Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Members, Please see the information below from our Charity Coordinator Tammy regarding helping the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild with #QuiltsForPluse. 

Hi Ladies,

This is kind of long, but stay with me… there’s LOTS of good information below!

We have worked out the details of the HMQG efforts to assist Orlando Modern Quilt Guild with quilts for those impacted by the shooting at Pulse nightclub over the weekend.  To ease some of their work, we want to provide completed quilts rather than just quilt blocks.  And we would LOVE to be able to complete at least 5 quilts to send… I’m sure we can come together to make these!  We will have sew time after our meeting this weekend, so please feel free to bring completed blocks and/or bring your machine and sew along with us!

The quilts will be made from 10” (finished) heart blocks using the tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew
The hearts should be made in a rainbow of bright colors (solids or prints) and the background in low volume prints.

Because we are trying to complete these quilts on a quick timeline, we are going to try using a new (to us) tool – Signup Genius.  This is a great tool for organizing signups and I’ve used this with great success in other groups.

A little about how to use the signups:
There is a unique link for each quilt we want to make, and within each link are all of the requirements it will take to make a quilt… make blocks, piece quilt top, provide backing, provide batting, quilt, bind & label. If you want to make 10 blocks, click on the link for Quilt #1, click on Make Blocks, and then select your quantity as 10.  If there aren’t 10 ‘make block’ spaces left, fill in what’s available, and then move on to Quilt #2.  Seems a little confusing at first, but I’m sure you’ll grow to love the convenience as much as I do  :)

If you are making blocks, please bring them to the meeting or plan to stay after the business portion and sew with us.  If you sign up for 5 blocks, but find yourself making 10 – no worries, bring them!  And if you don’t sign up for blocks but end up making some – great, bring them! We will continue making as many quilts as we can, so keep those blocks coming.

If you are providing backing or batting, please try to bring that with you to Saturday’s meeting so that it can get into the hands of the quilter as soon as possible.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me:


Quilt #1

Quilt #2

Quilt #3

Quilt #4

Quilt #5

Monday, April 25, 2016

May Meeting Workshop Information - Gatherer Crossbody Bag

At our May meeting we will have a fun workshop open to all members! We are going to make the Gatherer Crossbody Bag. The pattern, by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, is a free download from Robert Kaufman. See more info below!

The pattern is free to download at this link -- make sure you check out the list of supplies, which I have also copied below with some notes about what we will have available at the meeting.

Workshop information:

The workshop will be after our May meeting, on Saturday, May 21. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. You may arrive early, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., if you would like to set up your spot before the meeting. We will finish for the day by 3:00 p.m.

What do I need to do at home?
It is important that you come to the workshop with your fabric and interfacing already cut out. We will be focusing on Assembly rather than Cutting (see page 3 of the pattern). If you plan to make your own piping, please come with it already made as well. Finally, it is a good idea to go ahead and fuse your interfacing to your pieces before you arrive (see Step 1 on page 3)! If you have any questions, please ask Kate.

Pattern information:

We will be offering kits for $3 that will include the piece of leather and button stud mentioned in the list below. Our button studs are silver.

Supply list:
1/2 yard fabric for exterior
1/2 yard fabric for lining
1/2 yard fabric for piping (optional, if making your own)
1 & 1/4 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF101)
1/3 yard fusible fleece (Pellon 987F)
1 yard 1/2" wide bias tape piping (if not making your own)
2" x 4" scrap of leather, suede or non-fraying faux leather
button stud (8mm size cap is recommended)
(2) 1/2" swivel/lobster claps hardware (optional for attaching strap)

Pinking shears
Water soluble pen, chalk pen, or Frixion pen for marking
Leather hole punch (Debbie, Stephanie, and I have some of these, so we will have some around to use if you don't already have one!)
Sewing machine
Small cutting mat
Rotary cutter
Pins, wonderclips, etc.
Any other tools you like to have with you

See more photos on Anna Graham's blog here or on Carolyn Friedlander's blog here. Carolyn altered the pattern a little, so check out her changes. Anna also has a great tutorial for making your own piping here. Here's a review by A Quilter's Table that has some great pics of her finished bag. Finally, I like to check Instagram for inspiration, so I recommend looking through the following tags: #gatherercrossbodybag, #noodleheadpatterns

Get excited for a great workshop!

Friday, April 22, 2016


Come join us & cross off those UFOs!

Don't forget - we have a sew-in tomorrow, Saturday, April 23, at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center!

Feel free to arrive any time between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We need to be completely out by 3:00 p.m.

Bring your current project, a UFO, something you want some feedback on - whatever you want! Make sure you bring whatever you'll need to sew.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Meeting Highlights

Did you miss the awesome The Cloth Pocket pop up shop this month? Don't fear, Nicole and the lovely ladies from Austin always offer 20% off to MQG members, even online! Simply use the code MQGXOXO at checkout.

Programming Update
In May we will have our Gatherer Crossbody Bag Workshop, which is open to and free for all members. The pattern is free to download at that link -- make sure you check out the list of supplies! We will be offering kits for $3 that will include the piece of leather and button stud mentioned in the pattern. See more photos on Anna Graham's blog here! She also has a great tutorial for making your own piping here. Get excited for a great workshop!

Membership Update
Directories will be available at the May Meeting. Also, please remember that everyone who has registered and paid dues for 2016 has been added to view the HMQG Google Calendar. You do not have to have a gmail account to view it. If you don't, you should have received an invitation to install the calendar. Please use this tool - we think you will find it very useful! We are trying to keep everything up-to-date and will have important details there. It is just one more way we are communicating to you. Let Debbie know if you are having trouble with access to the calendar. grosskopf5@gmail.com

Fundraiser Booth
Please turn in your fundraiser booth items and keep an eye on the Wiki (found on theHouston page of the MQG website) to see new links posted for patterns for new items to make. Don't forget about the Grand Prize at the end of the fundraiser. If you need fabric to make items, Pam will be bringing some each month but your scrap basket can provide treasures too. Grab a piece of fabric and make a ______(YOU fill in the blank).



More great sew and tell can be found on our Instagram @houstonmqg or search #hmqgsewandtell

Have you missed out on any of the HMQG's Medallion Quilt Along?
You can download the full instructions, from the first block to the March/April additions here! We can't wait to see what you make, so remember to bring your progress to the next meeting, and tag your photos on Instagram with #hmqgmedallion.

  • April 28, 7 pm - Dinner and drinks at PLONK! (1214 West 43rd)
  • May 6, 7, and 8 - Spring Retreat at Deep Woods Retreat Center (details being sent to those attending)
  • May 21, 10 am to 3pm - HMQG meeting and Gatherer Crossbody bagworkshop (details above)
  • June 18, 10 am to 1 pm - HMQG meeting and That Modern Fabric Shop Pop-up Shop
  • June 25, 9 am to 3 pm - Charity Sew-In Day
AND MUCH MORE! Be sure to check our Google Calendar for additional events and details.

Friday, April 15, 2016

April Meeting Tomorrow

The HMQG Meeting is tomorrow - REMEMBER:
  • Money for the Pop-up show with The Cloth Pocket from Austin-lots of beautiful, modern fabrics we love!
  • Pick up your HMQG 24 oz insulated Tumbler-$13 (cash discounted price is $12)
  • Money for another wonderful Opportunity Basket

Plan to show us:
  • A completed piece using PAPER PIECING
  • Progress on your Medallion-a-long
  • Your completed UFO's
  • Your items for the fundraiser
  • Your completed Charity Quilts
  • Your finished quilts from the recent workshops
  • Any of the beauties you have finished lately - we love to be inspired by your work! Honestly - it's why we come!

Sally is collecting lovely handmade items to use as door prizes for the retreat - see her if you have something!

TACO DEL JULIO - 8203 Long Point Rd

Mark your calendar - SOCIAL NIGHT - April 28 - Dinner and drinks at PLONK! 7pm 1214 West 43rd.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2016 Houston Modern Quilt Guild Medallion Along

Welcome to the March/April installment of the 2016 Houston Modern Quilt Guild Medallion Along!

This month, we will be making the second round, which consists of sixteen Depression blocks, each measuring 6” finished, and the third round, consisting of a 1” finished inner border.

The Depression block, pictured below, is a fantastic scrap buster, but also works well with Fat Quarters. Each block consists of sixteen half square triangles that are 1 ½” finished (2” unfinished), each with a light half and a dark half.

Using your favorite method, you should make a total of 256 HSTs measuring 2”.  Divide these up into sixteen sets of sixteen HSTs, and arrange them as shown below.  Sew each block, using a scant ¼” seam allowance.

Once you have your sixteen blocks completed, sew them together into four sections, two having three blocks each, and two having five blocks each.  You should then have two sections each measuring 6 ½” x 18 ½” and two sections measuring 6 ½” x 30 ½”. You should note that as we continue adding rounds, any deviation in your seam allowance can really start to add up!  You should pin each section to your medallion prior to sewing it on, and can take in or let out a seam or two as needed.

Don’t forget that our only rule for this QAL is “Make it Your Own” so if you don’t feel you can make all 16 depression blocks, make twelve and use solid cornerstones, or make four and use those as cornerstones with solid pieces of fabric in between.  Or come up with something all your own!

Next, sew the two shorter sections to the top and bottom of your medallion.

Then sew the two longer sections to the remaining two sides.  At this point your medallion quilt top should measure 30 ½” square.

This month we are also adding the third round, a simple 1” finished inner border.  For this, simply cut 2 strips 1 ½” x 30 ½” and 2 strips 1 ½” x 32 ½”.  Sew the two shorter strips to the top and bottom of your medallion, and then sew the two longer strips to either side. At this point your medallion quilt top should measure 32 ½” square.
Here's the latest installation of the Medallion Quilt along progress. We started with the 12" finished center medallion plus February's addition, the Goosing Borders, a free pattern available on Craftsy from Jeli Quilts. The next steps are your depression blocks and border. We can't wait to see what you make, so remember to bring your progress to the next meeting, and tag your photos on Instagram with #hmqgmedallion.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Meeting Reminder

Our March meeting is this weekend and here are a few reminders so that you know what to do and bring!

Trunk Show and Workshop with Lee Monroe of May Chappell

Trunk Show on Friday, March 18 at 7pm

This is the same shopping center as Quilters Emporium and Quilt Your Own. Please RSVP and sign up to bring something to share with everyone. The Wine and Cheese Party/Trunk Show are free! It's going to be a great time. The Trunk Show will start at 8:00 p.m., with some additional instruction for those in the workshop from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Attendance on Friday is not mandatory for participation in the workshop.

Workshop on Saturday, March 19 at 9am

A few spots are still available for the Lee Monroe workshop on the day of our March meeting! See the MQG Forum post and blog for more information about the workshop and the Wine and Cheese Party/Trunk Show the night before, on March 18! Reminder -- we will be doing Georgia's Dresden! Click here to sign up. 

We have opened this workshop up to other guilds in the Houston area, so sign up now to secure your spot! If you have any questions, contact Kate White (kate.a.white@gmail.com).
If you are taking the workshop, you can arrive early at 9:00 a.m. on 3/19 to set up before our meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. The supply list can be found here at Lee's website. 

Happy Birthday!

Mona Keegan March 2
Diama Cortez March 8
Sylvia Weir March 10
Megan Collins March 11
Cheryl Watson March 13
Colleen Marty March 16
Gabriela Castillo March 20
Sarah Ruiz March 26
Christine Schmelebeck March 26
Hilary Jordan March 27
Rebekah Turner March 29

Our first quarterly Birthday Swap will be at our March meeting covering birthdays from January, February, and March. Bring a gift to swap, such as 1 or 2 FQs of modern, quilt shop quality fabric, 1 small handmade item (zipper pouch, pin cushion, mug rug, hot pad, etc.), sewing notions (thread, needles, etc.), a personal size sweet treat. These are just suggestions, feel free to include any item you think a quilter/sewist would enjoy. We will be providing cake!! 

As always do not forget to bring your sew and tell items, and of course your smiling faces! We're looking forward to seeing you on Friday night and Saturday morning! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February Instructions - HMQG Medallion Along

Welcome to the February installment of the 2016 Houston Modern Quilt Guild Medallion Along!

This month, we will be making the first round, which consists of eight blocks, each measuring 3” x 6” finished, and four cornerstones, each finishing at 3” square. The pattern for our blocks is called Goosing Borders, a free pattern available on Craftsy from Jeli Quilts. You can get the free pattern here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/other/goosing-borders/106294

To complete the first round of our medallion quilt, you should print out enough paper patterns for eight blocks. The pattern includes one foundation paper piecing template for the geese going clockwise and one for the geese going counter-clockwise. I made four of each! You can choose to make all eight blocks the same if you’d like! Whatever you choose, make this quilt your own!

Once you have your eight blocks completed, sew them together in pairs. You should then have four goosing borders sections each measuring 3 ½” x 12 ½”.

Now for the cornerstones. I chose to use four squares of my background fabric and cut each one 3 ½” square. You might decide to make your cornerstones a contrasting solid, or even to piece some more geese! Whatever you choose, your cornerstones should be 3 ½” unfinished. Sew one cornerstone to each end of two of your goosing borders sections.

Next, sew the two goosing borders sections with no cornerstones to the top and bottom of your center medallion. Then sew the two panels with cornerstones on the remaining two sides. At this point your medallion quilt top should measure 18 ½” square.

Don’t forget bring your medallion to the next meeting for Sew and Tell, so we can see your progress, and tag your pictures on instagram with #hmqgmedallion too.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Meeting this Saturday!

The February HMQG meeting is this upcoming Saturday (February 20) at our new location - Trini Mendenhall Community Center. Check signs when you arrive for the exact room number.

  • 2016 Membership Dues: REMEMBER to renew your HMQG membershipo for 2016! 
  • Money (Cash or Check, please!) for Pam's pop-up shop (including the new Into the Deep fabric line)
  • Check for Spring Retreat reservation
  • Solid FQs for swap (quilt shop quality, preferably labeled with manufacturer and color)
  • Your calendar
  • Sew 'n Tell:
    • Meadow Quilt completed from the Lizzy House workshop (quilted and bound) and receive a $5 gift certificate to The Intrepid Thread!
    • Mystery Quilt completed from the October workshop (quilted and bound) and receive a handmade gift from Saly!
    • HMQG Medallion quilt center (12.5" unfinished square)
  • Paper Piecing Tutorial (supply list): Following Saturday's meeting, Amy will be leading a paper piecing tutorial. You'll be making a darling envelope (pattern provided). We forgot to include the supply list:
    • Three fat quarters - a background, a print or solid for the envelope, and a print or solid for the inside of the envelope
    • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
  • Spring Retreat (more details): Remember to bring your full payment for the retreat if you would like to be in the running for a spot for our Spring Retreat. 
    • Retreat is May 6-8th, 2016 at Deep Woods Retreat, Smithville, TX
    • Cost: cash or check discount - $170, Regular price - $175
    • Bring your check in an envelope (or your name in an envelope if you intend to pay with Paypal) and we will be drawing the first 24 payments out of a bag on Saturday. If there are more than 24 submissions, we will continue to draw to put a waiting list in order. If you are chosen to go, your payment will be made right away. If you are on the waiting list, your check will be returned to you at the Feb meeting (or no credit payment will be taken at this time)
  • Remember our sew-in after the meeting. Stay for the paper piecing tutorial, stay for some sewcializing!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Lee Monroe Workshop Details - March Meeting

We are very excited to be hosting Lee Monroe for a workshop on her pattern, Georgia's Dresden, at our March meeting, Saturday the 19th! Lee will also be giving a trunk show on Friday night 3/18 (with light refreshments!).

For those attending the workshop, Lee will give cutting instructions after the trunk show on Friday night. You will be able to arrive early on the day of the workshop (around 9:00 a.m.) and start prepping and cutting before the regular guild meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will fill the rest of the day. Stay tuned for more information! (If you cannot attend the trunk show but will be attending the workshop, please talk to Kate.)

Please click here to sign up for the workshop! After you submit the form, there will be a link to pay via Paypal. You may also pay with cash or check. The workshop is $52 (Paypal), or a discounted rate of $50 for cash or check.

Contact Kate White with any questions!