Sunday, December 1, 2013

November 2013 Meeting

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Thank so much to member and long armer, Danielle Wilkes who gave a presentation on how to prepare your quilt to send to your long arm quilter.  Read more on Danielle Wilkes on her blog, Nacho Mama Quilt.

Danielle had a hands-on demo on the stretch of warp and weft grain lines and explained the importance of measuring your quilts before stitching on any borders.  Turns out, pins are your friends.  

If there's a bubble or irregularity in your pieced top, Danielle covered how the quilting can really make the quilt.  Not just design aesthetic-wise, but the quilting can save your piecing bacon!  Choose an open loose design to quilt a project that may have irregularities.  Choose a closed design, such as a circle or other closed shape for designs that were pieced with more accuracy.

Danielle also has decided she is bringing back the Quilted Vest look.  As if it ever went out.  =)

Thanks again for sharing your wisdom with our group.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October 2013 Meeting Presentation Schlosser Designs

Schlosser Designs

Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs gave a great presentation on using our quilt skills to apply them to non-quilt sewing concepts. She showed us her design process and tools. She talked about working with fabric companies and designers, events for Janome and we *might* have got a super sneak peek at a line of fabric releasing in Houston. All of her patterns were for sale and if you missed the presentation, check out her patterns and website here:

The laminated graph paper and tracing paper makes her design process smooth and variable as she can add design details easily to test which styles/shapes she wants in her next amazing project.

Erin had plenty of pattern samples and was able to share with us that her patterns are written from a Sewing Instructor's point-of-view.  She adds tips and designer notes to every pattern.  On her newer patterns, she even includes QR codes which link to websites that have full photographs of the step-by-step construction.  Visit her pattern shop HERE.

Erin's designs go much further past her own pattern collection.  She designs for patterns for Windham Fabrics.  The pattern above is a free download on their website.  Look for big things coming soon from Schlosser Designs, including a chapter or two in an upcoming book.  

To stay up-to-date on all the Schlosser Designs News, subscribe to her website:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 2013 Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Check out some of the very fun, amazing projects shown at the September San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) meeting.

See all the show and tell pieces on our very very active Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pet Postcards

Pet Postcards!

The first outreach challenge has been issued.  PET POSTCARDS.  

The whole Pet Postcard Fundraising Project is the charge of Pokey Bolton, the director at the Houston Quilt Show.  One her blog, Pokey's Ponderings, she launched the challenge first, last year.  That's right it is an annual fundraising event.  Last year, she put out a call for postcards, hoping to raise a couple thousand dollars.  The Pet Postcard project raised $20,000, last year.   


The money raised is donated to Friends for Life, the fastest growing no-kill shelter, in Houston Texas.
Each postcard is put on display and sold at the Houston Quilt Festival in October.  The cards are sold for $20 a piece.

At the September Meeting, members brought in "what they had so far".  The postcards are due at the October meeting (October 3rd), but our Outreach Chair can take cards after the meeting, though you'll need to email her to arrange a drop-off.  

So far, we have 37.  Seriously.  Our "so far" number is 37!  That would be $740, of all those post cards to sell.  SAMQG is so honored to be able to give to such a wonderful cause.  Keep up the good work!  

Postcard Backs

Friday, September 6, 2013

Membership Form

Welcome to September! 

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild met for this week.  This was the first meeting for the new board members and the kick-off membership drive.

We had an amazing turn out.  About 30 attendees and 24 people joined that evening.

Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful.
Welcome or Welcome back.  We're glad you joined.

If you you'd still like to join, as part of our Plugged In theme for the 2013-2014 year, we have added the membership form to this blog.  Simply click the link or tab at the top of the blog, fill in the form and your information will be sent to our Membership Vice President.  She will then contact you about where to send your dues and get you invo

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pantone Quilt Challenge

Our members really came through to make some amazing pieces, of all sizes, for the Pantone Quilt Challenge.

We had our big reveal at the August meeting.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this unique innovative challenge.

Check out our very active Facebook Group Page to see these pictures and leave comments to the talented quilters.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Board Installation

A big huge ultra mega thanks goes out to all the board members for 2012-2013's year.  You guys did an amazing job.

We enjoyed an exciting ORIGINAL Block of the Month program, loads of retreats, much SEWcializing at our many bees and wonderful meeting programs.  Thanks for a great guild!

September 2013 marks the first meeting of the New Board Members.  Let us take a gander at the boards.

(above) Our out-going board members.  Thanks again for all your hard work.  L-R, Kim, Shae, Allison, Sara and Danielle.

Big welcome to our new 2013-2014 board members.  Allison, Patty(standing in for Leslie), Sara, Katrina, Sue, and Jen.  (Not pictured: Sarah J and Erica)

Here's President, Allison, holding her "welcome to the board" mini quilt.  
Congratulations and Good luck ladies!

There's much work to be done.  It cannot be done by a handful of determined gals, alone.  If you are interested in volunteering for any numerous chair position please email Allison to see what fun things are still available. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Uptown Blacno 3rd Annual Quilt Show

Uptown Blanco 3rd Annual Quilt Show

Theme: A Sky of Many Colors
Special Exhibit: National and Internationally renowned quilters Quilt Show: Juried and non-juried, over 200 quilts and wearable’s on display.
Vendors, Demonstrations, Workshops, Door Prizes
October 11 – 13, 2013.
Friday, October 11: 12 to 7
Saturday, October 12: 10 to 5
Sunday, October 13: 12 to 4
Admission: $5
Opening Reception and Awards 5:30 pm Friday

Uptown Blanco Art Center
317 Main St (entrance on 3rd)
Blanco , Texas 78606

Quilt entry form and show information:
830.833.1579 x220

Contact Sharon Romero, Education Coordinator, with any questions.
830.833.1579 ext. 220

Friday, February 1, 2013

Love is in the air my dears.....Quilt Con is finally here!

We have some pretty exciting things going on this month in case you fallen off of the radar or Facebook isn't one of your appendages.   During our meeting this month, you could have a chance to win a ticket to Quilt Con!  What up....whoop whoop!  Okay, so maybe I'm a little over zealous, but it's a great opportunity.  Don't forget, we have some members whose quilts are on display, so check them out when you're there, and take lots of pictures (to post on the blog).  Now thanks to Erin and Allison, you could be attending Quilt Con sporting your very own
Hot Tamale gear!  I heard there are glitter options, which could be rock'in for the 80's throw back party!  So load up on gear, and sport it any way you can during any outings on your schedule!  Oh and don't forget to blab about it to all of your friends!

Thank you to everyone who worked to make our Guild entries to Quilt Con a success.  You are all very amazing women!


Also for those of you looking for something really WICKED to do... we have  a 2013 Challenge!  So get your creative juices flowing and start brainstorming your entry.  This guild never ceases to amaze me with your talents.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

QuiltCon and Our Members!

Our very own Hot Tamales are ringing in the 2013 New Year with bells galore....
For those of you not glued to Facebook....we have some news!
Allison Chambers, Jen Eskridge, Leslie Tucker Jenison, and Sarah Jimenez will all have their quilt works up for display at Quilt Con!  Whoohooh!  Ladies, way to represent San Antonio and your fellow quilters.  Those of us going can't wait to see your creations!  Congratulations on making it to the big league!  (Feel free to browse a few of their blogs annotated on the right)

Well I hope all of you are having a wonderfully blessed holiday season and sharing it with those you love.  As you know, many people will be asking you what your New Year's resolution will be.  Where does 2013 find you?  Where will this year take you?

There are certainly no shortages of Hot Tamale happenings, so get your calendars ready ladies....

*Sue P. will be collecting the next payment for retreat goers at this Thursday's meeting, so have your check books handy.  If you're not sure about your balance, please give her a call or message her on Facebook.

**Kelly P has scheduled a charity sew in at the Northside Church of Christ on Saturday, January 12, 13 from 10a-3p.  We will be working to complete a charity top for QuiltCon from the squares they sent us. It's due in Austin by February 1st!  We will also be completing children's quilts to send to the rescue shelter at Jeremiah's Hope Rescue Shelter. We are hoping for at least 6-10 people.  More are welcome, but please RSVP on Facebook so Kelly has a headcount.

***Eileen has scheduled a sew in at Memories by the Yard on Saturday, January 19, 13 from 10a-3p.  We ask that you bring $5 and a snack to share.  Bring any projects you would like to work on, and please remember to RSVP on Facebook, so Eileen will have a headcount.

****Swoon Bee will resume at my house on Sunday, January 20, 13 from 12-4p.  I haven't touched my blocks since we met in October, so I hope you all haven't finished.  

Happy New Year and especially happy sewing!