Thursday, August 6, 2020

August Zoom Lecture - Teresa Duryea Wong - Third Floor Quilts


We're excited to announce Teresa Duryea Wong of Third Floor Quilts will be joining us for our August 20th meeting.  Teresa began her career as a journalist, and now uses her writing and communication skills to share her quilt knowledge.  From this month's talk, you'll walk away with memorable concepts for how to create stunning minimalism in quilts. The art of Frank Stella, Sol Lewit and Agnes Martin, plus architects Maya Lin and Japan's Tadao Ando, will inspire and inform the discussion on how to transfer their best concepts into both quilt design and the quilted line. Two quilters who exude the discipline and focus required to achieve true minimalism will be featured. One with an Eastern aesthetic, Yoshiko Jinzenji, and one with Western roots, Carson Converse. Teresa will explain how each of these artists and architects employ the act of reduction, with color, scale, shape, and line to achieve sublime minimalism.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Victoria MQG and Vancouver MQG.  Guild members will receive a Zoom link at no charge; Guest tickets available at

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Community Outreach Quilt Challenge - 2021

Things are finally underway for this year's Community Outreach Quilt Challenge - formally known as Quiltcon Charity Quilt Challenge. 
The Calgary MQG Challenge quilt, along with those from the other MQG Guilds and Individual Member Teams will be part of Quiltcon Together Online.

Last week we had a Zoom planning session with 17 members in attendance, and several others wishing they could attend. We had several suggestions put forward and loved many of them. After much discussion, we managed to narrow it down to one. Something we needed to consider this year was not being able to get together and sew, but we have a plan, and it's already being put into action!. 

Theme: Curves 
This year the design focus is on curved piecing. You've probably seen the trend. Calgary MQG has had several workshops on curves, so hopefully, most of our members will be up for the challenge.  If they are not ready for curves, there are some sections that will be straight sewing, so we have them covered too. 

Colour Palette
Each year, along with a theme, The Modern Quilt Guild also puts out a colour palette. We can use solids and/or prints and must use at least 2 of the colours. 

This weekend two of our members masked up and braved a couple of local quilt stores. We were joined by a 3rd guild member who just happened to be shopping!  These are our fabric selections. 

What's next?  

The fabrics are off to be made into kits.  Not long and they will be ready for distribution!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Layered Improv Curves Livestream Workshop - June 20

Hosted by Calgary MQG

About Sherri Lynn Wood

“I believe something as mundane and functional as threading a needle, when engaged intentionally or witnessed within the context of aesthetic experience, can trigger a deeper, embodied understanding of our relationship to both the concept and activity of focus. I see craft—the work of human hands in history—as containing the potential to create, by hand, new relationships inside living human systems, opening up space for personal agency and social change.”

She has been improvising quilts as a creative life practice for 30 years and is considered a master at her craft. Her best selling publication The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams, 2015) provides scores, or frameworks, for flexible patterns and creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory.

  • Saturday, June 20, 2020
Live-streaming from my sewing room to yours….
Discover the freedom and ease of piecing basic improv curves. Learn to improvise dynamic, flowing, patchwork compositions with easy-to-piece , free-style, grid-busting, layered curve units, as featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. There are no mistakes here, only discoveries! You'll have a front-row seat to innovative demos, interaction with a small group of other participants during sew times, personal access to Sherri for Q&A, nd all of the fabric in your own studio at your fingertips. Suitable for those new to patchwork improv (and curves), as well as for more experienced improvisers.
  • Extended open sew session, after the workshop is over. Join other participants for this popular sew time (without instruction) to work on your project, apply new techniques and practice the principles right away, or simply to enjoy sewing in community.
  • Free on-demand access to the Livestream recording of the workshop for two weeks following the event.
Hosted by Calgary MQG

  • May 21-May 27. Pre-registration for Calgary MQG members. We are able to secure exclusive early-bird pricing for the special price of CAD$80 until May 27th, after which a guild discount of 10% applies to her regular USD$79 price structure. (approx CAD$110)
  • May 28 - Registration opens for Canadian MQG members. Email Treasurer for code.
  • June 4 - If space available, general registration will open.

For guild membership,  please look at the  Membership page, or contact the Treasurer.