April 2020 Retreat Rescheduled

Greetings SMQG Quilt Retreaters,
After much discussion and with our overall safety in mind, your SMQG Board has reached a unanimous decision to reschedule our April 2020 retreat to April 15-19, 2021. We grappled with this over the last few weeks, following the Covid-19 news, and being open to alternatives.
This protects us all: ourselves; our family members; our snowbirds, who would miss a
rescheduled date in the fall; our participants from New York; and our Miami attendees.
Dayspring, while hoping that we could have joined them, has agreed to simply move our
deposit to next year. So we will incur no loss of our dollars.

Many thanks go out to our awesome Retreat team of Tommy and Jamie S. They have worked countless hours to put together an unforgettable experience for us. So we will have to be patient and wait to experience their creativity until 2021.

So here are some of the things we can do during our In House Quilt Quarantine Retreat:
 Think about each other and pretend we are together.
 Work on projects intended.
 Have someone bring you meals (OK that may not work).
 Watch for a gift card drawing each day and clap for the winners.
 Do to the quarantine, only tell inside jokes.
 Bring your favorite drink into your quilt space.
 Be ready for a GREAT Show, tell and ask at our next meeting.

A note about the gift cards that were to be used as raffle gifts: These were purchased from Deb’s Quilt Basket, The Modern Sewist and Cotton Patch. While the shops would probably honor them next year, we have decided that winners would be encouraged to spend them as soon as possible, to support our beloved and generous local shops. Winners will be announced.

If you would like to have your retreat money held in our treasury and applied to next April, you need to do nothing, and your retreat registration will remain intact.
If you would like to have your payment returned, please contact Jamie Sculley at
KJSCULL@aol.com . She will record the information and forward it to our treasurer and she will issue checks to you.
Questions/Suggestions are valued so don’t hesitate to email at RNRYAN1646@icloud.com
Finally, Be Safe, 
Your SMQG Board

March 2020 meeting cancelled

The Board is heeding the COVID-19 advice and has cancelled the March 21, 2020 meeting. They will consult with organizers on our April Retreat as time gets closer. Also the March 28 - Modern Mystery Workshop has been postponed. The SunCoast Quilting Circle of St Pete has cancelled their quilt show scheduled for next weekend also.
As Nan says "Enjoy relaxing time at home and Quilt On."

Share what your working on Groupworks or on our Instagram - Sarasotamqg.



March 2020 meeting

The next SMQG meeting is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fruitville Library meeting room. After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.
The Program is all about Machine Binding by Lou Taft and Christine Ravish. This is a hands on sew day or a demo which ever fits your afternoon.
Did you get your envelope for the new Challenge? For more information on the Traditional Block to Modern Challenge click here.

A highlight of Show and Tell was Jamie Sculley's "Jewel" quilt. It's paper pieced in silk fabrics. Pattern is "Elizabeth" by MJ Kinman click here.


"Elizabeth" by Jamie Sculley

Upcoming Events-

Feb 29 - Sew Day
Mar 21 - Meeting at Fruitville Library
April 16-19 - Retreat

Our Special Exhibition at the Suncoast Quilt Expo

Our Solids Only! Challenge and the Fat Quarter Challenge with fabric by Marcia Derse were in a special exhibit at the Manatee Patchwork Quilt Guild's SunCoast Quilt Expo at the Bradenton Convention Center on Feb 14 and 15, 2020. A big thank you to our sister guild and to K Kotovsky for organizing, collecting and hanging the quilts.

Solids Only! display at Manatee Patchwork Quilt Guilds Suncoast Quilt Expo

Fat Quarter Challenge  with fabric designed by Marcia Derse on display at the Suncoast Quilt Expo

Congrats to Donna Koenig and Jann Warfield  both won many ribbons, click here to see some of their award winning quilts.



February 2020 meeting

The February 15th, 10:30 a.m. SMQG meeting will be held at the Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St in the second floor meeting room. There is an elevator available. Please park in back lot only or in the adjacent parking lot and walk around for entry.
After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell. February's program is Double Curves completion by Christine Ravish for members who took her workshop. Also you are welcome to sew on your own project.
Congrats to Carole Lyle Shaw for Curated Quilt magazine feature in Notable.
The Solids Only! challenge was a great hit with the most entries ever in a challenge. See the Challenge tab for group photo's. KK's quilt was a little hidden in the group photo's and was spectacular using our charity fabrics.
KK's Solids Only! Challenge
note charity fabric colors on right

Upcoming Events-

Feb 15 - Meeting at Waldemere Fire Station
Feb 19-23 - QuiltCon, Austin, Texas
Feb 29 - Sew Day
Mar 4 - Arty Animals Workshop
Mar 21 - Meeting at Fruitville Library
Mar 28 - Modern Mystery Quilt Workshop
April 16-19 - Retreat


January 2020 meeting

The next SMQG meeting is Saturday January 18th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fruitville Library meeting room. After a short business meeting, bring a modern quilt for Show and Tell.
And...
The January Challenge quilt is due this meeting. For more information on this Solids Only! Challenge see the Challenge Tab here.
January's program is on Quilt Journals. Bring a share on how you journal your quilts.  Terrie Morgan will show us how to make a journal cover from pieced fabric. For more information and supplies see the Program tab here.
New sew days have added for your enjoyment and camaraderie in sewing. To see a listing of Sew Days click Activity tab here.
Back by popular demand, a second Transparency Workshop by Christine Ravish is on Saturday, January 25, 2020. For supplies and information see the Workshops tab here. Sign-up on Groupworks or use the contact form with Transparency Workshop in Subject on this website's side bar.

The highlight of our annual Holiday Party was the SMQG pin created from our logo and presented to all members by Jodi G and Carole Shaw, the co-founders of the guild. Thank you!
December is the annual distribution of the Sallie House quilts. 125 quilts were donated with 25 children in-house selecting quilts. For photo's and more information see the Community Outreach
page here. A special thank you to Jodi G and to all who make this program so successful. 
Upcoming dates -
January 3, Friday - Sew Day
January 18, Saturday - Meeting and Solids Only! Challenge due
January 25, Saturday - Transparency Workshop
February 1, Saturday - Airing of the Quilts
February 15, Saturday - Meeting
February 19-23, QuiltCon, Austin, Tx



December Holiday Party - note date and time change

The December meeting is our annual Holiday Party on December 14, at 11 a.m. for members only at the Fruitville Library Meeting room. Bring food and drinks from signup and also a Modern Quilting inspired $15 gift for the gift exchange in a brown bag or use a fat quarter for wrapping paper. As usual, bring a modern quilt for show and tell. Great food, gifts, and modern style quilts to view...it's going to be fun...

Highlights from the November meeting was member Joan Der quilt "A-Maze-ing Journey to Remission" was selected to hang in the Sapphire collection of  Houston's 45th Annual Show.
Click here for the full quilt story

Joan Der with her quilt "A-Maze-ing Journey to Remission" the second one above her head at the Houston International Quilt Show featured in the Sapphire Collection.