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: 

1. Historical Exhibits: These Exhibits feature quilts from the past that have been influential on and inspiring to the modern quilting movement. 

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) 
  • Espirit Collection of Lancaster County, Amish Quilts (2020)

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. 

At this time, we are not accepting keynote proposals. 

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. 

Please take care to follow these guidelines: 

1) Please complete the form in its entirety. 

2) Please complete one submission containing your photos and application. 

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. 

Thank you for submitting your exhibit proposal to The Modern Quilt Guild. 


We are currently accepting proposals for QuiltCon 2021 and beyond. Generally, exhibits are booked 18-24 months before the QuiltCon they will exhibit at. 

More Information 

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Molen at

What Are We Looking For?
* Experienced instructors with fresh material, teaching techniques of interest to modern quilters
* Technique-based workshops that yield some type of project
* 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 2021`?
A: QuiltCon 2021 will be held from February 18-21, 2021 at the Atlanta Convention Center in Atlanta, GA.

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). In long-arm workshops, two students share each machine.

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
 • Curves
 • 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, 2019. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Dackson at  Thank you for submitting your application to The Modern Quilt Guild.

The Modern Quilt Guild