May 2020 Meeting Minutes


The meeting was held via Zoom webcast.  There were 67 attendees.

Call to order – David

2020 Block of the Month

  • Susan (@sushifarmer) and Kathy (@a_swede_life) are designing and coordinating this year’s BOM, a row-by-row quilt called “Cascadia Cabin in the Woods.”  Sewers can opt to follow the instructions as written or improvise where they are inspired to do so.  As a result, the pattern is suitable for a wide range of skill levels.
  • Monthly instructions will be on the blog on the first of each month.  The first set was posted February 1st and instructions are easy to access on the blog.  There is still time to join in and sew!
  • Tag your progress  #cascadiacabinquilt  #SEAMQG   #Showusyourmqg
  • Each month there will be a drawing for a prize for guild members who have posted progress photos of their 2020 BOM on instagram or emailed them to  The winner will be announced at the monthly meetings.  The winner for April was Linda K. who won a lovely fabric bundle.

Giving Committee

Matt is still collecting blocks for the “Improv New York Beauty” quilt.  Blocks can be mailed to Matt.  Please contact Matt via his information in the guild directory on the national MQG site in our Seattle Circle for his mailing address.

If you are interested in helping with quilting or binding charity quilts please contact Matt or Rachel S.

Scrappy Gift Swap

Blog post was sent out with information and sign ups.  Partners matched via DrawNames on May 20.

Deliver gifts to recipients by July 18

Gifts of maker’s choice, using only scraps

Tag #SeattleMQGscrappygiftswap

Social Media 

NATIONAL: #MQGKeepCalmandSewOn  Follow and see what other MQGers are sewing

LOCAL:  #SeattleMQGSewAtHome  Keep using to connect with our guild members

Tawnee Kinnebrew of Wyldwood Creative Presentation

  • Tawnee spoke to us about features of her shop in Renton and products she carries including a selection of popular fabrics for quilters
  • Has space for small sew-ins
  • Holds classes on various crafts including quilting
  • Starting curbside pickup May 18
  • Tawnee can be reached at her shop

Jana Royal Presentation

  • Jana spoke about her long arm quilting business and how it started
  • Also talked about aspects of long arming like choosing a pattern, thread, thread color, how to prepare a quilt for a long armer
  • Jana can be reached at reveriequilting at

Mask-Making Presentation

Katie shared updated information from her primary mask presentation in April.

  • Two new “preferred” patterns.  (All patterns listed toward the end of the minutes.)
  • New favorite material for ties is cut up tee shirts (other knits will work too)
    • ¾ – 1 inch strips
    • Pull to stretch into a “yarn”
    • Want 50-55 inches long for halter style ties; 16 inches for regular ties
  • Filters probably do not make much of a difference with materials readily available to us (paper towels, coffee filters, etc).  If you choose to use a ‘filter,’ make sure it does not limit breathing.

#BegoniaQuilt Virtual Quilt Show

  • Have you completed your 2019 BOM Begonia quilt?  Be a part of a virtual quilt show on our blog!
  • Be sure to post your quilts with the hashtag: #begoniaquilt or email photos to:
  • Deadline: Monday, June 8, 2020

Upcoming Workshops

  • The Tara Faughnan workshops were rescheduled for July 25-26, dependent on future restrictions.  We will update as the date draws closer.
  • Timna Tarr will be teaching workshops on September 12 & 13 and giving a trunk show at our September 9 guild meeting.

2020 Guild Sew-ins

  • NEW!  Virtual Sew-ins
    • This is a test run but watch for more in the future if successful
    • Blog post sent out with information and sign up sheet
  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 – TBD dependent on future restrictions
    Greenwood Senior Center
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020dependent on future restrictions
    Holiday Party at the Greenwood Senior Center

2020 Guild Retreats

  • Day Retreat at Quilting Mayhem  November 6-8, 2020 
  • Fall retreat at Camp Burton dates TBD
  • We are looking at having a virtual retreat and we will update if it is going to take place

Other Local Happenings

For all events please follow up with the venues or the presenters to make sure they are still taking place. 

  • Remember to shop at our local quilt shops!  They need our support.
    • Sell online with curbside pickup or shipping
    • Many having sales and specials
  • A Quilters Affair (aka “Sisters”)
    • Will now be a virtual event.  For more information visit
  • International Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival
    • Now reimagined as a cultural heritage symposium.  Visit for information
  • Virtual Festival of Quilts UK
    • Has a modern category and is open for entries:
  • Quilt National 2021 is accepting entries: quilt-national-21
  • Quiltcon 2021, called “QuiltconTogether” will be held virtually
    • Catalog will be released June 2020
    • Registration will be July 2020

Other Activities

  • Virtual Log Cabin Quilt
    • Make an 8” log cabin block with a yellow center symbolizing hope
    •  #virtuallogcabin

Mask Patterns

Making Masks for Donation

Consider contacting local doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and your neighbors to see if they need masks.

Bloodworks NW is in need of masks for employees.  Please refer back to the April Meeting Minutes on the blog for all the details.

Visit the Relief Crafters of America facebook page for a central point of contact for those who need masks and other supplies and those who can make them.  Instagram  @reliefcraftersofamerica or  to contact the organization.

United Way of King County has several opportunities to make masks for local organizations such as LIttle Bit Therapeutic Riding Center and Centro de la Raza.  Scroll the list as there are more opportunities listed past page 1.

MQG Website 

  • Join the Seattle MQG Circle – This is where meeting minutes are posted as well as on the blog
  • Check out the monthly content from the MQG – Block Study, Quilt of the Month, Webinars
  • Find episodes of Fresh Quilting
  • Watch for the latest Modern Monthly for webinar offerings, quilt patterns and other resources
  • Check out the recorded library of webinars (Resources section at
  • Upload photos of guild events and quilts for possible use on the guild facebook and instagram pages

Sew and Tell

  • Guild members shared their finished projects via images presented on Zoom.  Watch Facebook and Instagram for photos.
  • Send sew-and-tell photos and stories any time to:
  • Tag your work using #SMQGJuneMeeting on Instagram


  • Next regular guild meeting will be Wednesday June 10 @ 7:00pm via Zoom.  Information to sign up and get the zoom link will be sent out closer to the date.

Image credit  Jana Royal, @reveriequilting

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