Ends on December 31, 2017

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) 

We are actively seeking an Amish quilt collection. Please do let us know if you have information to help us book one at QuiltCon. 

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Grant at heather@themodernquiltguild.com.

Ends on January 31, 2018
We love to feature the work our guilds have done on their QuiltCon Charity quilts. Please use this form to be featured on the MQG blog. 
You'll need to submit the following items:
  1. Blog post content (300-500 words)
  2. 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
  3. Guild Instagram handle or hashtag
  4. Author's name or authors' names
  5. Author's guild position (leadership role or member) — optional
When writing your blog post, keep the following questions in mind to help organize the post.
  • 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!
Thank you for being a member of the MQG and taking part in this exciting charity project!
Ends on October 31, 2017

We’re looking for original, creative quilt designs to share with MQG members each month in 2018 — and we want your ideas! Submissions are now open for the 2018 Quilt of the Month series, and we’re looking for 12 new quilts. Will yours be one of them?

What We’re Looking For

  • Designs should be original and never-before-published online or in print.
  • Designs should have a challenging creative element (like a color study, new technique, or unique structure or piecing — we want our members to learn new things and challenge their skills!)
  • We need to see your vision! You should have a visual guide to your quilt — whether it’s a sketch or computer-generated design, we need to be able to visualize your quilt as close to the final product as possible.

Required Items for Selected Quilts

Selected quilters will be asked to submit the following items. We don’t need your finished quilt, but we do ask that you take great photos and write thorough instructions that others can follow.

  • Pattern instructions and pattern templates
  • Illustrations and/or diagrams for construction and assembly
  • Photos of the finished quilt
  • Personal information like Instagram handle, website, bio, headshot, and MQG Guild (we’ll use this info to give you credit and talk about how awesome you are!)

How to Submit (and Important Dates)

  • Decide how long it will take you to complete the quilt from the time of acceptance. An accurate timeline will help us determine which months to release patterns, so please be as accurate as possible.
  • Create a visual guide to your quilt by sketching or making a computer-generated version.
  • Fill out the form on the following page with your information and quilt design.
  • Submission deadline is October 15, 2017.
  • Notifications will be sent by November 1, 2017.
  • Patterns, photos and other deliverables will be due in batches:
    • Batch 1: December 31, 2017
    • Batch 2: March 31, 2018
    • Batch 3: June 31, 2018
    • Batch 4: August 31, 2018

Designers retain all rights to their quilt patterns, and we compensate you for the right to first publish the pattern in our MQG newsletter and on our website. Selected designers will be issued a contract. If you have any questions, please email Riane at riane@themodernquiltguild.com. And to see past examples, visit the Resources tab on the MQG Community site.

Ends on October 31, 2017

The MQG is seeking blocks for a second year of monthly block patterns — the 2018 MQG Block Study! We’re looking for original, creative quilt block designs to share with MQG members. You provide the block design, and we'll write the pattern and ideas for using it in a modern quilt.

What We’re Looking For

  • Block designs should be original and never-before-published online or in print.
  • Block designs should lean toward modern, but traditional elements are okay.
  • Block designs should be sketched in EQ7, Adobe Illustrator, another design program or on graph paper. If you have a picture of the finished block, that's cool too.
  • Both pieced blocks and foundation paper pieced blocks are acceptable.

If your block is selected:

Selected designers will submit the block illustration to the MQG, and we will have someone write the pattern and suggest ways to use it in a modern quilt. You will be compensated $50 for the block design.

How to Submit (and Important Dates)

  • Fill out the form on the following page with your information, and upload your block design.
  • Submission deadline is October 15, 2017.
  • Notifications will be sent by November 1, 2017.
Designers retain all rights to their block design, and we compensate you for the right to first publish the design in our MQG newsletter and on our website. The MQG retains all rights to the pattern and coordinating design lesson. Selected designers will be issued a contract. If you have any questions, please email Riane at riane@themodernquiltguild.com.
Ends on December 31, 2017
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
* 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
 • 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, 2017. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.

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