Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Meeting Recap (August 13, 2022)

Inhale...exhale...inhale...exhale...Feel better? Equal parts relaxing and invigorating, chair yoga for quilters was a hit! See what else we got up to at this week's meeting.


Guild Business
  • Em (Vice President) ran the meeting today and gave us the details of local events:
    • City Sewing Room: T-shirt Quilt Class, Thurs. Oct. 13-Nov. 3 5:30-8:00pm

    • PerennialSTL: Intro to Needle Punch, Thurs. Aug. 18 6:00-8:30pm/T-shirt Totes + More, Sat. Aug. 20 10:00am-12:00pm

    • Jackman’s: Many upcoming quilting and quilting adjacent classes.

    • Alison Glass/Giucy Giuce mini series SAL begins September 1.

  • Gail (Treasurer) went over the guild's finances and our current membership numbers. We have a roster of 193 members! WOW!! If you're not a member yet, learn how to join HERE.
  • Announcements and Reminders:
    • Board elections will be held at the November meeting. We have openings for Vice President and Treasurer. Please contact Lilo if you are interested in running.
    • A group of members has been formed to head up the guild's QuiltCon charity quilt entry. Watch your email for more details coming soon.
    • If you are not familiar with City Sewing Room and their sister site SewHope STL, these are great places to learn new skills and acquire fabric, notions, tools, etc. for bargain bin prices. Check them out HERE and HERE.
    • DON'T FORGET!! Registration for QuiltCon starts today!




Activity: Chair Yoga for Quilters

Lisa from Urban Breath Yoga led a room full of our members through some gentle and refreshing exercises, right in our chairs. Her cheerful guidance helped us release built up tension in our necks, shoulders, backs, knees, wrists, and legs; all places quilters need to stretch throughout an intense sewing session. She couldn't believe we'd stay up until midnight to quilt at the SewMe retreat. Good thing she joined us today! You can look up "chair yoga for quilters" on YouTube or Google for instructional videos. Thank you Lisa!

Committee Updates
  • Quilt Show
    • The Quilt Show committee gave a follow up of our first quilt show event in several years.
    • 770 people attended the show.
    • Food Bank donation from the raffle quilt = $947.
    • Net cost to the guild = $900.
    • Thank you to all the show volunteers and members who publicized our show.
    • Thank you to the quilt show committee and Marie Hill for your print services.
  • SewMe STL
    • All current details can be found HERE. We will continue to update as information becomes available.
    • Registration opens to members Thursday, August 18 at 8PM via email.
    • We are limited to 100 attendees and do expect this event to sell out, however we will have a waiting list.
    • Cost is $35/day and you can attend the entire weekend, or just choose one or two days of participation.
    • Commemorative t-shirts will be available for $10 and are optional.
    • We need volunteers to greet attendees. Sign up will be sent after registration.
    • Raffle donations are appreciated and can be given to Jennifer Deck, Susan Muszynski, and Jessica Elliston.
    • Watch your email for the registration link!!
  • Charity
    • Guild members have been invited to attend the Empowering Women Gala put on by our charity partners, The Women's Safe House. More info can be found HERE. Donations are also welcome.
    • The committee has begun to collect charity quilts and will continue to do so through our November meeting and the SewMe retreat.
    • Please attach "STL MQG Cares" label to each quilt.
    • The committee has created a comprehensive document in the member drive full of pattern suggestions for those wanting to go a different route then the kit patterns. Quilt parameters are HERE.
    • There is still time to complete a quilt for The Women's Safe House and invite you to help us reach our goal.
  • Swap and Challenge
    • Fabric Placement blocks are due at the November meeting. 
    • There may be some prizes, although this is not a contest.
    • Official rules can be found HERE.
    • Members can follow this path in the Google Drive to find instructions for the blocks: STLMQG Members > Swap/Challenge > 2022

Other Items Covered
  • Home Sew Happy Hour: Jump on Zoom August 16 from 6-9pm and get to know other guild members better. 
    • This is a casual event where you can come and go as you please.
    • Some members have expressed interest in doing this event in person again and are welcome to do so. Let the board know your plans and we'll publicize on social media.
  • Block of the Month Winners: Have you joined in the Block of the Month sampler quilt party yet? It's been so fun seeing everyone's take on Instagram. For all the info look HERE. It's not too late to jump in.
    • Linda Kocher is our winner for June's entry.
    • Joan Miller is the winner for July's block.
    • August BOMSpeaking of the block of the month, the next tutorial is live on the blog and we're taking on improv curves. Em takes you through all the steps HERE. 
    • Post to Instagram using #stlmqgbom or email a photo before our next meeting to be entered for a prize. 

  • Fabric Raffle: Thanks to Cotton Cuts we gave away two FQ bundles of Sublime Summer from Free Spirit fabrics to Robyn Passig and Carol Schmidt. Hooray!
  • Show and Share: We wrapped up the meeting with another great Show and Tell. Pics are being posted to our Instagram and Facebook pages. Join us there to see pictures of quilts that were shared, and to stay up to date on what's to come this year!

Saturday, August 13, 2022

2022 Block of the Month Sampler - August

 Welcome to Month Eight of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Block of the Month Sampler! Only 3 months to go (including this one) until we have all the blocks to finish our quilts!

Remember to post your block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqgbom before the September meeting to be entered to win this month's prize. If you don't use Instagram, you may email a photo to the guild email.

This month, we will be making TWO 12.5-inch (unfinished) improv CURVE blocks!

CUTTING DIRECTIONS: 


Cut 2 squares of fabric, about 15 inches each. Why so much bigger than our unfinished block size of 12.5 inches? The thing to remember when you're sewing in an improvisational or unstructured way is that seam allowances are not included! Thus, we need to add in extra room in our blocks to accommodate the fabric that will be in the seam allowance. 

Note: I originally cut my blocks at 14 inches. Reach on to find out why this didn't work out and how I solved the problem! 


Stack your squares on top of one another and use a rotary cutter to make one more gentle curves through both layers of fabric. 

Gentle curves will be easier to sew than sharper/steeper curves. 

Single direction curves will be easier to sew than multi-directional curves. What do I mean by that? Take a look at my middle cut in the image above. From the bottom, the cut begins curving to the right, but then I cut so it turns slightly back to the left. 

SEWING DIRECTIONS


Begin by marking the approximate mid-point of each of your curves on both sides of your cut. Mark both pieces of fabric in the SAME PLACE! (See how I've flipped back the top fabric to mark the fabric underneath in the same place?) If your cut is more or less straight before it begins to curve, you will mark the mid point of the curved part of the cut only. 


Rearrange your fabric pieces so that your two colors/prints are mixed up. 


Flip one piece of fabric so that it is right sides together with the adjacent piece of the same curve. Pin at the place you marked. 

I only use one pin to sew these curves. If you like, you can ease the seam together and use 57 pins to keep it together. It's your quilt; do what works for you!

If you're just using one pin, use your hands to ease the two edges even around the curve on one side of the pin until you get to the point where you will start sewing. You match your edges so that you can determine where you will start sewing because the fabric will not be even after it is sewn. There is fabric along the curve that will disappear into the seam allowance. 

Carefully sew along the curve, matching your edges as you go. 

I will post a video of this on https://www.instagram.com/stlmqg/


Press to one side. I like to press on the back, then flip and press on the front. I like to place the thumb and first finger of my free hand on each side of the seam as a press to make sure the seam along the curve is open all the way as I press. 


Repeat with your remaining curves. 


Trim to 12.5 inches. If you started with a large enough piece of fabric, you're done! Yay! Way to go!

My finished block was not large enough to trim to 12.5 inches. Oh no! I thought that starting with fabric 1.5 inches larger would leave plenty of room for seam allowance. This would have worked if I would have had fewer curves, or if my curves were less curvy. It's okay, though, because this is improv. So let's fix it. 


I'm going to add on one more curve, with this green to bring my block up to size. 

Layer the fabric for the next curve under your other piece, leaving enough room to account for the seam allowance. The ruler marks the edge of the fabric underneath because the full curve must be cut through both pieces of fabric. 


Using a rotary cutter, cut a gentle curve through both pieces of fabric. 


As before, mark the approximate mid-point of the curve on both sides of the cut. Flip the two pieces right sides together, pinning at the mark. Ease around the edge to find the point where you will begin sewing, then carefully sew around the curve. 


Hooray! My block is now large enough to trim to 12.5 inches! 


My second block was also just a little too small. I used the piece I cut off the first block when I added the green to make my second block a little bit larger. 

Two finished improv curve blocks!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

SewMe STL 2022 - Full Details

 

Sew Me St Louis Registration Opens on August 18th at 8pm!

Come and enjoy a weekend with Quilty friends sewing, sharing, learning, and having fun!  Over the course of the three-day weekend, in addition to getting some quality time with your sewing machine, you can participate in various demonstrations, participate in networking and fun activities with other members, and have an opportunity to win some great raffle prizes.

Registration
Optional: Retreat t-shirt $10

Price: $35/day
Dates: October 7-9, 2022
Times: Friday, 8AM - Midnight
            Saturday, 8AM - Midnight
            Sunday, 8AM - 5PM
Where: Marriott St. Louis West
             660 Maryville Centre Drive
             St. Louis, MO  63141



You may register for one, two, or all three days.  Admission helps to cover the rental cost of the ballrooms, swag, and other incidentals.

Hotel Rooms are also available - details below.  A link to register for the hotel will be provided with the confirmation details.

Look for the email on August 18th at 8pm for the registration link!

Activities

Friday, October 7th

  • Web Chain Piecing with Tess McMahon
  • Paper Piecing with Marie Hill
  • Labeling your quilts with Linda Kocher
Saturday, October 8th

  • Improv Curves with Heather Dye
  • Faux Piped Binding/Facing with Cynthia Cook
  • Big Stitch Binding with Jessica Schunke
Sunday, October 9th

  • Scrap Rope Tutorial with Cynthia Cook - Note: This is Different than a Rope Bowl Tutorial.  You make Scrap Twine/Rope which you can then use to make things with.
  • Bias Binding with Nancy Dlugosz

In addition to the demonstrations that come with your admission, we will have networking and games on both Friday and Saturday evening.  Dottie Vaughn is bringing her batting display and will have time set aside for Q&A. Will McDonald from Just Sew will be there on Saturday to sharpen scissors for $10.

Hotel Reservations
  • $131/night
    • 50% off breakfast vouchers for up to four people per room
  • Book your room by Wednesday, September 7th
    • Reservation link will be in the meeting recap email.
  • Two rooms will be raffled at September meeting
    • 1 night/room or 2 nights for the same room if one person wins.
Donations

Raffle item donations can be directed to:
Jessica Ellison
Susan Muszynski
Jennifer Deck



Meeting #122 (August 13, 2022)

We hope you got a chance to see the quilt show in July and left feeling inspired by the modern aesthetic. Here's what's happening at our August meeting.


Date: August 13, 2022
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Location: 
Shrewsbury Center - 5200 Shrewsbury Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

Agenda:

-Welcome & Guild Business
  • Zoom etiquette
  • Financial Information
  • Membership Information
  • Quilting News/Around Town
  • Reminders
  • BOM updates
  • Committee updates
    • Sew Me: Updates on the retreat.
    • Charity: Special invitation and reminders
    • Swap/Challenge: reminders
  • Quilt Con Charity Quilt: we need a member of the guild to lead this if we want to submit in time.
  • Election announcement: Positions for Treasurer and Vice President will be open for 2023. Election is held in November. This is a great opportunity to help keep the guild running smoothly.
---Break---
  • Let us know if you'll lead the charity quilt
  • Ask questions about board positions
  • Drop off your charity quilts
  • Pickup a kit for a charity quilt
  • Sign in
  • Visit free table
-August Activity - Stretch Your Body, Stretch Your Sewing Time

Good posture and regular stretching breaks are essential for quilters of any health. Our guest this month will guide through stretches to keep you sewing more comfortably for longer. This demonstration will give you some good tips just in time for the Sew Me retreat in October. Don't miss it!

-Meeting Wrap-up
  • Fabric raffle winner announcement - Thank you Cotton Cuts!
  • June and July Block of the Month winner announcement
  • Attendance Prizes
  • Show & Tell (time permitting)
-------------------------- Reminders ------------------------------
  • Drop off your completed charity quilts.
  • Post your BOM entries by 11:59 PM this Friday. #stlmqgbom
  • Swap/Challenge blocks can be posted with #stlmqgswap22.
  • Buy raffle tickets online HERE.
  • Wear your name tags.
  • Free table items.
  • Bring your Show and Share goodies!

Saturday, July 9, 2022

2022 Block of the Month Sampler - July

 


Welcome to Month Seven of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Block of the Month Sampler!

Remember to post your block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqgbom before the August meeting to be entered to win this month's prize. If you don't use Instagram, you may email a photo to the guild email.

This month, we will be making an 18-inch "cut and insert" improvisational block. After the particular technique and seam matching that was required for last month's lone star block, this is a completely different vibe. 

This is improv! Do *not* overthink the construction of this block. Relax ... just cut and sew!

CUTTING DIRECTIONS: 


Background: 20-inch square**
Several strips of different fabrics, different widths between about 1 inch and 2½ inches, and long enough to stretch across all or part of your background square. The number of strips doesn't really matter and is up to your personal preference. Maybe you only want to use 2, maybe you want 10. 

**note: if you are using a scrappy background and don't have a large enough cut to get a 20-inch square (for example: you're using fat quarters), you can construct this block by joining four (4) 9½ inch, unfinished improv squares. You'll use the same sewing directions as below, but repeat for 4 smaller blocks. 

SEWING DIRECTIONS:


Place your first strip across your background square. Using a ruler lined up with the strip, cut a straight line through the background. Flip the strip right sides together with the background and sew. Sew the rest of the background to the other side of the strip. 


Place your second strip across your background square. Maybe it crosses your first strip; maybe it goes across your background in a spot that doesn't touch your first strip. Don't overthink it! Just cut and sew! 


Continue placing your strips across your background fabric, then cutting and sewing them into your block in a way that pleases you. Maybe you're finishes after 3 or 4 strips. Maybe you're not ... 

 

**Completely optional note about lining up your strips if you want them to have a more continuous look across the background: Okay, so this is really improv-adjacent because you're going to do a little more planning rather than just cut and sew. You can just go ahead and skip this and continue with cut and sew and embrace how the strips end up when you're finished. 

No? You're still reading? Really, you can skip this part and just continue to cut and sew. 

Fine. You want your strips to line up across the background. If the width of your cut strip is wider than 1-inch, and you cut so that it crosses more than one previous strip, it's impossible for the strips you bisected to line up unless you trim where you cut across the block for your insert. You will trim an amount that is equal to the width of the strip you are inserting minus 1-inch. 

For example: If the strip you're inserting is 2¼ inches, you will trim off 1¼ inches from where you cut across the block to insert the strip. Sew the strip onto one side. To line up the other side, flip the remaining background (with your bisected strips) so it's right sides together with your current strip. Line up the raw edges, then fold the background back to where the ¼" seam allowance will be and slide the background along the strip you're inserting until the bisected strips line up. 

I hope you skipped this part. It's confusing and it makes this easy block more complicated! 😅


Look! I did all that so I could show you how and my bisected strips still didn't line up exactly. I probably rushed it. Guess what? That's okay! This is improv!!

Trim your block to 18½ inches! You're done!



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Meeting Recap (June 11, 2022)

We had a busy meeting on Saturday, chock full of information. The committees facilitated handing out quilt kits, quilt show postcards, and fabric swapping. Keep reading to stay up to date on everything we covered.


Guild Business

  • Cathy (President) covered the upcoming BOM, in Em's absence, and general meeting reminders.
  • Gail (Treasurer) went over the guild's finances and our current membership numbers. If you're not a member yet, learn how to join HERE.
  • Octavia (Secretary) went over some Instagram basics for sharing your work with the guild online. We love sharing what you are up to. Some things to keep in mind:
    • Privacy: Set profile to public if you want to share on guild IG. Membership can still see your work through the hashtags.

    • Hashtags: #stlmqg - guild account || #stlmqgbom - BOM blocks || #stlmqgcares - charity projects || #stlmqgswap22 - swap/challenge projects in 2022
    • IG Handles: I don't know every member's screen name and won't share your work unless I know you're a member. Just send me a quick note telling me who you are.
    • Tagging Others: Use @ symbol to directly notify a user
    • Content: Keep it modern. Also, consider this bonus material. Stories may not happen everyday or highlight everything you share.

  • Member announcements:
    • Guild member Heather Dye is looking for pattern testers for her new pattern. Contact info in the member drive if you are interested.
    • Sewing volunteer opportunities available at the new community sewing room SewHope STL.


Activity: So You Want to Go to QuiltCon?

    Did you know you that being a member of the St. Louis Modern Quild Guild means you are also a member of the national Modern Quilt Guild? Have you heard about this thing called a "Quilt Con" and wondered what kind of person tricks people into quilting? (Didn't have to trick you into it, am I right?) Since QuiltCon 2023 is being hosted in Atlanta, GA, a reasonable distance to drive, we knew we needed to help our newer members get a grasp on exactly what QuiltCon is.

    Our panel of guild members who have attended previous QuiltCons gave us all the scoop on the nitty gritty details of making the most of the event. Gina covered taking classes, Pam discussed attending lectures, Leila went over the show floor and vendors, Emily covered registration, and Dottie covered volunteering. One big takeaway was that if you are interested in attending it is wise to get clear on the how-to's of registering BEFORE registration opens.  We opened the floor to questions and directed post meeting questions to the event we created on Facebook. Check it out!

The Modern Quilt Guild posts all the information and updates HERE prior to the event.

Committee Updates
  • Sew Me
    • Jenn from the Sew Me committee went over what the event is for new members and gave updates on the details of this three day sewing retreat. SewMe updates will be posted HERE.
    • If you have demonstration ideas, wish to offer a demonstration, or have donations for the raffle please get in touch with the SewMe committee through the guild email.
  • Quilt Show
    • The Quilt Show committee began accepting quilts for the show. If you still need to drop yours off the details are HERE. Bags to keep your quilts clean can be purchased for $2/bag. Cash only.
    • All members are requested to complete two 2.5 hour volunteer shifts during the show. Sign ups are HERE
    • We also need your help publicizing the show. Right click the images below to download and save them. Then send them to everyone you know. You can also share the Quilt Show events created on the Facebook group. Use these links to find the event July 16 & July 17.


  • Charity
    • Between member donations and a committee workday, the Charity committee created over 100 quilt kits to distribute at the meeting. There are still a few left, so if you were not able to attend or would like an additional one, please contact Tess through the guild email.
    • New quilt labels and batting pieces were distributed, and instructions given on when and how to properly return the charity quilts. Info can be found HERE.
    • The committee has created a comprehensive document in the member drive full of pattern suggestions for those wanting to go a different route then the kit patterns. Quilt parameters are HERE.

  • Swap and Challenge
    • Guild members who participated in the Inspirational Fabric Swap used part of the break to trade fat quarters.
    • The committee went over the Swap Fabric Placement Challenge they have devised using those swap fabrics or something from your stash.
    • Challenge blocks are due in November and there may even be some prizes, although this is not a contest.
    • Official rules can be found HERE.

Other Items Covered
  • Home Sew Happy Hour: Jump on Zoom June 21 from 6-9pm with your favorite beverage and some tedious sewing that's better with friends. This is a casual event where you can come and go as you please.
  • Block of the Month Winners: Macy Sprunger won the prize for April and Gail Luther was our May winner. Have you joined in the Block of the Month sampler quilt party yet? It's been so fun seeing everyone's take on Instagram. For all the info look HERE. It's not too late to jump in.
  • June BOM: Speaking of the block of the month, the next tutorial is live on the blog. We're tackling 45 degree angles in a gorgeous Lone Star block. Don't sweat it though. Em takes you through all the steps HERE. Post to Instagram using #stlmqgbom or email a photo before our next meeting to be entered for a prize. 

  • Fabric Raffle: Who won the Tula treasure you might ask? Thanks to Cotton Cuts we gave away two FQ bundles of Tula Pink's Tiny Beasts to Robyn Passig and Susan Muszynski. Hooray!
  • Show and Share: We wrapped up the meeting with another great Show and Tell. Pics are being posted to our Instagram and Facebook pages. Join us there to see pictures of quilts that were shared, and to stay up to date on what's to come this year!

Swap Fabric Placement Challenge

 Swap Fabric Placement Challenge

June 2022-November 2022

We hope all members will take advantage of this challenge to learn more about how Value, Contrast, Volume, and Scale of their fabrics affect the appearance and, perhaps, success of a quilt.

Guidelines:
  • Participants will select ONE of the three quilt blocks presented by the Challenge Committee- Easy, Moderate or Advanced. These can be found in the member drive in the Swap/Challenge folder or you can right click on your selected block below. Then save to your device.


  • Then, taking the four fat quarters from our Inspiration Swap OR four fat quarters of their choice, make THREE (or four, if desired) of the block pattern selected from those four fabrics but SWAP the placement of the fabrics in each block. These can be found in the member drive in the Swap/Challenge folder or download from above.
  • These blocks will be due at the November meeting where we will showcase the results for all to appreciate.
  • Blocks may be presented unfinished OR finished as desired, e.g. table runner, mini quilts, charity quilt.
  • This is not a competition, but there may still be prizes!
  • Below are instructions on piecing quarter square triangles. These are also located in the member drive or you can save to your device by right clicking the image and choosing the save option.