Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Non-Meeting Recap (March 14, 2020)

Well, it's been a strange couple of weeks, folks, and I imagine it will only continue to get stranger (more strange?) as the next month goes by. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as the board makes the best decisions possible in this rapidly evolving environment. Though we did not get to meet in person, we loved seeing everyone's quilts on Instagram via #sharequiltsnotgerms. We hope you continue to utilize that hashtag throughout the coming weeks as we strive to lift spirits while also supporting each other in staying home and doing our part in preventing the spread of this virus to those less likely to survive it. 

As an added bonus, #sharequiltsnotgerms has been used by The Modern Quilt Guild as an example of how a guild can keep it's momentum in our sequestered days and we've seen members all over the world using it! 

Here is our non-meeting recap:
  • Event Cancellations: 
    • Hand-Sew Happy Hour, March 24th
    • No April Meeting!
      • This is not a cancellation so much as a reminder that we did not schedule a meeting in April due to the Easter holiday and Tara's visit, which has since been cancelled. 
    • Tara Faughnan Trunk Show and Workshops
      • All members who had registered for a workshop have been contacted. We are working hard to reschedule Tara and will notify the membership if/when this is accomplished. 
  • Events Coming Up (as of now):
    • Jen Carlton Bailly Workshop Registration next month
      • Workshop sign up registration links for our June speaker, Jen Carlton-Bailly, will be emailed to members at 8:30PM Thursday, April 16th. Be sure to read the email recap for those details, you don't want to miss it! 
      • The 2020 Speaker tab has details on the two classes Jen will be teaching. The member rate for each workshop is $50. 
      • Be sure you are familiar with the cancellation policy, it is spelled out at the bottom of the 2020 Speaker Tab. 
      • Jen's Trunk Show is June 12th at the Brentwood Community Center. Doors open at 6, presentation to start at 6:30. It is free for STLMQG members, $5 for non-members. 
    • Sign Painting: Barn Quilts, Sunday, April 19th
      • Members can join us in painting your very own Barn Quilt Block! In this workshop you can choose from a variety of barn quilt sign designs. During the workshop you will stain the wood and use a stencil to paint on your design in the colors of your choice. Please see the email for registration links and further details. 
    • Hand-Sew Happy Hour, April 21
      • St. Louis Bread Co. in St. Louis Hills, 6607 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 63109
  • 2020 Charity Projects Announcement
    • 3 Charities were selected this year; we will be making pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles and Fostering Families. We will also be making quilts for LEO. You can find all the details on the March 16th Blog Post. 
    • Be sure to use #stlmqgcares and #stlmqg in your social media posts
  • 2020 Challenge Announcement:
    • For this year's Challenge the committee has chosen a postcard inspired quilt. We want this quilt to portray a story, just as a postcard would.  Select a destination, event or life happening and make a postcard like quilt to tell us that story!  You can find all the details on the March 17th Blog Post. 
  • 2020 Block of the Month (BOM) March and April fabric types are being announced right now! Both are due by the May meeting as we do not have an April meeting.  Full details here.  Don't forget to use #stlmqgbom and #stlmqg to earn your points toward the end of year drawings. 
Fabric #3 (March): Geometric

A geometric pattern can be defined as a pattern consisting of lines and geometric figures, such as triangles, circles and squares, that tend to be symmetrical.

Fabric #4 (April): Abstract

A motif that does not depict a person, place, or thing in the natural world and are hard to describe in any other way. 

  • Odds and Ends
    • Block Lotto Blocks are now due at the May meeting! Feel free to use this time to make more.  The next Block Lotto block will be announced in May as well. 
    • The first 2020 swap has been postponed until May. Stay tuned, the committee has a really cute plan!
    • The Programming Committee continues to ask for ideas and volunteers willing to do live demos of any Tip/Trick/Technique (10 minutes) to share during a Guild Meeting. Reach out to Robin Medici directly with your input.

2020 Postcard Quilt Challenge

For this year's Challenge we have chosen a postcard inspired quilt. We want this quilt to portray a story, just as a postcard would.  Select a destination, event or life happening and make a postcard like quilt to tell us that story! 

Requirements for this Challenge:
  • Postcards must be made of fabric and have top, middle and back layers.
  • An element of quilting must be incorporated.
  • Other embellishments such as buttons, lace, trims, etc. may be used.
  • Edges of the postcard must be finished. Participants may bind the edges, use a decorative stitch to finish the edge or whatever method is they prefer.
  • Minimum Size of 4x6” and the maximum size of 9x12”.
  • NOTE: We will not be mailing these anywhere as part of the challenge, though you may certainly do so on your own after the challenge is complete. Here is a lovely tutorial should you like to explore this option: Man Sewing 031-Fabric Postcard.
Deadline: November Meeting

Monday, March 16, 2020

Charity Projects 2020: Ryan's Case for Smiles, Fostering Families, and LEO.

Every year, the STLMQG sponsors a sewing project for charity. This year, the charity committee has selected three recipients of our efforts. 
  • Ryan's Case for Smiles -  an organization that works to improve the quality of life of children and their families as they undergo treatment. They have a simple goal; to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness.  Pillowcases go to children battling cancer in hospitals in our area.  To learn about Ryan Kerr, the namesake for this charity, go to https://caseforsmiles.org/about-us/.
  • Fostering Families Fostering Futures is a home and community-based therapeutic program designed to stabilize children at risk for placement disruption, and who live in the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County.  Learn more about this incredibly important organization here:  https://www.greatcircle.org/index.php/services-by-program/foster-care-services/fostering-futures-program. We will be providing pillowcases in the same spirit and style as Ryan's Case for Smiles. 
  • Quilts for LEO - This is a little less orthodox as there is no official charity, however, it has come to our attention that local law enforcement officers (LEO) use quilts as tools of comfort for children during troubling or even life changing situations when the police are called to their homes. Quilts from our efforts will go to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Force to be used and given to our very own local St. Louis City children. 
Charity Project #1: Pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles and Fostering Families
  • Use only 100% cotton, but not flannel and no glitter. 
  • Here is a pdf  tutorial for the pillowcases.
  • If you prefer video instruction, this is a YouTube favorite.    
  • Wash pillowcases in unscented detergent, iron and place in a quart or gallon Ziploc bag along with your name and email address.   Attach a STLMQG label to the inside of the pillowcase, if you desire, but this is not necessary. Labels will be available at all meetings. 
  • Repeat!!
Deadline: Due in your nearest drop box by August 1st
Questions: You are encouraged to reach out directly to Monica, the Charity Committee Chair; monica21stl@live.com
Hashtags for your Instagram Posts: #stlmqgcares, #stlmqgpillows and #stlmqg

Charity Project #2 - Quilts for LEO
Instructions/Parameters: There are no official guidelines or restrictions to this project though here are our strong recommendations: 
  • Quilts should be new, handmade, and washable. 
  • Fabric should be cotton or cotton/poly blend. Knit fabric is not acceptable.
  • Cotton or acrylic batting is acceptable.
  • While we encourage members to make a quilt, we will also accept tied comforters and fleece blankets.
  • We encourage sizes between 40" and 60" in width and length. 
  • Quilts must be free of smoky smells, chemicals, and pet hair and should not have any embellishments such as buttons, beads, or sequins.
  • Although not required for donation, if possible, please include an STLMQG Cares label on the lower right corner of the quilt back. Labels will be available at all guild meetings.
Deadline: Due in your nearest drop box by November 30th
Questions: You are encouraged to reach out directly to Monica, the Charity Committee Chair; monica21stl@live.com
Hashtags for your Instagram Posts: #stlmqgcares and #stlmqg

*COVID-19 Additional note: Even as we post this, some of our organizations are suspending their acceptance of donated goods. While we anticipate this will end by the time we would like to submit our projects, we are adding the requirement that all items be washed after completion. This will help minimize issues should the charity committee be required to wash the items after collection but before turning them in. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Upcoming Cancellations Due To COVID-19

March 14th Meeting CANCELED
With an incredibly serious feeling of responsibility for our members, the board has decided to error on the side of caution and cancel the guild meeting on Saturday, March 14th. 

Everything we intended to cover at the meeting will be in the usual recap email that will go out the following Tuesday. It will be particularly robust. We will also spend the weekend updating the blog with many of those same details. 

Tara Faughnan Weekend CANCELED
For now, that is. We will be working over the next two weeks on rescheduling her visit and will push that information out as soon as we have something to share. A separate notification will go out late next week to all those who have registered for her workshops to answer your questions and concerns. The blog 2020 Speaker tab will be updated as we know more. 

We still want to see those beautiful creations you were going to bring to the meeting, plus all the other things you've been working on. Let's light up Instagram on Saturday morning with a Virtual Show and Share! I know you have a few quilty photos in that phone of yours so tag them with the #s below and we will oooh and ahhhh from a CDC recommended distance. 

#sharequiltsnotgerms, #stlmqg, #mqg, #showusyourmqg. And if you're feeling particularly sassy, #coronacantstopmyshowandshare.

Additional Notes:
If you intended to pay your dues at the meeting, please let us know. You can either send us a check or we can email you an invoice to be paid online. Unfortunately, we cannot delay this until our next meeting as we have to report our official 2020 numbers to the MQG for our annual dues. 

Hand-Sew Happy Hours, as smaller and informal gatherings, will be discussed and announced closer to their respective dates. 

Thank you for your patience! 
Stay safe and healthy. We do not cancel these events lightly and hope you understand our concern and good intentions. You are welcome to reach out at any time with questions or concerns, but also know we will be pushing information out as soon and as best as we can once we know more and have been able to make well thought out decisions. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. Take care and fingers crossed for May!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Meeting #100 (March 14, 2020)

We are at the Heights again this month. Remember that parking is tough so be sure to give yourself a few extra minutes to find a space and/or walk a bit. 

Date: March 14, 2020
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Location: The Heights
8001 Dale Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117
*Childcare available, please see info here* 


This meeting will include:

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

  :: Jen Carlton-Bailly Workshops and Sign Up Dates
  :: 10th Anniversary Party date/location (update)
  :: Block of the Month Fabric Type for both March and April
  :: February Fabric Bundle Raffle: Thank you Cotton Cuts!
  :: Member Open Call for collections/charity requests/etc.

-What's Coming Up
  :: No April meeting, May meeting at The Heights
  :: Tara Faughnan's Trunk Show and Workshops
  :: Hand-Sew Happy Hour date/time/location 

-Committee Announcements
  :: Charity - Guild Project Announcement
  :: Programming - Open Call for Demos/Tips/Tricks
  :: Social - Sign Painting Event Details
  :: Swap/Challenge - First Swap and Challenge Announcement
  :: Welcome Committee - Look for the Pineapples

- Activity
  :: Quilty themed group games and challenges that add up to 100 to commemorate our 100th meeting

- Show & Tell (time permitting)
- Draw for raffle prizes
- Mix & Mingle

During the break you can: 
  :: Purchase Raffle Tickets for March Fabric Bundle 
  :: Show BOM Blocks for Tickets to win a Solid Color Card
  :: Turn in Block Lotto blocks
  :: Pay Dues and Workshop Fees
  :: Sign In/Attendance Ticket
  :: Complete a new member application

-------------------------- Reminders/Items Due ------------------------------

:: Bring your February BOM to be entered for a drawing! The winner will have a choice of several solid color cards such as Moda Bellas and Kaufman Konas!
:: Envelope Block Lotto blocks are due! Details here. 
:: This is the last date to pay dues for 2020 ($40). Members who have not paid by the March meeting will be removed from the roster. 
:: This is the last date to pay for your Tara Faughnan Workshop. After this we will offer spots to the folks on the wait list and open registration for the public should the spots not fill. 

Fees can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay at the meeting or online through our Paypal link.

                    -------------------------- Public Health Awareness ------------------------------

Due to the discovery of the Coronavirus in the St. Louis region, we ask that you please be aware of precautions to take and guidelines to follow to be self-aware and responsible within our shared space and potentially vulnerable members. You can stay up to date by visiting the St. Louis County Website: https://www.stlouisco.com/Your-Government/County-Executive/COVID-19

Though it seems extremely unlikely, should we need to cancel our meeting due to this we will notify everyone via email, this blog, @stlmqg on Instagram and the STLMQG Facebook Group.