Monday, December 31, 2012

Meeting #29 - January 5th, 2013

Hello Modern Quilters,
Happy New Year!!!
Did you forget that our January meeting is this coming Saturday, the 5th.  This is due to a scheduling conflict at The Heights and was announced at December's meeting.  We'll be back to normal 2nd Saturday meetings for the rest of the year (except October).  Hope to see you all! 

New to our group, Welcome! Bring a friend, the more the merrier.

Date: January 5th, 2013
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Location: The Heights


-Welcome & Guild Business
   :: Membership #s for 2012/2013
   :: Financial Information
   :: Special Announcements/Quilting News
-Madrona Road Challenge ongoing
-Open discussion of activities/events for 2013
-Dues for 2013
-Show & Tell
-Next Meeting Date (February 9th)
-Remaining Questions/Comments
-Mix & Mingle

***Have you made your nametag yet?  Have you been wearing it to the meetings?  Let's not forget that a nametag enters you into the DoorPrize drawing.

***We'll be collecting 2013 dues if you didn't pay them last month.  Yearly dues are $30, checks payable to the STLMQG are accepted as is cash of course. 

***Don't forget for those participating in the Madrona Road Challenge, your finished project is due at February's meeting.  Need the rules, you can find them here.

***Please bring your activity, demo and event ideas with you, as we will be having an open discussion of what you would like to learn in 2013. 

***Been busy sewing over the Holidays, or received some great modern fabric or books?  Why don't you show us what modern things you have been making or received during Show & Tell. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Meeting Recap (December 8th, 2012)

We hope everyone enjoyed the meeting activities yesterday as you helped us send off 2012 with a Bang!  Here's a brief recap of the activities and things you may have missed or want to know more about.

  • Our membership numbers ended with approx. 85 members for 2012.  We hope to see all of you next year and don't forget, if you didn't pay your dues for 2013, you will have another opportunity in January.
  • 20 Members elected to participate in the Madrona Road Challenge.  They were each provided with 7 Fat Eighths, prints as seen in the photo below.  Challenge rules can be found here, and don't forget about our Madrona Road discussion thread on Flickr too.

  • We want to Thank everyone who donated items and bought tickets for our Raffle.  It was another big success and the $$ we raised will help us with Speaker/Workshop fees, Retreat Reservation costs, and of course paying for our space at The Heights. 

  • Drea, our new Charity Committee Chairperson, showed us the QuiltCon blocks that our guild received as part of the MQG's first large-scale charitable project.  We will be making a quilt; which will be donated to the Austin Children's Shelter.  You can read more about this project here.
  • Kacey Cowdrey, member of Missouri Fiber Arts and Thimble & Thread, was our guest.  She introduced our members to a few of the projects she is involved in and spoke with a few members following Show & Tell, about their work being included in Thimble & Thread's 2013 Quilt Expo next March.
Finally, one more bit of very important news that you'll definately want to mark in big letters on your 2013 calendar.  Due to two scheduling conflicts at The Heights, our January and October meeting will be held the first Saturday of the month (January 5th, October 5th), not the second.  We'll send out a reminder email, post it on Facebook, here on our blog, etc. 
Thanks to all of our members for another great year, you are what makes this guild great.
  We have our sights set high for 2013 as we look at bringing in a national speaker, participating in workshops, offering interactive and educational programs, and as always having lots of fun.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meeting #28 - December 8th, 2012

Hello Modern Quilters,

We hope that you'll join us this Saturday as we close out 2012 with a Bang.  We'll get our Raffle on with lots of wonderful crafty/quilty items, and celebrate our fellow member's creativity with lots of Show & Tell.

New to our group, Welcome! Bring a friend, the more the merrier.

Date: December 8th, 2012
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Location: The Heights


-Welcome & Guild Business
:: Membership #s for 2012
:: Financial Information
:: Special Announcements/Quilting News
-Madrona Road Challenge, sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics & the MQG
-Dues for 2013
-Ticket Raffle
-Extended Show & Tell
-Next Meeting Date (January)
-Remaining Questions/Comments
-Mix & Mingle

***There will NOT be Door Prizes this month as there is so much going on; but we'd still appreciate it if you'd wear your nametag anyway.

***We'll begin collecting 2013 dues this month and in January.  Yearly dues are $30, checks payable to the STLMQG are accepted as is cash of course. 

***The Photography 101 presentation is on hold until 2013, we Thank You for your patience.

***It's Ticket Raffle time, did you see the sneak peek at some of the items up for grabs?  Do you need tickets to participate?  We'll be selling them 3 for $1, and all of the $$ goes right back to the STLMQG...this is a fundraiser after all.  Don't forget that you'll need to write you name on the back of every ticket your receive/ bring a sharpie, pen, etc...or as some people did last year, small return address stickers.

***We encourage our members to participate in this month's Extended Show & Tell, where we encourage you to bring a maximum of 5 items.  As always remember this is a Modern Quilt Guild.  Kacey Cowdrey of Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild will be in attendance looking for items to put in their big bi-annual Quilt Show, Spring of 2013.  As our membership has expanded, this is a great time to bring items that you may have shown earlier in the year too.

***Finally, we'll have a Comment Box ready and waiting for you to offer suggestions on 2013 activities, things you love, things you think could work differently, etc, etc. 
Happy Holidays!!!
From your STLMQG Officers

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ticket Raffle 2012

Happy December 1st, everyone! 

As many of you may remember, this month's meeting is jam-packed with lots of events and festivities.  The agenda will be out on Tuesday, so make sure that you check back in with us.

One of the many highlights this month will be our Ticket Raffle; which was a bounding success last this year is Ticket Raffle, the sequel :-)

A big Thank You to all of our members who donated items this year, there are way too many to share here on our blog; but we picked just a few to wet your appetite.

The rules are pretty simple, if you donated items at November's meeting, you will be receiving tickets which you can use towards a chance at winning some wonderful items.  If you didn't donate, or want to buy tickets (this is a guild fundraiser afterall); tickets will be available for purchase at the meeting 3 for $1.  So don't forget your wallet, cash and checks will be accepted.

Here's a quick sneak peek at some of the items up for grabs:

And this isn't even the half of it.  We have lots more fabric, a finished quilt, patterns, sewing notions, restaurant gift certificate and wine, etc, etc, etc.
Finally, there is one item which we will NOT be accepting tickets for; but rather holding a silent auction instead.  Due to it's size, the below foldable sewing cabinet will not be at the meeting; so if you are interested in this item please make sure that you check the dimensions that are provided below.  The current owner will make arrangements with the winner and gladly drop off this cabinet, so if you have a small vehicle, it won't be a problem.  Talk about a deal!

Opening for machine : 19 1/4" x 10 1/2"
Cabinet when open (as shown in left photo): 51" Length x 34 3/4" Width x 30" High
Cabinet when closed (as shown in right photo): 24" Length x 34 3/4" Width x 30" High

If you have specific questions about the cabinet, drop us a line and we'll forward the questions onto the current owner.
Are you excited yet?