Monday, August 19, 2019

MOD 2020

Hey friends!

We're thrilled to announce our dates for Mid-Atlantic MOD 2020!

April 30th-May 3rd at the Doubletree Resort in Lancaster, PA (same as previous years.)

We're looking forward to seeing all of our friends from Baltimore, New Jersey, Philly, DC and Lancaster again! If you'd like your guild to be a part of this fun event again, please be sure to let your leadership know.

Watch this space for updates. 

Also be sure to follow @midatlanticmod and #midatlanticmod on Instagram. If you're not on our email list, please click on the mailing list tab in the bar above to sign up.

Registration: Early registration will take place October 20, 7 PM. General registration will be November 17th, 7 PM.

Pricing:  See registration tab above. 

We do plan on offering classes again. Teachers, please consider applying. Classes are 1.5 hours long and teachers are paid cash directly from the students. If you're interested in teaching with us, please click on the instructor proposal form tab above. As we did last year, instructors will be chosen and class registration will happen after general registration is complete. Suggested topics from the 2019 evaluation include: zipper installation, free motion quilting, ruler work, hand quilting, Boro stitching,  paper piecing, working with color, quilt design, applique, sashiko, garment sewing, bag making and 6 minute circle.

After reading all of the comments from the evaluations after MOD this year, one thing was clear - you loved our sponsors! If you are a shop owner who would like to participate, or if you know of one who might like to, please get in touch with us via our Sponsors Contact page. If there's a great product out there that you'd like us to pursue (or that you'd like to pursue!) please let us know via the contact us link above.

More announcements soon!


Heather and Jess

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2019 Workshop Details

We are excited to announce that the 2019 MOD workshop lineup has been finalized and is posted on the "2019 Workshops" tab above.  Take a look through the workshops before registration so you know exactly which ones you want to take.

Registration for workshops will open on Friday Feb 1 at 3:30pm. You may register any time after that, up until the retreat.

Please note that you will not pay for the class at the time of registration (it will say the ticket is free), but there is a cost of $15 (+ some workshops have a materials fee) that is payable in cash at the time you sign in for the weekend. You may not cancel after March 1 and you will not be admitted into MOD until you have paid for all the workshops you signed up for, so please have your cash handy.

Thank you SO much for all the great workshop proposals.  We really appreciate it and hope that you will consider submitting again in the future.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Pre-Registration and Registration MOD 2019

Mark your calendars!

Just a quick update to let you know when registration opens.  For more information about pricing, dates, etc. please see the Registration link above.

Early registration for sponsoring guilds is:
Sunday November 18, 7 PM EST

Members of the sponsoring guilds should already have access codes or direct links from their guild. We're excited to have the following guilds as sponsors this year:
Philly MQG
Central Jersey MQG
North Jersey MQG
Baltimore MQG
Lancaster MQG

If you don't have this information but are a member of one of the guilds listed, please contact your own guild leadership.

General registration opens on:
Sunday, December 2, 7 PM EST.

These few spots sell out very quickly and are allotted on a first come, first served basis. A wait list will begin on the registration site when the event is sold out following General Registration.

We're still taking proposals for mini classes to be offered during MOD. If you're interested in teaching, check the link above.


Heather and Jess

Thursday, September 13, 2018

MOD 2019 Call for Instructors

We are searching for instructors to teach skills workshops of 1.5 hr in length at MOD.  We are hoping to fill 6-8 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 supply list by March 1, 2019.

Different than previous years, we will choose teachers after registration is open. If you'd like to be considered as a teacher, please be sure to register, either during pre-registration with your guild, or during general registration. If you are not able to register but would still like to teach, we will consider that as an option. The workshop list and registration will be available at a separate time after ticket registration. Attendees will be notified via email when it is available and asked to register separately.

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 29, 2018.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

MOD 2019

Annnnd, we're back!

Yes, the rumors are true - Mid-Atlantic Mod will be back in 2019! We're happy to announce that we (Heather Kojan and Jessica Levitt) will personally be hosting and organizing the same retreat you know and love. (And there may even be a few additions/improvements...)

We're looking forward to seeing all of our friends from Baltimore, New Jersey, Philly, DC and Lancaster again! If you'd like your guild to be a part of this great event again, please be sure to let your leadership know.

Watch this space for updates. Also be sure to follow @midatlanticmod and #midatlanticmod on Instagram. If you're not on our email list, please click on the mailing list tab in the bar above to sign up.

When:  May 2-5, 2019
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.

We do plan on offering classes again. Teachers, please consider applying. Classes are 1.5 hours long and teachers are paid cash directly from the students. Details forthcoming.

More announcements soon!


Heather and Jess

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2018 Hiatus

Greetings Quilters!

2017 was a blast as always, with much sewing, collaborating, socializing, and general merriment.

This is a quick update to let you know that there will NOT be a 2018 mid-atlantic MOD retreat. We know there will be many quilters disappointed upon hearing this news, but sadly, it's just not gonna happen.

However, we do intend to come back again in April 2019 and we'll keep you posted as soon as we know dates.

If you have interest in helping with the organizing of the retreat, please contact us and let us know.

Thanks for your support these last 4 years and we hope to see you in Lancaster again!

Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Swap Info

Mid-Atlantic Mod is coming up in less than 3 months!

*Note: If you'd like to be a part of the progressive quilt making at the retreat and you didn't already sign up when you registered, please email midatlanticmod(at)gmail(dot)com ASAP!

Keep on reading if you're interested in participating in swaps for the retreat! You may take part whether or not you signed up during registration.  If you want to do the Secret Sewist Swap, you must fill out the Google Form by February 12 at 11:59 PM EST.

We will be having two different swaps this year at MOD.  You can take part in one, both, or none at all - you will have a blast at Mid Atlantic MOD no matter what!

In 2014, we swapped tote bags featuring Essex Linen, and in 2015 and 2016, we swapped mini quilts. This year, we will be swapping sewing themed bags!

Sewing Themed Bag 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 bag for anyone specific.
  • You will make a bag that is at least 10" x 13" x 2" (should at least fit notebooks - so, tote bag size). It can be larger if you'd like. You can make a simple tote bag, use any pattern, or draft one if you wish. It could be a bag that your recipient would bring to a sewing retreat like this one, or to a guild meeting.
  • You use your own fabric to make this swap item.
  • For the sewing theme, think about including any of the following on the bag itself: a sewing machine, selvages, spools of thread, sewing words, fabric featuring sewing words/objects, notions, etc. 
  • It does not need to be quilted but it should be lined in some way (i.e. not just one layer of fabric).
  • Consider adding pocket(s), a zipper, or special zipper pulls if you'd like, etc. - not required, just extra for fun. 
  • Extras - you may add a surprise to the inside of your bag, but please keep it to less than $10 retail value. Not required.
  • Please keep in mind this is a modern retreat. For example, no appliqued baskets of flowers, 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 use on a daily basis or when going to retreats like this one.
  • Please bring the quilt in a paper bag so it is not visible and without your name on the outside.  You can post pictures of your bag on Instagram etc before the swap (tag them with #midatlanticmod), but if you do, don't show how yours is wrapped so everyone is surprised when opening them (we will likely swap them around in their bags). 

Here is a Pinterest board with lots of ideas. Go crazy! Use your creativity!


Secret Sewist Swap (read on for sign up link)
  • 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. Look for it the week of Feb. 12.
  • 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-up for this swap via this Google Form by Sunday, February 12!

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 available to all who sign up for the swap, so that your partner can access your likes and dislikes.

*Check out the Mid-Atlantic Mod hashtag (#midatlanticmod) for lots of past examples from our retreat goers!

&Here is a Pinterest board of some ideas and tutorials you could follow:

Pictures from Instagram of some similar secret swaps:

Here is a mosaic of some ideas for your sewn item (some of the pictures include extras):

We can't wait to see what you make to swap! Happy sewing!