Monday, November 30, 2020

“Behind the Seams” with Peter Byrne - December 11.

We’re welcoming Peter Byrne at our December meeting - remember that it’s a week earlier than normal on December 10th. Zoom links will be sent to paid members via email.

Hello quilters, my name is Peter Byrne. I am an international award-winning, published modern quilter and teacher with a deep passion for innovation and design. My strength is maintaining a fresh approach to quilting, with original designs and technical mastery.  


My goal is innovation, my passion is creativity and I am thrilled to have opportunities to share new techniques within the quilting community. While attending QuiltCon 2020, my quilt titled ‘Starring You’ won Best in Show and my quilt titled ‘Cityscape” won Best Machine Quilting Frameless.  


After 30 years working as a stylist and salon owner, I retired and then had the time to explore new creative outlets. I started making quilts in 2009 and to further my quilting experience, in 2017 I joined the Toronto Modern Quilting Guild and when I walked into that first guild meeting, I had never quilted a quilt.  


It was at this time, I became a full-time student of the craft and 2 years later, I designed and made Starring You. I’m very excited to share my quilts, dreams, and ambitions with you and look forward to meeting you at my Trunk Show! 


Sincerely, Peter Byrne. 


Here are all the places you can find me!  



Instagram @petersquilts & @hoverquilting.  

You can find me on Facebook under Peter Byrne 

I invite you to check out my website at 

Friday, October 16, 2020

December 2020 Post Card Swap

Our December meeting is usually a bit more social, and it's become tradition to host a swap.  Since we are not meeting in person, we wanted to come up with a small item, that was easy to pop in the mail. We think these postcards fit the bill!

Sarah Ruiz has a great blog post on the subject, and you will find all you need to know about sewing postcards there. 

Members Signup link 

  • Sign up to make and receive 1-3 postcards. 
  • Choose a theme. Christmas or Anything Goes. 
  • Registration closes Oct 31
  • Take a photo before mailing so we have it for sharing at the meeting.
  • Put in mail by Nov 30

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.