Sunday, March 15, 2015

Meeting Recap (March 14th, 2015)

As always, thank you for spending your Saturday with us.  Here is a recap of what happened in case you could not attend, or you missed something.



  • Several members who attended QuiltCon shared their experiences with us...what they saw, what they loved, what they bought, etc.  If you were inspired by what you heard, and would like more information about upcoming conferences, be sure to visit the QuiltCon 2016 and 2017 pages. It's never too early to book your room.
  • Julie from the Charity Committee announced our projects for this year; which can be found on our Charitable Activities page.  If you are a dues-paying member be sure to check your email later today for more detailed information.
  • Casey from the Swap/Challenge Committee led the "Focal Fabric Swap"; which had us learning a bit about curating a collection of fabric.  If you participated, be sure to purchase and bring with you to the April meeting, 4 quilt-shop quality modern fat quarters which are inspired by the focal fabric you borrowed. 
  • Kristy went over the MQG State of the Union, including global membership levels reached in 2014, new initiatives and improvements. Here are some highlights (as of Feb 2015):
           ::Globally the MQG has 8161 members, of which 2785 are individual members
           ::There are 139 guilds spread out across all 50 US states, 32 countries, and 6 continents

  • Finally, thanks to all the members who brought Show & Tell.  Your work always inspires us.


Here are some quick announcements you might want to check out.

  • The MQG announced a Call for Entries a few months back, as the Texas Quilt Museum is hosting a juried exhibition and is looking for modern quilts.  All the info you need can be found here.
  • Thimble & Thread's Bi-Annual Quilt Show is Saturday/Sunday March 21st-22nd at the Greensfelder Rec Center at Queeny Park.  Details can be found here.
  • Janie Lou is hosting Carolyn Friedlander for two workshops and a trunk show this September. Details can be found here, and reservations are required.

See you in April !


2015 Charitable Projects

The Charity Committee announced today two opportunities for our members to give back to the St. Louis community. Members are encouraged to participate in one or both of the projects as their time and interest permits. If you are a dues-paying member of the STLMQG, you will receive an email with much more detailed information that you need to read prior to participating; but here's a quick overview.

Project #1: 
Totes for residents of a local shelter for victims of sex trafficking

We will be m
aking nice, large, sturdy totes to be given to new residents of the shelter. They will be able to take their tote with them when they leave the shelter.


To provide some uniformity, we ask that you use one of the following four patterns/tutorials:
(1) http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/2011/10/12-gifts-of-christmas-scraptastic-tote.html
(2) http://www.cloverandviolet.com/2015/02/the-pepper-tote-free-pattern.html
(3) http://www.abrightcorner.com/2013/11/scrappy-quilted-tote-bag.html
(4) http://ohfransson.bigcartel.com/product/perfect-quilted-totes-pdf-sewing-pattern

  • Feel free to make small modifications to the patterns, such as adding a pocket, quilting the bag, or changing the design of the "patchwork section"; but please largely stick to the patterns as written. 
  • Please follow all pattern recommendations for interfacing and bag construction to ensure a sturdy final product.

The shelter has housed girls as young as 13, but the median age is 22, so keep those ages in mind when choosing fabrics. Fabrics should be modern and quilt-store quality. We want these totes to be something the girls will cherish and be proud to use.

We’ll also be collecting items to fill the bags; more information about this will be provided as we get
closer to the final collection date.

Due Date:  We will begin accepting finished totes immediately; but the final deadline will be our August meeting.

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Project #2: 

Children’s quilts for Project Linus

We will also be collecting both finished quilts and unfinished quilt blocks and tops (which we will finish) to donate to the local chapter of Project Linus, which gifts quilts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18, through local agencies and hospitals in the St. Louis area.


Project Linus has very few stipulations on the kinds of quilts that can be donated, but it’s important that they meet the following guidelines:

  • Quilts must be new, handmade, and washable and come from smoke-free environments due to allergy reasons.
  • Project Linus accepts blankets of all sizes and styles (including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors). Since we are a quilt guild, we’d like to focus our gifting on quilts, but if you have other types of blankets you’d like to donate, we will accept them.
  • Depending on the number of unfinished blocks/tops we receive, we may also look for volunteers who would be interested in helping to baste, quilt, and/or bind them.

Due date: We will begin accepting quilts and quilt blocks/tops immediately, but the final deadline will be our November meeting.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meeting #54 - March 14th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

We have much to share this month and hope to see you at our meeting. 

Date: March 14th, 2015
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

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

-QuiltCon Recap
-Charity Committee Announcement
-Swap/Challenge Committee "Focal Fabric" (Fabric Swap)
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle


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

:: Hopefully you have been playing around on Instagram since learning the "Ins & Outs" at February's meeting. Don't forget to use the hashtag #stlmqg when uploading your images, so we can see all of the modern things that you are doing.

:: Interested in participating in the "Focal Fabric" (Fabric Swap) hosted by our very own Member's Swap/Challenge committee.  All those who want to join in the fun should bring a 5" x 5" or larger piece of focal fabric to this month's meeting.  Before the April meeting, participants will purchase 4 coordinating FQs, building a small bundle.  In April, the focal fabric and coordinating bundle will be given to it's original owner.   

:: 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.

:: Finally, don't forget to wear your nametag.  We gathered lots of little goodies from QuiltCon to share with the guild and will be randomly chosing winners from amongst those who wear their nametag.  Are you a member without a nametag, what are you waiting for?  Create a unique one using fabric, embroidery, etc.  It can be any size, any shape...just not a generic paper one pinned to your shirt, or a sticker with your name on it...that's not fun, no matter how you might decorate it.


See You Saturday!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Meeting Recap (February 14th, 2015)

Thanks to everyone who spent their Valentine's Day morning with us, while we couldn't promise chocolates and wine...we hope that you enjoyed your time.

Now, let's get to the recap:


  • Kelly announced that we have 87 members, as 2 new-to-us visitors joined today.  Welcome!
  • Casey and Jessica from the Member's Swap/Challenge Committee, provided the Pincushion Swap details and with a resounding cheer, we had a table full of intricate pincushions to vote on and swap.  Be sure to check out our #stlmqg hashtag on Instagram to see photos of the pinnies.
  • We asked that members bring their recent pattern and book purchases with them to share a little bit about why they bought them, what they were looking forward to making, etc.  It is our hope that members received some first-person recommendations, and introductions of new to them items.
  • Kristy led an Instagram 101 session and several members were up and running, uploading their first photos and learning about hashtags, swaps, destashes, etc. 
  • Following the break, Casey introduced the next swap; which begins March and concludes in April.  All those who are interested in participating should bring a 5" x 5" or larger piece of focal fabric to the March meeting.  Before the April meeting, participants will purchase 4 coordinating FQs, building a small bundle.  In April, the focal fabric and coordinating bundle will be given to it's original owner.  

Here are some quick announcements you might want to check out.

  • Have you been interested in purchasing a book by one of C&T's authors?  In honor of those authors who will be attending QuiltCon, C&T is offering a 25% discount. All the details can be found here.

Thanks for another great meeting, see you on March 14th !



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Meeting #53 - February 14th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Mardi Gras or simply Happy Saturday. We hope to see you at our meeting. 

Date: February 14th, 2015
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

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

-Pincushion Swap
-New To You Patterns & Books
-Instagram What?
-Program discussion
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle



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

:: Have you been following along with us on social media?  If you are on Instagram use the hashtag #stlmqg to get a sneak peek of several of the awesome pincushions which will be swapped on Saturday.  You do still have a few days to finish one, so it's not too late. 

:: We would like to ask all attending members who would like to participate to bring in either a pattern (quilting, garment, tote, etc.) or a book (quilting or craft-related) they purchased within the last 6 months.  We would like to ask you to say a few words about why you bought it (interested in the technique, love the author/designer, etc.) and if you have made anything from it, please bring that as well...although that is not necessary.  We hope that this activity will expose our members to new patterns and books which they may not have seen before.

:: Finally, we have had quite a few members ask us how they can get on Instagram, so we would like to spend a few minutes setting anyone up and giving a quick overview on how it all works. 


See You Saturday!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Meeting Recap (January 10th, 2015)

We eased into 2015 with a day filled with games...hoping to kick off the new year in a fun fashion. In case you missed it, we encourage you to check out our new STLMQG Instagram account, as it includes some photos as well as highlights of Show & Tell.

Is one of your resolutions to get your quilts out in front of more people?  There are two upcoming opportunities you should know about.
It is not too late to get in on the Pincushion Swap.  You have 5 whole weeks to finish it, as they are due at our February meeting; which coincidentally is on Valentine's Day this year.  You'll want to be sure to bring your A-Game, as there will be a small prize for the member-chosen winner, and then the swapping and rob-your-neighbor madness starts.  

Thanks to everyone who played along in our Guild Games; while we know that some were much more fun then others, we hope that you had some giggles nonetheless.  

Until next time, be sure to visit us on Facebook where the conversation never ends.

See you on February 14th!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meeting #52 - January 10th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Happy New Year!!!  We look forward to seeing your smiling faces as we kick off a great year.  

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

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Agenda:

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

-Games, Games, & More Games
-Show & Tell

-Mix & Mingle


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

:: Some of you have been with us since Day 1, many more joined our second and third year, and a few just joined last month; therefore we are starting 2015 with some fun activities that are sure to bring on fits of giggles.  Do come prepared to stretch your creative muscles.

:: Remember, it is not too late to participate in our Pincushion Swap...no sign-ups needed.  Just bring your awesomely modern pincushion to the February meeting; where we will be voting on our favorites and then swapping them in a Rob Your Neighbor style game.


See You Saturday!!