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Craving a new kind of workshop experience? Introducing the MQG Sessions!


The Modern Quilt Guild is thrilled to bring you our new event! The MQG Sessions will bring modern quilting workshops from top notch teachers to different cities across the U.S. We are so happy to share more workshops, with more members, in more places!

The first of the MQG Sessions will be all about handwork! Held May 7-9, 2020 in beautiful Denver, Colorado, with seven experienced instructors who all have a soft spot in their hearts for handwork. From embroidery to sashiko to hand piecing and more, work on unplugging your sewing skills and mastering various arts of hand sewing with us!



 May 7-9, 2020


Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202


Nov. 1, 2019: Workshop details reveal

Dec. 1, 2019: Registration Opens for MQG Members

Jan 6, 2020: Registration Opens for Non Members


Schedule at a glance



8 am - 9 am - Breakfast

9 am - 12 pm AM Workshop Session

12 pm - 1 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - PM Workshop Session

7 pm - 8:30 pm - The Sessions Soiree: Nightly Trunk Show Event


8 am - 9 am - Breakfast

9 am - 12 pm AM Workshop Session

12 pm - 1 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - PM Workshop Session

7 pm - 8:30 pm - The Sessions Soiree: Nightly Trunk Show Event




8 am - 9 am - Breakfast

9 am - 12 pm AM Workshop Session

12 pm - 1 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - PM Workshop Session

7 pm - 8:30 pm - The Sessions Soiree: Nightly Trunk Show Event





The MQG Sessions has an a la carte registration setup, where you can pick and choose what you want to register for. Want just one workshop? No problem. Plan to go for three? Great, register for exactly what you’d like!


Registration will open for MQG members on December 1, 2019 at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific Time.

Registration for non-members will open January 6, 2020 at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific Time.


Each workshop includes a six hour session with instructor, as well as breakfast and lunch onsite. Each full day workshop is broken into an AM session and PM session.

One day workshop - $200 for members/ $240 for non-members

Three one day workshops - $540 for members/ $648 for non-members

Evening trunk show & cocktail party - $10/each

Cancel your registration before March 31, 2020 for 50% refund. All refunds are subject to a 10% administrative fee.



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brimfield awakening: Nisha bouri and kim martucci

Once upon a time at a sewing retreat in the mountains of Georgia, Kim and Nisha met and soon realized not only did they have quilting in common but they were also nearly neighbors! They became fast friends and took a road trip to an antique fair in Brimfield, Massachusetts that led them to create Brimfield Awakening. At the bottom of a Hefty bag full of quilty treasures, they found an amazing hand-appliqued block that was a diamond in the rough that neither could get out of their head. This very block inspired them to go into business, to convert the block to EPP for ease of use, and have continued to find new blocks to construct using the original templates and more.

You can learn more about Kim and Nisha at brimfieldawakening.com and on Instagram @brimfieldawakening


tara faughnan

Tara Faughnan is a professional freelance textile designer and quilter living and working in Oakland, CA. She started to quilt around 2001 and along the way, her love of quilting led to school and a career in textile design, with clients including Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids. Tara draws inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colors of textiles from around the world, and the freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional quilts. She uses simple geometry, complex color interaction, and always strives to find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discord.

You can learn more about Tara at tarafaughnan.com and on Instagram @tarafaughnan

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aneela hoey

Aneela Hoey is a designer and teacher based in the UK.  She creates patterns for both sewing and embroidery projects.  Her sewing organizer designs are inventive and functional whilst her embroidery patterns play with color and stitch techniques. She has her own line of sewing patterns and has written several books including Stitched Sewing Organizers, Little Stitches and Stitch And Sew for Stash Books (C&T Publishing).  Aneela's patterns have been featured in various other books as well as magazines including Making, Quilts and More and Australian Homespun.  

Aneela studied printed textile design at Winchester School of Art before working at design studios in  London and New York as well as freelance work.  She has designed several fabric lines for both Moda and Cloud 9.  

You can learn more about Aneela at her blog and on Instagram @aneelahoey


Sandra johnson

Sandra’s sewing story all started with her 7th grade home economics teacher. From the beginning Sandra was in love with fabric. After a rocky start and hours upon hours of sewing and quilting in her early teens, she became quite an accomplished seamstress. Her love for fashion and fabric took her to Bullocks department store where she entered their Buyer program, and over the next 30 years, she taught sewing at many local city programs and junior colleges.

In 2014 Sandra decided to teach full time and create art and clothing that would appeal to creative people all over the world. Her first modern quilt was shown at QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, California. Her work has been featured in several publications, including Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium (Quilting the World’s Conscience) by Carolyn L. Mazloomi, PHD, Quiltfolk (July 2019), Simply Moderne (summer 2018 and winter 2019), Altered Couture (2018 - 2019), Haute Handbags (2016-2019), and Apron-ology (2014).

You can learn more about Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns.com and on Instagram @sandrajohnsondesigns


riane menardi morrison

Riane is a modern quilter, designer, and writer living in Denver by way of Des Moines. She is the author of the self-published book, Inheritance: Minimal Quilts for the Modern Home, and writes patterns for minimalist, handcrafted quilts. She finishes all her quilts with high-contrast hand quilting, a technique she loves for its ability to create texture and layers of design. Her work and writing has appeared in Modern PatchworkQuiltCon MagazineCurated Quilts and others, and her quilts have been displayed at QuiltCon, as well as in exhibits like the Best of QuiltCon 2019 and Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, both currently on display around the globe. In her day job, Riane works as the brand director for Quiltfolk magazine.

You can learn more about Riane at riane-elise.com and on Instagram @riane.elise.



Heidi is a quilter and mender living in Milwaukee, WI. Heidi’s work has been featured at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art, The New England Quilt Museum, The Charles Allis Art Museum, The John Michael Kohler Art Museum, and more. Heidi was an Artist in Residence at Have Company in Grand Rapids, MI.

Celebrating the hand is an essential component in Heidi’s clothing repairs and quilts. She is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Whether visibly hand-pieced, intricately machine-pieced, or a wholecloth quilt, her art is infused with meaning and history, employing traditional techniques including: Korean Jogakbo, Seminole patchwork, American knots and improvisation, Japanese and Indian big stitch hand quilting, and European hand embroidery. Often using specific textiles, like an heirloom tablecloth or bed sheet, Heidi adds subtle meaning and material memory from the start.

You can learn more about Heidi at heidiparkes.com and on Instagram @heidiparkes




The lovely Grand Hyatt Denver awaits you with loads of amenities during your time at The Sessions. You’ll find comfy cushioned seats, bright open spaces, and loads of space to create in the workshop rooms! Just steps away from the 16th Street Mall, you’ll find great shopping and dining options for your down time. A limited number of rooms are set aside for attendees at $219/night for a single or double occupancy.


Daily parking is available onsite via valet at $28/day for up to 8 hours. On street and lot parking is also available throughout Downtown Denver. Find out more here.

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202