Charity Quilts


Solidarity Quilt

On Sunday December 11 from from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Road, Artists Against Cancer will be holding a silent auction of incredible art, including this quilt. All proceeds raised will be given to help our friend Cindy C in her battle with cancer.

This is going to be a great event! If you are in the area on Sunday, please stop by. For a preview of all the wonderful art being donated, click here!

For more details on the quilt, click here. Thanks again to everyone who donated their time!


December Meeting Gift Exchange

Are you as busy as I am sewing and creating a ton of holiday gifts?
I put too many hand-made items on my Christmas gift giving list this year, but I am willing to add one more in order to be a part of our gift exchange at the December meeting.

If you would like to participate as well, here are some guidelines to follow:
There is a $10 limit on gifts that you bring.
You can make something; a pincushion, pillow cover, mug rug, etc.
Or you can buy something; replacement rotary blades, fat quarters of fabrics, a book of modern quilts, or whatever you think a fellow modern quilter could use in their sewing room.

Have fun, be creative and bring your wrapped gift to Stitch Lab on December 8th, our meeting will start at 6:30 as usual. We will assign a number to each gift and draw numbers from a hat to determine which gift you get to take home!

There will also be a giveaway; again, a winner will be chosen by drawing a number.
The book is Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts by Cathy Gaubert.

See you in December!


November Meeting Theme: Stuff!

Our AMQG November Meeting Topic will be "Stuff" -- meaning all the awesome tools, books, and other quilting items we love, beyond the fabric itself.

Bring your coolest tools to show-- the best books, your most indispensable ruler, your favorite fusible web, etc.

In addition to sharing the "best" of our tools, feel free to bring tales of tools gone wrong, tools that either were not worth the money or completely derailed a project.

Also, I imagine many of us will have some souvenirs from the Houston International Quilt Festival--feel free to bring those as well.

Hope to see you next week!


November Meeting

The November Austin Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 10th
6:30 - 8:00 PM

1000 S 1st St
Austin TX 78704

Please visit our Facebook event to RSVP for the meeting.


Houston Quilt Show

Thinking about going to the Houston Quilt Show?  A bunch of members usually head there each year.  If you are interested in going, checkout the AMQG facebook page event to arrange a carpool or meetup.


October Meeting

The October Austin Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 13th
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Stitch Lab
1000 S 1st St
Austin TX 78704

Please visit our Facebook event to RSVP for the meeting.


W.I.P. Wednesday

Excited about your new project? Need advice on colors? Want to show off a newly discovered skill? We are excited to announce W.I.P. (work-in-progress) Wednesdays at the Austin Modern Quilt Guild.

Join us each Wednesday on the AMQG facebook page and show us what you've been working on.

October Happy Hour

Hello, guild members! Please join us for a happy hour get together on Wednesday, October 26th.
We will be meeting at Trudy's central location, join us anytime between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.

409 West 30th Street
Austin 78705
Happy hour specials (ending at 7 pm): $3.25 House margarita, $3 pints & more!


Mini Retreat and Movie Night

Hello guild members,

We are having a mini retreat this Saturday, September 10th. It will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at midnight. We will have plenty of space and tables and chairs for you to set up your sewing machine and work on the project of your choice. Bring some food and/or drink to share with the group, sew, cut fabric for a new project, bind a quilt, and just hang out with other quilters.

We will also be using an available theater space to watch Stitched, a documentary following three quilters racing to complete their entries for the International Quilt Festival. We will start the film at 7 p.m. with a possible second showing later in the evening.

There have been several requests for donated quilts to help the victims of the Texas wildfires, and donated fabric will be available at the retreat so that we can start quilts for Project Linus and the Central Texas Wildfire Quilt Drive. You are welcome to come and help with the donation quilts if you don't have an existing work in progress.

It should be a fun night, check our AMQG Facebook page for the event post and rsvp if you would like to join us!


Summer Block Challenge Update -Ty Pennington

We are turning in completed Ty Pennington blocks at the September meeting this week. After brainstorming about some different local charities and non profit organizations we have made a decision about where our quilt will be donated. We have decided to use our many beautiful blocks to make two quilts instead of one as originally planned. These two quilts will be donated to two families living in North Austin whose homes burned down on August 22 of this year.

Thanks to the organizations that helped our guild to make this donation possible: Westminster Fabrics and Ty Pennington Fabrics for donating 12 yards of fabric from the stunning Impressions collection, Walker Hall Design for donating additional Pennington fabric, and The Quilt Store in Austin for making a donation as well.
Thank you to all of you in the guild that have helped by making one or more blocks to use in these quilts, I am very excited to start the next step of our process; piecing the tops and backs of these two special quilts.

Check out the other block designs and add your own to our Flickr page.


September Meeting @ Stitch Lab

The September Austin Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 8th
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Stitch Lab
1000 S 1st St
Austin TX 78704

After meeting in different spaces over the summer (remember that tap dancer next door during our July meeting?!), we are happy to settle into a regular spot at Stitch Lab through the end of the year. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month.

September 8th's meeting will start with show-and-tell, and Leslie Bonnell will give us the scoop on Stitch Lab. Also, remember to bring your completed Ty Pennington blocks if you are participating in the challenge.

Please visit our Facebook event to RSVP for the meeting.


August Meeting

The August meeting will be Thursday August 11th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Walker Hall Design (904 W 12th St, Austin). We'll talk more about the Ty Pennington Fabric challenge.  Don't forget to bring your show & tell.
Please note that we're starting the meeting at our new time of 6:30 pm. Walker Hall Design is located behind the Tavern Restaurant at 12th St. and Lamar Blvd. Thank you to AMQG member Carmel for hosting our August meeting!

For more details, checkout our Facebook page!


Summer Quilt Retreat

We had a fantastic time at our Summer Quilt Retreat at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch this past weekend, from the fresca-ritas, to the breakfast tacos, to our standard shopping trip to Valli and Kim's.  Checkout the photos below.  Stay tuned for more details on our Fall retreat weekend!

For those who attended, feel free to share your pics on our flickr page!



Summer Block Challenge

Ty Pennington Challenge! Yes, you read it correctly! Our celebrity challenge will be with Ty Pennington's current (and very mod) fabric line. Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics has generously donated some of Ty's cool new fabrics for our guild block challenge. We are asking members to make one square each, made exclusively of fabric from Ty Pennington's recent collection. The only restrictions on the block are that it end up being 12.5" x 12.5" and it be a 9-patch design. Feel free to make your own unique version of a 9-patch. The quilt will be assembled and quilted and donated to a family in need.

If you are interested in participating, please email Jessica at Once we have the fabric in hand, we'll arrange for a happy hour pick up! Then everyone will have until September to complete their challenge blocks.


June 2011 Meeting

Be a man: for the band The June meeting
will be Thursday June 9th
from 6 to 8 p.m.

For location & directions,
see our Facebook page!


June 2011 Meeting - Election of New Officers

The following officer positions to be voted in June. We are changing the titles of our positions, to be more descriptive of what they are.

Meetings coordinator - set up meeting location and timing, post on facebook page

Special events coordinator
- organize special events (retreats, demonstrations during meetings, classes, etc), post on facebook about said events.

Web Admin - keeps blog up to date with notes and pictures from meetings and special events. Posts link to blog updates on facebook page.

Laura B. has been nominated for Web Admin. The others are wide open. If you would like to volunteer or nominate someone, you can comment here or send a facebook message to any current officers. Also, if you would like to do one job as a team with someone that would work great!


Renegade Craft Fair: Austin

For those that are in town this weekend, make sure to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at the Palmer Events Center.
More info here!


Spring Quilt Retreat

Our inaugural retreat was such a blast that we couldn't wait to plan another one!  We'll hold our second retreat from May 20-22, 2011 at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch.  We still have 5 spaces available for anyone interested. We will arrive at the Ranch on Friday afternoon and stay through Sunday.  The cost is $55 per night.  It's sure to be full of fun, laughter, and a heck of a lot of quilting.


May 2011 Meeting

The May Meeting will be
Thursday May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

For location & directions,
see our Facebook page!


Fabric Sale Alert!!!

The Quilt Store on Anderson Lane is having an E.O.B. (end of bolt) sale.  Starting Wednesday, May 4 you will save 20% when you buy the end of the bolt of any regular priced bolt.  And, if you buy the end of the bolt on any of the sale fabrics you will get a whopping 40% off the original price! This sale ends Saturday, May 7 at 5 PM.


Workday Pics from Valli and Kim

We had a great time at Valli and Kim on Saturday for our quilting workday!  Some of us, ahem-ahem, even got some quilting done!

Thanks to both Valli and Kim for making the day not only productive but also a lot of fun.  If you haven't made it down to their store yet, it's a must visit!  Not only is their shop amazing, but they are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet.  If they would have let us pitch a tent and stay the whole weekend, we probably would have.  Surely they have some smore fabric in there somewhere!


Member Blogs

Just a quick note for members, if you would like to have your blog added to our list on the right, leave a comment below and we will add it.


Day of Sewing at Valli & Kim Quilt Shop

Valli & Kim have set aside a day for members of the AMQG to bring our machines and projects and sew in their beautiful store on Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 3pm. The space is limited to 12, so sign up on our facebook page if you are interested and let's have some fun!


Inaugural Weekend Retreat

We all had a fantastic time at the Wimberly Quilt Ranch this past weekend.  Hardly a picture was taken without huge smiles on our faces.  It was a weekend full of quilting, eating, shopping (thanks Valli & Kim), and camaraderie.  Oh, and a couple of zzzz's in there, too, with the exception of Meghan!  Now we know her secret to getting so much quilting done!

Checkout more photos here.  Bobbin!