Frequently Asked Questions



+ What is QuiltCon?

QuiltCon is the international conference and quilt show by and for The Modern Quilt Guild. The biggest modern quilting event of its kind, QuiltCon features top modern quilting instructors and will attract attendees from around the world. It includes a juried modern quilt show with cash prizes, vendors, lectures, workshops form top modern quilters, and more. This will be the sixth time QuiltCon has been held.

+ Who should attend QuiltCon?

You! It doesn’t matter what kind of quilter you are, or even if you are a quilter at all. QuiltCon is open to anyone who is interested in modern quilting!

+ When are the QuiltCon 2020 dates?

Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2020. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm.

+ Where is QuiltCon 2020?

QuiltCon 2020 will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

+ Where is the Austin Convention Center?

The Austin Convention Center is located at 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701.

+ What are the hours for QuiltCon 2020?

Wednesday, February 19

  • Early Registration Check-In for Workshop/Lecture/4-day show pass attendees from 5pm - 7pm
  • Awards Ceremony - 7pm-8pm

Thursday, February 20

  • Registration Check-In/New Sales from 8am-6pm
  • Quilt Show and Vendor Hall from 10am – 6pm
  • Workshops from 9am – 9pm
  • Lectures from 8am – 6pm

Friday, February 21

  • Registration Check-In/New Sales from 8am-6pm
  • Quilt Show and Vendor Hall from 10am – 6pm
  • Workshops from 9am – 9pm
  • Lectures from 8am to 6pm

Saturday, February 22

  • Registration Check-In/New Sales from 8am-6pm
  • Quilt Show and Vendor Hall from 10am – 6pm
  • Workshops from 9am – 9pm
  • Lectures from 9am – 7:30pm

Sunday, February 23

  • Registration Check-In/New Sales from 8am-3pm
  • Quilt Show and Vendor Hall from 10am-4pm
  • Workshops from 9am to 12pm
  • Lectures from 9am-3pm

+ When and where is QuiltCon 2021?

QuiltCon 2021 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, February 18–21, at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.


+ How much does QuiltCon cost?

No matter your budget, you can come to QuiltCon! Pick and choose the right tickets for you.

Daily Show Tickets are $12 4-Day Show Passes are $42 Workshop and lecture pricing will be made available in late May 2019.

+ Do I have to pay show admission if I registered for a workshop?

Yes. Show admission is NOT included in the price of a workshop.

+ Do I have to pay show admission if I purchased a lecture?

Yes. Show admission is NOT included in the price of a lecture.

+ Do I have to pay show admission if I purchased a lecture pass?

Yes. Show admission is NOT included in the price of a lecture pass.

+ Do I have to buy a pass for my spouse if they are travelling with me?

Yes. Show passes are for one person each.

+ Do you offer discounts?

Yes! We offer discounts to MQG members, as well as discounts on quilt show tickets to groups. MQG members must be members by no later than June 21st for early registration.

+ Can you tell me more about the quilt show group discounts?

QuiltCon is offering discounted show passes for groups organizing trips to the event for groups larger than 10. Show passes will be available to these groups at $10.50 per person for a one-day show ticket. We’ll also offer one free pass for the organizer of the group. Please complete our Group Sales form (coming soon!) to purchase tickets for your group and receive information on bus parking, if applicable for your group.

+ What about MQG members? Do MQG members get discounts? How?

Members get 15% off non-member prices when they register via the link posted on the MQG Community site. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer discounts onsite, so be sure to register early!

Early registration is a benefit for paid MQG members, and will take place on Monday, June 24, 2019. Non-member registration will open in July 2019.

+ Do you have a scholarship program?

Not at this time. There is currently an MQG task force underway to develop this program. More information can be found here (MQG Member log-on required). We do have a volunteer program that offers some great benefits. Super Volunteers will get a free four-day show pass, a goodie bag and a t-shirt! Super Volunteers are volunteers who volunteer 16 hours or more at QuiltCon. Our Super Volunteers are also rewarded with early registration to a future QuiltCon of their choice following their volunteer time. Our regular volunteers will get a free four-day show pass. For more information on volunteer opportunities, sign up for our volunteer e-newsletter.

Quilt Show

+ What are the prizes for the quilt show?

The prizes can be found right here.

+ When will the entry form be available?

The entry form will be available via the MQG e-newsletter and the QuiltCon website in July 2019. If you are not already a member, join today!

+ When are entries open?

Entries will be accepted from July 2019 to November 30, 2019. More info coming soon!

+ Do I have to be a member of the Modern Quilt Guild to enter?

Yes. Not already a member? Join today!

+ Can you tell me more?

If you have questions about entering a quilt, please view the rules and guidelines at If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us.


+ What hotels are offering special rates for QuiltCon 2019?

You’ll find all of the up-to-date information on QuiltCon discounted hotels on our Hotels page.

+ Why is there a non-refundable one-night deposit required for QuiltCon 2020 hotels?

In order for the MQG and QuiltCon to arrange discounted hotel rooms each year for the event, we arrange contracts with hotels, guaranteeing a number of reservations and revenue for the hotels. When that number of reservations and revenue is not met, there are strong financial penalties that are levied against QuiltCon and the MQG which directly impacts our ability to keep QuiltCon as affordable as possible. Each year, we have found a high number of cancelled reservations have led to financial penalties, so last year after much discussion with other large associations who have been in similar positions, we began adding a non-refundable deposit to hotel reservations in an effort to ensure that hotel reservations are made to be used. Your deposit payment goes toward the payment for your entire reservation.

+ When will my credit card be charged for my hotel room?

Your credit card will be charged a one-night security deposit within 7 business days of your initial reservation. This guarantees your reservation, and the balance of your bill will not be charged until your arrival at the hotel.

+ Can you help me find a roommate?

We cannot help you find a roommate, however MQG members are welcome to post on our “Looking for a Roommate” board on The MQG is not responsible or liable for roommate agreements.


+ Is QuiltCon accessible for the disabled?

The Austin Convention Center meets ADA compliance.

+ Will scooters or wheelchairs be available for rent at the Music City Center?

Scooters will be available for rent at the Austin Convention Center. Details coming soon.

+ Are accommdations available for nursing mothers at the Austin Convention Center?

Yes! More precise details coming soon!


+ How do I register?

MQG members will get an email with a registration link in advance of the official registration date. The registration link will also be posted on but will not be active until the official registration date and time. We will post training videos on how to register as well as PDF downloads on how to utilize the registration system approximately one week before member registration opens.

+ When should I register?

We recommend registering as soon as registration opens, as much of QuiltCon sells out quickly. Each sewing workshop only seats 24 students, each long-arm workshop only seats 22 students. Most workshops typically sell out on the first day that registration opens.

+ What forms of payment will be accepted during registration?

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We do NOT accept PayPal or checks.

+ Do I have to register online?

Yes. We do not offer paper-based registration. We like trees!

+ What confirmation will I receive?

You will receive a confirmation email upon registration. If you register for workshops, you will receive a notification email when supply lists for the workshops you’ve registered for are ready and available, by no later than 45 days in advance of QuiltCon, although likely sooner.

+ Can I register for lectures a la carte?

Yes! Lectures are indeed sold individually.

+ Can I buy a day pass for lectures?

Yes! A limited number of day passes are available for lectures. You can purchase a Thursday Lecture Pass, a Friday Lecture Pass, a Saturday Lecture Pass, and/or a Sunday Lecture Pass.

+ Can I register onsite?

Yes, pending availability, you can opt to register onsite, however please note there are no discounts for onsite registration or passes.

Member & Non-Member Registration

+ How do MQG members get registration discounts and access early registration?

MQG members will be able to access Member Pre-Registration through the MQG Community website as well as through an email that will be sent to them. Members will need to register using the email address that receives their MQG Newsletters. Members will not need to use any special discount codes or passwords; discounts will be applied automatically.

MQG member pricing will end December 1, 2019. All MQG member registration thereafter will be at full price.

You must be a member BEFORE you register. We do not provide retroactive discounts to people who become members after they register.

+ What if a non-member uses discount codes or registers early?

If any non-member registers before member registration opens, we will unregister them and refund their registration. Early registration is a benefit for paid Modern Quilt Guild members. You must be a member BEFORE you register. The cut-off date for new membership to be eligible for early registrations is June 19. We will not provide retroactive discounts to people who become members after they register.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

+ What is the cancellation, refund and transfer policy?

Refunds will be processed based on the date of your cancellation.

If you cancel between:

  • June 26 – July 31: 95% refund
  • August 1 – August 31: 80% refund
  • September 1 – September 30: 70% refund
  • October 1 – December 31: 50% refund
  • January 1, 2019 and beyond: No refunds are available

The cancellation fees above apply to cancelling all or part of your registration.

You can transfer part or all of your registration for a $50 fee per transfer recipient. QuiltCon will not refund the money you paid for the workshop; however, you may work out payment arrangements directly with the person to whom you’re transferring your registration to. Please note that no transfers can be performed after January 15, 2020.

+ What if I’m not satisfied with a workshop?

If you are not satisfied with a workshop, please visit the registration desk after the session is completed to fill out a formal complaint form. This form must be filled out with 24 hours of the session to be considered. If we receive five or more complaint forms for one workshop, we will issue refunds to the people who complained no later than March 30, 2020.


+ Where can I find the supply list for my workshop?

Supply lists will be made available on our interactive schedule website by December 2019, and an email will be sent out to all workshop attendees with information on how to access them at that time.

+ Do I need to bring my sewing machine?

No. Sewing machines will be provided in all sewing workshops.

In all long-arm and mid-arm workshops, those machines are provided as well, and students will share those machines in groups of two.

+ Are sewing machines, rotary cutters, mats, etc provided in classrooms? Or do I need to bring my own?

QuiltCon workshop rooms will be equipped with irons, ironing boards, cutting mats and cutting tools. Sewing rooms will also be equipped with sewing machines, but handwork/design lab rooms will not.

+ What types of payments do instructors take for their materials fees?

All instructors accept cash, but details on other payments they accept will be sent with their supply lists.

+ What are the levels of the workshops?

Each workshop is marked in the QuiltCon catalog and interactive schedule with the proper skill level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Workshops marked for All Skill Levels are appropriate for all sewists.

  • Beginner workshops are geared toward participants with some basic sewing skills. These workshops will provide instruction for more technical skills.
  • Intermediate workshops are for sewists and quilters who have solid skills on basic cutting, piecing, quilting, and sewing techniques. Participants should require little to no instruction on sewing machine operation.
  • Advanced workshops are for experienced quilters with solid skills on a wide variety of quilting techniques, including piecing, applique, handwork, and more.

+ What are the types of workshops?

  • Drawing – Taught by long-arm quilters, these drawing courses will help you practice your free-motion quilting skills.
  • Handwork – These classrooms have no sewing machines and all sewing is done by hand.
  • Long-arm Quilting (sit) – These classrooms are outfitted with sit down long-arm machines.
  • Long Quilting (stand) – These classrooms are outfitted with long-arm machines.
  • Sewing – These classrooms are outfitted with sewing machines.
  • Printing – These classrooms focus on various fabric printing techniques.
  • Technology – These classrooms have no sewing machines, and in these workshops, students are bringing their own laptops to work on design software they own.

+ When can I find the class catalog and schedule?

The QuiltCon class catalog will be made available at the end of May 2019, and will be available on the QuiltCon website. It will also be announced to all MQG members through the e-newsletter.

+ When are breaks for meals?

All workshops take breaks from 12–2pm for lunch and from 5–6pm for dinner. Workshop rooms are NOT accessible during the lunch and dinner breaks.

+ What if the workshop I want to sign up for is full?

You can sign up for the waitlist, if it still available. A limited number of waitlist spots are available for each workshop.

+ How do waitlists work?

When a seat becomes available for a sold out workshop, we consult the waitlist, sorting those on the waitlist by the date and time they joined the waitlist for fairness. We contact the person at the top of the waitlist via email and also by text message, sending a short “Check your email, QuiltCon waitlist spot available for you” text message. In the email, you will be given a deadline to respond, which will typically be 2 business days, and after that time, if we haven’t gotten a response, we move on to the next person on the waitlist. There is typically a good amount of movement with waitlists, but it’s impossible to predict how many waitlist spots will open up and/or when that may happen.

+ Can I find out where I’m at on a waitlist?

After July 15th, you can email us at with the email address you are registered with and up to three class codes you’d like us to look up your position on waitlists. It is a manual process, so please bear with us as we answer each request in the order in which it was received.

Check In

+ What time should I arrive onsite to check in?

Workshop and lecture attendees should plan to arrive in advance of their first workshop or lecture by at least 60 minutes to pick up their badge. Be sure to plan your travel/arrival time based on the registration hours. The registration desk hours are:

  • Wednesday, February 19 from 5pm to 7pm
  • Thursday, February 20 from 7:30am to 6pm
  • Friday, February 21 from 7:30am to 6pm
  • Saturday, February 22 from 7:30am to 6pm
  • Sunday, February 23 from 7:30am to 3pm

+ What do I need to check in?

Attendees who are registered for workshops and lectures will not need anything at all – just the correct spelling of their first and last name. Additional check-in tips and tricks will be emailed to all workshop and lecture attendees two weeks before QuiltCon. Attendees who are registered for show tickets only will receive their own email two weeks before QuiltCon with their check-in information as well.

Families and Children

+ Does QuiltCon welcome families and children?

  • Supervised children of all ages are welcome on the show floor.
  • Children over the age of 10 are permitted on the show floor with a purchased pass.
  • Children over the age of 10 are permitted in the lecture hall with a purchased pass.
  • Babes-in-arms are welcome in the lecture hall at no cost.


+ I have a question that isn’t answered here. Who do I contact?

Drop us a line!