Jan 122015

Welcome! The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild 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 us at our About Us page. Scroll down this page to see the latest news and events!

Jan 242016
Ventura MQG Board Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E Main St., Ventura [map]
RSVP: Please RSVP to president@venturamodernquiltguild.com with your agenda item
All Members are invited to attend, but please RSVP to Patrice. Only items that have been submitted to Patrice for the agenda will be discussed. 

February Members Meeting
Monday, February 8, 2016
6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building Entry: Refer to your email for the code to the building.

More details to come!

Jan 132016


Modern Quilt Guild says there are still tickets available to QuiltCon West, and that there is space still available for some lectures and workshops!

Get ready to carpool! We’ll make time at our February Member Meeting to organize carpooling to Pasadena amongst ourselves. It’s going to be fun!

Go to QuiltCon West site

Jan 122016

Thanks to Gladys R, we’re gearing up for our next Round Robin – this time, it will be a row quilt, in the modern aesthetic. Here are some inspirational images (click photos and links for details).

Some modern Round Robin quilt inspiration:

Rainbow Rows Quilt
Rainbow Rows Quilt – Little Miss Shabby

Modern Row Quilt – Piece N Quilt

Modern Row Robin Quilt-Along
 – Quilting Linda

Modern Row Quilt Round Robin – No source found

Useful links and books:

Jan 122016

From Kyle C and Georganna H. Part of the January 2016 Challenge.

Download PDF instruction sheet here.

The Challenge is to make a Modern block based on a Traditional Sawtooth Star.

The block you make should be between 4 and 12 inches on a side, square or rectangle. You may use any quilt shop quality solid fabric, but you must use a recognizable piece of the focus fabric.

Negative space is to be either Kona “White” or “Silver” or both. superbuzzy has plenty of each.

Everyone who wants to participate will be given a Fat Eighth of Focus Fabric. That’s 9 inches, WOF.

As with all blocks, leave a 1/4” seam allowance around the entire block.

Need more inspiration?

  • Go to Modern Quilts Unlimited: modernquilts.mqumag.com/category/blog. Each month there is a new Challenge Block to redesign, and lots of photos of how different quilters make an old block new again.
  • Check out 42quilts.com
  • Or try Googling “redesigning traditional quilt blocks” or

Pick up your Focus Fabric Fat Eighth and have fun! Blocks due February and March.

As with all quilt  blocks, leave a 1/4″ around the edge for assembly seam allowances

Color choices:
1.color choices

Fabric audition:

2.fabric audition

Drawing the plan:

3.drawing the plan

Layout ready to sew:

4.Iayout ready to sew

Modern sawtooth example:
Modern Sawtooth - example

Modern sawtooth example:

Modern Sawtooth - example

Another example:

January General Meeting

One more:

January General Meeting

Jan 062016

January Members Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2016
6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building Entry: Refer to your email for the code to the building.

  • Membership: 2016 membership payment is due in January. $50 for the year. Please see our new Membership Chair Barbara O’Grady at the door. Cash or check joyfully accepted.  If you did not get a membership roster at the December meeting, ask Barbara for one.
  • Challenge: UFO and Name Tags!
    Dig out that unfinished top or unbound quilt and bring it in for the 2016 UFO Challenge. You don’t have to FINISH it by January, just bring it, show it, and promise (in front of everybody!) to get it done in 2016.
    For new members there is an added Challenge: Make a name tag in the Modern aesthetic and wear it in January. For the rest of us, find it (it’s probably in the console of your car or in the fridge), and wear it! Check out the inspiration name tags at venturamodernquiltguild.com/challenges
  • Philanthropy: Some of you grabbed a dog or cat bed kit to finish, so bring it in to Philanthropy Chair Stacey. We will be giving them out in February to Canine Adoption and Rescue League (CARL).  We are also ready for suggestions of charities we could support in 2016.  Give the name and contact info of your charity to Stacey so we can review them and vote on which we want to support.  Remember, it does not have to be an organization that we give a pile of quilts to, but maybe one that could use a beautiful one for an auction…lots of worthy causes out there we can support.
  • Opportunity Quilt: It’s on! We have a FQ of the focus fabric for each member who wants in on the fun. Instructions and timeline will be given at this meeting. You can make more than one block if you really get inspired. Think WAY outside the box on this one.
  • Chair position available: When the quilt is done, we’ll need an Opportunity Quilt Chair (AKA “Quilt Mum”) to keep track of, show, and oversee the Opportunity Quilt in general. Adventure! Travel! Meet new people! See Patrice before this Chair position is snatched up!
  • Snacks: Oops! We were having too much fun at the December party, we neglected to get a signup going for the January meeting. Help out your new Hospitality Chair, Kathy Price, and bring a goodie.
  • Library: Made $23 on the books/magazine sale at the December meeting. Thanks to all who work so hard to keep our beautiful library humming, stocked, and organized! Donate your MODERN books and magazines to Judy Hunt, Library Chair.


Jan 042016
Ventura MQG Board Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E Main St., Ventura [map]
RSVP: Please RSVP to president@venturamodernquiltguild.com with your agenda item

Happy New Year! Board meetings are open to all members! I will encourage you to bring your ideas about philanthropy opportunities, skill-builders, fund-raising, and social events to the meeting on Tuesday evening.

Dec 012015

December Member Meeting + Holiday Party
Date: Monday, December 14, 2015
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building Entry: Refer to your email for the code to the building.

  • Board Elections: It was a landslide for the nominated slate of officers! There are just a few committees that need a chair, so connect with your new President, Patrice, at the December meeting to see how you can help out in 2016.
  • Challenge: From Annie O – Make a block inspired by your favorite smartphone app or computer program … or the one you wish you had. Annie had some great examples from a similar challenge at Road to CA 2015. Check out the inspiration blocks at venturamodernquiltguild.com/challenges
  • Philanthropy: Grab a dog or cat bed kit to finish. We (well OK, Stacey and Joyce did most of the work) made more than 2 dozen kits for our last Philanthropy project of the year. Small, easy, fun. To be donated to Canine Adoption and Rescue League (CARL)
  • Opportunity Quilt: A number of the November 21 Sew-In attendees startedbrainstorming on the next Opportunity Quilt (thanks for leading the charge, Kyle C!) and we think we came up with a great design, Traditional Block meets Modern Redesign. We’ll reveal the block challenge for this quilt in January, so all of us can contribute to this great fundraising quilt!
  • Snacks: Not just your ordinary snacks this month! You should know what you’re bringing for the Holiday Party (Tisha should be reminding you); if you didn’t sign up, bring your favorite sweet or savory! No alcohol per our venue’s rules. See more Holiday Party details below.
  • Book and Pattern Sale: No raffle this month, but you still want to bring cash for our Library sale! We’ve received so many great donations to our Library, it’s time to streamline. Selected sewing and quilting related books are $1.00. All proceeds to go to the Library for future purchases.
  • Photos: See photos from our November meeting here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpr1x9d

  • Don’t forget to bring a modern fat quarter for our Night Before Christmas game, which is too much fun.
  • Bring a wrapped sewing/quilting related item for the gift exchange. No dollar minimum — bring something that YOU would like to get yourself. Handmade items encouraged.
  • It that’s not enough, there will be a giveaway game and drawings for gift cards!
Nov 302015
Board Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E Main St., Ventura [map]
RSVP: Please RSVP to president@venturamodernquiltguild.com with your agenda item

2016 Board and Committee Chairs are especially encouraged to come. It’s a good time to share information, pass on knowledge, and help the new Board to know the ropes!

All Ventura MQG Members are welcome. Due to time constraints, ONLY items on the agenda will be discussed. Please RSVP and state your agenda items.

Nov 042015

November Members Meeting
Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building Entry: Refer to your email for the code to the building.

  • Board Elections: We will elect our new Ventura MQG Board at the start of our meeting. If you have a last-minute nomination, write elections@venturamodernquiltguild.com. We will also be discussing Chair positions for the new year.
  • Challenge: Recycle, Repurpose, Upcycle: Think outside the box — or USE that box to make a quilt! Recycle an unconventional material, repurpose textiles, or upcycle and item or material to create a block or quilt in the Modern aesthetic. As always, our Challenges are posted on our webpage here: venturamodernquiltguild.com/challenges
  • Philanthropy: Sign up for the next Sew-In on November 21. Grace Lutheran Church9a-4p. We will be making quilted pet beds for our last charity on our 2105 list. But this is a free choice Sew-In, so if you want to bring your own projects that is great! Georganna will be bringing that big box of selvedge (this stash keeps getting bigger rather than smaller). We can do some fun small selvedge projects for holiday gifts! For those interested, we’ll talk about planning the next Opportunity Quilt. If you have an idea or pattern, bring it! (See below)
  • Opportunity Quilt: We are still looking for a design (and designer) for the next fabulous Opportunity Quilt. Got an idea? Want to be on the design team? Contact a Board member today! venturamodernquiltguild.com/opportunity
  • Snacks: Thanks to Becky H, Lucy S, and Stacey B for bringing goodies last month. This month we get to sample treats from Scott G, Barbara O, and Judy H. Thanks in advance!
  • Raffle: Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for our always-fabulous raffle. We want to thank Quilt Ventura for the gift certificate, and we also had goodies from Quilt Con. Got something to donate? Adele F and Gladys R are our Raffle Chairs.
  • View pictures from October meeting here: flic.kr/s/aHskmy3dMj
Nov 032015

Board Meeting – November 2015
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 East Main Street, Ventura (map)
RSVP: Please RSVP to Georganna with your topic.

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