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!

Apr 212015

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:


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.


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

Mar 092015

Modern Quilts Illustrated

News from the Modern Quilt Studio:

“Modern Quilts Illustrated is our advertisement-free publication that takes a colorful and graphic approach to modern quilting. Printed on high-quality acid-free paper, each issue contains patterns, design inspiration, tips and techniques.

Issue #10 is the Japan issue with articles and patterns relating to one of our favorite countries. Included are patterns for four quilts: Katsura, Kumihimo, Quiet on the Set and Give Me Liberty as well as two projects, an appliqued tote and a table runner made of vintage kimono. 25 pages.”

Click here to order Modern Quilts Illustrated #10

About Modern Quilts Illustrated: Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Their books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop and Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop.

About Modern Quilt Studio: Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Since 1999 Bill and Weeks have brought a modern twist to the great American quilting tradition with decades of quiltmaking experience and graduate design degrees.

Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting and Country Living. They design multiple lines a year for Andover Fabrics and have developed bedding and textiles for Crate and Barrel.

Bill and Weeks lecture and teach design and quiltmaking throughout the US and internationally. When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar. When he’s not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Chairman of the Art Department.


Mar 042015


Spring Fling 2015
March 5-March 7, 2015
Drawings, free fat quarters and patterns and more! Download PDF flyer

7 participating quilt shops from Corona to Palm Desert:

Stars & Scraps Quilt Shop
(951) 737-3959
2175 Sampson Ave. #121 Corona, CA 92879

Quilter’s Cocoon
(951) 351-0346
9901 Indiana Ave. #104, Riverside, CA 92503

Cherry Berry Quilts
(909) 795-9090
1096 Calimesa Blvd., Ste. B Calimesa, CA 92320

Busy Bee Quilt Shop
(909) 795-2778
1007 Calimesa Blvd. Calimesa, CA 92320

Painted Lady Quilt Shop
(909) 793-1868
461 Tennessee St., Ste J Redlands, CA 92373

The Quilter’s Faire
(760) 328-8737
34500 Gateway Dr., Ste 110 Palm Desert, CA 92211

Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations
(760) 772-2400
77-780 Country Club Drive, Ste. #C & D Palm Desert, CA 92211

Mar 032015

Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Member’s Meeting
Date: Monday, March 9
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 – “Marsala” Color of the Year: Create a 12.5″ x 12.5″ unfinished quilt square which incorporates Marsala (Pantone’s Color of 2015) made in the modern aesthetic. If you choose to do so, your quilt square can be donated for an upcoming VMQG philanthropy quilt. The closest Marsala fabric match is Kona Garnet — available at superbuzzy! For more details, see the Challenges page on the website. Thanks to Regan and Scott for being the Challenge coordinators.
  • Round Robin Quilts continues… 14 quilters jumped aboard! You can see the list of participants (and the order of the Round Robin) on the Challenges page on the website.
  • Slideshow fun: Traudel, Lynn, Ellen and Kelly’s photos of QuiltCon faves and those from Scott and Georganna from Road to California will be shown and briefly talked about. If you had faves from these shows get your photos to Georganna by Sunday, March 8. 
  • Skill Builder Speaker: Becky H will give a tour of the updated VMQG website and its features. She’ll also answer any social networking or general electronic questions you may have.
  • VMQG Library: We now have a book/pattern/magazine lending library! Check out an item and get inspired!
  • Snacks: Becky H., Kelly S., and Barbara O. have signed up to bring snacks. Thanks to Gladys, Annie and Georganna for bringing snacks last month — and to Tisha, Hospitality Chair.
  • Raffle: Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for our always-fabulous raffle. One of the fab items will be a one day entry to the Glendale Quilt Show! Thanks to Strawberry PatchesJoy’s Fabrics, Jillily Studio, and Fiberworks for their great donations of fabrics, books and notions.
  • Philanthropy: Thanks to those who picked up kits to complete. There are still a few available for Members to grab at the next meeting. Questions? Stacey is Philanthropy Chair.
  • Opportunity Quilt: Keep selling those tickets and bring in your stubs/money — and pick up more tix from Regan. Georganna is making an incredible selvedge tote bag for the Member who sells the most tickets!
  • Building entry: Refer to your reminder email for the code to the front door.
  • Photos: See photos from our February meeting here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8oQxqk. Thanks to Kim H for being our meeting photographer!

Members listen to Jennifer Anderson’s Skill Building presentation about proper machine usage and care in February. Big thanks to her and Sewing Machine Warehouse.

Mar 032015
Call for entries - Texas Quilt Museum

Call for entries – Texas Quilt Museum

The Modern Quilt Guild invites digital submissions from MQG members of their original quilt art created after 2005 for a juried exhibition planned at the Texas Quilt Museum for January – March 2016, sponsored exclusively by EZ Quilting by Simplicity Creative Group.  The jury committee consists of Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, co-directors of the Museum, assisted by Dr. Sandra Sider, Museum Curator.  They plan to select approximately 18 quilts for the exhibition.

There are no size limitations for the quilts and no entry fee, but please note that the quilt cannot have been exhibited within 200 miles of La Grange, Texas, during 2015, including at QuiltCon in Austin. DEADLINE for submissions to be received by the MQG: April 30, 2015, jurors’ notification of accepted quilts via email by August 31, 2015.

Ready to submit? More details are available at mqgcallforquilts.com, where you can also start the application process.