Spring 2017 Retreat Sign Up

Edit: Hi everyone! The Spring 2017 retreat has sold out in record time! We can’t make any promises, but if you’re interested in getting on a waiting list in case anyone can no longer make it, please send us an email at seattlemodernquiltguild @ gmail . com.

Are you ready to sign up for our next retreat? Our fabulous retreat committee has been hard at work getting all of the details sorted out and they are ready to share all the info with you here.

Last fall’s retreat-goers. We had a blast! (photo by Debbie Jeske)

When: Friday, March 24, through Sunday, March 26 (earliest arrival at 9am on Friday, departure by 3pm on Sunday)

Location: Camp Burton on Vashon Island


Triple occupancy: $207 (9 spots)
Double occupancy: $224 (12 spots)
Single occupancy: $259 (3 spots)

Additional fees:

Due to the higher costs specialized ingredients, there is an additional fee if you require a special diet. This upcharge applies to vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and those with multiple allergies that require a special meal to be made. The fee for a special diet request is $8. If you indicate on the form that you need a special diet, Kim Curtiss will contact you about payment.


We will send out a spreadsheet to sign up to bring community items (irons, ironing boards, cutting mats, design walls, snacks, etc) but if you’re interested in volunteering for the following positions, please let Emily know by sending an email to emilysteed @ gmail . com.
Activities:  Would you like to lead a group activity? Perhaps you have a technique you’d like to share with us. Maybe you have an idea for a creative group project.  Please let us know your ideas!
Snacks/Drinks:  We’ll have a sign-up for individual contributions, but we need someone to set up the snack table and make sure it stays neat and tidy during the retreat.
Happy Hour/Games:  This volunteer’s job will be to organize a Saturday night party with food and games and whatever other fun you dream up.
Gifts/Swag:  Finally, it wouldn’t be a retreat without gifts of fabric, tools, patterns, etc. Please consider this role if you know how to procure the stuff quilters love.

House Rules:

To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the retreat, there are a couple of guidelines we’re asking everyone to follow this year.

  • Keep the aisles and walkways clear. Please keep you and your supplies out of the common areas. If you have a lot of stuff, it is your responsibility to arrive early and set up in out of the way location (in a corner, for example).
  • Store extra fabric, supplies, etc in your room or vehicle. We all like to have extra projects and fabric on hand. Since space is limited at Camp Burton, please keep your belongings that you are not using in your room or in your vehicle.
  • If you volunteer to bring supplies to share, please leave them at Camp Burton for the full duration of the retreat. If you need to leave retreat early, we ask that you make arrangements to have another attendee (NOT board members or retreat organizers) deliver your shared supplies to you after the retreat.


Retreat slots are all on a first come first served basis and are not confirmed until you have paid. There will be a payment link once you click submit on the sign up form. Retreat fees are non-refundable unless we are able to resell your spot or the event is cancelled. The retreat is open only to Seattle MQG members at this time.

Are you ready? Fill out the registration form here!

January 2017 Meeting Recap

We had a wonderful turnout at our January meeting! If you were unable to attend, here is a summary of our meeting.


  • 2017 Membership Renewals from here on out are Paypal only, we have 90 renewing/new members as of our meeting
  • Went over 2016 Q4/End of Year report
  • Reported on some general trends from the Member Survey distributed at the end of 2017, we had a 50% response rate. Our giveaway for entering was won by Sue M.
  • Put forth proposed 2017 Budget, approved with a majority of the membership
  • Announced Spring Retreat, March 24-26 at Camp Burton on Vashon Island, details posted on website
  • Jonna introduced our 2017 Block of the Month, featuring applique #SeaMQGBOM2017, inspired by jewelry created by her great uncle. A post detailing fabric requirements and suggested supplies will appear on Monday, January 16th.
  • If you like to quilt with the 2017 Colors of the Year, either Pantone, or Kona, we have some hashtags you can use on Instagram, we would love to see your works and inspiration. #seamqgkonacoty2017 #seamqgppantonecoty2017
  • Concluded with our annual scrap swap, where you can clean out your quilting fabric stash, and rehome it, or find something new to add to your collection
  • Guild sew-ins this month
    – Thursday, Jan 19th @ QWNW    2pm-8:30pm
    – Saturday, Jan 28th @ QWNW  10:30am-5:30pm
  • The next MQG Sew Day will be January 15 in all time zones. These virtual sew days happen the third Sunday of each month, you can follow on Instagram with the #mqgsewday
  • Upcoming MQG WebinarsJanuary 25, 9p ET, 6p PT: Using Simple Quilt Blocks to Create a Complex Geometric Design with Corinne Sovey
    January 31, 9p ET, 6p PT: Tutorial Planned and Unplanned: Design and Improv in Piecing with Melanie Tuazon
  • Local Exhibits: La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum has two exhibitsAbstract Quilts in Solids by Gwen Marston on display January 4 – March 26, 2017
    Touch of Improv Quilts by Sharon Tuckery on display January 4 – February 26, 2017

Available Volunteer Opportunities in 2017:

  • 2017 Giveaways – We have already received several very kind donations for giveaways. If you would like to lead, or contribute to giveaways, please e-mail programs@seattlemodernquiltguild.com
  • Update Website – We will be updating our website and formalizing an update structure. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail president@seattlemodernquiltguild.com
  • Meeting Demos – If you have an idea for a meeting demo, that you would be willing to give, please e-mail programs@seattlemodernquiltguild.com 
  • Member Spotlight Mini Trunk Shows – We debuted our concept of a mini trunk show with board members showing an early, and recent quilt work, and sharing how we started quilting, as well as some of the things we learned along the way. On a personal note, it was a lot of fun to show our works, and the membership very much enjoyed this feature! We would like to do two or three of these a month. Please e-mail programs@seattlemodernquiltguild.com
  • Welcome Committee – We are looking for members to assist Patty at the sign-in table and in greeting new members and visiters. Please e-mail membership@seattlemodernquiltguild.com
  • Sew-ins – Will be taken over by Kathleen, thank you!

Giving Quilts from the Epic Meetup- The Tree Quilts

Do you remember making PNW inspired tree blocks back in August of 2015?


We were honored that In the Beginning was kind enough to supply the guild with the fabric from their Modern Solids line to share with guild members for charity quilts. In the Beginning is the manufacturer of the gorgeous Modern Solids that we all know and love. They  donated modern solids in a variety of PNW colors – blues, greens, greys, and browns! Perfect for improv forest blocks.

After all the blocks were made, there was such a great response that we were able to finish 3 quilts!


This first one was donated to Seattle Organization of Prostitution Survivors. Each week the orgnaization hosts an Art Workshop as part of the Survivor Services. They have workshops, have put on shows and have a holiday handmade gift sale. This art therapy program is what led Allison, who organized this whole charity quilt event,  to this group as a recipient.

Quilt Information:

Quilt Name: Tree Quilt 1
Quilt Size: 60″ x 60″
Pieced by: Allison Dutton
Quilted by: Rachel Kerley of PMQG
Binding by: Karen O’Connor
Organized by: Allison Dutton

Next up is Tree Quilt 2!


I love seeing everyone’s interpretation of the PNW forest!



And just in case you can’t see the awesome detail in the quilting, check out this…


And lastly for Number 2, is the back.


Quilt Information:

Quilt Name: Tree Quilt 2
Quilt Size: 60″ x 60″
Pieced by: Cecelia Lehmann
Quilted by: Matt Macomber
Binding by: Rachel Singh
Organized by: Allison Dutton


And Number 3… Last but not least!




I love the wood grain quilting on this one!

Quilt Information:

Quilt Name: Tree Quilt 2
Quilt Size: 30″ x 40″
Quilted by: Allison Dutton
Binding by: Grace Lainhart
Organized by: Allison Dutton

Thanks to everyone that helped put these quilts together. They were all extremely graciously accepted!


January 2017 Meeting Reminder

A new year is upon us, bringing with it opportunities for growth and experimentation. We hope you will be able to join us at our next meeting.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, Greenwood Senior Center
Social half-hour begins at 6:30 pm
Meeting runs 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Please bring:

  • Cotton quilting scraps for our annual scrap swap
  • Quilt Sew and Tell
  • January Birthdays – your turn to contribute a snack to our table
  • Post your 2017 Kona Color of the Year inspiration photos to IG using #seamqgkonacoty2017

Meeting will include:

  • Trunk show by your 2017 Board
  • 2017 BoM introduction
  • Member survey summary
    • Votes on initiatives requested by our members
    • Opportunities for volunteering based on feedback from the member survey
  • Scrap Swap after sew and tell

January Sew-ins:

  • January 19th – Happy Hour Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest 2:00-8:30 pm
  • January 28th – Saturday Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest 10:30a-5:00 pm


2017 Membership Renewals

Wow – Can you believe it? We made it through to 2017! If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, or you’ve been waiting for 2017 to join, now is the time.

Our cash/check only period for 2017 membership renewals has now come to an end. The 2017 PayPal link is live. Please complete the 2017 Seattle MQG Membership Form. After completing the form, the Confirmation Page will include a link to the PayPal payment page.

You can also access the Seattle MQG Membership Form indirectly through the Membership page on the Seattle MQG website.

Remember, you need to be a member in good standing by January 31, 2017 to attend any workshops or other fun activities. Chapter standing rules state, “a member whose dues remain unpaid at the end of the second month of the membership term shall be suspended.” This year you have until February 28th to avoid membership suspension, perish the thought. We can’t imagine Seattle MQG without you!

Cheers to 2017

Giving Quilt :: Piece Offering

It was March 9, 2016 that we received news that there had been a natural gas explosion overnight at 85th and Greenwood, very near the Greenwood Senior Center where we hold our monthly meetings. Soon after, we heard about Set Sail, a fundraiser for Phinney Neighborhood Association, the area most affected by the explosion; and the idea came up to donate one of our guild quilts for their auction. Well, we’ve just confirmed that the donated quilt, “Piece Offering,” sold for $400, making its new owner very happy. And of course, it was nice to be able to give back to the neighborhood in a way that comes natural to us. 
 Quilt Name: Piece Offering
Quilt Size: 65″ x 86″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Dionne Matthies-Buban & Kae Eagling
Quilted by: Dionne Matthies-Buban
Binding by: Kae Eagling
Recipient: Phinney Neighborhood Association
Organized by: 2015 QuiltCon Giving Committee Chairs

 Shown: QuiltCon 2016