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.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February - Modern Mug Rug Swap!

The results are in and our members voted to do more finished items for swaps!

Since this is not much notice, I thought a modern mug rug swap would be a good idea to get our feet wet.

Orange Scrappy Mug Rug - Quilt As You Go
There is a great blog post from Two More Seconds about what a mug rug is.

For this swap the guideline is smaller than 12 inches by 12 inches but the mug rug does not have to be square.  The general rule is larger than a coaster but smaller than a place mat.  If your mug rug is a bit bigger, thats ok.

This is a great tutorial from Jodi at Pleasant Home for a heart mug rug and its a free pattern on Craftsy.

Mug rug was made with 2 inch squares.

A mug rug is a great way to try a new technique or colors that you normally wouldn't try without making a huge investment of time or money.  I am using mug rugs to practice my free motion skills.

Any modern quilting theme!

What is modern quilting?
Since there is a whole debate over modern quilting, I am going to refer to Modern Quilt Guild Blog.

Here is a great tutorial on single fold binding from Carol which is a good size for mug rugs.

This is a post with a whole bunch of mug rug tutorials to get the creative juices flowing.

I am working on a calendar of swaps for the year.  Please contact me if you have any ideas.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jessica Darling Lecture & Workshop

Jessica Darling , formerly of Remnants in Austin, will be joining us on Saturday, January 18, from 10 am to 4 pm to help us start off the new year with a bang! **this is in lieu of our regular meeting**

2013 Jessica K DarlingWe are meeting in the FOUNDERS HALL, not our regular room. A campus map showing the location is online here:

Here's the scoop on her lecture and workshop:

This is a class all about color! From classic color theory to intuitive inspiration, students will be inspired to create their own unique color stories based on their individual color identities. There is a lecture in the beginning and a workshop for the predominate amount of the class. Students need to bring their sewing machine, necessary cutting tools and other notions, and a big pile of scraps. 

Also, try to coordinate with your mates to share cutting mats, small ironing tables, etc, as we may be tight on space. i'll arrange to have two or three full size ironing boards and irons set up around the perimeter. Don't forget extension cords!

10-10:30am - Super Important Very Quick Business Meeting!! You won't want to be late for this!! 
10:30-11:30am - Jessica Darling's lecture! yay!!!
**we will have a quick show and tell time while we eat lunch!**
12:30pm-4ish - Jessica's sewing workshop

Friday, November 1, 2013

Houston MQG Festival Modern Meetup Blog Hop

The Houston Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a meet-up during the International Quilt Festival here in Houston for all quilters interested in the modern quilting movement!! There will be swag bags for the first 50 people who sign in!!

When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 8-10pm
Where: Hilton Americas Lobby Bar

Just take a look at these door prizes! 


So come to the Hilton America's lobby bar and find us by the Houston Modern Quilt Guild Signage!!

BWS tips button

and please join us on all of the blogs on the blog hop:

Becca Bryan  - Bryan House Quilts
Sally Keller - Sally's Angelworks
Hilary Smith - Young Texan Mama

Stephanie Freeman - Houston D.I.Y.
Patty Sloniger - Beck and Lundy
Amy Campbell-Ryan - House of Bad Cats

Tammy Blackburn - Karamat Sews
Cathy Winter - Winter Wanderings

Swag Bag sponsors: Interweave Publishing, Martingale Publishing, Kona Bay Fabrics, various pattern makers, Pink Chalk Fabrics

Door Prize Sponsors: 

 From Patty Sloniger a bundle of "Les Amis"

Thank you so much to our sponsors for this event!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Modern Festival Meet Up {2013}

It's the most wonderful time of year... yes, the International Quilt Festival is right around the corner. And if you are in town, we want to meet you. So come to the Modern Festival Meet Up!  We've got quite a party planned with lots of fun giveaways and door prizes. And the people are pretty fun too.

What? Modern Festival Meet Up
When? Saturday November 2nd, 2013, from 8pm until 10pm.
Where? At the Hilton Americas Bar
Who? Anyone interested in modern quilting. Come meet up!

It was a lot of fun last year, we hope you can join us!

Modern Festival Meet Up 2012 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October Meeting 2013

Just in time to get ready for the October meeting - please be inspired by photos from the September HMQG Meeting below. 

When: Saturday October 19
Time: 1pm-4pm
Where: St. Martin's Episcopal church on Sage road
What to bring:
- Camera to record lots of inspiration, something to show and tell (can be modern or not, finished or almost done)
- A snack if you're signed up (If you're not, you can still bring something if you'd like)
- Polaroid blocks if you're swapping with us (see earlier post for details)

Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Swap - Polaroid Blocks

There is still time to get ready for our October Swap! Thanks to Debbie (Mumziepooh) for compiling the instructions based on our flickr group discussion.

1. Make groups of 5 - you take home a group of 5 for every group of 5 you submit.

2. Due at October meeting (October 19th)

3. Use this tutorial: Polaroid Blocks

4. Leave them untrimmed so you can trim yours all the same!

5. Reveal in January.  (enjoy!!)