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!

Oct 192016

Date: Tonight – Wednesday, October 19
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the code 214 on the keypad to right of entry door

Join us at our regular meeting hall, the Masonic Center in Ventura, for an evening of philanthropy sewing and preparing kits. Bring your machines and all their accessories, an extension cord (important!), and fabric that you would like to donate to the cause.

We are going to be making Houndstooth Quilts. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc4u94lVYac

Annie O suggested that instead of 5″ charm pack squares we make 8″ squares so the quilts sew together more quickly. Annie has the dimensions for the strips for the 8″ blocks. If you have a charm pack of a solid color, bring it with a yard of the matching fabric to donate.

If you didn’t sign up at the meeting, come on down! We have plenty of space for everyone.

Oct 032016

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 East Main Street, 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.


Date: Monday, October 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Punch in the door code (refer to your emailed meeting reminder)

  • By popular request, our topic for the evening is free-motion quilting on a domestic home sewing machine, with our own Scott Griffin presenting his techniques and advice. Everyone is invited to participate in a round-table discussion following Scott’s demo. If you are an experienced free-motion quilter, please share your expertise. If you are new or have never tried it, find out the strategies you can use to add this technique to your quilting repertoire.
  • Bring your “challenge” items from the Quilt University last month. Pick a technique that was demonstrated – tube piecing, flip triangles, English paper piecing hexagons, binding, or curved flying geese – and show us how you used it in a block or other item. Go to the Challenges page for links to tutorials to all the techniques shown at September’s meeting.
  • Remember those UFOs we brought in January that we said we were going to complete during 2016? Are you done with yours? Bring it along so we can see the end result!
  • The slate of Ventura MQG officers for 2017 will be announced, with nominations also taken from the floor with the consent of the nominee. Election of officers will take place in November.
  • Bring your $5 bills (or $10s) for our outstanding raffle items! Lots of great stuff in the raffle baskets Monday evening!
  • Bring a friend, a neighbor, or a family member along with your show-and-tell quilts! Our meetings are a lot of fun and our members are prolific!

Upcoming Events:

Many of you are looking forward to Jacquie Gering‘s lectures and workshops here in Southern California in November. Here’s a summary of her schedule.

Nov. 8 – Camarillo Quilters, lecture at 9:30am
“Honoring Tradition or Modern Quilting: You know it when you see it.”

Nov. 9 – Camarillo Quilters workshop, 9:00am
“Quirky Pineapple”. $40 for non-members
Details at camarilloquilters.org

Nov. 9 – Simi Valley Quilters, lecture at 7:00pm
Details at simivalleyquiltguild.org

Nov. 10 – Valley Quiltmakers, lecture at 9:30am
“Rethinking Quilting”

Nov. 11 – Valley Quiltmakers workshop, 9:00am
“Creative Quilting using the Walking Foot.” $40 for non-members
Details at valleyquiltmakersguild.org

See other quilt events by checking out our Calendar!

Sep 182016


Deadline is now October 3! A Steampunk Quilt Challenge for quilters and all sewists, be they serious or whimsical.  The theme for the Challenge is “Steampunk Corsets.”  Challenge Quilts can be any size or shape, but must be no larger than 12” x 15” and must depict a corset.  A basic corset shape pattern is provided for inspiration, however, please feel free to depict the Challenge theme as you desire.  Challenge quilts may be made from any type of materials, but must be three layers quilted together consisting of a backing, an inner layer of batting, and a top.  Challenge quilts may be bound in any manner and may be embellished as much or as little as desired.  See Entry Form for Rules, Deadlines, and optional corset patterns.

Steampunk Quilt Challenge

Oxnard Steampunk Fest Quilt Challenge w patterns

The Oxnard Steampunk Fest Quilt Challenge is open to anyone who would like to enter, limited to no more than two (2) entries per person. The Challenge Committee will endeavor to accept all challenge quilts submitted; however, the Committee may reject a quilt, in its sole discretion, for appropriateness or space availability.

Sep 162016

QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs

Exciting Opportunity!

We have mentioned the QuiltFest Oasis in Palm Springs, October 6-8 several times, and described how the show is featuring modern quilts this year. But it’s a bit far for most of us to drive.

Now we have the opportunity to team up with Camarillo Quilters on their bus trip to the show on Saturday, October 8! Their guild is offering Ventura Modern Quilt Guild members the special “early bird” rate of $65, which is the same rate as CQA members.

This includes:

  • Continental breakfast on board the bus, including chocolate!
  • Admission to the show, including advanced entry with no waiting
  • Round trip bus fare
  • Plenty of sharing with fellow quilters on the bus

The check-in time at the Camarillo Park and Ride (Las Posas at Hwy 101) is 6:30am, and the bus will depart at 7am. The bus will have us back at the Camarillo parking lot at 7pm. There are no cancellations or refunds, but you may sell your seat to someone else.

Contact Tricia at (805) 797- 7449 or triciasteinfeld@gmail.com.

What a great opportunity to see many modern quilts in one place! Let’s do this!

Sep 112016


2016-2017 Opportunity Quilt

2016-17 Ventura Modern Quilt Guild Opportunity Quilt
75″ x 90.5″

This quilt grew from a Guild Challenge – create a Modern Sawtooth star, using an assigned print combined with Kona solids, as well as Kona White and Silver as background. Many Ventura MQG members helped to design, build, quilt and finish this amazing piece – suitable for a bed or a wall.

Opportunity Quilt tickets now on sale! You can win this incredible quilt!

  • $1 for 1 ticket
  • $5 for 6 tickets
  • Drawing to be held at the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild meeting and party on February 13, 2017

Contact the Guild to purchase tickets and for more information.


View the quilt online: See whole photo album here

Sep 072016

Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura [map]
Building entry: Refer to your email for the front door code


  • Bring your project from the Improv Quilting Challenge from Becky H: Using solid colors, 100% cotton and an improvisational approach to piecing and quilting, create a piece, wherever improv takes you! Option to create a placemat or placemats using your work. Size: Approximately 13½” x 17”. Consider donating your project to our Philanthropy effort. See more info and a tutorial on our Challenges page.
  • We are holding another popular Quilt University, where members are showcasing quick tips and techniques that you can use in your quilting. Scott G – tube piecing; Judy C – flip triangles; Janna B – curved flying geese; Barbara O – binding tips; Jenn R – English paper piecing
  • Quilts needed! Bring your modern quilts to the meeting for display on Sunday, September 18th, at the Simi Valley Quilt Show. Quilts must have a hanging sleeve and a label with your name on it.
  • Philanthropy project roundup: If you have orphan blocks, challenge blocks, or fabric that is taking up space in your stash, consider bringing them to the General Meeting and we will incorporate them into our philanthropy projects.

Upcoming Events:

It’s Sew-In Time!
Wednesday, September 14, 6-8pm at the Masonic Center (our regular meeting venue).
Bring your machine, all equipment you need, fabric, ideas, and your inspiration as we work on philanthropy items.

Simi Valley Quilt ShowModern Quilts on Display
Sunday September 18, 10am-4pm

Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
5005 East Los Angeles, Simi Valley

Admission is $10. Our Opportunity Quilt will be there and we will be selling tickets!

Alissa Haight Carleton at the Conejo Valley Quilters Meeting
Monday September 19, 7pm
Ascension Lutheran Church, Pederson Hall
1600 East Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

The co-founder of the Modern Quilt Guild will be the speaker at the Conejo Valley Quilters meeting. Social hour starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm. Guests are welcome; guest fee is $5.

Check out our Calendar for more details

Looking Ahead:

October 6-8: QuiltFest Oasis, Palm Springs, featuring the National ModernQuilt Competition and a Modern Quilt Symposium

Jackie Gehring:

Camarillo Quilters

  • Nov. 8 – Camarillo Quilters, lecture at 9:30 am. “Honoring Tradition or Modern Quilting: You know it when you see it.”
  • Nov. 9 – Camarillo Quilters workshop, 9:00am, “Quirky Pineapple”. $40 for non-members
    Details at camarilloquilters.org

Simi Valley Quilters

Valley Quiltmakers

  • Nov. 10 – Valley Quiltmakers, lecture at 9:30am, “Rethinking Quilting”
  • Nov. 11 – Valley Quiltmakers workshop, 9:00am. “Creative Quilting using the Walking Foot.” $40 for non-members
    Details at valleyquiltmakersguild.org