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Modern Quilt Guilds - Quilting & Sewing Events 101 Series

So far in our Quilting & Sewing Events 101 Series we have touched on two virtual sewing events, Quilting Bee's and Swaps. Today I'd like to talk a little bit about local quilting guilds.

What is a Guild?

A Quilting Guild is an organized group of quilters who come together locally. The key word here is "Organized" this isn't just an informal group who gets together to sew. Most quilting guilds are a formal non-profit organization with officers, regular scheduled meetings, and a membership with membership dues.

The Modern Quilt Guild

The Modern Quilt Guild

The traditional quilting guild has changed quite a bit due to the emerging Modern Quilting movement. Since I have a "Modern" quilting bent, I will be talking today about The Modern Quilt Guild. The MQG started in 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. It was developed by a the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. In only 3 years the MQG has grown rapidly a now has approx. 155 guilds across the world! 

What do they do?

Solidarity Quilt by the Austin Modern Quilt Guild, Picture from Modern Quilt Guild Blog

The mission and goal of The Modern Quilt Guild is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. Each guild is different, but here are some common things a guild will partake in.

  • Fabric Swaps
  • Show & Tells (Quilts you have made, or that have been gifted to you)
  • Charity Quilting
  • Quilt Alongs
  • Conquering Works In Progress
  • Block Swaps
  • Guest Speakers
  • Classes and Lessons
  • Themed Workshops (Appliqué, Paper Piecing, Quilting, Binding, ex.)

How and where can you join?

If you visit the The Modern Quilt Guild website you can find a list of local quilt guilds in the right sidebar with links to each individual MQG website. Each MQG has their own membership and dues. For example the original MQG in Los Angeles dues are $50 per year. Another example is the Portland MQG dues are $25 a year. So it really just depends on the guild.

Can't find a guild?

If there isn't a guild in your local area, consider starting your own! The Modern Quilt Guild has all the information you need. You will need to

  • Contact MQG to let them know you are starting a new branch
  • Start and online website, flickr group, or facebook group for the new Guild
  • Plan your first meeting
  • Determine who your officers will be
  • Determine what your want out of your guild
  • Determine you dues
  • Set up a Bank Account for the Guild
  • Consider becoming a nonprofit organization
  • Get Started and Have a blast

Learn all about this process at

What are the guilds up to?

Most of the MQG chapters have websites and blogs. A great way to get a feel for what its like to be a member is to peruse each of their sites. I did this and got really excited about being apart of one of these groups! I am so thankful for the online sewing community, and love the friends I have made, but I'm sure meeting in person would just be icing on the cake!

I myself have not yet been able to join a local quilt guild. A few months ago I looked into the Phoenix MQG and they looked inactive. I decided to check it out again a few days ago and they just so happen to be meeting this Saturday to discuss changes to the guild and planning. I really hope I can go!

Are MQG member? I'd love to hear about your guild!


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