Charity Quilts


December Charity BOM: Clean Out Your Scraps with Cats!

If you were at the December holiday meeting, didn't you have so much fun with the mug and rug swap?  You may have heard me talk about cleaning out your scrap bin to make room for all the great fabric coming out in 2014.  Well, I changed my mind about what block we're going to make - a woman's prerogative, right?  When I saw Elizabeth's Catvent Quilt Along, I thought well isn't that the cutest thing EVER.  I know some of you are making them already.  Why not make a few more for the January meeting?

Elizabeth will have instructions for 25 different cat block variations, each making a cat block that measures 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" unfinished.  You can choose to make any of the variations in monochromatic colors with a low volume/value background.  These are super addicting - don't stop at just one!

Instructions: December Cat BOM

Go to Elizabeth Hartman's website, Oh, Fransson! and choose one or all of the cat blocks to make.

Please use monochromatic colors for the cat and low volume/value prints or solids for the background.

Need a quick challenge rule refresher?
  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!
    • Grand prize is a full size V & Co Aurifil Thread Set!
    • January prize is a copy of Quilt Design Wizard for Windows by Electric Quilt 
  • If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still play.  Contact me for more info at


WIP Wednesday - Guest Host Edition!

This week, Sarah from the San Antonio MQG will be sharing a little bit about herself and her current WIPs with us.  Thanks for showing us your work Sarah!

Hi!  I'm Sarah Jimenez, guest quilter this week on Austin MQG's WIP Wednesday.  I am a member of the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, as well as traditional guilds in SA and Boerne.  Quilting since 1997, I discovered Modern Quilting in 2011, and joined SAMQG soon after.  I had a small wall quilt accepted into Quiltcon 2013, which was exciting!
Currently, I'm working on a paper pieced project using Denise Urban's fabrics in "The Road to Fortune"pattern.

This is a group Outreach Project for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, and the finished quilt will be donated to the MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project.( )  Denise is a fabric designer who is currently battling OvCa, and she donated these fabrics to be used specifically for this auction.
As you can see, the block in the bottom left corner was pieced backwards...
Ooops- that's me!  Making it harder than it has to be!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Emily T. has a couple of bundles of these fabrics as well for AMQG to use in Outreach Projects... Perhaps we should have an SA/AMQG  "Meet-up/Reach-Out/Sew-In/" after the New Year?  

It's me again.  What have you been working on this week besides eating turkey and stuffing?  Maybe you've been working on your Riley Blake Challenge?  Hopefully you have some maple leaves for me next Thursday!  Don't forget your mug and rug either!  We're going to have fun swapping and stealing, I'm sure of it.  You might want to wear padding!


December Meeting Fun: Mug & Rug Swap!

During our December holiday meeting, we'll be having a white elephant swap of mug rugs and a mug.  If you want to participate, you need to bring both a mug rug and a mug in a brown paper bag.  We'll have extra bags at the meeting if you need one.

Example: Don't laugh.  I made this one a long, long time ago.  PS I still love squirrels.

What's a mug rug?  Basically a mini placemat or a large coaster.  Something you can put your mug on, with a little space for a snacky snack too.  Does it have to be a rectangle?  Nope.  Does it have to be holiday related?  Nope.  Does it have to be awesome?  YES!  Please only bring a mug rug that you would be happy receiving.  If you need some mug rug inspiration, here's a Flickr group or two and we have a Pinterest page too.  

The next meeting will be held Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm at Book People.  More details to follow.  If you are visiting for the first time, please don't be shy and join in the fun with a mug and a rug!  Oh and don't forget to bring your maples!


November Charity BOM: Maple Leaf

We had such a great showing for the September Rail and Posts BOM.  54 blocks were donated!  The guild gave away a set of 20 blocks so Susan and kept 34 blocks for our charity quilts.  We also gave away the October Quilty Box to Christi.  What a fun prize!  Tabatha, the founder, lives in Miami and curates a collection of special items to be delivered to your door each month.  She loves us so much, she's giving a special $5 discount to AMQG members.  Please email me if you'd like to get the code.  Another neat factoid: Tabatha is a childhood cancer survivor and she donates 5% of Quilty Box proceeds to Quilts for Kids.  If you are interested in having your product (yes, you!, aspiring pattern and fabric designers) as part of the Quilty Box, contact the company directly.  More awesome prizes will be given away in the following months, so stay tuned.  The grand prize for the most blocks donated will be a big V & Co. Aurifil thread box!!

Emily brought the pieced August BOM top and it's awesome (if I do say so myself).  Jessica is going to be quilting this lovely for us.

Instructions: November Maple Leaf BOM

Without further ado, the November BOM is the glorious Maple Leaf.  Angela at All Patched Up has a wonderful tutorial for making the 12.5" unfinished block, so please refer to her site for directions.  You'll need a 7.25" square of both background and focus fabrics for her method, plus additional smaller pieces.

Please use leaf colored fabrics for the leaf, and low volume prints or solids for the background.  

Need a quick challenge rule refresher?
  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!
  • If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still play.  Contact me for more info at


WIP Wednesday

I went to my first quilt retreat last weekend in Wimberley and had so much fun!  I also sewed more than I have in a loooong time.  I managed to finish a quilt top, start on another one, and do some charity blocks.  Show me what you've been doing!  Linky party lasts all week, so if you want to share but can't today, come back please!

We'll be having an awesome giveaway for the charity blocks tomorrow night, so be sure you bring your blocks.  For each block you donate, you'll get a ticket for a chance to win a set of blocks and the October Quilty Box!


November 2013 Monthly Meeting

ThursDAY, November 14TH, 2013 • 6:30PM - 8:30PM • BOOKPEOPLE 3RD FLOOR MEETING ROOM • 603 N LAMAR BLVD, AUSTIN, TX 78703

Meeting Agenda: Getting Down to Business


We will start the meeting promptly at 6:30pm. Please check-in at the membership table before finding a seat. We'll welcome any new visitors that are in attendance. 

Committee Reports

Each member of the Executive Council will give a status report to bring membership up to date with the latest news.
a. Treasurer/Membership - Jill will discuss our current available funds and membership count.
b. Outreach/Charity - Don't forget your BOM!!!!!!!!   Susan said her last count was 20 blocks, so we all need to catch up!  
c. Events - Corinne will give us the scoop on The MQG Riley Blake challenge and talk about a fun swap we'll have for the December meeting.  The Riley Blake fabric bundles will be available to paid members at the meeting.  

President Mary Anne will present proposed revisions to our current by-laws.


Take a few minutes to chat with other members and new visitors.  

Committee Break Out Sessions

We're going to break into our committees and talk about what we'd like to accomplish in the coming months.  Bring your ideas!

Show and Tell

We'll open the floor to all members who have brought an item to show the guild and discuss what modern quilting techniques were used to make it.  

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, December 12 will be our next meeting at Book People.  See you then for our holiday party!

Please join us and enjoy a night of modern quilting!  See you Thursday!


WIP Wednesday!

How has your week been?  Weren't you glad we got an extra hour to sew in this week?  I'll be honest - I used my extra hour for sleeping.  I was worn out from shopping so hard at Quilt Festival!  Sunday I did finally get around to sewing for the first time in over a month and it was soooo good.  I'm making quarter square triangles using vintage sheets for my Elizabeth Hartman Planetarium quilt.  Yes, Corinne, I totally copied you!  Show off what you've been creating lately!


Get Ready for the November Retreat and a Giveaway!

Have you ever been to a quilting retreat before?  If not, why not join us this Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 at Wimberley Quilt Ranch.  For more info, check out the sign up page.  

Leave a comment below telling me if you've ever been to a retreat, and what your favorite part is to win a prize!  Winner will be drawn on Thursday night.  Make sure I have a way to contact you for your prize!


Another shameless Jacquie Gering workshop plug!

There's still time and space for you to join us for a workshop with Jacquie Gering on Monday and Tuesday at Sew Much More.  Sign up here!  Just to give you a little extra incentive, I'm busy stuffing goody bags for workshop participants.  We have so much good stuff for you!

Aurifil full size thread in 2026
Atkinson Designs Glitter Village pattern
Modern Yardage custom quilt label 
Schmetz ABC Needle Guide
Sew Sweetness free PDF pattern of your choice

Remember the Clinique gift with purchase?  Man, I was crazy about those things.  I'm even more excited about this sewing related gift with purchase worth $35!!  Don't forget - if you've signed up for one workshop already and want to take a second, you'll get 20% off the second. 

Also, The Modern Quilt Guild needs volunteers at Quilt Market and Festival.  Sign up for that here.  


October 2013 Monthly Meeting

MONDAY, October 28TH, 2013 • 7:00PM - 9:00PM • SEW MUCH MORE • 3010 West anderson lane, AUSTIN, TX 78757

Meeting Agenda: Jacquie Gering Lecture and Trunk Show


We will start the meeting promptly at 7:00pm. Please check-in at the membership table before finding a seat.  Be sure to sit close so you can see all the great details in Jacquie's quilts!

Short Business Meeting

  • The AMQG Retreat is coming up shortly!  November 8-10th at Wimberley Quilt Ranch.  Sign up now!
  • September's BOM will be collected at next month's meeting, so just keep sewing until then!  If you won't make it to the November 14th meeting, please find me (Emily, the redhead) before or after the meeting and I'll take yours.
  • Riley Blake Challenge - paid members can pick up their fabric bundles after the meeting, or in November.  The deadline is February and we will be giving some guidelines at the meeting.  If you can't attend the meetings, contact us and we can work with you.

Program: Jacquie Gering! 

Upcoming Meetings

Our November meeting will return to its' normally scheduled Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM at BookPeople.  We will be announcing a holiday swap and going over our Bylaws.

The December meeting will be a holiday party where we do a little swap, have some snacks, and vote on our Bylaws.  


Jaquie Gering Workshop Announcement & WIP Wednesday

Beginning now, if you sign up for both the Stitch and Flip and the Modern Crazy Piecing workshops, we'll give you 20% off the price of the second workshop.  That's only $80 for the second workshop!

Did I mention that there's a great swag bag involved?  For each workshop you attend, you'll be getting full-size products from Aurifil, Modern Yardage, Schmetz, Sew Sweetness patterns, and Atkinson Designs?  How awesome is that?  Two workshops = 2 swag bags.  You won't be disappointed!  

Workshops are on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 from 10 am - 4 pm at Sew Much More in Austin.  There will be a 30 min lunch break so you can bring a lunch or there are some fast food restaurants nearby.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up to take both classes!  

Now, onto WIP Wednesday.  I have nothing to show you this week, except this really old picture of my cat Carlton wanting to sew with me.  He doesn't fit in there anymore... Hopefully you've been getting more sewing done than me!


October AMQG Sew In Date!

Hey everyone!  Our next AMQG Sew In is this Saturday, October 19 at Valli & Kim in Dripping Springs.  If you've never been to Valli & Kim, you're in for such a treat.  The space is so visually stimulating - like a breath of fresh air!  Up to 11 people can attend this Sew In Day which takes place from 10 am - 4 pm.  Bring your sewing machine and a few projects.  Cost is $5 for AMQG members, $10 for non members.  Sign up here!


WIP Wednesday

Oh man, I've been busy packing up the sewing room!  I don't think I'll be getting any sewing time in at least until next week, after we've moved.  Have you been sewing anything lately?  Purchased any new fabric - maybe some Mendocino that you're going to share with me??  I searched to the end of the internet to find an Architextures bundle to use for the Jacquie Gering Stitch and Flip workshop.

Just a few public service announcements - sign up for the November 8-10 retreat here.  What a great way to get all your holiday sewing finished early!

Don't forget to RSVP to our Jacquie Gering lecture and trunk show here.  We still have room in the workshops, so invite a friend and sign up here.  Do you need some incentive?  We have a fabulous goody bag for each workshop participant that includes brands like Aurifil, Atkinson Designs, Sew Sweetness, Schmetz, and C&T Publishing.  The workshops will be so much fun, so don't miss out on this great opportunity!  


WIP Wednesday

Have you had any time to sew this week?  I'm busy packing boxes and picking paint colors for my new sewing room!  I did manage to sneak some time and make a couple bee blocks for my Munki in the Middle Flickr swap.  Show us your projects!


November Retreat is Coming Up Soon!

I know we're all excited about Jacquie Gering's visit, but please don't forget about the upcoming AMQG retreat!  You're going to get so much accomplished Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 at Wimberley Quilt Ranch.

Complete the registration form and Paypal payment here.  The whole weekend is $125 for a large, spacious workspace and your very own memory foam mattress!  Food is not included, but often people coordinate potlucks and excursions into town.  I even hear there's a margarita maker or two!

If you need more incentive, here's Jay Lenno's famous Top 10 list to get you motivated.  Ok, so it's not really from Jay, but we can pretend :D

Top 10 reasons to attend an Austin Modern Quilt Guild retreat

1.  The fantastic workroom!  Three large cutting mats, a table for your sewing machine and projects, design walls, and three irons and ironing boards.  
2.  Finally finishing those UFOs.  
3.  Inspiration and guidance from other quilters.  Or to just covet their fabric collection. 
4.  Late night laugh sessions.
5.  Valli & Kim is 15 minutes away, if you have a fabric emergency or need to a stash update. 
6.  If you have kids, getting a kid-free weekend. If you don't have kids, its still a kid-free weekend! 
7.  Bobbin!  Sewing can be turned into a drinking game.  
8.  Comfortable memory foam mattresses. Don't forget your pillow!
9.  Morning coffee and early morning laugh sessions.
10.  Quilting friends.  Because your other friends just don't get it.


WIP Wednesday

Don't our blocks play well together?  These are the ones we kept from the block lottery at the meeting.  Get ready for next month's block here!  And don't forget to link up what you've been sewing this week :)


Volunteers Needed!

Are you going to International Quilt Festival or Market in Houston next month?  Do you want to get in for free??  Of course you do because free admission = more $$ for fabric!  Heather and the Modern Quilt Guild need YOU to help man the MGQ booth at Market and Festival.  All you have to do is go here to sign up for a teeny weeny volunteer shift and you get in that day for free.  Plus maybe some other cool stuff.  Find a friend, carpool down, and get a room together.  But the fun ends right there, people.  Honestly!  Post on Facebook or comment here if you plan to go and want to work out unofficial AMQG trip plans.  And get your Amy Butler weekender bag packed because it's going to be awesome!


September BOM: Posts and Rails by Judy Martin

Did we all have fun with August's BOM the Texas Puzzle?  I'm so excited for the great turnout we had.  Everyone is so generous with their time and stash to make so many blocks!

This time the block is super easy - no bias edges, no traingles, no problem!  The block is called Posts and Rails by Judy Martin.  She has a Block of the Moment and the blocks are not archived once they are removed from her site, but luckily I found this image on Pinterest (where else??) and I'll share the info with you.  

Need a quick challenge rule refresher?

  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!
  • If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still play.  Contact me for more info at

Instructions: September BOM Posts and Rails
Makes one 10.5" x 10.5" unfinished block

Please use any combo of blue and green fabric.  Add a neutral if you wish!  These instructions use the colors I picked so you can follow along.

Cut the following:
  • (3) 2.5" x 5.5" strips of blue fabric
  • (3) 2.5" x 5.5" strips of green fabric
  • (2) 2.5" x 10.5" strips of contrasting fabric
Sew together like so:

Viola!  You're finished.  Now go make one or two or seven :)  If you have any questions, please ask!  And if you'd like, upload your pictures to the Flickr group.

Top contributors so far are: 

1.  Kathi B with 4
2.  Emily T with 4
3.  Christi C with 3
4. Amanda K with 3
5.  Lori M with 3

I'm lining up some GOOD prizes, so get stitching people!


Public Service Announcement: Jacquie Gering is Coming to Austin!

We have BIG news for everyone!  Jacquie Gering, internationally known quilter and author, is going to be giving a lecture and two work shops hosted by the Austin Modern Quilt Guild next month.  Here are the details.

Lecture & Trunk Show on Monday, October 28 from 7-9 pm

  • Location: Sew Much More
  • Seating is limited to 90 people
  • Free admission for AMQG members
  • $10 entrance fee for non-members. You can pay at the door by cash, Paypal or credit card
  • This will take the place of our monthly meeting.  There will not be show and tell this month!
  • We will still have the charity BOM challenge.  Bring your blocks with you!
     Monday, October 28: Stitch and Flip from 10 am - 4 pm
     Tuesday, October 29: Modern Crazy Patchwork from 10 am - 4 pm
  • Location: Sew Much More
  • Price: $100 for members, $125 for non-members.  Fee is non-refundable but can be transferred.
  • 20 spaces per lecture day
  • Sign up begins Sunday, Sept 22 at 8 pm.
  • Members have priority sign-up.  You are not allowed to sign up for anyone but yourself.  First come, first served!  Members will receive an email with the sign up info 5 days prior to the sign up day.
  • Members will be limited to 1 workshop for the first 48 hours.  After 48 hours, members will be able to select a second workshop.  After 1 week, remaining workshop space will be available to non-members.  
  • Registration is a 2 part process!  Fill out the registration form first, then pay with Paypal second.  Both must be completed to be registered!!
  • Class materials list will be posted shortly.
  • If you would like to use a Bernina from Sew Much More, you can provide that info on the sign up sheet.  
If you have any questions, please contact us!


WIP Wednesday

Nothing like some last minute sewing before the blog post so you actually have something to share, right?  Have you been sewing over the past week?  I've been chugging along making the Thimble Blossoms On A Whim pattern using Tula Pink Birds and the Bees.  Please share with us what you're working on!  Remember, the link doesn't have to be a blog post.  You can even use a Facebook picture!


Sew In Days... Sign up now!

Do you dream of a time when you can just sew your heart out and not worry about your kids or pets messing on the carpet while your SO asks when you're going to start making dinner for his boss tonight?  Yeah, me too.  Watching my furry kids test out how soft my quilts are while I'm away and leaving a ton of fuzz behind is really pushing my buttons.

If you need a spa day with your sewing machine, relax!  We have just the thing.  Corinne has set up special Sew In days just for us at quilt shops here and there and everywhere around town.  It's like a local mini retreat.  Pick your day and sign up for a social event with your sewing machine that doesn't involve your dining room table as your workspace.  Bring your supplies and meet us at one of these lovely shops.  Space is limited!  For a mere $5, less than a half yard of fabric, you can play in a fabric store with your projects and get unlimited amounts of advice from people who actually care which is the perfect shade of grey to match the Anna Maria Horner that you basically stole because the deal was so crazy good.  So sign up now and leave the hubs in charge.  Your kids will be in one piece when you get home... promise!   For legal reasons, I probably shouldn't promise anything, so I take that back :D


September 2013 Monthly Meeting

September 12th, 2013 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm • BookPeople 3rd Floor Meeting Room • 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Meeting Agenda: Pre-Cut Party!


We will start the meeting promptly at 6:30pm. Please check-in at the membership table before finding a seat. We'll welcome any new visitors that are in attendance. 

Committee Reports

Each member of the Executive Council will give a status report to bring membership up to date with the latest news.
a. Treasurer/Membership - Jill will discuss our current available funds and membership count.
b. Outreach/Charity - Don't forget your BOM!!!!!!!! (I can make it big because I'm in charge :P )
c. Events - Sew In Days are here!

Show and Tell

We'll open the floor to all members who have brought an item to show the guild and discuss what modern quilting techniques were used to make it.  


Take a few minutes to chat with other members and new visitors.  

Program: Pre-Cut Party! 

You'll get the low-down on the best places to find pre-cut patterns, tutorials and books plus more.  We'll have some demonstration tables set up and see a few of the amazing ideas that can come from those fun pre-cut packages.  

Upcoming Meetings

October meeting is Monday, October 28 with Jacquie Gering!  Her lecture and trunk show are free for members and non-members will pay $10 for attendance.  More info TBA on location as well as the sign ups for the workshops!

Please join us and enjoy a night of modern quilting!  See you Thursday!


WIP Wednesday - Time Again!

Did you have a relaxing Labor Day holiday?  I had a good one celebrating my birthday in Fredericksburg.  I stomped grapes and got to go fabric shopping!  Here's a little what I've been working on.  What have you been up to lately?

Of course I'm going to gently remind you the heat is on for the August BOM challenge!

This is a quilt top I made pattern testing for Janice at Better Off Thread.  Isn't it funky?  It's pretty large and I had trouble taking a picture of the whole thing due to my cramped work space...  But I'm bringing it to the meeting and if anyone wants to take this puppy home and quilt it, it will be a great charity/outreach quilt!  


WIP Wednesday - Whatchya doin?

How has your week been?  I know lots of kiddos are going back to school at this time of year, so maybe you've found some quiet time to be selfish and sew.  I actually finished a quilt this week - bound, washed, AND labelled - that's a big thing I normally skip unfortunately.  I also had a few minutes to pull more orange, pink, and blue for some August charity BOM.  Don't forget to make as many as you want and bring them to the meeting September 12!  Show off what you're working on in our link party :)


Yes, I'm an Enabler...

But I also have help!  Do you have to make room for new fabric that you hide from your husband?  Is your stash lacking red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet?  I bet your 42 charm packs look a little lonely and need a new friend!  Well we have an excellent solution to this terribly dilemmas.  Amanda from What the Bobbin has set up a Facebook Page called the Austin Modern Quilting Fabric Swap/Destash where you can browse pictures of items that are for sale and trade by your lovely AMQG members.  This is not a member's only swap page, so if you're stalking us from another guild or perhaps haven't joined a guild yet, feel free to check it out too.  Quilter's don't discriminate when it comes to getting that perfect scrap of fabric, or book, or zippers, or know what I mean :)  


Help Wanted!

That's right, we've got the "HELP WANTED" sign out!

As we announced at the August meeting, Emily Thompson has moved from the board position of Secretary to VP of Communications.  Since that time, Emily has been wearing both hats and working her fingers to the bone!

If you're interested in joining the Austin MQG Executive Board as Secretary, please contact me - Mary Anne Williams at  What a fun and exciting challenge it would be as part of growing our Guild!

As Secretary, you'd be responsible for...

- Taking meeting minutes - both member meetings and board meetings
- Managing official guild correspondence - thank you notes to donors and such
- Taking pictures at meetings and events and posting them to our Flickr page, FB, etc...
- Compiling a guild scrapbook chronicling the years activities and accomplishments.

Sounds AWESOME, right?  Let me know if you're interested!!!

Mary Anne


WIP Wednesday

Were you inspired by last week's awesome meeting?  Did you run out and sew anything in a rainbow or maybe you are dying to try 60 degree triangles now?  How much loot did you score at the Shop Hop?

I frantically finished up my fussy cut square paper pieced blocks for Amanda's swap.  These were so fun and very addictive!

Link up your pictures!  Remember, it doesn't have to be a blog post.  A picture from Facebook, Flickr, or even Instagram can be added :)


Recap: August 8, 2013 Meeting

What a great meeting we had in August at BookPeople!  It followed closely on the heels of the August retreat, so lots of people had treasures to share.  Be sure to check the end of this post for exciting announcements.

We had a lovely selection of door prizes from local artists and shops!

  • The Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift card
  • The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway contributed three bundles of Stof fabric
  • Laurie Wisbrun donated a llama fabric panel and two bundles of her new lines for the kitchen and sewing room
  • QuiltCon swag: a Sidewinder bobbin winder and a full bag of black and white fabric scraps

Margaret's rainbow quilt was the featured quilt of the month and it was proudly on display during the meeting.  We all oo'ed and ahh'ed over the great fabrics included in this patchwork beauty.

Membership cards have arrived!  If you are unable to make it to meetings, please let us know and we'll arrange to get yours to you.

Now on to the business side of things.  President Mary Anne announced that Emily is the new VP of Communications and asked for interested parties to contact her regarding the now vacant Secretary position.  Treasurer Jill shared that we have seven new members since our last meeting.  We had 8 visitors at this meeting and it was unofficially bring your mom to quilt guild meeting night because there were several members' moms in the crowd.  Thanks for joining us!  If you're interested in officially becoming a member of the guild, please look here.  

VP of Events Corinne gave a recap on the retreat.  A record number of 10 people attended and were apparently super productive.  Christi can make exactly 7 quilts from start to finish in one day is what I heard...  Corinne also announced that we are working out the details to have Sew Ins at local shops TBA.

VP of Communications Emily announced that we will be having a Block of the Month (BOM) challenge to stimulate our charity and outreach program.  This month's BOM info is up on the blog here and be sure to bring yours to the next meeting to be included in the drawing!

Our featured speaker was Heather Grant, a founding member of the Austin MQG and also of the Modern Quilt Guild.  She gave a great talk on the History of Modern Quilting.  Unfortunately we were not allowed to video tape this talk, but the good news is it will be available through the Modern Quilt Guild in October or November this year.  Heather also thanked everyone for helping out with the quilt the guild gave to her last month.  You're very welcome!

Next, VP of Communications Emily talked about Getting Connected to Modern Quilting via various types of social media and how you can get involved with blogs, blog readers, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and on and on.  Find her presentation here and please let us know if you have questions!

Show and Tell was awesome this month, to say the least!

Connie's delicious Collage table runner

Christi's maze quilt for her son

Kim's beautiful giant Japanese x + quilt

We were Laurie's human design wall, holding up blocks made from all of her fabric lines

Beth shows off her pasison for math and 60 degree triangles

Kelly gets her hexie on

Some very special announcements were made at the end of the meeting that you won't want to miss!

  • September 12 meeting will be all about pre-cuts!  We voted for charm square demos so if you want to do a demo, please contact President Mary Anne to set it up.  
  • A Moda fabric challenge is in the works and hopefully we'll be distributing fabric at the September meeting. 
  • Guess who's coming to town - Jacquie Gering!!  Our October meeting will be a lecture and trunk show free to members on Monday, October 28 from 7-9 pm in a location TBA.  Admission will be charged to non-members.  
  • Jacquie will be giving two workshops on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 from 10-4 each day.  Cost will not be more than $100 for members.  The workshops will be the Modern Crazy Piecing and the Stitch and Flip, with more details regarding price and sign-ups TBA.  
Whew, that was a long post!  Thanks for reading all the way through and we hope to see you at the next meeting September 12, 6:30 pm at BookPeople!


Challenge!! August Block of the Month: Texas Puzzle

If you made it to the August meeting, you may recall me showing off a few quilt blocks and talking about a new challenge for the year.  If you didn't make it, that's ok, we'll forgive you this time.  

Here's the scoop.  Every month I'll be posting instructions for making a different quilt block describing all you need - fabric colors, cutting measurements, and directions on how to put it together.  If you want to participate, make as many blocks as you like and bring them to the meeting.  During the meeting, my committee members will sort the blocks randomly into a pile for a giveaway drawing and another pile for us to keep to make into awesome outreach quilts.  For each block you bring, you get a chance to win the giveaway pile.  Bring 1 block, get 1 chance.  Bring 10 blocks, get 10 chances!  We'll be keeping track of how many blocks you make and there will be prizes for the top contributors!

So in a nutshell:

  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!

Instructions:  August Block of the Month (BOM) - Texas Puzzle
Makes one 12.5"x12.5" unfinished block

For this block, we'll be making half square triangles (HST) by a method you might not have tried before.  We'll be making all 4 HST at the same time using a bigger square and then trimming them down.  

Please use any combo of orange, blue, and pink fabric.  These instructions use the colors I picked so you can follow along with the pictures.  
Cut the following:
  • one 9"x 9" square of blue fabric
  • one 9"x 9" square of orange fabric
  • one 2"x 2" square of orange fabric
  • four 2"x 5 3/4" strips of pink fabric

1.  Place the 9"x 9" squares on top of each other, right sides together (RST).  Pin if you like.  You are going to sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around the square, overlapping stitches a little where they meet.  

Sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around.  Pivot at the corners, keeping 1/4" away.

2.  Cut this fabric sandwich into four triangles diagonally from opposite corners.  Iron the HST units (open or to the side, I won't come after anyone).  Trim each HST to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4".

3.  Position the pieces like the photo and sew them all together using 1/4" seam.  Iron and repeat as many times as you like!  The block should now measure 12.5" x 12.5".  

If you have any questions about this tutorial, please don't hesitate to ask through the comments section or by emailing me.  I can't wait to see what you bring to the meeting!  Feel free to post pictures of your finished blocks in our Flickr group.  


Work in Progress Wednesday

It's that time again!  What have you been working on this weekend?  Show us what you worked on at the retreat last weekend.  I was out of town for the weekend, but I still managed to get some sewing done.  Did you know you can take scissors in your carry on bag as long as the blade is less than 4"?  I luckily kept all my hexie hand sewing supplies with me during my trip.

Some paper piecing I've been working on for Amanda's swap

Link up your projects!  And don't forget the meeting is Thursday at 6:30 at Book People.