Saturday, May 9, 2015

No May Meeting

Well there wasn't exactly a meeting at the Modern Mercado but there was some Sew-n-Tell and block of the month information. First off since there way no "real" May meeting, the Block of the Month from this month is extended to next month. And there is another block for next month. Both are posted on Facebook. Feel free to make either or both. We will have two separate drawings at the June meeting so you'll have you chance to win either or both. Thanks to all those who brought their wares to sell at the Mercado. And thanks to all those who spent there hard earned money at the Mercado. I'm sure the sellers were happy for your business. I know I was. And congrats to the door prize winners. This was my first time winning a door prize and I'm not sure we take enough time to say thank you to those that donate those door prizes. So here's a big Thank You from the past and present door prize winners. You are appreciated. If you're interested in donating a door prize, see our Vice President for Hospitality and Membership, Sara Elliott. There were no president announcements at the non-meeting, so let's get right to the good stuff. Here's the Sew-n-Tell in case you missed it.

Sorry, Couldn't resist showing this awesome creation.  Isn't he adorable?

Emily held a contest at retreat at was able to get 20 NICU tops made for Threads of Love.  She showed off a couple the group did.

This is the Block of the Month for next meeting.  Watch facebook for the instructions.

May's Modern Mercado

I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard our May meeting was going to be a modern Mercado. I've lived in San Antonio long enough to know that a Mercado is a market, so I figured this would be similar to the "sewing room sales" I've experienced at other quilt guilds in the past. A kind of flea market. But as often happens with this guild, I was pleasantly surprised. If that was a Modern Mercado, I have to say I liked it. I made the money back that I spent on my table, even though it was a dollar at a time. I came home with one bag less than I went with, so that felt good. And I bought some awesome stuff for myself. All-in-all an exceptional night. In case you missed it, here's some pictures.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You can help

Everyone needs a little help. I think most of you could agree. But for non-profit organizations, that is especially true. And being a non-profit organization that prefers not to do traditional fund-raising, it is especially important that we find alternate ways to raise money.

Why Fundraising?

As members of the guild, our dues partially provide what is needed, but the more funds we can raise, the less out-of-pocket expenses we’ll have for our sewlebrity workshops and programs.

One way our guild is raising funds is by recruiting sponsors. We currently have four sponsors, and would love to get more businesses to sponsor our guild. As members, when we pay our dues, we get our money’s worth through presentations at meetings, workshops, free BOM patterns and opportunities to win those blocks. Our dues also provide access to the Modern Quilting Guild webinars, free patterns, and challenge opportunities. Our sponsors, on the other hand, only get their money’s worth if we support their businesses. So please read about our sponsors below, and consider supporting them, as they support our guild.

If you know of any other people or businesses willing to sponsor our guild, please provide their contact information to Jen Eskridge.

You will see our sponsors’ logos and Internet links on our newsletters and on our blog, but here’s a little more about each of them:

Meet our Sponsors
Busy Bees Quilting
Busy Bees Quilting is located in northeast San Antonio. Jeana Kubik is the owner and an authorized sales representative of Gammill Longarm Quilting machines, as well as a longarm quilting service provider using Statler Stitcher. Her motto is “Let the Bees finish your quilts!”

Jeana’s love of quilting began eight years ago, after she left her job as a school nurse to care for her mother. Jeana enjoys all the steps involved in creating quilts and often takes classes to learn more and continuously improve her techniques. Jeana’s fabric specialty is wide-width quilting backs. She has over 20 colors of backing fabric. Jeana will be joining us for the modern May Mercado and bringing precuts like tonga treats and Batavian jewels and will have information on Gammill longarm machines in case anyone is interested.

You can also follow Jeanna on facebook at

Cottonboll Quilting

Cottonboll Quilting is an online fabric and full service long arm quilting company with the latest Gammill equipment and Statler Stitcher software. Their fabrics include batiks, screenprints and solids from Moda, Hoffman, Island Batik, Northcott, Quilting Treasures, Choice Fabrics, Red Rooster and others. They also carry pre-cuts, and pre-fused applique kits from McKenna Ryan, Cleo, Zebra and others. They’ve recently expanded to include more fabrics they think will appeal to modern quilters, including Tula Pink's Elizabeth and Bumble.

The shop is owned by two sisters who grew up in a large family with a mother who loved to sew. After their mom retired and took up quilting, Carla and her mom began attending the local quilting guild meetings together. Carla became a fixture at the local fabric store, teaching embroidery and appliqué classes. Susan and Carla enjoy working together, sharing their love of sewing and quilting. Their business is based in Schertz and we will be seeing some of their wares at the Modern May Mercado.

You can also follow Susan and Carla on facebook at

Kustom Kwilts
Kustom Kwilts is a Pipe Creek business run by guild member Joanna Marsh. She does custom quilting on a long arm, as well as her domestic machine, and has an Etsy store where you can find custom handmade tote bags (including the Mamacita Loca bag), travel bags, cosmetic bags, quilts, holiday items, baby items and a variety of other high quality hand sewn and quilted items. Joanna also loves to fill custom orders. If there is a special project you need made, just contact her to discuss.

Joanna was led to quilting by her need to constantly be doing something and by her grandmother, who made quilts from whatever she had on hand.  Joanna is fearless when it comes to trying new things and seems to easily master each different technique she experiments with.

You can follow Joanna on facebook at, where you’ll find special offers and promotions, and on Instagram @kustomkwilts.

ReannaLily Designs
ReannaLily Designs is the sewing and quilting pattern company of guild member Jen Eskridge, currently located in Helotes. Jen is a business owner, a book author, pattern and fabric designer, teacher and tool developer. She is the author of three books: Deploy That Fabric (C&T Publishing); Learn to Sew Easy (Leisure Arts); and Hexagons Made Easy (Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place) and invented & trademarked the Seamingly Accurate seam guide that affixes to any sewing machine. On her website you can purchase her books, patterns, original fabric, kits, notions and t-shirts. A valuable part of her website is her blog where she offers free patterns, tutorials for sewing and quilting projects and shares her tips and techniques, as well as inspiration.

Jen has been sewing as long as she can remember. Her mother taught her the basics and she made her first quilt in 1993. Five years later she earned a degree in Apparel Design, and five years after that had started quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs. Jen has traveled the world gathering inspiration and ideas for designs and patterns.

You can find ReannaLily Designs on Etsy at; on facebook at; on Pinterest at; on Instagram at ; and on Craftsy.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SAMQG Spring Retreat

If you look up retreat in the dictionary there are a variety of definitions: 
    1) the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
    2) a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy;
    3) an asylum, as for the insane;
    4) a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

But to a quilter, a retreat is something a bit different and yet part of all of those things. We definitely do withdraw -- but not into safety, privacy, retirement or seclusion. We withdraw from our normal everyday life into a place where we have all we need to make our quilting dreams come true. We definitely go to a place of seclusion, but not a seclusion from everyone, just from non-quilters. Many would think it’s some kind of asylum and some would say we do go a bit crazy. We wake up very early in the morning, stay up very late at night and in between we sew, we build with blocks, we quilt (and we eat a little). To some of us quilting is almost like a religious exercise – creation. And I’m sure to many as we sit silently and imagine and dream and think of what we can make out of the beautiful fabric we’ve seen, it looks like meditation.

So a quilting retreat is everything in the dictionary and more. It’s a special time where it doesn’t matter what your age is, where you came from, where you’re going or what your style is. It doesn’t matter what kind of equipment you use, what kind of color palette you love, or what kind of design you’re dreaming of. It only matters that you are in a room with others who like you want to create something beautiful from fabric.

It’s so fun to watch things take shape and grow. But when you have 24 people all creating at the same time, it is difficult to capture it and still be able to do some sewing yourself. So below are some pics for you in various stages of completion. I hope you enjoy them and if you come to a guild meeting, I hope you see them completed and put to good use on a bed or a wall or somehow displayed for others to enjoy.

I'm gonna make a few apologies about these pictures. First, you won't see many people. When you're at retreat you really aren't looking your best and I am not a good photographer anyway, so rather than insult anyone with a bad photo, I only used pics with people when there was no other way to show their creation. Second, I am not adding the names of the creators of these masterpieces. Third, many of these quilts were more done when the retreat was over and I didn't get pictures of them in their latest form.