Monday, February 28, 2022

2022 Quilt Show Member Info

 Save the date, members!

The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild's third quilt show is coming this summer!

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, July 17, 2022
11 AM-4 PM

Kirkwood Community Center
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Suggested donation: $7
Free for STLMQG members in good standing and children ages 5 and under

--Member set-up will take place the evening of July 15. We will be coordinating staffing online and ask that all members work at least two shifts.
--During the show, members should park away from the entrance to the gym to allow our guests to have easier access.
--Quilt registration for members opens March 1 and closes April 16. The link to register will be sent to members via email.
--Quilt drop-offs will be available at the following times/locations: 
  • Saturday, June 11: STLMQG meeting, Shrewsbury Center
  • Saturday, July 9, 10 am-1 pm. Location TBD.
  • Sunday, July 10, 12-3 pm. Location TBD.
  • If members cannot make one of these dates/locations, they should arrange to send their quilts with a friend to one of the drop-offs.
  • The deadline for drop-offs is July 10.

--Quilts will be shown in the following categories:
  • Bee quilts: Modern quilts made by 3 or more people
  • Traveling quilts (Special bee category): Modern quilts made by 3 or more people in a "traveling quilt" style, in which one bee member makes a starter block and then the quilt is passed around to each of the other members, who each add on to the quilt before it returns to the owner.
  • Small quilts: Modern quilts that measure 36" or smaller per side. The quilt can be any shape as long as it does not exceed the size limit on any side.
  • Appliqué and handwork: Modern quilts that include either machine or hand layering of fabric where the quilt’s primary focus is appliqué OR at least one element of handwork that is the focus of the quilt, including but not limited to hand piecing, hand quilting, embroidery, redwork, cross stitch, crewel, etc. Hand-stitched binding does not qualify as handwork.
  • Improvisation: Modern quilts in which the majority of piecing was improvised (i.e., without the use of a defined pattern or templates).
  • Minimalist design: Modern quilts in which the design of the quilt emphasizes extreme simplification of content and form to achieve maximum visual impact.
  • Use of negative space: Modern quilts in which the design incorporates a creative or significant use of negative space that is integrated into and/or organizes the composition of the quilt.
  • Piecing: Modern quilts that are pieced and reflect a particularly strong or innovative use of piecing.
  • Modern traditionalism: Modern quilts in which the design incorporates the use of an identifiable traditional block pattern and redesigns it by applying modern design elements such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, color, scale, etc.
  • Challenges: Modern quilts and quilted items that were created for our 2019-2021 challenges:
    • Mini Masterpiece Challenge (Aug.-Nov. 2019)
    • Postcard Quilt Challenge (Mar.-Nov. 2020)
    • Get to Know You Challenge and Swap (Mar.-June 2021)
  • Miscellaneous: Modern quilted clothing, bags, and other 3D items.

--Qualification requirements:
  1. Only quilts/items by current, dues-paying members of the STLMQG will be considered.

  2. All quilts entered in the show must be pieced by a guild member. Quilts may be quilted by another person (including non-members).

  3. For registration purposes, you may enter a completed quilt top if you can confirm that the entire quilt will be finished in time to turn it in by the July 10th deadline. Please do not enter an unfinished top if you are not certain you’ll be able to finish it in time.

  4. Entrants may enter a maximum of 9 quilts/items. Quilts/items may not all be accepted into the show, depending on space availability and committee determination of whether the quilt/item meets the requirements.

  5. All entrants must fill out a registration form and provide a photo for each entry.

  6. All entrants must sign a Release of Liability Agreement for each entry.

  7. Entries shall be accepted into the show at the discretion of the STLMQG Quilt Show Committee and Board. Remember to keep it modern!

  8. The STLMQG Quilt Show Committee and Board retain the right to change the category to which a quilt is submitted if they think the quilt belongs in a different category or needs to be moved for space reasons.

  9. All quilts/items must remain on display for the entire duration of the STLMQG quilt show.

  10. Quilts should have been made within the last five years and should not have been displayed at any of the guild’s previous quilt shows.

  11. All quilts measuring 40" or wider will be required to have a sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt back. You can find a tutorial here:

  12. All quilts/items should be submitted in a plastic bag, preferably with a handle. The bag should be labeled with the member’s name, the name of the quilt, and the quilt category. These types of large plastic storage bags (like large, sturdy, handled Ziploc bags) can be purchased online (Amazon) or sometimes at the dollar store. You may provide your own bag, or we will have these bags available for purchase. Details to come.

  13. There is no requirement for you to include a label on your quilts, but it is encouraged as a best practice. It’s always a good idea to make sure your quilt includes a label with at least your name.

  14. Members will be given the option of offering their quilts/items for sale, if they so choose. If they wish to do so, we will include their contact information on their quilt’s signage, and interested parties can contact them directly to arrange the sale. Members will be responsible for all parts of the sale.

  15. ALL guild members are STRONGLY encouraged to volunteer for two 2.5-hour shifts during the show (this will include hanging quilts/set-up on Friday, staffing the show on Saturday and Sunday, and taking quilts down on Sunday). We will coordinate this as we get closer to the show.

  16. All guild members will be responsible for taking their own quilts home on Sunday after the show. If you will not be able to take your quilt home on Sunday, you will need to authorize someone to collect your quilt for you. We will collect these names as the show gets closer.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

"Ugly" Fabric Challenge and Swap: March-April 2022

Please bring a piece of your “ugly”, unloved fabric in an envelope or Ziploc bag labeled with your name to the March meeting. The fabric piece should be no smaller than 5 in x 10 in. A fat quarter or a piece from a layer cake is plenty.

During the meeting break, members of the Challenge committee will come around with all ugly fabrics in a brown paper bag.  Those who brought in an ugly fabric can pick one fabric from the bag (return and select another if you pick your own fabric). Each member will make TWO blocks of the “Lockup” pattern found on the MQG website, posted in January 2018. Use your unloved fabric AND a low volume fabric of your choice.

Each person returning blocks at the April meeting will receive one ticket for a drawing to win the blocks.

**To access the block on the MQG website, login with your username and password. On the right side of the page there will be some orange boxes labeled "Quick Links." Click on the "Resources" box. In the search box enter the term "lockup" (all one word). Click the image that looks like the one below to be taken directly to the tutorial. These directions are for desktop browsers. Instructions may vary for mobile or tablet devices.**

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Meeting Recap (February 12, 2022)

Thank you to everyone who joined in person or on Zoom last Saturday. It was so good to get together again and we appreciate your patience as the new board figures out their rhythm. This post is full of updates for future activities so strap in for all the good news coming your way!

Guild Business:

  • Gail (Treasurer) went over the guild's finances. If you are interested to know more, please contact her or see her report on the group Facebook page.
  • Our current membership is about 150 members. Due to the meeting cancellation in January, the current roster is still being finalized, but we are excited to see our guild continue to grow. If you're not a member yet, learn how to join HERE.
  • Em (Vice President) went over a few local workshops taking place soon. Details below:
    • Sewing Machines Level 2 - Take Your Skills to the Next Level; Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-9:30 PM at Perennial STL; LEARN MORE
    • Intro to Embroidery - Saturday, March 19, 10 AM-1 PM at Perennial STL; LEARN MORE
    • Blooming Star - Friday, March 18, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM at Jackman's Fabrics; LEARN MORE

Items Covered:
  • Batty for Batting: Guild member Dottie Vaughn went above and beyond with her in depth presentation on quilt batting. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us Dottie!

  • 4x5 Quarterly Bee: Saturday was the last day for our distinct bee from 2021. If you have not heard from your group or made arrangements to deliver your blocks, please contact your group leader to finalize this swap. Thank you Em for organizing a fun event! We can't wait to see all the quilts.

  • Hand (Home) Sew Happy Hour is February 15 from 6-9 PM. Bring some handwork, finish that binding, or just get to know a fellow guild member better. Come and go as you please throughout the night. More dates to come!

  • Papper, Sax, Sten: Jenny Haynes is our guest speaker in May. There will be NO IN-PERSON meeting that weekend. All of these events will take place via Zoom. Please note the change in time. She will chat with the guild on May 14 from 9:30-10:15 AM CDT. Paid workshops will take place May 14 and 15 from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM CDT. Sign ups for workshops will begin March 31. Details can be found HERE as they become available. 

  • Quilt Show 2022: The guild will put on it's first quilt show since 2019! "This Is Modern" will take place July 16-17 at the Kirkwood Community Center. Registration begins March 1. Learn more HERE. 

  • Block of the Month: Stretch your skills and make a sampler quilt with us! There's prizes to be won for joining in and sharing what you make. Kristen Painter is our January winner! For all the info look HERE. 

  • February BOM: We're going big again with a 24 inch Flying Geese block. Post to Instagram using #stlmqgbom or email a photo before our next meeting to be entered for a prize. Tutorial can be found HERE.  

  • Join a committee: The Swap/Challenge and Welcome committees could still use some volunteers. Please email the guild if you would like to help. If you have already signed up you should have received an email. Let us know if you didn't.

  • Charity Project Wrap Up: In 2021, our guild distributed 128 PICU quilts between Cardinal Glennon and Children's Hospitals. We also donated 39 XL Twin sized quilts to the Veteran's Community Project. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!

  • March Meeting Activity: The Programming Committee will present "Love the Unlovable - An Ugly Quilt Show." Bring your ugliest quilt (it doesn't have to be made by you) to this lighthearted event and try to win a ribbon as we collectively appreciate, commiserate, groan, and chuckle at all our efforts throughout the quilting journey.

  • March Swap Challenge: In conjunction with the "Ugly" quilt show, the Swap/Challenge Committee invites you to bring a piece fabric you no longer love to trade at our meeting. We'll then turn these into two blocks that will be collected for the Block Lotto later this year. Please carefully read the requirements HERE.

  • Fabric Raffle: Thanks to another very generous donation from our sponsor Cotton Cuts we had two excited members win some awesome fabric and goodies!

  • Show and Share: We wrapped up the meeting with another great Show and Tell. Pics have been posted to our Instagram and Facebook pages. Join us there to see pictures of quilts that were shared, and to stay up to date on what's to come this year! 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

2022 Block of the Month Sampler - February


Welcome to Month Two 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 March 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. 

This month, we will be making the second of our two large 24-inch blocks. This block is constructed of four 12-inch sub-units, each made up of three different sizes of flying geese. Because we will need four of each size of "goose", this block lends itself well to using the 4-at-time, no waste method of constructing flying geese. You might put your block together as pictured above, but you can also consider a different arrangement when you put the sub-units together (i.e. geese pointing smallest to largest rather than largest to smallest as pictured), or you can consider a different arrangement of your sub-units in the final block. 

Let's get started!


Large Geese: 
Color 1: (1) 13 ¼" square
Background: (4) 7" squares

Medium Geese: 
Color 2: (1) 9 ¼" square
Background: (4) 5" squares
                      (8) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

Small Geese: 
Color 3: (1) 5 ¼" square
Background: (4) 3" squares
                      (8) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles


These direction will apply for each set of four flying geese. 

1. Place two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, through both of the smaller squares. 

2. Using a *scant* ¼" seam allowance, sew on each side of the line you drew. (*note*: scant ¼" seam allowance means that you line up your drawn line with the ¼" mark on your machine but scooch it a couple of thread widths distance closer to the needle.)

Cut apart on the line. 

3. Press the small squares open (you will have a pointy heart shape). Line up your last two small squares on the bottom of each of the heart shapes, right sides together. As before, draw a diagonal line across the back of the small squares. 

4. Sew along each side of your drawn lines, again using a scant ¼" seam allowance. Cut apart on the line. 

5. Press open. TRIM large geese to 12½ x 6½, medium geese to 8½ x 4½ and small geese to 4½ x 2½ inches. Sew background rectangles (4½ x 2½) to each side of the small and medium flying geese. 

6. Put together a large, medium, and small goose to form one 12½" sub-unit of this block. 

7. Decide on the arrangement for your block and sew together sub-units to make a 24½" unfinished block. 


8. STLMQG MEMBERS: post your finished block to Instagram using the hashtag #stlmqgbom or email the guild to be entered for a monthly participation prize!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Meeting #117 (February 12, 2022)

Let's try this again... Happy New Year members! It's our first meeting of 2022 and we're looking forward to brighter days and snuggly quilts.

Date: February 12, 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
     :: BOM/Skillbuilder Introduction
     :: Reminders
     :: Committee updates


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

- Fabric raffle announcement- *If you purchased a raffle ticket in January you should have received an email from Gail. Your entry will be put in this month's raffle. You are welcome to purchase more tickets too.*
- 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.