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Glossary: LMQG: A Journey to the Land of Modern Quilting

Updated: Nov 10, 2019

1. Our Presenters: Kristen Box-McCoy, Linda McLaren and Gail McHardy-Leitch

Linda McLaren- has a blog as well called "The Quilting Biker"

Kristyn Box-MCoy has business in Ilderton:   Mellon Patch Quilts  :  and a facebook page as well:

Kristen and Linda (friend and LMQG President) have both had Quilts shown at Quilt Con and Kristyn has also had quilts shown at Quilt Cda. Gail McHardy-Leitch is a new member of our guild and a member of the London Modern Quilt Guild. Her experience with modern quilting will be most welcome. Gail also has a blog:

2. The Modern Quilt Guild:

The Modern Quilt Guild:

"Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. Join our community of over 14,000 members around the world."

History of The Modern Quilt Guild:  "In 2009, Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir founded the Modern Quilt Guild giving the online community a chance to form in person connections with other modern quilters.  In 2013, the Modern Quilt Guild hosted it's first QuiltCon, which has evolved into the largest modern quilting event in the world."

 Quilt Con:

-QuiltCon 2020 | Austin, Texas ---Feb. 20–23, 2020

Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, "QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. Each year, thousands of attendees come to see over nearly 600 modern quilts on display, including 400 juried in from MQG members around the world. The conference features four days of workshops and lectures led by leading designers and quilters, and the show floor has dozens of vendors and exhibitors for days of shopping and fun."

Members of the Modern Quilt Guild enjoy the following:  

News Magazine online:  Modern Monthly:  articles, tutorials and member spotlights.

Webinars  (archive and live):  Each month, leading modern quilters and designers provide webinars for MQG members to watch for free. Recordings of previous webinars are also available.  example:  Improv Hand Quilting With Heidi Parks

Patterns:  Each month, MQG members can access new, free modern quilting patterns designed by other members.

block Studies:  In each issue, we’ll explore one modern block used two ways. Issue 02 features the Organic Diamonds block designed by Hannah Haberkern of the Washington DC MQG.

3. London Modern Quilt Guild

started officially in 2015

Has 90 members

Meet 2nd Saturday of every month

At their meetings they have "demos"

Their quilting guild year runs from January to Dec.

Typical Agenda for a meeting with this group:

All meetings start off with the following agenda:

Welcome & Introductions 12:00 to 12:30 Starting at 12 noon we can enter the building to socialize and set up

12:30- Guild Business

Programming and hands on work (if required for the program, bring your basic sewing kit, sewing machine and extension cord)

Show and Share

Stay until 5pm to continue working on the monthly program or  your own WIP (bring your lunch)

The London Modern Quilt Guild also hosts quilt retreats Partnered with the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild-- they largely get Southwestern Ontario's modern quilters together.

The London Modern Quilt Guild is a member of "the Modern Quilt Guild"

Limberlost Community Chaplaincy--London Modern Quilt Guild Outreach Program

Goal:  to teach ladies from program to sew and quilt:  offer opportunities for fellowship and to share love of quilting.

Learn more:

"The London MQG outreach program, shares our enthusiasm and knowledge of quilting with a group of ladies at the Limberlost Community Chaplaincy. We meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3pm at 1481 Limberlost Road, unit 137.We have been very fortunate to have received generous donations of sewing machines, fabric and other supplies from our community allowing us to run a fun and educational program. This program has given the participants not only a chance to learn how to use a sewing machine, as some have never had the opportunity, but it also provides them with a much needed break from their difficult lives.We have seen participants blossom and to feel good about their newly found skill. It is a joy to work with these ladies.

Please note, our Outreach program does not have the funding to purchase fabric or notions from sellers. However, we will graciously accept donations for our Outreach program.  To find out how you can donate, please contact us  ;   We are always looking for volunteers too so please email us if you would like to help out. "  Taken directly from LMQG web site.

News Article about Limberlost:  'Room full of laughter': Multi-faith chaplaincy changing lives in Limberlost

Teachers, Fabric and Pattern Designers

4. Steph Scardal:

Steph Scardal is a modern quilter. She has a blog as well.  I had fun playing the the Digital Swatchy Tool which lets you play with swatch colours from ten different designers including Kona and Moda solid fabric lines.

Steph cites Play Crafts as a source of inspiration for the Digital Swatchy Tool.  Play Crafts is spearheaded by quilters as well:

"Play Crafts came about after a late night conversation among friends about the lack of tools available for crafters. But we didn’t want to just make any tools, we wanted ours to be easy and fun to use, because creativity should be fun! Our goal is to provide tools that get out of the way of your creativity and let you chase your inspiration.

Play Crafts is made up of a team of crafters and creator, and we love helping bring out the inner (or not-so-inner) artist in everyone!"

Play Crafts has  a series of tools that you can use in quilt design:

such as:  Palette Builder, Color Play, Equal--generates equilateral triangle quilt designs, using palettes it pulls from Color Play. You can modify the triangle size, and generate infinite numbers of quilt designs! and Illustrator Swatches (which is like Steph Scardal's "Digital Swatchy Tool"

The January 2019 Quilt of the Month is X-Canvas by Steph Skardal, an individual member from North Carolina 

5. Cheryl Arkison -- author of Sunday Morning Quilts , A Month of Sundays, and, most recently, You Inspire Me To Quilt

A very interesting article about Cheryl Arkison:   The Pattern That Changed My Life: Cheryl Arkison-- Well worth a read:

This is Cheryl's blog:

Cheryl Arkison Fabrics :  Connecting Threads:  put out a fabric line 2016

6. Libs Elliott  :  Elizabeth (Libs) Elliott is a textile artist and designer exploring the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. A deep appreciation for craftsmanship, design history and future-focused applications are all reflected in her work. She studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University and received a B.A. in Cultural Studies at Trent University. On her website you can shop Libs Elliott fabric and quilt patterns.

7 JOHN ELLIOT WILLARD:  " John excelled at everything he touched starting at an early age at costume design, then photography, collecting antiques and then creating his first quilt in 1975. A 40-year retrospective of John's amazing quilts were recently on display at the Burlington Art Centre" he was well known for his geometric quilts and his creative use of black and white fabric  (pic of him working on a quilt saved)

Images from the 40 year retrospective:

8. Jacquie Gering: (already profiled in last month's Glossary. Jacquie's book is profiled here as a source for modern quilting. Quilting Modern book by Jacquie Gering (Author), Katie Pedersen (Author) .

9.  Heather Ross is an illustrator and fabric designer whose crafty creations have found commercial success and a massive online following. She has illustrated the Crafty Chloe books Crafty Chloe and Dress-Up Mess-Up and is also the author of the craft book Weekend Sewing.

10. Rebecca Bryan

She also has a youtube channel where she shares tips and techniques:

- most known by the colorful and geometric quilts, author, featured in a ton of magazines. American Pat