s Choice and $1,000 for the Freespirit Quilting Excellence Award. View all the awards at

New this year! We now have two machine quilting awards with a $1,000 prize for each:
  • Machine quilted on a frame – the needle is moved over the stationary quilt (such as a long-arm machine) 
  • Machine quilted without a frame – the quilt is moved under the stationary needle (such as a domestic machine or mid-arm that is not on a frame)


$30 per entry for up to three quilts — you may enter as many quilts as you would like. We accept Visa, MasterCard and PayPal at the time of entry.

How to Enter

  1. Visit and review all rules and guidelines before submitting your work.
  2. Prepare your entry photos. (Need help? Read our post on taking great quilt photos.)
  3. At the bottom of the page, click on the registration form.
  4. Fill out all your information and submit your photos.
  5. Click through to pay the registration fee. That’s it!

Want Insider Knowledge?

Listen to our June webinar on the judging and jurying process and gain insights from Stevii Graves, Jacquie Gering, Shannon Page and Heather Grant.

Monday, June 22, 2015

QuiltCon Registration Opens June 25th!

Hey, hey guild friends!

Don't forget that QuiltCon registration opens June 25th - just three days away! You've probably received an email from the Modern Quilt Guild about this, but in case you missed it, here is the information:

Members will receive their registration link via email at 7 a.m. PDT, 10 a.m. EDT on June 25,* and the link will also be on the MQG Community site.

Things to note:
  • To get your member discount, you MUST use the email address that is associated with your MQG account. Conveniently, that’s this one that you received this newsletter at! If you want to change it, email us.
  • We’ve had some scheduling changes since the course catalog was released. Download the most recent version here.
  • An instructional video on how to use the registration system is available to help you preview and understand the registration process.
  • Four-day show passes are only available during member registration. Four-day show passes are free to members with pre-registration until November 30. No additional purchase is required to get your free four-day show pass, but you must pre-register by November 30 to receive it. Single-day show passes will be available starting in late 2015 and are not eligible for member discounts.
  • Hotels go quickly once registration starts! Beat the rush and reserve your room before registration opens.
* Approximately. We’ll push “send” at 7 a.m. PDT, but our system sends emails in batches spaced slightly apart. The time you receive the registration link could vary, but the link will also be available on Community.