Quiltcon East 2017 in Savannah: A Modern Quilting Conference

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending Quiltcon East 2017 in Savannah, Georgia, a quilt show hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild.  The show showcases a juried and judged selection of contemporary quilts and features a plethora of workshops and lectures by a roster of well known quilt artists and designers.  A sizable vendor area was included at the show, selling fabrics, notions, machines, and more.

Over 300 quilts were on display, and 5000-6000 attendees passed through during the duration of the show, which spanned 4 days, from February 23 to the 27th, 2017.

I did not have a quilt in the show this year, but went to get a look at the quilts, take classes, and to visit and chat with my friends in the quilt industry, and generally nerd out with my fellow quilt lovers.  Savannah was a great host city for the event; it’s full of great restaurants, galleries and lush, manicured green squares.

The Modern Quilt Guild puts on Quiltcon every year; next year (2018) the event will be in Pasadena, California, and the year after (2019) it will take over Nashville, Tennessee.

Find out more about the Modern Quilt Guild and the modern quilt movement here.

A few of the quilts that caught my eye this year are featured below:

by Tara Faughan


by Diana Vandeyar



By Silvia Sutters



There’s a MQG chapter here in the Chicago area, the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.  They typically meet the 3rd Sunday of every month, from 2-5pm, at Rush Hospital in Oak Park.  Find out more about the CMQG on their blog.


-Tricia Royal


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