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Announcing Pet Postcards 2016!


I got an email a few months ago from another quilter asking me to resurrect the Pet Postcards fundraiser that the multi-talented Pokey Bolton organized several years ago at International Quilt Festival Houston. I contacted Quilts, Inc., who manages Quilt Festival in Chicago and asked if they would consider it. They agreed. Some of you may know that after the passing of our beloved cat of 17 years Mies, who was found in a community garden plot along with his littermates, we began fostering cats and dogs of all ages for PAWS Chicago.

PAWS Chicago has been ranked by Charity Navigator as the #1 animal welfare organization in the US. They find forever families forĀ  over 6,000 homeless animals annually and offer low-cost or free spaying and neutering to over 18,000 animals each year in an effort to curb the homeless animal population. Working with them has been inspiring, fun and empowering so it’s easy to want to raise money for them. We’re asking quilters and craftspeople from all over the world to donate a pet-themed fabric postcard that will be exhibited and sold at International Quilt Festival Chicago from April 7-9, 2016. All of the proceeds from the sale of the postcards will be donated to PAWS Chicago.

So we’ve set up a website with all of the specifics including tutorials so click here for the link. Please share the link so we can raise as much as we can for the largest no-kill humane organization in the Midwest. We’ll be posting cards as they come in on the PetPostcard site and Facebook and all of the postcards will be exhibited at International Quilt Festival Chicago from April 7-9. Thanks in advance for your generosity.



Mod Squad: Why the Midwest only?

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I wanted to respond to some of the many unhappy people about the Mod Squad call from my perspective.

I asked Quilts, Inc. for an exhibit that was open to everyone who made modern quilts. They chose to limit it to the states that border the show venue: Chicago. It’s their show and they make the calls. I have passed on the disappointment of those from other states who would like to participate and hope they change their minds about this limitation. The thing to remember is that this exhibit happened because I made a calm and reasonable argument for why it was needed. If you would like there to be more opportunities for modern quilts at the shows you frequent, contact the show organizers and explain your thoughts. If the call for Mod Squad is expanded, I’ll post it here but please remember that I’m only one voice. If you want something changed, advocate for it.


The Mod Squad Wants You!


Bill and I have been working for 16 years to increase the opportunities for modern quilters to share their work with others. The Modern Quilt Guild has done a great job promoting the work of their members but many quilters who make modern quilts also make traditional quilts and have been a part of a local guild for decades. I felt as though there should be opportunities for modern quilters of all guilds to be able to share their work. So I asked Quilts, Inc. and they agreed.

The Mod Squad show will be exhibited at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago from April 7-9, 2016. Here’s the link for the specifics to enter your quilt in the show. We’re hoping that there will be a great showing of folks from local guilds as well as Modern Quilt Guild members. Quilts, Inc. has chosen to make the exhibit regional so only quilters from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Manitoba or Ontario may participate in the exhibit. For the purposes of this exhibit, the quilts need to be modern designs (not based on 19th century designs like Log Cabin, Churn Dash etc.) and the quilts must be functional. If it can go through the washing machine and could be used for warmth even for a baby, consider it functional. Any colors, any fabrics, any techniques may be submitted. The minimum size is 36″x36″. I look forward to seeing all of your great work at the Chicago show and thank Quilts, Inc. for creating a wonderful new opportunity for modern quilters.