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!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Meeting Recap (December 13th, 2014)

The Officers would like to wish all of our members a Happy New Year!  Yet before we look towards 2015, let's recap our December meeting.


  • We had another successful annual fundraiser, Rene knows the exact amount; but I believe it was just under $1000.  This will go a long way towards the events and activities we have planned this coming year, so Thank You to everyone who donated and contributed.

  • Our WOW (War on WIP) came to a close with lots of members staying up late to finish those last minute WIP to show them at our meeting.  We are happy to see so many projects being finished this past year.  Krista Robbins was the grand prize winner...and I believe if you follow her on Instagram you saw some of the goodies she purchased with the JanieLou GiftCard.  

  • Are you itching to get your work out there in some shows, or looking for a challenge...then do we have news for you.

  • Don't forget about the Pincushion Swap that the Members Swap/Challenge committee created. Your amazingly modern pincushion is due at the February meeting.

  • Want to know the meeting dates for 2015, be sure to check out the Meeting Info tab at the top of our blog.
Thanks for a great 2014.  
We will see you soon on January 10th.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Meeting #51 - December 13th, 2014

Hello Modern Quilters,

It is our final meeting of 2014, where we will be celebrating all that we have accomplished and looking forward to what is coming in 2015.  It looks like the weather will cooperate this year, so we hope to see you there.  

Date: December 13th 2014
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

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Agenda:

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

-Ticket Fundraiser
-WOW (War on WIP) Finale
-Show & Tell

-Looking towards 2015
-Mix & Mingle



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


:: This month is our annual Ticket Fundraiser, and we have a lot of wonderful items for you to consider including fabric bundles, books, scrap bags, notions, etc.  It is always a good time, and the money raised will go a long way in helping to pay for many of the things we have planned for 2015.
***Updated:: To help speed up the fundraiser process, we ask that those buying tickets or those who donated please be sure to bring small stickers with your first and last name on them, or use return address labels, or be prepared to write your first and last name on each ticket.***


:: Our guild WOW (War on WIP) is finally coming to an end, and we've seen a lot of progress being made this year.  All those who have shown your finishes throughout the year, your numbers have been tallied.  Yet, it's not too late to finish that last little bit of quilting, or add that binding before Saturday's meeting to get another finish off of your WOW index card.  Remember, there are several prizes up for grabs; but the largest of which is the $100 GiftCard to Janie Lou; that was graciously donated by one of our members.


 :: Have you paid your 2015 dues yet?  This is your last month to do so, as we need to provide our final numbers to The MQG on January 1st.  Remember it's $40 for the year, and we accept cash or check. If you know for a fact that you will not be attending the meeting; but are looking to renew, please let us know asap so alternate arrangements can be made.  We would hate to remove you from the Roster, only to add you back at a later date.


:: Looking to be more involved?  There is still time to join one of our committees. Our guild would not be the same without all of our amazing volunteers who make up the Member's Swap/Challenge Committee, Charity Committee, and Events Committee.

:: 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!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meeting Recap (November 8th, 2014)

Here is a recap of things you might have missed or things that you should know about.



  • The Member's Swap/Challenge Committee announced its final swap at November's meeting.  The details are simple, make a pincushion any size, shape, or color (remember, we are a modern guild) and bring it to the February 2015 meeting.  The members will vote on their favorites, some small prizes announced and the Rob Your Neighbor swap will begin...so be creative and make something that you would be proud to show off and have stolen over and over again :)  When we did a pincushion swap years ago, it was a blast, so we are excited to see what you create.

  • We collected so many fantastic items for our annual fundraiser (to be held at December's meeting), that we know you are going to have a thrilling time deciding what to take your chance on.  It's not too late to donate, so please bring your items to December's meeting.  To find out more, including the types of items we are looking for and how our fundraiser works, check out this link.

  • Congratulations to Andrew Joslyn, who was voted in as the Regional Representative for The MQG Board of Directors, Region 3 (our region). If you haven't yet had an opportunity to check out Andrew Joslyn's introduction, be sure you do so.

We distributed the remainder of the Sew Me St. Louis prizes, and discussed how much fun we all had and what to look forward to next October.  We will be doing a proper event recap in the coming weeks, including thanking those who donated their time, prizes, etc.



Casey talked about her experiences at Quilt Market in Houston, including what the event is like for someone like herself who has written a book and needs to do promotions, networking, etc.

Our 2015 Officers were announced, and we are happy to welcome Monica Smith onto the team as Vice President. The rest of the team remains as such (Kristy Daum - President, Rene Seltzer - Treasurer, and Kelly Smith - Secretary).  We would like to thank Lynne Miller, our current VP, for all of her hard work and dedication these past years.  

We started taking sign-ups for our 3 committees; but it's not too late to join in on the fun and sign-up at December's meeting.  The committees are:
  • Member's Swap/Challenge Committee
  • Charity Committee
  • Events Committee
It's that time of year when we collect membership dues for next year.  We must get our final membership numbers into The MQG by January 1st, so December's meeting will be your last opportunity to renew for next year. If you know that you will not be able to attend December's meeting, please contact us, so arrangements can be made to include your name on our 2015 Roster.  Don't forget, our annual dues are $40 and include the opportunity to participate in Sew-Ins, Challenges, attend workshops, our now annual Sew Me St. Louis event, and much more.  

Have you been participating in our WOW (War On WIP) event throughout the year?  Did you know that December's meeting is your last opportunity to complete and share any of those WIP, to be entered into the gift certificate and prize opportunity?  It's not too late. 

See you on December 13th!