Monday, November 16, 2020

Meeting Recap (November 14th, 2020)

What a lovely meeting! The day was chilly and rainy but no one had to go out into it to soak in a little quilt love, knowledge, and sharing. Thanks for joining!

Guild Business: 

  • Tess, our Treasurer, covered our financials. We also announced that the P&L statements for 2019, 2018, and 2017 as well as summaries of our big events (speakers/workshops, quilt show, and SewMe) have been added to the Member Google Drive. See your email for a direct link. A big thank you to Gayle Larson, Gail Luther, and Tess for compiling that information so it is at our fingertips. 
  • Pam, our VP, pointed us toward quilt related documentaries, films, and books as the metro area moves toward another pandemic lockdown. She also asked that any outstanding library books be returned via the dropboxes. 
  • Lilo, our Secretary, gave a quick update on membership numbers and attendance. She also announced that the board will be sending out a quick survey this month to collect some information important for planning in 2021. Please see your recap email for the link. 
  • 2020 Elections: 
    • The membership overwhelmingly agreed to stay with the MQG for 2021. 
    • 2021 Board: We only had one nomination per open position so there was no need for an actual vote. A big thank you to Susan Muszynski who stepped up to collect names and to those who volunteered to be on the board in 2021. The following members will assume these positions in January 2021. 
      • President: Lilo Whitener-Fey
      • Vice President: Em Komiskey
      • Secretary: Christine Boyd
      • Treasurer: Gail Luther

  • 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.
  • Dues: Due by the end of 2020. 
    • Still $40 for the year. (Yay!)
    • Collecting now through December 31st.
    • Pay via the website or mail a check to Tess. Please contact Tess directly if you intend to mail her a check so she knows it is coming. Cell:  314-440-6300
  • G.A.P.
    Members may contribute to the Guild Assistance Program (G.A.P.) These funds will then be distributed to other members whose financial circumstances are preventing them from being involved in the guild. If you feel you may be in need of these funds, click on the G.A.P. link for how to apply.

Member Announcements: 

Mark your calendars for some fun meetings and events coming up! Be sure to click on the links to get all the details we have available at this time. 
  • Recap: October's All Day Sew Day: Pam gave a quick recap of the All Day Sew Day hosted in October. Though attendance was around 20 at any give time, several members popped in and out when they could and it was a fun time all day. Thank you to Nancy D, Pam H, and Tess M for their tutorials and to everyone who dropped in to say hello! Here are a few photos posted to #stlmqgsewday.
  • Recap: October's Sewcial - Design Walls: Tess gave a quick recap of the discussion on Design Walls. As most folks dropped in for suggestions, there is no recap document for this month.
  • Upcoming: November's Sewcial - Orphan Blocks. 
    • Thursday, November 19th, 7-8pm
    • Zoom link will be in the recap email as well as in an email the night before. 
  • Upcoming: Quilt Appraiser, Cindy Stuart!
  • Upcoming: Suzy Williams, Suzy Quilts!
    • February meeting
    • Must be a member to attend. 
  • Upcoming: Tara Faughnan, color master!
    • Virtual trunk show and two classes
    • April 30-May 2
  • 2021 Sew Me STL: It is with heavy heart that the board and the Sew Me committee must announce we are canceling the 2021 Sew Me event. When we considered all the major factors - the incredible amount of planning, the financial commitment, and the safety of our members and volunteers - it was clear this was the responsible decision to make. With no space for us in the fall, and an uncertainty if the current world situation will even allow it, we have decided to put our efforts into 2022. We have, however, left some space in the budget and in the 2021 fall calendar for one or two small scale sew-ins should the pandemic allow for it. Let's all keep our fingers crossed!
  • 2021 Quilt Show: The quilt show is currently scheduled for July 16-18, 2021 at the Kirkwood Community Center. We have until February 2021 to make a decision without losing any of the deposit and so the committee and the board will reconvene in January of 2021 and make a final decision on that event. We apologize for the uncertainty, but feel uncomfortable canceling or committing so far out when things are changing so rapidly at this time. 
Main Event: 
Susan Muszynski wanted to learn more about quilt marking tools. She documented her findings and then presented them to the guild so we could all learn from her experience. Throughout the presentation members contributed their own feedback and experiences and we had a marvelous exchange of knowledge. Susan has compiled a list of resources and we have posted it on the Member Google Drive. Thanks so much, Susan! It was a valuable presentation. 

QuiltCon Charity Project: 
Thank you to everyone who's submitted blocks for our QuiltCon quilt! We were able to collect enough blocks and the committee has pieced it together - be sure to check your recap email for a photo of what they hoped for, and what we delivered!! Stay tuned next month for a photo of the finished quilt after Annie Cook works her quilting magic!

In October we selected our last fabric challenge type and everyone finished up their blocks! As Instagram had frozen hashtags up until the meeting we are delaying selecting our participant winners until December. We will be giving out 4 color cards such as Grunge, Kona, and AGF Pure Solids! Here are some of the fun blocks posted throughout the year!

Postcard Challenge:
This year our challenge was to make a postcard inspired quilt! We had a special show and share dedicated to our Postcard Challenge participants. You all are creative!! Here are a couple posted to #stlmqgpostcardchallenge by Angie and Pam. Can you tell which is the photo and which is the fabric version?? 

Fabric Raffle:
This month's raffle was two fat quarter bundles from Windham's Norma Rose collection. These are so fresh we don't even have them in hand yet! Congratulations to Angie Henderson and Emily DuBois for winning these beauties, they will be shipped as soon as they arrive. 

Quick View, Status of Guild Activities:
  1. Charity Projects. #stlmqgcares
Quick View, Upcoming Events: (This information is also always on the Meeting and Events tab on the blog.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Meeting #104 (November 14th, 2020)

Are you ready?! The Zoom link to join will go out via email on the Tuesday and Friday before the meeting. See the 'How to Join' tab if you are not a member but would like to join the meeting and see what we are all about. 

This meeting will include:

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

  :: Committee Sign-ups
  :: Review of ongoing activities, due dates, and how to turn them in. 
  :: November Fabric Bundle Raffle - online now! See your email for the link. 
  :: Hand-Sew Happy Hour update
  :: Next Zoom Sewcial Event
  :: Committee Updates
  :: Member Announcements

- Special Topic
  :: Susan Muszynski will be sharing her findings on tools and techniques for marking your quilts prior to the quilting process. We can't wait to learn more so we can go out and QUILT MORE! Ha!

Postcard Challenge Show and Share!! 
- Show & Tell (time permitting)
- November Bundle Raffle Drawing

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

:: Postcard Challenge items due!! We will host a special show and share to see them all.
:: October 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 November 14th).
:: Charity Projects: Quilts for LEO, due in drop boxes November 30th.