Best Benefit Ever: Membership, Piece by Piece
The Modern Quilt Guild is going to be delivering a new block design to its crew of quilters each month—and is asking members for help.
What is it? The Modern Quilt Guild is starting a new campaign called the MQG Block of the Month, which will deliver creative quilt block designs to its members—you guessed it—every single month. “You provide the block design, and we’ll write the pattern and coordinating design lesson, as well as share a variety of ways to use the block in a modern quilt,” MQG states on its Submittable page. If chosen, designers will be compensated for their original works—$50 per design, to be exact.
Why it works: It gives talented artists a way to show off their work to the broader world of modern quilting, while helping the guild better stitch together a community. Really. Additionally, the offering gets attached to MQG’s own educational programs, helping to give the designs a longer life. This new offering is an extension of the group’s Quilt of the Month program, which highlights larger designs by innovative artists.
Other perks: The association, which applies traditional tactics to modern design approaches, offers a variety of benefits, including discounts, special offers, and an online community, as well as access to monthly webinars, access to free monthly patterns, and opportunities to participate in interguild swaps with local groups. The group is heavily driven by local guilds, which receive a variety of benefits from the larger group, including 501(c)(3) status.