April 2021 Zoom Meeting Reminder

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, join us via Zoom, with live video and audio! Social time from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, and again for a short time after our presenter speaks. We will be able to see and hear you via your computer’s camera and microphone. (If you prefer not to be seen/heard, please mute both.) Meetings are open to Seattle MQG members only.

Current Seattle MQG members received an email on March 31 with an invite to register for the meeting. Please follow the link and register right away. You will then get a confirmation email from Zoom: save the confirmation email and use it to join us on the meeting date. (If you don’t see either email in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder as they might be there.)

Seattle MQG will continue to meet virtually in 2021 — all meetings going forward will be via Zoom until it is safe to meet in person. We are disappointed that we won’t be meeting in person, but want to prioritize everyone’s health and safety first.


Meg Cox

Meg will talk on “400 Years of Quilts At the Click of a Mouse”.  As former president of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance, Meg often gives lectures about the amazing online resources of the Alliance and other quilt archives. These include an oral history project archived at the Library of Congress, and the Quilt Index, an online repository of more than 60,000 quilts.  Did you know that you can study every single quilt owned by the Metropolitan Museum online? Or that you can view every exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum virtually? Meg will give us the story behind some amazing quilts and give us ideas for taking inspiration from online quilts without breaking copyright laws.  

Meeting will include:

  • 6:30 pm: Sign in early for optional socializing with video and audio on. NEW! We are experimenting with using breakout rooms to enable smaller group conversations this month during the pre-meeting social time this month.
  • 6:55 pm: Breakout rooms will close
  • 7:00 pm: Short announcements (recording starts, please mute microphones)
  • 7:10 pm: Introduction of our guest presenter, Meg Cox
  • 7:15 – 8:15 pm: Meg Cox presents: “400 Years of Quilts at the Click of a Mouse”
  • 8:15 – 8:20 pm: 5 minute break
  • 8:20 – 8:40 pm:
    • Guild updates and business
    • Block of the Month – April prompt
  • 8:45 – 9:00 pm: Sew and Tell
  • 9:00 – 9:20 pm: Breakout rooms for socializing

Breakout Rooms

We are trying something different with respect to breakout rooms this month. Instead of having breakout rooms in the middle of the meeting, we are going to experiment with using them before and after the meeting. All the meeting attendees will be randomly assigned to smaller groups of 6-9 people. You can then turn on your video and audio, and chat real-time with each other. At 7:00 pm you will be brought back into the main Zoom room for the start of the April meeting. After the meeting, anyone who wishes to stay and chat can do so in breakout rooms that will be set up after the end of the meeting.   

Block of the Month

Katie will introduce the Month 4 prompt for the Salsa Medallion BOM – The Focal Block.

Sew and Tell

During Sew and Tell, you are welcome to unmute yourself to say a few words about the project you are sharing. Please send images of your recent projects to seattlemodernquiltguild@gmail.com with “SEW AND TELL” in the subject line by 8:00 pm Monday, April 12 to be included in our Zoom meeting Sew and Tell.

Zoom meeting nuts & bolts

If you haven’t used Zoom before, please create a Free account on Zoom. You don’t need to pay anything to participate in our Zoom membership meeting. When you sign up, the Zoom.us app will download to your computer. If you’ve used Zoom before, then you are all set to go!

  • Current members of Seattle Modern Quilt Guild will receive an invitation email from our guild Gmail account on the 1st of the month. Our Zoom meetings are for Seattle MQG members only.
  • For security sake, you will be asked to Register for the meeting. Please do so as soon as you get the email invitation.
  • Don’t see the invitation email? Please check your junk mail folder.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. SAVE THIS EMAIL as you will use the link and password to join the meeting. 
  • On Wednesday, April 14th, please get comfy in front of your computer with internet access.
  • Click the link in the Zoom email to join the meeting, and follow the instructions to sign in.
  • Sign in at 6:30 pm for social time, or by 6:55 pm at the latest, as we will start the program promptly at 7:00 pm.
  • Your camera and microphone will be on! Feel free to mute yourself and/or turn off your camera, especially when we are watching the speaker present.
  • You can use a tablet device or smart phone, but it may be harder for you to see/hear unless you are on a larger screen. I recommend using your laptop or desktop computer.
  • If you are new to Zoom, please read this short intro to joining a Zoom meeting.
  • Previous Zoom users may want to check for updates to the Zoom app: launch the app, then click on the upper-right corner (your photo if you uploaded one) of the Zoom screen, and select “Check for updates” from that menu. Follow instructions to download the latest version.

If you have questions during the meeting, have general comments or just want to cheer someone on, please use the Chat window. We will also have some Polls ready to ask for your participation.

If you have technical issues, first try logging out of Zoom, and then try the email link again (logging back in). Make sure you are using the link for this particular meeting. Double check to see if the volume is turned up on your computer, and no bluetooth audio devices are attached. You will also have the option of calling in via phone to listen to the meeting if your computer is not working (there will be a phone number in the invitation email). If you get completely stuck, the meeting will be recorded and available online for viewing later.

Can’t stay for the whole meeting? That’s OK! Just join us for as long as you are able. You can leave the meeting at any time.

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