Charity Quilts


Charity Quilts for Ronald McDonald House

For the past few months our guild has been meeting at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin near Dell Children's Medical Center. It has been a great space to meet in, however due to increased membership, our guild felt the need to move to a larger meeting space. To say thank you for the generosity of the RMHC Austin we made these two quilts.

quilt one, front

Using some of the donation blocks from our block swap that was completed last fall, the guild put together two quilts that were donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin for their 24th Annual Bandana Ball and Auction.

quilt one, back

A big thank you to Jessica Sloan, owner of the local quilt shop, Remnants:fiber[culture], for donating fabric used in the second quilt and for quilting it.

quilt two, front

quilt two, back


Join the Executive Council!

Would you like to run for an Austin Modern Quilt Guild executive officer position for the 2013-2014 fiscal year? Read more about it here! 

Join the Nominating Committee!

Interested in joining Austin MQG's nominating committee?

What is the Nominating Committee?

A nominating committee consists of three to five members of Austin MQG who recruit members to run for Executive Office. The nominating committee will be formed 60 days prior to elections, which are held at the June 2013 meeting. The nominating committee is comprised Austin MQG members who do not wish to be considered for any officer position. If no other members of Austin MQG wish to join the nominating committee, the current Executive Officers will stand in.

You can read more about Executive Officers and the Nominating Committee in Section 3.2 of the By-Laws found on the About Us section of the blog.


Destash & Swap at the March Meeting

Need to make more room for all the goodies you scored at QuiltCon?

As you heard at the last meeting or have seen on the blog, there's going to be an awesome opportunity to destash and swap goodies at the March guild meeting!

If you've got lingering items in your sewing space that you'd rather replace with something else, bring them to the March meeting!

There are lots of ways to swap:

- Like for Like Swaps: Exchange items such as pre-cut packs, books, tools, yardage.

- Scrap Swap: Fill a gallon bag with scraps no smaller than 2.5"x2.5" square and swap your bag with someone else to get some new scraps.

- Find a Buyer: Really out of space? You're welcome to make cash deals with members so you can move unwanted items out of your sewing space and get back some precious real estate.

Feel free to list items you're bringing in the comments below or on Facebook in order to give others' a head's up.

Start gathering up! The meeting is a week away.


March 2013 Monthly Meeting

Please join us at the Ronald McRonald McDonald House Charities Community Room on March 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for our monthly meeting.  

Arrival Activities
  • Sign in with Mitzi and the membership team. 
  • Social Time is from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. We're welcome to mingle in the Community Room, hallway, or upstairs patio. Careful not to get locked out: the door can be locked from the inside ;-) 

Weekend Retreats
  • Located at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch. It's a 45 minute drive from Central Austin.
  •  Arrive as early as 11:00am on Friday and leave as late as 3:00pm on Sunday.  
  • Attendees can bring their own food & have coordinated potluck dinners in the past.
  • Otherwise you just bring your pillow, machine & sewing supplies.
  •  There is a large cutting table with mats, 3 ironing stations, & 8 design walls.
  •  Every sewing station has a large table & a half of workspace.
  • You can drive a few miles into town to go to Valli & Kim's and have lunch before heading back to the ranch. 
  • Upcoming weekend retreat dates: Friday through Sunday Aug 2-4 & Nov 8-10
  • Pay in full when you sign up to attend.
  • Retreat cost (facilities fee + processing fee): $125

 Meeting Events
  • Quilt Trivia
  • Destash/Fabric Swap
  • Door Prizes

After the Meeting
  • Join us after the meeting for refreshments and a bite to eat at House Pizzeria, located at 5111 Airport Boulevard 78751

Top 10: Retreats

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.


March 29 Happy Hour

Join us at Jasper's for a night of food, drinks and fun.
March 29 starting at 6:00 pm

Happy hour prices end at 7:00

See you there!


Quilt Photoshoot

Grab your quilts, kids, cameras, and picnic baskets. Weather permitting, we'll all gather in Zilker Park from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, March 23rd for some quilty glamour shots!

It can be hard to photograph your quilts alone at home, so why not gather with your quilty friends to make it easier. We'll have the portable quilt stand in tow. If your quilt doesn't have a sleeve, it can be clothespinned to the quilt stand.

Potluck food is welcome since we'll be gathering through lunch! :-D

We'll meet at the concrete tables up the hill from the Zilker Hillside Theater at 2201 Barton Springs Rd. Hope to see you there!

Sew-In Day Signup

Are you interested in joining your quilt friends for a 6 hour sewing day? If yes, then you are in luck!

The Austin Modern Quilt Guild's FIRST Sew-In Day is scheduled for April 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Northwest Sewing Center on Burnet Road.  The cost is $25.

Bring your own machine, sewing supplies, and your current project. There will be an ironing station as well as a cutting station.

Feel free to bring snacks, but Mary at the Northwest Sewing Center suggested we might want to stick to clear beverages so as not to spill on other people's projects.

If the parking lot is full when you arrive, Mary says it's fine to park on the street just inside the neighborhood on Shoalmont Dr.

To sign up: follow this link or click on the Sew-In Day tab at the top of the page.