June Newsletter

from Rocket City Modern Quilt Guild

Summer Has Arrived!

The sun is out, the heat is up. Summer is here!


We receive new information regarding Covid-19 each week. Health and safety of members are always a top priority and therefore, all RCMQG gatherings virtual through the end of July.Those events include "Sew-cial Saturdays" and monthly meetings.


We want to encourage meeting on zoom together, and sharing sewing projects together.

Events Schedule

June General Meeting : June 16th at 6:00 pm


Sewcial Saturday in July will be the 11th rather than the 4th.


Check your emails for invitation links!


The Shibori & Indigo Dyeing event is in the process of being rescheduled for the end of August. This will be an outdoors and social distancing friendly event. Click HERE to sign up. Please email with any questions. The event is open to non-members, so share with your other sewing circles!

Committee Updates

Programming

Do the holiday's sneak up on you every year? This month our topic will be "giftables"! Summer time is a great opportunity to get that head start on holiday sewing. Kelci will share projects of every level with the group to give you some ideas!


Don't forget to send in your sew & tell photos to the guild email by noon on meeting night!

Charity

Check your Emails! Voting is in for the QuiltCon Community Outreach Quilt!


North AL Foster Closet is ready to being distributing pillow cases again. Kerry has dropped of a tote full for area foster kids to select for personalizing. If you are seeking to help, please reach out to Kerry!


There are block of the quarter kits available for pick up or drop off.

Fundraising

Brews to Benefit has been cancelled indefinitely by Straight to Ale. If scheduling begins again, we will share that with everyone.

The Sew-signment sale has been cancelled for this year. If friends ask, it will be back in 2021!

Membership: June Birthdays

Happy birthday to our members born in June!


Amanda Conger

Carole Hamilton

Charlene Waggoner

Kate Arterburn

Sandy Panagos

Web & Social

This month's social media will feature pincushions for the no-stress pincushion swap. Swapping will take place when in person meetings resume. Have a favorite pattern? Share it on our social pages.

Planning a summer get-away?

Summer usually includes a little bit of R&R. Some of us look for a trail to explore, others look for a sandy beach. Even if you adventure only takes you to the backyard, your sewing can go with you. Here are some fun tips to sew on the go!



  • Consider a portable sewing room. You may want a folding table, a portable sewing machine, an iron and ironing mat, and a cutting mat. Especially outdoors, you may want to include an extension cord in your kit.


  • Do the prep work ahead of time. Consider prepping all of the cutting, and just chain piecing while away from you sewing space. or bring a project you don't have to worry about getting blown away in a breeze.


  • Try hand sewing. English paper piecing can be easy to carry with you given a little prep-work. EPP is an excellent opportunity to squeeze in some fussy cutting. If you have all the cutting prepped, a small baggie of thread, needles, and snips can go anywhere while you baste and sew shapes!


  • Don't take too much with you. The more you carry along, the more opportunity to accidentally leave something behind.


  • Consider notions with a magnetic feature. A magnet needle minder can keep up with you needles and snips which makes them less likely to fall and disappear in the ground below. There are even lanyards out there just to keep up with you scissors! (anybody feel like you need those anyways?)
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New to Zoom?

If you haven't used the virtual platform often before now, you may be needing it now. Here is a video for anyone who may need a little extra help with zoom. Sew-cial Saturday is the perfect time to try it out without pressure.
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Member Spotlight: Scavenger Hunt Winners

Linda and Charlotte put on a fun program last month. We had a scavenger hunt from home in our sewing rooms. We had four teams. We searched for fabrics, notions, and RCMQG goodies! Our virtual platform has created some fun opportunities we wouldn't have at our usual meeting space! We know Team 5 (team three was rearranged into the other 4) won the game, but we were so busy laughing, we neglected to write down all the members of the team.


In the end, we all won the game by having an opportunity to laugh together as a group. We will keep looking for opportunities to laugh and share together as we take baby steps forward.


Stay well friends.