Thursday, July 25, 2019

STLMQG Quilt Show 2019: This Is Modern

St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild presented
a quilt show
July 20-21, 2019

Congratulations to the guild for putting on our second quilt show this past weekend! The show was the culmination of months of hard work by our members and the Quilt Show Committee. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, quilters, and the Quilt Show Committee who made it happen.
The show was a great success, as we welcomed almost 720 visitors to the show (not including our fabulous members)! We loved seeing everyone wandering up and down the aisles, excited and inspired by what they were seeing.
This year, we had our Saturday attendees vote on their favorite quilts in each category. The votes were tallied Saturday night so the ribbons could be on display on Sunday. Congratulations to our winners! (Note: some categories were combined due to the small number of quilts in them. The winners are listed in order of first, second, and third.)

Challenge Categories ("No Excuses" and Rainbow BOM)
Annie Cook, Between the Dark and the Light (The Metaphor Quilt)
Lilo Whitener-Fey, Pineapple Farm
Patti Baymiller, Rainbow Slice

Piecing Category
Dawn O'Brien, Gravity
Marilynn Maurer, Icy Waters
Heather Benz, Tiles

Small or Miscellaneous Categories
Dottie Vaughn, Fallout
Gretchen Watkin, Teddy Bear
Linda Kocher, Laurels for Audrey

Improvisation and Use of Negative Space Categories
Annie Cook, Beyond
Dottie Vaughn, Birth of a Star
Gretchen Watkin, When Stars Collide

Minimalist Design Category
Annie Cook, Big Pow
Gayle Larson, Mt. Hood
Lilo Whitener-Fey, Big Brother

Applique and Handwork Category
Patti Baymiller, O Christmas Tree
Lilo Whitener-Fey, Birds on a Wire
Annie Cook, St. Louis Skyline

Modern Traditionalism Category
Dottie Vaughn, A Few of My Favorite Things
Nancy Dlugosz, Double Wedding Ring
Cynthia Cook, Stash

Bee and Traveling Quilts Categories
Marie Hill, Marie's Quilt, Travel, Repeat 6
Krista Robbins, Collage Quilt
Krista Robbins, Lobster Bay Traveling Quilt

We also hosted two very successful raffles. Amber Tobiasz was the lucky winner of our Confluence Quilt, the proceeds for which are being donated to the Red Cross for flood relief. The quilt raised $762!
The second raffle had a number of winners:
  • Vintage Singer Rocketeer Sewing Machine and Mid-Century Modern Cabinet – Terry Kessinger (member)
  • Weekend retreat at the Memory Make Inn in Lebanon, IL – Cindi Templin (member)
  • Jackman's Fabrics gift cards – Karen Mickes, Amy Suiter (member), Denise Bell, and Marianne Belcke (member)
Thank you to everyone who supported our show through attendance, raffles, social media, or word of mouth. We can't sufficiently express how much we appreciate it!

You can see more photos of the show at our Instagram hashtags #stlmqg, #stlmqgquiltshow, and #stlmqgthisismodern. Our next show will be in 2021, but we hope you'll join us for a meeting well before then! Each one is packed with fun and educational activities.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Meeting Recap (July 13, 2019)

Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's meeting! It was our 9th anniversary, and we celebrated with cake, presents, and lots of fun. We hope everyone had a great time.

  • Gayle, our Treasurer, gave us the updated financial info. You can still pay your 2019 dues; because we're past the halfway point of the year, dues are now just $20 for the rest of the year. 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. We reached 150 members this meeting! 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 is coming up this weekend, July 20-21. It will be held at the Kirkwood Community Center. All the info about the show can be found here. Be sure you've signed up to volunteer and spread the word on social media.
    • This month's Hand-Sew Happy Hour will take place on Tuesday, July 23 at the St. Louis Bread Co. in St. Louis Hills. More info here.
    • In September, we're welcoming Giuseppe Ribaudo to the guild for a lecture and workshops. Registration for the workshops is now open for members. Jessica also announced our 2020 speakers: Tara Faughnan (April 17-19) and Jen Carlton Bailly (June 12-14). More info will be coming in the fall.
    • The guild Bocce Social is coming up July 27. Check your email for information!
    • SewMeSTL registration will take place the week after our August meeting. Be sure to book your hotel rooms soon so we know if we need more. We’ll be raffling off a room at the August meeting.
    •  QuiltCon will be held in Austin Feb. 20-23. Member registration for classes and entries for the quilt show are now open. Terry Darling and Marge Thomas are organizing our charity quilt efforts this year and will have info for us in August. The MQG has announced two new challenges for the quilt show.
  • The Charity Committee announced our fourth long-arm quilting winner for the Project Linus project. Congrats to Amy Suiter, whose quilt top will be quilted by Annie Clark. Thank you both for participating! The committee also passed out 59 quilt kits for our members to put together. Thank you to the committee for all their hard work putting the kits together and to everyone who took one! You can find all the info on the project here.

  • Our board members discussed their roles and took questions in preparation for our upcoming elections in November. The election sign-up form will be going out in a few weeks. The deadline to sign up is September 30.
  • This month, we celebrated Christmas in July with a show and tell of items our members love to make and gift. We had a great line up of ideas! We'll be sending out the list in this week's newsletter. We also had presents for our members: everyone received a 60mm Havel's rotary cutter and an annual subscription to Creativebug.
  • Marie collected 97 quarter-square triangle blocks for our second Block Lotto of the year. They were divided between our two winners, Tess McMahon and Nancy Dlugosz. Marie also announced our third Block Lotto, a cute pumpkin block, which will be due in August. Find the details here.
  • We announced that the Rainbow BOM skill for July is a log cabin or courthouse steps (details here)! Then, we raffled off a copy of Beyond the Block: Modern Patchwork Projects Inspired by Log Cabin Blocks to those who brought their completed June flying geese blocks to the meeting.
  • We wrapped up the meeting with another great Show and Tell, which included this beauty by Gayle Larson, among many others. 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.

See you at the August meeting, quilt show, and bocce social!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Meeting #94 (July 13, 2019)

Hello modern quilters! We missed seeing you all in June. We've got lots to catch up on, and our agenda is jam-packed with fun and information this month, so make plans to join us. This month, we'll also celebrate our 9th anniversary, so leave some room at breakfast for treats. :)

Date: July 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 and 2020 speakers, Block Lotto, Quilt Show, QuiltCon, SewMeSTL, and more!
- Info on Bocce Social, July 27
- Raffle and update for Project Linus charity project; dispersal of quilt kits
- Discussion of board positions

- Activity: Christmas in July!
Members will provide a show and tell of their favorite items to make and gift to others. It's never too early to get started on those holiday gifts. We'll also have a little present for all of our members.

-  Fabric raffle
- Raffle off Block Lotto #2 blocks and announce Block Lotto #3
- Announce next Rainbow BOM skill and raffle book for finished June blocks
- Show & Tell (time permitting)
- Door prizes
- Mix & Mingle 

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

:: It's not too late to pay your dues! Since we're now halfway through the year, dues are just $20 for the remainder of the year and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.

:: Remember we have several items due in July, so keep these in mind as you prepare:
  • Flying geese blocks for the Rainbow BOM (Be sure to bring your finished June Rainbow BOM blocks for a chance to win a book about the July skill.)
  • Block Lotto #2 blocks
  • Accepted quilts for the guild's quilt show

Heather Jones's Visit to the STLMQG

Last week, the STLMQG and its guests enjoyed a fun and inspiring weekend with Heather Jones, modern quilter, painter, and author of Quilt Local.
The weekend started with Heather's trunk show and lecture on projects from her book, ways to find inspiration, and how to document inspiration and translate it into quilting projects. She discussed how she finds and documents her inspiration, how she translates her inspiration into her quilts, and how we can follow her process to make our own quilts using ideas from all around us if we stay present and open our eyes. Her quilts epitomize the ideas of modern traditionalism, negative space, and minimalist design, and her trunk show was inspiring in its own right.
On Saturday, she expanded on the ideas from the trunk show in her first workshop, From Inspiration to Design. Students used pictures they'd brought to class to work through Heather's process, identifying the elements they wanted to focus on from the images, translating them into sketches, and then working out the math so they could head home and get to work.
One member, Krista Robbins, did just that -- finishing the quilt she designed in class just a few days later! It was so fun to see the range of images people chose to work from.
On Sunday, members took part in the Color Choice: Palm House workshop, which focused on the effect of fabric placement on a final quilt composition. Students experimented with different fabrics and layouts, looking at how secondary patterns are created and discussing the use of negative space in a design. This class also included some guests from outside the guild, and we were so pleased to have them join us! 
Thank you for a wonderful weekend, Heather!