Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

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

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QuiltCon Charity Quilt – Change the World

The Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild made a quilt to be displayed at the 2019 Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon Charity Challenge display. These quilts will be hung during the event and afterwards will be donated to the charity of the group’s choosing. It’s a great way to get the name of the Modern Quilt Guild out there and to give back to our communities.


Change the World

Our group decided to donate our quilt to the local organization, Change the World RVA (www.changetheworldrva.org), who helps local homeless high school students. From their website:

Change the World RVA is a 501(c)3 established to support high school and college students in Richmond, Virginia who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability.  We partner with an army of volunteers, churches, and organizations to make a meaningful difference in the lives of homeless youth.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  We are the only organization in the region that specifically addresses the needs of high school and college students facing homelessness.

The theme of this year’s challenge was “small piecing” with the following color scheme:

colors After some great brainstorming, (super big shout out to our Past President Wanda Dotson!!).  Wanda created the “Change the World” pattern which focuses on different sized “flying geese” blocks and was inspired by Change the World RVA’s logo.  We decided to stick with three of the challenge colors, Michael Miller’s cotton couture in “limeade”, “lavender”, and “hyacinth.” Here is the cover of the pattern Wanda created for this challenge!


During our annual quilting retreat, we began assembling blocks and laying out the final layout of the quilt. We had some great collaboration to come up with a fantastic quilt top!

Then our very talented Margaret Griffiths worked her magic on it and through the quilting, really accentuated the flying geese motif that Wanda had started with. She created some additional flying geese through some very clever quilting, along with some straight line quilting.

Then the finished touches like binding, label, and sleeve were added.


It was shipped to QuiltCon where you can see it hang with all of the other fantastic charity quilts made by others in the modern quilting community! Be sure to check it out! February 21-24, 2019 in Nashville.


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2019 Programs

It’s going to be a year of learning and honing our sewing skills.

February 5:

Simple Improvisation Demonstration by Wanda Dotson

March 5:

The Joys and Ease of Curved Piecing Demonstration by Susan Emory

April 2:

Modern Hand Quilting Demonstration by Truda Lee

May 7:

Sketch, Stitch and Paint Demonstration by Maragaret Griffiths

June 4:


July 9:

Michael Miller Header Swap

August 6:

Lino/block Printing Demonstration by Ana Conceicao

September 5 (during annual retreat):

Hand Embroidery Demonstrations with kits for making by Susan Emory and Marilyn Osen

October 1:

Make and Take Small Pouch with Cork or Krafttex with kits by Margaret Griffiths

November 5:

Color and Scale in Modern Quilts by Ann Prince

December 3:

Mini Header Quilt Reveal and Swap


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Violet Craft Workshop, Sept. 15, in Richmond; Registration now open


Violet Craft WorkshopWho is Violet Craft?
She describes herself on her blog:

I am a licensed designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and distribute my own line of sewing patterns, but mostly I am a momma, a wife, a friend and a maker.  I was born in the Old West where I pursued my education in business and finance. The start of my career in software development brought me to the Pacific Northwest where I bagged my man, feathered my nest and stitched it all together. Drawn to art, craft and make-ing, the birth of my first daughter compelled me to ditch my corporate career and seek out my passion.

My children’s apparel line, Kung Fu Bambini, reached boutiques in 2004. My first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns. I teach sewing and design workshops which are often influenced by my awesomely nerdy former career.

Some of her patterns:

— Forest Abstractions

— Jungle Abstractions

— Peacock Abstractions

Take an ALL DAY class with VIOLET CRAFT on Friday September 15,  2017

Varina Library

1875 New Market Road

Henrico, VA 23231

10 am to 4 pm

You will choose any  foundation paper piecing pattern by Violet Craft to work on that day.

Phyllis at Quilting Adventures can order any pattern for you.







The cost does not include the pattern or supplies. The pattern will be your guide for supplies, but we will send a general supply list via email.


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Registration for Pink Flamingo Retreat Extended until July 15, 2017

That’s right. If you thought you had missed your chance to attend the Pink Flamingo Retreat, you haven’t.

We have extended the deadline until July 15, 2017. That’s the last possible date. We need to inform the hotel how many people are coming. The retreat includes dinner on Friday and Saturday. Hotel accommodations are separate, and you are not required to stay at the hotel to attend the retreat.

Pink Flamingo with Dates


For the all the details and the registration form, click here.