Saturday, June 9, 2018

NO MEETING this Saturday

Just a reminder that we will NOT have a meeting this Saturday, June 9. We had originally scheduled a visit from Latifah Saafir this weekend, but it has sadly been canceled due to a personal medical emergency for Latifah. We are so sorry to everyone who was looking forward to her visit. We are hoping to be able to reschedule with Latifah in the coming months and will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Hand-Sew Happy Hour on the 19th or at July's meeting!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Meeting Recap (May 12, 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's meeting! It was great to see everyone and have some fun!

  • Gayle, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info.
  • Krista, our Secretary, announced our membership numbers and passed out our new MQG membership cards and pins.
  • Marie, our VP, announced several pieces of quilting news and happenings (more about these will be sent via email).
  • Jessica, our President, covered several items:
    • The hand-sew happy hours and location for the entire year have been posted to the blog. This month's meet-up will be on Tuesday, May 22.
    • SewMeSTL is going to be three days of fun this year (October 5-7)! Info on hotel rates and how to reserve has been sent via email.
    • There are still a few spots available in next month's workshops with Latifah Saafir. You can find more information about the trunk show and workshops here and register for the workshops here (members) or here (non-members).
    • The Member Swap and Challenge Committee's 2018 Colors of the Year Challenge, celebrating Pantone Ultra Violet and Kona Tiger Lily, is still going on. You can find all of the details here.
    • QuiltCon 2019 hotels are now available for reservation. Member registration for lectures and workshops will take place June 26. Watch for emails from the MQG with more info. 
  • Jessica announced the next Rainbow Block of the Month (BOM) Challenge color -- orange. Red-orange will not be a color we use this year, so this month can include all shades of orange other than yellow-orange (which we've already done). You can find all of the details here.
  • Kate Steele of Nurses for Newborns joined us for a brief presentation about the wonderful charity we're contributing to this year. The Charity Committee also collected 58 quilts to give to Kate! There will be a second collection in November. You can find all of the details here.

  • For this month's activity, we enjoyed a fabulous Show and Tell of vintage quilts from the collections of many of our members. We loved hearing the stories behind the quilts, as well as seeing the inspiration many modern quilters have taken from these designs. Thank you to everyone who shared!
  • Marie collected 112 blocks for our second Block Lotto round, another great response. The winners were already displaying their blocks on Instagram after the meeting. Congrats, Kim and Laura!
  • Marie also announced the details for our third Block Lotto round, which is a more complicated star block. You can find all of the details here. These blocks will be due in August.
  • We wrapped up the meeting with a great Show and Tell. Keep an eye on our Instagram page to see lots more pics of the meeting, show and tell, and our members' projects throughout the month.

Remember that we don't have a regular meeting next month because of Latifah Saafir's visit, but we hope to see lots of you at the workshops and trunk show. The details on her visit can be found here. Be sure to invite your friends to the trunk show, which is open to the public. See you in July!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Meeting #83 (May 12, 2018)

Hello modern quilters! We've got lots in store for our May meeting, so we hope you can join us!

Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Location: The Heights

8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117
*Childcare available, please see info here* 

-Welcome & Guild Business
     :: Membership Information
     :: Financial Information
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

     :: Reminders
     :: Information on Latifah Saafir workshop registration
     :: Information on QuiltCon
     :: Collect 2nd Block Lotto blocks (flying geese blocks) and blocks for the 70273 Project
-Nurses for Newborns Presentation (Charity Committee)
-Activity: Vintage Quilt Show and Tell


- Block Lotto block #2 raffle and Block Lotto block #3 announcement
- Announce next Rainbow BOM color
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

-------------------------- Reminders ------------------------------

:: Don't forget we're still accepting dues for 2018. Dues ($40) can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.
:: There are several items you may need to bring to the meeting, depending on which activities you're involved in:
  • The second Block Lotto blocks are due!
  • If you took home your 70273 Project blocks from the February meeting or decided to make more, please bring them to turn in to Tess. If possible, please also complete and bring your Provenance Form (Tess will have extras at the meeting if you forget).
  • Quilts for the Vintage Quilt Show and Tell
  • Quilts to donate to Nurses for Newborns for this year's charity project (our second collection date will be our November meeting)
  • Money! This month's "fabric" raffle will actually be for one free night at the Drury Inn during SewMeSTL this October! Tickets will be $5 each.
:: You must post your April (blue-green) Rainbow BOM blocks to Instagram with the #stlmqgrainbowbom before the start of the May meeting to get your points for the month (you can email them to if you're not on IG). We'd love to see your blocks at Show & Tell as well!
:: You still have lots of time to participate in the Colors of the Year Challenge. See this blog post for all of the details.
:: We will NOT have a regular meeting in June. See you at the Latifah Saafir activities (details here)! 
:: We're having an STLMQG Summer Social at the Italian American Bocce Club on August 4 from 3-8 pm. More details to come, but mark your calendars!

Monday, April 30, 2018

The STLMQG welcomes Latifah Saafir to St. Louis

We are sad to have to announce that this weekend's visit with Latifah Saafir has been canceled due to a personal medical emergency for Latifah. We are so sorry to everyone who was looking forward to her visit. We are hoping to be able to reschedule with Latifah in the coming months and will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

The STLMQG is so excited to be bringing Latifah Saafir to St. Louis this June and is pleased to extend an invitation to her trunk show and lecture to the entire St. Louis-area quilting community.
Latifah Saafir is a pattern and fabric designer, teacher, and speaker who is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. She is a co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild and has contributed to numerous modern quilting books in addition to creating her own extensive line of quilt patterns. Her popular Glam Clam quilt pattern epitomizes her fun, unique take on modern quilting.

To learn more about Latifah and her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @latifahsaafirstudios.
Latifah will be presenting a trunk show and lecture on her quilting journey and how she found her voice. The presentation is open to the public, and we hope you can join us! Details below.

Saturday, June 9, 2018
   --Doors open at 6:30 pm
   --Lecture starts promptly at 7 pm, followed by a meet and greet

The Center of Clayton
50 Gay Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
Meeting Rooms B & C (First Floor) 

--Free for STLMQG members
--$5 for non-members 

Latifah will be selling her patterns onsite.
If you are a local shop or quilt guild and would like to use this announcement,
Latifah will also be teaching two full-day workshops on Saturday, June 9th (Molehills Quilt) and Sunday, June 10th (Glam Clam Quilt) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break starting at noon.

Spots are still available in both workshops. Workshops are open to both STLMQG members ($45 fee) and non-members ($75 fee). Individuals who register for a workshop will receive a confirmation email with information on payment procedures and supply lists. You can read all about both workshops and the additional trunk show/lecture here.

Member registration can be done here, and non-member registration can be done here.
We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Shannon Brinkley's Visit to the STLMQG

This past weekend, the STLMQG was pleased to host Shannon Brinkley, a quilter, pattern designer, book author, and creator of the Scrappy Applique technique. She hosted two workshops for our members on her signature technique and color confidence for quilters, as well as a trunk show and lecture that was open to both members and the public.

The weekend started with the Scrappy Applique workshop. Shannon showed everyone how to use interfacing and improv-cut pieces of fabric to create fun collages in a a variety of shapes, from city skylines to globes, trees, and elephants. It was a freeing and fun class!
Here are just some of the lovely finished pieces! You can find lots more pictures of the workshops on our guild's Instagram page.
A large, attentive crowd joined us that night for the trunk show, in which Shannon showed off many of her lovely pieces and told us more about scrappy applique and her creative process.
We finished off the weekend with the Color Confidence for Quilters workshop, in which Shannon guided members through color theory, helping them to divide their stashes into specific colors on the color wheel, make their own color wheels, and create usable fabric palettes.
It was such a fun, colorful weekend, and we're so pleased Shannon was able to join us!