Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meeting Recap (November 14th, 2015)

As always, thanks to everyone who came to our meeting this past Saturday, it was nice to finally catch up with so many of you who we haven't seen for a while.  Now onto the recap...

  • It's not too late to submit a quilt to QuiltCon's juried quilt show, check out the rules and how to enter here [Quilt Show/QuiltCon West].  The due date is Nov. 30th.
  • As we approach the close of 2015, many start planning for 2016, and what better way to write down those plans then in your Quilter's Planner.  Stephanie Palmer is the creator of this tool; which you can learn more about and purchase on her crowd-sourcing campaign page.
  • There is lots of local quilt shop news...both happy and sad, here are the details:
    • MerrilyWeSew is moving into its new home in Fenton and should be open the first week of December.
    • JanieLou has moved into its new home in downtown Kirkwood and is open for business.
    • SewMuchFun is a new shop in Collinsville, Illinois, check out their site for more information.
    • InStitches located in Ballwin is closing it's doors.
  • Are you a Maker, Supplier, Designer or Pro-Blogger; have you heard of the Craft Industry Alliance?  It's a new kind of trade organization which you may want to investigate, as they are out to help you strengthen your business.  
  • Quilt National 2015 is in St. Louis for a short time this November. If you are interested in checking out this travelling quilt show which runs Nov 19th-28th check out this link for more info. 
  • Looking for inspiration?  You don't have to look far as the St. Louis Art Museum has an exhibit called "St. Louis Modern" which runs now through January 21st.  Check out this link for more info.
  • What did we learn from the Member's Swap/Challenge Committee Tool Swap that Casey led this past meeting?  That everyone loves Wonder Clips and that there is no shortage of interesting notions out there.  Thanks to the committee for putting this fun swap together.
  • A big thank you also goes out to all of the members who donated quilts for our Project Linus charitable collection.  Look at this lovely stack of 65 quilts (photographed by Jessica Schunke).

  • Speaking of Jessica, we are thrilled to announce that she will be joining the Officers next year in the role of Secretary.  YAY!!
  • If you haven't yet paid your 2016 guild dues, it's not too late.  You can pay at the December meeting or if you are a current member you can mail it in (check your inbox for info on how to do that).
  • Finally, thank you to everyone who donated items to our December Fundraiser.  We haven't started sorting them; but we took a peek and there are lots of great items, just you wait.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Meeting #59 - November 14th, 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

We are looking forward to getting back into the swing of our monthly meetings, now that our Fall Events have come to a close.  There is a lot to get to in these last two months, so be sure to check out the agenda below to be sure that you are prepared for what is to come. 

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


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

-Charity Project Update : Collect quilts for Project Linus
-Election / Officer Update
-Member's Swap/Challenge Committee: Tool Swap
-Collect items for December's Fundraiser
-Pay 2016 Dues-Show & Tell
-Mix & Mingle

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

:: We know that you've been working on lots of modern things as we've seen the start of them in Elizabeth Hartman's workshop, and lots more during SewMeSTL.  Please consider bringing them to a meeting this Fall/Winter, so we can ooh and aah in person. 

:: Our Charity Projects are coming to a close.  Do you have a quilt to donate to Project Linus?  This Saturday is the last day we will be collecting them. Don't forget Casey's announcement 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 for a prize (1 quilt donation = 1 entry, 2 quilt donations = 2 on and so forth).

:: Have you forgotten about the Tool Swap? Remember to pick up a new tool/notion with a retail value between $10-20 (or combination of items reaching that total). For those who participate we will be doing a round-robin style swap.

:: It's time to start thinking about next year's dues.  Remember they are $40 and can be paid by cash or check (made out to the STLMQG).  All dues must be paid by the December meeting, so that we can get final numbers into The MQG.

:: Finally, who can forget our upcoming December Fundraiser.  Please remember to bring items this Saturday, and come December we will all have the chance to take some goodies home.  Need more details on how this works, check out this link from 2013; which breaks it all down.  Just remember, this is NOT the time to bring in items suited for the free table or the trash bin.  We are looking for top quality donations that you would be proud to share with the guild.

See You Saturday!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This upcoming Saturday, October 10th 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Just wanted to remind everyone that we will NOT be having our regularly scheduled meeting this Saturday, due to our annual quilting retreat later in the month.  

SewMeSTL is a Go!  

October 24th and 25th

We will be sending out the class supply lists, and providing any last minute info by this weekend.


As our November meeting will be here before you know it, here are some things you might want to consider prepping for:  

  • We will be collecting 2016 membership dues ($40) which must be paid at our November or December meeting.  All members who do not pay during one of those two months will be removed from the Roster, due to the fact that we have to have final numbers into The MQG by the end of December.
  • Sharing Show & Tell
  • Collecting items as part of our December Fundraiser.  Want to know more about that event, check out this post from 2013; which breaks it all down.

See you all in a few weeks!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

This upcoming Saturday, September 12th 2015

Hello Modern Quilters,

Just wanted to remind everyone that we will NOT be having our regularly scheduled meeting this Saturday, as we are thrilled to host quilter, author, and designer Elizabeth Hartman.

Upcoming Event

Hope to see you there!

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 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.

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!! 


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 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.


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


-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

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

:: 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!