May Virtual Meeting

At the May Virtual meeting on Zoom it was great to see everyone and keep update on new projects and happenings.

In the spirit of creating together, staying connected, and charity, Terri Morgan has started a One-Block Charity Quarantine Creation. Blocks are to be sort of a wonky log cabin with a black and white center. For detailed information click here or on Activities tab.

A Distribution of Charity Fabric and Kits will be on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Fruitville Library Parking Lot. Please wear masks and keep at social distance. Jodi G. will also have batting and pillowcase kits available for our Sallie House community charity project.

One highlight of the Zoom meeting was the very modern style Washer Quilt shown by Christine Ravish.
Washer Quilt by Christine Ravish

And Congratulations to Carole Lyles Shaw for adding online classes to her repertoire. For more information on the classes click here on Activities Tab or click here for Carole's website.

S2MQG, our sister guild, has opened registration for their Oct 8-11, 2020 Retreat at DaySprings. Contact them per below information.

QuiltCon Virtual, New Challenge Announced, May Meeting

In this social distancing time due to the Corona virus, it was announced that QuiltCon scheduled for Feb 2021 in Atlanta will now be Virtual.

New Challenge Announced
Jamie and Tommy have released our second guild Challenge of the year - 
"Choose your own Inspiration"
Here's Tommy's example - photo from magazine add for inspiration
Inspiration, paint color chip

to finished quilt!
Tommy F  Inspiration Photo Quilt
for all the details click here or Challenge tab above.

The May Meeting will again be on the Zoom platform hostessed by Carole Lyle Shaw. See details on time and connecting in Groupworks.

SMQG Members Virtual Social Time

April 18, 2020    11:00 a. m. to 2:00 p.m.

We will have a Virtual Social Time through a Zoom meeting.
While we meet, we will have GIVEAWAYS! If you cannot join us at the meeting, we will send your prize to you.
Show, Ask & Tell: We will also share what we have been up to over the past few weeks. Some of us may even be working on the Retreat projects that we would have been sewing this week. (Limit to 1 minute per person so be ready to share with your project on your lap or by your side.)

LINKS COMING BY EMAIL: Carole S. will send the Zoom link by email. See GroupWorks for more details.

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 . 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
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.