About Us

The Eugene Modern Quilt Guild (EMQG) is a group of modern quilters in the mid-Willamette Valley. As a chapter of the national Modern Quilt Guild, our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.

The EMQG is committed to building a community where all members and guests are treated with respect and dignity.

The EMQG does not and shall not discriminate in its membership, activities, or operations. We welcome all people inclusive of their race, ethnicity, nationality/ancestry, religion, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or military status. We are here to celebrate the artistic expressions that our differences, similarities, and life experiences might bring about.

What is Modern Quilting?
Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting. This may mean something as simple as using a traditional quilt block and updating it in a fresh fun new way.  That includes using modern fabrics , modifying the block arrangement, or even the scale of the block. The piecing could be improvisational and wonky, or it could be very exact and measured, following a pattern, or creating your own. The quilting could be traditional stippling, clean straight lines, or a very "free" have fun, quilt as you go style. Fabrics could be up-cycled vintage sheets, custom digitally printed fabric, a yummy selection from one of the new modern fabric designers, or an old fabric from an ever growing stash.

Modern quilting is sometimes difficult to define because, in many ways, the definition is as individual as the quilter --changing from quilter to quilter.  In addition to reflecting the individual personality and personal style of the quilter, it also reflects the current aesthetic of the day.

Modern quilting is also the attitude and the approach that modern quilters take,  It respects the amazing artistry and talent of the tradition of quilting, while allowing the quilter to challenge the "rules".  In fact, if there were one rule in modern quilting, it would be that there are no rules.

The concept of modern quilting is not meant to divide or segregate.  It is meant to welcome new quilters, of all ages, to the world of quilting in a style that they can relate to.  In many ways, modern quilting takes us back to the basics of the early quilters, when women of the day used the colors and styles of their time to express themselves creatively. 

*Definition provided by the Modern Quilt Guild