Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

Develop and Encourage the Growth and Development of Modern Quilting through Education and Community Activities


Virtual workshop with Sujata Shah

We are over-the-moon excited to offer the “Stories in Stitches” online workshop with Sujata Shah. Participants will learn how to make a Siddi kawandi. (“Kawandi” means quilt.) Natalie took her workshop last month at the Vermont Quilt Festival and loved it so much, she contacted Sujata about teaching our guild. The only available time she has is Friday, September 17th 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The cost to each member is $50; nonmembers $60.

Here are 10 reasons why you need to take this workshop.

  • Sujata is an amazing teacher.  Gentle, wise, extremely knowledgeable, and an exciting artist.
  • The class connects quilting and life in ways I hadn’t thought of before.
  • To make a kawandi, you don’t need scissors, rotary tools, irons, or sewing machines.  Just needle and thread and a thimble.
  • When you make a kawandi, you do the binding, piecing, and quilting all at once!  When it’s done, it’s done.
  • You won’t know what your quilt really looks like until you sew on the final piece.  Surprise!
  • Making a kawandi is a terrific use of scraps.
  • But if you don’t want a scrappy look, Sujata has made some beautiful kawandi using solids for a totally different look.  (Visit her web sitehttps://therootconnection.blogspot.com ). Also, Margaret Fabrizio is crazy amazing, too: http://margaretfabrizio.com/quilts/index.html
  • If you are new to hand quilting, this is a fun and “safe” place to start.  Sujata talks about how our stitching, in all its “imperfections”, is really telling our story. The learning process is part of our story.  Kawandi stitching is relatively small, not larger stitching as you may have seen in kantha quilting.
  • Sewing a kawandi is addicting, and it feels glorious as you add more and more rows of stitches.
  • If you don’t believe me, here is a blog post by a woman who took Sujata’s class: https://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2020/11/kawandi.html


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Comfort and Joy 2021

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Comfort & Joy:  2021 CVAMQG Quilt Challenge

+ Conversations on Modern Quilting

Traditional blocks and quilt designs are the comfort foods of quilting.  When we look at one, we feel happy, and lately, comforted.  We cravesnuggling up under one and feeling safe and warm.

Modern quilts make us happy, too.  We look at them and feel energized and optimistic.  In our first CVMQG challenge of 2021, we invite you to celebrate a traditional quilt block or design with your own modern take.  Reimagine the block with your own twist, or maybe focus on the meaning or origin of the design.  Keep in mind the modern quilting elements of negative space, asymmetry, improvisation, scale, contrast, etc. (We will have conversations about these throughout the year.)

A few possibilities:• Recreate a traditional block with modern colors or prints.• Use a traditional block as inspiration for your own block or quilt design.• Change the size – think log cabin and Carolyn Friedlander’s Rayquilt• Reflect on the origin or meaning of the block as inspiration for your quilt.  (For example, the Log Cabin represents “hearth and home.”  What does hearth and home look like to you?)• Combine traditional designs in a fun new way: how about a Drunkard’s Path through a Friendship Garden?• Turn a block on its head.  (What if a Pineapple Block were a PeachBlock? Or a Carmen Miranda fruit hat? What if the mariner’s compass gave bad directions?)

A sampling of traditional block patterns:

Log CabinFriendship/Sampler Quilts
Courthouse StepsFan
Nine Patch (and variations)Sunbonnet Sue
Ohio StarGarden of Eden
Bear PawHole in the Barn Door
Lady of the LakeOld Maid’s Puzzle
Economy BlockTexas Star
PineappleCrown of Thorns
Flying GeeseRoman Coins
Mariner’s CompassPinwheels

More ideas here:  https://www.quiltingdaily.com/traditional-made-modern-fresh-take-traditional-quilt-patterns/

Victoria Findlay Wolfe: https://vfwquilts.com

The plan:• All year:  Conversations about elements of modern quilting, led by Kat & Candy• All year: Contemplate your Comfort & Joy design & quilt; share your ideas and progress• December:  Final reveal (or close to final reveal)• January:  Submit quilts for Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show CVAMQG display

Any size.  But we do like to say, “Go big or go home!”  The Mid-Atlantic Show loves larger-size quilts, and who are we to disappoint?

Share your ideas on Instagram #comfortandjoy


CVAMQG 2021 schedule

All activities will be via Zoom until further notice.  You will receive Zoom links prior to each event.

**All business meetings and Sewcials begin at 7:00 pm

Tues. 2/2/21

February Business Meeting** 7:00 – 8:30pm

Maria Shell workshop discussion & sharing

Share Folksy photo shoot photos, Ray quilt Show & Tell

Comfort & Joy Challenge & Modern Quilting Conversations introduction:  

Modern Traditionalism, CVAMQG Buddies

Tues. 2/16/21

February Sewcial** 7:00 – 8:00pm

Pattern sharing (Have a pattern you are finished with?  Need a pattern?  

Show & share patterns and finished quilts)

Tues. 2/18-2/22/21

QuiltCon Together https://www.quiltcon.com

Fri. 2/19/21

QuiltCon Cocktail Party (on Zoom) 7:00 – 8:00 pm

All are invited, not just QC attendees!

Tues. 3/2/21

March Business Meeting

Share QuiltCon takeaways

Modern Quilting Conversations:

Tues. 3/16/21

March Sewcial

Sat. 3/20/21

Open Studio 1:30 – 5:30pm

World Quilting Day!  Open studios are just a chance for us to sew together from our home studios, using Zoom.  Come as you are able. Stay as long as you like.

The more, the merrier!

Tues. 4/6/21

April Business Meeting

Tues. 4/20/21

April Sewcial

Sat. 4/24/21

Open Studio 1:30 – 5:30pm

Tues. 5/4/21

May Business Meeting

Tues. 5/18/21

May Sewcial

Sat. 5/22/21

Open Studio 1:30 – 5:30pm

Tues. 6/8/21

June Business Meeting

Tues. 6/22/21

June Sewcial

Tues. 7/6/21

July Business Meeting

Sat. 7/24/21

Open Studio 1:30 – 5:30pm

Tues. 8/3/21

August Business Meeting

Tues. 9/7/21

September Business Meeting

Tues. 9/21/21

September Sewcial

Sat. 9/25/21

Open Studio 1:30 – 5:30pm

Tues. 10/5/21

October Business Meeting

Review & approve new by-laws

Tues. 10/19/21

October Sewcial

Sat. 11/2/21

November Business Meeting

Tues. 12/7/21

December Business Meeting and Holiday Celebration

Gift exchange

Comfort & Joy Reveal

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Contrast and Value


We hope that you all enjoyed our first design guidance program in February. Our focus was Contrast and Value and needle turn appliqué. Were any of you inspired to work on any needle turn appliqué of your own?

We would love to see what you are working on. Use the hashtags #cvamqg and #designguideance2017 to share all of your wonderful work.