Monday, January 10, 2022

Introducing the 2022 Block of the Month Sampler Quilt


Welcome to the 2022 St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month Sampler Quilt! 

Each month for 10 months, we will introduce a block (or blocks) for you to complete in a color palette of your choice. The blocks will give you the opportunity to practice different quilting skills or techniques each month. If you complete all ten months, you will have a 60 inch throw quilt at the end of the year.  

Blocks will cover a variety of sizes: 6 inches, 9 inches, 12 inches, 18 inches, and 24 inches. You can use this coloring page to plan your quilt.

Win prizes! We hope you will quilt along with the guild through the year and create your own sampler quilt. Each month that you complete the blocks by the meeting date, you will be entered to win a prize. Post your completed blocks to Instagram with the hashtags #stlmqgbom and #stlmqg or email a photo to the guild email at to enter the prize drawing. 

Anyone who completes our quilt by next January will be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of edge to edge quilting on their finished quilt provided by our own Dottie Vaughn. If you need longarming services in the meantime, please consider supporting Dottie by contacting her at 636-795-8712. 

There's a twist! If you don't prefer the style of a block, or don't want to tackle that technique, you may choose up to 2 months for a "free pass" to complete a block of your choice or to recycle an orphan block of the same size. Post the block (or blocks) you will include in your sampler quilt, and you will still be entered in the prize drawing for that month. You will need to remember to keep the block size consistent with the block of the month so that your sampler quilt will still come together at the end of the year. 

We are looking forward to quilting this year and can't wait to see your sampler quilts!


February - 24-inch flying geese block


   October - 6-inch inset circle block (x4)


2022 Block of the Month Sampler - January


Welcome to Month One of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Block of the Month Sampler!

Remember to post your block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqgbom before the February meeting to be entered to win this month's prize. If you don't use Instagram, you may email a photo to the guild email. 

We are starting off with a big, easy 24-inch half square triangle block. Before you begin, consider how you will arrange your half square triangles, as that may affect whether you use a single or multiple fabrics for your half square triangles within your block. In a 4x4 grid, there are 72 possible combinations for symmetric blocks made with half square triangles. You can see them in the following image generated by



Cut (8) 7-inch squares from background fabric

Cut (8) 7-inch squares from foreground fabric. Individual color choices will depend on your choice of block design. 


Standard half square triangle construction. 

If you are new to half square triangles, check out this video from Melanie Ham for directions on how to make them. 

Place one background fabric square and one foreground fabric square right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on one side. Sew ¼ inch on each side of your drawn line. Cut the block apart on the diagonal line. 

Repeat with your remaining blocks. 

Press half square triangles open. 

TRIM each of 16 HSTs to 6.5 inches. 

Assemble according to your chosen block design. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Meeting #117 (January 8, 2022) CANCELED!!


Due to the changing forecast for the morning of the meeting, as well as continuing concerns about the current Covid conditions, the current board has decided to cancel the regularly scheduled January meeting. We apologize for the late notice and appreciate your understanding. 

Your assistance in spreading the word so no one drives to Shrewsbury is much appreciated. 

Keep an eye on your emails and social media for any updates throughout the month, otherwise we hope to have this same fantastic programing for you at the February meeting!!

Happy new year modern quilters! It's our first meeting of 2022 and we're looking forward to brighter days and snuggly quilts.

Date: January 8, 2022
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Shrewsbury Center - 5200 Shrewsbury Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119


-Welcome & Guild Business
     :: Introduction of New Board Members
     :: Membership Information
     :: Financial Information
     :: Quilting News / Around Town

     :: Reminders
     :: Committee updates


-January Activity - Quilt Batting presentation from guild member and longarmer Dottie Vaughn.

- Fabric raffle announcement
- Show & Tell (time permitting)

-------------------------- Reminders ------------------------------

:: If you were a 2021 member but missed paying your 2022 dues we would still love to have you! Be sure to re-submit an application AND pay the 2022 dues so we can get you back on the email list for both the STLMQG and the MQG. 
:: STLMQG Committee Signups 2022: link in the reminder email. We could still use some help on the programming, swap and challenge, and welcome committees.