Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Meeting #78 (November 11th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

With the dropping temps, it is definitely Quilting Weather; so let us gather together on Saturday to collect those raffle items, finalize our Board and so much more. We hope to see you there!

Date: November 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
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

   
- Collect Raffle Items *See below*


---Break---

- SewMeSTL Chat

- Officer Elections

- Committee Discussion and SignUps

- Membership Dues *See below*

- QuiltCon Quilt Show Reminder


- Show & Tell

- Mix & Mingle

 
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:: 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.

:: November and December is when continuing members should pay their 2018 dues ($40). We accept cash, check and now Credit Card *with an additional nominal fee.

:: Remember we cannot have a December Ticket Raffle without your donated items, so please remember to bring them to November's meeting. As always we are looking for top quality modern fabric, handmade items, books, patterns, knitting/crochet items, quilting-related items, etc.  These should be items that your fellow members are "fighting" to get their hands on. Please be respectful and do not use this event as a way to clear out your trash-able 1990s quilting magazines, old tangled thread, etc. To see how this event works, check out this link from 2013.

In exchange for your total donation, you will be issued a set number of tickets in December based on the below table. 

If the estimated Retail value of your entire donation is…
$10 or less = 5 Tickets
$11 - $30 you receive 10 Tickets
$31 - $50 you receive 15 Tickets
$51 and up = 20 tickets

Sunday, October 1, 2017

No October Meeting

Hello Modern Quilters,

Just a quick reminder that we will NOT be having our regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, October 14th, as it is our annual quilting retreat...SewMeSTL.








All attendees should have received an Event Info email on Sunday, October 1st; which includes info on what to bring, what to expect, etc.


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It always feels like the last quarter of the year zooms by, so here are a few quick things to consider prepping for: 
 
  • We are looking for a passionate member to be the guild's next Secretary, is that you? October 15th is the due date to put your name in the hat...don't delay.
  • We will be collecting 2018 membership dues ($40) which must be paid at our November or December meeting.  All members who do not pay during one of those two months will be removed from the Roster, due to the fact that we have to have final numbers into The MQG by the end of December.
  • Show & Tell
  • Collecting items as part of our December Fundraiser.  Want to know more about that event, check out this post from 2013; which breaks it all down.

We hope to see you at SewMeSTL; but otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in November. 

Thank You!

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.