Tuesday, October 22, 2019

SewMeSTL 2019 Recap

This weekend, we celebrated our members at the 6th annual Sew Me St. Louis retreat. This was the second year of our new three-day format, which meant even more time for sewing, socializing, and fun.

We also moved to a new venue, which allowed us to include almost 100 members in the fun with a lot more space to spread out.

The SewMeSTL Committee worked so hard over the past few months to ensure this was our best retreat yet. From finding a great new venue to collecting awesome raffle prizes, organizing 12 demos, and brainstorming lots of fun new activities, they really took the retreat to the next level. Thank you so much to the committee!

The weekend was packed full of bonuses as well, including the ever-popular scrap dash; a hand-sew happy hour; stretching and yoga sessions; a pajama party and games; and demos on a wide range of tasks, from machine binding and English paper piecing to making chicken pincushions and board basting. Thank you to the wonderful members who took the time to share their knowledge in the demos.
Our members also enjoyed an exciting pouch swap. It was almost as fun to see what goodies each swapper had stuffed inside their pouch. You all did some wonderful work!
One of the best parts of any retreat is seeing what everyone else is working on, and our members certainly had some beautiful projects to show off. Check out the @stlmqg IG feed and #sewmestl for lots more pictures of everyone's projects and the nightly Show and Tells.
We're so glad that so many members were able to join us, and we're already dreaming of next year's event. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ticket Raffle 2019

Our STLMQG Ticket Raffle is always a lot of fun, and the money we raise goes right back into our guild. This will be our 9th year hosting the raffle, and while many of our members are well aware of how it works, we want to make sure that everyone can get in on the fun. Plus, we're making a few changes this year to hopefully improve the process, so be sure to read through the full post.

How the Raffle Works:
Members donate fabulous items at the November and December meetings and are issued tickets in exchange for the retail value of their complete donation. (If you donate items in November, we will make a note of the number of tickets you should receive in December. All tickets will be handed out in December.) Items are bundled, if necessary, and displayed at the December meeting. In December, members can purchase tickets and/or use the tickets they are issued for their donation to take a chance at winning donated items.

What Should I Donate?
Donations should be things that your fellow members would like to win and should generally be modern, new, and unused. There are, of course, a few exceptions (for instance, books may be gently used). The key to donating is to ask yourself -- will others in the modern guild be excited about this item? If the answer's yes, bring it on! If not, leave it at home. Do not use this as an opportunity to unload your magazines from 1997, that box of items you were going to donate to Goodwill, your more traditional fabric and items, or items that would otherwise be trashed or placed on the freebie table. 

Acceptable Donation Items:
  • Quilt-shop quality modern fabric (pre-cuts, yardage, gallon-size bags of useable modern fabric scraps, etc.)
  • Patterns for totes/handbags, modern quilts, etc.
  • Finished handmade items (modern quilts, handbags, wall hangings, pillows, pincushions, etc.)
  • Quality thread (quilting, applique, embroidery, etc.)
  • Crafting supplies and sewing/quilting notions (English paper piecing supplies, embroidery kits, quilting rulers, etc.)
  • Sewing-themed decor and art
  • Quilting and sewing books
  • Be creative! We've had donations of wine, chocolate, and restaurant gift certificates in the past, which are also fun.

Ticket-to-Donation Exchange Rate (November and December):
If the estimated retail value of your entire donation is…
$10 or less = 5 tickets
$11-30 = 10 tickets
$31-50 = 15 tickets
$51 and up = 25 tickets

Tickets for Purchase (December):
1 ticket for $1
25 tickets for $20

Ticket Raffle Directions (December meeting):
Buy your tickets and/or use the ones you received in exchange for your donation. On each ticket, write your last name and first initial or your full name (tip! bring return address labels to use if you don't want to write it out). Find the item(s) you wish to take a chance on, place your ticket(s) in the corresponding bag, and cross your fingers. There is no limit to the amount of tickets you can place in each bag, so if you really want an item, go ahead and put all your eggs in one basket. After the meeting break, winners will be randomly selected. There is no limit to the amount you can win.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Reminder: No October meeting


We don't have a monthly meeting in October because we'll all be having a blast at Sew Me St. Louis next weekend. You can find all the details about our in-town retreat here and in your guild emails.

You can also join us for hand-sew happy hour on Tuesday, October 22 at the St. Louis Bread Co. in Brentwood (details here).

Otherwise, we've got lots of deadlines coming up for our November meeting, so there's plenty to keep you busy:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Giucy Giuce's Visit to the STLMQG

A few weeks ago, we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) to the STLMQG. The weekend kicked off with his wonderful trunk show and lecture on Friday night.
Giuseppe told us all about his unconventional journey into sewing and quilting, his work at Andover, his creative process, the stories behind his fabric lines and quilts, and so much more.
The photos don't lie -- Giuseppe's talk was a ball. His personality shines as much as his talent, and everyone walked away from the presentation with a smile on their face.
On Saturday, the fun continued with a workshop on Giuseppe's signature Tiny Piecing. Members in attendance were challenged to see just how tiny they could go using several of Giuseppe's paper-piecing patterns. The workshop was filled with lots of tips and encouragement.
On Sunday, we flipped gears with a workshop on Giuseppe's EPP pattern, Moonstone. After walking us through the actual process of EPP and letting us in on all of his favorite tools, we worked on fussy cutting and layout and then dove straight into our blocks.
You can find lots more photos of the weekend and our projects on our IG feed, as well as #stlmqg and #giucyvisitsstlmqg. Thank you again, Giuseppe, for a wonderful weekend. We all learned so much and had a ball doing it!