Monday, September 11, 2017

You're Invited to Our Annual Fall Retreat!

          The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild is hosting our annual Fall Retreat from November 10th-12th at The Chateau ​Resort and Conference Center in the Poconos.
We have reserved a number of remaining spots for non-PMQG members, and we would love for you to join us! Here is some info, below:

Hotel Information:The Chateau is located at the base of the Pocono Mountains at 475 Camelback Rd, Tannersville, PA 18372. Our room block has a rate of $116.10/night, for a two night stay, Friday-Sunday. More information about The Chateau can be found on their website here.

The fee for non-members is $90 for the 3 days. Currently, all meals will be on your own with a local restaurant list provided. As always, snacks and goodies are always welcome!
We will be hosting an exchange of Retreat Survival Kits that will consist of the 1-Hour Basket with any assorted goodies that you wish to give to your recipient (tea, candy, chocolate, sewing goodies), spending no more than $15. If you wish to participate please indicate that on the registration page, and you will be matched up with a fellow attendee ASAP.
The sewing room at the retreat is the Seasons Ballroom, which has 2 walls of beautiful windows. The room will open at 9am on Friday, November 10th and will remain open until 4pm on Sunday, November 12th.
If you wish to join us please register here. Confirmation of your retreat will first be sent out on August 1st and then on a rolling basis, based on space available.
If you have any additional questions please email me at
Click Here to Register!
We hope you can join us in November!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Prepping for Mancuso

Prepping for Mancuso
by Pilar Rivera, PMQG Member

How many quilty projects do you have going on at the moment? In the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild, there are plenty opportunities to work on multiple projects at a time. Group quilts, individual projects, guild challenges- there is always something to keep our quilty hearts happy!

One upcoming event that has kept us busy is Mancuso's Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, which runs from September 14th – 17th in Oaks, PA! This Mancuso quilt show features workshops, lectures, a quilt competition, and special exhibitors like the PMQG.

The Philly Modern Quilt Guild’s entries focus on modern quilts and modern traditionalism. We will showcase the pieces our guild has crafted and organized over the past three years. Keep an eye out for The Color Challenge mini quilts, Round Robins, Bee quilts, PMQG and MQG Challenges.

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza runs from September 14th – 17th at the following address: 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Quilty Inspiration

Quilty Inspiration 
by Pilar Rivera, PMQG Member

Where do you find your inspiration to create? Is it from viewing architecture in the big city? Seeing dappled sunlight while walking through the woods? For quilters, inspiration can be found anywhere from tiled walls, architecture, food, to nature!

Here are a few hashtags to check out on Instagram, for some quilty inspiration this week.

Inspiration from architecture and hardscape:

This is a hashtag used almost exclusively by a resident of Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. This features great local architecture and colors of our neighborhood.
Photo from Instagram, @a_golden_whale
Tiles are basically just quilts in ceramic form, right? These patterns are begging to be made into quilts.
Photo from Instagram, @_roomonfire

Inspiration from nature:

There are 190 million acres of National Park land in the US. Go visit one- take a hike!
Photo from Instagram, @wanderingwheatleys

Who doesn't enjoy a walk in the woods?!
Photo from Instagram, @stevint

 Inspiration from food:

Photo from Instagram, @mamaframboise
Fresh bread, and veggies, and cheese...oh my!
Photo from Instagram, @suusvanvenrooij

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Hexi Craze!

The Hexi Craze! by Pilar Rivera, PMQG Member

Here at the PMQG, we love hexis! We also love guild challenges. They provide an opportunity to create something outside of our comfort zone, try out new patterns and techniques, and share a common goal as a guild. Perhaps the best part: recent challenge pieces are eligible to be shown in the Mancuso 2017 show!

Our most recent guild challenge was called Show Us Your Hexis!, where guild members could bring any current hexi project, finished or unfinished to show off at the meeting. This challenge had less specific guidelines than, say, The Paint Chip Challenge from 2016...Everyone at PMQG seemed to already to be working on their own hexi project, since they are so versatile, easy, and trendy! So, we decided to allow any current hexagon project, finished or unfinished, into the challenge.

Hexagons are very popular right now in the modern quilt scene, and you can find great hexi patterns and projects on Pinterest and Instagram. One popular hexi quilt-along is Glorious Hexagons, which began in January 2016 and will continue till the end of time for some of us (the project is gorgeous and time-consuming).

Below are just a few photos of PMQG member hexi projects-in-progress.

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Bobbi Penniman

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Elise Bowers

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Maryellen Grysewicz

Hexagon Table Runner
Photo courtesy Stephanie Wood

Glorious Hexagons project
Photo courtesy Pilar Rivera