Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays !!!
Here's to a great 2011, can't wait to see everyone in January.

Quilting News: 
Also wanted to pass along some member news.  Two of our members (Wendy and Marsha) have quilts in the following exhibit "Rambling River Fiber Art Display" which opens January 2nd and runs through February 26th.  You can find out more information here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Member Spotlight #1

Welcome to the 1st ever STLMQG Member Spotlight, and who better to start off with than our Vice President!

Name:      Mary Claire
Flickr Name:      SplendorFalls
Area of Town:      Metro East
Misc:    Married with one super cute daughter

What brought you to the STLMQG?
---I was excited when I found out that the STLMQG was starting up because it seemed to suit me more than a traditional guild did. I love all the fresh fabrics and love the no rules approach to quilting. It's fun to interact with my online friends, doing swaps and trading emails, but having the human element is always a good thing.

Do you participate in other guilds or bees?
---I participate in one online charity bee called do.good.Stitches and have done several online swaps. I currently only belong to the STLMQG.

When did you start quilting?
---I made my first quilt tops in high school and then picked up the hobby again earlier this year. My Mom's been quilting as long as I can remember; I blame her. {wink} As a kid I never really had the patience to sew. I wanted to sew but things just never seemed to turn out the way I imagined.  Somewhere along the line I sprouted some patience and was able to enjoy the hobby so much more. I'm still not sure how that happened! =)

Why do you quilt?
---I quilt because I love that it covers so many of my favorite things: fabrics, designing, organizing, sewing, geometry and mathematics, multitasking and creativity.

What was your most recent fabric purchase?
---My most recent fabric purchase was a few lines from MoMo's It's a Hoot. Those oval polka dots are
ca-ute!  This just changed; after the last guild meeting I had to order some Riley Blake Wishing Flower!

What is on your "I want to make this" List?
---Something I am looking forward to making is a half square triangle quilt with the Dream On line and an orange solid.

What is something you struggle with?
---I'm not good at attaching binding on the machine instead.  I'm not good at remembering dates either, seriously...I have to ask my husband how long we've been married!

What do you do when you aren't quilting?
---When I am not quilting I am hanging out with my family, working, thrifting, scrapbooking, or listening to music.

Anything else you want to say?
---Here are some random things about me:
  • My favorite ice cream of all time is Caramel Chocolate Crunch from 31 Flavors.
  • I am a Libra.
  • Archaeology was something I seriously considered as a career and worked at for a few years in college.
  • I have a jukebox that plays 45's.  My favorite song to play is 'Proud Mary' by Ike and Tina Turner, followed closely by 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline.  These songs sound so much better on the jukebox!
  • Vintage glassware is a weakness of mine.
  • When I was a very little girl I had a crush on Kenny Rogers.  Ha!
  • Thank you.  Goodnight!
STLMQG President here:  Just wanted to add that Mary Claire's "Warm Front, It's a Cold Front" quilt was one of the winners in the Modern Quilt Guild Inspiration Challenge #1.  You can see and read all about it hereGo Mary Claire!

Here are some photos that Mary Claire wanted to share with you



{urban} HOME goods swap quilt

Meeting Recap (December 11th, 2010)

Today marked the last meeting of 2010 for the STLMQG, and boy oh boy was it packed full of fun and excitement...handmade goodies were swapped, quilts were shown and laughter was literally everywhere. 

Here is a brief recap of our meeting, below you will find additional notes, links and such.

   -If you picked up your membership card today and want to get signed up for the 10% off Discount card from Jo-Ann's Fabrics, please follow this link.  Select the Enroll Now button and then select VIP Discount card.  The name of our group should be written as "St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild".  You can expect to receive your card within 4-6 weeks.  Upon receipt, take it, your membership card and valid id to your nearest Jo-Ann's Fabrics and speak with a manager for activation.  **Also as some people noted, several other quilt shops in the area also offer a discount to guild members, so if you are out shopping, ask them.

     -Would you like to participate in the STLMQG Member Spotlight, please send us an email and we'll get you on the list.  It's a great opportunity to tell us a little about yourself and share some photos of your work here on the blog.  Mary Claire, our VP, has graciously agreed to be the first in line.

     -Don't forget to make a nametag if you don't already have one.  It can be any size and any style that you want...the key is to bring it and wear it.

     -Are you dying to make some Hexies, maybe Spiderweb or String blocks, maybe something improv?  I bet there's a handful of others who would love to join you.  Why don't you start a block swap?  Depending upon the type of block, it could be one month long or all year.  We'd love to get something started in January...think about it and let us know before then so we can make things official.

     -Here are some of the links that were mentioned today, if there is something missing let us know.
               Wendy's Easy Drawstring Bag Tutorial              
               Noodlehead Gathered Clutch
               Mary Claire's Fabric Rosette Pin Tutorial
               The Sewing Summit - sew + connect + inspire

     -Also, remember during January's meeting, Jamie, will hold a workshop on Flickr/Blogging/Etc.  You won't want to miss this PowerPoint presentation and accompanying handout.  I am confident that once you become accustomed to all that the online world can offer, you will become addicted and enjoy Modern Quilting so much more.

     -Finally, don't forget that we will be hosting our 1st Challenge next month.  All the rules and information will be distributed at the January's okay to start getting excited now, we already are.

In closing, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!! and joyous New Year!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meeting #4 December 11th, 2010

Hello Modern Quilters,

I hope you are looking forward to December's meeting as much as we are.  We have some very cool things to tell you, so you don't want to miss out.

Date:   Saturday, November 13th
Time:   9:30am-Noon
Bindings, Borders & Squares
325 Droste Road
St. Charles, MO 63301  Map



-Welcome & Brief Introductions
-Guild Business
     • Membership #s, and $$ collected to date
     • Membership Cards/Roster are available for those who have paid dues prior to December
     • Locations for 2011
     • Events planned for next year
     • Special Announcements
-Show & Tell
-Project Brown Bag Results
-Next Meeting Date (January 8th ), Location (Bindings, Borders & Squares)
-Remaining Questions/Comments
-Closing Remarks
-Door Prizes
-Mix & Mingle

**Please do not forget to bring your completed Project Brown Bag item.  We will reveal them during a separate "Show & Tell" type of no need to wrap or do anything special, simple is best.  If for any reason you participated and are unable to attend December's meeting, you must contact Mary Claire (SplendorFalls) or Kristy (Love Old Houses) immediately.

**If you would like to share a quilt during Show & Tell, please make sure that it is of the Modern variety.  As we are part of the Modern Quilt Guild, we have a responsibility to uphold the identity of the guild.

**Also remember that we are accepting donations for door prizes.  So if you have some modern fabric scraps, patterns, etc...we will gladly put them to good use.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Don't Forget: Project Brown Bag!

Have you been having fun making a gift for your Project Brown Bag secret partner?

Just one week to go until the big reveal at our December 11th meeting!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Website Changes

As some of you may know, we had mentioned that we would eventually have a brand new webpage.  Because of that news, we have maintained; but not enhanced this webpage because another was being built.  Today I received word that due to matters out of our control, we are moving to Plan B.

Instead what you will see is a new shiny upgraded site here where our home has been all along.

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that if you visit and see some things moved around, we are just doing some renovation and hope to have things completed by January 2011.

Thanks for your understanding during our construction.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I would certainly like to thank everyone for helping to make the STLMQG a success.  While we are only 4 months old, we have grown by leaps and bounds and I look forward to all the amazing things we will do together in the years to come.

Your friendship, continued enthusiasm and support of the guild is what makes me proud.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Do you have fabric, quilting books, magazines, etc that you'd love to get rid of but holding a garage sale is too much trouble?  Would you like to offer the items to your fellow STLMQG members instead?
Then, you might be interested in the STLMQG Co-op. 

Originally this co-op was on Flickr; but has recently moved to Yahoo! Groups. 
Brige (Flickr Name: Brige 66) is managing the co-opand will be your contact.
If you'd like to join or learn more, please see the below information.  The only requirement is that you are a due-paying member.  So start pulling those items that are hogging valuable space and get them listed on our Co-op site.

STLMQG Co-op and find the Join This Group button.
Information can also be found on Brige's blog in a special section she has devoted to the Co-op.

Once you are cfmnd as a due-paying member you can start listing items.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Meeting Recap (November 13, 2010)

Can you believe that we already have 3 meetings under our belt?  It's amazing to think how far we have come and of course how much more fun we have to look forward to...we are just getting started, you ain't seen nothing yet.  I can assure you.

You can find a recap of our meeting here.  I've also sent out an email to everyone, so if you haven't received it yet, please let me know.

As promised I also wanted to include some basic things you need to know in order to navigate and do some basic things online so your Modern Quilting experience can be a little more interesting. 

This website you are on now is our big "billboard" to the world.  Everyone can view this site, leave comments, and learn about what our group is doing.  At the top of the page you'll see several tabs, those will take you to separate pages where you can find out when our next meeting is (Meeting Info), what exactly is modern quilting (About Us/Contact Info), and even a page to highlight our members blogs and other important sites (Links We Love). 

Our 2nd home is Flickr.  It's  While Flickr was traditionally a place to post photos, it now offers millions of people the opportunity to get together and join groups.  This is where you will find the STLMQG.  If you are not already a member of Flickr, I encourage you to sign up.  It's free and includes a lot of basic features.  Here's some simple navigation things for that site:

-Once you are signed up as a Flickr member, visit our STLMQG page and click the "Join This Group" button near the top.  It will send me a message and within 1 day, I'll usually be able to approve your entrance to the site.

-If you want to start a discussion thread, just click on the “Post a New Topic” button near the Discussion section. If you want to participate in a conversation that is already going on, click on the conversation and at the bottom you’ll find a box next to your pic (or grey smiley face) where you can type and then post.

-Make sure that you read some of the older posts too, by clicking on the More button found on the right side of the screen under the discussion thread.

-If you’d like to send someone FlickrMail, find the person’s pic (or grey smiley face) and hover. An arrow pops up where you can then “Send FlickrMail”.

-If you find a picture anywhere on Flickr that you really like and want to remember it as a Favorite, click on it. You’ll be taken to a photo specific page where you can add it to your Favorites by clicking the little star above the photo.

-If you want to upload photos, just go to the top of any page and find the You tab, click the arrow and you will then find the “Upload Photos and Video” link.

-If you ever post anything and then want to edit it, just click on the edit link under your post. You can only edit items you have posted, not others’.

Hopefully this will get you started on the path to having an online presence; which is essential to the Modern Quilting community. 

If you have any questions, or are a member and have a blog that I have not listed, send me an email and I'll get things updated.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meeting #3 November 13th, 2010

Welcome STLMQG Members and Fellow Quilters,

Is everyone ready for November's meeting, I know I am.  I can't wait to catch up with everyone, as it seems like it's been forever. Here's what you need to know.

Date: Saturday, November 13th

Time: 9:30am-Noon

Bindings, Borders & Squares
325 Droste Road
St. Charles, MO 63301
**Please make sure that you Google directions if you are unfamiliar with the area. Here is a general map.
If you have not visited the shop before, please note that it is actually located on the backside of the shopping-center.  From the front, I believe the only thing you'll see is a sign on the window that says Quilt Shop.

**The team from Bindings, Borders & Squares are providing refreshments (Coffee, Water, OJ, Bagels)



-Welcome & Brief Introductions
-Guild Business
      • Membership #s, and $$ collected to date
      • Business Cards
      • General Quilting News ( STLMQG Co-op)
      • STLMQG Website Update (Julie?)
      • Guild Leadership Elections
      • Art/Quilt Show 2011 Julie
      • Any Other Committee Ideas
-Show & Tell
-Project: Brown Bag
-Next Meeting Date (December 11th), Location (Bindings, Borders & Squares)
      • Workshop/Agenda Ideas
-Remaining Questions?
-Closing Remarks
-Door Prizes
-Mix & Mingle

**Please remember to bring your Show & Tell item, your nametag, $15 cash for dues (if you have not already paid) and most importantly your smiling face for lots of fun.

**If you are participating in our activity Project: Brown Bag, here is a reminder of the rules.  You must be a due-paying member to participate, so please bring your $15 with you if you haven't already paid and want to get in on the fun.

**And finally, if you would like to run for office, the last day to be included on the ballot is this Wednesday.  Please send me a FlickrMail or email

See everyone there!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Randomness #1

I came across this YouTube video today and I thought it was worth sharing with all of you.

This video was taken during the International Quilt Market, Spring 2010 and features Lizzy House.
Lizzy is a fabric designer for Andover fabrics, who is responsible for the popular fabric line Castle Peeps.

During this presentation, Lizzy talks about how to attract and keep young quilters.  I think this also applies to modern quilters (of all ages) as well.  Plus, as an added bonus she mentions the Modern Quilt Guild.

This is part 1 of a 2 part presentation.  If you wish to view the second part, I'm sure you can find it on YouTube.

This post was also created to let you all know that I've started another tab (Local Quilt Shops); which can be found in the header of this blog.  I'd like to make sure that we show some love to those shops which cater or offer services which would be of interest to a Modern Quilter. 
As our new homepage is built and evolves, this information will also be housed there too.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November News

I hope your November is starting off on a good note and you are trying to enjoy the Fall weather before Mother Nature decides to kick us into Winter.

I wanted to remind everyone of a couple of things in preparation for November's meeting; which is on November 13th at Bindings, Borders and Squares Quilt Shop in St. Charles.

---During November's meeting, all those who have paid their dues as of that day will be allowed to vote on Guild Leadership for 2011.  This includes positions such as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.  If you are interested in taking on a leadership role and would like your name added to the ballot, or you have a suggestion for another office I may have forgotten, please send me an email at or Flickr Mail me at (Love Old Houses) NO LATER THEN Thursday, November 11th.  

I don't pretend to know everything about running a quilt guild, so there are probably some offices or committees I forget, so if you think our group needs a particular office, please let me know.  I will be posting the names (first name, last initial) I have received when they come in.  Please remember that in order to run for office, you need to have paid your dues before or during the November meeting.  We will not accept write-in candidates during the meeting.  The responsibilities of each office can be found on our By-Laws; which are here.  In the event, we do not have candidates for each office, Leadership may be asked to assist where needed.

---If you plan on participating in the Project: Brown Bag activity which was mentioned during the October meeting, and submitted by Mary Claire please find the rules here.  In order to participate you must be a due-paying member before or during the November meeting.  Participation in these sorts of activities are part of the perks of membership.  It's sure to be alot of fun, so I encourage you to participate. 

Also remember, if you have an idea for a group activity, block swap, etc...please feel free to present it during the November meeting.  While it's not necessary, if you'd like to pitch your idea ahead of time, just let me know and we can talk about it.

I'll be posting the November 13th agenda sometime this week.  As always, remember to wear your nametag and bring an item you'd like to show during Show & Tell.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


The STLMQG CO-OP is now up and running.  Here is the page, STLMQG CO-OP, if you'd like to join.

What is a CO-OP you ask??  It's a group in which members participate for a mutual benefit.
In our case, it's the opportunity to swap fabric or other quilty-related items (books, notions, templates, etc) as well as offer fellow members free items that you might no longer want.

The most important rule of participation is that that you must be a due-paying member in good standing.

All you have to do to participate is click the "Join This Group" button at the top of the STLMQG CO-OP page.  Once you are confirmed as a due-paying member, here's what you do.

1. Create and Upload a Profile.  It's a simple way to make sure that people know the basics about you, like how you prefer to mail items, what things you are always on the hunt for, etc.  No personal info should be included with the exception of your First name.  There are some examples already up on the page for you to use as a "template".

2. Find some items you want to swap, offer for free.

3. Take clear photos of the items (separately, if you are offering them as such) and upload to the photo pool with information about the item offered.  You will find several examples on the page for you to use as a "template".

4. Monitor your items

5. Once the item is in the other person's posession, please remove that photo from the photo there is no confusion.

There are a handful of templates, examples, and lots of information for you to use.

Brige (Flickr Name: Brige66) is heading up this program, so let's all give her a big Thanks!! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

STLMQG Potluck Picnic (October 30, 2010)

Hello STLMQG !

Are you ready for a good time filled with fun, food and frivolity? If you answered yes, then join us at the 1st annual STLMQG Potluck Picnic.

This is not a meeting; but rather an opportunity to spend some time with fellow quilters, get to know one another, munch on some food and have an all around good time.  If you aren't a member of the STLMQG; but would like to come check us out, this is a great opportunity to do so.

And of course what would a picnic be without prizes?

Date: Saturday, October 30th

Time: 10am-2pm; but the space is ours until sunset

Location: Queeny Park, Picnic Area #1

Please RSVP, so I have an approx. headcount. 

RSVP by leaving me a FlickrMessage (Love Old Houses), leaving a comment on this blog or on Facebook. Please also give me an idea of what you will be bringing (Finger Foods, Desserts, Drink).

If you have any questions or would like to help coordinate, please let me know.

This event is weather permitting.

--Park Map
--Park Address:  1675 South Mason Road       63131


**Updated October 26th**
Here are the head counts so far
---YES, I'll be there---                 
7 people

---NO, I can't make it---            
14 people

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Meeting Recap (October 9, 2010)

Today was our 2nd meeting and it was very exciting and filled with such creativity whether we were looking at the items brought in for Show&Tell or participating in the discussions that followed.  It was so nice reconnecting with everyone. 

You can find a recap of our meeting here.

If you'd like to find out more about our first activity coming up in November, entitled Project: Brown Bag, please find the rules here.

While we missed the opportunity for a proper Group Photo at our 1st meeting, we didn't let this one slip by so fast.  Say Hi! to the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild.

If you are not already a member; but would like to see what we are about, please visit our "How To Join" tab at the top of the homepage.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Meeting #2 October 9th, 2010

Welcome STLMQG Members and Fellow Quilters,

We are ready for takeoff, we have a location, agenda and things are coming together better than imagined.
Here's what you need to know.

Date:  Saturday, October 9th

Time: 9:30am-Noon

Luminary Center for the Arts
4900 Reber Place
Saint Louis MO 63139

**Please make sure that you Google directions if you are unfamiliar with the area.  Here is a general map.

**Please note that light snacks and beverages are okay to bring.


- Welcome & Brief Introductions
- Show & Tell
- Guild Business
      • Membership #s, Forms, Dues and $$ collected
      • Donations for door prizes, etc
      • October Social (Date & Location)
      • November voting on Leadership
      • Getting the word out there about STLMQG
      • Would you like to start a committee? Rules & Regulations  *See Flickr discussion thread too.
      • Introduce your idea
      • Gather participants


-Next Meeting Dates, Location, Etc.
-Remaining Questions?
-Closing Remarks
-Door Prizes
-Mix & Mingle

**Please remember to bring your Show & Tell item, your handmade nametag, $15 cash for dues and most importantly your smiling face for lots of fun.

If you are interested in starting an activities committee (fabric swap, block swap, etc), please bring your ideas with you and be prepared to present them to the group.  I'll have sign-ups sheets that you can use to start gathering participants.  Please note that Activity Committees can be started throughout the year so if you are unable to attend October's meeting, there's always next month.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Things are coming together

It looks like we will have a meeting place (or even two) soon; which is perfect because we are growing at a fast pace and I know that everyone is excited to start learning, doing and sharing.  It's been a big search; but I should have a confirmed answer later this week. 

Also, just wanted to let you all know about some new things going on. 
  • I've created a Modern Quilt Photo page; which is a nice way to not only showcase some quilts our members have made.  It also is a "learning tool" for those people who venture to our page wondering what makes our group so different then other more traditional quilt guilds.  To access the page, just look at the toolbar under our title.
  • We'll be starting Show & Tell as a regular installment at our general meetings.  Bring a WIP (work in progress), a finished piece, a book or tool you love, etc.  Participation is completely voluntary.
  • Be thinking about a committee you'd like to start, maybe it's a fat quarter swap, quilting bee, or something else you think others would like to participate in.  You'll have the opportunity at our October 9th meeting to let us know your idea and possibly even sign up some members.  The main requirement to leading or participating in a committee, is that you must be a due-paying member of the STLMQG.  Please note that committees can be created throughout the year, so if you are not able to attend the October meeting, you can always bring it up at the next one.
I hope to see you at our October 9th meeting.  Thanks!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

MQG Info Session Recap

I want to thank everyone who attended the MQG Info Session at The Quilted Fox yesterday, we had nearly 30 people in attendance.  By the time I left we had 11 new members officially signed up...which brings our STLMQG to a total of 32 members.

I'm so happy to see how excited everyone was; which just let's me know that it was time for St. Louis to make its presence known.

There were a few bloggers' names, websites, etc which were mentioned and I wanted to make sure that I put this info out for everyone because if you are like me...trying to write down a web address can be cumbersome, I'd rather someone just send me the link.

So here you go:

Rossie , 1 hour long presentation on Modern Quilting

New Wave Quilt, created by Elizabeth Hartmann (Oh, Fransson!)

Modern Quilt Guild website
Thanks to The Quilted Fox for hosting this event! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

MQG Information Session

Have you heard about Modern Quilting; but don't know what the buzz is about?

If the answer is Yes, then I encourage you to come to an information session today held at The Quilted Fox.

The Quilted Fox
10403 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Saturday, September 18th

There will be an introduction to Modern Quilting, a Show & Tell sharing some of our members' work and an opportunity to get involved in St. Louis' very own Modern Quilt Guild.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

1st Meeting Recap (September 11,2010)

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first meeting a success.  I had a lot of fun and I could tell by the discussions that everyone is excited to get things moving. 

Here is a recap of our meeting.

I'm sorry to report that in the excitement, we forgot to take that all important Group Photo.

If you are not already a member; but would like to see what we are about, please visit our "How To Join" tab at the top of the homepage. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Meeting #1: September 11, 2010

Welcome Modern Quilters,
The first meeting of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild (STLMQG) has been scheduled.  Please see the details below as well as on the Meeting Info tab found in the header of our blog.  As other meeting dates become available, I'll be updating the tab so you can plan accordingly.  Once we get a few meetings under our belt, I'll also include an archive so you can find the info and recaps.

If you are not already a member of STLMQG and want to learn more, I encourage you to visit our home on Flickr, and attend one of our meetings.

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

St. Louis County Library - Weber Road Branch (Meeting Room)
4444 Weber Road
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 994-3300

Google map here

**Hwy 55 will be closed between Reavis Barracks and Bayless, you'll have to find an alternate route. Pls review the map and google directions if you are unfamiliar with the area.**

**Please note that food/drink are not allowed in the meeting space**
- Welcome & Introductions
- Membership
         • Membership Forms
         • Roster
         • Name Tags (Lanyard & Sticker)
         • Charter Members
         • Membership Cards, Discounts, etc
- Guild Activities
         • What would you like to learn?
         • What can you contribute?
         • What activities would you like to do?
         • Getting the word out there: Blogging, Quilt Shops, Friends, etc
- The Quilted Fox Info Session
         • What to expect
- Next Meeting Dates, Locations, Etc.
- Social in October
         • Location
         • Ideas
         • Show & Tell

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Let's all give a BIG round of applause to Mary Claire (aka: SplendorFalls) for creating such an
awesome logo for our group.

Thanks to everyone who submitted such great logos!! 

I've now updated this blog and our Flickr page with the logo.
I've also included a button at the top right-hand side of your screen.
Please feel free to add it to your blog and publicize our group.