Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Meeting #71 - February 11th, 2017

Hello Modern Quilters,

Saturday's meeting will serve as a kickoff to the year (since January's meeting was cancelled); so come join us for several announcements, education and lots of fun.

Date: February, 11th, 2017
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

*Childcare available, please see info here*

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Agenda:

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

- Preparing your quilt for a Long-Arm Quilter (Dottie & Annie)
- Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge : What you need to know
- Modern Quilting: Yes, No and Everything In Between
---Break---
- Committee Sign-Ups
- 2017 Calendar : Activities, Demos, Sew-Ins, Speakers, Teachers, Workshops and more
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new modern fabrics you have purchased or received and books that inspire you.

:: It's time to get your MQG Membership Cards.  Don't forget to stop by and see Jessica.

:: If you signed up for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge (thru the MQG), the fabric has arrived; please see Jessica.

See you Saturday!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Recap

While Mother Nature blanketed St. Louis in a sheet of ice this past weekend, forcing us to cancel our January meeting, we still have many things to announce. So without further ado, here is what you should know.


  • Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge : The Officer's decided to create a challenge this year, encouraging members to start one of those intended projects; for which you bought a particular pattern and/or book to use.  Everything you need to know about this challenge can be found on our [Challenges] tab at the top of the page. Updated 1/16/17 - An entry limit has been placed.
  • Hand-Sew Happy Hours have started once again. Jessica, our guild's Secretary, recently sent out the information via email earlier today.  If you are a dues-paying member and did not receive the email, please let us know.
  • We are finalizing plans to bring in a well-known Teacher this June for a presentation and two workshops.  Once everything is confirmed, we will make the official announcement; but for now, please keep the weekend of June 3rd-4th open.
  • SewMeSTL is happening again, this year on October 14th and 15th at the Drury. An email will be sent soon to all dues-paying members regarding this event.
  • This year we have several panels, demos and other educational opportunities planned for our meetings including the below: 
    • Preparing your quilt for a Long-Arm Quilter (Panel Discussion)
    • Curating fabric bundles (Presenter)
    • Hand-Sew Demonstration (Rotating Demos w/hands on instruction)
    • Publishing Books & Patterns (Panel Discussion)
  • We will also continue our monthly Member Trunk Shows, Member's Swap/Challenge committee activities, charitable sewing, and so much more.

We are looking forward to all that 2017 has in store, 
and are glad to be sharing it with you.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meeting #70 - January 14th, 2017

***Updated 1/13/17 at 10am***  
Due to the Ice Storm that is hitting St. Louis and surrounding areas, the Officers have decided to cancel Saturday's meeting.  Please be safe out there, and stay tuned for an update on our guild's activities and events.

Hello Modern Quilters,

Let's ring in the new year with some education, several announcements and lots of fun, shall we.

Date: January, 14th, 2017
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

*Childcare available, please see info here*

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Agenda:

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

- Getting To Know You Activity
- Modern Quilting Webinar & Discussion
---Break---
- Committee Sign-Ups
- Officer Challenge Announcement
- 2017 Calendar : Activities, Demos, Sew-Ins, Speakers, Teachers, Workshops and more
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new modern fabrics you have purchased or received and books that inspire you.

See you Saturday!!

*** Inclement weather is predicted for Saturday. Please check this site before heading out Saturday morning to ensure that the meeting has not been cancelled***

Friday, December 30, 2016

Meeting Recap (December 10th, 2016)

While we realize we say it all the time, we really do mean it when we Thank You for attending, participating and continuing to support our group.  December's meeting was fun-filled and a great way to cap off another great year.

  • Jessica, our Secretary, collected 2017 dues from those wishing to renew next year.

  • Krista, our guild's new Treasurer, stepped in and assisted us with the annual fundraiser.

  • Dottie reminded everyone about our guild's commitment to finish the QuiltCon Charity Quilt, which was started several months ago. If you are interested in helping to piece together the blocks that have been collected, or would like to assist with the quilting, please check your Inbox, as Jessica sent out information to members on how to sign up. 

  • Our annual fundraiser was an enormous undertaking and huge success as always.  Here are some photos that capture the atmosphere.




A photo posted by St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild (@stlmqg) on



A photo posted by St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild (@stlmqg) on



The Officers are getting together this coming weekend to put together the 2017 calendar, and with the expanded meeting space we will be able to host a lot more educational activities, demos and opportunities to collaborate with one another.  

Have a fun-filled New Year and we will see you in January!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meeting #69 - December 10th, 2016

Hello Modern Quilters,

We hope you will join us this Saturday as we celebrate 2016 and look forward to 2017.  

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

*Childcare available, please see info here*

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Agenda:

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

-Final Raffle Item Collection (Learn more HERE)
-Committee Sign-Ups
-2016 Crafty/Quilty Resolutions...How did you do?
-Fundraiser Event
---Break---
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

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

:: This month is your final opportunity to pay your 2017 dues, if you wish to continue with us next year.  It's very easy to do so...just bring $40 cash or check (made out to the STLMQG) and our Officers will ensure you are on next year's roster. If you will not be in attendance at either meeting; but would like to remain a member, please send us an email and we will provide you with further information.  Please note that your cash/check must be received no later than Saturday, December 17th so we can fulfill our responsibilities to The MQG.

:: Our annual December Fundraiser is always a blast and there will be ample time to participate; but don't forget a few things.  
         1. Bring a pen so you can write your name on your tickets --or--bring small return address labels to use instead.
         2. If you still have items you wish to donate, we will be collecting them at the beginning of the meeting.  Want to learn more about the items we are looking for, check out this link for a few years ago.  Just remember, this is not an opportunity to get rid of  super old items that belong on the Free Table.
         3. If you wish to purchase additional tickets, you can do so at the meeting.

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new fabrics you have purchased, books that inspire you, etc.

See you Saturday!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Meeting Recap (November 12th, 2016)

Thank you to all who came out to our November meeting, read on to see all of the exciting things that occurred and what is coming up next.

  • Jessica, our Secretary, announced that we now have 107 members and reminded everyone that it was time to start thinking about and/or paying your 2017 STLMQG dues.  If you were not in attendance, you can still pay at our December meeting.  If you will not be attending, then please send the guild an email and alternate arrangements will be made.
  • 2016's SewMeSTL was a huge success and we are pleased to announce that 2017's event will once again be held at the Drury Inn & Suites.  Please mark your calendars for October 14th & 15th, 2017.  Information will be sent in the coming months regarding how to book your room, open call for Teachers, etc.
  • Dottie talked briefly about our guild's QuiltCon Charity Quilt inspiration.  If you missed the reveal, here is one of the "in progress" photo that Dottie shared. Thank you to all who made blocks, are still making blocks, coordinated the block packages, cut up the fabric, etc, etc, etc.


  • Robyn & Lynn, our Quilt Show Co-Chairs, shared with everyone all of the research they have been doing the last few months about the possibility of having a STLMQG Quilt Show. If you are interested in learning more and helping to get this off the ground, please consider signing up for the Quilt Show Committee.
  • Casey got our Crayon Challenge reveal going and we were all blown away by the work that the participants created. Congratulations to Laura, Lynn and Marianne who were each winners in their categories.  To check out some of the entries, please visit #stlmqg and #crayonchallenge on Instagram.
  • We held Part 2 of our MQG discussion and our members voted (nearly unanimously) to continue to be a part of the larger organization.  If you missed the benefits our members/guild receive, please check out the November Agenda to learn more.
  • As we prepare for our annual December Fundraiser, our members generously donated a lot of wonderful goodies.  We will be sharing some sneak-peeks on our STLMQG Instagram page in the coming weeks.  It's not too late to donate, as we will be collecting items at our December meeting.  Need a reminder of what to consider...check out this earlier post.
  • We are very pleased to announce that Krista Robbins will be our new Treasurer for 2017. Congrats!!
  • In addition, please be sure to say Thank You to Rene, who has been our guild's Treasurer for many years.  Her contribution to our guild will not go unnoticed and we do hope to see her now and again; when she's not peddling delicious bakery treats that is.
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Here are some things that you may want to know:

   :: Starting in January 2017, our meeting space at The Heights has been enlarged and will now be double-rooms, allowing us to more easily do activities, demos, and the like.  

   :: It's not too late to finish that quilt and enter it into QuiltCon.  Entries are due by midnight CST on November 30th.  

   :: Thanks to Susanne at Lucky Spool, our guild library will be expanding to include 9 new books in 2017.  

*Giveaway* What!? It's been a year since I made this offer and I've loved hearing about what your guild members learned from our last book library giveaway, so here it is again!! As a Board Member of @themqg I am passionate about our organization and as a Publisher, I always seek to educate and inspire. Look what Lucky Spool has been up to just one year later!??! I'm honored to make the same offer again: If your #themodernquiltguild has 50 or more members, I'll send the first 30 guilds who send me an email (Susanne at luckyspool dot com), this collection of our latest books to either add to or to begin their own loaning library for their members. At #luckyspool we don't publish many books a year, but we hope your members find something to love in each (honest Amazon reviews are appreciated, but not required, of course 😊). Titles include #bohoembroidery #thequiltblockcookbook #beyondcottonbook #bythebundlebook #scrapsinc2 #intentionalpiecingbook #simplycolorbooks Purple #quiltersyearbook and #WALKbook So quickly, tag your guild librarian or president and the first 30 qualifying guilds who send me an email (above), not a comment, will each get sent a little library from me to you 😘🙌😘 Ready, set, GO!!!!! #justbetterbooks
A photo posted by Susanne Woods (@craftyeditor) on



That is all for now.  
Please have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.  











Monday, November 7, 2016

Meeting #68 - November 12th, 2016

Hello Modern Quilters,

We hope to see you on Saturday where we will be inspired, have some healthy discussion and hopefully lots of fun.

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

*Childcare available, please see info here*

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Agenda:

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

-SewMeSTL Recap and 2017's event
-Charity Committee Update
-Ticket Raffle Item Collection (Learn more HERE)
-Quilt Show Committee News
-Crayon Challenge Due (Rules HERE 
---Break---
-STLMQG Officer Elections
-The MQG discussion cont'd
-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

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

:: This month we start collecting 2017 dues, so please do not forget your $40 cash or check (made out to the STLMQG) if you are interested in continuing with us next year.  We will also be collecting them at our December meeting as well.  If you will not be in attendance at either meeting; but would like to remain a member, please send us an email and we will provide you with further information.

:: We will be collecting items for our December Fundraiser, want to learn more about the items we are looking for, check out this link for a few years ago.  Just remember, this is not an opportunity to get rid of  super old items that belong on the Free Table.

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new fabrics you have purchased, books that inspire you, etc.

:: We will be finishing our discussion on The MQG and deciding at the meeting whether or not to continue our partnership with them in 2017.  Check out these benefits which you and/or the guild receives by being a part of the larger organization.
As provided by The MQG in November's Member Newsletter



See You Saturday !!