Friday, April 14, 2017

Maker Faire








The Tyler Modern Quilt Guild will have a booth at The Tyler Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, April 29.  We will have three sewing machines set up and we will be showing children how to sew basic quilt blocks and demonstrations of what they can do with that start.  


 http://tyler.makerfaire.com/

Beginner Quilting - How to make a Four Patch Block



Our project is to teach kids (and interested adults) how to sew and the beginning process to make a quilt. We will be bringing from 1500-2000 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches fabric squares, 2-3 sewing machines along with their cords and pedals plus some sewing notions that will be needed such as small scissors, seam rippers, seam gauges or rulers, thread, etc. We will be teaching the children to sew a 4 patch block using a 1/4 inch seam. First they will sew 2 squares together, then they will sew 2 more squares together and then we will show them how to sew the first 2 on top of the second 2 to make a 4.5 by 4.5 inch square which is a 4 patch block. The kids will be able to dig through the box of blocks to choose the 4 that they want to sew together. We will also have some samples of things you can make with a 4 patch block such as a doll quilt, small pillow, pincushion, coaster, or mug rug. We would like to be able to display some of our quilts, perhaps on a ladder or some other type of display.

Our members have spent the last couple months sewing items using the basic four patch block to show all the creative things you can do after you learn to make this block. 








Be sure to come out and bring your children and grandchildren.  It will be a lot of fun. 





Thursday, April 13, 2017

TylerMQG Sew Day








Saturday at 10 AM - 5 PM


Bring your sewing machines, your WIP's, fabric that needs cutting, handwork, whatever you'd like and sew with us! 

We will also be working on preparation for Maker Faire and How to Make a Modern Quilt class.

We will be at our new Sew Day location for the first time at the TASCA center.  Bring a lunch or plan on going out.  The center is 2 miles from Whitehouse and there are places to eat in the town. 

  There will be door prizes! 



Sewing friends are welcome too but the charge is $5 if they are not a member of TMQG.

LOCATION:  

The TASCA Event Center
10495 CR 2167,
Whitehouse, TX  75791





Friday, March 3, 2017

Plus Block Tutorial

Hello Modern Quilters!

I have for you the tutorial for the plus block in sizes 6 1/2 inches and 12 1/2 inches.  These blocks will be used to create sample quilts/quilt tops for our How to Make a Modern Quilt class on May 6 at A Nimble Thimble.  If you can make a block - or a few blocks of either size for us, that would be great!  I would like to have a sew day in April to prepare for the class if possible.

Without further ado, the Plus block:
  
Plus Block Tutorial

12.5 inch block



Fabric Cuts for a block where the plus sign is a print fabric and the background is a solid:



From solid fabric (background), cut:

4 squares measuring 4.5 inches

4 rectangles measuring 2.5 x 4.5 inches



From print fabric (plus sign), cut:

1 square measuring 4.5 inches

4 rectangles measuring 2.5 x 4.5 inches



Putting the block together:

Sew the (4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch print blocks to the (4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch solid blocks lengthwise.



Press to the dark side.  It should become a 4.5 inch square.

Lay the 9 blocks out in the block pattern.   

Sew each row together and press seams to opposite sides so they will nest with blocks on the next row.  Sew the rows together.  Press seams to one side or open depending on preference.
Finished block!  (Thanks to Kat for reminding me to put the pictures in!)



6.5 inch block



Fabric Cuts for a block where the plus sign is a print fabric and the background is a solid:



From solid fabric (background), cut:

4 squares measuring 2.5 inches

4 rectangles measuring 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches



From print fabric (plus sign), cut:

1 square measuring 2.5 inches

4 rectangles measuring 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches



Putting the block together:

Sew the (4) 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches print blocks to the (4) 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches solid blocks lengthwise.

Press to the dark side.  It should become a 2.5 inch square.

Lay the 9 blocks out in the block pattern.  Sew each row together and press seams to opposite sides so they will nest with blocks on the next row.  Sew the rows together.  Press seams to one side or open depending on preference.

See pictures above. 

 



Monday, February 20, 2017

February Meeting



February meeting is Thursday, February 23.  

Newest newsletter is out and reports for the meeting were highlighted.  

"For February, we will be going over how to make the perfect lanyard to wear to a guild show. We will have several examples. Also, our first challenge will be announced and it’s a fun one!"

If you are not getting our newsletter, please make sure and enter your email address and we will send it to you every month. 

Also, we will be collecting any blocks made for the Montreal MQG.  Tricia will be mailing them to Montreal.  Montreal MQG House Block - More info

Also, QuiltCon will be going on this week.  Don't forget to follow all the exciting happenings at QuiltCon.  Check all the great pictures on Instagram 

Monday, January 23, 2017

2016 Holiday Party

A few pictures from our Holiday Party at Tricia's beautiful house.  A good time by all.  









great food and great company.  



January Meeting - Thursday, January 26

Our first meeting of 2017 



Thursday, January 26
at A Nimble Thimble
4:00 pm.

Everyone wear their name badge  
You still have time to make one if you have not.   

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Time to Renew or Join


Don't forget it's time to renew our guild memberships or join for 2017!. 

The cost is $30 and if writing a check, please make it out to Tyler MQG and mail to Tricia.  You can get her address from her.  

or... You can bring your membership dues to the Christmas party.  Deadline for renewal is December 31, 2016.  
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There are many benefits to joining the MQG besides all the benefits of our Monthly Meetings and sewing events.

for more information on benefits go to https://themodernquiltguild.com/join

If you joined this year and you were not an individual member before and have never received an MQG pin, please let Tricia know.