The Modern Quilt Guild

on April 28 | in Sewing Trends | by | with 78 Comments

Today Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studios tells us all about The Modern Quilt Guild. It’s sweeping the nation, and the world!

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Alissa, of Handmade by Alissa, had this notion that those of us who embrace modern quilting and have connected through the virtual world of the Internet, might want to connect in person. Alissa and her friend Latifah Saafir started the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild last October. Alissa posted about the LA guild’s first meeting on her blog and a seed was planted.

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First meeting of the LA MQG.

Those of us who quilt alone in our basements envied the LA group with real people and real quilts in the same room. We wanted that kind of connection too and the opportunity to share our work and learn from each other. Alissa simply told us all… Why don’t you do what we did? So we did, and they came.

There are now 59 Modern Quilt Guilds across the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Germany. To find out if there is a Modern Quilt Guild near you go to the MQG site and look in the sidebar for the list of guild locations. If there’s not a location near you, grab a friend or two and start one of your own. There’s more info on the MQG site to help you.

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First Meeting of the Orlando MQG.

The first tasks of the MQG were to get organized, help other groups get organized and begin to explore the definition of modern quilting. A planning team was established to help with those tasks and to help shoulder the load of organizing a budding network of guilds. Each of the members of the planning team posted their responses to the question, ‘What Does Modern Quilting Mean to Me?’ and encouraged other modern quilters in the online quilting community to share their ideas as well. You can read those responses on the MQG site and join in the conversation here.

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First meeting of the Asheville Group.

So, why a MODERN quilt guild? Aren’t there quilt guilds all over the country already? There are and many modern quilters are members, but the focus of those guilds is primarily traditional quilting. While those of us who self-identify as modern quilters admire and respect traditional quilting, we wanted an organization geared specifically to our aesthetic and a group where we could connect with like-minded quilters.

Currently on the Modern Quilt Guild site, local MQG leaders are posting about happenings in their local guilds. There are meetings, workshops, sewing days, creative challenges, swaps and charity work. There are small groups and large groups and everything in between. We’re proud of the quilters who have taken on the challenge of organizing local groups and growing the modern quilting movement.

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Project Plume Show and Tell in Kansas City.

We are a young organization and are working hard to become established and grow simultaneously. It’s an exciting time for us. We’ve started a Flickr group to showcase our quilts, and we have big plans for the future and exciting events coming soon. Look for an announcement in July on the Modern Quilt Guild site. You’ll want to be a part of this!

I’ll leave you with the words of one of our founders after her first meeting… Alissa wrote,

“Oh the fabric shopping, block making, workshop having, and quilting, quilting, quilting we’re going to do!”

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78 Responses to The Modern Quilt Guild

  1. Teresa p says:

    Hey, that’s me talking in that first photo! How cool! It was pretty awesome being there at the start of something that has grown so huge.

  2. Ramona says:

    I wish there was one near me but there isn’t. But it sounds wonderful.

  3. Manechka says:

    I also want IN! seems like it would be so much fun to share ideas and show projects to someone other than my not-so-enthusiastic ‘why-do-you-need-all-that-fabric’ hubby 🙂

  4. Sara says:

    This is something that has been close to my heart for awhile now and I need to find one near to me here in Augusta area,GA: ) Thanks for great encouragement from Kansas City!

  5. Holly says:

    The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is just starting up and we’re hoping to hold our first meeting in May or June. If you live near Vancouver, BC, Canada, come join us!

  6. I joined the Brighton (MI) Modern Quilters. I missed this week’s meeting since I was on a quilting retreat but am really looking forward to some fun sewing this summer!

  7. Linda says:

    I am hoping to find a guild near me one of these days!

  8. Julie says:

    Love this!!!!! Thank you!

  9. carolyn says:

    yay modern quilt guild!! thanks sew mama sew for getting the word out!

  10. Mary P says:

    We’re having lots of fun in Chicago. Come join us!

  11. kriswithmany says:

    I too was surprised to find a guild starting near me. FUN!

  12. I recently joined up with the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild, and I am soooo excited for our first meeting this Saturday. I am new to quilting, but OLD to fabric and sewing. And my tastes run with the modern quilters. I’m all about wonky. I’m really glad that there are these opportunities to meet with other women doing the same thing. Thanks!

  13. Sarah D. says:

    Being a guild member is a BLAST.
    Our Pres. Jacquie is a quilting ROCK STAR!

  14. sara says:

    Would love to join one if there was a close one.

  15. sharonj says:

    Great interview and great links to the guilds–thanks Sharonj.

  16. liberty says:

    I love being a part of the LA MQG… What an amazing group of women (and some men) artists we’ve got… After my first meeting, I was so inspired that I went home and sewed THREE quilt tops before the next meeting!

  17. Jessica says:

    I’m so glad to see events like this going on.

  18. Jordan Durbin says:

    so envious of a fabulous group! I suppose I am one of the “quilt alone in my basement” people, although I quilt at my dining room table instead of in the basement .. .

  19. Melissa says:

    Wow, I had no idea how far this was spread. I think I might be visiting Chicago a little more often.

  20. Marcia W. says:

    Though there isn’t a guild near me, I enjoy the flickr pages of quilts. It inspires me to try something new (like grey sashing).

  21. Becca says:

    Well, doesn’t that sound like fun!?!

  22. PeachRainbow says:

    Sounds interesting!
    Those quilts of show n tell are amazing.

  23. Hilda says:

    Don’t those quilts look marvellous – so fresh. Well done 🙂

  24. Julia says:


  25. Violet Craft says:

    I’m a member in Portland, OR and am SO thankful for the organizers here and nationally. Hip Hip Hooray for quilters!

  26. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the info and great pictures of quilters getting together to share the love!

  27. MissMary says:

    dude… Tennessee is under-represented. where’s the nashville love? 🙂

  28. Well said, Jacquie!….loved seeing KCMQG in the photo!:)

  29. Lisabee says:

    I’m a member of the newly formed Portland (Oregon) MQG! It’s way fun and I’m so thankful for the people who started our group and the original one.

  30. alisha says:

    Fantastic! There’s one in my area!

  31. Rene' says:

    Great article!!! Love seeing all the enthusiasm for these guilds. Our Orlando guild is having a blast! Hope others will join us in the fun.

  32. Andrea says:

    “If you build it, they will come…” Well done!!

  33. Rose L says:

    Oh that sounds like fun!

  34. omama says:

    I’ll be looking for one in my area.

  35. tjesa says:

    Love your definition of the modern quilt guild! We have our first meeting in Ft. Collins, CO tomorrow nite 4/30. If you’re from the northern Colorado area..check out the website and join us… All are welcome!

  36. Kelli says:

    I like the project Plume show!

  37. Maureen says:

    We have a quilt guild in our small town, but not a group such as this.

  38. Kelli says:

    Although I LOVE living out here in the sticks, sometimes I wish I lived in a big city for things like this. I know of 2 guilds around where I live, but they are NOT in any way modern! I love rural life, but I wouldn’t mind some modern inspiration once in awhile!

  39. There is not one in the Tucson, AZ but, it sure looks fun. All the Quilts are beautiful!

  40. ~Helena~ says:

    So cool to see MQG popping up hopefully there will be one in San Antonio soon.

  41. Sarah J says:

    Great! I’ll have to see what’s goin’ on in central Maine…

  42. Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea. I would love to connect with people in my community who share this aesthetic!

  43. Cat says:

    How fun, I should totally join one!

  44. Christine says:

    All of the quilts are beautiful.

  45. We are having so much fun with PMQG! Can’t wait to see what July brings!

  46. Latrilla says:

    I have to find one in my area real soon.

  47. Morgan says:


  48. Vicki says:

    I love the Modern Quilt Guild.

  49. Jennifer says:

    we’re having a great time with the houston chapter – so far, the “regulars” are a small group that have bonded instantly. we even have a single male member who is learning to sew, let along quilt!! if you’re in the area, check us out and come to our meetings!

  50. qsogirl says:

    oh that looks like so much fun. I’m going to look for one near me!

  51. Elizabeth says:

    I need to start a MQG in Eastern Oregon!

  52. Ethne says:

    Oh if it were possible to have one here! Here’s hoping I stir things up a little with my guild talk in June

  53. Andi says:

    Sounds like so much fun!

  54. Megan Presley says:

    sounds neat!

  55. Lynda Pacini says:

    I’d love to have a group in my city. Great info, thanks

  56. Lindsay Forgette says:

    Hmm maybe I will have to look into a group in my area 🙂

  57. upstatelisa says:

    so fun! so which one is you????

  58. miranda says:

    i wish i knew more ladies that love to quilt. i guess i’ll have to be my own guild!

  59. Just joined the MQG in Orange County, CA. Come one, came all!!!!

  60. Krystina says:

    Cool! Um, YES!

  61. Meg says:

    I love Jacquie, and am jealous as all get-out of the MQG chapters springing up all over the place!!

  62. Rachelle says:

    There is one in my area, so exciting!!!!

  63. Brenda says:

    thanks for the explanation. I’m watching these groups spring up all over the US and maybe it’s time to do something like that where I live.

  64. Regina says:

    That’s so great… I consider myself a “modern quilt guild” member – but that’s because my “guild” is online rather than geographically based. Whatever support we can give each other to pursue our passions – whatever they may be – is wonderful!

  65. Margaret says:

    Agreed, great interview…I believe they are starting a chapter here in Alquerque, hoping to have time to attend!

  66. Rachel says:

    Good for you!

  67. Tong says:

    Thanks for the great interview! I’m a member of the MQG here in Toronto, ON, Canada, and it’s so good to meet like-minded people in person and talk about things that I wouldn’t have anyone else to talk to otherwise! It’s been great and I look forward to seeing the MQG evolve and being a part of it!

  68. How exciting! I can’t wait to check it out…

  69. Nichole says:

    Love this concept – and yes I want to be a part of it!

  70. melissa p. says:

    this is so great! sign me up!

  71. Deb V says:

    I looked up on the MQG site and was surprised to find a guild near where I live. So I plan on contacting them. Thanks for the great information.

  72. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the introduction! Now I am off to their website!

  73. Lindsey says:

    I want to be in a modern quilt guild…whaaaa…we need one in Texas!!!

  74. Katie says:

    I’d love to attend a workshop or sewing day and spruce up some of my skills.

  75. Fawn says:

    Hooray there is one in Albuquerque, NM!!! I need to share this info with a few quilting friends quick!

  76. Rebecca says:

    I want to join!

  77. Great interview. And I love her blog! Lots of great quilts.

  78. Megan says:


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