What a difference a year makes!

This weekend I went to the Long Beach Quilt Festival.


Do you remember when I went last year? Well, things have changed! Not at all in terms of their offerings (in fact, I saw even less fabric I wanted this time around – but it could be that with my stash growth I’ve become pickier) but this time, I was there with some of the LA Modern Quilt Guild!


Last year I’d mentioned that I thought modern quilters weren’t well represented at festival, and in terms of the merchandise and quilts on display, I still think that’s the case, but WE were there! And since we were showing our pride with our t-shirts and totes, we were stopped and chatted with quite a bit. We put the effort in to spread the word!


Jamie, me and Latifah all loving our totes!

It was my griping about festival on my blog last year that caused Latifah to comment, saying that maybe we should start our own “modern” quilt guild and look at us now! Over 70 groups across the country and world.

Impressive modern quilters, impressive! What will we do next?!?

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  • Emily

    July 27, 2010 at 9:10 am | Reply

    You ladies look like you had so much fun! I wish I could have joined you! What a difference a year makes, indeed! Incredible! GO LA MQG!

  • Raven

    July 27, 2010 at 9:39 am | Reply

    Way to go quilting rockstars!!!! We are up to apx 20-40 members here in Santa Barbara! Thanks Latifah and Alissa!!

  • nanette

    July 27, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply

    You had a great time. You girls look so happy.

  • JaiCi

    July 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Reply

    Ya’ll rock 🙂

  • Mary Ann

    July 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Reply

    Sigh, I wasn’t very organized! I’m a member (online for sure) who lives in Long Beach but I missed the fact you were headed to the show. I was there too and thought how well a vendor might do with some Modern quilt patterns and lots of solids to go along with the new designers.

  • Jackie

    July 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply

    What a difference an off the cuff comment can make!

  • Amanda Elizabeth

    July 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Reply

    I’m glad you guys had fun!!! The quilt shop I work at had a booth there & I’m dying to see photos from it!

  • becky

    July 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply

    i am totally jealous. wish i was there!

  • Terri

    July 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Reply

    Way to represent, LAMQG! Reading this post, I almost teared up…seriously, we have found our people!!! Thanks so much for getting this revolution in motion!

  • Debbie - Esch House Quilts

    July 28, 2010 at 4:37 am | Reply

    It is amazing what can happen when people of like minds put their heads together! Congratulations to you and Latifah on the birth and growth of the modern quilt guild movement. I was at a meeting of the local Brighton (MI) Modern Quilt Guild on Monday. Thanks!!

  • Kelly

    July 28, 2010 at 7:00 am | Reply

    alissa, i hope you don’t mind me using that picture of all of us on my blog! and i didn’t realize that festival is where our guild was born!

  • sew katie did

    July 28, 2010 at 9:55 am | Reply

    wish I could have gone!

  • Holly

    July 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply

    I love how you all went together with your LAMQG gear! It’s interesting to hear how the modern quilt guild idea came to be!

  • Aunt Spicy

    July 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    …I really need to move back to LA just to hang out with all of you! It looks like you had a great time!

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