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Welcome to the new website of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild.  Please bear with us as we build this new site.  We will be adding links to popular modern quilt bloggers and local shops.  If you have questions, please visit the Contact Page to send us an email.

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Who We Are & What We Do

Thanks for visiting out site. Here is some information about us!

The Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild was founded in 2013 and is affiliated with The Modern Quilt Guild, an international community of modern quilters and friends of modern quilting.

Our guild is dedicated to encouraging all quilters to learn about and enjoy modern quilting.   At our friendly, no stress meetings, we share our latest modern quilt projects and help each other learn more about the principles of modern quilting.

Membership Benefits:

  • We have workshops and demonstrations by members and national teachers. Workshops include improvisational piecing; curved piecing; modern paper piecing; using software for quilt design; quilting your modern quilt and so much more.  (These events are occasionally open to visitors, so be sure to visit a meeting and join our newsletter list.)
  • Annual modern quilting retreat in Sarasota area
  • Show & Tell & Ask–show off your modern quilt projects and get help!
  • View episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 of Fresh Quilting, a national TV show that explores modern quilting [available to members on the MQG site
  • Free modern quilt patterns every month from national MQG
  • Free webinars from national MQG (these are recorded and available for viewing anytime)
  • Early registration for the largest annual modern quilt show and conference–QuiltCon.  Thousands of modern quilters from all over the world attend this fabulous event where we see the latest innovations in modern quilt design..

What is Modern Quilting?

We often hear the question:  What makes a quilt modern?

Modern quilting is a relatively new aspect of quilting–having emerged in the US in the late 1990’s.  Since then, the movement has exploded all over the world.  Modern quilters today are reinventing the traditions and bringing fresh contemporary approaches to quilting.

From the site of The Modern Quilt Guild:

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.   {visit the MQG site to learn more}

If you want to learn more about modern quilting, please come to our meetings and see what we are up to.  Our members are always exploring the boundaries

Where & When We Meet

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2 to 4 p.m. (except in December when we meet on the 2nd Saturday for our membership holiday party).  We meet year round!

Our meetings take place at the Fruitville Public Library, 100 Coburn Road in Sarasota FL.

VISITORS are always welcome at our meetings.  Although our membership roster is full, we invite you to join the membership waitlist.  Many of our ‘members in waiting’ elect to join The Modern Quilt Guild as an individual member in the meantime.

Already a Member of SMQG and/or MQG?