Monday, March 12, 2018

Meeting Recap (March 10, 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's meeting! It was great to see everyone and have some fun!

  • Gayle, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info.
  • Krista, our Secretary, announced our membership numbers and passed out our new MQG membership cards and pins.
  • Marie, our VP, announced several pieces of quilting news and happenings (more about these will be sent via email).
  • Jessica, our President, covered a whole host of items:
    • The hand-sew happy hours and location for the entire year have been posted to the blog. This month's meet-up will be on Tuesday, March 20.
    • SewMeSTL is going to be three days of fun this year (October 5-7)! Info on hotel rates and how to reserve will be sent via email.
    • Sign-ups for the Latifah Saafir workshops in June will be going out this week, so keep an eye on your email. Info on the workshops will go out Tuesday, and the link for registration will go out Friday morning.
  • Jessica announced the next Rainbow Block of the Month (BOM) Challenge color -- green. Save your citrons and teals for future months; this month, we want true green. You can find all of the details (and picture examples) here.
  • Cindi and the Charity Committee reminded us about this year's charity project, which will be making normal quilts for Nurses for Newborns. You can find all of the details here.
  • Emily and the Member Swap and Challenge Committee announced this year's challenge, the Colors of the Year Challenge, celebrating Pantone Ultra Violet and Kona Tiger Lily. You can find all of the details here.
  • Emily and the committee also hosted our first swap of the year -- coasters! We had almost 40 members participate in a fun, rob-your-neighbor style game, and everyone who participated went home with a cute set.
Coasters and photo by Laura Patterson
  • For this month's activity, we played a fun game called Block Relay, in which teams raced in several rounds to construct traditional blocks from the paper pieces provided. Hopefully, we weren’t too hard on you. The winners took home little bundles of low-volume stash builders.
Photo courtesy of Kristy Daum
  • Marie collected the remaining blocks for our first Block Lotto round. The response was huge, and we ended up collecting enough blocks for 5 winners (4 received 35 blocks each, and the final winner received 27 blocks). Great job, guys! One of our winners, Kerry Caverly, already has her blocks up on her design wall.
 Photo courtesy of Marie
 Photo courtesy of Kerry
  • Marie also announced the details for our second Block Lotto round, which is all about flying geese. You can find all of the details here. These blocks will be due in May, with no early collection due to the Shannon Brinkley workshops in April.
 Photo courtesy of Krista
  • We wrapped up the meeting with a great Show and Tell. Projects by Annie Cook, Jamie Mueller, and Amanda Zericki are shown below. Keep an eye on our Instagram page to see lots more pics of the meeting, show and tell, and our members' projects throughout the month.
    Remember that we don't have a regular meeting next month because of Shannon Brinkley's visit, but we hope to see lots of you at the workshops and trunk show. The details on her visit can be found here. Be sure to invite your friends to the trunk show, which is open to the public. See you in May!

    2018 Colors of the Year Challenge

    At our March meeting, the Member Swap and Challenge Committee announced this year's challenge, the Colors of the Year Challenge!

    Items made for the challenge should have one of the colors of the year -- either Pantone Ultra Violet OR Kona Tiger Lily -- as their focus.

    • You do not have to match the focus color exactly, but it should be in the "spirit" of the color. Get as close as you can.
    • You may add in as many other fabrics and colors as you like, as long as Ultra Violet or Tiger Lily remains the focus.
    • You may use both modern prints and solids.
    • You can submit as many entries as you like in as many categories as you like.
    • Entries are due at our November 10th meeting (NOTE: The deadline has been extended to our November meeting so you have more time to participate.)
    • There will be three categories: minis, quilts, and just-the-top: 
      • Minis: Shortest side measures less than 30" (pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, quilted bags, etc. all count as minis) 
      • Just-the-Top: Unfinished quilt tops, any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”)
      • Quilts: Finished quilts, any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”) 
    • Each valid entry will receive one raffle ticket. A drawing will be held to choose one random winner in each category.
    • The prizes will consist of gift certificates in the following amounts: $15 for minis, $25 for just-the-top, and $35 for quilts.
    • In addition, there will also be one viewers' choice prize. All members in attendance at the November meeting will vote on their choice for the best project across all categories. The person with the most votes will win a $25 gift certificate.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    Meeting #82 (March 10, 2018)

    Hello modern quilters! We've got lots in store for our March meeting, so we hope you can join us!

    Date: March 10, 2018
    Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
    Location: The Heights

    8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117
    *Childcare available, please see info here* 

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

         :: Reminders
         :: Information on Latifah Saafir workshop registration
         :: Collect 1st Block Lotto blocks (plus blocks) and blocks for the 70273 Project
    - Announce Color of the Year Challenge (Member Swap and Challenge Committee)
    - Activity: Block Relay (get ready for some fun!)


    - Coaster Swap!
    - Block Lotto block #1 raffle and Block Lotto block #2 announcement
    - Announce next Rainbow BOM color
    - Show & Tell
    - Mix & Mingle

    -------------------------- Reminders ------------------------------

    :: Don't forget we're still accepting dues for 2018. Dues ($40) can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.
    :: Remember, there are several items you may need to bring to the meeting, depending on which activities you're involved in:
    • The first Block Lotto blocks are due! If you turned in your blocks in February, be sure to bring the raffle tickets you received then.
    • If you took home your 70273 Project blocks from the February meeting or decided to make more, please bring them to turn in to Tess. If possible, please also complete and bring your Provenance Form (Tess will have extras at the meeting if you forget).
    • Set of 4 coasters for the Coaster Swap

    :: Remember that you must post your February (yellow-orange) Rainbow BOM blocks to Instagram with the #stlmqgrainbowbom before the start of the March meeting to get your points for the first month (you can email them to if you're not on IG). We'd love to see your blocks at Show & Tell as well!

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    The STLMQG welcomes Shannon Brinkley to St. Louis

    The STLMQG is so excited to be bringing Shannon Brinkley to St. Louis this April and is pleased to extend an invitation to her trunk show and lecture to the entire St. Louis-area quilting community.
    Shannon Brinkley is a quilt and fabric designer, author, and speaker based in Austin, TX. She began quilting in college, where she fell in love with the craft. Inspired by her love of fabric and texture, Shannon wrote her book, Scrappy Bits Appliqué, in which she teaches how to turn scraps of fabric into gorgeous, modern art quilts by collaging a variety of fabrics, vintage and new, with different colors, tones, and patterns to create interesting and unique textures. On her popular blog, she has hosts series on a variety of topics, from appliqué to color theory.

    Shannon will be presenting a trunk show and lecture on her quilting journey and what led her to develop her appliqué techniques. The presentation is open to the public, and we hope you can join us! Details below.
    Saturday, April 14, 2018
       --Doors open at 6:30 pm
       --Lecture starts promptly at 7 pm, followed by a meet and greet

    The Center of Clayton
    50 Gay Ave.
    Clayton, MO 63105

    --Free for STLMQG members
    --$5 for non-members

    Shannon will be selling her books and patterns onsite. Many of them are also available in local quilt shops and online through Shannon’s website and other venues.

    To learn more about Shannon and her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shannonebrinkley.

    If you are a local shop or quilt guild and would like to use this announcement,

    Shannon will also be teaching two full-day workshops to St. Louis MQG members on Saturday, April 14th (Scrappy Appliqué) and Sunday, April 15th (Color Confidence for Quilters).
    We hope to see you there!