ABOUT US

Deborah Giles eternal recurrence quilt

Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild (EMQG) began in 2010 with a few modern quilters and we've been growing ever since. Our members range from beginner to advanced quilters and come from all walks of life!  We are a fun loving supportive community joined together with our love of fabric and quilting.  You will find us sharing our quilting journey with each other, creating friends along the way. We not only quilt, but dabble in bag making and other new and upcoming sewing trends. 

 
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We belong to the Focus on Fibre Arts Association (FFAA) 

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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!

 

What is Modern Quilting?

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

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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​

 
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SEW DAYS

ZOOM BASED AND IN-PERSON OPTIONS  

We hold ZOOM sew days three times a week.
Tuesday evenings, Thursday and Sunday afternoons. 
We have also scheduled one in-person sew day for September, October, and December.

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QUILT CHALLENGES

ONGOING

Throughout the year we hold quilt challenges.  

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SPRING RETREAT

March 24 - 26

This two-day quilting retreat open to members and guests. Join us at beautiful Providence Centre to relax, create and sew to your heart's content in the company of your fellow guild members. 

Day 1: 12-9 pm 

Day 2 & 3: all day

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SHOW AND TELL

MONTHLY ACTIVITY DURING OUR MEETINGS  

Each month during our regular meetings we have Show and Tell where members share the projects that they are working on or have completed.  Check our Gallery page to see these great creations

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BLOCK OF THE MONTH

ONGOING

Members are invited to join in a year long Block of the Month activity. Details in the Members Only Area.

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QUILT ALONGS

ONGOING

Quilt Alongs are a great way to stay connected and work on interesting projects. Examples of previous activities incluide: Set-in Circles, Quilt Coat Journey, Cotton and the Bourbon Watercolor quilt.

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FALL RETREAT

NOV 11 - 13

This two-day quilting retreat open to members and guests. Join us at beautiful Providence Centre to relax, create and sew to your heart's content in the company of your fellow guild members. 

Day 1: 12-9 pm 

Day 2 & 3 : all day

Activities

Some of our activities are listed below, but we have a lot more.

 

Us on Social

  • Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild Facebook
  • EMQG Instagram

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Our Executive  

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2020-21 Executive

President, Carolyn P

Vice President, Brenda McC

Past President, Wendy C

Treasurer, Wendy C

Secretary, Alexa B

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2020-21 Committee Chairs

Membership, Shalene C

Program Chair,  Jan  S

Program Co chairs, Alison R and Cathy F

Charity Quilts, Pam C

Marketing, Heather S

Retreat, Carmen R

Website, Sandi B

 

Charity Quilts

Our charity is the Lurana Shelter 

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The Lurana Shelter  is now part part of Catholic Social Services. The Shelter offers safe refuge and life changing services to women and children who were victims of domestic violence in our community.  

For more information about Lurana Shelter visit 

https://acws.ca/shelters/lurana-shelter/

https://cssalberta.ca/

Lurana Shelter is a registered charity (Registration # 85962 6384 RR0001. 

We provide a variety of quilts in different sizes and designs for women and children in the shelter.

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In November, 2021, EMQG Charity Chair, Pam C and Program Chair, Jan S,  presented 46 quilts to Catholic Social Services representatives Nimet and Rachelle for Lurana Shelter. 

 

Contact Us

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You can also reach us at yeg.emqg@gmail.com

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