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Friday, February 3, 2017

February Updates

Thank you for joining us in 2017!

We appreciate you renewing your membership with the Houston Modern Quilt Guild for 2017. If you have any friends who are interested, bring them along to the February meeting. Remember, the first two visits are free.

At the February meeting, we'll be highlighting sergers and overlockers. What are they? What do they do? How can they be used in quilting, sewing, and garment making? We will answer all these questions and more!

After the meeting, I will be leading a practical demonstration on how to thread and use your serger. Bring that serger you may never have taken out of the box, or dust off your rarely used serger, and let's put them to work. We'll be practicing our serging by making pillowcases for charity!

Stephanie Freeman
HMQG President

Membership Update

Thank you for renewing your membership to the Houston Modern Quilt Guild or WELCOME to those joining us for the first time!

Do you know someone who would be interested in joining us for all our quilty fun? Send the the following link below, and have them fill out the form, and submit their payment (PayPal online or cash/check at the February meeting). If you have questions, please reach out to our VP of Membership, Sabrina Cook.

Here's the 2017 Membership Form and then head to PayPal

Swaps, Challenges & BOM Updates

Check out these amazing Medallion Quilt Alongs from your fellow HMQG members. If you want to make your own, you can find all the directions under the members only tab!

The first Quarterly Birthday Swap for 2017 will be at our March meeting. We will be celebrating January, February and March birthdays. Look for more information about the Birthday swap in our March newsletter. Please plan to participate and spread the quilty love.

Debbie and Amy are jointly taking care of our sew-a-longs, swaps, and challenges in 2017.  These ladies have some great ideas cooking, so keep an eye out for an update soon. This year's Mystery Quilt will be made in 6 segments.  Join us in February to see the first segment revealed!

Charity Update

First, thanks to Tammy for doing this job last year, and for being the keeper of our donated fabric. 

I am now the proud recipient of a trunk full (literally!) of fabric and kits - this should help us replenish/augment our stashes and provide some inspiration for quilts to donate. Buried in the mountain of donated fabric was a completed full-size quilt top and backing in red/white/black; Jenn has agreed to take this and complete for Katy Cares (see below).

Second, we are hoping to have a charity sew-in during Q1, so please stay tuned for details.

Third, Jenn Saxena told us about Katy Cares, a new life transition shelter in Katy for homeless women and their children. These folks are a candidate for our charity quilts this year, as I think we can really have a positive impact and have the benefit of a close connection through Jenn.

Lastly, about those bags of upholstery swatches I brought to our January meeting ... they are no more! Hope those of you who took some are enjoying those luscious fabrics.  Don't forget to bring your completed treasures to Sew 'N Tell!

Remember - every quilt can make a difference to someone!

Rosemarie Waiand
Charity Committee Chair

Meeting Reminder & Details

Join us for our next meeting on February 18th

St. Martins Episcopal Church (717 Sage St, Houston, TX)
Payne Education Building, Room 210/212
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Remember to bring:
  • Your serger if you have one
  • Sew 'n Tell, including those completed UFOs and HMQG Medallion QALs
  • Money for the opportunity basket
  • Snacks to share
  • Charity donations

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