Monday, July 6, 2020

Meeting #100 (July 11, 2020)

We are excited to welcome everyone to Zoom, the new format in which we will conduct the remainder of our meetings for 2020. Please see the Meeting and Events tab to your right for further information on dates, times, and how to join if you are not a current member. 

Date: July 11, 2020
Time: 10 am-11:30 pm
Format: Zoom. (A link will be provided via email in both the meeting reminder email sent Tuesday, July 7th as well as again in a brief email reminder on Friday, July 10th.)

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This meeting will include:

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

-Announcements/Reminders
  :: Upcoming Speaker Announcement!!
  :: QuiltCon 2021 Upcoming Registration
  :: 10th Anniversary Party date/location
  :: Sew Me STL 2020 and 2021
  :: Block of the Month Fabric Type
  :: Review of ongoing activities, due dates, and how to turn them in. 
  :: July Fabric Bundle Raffle - ONLINE AND AVAILABLE NOW!! See your email for details. 
  :: Hand-Sew Happy Hour date/time/format
  :: Committee Updates
  :: Member Announcements

- Special Topic
  :: Review/Reminders on the resources provided both by STLMQG and MQG to help us all stay connected to each other and to the offerings and happenings within the modern quilting world during this time of distancing. 

- Show & Tell (time permitting)
- July Bundle Raffle Drawing

-------------------------- Reminders/Items Due ------------------------------

:: Be sure to post your June BOM block on Instagram with #stlmqgbom and #stlmqg! If you do not use Instagram you can email your entry to stlmqg@gmail.com. Due by meeting time (10 am July 11th).

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

June Non-Meeting and Social Recap (June 13, 2020)

Recap: June 13th Zoom Social
Boy it was great to see your faces!! Thanks so much to everyone who was able to participate. We saw Christine from her car, had a dizzying tour of Angie's workspace, and some absolutely lovely quilts both finished and in-progress! This experience has allowed the guild to make some decisions about how to move forward for the rest of 2020 and we have lots of information to share at this time. 

Remainder of our 2020 Meetings:
  • Format: Zoom
  • Time: 10-11:30am
  • Dates: Second Saturday of the Month, see the Meeting and Event tab for a list of dates.
  • How to Join: MEMBERS: The link will be included in the pre-meeting email sent the Tuesday before the meeting as well as again the Friday evening before the meeting so it is at the top of your inbox.  NON-MEMBERS: May request to join a meeting by completing an online form
  • Additional Information: We have compiled a How To/FAQ document to help introduce you to Zoom. It will be included in all emails that contain a Zoom link. It is accessible at anytime on the Member Drive. 
STLMQG 10 Year Birthday Party!
  • Date: July 25th
  • Location: World's Fair Pavilion, Forest Park
  • Time: 6pm
  • We will spread out in the shade of the pavilion or nearby grass, working hard to observe a 6 foot distance from each other at all times. Must Haves: Your own chair and mask. Strongly Encouraged: Name tag, a beverage for hydration or otherwise, take out, hand sanitizer and your latest creation for others to see!
  • This will also be a collection point for anything you wish to turn in - charity projects, block lotto blocks, etc. If Pennant Swap partners are both done and attending, feel free to go ahead and swap!
STLMQG Zoom Account Available to Members
  • The Guild is happily sharing the STLMQG Zoom account with our members. Committees, Hand Sew Happy Hours, Bees, Traveling Quilt Groups, just a group of ladies discussing the latest MQG webinar.... Please feel free to use it to connect with other members during this isolating time. Tess McMahon, our Treasurer, is coordinating these meetings. Contact her directly to make arrangements!
Calls for Volunteers: 
  • Drop Boxes: In order for members to turn in any activity items, we would like to establish drop boxes on members' porches around the region. Other members can then drive to the closest drop box to them and turn in their items. Once a month or so, the board with make a run to empty all the boxes. Please know that at no time will these address be released to the public, only to other guild members. Know, too, that the intent is for this to be a no contact drop box: members can come, drop items in the box, and then leave, all without disturbing the occupants. Complete this form if you are willing to host a drop box for us!
  • QuiltCon Charity Challenge: The QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge has begun and we need to get on the ball! This year's theme is curves and has a lovely bright palette of oranges and blues. We have some responses but are still looking for a couple more individuals who can take on the organization of this challenge on behalf of the guild. Please email stlmqg@gmail.com if you are interested in being a part of that team. The overall guidelines can be found here, as well as in the April email from the MQG. 
Announcements from Committees:
  • The Quilt Show Committee has started planning for our 2021 Quilt Show.  As you are making quilts, thoughtfully consider making them Modern and entering them in the Quilt Show.  What is Modern?  Check out www.themodernquiltguild.com Can't wait to see your creations! -Robyn Passig, Show Chair
BOM: Fabric #6
Dots and Dashes: Fabric patterns comprised of dots or dashes. Due by the start of the July meeting!


Status of Events: 
This information is also always on the Meeting and Events tab on the blog. 
  • July Bocce Social: Replaced with the above mentioned birthday party.
  • Sew Me St. Louis: Moved to March 12-14, 2021
  • Tara Faughnan and Jen Carlton-Bailly Workshops: Canceled. 
Activities:
Click on the links to see the blog posts and tabs for each activity. Where applicable, new information has been posted about collection points or drop offs. Be sure to use the appropriate # listed below as well as #stlmqg for all your posts!! 
  1. Block of the Month (BOM). #stlmqgbom
    • Due Date: By the start of the next meeting, post via Instagram using appropriate #s or email to stlmqg@gmail.com
      • Fabric #6 - Dots or Dashes
  2. Charity Projects. #stlmqgcares
  3. Postcard Challenge. #stlmqg
  4. Block Lotto. #stlmqgblocklotto
    • See blog tab and blog post for updates on dropping off and labeling your blocks. We want to ensure you get entered in for the drawings!!
    • Airmail Envelope
      • Due in drop boxes by July 15th
    • Scrap Bin Geese
      • Due in drop boxes by September 1st
  5. Pin Pennant Swap. #stlmqgpennantswap
    • Sign Up closed, please see your email for details and participation instructions. 
    • If you and your partner are both finished and attending the July Birthday Party, be sure to bring them then! Otherwise, mail to your swap partner no later than July 31st. We want everyone to have them by the August Zoom meeting.
See you all in July!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

June Updates and Reminders

Hello, friends!! Just a quick reminder that there is no official meeting this month nor a speaker. There are, however, some fun things happening so read on!

Zoom Social Gathering: June 13th, 10-11am

As COVID-19 forces everyone to rethink how they live, work, and gather, we must also adjust. The STLMQG now has a Zoom account and invites you to be our testing guinea pigs as we work to learn how to best gather our large guild.  While this is NOT a meeting (do not feel like you are missing anything official if you do not attend) we will be doing a few meeting type things as we feel out this new format. As this is a test run, it will not be available for non-members at this time. 

9:45 - 10:05: 'Doors' open, say hello!
10:05-10:10: Get started. Review the meeting protocol, mute microphone, use chat…..
10:10-10:15: General Business Updates
10:15-10:30: Opportunity to handle a few of the most popular/frequent questions from survey (see below for survey details)
10:30-10:45: Show & Tell (Sewing Room, Projects)
10:45-11:00: Wrap Up and Final Q&A

Check your email for further details and the link to join as well as a How To/FAQ sheet that should ensure every member who wishes to join can. An additional email will be sent Friday night as a reminder. 

Survey Participation Requested!
To help guide our conversation on Saturday we ask that you complete a short survey. Check your email for the link!

Summary of Current Guild Activities
Join when and where you can and are comfortable. If you do them all, congrats! You are either Super Woman or totally sealed up at home. If you do none of them, that's okay! We encourage you to follow along and we look forward to your involvement when the time is right. Be sure to use the appropriate # as well as #stlmqg for all your posts!!
  1. Block of the Month (BOM). #stlmqgbom
    • Due Date: June 13th, post via Instagram using appropriate #s or email to stlmqg@gmail.com
      • Fabric #5 (May) - Other
      • Fabric #4 (April) - Abstract
      • Fabric #3 (March) - Geometric
  2. Charity Projects. #stlmqgcares
  3. Postcard Challenge. #stlmqg
  4. Block Lotto. #stlmqgblocklotto
    • Airmail Envelope
      • Due at the next meeting held
    • Scrap Bin Geese
      • Due at August meeting
  5. Pin Pennant Swap. #stlmqgpennantswap
    • Sign Up closed, please see your email for details and participation instructions. 
    • Mail to swap partner on July 31st or bring to August meeting. 
QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge
The QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge is back and with a lovely new name! This year's theme is curves and has a lovely bright palette of oranges and blues. We are looking for a small team of individuals who can take on the organization of this challenge on behalf of the guild. Please email stlmqg@gmail.com if you are interested in being a part of that team. The overall guidelines can be found here, as well as in the April email from the MQG. 

Stay Connected!
  • Instagram: @stlmqg
  • Facebook: St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild - While it is a closed group, members and non-members alike are encouraged to join. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Non-Meeting Recap (May 9, 2020)


Hey, friends. How are you doing? Are you holding up? Staying safe? Sane? Centered? We know, it's been tough. We ourselves have been a little absent while we try to find new routines and a new day-to-day. We apologize for not being more active and present. We know you are there, staying strong for your family, friends, coworkers, and unquestionably, the guild. Thank you. We hope you will being hearing much more from us in the coming weeks/months as we settle in a bit better.  We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Here is our non-meeting recap:
  • Status of Events: 
    • May 19th, Hand-Sew Happy Hour is now a Stay @ Home Hand-Sew Happy Hour!
    • June 12-14th, Jen Carlton-Bailly's trunk show and workshops. Canceled. 
    • June 23rd, Hand Sew Happy Hour, TBD
    • July 11th, STLMQG Meeting, Tentatively still happening! 
    • July 25th, Bocce Social, Canceled. 
    • SewMeSTL News: 
      • The SewMe Committee and the Board have made the decision to move SewMeSTL to March 12-14, 2021.  If things seem to be clearing up as the fall approaches, we will explore a smaller, less formal sewing gathering for those interested. 
    • Speakers Update: Nothing to report just yet. We continue to stay in touch with both Tara and Jen to see how things might develop. 
    • 2021 QuiltCon will be virtual! Due to the amount of planning QuiltCon requires it was necessary to make that decision now. We look forward to the experience in 2021!
  • The QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt Challenge: This year's theme is curves and has a lovely bright palette of oranges and blues. We are looking for a small team of individuals who can take on the organization of this challenge on behalf of the guild. Please email stlmqg@gmail.com if you are interested in being a part of that team. The overall guidelines can be found here, as well as in the April email from the MQG. 
  • A huge thank you to 'craftivist' Shannon Downey, aka @badasscrosstitch, for chatting with us about her journey in completing Rita's Quilt. We wish her the best with her new RV and her tour that, pandemic willing, will kick off this summer. We appreciate everyone who joined in on the live fun. Hopefully it brought a little breath of fresh air into your shelter. :) If you missed it, no worries. It was recorded and you can access it using the link sent in your latest STLMQG email. 
  • Guild Activities Continue!!
    • A Swap! Oh, Coronavirus, you can't hold us down! We've modified the original plan a bit, but we will push forward with a distance swap of adorable pin banners. Be sure to check your latest STLMQG email for details  
    • BOM! We've so enjoyed seeing your blocks appear on social media. Know that if you missed making/posting the March and April blocks we will absolutely still take those submissions throughout the next month. Until then: Fabric #5 (May): Other 
      Other refers to anything other than a typical quilting cotton. Linens, shot cottons, flannel, denim, chambray, minky, felt, knit, suede..... the possibilities are endless! Get creative, we can't wait to see what you come up with. Due by June 13th, the day we would have had a June meeting. All guidelines, rules, overviews, past designations and monthly updates can be found on the blog.
    • Block Lotto #2: Scrap Bin Geese! We've been excited about this block all year. The tutorial is found here and is excellent. The only changes we would like to make is that you do not have to stick to just green for the 'geese', you may use any color. Use one color, fade it from one color to another, or let your rainbow flag fly! 
    • Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner
      • The goal is that these are due at the August meeting. If we do not have a meeting in August then they will be due at the first meeting we do have after that. If you are not comfortable coming to the meetings when we first start having them you can give them to a friend who is, or mail them. We will have a system in place to make sure your name is put on tickets so you still have a chance to win! 
      • Block Lotto #1 blocks will be due at the next meeting we have. Same process applies if we have a meeting but you prefer not to attend. We still want your blocks and want you to have the opportunity to win!
    • 2020 Charity Projects: 3 Charities were selected this year; we will be making pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles and Fostering Families. We will also be making quilts for LEO. You can find all the details on the March 16th Blog Post.  Be sure to use #stlmqgcares and #stlmqg in your social media posts
    • 2020 Challenge: For this year's Challenge the committee has chosen a postcard inspired quilt. We want this quilt to portray a story, just as a postcard would.  Select a destination, event or life happening and make a postcard like quilt to tell us that story!  You can find all the details on the March 17th Blog Post. 
Miss you all and hope to see you soon. Take care, keep quilting, and keep showing us your work!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

April Updates and Reminders

Hope everyone is staying safe! Here are a few updates and reminders for you. 

  • The May meeting is canceled but we will push information out as usual that week. Stay safe, everyone!
  • We are excited to announce that Shannon Downey aka Badass Cross Stitch, will share the story of Rita's Quilt and how an unfinished quilt she found at an estate sale led to a journey that has touched millions around the world. 
    • How and When: Zoom Friday, April 24th @ 6:30pm. (Link and instructions for the meeting have been sent to current members via email.)
Current Status of Events: 
  • April:
    • Tara Faughnan: April dates cancelled but we are working with her to see if we can find an acceptable date and venue in October. Stay tuned.
    • Hand-Sew Happy Hour: April dates are officially canceled. 
    • Barn Quilt Painting: Canceled; we will work with the social committee later this year to see if it makes sense to make new arrangements. 
  • May:
    • Meeting: The board has decided to go ahead and move the meeting from a physical event to an online format. Making that decision now takes away any uncertainty on it's safety as well as gives the board time to work out the best way to present to you in another manner. It won't likely be live, but we will have a smiling face for you to watch!
    • Hand-Sew Happy Hour: Canceled.
  • June:
    • Jen Carlton-Bailly: This event will no longer take place in-person. We are working with Jen on the possibility of a virtual option. Stay tuned. 
  • Rest of the year:
    • Nothing else has changed, but you guessed it: Stay tuned. 
What is Still Happening: 

  • 2020 Charity Projects: 
    • Every year, the STLMQG sponsors a sewing project for charity. This year, the charity committee has selected three recipients of our efforts; Ryan's Case for SmilesFostering Families, and Quilts for LEO . For full instructions and guidelines on each of these projects, please visit the March 16, 2020 blog post.  
  • 2020 Postcard Quilt Challenge:
    • For this year's Challenge the committee has chosen a postcard inspired quilt. We want this quilt to portray a story, just as a postcard would.  Select a destination, event or life happening and make a postcard like quilt to tell us that story! Details can be found on the March 17, 2020 blog post. 
  • 2020 BOM (Block of the Month)
    • Full details on the Blog
    • Fabric #3 (March): Geometric. A geometric pattern can be defined as a pattern consisting of lines and geometric figures, such as triangles, circles, and squares, that tend to be symmetrical. 
    • Fabric #4 (April): Abstract. A motif that does not depict a person, place, or thinkg in the natural world and are hard to describe in any other way.
COVID Related Sewing:
Feel like you've been sewing masks and other much needed items at 1000 MPH during this crisis? Well, you have!! Our survey shows that as of April 20th, STLMQG members have produced over 1800 items. That. Is. Incredible. Thank you all for doing what you can to help friends, family, healthcare workers, and all sorts of other folks. 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Non-Meeting Recap (March 14, 2020)

Well, it's been a strange couple of weeks, folks, and I imagine it will only continue to get stranger (more strange?) as the next month goes by. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as the board makes the best decisions possible in this rapidly evolving environment. Though we did not get to meet in person, we loved seeing everyone's quilts on Instagram via #sharequiltsnotgerms. We hope you continue to utilize that hashtag throughout the coming weeks as we strive to lift spirits while also supporting each other in staying home and doing our part in preventing the spread of this virus to those less likely to survive it. 

As an added bonus, #sharequiltsnotgerms has been used by The Modern Quilt Guild as an example of how a guild can keep it's momentum in our sequestered days and we've seen members all over the world using it! 

Here is our non-meeting recap:
  • Event Cancellations: 
    • Hand-Sew Happy Hour, March 24th
    • No April Meeting!
      • This is not a cancellation so much as a reminder that we did not schedule a meeting in April due to the Easter holiday and Tara's visit, which has since been cancelled. 
    • Tara Faughnan Trunk Show and Workshops
      • All members who had registered for a workshop have been contacted. We are working hard to reschedule Tara and will notify the membership if/when this is accomplished. 
  • Events Coming Up (as of now):
    • Jen Carlton Bailly Workshop Registration next month
      • Workshop sign up registration links for our June speaker, Jen Carlton-Bailly, will be emailed to members at 8:30PM Thursday, April 16th. Be sure to read the email recap for those details, you don't want to miss it! 
      • The 2020 Speaker tab has details on the two classes Jen will be teaching. The member rate for each workshop is $50. 
      • Be sure you are familiar with the cancellation policy, it is spelled out at the bottom of the 2020 Speaker Tab. 
      • Jen's Trunk Show is June 12th at the Brentwood Community Center. Doors open at 6, presentation to start at 6:30. It is free for STLMQG members, $5 for non-members. 
    • Sign Painting: Barn Quilts, Sunday, April 19th
      • Members can join us in painting your very own Barn Quilt Block! In this workshop you can choose from a variety of barn quilt sign designs. During the workshop you will stain the wood and use a stencil to paint on your design in the colors of your choice. Please see the email for registration links and further details. 
    • Hand-Sew Happy Hour, April 21
      • St. Louis Bread Co. in St. Louis Hills, 6607 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 63109
  • 2020 Charity Projects Announcement
    • 3 Charities were selected this year; we will be making pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles and Fostering Families. We will also be making quilts for LEO. You can find all the details on the March 16th Blog Post. 
    • Be sure to use #stlmqgcares and #stlmqg in your social media posts
  • 2020 Challenge Announcement:
    • For this year's Challenge the committee has chosen a postcard inspired quilt. We want this quilt to portray a story, just as a postcard would.  Select a destination, event or life happening and make a postcard like quilt to tell us that story!  You can find all the details on the March 17th Blog Post. 
  • 2020 Block of the Month (BOM) March and April fabric types are being announced right now! Both are due by the May meeting as we do not have an April meeting.  Full details here.  Don't forget to use #stlmqgbom and #stlmqg to earn your points toward the end of year drawings. 
Fabric #3 (March): Geometric

A geometric pattern can be defined as a pattern consisting of lines and geometric figures, such as triangles, circles and squares, that tend to be symmetrical.

Fabric #4 (April): Abstract

A motif that does not depict a person, place, or thing in the natural world and are hard to describe in any other way. 


  • Odds and Ends
    • Block Lotto Blocks are now due at the May meeting! Feel free to use this time to make more.  The next Block Lotto block will be announced in May as well. 
    • The first 2020 swap has been postponed until May. Stay tuned, the committee has a really cute plan!
    • The Programming Committee continues to ask for ideas and volunteers willing to do live demos of any Tip/Trick/Technique (10 minutes) to share during a Guild Meeting. Reach out to Robin Medici directly with your input.


2020 Postcard Quilt Challenge

For this year's Challenge we have chosen a postcard inspired quilt. We want this quilt to portray a story, just as a postcard would.  Select a destination, event or life happening and make a postcard like quilt to tell us that story! 

Requirements for this Challenge:
  • Postcards must be made of fabric and have top, middle and back layers.
  • An element of quilting must be incorporated.
  • Other embellishments such as buttons, lace, trims, etc. may be used.
  • Edges of the postcard must be finished. Participants may bind the edges, use a decorative stitch to finish the edge or whatever method is they prefer.
  • Minimum Size of 4x6” and the maximum size of 9x12”.
  • NOTE: We will not be mailing these anywhere as part of the challenge, though you may certainly do so on your own after the challenge is complete. Here is a lovely tutorial should you like to explore this option: Man Sewing 031-Fabric Postcard.
Deadline: November Meeting