Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Show photos

In April, I visited the Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Show in Los Altos, California. I really enjoyed seeing all of the quilts on display, running into old friends and visiting the vendor booths. I took photos of many of the quilts and I’d love to share them with you. Get ready for a peek at some beautiful, modern quilts!

About the Silicon Valley MQG

I’m a native of San Jose, California and I currently live in the heart of Silicon Valley – the town of Sunnyvale. The Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Guild began ten years ago as a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. Both are non-profit organizations that seek to promote the growth and development of modern quilting through education and community. “We strive to be a welcoming, supportive, inclusive, and vibrant community that encourages learning and sharing, and provides opportunities for growth.”

Fun fact: I was one of the founding members of the Silicon Valley MQG along with Julie Dueck who owns Intrepid Thread. At the time, I was looking for a smaller guild in my area and I kept telling Julie that we should start a new Modern Quilt Guild chapter. And we finally did! Julie did most of the heavy lifting since she had more connections in the industry. I think we had 12 members at the first meeting and now they number in the 100’s. I’m still a member, but mostly a silent one these days. I’m so proud to see how much the guild has grown over the years!

Some modern quilts from the show

One of things I loved most about this show was the small-town feel it invoked. It was held at an elementary school and there were lots of volunteers ready to lend a hand. I recognized many faces from the quilting community including a few former students of mine. There were two vendors, both local quilt shops, that had plenty to offer enthusiastic shoppers (such as myself.)

I took photos of quilts that caught my eye, which was most of them! I used my iPhone and the lighting wasn’t the greatest, so my apologies for the lack of true color. The quilts were for display only; there was no competition or judging.

Note: The quilt names and makers are given beneath each photo. I tried my best to make sure they are accurate, but please let me know if you find any errors.

40ish by Barbara Eding and Corinne Eding
40ish by Barbara Eding and Corinne Eding
Bee Positive by Renee Silva
Bee Positive by Renee Silva
Best Teacher Ever by Laurene Harris
Best Teacher Ever by Laurene Harris
Book Nerd by Emily Harris
Book Nerd by Emily Harris
Bright Delight by Tina Underwood
Bright Delight by Tina Underwood
Bubblegum by Amanda Morris
Bubblegum by Amanda Morris
Caribbean Bungalows by Michele Dour
Caribbean Bungalows by Michele Dour
Cogs and Thistles by Kathy Steinkamp
Cogs and Thistles by Kathy Steinkamp
Colorful Journey by Lisbeth Polavarapu
Colorful Journey by Lisbeth Polavarapu
Colorwash by Kathrin Brown
Colorwash by Kathrin Brown
Contemporary Flower Basket by Lisa Bourgeault
Contemporary Flower Basket by Lisa Bourgeault
Davinci Moditional by Darla Gallentine
Davinci Moditional by Darla Gallentine
Flying Geese with Wading Birds by Debbie Kubas
Flying Geese with Wading Birds by Debbie Kubas
Love of Hedgehogs and Woodland Friends by Jacquie Rossiter
Love of Hedgehogs and Woodland Friends by Jacquie Rossiter
Mushroom Medley series by Cristin Grathaus
Mushroom Medley series by Cristin Grathaus
Radiating Rainbow of Trinkets by Jenny Wagner
Radiating Rainbow of Trinkets by Jenny Wagner
Rising Mizuchi by Katie Furukawa
Rising Mizuchi by Katie Furukawa
Rush Hour by Maya Madhavan
Rush Hour by Maya Madhavan
Saguaro Sunset by Rebecca Buzsaki
Saguaro Sunset by Rebecca Buzsaki
Seaglass 1 by Sara Goodman
Seaglass 1 by Sara Goodman
Spirangles by Kathleen Crittenden
Spirangles by Kathleen Crittenden
Stars on an Orange Sky by Susie Stone
Stars on an Orange Sky by Susie Stone
Strange New Worlds by Kristine Tsai
Strange New Worlds by Kristine Tsai
Sunshine Lemonade by Lisbeth Polavarapu
Sunshine Lemonade by Lisbeth Polavarapu
Waves Meet Sand by Therese Labuguen
Waves Meet Sand by Therese Labuguen
We Women by Keila Simos
We Women by Keila Simos
Where's Modern? by Laura Rafey
Where’s Modern? by Laura Rafey
10th Anniversary Quilt of the SVMQG

I wish I’d been able to photograph and share all of the quilts, but that would make for a very long blog post. If you’re new to modern quilting, I hope this gives you a taste of what makes a quilt modern. You’ll see lots of improv piecing, use of negative space, original and thought-provoking design and bold use of color. I consider myself more of a traditional quilter who loves certain aspects of modern quilting, especially the use of color!

Congratulations to the Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Guild for a successful quilt show and 10 years of excellent leadership, education and community!

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9 Comments

  1. Thank you for including my quilt 🙂 This is where I started… SVMQG 2014! you were there too – did we have 14 members at the time????

  2. Thank you, Julie, for taking the time to post the pics of the modern quilts! I really enjoyed them!!
    Congratulations to your son on his upcoming law school graduation! My daughter is an attorney, so I understand your son’s hard work and your pride and excitement ❤️ Have fun at graduation!

  3. Thanks for sharing Julie; even though I lean towards traditional quilts, there are a few here that are quite attractive to me. I like their simplicity.

  4. Julie, you are terrific ! Thank you for sharing these wonderful quilts that I would otherwise never have seen . You always manage to do it ALL , and I applaud you !

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