Saturday, November 3, 2012

A visit from the Modern Quilting Mothership

Today I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out with the amazing Alissa Haight Carlton.  If you're reading this I'm pretty sure I don't have to explain that Alissa is co-founder and Executive Director of The Modern Quilt Guild and author of two modern quilting books, Block Party and Modern Minimal

It was so inspiring to see Alissa's quilting journey and get up close and personal with some of the quilts from her books.  I think this one was my favorite...  I wanted to smuggle it home:-)

Reflecting on my own quilt odyssey I realized what a huge debt of gratitude I owe Alissa!  When I started quilting 20 years ago there were no other quilters even close to my age in my area and they certainly weren't making quilts like mine.  I tried out a couple of traditional guilds but it wasn't a good fit.  In recent years I had found a like minded quilting community online but it wasn't until the New England Modern Quilt Guild started in 2010 that I was able to meet with fellow quilting fanatics like me in person.  Now the Boston Modern Quilt Guild is my "tribe" and my quilting peeps have become some of my closest friends.  How could we not, we share the same obsession;-) 

As much as I absolutely LOVE to quilt, it's even better quilting with friends;-) 


  1. aahh... this is such a nice post. I loved thinking about this too - such good memories from such a short time with the guild. It is amazing how far our group has come and the fun times we have already had.

  2. Lucky you! I'm so bummed I couldn't make.
    Glad to see you all had fun :-).

  3. Sounds like a great meeting, sorry to have missed it! I agree, it's so much more fun to have close friends who can gush about fabric with you! Love you Alice!!

  4. Sounds like a good time; I wish I could have gone. I agree with Laurie - it's amazing where the guild has gone in just a couple of years. I've enjoyed building some great friendships through the guild.