Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pinnies!

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:http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/quilt_guild_bingo.

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 sallykeller814@gmail.com!!

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 amycampbell1970@gmail.com 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 amycampbell1970@gmail.com 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 amycampbell1970@gmail.com 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 amycampbell1970@gmail.com 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

Materials/Notions:

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 amycampbell1970@gmail.com 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 amycampbell1970@gmail.com 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 Quiltville.com.  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,
Karri


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.

Acceptable:
Hawthorne Hues
Robert Kaufman Kona (sold at Hobby Lobby/JoAnns)
Michael Miller Cotton Couture
Bella
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!
-Karri