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, Hattie'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!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Reminder - New Meeting Location

Important Announcement! 

Starting in February 2016, we will be meeting in a new location - the Trini Mendenhall Community Center. Our new space requires us to set up and take down our own tables and chairs. In order to make this process a little easier, we ask that you sign up to come a little early if you can for at least one meeting to help set up. We are also using this form for you to sign up to bring food and to let us know about any donation items you might have.

Kate will remind those who sign up in the week leading up to each meeting. Set up will usually be at 9:45 a.m. (before our 10:00 a.m. meetings). Please click here to take the survey. Contact Kate White with any questions!

Monday, January 11, 2016

January Meeting Information!

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Our first meeting of 2016 is coming up this weekend, and the HMQG board is very excited about all the the exciting things we have planned for the guild this year!

The meeting is Saturday January 16th from 10am to 4pm
 **We will go over all business at the beginning of the day, and the rest of the day will be dedicated to the workshop.**

Here is the information that you will need for this meeting, as well as a supply list for the workshop. If you are an existing member from 2015 then you should have already received this information in our Newsletter that was sent last Friday. 

Do you have some projects at the back of your closet that you've forgotten about? Maybe a couple almost-finished quilt tops that need some love? I know I do!

Our 2016 UFO/Unfinished Object challenge will run from January to June. Sign ups will be available at the January meeting. If you miss them, don't worry - just shoot Kate an email or post here. If you'd like, please bring 1 UFO to show off at the January meeting as we kick off this challenge!

You may enter as many UFOs as you wish. Projects started in 2015 are worth 1 point. Projects started pre-2015 are worth 2 points. For each item we need to know your name, the name of the project, and when you started it.

You must finish the projects and bring them to the June meeting in order to get the points! These points will be entries for door prizes. Please let Kate know if you have any questions. Let's finish some UFOs!

Flowering Snowball
Source: Sew Scatterbrained
Get ready for a fun workshop! At our January meeting Felice Regina will be leading a workshop on her Flowering Snowball quilt. You can expect to complete the cutting and piecing for a few blocks during the workshop. The supply list includes information for the full quilt. Felice has some cutting tips to share!

**Below is the supply list and prep required for the workshop**
Click HERE to download the PDF pattern for free

Fabric requirements:
See the PDF pattern for details about using FQs. Here are the alternative requirements for a scrappy version:
• Colored sections (Template A) - (120) 6.75" square scraps

• Low volume sections (Template B) - (120) 4.5" x 6" scraps

• Center diamonds (Template C) - (30) scraps. They're slightly bigger than 1.5" square.

Prep work at home:
Print the templates from the pattern and trace them onto template plastic or cardstock.

Supply list to bring:
• (24) FQs in 6 colors (4 FQs per color)

• (8) Low volume FQs

• (1) FE for Center diamonds

• Cutting mat

• Rotary cutter (small sizes like the 28mm are useful for cutting the curved pieces)

• Fabric Scissors

• Marking tool (water soluble, pen, chalk, and/or Frixion pen)

• Printed copy of the pattern

• Paper templates (cut out) + Traced Plastic or Cardstock templates (Felice will demonstrate cutting techniques)

• Iron + Ironing boards

• Sewing Machine (1/4" foot suggested)

• Pins

• Ruler

• Spray starch / Flatter / Best Press

This year is going to be great and we can't wait to share it with you!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happpy Holidays!

We at the Houston Modern Quilt Guild would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope you and yours have a happy, festive, and safe holiday season. Here's to wishing for relaxation, rest, and some sewing time for all of us!

There are so many fun things that we have planned for 2016, so keep an eye here on the blog and our Facebook Page for all the announcements!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monthly Meeting - Saturday November 21st

Hey there everyone!! Are you ready for our monthly meeting this Saturday?! We've got lots of fun planned for this month.

We're going to have Teresa Wong giving a lecture and trunk show this Saturday, November 21st, 1pm-4pm History of Japanese Quilting in our regular room, 210/12 in Payne Education Center, St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

Teresa will present a 45-minute talk on the history of Japanese quilting from the 1950s through today. Our guild will hear the story of how the quilt was imported from America and was quickly adopted and adapted to become a favorite pastime in Japan today. Dozens of photos of stunning contemporary Japanese quilts will be shown, along with beautiful antique American quilts and historical Japanese quilts. (from Teresa's site found here!)

Our Swaps and Challenges schedule for 2015

November: Black & White Swap. Anything made in modern black and white fabrics only. Modern QS quality fabrics only.
December: Ornaments at the Holiday Party.

Upcoming dates on our calendar:

November 21st - lecture and trunk show with Teresa Wong - History of Japanese Quilting
December 19th - Holiday Party at the Kellers
January 16th - First Workshop of 2016 - Flowering Snowball workshop with Felice Regina at St. Martin's
February 20th - regular meeting at Mendenhall Community Center

Other excitement planned for 2016:
Workshops with Lee Monroe and Carolyn Friedlander are scheduled!
Trunk Shows, lectures and other fun excitement are planned, too! Stay tuned for more information!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

International Quilt Festival Meet Up & Costume Contest

Join the Houston Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday, October 31st at the Lobby Bar of the Hilton Americas at 6:30 p.m. for our annual Quilt Festival Meet-Up Gathering.

Conveniently located across the street from Festival in the George R. Brown Convention Center, end your day with us and sign up for your chance to win some awesome giveaways.(***Winners must be present to win.***)

Just added to the giveaway: a Janome NQM2016 generously donated by Sewing & Vacuum Warehouse (visit them at Booth 2642 this week!)

Swag bags will be given to the first 50 people that sign up, beginning at 6:30 p.m., on the dot.

We will also be hosting a costume contest from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with prizes for Best Costume, Runner-Up Best Costume, and Worst Costume. And no, not wearing a costume doesn't count for Worst Costume! Winners must be present to win.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mystery Quilt Workshop from Sunflower Quilts

Saturday, October 17th, 10am-4pm
in the Founder's Hall

Supply List:
You will need the following fabric amounts:
  • 16 fat quarters-main fabric; can be prints, geometrics, solids etc.
  • 1 ⅓ yards-accent fabric; tone on tones, solids work well; needs to have contrast with main fabric (16 fat ¼’s).
  • 1 ⅔ yards-border/binding fabric; should have contrast with accent fabric and enhance or tie together main fabric (16 fat ¼”s).
Please have your fabric pre-cut before coming to the workshop. This will help insure progress with completing the quilt. Keep all cut pieces marked and separated in plastic bags. This will keep you organized for the workshop.

For cutting instructions, Go HERE!!

Other Supplies:
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread and bobbins
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Rulers for cutting and trimming
  • Iron and Ironing Board 

Don't forget to pre-cut your fabrics!!!

***If you cannot stay for the whole workshop, we will be having a short business meeting starting at approximately noon! It will include a quick show and tell, too! Join us!***

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

Photo from
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.

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