August Meeting

The August SMQG meeting will be held at Urfer Family Park Pavilion on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. The park is located at 4000 Honore Ave in Sarasota and has paved pathway to covered pavilion with picnic tables. Please wear a Mask and bring a chair if you wish more social distance. And bring your Show and Tell, Quarantine work, or projects that need some ideas or suggestions, modern or otherwise.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday 1 August - Zoom meeting at 10 a.m. featuring Nan Ryan's Facing Tutorial followed by a Sew Day. The Zoom invite is available in Events on our Groupworks site. For more detail see the Programs tab at the top of this page or click here.

Saturday 29 August - Zoom meeting at 10 a.m. featuring Christine Ravish's Tutorial followed by a Sew Day. The Zoom invite is available in Events on our Groupworks site. For more detail see the Programs tab at the top of this page or click here.
(If you are not a member and are interested in these presentations please use the contact form to contact us for a zoom link.)

Highlights from July Show and Tell
by Lenore Loftis

by Pam Morris

July 2020 Park Meeting

Our next meeting will be outdoors on Saturday, July 18th at a local park.  Social time will begin at 9 am followed by a short meeting and Show and Tell. Bring your mask, chair, drinking water, and old shoes as the grass may still be dewy. See specific location on our Groupworks site or use the contact form on the sidebar to request meeting location. Masking and social distancing required.

BLOCK LOTTERY - You could win! Add one of your own Improv Curved blocks and you'll have a chance to win a bunch at the August 15 Auction. For specific details click here or on the Activities Tab.

Program - On August 1 at 10 a.m. Nan Ryan will present on Zoom a step by step slideshow for "perfectly square corners" on faced bindings. For more details click here or go to Programs Tab.  If you are not a member but are interested in joining the presentation, use the contact form on the side panel Attn Facings Zoom for more information.

Due to the surge in pandemic cases, our sister guild South Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild has cancelled their October Retreat.

Highlight from a recent fabric meet-up (masked and self distancing) is a colorful quilt top by Jayne Holt. Many pillowcases and quilts for our Gifting Committee. See more of our giving activities here or in the Gifting Committee Tab.
by Jayne Holt

June Virtual Meeting

At the June Virtual Meeting on Zoom it was great to see everyone and get the latest news on projects and happenings.

Blocks have been in the making for the One-Block Quarantine Creation. For more information to make the block - click here or on the Activities tab. Bring your block(s) to the TailGate Meetup.

A second TailGate Meetup is planned for Saturday, June 27, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Fruitville Library parking lot. Bring quilt tops or finished gifting quilts and pillowcases, pick up more fabric and batting, and bring your improv blocks and we'll design some layouts! Make sure to bring a cutting mat and rotary if you want some fabric.
Wear a mask, please!

Wednesday, July 8, 5 p.m. - Wine and Shine on Zoom -  for "quilty" conversations limited to first nine members to signup on Groupworks

The July meeting location is still to be determined. It may be in a park location where there will be plenty of space between us or a Virtual meeting. Announcement will be posted here as soon as it's decided. (We all want to be safe and at the same time we are missing seeing our sewing buddies in person.)

Highlights from the June Show and Tell -
Kate's quilt was started in the Double Curves workshop by Christine Ravish. For more information Click Here or on the Workshops tab.

 This MidCentury Modern quilt was started in a class by Carole Lyles Shaw. Click Here to see the online class available on her website.

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.

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