We provide a place where non-traditional, fresh, modern quilters in the Edmonton area can meet, share and create. 


We are part of the Modern Quilt Guild movement that encompasses more than 100 quilt guilds in Canada, the United States and other countries around the world! 


Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild (EMQG) began in 2010 with a few modern quilters and we've been growing ever since. 

Modern quilting is about the attitude and the approach that modern quilters take. It respects the amazing artistry and talent of the tradition of quilting while allowing the quilter to challenge the “rules”. In fact, if there were one rule in modern quilting it would be that there are no rules.

In addition to reflecting the individual personality and personal style of the quilter, modern quilting also reflects the current aesthetic of the day.


Modern quilting is not meant to divide or segregate. It is meant to welcome new quilters of all ages to the world of quilting in a style that they can relate to. In many ways, modern quilting takes us back to the basics of the early quilters, when women of the day used the colours and styles of their time to express themselves creatively. 

Modern quilting can be difficult to define because in many ways, the definition is as individual as the quilter.

What is Modern Quilting?

Elements of a Modern Quilt

  • Incorporate increased use of negative space

  • Are inspired by modern art and architecture

  • Frequently use improvisational piecing

  • Contain bold colours, on-trend colour combinations and graphic prints

  • Often use grey and white as neutrals

  • Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics

  • Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines

  • Make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts​​

  • Use asymmetry in quilt design​​

  • Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs​​

  • Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks

  • Embrace simplicity and minimalism​

  • Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure​