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March Meeting News!

March 2014 Austin MQG Meeting Info

When?  Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 7 pm, socializing starts at 6:30

Where?   Sew Much More, 3010 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX  78757 

Hi Everyone!

Let's start out with a big THANK YOU to Lily Gonzales-Creed, Windham Fabrics and Angela "Bunny" Milliman for making our February meeting so fabulous!  Those Japanese quilts were amazing and Lily's sharing her story was very inspirational.  Seeing your own name on the selvedge?  WOW, what a moment that must have been!

Do you IG?  For those of you who are on Instagram, The Austin Modern Quilt Guild now has our own IG account - you can follow us on @AustinMQG.  If you're not on Instagram, join the fun!  I'm sure that there are plenty of your fellow members happy to show you how.

Our March Meeting will be held on March 26, 2014 at Sew Much More (3010 W. Anderson Lane, ATX).  Sew Much More will be open for shopping before and after the meeting and there's a 10% discount for all meeting attendees!  Check-In (and socialize or shop) from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and our meeting will start at 7 and end at 9.  At least that's the plan!

And now let's get to the March Meeting Agenda:

It's time for some SPRING CLEANING!

Join us for a fun-filled, informative and inspirational evening - here are just a few of the highlights:

DESTASH - Do you have fabric or notions you want to destash?  We'll be having a Spring Cleaning Destash in March.  Here's how it will work…gather your stuff to destash, print out this handy-dandy sheet of Claim Tickets.  Fill out your portion of the Claim Ticket (one ticket per item), and attach the ticket and place on the DESTASH TABLE at the meeting.  We'll have time before and during the meeting for members to check out the offerings.  Each item is claimed when the member signs their name on the Claim Ticket. We'll leave time at the end of the meeting for buyers and sellers to connect and arrange for payment.  Sellers should indicate what form of payment is acceptable (Cash, Check, PayPal, Swap).

MACHINE TLC - Does your machine need a lube job? Do you have tension issues?  Size compatability problems between thread and needle? We'll share some tips and tricks for standard machine maintenance and trouble shooting that you can do on your own.  All it takes is the courage to open up your machine's owner's manual, a few simple tools and you'll be ready to welcome Spring with the pedal to the medal!

A CLEAN SEWING STUDIO IS A HAPPY SEWING STUDIO - We've seen them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc…there are some AMAZING ways to store your stash, outfit your space and inspire your creativity.  E-mail your favorite links, photos or ideas to with a brief description to Angela by the end of the day on March 24th.  Angela will compile these great ideas and we'll have a share fest!

SHOW AND TELL - Show us your Quilts!

        > Sign up now for the May retreat at Wimberley Quilt Ranch - check the blog for details!

        > The March Sew-In Sunday at The Stitch Lab was a sold-out event - we had a great time!  Join the fun at the next Sew-In: April 26th at Honeybee Quilt Shop from 10 to 4 p.m.  Sign ups are coming soon.

        >  Be sure to bring your charity blocks for the give away!  I know this one was a tough one - triangles can be scary!   If you didn't have a chance to make the block, you can bring an alternate 12.5" square block you've made, or even just a 12.5" square piece of fabric that is solid or print green, orange, yellow, or neutral.  Each block or square you bring will enter you once to win an awesome prize!

        >  Elections and Dues

        >  APRIL 10th MEETING - Fabric, Food and Fresh Air!  We'll be planning a photo shoot and picnic for our April meeting.  Details to come!

Are you itching to attend a quilt show?  Go check out the Boerne Hauptstrasse Quiltfest on Saturday, May 3!  


WIP Wednesday: Meet Cathy!

You may have met Cathy at a meeting or seen her often hilarious posts on the Facebook page.  She's a gem, and she's going to share a bit about herself and her WIPs this week!

Hello, my name is Cathy Ledbetter and I think I may hold the title of the most remote active member of the guild. I live in San Saba County on a historic family ranch with my husband, Macy, my son, Wade, and lots and lots of animals. My daughter, Shelby, lives in Austin and is also a member of AMQG.

I have been making things as far back as I can remember. When I was four or five, my dad brought me a child-sized, chain-stitching sewing machine from Japan. I sewed every bit of fabric I could get my hands on until several months later, when our house burned down with the sewing machine inside. My mom let me sew on her machine starting when I was eight or nine. By thirteen, I was starting to make a lot of clothes and made most of my own clothes through high school and college. I earned a BS in Home Economics Education from the University of Tennessee and an MS in the same field from Texas Tech University, so I sort of made “making” into a profession.

I’ve always loved quilts, but didn’t try to make them because I thought it all had to be done by hand. And I have a perfectionism problem I am trying to overcome. Ten years ago I attended the Houston festival, bought a Roxanne thimble, and started quilting. I didn’t produce many finished quilts until I decided to learn how to free-motion quilt. I am still learning, by the way, practicing a lot and still working on that perfectionism thing.

Lately I have been working on the projects I started at the Portland SewDown, and I have been working on those highly addictive Sew Along bags (pattern by Sew Demented). I have have quite a long list of WIPs on my pledge card, most of which need to be quilted. Emily provided me with some charity quilt projects so that I can be sure to get LOTS of FMQ practice in the coming weeks.

Being around AMQG members is like Red Bull for my creativity--Thanks Y’all!!!

That big blue bag holds all the WIPs on my pledge card. There are more WIP-ish things on the shelf.

But this is what I have been doing instead: Charity quilts, Sew Together bags, the You+Me quilt with it's backing all ready to go, and the Sidekick Sampler star waiting to be quilted into a table topper.

Great stuff Cathy!  Remember everyone, the monthly meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 26 at Sew Much More.  Now, what have you been busy sewing?  Link up!