Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Meeting Recap (August 8th, 2020)

What a mind blowing presentation given by Sara Trails, founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy! Similarly to how we started the meeting, let's just jump right into the recap: 

Guest Speaker:

Sara gave an excellent overview of her journey of being a young, celebrated sewer and how it evolved into an organization that gives a voice to youth who are often marginalized and unheard. She gave us some mind blowing examples of what these young folks are able to accomplish when given the opportunity to express themselves. Last, but certainly not least, Sara shared with us how WE can help on both an individual level and as a guild. Thank you, Sara, for such a wonderful experience. 

Social Justic Sewing Academy
Other excellent things to look into:
Sara's presentation is currently available on the Member Drive (Members only, please.)

As a follow up to such a powerful and thought provoking event, our president, Emily Amizich, will be hosting a 'book club' style discussion on Friday, August 21st, 7PM. The link was shared in the recap email and will also be sent in an email to the membership the night before the event.

Guild Business: 
  • September Meeting Topic: Sewing spaces! If you Zoom in your sewing space we would love for you to share it with us during the meeting. If you do not, please take a few photos and share them with stlmqg@gmail.com by Friday, September 4th! No clean up required, we want the reality of your working space!
  • October Meeting Topic: Call for Member Run Businesses! If you own/work for/play a significant part in a sewing/quilting related business/organization we would like to know! Not only would we like to feature you at our October meeting, we would also like to compile a list to share with the membership so folks know who within our community they can reach to when they need your services. Please completing this form. Reach out to other guild members and encourage them to do the same! 
  • Zoom Sewcials: Tess McMahon and Nancy Duglosz have put together a list of quick and fun quilting topics and will be hosting these conversations via Zoom throughout the fall. Our first one is Wednesday, July 29, 7-8 PM and the topic is Quilt Labels. Please see the 'Zoom Sewcial' tab to the right for more details and future topics. 
  • QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge! We encourage you to view the Blog Post and recap email for all the details. We would really love for each member to make one block, deadline is September 30th. 

  • Call for Election Officiant: Officer Elections are coming up in November and Emily put a call out for a volunteer to collect the names of those interested in running. The open positions are Treasurer and Vice President, both 2 year terms. Further details about running coming next month.
Committee Updates: 
  • SewMe Committee: Reminder that SewMe dates have been moved to March 12-14, 2021. 
  • Quilt Show Committee: "The Quilt Show Committee is incorporating Social Distancing into many aspects of our 2021 Quilt Show. As you are planning and making quilts, please consider uniqueness over quantity so we can include quilts from all our members and display a wide variety of modern quilts. We are targeting March 2021 to start accepting quilt submissions." -Robyn Passig and the Quilt Show Committee

BOM Fabric #8 (August): Metallic
Metallics are fabrics that include a gold or silver metallic element to them. The metallic section has a different sheen and texture to the touch which adds a whole new level of fun to a project!

Fabric Raffle:
While we utilize Zoom, meeting fabric raffles have transitioned to an online format and will be live from the Tuesday meeting reminder until about 11am during the meeting. Links will be provided. This month we had two amazing Tula Pink fat quarter bundles for members to win. A huge thank you to our sponsor, COTTON CUTS, for providing the fabric. Congratulations to our winners, Jennifer Deck and Linda Kocher!

Quick View, Status of Guild Activities:
  1. Block of the Month (BOM). #stlmqgbom
    • Due Date: By the start of the next meeting, post via Instagram using appropriate #s or email to stlmqg@gmail.com
      • Fabric #8 - Metallics
  2. Block Lotto. #stlmqgblocklotto
    • Scrap Bin Geese
      • Due in drop boxes by September 15th
  3. QuiltCon 2021 Signature Blocks  #stlmqgquiltconquilt, #quiltcon21, #quiltconcharityquilt
    • See blog post and email block for all the details. 
      • Due in drop boxes by September 30th
  4. Charity Projects. #stlmqgcares
  5. Postcard Challenge. #stlmqg
Quick View, Upcoming Events: (This information is also always on the Meeting and Events tab on the blog.):
  1. Home Sew Happy Hour: Tuesday, August 18th, 6-9 PM
  2. Zoom Sewcial: Thursday, August 27th,  7-8 PM
  3. Follow up conversation on both our 2020 speakers: Friday, August 21st, 7 PM

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Meeting #101 (August 8th, 2020)

We are excited to welcome everyone to Zoom, the new format in which we will conduct the remainder of our meetings for 2020. Please see the Meeting and Events tab to your right for further information on dates, times, and how to join if you are not a current member. 

Date: August 8, 2020
Time: 10 am-11:30 am
Format: Zoom. 
Links to access the meeting are provided in Tuesday's reminder email, and again in an email sent Friday evening before the meeting.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you are a guest who would like to join this August meeting, we kindly ask that you sign up through the SJSA Event as we are having a paid speaker. 

As this meeting we are hosting a special speaker and will have paying guests, we will start with our speaker and will conduct any guild business in a condensed format at the conclusion of her talk. 

- Brief Welcome and Zoom Reminders

- Special Guest Speaker
The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild is excited to continue our "Building Community Through Quilting Series" with our next speaker, Sara Trail, founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA).   Join us for a lecture and truck show titled -  Youth Voice through Textile Arts. Guests are welcome, we ask that you sign up through our SJSA Event Link

  :: Block of the Month Fabric Type Selection
  :: QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge Reveal
  :: August Fabric Bundle Raffle - ONLINE AND AVAILABLE NOW!! See your email for details. 
  :: Hand-Sew Happy Hour date/time/format
  :: Next Zoom Sewcial Event
  :: Pennant Swap Show and Share (time permitting)

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

:: Be sure to post your July BOM block on Instagram with #stlmqgbom and #stlmqg! If you do not use Instagram you can email your entry to stlmqg@gmail.com. Due by meeting time (10 am August 8th).
:: Due to an uptick in participation, the deadlines to drop your Airmail Envelope Block Lotto blocks and your Ryan's Cases for Smiles Pillowcases (be sure to launder them!!) has been extended until August 10th. Please have your contributions in your nearest drop box or mailed to Tess by this date. 

QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge

STLMQG Block Instructions

Hello STLMQG guild members! We’re excited to reveal the plan for this year’s guild QuiltCon quilt. As we are all well aware, things are a bit different this year, so our plan is taking those circumstances into account with more freedom and the ability to let members participate is as low-key of a way as possible.



--All participating members should make ONE 4”, 6”, or 8” square block (finished sizes, so 4.5”, 6.5”, or 8.5” square unfinished).

--The block should consist of only one simple curved element. Examples include a circle, an arc or improv “hill,” bias tape appliqué, an orange peel, a drunkard’s path, etc. You’ll find a list of suggested tutorials at the end of this document. This is not the time to get all fancy with an intricate block. The blocks should be simple individually, but the combination will serve as the “signatures” of all of our guild members. While we may be separated at this time, our shared love of quilting will bring us together. The example to the left is what we’re envisioning for the final quilt.

--Needle-turn appliqué is acceptable, but please do not use raw-edge or machine appliqué (consider the inset/6-minute circle tutorial for an alternative to “visible” machine appliqué).

--Each block should be composed of just TWO fabrics in any combination of the challenge colors shown below (for example, white and royal blue, red-orange and cheddar orange, navy and light blue, etc.)


Example Block

Fabric Requirements:

--All fabrics should be MODERN and quilt-shop quality.

--You may use solids, tone-on-tone prints, or “basics” that combine two of the colors (but no more than two colors, including white). Basics include simple, small-scale geometric prints, such as dots and lines. The photo below includes some examples of acceptable fabrics.


--The suggested matching solids are listed below. While you do not have to use an exact matching solid, it should be as close as possible to ensure there is consistency across the quilt. You are also welcome to use solids from brands other than those listed; do your best to match them to the provided color palette. Please do not use low-volume prints unless they only include the colors shown above (so no gray low volumes, for instance). White should be as close to pure white as you have; please try to avoid anything too creamy or with a yellow undertone.


Moda Bella

Free Spirit Designer

Me+You Indah

White or Bleached White

School Bus or Saffron

Flame or Pimento

Spa Blue



Bleached White

Amelia Orange


Baby Blue



Arctic White













--Blocks are due by Sept. 30. Blocks can be turned in via one of the guild drop boxes or by mailing them to Jessica Schunke. You can find her contact information on the Roster in the Member Drive.

The challenge quilts have to be submitted to QuiltCon much earlier this year, so we will not be able to accept late blocks. But this assignment is so easy, we know you won’t have any trouble getting yours in on time.

Questions can be emailed to Jessica Schunke. Happy sewing!

--Your QuiltCon Challenge Quilt Organizers

Jessica Schunke, Linda Caplinger, Susan Muszynski, Patti Baymiller, and Marianne Belcke

Suggested Tutorials

**These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to branch out.

Bias tape appliqué


Orange peel


**Note: If you do an orange peel, your block should just be one “petal,” not a full flower.

Improv "hills"


Inset/6-minute circle


Drunkard’s path

--6" version: https://sometimescrafter.com/tutorial-drunkards-path-block/

--4" version: https://www.gathered.how/sewing-and-quilting/quilting/how-to-sew-drunkards-path-quilts/

--2" and 4" versions: https://www.gathered.how/sewing-and-quilting/quilting/how-to-drunkards-path-quilt-pattern/

(Two-inch blocks can be combined to make the requested 4", 6", or 8" blocks.)

General tips