9.27.2012

Congratulations!!

QuiltCon is only a few months away and the Modern Quilt Guild is busy organizing blocks that were turned in from guilds all over the country as part of the QuiltCon Block Challenge.

A number of the blocks have been selected to be a part of a quilt that will be raffled off at QuiltCon. Two of our guild members, Rebecca Roach and Karen Alexander, sent in blocks that will be included in the raffle quilt! Click here to read more about it and be sure to congratulate these ladies on a job well done!

Karen Alexander

Rebecca Roach

Blocks that are not included in the raffle quilt will be sent out in groups to participating guilds who will turn those blocks into a charity quilt to be donated to the Austin Children's Shelter. Our guild will be helping with this project, so stay tuned to see our charity quilt!

9.25.2012

We Are Moving!

Hello guild members,

I have good news! The executive council has been working hard to find a new monthly meeting space to comfortably hold our growing membership, and things finally came together. We have found a permanent location for our meetings at the Ronald McDonald House, located just east of I-35 at 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd. Click here for driving directions.


For the last several months our meetings have been held at Remnants:fiber[culture]. We owe a big thank you to Jessica Sloan for hosting us so graciously. At Remnants, we were able to meet with and learn from fellow quilters as well as buy fabric and notions from a great modern quilt shop in north Austin.

As our membership increased, the executive council realized that our guild has outgrown this location. While we are disappointed to not hold meetings in a fabric store and do our part to support local business, we know that a move is necessary for the future of the guild.

Due to a previous reservation at the Ronald McDonald House, we weren't able to schedule our October meeting on the second Thursday of the month. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 8 at 6:00 pm. The first half hour will be social time and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30.

Beginning in November, we will return to our regularly scheduled meetings on the second Thursday of every month, with a social meet and greet from 6:00 to 6:30 and a meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Chairs will be provided for us in this new meeting space, so there is no need to bring your folding chairs or stand at the back of the group during meetings anymore! 

A blog post listing the agenda for the October meeting will be published soon, and we hope that you can join us as we transition in to this new meeting space.

If you haven't registered to be a member of the guild yet, click here for instructions on how to join.

Sincerely,
Susan McAdams
Austin Modern Quilt Guild President

9.24.2012

A QuiltCon Volunteer Opportunity (with Benefits!) for our Fabulous Members

Our guild was recently contacted by C&T Publishing, a platinum level sponsor of QuiltCon.  You may know them from such titles as:



The list goes on & on!  They are going to have a booth at QuiltCon this February and need volunteers to help them provide product information to customers, write up orders, and help with the set up and take down of the booth itself

Can you imagine getting a chance to be on the show floor right in the middle of all the action? Bumping elbows with some of their amazing authors? And as a token of gratitude for your help, C&T will provide you with a free show floor ticket! How cool is that? The dates and time slots for still being developed, but if you are a member of the guild and are interested in helping out, let us know by leaving a comment below! We’ll be in touch! Thanks!

9.23.2012

Pincushion Swap


Please join us in our pincushion swap.  We are excited to be swapping our creations with other modern quilt guilds including Kansas City, Wichita, Bay Area, Vancouver, and Indianapolis.

All pincushions should have a modern aesthetic.  Also, since we are mailing them, please make sure they are non-breakable.  Bring your finished pincushion to the November meeting and attach a piece of paper with the following information on your delightful creation:
Name:
Email:
Blog (if applicable):
Guild:
Filling:
Attending QuiltCon: (y/n)

If you can't attend the meeting in November, send your pincushion to the meeting with a friend, or contact our VP of Events, Christine Smartt, and she'll help you find the best way to get it to a guild member.

We can’t wait to see all of your great works of art.


You can click here for more inspiration.

Tammie Schafer from the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild has an awesome Pinterest board called Stick It that is full of inspiration for pincushions

Some suggestions for filling your pincushions are batting, wool roving, emery powder, sand, rice, beads, silica gel, or crushed walnut shells.  At our September meeting, our fantastic new transplant from Kansas City MQG, Mary Anne Mashl Williams mentioned that you can get walnut shells from the pet store in the hamster aisle.  Thanks for the awesome tip Mary Anne!
 
For those of you going to QuiltCon in February, please indicate on your form that you will be attending the convention so we can pair you up with someone from another city to meet at the event.  If you need more information about QuiltCon, please look it up here . It’s going to be an awesome event!

When you have completed your pincushion, please post photos on our Flickr page and our Facebook Pincushion Swap page.
We look forward to seeing all your pincushions and sharing them with our new Modern Quilt Guild friends.

This swap is an event for current guild members only. If you'd like to learn more about membership please click here. We'd love for you to join us!

Happy sewing!

9.22.2012

Charity Block Challenge!

charity- noun. 1. the voluntary giving of help, typically money, to those in need. 2. help or money given in this way. 3. generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.

photo by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

One of my favorite parts of being a member of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild is the opportunity to make quilts and donate them to people in need. In fact, I learned how to quilt using charity fabrics.

Mom had a charitable club at her shop in Northern California.  I would take the world's ugliest fabric and find pretty friends for them to hang out with, piece them into tops, practicing my magic corners and matching up my seams. Then, every day, after meeting our daily quota, if there were still an hour or more's worth of wind left in our sails, we would pick a charity quilt and I would free-motion quilt it. There, I got to really go to town, swirling and meandering. I'd "custom quilt" each charity quilt- stars in the borders here, feathers in the center there. Sometimes the quilts would be donated to CASA or the ASPCA, or other various locally based organizations. I had the most fun making those quilts.

When my own shop opened in early 2012, I knew that I wanted to continue the legacy of giving through the sharing of old fabrics, notions and other supplies. After meeting AMQG member Linda Thune, I knew my life had changed forever. Linda's daughter Annie tragically took her own life in 2010 at the age of 24. Because I'm only a year younger than Annie, and maybe because of my own personal struggles, her story really stuck with me. I started Friends of Annie, or FOA, a charitable club that hangs out at the shop on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. We are currently sorting and cutting fabric into blocks and kits that can be dispersed to volunteers for piecing and quilting.

But I digress!

The AMQG has started a charity block challenge using a sweet tutorial from Fresh Lemons Quilts blog. Friends of Annie has supplied white fabric squares for members of the AMQG to pick up and use for their quilt block.

THE CHALLENGE
*piece a block from the Fresh Lemons tutorial using the donated white fabric block available for pick-up at Remnants. Call 888-TO-QUILT if you have any questions about fabric pick up times.
*you may use any colors for your "string" portion-if you would prefer to use donated fabric, we've got a whole closet with your name on it! Stop by Remnants and we can cut some strips for you.
*return the individual block at the AMQG October meeting (PLEASE do not piece your blocks together!)
*pat yourself on the back for being a caring generous soul!

GET YOUR ROCKS OFF, SHOW YOUR BLOCKS OFF!
*show off your really, really, ridiculously good looking block on The Guild's Flickr page! Show us whatcha workin' with!
*remember that seeing is believing- the more photos that you post on the Flickr page, the more likely someone else will pick up a block and try it. Peer pressure, ladies!

WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS TO:
*piece the donated blocks together into an awesomely cute quilt top
*piece the quilt back using fabric donated by FOA
*bind the quilt after it's done being quilted (by me! I'm so excited!)
*encourage other guild members to keep making blocks so we can have a whole lotta quilts!


WHAT HAPPENS TO THE QUILT?
AMQG was generous enough to donate the future quilt to Friends of Annie, and in turn we will donate the finished quilt to the charitable organization of the guild's choice-

Which leads me to my next question.....

.....Where would you like FOA to donate this lovely quilt?

Leave a comment on this post with your favorite local charity and why you think FOA should donate the quilt to that charity. All national charities with local chapters are considerable as well. We will pick the charity with the most votes. If there are only one vote per charity, then we will do a random number generator and donate it to the coinciding charity.

Sound like a plan, Stans? Get to stitchin'!

Thanks for the guest spot AMQG!
Love, Peace, and some string quiltin',
Jessica Sloan
Owner at Remnants:fiber[culture]

9.20.2012

Name Tag Challenge


Update: The October meeting has been moved to Monday, October 8th, so the due date has changed! Get all the details on the meeting date & get a sneak peek of our new digs on this blog post.

 Are you ready for our next challenge?  We want to know more about our guild members than just their name, so we’re going to ditch the paper name tags and challenge everyone to create their own! Here are some great examples of sewn name tags from Flickr:


Here’s the info for these lovely name tags (clockwise):
Or click here for even more inspiration! 

So, what are the rules, you ask?  First, make sure your name is large and clearly readable. You can also squeeze in your internet handle or the name of your personal brand or website (if you have one) so that everyone can find you out there on the web. Feel free to use any technique for your name tag from piecing to appliqué to embroidery.  There is no size limit or shape constraint, so use your creativity to create something that showcases your style as a modern quilter. 

Your finished name tag is due at the next guild meeting on October 8th, 2012 & all members who proudly show off their creation will be entered into a raffle for a fabulous prize! We can’t wait to see what y’all create!!!

If you know you won't be able to make it to the October meeting or just want a second chance to win some swag, then there's still hope! Post a pic of your name tag to the Austin Modern Quilt Guild Flickr group by midnight on Oct. 8th and we'll randomly pick a second winner from the pool. Check in on the blog on Oct. 9th to see if you've won a prize!


Please remember that while anyone can join in on the fun, only members are eligible to receive prizes. If you'd like to learn more about membership please click here. We'd love for you to join us!

9.16.2012

Central Austin Happy Hour

Let's meet at Contigo from 6 to 9 pm this Wednesday! Join us for a night of great food in a relaxed atmosphere in East Austin.


Here is a link to their delicious menu

Happy hour prices end at 7:00 pm, the specials are:
  • Reduced Price Bar Snacks
  • $1 off Draft Beer and Wine by the Glass
  • $6 Select Classic Cocktails

See you there!

9.06.2012

Member Spotlight - Christine Smartt


1.     Tell us a little bit about yourself – where you are from, etc. I'm from Oklahoma, then went to college for fashion design in LA and my destination as of present is a Texas transplant.
2.     Tell us about your quilting history – how/when you got started, who introduced you to quilting, what was your first quilt, etc. I started learning how to quilt about a year ago. I took the Beginning Quilt class at Stitch Lab and took Malka's Strips and Stripes and I was hooked!
3.     What is your favorite thing about quilting?  What is your least favorite? My favorite part is coming up with the idea or the color theory even piecing.  My least favorite is binding.
4.     Is there a technique on your list to learn this year? Hand Quilting
5.     Do you like to have multiple projects going at once or do you usually finish one before starting another? I usually have several UFO, but I'm trying to get around to finishing them.  Most of them need binding, but you know how I feel about that. :)
6.     Do you have a stash?  If so, any big plans for it? I have a ridiculously awesome stash!  My plans are to make awesome things to make people happy.
7.     What was the best thing you brought into your sewing room/studio to help you organize it? I wish I had that magic something to help organize my studio. Right now it is in shambles and I need a personal organizer! (Volunteers anyone?)
8.     What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)? I've always had a thing for unusual prints, but I'm trying to break out of that mold and use more solids.
9.     What tool could you not live without? My seam ripper
10.  How many sewing machines do you have? I have my Juki for quilting/pouches/pillows/etc and my Janome serger for garments.
11.  Do you do any other sewing besides quilting? I do garment sewing, I upcycle i.e. shirts into bags, pillow cases, I take concert T shirts and make memory quilts. (Is there such a thing?)
12.  What are you currently working on? My first queen size quilt which is a curved log cabin and Quilt Con Block challenge.
13.  What else do you want us to know about you? I am Smartt, I am funny, and I'm always looking for new ways to quilt!

9.03.2012

September 2012 Monthly Meeting

Hello, everyone, it's time again for our monthly meeting. The meeting will be begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13 at Remnants: fiber[culture] in north Austin at 10435 Burnet Road, Suite 106

Show and Tell
  • Bring an item you finished or are working on to share with the group!  
  • We love seeing WIPs and finished quits. 

Quilt Backs!

After Show and Tell, we are going to discuss QUILT BACKS!  Have you enrolled in Elizabeth Hartman's free craftsy online class titled Creative Quilt Backs?  If not, try to enroll before the September meeting for a preview of our discussion.

The discussion on quilt backs will be broken into four categories:
  1. A back using a large scale print
  2. A back with a pieced strip
  3. A back a block that matches the front
  4. A super scrappy back

If you have an example of one or more of these quilt backings on a quilt at home, please bring it!  We want this discussion to be interactive and full of examples

Lastly, we will have a short demonstration with Bobbi Brekke (secretary of Austin MQG) and Jessica Sloan (owner of Remnants) who will show a quick trick on how to use the least amount of fabric possible when making backs for small quilts. 



Jelly Roll Drawing
  • The guild's second Jelly Roll Drawing! 
  • This month's jelly roll theme is polka dot fabric. 
  • Want more details? Get them here!

New Members Drawing 
  • There will be a drawing at this meeting... The people that officially joined the guild during the month of August will be eligible to win great quilt-y prizes!

October Retreat
  • Christine will provide us with information about the October 12-14 retreat, held at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch.

Guild Membership
  • Becoming a paid member of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild is the best way to get the most from the group.
  • If you haven't paid your $20 fee yet, please do so before the next meeting!  

Snacks and Seating
  • Please bring a folding chair or camp chair if you have one.  Seating is limited at Remnants!  
  • Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • See you there!