Friday, September 23, 2011

Flickr Feature Friday #4

We are just rolling along here with our 4th installment of Flickr Feature Friday.

We hope you are enjoying the inspiration; each carefully selected by a
different STLMQG member each week.


Here's the code:

1. square in there_Monster 2, 2. lightning 2.0, 3. wonky zigzag pillow, 4. Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 Quilt, 5. castle views quilt, 6. Jewel Box, 7. DSC00317, 8. innocent crush pillow, 9. Pretty {little} Pouch Swap Finished!, 10. crosswalk quilt, 11. Wonky Star Quilt - Pieced Together Bee, 12. Our new quilt and pillows!


This week's Flickr Feature Friday is brought to you by Rene S.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A New Look

So it's finally official, the STLMQG has a brand new look, courtesy of Juli Ann.
She created our fabulous new logo; which our members selected as our
new identity.  I don't know about you; but it's pretty sweet. 

As you'll notice we've updated our guild's button too; which you can find on the right sidebar.  I would like to ask all members that have blogs, if you wouldn't mind updating the STLMQG button on your blog, it would certainly be appreciated. 


We are excited to announce that you can now buy STLMQG Logo merchandise.

Thanks to Mary Claire who spent hours setting up shop and getting things "just right".

Head on over to our CafePress shop and check out the selection.

Happy Shopping !!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

spring/summer quilt gather 2011

Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful members, we were able to create twelve modern, child size quilts during our  2011 Spring/Summer Quilt Gather!

{applause here}

Thank you to all who contributed; you made our first big charity project a success! 

Six of the quilts have been donated to the St. Louis chapter of Project Linus.

Six have also been donated to The Quilted Garden's Love Quilt Project that is currently collecting for residents of Joplin, MO.

Our hearts sing when we think about what these quilts might mean to their new owners.
Once again, our deepest thanks to our volunteers!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Modern Quilt Guild Showcase

Have you heard the wonderful news? 

The International Quilt Festival is featuring a Modern Quilt Guild Showcase; premiering at Quilt Festival/Market (October 26-Nov 4th, 2012).  Yes, that's 2012.

This showcase will bring together the talent of all the MQG's around the world, by allowing all members to participate in a Call for Entries.

If you don't already have a modern quilt in mind to submit, now's a great time to pull out all the stops and make something truly fantastic.

All those who are interested in participating will have tons of time, as entries are not due until March 2, 2012…with registration opening January 6th, 2012. Each member can submit a total of (5) quilts.  All of the information you need can be found here
I encourage all of our members to consider participating in this juried event, let's show the rest of the world the wonderful talent that the STLMQG has in its midst.


For anyone that needs a brush-up on their Modern Aesthetic, would like more information on a technique, or just wants someone to root them on...Don't hesitate to ask a fellow guild member, or bring up your question at one of our meetings.  We are a group that is full of unique talent and someone might just have the answer and support you are looking for. 

We'll certainly be cheering on those that decide to participate.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shout Out!

We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of quilters! Just look at some of the recent accomplishments/offerings by some of our members…

Were you at the sew-in? Did you oooh and aaaah over Cara’s God’s Eye string quilt? Did you know she is offering the pattern and two others on her blog for free? Check it out!

Photo Courtesy of Me? A Mom?

Cindy has a great quick pillow tutorial on her blog.  Perfect for all that fabric you’ve been hoarding.  Cindy also participated in the Designer’s Challenge in the most recent issue of Fat Quarterly.  Fat Quarterly is subscription based online magazine full of patterns and information! 

Photo Courtesy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs

Jamie is teaching her machine pieced cathedral windows over at The Quilted Fox.  If you’d like to learn how to make this lovely pillow, check out this link!

Photo Courtesy of Jamie Mueller

Did you see Kristy’s Puzzled quilt over on the Moda Bake Shop blog?  Head on over to get the instructions on how to make this clever quilt and leave a comment to congratulate Kristy on her accomplishment!

Photo Courtesy of Kristy Daum

Mary Claire recently won a spot in Pam and Nicky Lintott’s Spring 2012 release Jelly Roll Challenge book.  Hers is one of 12 quilts selected from 70 to be featured in the book.  The top three winners will be announced at the Houston Quilt Market  this October.

Several members have taken Marsha’s paper piecing classes and had great things to say.  If you don’t like ripping the paper off after you paper piece then you need to check out Marsha’s class!

If we’ve missed any recent publications, awards, tutorials or classes by other members please leave comments on this post so we can learn more about them.  For future publications, tutorials, awards, or classes please drop us a note so we can include it in a future Shout Out! blog post!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Meeting Recap (September 10th 2011)

Thanks to everyone to came out to our meeting today.  We hope you had fun and learned alot.

Here's some things you might remember or could have missed:
  • Mary Claire announced that our Cross Block Gathering created a total of 13 quilts which will be split up and donated to help comfort those in Joplin, MO with the other 1/2 being given to the local chapter of Project Linus.  This was our first charitable event, and I am just floored at the outpouring of support everyone showed...I mean 13 quilts, that's AMAZING!!!
  • As part of the "You Oughta Know" monthly segment, Judy H. and Jamie Mueller shared with our guild some of their favorite or most used quilting accessories. 
  • Who would have thought that a Scrap Swap could turn into a Sporting Activity; but that's exactly what happened once the 8 oz. bags of scraps were collected and Mary Claire broke out her pitching skills.  Maybe next time we'll ask members to bring a Glove, just like one would do at a Cardinals game.  We'll definately have to do this Scrap Swap was a blast.
  • We'd like to give a big Thanks to Tonie Covelli, from Creative Fitness Solutions LLC, who shared with us her talents in Personal Training.  Our members were guided through a series of stretching activities; which are imperative to add to one's Quilting routine, so you can ward off the typical aches and pains associated with long hours sitting at one's machine or standing at the cutting table/ironing boards.  It was exciting to see our members participate in this activity.
  • Our final Sew-In Saturday for 2011 is only a few weeks away...September 24th from 9am-6pm.  You must be a due-paying member to attend, the fee is 1 Modern FQ, and most importantly you must RSVP as space is limited.  Sign-ups begin now and will end Sept 21st or until we fill-up; which after last month's turnout will likely happen relatively quickly.  To sign-up all you have to do is find the Sew-In Saturday button along the right-hand side of our blog, click it and you'll be taken to a form where you answer a few questions.  Easy!! 
  • Another Thank You goes out to Alex (Wendy R. son), Lynne M., Mary Claire and Juli Ann D. for providing the wonderful STLMQG Logo options we voted on today.  After the ballots were collected and counted, the winning logo was announced.  Congratulations to Juli Ann D.  

  • Over the next week, we'll be rolling out the new logo throughout our many sites (Blog, Flickr, Twitter, etc), providing you with ways to add the logo to your own blog, and finally giving you information on how you can show your love for the STLMQG by having a personalized Totebag, T-Shirt, Coffee Mug, etc. made. 
  • Finally, the business part of our meeting ended with a lively discussion of our Leadership Structure and how you can be a part of the future of the STLMQG by running for office.  Google Docs is being a pain tonight, so I can't upload the PDF file...I'll be emailing it to everyone instead.  It is a breakdown of all of the Officers responsibilities, as well as accompanying positions and committee opportunities.  If you would like to run, please contact Jamie Mueller (our Election Officiate) no later then October 1st, so she can make sure that you are on the ballot.  Additionally, if you would like to nominate someone, please let Jamie know immediately so she has time to contact the nominee.  If you have any questions or would like more information about a specific role, please contact Mary Claire or I as we can provide further insight.  Elections are November 12th, and the candidates will be revealed the week prior.  Please note that each candidate will have the opportunity to say a few words before voting actually occurs. 
  • Our meeting ended with some wonderful expressions of Modern Quilting through the return of Show & Tell. 
Here are some things that are going on around town:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Meeting #13 - September 10th, 2011

Hello Modern Quilters,

It's that time of the month again (no, not what you are thinking; but I got you to giggle anyway)'s time for our next meeting.  We have some interesting things planned this month, hope to see you there.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 10:30am-1pm
Kirkwood Family YMCA
325 N. Taylor
St. Louis, MO 63122


   - Welcome & Guild Business
   - Special Announcements / Quilting News
   - Stretching Session with Tonie Covelli   MPH, CPT and of course STLMQG member
         *We are excited that Tonie will be showing us some important stretching techniques which are essential for those who spend long hours at the sewing machine or cutting table.  Participation is encouraged; but certainly not mandatory.  Handouts will be available and of course if you'd like to learn more about Tonie, keep reading below.
   - Blog Renovation (Logo Contest Voting)
   - You Oughta Know "Notions/Gadgets"
   - Free Spirit HABITAT Challenge
         *We still have a few bags left if anyone wants to get in on the Challenge; due October 8th
   - September Scrap Swap
         *Remember to bring a Quart Size Ziploc bag with 8 oz. of modern fabric scraps if you wish to participate. 
   - STLMQG Leadership & Committee Structure
   - Show & Tell
   - Remaining Questions / Comments
   - Door Prizes
   - Mix & Mingle

**Show & Tell returns this month...YAY!!  To get us back in the groove, we are allowing each member to show 1 item.  Please be respectful of each other's time and keep to the allotted quantity, additionally remember we are a MODERN quilt guild.
**If you would like to learn more about Tonie Covelli, who will be leading our Stretching Session, she can be found here.
      Tonie Covelli    MPH, CPT
      Creative Fitness Solutions, LLC
      9842B Manchester Rd.
      Rock Hill, MO  63119
      tcovelli (at) gmail (dot) com


Here are the wonderful logos that were submitted, and of course don't forget our current logo too.  Keep in mind that whichever logo we choose to go with will be adapted so it can be  used both as a sidebar button as well as our Blog Header.

All of the due-paying members that attend Saturday's meeting will be given a ballot
to vote for their Top 3 Favorite Logos.

Thanks to Mary Claire, Wendy R. (and her son), Lynne M. and Juli Ann D for creating the above artwork.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Flickr Feature Friday #3

Here we are once again with another installment of Flickr Feature Friday.

We hope you are enjoying our weekly bits of inspiration; which are carefully selected
by a different STLMQG member each week.


Here's the code:


This week's Flickr Feature Friday is brought to you by Hannah T.