Sunday, August 16, 2015

Holiday Headstart

Saturday, August 29, 2016 10:30-4:30
St. Martin’s Payne Education Center, Room 210/212

Join us for a fun day of tutorials to make quick easy items that would make great holiday presents!  Come to just one or all sessions!
NOTE:  If you would like a kit for each of the five tutorials, the total is $32.  Individual prices are listed below under each session’s supply list.

10:30-11:30 felt Christmas tree pins - Machelle
11:30-12:30 vinyl-bottom zipper pouch - Stephanie
12:30-1:00 lunch break - bring a sack lunch
1:00-2:00 key fobs- Debbie
2:00-3:00 triangle zipper pouch - Amy
3:00-4:00 one hour apron – Sally

Felt Christmas Tree Pins

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Supplies List:
Felt scrap, at least 3” x 6”, any color, for tree
Brown felt scrap ¾” x ½”
Embroidery floss or perle cotton to coordinate with or contrast with your tree felt
Stuffing (batting scraps cut into ¼” square bits works great!)
Pin back
Hand sewing needle with an eye large enough for your floss
Kits to make 2 pins each will be available to purchase for $3 each.

Vinyl-Bottom Zip Pouch

Supplies Needed for 14" x 9" Zipper Pouch:

  • FQ for outside of pouch (14.5" x 15" piece)
  • 2 FQ or HY for inside of pouch (14.5" x 25" piece)
  • 11" x 14.5" piece of vinyl, faux leather, or leather
  • Lightweight or mediumweight interfacing (NOTE: if using canvas or duck cloth for outside of pouch, no interfacing needed)
  • 14" or longer plastic zipper
  • Sewing machine and basic supplies, including zipper foot for your machine
Prep List (strongly recommend to prepare your pieces to ensure you finish your zippy bag in 1 hour)
  • Cut and interface two (2) 14.5" x 7.5" pieces for outside of pouch
  • Cut two (2) 14.5" x 12.5" pieces for pouch lining
  • Cut two (2) 2" x 4" pieces from scraps or accent fabric (zipper ends)
  • Cut two (2) 14.5" x 5.5" pieces from vinyl (accent)

Kits with everything to make one pouch will be available to purchase for $7 each.
Zippers will be available for $2 each, and vinyl in assorted colors will be available for $3 for a piece large enough to make one pouch.

Fabric Key Fob

Supplies Needed for one Key Fob:
  • length of ribbon, measuring 10 inches x 1 inch wide, or fabric scrap, measuring 10 inches by 4 inches
  • fusible interfacing, measuring 10 inches x 1 inch
  • 1 ½” wide cotton webbing, 10 inches long
  • Key fob hardware
Sewing machine and basic supplies

Kits with everything to make two key fobs will be available to purchase for $5 each.
Key fob hardware will be available for $2 each.

Triangle Zip Pouch

Supplies Needed for one Triangle Zipper Pouch:

  • rectangle of cotton fabric, measuring 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (exterior)
  • rectangle of cotton fabric, measuring 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (lining)
  • bias tape measuring 9” in length (optional, to enclose interior seams)
  • length of ribbon, measuring 2 inches x 1/2 inch wide
  • fusible interfacing, measuring 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
  • 4 inch metal zipper

Sewing machine and basic supplies, including zipper foot for your machine

Kits with everything to make two pouches will be available to purchase for $7 each.
Zippers will be available for $2 each.

One-Hour Apron

Supply list:

4 fat quarters (if you want to stick with fat quarters)
OR if you have yardage you want to use:
1 fat eighth (or scrap) for pocket
1 FQ (for middle panel)
1 half yard (for side panels, ties, and bottom ruffle)

{regular basic sewing needs:
coordinating thread
sewing machine
cutting mat/rotary cutter}

FasTurn tube turners (I'll explain what they are and how to use them if you don't have them!)
Ruffle foot (I don't use this often!!)

Kits with four coordinating fat quarters to make one apron will be available to purchase for $10 each.

Friday, July 17, 2015

July Meeting! Saturday the 18th, 1-4pm

Hello everyone! Remember that our monthly meeting Tomorrow!! Like always it is going to be a blast.

This month we are excited to meet and learn more about Shannon Brinkley from She will present a lecture and a trunk show for us and get us ready for our workshop with her on August 1st!! Join us this Saturday as we learn more about her applique process and her pattern creating!

What to bring to July's meeting: A Quick List
  • Cash for raffle tickets - both for the mini and our raffle quilts!
  • Money from raffle quilt ticket sales
  • Mini solids quilt to swap
    • Our swap for the month is Solids Only, No Prints Allowed mini swap. Please try to keep your minis under 18" square. We will be drawing numbers for the order we select a mini to take home. This is not a blind swap, please do not wrap your mini. 
  • a Snack to share (Quilters get hungry!!)
  • Sew and Tell
  • Finished Charity quilts and blocks
  • Birthday Swaps
  • Checks for Fall Retreat
Hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Workshop with Jessica Darling - Color Party 2 - Saturday 6/20/15 10am - 4pm CST

Workshop in Lieu of our regular meeting!!

A note from Jessica:
*I am bringing scraps and strips for y'all to dive into- just $5 each to the kitty so that I can keep it rolling
*if you are bringing your own fabric, bring more than you need, ok? More is more. Many of my pieces were only used once or twice in the quilt. Super scrappy is good on this exercise! EXAMPLE: if it were me, I'd bring 30-50 fat quarters to play with. Doesn't mean you'll use them all! But it gives you more options for shadow play and color poppin. Aim for 5-6 central colors you like together and 2 contrasting neutrals. So. Looking at my sample, I used real, coral, mustard, persimmon, and jade; my contrasting neutrals black and white. Aim for neutrals that are equal but opposite.

Supply List:
  • 16- 5" squares of varying theme/large scale fabrics- these will be the centerpieces of y'alls blocks and can be either complementary or contrasting. Another good idea is to use the same designer, but different collections. 
    • Example: all Amy Butler center squares 10 neutral fat quarters in the same warmth--example: all grays and blacks and whites, or all beiges, khakis and browns, etc. 
  • Sewing machine, 
  • preferred thread, 
  • rotary cutter, 
  • ruler and mat. 
  • No specialty tools needed but an 8x14" ruler works really well for this exercise. 
  • We need to share irons and ironing boards for this workshop, ladies, as we can't plug in 40 irons without blowing fuses! 
    • We are going to limit irons plugged in to FIVE in the room. Sorry, but this is necessary so that we don't blow fuses and ruin the workshop for everyone! Even travel irons pull quite a bit of juice. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

As always we will go over any general business and have show and tell during our "lunch break" from 12pm-1pm. Bring any recent finishes you would like to share.

Members, see more at:

Friday, May 29, 2015

Fancy Tiger Crafts - Sailor Top Workshop Saturday 5/30 10am - 3pm CST

Don't forget members! This Saturday we are having our Fancy Tiger Crafts - Sailor Top class. Julia and I (Hilary) will be teaching the class and walking you through everything from choosing a size to finishing seams.

A little about the Sailor Top:
"The Sailor Top pattern is an easy-to-wear & easy-to-sew raglan sleeve top with a sweet gathered neckline. Its a-line shape is never clingy. This wardrobe staple is oh-so-practical for every day wear & looks great in many different fabrics. Go crazy with prints or use a simple chambray. Either way it will be just darling!" -source

A few things to bring tomorrow:

- PREWASHED fabric according to fabric requirements. Largest sizes require 2.5 yds 45" wide or 2 yds 60" wide 

- for cutting your fabric: either (large cutting mat + rotary cutter + optional pattern weights) or (pins + fabric shears) 

-for cutting your pattern: bring a measuring tape to choose pattern size - don't just choose a size based on what size Ready To Wear clothes you buy. If you want to be able to cut another size in the future, bring freezer paper or other tracing paper and a pen or pencil to trace the pattern 

-for constructing the garment: sewing machine, pinking shears, pins, iron/ ironing board, if you happen to have a sewing gauge bring it along, but we can make do with measuring tapes. 

Julia and I are looking forward to this class and can't wait to see how everyone's tops turn out! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Modern Low Volume Fat Eighths Swap

The swap for the March 2015 meeting will be modern low volumes cut into fat eights (approx 9 x 22).

Please only quilt shop quality fabric.  Please see Kira Bell's post about modern low volume versus Traditional Quilting Neutrals. 

Examples of Modern Low Volume Fabric -

Bo Bunny - Sew Charming - Patterns in White
Violet Craft Brambleberry Ridge Flight in White
Alison Glass - Sun Glass Text

Photo credit - Westwood Acres

There will even be a giveaway of a low volume charm pack!  You must participate in the swap for an entry to win!  You can post pictures of your fabric to the flickr group to help avoid duplicates!

Happy Swapping!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 HMQG Membership Form

A new year means it is time to renew your membership to the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. Please print and fill out THIS form and bring it, and your check for dues, to our next meeting on January 17th. We will have some forms at the meeting if you are unable to print one, but there will be a limited number so if you can, please print one :)

We have so many amazing things happening this year, and we hope that you join us for all the fun!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January Meeting - Saturday 17th, from 10am to 4pm

Our January meeting is quickly approaching and it is going to be a good one! Our very own Amy (@houseofbadcats) is going to be teaching a workshop on Reverse Applique + String Piecing. Here are all the details!

We will meet in the Founder's Hall downstairs instead of our regular room, so make sure to take note.

*Bring a snack/sack lunch or something to share, and we'll break from about 12-1 for announcements, show and tell, and eating!

The workshop will teach you a reverse applique technique combined with a fun use of strings (those skinny scraps you never know what to do with!).  You can make your choice of a mini quilt or pillow with the large design choices, or a mug rug or set of coasters with the smaller design choices.  Supplies list is below!

If you are a current member please RSVP HERE if you plan on attending so we can make sure we have enough places for everyone set up!
Supplies List:

  • Sewing machine and extension cord
  • Iron (try to coordinate and share with a few friends, as too many irons will blow the fuses in the room!)
  • Background fabric, two pieces at least 18” square – this should be either a light solid or near-solid
  • Batting, at least 20” square
  • Neutral thread to match your background fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Ruler – something approximately 12” x 4” should suffice
  • Freezer paper, at least 18” square
  • Glue stick
  • Pins
  • Spray starch
  • An extra sewing machine needle or two, as we will be sewing on both paper and fabric
  • Walking foot or free motion foot for quilting your piece
If you want to finish your piece as a pillow, you should bring fabric for the back of the pillow to finish in your preferred method.  If, instead, you want to finish your piece as a mini quilt, then you will need a 20” square of backing fabric, and also binding fabric.  You may also choose to use a smaller design and make coasters, but the same fabric requirements apply.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HMQG Modern Meetup 2014

Are you heading to International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX this weekend? If so, be sure to stop by the Houston Modern Quilt Guild's Modern Meetup on Saturday night.

It is going to be a ton of fun, and the first 50 people to show up will receive a swag bag full of goodies. Below are just a few of the amazing companies and individuals who graciously donated prizes and goodies for the swag bags. 

These are just a few of the goodies that will be in swag bags or offered up as door prizes at the meet-up! Every quilter loves free fabric, so don't miss your chance to snag some for yourself.

We hope that you come out and join us for all the fun at the HMQG Modern Meetup!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Ornament Swap at the The Christmas Party!

We will be swapping handmade Christmas/Holiday ornaments made out of whatever medium you please.  These can be made out of felt, glass, fabric or anything else you want and they must be handmade.

Christmas Ornament Ideas from Flickr

We will be trading at the Christmas party and not have assigned partners.

You may include your favorite notion/sewing item/charm pack with a spending amount of around $5 to $10.  Please wrap your package.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cathedral Windows Workshop

with Jamie Mueller of Sunflower Quilts
Sat, October 18, 2014, 10am-4pm
St Martin's Episcopal - Founder's Hall

**In lieu of our regular meeting on October 18th, we will be having a wonderful workshop learning and making a cathedral windows pillow!!**

Class Description from Jamie:
In this class you will learn the Cathedral Windows technique using your sewing machine (if you are interested in learning how to do it by hand let me know and I can show you that as well). I will take you step by step to make Cathedral Windows using folding techniques with some tricks along the way to make it easier!

Supplies:*to make an 18" square pillow
Sewing Machine
1 box of small pins (appliqué pins work great)
1 yard solid fabric
3/4 yd border and backing fabric
18- different 3 1/4" squares for windows (great for scraps)
Thread the color of your solid fabric (come to class with at least one bobbin already wound)
18” pillow form (not necessarily needed for class, just for finished pillow)

Please cut the following before coming to class: (*to insure we finish the pillow in class)

1. From the 1 yd solid fabric cut:
9– 10 1/2” squares

2. From border/backing fabric cut:
2-18 1/2" X 22" pieces
2-2" X 15 1/4" pieces
2-2" X 18 1/2" pieces

**Bring a LUNCH and a snack to share and your regular meeting fun stuff!!! (bunting swaps, birthday goodies, sew and tell items) We will be having our regular business at our lunch time (12-1pm)! Stay tuned for our regular newsletter with a list of reminders!