September 2020 Meeting Minutes

Image credit: Clare Kapitan


The September meeting was held via Zoom.  There were 79 attendees.

2020 Block of the Month  

  • Susan (@sushifarmer) and Kathy (@a_swede_life) are designing and coordinating a row-by-row quilt called “Cascadia Cabin in the Woods.”  The pattern is suitable for a wide range of skill levels. 
  • See monthly instructions on the blog on the first of each month.  You can join in anytime! 
  • Tag your progress  #cascadiacabinquilt  #SEAMQG   #Showusyourmqg

2021 Block of the Month 

We need you!  The board has a few ideas for 2021 but welcomes your creativity!

One idea: small quilt teams, working on a theme.

It’s time to start planning.  Reach out to any board member to volunteer.

Giving Committee

The Giving Committee will be starting to work on the  “Community Outreach Quilt” for Quiltcon.  Fabric colors that can be used are various shades of oranges and blues (fabric will be provided).  Our guild will be making a quilt designed by David Owen Hastings, our guild president.  Our Giving Committee, Matt and Rachel, will provide fabrics.

The timeline is:

  • August 18:  Mailout of fabrics begins
  • October 14th: completed blocks are due
  • January 15th, 2021: submission is due  (with photos of the finished quilt)
  • February 18-22, 2021: QuiltCon!

See the blog post from August 5 for more information

The Improv New York Beauty quilts are complete and one of them is still in need of a quilter.  If you are able to help with that please get in touch with Matt or Rachel.  Jana Royal has kindly offered to quilt one of them. 

Social Media 

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

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

Guild Blog & Info

  • Meetings will be held on ZOOM through the end of the calendar year
  • ZOOM meetings will only be open to paid SEAMQG members
  • On the blog:  
    • Meeting announcements, recordings and notes
    • Block of the Month
    • Workshops & Event Info
    • Giving Quilts
    • Membership Info

Find a Guild Long-Armer

A list of long-arm quilters who are members of our guild is now on the guild website under Resources.  Longarmers, send our president, David, your contact information to be included.  We want to have everyone on the list.  Guild Longarmers

2020 Guild Sew-ins

  • Virtual Sew-ins 
    • Complete by end of September
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020  Virtual Holiday Party 
    • Online event via Zoom
    • All guild members participate
    • Use breakout rooms for fun games/activities
    • Secret Swap (organized by Megan Vanderburg & Jackie Benedetti)
    • Jana Royal & Alexandra Immel are organizing the party — we need one more volunteer to help!  

Outdoor Quilt Show

  • Took place Sat, August 29 10:30am -noon at East Greenlake Way N at 65th St.  
  • Was a fun event.  We will consider doing another one if there is interest from guild members. 

Guild Board Elections/November Meeting

  • Maggie Grate volunteered for the Nominating Committee
  • Elections at Nov 11 meeting via Zoom Polling following a brief introduction of candidates 
  • Positions open:
    • President-Elect
    • VP of Membership
    • VP of Programs (two positions)
    • Secretary
    • Communications (new position!)
  • Short Hobbs Batting presentation
  • Temperature Quilt presentation
  • Longer Breakout Rooms
  • Sew and Tell


  • KAE is willing to deliver books at a set time/meeting point 
  • Seattle and Eastside locations
  • The book list is on our website
  • Email KAE at to reserve a book and arrange a pickup

Guild Bylaws

The Board has been reviewing the Guild Bylaws.  Changes include allowing a remote vote (vs paper ballot) for new board, and added board roles of Vice President and Communications Director, as well as other updates.  Recommendations for updates are available for review by emailing  Updates will be voted on at the October meeting. 

September Guest Speaker:  Timna Tarr

  • Timna Tarr gave a talk at our September 9 guild meeting.  Learn more about her at

Upcoming Speakers/Workshops

  • Speaker at the October 14 meeting:  Walking foot quilter, book author and new fabric designer Jaquie Gering
  • Speaker at the January 13 meeting:  Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy
    • The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program founded in 2017; it aims to bridge artistic expression using textile media with activism to advocate for social justice. 
    • Join Sara Trail in this inspiring talk as she shares how youth use quilting as a platform of personal expression through the Social Justice Sewing Academy.
    • or @sjsacademy

2020 Guild Retreats

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

Other 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, or in-store with restrictions
    • Many having sales and specials 
  • SAQA Auction
    • Sept. 11 to Oct. 4, 2020
    • Proceeds support SAQA’s programs, publications and education outreach 
    • for more information
  • Secret Swap
    • To take place for the Holiday Party.  Ideas are on the blog. 
    • Items must be mailed by November 25 and will be opened at the party on December 5
    • Post your progress, but be secretive:  #SeaMQGSecretSwap2020
  • Quiltcon 2021, called “QuiltconTogether” will be held virtually 
    • Registration for workshops and lectures is underway
    • Quilt show submissions open Sept 1 and close Nov 30
    • Go to
    • The quilt giveaway this year is designed and made by Seattle MQG members Stephanie Satterwhite and Matt Macomber
    • Community Outreach Quilt Challenge theme will be “curves.”  For info 
    • There is a new webinar on the MQG site on “Taking Quality Photos for Quilt Show Entry.”  There is a video and a pdf of the slideshow there. 
  • Support the NBAF (National Black Arts) and the Social Justice Sewing Academy with the new Better Together t-shirt:  Order here
  • Interested in taking on a paid project?  Seeking a skilled piecer/quilter to finish a quilt.  
    • Client lives in North Seattle.  It will be for her daughter (it was started when she was born, 24 years ago!)
    • Contact us at to be connected to the client

National 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
  • Watch Textile Talk webinar Reflecting on Modern: A Retrospective Chat about QuiltCon Winners
    • Winners from previous Quiltcon shows
    • Discussion about modern quilting and what makes these quilts modern
  • Find episodes of Fresh Quilting and recorded webinars (Resources section) 
  • Watch for the latest Modern Monthly for webinar offerings, quilt patterns and other resources
  • 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. 
  • Tag your work using #SeattleMQGOctoberMeeting on Instagram
  • Send sew-and-tell photos and stories anytime to


  • Next regular guild meeting will be Wednesday October 14 @ 7:00pm via Zoom.  Information to sign up and get the zoom link will be sent out closer to the date.

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