Sunday, September 17, 2017

Meeting Recap (September 9th, 2017)

Thank you for spending your Saturday with us. We hope that you enjoyed the meeting, and were inspired to pick up some fabric and start sewing. Here is a recap in case you missed something.

  • Marie, our Vice-President, provided lots of quilting/crafting announcements; which you will find at the end of this post. 

  • Krista, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info and reminded everyone that we still have expenditures of SewMeSTL coming up in October.

  • Jessica, our Secretary, announced that we now have over 110 members.
 
  • Kristy, our President, led a discussion on Modern Quilting and shared some of her experiences as a QuiltCon Juror and Judge.


  • Those members who participated in the Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge then took to the floor to show off the items they made and share a little bit about the book and/or pattern that they used. Prizes were then randomly awarded. Thank you to all those who participated.

  • Jessica showed the finished Missouri Cornfield block, pictured below, that our members will be making for the QuiltCon Charity Quilt this year.  During the week, she emailed the instructions to all dues-paying members and reminded everyone of the extremely important October 15th due date. While there will be some fabric available at SewMeSTL for those who would like to complete their block at the event, you are free to make the block on your own and bring it to the event, or mail it to Jessica or Dottie.  [[Missouri Cornfield Block Directions]]



  • Kristy then reminded everyone that the November elections are just around the corner, and we are looking for a passionate member to join the Board as Secretary.  If you are interested, please be sure that you email the guild, or inform Kristy no later then October 15th to get your name on the ballot.

  • The Member's Swap/Challenge Committee announced the final swap of the year; which will take place at SewMeSTL...so please be sure that you come prepared if you would like to participate. Info below. 
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SewMeSTL Swap : All interested members should bring a small generic brown paper bag filled with the following 3 pieces of fabric. Please try and coordinate them in some fashion that makes sense to you. While there is no need to include additional items, you are encourage to include at least a note with your name on it, so the person who gets your bag can thank you. We will have brown bags available at the event if you have forgotten yours.
          • One 1/2 yard of fabric
          • One fat quarter of fabric
          • One fat eighth of fabric
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Please read on to see the events and activities that you should be aware of:

  • Flower Valley Quilt Show is Saturday and Sunday, Sept 23rd and 24th. You can learn more here
  • The Strange Folk Festival is September 22nd-24th at Carondelet Park. Details can be found here.
  • St. Louis Hills "Art in the Park" is September 24th at Frances Park. Learn more here.  
  • Gundrun Erla will be presenting at Loose Threads on September 27th. She will also be teaching two workshops on September 28th. Reach out to Loose Threads to learn more.
  • The MQG Mini Swap is looking for participants starting on October 1st. Check your inbox for more information when it gets closer.
  • The Weaver's Guild of St. Louis is hosting their 34th annual Sale on Friday and Saturday October 21st and 22nd in Webster Groves.  Learn more here

Finally, don't forget that we will not have an October meeting, as our annual SewMeSTL event will be taking place on October 14th and 15th. If you have signed up to attend, an email will be sent closer to the event outlining what to bring and what to expect.  We hope to see you there!!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Meeting #77 (September 9th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

Let's gather together on Saturday to discuss Modern Quilting, collect those lovely dresses and britches and so much more. We hope to see you there!

Date: September 9th, 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
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

    
- Modern Quilting Discussion & Activity


- Little Dresses for Africa / Britches for Boys Collection

- Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge Reveal

---Break---

- QuiltCon Charity Quilt Announcement


- SewMeSTL Reminder
   :: Hotel Room Standings

   :: Swap Announcement

- Show & Tell

- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, what have you been working on, what exciting modern fabrics have you purchased and are excited about using, what books and or patterns are inspiring you lately.

:: Remember to bring your finished Officer's Challenge, Little Dresses and Britches as all are due this month. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Meeting Recap (August 12th, 2017)

Thank you for spending your Saturday with us. We hope that you left with some new knowledge, inspiration and ideas for future projects. Here is a recap in case you missed something.

  • Marie, our Vice-President, provided lots of quilting/crafting announcements

  • Krista, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info including a reminder that we recently paid for our meeting space through the end of the year, as well as what the Quilt Show actually cost us.

  • Jessica, our Secretary, announced that we now have 110 members.
 
  • Tips & Tricks Day was a success thanks to our teachers who took the time to share their knowledge with our members.  Thank you to Kerry, Patti, Tess and Dottie. Check out our IG page to see what they were teaching. 

  • We then passed out ballots for the proposed Bylaw changes, and after tallying up the responses by the dues-paying members in attendance, all of the proposals were approved. 

  • Kristy reminded everyone about the Presidential vacancy at the end of this year, and explained that only one candidate came forward.  She proposed a motion to accept that person as President, instead of going through the motions of a September election. The motion was accepted and we are proud to announce that Jessica will be our guild's President for 2018 & 2019.

  • The elections for the remainder of the Board positions will occur in November and all interested candidates should contact Kristy no later then October 15th.  While Krista and Marie will gladly continue in their role for another year, should someone wish to put their names in the hat, they must do so by 10/15. The responsibilities of those positions can be found here [[ Officer Roles ]]

  • It was announced that SewMeSTL would not be having workshops this year due to a lack of Teacher interest and fiscal responsibility; but that only means that there is more time to sew all day and into the evening.  Sign-ups are required and will be emailed out this week. Also we are still 6 rooms shy of our required 20, so we encourage you to grab a friend or two and book a room for Saturday evening.

  • Our charitable project; which is to make Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys is due next month; which is quickly approaching. To read all about it, check out this link which gives you all the info.

  • Also, don't forget about our Officer's Pattern/Book Challenge; which also has a due date of September.  All the rules can be found here

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Here are some things you might want to know about:


Flower Valley Quilt Show is Saturday and Sunday, 9/23-9/24. 

Circle in the Square Quilt Show runs October 1st - 27th at the UCity Public Library

QuiltCon magazine is accepting submissions, as is QuiltCon.  

Crafty Gemini is starting a Wallet Club; which lasts 5 months. You get 8 patterns and step by step videos for $95.

GnomeAngel started 2 QAL - Tula Pink's Butterfly Quilt and Jen Kingwell's Gypsy Wife QAL. There are prizes.

The MQG is having a webinar on 8/19 for those interested in learning what it takes to become a Regional Representative/Board Member

The MQG is hosting it's monthly #MQGSewDAY on 8/20.  Be sure to tag any quilty related photos with that hashtag that day and check out what others are making too.

O Sew Personal is hosting an Aurifil Club starting on 8/21. You get 4 spools every month for the monthly fee of $39.

GnomeAngel is hosting another QAL starting on 9/1.  This one is for Sew Daly's Round We Go QAL.

AQS Quilt Week is 9/13-9/16 in Paducah. Reach out to the Quilted Fox if you are interested in taking their bus.

The MQX Machine Quilting Show in Springfield, IL runs the last weekend in September.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meeting #76 (August 12th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

We hope that you will join us this Saturday as we get together to learn some quick tips, make some decisions, and have lots of fun along the way.

Date: August 12th, 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
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

    
- Tips & Tricks Day
    :: Sewing/Quilting "Hacks"  = Marie
    :: Perfect 1/4 inch seam   = Patti
    :: Machine Stitched Binding  = Tess
    :: Board Basting  = Kerry
    :: Squaring Up Your Quilts  = Dottie

- Bylaw Decisions *see below

---Break---

-SewMeSTL Reminder
   :: Hotel Room Standings
   :: Sign-Ups Coming Soon

- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, what have you been working on, what exciting modern fabrics have you purchased and are excited about using, what books and or patterns are inspiring you lately.

:: There will be a fabric raffle this month, so don't forget your cash.  

:: As announced in the email that went out this past weekend, the Board has suggested a few updates to our bylaws. All dues-paying members in attendance at the meeting will be allowed to cast their vote on the proposed changes; which will go into effect immediately.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

STLMQG Quilt Show 2017 : THIS IS MODERN


St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild presented
THIS IS MODERN
Quilt Show
July 15th & 16th, 2017



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Thank you to the Quilt Show Committee for all the hard work, the STLMQG Members who submitted quilts, and all those that volunteered their time that weekend.

It was a huge success, with 540 people attending our first show.  The feedback that we received was extremely positive and everyone was so supportive.

Viewer's Choice went to Tennessee Waltz by Annie Cook.




To see photos of some of the quilts in the show, check out our Instagram hashtag #stlmqgquiltshow .

Big Thanks to Vicki Anderson, the Publisher of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, who stopped by our show with her husband. She even made a quick slideshow and shared it with all of their Facebook followers...How Exciting!!




Meeting Recap (July 8th, 2017)

Thanks for spending your Saturday with us. Read on to see what happened and what you need to know.

  • Marie, our Vice-President, provided lots of quilting/crafting announcements

  • Krista, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info including a reminder that we recently paid for the Lecture/Workshop and associated fees with Amy Friend's visit last month. She also reminded all of us that the Quilt Show would be taking a large chunk when it was finished.

  • Don't forget about our ongoing charitable project; which is to make Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys.  All items are due at our September meeting; which is quickly approaching. To read all about it, check out this link which gives you all the info.

  • The Quilt Show Committee provided updates on our first show and what to expect when volunteering, attending, etc.

  • Dottie announced that our guild would once again be participating in the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. She showed the block that our members would be making and advised that more info would be coming soon.

  • We held our Quilting Relay Race; which was tons of fun and got people up and out of their seats, cheering on their teammates. Congratulations to the winning table!




  • SewMeSTL, our annual in-town quilting retreat will be here in a few short months. If you are a dues-paying member, an email was sent a few weeks back with info on booking your room, and signing up to be a workshop teacher...if that interest you.  

  • We closed the meeting with Show & Tell...always a winner!  Check out our IG page to see many of the items which were shown.

  • Kristy announced that this was her final year as President of the STLMQG, and that a special election will take place at the September meeting for this position.  An email was sent out to all dues-paying members with this announcement, as well as info on how to put your name into the ring for President, or any of the other Officer positions.


Please be sure to check into social media now and again to see what your fellow members are working on, and definitely check your Inbox as we sent a few important emails about Officers, SewMeSTL, Hand-Sew Happy Hour, etc.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Meeting #75 (July 8th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

Join us this Saturday as we get together to celebrate our 7th anniversary and have lots of fun along the way.

Date: July 8th, 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
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

     :: Tips & Tricks Day Sign-Up *see below
- Quilting Relay Race
    :: Sewing, Ripping, Fat Quarter Toss and so much more
    :: Award Ceremony
- 7th Anniversary Celebration

---Break---

-SewMeSTL Reminder
   :: Hotel Room Standings
   :: Workshop Teacher Inquiry
- Quilt Show Event
   :: Reminder
   :: Volunteers
- Calendar Announcements
   :: What to expect for the 2nd half of 2017
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, what have you been working on, what exciting modern fabrics have you purchased and are excited about using, what books and or patterns are inspiring you lately.

:: There will not be a fabric raffle this month, instead we are raffling off the second of our SewMeSTL rooms, so don't forget your cash. Tickets are $5 each.

:: We all know our guild is filled with lots of talent; but sometimes there are small things that we assume everyone knows how to do. Are you particularly good at something?  Consider sharing a quick tip with the guild at our August meeting. We are looking for quick demos (between 5-10 min) that show things like: 
          - How to square up a quilt
          - Getting an accurate 1/4" seam
          - Glue Basting
          - How to do an accurate mitered corner
          - Basting Techniques
          - Etc.


See you Saturday!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 2017

Hello Modern Quilters,

Just a reminder that we will not have a meeting this month due to scheduling conflicts each June at The Heights; but we hope you will take this opportunity to do something quilt-related this weekend.

Here are some other things you might want to check out:

  • Thinking of going to QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, California?  Check out the QuiltCon catalog filled with the schedule of events, classes and presentations.  
  • Are you following us on Instagram?  Come check us out @STLMQG
  • Want to do something to give back?  Remember we have an ongoing charitable project (due September meeting) making Little Dresses and Britches for Boys. Check out this link [Charity Project 2017] to learn more. 

Did you know that next month is our guild's 7th anniversary?  YAY!!

We thank you for your continued support and hope to see you at our July meeting.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Meeting Recap (May 13th, 2017)

Thanks for spending your Saturday with us. Read on to see what happened and what you need to know.

  • Marie, our Vice-President, provided lots of quilting/crafting announcements:
    • 100 Days/100 Blocks SEW-ALONG with @gnomeangel on Instagram
    • Garden of Glass opens at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
    • Summer Sampler 2017 starts on Monday May 15th. You can purchase the pattern here.
    • STLMQG Hand-Sew Happy Hour is Tuesday May 16th at Urban Chestnut, in the Grove
    • Cindy Lammon is hosting the RIN Along (Hand Applique) using Carolyn Friedlander's pattern.  For more information, visit Hyacinth Quilts.
    • The next MQG Virtual Sew Day is Sunday, May 21st. If you are sewing, quilting, crafting, or even buying fabric that day, be sure to post a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #mqgsewday
    • Janie Lou is welcoming back Carolyn Friedlander for a Trunk Show and Classes on May 23rd. Visit Janie Lou to learn more.
    • Hearts & Hands Quilt Guild is having their Quilt Show on June 10th & 11th
    • The KC Regional Quilt Festival is June 15th-17th.
    • Interested in a swap, @creationsbychristineco is holding a Tula Pink Economy Block Swap 

  • Jessica, our Secretary, spoke about our membership numbers

  • Krista, our Treasurer, gave us the financial info including that we recently paid for the workshop room for Amy Friend.

  • The Charity Committee quickly reminded everyone about our project for this year; which is to make Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys.  All items are due at our September meeting. To read all about it, check out this link which gives you all the info.

  • The Members Swap/Challenge Committee got our Container Swap going. 

  • The Quilt Show Committee provided updates on our first show, including reminding everyone on the times in which they can drop off their quilts.

  • We held a Publishing Panel, providing information on publishing a book, quilt patterns, submitting to magazines, etc.  Thank you to Casey, Jan, Krista and Kristy for sharing your background, comments and experiences with the guild.

  • We played a quick Getting To Know you game; which caused quite a stir and a lot of laughter.

  • We closed the meeting with Show & Tell...always a winner!  Check out our IG page to see many of the items which were shown.


Here are some links you may want to know about:
  • 70723 Project - This is the ongoing project that Tess spoke about near the end of our meeting.

Also, don't forget that we do not have a June meeting; but we are happy to be welcoming Amy Friend to St. Louis for a Trunk Show and two workshops.  We hope to see you at one of those events.  

Otherwise please be sure to check into social media now and again to see what your fellow members are working on, and definitely check your Inbox as we will have member-only info sent out regarding the Quilt Show, SewMeSTL, etc.  


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Meeting #74 (May 13th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

Join us this Saturday as we participate in our first swap, learn about publishing, and more.

Date: May, 13th, 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
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

- Member's Swap/Challenge Committee
    :: Container Swap (Bring one, Swap one)
- Publishing Panel (Various Participants) *See below
---Break---
- Getting To Know You Activity
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

 
-------------------------- FYI ------------------------------
:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, what have you been working on, what exciting modern fabrics have you purchased and are excited about using, what books and or patterns are inspiring you lately.

:: Whether it is publishing a book, patterns, working with fabric companies, submitting to magazines, and more.  Join us as several of our "published" members give you the 411 on how they got started, things to think about, the do's and don'ts, etc. 

:: Are you signed up for an Amy Friend workshop? Check your inbox to learn how to pay for your class.


See you Saturday!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Meeting Recap (April 8th, 2017)

Thanks for spending your Saturday with us. Read on to see what happened and what you need to know.

  • Marie jumped head first into her new role as VP, with a Book Report to re-energize our library. She followed that up with lots of quilting/crafting announcements about things happening around town..
    • Stitch St. Charles (May 23rd-25th) is a sewing, quilting and creative event. 
    • Hearts N Hands Quilt Guild (O'Fallon, IL) is sponsoring several lectures/workshops from Ebony Love, Gyleen Fitzgerald and Cheryl Sleboda. 
    • The Quilted Fox is teaching Painless Paper Piecing on Wed. April 12th.
    • Interested in participating in some Instagram Swaps? Check out Orphan Hexie Swap, Urban Home Goods swap, Fat Quarter Friends Swap, and Summer Lovin Very Mini Quilt Swap
    • The next MQG Virtual Sew Day is Sunday, April 23rd.  If you are sewing, quilting, crafting, or even buying fabric that day, be sure to post a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #mqgsewday

  • Jessica, our Secretary, spoke about our membership numbers, monthly fabric raffle and got our Hand-Sew Roundtable Demos started.

  • The Charity Committee announced our project for the year which is to make Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys.  All items are due at our September meeting. To read all about it, check out this link which gives you all the info.

  • The Member's Swap/Challenge Committee announced our first swap which is all about Containers.
    • Please make an approx 8inch "container" and bring it to the May meeting, there is no sign-ups. If you bring one, you'll swap one. The key is to think about making something other than a zippered pouch. There are lots of fun pods, boxes, baskets, bowls, etc. which you can make and swap.  A quick look through Pinterest or Instagram will give you lots of inspiration. Don't forget to share your work on Instagram using the hashtag #stlmqg.

  • While most of the Quilt Show Committee was absent, the announcement that we are having our first STLMQG Quilt Show was made.  The committee has put in A LOT of time behind the scenes to get this going and once everything is finalized, the info will be dispersed to all members and announcements posted on social media.  For now, there are two dates you should know about.
    • April 30th : The due date for submitting a photo of one, two, or more of your modern quilts/small items.  How to submit will be explained in the coming week.
    • July 15th & 16th : The date of the Quilt Show itself. We hope to see you there.

There are also some announcements we made earlier in the month, year that we want to ensure that everyone checks into as well.
  • The Fresh Quilting episodes featuring many of your favorite modern quilters is now streaming on the MQG Community Site, under Resources. You will need a username/password to access the site; but if you are a dues-paying member of the STLMQG, you were sent an email with this information soon after you signed up.
  • Finally, don't forget that we are proud to announce that Amy Friend @duringquiettime is joining the STLMQG this June for a trunk show and two workshops.  Check out the community announcement here. If you are a new dues-paying member and are interested in taking a workshop, please reach out to Jessica Schunke.
  • Our guild is once again holding our annual sewing retreat, SewMeSTL, which is October 14th & 15th. A reminder email will be sent out in the coming week.

Thanks for continuing to support our guild. We are looking forward to a wonderful year of collaboration, quilting and excitement.