Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The STLMQG welcomes Heather Jones to St. Louis

The STLMQG is so excited to be bringing Heather Jones to St. Louis this June and is pleased to extend an invitation to her trunk show/lecture and workshops to the entire St. Louis-area quilting community.
Heather Jones is an artist, designer, and educator whose work questions and pushes traditional conceptions of both quilt making and painting. She is best known for using architectural inspirations in her designs and integrating traditional components into her modern quilts. Her work explores the formal possibilities of color and shape, often through geometric and striped compositions. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues such as the Taft Museum of Art and the New England Quilt Museum and featured in numerous books, magazines, and online publications. Heather’s first book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday was released in 2015.
Heather will be presenting a trunk show and lecture on projects from her book, ways to find inspiration, and how to document inspiration and translate it into quilting projects. The presentation is open to the public, and we hope you can join us! Details below.

Friday, June 28, 2019
--Doors open at 6:00 pm
--Lecture starts at 6:30 pm, followed by a meet and greet

Brentwood Community Center
2505 South Brentwood Boulevard
Brentwood, MO 63144
Meeting Room C

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

To learn more about Heather and her work, visit heatherjonesstudio.com or follow her on Instagram @heatherjonesstudio.

If you are a local shop or quilt guild and would like to use this announcement,
you can download a copy here.


Heather will also be teaching two full-day workshops on Saturday, June 29 (From Inspiration to Design) and Sunday, June 30 (Color Choice: Palm House) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break starting at noon.
 From Inspiration to Design
Color Choice: Palm House

Spots are still available the Color Choice workshop, and there is a waiting list for the Design workshop. Workshops are open to both STLMQG members ($40 fee) and non-members ($60 fee). Individuals who register for a workshop will receive a confirmation email with information on payment procedures and supply lists. You can read all about both workshops and the additional trunk show/lecture here.

Member registration can be done here, and non-member registration can be done here.


We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Meeting Recap (April 13, 2019)

Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's meeting! We hope everyone enjoyed the fun demos and getting to learn more about Project Linus.

  • Gayle, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info. Don't forget your 2019 dues of $40 are due immediately to remain a member in good standing. You can pay via our Paypal link or mail a check to Gayle (see our member roster for her contact info).
  • Krista, our Secretary, announced our membership numbers and passed out our MQG and STLMQG membership pins. Note: This year, the MQG is no longer sending printed membership cards. If you'd like a paper copy to use for discounts, etc., you can access and print it online. To access your digital card, log in to your MQG account, click on "My Dashboard" in the right sidebar, then click the orange "Membership Card" link at the top of your profile page.
  • Marie, our VP, announced several pieces of quilting news and happenings (more about these will be sent via email).
  • Jessica, our President, covered several items:
    • Our second quilt show has been scheduled for July 20-21, 2019! It will be held at the Kirkwood Community Center. More info has been added to the blog Quilt Show page, including information on the quilt show categories and registration requirements. Registration runs through April 30.
    • This month's Hand-Sew Happy Hour will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at Cotton Cuts Collective in Chesterfield. More info here.
    • We're welcoming two speakers to the guild for lectures and workshops this year, Heather Jones in June and Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka @giucy_giuce) in September. Registration for the Heather Jones workshops is now open for members and will run through April 30. More info has been sent via email.
    • In May, we'll be holding a vote on a change to our guild by-laws to fix the problem we have with the entire board turning over every two years. More information about this will be sent to members via email.
  • The Charity Committee announced our second long-arm quilting winner for the Project Linus project. Congrats to Barb Phelps, whose quilt top will be quilted by Jamie Mueller. Thank you both for participating! The committee reminded members that they are still collecting fabric donations to make quilt kits for people who want to participate but don't have time to put their own quilt materials together. You can find all the info here. We were also joined by two representatives from Project Linus, who told us more about the organization and its work.
  • For this month's activity, we enjoyed demos from Debbie Wilshusen and Gina Shelley, who showed off the techniques they learned in their QuiltCon classes. Debbie showed us how to use silk screens to print on fabric, while Gina showed off the collage embroidery technique. They were followed by Jamie Willis, a member who is also a weaver, who showed off the tools she uses to make beautiful woven bracelets. Information on a possible workshop with her will be sent via email. Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge, ladies!
  • We announced that the Rainbow BOM skill for April is a half-square triangle (details on the blog)! Then, we raffled off a copy of Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle to those who brought their completed March plus sign blocks to the meeting. Aren't all of the plus blocks great?
  • Finally, we conducted our first swap of the year -- a pattern swap! Lots of members participated and went home with a fun new project to try. Thank you to everyone who participated.
  • We wrapped up the meeting with another great Show and Tell. 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 we have lots of items due in May, so keep these in mind as you prepare:
See you in May!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Meeting #92 (April 13, 2019)

Hello modern quilters! Our agenda is jam-packed with fun and information this month, so make plans to join us!

Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Location: The Heights

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

**Note: The west parking lot at The Heights will be closed until at least the fall due to renovations taking place in the building. We should be fine, but you might want to give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive on time. The main (east) lot remains open. Additional parking is also available near the AB Green Park on Laclede Station Road and Dale Ave. 


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

     :: Reminders and Announcements
- Updates on 2019 speakers
- Discussion of 2020 board election changes
- Raffle and update for Project Linus charity project 
- Speaker: Representatives from Project Linus


- Activities:
    --QuiltCon demos: Collage-style embroidery with Gina Shelley and Silk-screening fabric with Debbie Wilshusen
    --Weaving presentation with Jamie Willis

- Pattern swap!
- Announce next Rainbow BOM skill and raffle book for finished March blocks
- Show & Tell (time permitting; we may be short on time this month)
- Door prizes
- Mix & Mingle

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

:: It's not too late to pay your dues! Dues are holding steady at $40 for this year and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.

:: Be sure to bring your finished March Rainbow BOM blocks for a chance to win a book about the April skill.

:: The Charity Committee is still collecting yardage (minimum 3/4 yd. cuts) to make kits for Project Linus quilts. Larger cuts for backings are also encouraged.