QuiltCon Magazine 2019

“My, how you’ve grown”

Anyone who has kids can relate to that phrase. We’ve all heard it said about our children and likely even voiced the sentiment ourselves. Over the course of a year (or in the case of teenagers, a few weeks!) our offspring can change dramatically, sometimes beyond recognition. I have the distinct memory of buying my oldest son a pair of shoes on a Monday, and needing to replace them just a week later because his feet grew. The rapid changes did make me think twice about keeping my receipts in the future!

The cover of QuiltCon Magazine 2019

Often when we are in the thick of things, we don’t notice the changes happening—we are almost too close to distinguish subtle differences from one day to the next—but when we look back, the transformation is clear.

I feel that way about the Modern Quilt Guild and the evolution of modern quilting in particular. I’m lucky to have witnessed the growth of this community as it has matured from its infancy to the present day. Think about it: the MQG started in October 2009 and, over the course of a few short years, has morphed into an international organization with more than 15,000 members hailing from 39 countries. That’s just plain amazing!

As a participant in the first QuiltCon six years ago, I can attest: we’ve come a long way, baby, and we’re not done growing.

It has been a pleasure to work closely with the MQG leadership team to bring this issue of QuiltCon Magazine to our readers. From the first planning meetings held last April to the moment we crack open the cardboard box holding copies of the magazine fresh off the printing press, every step of the process is fun and inspiring. We really do work hard to make sure this issue represents the best-of-the-best when it comes to inspiring articles, quilt patterns, and a taste of the show atmosphere.

My favorite quote in this issue comes from Steph Skardal—last year’s Best in Show winner—as she introduces her article Color Theory, Meet Technology: “If you told me a year ago that I would be writing about color theory now, I wouldn’t have believed you!” Steph made great strides in her work by learning about color and then used her engineering skills to create an intriguing online technology. This kind of creative growth happens by taking baby steps and putting in the time needed to grow.

"Circling the Square" by Anne Deister

“Circling the Square” by Anne Deister

This magazine celebrates the many aspects of the QuiltCon 2019 experience. From galleries of exquisite show quilts, to articles from QuiltCon instructors, and patterns for 11 modern quilts, we’ve got you covered.

It is a celebration of all that is fun, fabulous, and exciting about the MQG as it moves toward its tenth birthday. And it is the culmination of the growth and blossoming of each individual member of this amazing guild.

All I can say is, “My, how we’ve grown.”

See you in Nashville!


What’s Inside

The QuiltCon Community

  • Hello & Welcome: A note from Alissa Haight Carlton
  • Editor’s Note: A message from Vivika Hansen DeNegre
  • Meet and Greet: About our contributors
  • News & Notes
  • Milestones
  • Special Exhibits: A gallery of inspiring quilts
  • Quilts from the Show: A selection of this year’s quilts

Quilts to Make

  • Reel to Reel by Jenny Haynes
  • Klem by Daisy Aschehoug
  • Hot House by Julia Williams
  • Rifted Rails by Nicole Neblett
  • (Not) The Yellow Brick (Road) by Karen Lewis
  • Tidal Wave by Krystina Hopkins
  • Colonnade by Heather Black
  • Quasar by Christina Cameli
  • Circling the Square by Anne Deister
  • Galaxy by Stefanie Satterwhite
  • Cool Pool by Sylvia Schaefer

Features, Fabrics, & More

  • 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Workshop by Timna Tarr
  • Color Theory, Meet Technology by Steph Skardal
  • Going Small by Amy Friend
  • Found Fabric
  • High-Contrast Hand Quilting by Riane Menardi Morrison
  • Minimalist Machine Embroidery by Miriam Coffey
  • Favorite Things
  • Great Reads


  • Project Index
  • Modern Basics: Curved Piecing
  • Modern Basics: Foundation Paper Piecing
  • Modern Basics: Half-Rectangle Triangle Blocks—Two at a time
  • Modern Basics: French-fold Binding
  • Modern Basics: Half-Square Triangle Blocks—Two at a time
  • Endings: Spot the difference by Samarra Khaja

Pick up your copy of QuiltCon Magazine to join in on the fun!

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