Monday, November 10, 2014

MQG Regional Board Representatives 2015 - please vote!

All dues paying Chicago MQG members should have received and email today regarding voting for the Modern Quilt Guild Regional Board Representatives 2015. Please use the link in the email to vote. Voting will only be open until November 13th. 

Below you'll find some details provided by the MQG. Note that we are in Region 3. 


(excerpt from the MQG email) 

...A few nitty gritty details about elections:
  1. Please use the information in this email to learn about your region's candidates. Take the time to watch their videos, read their letters and the answers to the questions they were asked.  
  2. If you have any questions for your candidates, they can be submitted here and an answer will be emailed back to you.
  3. On Nov. 10 you will receive an emailed ballot through Survey Monkey. Voting will be open through midnight PST, on Nov. 13.
  4. On Nov. 14 we will announce the new board representatives via our newsletter.
Ok, so let's learn more about these potential future MQG board members!

Region 3 (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) 

Please take a bit of time to learn about the candidates in your region.
A reminder that you'll receive an emailed ballot on Nov. 10th and you will have through Nov. 13th to vote. 
If you have any questions for your candidates, you can submit them here and answers will be sent directly back to you. 
Thanks so much,


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mark your calenders, December Meeting is Dec 7th

Quilt by Chicago MQG member Jen
Just a quick reminder, due to the holiday season, our December meeting is early in the month. Join us December 7th for a potluck, games, giveaways, and gift swap.

December 7, 2014 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

We'll share a potluck - please RSVP on the MQG forum stating if you're planning on bringing something sweet or savory. If your dish will contain nuts, please let us know there as well - and please clearly label any nut dishes. 

It's time to have some fun games and time to visit with each other. Feel free to bring hand-sewing projects if you'd like. We'll also swap our items for the Winter Gift Swap. If you're an Instagram user, feel free to tag your swap photos #ChicagoMQGgiftswap. 


While we've got your attention, don't forget, our November meeting will be held on a Monday

Monday, November 17th 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W Brush Hill Rd, 
Elmhurst, IL 60126

We're excited to have a lecture by Sherri Lynn Wood on the topic of Improvisational Process and Patchwork. All members and non-members are welcome. There will be a $5 fee at the door for non-members. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reminder: November meeting is MONDAY Nov 17th

Don't forget, our November meeting will be held on a Monday

Monday, November 17th 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W Brush Hill Rd, 
Elmhurst, IL 60126

We're excited to have a lecture by Sherri Lynn Wood on the topic of Improvisational Process and Patchwork. All members and non-members are welcome. There will be a $5 fee at the door for non-members. 

Here's a little bit of a taste of the lecture by Sherri: "Improvisation is a process of mind at the heart of every great creative endeavor. Music, dance, theater, drawing, cooking, conversation, play, life, and even science benefit and innovate through the flexibility of mind that improvisational process engenders. We all improvise every day, so why not bring it into our quilt making! This multi-media presentation includes images of African-American quilts in the improvisational style, work featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, student work, and time-lapse process videos."

We can't wait to see you at our November meeting!

We will also host Sherri Lynn Wood for a workshop earlier in the day on the 17th, Detailed information, supply lists, etc has been emailed to those registered for the workshop. For more information about the workshop see the blog post here

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Gift Swap

We'll be having a guild swap at the December guild meeting.

We were lucky enough to have three great demos at our October guild meeting. These demo'd projects will hopefully inspire you to try one yourself! We have the perfect reason to try one of these projects, a guild swap!

If you missed the demos, here's a quick recap:

Erika - Patchwork scarves (available on the Chicago MQG forums, under "files")
Erin - Notebook cover (available on the Chicago MQG forums, under "files")
Emily - Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch (tutorial, size chart, perfect zipper tab tutorial)

We hope you're excited to try one of these quick projects - because we're having a swap at our December meeting!

Who: Any Chicago MQG guild member who would like to play along
What: A small sewn item (you are encouraged to make one of the items demo'd at our October meeting: Patchwork scarf, Notebook cover, Open wide zippered pouch).
When: The swap will take place at our December 7th meeting.

additional info:
  • To make it easier, please don't use holiday themed fabrics... we don't all celebrate the same holidays. Make something enjoyable by any / all guild members. 
  • Please do not include any "extras" with your swap item.
  • One swap per person, no doubling up like we have done in the past.
  • Work to the best of your ability, but know that there is no quilt police here - the person who receives your swap will not be critiquing it. 
  • Bring your wrapped swap item to the December meeting.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October Meeting Recap

QuiltCon charity quilt block made by Debbie Pine

Today's meeting was excellent, and full of information!

We were delighted to have David Ward lecture on the topic of photographing quilts. He was so great with helpful tips that only a true expert can explain. Many of our members took advantage of David's photography skills, having him photograph quilts for submission in upcoming quilt shows. Thanks David!

We also enjoyed some small project demos from Erika (patchwork scarves), Erin (notebook cover), and Emily (zippered pouch). These projects will be the focus of our winter gift exchange! If you're feeling inspired to try out one of these projects you'll have the chance to swap yours in our winter gift swap (not holiday themed) at our December meeting. More information will follow in the next few days!


Announcements from today's meeting:

  • November meeting - Sherri Lynn Wood will be our guest speaker. This meeting will be Monday November 17th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church.
  • Sherri Lynn Wood workshop (Improvisational Process & Patchwork) will be during the day on Monday November 17th, a couple spots remain available for this workshop, email Sarah S. for more info.
  • IQF quilt exhibit challenge - the theme is "Modern Friendship Star." Submissions are due late December / early January. Quilt should be "wall size". More details to follow. 
  • Our quilts traveling with the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo will be returned to us at the December meeting,
  • QuiltCon Charity quilt - our guild is making a quilt for the QuiltCon charity, some blocks were made at the fall retreat, the remaining blocks were sent home at today's meeting. If you picked up a fabric packet for this project - be sure to bring your completed block to the November guild meeting.
  • We have confirmed dates for our spring retreat at the Sienna Center, the dates are April 10-12, with the optional add on of Thursday, April 9th. The lottery for the spring retreat will be held at our February meeting. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What's Happening at CMQG This Month?: "Photographing Your Quilts", a Lecture and Quick Holiday Gift Demos ....and the QuiltCon charity project

This months meeting will feature two great activities for members.

We'll begin our meeting with a lecture by professional photographer David M. Ward, an expert in art photography.  David will discuss some of the  special challenges involved in photographing quilts and how to adjust your technique to best capture your quilts.

For members considering submitting their work to upcoming quilt shows and competitions, this information will be very helpful!  

Following the lecture and Question & Answer session,   David will offer on-site photography of member's quilts (fee required).   These high resolution images will be provided via CD  about 2 weeks after the meeting and allow you to print images up to 20 x 28".    Please sign up via the form at the bottom of the page.  Your responses will not be visible online. There will be 12 spots for photography, so the first 12 members  to reserve will be accommodated.   If the form does not function, go here:  Photography Reservation


Three creative CMQG members will demonstrate quick hand-made gift projects in preparation for the holiday season.   These would each make great swap gifts for members who want to participate in the CMQG Holiday Gift Swap,  or just about anyone on your holiday list.

We asked for projects that could be completed quickly, in about an hour, and these ladies delivered!   Erika M, who blogs at Miss Sews-It-All, at will be demonstrating a snazzy quilted scarf,     Emily L., who blogs at Mommy's Nap Time, will be demonstrating a sweet little zipper pouch.   And Erin D., who blogs at Sew At Home Mummy will demonstrate a nifty notebook cover.

Members interested in participating in the Non-Denominational Winter Holiday Swap  can learn about the swap guidelines at the meeting as well.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt for 2015

Members wishing to participate in the 2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge  can pick up fabric and block guidelines at the meeting as well. Due to the quick deadline, all completed blocks MUST be submitted no later than the November 17 meeting. If you unable to bring it in person, ask another guild member to bring it for you.


We hope to see you there!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Small group meetups are forming!

We're all so eager for more community that we have seen some small (local) quilt groups forming. These groups meet occasionally (sometimes regularly), on days other than our regular Chicago MQG meeting days. They chat, sew, and socialize. If you're interested in joining any of these groups please speak up and contact the organizer(s). Also, if you'd like to host some sewing friends feel free to speak up - post in the MQG site forums, or let an officer know so we can announce it at the guild meeting. Here are the local groups (thus far):

 Northwest side of Chicago group
Organized by Karen Flude - dates to be determined, contact Karen at kkflude at gmail dot com 

Skokie / Evanston group
Organized by Beth Goldberg - one meeting has already taken place, more will be happening soon. Contact Beth at latkabeth at yahoo dot com

Stitch Bitch & Brew
 Organized by Erika Mulvenna - this group has been meeting monthly for quite some time now. This group is not ChicagoMQG specific, but is a Chicago-based crafting group with a mission to inspire and support Chicago crafters in a social bar setting. It meets at a bar in Wrigleyville. Contact Erika for more info Erikasews at gmail dot com.

More small meetup days might be formed by the following people (email them and encourage them to do it?) Jen Stolzenback Karen Kells Debbie Pine If you're interested in organizing / hosting / joining a group speak up! We want to sew with you!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yay! Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Give Away

I must admit, this is my favorite magazine that I get every month. As soon as it arrives, I grab a cup of tea and spend a leisurely afternoon looking at all of the gorgeous projects from our friends in the UK, which admittedly also has quilters and designers from our side of the pond too!

I save all my issues so I can take time to enjoy all of the designs, fabrics, projects, and of course the free project or tool that comes with every issue. At my house, are lots of pages marked for future projects!

When I needed to contact the magazine, I of course told them about the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. Our friends at Love Patchwork & Quilting generously donated many different issues for members of our guild to enjoy. Be sure to check out their blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest – some pretty rad content in this girl’s opinion.

After enjoying your magazine, if you would like to subscribe - They were kind enough to create a special offer for us so you could try it out!

Here is the link and the description of the magazine Try 3 issues for just $10 when you subscribe



If you missed our September meeting, be sure to pick up a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting at our next meeting (until we run out!). 

We'd like to thank Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for their generosity - Feel free to tag them on Insagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #LovePatchworkandQuilting. It's pretty rad of them to send us a ton of magazines for our group!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

September meeting is just around the corner!

Wondering what's happening at Chicago Modern Quilt Guild this month?

Sep 21 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Ave
Oak ParkIllinois 60304
United States

Our September meeting will feature a Panel Discussion  entitled "Entering Quilt Shows".   

Panelists Denise Havlan, a  local quilt maker and award winning quilter, Robbi Eklow, CMQG member and award winning quilter, Erika Mulvenna, CMQG member, who's quiltwas  accepted to QuiltCon 2013 will discuss issues in entering quilt shows.

Discussion and Q&A about topics related to entering your quilts in shows will be covered. The seemingly numerous and sometimes confusing aspects of entering quilts  will be covered, from creating the quilt to details about submission. 

Thinking about entering your quilt in QuiltCon 2015? This discussion will help with that decision.


  • Registration for the November workshop with Sherry Lynn Wood.  $75 members $85 non-members Checks due by Sept 30. If the workshop is not full by Sept 30 spots will be opened up to local guilds. Workshop theme is "Get Your Curve On" and will take place Monday, November 17, 10 am - 5 pm At the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Lunch provided.
  • November meeting is Monday, November 17, 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Featuring lecture by Sherry Lynn Wood on Improvisational Process and Patchwork. 

We also have important announcements about upcoming events and a special exclusive giveaway for CMQG members.

As always, we warmly welcome new and npt-yet members to our meetings.   $5 guest fee may apply.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sherri Lynn Wood: November Guest Artist Workshop and Lecture

Our guild is so excited to present our November Guest lecturer, Sherri Lynn Wood.  Sherri is an accomplished quilter and author who will be teaching at the 2015 QuiltCon.  She is a regular instructor at Penland School of Craft, holds an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College  and is eagerly anticipating the publication of her book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters  next Spring.   We were so lucky to be able to host her as she travels through Chicago.

All members are invited to  the Lecture and Meeting. Members interested in signing up for the Workshop are invited to do so by the usual lottery process.  We will begin accepting entries immediately.  If space remains after the lottery selection following our regular September meeting, non-members will be welcome to register.

Lecture & Meeting

At November's meeting we will host Sherri Lynn Wood. She'll be lecturing on the topic, "Improvisational Patchwork and Process" Learn the ins and outs of improvisational quilting! Due to scheduling issues, this meeting will be held on a Monday.

November 17 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church (149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126)

Non-member guests are welcome, though a $5 guest fee applies.


November 17 10am - 5pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst IL 60126

Sherri will teach an all-day workshop from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday November 17.
The topic selected is "Get Your Curve On".  Here is Sherri's description of this program
Get your curvy-quilty-modern groove on in this improvisational quilt-making workshop. Participants will explore modern approaches to improvised quilt making and composition, while learning innovative wedge-strip and curve piecing techniques. All skill levels but intermediate and advanced sewers will make more progress
To register for this workshop please send a check to the guild PO Box, or bring your cash / check to the September guild meeting. Please include your name, phone number, and email address with your payment. Workshop fee includes catered lunch.

$75 ChicagoMQG members (reserve your spot by September 30)
$85 non members - if space permits.
Registered participants will receive a confirmation with all necessary supplies prior to this event. 

Improv Monday by Sherri Lynn Wood