Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Flickr Feature Friday #14

It's Spring, it's Spring...are you excited it's finally Spring?  As we close the week with another rendition of Flickr Feature Friday, we hope these funky quilts inspire you to try something new.  As always, we do encourage you to check out the links below, so you can comment on the quilts and show their creator some love.



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This week's Flickr Friday Contributor is Kristy Daum


Monday, March 19, 2012

Quilt Show

This past weekend was the Bits & Pieces Quilt Show "Fanfare of Quilts".  From the crowded parking lot, I could tell right away that it was gonna be a packed house.  There was a little bit of something for everyone, no matter your style-preference...whether Traditional, Art, Contemporary or even Modern.

We cannot Thank Bits & Pieces enough for allowing our STLMQG to share in the excitement and have a little showcase all our own at this year's event.  You may remember last year when our guild participated in the Solids Only Challenge, sponsored by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  You can check out a past post here.

A handful of members elected to have their quilts shown in this event and I'm proud to say that it was an exciting booth full of color.  For anyone who was unable to attend the show, here's a tiny little peek into our booth.

Juli Ann's wonderful logo

1/2 of the booth

I wish I could say that I was able to take lots of great photos; but this my friends is all...and I barely got those, as it was impossible to steal away a quick second without people crowded around or walking in front of the shot.  Not that it's a bad thing...crowds are good; but they make for sad photoshoots.

Thanks Again to Bits & Pieces!! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Flickr Feature Friday #13

Welcome to another edition of Flickr Feature Friday, as always showcasing some lovely modern patchwork, fabric, piecing, and needlework. 



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This week's Flickr Feature Friday is brought to you by Jessica

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Meeting Recap (March 10th, 2012)

Thanks to all of our members who helped make Saturday's meeting another success, and to our guests...we hope that you had fun and will join us again next month.  Our meeting was jam-packed with information and lots of activities so let's get right to it, now shall we.
  • Lynne, our Secretary, let us know that we are at 65 due-paying members.  It's such a great feeling to know that we have so many wonderful people standing with us each and every month.
  • Rene, our Treasurer, will provide us with the updated financials next month.
  • We extended a Speaker invitiation to Aby Garvey, and are excited to confirm that she will be joining us at our September 8th meeting. 
  • The Bits & Pieces "Fanfare of Quilts" Quilt Show is next Saturday/Sunday, March 17th-18th at Queeny Park.  We hope to see you there, as not only are several of our members showing quilts; but the STLMQG has a special exhibit too.
  • Our 1st Sew-In Saturday of 2012, is March 31st and sign-ups are now open.  It looks like we have confirmed half of our seats already, if you are a due-paying member and are planning on attending, don't wait...sign-up now.
  • There is a Fabric Bounce happening Thursday, March 29th-Sunday, April 1st.   There are 4 shops offering some great raffle items, sales on fabric, notions, etc.  Those shops are
            • Bindings, Borders & Squares in St. Charles
            • Corner Quilt Fabrics in Warrenton
            • Fabric Nosherie in Webster Groves
            • Patches etc in St. Charles
  • Quilt Market is coming to Kansas City May 17th-20th.  The STLMQG is co-hosting a Market Meet-up with the KCMQG on Saturday May 19th.  The Meet-up is open to all MQG members and is a great opportunity to mingle, network and chat up fellow modern quilters that will be in town for Market. 
  • QuiltCon is the inaugural Modern Quilting Convention, to be held in Austin, TX next February.  There are a handful of STLMQG members already planning on attending.  If you would like to learn more check out the QuiltCon site.  Also, don't forget about the QuiltCon Block Challenge, rules can be found here.
  • Our "You Oughta Know" segment featured Kelly S. who showed us the Curve Master Presser Foot, followed by Mary Claire who talked about Color/Swatch cards.

We'd like to give a big round of applause and huge Thanks to our 5 Social Media Small Group Leaders.  Admist the hiccups with WiFi, they still managed to introduce our members to some of the most widely used Social Media tools.  We will be doing a presention during April's meeting showing Flickr, since it is a wonderful tool that we hope if you don't do anything else Social Media-wise, you'll try and participate here. 
We would also like to Thank our Members Swap/Challenge committee, who coordinated a Pouch Swap that was soooooooo much fun.  If you'd like to see some of the pouches again, many of our members have begun posting them in our group's Flickr pool.  There were so many wonderful ideas, shapes, fabrics and little surprises that it's hard to imagine that so many of our members had never installed a zipper before.  Yay! for learning and trying new things.

We finished the meeting with a vivid and touching Story of Thanks from Hospice Compassus.  Nancy, took many of our pillowcases that you all made and donated them, clearly they were overwhelmed.  As promised, here is the card and letter that our guild received from them.  You can also read more here

We'll see you next month...until then, check us out on Flickr, Twitter or right here on our Blog.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Meeting #19 - March 10th, 2012

Hello Modern Quilters,

Is it March already?  Are you excited to swap your Pouches, learn about Social Media?  Well...good, because we have just the meeting for you. 

Date: March 10th, 2012
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Location: The Heights



     -Welcome & Guild Business
         :: Membership #s for 2012
         :: Financial Information
         :: Special Announcements/Quilting News
     -Bits & Pieces Quilt Show "Fanfare of Quilts" reminder
     -Speaker Proposal
     -Sew In Saturday (March 31st)
     -KC Quilt Market
     -You Oughta Know "Notions/Gadgets" Segment
     -Social Media Presentation (Small Groups)
     -Member's Swap/Challenge Committee POUCH Swap
     -Show & Tell **Only if time allows**
     -Mix & Mingle

*Did you signup to participate in the POUCH Swap in February?  If so, make sure that you bring your completed pouch along with the name of it's soon to be owner.  If you need any last minute help, check out the blog post here.

*We will be hosting a Social Media presentation this month discussing such things as Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogger, etc.  This is an opportunity to ask those questions you've always wanted to know the answer to, get signed up and logged on to the services that interest you, and learn more about how a "typical" Modern Quilter uses these tools.  For those members that have laptops/iPads, we encourage you to bring them to the meeting, and for those (like myself) that do not have these things...don't worry, there will be lots to learn (bring a notebook) and our Small Group Leaders will still get you signed-up if you choose.  In order to make the most of everyone's time, we do ask that you have an email address readily available that you'll for signs-up.  It can be the same one that you use on a regular basis, or a new one from Google (gmail) for example.

*If we have time at the end of our meeting, we'll do Show & Tell (remember, think modern); but due to our full schedule, we might have to skip this month.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Flickr Feature Friday #12

Can you believe it's already March?  While Mother Nature sure has given us a taste of Spring recently, let's continue the trend and check out another great mosaic filled with color.


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