Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Randomness #8

Grab your paper and pencil, we have some announcements to make and things to share with you that are happening around the web.

  • While our Madrona Road Challenge deadline is Feb. 9th, it was announced today by the MQG that there is an additional element to the national challenge.  If you finish and upload your project to the Challenge Flickr pool by January 31st, you not only have the opportunity for your item to be reviewed and possibly selected by Michael Miller Fabrics to show in their QuiltCon booth; but Violet Craft herself will select her personal favorite and send that winner a "care package". 

  • Have you heard about the ScrappyTripAlong?  It all started in late December when some quilting gals got together and decided to start making a quilt using their scraps and this tutorial.  Mania struck and practically overnight blocks started popping up all over.  A Flickr group was formed which now has over 780 members. 

  • Looking for a quick charitable activity?  Val from PinkPlease! is looking for volunteers to make one 14 1/2" x 14 1/2" block by the end of January.  The resulting charity quilt will be donated to a silent auction for The Heroes Foundation, which is a cancer philanthropy located in Indianapolis, IN.  The quilt that was made last year (as pictured below) raised $1000.  It's not too late to get involved.  Head on over to her blog to sign up.
  • The official Sew-In Saturday dates have been confirmed...WooHoo!!!  If you haven't been to a Sew-In Saturday, you are missing out as it's a solid 12 hours (or 6 if you choose a 1/2 day) of sewing, friends, food and fun.  This year we are upping the excitement and offering an optional workshop at each of our Sew-Ins.  While you do have to be at the Sew-In to participate in the workshop, it's not a requirement that you do participate. 
March 30th
June 29th
August 31st
November 30th
  **Cindy Lammon will be hosting the first workshop on March 30th; where she will be showing
us her techniques for Machine Quilting.  More info coming in early March.
  • Finally, just wanted to remind everyone that we are back to our normal second Saturday meetings.  We hope to see you on February 9th, where we'll be revealing our Madrona Road Challenge projects.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Meeting Recap (January 5th, 2013)

Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday for our 1st meeting of 2013.  While the meeting was brief, I think it set us up for a lot of great things to come...so stay tuned. 

In the meantime, if you want to know more about what was discussed, check out the recap below.

  • Mary Claire led our first monthly Fabric Raffle; which was a success.  We made $56 for the guild, $20 of which will be used to purchase next month's raffle item.  Don't forget your $$ next month...chances are $1/ticket.
  • Kelly, our new Secretary, announced a free open-sewing opportunity at the Webster Groves Library next Saturday, January 12th from 9am-4pm.  Space is limited, so hop on over to our Flickr page to learn more and to sign-up.
  • We can't wait to see what interesting projects you all have taken on in the Madrona Road Challenge.  Jackie showed us the quilt that she made today, wasn't it grand?
  • Members continued to pay their 2013 dues, which are $30 for the year.  Being a due-paying member allows you the opportunity to participate in our Quarterly Sew-In Saturdays, take on guild Challenges, etc, etc.  Don't forget if you are a returning member, you must pay by February's meeting.
  • Kristy discussed the comments/suggestions what were left in the Comment Box from December and asked members to offer suggestions for future activities.
  • Show & Tell brought out some great projects and shook away some of the Winter-Blues.

Here's some of the opportunities you might want to know about.

  • The MQG in collaboration with STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books is hosting an Essay contest, due January 25th.  The Question is... How has Kaffe (Fassett) influenced you in the past and how will that help you grown as a quilter in the new year?  The grand prize is 3 books and a 30piece FQ set.  Check out this link to learn more.
  • Interested in having your modern quilt hang in a Quilt Show, then consider participating in the brand new "Modern" category opened by HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show) held in Salt Lake City.  Entries are due April 13th and you can of course use a modern quilt that was made a few years back too.  Check out this link to learn more.
  • Janie Lou Quilts (new shop on Manchester Rd) is having their Grand Opening next Saturday, January 12th.  If you haven't visited this new shop, what are you waiting for.  Let's continue to support Small Businesses!
  • Are you interested in getting to know a little more about your fellow STLMQG member, want to learn some new piecing techniques and play with yummy fabric.  Consider being a part of the new quilting bee that is starting up in February.  Sign-ups will close soon.  Interested?  Drop us an email.
Thanks again for another great meeting.  We'll be back to our 2nd Saturday of the month meetings, so join us on February 9th and until then, make sure you check us out on Flickr, Facebook, Pinterest and here on the blog.

Happy New Year!!!