small quilt groups


pmqg members also get together in small groups, which are organized by focus, location, and meeting time or day.

Small groups are encouraged to join the Modern Quilt Guild forums, the Portland circle instead of the former small groups forum. Have questions about how to navigate this really helpful tool that is being provided as part of our MQG membership? Click here: to see a help video on how this can work for you.

For information about existing small groups and to get in touch with PMQG members about forming a small group, go to the MQG forum, add yourself to the Portland circle and lets’s get things going this year!  Questions?  Email us at

Do you have an idea for a small group or would like to start a new one? LET’S GET IT STARTED! email the board to get some time at the next monthly meeting to talk about your new group and recruit members.

Wondering what a small group even looks like? I am glad you asked! Here are some types of small groups:

Quilting Bee’s: Traditionally quilting bee’s were an opportunity for quilters to get together and socialize around a common project. As our socializing nowadays often revolves around social media, a popular trend among quilters has become a modern quilting bee swap. This is where a group of quilters – usually around 12 – form a group and work together over a period of time to create a quilt for each member of the group. It is a really great way to learn techniques and skills as each person takes a turn at being the “Queen Bee” for a month. During your month you pick what block you want everyone to make, sometimes it is just a color theme or style of quilting. Members usually stay on contact on projects by using a group hashtag on social media. Check out the hashtag #beesewcial on Instagram for inspiration and ideas. Go to the gallery of bee quilts on the MQG for more ideas and info


Mod Mood was created in conjunction with Bee Sewcial, an improv, solids-only bee where members are encouraged to push their creative boundaries, try new methods, and be inspired by singular prompts. The bee's prompt for this quilt was a Pinterest board filled with Mid-Century Modern designs, including a MCM color palette.