MCQ programs are offered each month for members and guests as part of the members meeting. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday (3rd Monday if fourth is a holiday) at 6:30 p.m. at the Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis. No December meeting.

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Marilyn Foreman, Kaleidoscope of Quilts — Rotate and Create!
January 22, 2018

Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments will share her love for designing pieced quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques. See how she lets the fabric elements do the work to create stunning results. Whether it’s including easy four-patch kaleidoscopes made from a large print in the block centers, rotating simple block units made with batiks, using unique ways to show off panels, or using the popular Twister tools (she’s co-owner at, the new home of the twister tools), you will find all her techniques addictive and fun!

Marilyn lives in a suburb of St. Paul, MN with her husband and three kids and started her pattern company in 2006. As a busy mom she finds it challenging to make time to quilt so she uses every moment she can find…thus Quilt Moments.

Over the past 10 years she has published over 50 patterns, a book titled “Kaleidoscope Symphony,” filmed a Craftsy video class called “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” and has been published in several quilt magazines. With a background in analysis, she really enjoys the challenge of making her pieced patterns as versatile as possible so they all include a variety of sizes and fabric options. Read more about Marilyn and see her designs and blog.

In addition, Rose Allen will share the exciting lineup of workshops and lectures coming for the Minnesota Quilt Show, June 14th-16th — registration for non-members starts on February 1.

Karen Gray, LOUISE GRAY: Where Traditional Meets Contemporary
February 26, 2018

Louise Gray is a local design and production company that makes contemporary quilts and home accessories. Asked to describe their organization, the owners shared the following words: “Louise Gray pays homage to the tradition of quilting by creating beautiful contemporary heirlooms. Dedicated to fostering sustainable manufacturing practices, we are proud to have each design handcrafted by local artisans in Minneapolis. Louise Gray is determined to transform how we invest in and curate a well-considered home, being ever mindful that life can always be a little cozier.”

Karen Gray, the production director and co-owner of the local contemporary quilting company, will be the speaker at our February member meeting.

Designing and producing quilts for an on-trend audience, Louise Gray creations have a distinctive design aesthetic. Karen will talk about creating a distinctive aesthetic, color, design, balance, branding, and working in a series as well as touch on marketing, production, and sourcing.

The MCQ board of directors is hosting a welcome reception in the Textile Center Library at 5:30 p.m. If you are a new member or a long-term member who wants to get more involved with our organization, stop by for cookies and conversation. We will have a brief program at 6 p.m.

Ann Ribbens and Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, The Power of Eight: Marking the Way of a Successful Artist Group
March 26, 2018

SD8 is a surface design group composed of 8 Twin Cities-based artists. The presentation they will share at the March meeting is one originally given at the 2017 Surface Design Association Conference in Portland (August.) MCQ members will learn how SD8 managed three important conditions for a successful artist group: how to work through a start-up phase, how to navigate the interpersonal side of team dynamics and how to pursue and accomplish goals.

SD8 has shown their work at three venues in the metro area and is preparing a new exhibition for 2018. The group was formed in 2013.

At the end of this presentation, there will be time for Q&A and each of the SD8 artists will share samples of their work.

SD8 members:

  • Diana Eicher
  • Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker (MCQ member)
  • Ann Ribbens (MCQ member)
  • Karie Amstutz
  • Debra Maertens
  • Marjorie Fedyszyn
  • Kristi Swee Kuder
  • Anna Carlson

Carolyn Abbott, Paper Lamination
April 23, 2018

Carolyn will be presenting information on using paper lamination in contemporary art quilts and will share examples of her work.

Laura Murray, Paintsticks and Asian Fabrics
May 21, 2018

Karla Overland, Cherrywood Fabrics
June 25, 2018

Small Groups, Big Impact: Members of Loose Threads and 937 Sisterhood
July 23, 2018

Two Minnesota Contemporary Quilters small groups will provide an overview of their group and share examples of the work done by their members.

Robbin Firth, Felting in the Contemporary Art World
August 27, 2018

Robbin will provide information about the process of felting and share some examples of art quilts that incorporate felting. This session will be a make-and-take program; each participant will make a small felted piece that could be part of an art quilt or used as a coaster/mug rug.

Nancy Condon, Designing Contemporary Art Quilts
September 24, 2018

Cindy Grisdela lecture and workshop
October 22, 2018

Liz Carlson, Mandalas with mixed media and monoprinting
November 26, 2018

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