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!

Monday, September 22, 2014

October Swap - Buntings!

October Swap - Buntings!

A bunting is some sort of flags sewing to a rope for decoration.  Their use can be traced back to the 17th century where they used for the Royal Navy.  We are going to swap fabric buntings.

Make It, Do It.

Scallop Bunting Tutorial

The Small Print:
Guidelines:  Please use quilt shop quality fabric.
Buntings must be 9 feet with no raw edges (from flag to flag).
Please do not make a no sew bunting.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Follow up to Pin Cushion Swap

Since Saturday was our meeting, I can now post pictures of what the wonderful ladies of the Emerald Coast Modern Guild Guild sent us.

In all over 24 pounds and 60 pin cushions were traded.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


We held our inter-guild pin cushion swap with the wonderful ladies from the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild.  They had their meeting last Saturday so I am sharing pictures of what the Houston Modern Guild sent them.

I heard that the ladies loved the pin cushions they received.  Saturday, August 16 is the Houston Modern Quilt Guild's meeting so I will post pictures of what we received later.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This Months Meeting

We are going to be playing Fat Quarter Bingo at this months guild meeting! Make sure to come prepared to participate in this super fun activity!

Game Instructions

This Saturday, we will be engaging in another bingo round with a big twist!!! We are going to be bringing our own pre-made bingo cards!!

Instructions for making your BINGO CARDS are downloadable here:

Each person should make either one or two cards to play, and bring a handful of buttons or something similar to use as markers. We will play five lightning rounds. Bring a FQ for each round you want to play PER CARD, that is 10 FQs max. Winners of each round will win one fifth of the fat quarters collected. A special bonus round will be played for a surprise prize package!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Sally at!!

As always our meeting is Saturday from 1-4pm at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Room 210 - 212. The address is:
717 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056

Friday, August 1, 2014

Holiday Head Start this Saturday

Hey there HMQG! Don't forget that tomorrow is our Holiday Head-start Workshop!

Here are all the details:

Sat, August 2nd, 2014

St Martin's Episcopal - Room 210/212 (our regular room!)
Our Holiday Headstart is a group of workshops given by our awesomely talented members all day on Saturday to give us a headstart on our Christmas making!

Our schedule:
Jacey - 9:30-10:30am - handmade napkins
Liz - 10:45-11:45am - roll-up tote
~lunch break - 12-1~
Hilary - 1-2pm - pot holders
Karri - 2:15-3:15pm - scented sugar scrub
Amy - 3:30-4:30 - reusable produce bags

Workshop Descriptions and Supply Lists:

Jacey's handmade napkins:(9:30-10:30am)
A gift of handmade napkins is simple to make, but will be treasured at every meal. Jacey Lucas will be showing us how to make these quick and easy reversible napkins from 9:30-10:30 am.   Supplies: 2 (prewashed) FQs per napkin, thread, ribbon or embellishment (optional).   A limited number of kits will be available for a small fee.  If you would like to purchase a kit for any of the sessions, please email Amy at as a limited number are available.

Liz's Roll-Up Tote: (10:45-11:45)

Liz will be showing us how to make a super cute roll up tote you can fit in your purse, from 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Here's what you'll need:

main body of the bag: 2 fabric pieces 15 x 10 inches
contrasting top of bag: 2 fabric pieces 15 x 6 inches
handles: 2 fabric pieces 4 x 16 inches
6 inches of thin elastic (I use a hair band)
A limited number of kits will be available for $6 each, which include everything to make ONE tote.If you would like to purchase a kit for any of the sessions, please email Amy at as a limited number are available.

_____LUNCH BREAK (12-1pm) - Bring a lunch and/or something delicious to share!!!!__________________

Hilary's Pot Holders: (1-2pm)
Hilary will be teaching us how to make quick and easy potholders! For each potholder you will need the following:
1  Moda Candy Mini Charm Pack (or 12 2.5" squares of coordinating fabrics)
2  Fat Quarters
1  6.5" x 6.5" piece of cotton batting
2  6.5" x 8" piece of cotton batting or 1 6.5" x 8.5" piece of batting & 1  6.5" x 8.5" piece of Insul-Bright batting   If you'd prefer not to have to put together your own supplies, we will have a limited number of kits available for $6 each. If you would like to purchase a kit for any of the sessions, please email Amy at as a limited number are available.

Karri's Sugar Scrub: (2:15-3:15pm)

Karri will be showing us how to make a lemon hand scrub and a peppermint body scrub from 2:15 - 3:15 pm.  These scrubs make lovely and  useful gifts, and are simple and economical to make!   A limited number of kits will be available for $6 each and will include three jars of scrub and a page of labels. If you would like to purchase a kit for any of the sessions, please email Amy at as a limited number are available.   If you do not wish to purchase a kit, please bring your own small jars (baby food jars are perfect!) and consider donating a few dollars to reimburse for materials and labels.

Amy's Reusable Produce Bags: (3:30-4:30pm)

Amy will be showing us how to make cute reusable produce bags, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

Reusable Produce Bag


1 Fat Quarter per bag– Cute foodie print a must!
½ yard Utility Mesh (enough for 6-8 bags)
Clothesline/Cording (about 24” per bag)
Coordinating Thread
Walking Foot (optional, but makes working with the mesh so much easier)
Steam-a-Steam, ¼” wide (optional, but might help with the mesh)

A limited number of kits will be available for $7.  Each kit will contain everything to make TWO bags, except thread. If you would like to purchase a kit for any of the sessions, please email Amy at as a limited number are available.

*don't forget!!

1.  Bring a sack lunch and/or something to share 2.  If you would like to purchase a kit for any of the sessions, please email Amy at as a limited number are available. 3.  Most sessions involve sewing, so bring your machine, extension cord, iron, scissors, neutral colored thread, and pins, in addition to session specific supplies if you do not plan to purchase a kit.
4. Bring your cash for your kits if you are purchasing them!!
Can't wait to see you this Saturday!!!