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.
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
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).
Apple Grove Gallery / Suzanne Galli Koenen
Cotton Cuts / Kim Moos
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.
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.
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!