Frequently Asked Questions
What is Modern Quilting?
Modern quilting is sometimes difficult to define because in many ways the definition is as individual as the quilter – changing from quilter to quilter. Here are a few characteristics taken from The Modern Quilt Guild's website:
"Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting."
Who can join the London Modern Quilt Guild?
Anyone with an interest in modern quilting! Beginners are always welcome and you will find lots of inspiration in this group! Quilters with more experience and those who consider themselves traditional or art quilters are also warmly welcomed.
I’m a new quilter, am I out of my league?
Don’t be intimidated! Our group is friendly and encouraging and we’re excited to see new quilters just getting started. No quilting experience is required to become a member. You can come to a meeting before you have even completed your first quilt!
What’s a typical meeting like?
We like to start our two hour meeting by getting the official guild business out of the way to make time for fun! We update the group on guild business such as our Community Project, news and events from the Modern Quilt Guild and our Treasurer's report. We discuss any additional business and explain any Guild challenges that may be taking place. Month to month, the main activity of the meeting changes, but it can be a book review by a member, or sharing tips. After this we have Show and Share, where members share their completed and in progress work. It is the highlight of our meetings!
Do I have to bring a quilt to share with the group?
No. Not all members bring a quilt to share every month. We want you to feel comfortable at our meetings. Show and Share is always optional and we have many members who prefer to watch and be inspired rather than share their work. Our audience is always supportive, and we would love for you to share your work when YOU are ready!
What does it cost?
Your first meeting is free so come by and check us out! After that, we’d love for you to become a member ($65/year).
Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.
How is the London Modern Quilt Guild involved in the community?
Our Guild members assemble and make finished quilts that are donated to the Cross Cultural Lerners Centre. These quilts are used as bed covers for the twin, double and queen beds in Joseph and Jeremiah Houses which are temporary accommodations for Government Assisted Refugees. The quilts stay with the Refugee families as they transition to permanent accommodations. (usually within 6 - 8 weeks)
Along with the London Community Chaplaincy, we run a beginners sewing/quilting program called "Stitchin' Time" at the Limberlost Community in North London. Some of our members participate by volunteering their time teaching and sewing with the Stichin' Time participants. Other members donate materials and supplies to the program.
We are always looking for people to volunteer their time, or donate materials. If you are interested in participating in either of these programs, please email us.
Do you have a question we still haven't answered?
Please email us with your question, we would love to hear from you!