Thursday, April 16, 2015

April Meeting~ Focus on: Long Arm Quilting

Focus on: Long Arm Quilting

Ever thought about sending your precious work out to be completed by a long arm quilter?
Wondering what a long arm quilt machine is, or what a Long Arm quilter even does?

Calling all those  un-finished quilt tops!

Questioning how to quilt some of the tops you've finished that are sitting, lonely in your UFO pile? Well, this month's  meeting is for you!

Find out the answers to these, and many more questions about long arm quilting  at our April meeting.  And don't forget to bring one of your finished quilt tops!

Angela Walters amusing time lapse video 

Four of our guild members who are active long arm quilters will be presenting on different aspects of long arm quilting.  

And following presentations, we'll have an interactive session exploring various way to quilt tops brought by members, called "How Do I Quilt This???"

Members are invited to show an unfinished top for discussion on what type of quilting might be a good fit.   

Presenting at this meeting will be:

Dani Miller of KSC Designs, who will speak about the various batting options available for your quilts.

Judy Tucker and Mark Cramer  of LakeHouse Quilts   will talk about how to work with your log arm quilter to select the very best designs that highlight your piecing and make your quilt really sparkle. 

Teri Karls of T & F Quilting Studio  will talk about the methods to prepare your top before sending it out so the quilt can come back looking it's absolute best.

Additional Business

Interguild Swap:  After meeting several Board members from the Ann Arbor MQG at QuiltCon,  and idea for a swap between guilds over the summer was hatched. This idea has been developed and the swap guidelines will be presented for Chicago members who are interested in participating. 

The April meeting marks the end of the term for our current Board Member.  We will take some time to thank the outgoing officers for their contributions and we will welcome in a new Executive Board for the 2015-2016 term.

Sunday, April 19
2-5 pm - Centennial Room

RUSH Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Guild Meeting

Don't forget! This weekend is our March guild meeting!

March 15th 2-5pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, Il 60304

We'll be sharing inspiration, pictures, and a recap from Quiltcon 2015.

We'll also be collecting the "Modern Friendship Star" quilts to be dropped off for the IQF Chicago show- this is for participants who have already spoken to Sarah S. about this. Please be sure your quilt has a sleeve and label attached as directed in the IQF email.

All members are encouraged to bring an item for show and tell - what are you working on as we head into spring??

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chicago MQG Quilts on display at Quiltcon 2015!

Among the many fabulous quilts on display at last week's Quiltcon quilt show, many quilts made by our members were on display! Some even won ribbons in their categories.

People's Choice Winner, Laura Hartrich (with her quilter, Nikki).

2nd place, Modern Traditional. Amy Struckmeyer

hird place, Improvisational, Tricia Royal

Jen Benoit-Bryan

Mark Cramer

Erin Davis

Laura Hartrich

Erin Maybin Davis

Nicole Daksiewicz

Shannon Dangerfield (Bee Quilt)

Jen Benoit Bryan

Mark Cramer

Chicago MQG Charity Quilt

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February Meeting Reminder: It's Time to Celebrate!

We are looking forward to a fun filled meeting on Sunday to celebrate the guild's 5th anniversary!

For this month's celebration, don't forget we will be meeting in a different location.   Our meeting will be held from 2pm to 5pm at the Pak District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison. 

In addition to a catered celebration, the meeting will also include registration/lottery for Spring Retreat 2015.   Members interested in attending should bring payment in a labeled envelope for the workshop lottery.

Join us for this special celebration!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

You are cordially invited......CMQG celebrates our 5th year!

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the 
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, we're having a party!

Join us at the Park District of Forest Park for a celebration filled with  catered food, fun, quilty fellowship, door prizes, and some surprises.

We'll be remembering the first 5 years of our guild in a variety of ways.   For this special celebration, we ask ALL members to participate in a very special show and tell.  We'd love to see everyone bring at least one project  to share. Please look through your quilts and bring a one quilt that fits in any of all the following categories:

  • Most Modern 
  • Favorite family/heirloom
  • Favorite unfinished
  • Learned the most while making
  • Least best idea or execution
  • Most recent

We hope to unveil the center of our new guild banner!    Please bring your finished modern blocks to contribute to the Banner Project with you to the meeting. We'd love to add as many signed blocks to this project as we can!!  

For members wishing to attend our Spring Retreat, please bring your completed lottery entry/envelope. If more than 24 members sign up, we will use our lottery procedure to chose members.  

Reminder! This event will be held at a different location than our usual monthly meetings!!

And.......don't forget your name tag!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quilt Blocks Needed!: CMQG Guild Banner is born

photo courtesy of Modern Quilt Guild

In honor of the guild's 5th year, we're making a guild banner!

Our hope is that all guild members contribute one or two single solid blocks. We'll assemble the blocks around our printed guild logo to create a banner we can use at our meetings, quilt shows and other events.  ** Members are encouraged to sign their blocks**

Instructions for the blocks:

  • Make any kind of modern quilt block, improve or otherwise. It's your choice.
  • Blocks must *finish* at 6 inches square. This means your block should be 6 1/2"square raw to include the proper seam allowance.
  • Use the colors of our logo, white may be used as a neutral
    • Yellow - citrus, canary, corn yellow
    • Green - fern, kale, clover
    • Blue - royal, lapis, surf
    • Orange - carrot, orange, persimmon
    • Red - tomato, poppy, lipstick

  • Please use ONLY solid fabrics for consistency.
  • 50 blocks are needed
  • Must be submitted at the February meeting
  • Permanent pens will be available at the meeting for signing
For modern quilt block inspiration, visit the Modern Quilt Guild website.

Direct questions about this project to Programs Chair Tricia Royal. 

Spring Retreat Details!!

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Spring Retreat
April 9-12, 2015

Here are the details:

CMQG Spring Retreat
April 10-12, Friday-Sunday, 3 days, 
April 9-12, Thursday-Sunday, 4 days
Siena Center, Racine Wisconsin
24 people maximum

3 days/2 nights - $185
4 days/3 nights - $275

If you wish to attend the retreat, full payment (cash or check) is due at the February 15 meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may mail your check to be received by February 10 to: 

Louise Gates, Treasurer
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 6115
River Forest, IL, 60305

Include in your payment envelope your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

In the event there are more than 24 members registering, a lottery will be held. The lottery procedures can be reviewed here, and are always posted within the "Special Events, Retreats, & Workshops" tab at the top of this blog.

If you've never been to one of our retreats before here's a bit about what happens. This is 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 welcoming place, it's run by Dominican Nuns, and they're quite friendly - you'll pass them in the hall and at meals. The building is right on the lake, and the rooms are simple, yet roomy enough. Meals are included Saturday breakfast - Sunday lunch. We also have a kitchenette off of the sewing room. You're welcome to bring snacks / drinks to share. Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace, and others go with a list and desire to get things done! There is usually a small optional group charity project (about an hour), and get-to-know-you games. It's a fun time for all.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Meeting Reminder!

Don't forget! This Sunday is our January meeting!

January 18th 2-5pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

Here's what you need to know: 

We'll be having Member Trunk Shows, where several members will showcase their quilts. There will be time for discussion and Q & A.

We'll also be collecting dues for the new year. Dues will stay the same at $55. Please bring your dues (check or cash) in an envelope. On the outside of that envelope write your name, address, email address, and phone number. If you are unable to make it to the January meeting, you can mail your check to to our treasurer at our PO Box:

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 6115
River Forest, IL 60305

This $55 in dues covers our local Chicago Modern Quilt Guild as well as the national Modern Quilt Guild.

Also, don't forget that the entries for the IQF modern challenge are open through the end of the month. For more information, see the blog post here.Feel free to bring show & tell to this meeting too! 


There has been some question regarding the cost for our upcoming spring retreat (April [9] 10-12). The lottery for this retreat will take place at the February meeting, however, we won't have the exact cost (determined by the retreat center) until just prior to the February meeting. Please be aware that we'll be announcing this amount as soon as possible, and once that amount has been announced checks can be sent to our PO Box (listed above). Checks will need to be received prior to the February meeting, or bring the check in hand. :) We'll have a full blog post write-up regarding the retreat as soon as we have all the details. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Modern Friendship Star Quilts - IQF Challenge Details.

As we've mentioned at our last couple meetings, Quilts Inc is doing an open call for Modern Quilts for their March Chicago Show.

The exhibit is based on the Friendship Star block. The size is a minimum of 36" x 36".

Online entry is already open, and will remain open until January 30th. The following link will take you to the quilt submission page.

We look forward to seeing all the friendship star quilts!