Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Reminder: No June meeting

Reminder!

We don't have a monthly meeting in June due to a scheduling conflict with The Heights, but there are plenty of other ways to stay connected. Consider joining us for any or all of the following this month:

  • Registration for Giuseppe Ribaudo's workshops opens Thursday, June 13 (check your emails for details)
  • Guild sew-in at Jackman's on Saturday, June 15 (spots remain; check your emails for the sign-up link)
  • Hand-sew happy hour on Tuesday, June 18 (details here)
  • Heather Jones's visit on June 28-30 (trunk show and lecture on Friday, June 28; workshops on Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. Details in this blog post.)
  • Finish prepping your quilts for the quilt show (get that binding on, add your quilt sleeve, and get it in a labeled bag). Details on quilt drop-off were sent via email earlier this week. The deadline for dropping off your quilts is our July 13th meeting.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

STLMQG's Second Quilt Show Coming July 20-21

Save the date!
 The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce our second quilt show, This Is Modern, will be taking place this July! The show will present the beautiful work of our guild members, showcasing the modern quilting movement with more than 200 quilts in a number of categories, such as Improvisation, Modern Traditionalism, Appliqué and Handwork, Use of Negative Space, Minimalist Design, and much more.

When:
Saturday, July 20, 2019
10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, July 21, 2019
11 AM-4 PM

Where:
Kirkwood Community Center
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
 
Cost:
Admission $5
Ages 5 and under are free

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Rocketeer Sewing Machine Raffle

As part of the show, we're also excited to be raffling off a beautiful vintage Singer Rocketeer in a mid-century modern cabinet. The machine is freshly tuned and ready to get to work! It will include its manuals, as well as a box of attachments. The drawing will take place on July 21, 2019. Tickets will be sold at the show: one for $1 or six for $5.
 

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 Help Us Spread the Word!

Please consider marking your calendar to spend a few hours with us and our modern quilts in July. And don’t forget to forward this email or our flyer on to your quilting friends. Bring a group to the show and make a day of it! We can't wait to see you next month.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Meeting Recap (May 11, 2019)

Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's meeting! We hope everyone had a great time.

  • Gayle, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info. Don't forget your 2019 dues of $40 are due immediately to remain a member in good standing. You can pay via our Paypal link or mail a check to Gayle (see our member roster for her contact info).
  • Krista, our Secretary, announced our membership numbers and passed out our MQG and STLMQG membership pins. Note: This year, the MQG is no longer sending printed membership cards. If you'd like a paper copy to use for discounts, etc., you can access and print it online. To access your digital card, log in to your MQG account, click on "My Dashboard" in the right sidebar, then click the orange "Membership Card" link at the top of your profile page.
  • Marie, our VP, announced several pieces of quilting news and happenings (more about these will be sent via email). She also announced that the deadline for the Block Lotto #2 blocks has been pushed back to July.
  • Jessica, our President, covered several items:
    • Our second quilt show is coming up July 20-21, 2019. It will be held at the Kirkwood Community Center. The latest info about the show can be found on the blog Quilt Show page. Registration ended April 30, and all members who registered a quilt should have received an email about their acceptance status and information on dropping off their quilts.
    • This month's Hand-Sew Happy Hour will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at the St. Louis Bread Co. in St. Louis Hills. More info here.
    • We're welcoming two speakers to the guild for lectures and workshops this year: Heather Jones in June and Giuseppe Ribaudo in September. Registration for the Heather Jones workshops is now open for members and non-members. More info about her trunk show/lecture and workshops, as well as the registration link, can be found here. Registration for Giuseppe's workshops will take place in June.
    • Remember, we don't have a meeting in June! Instead, we'll be having a sew-in at Jackman's on June 15, as well as our visit with Heather Jones. More info about the sew-in will be sent via email.
  • We held a vote on whether to change our guild by-laws to fix the problem we have with the entire board turning over every two years. The change passed unanimously. The current guild by-laws can be found here. 
  • The Charity Committee announced our third long-arm quilting winner for the Project Linus project. Congrats to Nancy Dlugosz, whose quilt top will be quilted by Lilo Whitener-Fey. Thank you both for participating! The committee thanked everyone who donated fabric to make quilt kits for people who want to participate but don't have time to put their own quilt materials together. They are working to put those kits together now and will begin distributing them in July. You can find all the info on the project here. 
  • This month's activity was all about the design process. First, we viewed part of Tara Faughnan’s recent MQG webinar on her design process and then had an interactive Q&A panel with some of our member designers about their own design process. They offered some great tips and ideas about how to think through designing our own quilts and putting our own spin on published patterns. Thank you to Krista Robbins, Kristy Daum, Casey York, and Lilo Whitener-Fey for giving us a peek into their process.
    [You can find Tara's webinar here. We watched from minute 5 to minute 29 (when "resolving design issues" begins).]
  • We announced that the Rainbow BOM skill for May is paper piecing (details here)! Then, we raffled off a copy of Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design to those who brought their completed April half-square triangle blocks to the meeting. Aren't they lovely? We love seeing the variety each month.
  • Finally, we enjoyed an amazing show and tell from everyone who participated in the No Excuses Challenge. The beautiful flying geese table runner below was made by Jolene Grosch. Be sure to click over to our Instagram page to see all of the wonderful entries. Thank you to everyone who participated! This was one of our most successful challenges ever.
  • We wrapped up the meeting with another great Show and Tell, which included these lovelies by Vicki Ash and Brittany Westermier. 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.
    See you at the July meeting or one of the fun events before then!

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    Meeting #93 (May 11, 2019)

    Hello modern quilters! Our agenda is jam-packed with fun and information this month, so make plans to join us!

    Date: May 11, 2019
    Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
    Location: The Heights

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

    **Note: The west parking lot at The Heights will be closed until at least the fall due to renovations taking place in the building. We should be fine, but you might want to give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive on time. The main (east) lot remains open. Additional parking is also available near the AB Green Park on Laclede Station Road and Dale Ave.
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    Agenda:

     -Welcome & Guild Business
         :: Membership Information
         :: Financial Information
         :: Quilting News / Around Town
         :: Reminders and Announcements
    - Updates on 2019 speakers
    - Block lotto update
    - Update on quilt show registration and collection of accepted quilts 
    - Info on Jackman's sew-in in June
    - Raffle and update for Project Linus charity project; first quilt collection takes place this month!
    - Vote on change to bylaws regarding board elections
     
    ---Break--- 

    - Activity: Let’s Talk Design!
    We will view part of Tara Faughnan’s recent MQG webinar on her design process and then have an interactive Q&A panel with some of our member designers about their own design process. Come pick up some great tips and ideas about how to think through designing your own quilts or putting your own unique spin on patterns designed by others!

    - No Excuses Challenge Show and Tell and gift card raffle
    - Announce next Rainbow BOM skill and raffle book for finished April blocks
    - Show & Tell (time permitting)
    - Door prizes
    - Mix & Mingle 


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    :: It's not too late to pay your dues! Dues are holding steady at $40 for this year and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.

    :: STLMQG members came through in a big way at the April meeting! Thanks to the generous donations of over 230 yards of fabric, the Charity Committee has determined that we have plenty of yardage to cut and assemble kits for Project Linus. No additional donations are needed. We had originally planned to request fabric donations for May, but your copious donations at the April meeting have made further donations unnecessary. Please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who donated. We look forward to creating the kits for whomever wishes to make a quilt for Project Linus.

    Remember we have lots of items due in May, so keep these in mind as you prepare:
     Note: The deadline for the Block Lotto #2 blocks has been moved to July.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    The STLMQG welcomes Heather Jones to St. Louis

    The STLMQG is so excited to be bringing Heather Jones to St. Louis this June and is pleased to extend an invitation to her trunk show/lecture and workshops to the entire St. Louis-area quilting community.
    Heather Jones is an artist, designer, and educator whose work questions and pushes traditional conceptions of both quilt making and painting. She is best known for using architectural inspirations in her designs and integrating traditional components into her modern quilts. Her work explores the formal possibilities of color and shape, often through geometric and striped compositions. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues such as the Taft Museum of Art and the New England Quilt Museum and featured in numerous books, magazines, and online publications. Heather’s first book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday was released in 2015.
    Heather will be presenting a trunk show and lecture on projects from her book, ways to find inspiration, and how to document inspiration and translate it into quilting projects. The presentation is open to the public, and we hope you can join us! Details below.

    When:
    Friday, June 28, 2019
    --Doors open at 6:00 pm
    --Lecture starts at 6:30 pm, followed by a meet and greet

    Where:
    Brentwood Community Center
    2505 South Brentwood Boulevard
    Brentwood, MO 63144
    Meeting Room C

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

    To learn more about Heather and her work, visit heatherjonesstudio.com or follow her on Instagram @heatherjonesstudio.


    If you are a local shop or quilt guild and would like to use this announcement,
    you can download a copy here.

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    Heather will also be teaching two full-day workshops on Saturday, June 29 (From Inspiration to Design) and Sunday, June 30 (Color Choice: Palm House) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break starting at noon.
     From Inspiration to Design
     
    Color Choice: Palm House

    Spots are still available the Color Choice workshop, and there is a waiting list for the Design workshop. Workshops are open to both STLMQG members ($40 fee) and non-members ($60 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.

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    We hope to see you there!

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    Meeting Recap (April 13, 2019)

    Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's meeting! We hope everyone enjoyed the fun demos and getting to learn more about Project Linus.

    • Gayle, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info. Don't forget your 2019 dues of $40 are due immediately to remain a member in good standing. You can pay via our Paypal link or mail a check to Gayle (see our member roster for her contact info).
    • Krista, our Secretary, announced our membership numbers and passed out our MQG and STLMQG membership pins. Note: This year, the MQG is no longer sending printed membership cards. If you'd like a paper copy to use for discounts, etc., you can access and print it online. To access your digital card, log in to your MQG account, click on "My Dashboard" in the right sidebar, then click the orange "Membership Card" link at the top of your profile page.
    • 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:
      • Our second quilt show has been scheduled for July 20-21, 2019! It will be held at the Kirkwood Community Center. More info has been added to the blog Quilt Show page, including information on the quilt show categories and registration requirements. Registration runs through April 30.
      • This month's Hand-Sew Happy Hour will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at Cotton Cuts Collective in Chesterfield. More info here.
      • We're welcoming two speakers to the guild for lectures and workshops this year, Heather Jones in June and Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka @giucy_giuce) in September. Registration for the Heather Jones workshops is now open for members and will run through April 30. More info has been sent via email.
      • In May, we'll be holding a vote on a change to our guild by-laws to fix the problem we have with the entire board turning over every two years. More information about this will be sent to members via email.
    • The Charity Committee announced our second long-arm quilting winner for the Project Linus project. Congrats to Barb Phelps, whose quilt top will be quilted by Jamie Mueller. Thank you both for participating! The committee reminded members that they are still collecting fabric donations to make quilt kits for people who want to participate but don't have time to put their own quilt materials together. You can find all the info here. We were also joined by two representatives from Project Linus, who told us more about the organization and its work.
    • For this month's activity, we enjoyed demos from Debbie Wilshusen and Gina Shelley, who showed off the techniques they learned in their QuiltCon classes. Debbie showed us how to use silk screens to print on fabric, while Gina showed off the collage embroidery technique. They were followed by Jamie Willis, a member who is also a weaver, who showed off the tools she uses to make beautiful woven bracelets. Information on a possible workshop with her will be sent via email. Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge, ladies!
     
    • We announced that the Rainbow BOM skill for April is a half-square triangle (details on the blog)! Then, we raffled off a copy of Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle to those who brought their completed March plus sign blocks to the meeting. Aren't all of the plus blocks great?
    • Finally, we conducted our first swap of the year -- a pattern swap! Lots of members participated and went home with a fun new project to try. Thank you to everyone who participated.
    • We wrapped up the meeting with another 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 we have lots of items due in May, so keep these in mind as you prepare:
    See you in May!