Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thurston County Fair Is Coming

Thurston County Fair runs Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug.7. This is a great event for us to spread the word about our guild and modern quilting, and see the great works of other talented artists in the community.

As we've done in the past, we will offer several shifts each day (10-1:30, 1:30-5, 5-8:30) to host our table at Heritage Hall. Before the next MQG meeting (July 6), think about which shift you would like to work, and be prepared to fill in your name on the sign-up sheet passed around that night. Volunteering comes with 1 free admission ticket into the fair!

If you have any challenge quilts, modern quilting books or magazines that we can use at the fair on our display table, please bring them to the July guild meeting or bring them with you when you volunteer for your shift.

We encourage every guild member to consider entering a quilt for exhibit. It's fun, and you don't have to live in Thurston County to enter. Quilts are part of the Open Class Home Arts category. The day/time for turning in quilts for exhibit is Monday, July 25 between 3-7:00. Here's the link to the exhibitor's guide online:

There's also a Quilt Block Contest. Pick up a packet at Ruby Street Quiltworks if you are interested.

Monday, June 27, 2016

#Quilts For Pulse

If you would like to contribute heart blocks for a quilt sent to Orlando, please follow the tutorial on Cluck, Cluck Sew and make a 10" finished block.…/making-heart-blocks-in-multiple-…
Fabric for blocks should be brights or rainbow (prints or solids). The background fabric should either be a solid white or a low volume print. If you intend to make a block, please post a comment on this post with the block color(s) so we can attempt to balance out our rainbow.
They are asking for quilts to be sent by September 15, so the sooner blocks are received, the better. If possible, it would be fabulous to bring blocks to the July meeting. Thank you so much for your generosity!
And, if you are not an official member of SSMQG, but would still like to make a block, we would be honored for you to contribute.

Monday, June 20, 2016

June Meeting Recap

SSMQG monthly meeting agenda June 1, 2016

Meeting called to order at 6:34 pm.
• Meeting welcome Cecile
• Icebreaker: Date of first meeting and who you sat by Cecile
   o New member: Janae?
   o Visitor: Jennie

National guild business 
• June 20: Last day to join the MQG for member registration and discounts
• June 21: Registration link sent to members (will not be active until June 25)
• June 25: Member registration for QuiltCon (February 23-26, 2017) opens

• July 1: Quiltcon quilt entries open o Challenge quilt—theme is massive to micro. We are looking for a charity quilt committee head. Quilt likely due in

• July 1: Quiltcon registration for the general public opens
• International Quilt Festival will once again feature the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase Nov. 3–6, 2016. The deadline is June 17.

Local guild business 
• Pass around Munch and Mingle signup Meagan
  o *Filled out for the remainder of the year.

• Quilt Along Kathy

• Charity Bethany
  o Orphan block quilts—Picture of orphan blocks on FB, IG, and blog; need to be 12 ½” square o Charity sew-in details

• Swaps committee Susan
  o Paint chip exchange o Swap schedule:
   § July: Fat quarter swap—Bring 1 white, 1 red, 1 blue
   § Sept: Paint chip swap
   § Dec: Scrappy item swap Calendaring

• Washington Stars Guild Garage Sale (?) June 4, 9-3:30, Boston Harbor

• July guild meeting: On campus at the capitol, will include a photo opportunity for your favorite quilt. Kathy will acquire permit for a specific site which will be posted on FB. Outdoor picnic, bring cameras, finger foods and desserts.

• Thurston County Fair: August 3-7, 2016
  o Fair block kits for block contest are sold at Ruby Street for $9.99. Use at least 4 fabrics, can use the back of fabrics instead of the front, must be 12 ½” exact. Selected blocks go into the fair quilt for the next year. Questions? Ask Barb Ridgeway.
  o You don’t have to live in Thurston County to submit quilts to the fair
  o Pass around signups to work at the fair. Shifts are 10-1, 1-4, 4-7, 7-10

• Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Retreat: August 18-21, 2016; visit Hotel Rose group rate $125/night.

• Sew-ins
  o June 18, 10a-4p, Whalen Quiltworks in Centralia. Bethany Designated charity sew-in.
  o July: Canvas works?

• Michelle Wilkie 6 hour class (October 15, 2016) limited to 20 people.
  o Box lunch, probably around $20.
  o Vista Village
  o Sign up or lottery

Show and Tell 

Spotlight Barb Ridgeway