Saturday, August 8, 2015

Meeting Recap (August 8th, 2015)

A big thanks to everyone who came out today, we know that time is precious...and we are thankful you spent it with us.  Let's do a meeting recap, shall we, as there were lots of things discussed.


  • Kelly shared the second of our two "BOM" Block of the Month blocks today, as designed/decided by Carol K.  

  • Jessica talked a little about our first charitable project; which was making totes for a local shelter.  Our members came thru as we knew they would, donating a little over 40 bags. If you search the hashtag #stlmqgcares and/or #stlmqg on Instagram, you can see many if not all of the totes which were made and donated. A big round of applause goes out to all of those who helped with this project.

St. Louis MQG // Totes made and donated by our members


  • Our second charity project, collecting quilts for Project Linus is ongoing with a due date of November 14th (our Nov. meeting).  Casey announced that all those who donate a quilt to us in November or have donated a quilt as part of this project to us earlier in the year will be entered into a drawing (1 quilt donation = 1 entry, 2 quilt donations = 2 entries...so on and so forth). Additionally, be sure to enter your quilt into the 100 Quilts for Kids charity drive...which is an online drive encouraging quilters to make a quilt for a child in need.  Please rest easy knowing that you can still entering a quilt into the 100 Quilts for Kids, and yet donate it to our Project Linus collection.  

  • Casey also announced our final swap for this year; which will be a Tool Swap.  We all have those tools that we love and reach for time and again, so let's share that passion with someone else.  All those who want to participate should bring a new tool to the November meeting, with a retail value between $10-$25.  We will then do a brief show & tell so you can let our members know why you chose that tool, followed by a Rob-Your-Neighbor style swap.  If your tool retails for less then the amount noted above, please include an additional item/fabric/thread, etc so everyone who participates can walk away with something of a relatively equal value.

  • Jan Ochterbeck, one of our upcoming SewMeSTL Teachers, shared a little about the workshop she will be leading this October based on her book Cut and Shuffle Quilts. She is one of 4 Teachers we will be featuring this Fall, so keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available.
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Finally, we have some official guild business to attend to, as Kelly Smith, our Secretary for the last 3 years will be stepping down at the end of 2015.  We have not only enjoyed working along-side her; but appreciated her willingness to step up and give back to our guild in so many ways.  Thank You!!

While the other Officers are happy to continue in their roles; should someone be interested in one of those positions (not just the vacant one), they are welcome to follow the process below so they can be put on the ballot.

If you have been a member for at least one year, and have an interest in giving back to the St. Louis MQG by way of becoming an Officer, we would love to hear from you. Please review the process below regarding how elections work within our guild.

1.   All those who would like to be considered for an Officer position, should review the roles [see this document] so they are aware of what is expected from each of the Officers.

2.   Please inform Jamie Mueller, our Election Officiate, of your interest in a position and she will gather the names and provide them to the current Officers on November 1st, so a ballot can be made.

3.   At the November meeting, candidates will have the opportunity to express why they would like your vote for (___) position.  

4.   All dues-paying members in attendance at our November meeting will be given a ballot which they will use to vote for the candidate they chose.  

Easy Peasy!! 

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Now, if you are a member who would love to do more; but you don't want to be an Officer, there are always other opportunities available too.  We are always looking for self-starters, who the Officers can count on to assist with various projects and events; which includes making phone calls, gathering item donations, being an STLMQG advocate on social media, and physically being available at meetings/events to help with setup, etc.  Please email us at stlmqg@gmail.com if you are interested. 

As we don't have another meeting until November (due to our two large Fall events). Please! Please! keep your eyes on social media, this website, and your inbox as we will be distributing information you need to know for the next two months via those outlets.

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We hope to see you in September at the Elizabeth Hartman Trunk Show, or at October's SewMeSTL.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Meeting #58 - August 8th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Just as Summer is winding down, we are gearing up for one of our busiest Falls in quite a while.  This month will actually be our last "meeting" for a while as we have several upcoming events, so we hope to see your smiling faces this Saturday.  


Date: August 8th, 2015
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership Information
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News

-Charity Project Update & Handmade Tote Collection
-Block of the Month progress
-Officer Announcements
-Fall Events
    :: Elizabeth Hartman (September 12th - 13th)
    :: SewMeSTL (October 24th - 25th)
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

 
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:: We want to see your Show & Tell, don't be shy.  We know that you've been working on lots of modern things as we see glimpses of them on Instagram...bring them, we want to ooh and aah in person.  Don't forget this also includes any modern fabric you've recently purchased or books you just had to have. We are raising the limit this month, so please note you can bring up to 6 items.

:: Our Charity Projects are well underway and we hope you are too.  Saturday is the due date for the handmade totes.  Remember if you are one of the members who got the free pattern from Elizabeth Hartman, you are required to have completed and donated at least one bag.  Check out our  [2015 Charitable Projects] page for more details. 

See You Saturday!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The STLMQG welcomes Elizabeth Hartman to St. Louis

We are excited to be bringing the extremely talented Elizabeth Hartman to St. Louis this Fall and we would like to invite the St. Louis Quilting Community to attend her Trunk Show presentation.

Saturday, September 12th 2015 at The Heights
6:30 pm - Doors Open
7:00 pm - Trunk Show beings

RSVP here to ensure we put you on the list and have enough seating for everyone.  

Please take a few minutes to review the official announcement below for other details such as associated costs, where to purchase her patterns, and social media info.

If you are a local shop or quilt guild and would like to use this announcement, you can download a copy here; but we ask that you forward your members/patrons to this page so they can RSVP.



We hope to see you there!




Sunday, July 19, 2015

Meeting Recap (July 11th, 2015)

First and foremost, WOW...5 years since we started this journey together and we could not be more proud of what our guild has accomplished by way of bringing people together to learn, to make things that challenge us, and most important to build bonds.  So Thank You!!!

Now, if you missed out on any of this month's activities or announcements, check out the recap and associated links below.


  • Carolyn gave us an update on our Charity Project for this year; which you can still participate in.  Check out this post to learn how you can help us support a great local organization. If you are donating a bag, remember they are due at the August meeting.
  • Thank you to all those who have already designed or will be designing a block for our Block Of The Month.  For those of you who are making the blocks as we go along, we love seeing this sampler come together piece by piece.
  • We collected quite a large assortment of siggie blocks which were mailed to the Charleston MQG earlier this past week, as part of the quilt they are putting together for the Emanual AME Church.  You still have time to participate, check out the info here.
  • Hopefully our lively discussion on Starch and Starch-Alternatives was helpful and you walked away with a better understanding of how and why you would use these items.  
  • We hope that the Machine Binding demo went well and for those who are interested in this technique, you can learn more here and here.

Finally, as we gear up for our Fall activities, we know everyone is anxious to sign-up; but we ask that you please be patient with us as we have some last minute things to shore up prior to sending out all of the Info and Sign-Up emails.    

Here are the dates of our events, so you can check your calendar.

  • Elizabeth Hartman (September 12th - 13th)
  • SewMeSTL (October 24th - 25th)

Again, Thanks for Five wonderful years.  We look forward to many, many more.  





Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Meeting #57 - July 11th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Saturday is a big day for our guild, as we celebrate our 5th anniversary...5 whole years, can you believe it? We have lots to cover, and will be looking for participation, so check out the below agenda.   

Date: July 11th, 2015
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership Information
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News

-5th Anniversary Celebration
-Starch Discussion : Bring your questions and favorite products (Starch, Best Press, Flatter, etc.) as we spread some "starch" love and learn a thing or two about this sewing-room staple
-Machine Binding Demo
-Block of the Month progress
-Charity Project Update
-KC Roadtrip Recap
-Fall Events Communication Schedule
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

 
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:: Don't forget to bring your modern Show & Tell projects, new modern fabric you've recently purchased or books you just had to have. Let's keep it to a limit of 3 though, so everyone has a chance to participate.

:: Our Charity Projects are well underway; but there is still time to participate...so check it out [2015 Charitable Projects].  We are hoping to collect 30-40 handmade totes; which are due at our August meeting.

:: We will have solid fabric and permanent pens available for all those who would like to sign a siggie block as part of the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild quilt for the Emanuel AME Church. All of the blocks signed at Saturday's meeting will be mailed off in a group package; but if you would like to participate and won't be at the meeting, you can certainly send one off yourself.  All the details can be found here [Quilt for Mother Emanual].

:: SewMeSTL will be here before you know it, and we are looking for workshop teachers.  If you are a dues-paying member, you received an email on Tuesday 7/7 with an application link. We'd love to have you participate.  


See You Saturday!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Just a reminder that we will not have a meeting this month due to scheduling conflicts at The Heights.

In lieu of a meeting, we have planned a guild roadtrip to Sarah's Fabric in Lawrence, KS; which several of you signed up for.

If you are not attending the roadtrip; here are some other things you might want to check out or do.


  • Thinking of going to QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena?  Check out the QuiltCon catalog filled with the schedule of events, classes and presentations.  Two of your fellow guild members (Casey York and Becca Bryan) are even teaching/speaking...how exciting is that!
  • Raid your inbox and find the BOM emails that Kelly has been sending...and start a block or two to show off at next month's meeting
  • Check out the STLMQG Pinterest boards for some inspiration, tutorials, etc.  We are in the process of adding lots of new content, so follow us.
  • Looking to grow your Instagram inspiration?  Don't forget to search hashtags that others use, as it opens up a whole new world of inspiration and people
  • How about a Quilt-Along for the Summer?  If simple lines and designs are your thing, check out the Simplicity Quilt-Along

Members, keep an eye on your inbox as we will be sending out a few emails in the coming weeks regarding several of our events this Fall...it's EXCITING stuff !!!

We look forward to seeing you at our July meeting, where we will be celebrating our guild's 5th anniversary as well as doing some educational demos...more info to come.

See you in July.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Meeting #56 - May 9th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Come check us out this Saturday, where we hope to inspire you or at the very least make you laugh. 

Date: May 9th, 2015
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership Information
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News

-Demo : The many ways to piece a HST
-Block of the Month progress
-SewIn Saturday Announcement
-Charity Project Update
-KC Roadtrip News (Hotel Info, Itinerary, etc.)
-The MQG News
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

 
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:: Don't forget to bring your modern Show & Tell projects, new modern fabric or book purchases, etc.  Let's keep it to a limit of 3 though, so everyone has a chance to participate.


See You Saturday!!