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 or six-hour workshops ***
 * 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.

*** NOTE: If you wish to teach workshops, please be sure to submit at least one three-hour workshop concept. Three-hoor workshops are crucial to filling the QuiltCon schedule, and each workshop instructor is expected to teach at least one three-hour workshop.

As you prepare your application, ask yourself these questions:
  1. 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.
  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 the photos of your projects professional and well done?


Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where and when is QuiltCon 2023?
A: QuiltCon 2023 is scheduled to be held from February 22-26, 2023 in Atlanta, GA at the downtown Atlanta Convention Center.

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 are the top 5 topic areas of most interest to QuiltCon attendees:
  • Improvisational Piecing/Design
  • Modern Traditionalism in Modern Quilt Design
  • Minimalism in Modern Quilt Design
  • Domestic Machine Quilting
  • Scale and Pixelization 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. Feel free to indicate "refer to previous 2023 application" for any long-form fields rather than duplicating efforts on multiple applications.

Deadline: Midnight CDT on February 28, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their preliminary application status by March 18, 2022.

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

Have you seen someone's work on social media that you've felt inspired by? Someone perhaps flying under the radar or just not getting the recognition you think they deserve? Tell us about them so we can check out their work and reach out to see if we're a good fit for working together!

We’re looking for original, creative quilt designs to share with MQG members each month in the MQG Journal — and we want your ideas! 


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 new technique, 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.


How to Submit:

  • Determine how long it will take you to complete the quilt from the time of acceptance. An accurate timeline will help us decide 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.


Designers retain all rights to their quilt patterns, and we compensate you for exclusive first right to publish the pattern in our MQG newsletter and on our website. This exclusivity ends one year after the release of the pattern to MQG Members. Selected designers will be issued a contract. If you have any questions, please email Brenna at brenna@themodernquiltguild.com. To see past examples, visit the Resources tab on the MQG website.


Expectations:

We don’t need your finished quilt at the submission stage! But just so you know what we'll be requesting from those who are selected, we will need:

  • The pattern recolored by the designer using the quarterly Moda Bella Solid palette selected by the MQG
  • The MQG will send fabric and batting so the designer can make the complete quilt
  • Pattern instructions and pattern templates
  • Illustrations and/or diagrams for construction and assembly
  • A flat photo of the finished quilt
  • The quilt sent to the MQG for professional photography
  • The quilt will hang at QuiltCon the following year as long as its construction meets our quality standards



The MQG is seeking blocks for the MQG Block Study! We’re looking for original, creative quilt block designs to share with MQG members. You provide the block design, make some sample blocks, and write the basic pattern, and we'll provide the finished 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 EQ8, Adobe Illustrator, Procreate, 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(s) to the MQG recolored using fabrics from the quarterly Moda Bella Solid palette selected by the MQG.
  • The MQG will send fabric so designer can make five quilt blocks and write the pattern.
  • The MQG will suggest ways to use your block in a modern quilt. 
  • You will mail quilt blocks to the MQG for professional photography.
  • Contract and compensation to follow once your design is selected!


How to Submit:

  • Fill out the form on the following page with your information, and upload your block design.

Designers retain all rights to their block design and pattern. The MQG will compensate you for the right to first publish the design in our MQG newsletter and on our website and for one year of pattern exclusivity. The MQG retains all rights to the coordinating design lesson. Selected designers will be issued a contract. If you have any questions, please email Brenna at brenna@themodernquiltguild.com.

Do you have a great story to tell? Want to write about interesting history of the quilting industry? How about telling the MQG membership about your guild's charity projects? The MQG is seeking articles for the MQG Journal!


What We’re Looking For

  • Stories of your local guild's activities.
  • Culturally or historically significant stories relating to quilting and the fiber arts.
  • Charity and Community Outreach projects.
  • and more!


If your article proposal is selected:

  • You will be contacted with details of submission requirements, which include 8 high-res photos, one headshot, and a 50-60 word artist bio. 
  • Contract and compensation based on topic and article length, details will be discussed once your proposal is selected.


How to Submit:

  • Fill out the form on the following page with your information, and upload an

If you have any questions, please email Brenna at brenna@themodernquiltguild.com.

In 2022 the MQG will continue to offer quilted projects for the home and on the go. Whether you are interested in making a project like a bag you can take with you, or something for home, like table runner or pieced curtains — and we want to see your ideas! Submissions are now open for the 2022 issues of MQG Journal.


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 new technique, 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 design — whether it’s a sketch or computer-generated design, we need to be able to visualize your project as close to the final product as possible.


How to Submit (and Important Dates):

  • Decide how long it will take you to complete the project 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 design by sketching or making a computer-generated version.
  • Fill out the form on the following page with your information and design.


    Designers retain all rights to their block design and pattern. The MQG will compensate you for the right to first publish the design in our MQG newsletter and on our website and for one year of pattern exclusivity. Selected designers will be issued a contract. If you have any questions, please email Brenna at brenna@themodernquiltguild.com. And to see past examples, visit the Resources tab on the MQG website or visit mqgjournal.com.

    Expectations:

    We don’t need your finished project at the submission stage! But just so you know what we'll be requesting from those who are selected, we will need:

  • The pattern recolored by the designer using the quarterly Moda Bella Solid fabric palette selected by the MQG
  • The MQG will send fabric to make your small project
  • Pattern instructions and pattern templates
  • Illustrations and/or diagrams for construction and assembly
  • The finished project sent to the MQG for professional photography




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)
  • The Hartsfield Family Slave Quilt Collection (2021)


2. Community Exhibits: These are quilts made by group of people around a unified theme. Previous and scheduled exhibits included: 

  • QDAD (2017) 
  • MQG Modern Classics (2021)
  • Temperature Quilts (2022)


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.

Deadline
Rolling


We are currently accepting proposals for QuiltCon 2023 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 colleen@themodernquiltguild.com.

The Modern Quilt Guild