Saturday, January 12, 2019

2019 Block Lotto

We had so much fun with last year's Block Lotto that we couldn't resist doing it again this year! Over the course of the year, we'll "assign" four blocks that will increase in difficulty as the year progresses. Those who want to participate should make as many of the assigned block as they wish and bring them to the meeting at which they're due. Each finished block is worth one ticket. All of the tickets will be put into a drawing, and the person with the winning ticket wins all of the blocks! Depending on the number of blocks we receive, we may choose to split them among multiple people (for instance, if we have enough blocks to make two throw quilts, they'll be split between two winners). This activity is totally voluntary, and the four blocks aren't related. Feel free to join in if and when you choose!

Block #1
  • Block #1 is a wonky star block.
  • You can choose to make blocks in any of three sizes: 6”, 9”, or 12” finished (blocks should measure 6.5”, 9.5”, or 12.5” square when turned in). You will receive one ticket per block regardless of the size block you choose.
  • The background fabrics should be low-volume prints. The star fabrics should be monochromatic (varying shades of one color) prints in any color.
  • You can use any tutorial you want, but here are a few to get you started: Owen's Olivia, Wombat Quilts, and Berry Barn Designs.
  • The blocks are due at our March meeting.

2019 Rainbow BOM

The 2018 Rainbow BOM was such a fun time that we knew we had to bring it back in 2019. But this year, we're taking it to the next level. Here are all of the details:
  • There will be 10 months total.
  • There are two parts to the challenge each month:
    • First, instead of changing colors each month, this year, you will choose ONE spoke of the color wheel (for example, blue or yellow-green) to focus on for all 10 months (see **note** below). For each month, you can only use that color wheel color plus neutrals and one additional color (the additional color can change each month). So, for example, if your color wheel color is yellow-green, your January block could include yellow-green (any shade), neutral, and pink fabrics; then, in February, you could change to yellow-green (any shade), neutral, and yellow fabrics. You do not have to include an additional color (your blocks could just be your color wheel color plus neutrals). You may use solids, prints, or a combination.
    • Second, each month will have a “must include” skill, which we'll announce at the monthly meeting. You can choose any block you want in any size, but it must incorporate the skill for that month in some way. Examples may include a triangle, some kind of handwork, paper piecing, curves, etc.
  • To participate, you must post an image of your block to Instagram or email a picture to before the next meeting to earn a point for that month. On Instagram, use hashtags #stlmqg and #stlmqgrainbowbom.
  • You will earn one point for finishing a block that meets that month's guidelines and submitting the image before the next meeting. You will earn five additional points if you finish at least 9 of the 10 blocks by the November meeting. Each point will be worth one ticket, and we'll draw for prizes at the November meeting.
  • Feel free to "make up" missed months after they are due, but you will not receive points for those individual months. (However, all blocks will count toward your nine-block total for the five additional points in November, regardless of when they are made.)
  • You do not have to create a finished item with your blocks (although we are planning to have a separate prize raffle for finished projects at a later date).
  • Blocks can be any size and design -- it's totally up to you -- as long as they incorporate the skill and follow the color guidelines.
  • Finally, as one more incentive, starting in February, everyone who brings their finished block to the monthly meeting will be entered to win a copy of a quilting book related to the next month’s skill. You must show us your finished block at the meeting to receive a raffle ticket.

Note: To choose your spoke color, refer to any color wheel or check out this post on Shannon Brinkley's blog, which is all about color cards. The post also includes two color cards (one with a 12-color wheel and one with a 24-color wheel) that you can download for free. In addition to being helpful, they make cute artwork for your sewing room. We recommend choosing a spoke from the 12-color wheel, as it will give you a broader range to work with.

Skill #1 (January):
The skill for January is a 9-patch. Again, you may choose to incorporate this element into your block in any way you want. First, identify the color spoke you'll use for the year, then get started! The skill 1 block images are due before our meeting on February 9.

Meeting #89 (January 12, 2019) CANCELED

Our meeting location, The Heights, has decided not to open until noon on Saturday, Jan. 12 due to the snowstorm, which means we've had to make the sad decision to cancel this month's meeting.

Our regular member newsletter will be going out on Tuesday (if not sooner). Be sure to read it because it will be jam packed full of info and all the announcements we were going to be making at the meeting (think new Rainbow BOM, Block Lotto, Hand-Sew Happy Hour, and lots more). Get excited, and we'll see you in February!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Meeting #89 (January 12, 2019)

Hello modern quilters! It's our first meeting of the year, and we can't wait to get started on another great year. We hope you can join us!

Date: January 12, 2019
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
- Activity: Getting to Know You Icebreaker


- Announce new 2019 Rainbow BOM
- Announce Block Lotto #1
- Show & Tell** (see info below)
- Door prizes
- Mix & Mingle

**For this month's Show and Tell, we want to see the projects you've been working on, but we also want to hear about the fun new fabrics, books, patterns, and notions you picked up over the holidays! Inspire us!

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

:: We're still accepting dues for 2019, which we are holding steady at $40 for this year. Dues can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.