Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays !!!
Here's to a great 2011, can't wait to see everyone in January.

Quilting News: 
Also wanted to pass along some member news.  Two of our members (Wendy and Marsha) have quilts in the following exhibit "Rambling River Fiber Art Display" which opens January 2nd and runs through February 26th.  You can find out more information here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Member Spotlight #1

Welcome to the 1st ever STLMQG Member Spotlight, and who better to start off with than our Vice President!

Name:      Mary Claire
Flickr Name:      SplendorFalls
Area of Town:      Metro East
Misc:    Married with one super cute daughter

What brought you to the STLMQG?
---I was excited when I found out that the STLMQG was starting up because it seemed to suit me more than a traditional guild did. I love all the fresh fabrics and love the no rules approach to quilting. It's fun to interact with my online friends, doing swaps and trading emails, but having the human element is always a good thing.

Do you participate in other guilds or bees?
---I participate in one online charity bee called do.good.Stitches and have done several online swaps. I currently only belong to the STLMQG.

When did you start quilting?
---I made my first quilt tops in high school and then picked up the hobby again earlier this year. My Mom's been quilting as long as I can remember; I blame her. {wink} As a kid I never really had the patience to sew. I wanted to sew but things just never seemed to turn out the way I imagined.  Somewhere along the line I sprouted some patience and was able to enjoy the hobby so much more. I'm still not sure how that happened! =)

Why do you quilt?
---I quilt because I love that it covers so many of my favorite things: fabrics, designing, organizing, sewing, geometry and mathematics, multitasking and creativity.

What was your most recent fabric purchase?
---My most recent fabric purchase was a few lines from MoMo's It's a Hoot. Those oval polka dots are
ca-ute!  This just changed; after the last guild meeting I had to order some Riley Blake Wishing Flower!

What is on your "I want to make this" List?
---Something I am looking forward to making is a half square triangle quilt with the Dream On line and an orange solid.

What is something you struggle with?
---I'm not good at attaching binding on the machine instead.  I'm not good at remembering dates either, seriously...I have to ask my husband how long we've been married!

What do you do when you aren't quilting?
---When I am not quilting I am hanging out with my family, working, thrifting, scrapbooking, or listening to music.

Anything else you want to say?
---Here are some random things about me:
  • My favorite ice cream of all time is Caramel Chocolate Crunch from 31 Flavors.
  • I am a Libra.
  • Archaeology was something I seriously considered as a career and worked at for a few years in college.
  • I have a jukebox that plays 45's.  My favorite song to play is 'Proud Mary' by Ike and Tina Turner, followed closely by 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline.  These songs sound so much better on the jukebox!
  • Vintage glassware is a weakness of mine.
  • When I was a very little girl I had a crush on Kenny Rogers.  Ha!
  • Thank you.  Goodnight!
STLMQG President here:  Just wanted to add that Mary Claire's "Warm Front, It's a Cold Front" quilt was one of the winners in the Modern Quilt Guild Inspiration Challenge #1.  You can see and read all about it hereGo Mary Claire!

Here are some photos that Mary Claire wanted to share with you



{urban} HOME goods swap quilt

Meeting Recap (December 11th, 2010)

Today marked the last meeting of 2010 for the STLMQG, and boy oh boy was it packed full of fun and excitement...handmade goodies were swapped, quilts were shown and laughter was literally everywhere. 

Here is a brief recap of our meeting, below you will find additional notes, links and such.

   -If you picked up your membership card today and want to get signed up for the 10% off Discount card from Jo-Ann's Fabrics, please follow this link.  Select the Enroll Now button and then select VIP Discount card.  The name of our group should be written as "St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild".  You can expect to receive your card within 4-6 weeks.  Upon receipt, take it, your membership card and valid id to your nearest Jo-Ann's Fabrics and speak with a manager for activation.  **Also as some people noted, several other quilt shops in the area also offer a discount to guild members, so if you are out shopping, ask them.

     -Would you like to participate in the STLMQG Member Spotlight, please send us an email and we'll get you on the list.  It's a great opportunity to tell us a little about yourself and share some photos of your work here on the blog.  Mary Claire, our VP, has graciously agreed to be the first in line.

     -Don't forget to make a nametag if you don't already have one.  It can be any size and any style that you want...the key is to bring it and wear it.

     -Are you dying to make some Hexies, maybe Spiderweb or String blocks, maybe something improv?  I bet there's a handful of others who would love to join you.  Why don't you start a block swap?  Depending upon the type of block, it could be one month long or all year.  We'd love to get something started in January...think about it and let us know before then so we can make things official.

     -Here are some of the links that were mentioned today, if there is something missing let us know.
               Wendy's Easy Drawstring Bag Tutorial              
               Noodlehead Gathered Clutch
               Mary Claire's Fabric Rosette Pin Tutorial
               The Sewing Summit - sew + connect + inspire

     -Also, remember during January's meeting, Jamie, will hold a workshop on Flickr/Blogging/Etc.  You won't want to miss this PowerPoint presentation and accompanying handout.  I am confident that once you become accustomed to all that the online world can offer, you will become addicted and enjoy Modern Quilting so much more.

     -Finally, don't forget that we will be hosting our 1st Challenge next month.  All the rules and information will be distributed at the January's okay to start getting excited now, we already are.

In closing, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!! and joyous New Year!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meeting #4 December 11th, 2010

Hello Modern Quilters,

I hope you are looking forward to December's meeting as much as we are.  We have some very cool things to tell you, so you don't want to miss out.

Date:   Saturday, November 13th
Time:   9:30am-Noon
Bindings, Borders & Squares
325 Droste Road
St. Charles, MO 63301  Map



-Welcome & Brief Introductions
-Guild Business
     • Membership #s, and $$ collected to date
     • Membership Cards/Roster are available for those who have paid dues prior to December
     • Locations for 2011
     • Events planned for next year
     • Special Announcements
-Show & Tell
-Project Brown Bag Results
-Next Meeting Date (January 8th ), Location (Bindings, Borders & Squares)
-Remaining Questions/Comments
-Closing Remarks
-Door Prizes
-Mix & Mingle

**Please do not forget to bring your completed Project Brown Bag item.  We will reveal them during a separate "Show & Tell" type of no need to wrap or do anything special, simple is best.  If for any reason you participated and are unable to attend December's meeting, you must contact Mary Claire (SplendorFalls) or Kristy (Love Old Houses) immediately.

**If you would like to share a quilt during Show & Tell, please make sure that it is of the Modern variety.  As we are part of the Modern Quilt Guild, we have a responsibility to uphold the identity of the guild.

**Also remember that we are accepting donations for door prizes.  So if you have some modern fabric scraps, patterns, etc...we will gladly put them to good use.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Don't Forget: Project Brown Bag!

Have you been having fun making a gift for your Project Brown Bag secret partner?

Just one week to go until the big reveal at our December 11th meeting!!