Mission of the Guild
The mission of the guild is to create a positive community of modern quilters interested in sharing knowledge of modern quilting techniques, patterns, modern fabrics, and quilt making.
Fellowship will be encouraged through regular meetings, social gatherings, workshops, lectures, field-trips, community outreach and education, and other selected activities that encourage modern quilt-making and promote and educate the community on modern quilting.
The National Modern Quilt Guild has been around since 2009, with the Phoenix chapter establishing itself in 2012. We have grown and evolved into a group of 70+ members from across the valley, country, and globe with a variety of interests and talents - and we can't wait for you to join our group!
We meet once a month, typically on the second Saturday at 1pm. Our current meetings are virtual and/or at the Tempe Pyle Adult Recreation Center. In order to attend in-person meetings the “Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability Covid-19 Facility Reservations” needs to be signed and handed in before the meeting.
We host periodic Sew-Ins, Sip and Sews, workshops, and other special events throughout the year, also indicated on our calendar.
Interested in the nitty gritty? Our most recent Bylaws can be found here.
Here is a round up of some of the activities we do as a guild either as a part of meetings, or outside of our regular meeting times. We don't necessarily do all of these each month, or even in a year, but if you're curious about some of our lingo - here's what it means!
Quilting Bee: Members meet after the general meeting, Queen Bee gives out pattern kits for the rest of the Bee to complete and return the following month. Each member of the Bee takes a turn at Queen.
Block Lottery: The guild will announce a free pattern and final size for the lottery. For every completed block you create, you earn one ticket into the raffle. Winner takes all!
Swaps: Members can create a handcrafted item for the swap and get one back in the exchange! Swap chair will announce patterns and when swaps are due.
Block of the Month: A sew-along of sorts, participants follow along a set pattern over the course of the year, learn new techniques, and have the making of a complete top after the program ends.
Charity: Each year is a little different! In the past, we've made blocks for a specific cause, sewn for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt exhibition, made donations to local charities, had sew-ins, all sorts of fun.
Check out the Charity page for more information on this year's program.
Challenges: From time to time the guild will host a challenge. Participants are given a prompt, certain constraints, and a deadline.
Show & Tell: A constant at every meeting! Bring your completed projects to share with the group, we love to see those modern quilts!
Retreats and Wee-Treats: From time to time we get together and sew for a few days! Retreats and Wee-Treats (shorter retreats) are open to members first - so be sure to join to hear what our latest plans are!
Sip n Sews: Typically weeknights, we get together for some hand sewing! Want to host one of your own? We're happy to send out invites to the group if you arrange a space and send over details!
Sew-Ins: Local gatherings where we all bring machines, have cutting and pressing stations, and members can come and leave as they please for a day of sewing! Sometimes these days have themes, like charity sewing!