Sunday, September 24, 2017

Programming Meeting September 30: We Welcome Your Ideas!


Please join us for our next programming meeting. All are welcome! 

We'll discuss ideas for future meetings. Come share your ideas or help build on the ideas of others. 

A light lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, September 30, 12:30-2:30pm. Laura Hartrich is hosting at her Oak Park home. 

RSVP to chicagomodernqg@gmail.com to receive the address. Hope to see you there!

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, October 15 - All About Bags

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!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Join us Sunday, September 17, For a Special Lecture from Mary Fons: Standing On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt

The Chicago MQG is delighted to host lover of all things quilting and Chicago MQG member, Mary Fons, for our meeting on Sunday, September 17! This lecture will be held in a special venue, the DuPage County Historical Museum in beautiful downtown Wheaton. The Museum is located at 102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187. The lecture is free for members, and $10 for guests.

Please note that this meeting will be from 1:00-4:00 because the Museum closes at 4:00 on Sundays. Don’t be late! 




In 2010, Mary Fons created Quilty, a weekly online how-to program for beginner quilters, and served four years as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. Mary is a bi-monthly columnist for Quilts, Inc., (The Quilt Scout) at Quilts.com. She is co-host of Love of Quilting on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons. Mary is the author of “Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century” and “Dear Quilty,” a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine. Mary lectures and teaches widely and is an enthusiastic spokesperson for BabyLock sewing and quilting machines.

Small Wonders, Mary’s debut fabric line in partnership with Springs Creative, launched recently along with a Small Wonders pattern line in association with McCall’s. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and enjoys learning about the history of the American quilt as much as she likes designing and making them. She currently serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. To read daily posts on her popular blog, PaperGirl, visit MaryFons.com.



Mary will give her lecture “Standing On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt,” which was a smash hit at this year’s QuiltCon. The story of the American quilt is the story of our nation: innovation, community, technology, teamwork, intellect, and oh, all that glorious fabric! In this tour de force lecture, you'll get the most action-packed hour of quilt love you'll ever experience. From Amish to Hawaiian quilts, from Gee's Bend to Baltimore Albums, this lecture is a must-see.

This special meeting will have time for show and tell, so bring your latest finishes to share with the group!

Free street parking surrounds the DuPage County Historical Museum, and there are two marked public parking garages within two blocks. Please do not park at the public library. The Museum is located four blocks from the Wheaton Metra station. Come early to enjoy one of Wheaton’s many restaurants including Egg’lectic CaféEgg Harbor CaféFront Street CantinaMuldoon’s, or Wok N Fire. Chicago MQG member and Wheaton resident Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy recommends Gia Mia or a quick stop to The Little Popcorn Store.

And be sure to leave some time for a quick walk through Adams Park, directly across the street from the museum!




We look forward to this incredible lecture and meeting from 1:00-4:00 on Sunday, September 17 at the DuPage County Historical Museum!


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, Septmber 17, from 1-4pm at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton.

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!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sew-In on September 11: Quilts for the Road Home Project


Chicago MQG members Dianne Bienick and Sarah Shulman will be hosting a Charity Sew-In to work on quilts for the Road Home Project. We have three quilts in various states of progress that we're hoping to make into completed quilt tops during this sew in. 

When: Monday, September 11, from 10am to 2 or 3pm 

Where: Congregation Or Shalom21 W. Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 (Take I-94 north to Rte 60).

What: Bring sewing machine and personal sewing supplies only. Irons/ironing boards, cutting mats/rulers/rotary cutters provided. 

You may bring red/white print fabrics if you'd like, we also have plenty for you to use. All other fabric will be provided. 

There are many lunch options nearby, we can either go out or bring in, or you can bring your own. 

Please RSVP to Sara Shulman so we can plan for table space.

Thank you to Or Shalom and the Quilting for Tzedakah committee for hosting us. 


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 17 from 1-4pm at the DuPage County Historical Museum 

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!

Registration is OPEN for the Fall Quilting Retreat

It's retreat registration time!

The Venue:

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild holds a bi-annual retreat (Spring and Fall) each year at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI, our home-away-from-home for our group getaways. This is a retreat to work on your own projects (bring a few!). Each person will have a spot to spread out, and the sewing room is open at all hours. The Siena Center is a very relaxing, welcoming place, run by Dominican Nuns. 



The newly-built center is located in Racine, WI, right on Lake Michigan - and it's gorgeous. Our group reserves the largest retreat room in the facility, the Oak Room, which allows us plenty of space to let our creativity run wild!

Retreats include lodging and food; you have your own private room with private bathroom, and meals are provided in the center's dining room. We also have a fully-equipped kitchenette off of the sewing room with fridge, stove, coffee pots, kettles, and dishwasher. You're welcome to bring food/snacks/drinks to have and share.

Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace; others come with a list and a desire to get things done! It's a fun time for all.


Dates:

This year's retreat will have two options for Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members who choose to participate:

$196: 2-night (3-day) option: October 20 - October 22 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

$256*: 3-night (4-day) option: October 20 - October 23 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

*PLEASE NOTE: The price for the 3-night (4-day) option has been REDUCED FOR THIS RETREAT ONLY. Due to the fact that we know we have to be out of the facility by noon on Monday, we have adjusted the price to reflect the shorter than usual stay on this last day. Unfortunately, for this October retreat, another group is booked to use the space immediately after us, requiring an end time of 12:00 pm for our group. The good news is that we've been communicating with the Siena Center about end times going forward, and have been assured that the next three retreats (through Spring of 2019) will will have an end time of 5:00 pm. We are making every effort to be proactive and to not be surprised by early end times again.  

Check-In time is (no earlier than) 1:00 pm on Friday.  For those leaving on Sunday, the noon meal is the last meal included in your fee.  You must also be out of your private room by noon, but you are welcome to stay on the grounds and in the workroom until the evening -- you'll just need to provide your own dinner.  Check-Out time is 12:00pm on Monday, and breakfast will be the last meal provided.



Payment Options:

Full payment is due at or prior to the September 17th. Payment options include:

  • PayPal or Credit Card. The secure online registration form located below allows you  the option of paying by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal, and can pay by credit card without creating a PayPal account. **please make sure to follow the link at the end of the form to be re-directed to the payment screen** This is our preferred payment option.
  • Check (dropped off at the beginning of the September meeting). If you choose to bring your check to the meeting, please leave it at the Retreat Sign Up table at the beginning of the meeting. Be sure to have your name, address, email address, phone number, and whether you are signing up for 3 or 4 days on your envelope.

Lottery Procedure:

Retreats that are sponsored by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild are open to all current guild members who have paid dues. In the event that there are more than 24 members registering, spots will be determined by lottery procedure during the break at the September meeting. More information about the lottery procedure is here.

For those whom have chosen to pay electronically (PayPal or CC), your payment will be refunded in the event you don't obtain a spot at retreat. If you've decided to pay by check, your check will be returned to you.

Registration:

To register for this fantastic, relaxing, awesome quilty getaway, please fill out this form. All members wishing to participate are being asked to fill out the online registration form, regardless of the payment option they choose.

Here's the registration form.


***REMEMBER: You must be a CMQG Member to participate in retreats.
You must secure your spot in the lottery procedure with your full payment, prior to the September meeting.

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 17 from 1-4pm at the DuPage County Historical Museum

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!

August 2017 -- Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

Our August meeting was a potluck and scrap swap. It was casual and informal, as members gathered in the Centennial room to share food and conversation. The members who brought food and beverage to share really did an excellent job and we all had to bundle up some of our yummy treats to take back home.

There was also a scrap swap with a table full of scraps brought by members, many of which were re-homed to a new-to-them sewing stash, with the rest being taken for use either for programming related to the Quilts and Human Rights exhibit at the Pick Museum at NIU or for a charity dog bed project that members have already contributed to. 


Debbie Pine also brought in some pre-cut strips of Kona snow and some foundation paper squares to make string blocks (from these scraps or yours at home) for charity quilts that members could take home and create. The strip of Kona snow is to go diagonally across the center of the block to connect the string blocks across many different scraps from many different stashes. There are still squares and strips that will be available fro members to take home at the September meeting.

The end of the meeting was a lovely round of show and tell where several members brought in quilts, bags, and embroidery projects.




Announcements:


September 11, from 10am-2pm Sarah Shulman and Debbie Pine have arranged for guild members to join a sew-in at their temple to put together the blocks created for the Road Home project that Sarah Shulman has been collecting blocks for. A blog post will follow with exact details, but all hands are welcome.

Our guild will be hosting a mini quilt swap between our guild members! It will be a secret swap and revolve around a favorite scrap of fabric that each swapper will provide to their secret maker. The mini quilts will be no bigger than 24" per side and more details will follow soon. Sign ups will begin in September with completed quilts being swapped at our February meeting! More details coming soon.

Pick Museum of Anthropology Quilts and Human Rights outing with brunch, exhibit tour AND special tour of the textile collection is September 23, beginning at 9:30am (where we will be joined by the Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild). See the blog post for more details.

Fall Retreat falls on the 20-23 of October at the Siena Center, and sign ups will begin soon through the blog and the MQG boards with the lottery happening at the September meeting. PLEASE note that check out time on the additional and optional Monday will be at noon. As a result, the board is reducing the rate for the extra night/day of sewing for this retreat only. The board acknowledges that this has happened to us several times lately and we are addressing this in future contracts, but we were not able to make changes to this upcoming retreat except to discount the price for those who stay the additional day and night.

Upcoming meetings:

September 17Mary  Fons Lecture "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" at the DuPage County History Museum in Wheaton. NOTE: the meeting will be from 1pm-4pm instead of our regular time and there will be a guest fee of $10 for non-members but they are welcome!

October 15: All about bags coordinated by Sarah Shulman. There will be a series of short presentations relating to making successful bags followed up by some small group Q&A sessions. 

November 19: UFOs (but not from space - the kind that take up space in your craft room) coordinated by Debbie Pine. If you would like to share ideas and help coordinate the meeting OR you have a UFO that is crying out for help and you want to bring it to the meeting to get it help OR if you have a UFO that needs to be re-homed to someone who will love it, please contact Debbie.

December 10: Winter Holiday Potluck and gift swap. This will be a blind swap where you bring a wrapped handmade gift that took you two hours or less to make. Unlike in past years, time is the only limit on what you can bring as a gift but please remember that our membership practices many faiths, so make sure your gift is non-denominational. Instead of having a demo meeting in the fall, demo ideas will be hosted on the guild's Pinterest board where there will be links to lots of ideas and plans and patterns.

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 17 from 1-4pm at the DuPage County Historical Museum


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!