Monday, October 7, 2019

Nervous about sewing curves?

Many of our members expressed interest in learning curved piecing this year! The programming committee and some wonderful volunteers are here to answer the call. Our October meeting will be all about sewing curves! Members will demonstrate a variety of techniques for piecing beautiful curves. 
 
 
 
Curves are notoriously intimidating but at this meeting we will pull back the curtain and show you how easy they can be. If you signed up to sew curves for the charity quilt, this would be a great time to get some tips and tricks. Even if you are a curved piecer from way back, you may pick up a new technique! So join us! 
 
 
 
We will have announcements prior to the demonstrations and don't forget your show and tell! Sunday, October 20, 2-5 pm at Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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

This month's meeting is on October 20!

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!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September Meeting Recap


We welcomed Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studios.   We were inspired by Sheri’s process and her quilts (she brought a lot of them).  There are many posts on social media posted by CMQG, Sheri and our members go look if you were unable to join us.  Members who attended her Hawaiian Applique workshop the previous day brought their creations, they are going to be stunning!  Many of our workshops like this one are taught by quilters who teach around the US and QuiltCon, we are so lucky to have a few of them travel to us here in the Chicago area.





Upcoming Meetings

October 20, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Curved Piecing Demo
Learn different techniques, including the curved letters design for our QuiltCon Charity project.  Curves do not need to be scary, even though this is our October meeting.
*NOTE: Rescheduled Program Committee Meeting from 12:00 – 1:30

October 25-28
Fall Retreat at Cedar Lake Ministry-New Fall Location for 2019
We have a few openings.  If you want to get away and work on your own projects and not cook this is it!   We are now opening this retreat to nonmembers, an email will be sent soon to all members, please forward the message on other friends who may want to come.  If you have any questions, please contact Retreat Chair Katie Cooper or email the guild.

November 17, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Zipper demos-Learn tips and tricks about zippers from some of our guild’s most experienced zipper-ers!

December 15, 2019, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Holiday Potluck and Swap-Bring a dish to share and a small sewn item for a blind swap! Make sure your small sewn item does not take more than two hours to make, and for extra fun, include Hawaiian applique, curved piecing, or zippers, all of which we will be learning about at this fall’s meetings.  Please remember we all do not all celebrate the same holidays, so no holiday fabric/themes.  Most members prefer an item they can use all year long.

January 19, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Annual Member Truck Show this meeting is always a favorite to learn about your fellow members and be inspired by their work.

February 15, 2020
Workshop with Shruti Dandekar from India!  All details and signups coming soon, watch your email.

February 16, 2020 Rush Oak Park Hospital
Shruti Dandekar will be our guest.  She is flying in from India, stopping in Chicago prior to traveling to teach at QuiltCon.  We are so lucky to have her for the weekend!


Announcements

Member Sew-In’s
Emily Bruzini is hosting a sew-in at her home in Melrose Park on Friday October 18(6-10).  For more info email the guild and we will put you in touch with Emily.

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt
Laura Hartrich and Jenni Grover have been hard at work planning our QuiltCon Charity Quilt.  We started sign-ups at the September meeting that are filling quickly, but there are still more opportunities to assist.  Please email the guild and we will put you in contact w/these ladies.  This quilt made by us, will first hang at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin then returned to us and donated to Sojourner House which is a bridge to housing stability in Oak Park.

Community Building Programs
If you have interviewed your partner and are ready to share with the group, please email Laura Hartich or the guild, so we can coordinate when you both will be at a meeting. 

Anniversary Book Update
230 entries were received!  Everyone who submitted a quilt will have a least one selected to be included.  This is going to be a great history of our guild.

Spring Retreat will be at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI.  April 3-5 or 6, mark your calendars.  Registration will be open in 2020.

National announcements

If you signed up for the Hoffman Fabrics Me & You Indah Batik Challenge, Jen Beatty has your fabrics and will be handing them out at all upcoming meetings.  You can still join in this challenge by purchasing fabrics on your own.  Visit www.quiltcon.com for all the info.

MQG Challenges-Stripes Quilt Challenge, is open all members, just as the Me & You Indah Batik both open to all members.  Visit www.quiltcon.com

QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, TX
Entries are now open! Submit your quilts now through December 2.

Community Building Programs

Project Night Night
Sarah Schulman has 75 quilts/stuffies/books at her home all donated by our CMQG Members and their families too.  Project Night Night has requested our donations be delivered to the Primo Center for Women & Children.  Sarah is coordinating the drop off with them, if you can assist please email Sarah or the guild for info.  Thank You Again Sarah & everyone who cut kits, transported donations to Sarah and all of you who donated quilts/stuffies/books!
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is Sunday, October 20.


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!

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is pleased to host Sheri Cifaldi-Morill this monthe

We are delighted that this month Sheri Cifaldi-Morill of Whole Circle Studios will be presenting both a workshop and a lecture!





Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, award-winning quilter and educator. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to enhance people’s everyday lives through beautiful meaningful design. Through sharing her work and teaching, she loves to empower and inspire others to enjoy the process of making.

Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. Learn more about Sheri and her work at www.wholecirclestudio.com and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio. 
On Saturday, September 21, Sheri will teach a workshop:

Layered Hawaiian Inspired Applique Workshop
Learn how to make the Island Bloom block, a modern Hawaiian inspired appliqued mini quilt with multiple layers of applique. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare the applique (including folding, cutting and basting) and how to apply the motifs using needle-turn applique techniques. Learn how Sheri designed the block and how you can design custom templates for future projects. We’ll also review quilting tips. By the end of class, students will have most of the first layer basted and start practicing needle-turn applique. Finished size of project is approximately 24" x 24".
 
There is a $6 for material fee for the pre-cut template pattern/handouts payable to instructor at the time of the workshop. (cash only please)

Guild members should have received an email with registration information.  Please let us know if you did not!
On Sunday, September 22, Sheri will present a lecture during our regular guild meeting.

Content, Concepts & Quilts: Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer
Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show Sheri  Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio will share how she applies her graphic design training and practices to design quilts while showing a selection of her award-winning quilts. Come hear, see and be inspired as Sheri describes her creative journey and process.

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 22.

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!

Monday, August 26, 2019

August Meeting Recap



We had a great turnout for a fun social day including a yummy potluck.  Special thank you to Carole Woole. for coordinating!  We are listening to what many members have requested in our survey’s by including more social time and an opportunity to work on hand projects too.  This group is so amazing with their knowledge and generosity and for all the donations to Project Night Night.  

Upcoming Meetings
Workshop September 21, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill Hawaiian Applique Workshop
10:00-4:00 @ Rush Oak Park Hospital $75 fee plus $6 workshop fee for pre-cut pattern
Registration for this workshop is NOW open, please refer to email sent to members on 8/18.

September 22, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill lecture and trunk show
*NOTE: Program committee meeting from 12:00 – 1:30, open to all members

October 20, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Curved Piecing Demo
Learn different techniques, including the curved letters design we hope to incorporate in our
QuiltCon charity quilt!

October 25-28
Fall Retreat at Cedar Lake Ministry-New Fall Location for 2019
Registration is NOW OPEN.  Look for the email with the link set on 8/19.  Lottery if needed in September. If you have any questions, please contact Retreat Chair Katie Cooper or email the guild.

November 17, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Zipper demos-Learn tips and tricks about zippers from some of our guild’s most experienced zipper-ers!

December 15, 2019, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Holiday Potluck and Swap-Bring a dish to share and a small sewn item for a blind swap! Make sure your small sewn item does not take more than two hours to make, and for extra fun, include Hawaiian applique, curved piecing, or zippers, all of which we will be learning about at this fall’s meetings.  Please remember we all do not all celebrate the same holidays, so no holiday fabric/themes.  Most members prefer an item they can use all year long.

Announcements

Member Sew-In
Emily Bruzini is hosting a sew-in at her home in Melrose Park on Friday September 13 (6-10).  For more info email the guild and we will put you in touch with Emily.

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt
Jenni Grover is heading up this project.  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.  We would love to include Laura Hartrich’s curved letters in the quilt if possible, because they are so loved in our guild and at QuiltCon where they won a ribbon, but we are open to all ideas!

Anniversary Book Update!
Depending on when you are reading this the deadline for all submissions is August 25.  You should have received a link to submit up to five of your favorite quilts in your email.  Remember that what we hope to produce is a history of the guild, so while we all get excited about what we are making right now, we are looking for quilts that span the entire ten years of our guild. That means that some newer work might not get accepted if you have a beloved quilt from many years ago!

We are not looking for the same things that a show like QuiltCon looks for. You can submit quilts
made from patterns, quilts made in workshops, or QuiltCon rejects. The judges will be looking
for quilts that help tell the story of this guild, regardless of how long you’ve been a member,
whether or not your quilt is an original design, or your skill level (which is subjective anyway).
It will cost $3.50 to submit your five quilts, which will help us defray the cost of the jurying
system.

We are seeking a guild member is interested in being the sales manager for the book.  This includes handling and arranging the pre-orders and any shipping to out of state members!

We’re also looking for people interested in helping to plan an anniversary party for the guild for
our March 2020 meeting, which is one month after our actual anniversary so it’s better weather, we hope.

National announcements
If you signed up for the Hoffman Fabrics Me & You Indah Batik Challenge, Jen Beatty has your fabrics and will be handing them out at all upcoming meetings.  You can still join in this challenge by purchasing fabrics on your own.  Visit www.quiltcon.com for all the info.

MQG Challenges-Stripes Quilt Challenge, is open all members, just as the Me & You Indah Batik both open to all members.  Visit www.quiltcon.com

QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, TX
Entries are now open! Submit your quilts now through December 2.

Community building programs
If you’ve interviewed your partner and are ready to share with the group, email me Laura Hatrich. If you’ve met with your charity pod and are willing to share your experience on the blog or in the
Newsletter.

Project Night Night
 
We have sent Sarah Schulman home with so many quilts, books, and stuffies.  It will take a few months for her to coordinate with the Project Night Night Organization.  So, if you still have one at home, please bring it next month. All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on INSERT DATE HERE

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, August 25, 2019

Deadline TODAY!

As the deadline to enter draws near, we've received a lot of questions about what kinds of quilts qualify for our 10th anniversary book project. Here's the answer:

All of them.

Made from a pattern? It qualifies.

Made it as part of a bee with other members? It qualifies.

Only have the top completed? It qualifies. (But you'll need to finish it by the time we take pro photographs of all accepted quilts.)

It's a mini? It qualifies.

It's only kinda-sorta modern? Yup - it qualifies.

Don't have good photos of your quilt? It still qualifies. (We'll have a photographer snap pics of accepted quilts.)

Only been a member for a few months? You still qualify.

You're a past member, but not a current member, and someone kindly forwarded you this email? You definitely qualify.

[Ready to enter now? Use this link.]
 

The purpose of our book is to celebrate the diversity and history of our group


This book project isn't about showcasing the most dazzling examples of modern quilting, or winning awards, or perfection. It's about celebrating the rich, diverse history of our guild. And that means we want your favorite creations, whether you created them purely from a dream in your head, or from a pattern using a bundle of one designer's fabrics.

The deadline to enter is August 25, and it only costs a couple bucks to enter up to 5 quilts. We sincerely hope you will leave all hesitation aside and jump in with your favorite creations. We can't wait to see what you share.

Love and stitches, the CMQG Board of Directors





In case you missed past emails about this project, here's a full recap:



To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, we are creating a book to document our guild’s history! All present and past members are encouraged to submit quilts to the book so that we can celebrate as many of our guild’s talented voices as possible. Because our guild’s documentation book is about our history, please remember to select the five quilts you will submit carefully.

Our guild’s past presidents will serve as judges, and will not be making decisions based on technical skill, artistry, or design originality. Instead, they will shape a history of our guild, ensuring that we can include quilts by everyone and from each year of our guild’s successful decade. If you like to make quilts using patterns, submit them! If you have a quilt you made in one of our fantastic workshops, submit that too! Have you been in the guild for a full ten years? Look back on your quilting and select an old favorite!

You may submit up to five quilts for consideration, to ensure that members are fairly represented on the book’s pages. The total cost for your submission is $3.50, which will be collected before you fill out the form below. You do not need to submit professional photographs of your quilts, as any accepted quilts will be professionally photographed after they are accepted. Please submit one overall image and one detail image showing a close up of part of the quilt. Notifications will be sent out to each current and past member in late September.

If you are able to contact former guild members, please either send their names and email addresses to chicagomodernqg@gmail.com or feel free to forward this link.

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is not only a space for some of the kindest people in Chicagoland to gather, but it’s also a space of inspiring creativity and a dedication to quilting. This book will document our guild’s amazing creative history and document all ten years of our existence, including workshops, retreats, and as many member’s quilts as possible. Thank you for being a part of this exciting project!

Remember that this book is a history of our guild and submissions will be judged by a panel of the guild’s past presidents who will be selecting quilts to tell the story of our guild’s history rather than making their selections based on artistry, technique, or design. This means that any and all quilts are welcome including original designs, pattern or kit quilts, quilts made at guild workshops, challenge quilts, or any other quilts that are important to you! You may submit finished quilts, quilt tops that can be finished within two or three months, or sketches that can be completed within two or three months.

However, remember that because this is a history of the guild, do not only submit new work! Your older work may be accepted over recent work if the judging panel feels that it helps to tell the guild’s story in a stronger way.


Tips for entering your quilt:

  • Please read the entire link top to bottom before submitting your quilts – it will help you prepare for a successful submission
  • BEFORE entering your quilts, please make sure to hit the payment button right above “Registration” to pay your $3.50 fee
  • If you’d like to preview the forms, push the “click here” button under registration
  • Once you have selected your five quilts and have paid your $3 registration fee, click the “Proceed to Step 1” button near the bottom of the page and follow the prompts
  • Each member can only submit five quilts, so make sure you are happy with the quilts you want to submit before proceeding!
  • There is a pixel requirement for the images you will attach, but it can largely be disregarded. The 2400 pixel size equals about 8” and it’s unlikely that your images will be too large to submit. Remember that your pictures do not need to be professional quality – cell phone pictures work great, as long as we can see the quilt clearly!
Submissions close TODAY, August 25, and notifications about accepted quilts will be emailed in late September.

Click this link to get started: http://thechicagomodernquiltentry.org/
 
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on INSERT DATE HERE

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!