Jan 122015

Welcome! The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild (VMQG) is creating a place for modern quilters to connect and create. The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild was founded in January 2012 and is a branch guild of The Modern Quilt Guild. Members and interested non-members are welcome to attend our Guild meetings.

Find out more about VMQG at our About Us page. Scroll down this page to see the latest news and events!

Jul 022015

Check out the Challenges page or see below for details. Bring your work to the Show and Tell at our upcoming Members Meeting on July 13!

Challenge – It’s time for the Ventura County Fair!

Ventura County Fair

Bring to the July Members’ Meeting any or all three of the following:

1. A modern quilted piece that you plan to enter in the Ventura County Fair;

2. A quilt for the “Day at the Fair” Quilt Challenge. See all details on page 20 of the Home Arts Entry Form.

  • All quilts must be cloth, consisting of three layers (top, batting and backing) and must be hand and/or machine quilted. Only finished projects will be accepted.
  • The design of the quilt must be an original design. Quilts can be pieced, appliquéd or a combination of both and may be embellished.
  • Size must be at least 24” x 24” and no larger than 48” x 48” and may be any shape.
  • An identification label must be sewn to the bottom back corner of the quilt.
  • You may use any fabric(s) of your choice. The choices should reflect the theme – “A Day at the Fair”.

3. A quilt square with the theme “A Day at the Fair.” See all details on page 21 of the Home Arts Entry Form.

  1. The quilt block must measure 12 ½” x 12 ½” to be eligible for competition. Blocks that do not square up to 12 ½” will be disqualified.
  2. Blocks must be made from 100% cotton. Any technique or pattern may be used.
  3. Do not pre-quilt or back the block.
  4. Name and address must be attached to back of block.
  5. Quilt blocks will be on display during Fair.
  6. The entries will not be returned. A quilt consisting of these blocks will be displayed and auctioned at next year’s fair. Proceeds donated to the Ventura County Fair Foundation for fairground improvements.
Jun 082015


Ventura Modern Quilt Guild’s 3rd Annual
Quilt in Public Day and Exhibition
Saturday, June 20, 10am-4pm • Free! NOTE UPDATED TIME
Inner Courtyard and front plaza – you can’t miss us!
Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street, Ventura • map

Members, bring some handwork and bring a quilt! Let’s let Ventura know who we are and what we do.

Things to bring: A quilt or two to display, handiwork, water, lawn chair, sunscreen and hat.  We will have some display hangers for about 10 quilts, a couple of long tables, signs and the Opportunity Quilt with tickets to sell.

Quilt in Public Day June 2014 VMQG_QIP2014_6



Jun 052015
Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects for the Challenge! Find out more here

June Members’ Meeting
Date: Monday, June 8
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building Entry: Refer to your Meeting Reminder Email sent on Friday 6/5 for the front door access code.

  • BRING A FRIEND! Bring a buddy (or three) to check out the meeting and share in the fun! There’s no obligation for them to join, but if any choose to be new Members, the more the merrier! Remember to wear your name tag so all can feel welcome.
  • Challenge Show and Tell – Bring your completed NEON PROJECT! Create a quilt square or other project incorporating neon (fluorescent) patterned or solid fabric. See our Challenges page to see fun neon inspiration. 
  • Round Robin Reveal! Participants have been hard at work since February, and this is the big reveal of the completed quilts! A Round Robin quilt is made by a group of quilters, each quilter passing on and adding to the work completed before. The quilter who made the center block then gets the quilt top back to keep and finish — and doesn’t get to see the top until it’s done!
  • Snacks: Thanks to Scott G, Robin S and Leslie C for bringing snacks last month. Annie O, Kathy P, and Sue N are up to bring snacks for our June meeting.
  • Philanthropy/Placemats Reminder – Last call for Members to bring completed placemats for donations to Meal on Wheel and other Senior Nutrition programs. We’ve collected more than 50 so far! And Terrie Soto and Linda Huddle from Schools on Wheels will be at the meeting to receive their quilts made by Guild Members!
  • Raffle: Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for our always-fabulous raffle. Thanks to last month’s donors Becky H and Cloth Pocket (don’t forget … use the code “MQGxoxo” at checkout online and get a 20% discount on your order!)
  • Opportunity Quilt: Keep selling those tickets and bring in your stubs/money — and pick up more tix from Scott. A big thank you to those who sold tickets at superbuzzy during the Quilt Shop Tour – almost $200 was raised!
  • Photos: See photos from our May meeting here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskbmbBEc
May 312015

Register today!

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander’s Houses – Workshop & Trunk Show
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 10am-5pm


Combine the paper piecing technique with the basics of quilt design.

In this workshop, Carolyn will walk you through her own process of designing this fun and modern house project, while also teaching you the steps for successful paper piecing.

More about Carolyn

Required Materials:

  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing kit (scissors, rotary cutter, seam ripper, tape measure, straight pins, eraseable fabric pen or pencil, cutting mat, and quilting ruler)
  • Austin House pattern
  • 3 fat quarters and 4 fat eighths assorted fabrics for houses
  • coordinating thread

Prerequisites: – Sewing 101 or equivalent experience

Click to register!


About Carolyn: Carolyn grew up in Lake Wales, Florida on a cattle and citrus ranch, where she spent much of her free time immersed in various creative activities such as drawing, painting, and sewing. She pursued a formal design education in college and graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. After a stint in the professional architecture world, Carolyn sought a different occupation, one that would allow her to be wildly creative, utilize her design background, and work with her hands. It so happened that later that year, 2009, she learned to quilt. Though she had long known how to sew, quilting was a revelation to her, as it entailed a whole new set of tools, materials, and, most importantly, creative possibilities. She quickly recognized quilting as a new passion and set out to learn everything she could about the craft. In 2010, she founded her business, Carolyn Friedlander LLC.

Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. As a young quilter with a design school background, she was drawn to bright and bold fabrics and saw a need for clean, modern patterns. Thus, she began to create her own patterns. Her first fabric line with Robert Kaufman debuted in the fall of 2012, and her first book, Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting With Mindful Design, was published with Lucky Spool Media in 2014. Carolyn’s designs have been featured in many magazines, including Love Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, American Patchwork and Quilting, and UPPERCASE.

Carolyn works from her hometown in Florida, a location she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and thriving community of quilters and crafters. She loves to both learn from and teach others. In her work, she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape, such as its long leaf pines, palmettos, water, scrub land, and sand, as well as from the architecture, history, and cultural identity of St. Louis.


May 142015

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour

Glowing reports from Members who participated in the Central Coast Quilt Shop Hop on May 29, 30, and 31!  Lots of fun pics were posted to Facebook (see the slideshow below), prizes were won, and the coveted triangle ruler (for completed Shop Shop achievement) was obtained by many. Way to support independent businesses, Members! Read Scott G’s account of his Quilt Shop Tour

Check out photos by our Members!

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour
Buzzin’ Along the Central Coast
11 Delightful & Unique Shops Welcome You!
Friday • Saturday • Sunday
May 29th, 30th, & 31st, 2015

Participating shops:


May 072015

Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Member’s Meeting

Date: Monday, May 11
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building entry: Refer to your Member’s email sent last week for the building code.

We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget to wear your name tags!

  • Challenge Show and Tell – Bring your completed placemats for donation to Meals on Wheels! See our Challenges page for more details and for Scott’s tutorial.
  • The next round of the Round Robin Challenge is due at the meeting. Just one last round till the big reveal! Remember, no asking for advice from the owner of the quilt, and don’t forget to sign the label.
  • Skill Builder Speaker: Slash and Sew! Check out the photo tutorial from Patrice’s Fractured 9-Patch demo last month here: flic.kr/s/aHskaTgNhR
  • Snacks: Scott G, Robin S and Leslie C have signed up to bring snacks. Thanks to Adele F, Ellen B, and Lynne H for bringing snacks last month.
  • Philanthropy: Board Member Jim Duran from City Center is coming to receive 6 quilts from our Guild! The City Center provides transitional housing for families in Ventura County.
  • Raffle: Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for our always-fabulous raffle. Thanks to last month’s donors Sewing Party, Artistic Impressions, Stencil Company and Anonymous!
  • Opportunity Quilt: Keep selling those tickets and bring in your stubs/money — and pick up more tix from Regan or Scott. 
  • Photos: See photos from our April meeting here: flic.kr/s/aHsk9BvRKm.
May 052015

Board April 2015

May 2015 meeting: Carylyn, Georganna, Sarah, Becky, Stacey, Scott, Patrice

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 East Main Street, Ventura (map)
RSVP: Please RSVP with your topic, below

Ventura MQG Members may attend. Due to time constraints, ONLY items on the agenda will be discussed.

Please fill out the form below with your topic so that it can be added to the agenda.


Apr 122015

Ventura Modern Meet-Up

Thanks for coming! Check out the photo album here.

Scott’s report, from his Kept in Stitches blog:

Greg and I spent last Saturday with the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild at their bi-annual Modern Meet-Up. Twenty-Four quilters met at MAKE Ventura for an incredible day of sewing, socializing, and silliness. VMQG President, Georganna Hawley, taught everyone how to make a small, zippered bag from thousands of selvages she had brought, everyone got an incredible prize bag, and we all ate so much amazing food! Thanks to everyone who was there for making the day such a success…I can’t wait for the next one!