Thursday, April 6, 2023


One of our Eugene Modern Quilt Guild ongoing projects for 2023 is to create a gallery of "Modern Mini Quilts" to explain What Is Modern Quilting.  Last year, we did a series of talks during our monthly meetings on the various elements of Modern Quilting and shared photos of members' quilts that demonstrated these elements.  The guild plans to use the 2023 Modern Mini Quilts in future displays to share our craft with the local community.

The challenge for the first quarter of the year was:

 Modern Traditionalism

The term Modern Traditionalism generally refers to any quilt that has a traditional pattern, block, or design as its foundation, combined with one or more modern design elements (source: Quilting Daily)

‘Modern Design Elements’

● Use of negative space

● Scale

● Asymmetry

● Modern fabrics

● Alternate grid

● Improvisation

And here are the 18 inch square mini quilts made by members as examples of Modern Traditionalism.

The traditional blocks these are based on, in clockwise order, are Flying Geese, Friendship Star, Double Wedding Ring, and Golden Gare.

Nine Patch, and three Log Cabin versions.

Triangles, Bear Paw, and two Half Square Triangles.

Ohio Star, Nine Patch, and another Ohio Star.

Flying Geese, Four Patch, and Hexagons.

As you can see, we are all using the same palette of solid color fabrics which makes for a stunning display in person. In looking at the list of Modern Design Elements above, they are all represented in our Modern Minis.

Great job by all of our participants! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

First Real Sew Day in 3 Years

With the start of 2023, Eugene Modern Quilt Guild returned to mostly in-person meetings and events. Yay! It's been a long three years.  Since January, our monthly meetings are back at the Eugene Garden Club and it has been great to see members face to face, especially those who joined during the pandemic. We are still holding our monthly Virtual Sew Days through Google Meet as we have found it is kind of nice to not have to pack up our sewing spaces and yet still be able to chat, ask advice, and show off what we are working on with our quilty friends.  

That said, we recently held a real in-person Sew Day for the first time in 3 years and it was great! There was a wonderful turnout of members plus one guest, lots of sewing accomplished, more than enough snacks, and plenty of time for visiting and sharing advice. Also, several of us worked on our EMQG mini quilts for the first installment of "What Is Modern Quilting?".  More on that in a later post...

Here is a peek into our fun day:

So good to enjoy the day together again!

Monday, October 10, 2022

 The last round of the Traveling Quilts! These were shown at the September meeting and then given back to their owners for finishing, hopefully by the December meeting.  This was a very fun and inspiring quilt bee!

A Summer Garden

Flights of the Butterflies

Solids  Galore

Good Queen Bess

Cardiac Love

National Parks


Modern Brights

Lisa the Unicorn

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Catching up on the Traveling Quilts (Part Two)

 Here are the other four Traveling Quilts with their in-progress and up-to-date photos.  In September, after the final addition, all of the quilt tops will be traveling back to their owners for finishing. Just one more month to go!

National Parks


Modern Brights

Lisa the Unicorn