Thursday, June 13, 2019

June Meeting Preview


Join us for a Saturday Sew-In! Sew-Ins are always a great time to be social and get some sewing done. Bring your machine, supplies, and your wip's. We will have plenty of tables and electricity. You could also bring a hand-sewing project if you don't feel like packing up your machine. Whether you're on a mission to finish a quilt and plan to sew with laser-like focus the entire time, or you are mostly coming to hang out with your guildies while maybe getting in a stitch or two, you are welcome to join us and we hope you will!
 

 

We're excited to try out a new location: Wheaton Community Center. 1777 S Blanchard Rd in Wheaton. We will have the space from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Announcements and show & tell will be at 2 pm. You are welcome to come and go as it suits your schedule. The Community Center has asked us not to bring homemade food to share. You can bring your own lunch, go out, or carry in. The location policy is that homemade food is consumed by the person who brought it, as an allergen precaution. Thanks for understanding. See everyone there!


A list of our meetings can be found here.

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We hope to see you there!

Monday, May 27, 2019

May 2019 Meeting Recap



We had the pleasure of hosting Quilt and Fabric Designer Libs Elliot from Toronto, Canada for the weekend.  On Saturday , many members and friends Embraced the Cachous in an all-day workshop where everyone created their own design, but all used the same pattern.  It was a fun working with a pattern that is only taught in workshops and not available individually.



The next day Libs came to our regular meeting and explained her process and got all of minds swirling with new ideas.  A handful of members event brought their completed tops, many with the plan to make more blocks to enlarge their quilts.

Announcements 

June meeting will be a sew-in held on SATURDAY June 22 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton.  Come and work on your own projects, bring your machine or handwork.  We will have a few cutting/iron stations available.  The sew-in will be from 10-4, with a quick business meeting with show & tell at 2 PM.  Come for the entire time or pop in for part of the day.  You can bring your lunch or visit/order in from nearby restaurants.  The park district does have a rule against bringing in any home-made goodies to share.  So, if you made some treats for your lunch you are welcome to eat them, but you may not share them with the group.  This event is free for all CMQG members.

Fall Retreat Update

Due to the Sienna Center being booked with their own events on all weekends this fall, we needed to find a similar location to test out for fall 2019.  Retreats Chair Katie and Treasurer Deb, called/emailed/researched 40 other facilities looking for accommodations closest to what we are used to and at a comparable cost.  We will be going to Cedar Lake Ministries in Cedar Lake, IN (just over the IL line) this fall.  Distance is about the same as going to Sienna from the city.  A more detailed message will be sent to all members soon.  The dates are 10/25-10/28.  Registration goes live on August 19 @ 7 PM.  If more than 24 attendees sign up, we will have a lottery at the September meeting.

Introduce a Quilter

We had our first introduction with Emily B. and Melissa B.  They got together for a meal and got to know each other better and shared their fun findings with the guild.  More duos will be sharing at future meetings.  If you want to be added to this list, please email the guild and we will put you in contact with our programming chair, Laura H.



Local Member Sew-Ins

Heather K. will host anyone wanting to attend in Andersonville on Mon June 10 (6:30-9:30) and Emily B. anyone wanting to attend in Melrose Park on Fri June 7 (6-10).  For more info and their address please email them or the guild email and we will put you in contact with these members.

Upcoming Meetings


July 21 Summer School at Rush Oak Park (2-5).  Come with your questions and be ready to learn a lot!  We will form small groups and assist each other with questions about techniques, troubling issues, design questions, etc.  If someone in your group is unable to assist, there are many talented members who we can reach out to.

August 18 at Rush Oak Park (2-5) Summer Potluck-bring any dish to share and some hand work for fun afternoon of getting to know your fellow members better.  Please bring show and tell too, which is welcome at all meetings.

September 22 at Rush Oak Park (2-5) we welcome Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio’s for a lecture/truck show.  There will be also be a workshop held the day before, please check The Full Bobbin for the details.

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt

Jenni Grover is heading up this project for us.  We are seeking designers for the quilt and/or design ideas.  We are also looking for suggestions of a non-profit to donate this quilt to after the show.  Anyone who wants to assist on this project for even a little amount of time, please email the guild and we will put you in contact with Jenni.

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on June 22

Meeting location:

Wheaton Park District Community Center, 
1777 S. Blanchard Road, 
Wheaton, IL

A list of our meetings can be found here.

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We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

April Meeting Recap



 Many members braved the April 14 snowstorm to compete in the CMQG Quilt Olympics!  We split into three teams and competed in four categories.  We enjoyed guess the fabric designer by their fabric, guess the designer by their photograph and guess the quilt block (thankfully challenges were allowed).  Finally each team was given a few fat quarters and told to create as many quilt blocks in a specific design and the size of the block.  That’s it, we had to figure out what the block looked like and the cutting dimensions without out the use of our cell phones.  Each team was provided a 6x24 ruler, rotary cutter & mat, pair of small snips, an iron and a sewing machine. Our goal was to create as many blocks as possible with good points and accurate dimensions.  Thank You to everyone who assisted behind the scenes prior the meeting and throughout the day, this was a team effort with a lot of hands involved.  The blocks will be incorporated into quilts for Project Night Night.






WE NEED YOUR INPUT
Keep an eye out in your email, a member survey will sent very soon or it may already be in your inbox.  We value your input on who/what you want to see and learn about.
Along with the survey, all members are invited to attend the next programming meeting to be held just before our May 19 regular meeting from 12:00-1:30 PM in the snack/breakroom at Rush Oak Park Hospital (the one you pass on the way to our meeting room when you exit from the elevator/stairs).

 UPCOMING/ON GOING EVENTS
If you are making a quilt for Project Night Night the deadline to hand them in is our June meeting (sew-in location details in the next Full Bobbin).  If you are unable to attend, please email the guild and we will let Sarah S. (our coordinate) know how many to expect at the July meeting as she will need to order the bags and determine how many books and stuffed animals are needed.  If you wish to use some of our guild fabric, email the guild and we will get you in contact with Sarah or feel free to use own too.  Look back at a previous blog post for all the details.  Fabric swatches of our stash are now available to view at guild meetings to request specifics fabrics/colors.
In May we welcome Libs Elliot from Canada.  On Sunday, May 19 at our regular meeting location she will lecture and present a trunk show of her work.  She creates her patterns using code and also English Paper Piecing.  She has designed multiple fabric collections for Andover Fabrics with more on the way.  We are hosting a workshop with Libs on Saturday, May 18th at Thimbles.  It is full, but we can add your name to the wait list.  Please send an email to the guild’s email account and we notify you if a space opens up.  Guests are welcome to attend the May 19 lecture/truck show, $10.00 guest fee.

June sew-in details will be announced in the May issue of the Full Bobbin.

 Planning ahead in September 21-22 we welcome Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle studios for a workshop and lecture/trunk show.
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on May 19, 2019

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March 2019 Meeting Recap









At our March meeting we welcomed Joe Cunningham, also known as Joe the Quilter.  He began making quilts in 1979 after a career in music (he even brought his guitar and sang for us).  Joe was a delight as we learned about his introduction to quilting by Gwen Marsden.  Joe enjoys looking at a traditional pattern then forgetting what he saw in that pattern and creates his own design, loosely based on that traditional design.  He is an avid user of bias tape and likes to mix textiles.

 Sew-Ins at Members Homes
All members are welcome to attend monthly sew ins at member’s home.  Heather’s next sew in is Monday, 4/1 @ 6:30 PM in Andersonville.  Emily’s next sew in is Friday, 4/12 @ 6:00 PM in Melrose Park.  Please email the guild to get in contact with one or both of these members for their address.

 Quick Notes
Welcome to newly voted in board members and Thank You to the outgoing board members!
 All members in attendance voted in favor of updating the by-laws, as noted in the March issue of The Full Bobbin. 

 If you signed up for the next Riley Blake Fabric challenge with MQG, your fabric is being mailed to Jen our secretary and will be distributed at upcoming guild meetings.

 Rebecca our membership chair is collecting 6 ½ inch unfinished heart blocks to send to a guild in New Zealand as they will create quilts for the victims’ families at  Christ Church.  Any heart design pattern is acceptable (applique, the popular Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial, etc.)  You can you use any shade of green in the heart, but please make sure the green fabric does not include the color red and/or a persons face.  Background requested color is white (no specific color/brand was noted use what’s available to you).  Please bring these blocks to the April meeting, Rebecca will coordinate sending them on.  Make 1 or as many as you wish.

 If you are making a quilt for Project Night Night we would like them turned in by our June meeting.  You are welcome to use your own fabrics or we have a lot of various quilt shop quality guild fabrics to use too.  If you wish to use guild fabrics, please email us and we will put you in contact with Sarah who’s coordinating this project for us.

Our spring retreat is now full.

 Upcoming Meetings:
 April 14 Quilt Olympics, we will be challenging members in various categories.  No physical activity required, but a lot of fun and thinking.

 May 18-19 Libs Elliot-Embrace the Chaos Workshop on Saturday May 18 at Thimbles and lecture/trunk show May 19 at our regular meeting time and location.  Workshop signup info/link was sent to all CMQG members on March 18, if you did not receive the email, please let us know.  Libs is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics with multiple collections, she is a unique designer who designs using code and is also an English paper piecing designer.

 June 21 (NOTE 4th Sunday due to Father’s Day) we are hosting a sew in, location to be announced soon.

We do have a programming change to note Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle studios will now be joining us on September 21-22 instead of our July meeting.


 Programming Meeting Open to all Members
Do you have an idea to assist our programming team or want to provide input/suggestions?  Please come to their meeting held just before our monthly meeting on May 19 in the snack room (just outside our regular meeting room) at Rush Oak Hospital, the time will be announced in The Full Bobbin. If you are unable to attend please email the guild and we will pass along your ideas.

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, April 14.

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

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We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Join us Sunday, March 17, for a Special Lecture from Joe Cunningham

The Chicago MQG is delighted to host prolific quilter and popular lecturer Joe Cunningham for our meeting on Sunday, March 17! This lecture is free for members and $10 for guests.


Joe Cunningham, also known as Joe the Quilter, began making quilts professionally in 1979 after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilting, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique. Over the years, his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections.

Cunningham has written eleven books on quilts and a column for the national magazine The Quilt Life. He has been featured in numerous quilt television shows and gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.

Cunningham will present a lecture and trunk show about his career in quilting. This special meeting will have time for show and tell, so bring your latest finishes to share with the group!

The meeting will be held at our regular time and location, from 2-5pm in the Rush Oak Park Hospital Centennial Room.

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!