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!”

Won’t you join us?

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