Annual Member Retreat

Every year that we aren't dealing with a global pandemic, the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild hosts a 3-day retreat, Typically in the fall, this member's only event is held at a local hotel. Members enjoy a relaxing weekend with Quilty friends sewing, sharing, learning, and having fun! Over the course of the three-day event, in addition to getting some quality time with their sewing machine, members participate in various demonstrations, participate in networking and fun activities with other members, and have an opportunity to win some great raffle prizes.

Typically, members are given the option of attending one, two or all three days. Hotel rooms are available at a discounted rate for those that want to stay on-site; many of the attendees choose to commute every day.

The 2024 SewMe Retreat is scheduled for October 4 - 6, 2024.

2023 SewMeSTL

There is a separate room set up for ironing and cutting stations.
The closers . Top Row Left to Right - Laura Patterson, Suzanne Galli Koenen, Octavia Pitts, Edy John, Bottom Row Left to Right - Em Komiskey, Kristina Olson, Jennifer Chan, Leila Gardunia
Raffle table
Octavia's presentation of Improv Curves. Pictures L to R - Marcia Dillard, Nancy Christmann, Octavia Pitts in front, Amy Kerkemeyer in back.
Octavia Pitts demonstrating Improv Curves on Sunday.
Members watching a demonstration of Improv Curves by Octavia Pitts.
Jennifer Deck passing out Sunday mimosas to Madalene Layne.
Schedule for Sunday.
Selfie master Jennifer Chan with Leila Gardunia.
Jennifer Chan and Em Komiskey.
L to R - Megan Smith, Madalene Layne, Jennifer Chan and Jamie Murray
L to R - Jennifer Chan, Octavia Pitts, Pam Hartig
L to R - Jennifer Chan and Lynne Miller
L to R - Jennifer Chan and Cindi Templin
L to R - Jennifer Chan and Elaine Tiefenbrunn
On Saturday, Will McDonald from Just Sew was there to sharpen our scissors.
Example of Kantha Quilting.
Gayle Larson and Angie Henderson demonstrating Kantha Quilting.
Raffle prize runner Pam Hartig showing off one of the prizes.
Raffle mavens Edy Johns and Laura Patterson conducting one the three daily raffles.
Saturday's midnight club shutting down for the night. Madalene Layne in back. L to R front, Em Komiskey, Megan Smith, Kristina Olson and Jamie Murray.
Standing - Lilo Whitener-Fey. Clockwise - Melissa Jackson, Kristi Daum, Marie Hill, Gayle Larson, Angie Henderson, Tess McMahon, Rene' Shoults, Jessica Schunke, Jolene Grosch and Lauren McMillan.
Scrap Dash - L to R, Kat Scott, Pam Waske, Octavia Pitts, Allison Maestri (back), Melissa Jackson, Leila Gardunia and Kerry Caverly.
Scrap Dash. L to R - Kerry Caverly, Pam Hartig, Susan Musyznski, Tess McMahon and Darla Jia.
Susan Muszynski and Tess McMahon (center) getting ready for the scrap dash. On the left behind them, Kristini Olson and Pam Hartig. On right forward, Darla Jia.
Susan Muszynski demonstrating free motion quilting on a domestic machine.
Group gathered to hear Kristina Olson talk about digital quilt labels.
Kristina Olson demonstrating how to create digital quilt labels.
Saturday schedule.
One of four snack tables. Members brought their favorites to share.
Friday midnight crew. L clockwise - Em Komiskey, Megan Smith, Jamie Murray, Octavia Pitts, Kristina Olson and Pam Hartig.
Raffle crew. L to R - Susan Muszynski, Edy Johns and Laura Patterson.
Susan Muszynski leading us during a yoga stretch break.
Group taking a yoga stretch break.
Pam Hartig giving a demonstration of pressing tips and techniques.
Friday schedule.
Dottie Vaughn gave us tips in her Perfecting Your Piecing demonstration.
Jennifer Chan and Dottie Vaughn.
Getting set up and starting to sew on Friday morning.
One of many raffle prizes.
Raffle prizes. That is a quilting Barbie with her own sewing machine which is, of course, pink.
Suzanne Galli Koenen demonstrating Fabric Coloring Techniques.

Ninety-one members attended the 2023 SewMeSTL retreat throughout the three days; 88 on Friday, 89 on Saturday and Sunday had 67. Sixty-three members attended all three days. The guild offered short demonstrations throughout the weekend taught by member volunteers.

Friday  –      Perfecting Your Piecing by

     Dottie Vaughn - Handout,

     Pressing Matters by Pam Hartig,  

     Fabric Coloring Techniques by

     Suzanne Galli Koenen – Handout,

Saturday –  Digital Quilt Labels by

     Kristina Olson – Handout,

     Intro to FMQ on a Domestic Machine

     by Susan Muszynski – Handout,

     Kantha Quilts by Gayle Larson & Angie

     Henderson - Handout, Supply List,

Sunday –     Improv Curves by Octavia Pitts.

Thank you volunteer instructors! You did an excellent job, we learned so much!

In addition to the demonstrations, there was stretching on Friday and Saturday led by Susan Muszynski and Will McDonald from Just Sew was on hand Saturday to sharpen scissors. Each day there was a much anticipated raffle of many donated items.

We want to thank the following for their generous donations (links in blue).

Allison Glass

Apple Grove Gallery / Suzanne Galli Koenen

Carolyn Friedlander LLC

Cotton Cuts / Kim Moos

Denyse Schmidt

Elizabeth Hartman

Fabric Worm

Flamingo Mosingo Fabric Co

Fresh Modern Fabric

Global Fiber Shop

Havel's Sewing

Jackman's Fabrics

Northcott/FIGO Fabrics

Quilted Fox

Riley Blake Designs

Sew Kind of Wonderful

Stash Fabrics

Suzy Quilts

Trace Creek Quilting

Warm N Cozy Quilting

Zen Chic

Plus donations from many individual members.

Besides the large ballroom, the guild also utilized a break-out room for irons and cutting stations. The guild was also allowed to use a vacant meeting room for ad hoc gatherings.

The price of two hotel rooms was previously raffled off at the August guild meeting, those winners were Gail Luther and Stephanie Sachtleben. Many of those attending this year’s retreat chose to stay at the hotel while others commuted to the retreat each day.

Thanks to Kristina Olson and her terrific committee for organizing a terrific event!

The 2023 SewMeSTL Committee was Kristina Olson, Vicki Ash, Pam Hartig, Edy John, Suzanne Galli Koenen, Laura Patterson and Abbie Stolzer. The board liaison for the committee was Susan Muszynski. 

2022 SewMeSTL

Group picture taken at the 2022 SewMeSTL held at Marriott St. Louis West on October 7 - 9, 2022. 

More 2022 Retreat Pictures

Ninty-eight members attended the 2022 SewMeSTL retreat throughout the three days; 88 on Friday, Saturday was maxed out at 96 and Sunday had 72. Sixty-seven members attended all three days. The guild offered short demonstrations throughout the weekend taught by member volunteers. 

  • Friday - Web Chain Piecing with Tess McMahon, Paper Piecing with Marie Hill and Labeling Your Quilts with Linda Kocher.
  • Saturday - Improv Curves with Heather Dye, Faux Piped Binding/Facing with Cynthia Cook and Big Stitch Binding with Jessica Schunke.
  • Sunday - Scrap Rope Tutorial with Cynthia Cook, and Bias Binding with Nancy Dlugosz.

Thank you volunteer instructors! You did a great job, we learned so much!

In addition to the demonstrations, there was networking and games both Friday and Saturday evening. The winner of the Guild's Accuquilt Go! raffle was announced, congratulations Christine Taour. Each night many donated items were raffled off. Those raffle tickets were included in the price of the registration. Also, member, Dottie Vaughn, brought her batting display and set aside time to answer questions. Will McDonald from Just Sew was on hand Saturday to sharpen scissors. 

Besides the large ballroom, the guild also utilized two break-out rooms, one for irons and cutting stations and a separate room for the games and demonstrations. 

The price of two hotel rooms was raffled off at the September guild meeting, those winners were Angie Terry and Carol Taylor. 

Thanks to Jenn Deck and her terrific committee for organizing such a great event!

St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 216 Parkland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63122

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