Friday, July 18, 2014

Meeting Recap (July 12th, 2014)

This month we celebrated many things, the first of which was our guild's Fourth anniversary, the second of which was our members and their accomplishments over the last year.  Our guild is filled with so much talent; but most are very humble so we do not hear of their achievements, and so each anniversary we like to celebrate and recognize our members.

Resounding cheers were heard with each new announcement:

  • Finished a WIP
  • Had a pattern published in a magazine
  • Self-published a pattern
  • Wrote a book
  • Had a quilt juried into a quilt show
  • Won a ribbon/prize at a quilt show
  • Participated in our STLMQG Cares Pillow-Bomb event
  • Finished their 1st quilt this past year
Of course we had some other exciting things to get to as well, so here is a little recap.

  • The Bay Area MQG "Orphan Block" swap items were revealed, all of which will be boxed up and mailed out later this month.  If you participated and did not turn in your item, look for an email in your inbox this weekend.
  • The Michael Miller Fabric Challenge was an enormous hit and our members really brought their A-Game.  Photos of many of the quilts have been posted on our guild's Facebook page.  Don't forget that if you are entering The MQG big challenge, you need to upload your photo to the Finished Michael Miller Fabric Challenge category; which can be found on The MQG Community site. The due date is July 25th.
  • The QuiltCon Quilt Show Call for Entries is open.  Head on over to the QuiltCon site to check out the rules, categories and prizes.  
  • Hawthorne Threads is hosting a WIP-It Wednesday on Instagram.  Every Wednesday, when you see their Instagram post, upload a photo of your WIP and tag it @hawthornethreads and #htWIPit.  Each Monday they will pick their favorite and the winner receives a "substantial mystery prize".
  • Are you participating in the Celebration of St. Louis Challenge that our Member's Swap/Challenge committee announced in June.  Your challenge entry is due at the September meeting so you still have time to hop on board.  Information can be found on the Challenge tab at the top of our blog. 
  • The meeting was capped off with our WOW (War on WIP) Show & Tell and our regular Show & Tell.
Don't forget if you are interested in teaching/lecturing at our October event, you need to fill out the application by July 23rd.  Details and the link were sent to all dues-paying members this past Saturday.


We will see you next month, until then, let's keep the conversation going over on 
Facebook and Instagram.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Meeting #47 - July 12th, 2014

Hello Modern Quilters,

Come one, come all...and help us celebrate our guild's 4th Anniversary. If partying isn't your thing, then come for the Show & Tell, and reveals...we have a lot of them this month.  

Date: July 12th 2014
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership Information
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News
-4th Anniversary Celebration
-Michael Miller Fabric Challenge reveal
-Bay Area MQG "Orphan Block" Swap reveal
-WOW (War on WIP) Show & Tell 
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

-------------------------- This Month's Activity ------------------------------

:: Michael Miller Fabric Challenge reveal

:: Bay Area MQG "Orphan Block" Swap reveal


---------------------- OnGoing Activities ------------------------

Member's Challenge/Swap Committee Activity - due at September meeting



See You Saturday!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meeting Recap (June 14th, 2014)

Thank you for another fun-filled Saturday. Here is a recap in case you missed any of what happened. 

  • Our Member's Swap/Challenge Committee announced their Challenge for this year; which is a "Celebration of St. Louis".  Need some inspiration, consider visiting the MO History Museum as they are hosting lots of great events centered around the St. Louis celebration.  Your challenge quilt/item is due at the September meeting, so you'll have lots of time to be inspired.

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the Quilting Book activity, it was lovely to see such a wide range of books featured, and we hope that it inspired you to check your local library or even purchase one or two of them.

  • We collected lots of valuable data on the topics you would want to learn about at our October Workshop/Lecture/Sew-In event.  More information will be made available soon.

  • Your Michael Miller Challenge is due at the July meeting.  We cannot wait to see what you have been creating.

  • For those who signed up in May to participate in the Bay Area MQG "Orphan Block" Swap, your item is due at the July meeting.   

  • Finally, July is our guild's 4th anniversary...YAY!!!  We would like to continue the tradition of recognizing our member's achievements over the past year. We know that we have lots of amazing talent in the guild, some have won awards, some have finished their first quilt, some have had their work shown at Quilt Market, some are writing books or had their work published.  With a guild of 90 members, it is hard to keep track of all of your achievements, so drop us an email, or send us a Facebook message and let us know what you have been up to. 

A continued thank you to everyone who is playing along with our WOW (War on WIP), it has been interesting to see all of your older WIP, and with each finish it brings you closer to a clean slate.

We will see you next month, July 12th.  Until then, let's keep the 
conversation going over on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Meeting #46 - June 14th, 2014

Hello Modern Quilters,

It feels like it has been ages since we last met.  So, pull up a chair and let's have some fun, shall we. 

Date: June 14th 2014
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership Information
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News
-Charity Committee Update
-Membership Challenge/Swap Committee Activity (Challenge Announcement)
-Quilting Books : Discussion, Inspiration, Etc.
-WOW (War on WIP) Show & Tell 
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

-------------------------- This Month's Activity ------------------------------

We will be discussing Quilting Books, and answering questions like... 

  • What do you look for when buying them? 
  • Do you actually make the projects inside, or are they just inspiration? 
  • What are your prized books?  
  • Etc.

As we want to hear from our members, please bring a quilting book from your personal collection that has inspired you, is a constant resource for technique, has excellent photography, etc.  While there is bound to be some duplication, we likely have different reasons for buying a particular book.  Additionally, we will have a collection of several books at our meeting that you can peruse, because we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words.


---------------------- OnGoing Activities ------------------------

:: Michael Miller Fabric Challenge - Due at July meeting

:: Bay Area MQG "Orphan Block" Swap - Due at July meeting



See You Saturday!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Meeting Recap (May 10th, 2014)

Thank you for spending your Saturday with us; we hope that you left inspired by what you saw during Show & Tell, and excited by the announcements we made. Here is a recap in case you missed any of it. 

  • Do you have a quilt that you are extremely proud of that captures the modern aesthetic...then please consider entering it into The MQG Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.  The entry opens on May 30th and closes on June 27th.  Here is some background information.  Please note that this is for for exhibit only, you are not entered to win any prizes.

  • The Michael Miller Challenge due date has been extended with entries now due in July. We love seeing the sneak-peeks and stacks of additional fabric that everyone has been posting on social media, on their blogs, etc. 

  • Thank you to Mary Claire and Juli Ann for the recap of SewDown: Nashville.  We wish we could have been there.

  • Thank you to those members who recapped their trip to Paducah, it was interesting to hear everyone's experiences.

  • Everyone sure looks like they had fun choosing fabric based off of their secret swap partner's inspiration photo.  Thanks to the Member's Swap/Challenge committee for pulling off another great activity.  If you have fabric for your partner; but were not at the meeting, and did not advise one of the Officers, please do so immediately, as we want to ensure that everyone who signed up to participate will get their fabric.

  • Interested in attending QuiltCon next February in Austin, TX?  The schedule and class descriptions are to be released to due-paying members on June 1st.  Registration opens to all MQG members on June 24th 10am EST.  Don't know what QuiltCon is?  Head on over to their site right away and see what all the buzz is about.  

  • We made 2 big announcements this month, both of which were recapped in an email sent out to due-paying members on Saturday evening.  If you are a due-paying member and did not receive an email, please let us know.  

Announcement #1
  • STLMQG RoadTrip to Sarah's Fabric in Lawrence, KS  (June 21st-22nd) -- If you are a due-paying member of the STLMQG and would like to join us, please let us know asap.  We need a headcount so we can coordinate lodging, drivers and passengers.  This is not a guild-funded trip, we are only coordinating the opportunity, members will be responsible for all costs.
Announcement #2
  • STLMQG Speaker/Workshop Event (October TBD) -- We are looking at offering 3-6 workshops and or lectures taught by members, an all night Sew-In, a social event and lots more.  Interested in teaching?  There will be an application sent out late May/early June.  Have an idea for a class, for a venue, want to volunteer?  Please let us know.  We want to make this a weekend to remember.

Finally, we just wanted to thank everyone who is playing along with our WOW (War on WIP), it has been a lot of fun seeing what everyone has been hiding in their closets, and we are just as excited as you that the item is now done.  I mean, who doesn't love making room for more.


We will see you next month, June 14th.  Until then, let's keep the 
conversation going over on Facebook and Instagram.


 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Meeting #45 - May 10th, 2014

Hello Modern Quilters,

We have some pretty exciting announcements to make this month. Let's just say, you might want to clear your schedule the weekend of June 21st and 22nd...more will be announced soon.

Date: May 10th 2014
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership Information
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News
-Fabric Raffle
-Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Updates/Fabric/Etc.
-Charity Committee Update
-SewDown: Nashville Recap 
-Activity Announcements 
-Membership Challenge/Swap Committee Activity (Inspiration Photos Fabric Due)
-WOW (War on WIP) Show & Tell 
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

***As we continue with our WOW (War on WIP), we host 2 separate Show & Tells...the first being for those WOW (War on WIP) items you may have already finished, have a question about, etc.  The second Show & Tell being our usual show us what you are working on, have recently bought, etc. Please be respectful of everyone's time and limit what you bring.

***Please remember that if you brought an Inspiration Photo to April's meeting, you must bring the fabric that you have selected for your Secret Partner to this month's meeting.  Let's not leave your Partner hanging; if you know that you will not be able to make Saturday's meeting, please let one of the Officer's know.

***We still have Michael Miller challenge fabric available, so if you would like to participate in The MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, it is not too late to participate.  And remember, the due date was extended to July.

See You Saturday!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Meeting Recap (April 12th, 2014)

Thank you to everyone who came to our meeting, played our goofy little games, snacked on some treats and were inspired by the amazing talent in the room. Hopefully you had lots of fun along the way.


  • While the social activities might have seemed a little silly on the surface, we hope that you made some new contacts and connections within our guild, and learned a thing or two about those sitting at the table with you.  A big Thank You to our "moderators" without whom, our event would not have been the same.

  • How about a Sew-In?  Mark your calendars --- Janie Lou is hosting a small one on Friday, April 25th, contact them or drop by for more information.  Our next big quarterly Sew-In Saturday is May 3rd from 9am-9pm.  An email with more information and instructions on how to sign-up will be going out the last week of April.

  • The STLMQG was asked to host a Quilting Education session for the community on Saturday May 17th at the Webster Groves library.  We are looking for volunteers who would like to participate by showing their quilt-making talents (piecing, machine quilting, etc) or bringing a few quilts (Traditional, Contemporary, Modern) to the event as part of the program.  If you are interested in learning more, please drop us a line at stlmqg@gmail.com

  • We received our Michael Miller Challenge fabric and it was distributed to those who are looking to participate in the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  Information regarding this challenge can be found on the MQG Community site.  For the rules, please visit the Challenge tab at the top of this blog.

  • Also Tracy from Tempest In A Tulip, a local online shop carrying Organic fabrics introduced her business and offered members in attendance a coupon. 

  • Casey and Jessica kicked off the Member's Swap/Challenge Committee activity by collecting everyone's inspiration images. For those who are participating, please remember that the fabric is due next meeting.

  • Our WOW (War on WIP) is really gaining momentum as you all are finding your Works in Progress and finishing them.  We are really enjoying some of the stories behind them too.

  • Finally thanks to everyone who continues to bring their modern Show & Tell items, as this segment of our meeting is always the most inspirational and is definitely the highlight to our Saturday's together.


We will hopefully see you at the Sew-In on May 3rd; but for sure at our next meeting.
Until then, keep the conversations going on Facebook and Instagram.