Saturday, January 9, 2021

2021 Monthly Skill Builder

For the past few years we have done a Block of the Month with some absolutely lovely results! As we try to leverage the tools we have for 2021, we came up with something a little different, but hopefully super valuable as we strive to educate and encourage our members. We are excited to announce the 2021 Monthly Skill Builder!

So many of us learned to sew because someone showed us how. While it's easy to google something, watch a video on YouTube, or take an online class, it can still be intimidating to learn new skills on our own regardless of how hard they may or may not be. In 2021, we want to use this Zoom format to SHOW you some things we think you will find useful to have in your skill set. 

How it works: At each monthly meeting, we will announce a new skill/technique. We will then host a Zoom class during which a knowledgeable guild member will guide us through that skill and provide feedback while you attempt it at home. Zoom class dates will typically be held two Wednesdays after each meeting from 7-8pm.  In addition to that, we will provide resources and links on the blog and member drive. You may make the block that is demonstrated during the Zoom class (instructions will be provided) - all of which will result in a 12.5" unfinished block, or you may make a block of your own choosing in whatever size you prefer. You may do this with the class or on your own. 

Monthly prizes: Each month we will give away one prize chosen from participants who post their work using that month's skill or technique on Instagram using #stlmqgskillbuilder or email a photo to by midnight the Friday before the next designated meeting. 

We look forward to learning from each other this year!!

Skill/Technique: Chain/Web Piecing Completed Blocks and Rows
Live Zoom Demonstration: Wednesday, January 20th, 7-8pm
Presenter: Lilo Whitener-Fey
Deadline to post/email: Friday, February 12th, Midnight.

Skill/Technique: English paper piecing: how to baste hexagons in 3 different ways and whip stich them together.
Live Zoom Demonstration: Wednesday, February 24th, 7-8pm
Presenter: Leila Gardunia
Deadline to post/email: Friday, March12th, Midnight.
Prep Instructions:
We will be making the Hexagon Flower Quilt Block found in this tutorial. To make the block and prep for the class, you will need the following:

1. (7) 1 1/4" Hexagon papers. To print  your own, go to here and enter 1.25 into the 'Hexagon Size' field and click Download. Go to your downloads and print the document onto cardstock. Carefully cut out 7 of the hexagons.

2. Fabric scraps at least 3" square for hexagon flower 'petals' and 'center' and green fabric scraps for the stem and leaves. (stem = 1.25" x 7" and petals approx 2.5" x 4")

3. A 13" square of fabric for the background.

4. Hand needle and thread that blend well with your petal fabric.

5. A Thinline or regular glue stick.

6. Scissors

Skill/Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing Basics!
Live Zoom Demonstration: Wednesday, March 24th, 7-8pm
Presenter: Lilo Whitener-Fey
Deadline to post/email: Friday, April 9th, Midnight.

Skill/Technique: Digital Quilt Mock-Ups
Live Zoom Demonstration: Wednesday, April 21st, 7-8pm
Presenter: Christine Boyd
Deadline to post/email: Friday, May 7th, Midnight.
Resources: Coming Soon!

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