Q. There’s Modern Quilting? What is that?

A. Everyone defines “Modern Quilting” a little bit differently, but the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild has this to say:

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.


Q. When and where are your meetings?

A. Our regular guild meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month, at 11:00 am, at Quilt in a Day, San Marcos. We also have special events in various locations throughout the year, which can be found on our Events Calendar.

Q. Can I visit your meetings without joining the guild first?

A. Yes, visitors are always welcome to try out a meeting or other event before committing to membership. You can attend up to two events without becoming a member, but after that we ask you to pay dues.

Q. Can I join the SDMQG?

A. Sure! Our guild is open to anyone in the San Diego County area who is interested in modern quilting, regardless of age or experience level.

Q. How do I join?

A. Attend one of our regular guild meetings to pay your dues in person. Dues for calendar 2016 are $40, and are prorated to $20 for members who join after July 1. If you cannot attend a meeting in person, please contact treasurer@sdmodernquiltguild.com to make alternate arrangements.

Q. What are the benefits of SDMQG membership?

A. Besides meeting a lot of fun local quilters, when you join the SDMQG you also become a member of the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, with all the benefits associated. (You do not need to sign up as an individual member if you are a member of a local guild.) Dues-paying SDMQG members have access to our guild Forums, can participate in guild swaps/bees/challenges, and get first chance to register for any special speakers or workshops we sponsor.

Q. What happens at an SDMQG meeting?

A. Our meetings include a variety of topics and tutorials related to the art of modern quilting. A typical meeting will include discussion of any official guild business, a demonstration of a sewing or quilting technique, a raffle prize drawing, and a project Show-and-Tell (which we call Sew-and-Tell). We also have swaps, charity quilt projects, quilt-alongs, and a year-long block-sharing bee we call the SDBee. After the talking is done, we have the Quilt in a Day classroom available for free sewing until the shop closes at 4:00 pm.

Q. How do the SDBee work?

A. At the start of each year, 12 (or so) members enroll in the bee. Each participant in the bee commits to making modern blocks for the other 11 participants throughout the year; each has a designated month to be “Queen of the Bee”, and assign modern blocks to all the other participants. The plan is for each participant to make a finished quilt out of the bee blocks. Some bee participants provide their own fabric for the members to use, others ask you use your own scraps. At the discretion of the month’s “Queen”, bee participation may be opened up to any guild members, not just those who pre-registered.

Q. How does a QAL work?

A. We choose on big quilt project every year, from a book or other source, break it up into monthly chunks, and meet to share our progress after our regular guild meetings. Participation is at will – no sign-ups or deadlines. It’s a great way to share challenges and learnings, and keep motivated to finish.

Q. I’m in South San Diego County, and Quilt in a Day is too far for me to drive!

A. We feel you! We’ve searched high and low for a more central meeting location that can accommodate a group our size at a price we could afford. QiD has been very generous with their space, and we truly appreciate our south county members who are willing to make the drive. We also try to schedule regional activities and special events throughout the county, to accommodate those who can’t. Check our Events Calendar to see what’s scheduled in your area.

Q. Where can I learn more about the SDMQG?

A. You can see photos of our quilts on Instagram or Flickr, chat with us on Facebook, get announcements on Twitter, visit our community page on the MQG website, or e-mail us at board@sdmodernquiltguild.com. Our physical mailing address is PO Box 17682, San Diego, CA, 92177, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Q. OK I just joined. Now what?

A. Our VP of Operations will give you a membership card when you’ve filled out your membership form and paid your dues to the Treasurer. VP Ops will email you a New Member Welcome letter (in order to verify your email address is correct) with more info and how to access the forums. Check in periodically to our forums to find out the latest news, developments or start discussions with other members. You can opt to receive emails of certain threads by clicking the box “Subscribe Topic” at the bottom of the discussion thread. Also look at our social media pages: our Blog, Facebook for announcements, Instagram for photos or to see what other members are doing and Pinterest for inspiration boards and ideas.

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