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 (tacomamqg@gmail.com), 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
Rulers
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, www.okanarts.com.

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!

 

Next Meeting - February 16th

Our next meeting is coming up fast - this Thursday!

February is National Embroidery Month!  To celebrate, we are having a demonstration on some basic embroidery stitches.  The fabric and embroidery floss will be provided.  Please see the list below to see what else you will need to bring to February's meeting!

  • Embroidery Supplies:
    • 4-8" embroidery hoop
    • Small scissors
    • Embroidery needle
  • February's BOM - Scrappy Strips (10 1/2" unfinished)
  • Secrect Sister gift #1
  • A goody to donate to the Birthday Raffle if you are a February baby
  • $1's for a chance to win at the Birthday Raffle
  • Sew & Tell
  • Name Tag

Also, if your Secret Sister has made you something or has gifted you something extraordinary, please feel free to share it during Sew & Tell.  Remember, Sisters are secret until the reveal in April!

Happy Sewing!

Upcoming Meeting - January 19th

Happy 2017, Quilters!

First important announcement for our next meeting - we will be in the training room at the ESB.  This is different from our normal room.  When you arrive, just turn to the left and the room will be right there.  You can't miss us, because we will be setting up for our annual destash sale!!

Which brings us to the next topic... the Annual Destash Sale!  Now is a great opportunity to do a bit of cleaning and organizing in your sewing space.  Bring any items you wish to donate (fabric, rulers, books, notions, etc.) with you to January's meeting.  All proceeds go to help the guild and any items left after the sale are donated to the Senior Center.

At this meeting we will also be voting on a name for our 2017 raffle quilt.  The goal is to have tickets ready to sell around February/March, so please put on your thinking cap and be ready to share ideas for a name.

Finally, don't forget to pay your 2017 dues!  Dues remain at $50 this year and you can pay at the meeting or via PayPal.

This meeting is going to be full of information about what's happening in 2017, including upcoming events, speakers, special sew-in's, and guild events.  We will also be choosing shapes for the upcoming Shape Challenge.

Here's what you should bring to January's meeting:

  • Destash items
  • January's BOM & special Blue Heart block
  • Birthday Raffle items if you are a January Baby
  • $1's to purchase a chance at the Birthday Raffle
  • Sew & Tell
  • You name tag

It's going to be great, so don't miss it!

Happy Sewing!

December Meeting Minutes & Year in Review

We have reached the end of 2016!  Thank you to all of the members for making this a great year, a successful guild, and sharing all of your lovely projects with us.  Our fantastic president, Christine, wrote up a fun review outlining all of the wonderful things that happened this year.  You can click HERE to read a review of what our guild accomplished in 2016.  This has been one of the best years for our guild and there are some fantastic ideas, events, speakers, demos and more coming up in 2017!

The December meeting did cover some important business; please see our meeting minutes to find out all of the details.  After that, we spent the remainder of the evening sharing with Sew & Tell (how cute is that Alpaca quilt?) and then sharing more with the annual Secret Santa Swap.

Finally, don't forget to pay your 2017 dues!  There is still time to do so via PayPal.

Happy Sewing until we meet again in 2017!!

Holiday Social - December 15th

Has everyone been sewing happily away?  Christmas is fast approaching and we have come out our annual holiday social!  Here are some things you will want to bring for the upcoming event...

  • A finger food to share (no alcohol please)
  • Your Holiday Swap item
  • Sew & Tell
  • December BOM using the featured fabric
  • Item to donate to the Birthday Raffle if you are a December baby
  • $1's for a chance to win a Birthday Raffle
  • Your name tag

Dues for 2017 are also due in December.  Dues will remain $50 for the year and can be paid at the December meeting or via PayPal.

Happy Sewing!!