About the MQG

The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. The MQG is a nonprofit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) status.

The MQG is a 501(c)(3) member association.

The Modern Quilt Guild seeks to foster a vibrant and inclusive organization built on encouragement and mutual respect, where all feel welcome. We support the participation of all who are interested in the growth and development of modern quilting and we value the diversity arising from differences that make us who we are.

The MQG Board of Directors

Heather Kinion
Chair of the Board

Region 3 Representative

Vikki Gray

Karin King

Vivika Hansen DeNegre

Aleeda Crawley

Greg Stewart

Region 1 Representative

Mary Anne Williams

Region 2 Representative

Candy Parker

Region 4 Representative

Frances Silverman

Region 5 Representative

Meet the MQG Staff

Want to reach out to the MQG? Do you have a specific question and are curious about whom to ask? Reach out to our staff or board members. The staff is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization, and the volunteer board is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization.

If you have issues with your or your guild’s membership or the website, email info@themodernquiltguild.com. If you’re not sure who to contact, any general inquiries also sent to that email address will get forwarded to the appropriate staff member. 

Karen Cooper

Executive Director

Elizabeth Dackson

Director of Events

Amanda Hines Bernay

Director of Partnerships

Brenna Riley Gates

Communications Manager

Jennifer Fisher

Office Manager

Darci Read

Digital Experience Manager

Kelsey Bellmore

Events Assistant

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Modern Quitling Defined

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.

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