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.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Charity Project 2017

St Louis Modern Quilt Guild - Charity Project 2017



Every year the STLMQG sponsors a sewing project for charity. This year we will be donating children’s dresses and pants to Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys. 

From their website,

“…these dresses are so much more than just something to wear.  These dresses go as little Ambassadors all over the world to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy.  These dresses give the distributors an opportunity to meet and encourage those in need and to identify areas that can be addressed with help from the USA such as clean water and education.  Relationships are formed and information is shared.” 

We have provided two simple dress patterns for your use: one with raglan sleeves and a pillowcase style dress. However, simple dresses from any pattern are accepted. Boys’ shorts and pants are also in high demand. A pattern to adapt a tee-shirt into pants is listed below. The pant pattern is very similar to pajama pants. Feel free to use a pajama pant pattern with other fabric if desired. (Elastic or drawstring waist only, please.)

Dress with Elasticized Top 

Raglan Sleeve Dress

Pants/Shorts Pattern


When choosing fabric for the dresses and pants, please pick fabrics that will wash and wear well. For example, the sheer white fabric with tiny daisies may be pretty, but would be prone to staining and ripping. 

Let’s give them our best!

Please mark the approximate size on the clothing. You can use a fabric marker or attach a tag with a safety pin (please, no straight pins!).

We will be collecting the dresses and pants at the September 9th meeting and we can’t wait to see what you make!


Thank you!
Your Charity Committee : Leila Gardunia, Marie Nicholson Hill and Barb Phelps  



For more information on Little Dresses for Africa: http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

Monday, April 3, 2017

Meeting #73 (April 8th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

While we like to think that all of our meetings are fun-filled, we believe you are in for quite a treat this Saturday. 

Date: April, 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

- Committee Announcements:
     -- Charity announces 2017 Project
     -- Member's Swap/Challenge announces Spring Swap
     -- Quilt Show announcement
- Hand Sew Demo Stations (Various Participants) *See below
---Break---
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

 :: As part of the hand-sewing demonstrations, members will have a chance to practice the techniques, so if you have any hand-sewing tools (thimbles, etc.) that you like to use, you're encouraged to bring them.  We'd also love to do a short Show & Tell of hand-sewing notions that our members recommend.

:: 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.


See you Saturday!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Meeting Recap (March 11th, 2017)

Thanks to everyone who came out this past Saturday for March's meeting.  Read on to see what happened and what you need to know.


  • Jessica and Krista got to work, announcing our membership numbers and finances.
  • We announced several upcoming "sewlebrities" which were coming to town.  
    • Janie Lou is bringing in Carolyn Friedlander for 2 half day lectures and a trunk show on Tuesday, May 23rd.  If you are interested, please contact Janie Lou.
    • Jackman's Fabric is bringing in Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio for a lecture and workshop in the next few weeks.  If you are interested, please contact Jackman's Fabrics.
  • 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. 
  • Thimble & Thread, one of the largest quilting guilds in STL, is hosting their biannual Quilt Show this coming weekend.
  • Hannah led a wonderful presentation on "Curating Fabric Bundles"; which is a great way to use a focal print and build a self-curated collection of basics around it.  Thanks Hannah!
  • We had a long discussion about QuiltCon, what was seen, what classes people took, what they liked, what they didn't, etc.  If you are unfamiliar with this ALL - MODERN quilting conference, you must check out what you missed.



  • We held our Special Election for VP, and we are proud to announce that Marie Nicholson Hill is our 2017 VP.  
  • The Quilt Show Committee announced that the STLMQG will be having our 1st Quilt Show on July 15th, 2017...just a few short months away.  They will be sending out all the details in the coming weeks regarding how to get involved, what types of quilts they are looking for, etc.  Start thinking of what quilt you would like to share.
  • Members brought their quilts and projects to share during Show & Tell; which is always a beloved part of our meetings. You can see a large assortment of the quilts on our STLMQG Instagram page.

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.


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

The STLMQG welcomes Amy Friend to St. Louis

We are excited to be bringing the wildly talented Amy Friend to St. Louis this Summer and we would like to extend the TrunkShow invite to the St. Louis Quilting Community.

Friday, June 2nd 2017 
The Heights
8001 Dale Ave
St.Louis, MO 63117

6:30 pm - Doors Open

7:00 pm - Trunk Show beings promptly


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,


To see more of Amy Friend's work, visit her on social media.

Instagram:  @duringquiettime

STLMQG welcomes Amy Friend to St. Louis

Amy Friend will also be teaching two full day workshops on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. These workshops are open to St. Louis MQG members only. Details and info on how to sign-up will be sent via email to all members in the coming weeks.

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Saturday, June 3rd
Improvisational Paper Piecing


Sunday, June 4th
Intentionally Pieced Large Scale Paper Piecing

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We hope to see you there!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Meeting #72 (March 11th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

We hope to see you on Saturday where we will be learning about fabric, discussing the ins & outs of QuiltCon and lots more. 

Date: March, 11th, 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
     :: Special Announcements / Quilting News

- Curating Fabric Bundles Presentation (Hannah)
- QuiltCon Discussion & Charity Quilt Reveal (Various Participants)
- VP Announcement & Special Election
---Break---
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new modern fabrics you have purchased or received and books that inspire you.

:: If you did not get your MQG Membership Card last month, please stop by and see Jessica.


See you Saturday!!

Meeting Recap (February 11th, 2017)

February's meeting jump-started our year and we couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Please read on.


  • Jessica handed out this year's MQG Membership Cards, and Krista jumped right into her new role as Treasurer 
  • Annie & Dottie led an excellent discussion on "Preparing Your Quilt for a Long-Armer"; which was very well received and got everyone thinking about things like squaring up your quilts, how to measure for borders, what type of batting to use, etc.
  • The rules for the Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge were clarified as many questions had arisen since it was first announced in January.
  • Krista, Jessica and Kristy did a quick "Moderning Quilting: Yes, No and Everything in between" presentation.
  • The 2017 calendar was discussed including the announcements of activities and education opportunities for our members in the coming months.
  • Members brought their quilts and projects to share during Show & Tell; which is always a beloved part of our meetings. You can see a large assortment of the quilts on our STLMQG Instagram page.

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Meeting #71 - February 11th, 2017

Hello Modern Quilters,

Saturday's meeting will serve as a kickoff to the year (since January's meeting was cancelled); so come join us for several announcements, education and lots of fun.

Date: February, 11th, 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
     :: Special Announcements/Quilting News

- Preparing your quilt for a Long-Arm Quilter (Dottie & Annie)
- Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge : What you need to know
- Modern Quilting: Yes, No and Everything In Between
---Break---
- Committee Sign-Ups
- 2017 Calendar : Activities, Demos, Sew-Ins, Speakers, Teachers, Workshops and more
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new modern fabrics you have purchased or received and books that inspire you.

:: It's time to get your MQG Membership Cards.  Don't forget to stop by and see Jessica.

:: If you signed up for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge (thru the MQG), the fabric has arrived; please see Jessica.

See you Saturday!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Recap

While Mother Nature blanketed St. Louis in a sheet of ice this past weekend, forcing us to cancel our January meeting, we still have many things to announce. So without further ado, here is what you should know.


  • Officer's Book/Pattern Challenge : The Officer's decided to create a challenge this year, encouraging members to start one of those intended projects; for which you bought a particular pattern and/or book to use.  Everything you need to know about this challenge can be found on our [Challenges] tab at the top of the page. Updated 1/16/17 - An entry limit has been placed.
  • Hand-Sew Happy Hours have started once again. Jessica, our guild's Secretary, recently sent out the information via email earlier today.  If you are a dues-paying member and did not receive the email, please let us know.
  • We are finalizing plans to bring in a well-known Teacher this June for a presentation and two workshops.  Once everything is confirmed, we will make the official announcement; but for now, please keep the weekend of June 3rd-4th open.
  • SewMeSTL is happening again, this year on October 14th and 15th at the Drury. An email will be sent soon to all dues-paying members regarding this event.
  • This year we have several panels, demos and other educational opportunities planned for our meetings including the below: 
    • Preparing your quilt for a Long-Arm Quilter (Panel Discussion)
    • Curating fabric bundles (Presenter)
    • Hand-Sew Demonstration (Rotating Demos w/hands on instruction)
    • Publishing Books & Patterns (Panel Discussion)
  • We will also continue our monthly Member Trunk Shows, Member's Swap/Challenge committee activities, charitable sewing, and so much more.

We are looking forward to all that 2017 has in store, 
and are glad to be sharing it with you.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meeting #70 - January 14th, 2017

***Updated 1/13/17 at 10am***  
Due to the Ice Storm that is hitting St. Louis and surrounding areas, the Officers have decided to cancel Saturday's meeting.  Please be safe out there, and stay tuned for an update on our guild's activities and events.

Hello Modern Quilters,

Let's ring in the new year with some education, several announcements and lots of fun, shall we.

Date: January, 14th, 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
     :: Special Announcements/Quilting News

- Getting To Know You Activity
- Modern Quilting Webinar & Discussion
---Break---
- Committee Sign-Ups
- Officer Challenge Announcement
- 2017 Calendar : Activities, Demos, Sew-Ins, Speakers, Teachers, Workshops and more
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, we want to see what interesting and creative things you have been working on, new modern fabrics you have purchased or received and books that inspire you.

See you Saturday!!

*** Inclement weather is predicted for Saturday. Please check this site before heading out Saturday morning to ensure that the meeting has not been cancelled***