Special Exhibits


The Quilts of Sherri Lynn Wood

After unwittingly defying the dress code at Wiley Junior High at the age of 13 with a modest sundress of her own creation, Sherri Lynn Wood came to realize sewing as a source of creative expression, personal empowerment, and subversive resistance. This experience defined a trajectory of restorative social practice that she has explored, shared, and honored throughout her 30-year career as a quilt maker, artist, teacher, improviser, and author of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters (2015, Abrams). Sherri Lynn Wood is based in Oakland, CA and is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow.This special exhibit will include quilts and sculptural pieces that span the length of Sherri Lynn’s practice.


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Selections from the Childress Collection
Sponsored by Beyond the Reef

There is no other creative endeavor that threads together heritage and history, art and craft, need and comfort, quite like quilt-making in the United States. Quilters today utilize the medium to transgress boundaries, to memorialize their lives, and to materialize artistic vision. Master quilters of yesterday did the same, creating both modern and folky one-of-a-kind designs, incorporating political and social statements, and memorializing their loved ones. This special exhibit provides examples from the collection of Marjorie Childress, which contains 300 quilts spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and foreshadowing the modern and art quilt movements



The 100 Days Project

Join us for a special exhibit of 100 Days Projects at QuiltCon 2019! The 100 Days Project is a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. This special exhibit showcases work from 100 Days participants who focused specifically on quilt-related making. The goal in the 100 Day Project is surrendering to the process, showing up day after day. Come see how Debbie Grifka, Daisy Aschehoug, Kristin Axtman, Kitty Wilkin, and Michelle Wilkie approached this special project. These studies in design and technique are sure to inspire!



Thomas Fire Charity Quilts

On the afternoon of December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire began to devastate Ventura County California. By January 8th, the fire had burned over 750 homes and continued its advance through Santa Barbara County. It also began to rain. Mudslides and debris rushed through Montecito, where 23 people lost their lives.

The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild and local quilt shop Superbuzzy partnered to create quilts for those affected by the Thomas Fire. They requested help from quilters through social media, and the response was overwhelming — they received more than 900 donations from 49 states and seven countries. As of January 2019, over 1,200 quilts have been donated to those affected by the fire and mudslides.


Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt of the Month

Each month, Modern Quilt Guild members receive a free pattern, designed by an MQG member. Productions of the 12 quilt patterns from 2018 will be displayed in this exhibit.


QuiltCon Charity Quilts
Sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild

The QuiltCon Charity Challenge is one of the MQG’s largest-scale charity projects. This year, guilds and individual members were challenged to create modern traditional quilts using a pre-defined color palette. All charity quilts will be donated to benefit a local charity.

Special Exhibit Tours

Quilt enthusiast Mary Fons will lead attendees on a private tour of the special exhibits before the exhibit hall opens. Mary will discuss design, inspiration, history, quilt construction, and so much more. Tickets are available each day for $25.

  • Friday, Feb 22 Tour (TOURFRI) 9–10 a.m.

  • Saturday, Feb 23 Tour (TOURSAT) 9–10 a.m.

  • Sunday, Feb 24 Tour (TOURSUN) 9–10 a.m.