Seattle MQG Returns to Northwest Folklife Festival

The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild has been invited for a second year to exhibit member quilts at the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival. This year is the 43rd annual event and occurs May 23-26 (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Seattle Center.  Our exhibit will be in the beautiful Intiman Courtyard.

Seattle MQG 2013 Folklife Festival Exhibit in the Intiman Courtyard

Seattle MQG 2013 Folklife Festival Exhibit at the Intiman Courtyard. Photo by Chandra Wu

There are plans to show more quilts than last year and we need yours. In case we have more submittals than space, a committee has been formed to select quilts for the exhibit.  Your quilt needs to labeled with your name so it can be returned to you. You may also supply a hanging sleeve and a rigid tube or hanging rod if you have one but we will try to display quilts using binder clips.

The quilt submittal form asks for a link to the photo of your quilt. If you cannot provide a link to a photo of your quilt (a flickr link is fine), please bring it to the April 9th Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Meeting to be photographed so that we can review submissions and select quilts for the show.

Submit your quilt for the exhibit and volunteer to help with the show by using this form. One quilt per form, of course.

April Meeting Time

Yay!  It’s that time again – Seattle MQG monthly meeting time! This one is jammed packed!

When:  Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7-9:00. Social time starts at 6:30. You can help set up :)

Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Pre-meeting Meetup: Guild member Allison’s Team-in-Training bud is having a beer-tasting fundraiser at Chuck’s Greenwood Hop Shop (85th at 8th AVE NW) starting at 5:00. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gets donations from the tasting. Raffle prizes and a food truck, too.

On the agenda:


Ara Jane, Amber, and Isaac at our Michael Miller MQG Fabric Challenge cut, fold, and bundle party. Not shown, Solveig and Martha.

  •  Pincushion swap. Need we say more?

Snagged from Instagram (with permission), clockwise from top left: made by Jessie, Sue M, Kristen B, and Grace.

  • English Paper Piecing demo by our own Anna Boenish!
  • Show and Tell. Yay!
  • Door prizes

What to pack in your bag:

  • Nametag. Really. Pssst – we have a new nametag incentive. Members wearing their nametag get an extra door prize entry :)
  • Pincushion(s) for swapping
  • Show-and-tell
  • Snacks (if you’re an April baby)

Did you read the packing list carefully? See you Wednesday!

Things To Do This Rainy Weekend

It may be super rainy, but at least it’s the weekend, right?  Here are some things you might want to do:

  1. Work on a pincushion (or two!) for our April pincushion swap. Check out our Seattle MQG Pinterest page with pincushion links and ideas.
  2. Check out Stash Fest benefitting the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum.
  3. Hop on a ferry over to Vashon Island to see “LUKE Haynes: The Second Coming” at Island Quilter.  This is the last weekend before the exhibit closes on April 3.
  4. Break out those shimmery Robert Kaufman metallic Quilter’s Linen and Quilter’s Tussah and get going on your PNW Modern Metallic Challenge quilt.

Whatever you do, get in some quality quilty time!

March Meeting Reminder

It’s time for our next Seattle MQG meeting.  You want to come to this one!

When: Wednesday, March 12, 7:00-9:00.  Social time starts at 6:30

Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

On the agenda:

  • Approve minutes from February meeting
  • Announcements about all kinds of upcoming events and ways to get involved
  • Robert Kaufman PNW Modern Metallic challenge fabric distribution
  • MQG member card distribution
  • What are Seattle Modern Quilters?” by our own Chandra Wu
  • Show-and-Tell including new name tags!
First quarter 2014 MQG membership cards are here!

First quarter 2014 MQG membership cards are here!

What to bring:

  • Nametag
  • Snacks to share (if you’re a March baby or you feel like cooking :) )
Ooh Ahh!  Robert Kaufman Quilter's Tussah for PNW Modern Metallic Challenge

Ooh Ahh! Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Tussah for PNW Modern Metallic Challenge. Photo courtesy of Allison Dutton

See you on Wednesday!

Memberships News

They (whoever they are) say “All good things must come to an end” but don’t let this include your Seattle Modern Quilt Guild membership. If you haven’t renewed for 2014, you’re getting a bit of an extension. After March 15th, the membership list on BigTent will be cleaned up and non-renewing members will lose access.  The MQG site access will change on April 1.

Why is 2014 going to be an awesome year to be a Seattle MQG member?  Let us count some of the ways:

  1. Monthly sew-ins (at least one per month, sometimes more)
  2. Retreats
  3. Pacific Northwest Meetup
  4. Challenges from Michael Miller and Robert Kaufmann
  5. Swaps
  6. Charity projects
  7. Seattle MQG exhibits at Northwest Folklife Festival and NW Quilting Expo
  8. Block of the Month
  9. Inspirational show-and-tell
  10. Friendship and fun

Renewing or joining is super easy.  Just go to the Membership page and click the handy dandy PayPal button and pay by credit card. Seattle MQG membership dues are $50 per year. MembershipRenewal3

You may also renew or join with a credit card at the March 12th meeting and this will be your last opportunity to pay via Square.  After March 12th, please use the PayPal button. We no longer accept cash or checks.

It’s Here! PNW Modern Metallic Challenge

This August, there will be a brand new sewing event in Portland called Quilt! Knit! Stitch! It’s put on by the organizers of International Quilt Festival (and Quilt Market) and they’ve invited us to be a part of it. The event will be on August 14-16, 2014 and you can find a few more details about it at

Quilt! Knit! Stitch! will be presenting the Modern Metallic exhibit, a modern quilting exhibit featuring members of PNW MQGs . You are encouraged to feature the use of metallic design details including (but not limited to) fabric, thread, and themes.

Photo courtesy of Allison

Photo courtesy of Allison

Robert Kaufman has generously offered participating guilds fabric from their new Quilters Metallic collection. The Seattle MQG has a selection of Quilters Tussah and Quilters Linen. Our gorgeous, shimmery Robert Kaufman metallic fabric has arrived and will be handed out at the meeting next week so be sure you are there if you want to participate. Please note that including the RK fabric in your quilt is optional.

Eligible quilt details:

- You may submit up to 2 quilts for this exhibit

- There is no “made after” date requirement

- Maximum quilt size is 48” x 48”

- There is no minimum size

- Any fabrics can be used so you can enter the show even if you do not get the RK fabric

Online registration will be open from April 4 – May 2, 2014. Please visit for entry form and details on submitting your quilt. Accepted entries will be notified by June 6 and those will need to be sent to Houston by July 8. They will be returned to you by the end of September, unless you agree to let it travel to other shows, in which case you will get it back by July 2015.

So, who’s ready to take home a bundle of sparkly goodness? Fabric bundles will be handed out at our meeting next Wednesday, March 12th, and will be first-come first-served, going by the date you renewed your membership this year. That’s right, you must be a current paid member to get fabric. Any leftover bundles will be passed out at the QWNW sew-in March 22, and left after that will be distributed at the April meeting. See you next Wednesday!

Please use hashtags #pnwmodernmetallic #quilterslinen #quilterstussah #robertkaufman on your posts and photos on-line and on social media.

Two Bits of News


Who opened their email this morning and nearly shouted “yee haw” out loud after reading the news from the Modern Quilting Guild? If you missed it, QuiltCon 2015 dates and keynotes (Gee’s Bend!!!) were announced.  From the traffic on Facebook and Instagram today, it looks like nearly everyone heard.  It’s surprising that the servers didn’t overload.  It was a crazy day out there in quilty social media.


The other big news is that are we now on Instagram!  About time, right?  Follow us as seattlemqg.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!