The first month of 2021 is behind us - is it just us or does January always feel like the longest month of the year? We had a great time with our first skill builder session learning about chain / web piecing and this past Saturday we had our first speaker of 2021. Suzy Williams joined our STLMQ zoom meeting to chat and we loved hearing some fabric picking tips!
As a local Missouri girl, Suzy chatted with us about becoming more confident when you are picking fabrics to go in your quilts. Some highlights of her presentation included thinking about where your quilts will live, who they will play with, will they be on a bed, living room, will they be in a basket with other quilts or be used on your couch to snuggle under?
Guild Items Covered:
- March Meeting - We all have them. Some of us store them in a giant bin, some of them are nicely sorted by colors. Some of us might even admit that we are hoarding them. What are they? What are these things? SCRAPS! The programming committe is going to help us decide just what to do with these little bits.
- 4x5 Quarterly Bees - Emails for the Quarterly Block Bees have been sent out if you have any questions for your bee mates don't hesitate to reach out. Bees are a great way to get to know your fellow guild members so don't hesitate to connect with each other.
- Monthly Skill Builder - We had such a blast connecting with you guys in January and sharing how chain/web pieicing works and seeing everyone post your pictures on Instagram. We announced that this month's new skill will be English Paper Piecing. We will be learning from the fabulous Leila Gardunia on Feb. 24th from 7-8pm. You can always read more on the Monthly Skill Builder blog. Zoom gives us a great way to break down some of those more elusive skills and give everyone a chance to ask questions while we all try these skills in real time. If you would be willing to teach a skill please let us know! We have a list of skills or if you have something special to share we would love to hear from you. We will also be recording the monthly sessions and sending them out within 48 hours.
- Tara Faughnan - With our meetings being on Zoom and changing up our workshops with Tara we reached out to see if she would be up for moving the traditional 'trunk show' to a virtual session and she's going to be our guest speaker in April! She will be presenting on From Cardboard to Instagram.
Tara's Workshop Signups Coming March 18th at 8pm
Lone Star - Sat. May 1st
Big Stich Hand Stitch - Sun. May 2nd
$50/class, cancelation policy applies read more about the workshops here.
- The Color of Connections Quilt Ladies will be speaking at our July Meeting - "Where there is colorful connection, there is beauty, in our quilts and in our communities." These ladies are working to create a nonprofit that connects the modern quilting community, across all colors, ages, genders, and backgrounds. Through this non-profit they will be hosting quilting workshops with vulnerable youth of all colors to sew, foster relationships abd meaningful connection, and also teach self-efficacy and creativity. Learn more on their mission on their site.
- Hand Sew *Home* Happy Hour February 16th 6-9PM come and go as you please - join us to sew or just to chat!
- Charity Quilt Jessica Schunke reminded everyone of the April 30th deadline for quilts for the new veterans community project. Quilts need to be Twin XLs in size and you can learn more on the blog post if you're interested in participating.
- International Quilt Museum - as a member of the STLMQG we have access to the International Quilt Museum based in Lincoln, Nebraska, which as the single largest public collection of quilts in the world. A special "portal" has been created to provide additional internet resources like special downloads and virtual programs. Instructions and login information will be provided in your email
- Zoom Use Please remember the STMQG Zoom account is available for any guild member wishing to use for quilty-gatherings. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to get things set up.