Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Meeting Recap (July 10th, 2021)

Talk about hot girl summer! The STLMQG hosted the HOT ladies of the Color of Connections Quilt over zoom to hear all about their mission and connection through quilting. 

Porfiria, Keyana, and Michelle - Color of Connection Quilt Ladies

May of 2020 was a rough time for America. The world was going through a massive pandemic and injustices and racism in America were making global headlines, again. Many people were feeling very unsettled and upset at things going on around them. So one woman, Michelle (GA) reached out on Instagram to check on how a fellow quilter, Porfira (NY) was feeling. One simple question became the springboard for an amazing idea. We connect over our love for quilts - what else can we connect over? They used their love of quilting as a way to open the door to talk. Three women from different parts of the United States with different skin tones, different communities all connecting over their love of quilting and each other. The more that they talked the more they wanted to share that feeling with other people.

As the two ladies talked more they roped in Keyana (OH) into their group decided to work on a pattern for their QAL. They approached a Georgia jewelry maker for help and inspiration, she was thrilled to help and her only request was that the money made from their pattern be donated to a non-profit. As the women began to search for a non-profit that fit their vision, they came to realize that maybe they should start their OWN non-profit. And this is how their non-profit was born. This was a movement. A movement for colorful change through the joy of quilting. 

Their goals were straightforward - they wanted to use the love of quilting to connect folks and give back to their communities through quilt workshops and building a supportive online community. In each of their hometowns, they would host quilting workshops with underprivileged populations. They wanted to teach, empower, and connect the next generation of quilters to share their stories through textile art.

They held their first QAL in February online to help raise awareness for their mission and build that online community and help raise money! Then their first workshop took place in Atlanta Georgia. They taught the young women of Jesse’s House how to not only sew but make their first quilt. Girls who started the day off as grumpy teens rolling their eyes at the idea of quilting - turned into smiling faces thrilled with the exciting feeling of seeing a quilt top come together. They each completed a top that day and longarmers all over the country donated their services have finished up their tops - so they can be delivered back to the girls. They will not only have a beautiful quilt that they themselves made they also now have a whole new set of skills to feel proud of. 

They will be hosting workshops in Ohio and in New York coming up this year. 

These ladies shared a lot about what this experience has taught them - mainly to pursue diversity and love through a shared love of quilting and to remember to have grace for one another. Grace, encouragement, and love are key.

Many folks in the community have donated to help make their workshops possible - if you are interested in donating you can of course buy their pattern, donate, sign up for their newsletter, join their next QAL (coming Feb 2022) and make sure to get out there and talk about it! Sometimes getting out there can be difficult - it can be uncomfortable to confront the hard things going in the world around us as the ladies say - 

"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!" 

Michelle, @meeshquilts   |   Porfiria, @mrsporfiria   |   Keyana, @collectivequilts

If you're interested in working with fellow guild members to work on similar initiatives here in STL let us know! We would love to give back to the STL community and get more folks involved - email us at stlmqg@gmail.com

Guild Items Covered:

  • Around Town Quilt Happenings
     - Perennial is having a weaving class Saturday, July 17th - Check it out >
     - City Sewing Room is having a 12-hour sew-in on July 25th 10a-10p $25 - Learn more >

  • QuiltCon 2022 - The 2022 Catalog is here! Make sure to check it out so that when Registration opens on Aug 4th you are ready to sign up - they fill up fast!

  • In-Person meetings are BACK in August!!! August Saturday 14th 10a-12:30 at the Shrewsbury Center It's been a while we know! If you are new or need a little refresher check out this blog post for some of the things you can expect. We will hear a little from our previous president Kristy Duam about what modern quilting means and mostly we just plan on having a fun time catching up with everyone and seeing all those projects you've been saving up! (we will be following the CDC mask recommendations at that time)

  • Membership up to date? Are you ready to come back in person but aren't a current member - check out this post to read how to join. Dues are half price for the remainder of the year!

  • Remaining Monthly Events  
    August: IN PERSON WELCOME BACK !!! Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30
    September: In-Person - Quilt Photographer Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30
    October: Stay Tuned
    November: In-Person - Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30
    December: In-Person Raffle Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30

  • Monthly Skill Builder July - Guild member Octavia Pitts will be teaching us Improv Piecing on July 21st from 7-8pm. You can always read more on the Monthly Skill Builder blog. We will also be recording the monthly sessions and sending them out within 48 hours. 

  • QuiltCon Community Quilt Challenge - this year it's all about angles (specifically not 90ยบ ones!) Leila, Laura, and Lilo are heading up the charge and we could use some volunteers. Let us know if you're interested - we will be on a tight timeline to turn this around - so stayed tuned for more information to come!

  • Save the Date for STLMQG Quilt Show 2022 - July 16 – 17, 2022 - Kirkwood Community Center, set up July 15

  • Hand Sew *Home* Happy Hour July 27th, 6-9PM come and go as you please - join us to sew or just to chat!

  • 4x5 Quarterly Bees are underway - your blocks are due at the August Meeting - make sure to post pictures on IG and use the hashtag #stlmqg4x5bee

  • Guild Merch - Thanks to everyone that ordered! When they are ready for pick up we will let you know and you can pick them up from Lilo or at the August meeting if you did not have them shipped. We will also have a limited number of extras for sale at the August meeting if you missed the chance to order online. 

Fabric & Pattern Raffle

We had some gorgeous bright FQ Basics Bundles from Libs Elliot's Dear Diary provided by Cotton Cuts. Winners were Jaymie Norber & Pam Hartig. 

If you want to get beautiful fabric delivered to your door and support a local STLMQG member and fabric shop check out Cotton Cuts and sign up today!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

In-Person Meetings: What to Expect

Friends. It's coming! Our first in-person meeting in 18 months (18 months!!) will be August 14, 2021! Are you ready? Yes, No, Maybe, Unsure? It's all good, we have you covered no matter your speed. Here is as much as we can think of to share with you about our meetings when you are ready to join us: 

What Happens to Zoom: Don't worry, for the remainder of 2021 we will still have a Zoom element to the meetings. It may not as interactive, but you will have a window into the action. 

COVID Precautions: We will be following whatever CDC guidelines are in place at the time of the meeting. These are fluid so be sure to check back often.

Meeting Locations and Times are located on the Meeting and Events Tab. Please note: in person meetings are 10:00am - 12:30pm which is an hour longer than when we were exclusively on Zoom. 

At the Meeting:
  • General Format: 
    • Arrive, Find a Seat, Get the Lay of the Land: This may include signing in, adding things to the free table, displaying blocks, etc. 
    • Guild Business, Announcements, Reminders
    • Break
    • Main Activity
    • Show and Share
    • Attendance Prizes and Raffle Drawings
  • Things to Do:
    • Sign In! If you wore a homemade name tag you will also get to pick up a ticket for attendance prizes. 
    • Purchase Fabric Raffle Tickets: pet the pretty fabric of the month and buy your tickets. 
    • Check Out Library Books: The guild has a robust collection of pattern, design, and technique books. You are welcome to check one out and bring it back to the next meeting!
    • Dig into the the Free Table: Add items you no longer need and take anything that looks interesting from the free table! 
    • Display your bee blocks and skill builder examples on the wall!
    • Bring something for Show and Share! At the end of the meeting anyone is welcome to come on stage and show off your latest make. 
    • Meet someone new! Look for folks wearing stickers that let you know they are guests or new members and say hello.
  • Things to Bring:
    • Check the agenda posted on the blog each Tuesday before the meeting to see if anything from our activities is due.
    • Your homemade nametag!
    • Cash to purchase monthly fabric raffle tickets!
    • Library books you checked out the previous month.
    • Examples of your skill builder. 
    • Projects for Show and Share.
    • Items for the free table and a bag to take things home from the free table.
    • Anything you need to exchange with fellow members: traveling quilts, bee blocks, longarm projects...
    • A big ol' smile!
    • A friend! Folks can attend 2 meetings to see if we are a good fit for them. See the How to Join tab for more info. 
Odds and Ends/Further Explanations:
  • Name Tags: Make yourself a name tag and wear it to the meeting. When you check in you will be given a ticket and we will draw for attendance prizes at the end of the meeting. It can be embroidered, appliqued, written in fabric pen, sharpie, raspberry jam.... whatever you like! 
  • Free Table: This is NOT A TRASH TABLE. Please don't bring anything you wouldn't offer to your neighbor. Feel free to save any really great items for the December raffle. 
  • Monthly Fabric Raffle: We will have an online option to purchase tickets up until the evening before the meeting. Tickets will then be available for purchase at the meeting. (Potentially cash only, we are still working on this.)
  • Skill Builder: Get an extra ticket to win the monthly prize by bringing your skill builder example to the meeting!!
  • December Raffle: Each December our meeting is one big fund raiser/giveaway. In October and November you may start bringing nice items to donate to the raffle in exchange for tickets. You may also purchase tickets at the beginning of the December meeting. We then take time to put our tickets in the bag that corresponds to the items we hope to win. Once all tickets have been distributed, we start pulling out winning tickets!
  • Member Announcements: Not on the board or on a committee but have something you want to share? Great! There is always a moment set aside for members to stand up and share announcements. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Meeting #111 (July 10th, 2021)

Summer is in full swing here in St. Louis and as we prepare to start our in preson meetings back up we thought it would be awesome to use the unique format of Zoom one more time this month to connect up with some amazing ladies in the quilting community. 

If you are interested in joining - See the 'How to Join' tab if you're not a member but would like to join. 

This meeting will include:

- Welcome & Zoom Courtesy 101

Special Guest Speakers - The Color of Connection Quilt Ladies

We are so pleased to welcome the creators of Color of Connection Quilt, Michelle (@meeshquilts), Porfiria (@mrsporfiria), and Keyana (@collectivequilts)! These three ladies have a goal to teach, empower, and connect the next generation of quilters, particularly in underprivileged populations, to share their stories through textile art. Their quilt a-long in February has brought hundreds of quilters across the world together to make connections, develop friendships, and bask in the glow of quilt creation while also supporting a truly lovely mission. We are so excited to hear from them!

- Guild Business:
  :: Membership Information
  :: Financial Information
  :: Quilting News

- Announcements/Reminders
  :: August In-person Meeting Return 
  :: Monthly Skill Builder July 
  :: July Fabric Bundle Raffle - See your email for more details and the link. 
  :: Committee Updates
  :: Member Updates

June Skill Builder Prize Winner

- July Bundle Raffle Drawing

- Show & Share (time permitting)

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

:: Don't forget to post your pictures of your quilt backing skills using the new tips you learned on IG using the hashtag #stlmqgskillbuilder or email us at stlmqg@gmail.com to be entered to win this month's prize.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Meeting Recap (June 12th, 2021)

Our first informal gathering at the park last month was a smashing success even if it was a bit chilly and dreary! It was so much fun seeing everyone's faces and quilts! Be sure to check your member emails for the link to the photos of everyone's quilts!

Guild Business:

  • Christine Boyd, our secretary, gave us a brief overview of our membership numbers.  We continue to grow and we couldn't be more excited to have new members - we are currently sitting at 149 strong! Not a member yet? Anyone interested should check out how to join.

  • Our Vice President Em Komiskey covered some of the online happenings coming up, below is a list. 

    - The MQG is sewing this season to make a difference!
      Tree theme to benefit Trees for the Future Submissions open July 1-21, MQG Member voiting August 4-9 MQG Make a Difference Challenge
    - Spectacular Summer SAL with Quilted Connections June 14th - September 12th with monthly prize Drawings Check it out Here
    - Heyde Sewing Grand Re-opening Learn More Here June 19th 9am-4pm

Items Covered:

  • Infromal Park Gathering- June 27th at Tower Grove Park 10am - Quilt Photographer, Free Table, Homeless Vet Quilt Collection Point, Swap/Challenge Switch Opportunity

  • The Color of Connections Quilt Ladies @ the July Meeting will be speaking at our July Meeting as a reminder. These ladies are working to create a nonprofit that connects the modern quilting community, across all colors, ages, genders, and backgrounds. Through this non-profit they will be hosting quilting workshops with vulnerable youth of all colors to sew, foster relationships abd meaningful connection, and also teach self-efficacy and creativity. Learn more on their mission on their site.

  • 4x5 Quarterly Bees Quarterly Block Bees - Round 2 is underway - you should have chosen your block pattern and should be picking fabrics. Make sure to post progress pictures and tag #stlmqg4x5bee on IG

  • 'Get to Know You'- Challenge and Swap - these are due June 27th - make sure to tag your photos online for a chance to win a prize - #stlmqgswapchallenge

  • 2021 Remaining Monthly Events  
    July: Zoom w/ Color of Connection Quilt Ladies
    August: IN PERSON WELCOME BACK !!! Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30
    (we will be following the CDC mask recommendations at that time)
    September: In Person - Quilt Photographer 
    Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30
    October: Working on informal sew-ins
    November: In Person - Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30
    December: In Person Raffle Shrewsbury City Center 10-12:30

  • Monthly Skill Builder June - Guild president Lilo Whitener-Fey will be helping teach members her tips for working on backing fabrics - matching up patterns and easy single seam piecing. Zoom with us Wednesday, June 23rd from 7-8pm. Look for your member email and zoom link reminders the night before.

  • Guild Discounts
    - Jackman's - STLMQG members get 10% off at Jackmans on all non-sale items by showing their MQG membership card. Directions on how to get this card are on the member drive and the link will be in the member email.
    - Modish Quilter Annual Magazine - members get 20% off subscriptions - code in email.

  • Quiltcon 2022 will be held in Phoenix, AZ Feb 16-20, 2022 Check their site for information and important dates. Members can check the Facebook group to chat about about meetups and room sharing. 

  • Guild Merch - we are so excited to be able to offer up T-shirts and Tote bags reminding folks to MAKE COOL STUFF - these shirts and totes sales are open to everyone and we think they would make some great gifts for the creatives in your life. Online shop will be open from June 15th - 29th. Check out the online store and buy yours now!

  • Charity Committee Summer/ Fall Project - we will be making small quilts for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (CG PICU). Our goal is 60 quilts - please check out the blog post for more information about sizes, color schemes and deadlines. Make sure to share your finished quilts on social using #stlmqg, #stlmqgcares, and #stlmqgPICUquilts!

    Vet Quilts - the deadline for these quilts has been pushed back to November so this will allow folks more time to work on these and help reach our goal. Read more here.

  • Products Worth the Money
    We broke out into chat rooms with members to discuss quilting notions and items we thought were really helpful in the quilting process and total worth the money -

    Quilting Items with Cords
    - AccuQuilt GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter Starter Set
    - Steamfast iron
    - Reliable irons / Reliable Velocity 230IR
    - Oliso Mini Project Iron
    - and many more check out the resource document in your email!
Rulers & Template
- Stripology XL
- Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer
- Bonnie K Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool
- Companion Angle Triangle Ruler
and many more check out the resource document in your email! 
Kitchen Sink
- Hera Marker
- Supreme Slider Free Motion Quilting Supplies
- Wonder Clips
- Wool Pressing Mat
and many more check out the resource document in your email!

  • Hand Sew *Home* Happy Hour June 29th 6-9 - we would love to see you there!

  • Fabric Raffle 
    Thanks to another very generous donation from our sponsor Cotton Cuts Barb Phelps & Marie Hill won fat quarter bundles of the new Tula Pink fabric!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Fall 2021 STLMQG Charity Project

The STLMQG Charity Committee is happy to announce a second charity project for 2021. We will be making small quilts for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (CG PICU). The CG PICU provides respiratory and heart flow management for critically ill children as well as those recovering from complex heart procedures and organ transplants. These quilts are the sense of home most parents need in the most trying times while their child is recovering at Cardinal Glennon.

The CG PICU was brought to our attention by a member of the Charity Committee whose own daughter spent time there after having open-heart surgery when she was just 2.5 months old. Her daughter was lovingly given a quilt to use while she was there. When she reached out to see if the hospital needed more quilts since the one her daughter used looked a bit worn, they said YES!

Here's everything you need to know about the project: 

  • Quilts must be new, handmade, and washable. They should be machine quilted (no ties) and preferably bound by machine for maximum durability. Before they are turned in, they should be washed in hypoallergenic detergent (such as Dreft) and placed in individual plastic bags (you can easily find large plastic storage bags at the dollar store, or the guild can do this for you if needed). 
  • Quilt Size: 36” x 36” (This is the size specified by the nurses. An extra inch or two larger is fine, but please try to stick as closely as possible to this size.) 
  • Color Scheme and Fabrics: The quilts are for all kids, not just babies. Please pick fabrics that are appropriate for children, including but not limited to pastels, bright colors, and fun prints. Cotton and flannel are both okay. 
  • Deadline: December 1, 2021. Quilts can be dropped off at any of the guild drop boxes or in-person meetups. 
  • Goal: 60 quilts A small quilt should be quick to sew, and you can use any square pattern you have. Blocks that finish at 3” square (12 blocks x 12 blocks = 144 total), 4” square (9 blocks x 9 blocks = 81 total), 6” square (6 blocks x 6 blocks = 36 total), 9” square (4 blocks x 4 blocks = 16 total), 12” square (3 blocks x 3 blocks = 9 total), or 18” square (2 blocks x 2 blocks = 4 total) can all be easily used for this quilt. You could also try blocks that finish at odd sizes and add a border or even try some improv! With block-based quilts, you can make your assembly even faster by using web piecing (see January 2021 Monthly Skill Builder) to put the top together. Here are a few pattern ideas to get you started: 
  • https://www.coralandco.com/free-baby-quilt-patterns-to-sew.html 
  • https://wren-collective.com/free-pattern/free-baby-quilt-patterns-20-of-myfavorites/ 

Thank you for your efforts! We look forward to seeing (and receiving) your beautiful quilts. And be sure to share your finished quilts on social media using #stlmqg, #stlmqgcares, and #stlmqgPICUquilts. 

-Your 2021 STLMQG Charity Committee: Jessica Schunke (Chair), Gayle Larson, Kathy Mattingly, Krista Robbins, Gina Shelley, and Nichole Witushynsky

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Meeting #110 (June 12th, 2021)

Quilting can definatly be an expensive hobby. So we're curious - what products have you bought over the years that you swear by and feel were worth every penny you paid? Want to see what our members have to say? See the 'How to Join' tab if you're not a member but would like to join. 

This meeting will include:

-Welcome & Zoom Courtesy 101

Scour those sewing rooms and be prepared with an item in each of the following categories and be prepared to chat in our breakout rooms about why you think it's worth the money:

1.    Quilting items with cords (machines, irons, cutters, bobbin winders, etc.)
2.    Rulers/templates
3.    Kitchen sink (books, notions, mats, threads, patterns, etc.)

- Guild Business:
  :: Membership Information
  :: Financial Information

- Announcements/Reminders
  :: Monthly Skill Builder June 
  :: June Fabric Bundle Raffle - See your email for more details and the link.
  :: Informal Park Gatherings - Sunday June 27th, Tower Grove 
  :: Color of Connections Quilters Presentation July
  :: Remaining 2021 Meeting Plans
  :: Guild T-shirts
  :: 4x5 Bee Updates
  :: Get to Know You Challenge & Swap  
  :: Committee Updates
  :: Member Updates
  :: STLMQG Quilt Show July 2022
  :: MQG Quiltcon

May Skill Builder Prize Winner

- June Bundle Raffle Drawing

- Show & Share (time permitting)

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

:: Don't forget to be working on your Challenge and Swap 'Get to Know You" pieces they are due at the end of the month and post your pictures on IG using the hashtag #stlmqgswapchallenge or email us at stlmqg@gmail.com to be entered one of two prizes being drawn at the July meeting.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Meeting Recap (April 10th, 2021)

Spring with all it's bright happy colors is here! And what great timing to hear from a color master herself - Tara Faughnan. She joined our meeting this past Saturday to talk all about her quilting journey and some of the things that have brought her to where she is today. 

Tara Faughnan - From Cardboard to Instagram

Tara started out by showing us her first ever quilt - one that she created using cardboard templates to cut her fabric. After quickly chatting with her local quilt shop ladies (thank goodness for them) she was introduced to a rotary cutter, rulers and cutting mats and off to the races she went! She was mostly self taught from books and old quilting magazines her mother had given her and she really started out with a focus on design and technique. 

As she played she started to see how different colors and values could create different effects in her quilts - she would use binoculars backwards to stand and look at a quilt to see everything from 'afar' so she could see how the different pieces of the quilt were interacting. "Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work." She may not have known then the words for what she was exploring but she continued to try different things and explore in her quilts. 

While processing the loss of a dear friend and making a 'grief quilt' Tara says she was inspired by her late friend to use ALL THE COLOR, and found she could do so by pairing colors with neutrals and believes this was a turning point for her that changed everything.

As she continued to make quilts she played around with breaking 'rules' with value and color with interruptive patterning. She began to see that you could create visual points of calm with low contrast colors and sections and points of interest with sections of high contrast.

Tara likes to focus on scale and believes that often what really makes a quilt modern can simply be the scale at which a block is created. Often by taking a 'traditional block' and bumping up the scale once can create a very modern look. Also one color palette can look so different from one pattern block to the next and it's this area that Tara loves to play. 

And play it is. Solids can be serious so make sure to use color palettes that make you happy she suggested. She also stressed not to worry so much about making 'bad' quilts - just keep going, play and you will find your way. 

"Be fearless and make ugly quilts!" - Tara

Guild Items Covered:

  • No May Meeting - Since we have Tara teaching Workshops in May - there will be no regular monthly meeting.

  • Informal Park Gatherings - We have missed our members so much and we decided to start doing some informal Park Gatherings!
      - We will have a quilt photographer to help you get those beautiful quilt pics.
      - The free table will be back so bring some goodies and take some goodies
      - Chairty Vet Quilt turn in Spot
      - Swap Spot
      - Share Quilts, Stories & Fist Bumps (hugs have to stay virtual for now)

    Kirkwood Park Saturday May 8th, 10am - 12pm.
    Tower Grove Park Sunday June 27th at 10am - 12pm.

    It's come and go as you please but we look forward to seeing you!

  • 4x5 Quarterly Bees Round 2- Our first round of Quarterly Block Bees is wrapping up and round two is now open! It's a great chance to get know your fellow guild members so don't hesitate to join the fun. Check your member email for the link to sign up.

  • Monthly Skill Builder - We love the way that Zoom is allowing us to have some personal one-on-one time with folks and share our skills with each other. We announced that this month's new skill will be making digital quilt mockups. While not a technical 'sewing' skill making mockups can always help you plan for your quilts and making them digitally can be a fun way to explore lots of possibilities and try things you might not have thought of before. We will be learning from the guild secretary and graphic designer Christine Boyd on April 21st from 7-8pm. You can always read more on the Monthly Skill Builder blog. As always if you would be willing to teach a skill please let us know! We have a list of skills or if you have something special to share we would love to hear from you. We will also be recording the monthly sessions and sending them out within 48 hours. 

  • Quilt Alongs
    Fairy Garden Quilt @cozycolorquilts 
    Nightingale Quilt  @loandbeholdstitchery
    Connector Quilt   @homemadeemilyjane
    Sunshowers Quilt   @megancollins_a
    Pacific Sun Quilt   @xoxsew

  • Save the Date for STLMQG Quilt Show 2022 - July 16 – 17, 2022 - Kirkwood Community Center, set up July 15

  • Hand Sew *Home* Happy Hour April 27th 6-9PM come and go as you please - join us to sew or just to chat!

  • Charity Quilt Due to COVID, the construction on the tiny homes is unfortunately running way behind, so we're going to move our deadline back to NOVEMBER. Hopefully, this will allow more people to join in to ensure we reach our goal. We are trying to make 30 Twin XLs and you can learn more on the blog post if you're interested in participating.

Fabric & Pattern Raffle

This month was an exciting giveway - Tara donated two of her patterns to go with two solid bundles provided by Cotton Cuts. Winners were Dottie Vaughn & Heather Dye. 

If you want to get beautiful fabric delivered to your door and support a local STLMQG member and fabric shop check out Cotton Cuts and sign up today!