Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meeting Recap (April 9th, 2016)

Thank you to the members and guests who attended April's guild meeting, read on to see what you may have missed and or need to check out.


  • For those that are participating, how is your Sashing Stash Challenge coming along?  Did you know the due date has been extended to May 31st?

  • Casey from the Member's Swap/Challenge Committee handed out everyone's blocks for the I-70 swap and we did a quick reveal to see the variety of blocks which participants are working with, remember your finished project is due at the July meeting.  Check out the hashtag #i70swap to see what everyone is working on.

  • A big thank you to Marianne Belcke, for presenting this month's trunk show. 

  • Our members announced several Wins! this month, and we encourage you to share yours with us next month.  Did you finish a quilt, have a pattern published, receive an invitation to teach, or finally cleaned your studio...all of those are good things to share.

  • Jessica, our guild's Secretary, talked briefly about our Sew-Ins at Janie Lou; which is a great opportunity to get together with a smaller group.  The upcoming dates are May 7th, August 20th and November 5th.

We uploaded photos of most of the Show & Tell items to our Instagram page (@stlmqg), if you missed the meeting and would like some inspiration, head on over there to check it out.

Looking for inspiration of a different kind, the Missouri History Museum has an exhibit running which is titled Little Black Dress
Missouri History Museum // Little Black Dress exhibit
The Charity Committee announced this year's project; which is to make weighted lap pads for the sensory friendly kids in our area.  We will be sharing a separate blog posts on this; with instructions and everything you need to know to participate. 

Finally, in preparation for our annual in-town retreat, SewMeSTL, which is happening October 8th and 9th, we are looking for workshop instructors.  Are you interested in sharing your talents with our guild, please click on the following link where you will be taken to the application.  


We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Saturday, May 14th. Until then, visit us on social media.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Meeting #63 - April 9th, 2016

Hello Modern Quilters,

Spring is in the air, so let's spend some time together indoors...haha! We hope to see you at our meeting this Saturday. 

Date: April 9th, 2016
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

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

-I70 Swap with Kansas City Continues (Blocks distributed)
-Charity Committee Announcement
-Member Trunk Show = Showcasing the talents of Marianne Belcke
---Break---
-2016 Event Discussion
   :: Quarterly Sew-Ins
   :: Nashville Roadtrip Update
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

 
-------------------------- FYI ------------------------------

:: Let's see what fun modern quilty things you have been working on. Please limit your Show & Tell to 3 items per member.  Additionally, in an effort to ensure we have time for everyone, please make sure you give us the abbreviated story.  

:: Interested in starting a project; but unsure what to make.  Come and take a look at our Quilting Library, donated by Lucky Spool.  Members can check out one book a month, with the understanding that it will be returned the following month.

:: Remember the Freebie Table  rules have changed. Whatever you bring that is left over at the end of the meeting, you must take back with you, or dispose of accordingly (throw it out, donate to Goodwill, etc).


See You Saturday!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Meeting Recap (March 12th, 2016)

Thank you to everyone who attended March's guild meeting, you certainly helped make it an exciting one.  Read on to see what you may have missed and or need to check out.


  • Casey collected everyone's blocks for the I-70 swap and it sounds like we have the perfect number of participants.  If you took a photo of your block; but haven't uploaded it yet to Instagram, be sure to use the hashtags #i70swap and #stlmqg
  • Thank you to Dottie, Casey, Becca and Silvia for giving us a recap of their experiences at QuiltCon 2016; which was held in Pasadena a few weeks ago.  One of them mentioned the article that was in the L.A. Times; which we have included a link to here if you would like to read it. Interested in attending the next QuiltCon, it will be in Savannah, GA next year.  Visit this link to learn more.
  • Another big thank you to Mary Claire, for presenting this month's trunk show.  If you are unfamiliar with her work, or would like to see more, be sure to follow her on Instagram (@splendorfalls).
  • Finally the day's big event was Quilting Trivia; which made for some entertainment as well as education. It is surprising the random bits of knowledge we all collect and store away for times such as these.  
We have uploaded on our guild's Instagram page (@stlmqg) most of the quilts and items shown during this month's Show & Tell, please be sure to check it out.  

Here are some upcoming events and or opportunities you might be interested in.

  • Bits & Pieces Quilt Guild is hosting their bi-annual Quilt Show at Queeny Park this coming weekend 3/19 - 3/20.  Admission is $7 and is good for both days.  Please visit their website to learn more...Fanfare of Quilts 2016.
  • Have you heard the call for quilts by the Ontario Museum of History & Art.  They are holding a show 12/1 - 1/22 in Ontario, California and are looking for quilts to be juried into the show. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the links below.

Jessica, our guild's Secretary will be sending out two emails Sunday evening to all dues-paying members. Please be sure that you read them and respond where needed, as they will help us to gather information for our June Roadtrip to Nashville, and our upcoming Quarterly Sew-In.


See you in April; but keep the conversation going on Facebook and IG.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Meeting #63 - March 12th, 2016

Hello Modern Quilters,

This weekend's forecast is predicting lots of rain, so how about we spend some time together indoors. We have lots of things to see and do, so we hope to see you there. 

Date: March 12th, 2016
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

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

-I70 Swap with Kansas City Begins (Blocks Due-See Rules Here)
-QuiltCon 2016 Recap
-Member Trunk Show = Showcasing the talents of Mary Claire Goodwin
-Quilting Trivia
---Break---
-2016 Calendar Announcements
   :: Quarterly Sew-Ins
   :: Nashville Roadtrip Update
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

 
-------------------------- FYI ------------------------------

::  It is not too late to participate in the I-70 Swap with Kansas City.  Your block is due at our meeting which means you still have a couple of days to get one made.  Don't forget to sign-up and also bring your filled out Block Form.  All the directions and forms can be found on this previous post [I-70 Swap with KCMQG].

:: This month's group activity will test your Quilting Knowledge on things such as Popular Modern Fabric Collections, Quilt Blocks, Industry Logos, Notions and a Kona Cotton Color Challenge.  Come prepared to have some fun and likely lots of laughs.

:: Let's see what fun modern quilty things you have been working on. Please limit your Show & Tell to 3 items per member.  Additionally, in an effort to ensure we have time for everyone, please make sure you give us the abbreviated story.  

:: Interested in starting a project; but unsure what to make.  Come and take a look at our Quilting Library, donated by Lucky Spool.  Members can check out one book a month, with the understanding that it will be returned the following month.

:: Remember the Freebie Table  rules have changed. Whatever you bring that is left over at the end of the meeting, you must take back with you, or dispose of accordingly (throw it out, donate to Goodwill, etc).


See You Saturday!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Meeting Recap (February 13th, 2016)

February's meeting was hustling as we made several announcements, created Valentine's, and hosted our first Member Trunk Show.  Read on to see what you may have missed or to learn more about upcoming opportunities and activities.


  • Casey announced our upcoming swap with the KCMQG.  All dues-paying members are encouraged to participate, and while this is a swap with longer lead times, due dates are very important.  To read more, check out this post which was published last week... [I-70 Swap with KCMQG].
  • Angie Henderson jump-started our Member Trunk Show and shared some of her amazing work with our audience.  If you are unfamiliar with Angie's work, check out her IG account (@a.sewcrazy) to learn more.  Thanks Angie!
  • Our members then celebrated Valentine's Day by creating one of a kind cards; which were shared with a local assisted living center.  It is amazing what a glue stick, fabric scraps and lots of creativity will yield you.
  • Finally, we shared more details regarding several upcoming calendar events.
    • SewMeSTL is October 8th - 9th, so mark your calendars. We encourage you to book a room, so you make an entire weekend of it, rather then having to drive home. We will be looking for Workshop Teachers, so watch out for the open call.  Additionally, the Member's Swap/Challenge Committee will be creating a swap that attendees will be able to participate in, adding additional anticipation and excitement to an already spectacular event.  
    • We have re-instated our Quarterly Sew-In Saturday's which will now be held at Janie Lou quilt shop.  Jessica, our guild's Secretary, will be managing sign-ups; but for now, mark your calendars for March 26th, May 7th, August 20th, and November 5th. Space is limited, so it is important to sign-up as soon as you receive the email.
    • Each June, our guild hosts a Members-Only Roadtrip and this year is no different, although our destination definitely is.  How does Nashville sound?  We will be visiting Craft South, checking out the local cuisine, and offering additional quilt-related activities; all to make your weekend one to remember.  Mark your calendars for June 11th - 12th. 

Thanks to all our members who attended our meeting and helped to make it a success.  We hope to see you in a few weeks, where we will be hosting another Member Trunk Show as well as playing Quilting Trivia.  You might want to brush up on popular fabric lines, quilt industry logos, popular quilt blocks...oh, and Kona Cotton Colors.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I-70 Swap with KCMQG

The Swap and Challenge Committee is excited to announce the I-70 Swap with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild! Get to know our sister guild and make connections with modern quilters across Missouri!
KCMQG & STLMQG I-70 Swap

For this swap, all dues-paying members who wish to participate need to fill out the SIGN-UP FORM below.  Next, you will create a single 8"- 12" quilt block using your favorite fabrics, colors, and pattern. At the March meeting (March 12), turn in your block along with a printed and completed copy of the downloadable BLOCK FORM below (or mail to Casey if you can't make the meeting--see below for more details). Blocks will be shipped to the KCMQG, where they will be matched up with secret partners who will make a project of your choice out of your block.
At the April meeting (April 9), you will receive a block from a secret KCMQG partner to make into a project for them. (You will have the opportunity to tell us what types of projects you are comfortable making, so don't worry about being matched with a partner who wants something you can't make!) You'll have three months to make the project, which you must turn in to Casey no later than the July meeting so that it can be shipped back to Kansas City. At the August meeting, you will receive a completed project from your KC partner.

A couple of details:
  • Because this swap requires shipping between KC and St. Louis, timeliness is important. Please keep an eye on the calendar and hand in your blocks and finished projects by the due dates to ensure that the swap runs smoothly. If you cannot make one of the meetings where we will be turning things in, feel free to email Casey to work out alternative arrangements (casey AT casey-york DOT com).
  • Please note that the online version of the form asks whether you will attend the June meeting, but that the STLMQG will not meet in June. Please check this box as YES if you plan to be at the JULY meeting (July 9).
  • You will be provided with information about your secret partner's style and likes and dislikes so that you can transform their block into a project that will be perfect for them.
  • You are not required to purchase additional materials for the project you make--using your stash is fine. Please do be conscientious, though, and use only high-quality fabrics and other materials.
  • Please ensure that your block measures between 8" and 12" square. You should leave your partner's block intact when making it into a project.
  • Feel free to post your project progress on social media, and please use the hashtag #i70Swap
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Casey!


Have fun making your block, and thanks for participating in this swap with our sister guild!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meeting #62 - February 13th, 2016

Hello Modern Quilters,

Love is in the air this month, and what better way to share our collective admiration for quilting, then by getting together with some friends for another entertaining and educational meeting.  We have several announcements to make, and loveliness to share, so we hope to see you there. 

Date: February 13th, 2016
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

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

-Swap with Kansas City Begins (Announcement & Sign-ups)
-Member Trunk Show = Showcasing the talents of Angie Henderson
-Group Activity (Participation Info Below)
---Break---
-2016 Calendar Announcements
   :: SewMeSTL
   :: Quarterly Sew-Ins
   :: June Roadtrip
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

 
-------------------------- FYI ------------------------------

::  Ready for a group activity?  This one will test your creativity and there might even be a yummy prize involved for one of you. To participate all we ask is that you bring a pair of fabric scissors.  Additional items you may want to consider, although they are not required, include a hand-sewing needle, thread, decorative ribbon or ric-rac scraps, or other small embellishments you can sew on by hand.  The theme is Valentine's Day, so think Red, Pink, White and Black.

:: Let's see what fun modern quilty things you have been working on. Please limit your Show & Tell to 3 items per member.  Additionally, in an effort to ensure we have time for everyone, please make sure you give us the abbreviated story.  

:: Interested in starting a project; but unsure what to make.  Come and take a look at our Quilting Library, donated by Lucky Spool.  Members can check out one book a month, with the understanding that it will be returned the following month.

:: Remember the Freebie Table  rules have changed. Whatever you bring that is left over at the end of the meeting, you must take back with you, or dispose of accordingly (throw it out, donate to Goodwill, etc).


See You Saturday!!!