From Laura Pierce, co-president of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild
Hi there! Our group got started in January of 2010 and has been growing and evolving ever since. What started as a few folks meeting in a downtown eatery to visit and plan for the future of the group has grown to a loyal bunch of regulars that meet to do projects together, share our creations, and just enjoy the company of fellow quilters and artisans.
Austin has a wonderful artistic community and we have been on the receiving end of some amazing generosity. Stitch Lab (http://www.glitzkrieg.biz/schedule/schedule.html) is an amazing local modern fabrics shop and studio full of cutting edge classes. Leslie Bonnell, the owner and founder of the studio, has opened her doors to us for the past few months. She has given us an amazing space to meet in and a great selection of modern fabrics to purchase as well. Some of our members have already taken classes there and others have classes on their wish lists for the future. While we are on the cusp of outgrowing the space available there, our group will always be grateful for the kindness shown to us by the local crafting community and Stitch Lab in particular.
Our group ranges from those with decades of sewing and quilting experience to those who have just completed their first quilt and can’t wait to get started on their next. We also welcome those who just want to learn a bit about modern quilting and are looking for encouragement when starting their quilting journey.
At our last meeting, we took a big step forward and elected officers for our group. We have two Presidents who work together with a Web Admin and Secretary to keep our little group growing and flourishing. Our Presidents are myself, Laura Pearce, and Adrienne Pryor. Our Secretary is Mitzi Muirhead. She posts all our updates and meeting minutes onto our site and keeps everyone informed of the latest news. Our Web Admin is Bobbi Brekke. She has been working hard to set up a user friendly and welcoming group for us over on Facebook. Please pop in and say hello if you are in our area or are visiting our area and want to come to a meeting. You can find the group here: http://tinyurl.com/pieceoutatx
We also have a Flickr group page here: http://tinyurl.com/pieceoutflickr
Our current goals, as a group, are to find a larger meeting space and continue to grow in membership. Membership does not require any dues and we welcome newcomers. Feel free to pop in and say hello on our site. Thanks again for letting me share a bit about our group with you.