Charity Quilts


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.


August 2013 Monthly Meeting

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

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Meeting Agenda: Get Connected to Modern Quilting!


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 
c. Events - Corinne will discuss upcoming August and November retreats at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch. You can sign up 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: Get Connected to Modern Quilting! 

Members will talk about blogging, Instagram, Flickr swaps, and more.

Upcoming Meetings

September will be an exciting meeting!  You won't want to miss it - guest speakers and a challenge will be announced.

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


Quilty Happenings this Week and Beyond

Are you sad that you won't be able to make it to the retreat this weekend?  I'm sad too, believe me!  You can still sign up here, but in case you need something to feed your modern quilting soul, Honey Bee Quilt Store is having an open house this Sunday, August 4 from 1-4.  You can meet their teachers and you may be especially interested in their new modern quilt classes starting soon!  I spied Jacquie Gering's wonky log cabin quilt made up as a class sample!  

Want to fill up all your weekends with quilty possibilities?  I can help with that too.  

August 10-11: Austin Shop Hop.  Spread the word!  I hear we may be having a meetup of some sort with quilters from San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.  Wouldn't that be a blast?

August 23-24: A Rainbow of Quilts.  Show in San Antonio put on by the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild.

September 13-14: Creative Memories Quilt Guild Show in Caldwell, TX

September 20-21: Golden Needles Quilt Show in Conroe, TX

September 27-28: Chisholm Trail Quilt Show in Round Rock, TX

October 11-13: Blanco Quilt Show in Blanco, TX

November 8-11: Quilt Retreat in Wimberley, TX

What's that?  You have families and jobs and can't make it to every single event?  Psshhh... they'd love to come along :)