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HMQG August Member Update

We have a busy and exciting month in the guild! First, make sure you plan to come to the Annual HMQG Summer BBQ on August 12th from 11-3pm at the home of Ellen Gaber (details below - sign up to bring something!). Then, on the weekend of our normal meeting, we have modern quilter extraordinaire, Christa Watson, visiting the guild. On Friday night, August 18th, she'll present a trunk show of her beautiful quilt designs and skilled quilting. On Saturday, August 19th, Christa leads a workshop on Modern Machine Quilting using your domestic machine. Check out the details below and register for both events.

Happy sewing!

Stephanie Freeman HMQG President

It's time to party!

Join us for our annual BBQ at the home of Ellen Gaber, 8831 Manhattan Dr, Houston from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to bring your family, swimsuits, favorite beverages, and a side to share. HMQG will be providing the BBQ meats (brisket & chicken), so please be sure to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

Christa Watson is coming to the HMQG!

Trunk Show: Friday, August 18, 6:30-9 pm No Cost: RSVP HERE! Modern Machine Quilting Workshop: Saturday, August 19, 9 am - 4 pm $60 cash/check and $63 PayPal 8 spots left, register here! Take your quilts to the next level by adding depth and dimension to your designs. Unleash the potential of your domestic machine by utilizing both free-motion quilting and walking foot techniques.

Supply list available here.

Fall Retreat Update

Our Fall Retreat will be held at Red Barn Retreat in Coldspring, Texas. The dates available to us are October 12-15. The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • 2 Nights (Friday-Sunday)$185 (cash or check) $191 (PayPal)

  • 3 Nights (Thursday-Sunday)$235 (cash or check) $243 (PayPal)

Meals included are same no matter which option. Meals included are

  • Friday dinner

  • Saturday lunch

  • Saturday dinner

  • Sunday brunch

We still have spots available, so don't miss out on the fun! Register for the Fall retreat here. Remember, the balance of your payment is due at the August BBQ or August Workshop. Check in times and additional details will be provided later. You can take part in planning this great weekend by volunteering for the Retreat Committee. We are currently looking for a few good ladies to help coordinate the fun that is retreat! For questions or to join the retreat planning committee, please contact Pam.


Just a reminder that your Triad Mini Quilt is due to Amy at the September meeting, Saturday, September 16th. If you are unable to make the meeting, please make arrangements to get your quilt to Amy in advance. As always, if issues arise, please be sure to communicate! Also, don't forget to add a label to the back of your quilt so your partner knows who made it. If you would like to add a note card, be sure to securely pin it to the quilt as we will be sending them as one big batch to the Triad MQG.

Secret Sister Swap Update

Join us this fall for another fun@ #HMQGSSS

We will be doing TWO Secret Sister Swaps this fall. One for those attending the retreat, and one for those who aren't able to make it. And YES, you can register for BOTH swaps if you'd like.

The deadline to sign up for all swaps is August 19, 2017.

Retreat Secret Sister Swap Guidelines You are to spoil your Secret Sister with some sweet little treat and small item (ie mug rug, zippy pouch, needle book, go mug coozie - be creative) on Friday night (October 13th), and then wow her on Saturday night (October 14th) with something really special (pillow, mini quilt, tote bag etc). If you are attending the retreat and would like to participate in the Secret Sister Swap during the retreat, please register here (you will also be registering for the retreat in the same form)!

October Meeting Secret Sister Swap Guidelines You are to spoil your Secret Sister with some sweet little treats (chocolate, small notions, small gift card), and then wow her with something really special (pillow, mini quilt, tote bag etc). These items will be due at the October 21st meeting. If you would like to participate in the Secret Sister Swap at the October meeting, please register here! Please remember, the more information you give, the more your Secret Sister will be able to make something tailored to your tastes. You will receive your Secret Sister(s)'s name(s) in plenty of time to stalk her Instagram or Pinterest page to see her tastes.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

This year the theme is “Modern Traditionalism”. Michelle Hines, HMQG member, has given us a basic layout (shown above) that we are using to create our 2018 quilt. You can find out more details on the quilt pattern and construction plan here! The color palette consists of white, marigold, apricot, watermelon, jewel and jam. We will be kitting the fabric that has been donated by Michael Miller Fabrics in to block kits. You should have enough fabric to make your primary block plus several secondary blocks utilizing the scraps. It also makes it easy to get a variety in color for these units. Fabric kits will be available for pickup at our August 12th BBQ social or mailed to you if you will not be in attendance. Completed blocks are due back to Valerie no later than our September 16th meeting. These may be mailed to Valerie if you are unable to attend but must be in her hands by September 16th. Construction Timeline (items underlined need volunteers!)

  • Kitting Day: Tuesday, August 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spring

  • Blocks Due: Saturday, September 16th (HMQG Monthly Guild Meeting Day)

  • Assembly Day #1: Wednesday, September 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at QuiltWorks in Cypress

  • Assembly Day #2: Tuesday, October 10th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spring (may not be needed)

  • Quilting Time: Thursday, October 12th (Pam Biswas will be lending her talents to custom quilt this!)

  • Hand-Quilt Binding, Sleeve & Label: Will receive in Mid-November, due before December Guild Meeting

  • Final Reveal: Saturday, December 16th (HMQG Annual Holiday Party)

If you would like to help with our Quiltcon Charity Quilt, please sign up here! If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Wagner, our QuiltCon Charity Quilt Chair.

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