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 292015


Bring your quilt block for show and tell at our next Member meeting on August 10!

This month’s challenge is all about your imagination!  Make a block inspired by architecture. That’s the whole structure or an interesting feature-tile floor, carved door or interesting shaped window perhaps. Let your eye roam and your fabric fly! Those of you who were lucky enough to go to Carolyn Friedlander’s class, you have at least two amazing house blocks, right?

Jul 222015

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 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.

Jul 202015

Jacquie Gering

Presented by superbuzzy!
Slice & Insert Improv with Jacquie Gering at superbuzzy
August 16, 2015 • 10a-4pm

Join Jacquie for a full day workshop focusing on the improvisational Slice and Insert piecing technique. Learn the basic technique and a new adaptation, a foolproof strategy for matching inserts, simple techniques for adding complexity to a design as well as how to work with even width and wedge shaped inserts. Combine simple sewing with a new skill and create your own linear design. Jacquie will share quilts from her book. Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, as well as new designs to inspire you.

Register/more info: superbuzzy.com/shop/product/hive-slice-insert-improv-with-jacquie-gering

Required materials:

  • sewing machine with 1/4″ foot
  • basic sewing kit
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter
  • seam ripper
  • tape measure
  • straight pins – short pins with small heads work best
  • erasable fabric pen or pencil
  • cutting mat
  • 24″ long quilting ruler
  • coordinating thread
  • starch or Best Press (optional)
  • 2-3 yards of background fabric:
  • solid fabric or fabric that reads as a solid,
  • multiple solids that can be pieced to make a background, or
  • multiple prints that can be pieced to make a background
  • 1 to 1-1/2 yards of fabric for inserts that contrasts with background fabric(s)
  • inserts may be solids, prints, or a combination of both – bring options!

Note about fabric amounts: For any improvisational class, it is always better to have more fabric than not enough. The more fabric options you bring, the more flexibility you will have in creating your design.


  • Sewing 101 or equivalent experience
  • Some piecing experience

About Jacquie:

Jacquie GeringSince discovering quilting, Jacquie has become a passionate quilt maker and designer. She is known for her “out of the box” designs and unique style. Her work has been featured in both national and international publications, and she is the co-author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. Jacquie is a passionate advocate for modern quilting and brings 30 years of teaching, staff development and leadership experience to the Modern Quilt Guild Board. As co-founder and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, she helped build a dynamic, vital guild and her experience in guild structures, membership and programming is an asset to developing the MQG at the national level. She is now a member of the Chicago MQG. Jacquie blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio and lives in Kansas City with her husband.

All classes at superbuzzy require prepayment and registration. In some cases, we are able to accept enrollments on the day of class. All classes begin and end on time; please plan accordingly to get to class on time so that everyone can get started together and right on time!

Register/more info: superbuzzy.com/shop/product/hive-slice-insert-improv-with-jacquie-gering


Jul 132015

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ventura Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura (map)
Building Entry: Refer to your email for the code.
RSVP: None needed

  • Challenge Show and Tell – It’s all about the Ventura County Fair! Bring any or all of the following: a modern quilted piece that you plan to enter into the Fair; a quilt for the “Day at the Fair” challenge; and/or a quilt square for the “Day at the Fair” challenge. All details (including links to the official Fair guidelines) can be found on our Challenges page. 
  • Skill Builder Rob M, Georganna H, and Becky H will be taking us through the Ventura County Fair submission process, including forms, deadlines and more. 
  • Snacks: Thanks to Annie O, Kathy P, and Sue N for bringing snacks last month. Glady R and Georganna H are up to bring snacks for our July meeting.
  • Philanthropy News – Representatives from Schools on Wheels accepted their Ventura MQG quilts at last month’s meeting, and our placemats were delivered to Senior Nutrition Action Council and to FoodShare. Thanks for all the hard work, Members — and to Philanthropy Chair Stacey.
  • Raffle: Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for our always-fabulous raffle. Got something to donate? Adele F and Gladys R are our Raffle Chairs. Thanks for all that you do, ladies.
  • Opportunity Quilt: LAST CALL FOR OPPORTUNITY QUILT TICKETS! The grand drawing will be at our August Meeting! We’re down to the wire — keep on selling! More info about the Opportunity Quilt can be found here: venturamodernquiltguild.com/opportunity
  • Photos: See photos from our June meeting here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskdLRBN4 
Jul 062015

Date: Tuesday, July 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.

Jul 052015

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.


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