There is no cost to submit.
We are looking for unique and beautiful special exhibits that have a demonstrable relevance to the modern quilting movement, be it historical, impactful, influential or related to the modern quilting community. Our exhibits generally fall into one of the following categories:
Previous and scheduled exhibits included:
- Roderick Kiracofe’s collection (2013)
- Bill Volckening’s collection (2015)
- The Quilts of Molly Upton (2016)
- SAQA Retrospective: Art Quilts That Inspired the Modern Quiltmaking Movement (2018)
We are actively seeking an Amish quilt collection. Please do let us know if you have information to help us book one at QuiltCon.
2. Community Exhibits: These are quilts made by group of people around a unified theme. Previous and scheduled exhibits included: QDAD (2017)
3. Charitable Exhibits – usually referring to the Guild Charity Challenge that QuiltCon hosts each year, it can also include group charity projects such as the Charleston MQG & Emanuel AME Church Project.
4. Keynote Exhibits – the retrospective work of the keynote speaker, a leading and influential person in the modern quilting movement.
The exhibits take place at a convention center, so while we take the utmost care with our exhibits, museum quality exhibits may not be considered unless there is flexibility on lumen exposure and other archival requirements.
3) All proposals should be accompanied by photo samples of the exhibit. Jpegs are preferred, with a max size of 1 MB per photo. Due to space issues, we cannot accept photos larger than our maximum size.
We are currently accepting proposals for QuiltCon 2019 and beyond. Generally, exhibits are booked 18-24 months before the QuiltCon they will exhibit at.
If you have any questions, please contact Heather Grant at email@example.com.
You'll need to submit the following items:
- Blog post content (300-500 words)
- 2-4 images (at least 1000px on longest side, preferably horizontal). These can be process shots, but give us at least one great hero shot of the finished quilt
- Guild Instagram handle or hashtag
- Author's name or authors' names
- Author's guild position (leadership role or member) — optional
- How did your guild or team approach this year's charity challenge?
- What was your process?
- What did you learn during the challenge?
- What was your favorite part of the challenge?
- What charity will your quilt benefit?
- Anything else you want to share!
* Experienced instructors with fresh material, teaching techniques of interest to modern quilters
* Technique-based workshops that yield some type of project
* Three-hour, six-hour, or nine-hour workshops (all workshop instructors must teach at least one 3-hour workshop)
* Intermediate to advanced levels of difficulty in content
* Photo sample for each submitted workshop. Jpegs are preferred, with a max size of 1 MB per photo.
* We are also accepting 45-minute lecture proposals on technique, history, style, and other quilting topics.
As you prepare your application, ask yourself these questions:
1. Has QuiltCon offered a similar workshop or lecture on the topic or technique in the past? If so, was the previous instructor the top in the field? We ask that you do not email asking for a list of our previous classes and instructors. You can Google “QuiltCon catalog” to find previous catalogs online.
2. Is your course unique? Is anyone else teaching what you are proposing?
3. If the workshop is not a quilt project, how does it directly translate to quilting techniques?
4. Are you showing your best work? Are you showing new work? QuiltCon attendees want fresh, new workshops and lectures, so be sure to offer new options, especially if you travel to teach frequently.
5. Are the photos of your projects professional and well done?
6. Do you own the copyright to the work or have copyright permission to the work you’re proposing you teach or lecture on? QuiltCon does not cover licensing fees.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where and when is QuiltCon 2019?
A: QuiltCon 2019 will be held from February 21-24, 2019 at the Music City Center convention center, in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN.
Q: How many students are in each workshop?
A: All workshops are taught to groups of 24 students (handwork and domestic sewing machines) or 22 students (long-arm classes only).
Q: Is travel covered?
A: The MQG covers travel expenses for full-time instructors including airfare/mileage, hotel and a per diem. Some instructors are booked to teach a full-time schedule (18 teaching hours or more) and others may be booked for a part-time schedule (less than 18 teaching hours); those who are teaching a part-time schedule will receive a travel stipend.
Q: What topics are you looking for workshops and lectures on?
A: Recent surveys show that these topic areas are of most interest to QuiltCon attendees:
• Quilt Design Software
• Scale and Pixelization in Modern Quilt Design
• Alternative Gridwork in Modern Quilt Design
• Minimalism in Modern Quilt Design
• Quilting Quilt Design (how to quilt it)
• Negative Space in Modern Quilt Design
• Free-Motion Quilting
• Modern Traditionalism in Modern Quilt Design
• Domestic Machine Quilting
• Color Theory in Modern Quilt Design
You may submit up to three workshop or lecture ideas per form. If you would like to submit more, please fill out the submission form again.
Deadline: Midnight CDT on December 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Dackson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for submitting your application to The Modern Quilt Guild.