Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MOD 2017 Save the Date and Call for Instructors

Hey, everyone!  We are thrilled to be able to announce that we have secured dates for Mid-Atlantic MOD 2017!   The preliminary details about the event are below and more information will be posted soon on the About page and in a future blog post.

When:  April 27-30, 2017
Where:  Doubletree by Hilton in Lancaster, PA (same hotel as the previous retreats)
Registration:  We plan on opening registration in early November.
Pricing:  We are still working on the final pricing details.

If you would like to keep up-to-date about MOD events, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking the Mailing List tab at the top of this page.  Also, we would like to hold workshops similar to what we did last year and we are looking for people interested in teaching workshops.  Please see the details below.

We are searching for instructors to teach skills workshops of 1.5 hr in length at MOD.  We are hoping to fill 6 workshop teaching spots, depending upon interest from attendees.  The class size will be 5 to 15 people.  All instructors will be paid for workshops they teach on a per-student basis.  Attendees will be required to pay for workshops upon registration at the event so that the instructors will be paid regardless of whether or not the student ultimately shows up for the class.

Instructors may sell materials (e.g., supply kits, patterns, etc.) during their workshops.  If the instructor plans on requiring that students purchase materials from them (e.g., a materials fee), they must explain the fee in the proposal and must indicate what is being provided for the fee (for example, if your workshop requires that the students purchase a pattern, indicate the price of the pattern).  Instructors will be required to provide a complete supplies list by March 1, 2017.

Like last year, if you are selected to be a workshop instructor this year based on your proposal, then you will be guaranteed a spot as an attendee at MOD, assuming you want one (you will still be responsible for the registration fee, etc.).

Also, we wanted to let you know that you shouldn't be intimidated by the proposal form - there are a lot of questions, but it does not necessarily mean that you have to have lots of experience in order for your workshop to be accepted.  We have had both first time and experienced teachers give workshops at MOD in the past, so we are certainly open to accepting proposals from first time teachers.  We are always looking for great modern workshop topics with wide appeal.

If you are interested in being an instructor for the Mid-Atlantic Mod retreat, please click on the Instructor Proposal Form link at the top of the page.  If you have ideas for multiple workshop options, please complete the form separately for each workshop option you would like us to consider.  Workshop proposals are due by October 24, 2016.

Monday, April 25, 2016

That's a Wrap - MOD 2016

Thanks to all the MOD attendees for being such a wonderful group of quilters to spend a weekend with!  Check out the time lapse video below - it condenses the entire 4-day weekend into a 4 minute video.  See you next year!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Volunteer Signups, Workshop Supply Lists and More!

We recently sent out an e-mail to all MOD attendees with a number of announcements, including:

  • Information on opportunities to volunteer to help make MOD amazing
  • Links to the workshop supply lists
  • Details about our "attendee marketplace" 
  • Announcement of new activities and services at MOD 2016!

If you did not receive the e-mail in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

MOD 2016 Fabric and Apparel Pre-Orders Are Now Open

As we did last year, we have once again arranged with some of our amazing sponsors to offer you the option to shop before the retreat and have your orders delivered to you at MOD.  An e-mail with all the information about how to place an order has been sent to all MOD attendees - please check your e-mail, including spam folders.  Contact the organizers if you did not receive the e-mail.

Here's how it works:

  1. You go online to the great shops listed and fill your shopping cart as you normally would. (Make sure to order before each shop's cut-off date.)
  2. You enter the discount code listed for the shop (see e-mail sent to attendees).
  3. You make any note on the order that is instructed by the shop.
  4. You list the hotel address as the shipping address.
  5. Either print your order confirmation or have the email available on your phone.
  6. You pick it up at MOD!

What are the benefits of shopping like this?

  • Well, first, you get a discount at awesome shops.  Obviously a good thing.
  • You also don't have to pay any shipping, so if you want a few things from each shop, you're good to go.
  • You get the fabric at MOD for any project you'll be working on there.
  • You can get some awesome new quilty apparel to show off during the retreat.
  • And, finally, you support our sponsors who help make the event possible.

Thanks to the following sponsors for offering pre-orders:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

We *Heart* Our Sponsors

As we get close to our 3rd annual retreat, we want to take a moment to remind you all what awesome sponsors we've had in the past.  These great businesses helped make our retreats successful and we truly appreciate it.

We don't have all of this year's sponsors firmed up yet but it's shaping up to be another fantastic event. We encourage our attendees to be sure to give a shout out with handles and hashtags whenever you post about one of these businesses, and while you're at it, tag #midatlanticmod too if it applies!

Did you get one of these great swag bags last year?  You would have if you were at MOD!

Look at all this good stuff:
Craft size batting by The Warm Company, Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, Jaybird Quilts mini ruler and pattern, Windham Fabrics charm pack, Soak samples, Kona Cotton mini charm pack by Robert Kaufman, Dritz tape measure, Lazy Girl Bendy Bag pattern, Empty Bobbin quilt pattern, Esch House quilt pattern, quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop, Moda mini charm pack from 1 Choice for Quilting, fat quarter from Cloud9 Fabrics, and fat quarters from our shop sponsors: Pink Door Fabrics, Fabricworm, The Village Quilter, and Del Ray Fabrics.

And so many giveaways!

Here are reminders of most of the awesome prizes we were able to send people home with:

505 spray baste, Soak wash and lotion, gift basket from Byrne Sewing Connection, Hex N More ruler and patterns from Jaybird Quilts, rulers from Bloc-Loc, fat quarters from Moda, Kona charm packs

Stella table lamp, solids bundle from Hawthorne Threads, Olfa mat, ruler, and cutter, patterns from Sassafras Lane, April Rhodes, and Lazy Girl Designs

Fat quarter bundles from Fabricworm Pink Door Fabrics, The Village Quilter, and Del Ray Fabrics, gift certificates from Fat Quarter Shop, and Patchwork Threads

Kona Cotton fat quarter bundles from Robert Kaufman, fat quarter bundles from Cloud9 Fabrics and Dear Stella Fabrics, quilt patterns from Straight Stitch Society and Zen Chic, Soakbox nail polishes

Lots of books from Martingale Publishing and Empty Bobbin, Kona Cotton color cards, Modern Solids bundle by In the Beginning, Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids charms

Awesome fabrics bundles from Gotham Quilts, Rose Daley, Denyse Schmidt, and P&B Textiles and an Oliso Pro Iron

We also had pressing stations with Oliso irons and Flatter by Soak.

And our charity pillowcase sewing fabric was provided by Windham Fabrics.

Thanks so much to our 2015 sponsors and we're looking forward to another amazing event in April with your help!

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 Swap Info

Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat 2016 is less than 3 months away! Can you believe it?

Keep on reading if you're interested in participating in swaps for the retreat!  You make take part whether or not you signed up during registration.  If you want to do Swap #2 (Secret Sewist Swap) you must fill out the Google Form by Feb 20th (do it before QuiltCon if you are going).

Just like last year, we will have two different swaps at MOD.  You can take part in one, both, none at all, but I can assure you that they are both going to be fantastic! Last year, we swapped mini quilts with a general modern theme (above), and the year before, we swapped tote bags using Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman!

Swap #1: Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap
There are no official signups for this swap - just bring it to the retreat and you'll come home with one!  The exchange is random so you are not making the mini for anyone specific. We may do a fun activity to swap (like the White Elephant swap from last year).

  • You will make a mini quilt that is 15" square (it's okay if it's a half an inch larger or smaller - don't worry- but try to keep it close).

  •  It must have a RAINBOW THEME - whether you use a rainbow of colored fabrics, a rainbow somewhere in the mini quilt, binding that evokes a rainbow... it's up to you! The whole mini does NOT have to be a rainbow, though. Use your imagination! Get creative! Make something you would LOVE to keep yourself - then you know someone else will love it, too.

  • Use your own fabric to make this swap item.

  • It must be quilted and bounded.

  • It must have a label on the back so your recipient can find you and thank you! It can say something as simple as "Made by (your name)", and if you want, you can commemorate the event ("Mid-Atlantic Mod Swap 2016").

  • It must have corner pockets for hanging on the top corners of the back.  A small board will be provided already cut to size so when you go home all you have to do is stick a command strip on the back and you’re ready to hang!  This is a video tutorial on how to make the pockets:  They are added before you bind the quilt.  Please use 4” squares to make your pockets. Again, you do NOT need to bring a yardstick or board to hang it.  We will provide these.

  • You can make anything you want with a rainbow theme, but please keep in mind that this is a modern quilting retreat. For example, no appliqued baskets of flowers, lace applique, Sunbonnet Sue, etc. Some ideas for you: using solid, bold fabrics, improvisation, a modern block surrounded by strips, several blocks pieced together in modern fabric, low volume fabrics as a background, etc.  You might want to make something functional that your recipient can hang in their house/sewing area.

  • Please bring the quilt wrapped or in a paper bag so it is not visible and without your name on the outside.  You can post pictures of your mini on Instagram/Facebook/your blog before the swap (tag them with #midatlanticmod), but if you do, try not to show people how yours is wrapped so everyone is surprised when opening them.

Also, look under these hashtags on Instagram for more inspiration: #rainbowminiswap, #rainbowminiswapr2


Swap #2: Secret Sewist Swap (read on for sign up link)
We had so much fun with this swap last year that we decided to do it again!

  • This swap goes on for three days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (morning/early afternoon before the person you're sewing for leaves).  You will be assigned a particular person and you leave something for them each of the three days!  Be sneaky and leave the gift at their sewing station when they’re not looking.  We'll have name tags on our spots because you might not yet know this person. :) 
  • You will be sent the personal information of your assigned sewist after sign-ups are complete so you can sew specifically for them.
  • At least one of the days has to be a significant handmade sewn gift. Examples: pouch(es), fabric basket(s), pillow cover, sewing machine mat, sewing organizer, mini quilt, tote bag, etc.  The more unique, the better!
  • For the other 2 days, smaller handmade gifts are appreciated but not required.  Something small like a key fob or lanyard, mug rug with a mug, something in their favorite color and/or tailored to their interests, etc. would be nice.  You could also include any other crafts you do (knitting, jam, candles, lip balm, etc.) but you still need your one sewn item.  If you want to leave generic notions, fabric, or chocolate for your partner in addition, that's great, but you must also try to leave them something unique that you think they will love.
  • There is no set dollar value for the gifts because it’s impossible to value our time.  People tend to be generous and leave small group of gift items each day.  You are totally welcome to spoil your sewist and it will likely be very appreciated.  If you want to make something sewn or crafted for each day, go for it!  But be aware that the requirements are at least one hand sewn item and a gift every day that includes unique, thoughtful, or fun items.  So, for example, if you make a twin sized quilt, other hand sewn items and include a dozen fat quarters and several spools of Aurifil, it’s very likely you’re not going to get the equivalent in return.  We just don’t want anyone to be disappointed, but have fun spoiling your sewist!
  • You can only participate if you will be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  You're not required to leave a gift on Thursday, but feel free if you're both there.
  • The swap is anonymous on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, you must leave your name! Then your Secret Sewist can come find you and thank you. :)

Sign-ups for this swap are via a Google Form:

Please follow this link and fill out the form even if you already indicated during initial registration that you were interested.  The information will be passed on to your Secret Sewist. We need this form filled out by Feb 20th (so, before you go to QuiltCon).

Also check out the #midatlanticmod hashtag on Instagram to see gifts from last year's retreat!

Get ready for an awesome, swap-filled retreat!

-Jessica Skultety, MOD Swap Organizer

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2016 Workshops and Registration Details Announced

We are excited to announce that the 2016 MOD Workshop Lineup has been finalized and is posted on the "2016 Workshops" tab above.  Take a look through the workshops before registration so you know exactly which ones you want to take.

Thank you SO much for all the great workshop proposals.  This year we had three times as many proposals as spots available, which was such a pleasant surprise!  As a result we increased the number of workshops to 10 this year, but unfortunately we still had to turn some people away.  Thank you for submitting your proposals - we really appreciate it and hope that you will consider submitting again in the future.

In addition to posting the workshop lineup, we have also added the registration dates and link to the registration page on the "Registration" tab at the top of the page.  Please review these details before you register.  Early registration begins on Wednesday, November 18th at 7 PM Eastern.