September Meeting - Truck Show with Blair Stocker, Author of Wise Craft Quilts

Plan on coming to this special meeting!  September 21st 2017.  6:30P Social. 7P-8:30P meeting.  Enviromental Services Building - Unversity Place.

  • Tell all your friends who love to sew and create. 
  • Bring your name badge.
  • Pay for October Sew-Cation. We have a few spots left.  October 13 and 14th at the VFW Hall in North Tacoma.  50.00 for two days of sewing, fun, door prizes, good food and more.
  • If you have not bought your 20.00 in raffle tickets to resell- please do so.  Each member must sell minimum of 20 tickets.
  • No Sew and Tell to give Blair our undivided attention.  Save it for October!

Using vintage and second hand fabric that tells stories and keeps memories alive in our everyday lives has provided endless inspiration for Blair Stocker. In fact, she just wrote a book a new book about it! Blair will discuss her journey from blogging to upcycled crafting to quilt making. She will also discuss her background in textile science and designing for the apparel industry and how it influences her work today. She's bringing lots of colorful examples showing how she use vintage, upcycled textiles in her current work, as well as practical tips on how to find, wash and prepare these fabrics to use in your own work.


Summer Social - July 20th

This month's meeting is our annual summer social!  On July 20th, we will be meeting at Fort Nisqually Park in Pt. Defiance.

  • What to bring....
    • Make it Modern project for white elephant swap
    • Sew & Tell
    • Name Tag
    • Light appetizer to share (bring your own beverage)

The social will begin at 6:00 pm, but feel free to come early!

If you need directions to Fort Nisqually, click HERE.

See you soon & Happy Sewing!!

June Meeting Recap

June's meeting was a lot of fun!  You can read the minutes from the meeting here.  At the meeting members revealed their animal challenge projects and it was announced that at July's summer social, there will be a white elephant swap.  It is a Make It Modern project that you will create and then swap, white elephant style.  The project can be anything from a mini quilt, mug rug, pouch, pillow, bag, etc.  The sky's the limit!  Details on the summer social will be posted soon!

In June, we also elected officers for 2017-18.  The results are as follows:
President:  Christine L.
Vice President:  Kathy B. & Cate C.
Vice President of Membership:  Julie A.
Treasurer:  Cindy R.
Secretary:  Kati B.

At the end of the meeting, there was a teaching station round robin!  Five tables were set up and members held mini-lessons on various sewing and quilting topics, many of them hands-on!  It was a great time to get to know each other and learn a lot of new techniques!  I'm sure many members have already started their Christmas lists with new tools and machines!

Below are pictures from the meeting including the challenge reveal, Sew & Tell, and our round robin.


Fall Retreat Update

The Retreat Committee announced at last night's meeting that 3 options have transpired for our 2017 Fall Retreat and we need your input.

The 1st choice is Seabeck, on Oct 6-8.  This location was originally announced at a previous meeting. Seabeck is a hotel-type sleeping arrangement and would cost $185 for double, $205 for single occupancy. Sewing time starts at 4pm Friday and ends 9am Sunday. This location is limited to 16 people max and has very limited local quilt stores for emergency shopping.

The 2nd choice is a 2 day Staycation at VFW.  This is the same location as our staycation in March. For this option, the dates would be Oct 13-14 and you would sleep in your own bed at home. Sewing time is 10am to midnight both Friday and Saturday. Cost is approx $60.00 per person, which covers both days. There is room for approx 18-20 sewists with lots of quilt stores nearby for any supplies.

The 3rd choice is Gwinwood in Lacey.  This is the same location as the fall retreat last year.  Dates for this location are Oct 6-8 and the cost is approx $135-160 per person, depending on how many sign up. Sleeping arrangements are similar to summer camp, with 4 to 6 per room. Sewing is Friday 10am through Sunday 1pm'ish. There is room for approx 20-22 with quilt stores are close by.

Please visit the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page to place your vote!  If you do not have access to Facebook, please email Kati Boe - kboe346(at)gmail(dot)com - with your preferred choice.

A post for June's meeting and minutes will be coming soon!

Happy Sewing!

Next Meeting - April 20th

April's meeting is fast approaching!!  Minutes from the meeting in March are available HERE.  This meeting will have announcements with lots of updates and information on our raffle quilt, upcoming swaps, the fall retreat, our guest speaker in May, and much, much more!  You don't want to miss this meeting!

Here is what you need for April's meeting:

  • April's BOM - Funky Wrench
  • Birthday Raffle Item if you are an April baby
  • Secret Sister final gift with your name on it
  • Name Tag for the swap
  • Sew & Tell
  • Your name tag

April 8th Sew-In: Reusable Market Tote

Tacoma is going bagless soon, so on April 8th there will be a Sew-In where members will be making a Reusable Market Tote by Bijou Lovely, taught by Christie Lewis!  In order to attend, please RSVP via email (, as there is limited space available.

Here are the details for the Sew-In...

  • Date:  April 8, 2017
  • Location:  400 E 56th St, Tacoma 98404

Supplies to bring:
Sewing machine & basic sewing tools
Pre-washed, pre-cut, ironed fabric (cutting details will be sent when you RSVP)
- 1-yard main outer fabric
- 1-yard base & lining fabric
- 4-yards lightweight interfacing (I used Pellon JAS Val-U-Fuse 44FPKG10 which is available at JoAnns)
- Matching thread
- Contrasting thread for topstitching

If you don't want to make the bag, you are welcome to come and bring some hand sewing and just hang out with us!  Space is limited to approx 12 machines, but there will be lots of chairs if you'd like to come, visit and hand sew!

Remember, you must RSVP to participate in making the bag; however, if you are joining us for some hand sewing and visiting, RSVP is not needed.

Happy Sewing!!

Next Meeting - March 16th

March's meeting got here so fast!  You can read the minutes from February's meeting HERE.

We have an exciting guest speaker coming to March's meeting - Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts!  She will be sharing her story and will also have some items available for purchase.

At this meeting, you will also have the opportunity to sign up and pay for the National Quilting Day Staycation!  Cost for this event is $25 for guild members and $30 for non-members.  The cost includes dinner.  For more information about the Staycation, click HERE.

Here's what else you should bring to March's meeting:

  • March's BOM - Urban Chickens
  • Shape Challenge projects for reveal
  • 2nd Secret Sister Gift
  • A goody to donate towards the Birthday Raffle if you are a March baby
  • $1's for chances to win at Birthday Raffle
  • Sew & Tell
  • Your name tag

See you tomorrow!

Staycation for National Quilting Day

National Quilting Day is Saturday, March 18th.  To celebrate, the guild is hosting a "stay-cation" for 17 hours of uninterrupted sewing!  It's going to be amazing!  We have a great location with lots of room, good lighting, and lots of tables.  We will have a design wall, ironing boards and cutting mats available.  There will be fun sewing activities and dinner is provided.  Below are some details and a suggested list of supplies.  If you know anyone else who wants to come, please feel free to invite them.  Cost to attend is $25 for guild members and $30 for anyone outside of the guild.

Date:  Saturday, March 18, 2017
Location:  VFW Post 10018
                 4741 N. Baltimore St.
                 Tacoma, WA 98407
Hours:  9AM-Midnight
What to bring:  fun projects, snacks to share, and any sewing supplies you will need for your projects.  Bring a lunch, and don't forget, dinner is included in the $25 cost.

Suggested Supply List
Sewing machine with foot pedal and power cord
Any sewing feet you may need
Extension cord & surge protector
Seam rippers, hand needles, thimbles
Rotary cutter, scissors and snips
Pins with pin cushion
Measuring tape, marking pencils/chalk
Reading glasses
Chargers for your electronics
Healthy snacks & chocolate
Lunch (dinner is included in the $25)

Attire is casual dress (jammie bottoms and slippers are encouraged!) and don't forget a sweater or light jacket.

If you have any questions, please contact the guild.  We look forward to seeing everyone for a fun and happy day!

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting things happening in March!  Mark your calendars for these special events coming up in March.

First, SEW EXPO!  On Saturday, March 4th, members will be meeting at the Puyallup Fairgrounds to enjoy the expo together.  The group will meet at 9:00am inside the Gold Gate by the fountain. Never been to the expo before?  Check it out HERE

Next up, is our guest speaker who will be with us at our monthly meeting on March 16th.  Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts will be joining us.  You can read more about her HERE and also visit her website,

Finally, mark your calendars for March 18th for a National Quilting Day Sew-In!  More information for this event will be coming soon!

Happy Sewing!