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:

Special PNW MQG Meetup Deal

Late breaking news!

Quilt Sandwich Fabrics will be open for the Shop Hop on the way up to the PNW MQG Meet-up! They will be open from 9:30 to noon on Friday, 8/22, and they are offering a discount both in shop and online. Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is located at 4229 76th St. NE, Suite 104, in Marysville, WA  98270.

The online shop has longer hours so, if you can’t make it on Friday morning, hit the web.  Visit www.quiltsandwichfabrics.com, and enter PNWMQG at checkout to receive 10% off your order! The sale goes from August 22-24th. That’s like all weekend. And the deal is for everyone.


August Meeting Reminder

We interrupt this amazing Seattle summer with an equally amazing and jam packed Seattle Modern Quilt Guild meeting!

2014 BOM Inspired Blocks for the Giving Committee (Photos courtesy of Dionne)

2014 BOM Inspired Blocks for the Giving Committee (Photos courtesy of Dionne)

When:  Wednesday, August 13, 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 July meeting minutes ***Hint***click on the meeting date to the see file (Thanks, Becca!)
  • Revisions to the Bylaws and Standing Rules.  The major revision is the January-December guild year so we align with the MQG.  Also, there are several revisions and clarifications for membership, the establishment of a Nominating Committee, and the Board election schedule in November.  Members – go to our Seattle MQG group on the MQG site and review the proposed documents
  • PNW MQG Meetup – Social tickets are on sale now. Please buy yours by August 11 so the venue can be secured
  • MQG Fabric Challenge Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels reveal! Bring your projects to share
  • Low Volume Fabric Swap

Pack your bag:

  • Nametag. Psst…Allison has a special member-only door prize for those wearing their nametag
  • Your Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels challenge project for our big reveal
  • Low Volume Fabric Swap packets
  • Giving Committee blocks
  • Your project for Sew-and-Tell
  • August babies – please bring snacks to share

September Secret Sewing Swap

The time has come to sign up for our September Secret Sewing Swap!

To sign up and participate in this secret swap simply leave a comment on this post with your name and email address (open to current Seattle Modern Quilt Guild members only please).  Then, you will receive an email invitation from drawnames.com to join the SMQG September Secret Sewing Swap.  Follow the instructions in the email to join the group and fill out your wish list no later than August 17.  On August 18th the swap partners will be drawn automatically and your partner information will be emailed to you.

Please fill out your wish list with helpful information such as: favorite colors, hated colors, patterns you love, your favorite fabric designers, or any information you feel might help someone create something you will love.  However, don’t be so specific that your partner has no freedom to create. Also, include your social media info (instagram, flicker, blog) to allow for easy partner stalking.

The only conditions on your swap item is that it be quilted (mini quilts, mug rugs, quilted totes and pouches) and it must be at the September 10th guild meeting.  If you can not attend the September meeting please make arrangements with another person to get your swap item to the meeting (and pick up your swap item for you).

A few things to consider:
1. This is a secret swap so sneak peeks (or even full views) on social media are fun but don’t tag your partner!
2. This is an excellent time to stretch your skills and try something new.
3.  A great place to search for inspiration is the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap flicker group or the SMQG Pinterest page.
4. Have fun!


Update: For those who do not wish to leave their email address on the blog, a post has been made on the Modern Quilt Guild site where you can leave your contact information.