Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 19th Workshop Supply List

Our monthly meeting on the 19th is quickly approaching, and this month we are doing something fun! We'll be having a workshop hosted by our very own Cathy Winter. She will be teaching us a method for making the Scrappy Trip Around blocks. It is sure to be lots of fun.

Here are the supplies that you should bring:

1)  Fabric cut into strips 2½” wide by 16” long (or longer)  OR  use a Jellyroll  (every 6 strips from a jelly roll will make 2 blocks with a remnant).   The minimum fabric to bring: 6 strips cut 2 1/2" by 16" as this will make one 12" (finished) trip-along block.  There is no maximum.

2)  A SEAM RIPPER (technique involves some selective ‘un-stitching’).

3)  Sewing machine, thread, scissors & other such basic sewing needs

4)  Cutting mat(18”x12” works), rotary cutter, ruler for rotary cutting (I use a 6”x12”).  IF your strips are not precut, then a larger mat and a longer ruler will be needed.

5)  Iron and ironing mat/board; an extension cord. {Last workshop we had an extension cord issue, so bring extras if you have them :) }

Additional Note on the Fabric Selection:  Fabrics can be a scrappy assortment or a coordinated blend.  The two samples (shown on Cathy's blog here) use garden floral prints, arranged to make a strong diagonal in each block.  This pattern works up nicely in a variety of combinations.

If you want to learn this method but are unsure of what fabrics to bring, consider sewing blocks for a donation quilt.  Please let Mod Quilt Girl Anna know that you are interested so our guild can provide the strips for these donation blocks.  Or if you have strips to donate for a charity quilt, bring them along (& Thank–You in advance)!

The original pattern by Bonnie Hunter is available for free on  Click here.  More samples can be seen on the Scrappy Trip Along group on Flickr.

Join us to learn this fun and easy pattern! Don't forget to pack a lunch, any show-n-tell projects you have, and your mini quilts to swap.  Looking forward to seeing you in 2 weeks!

IMPORTANT: This meeting will take place in Founders Hall from 10am - 4pm on the first floor of the church. We will not be meeting in our usual room. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Modern Wonky Churn Dash Quilt for Pam

As a guild, we create quilts for our members when they get married or have babies.

Some of our guild members are past that season and we still have a need to create a quilt for them.

It was decided that everyone wanted to make a quilt for Pam.  Pam always helps anyone in need even if they have a deadline coming up sooner than later.  She has helped many members with quilting and quilt design.  She tells people to just start free motion quilting.  You are never going to be able to do it if you just think about it.

Detail of Quilting by Amy

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The quilt was made using Floating Churn Dash.  

This patten makes a block that is 9 1/2'' so we will need to do a little adding to only 2 of our sides.
You will add:
A 3 1/2" x 9 1/2" strip of background to the right side of your block.
A 3 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip of background to the bottom of your block.

The blocks were wonky pieced and the final quilt measured around 55 x 72.  We asked members to use their favorite modern fabric for the block.  The back (I forgot to take pictures of ) was made with an orange elephant print because Pam loves elephants.  The binding was a scrappy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Swap - Mini Quilt Swap

We will have a guest speaker for the July meeting and the mini quilt swap will be held during our lunch break.

The mini quilts should range from 12 inches squared to maybe around 24 inches squared.  If yours is a little bigger or smaller, there will no measuring tapes out for this part of the meeting.  Please use quality quilt shop fabric and the mini should lean towards being more modern.  They don't have to be square!

The mini should be bound or have a facing.

Here is a tutorial from The Silly BooDilly on a super easy way to face a quit.

The Silly Boo Dilly
Here is some inspiration for you from around the web!

It will be bring one, take one.  I actually have raffle tickets this time to make the process run smoother!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Interguild Swap with the Emeral Coast Modern Quilt Guild

At Stash Bash, I met Wendi who is the swaps coordinator for the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild.
The Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild covers the Floridia Panhandle and the Gulf Shores.
We arranged for an interguild Modern Pin Cushion Swap for August.

Basic Pin Cushion Tutorial 
Sign ups are on our guild page through the Modern Quilt Guild.  Please sign up by May 31st and you have to sign up to participate.

Below are a few more tutorials.  Amy uses rice to fill hers and they are nice and weighted.

Patchwork Pincushion

Mini Hexi Tutorial
Apple Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pin Cushions are due to Karri by July 31st.

Pin Cushions will be passed out at our August meeting.

Happy Swapping,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Untied Colors of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild

The Houston Modern Quilt Guild's annual Designer Solid Swap will be in May.  Please bring fat quarters of designer solids and label them with the color/designer.  The Sign up for a color is on our webpage through the Modern Quilt Guild, the particular shade is up to you.  You do not have to sign up - I put that there so we trading a rainbow of colors.

Hawthorne Hues
Robert Kaufman Kona (sold at Hobby Lobby/JoAnns)
Michael Miller Cotton Couture
Free Spirit (Sold at Painted Pony)
Pat Bravo - Pure Elements
and many other designer solids.  More and more seem to be launching their own lines.

Hawthorne Threads is sponsoring a prize for the swap which is a fat quarter bundle of their Hawthorne Hues.  For every 4 fqs, you get one entry.  The Hawthorne Threads solids are so soft!  This shop was featured in Star Store of the Month for Art Gallery fabrics.
See their rainbow.

Lets keep this swap colorful so no white/ivory/black or navy.

Happy Swapping!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekly Inspiration

I hope everyone has had a great weekend, and is ready to start something new today. Here are some of the most recent finishes from our awesome guild members! I hope they inspire you!
1. Lucky Stars Quilt Along Quilt, 2. We're Better Together Monster Quilt, 3. Swell, 4. Irish chain made with baby clothes scraps finished! I hope she loves it as much as I do., 5. QAYG pillows, 6. Color Me Happy Pillow, 7. color party, 8. 30 Week Wonder Quilt, 9. #JDcolorparty pillow

April Swap - Pillow Fight!

The April Swap will be pillow/cushion covers.

1. PTS 9!, 2. PTS 9, 3. PTS9 back of pillow, 4. PTS9 Pillow Received, 5. fabulous pillow from Kerry, 6. Pillow Talk Swap 9 - Sent, 7. Pillow Swap Talk 9 : Received, 8. Pillow Talk Swap pillow!, 9. Pillow talk swap received!, 10. Pillow talk swap received, 11. Eeek! Stile pillow is done! Thanks again @hehehe922, 12. Oh I just really don't know if I can part with this, 13. Pillow Talk Swap round 10, 14. PTS10 - FInished, 15. Just finished! I didn't want the quilting to detract from the piecing, so I did some in the ditch and echo quilting. Need to get some little goodies together before I send this off on Monday. #pts10 #pillowtalkswap, 16. Pillow Talk Swap 10 finished!


Size:  16x16, 18x18 or 20x20
Color: Modern Quilting
Challenge: Please place a piece of batting underneath the pillow top.  This allows for the pillow to stand better.

If you choose to make an odd size, please supply the insert.

Buttoned Up Throw Pillow
Zipper Tutorial

Basic Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Happy Sewing!

Monday, February 17, 2014

March Swap - Small Items

The swap for the March meeting will be small items such as a needle book, a mug rug (I love me some mug rugs), a journal cover, zippered pouch...  The challenge is that the item must have some sort of closure on it such as a button, snaps or zipper (if it is something other than a mug rug).  Please remember to use quality modern fabric and great workmanship. Please bring your item wrapped.  This will be a blind swap.  It will be bring one (or two) and take one.

Some Ideas & Tutorials:
Picture credit: Noodlehead's Pouches

Picture Credit: nanaCompany

Photo: Trying to figure to out a way to use all three of my mug rugs from the #hmqg #modernmugrugswap !!! Thanks @karamatsews @fatchickquilts and Stevey!!!
Photo credit: Sally Keller

Photo Credit: Sew Grown

There are no size restrictions but please remember its small items.  You can make whatever you would like.  Please do not feel like you are confined to this list.  As always, if you have any ideas on swaps/challenges, please see me!

Happy Sewing,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Feeling Blue?

Got the winter blues?  

Come cheer up with the Houston Modern Quilt Guild and you could win this amazing door price of:

10 fat quarters
56 Charm Squares
Blue Scraps
and more!

Approx. value of contents is $60.00 plus!

Fabric bundle includes designers such as: Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Tasha Noel, Denyse Schmidt, Tula Pink and many more fabulous modern fabric designers.

Our next meeting is this Saturday, February 15!

$1 per raffle ticket.  Proceeds go towards Programming.