Monday, September 14, 2020

Meeting Recap (September 12th, 2020)

Guild Business: 

  • We started this month's meeting with an announcement that our president has stepped down and per our by-laws, our current VP, Pam Hartig, will assume these duties until a replacement is found. As we have elections coming up in November, the president position will be added to the ballot and the individual elected will take over the position in January 2021, with the rest of the new board members. 
  • Tess, our Treasurer, covered our financials. 
  • Pam, our VP, covered a few things that are happening in the quilting world including
    • The MQG Mini Swap begins October 6thAll active members are invited to participate in the one to one mini swap!
    • Craft Napa, January 13-17, 2021: Virtual multi-medium event hosted by Pokey Bolton founder of Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors. Offering a selection of 34 classes include Improve, Color Theory, Journaling, Watercolor, and many more. 
    • International Quilt Museum, through March 7, 2021: Virtual youtube tour of the works of Nancy Crow. She is a one of the leading figures in the development of the Art quilting and improve quilting movement of the 70's and 80's. 
    • City Sewing Room, Makers Mart: Maker’s mart is the sale of all things sewing and crafty. Various dates, check their FB account. 
    • Quilt Alliance: Quilters Take a Moment, September 25-26, 2020. This is a virtual fundraiser held in NYC. The Quilt Alliance is a non profit dedicated to documenting, preserving, and sharing the history of quilts and quilt makers. Anna Maria Horner is doing a live video of "Incubation of a Quilt", creating a quilt from original inspiration to the finished quilt. 
  • Lilo, our Secretary, gave a quick update on membership numbers and attendance. 
  • 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 complete this form. Reach out to other guild members and encourage them to do the same! 
  • New Event! All Day Sew Day: Saturday, October 17th 10am - 10pm
    • Pop in and Pop out throughout the day as you are able.
    • Three fun, easy guided projects throughout the day, otherwise an open sew and time to visit. 
      • 10 am - 12 pm: Coasters with Nancy D
      • 2-4 pm: Folded Napkins with Pam H
      • 7-9 pm: Fabric Box with Tess M
    • Instructions and how to prep will be available in advance. 
  • 2020 Elections and Call for Nominations!! Interested in getting involved at the highest level? We would love to have you! A description of all positions can be found on our member drive. See the details below to submit your name for one of our open positions. 
    • Elections will be held during the November meeting (Nov 14th) via Zoom. Per our bylaws, you must be present to cast a vote.
    • Open Positions
      • President and Secretary; one year, completing the remainder of unexpired terms. (To explain why secretary will be on the ballot; Lilo will be resigning as secretary in order to run for president.)
      • Vice President and Treasurer; two year terms
    • Must be a member for one year to run
    • To submit your name for any position, please contact Susan Muszynski, We would love to see you step up!
    • Nominations preferred by October 1st. 
    • We will also vote on whether or not to remain with the MQG, an annual vote required by the by-laws. 
  • Committee Sign Ups: Open Now! 
    • See the Member Drive or the recap email for the online sign up form and details of the committee responsibilities. You may also email with your preferred committee. 
  • QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge! We encourage you to view the Blog Post. We would really love for each member to make one block; deadline is September 30th. 

Committee Updates: 
  • Charity: Terry Darling and Debbie Wilshusen
  • SewMe Committee: Jenn Deck
    • Call for Volunteers!  The Sew Me Committee needs 3 more volunteers to help with our 2021 event.  As a member of the committee you will help with event planning and decision making as well as help with activities during the weekend of the event.  We are looking for members who would be comfortable planning either an in-person or virtual event.  Our 2021 event is currently scheduled for the weekend of March 12-14. Sign up by contacting Committee Chair Jenn Deck directly, her contact information is on the Membership Roster. 
    • As we plan for the 2021 Sew Me Event, we need to hear from our members.  Please be on the lookout for a short survey - Your input will provide critical information to the committee and help us to make some key decisions on moving forward with the next event.

BOM Fabric #8 (September): Stripes

Fabric Raffle:
This month's raffle fabrics were two fat quarter bundles from Andover Designer Sarah Golden. A huge thank you to our sponsor, COTTON CUTS, for providing the fabric. Congratulations to our winners, Tess McMahon and Kerry Calvery!

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
      • Fabric #9 - Stripes
  2. Block Lotto. #stlmqgblocklotto
    • Scrap Bin Geese
      • Due in drop boxes by September 30th
  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.)
  • Zoom Sewcial: Thursday, September 17th,  7-8 PM
    • Gifts: Token of Thanks for “non-family”, i.e., Teachers, Caregivers, etc.
  • Home Sew Happy Hour: Tuesday, September 22nd, 6-9 PM
  • All Day Sew Day: Saturday, October 17th, 10am - 10pm
Main Event!
For our main event we had two extended Show and Shares from the membership. 
First up was our Pennant Swap! Over the summer we drew names and then made pennant banners for each other. Check out some of the lovely creations that were gifted between members!

Next was a super fun share where members submitted photos of their sewing spaces and then talked a bit about them during the meeting. It was a big hit and we really enjoyed seeing the places where members express their creativity. Below are some of the show stoppers, thanks to everyone for sharing!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Meeting #102 (September 12th, 2020)

We will conduct the remainder of our meetings for 2020 via Zoom. 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: September 12, 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.

This meeting will include:

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

  :: Upcoming Officer Elections
  :: Upcoming Committee Sign-ups
  :: QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge DUE SEPT 30th.
  :: Block of the Month Fabric Type
  :: Review of ongoing activities, due dates, and how to turn them in. 
  :: September Fabric Bundle Raffle - online now! See your email for the link. 
  :: Hand-Sew Happy Hour date/time/format
  :: Next Zoom Sewcial Event and Recap of August's Event. 
  :: Committee Updates
  :: Member Announcements

- Special Topic
  :: Members' Sewing Spaces! We gathered photos from guild members and will be letting them walk us through a virtual tour of their spaces. 

- Member vote on changing Bylaws to add a Social Media Officer (must be present to vote.)
- Pennant Swap Show and Share
- Show & Tell (time permitting)
- September Bundle Raffle Drawing

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

:: August BOM blocks - post on Instagram with #stlmqgbom and #stlmqg! If you do not use Instagram you can email your entry to Due by meeting time (10 am September 12th).