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!

May 142015
 

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour

Save the Date to join the fun from Ventura to Paso Robles … and back again!

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

Welcome back friends, old and new, to The Central Coast… good friends are like quilts, they never lose their warmth.

Joining the esteemed shops this year is our own best friends, superbuzzy!

Participating shops:

 

May 132015
 

Register today!

Carolyn Friedlander

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

$95.00

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!

Friedlander

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 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!

Apr 072015
 

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Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Member’s Meeting

Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)

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

  • Challenge Show and Tell – Recent Inspiration: QuiltCon, Road to California and Glendale Quilt Show all happened recently. Many of our members attended and have brought back lots of pictures. Have you seen a quilt that sparks your creativity? Let that be the basis for the next challenge. Bonus: submit a picture to Georganna so we can show the inspiring quilt while you show your square!
    Challenge for April: Create a quilt square of any size which is inspired by a quilt that you saw exhibited at a recent quilt show or other event. See our Challenges page for links to recent shows, if still need inspiration!
  • Skill Builder Speaker: Kelly S. is giving a run-down on batting and Patrice L. is demonstrating Fractured 4 Patch!
  • Snacks: Adele F., Ellen B., and Lynne H. have signed up to bring snacks. Thanks to Becky H., Barbara O. and Kelly S. for bringing snacks last month.
  • Raffle: Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for our always-fabulous raffle.
  • Opportunity Quilt: Keep selling those tickets and bring in your stubs/money — and pick up more tix from Regan.
  • Building entry: Enter the number on the key pad to the right side of the door. You received a reminder email with the code on April 7.
  • Photos: See photos from our March meeting here: flic.kr/s/aHsk8PbHNe.
Apr 062015
 

Board Meeting 3/3/15

March 2015: Patrice, Carylyn, Georganna getting a grip on Becky, Tisha, Kelly

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 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.

Mar 252015
 

Who would have thought Ventura Modern Quilt Guild members would take first and second place in the Modern category at the Glendale Quilt Guild Quilt Show? Not me, that’s for certain!

I have never thought highly of competition in quilt making, thinking it should be more about sharing our work and getting inspired by others. Scott Griffin talked Gladys Racette and I into entering the Glendale Quilt Guild 2015 Show at the very last minute. We were both a bit ambiguous about entering a judged show.  Me especially, as I’d entered “Triangles” in another show and was not even juried in.

Beetlemania by Gladys Rachette Beetlemania ribbons and description

Anyone who sees Glady’s “Beetlemania” quilt (above) knows it is an extraordinary piece of work and a nod from the judge was inevitable.  She recently added beading and there were many comments on the fact that she quilted in the binding (something the judge noted too).  Her ribbon was well deserved.

I entered early and walked through the show admiring this year’s entries (there were some GREAT quilts this year). I just could not find mine and was anxious to see how it looked hung with a black backdrop.  And there it was,  with…oh my!  A blue ribbon! Whoo-hoo! So much for not wanting to be competitive… Yay! I knew “Triangles” (below) was a “good” quilt, but the I had a remarkable feeling of vindication by having a real judge say so.

Georganna Hawley and  Georganna's ribbon for

I’m still not sure how one can compare quilts with very different techniques, styles and impacts  within a category like “Modern.”  There were actually twelve quilts at this show in the “Modern” category and they were all darn good examples of what we love to create.

Lessons learned? Don’t be afraid to enter your quilt into a show, even a juried show.  It may not be accepted into this show, and then win a ribbon in the next!  Many shows provide the option to have your quilt not judged (or for “comments only”), and you may feel more comfortable doing that. Seeing your quilt beautifully hung beside other wonderful creations, showing the world what amazing things we do, is a truly satisfying experience.

Cheers,
Georganna

Mar 192015
 

We have a new Member Spotlight page! Thanks to Vice President Regan, here is our first installment of our regular feature on our amazing members. You can find the Spotlight Page above under the “About” section in the top navigation bar of this site.

March 2015: Getting to know Judy Chaffee

Judy started quilting over 34 years ago! Her interested in quilting started after collecting fabric from all the baby clothes she had made for one of her daughters. She intended to hand-sew the baby clothes together to give her daughter a queen size quilt for her wedding. Sadly, the partial quilt and scraps were lost in her move to California (from Michigan) 12 years ago. She learned to quilt after moving to California when her younger daughter asked for a Halloween patchwork quilt for a king sized bed. More