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About the Modern Quilt Guild

The Modern Quilt Guild is made up of more than 200 guilds and more than 14,000 members around the world. Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.

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.

Learn more about the definition of modern quilting on our About page.

About QuiltCon

Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. Each year, the four-day quilt show attracts thousands of attendees from around the world for workshops, lectures, panels and more. The show draws over 1,400 quilt entries, with nearly 400 selected for the juried show. Thousands of dollars are awarded in cash prizes to the winners in 12 categories, which include piecing, quilting, handwork, appliqué, fabric challenges and more.

QuiltCon 2019 will take place Feb. 21–24 in Nashville, Tennessee. More information is available at


Please contact Riane Menardi Morrison for interviews with MQG leadership as well as hi-res headshot photos. For a complete list of the MQG staff and board, please visit our About page.

Alissa Haight Carlton, Executive Director

Alissa Haight Carlton lives in Los Angeles and is a modern quilter, designer and author. She is the co‐founder and Executive Director of the Modern Quilt Guild.  She has written two books, Modern Minimal and Block Party. When not working in the quilting world, she heads up casting for Project Runway. She blogs sporadically at and you can find her on Instagram at @alissahaightcarlton.


 Heather Grant, Director of Marketing & Programming

A quilter in her early 20s, Heather Grant stopped quilting until 2005, when she was inspired by the modern quilting movement and made her first modern quilt. Heather is founder of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and the Director of Marketing and Programming for the Modern Quilt Guild. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son and too many pets.


 Elizabeth Dackson, Director of Events

By day, Elizabeth Dackson is the Director of Events for the Modern Quilt Guild, and by night she tries to stay awake after her two kids go to bed and sew. Elizabeth has been quilting for nine years, and has written two books, Becoming a Confident Quilter and The Quilter's Paper Piecing Workbook. She blogs irregularly at and you can find her more regularly on Instagram @dontcallmebetsy  


Andrew Joslyn, Chair of the MQG Board

Andrew Joslyn has been quilting since 2010 when he quickly fell in love with the style of modern quilts and the community that the MQG provides. He was the president of the Philadelphia MQG for three years, and he remains an active member. He also works with others to plan the annual Mid-Atlantic MOD retreat, which is organized and sponsored by five local MQG chapters in the region. 



QuiltCon Photos

QuiltCon photos are available for press use. Click here to see and download the QuiltCon images.

Modern Quilt Photos

Photos of modern quilts made by MQG members are available for press use. Please contact us for hi-res versions.

Modern Quilt Logos

MQG and QuiltCon logos are available for press use. Please contact Riane for hi-res versions.


Press Contact 

Heather Grant
Director of Marketing & Programming, [email protected]

Please contact Heather for photos, interviews, QuiltCon press passes, and other media inquiries.