Sunday, April 9, 2017

Meeting Recap (April 8th, 2017)

Thanks for spending your Saturday with us. Read on to see what happened and what you need to know.

  • Marie jumped head first into her new role as VP, with a Book Report to re-energize our library. She followed that up with lots of quilting/crafting announcements about things happening around town..
    • Stitch St. Charles (May 23rd-25th) is a sewing, quilting and creative event. 
    • Hearts N Hands Quilt Guild (O'Fallon, IL) is sponsoring several lectures/workshops from Ebony Love, Gyleen Fitzgerald and Cheryl Sleboda. 
    • The Quilted Fox is teaching Painless Paper Piecing on Wed. April 12th.
    • Interested in participating in some Instagram Swaps? Check out Orphan Hexie Swap, Urban Home Goods swap, Fat Quarter Friends Swap, and Summer Lovin Very Mini Quilt Swap
    • The next MQG Virtual Sew Day is Sunday, April 23rd.  If you are sewing, quilting, crafting, or even buying fabric that day, be sure to post a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #mqgsewday

  • Jessica, our Secretary, spoke about our membership numbers, monthly fabric raffle and got our Hand-Sew Roundtable Demos started.

  • The Charity Committee announced our project for the year which is to make Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys.  All items are due at our September meeting. To read all about it, check out this link which gives you all the info.

  • The Member's Swap/Challenge Committee announced our first swap which is all about Containers.
    • Please make an approx 8inch "container" and bring it to the May meeting, there is no sign-ups. If you bring one, you'll swap one. The key is to think about making something other than a zippered pouch. There are lots of fun pods, boxes, baskets, bowls, etc. which you can make and swap.  A quick look through Pinterest or Instagram will give you lots of inspiration. Don't forget to share your work on Instagram using the hashtag #stlmqg.

  • While most of the Quilt Show Committee was absent, the announcement that we are having our first STLMQG Quilt Show was made.  The committee has put in A LOT of time behind the scenes to get this going and once everything is finalized, the info will be dispersed to all members and announcements posted on social media.  For now, there are two dates you should know about.
    • April 30th : The due date for submitting a photo of one, two, or more of your modern quilts/small items.  How to submit will be explained in the coming week.
    • July 15th & 16th : The date of the Quilt Show itself. We hope to see you there.

There are also some announcements we made earlier in the month, year that we want to ensure that everyone checks into as well.
  • The Fresh Quilting episodes featuring many of your favorite modern quilters is now streaming on the MQG Community Site, under Resources. You will need a username/password to access the site; but if you are a dues-paying member of the STLMQG, you were sent an email with this information soon after you signed up.
  • Finally, don't forget that we are proud to announce that Amy Friend @duringquiettime is joining the STLMQG this June for a trunk show and two workshops.  Check out the community announcement here. If you are a new dues-paying member and are interested in taking a workshop, please reach out to Jessica Schunke.
  • Our guild is once again holding our annual sewing retreat, SewMeSTL, which is October 14th & 15th. A reminder email will be sent out in the coming week.

Thanks for continuing to support our guild. We are looking forward to a wonderful year of collaboration, quilting and excitement.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Charity Project 2017

St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild - Charity Project 2017

Every year the STLMQG sponsors a sewing project for charity. This year we will be donating children’s dresses and pants to Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys. 

From their website,

“…these dresses are so much more than just something to wear.  These dresses go as little Ambassadors all over the world to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy.  These dresses give the distributors an opportunity to meet and encourage those in need and to identify areas that can be addressed with help from the USA such as clean water and education.  Relationships are formed and information is shared.” 

We have provided two simple dress patterns for your use: one with raglan sleeves and a pillowcase style dress. However, simple dresses from any pattern are accepted. Boys’ shorts and pants are also in high demand. A pattern to adapt a tee-shirt into pants is listed below. The pant pattern is very similar to pajama pants. Feel free to use a pajama pant pattern with other fabric if desired. (Elastic or drawstring waist only, please.)

Dress with Elasticized Top 

Raglan Sleeve Dress

Pants/Shorts Pattern

When choosing fabric for the dresses and pants, please pick fabrics that will wash and wear well. For example, the sheer white fabric with tiny daisies may be pretty, but would be prone to staining and ripping. 

Let’s give them our best!

Please mark the approximate size on the clothing. You can use a fabric marker or attach a tag with a safety pin (please, no straight pins!).

We will be collecting the dresses and pants at the September 9th meeting, and we can’t wait to see what you make!

Thank you!
Your Charity Committee: Leila Gardunia, Marie Nicholson Hill, and Barb Phelps  

For more information on Little Dresses for Africa:

Monday, April 3, 2017

Meeting #73 (April 8th, 2017)

Hello Modern Quilters,

While we like to think that all of our meetings are fun-filled, we believe you are in for quite a treat this Saturday. 

Date: April, 8th, 2017
Time: 10am - 12:30pm 
Location: The Heights

*Childcare available, please see info here*


-Welcome & Guild Business
     :: Membership Information
     :: Financial Information
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

- Committee Announcements:
     -- Charity announces 2017 Project
     -- Member's Swap/Challenge announces Spring Swap
     -- Quilt Show announcement
- Hand Sew Demo Stations (Various Participants) *See below
- Show & Tell
- Mix & Mingle

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 :: As part of the hand-sewing demonstrations, members will have a chance to practice the techniques, so if you have any hand-sewing tools (thimbles, etc.) that you like to use, you're encouraged to bring them.  We'd also love to do a short Show & Tell of hand-sewing notions that our members recommend.

:: Don't forget your Show & Tell items, what have you been working on, what exciting modern fabrics have you purchased and are excited about using, what books and or patterns are inspiring you lately.

See you Saturday!!