Lectures

Lectures are listed by date and time. To see lectures listed by category or lecturer, please download the full catalog.

THURSDAY, FEB. 19

Moderated by Alissa Haight Carlton with panelists Amy Marson of Stash/C&T Books, Allison Korleski of Interweave, TBA, TBA
In this engaging panel, meet some of the most influential women in craft publishing. We’ll cover the best practices for writers, and how to successfully submit work and write proposals for magazines and books.
Rossie Hutchinson is not a lawyer. She’s a professor with a PhD in Communication and she regularly holds semester seminars on copyright and its role in our culture. In this lecture, Rossie will describe the copyright war as it relates to music (as a first and easy example) and then as it relates to modern quilting. A copy-leftist, Rossie will ultimately argue that copy-rightism in the quilt community is leading to ignorance and plagiarism, while copy-leftism would lead to a much greater understanding of our past and a stronger future.
Practice trusting your intuition and creativity in the design process through creative exercises. Learn a series of creative exercises to build your design intuition and help develop your creative voice. Hear insights into the design process.
Sherri draws on improvisational disciplines of drawing, music, performance art, theater and life to envision new frameworks for creating improvisational patchwork. Her method of working from a score, breaks free from the step-by-step, how-to paradigm typical of most quilt making and craft patterns available today. She shares tips for developing inner resources that can take your craft beyond the limits of design and technique, to communicate a powerful sense of presence and discovery.
The quilting community has a long tradition of sharing what we know with others. Do you teach? Would you like to be a better quilt teacher? Jacquie was an teacher before she became a quilter and will share practical advice on how to develop a class, teaching strategies to engage students and ideas for how to teach effectively, handle difficult situations and give students the best experience possible.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the machine quilting resources available. Sometimes, it can be more intimidating than inspiring. In this lecture, Angela Walters will give you some solid tips to help you improve your machine quilting skills, no matter how long you have been quilting or what kind of machine you use. This informative, and slightly hilarious, lecture includes plenty of examples and samples, as well as a dose of Angela’s “close enough is good enough attitude”.
It could be argued that use of negative space is one of modern quilting’s largest contributions to the world of quilt design. Ever wondered how alternate grid work and non-block based design fit into it? What fabrics are the best choices to really make it shine? This lecture will explore how it is used, and how it’s pushing quilt designs into new and different places.

FRIDAY, FEB. 20

Moderated by Jacqueline Sava with panelists: Brenda Groelz of Handi Quilter, Denyse Scmidt, Heather Ross, TBA
In this panel we will talk to industry leaders who’ve transitioned from ‘Maker to Making a Living’. From balancing personal and business goals, to financial planning and marketing strategies, it’s always inspiring to hear real life stories of how creative endeavors become successful businesses.
Quilts of the 1970s are becoming more and more collectible, but the allure of these quilts goes beyond their exuberant use of color and bold design. In the 1970s, America experienced a major revival in quiltmaking, revolving around the Bicentennial. This lecture accompanies the special exhibit at QuiltCon.
Large-scale piecing is fundamental to the Modern Quilting Movement. In this lecture, Heather Jones will discuss the roots of large-scale piecing, the technique of reducing and simplifying design elements, increasing the scale of traditional block designs, and working with large areas of negative space. She will also share tips and techniques on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working on a larger scale.
Moderated by Kim Kight with panelists: Denyse Schmidt designer for FreeSpirit, Mickey Krueger of Windham Fabrics, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller, Amy Ellis designer for Moda, TBA
Ever wonder how designers get ideas? What do companies consider when selecting lines to manufacture? All that and more will be covered in this fascinating panel discussion on fabric design and its influence on modern quilting.
Negative space is a hallmark of the modern quilt, but it can also be intimidating. Professional machine quilter Angela Walters will turn that negative space into a positive in her informative, interactive lecture. Topics covered include techniques for changing up the scale of your design, how to divide your piece into smaller spaces, and tips for adapting these methods to other parts of your quilt. This lecture also includes several examples and samples to serve as eye candy and inspiration.
Luke will discuss his progress as a maker of his objects, with time given to career arc and a bit of method developed over time. He is a prolific quilter and pulls from a background in design and architecture.
American quiltmaking tradition included modernism from the earliest days of pieced quilts. This lecture will present masterpiece examples of geometric pieced quilts made between 1800 and present day.
Many of today’s modern quilters prefer to use solid colored fabrics in their quilts. In this lecture, Heather will teach the basics of color theory and color interaction, and how to apply those ideas to quilting projects. She will discuss the major fundamentals of color theory and design, how different colors relate to each other, and how a color can be influenced by other colors that surround it. She will also discuss aspects of color theory as it relates to the use of printed fabrics.
In this lecture and trunk show Lisa will give a brief history of how she got into quilting, and how her style and technique has evolved over the years. She will show examples of quilts that demonstrate the marriage of modern and traditional style quilting, and how the two can complement one another.

SATURDAY, FEB. 21

You’ve watched Nancy on TV and read her books. None of them, though, told the story of her life growing up in Wisconsin. Millions have wondered about the details of her battle with Bell’s palsy, how her love of sewing began, and her unlikely TV journey. Now, Nancy has written her autobiography “Seams Unlikely.” Join Nancy as she shares stories from her life and her new book.
Far more people will see photographs of your quilts than will ever see the actual quilts, so isn’t it worth taking the best photographs possible? Meg will go over the requirements for different types of shots, from Instagram and show-and-tells to photographs for publication or juried shows. There are special challenges to capturing quilts and she will cover the bases, including recommending specific lights and camera settings and talking about how to create an interesting scene through styling. Her slideshow will include loads of fresh, inspiring examples of eye-catching quilt photos from blogs, magazines, Pinterest and more.
Similar to her QuiltCon 2013 lecture, Yoshiko Jinzenji discusses how she has received so much inspiration from traditions that arose outside of Japan, including quilting from North America and Asian dyeing and weaving traditions, and how it manifested into her unique work through more than 100 photos of inspiration.
In 1979, Nancy Zieman took out $500 from a savings account, closed the same account since it was empty, and started a mail order business. Three years later she began hosting and producing a cable TV show, Sewing With Nancy, when (thankfully) most people didn’t have cable TV. Learn how these meager beginnings turned into successful ventures for one of the innovators of the sew-quilt world. Nancy will tell her story, sharing highs & lows,giggles & grins, of over 30 years in the business.
Need to jump start your creativity? Victoria talks about how her “PLAY” instigates her ideas and sets her running to keep up with her own creativity. Through the lecture, slide show, and quilts, you’ll get great ideas to push your creativity to the extreme and ride it, from the beginning of the quilt process all the way to the last stitches on the binding. You’ll wish you had your sewing machine at your side to sit and sew after all the inspiration!
The history of art is a treasure trove of ideas for quilting, from multi-cultural motifs to innovative quilting patterns. Art historian and designer Casey York turns to this field almost daily for inspiration. In this lecture, she discusses some of the art works and movements that have inspired her work and gives references to artists, styles, and books that audience members will find useful in their own quilting endeavors.
Bindings, thread selection, batting loft, block size—such details can make or break a piece. Learn how designers in a wide variety of disciplines, from product design to landscape architecture to quilting, refine details to make compelling work.
In this talk, Carolyn will speak about how architecture and quilts are not so different. Carolyn will highlight a link that she sees between modernity in architecture and modernity in quilting from her background in architecture. She will also discuss how architecture has made her a better quilter and what lessons from architecture can work for you too.
Join the The Quilters of Gee’s Bend is a discussion about their inventive and distinctive quilt compositions. They will share their process for creating improvisational quilts with their distinctive geometric simplicity. Stories of rural Alabama and the unique community of Gee’s Bend that was revitalized by quiltmaking will inspire and entertain. Of course, the power of gospel singing will be part of this experience!

SUNDAY, FEB. 22

In this lecture Elizabeth explores taking traditional blocks and adding modern aesthetics to them to create modern traditionalism quilts. An in-depth exploration of using different methods of modern design techniques will be discussed.
Maura will share her process and recipes for hand dyeing small batches of fabric with natural dyes, as well as discuss the sustainability and eco friendly aspects of working with botanical dyes. Maura will talk about sourcing natural dyes through growing and cultivating, wild harvesting regionally and seasonally, and purchasing from dye houses. The basics of setting up a dye kitchen will be covered and the differences between protein and cellulose fibers for dyeing and quilting will be explored. Maura will also look at the history of quilts made with naturally dyed colors and share some examples of her work.
Modern quilt documentation is an exciting aspect of the long tradition of studying and recording the history of antique quilts in museums and private collections. In this lecture, Susan will share the quilt documentation process and why it is so important (and fascinating) to preserve and share our quilts’ stories, as part of the rich history of quilting. We will cover documenting, labeling, photographing, planning, hosting a documentation event with your guild, and what makes our modern quilts a unique part of this grand and venerable tradition.
Hosted by Jacquie Gering, Chairperson of The Modern Quilt Guild Board
Meet the newly elected board of directors, learn about long-term plans of the guild, the year in review, major upcoming projects and more! (Free and open only to MQG members, pre-registration required)
Heather will be talking in details about the lessons she has learned in fifteen years of designing fabric: from themes to color to composition. She will also be listing some common pitfalls and misconceptions that new designers often face, and what she believes the key to success in the retail fabric market involves.
Alternate gridwork is a modern quilting design element that is the basis for many modern quilts. We’ll explore different types of gridwork, drawing inspiration from graphic, web and print design.We’ll also cover basic grid system theory and review its relationship to proportion and ratio. You’ll be inspired with the understanding and ideas to start your own alternate grid design in your next quilt.
The social media marketing landscape is changing at an alarmingly fast rate. Knowing that, how can you stay ahead of the curve to ensure your audiences are getting your messages? Christen Barber will provide an overview of the changing social media marketing landscape and the role blogs are starting to play now and in the future. In addition, she’ll review strategies to ensure you stay ahead of the digital marketing curve to grow your audience and your business.
Quilt in QuiltCon banner is "Fireworks" by Tara Faughnan.