2014 Holiday Swap

The holiday season is here and that means it’s time for our annual Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Holiday White Elephant Swap!  This swap will take place at the holiday party/sew-in on December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm.

2014 September Secret Sewing Swap

2014 September Secret Sewing Swap

We would like those members interested in participating in the swap to make a small quilted item.  Quilted items that would be appropriate are zipper pouches, bags, mini quilts, mug rugs, or sewing containers.
Pouch made by Allison Dutton

Pouch made by Allison Dutton

Please only bring one item to swap and make sure to wrap it up!  And, since we want it to be a fun secret, please don’t put any identification on the outside of the package (a note from who made it on the inside is great).
Pineapple mini quilt made by AraJane

Pineapple mini quilt made by AraJane

Remember, we are the Seattle MODERN Quilt Guild so please make an item with a modern aesthetic in fabrics with a modern feel.
Sewing basket made by AraJane

Sewing basket made by AraJane

Hope to see you all at our December party!

Reminder – The Annual Meeting Edition

Hello, everyone! This month we have our annual meeting and officer elections. But, don’t worry, there are fun things, too.  And a discount. Read on!

When:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from 7:00-9:00. Social time starts at 6:30

Where:  Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

On the agenda:

  • Approve October minutes (on the Meetings page)
  • 2015 Officer Elections
  • Island Quilter Exhibit
  • Committee updates – retreat, sew-in, giving, challenge
  • December holiday party
  • Quilting book swap
  • Sew-and-tell

So, what about that discount? We are offering an early membership discount.  Last year, the Guild absorbed Square and PayPal fees but we have decided to discontinue that practice.  The discount is a limited time offer, two times only – the November 12 annual meeting and the December 13 holiday party. At these two events, renew or join by paying $50 by check and save $2.  The dues for the 2015 membership year are $50 plus $2 for PayPal fees ($52 total) and, after the December 13 party, will be payable only through PayPal.

Pack your bag:

  • Nametag
  • Ballot and pen
  • Checkbook
  • Book(s) for swap
  • Black and white fabric larger than 10 inches x 10 inches for Giving Committee
  • Your latest finish for sew-and-tell
  • November babies – please bring snacks to share

And because a picture is always fun, here’s a view from our retreat over the weekend. A big thank you to the retreat committee for a fantastic time!


Quilting Book Swap


when: general meeting, wednesday, november 12th, 7:00pm

where: greenwood senior center

what: tired of your sewing/quilting books and want some new inspiration? bring as many books as you would like to swap to the meeting and receive the same number in return. the books should be quilting specific, or sewing books with some kind of quilting-related material in them. please bring books that you feel would appeal to a modern quilter and are in decent condition (e.g. no pages falling out, missing bindings, etc.), though some wear and tear is fine. please no general craft books, books completely unrelated to quilting, or magazines.

how: you will receive as many numbers as the number of books you bring in (numbers randomly assigned). bring in a maximum of three books and you will receive a randomly assigned number for every book you bring. when your number is called you will pick one book from the selection. everyone who participates will go home with books and no book will be left behind!

October Happenings!


Summer is officially over here in the Pacific Northwest. Kids are back in school, summer vacations are in the bag, and we’re settling into the fall rhythm. To get us back into our sewing mojo, we’ve got several sewing and design events this month.

Oct 11:  Sew-in at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church

Oct 16: Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest, including Giving quilt construction

Oct 22: QuiltCon T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline

Oct 25: Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest, including Giving quilt construction

To keep up with all the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild happenings, check in often on the Calendar page.

What if you can’t get to one of the sew-ins? After all, fall schedules have their own craziness.  We have a solution for you, too. The Block of the Month for October is up on the BOM page. And, of course, there’s the looming QuiltCon entry deadline on November 30. What are you entering?

And, did you notice? Our new Giving page is up and running!


October Meeting Reminder

It’s time for our monthly meeting and we have a speaker!

When:  Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 7:00-9:00. Social time starts at 6:30

Where:  Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

On the agenda:

  • Approve the September minutes (posted on the Meetings page)
  • Updates on Sew-ins, BOM, elections, retreat
  • Giving committee update
  • SEAMQG Show in January (yay!)
  • “Caring for Your Machine” program by Cevin and staff from Sewing Machine Services
  • Sew-and-tell

IMPORTANT – For the election in November, all current members should have received an email on Sunday, Oct 5, from Grace.  If you did NOT receive this message, please email seattlemodernquiltguild@gmail.com so you get your ballot.  We know of at least one bounce back email.  Is it yours?

As you have noticed, our meetings have been running long. The board is working hard to shorten the business portion but we need your help as well.  For most of us, sew-and-tell is the best part of the meeting but it is also the hardest part to schedule.  With 50+ members and guests attending our meetings, we rightly celebrate many “ta-da’s” and finishes.  So everyone has a chance to see your work before the meeting’s scheduled end, please limit your sew-and-tell to one finished modern quilted item.

Now to packing for the meeting:

  • Nametag
  • Note paper and pen
  • Your latest finished project for Sew-and-Tell
  • October babies – please bring snacks to share

Have you checked our Calendar page on this site?  The Guild schedule is consolidated here and it is where you find information on fun stuff like Sew-Ins. Did you know there are three Sew-Ins this month, including one in Seattle?!

See you on Wednesday!

Upcoming Elections for 2015

Hello Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members!

Below is the information and instructions necessary to participate in the election for our new SEAMQG Board members to carry us forward beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. This process is in alignment with our bylaws.

1) Ballots will be emailed to each member using the email address that is currently on file with the SEAMQG Membership Chair. This email will be sent on Sunday October 5th by 9:00 pm, PST. This email will originate from Grace Lainhart. Her email address is: gllainhart@hotmail.com. The email subject will be “SEAMQG 2015 Membership Voter’s Ballot”.

2) Paper ballots will also be available at the October 8, 2014 General Membership Meeting, held at the Greenwood Senior Center, for anyone who does not receive their ballot by email. If this occurs, please contact seattlemodernquiltguild@gmail.com to confirm what email address is on file with the SEAMQG.

3) Completed ballots must be submitted to the Nominating Committee via a private ballot box, no later than November 12, 2014, at the SEAMQG General Membership Meeting, which will be held at the Greenwood Senior Center. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm PT and ballots will be accepted up until 8:00 pm PT on November 12, 2014 to allow for any members who arrive late to the meeting.

4) Only completed ballots will be accepted. A completed ballot is defined as follows:

  • A marked box for each candidate choosing one of the three options listed on the ballot.
  • The printed name and signature of the SEAMQG member submitting their vote.

5) If you will not be attending the General Membership Meeting on November 12, 2014, absentee ballots will be accepted if they are submitted by one of the following two methods:

  • Scan and email the COMPLETED ballot back to Grace Lainhart at the email address listed above, no later than 12 Noon PT on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
  • A paper ballot completed by the member, who is not attending, can be given to another member to submit their vote by proxy. If this method is chosen, the member voting by proxy MUST email Grace, requesting that the Nominating Committee please accept their vote by proxy, naming the member who will be submitting their ballot.

6) A write in candidate must reach majority vote in order to occupy the office. The write in candidate must also accept the nomination and be willing to perform the duties of the office for which they have been elected.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our October and November general meetings and anticipate cause for celebrating a successful election for our 2015 SEAMQG Board Members. It has been an honor to serve as your Nominating Committee.

Michelle Honey, Chair

Grace Lainhart, Member

Lynne Shandley, Member

September Meeting Reminder

We have another great general meeting coming up. I’ve missed the last two and can’t wait to see everyone again.

More nametag logos have arrived.  Thanks, Sandie!

More nametag logos have arrived. Thanks, Sandie!

When:  Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 7:00-9:00. Social time starts at 6:30

Where:  Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

***PRE-MEETING DINNER MEETUP*** 5:30 at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98103. If the weather is nice, look for us on the patio.  First one there – get a big table for us!

For those going on retreat in November – please bring a checkbook to pay your retreat fee. Paying with a check helps the Guild avoid PayPal fees (and we really appreciate the help!).  If you absolutely need to pay via PayPal, please contact Megan (V oops!) R  and we’ll get you set up.

On the Agenda:

Pack your bag:

  • Checkbook for retreat payment
  • Nametag
  • Quilts for SEAMQG Exhibit at NW Quilting Expo
  • Secret Sewing Pal Swap
  • Giving committee blocks
  • Your latest finished project for Sew-and-Tell
  • September babies – please bring snacks to share

Scenes from PNW MQG Meetup, Vancouver, BC, Aug 2014

Scenes from PNW MQG Meetup, Vancouver, BC, Aug 2014

Check the calendar page for what’s coming up the rest of September: