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!!!

September Swap - Tote Bags

I hope everyone had a great break from sewing.

Our September 2014 swap will be tote bags.  As always, please made it modern with quality fabrics.

Check out these free tote bag tutorials:

Sweet and Simple Tote

Pleated Tote Tutorial by The Sewing Rabbit
Pleated Tote Bag

Sewyer Bag from Sew Sweetness
Sawyer Bag

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.