Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 2017 – Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

the wonderful Chawne Kimber
The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild started the New Year off on a high note. We hosted Chawne Kimber for a lecture / trunk show. Chawne was amazing and her discussion began as a child where she described her family and where she grew up and how she started sewing. Today, Chawne is most noted for her social justice quilts and her teeny tiny piecing. As she was discussing her artistic journey she would show us quilts along the way that were sparked by recent events. Either personal or in the news. She also talked about she integrates her day job as a Math Professor with being an artist. She passed around a sample of her tiny piecing and YES it’s really tiny! It was a WONDERFUL afternoon. THANK YOU so very much for visiting our guild.



Our guild t-shirts and hoodies arrived today! Late last year we hosted a design contest for a limited edition logo. The intent was not to re-brand our guild but to simply have a limited edition logo so we can have some new, awesome shirts. The winning design was by Laura McDowell-Hopper (right) and is based on the Chicago flag. How amazing does she look wearing her own design. The ordering and distribution of the shirts was done by our Treasurer Dani Miller (left).




Due to inclement weather, we had to cancel our December 2016 meeting. So today we had our gift exchange. It was a blind swap. Which means if you bring a gift you receive a gift. All gifts were handmade and wrapped so beautifully. Participating members seemed pleased with their gifts. 


We then ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see some amazing quilts made by our members.

Announcements from today's meeting:
  • 2017 Membership Renewal continues. Dues are $55 (same as 2016). National dues were paid to The MQG earlier this year based on 65 membersClick here for info on how to renew by check or credit card if you haven’t already. This link can also be used for new members to join.
  • Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 19th and will be a “Members Truck Show”. More info to come.
  • Our next retreat is April 28 – April 30 with an optional day on Monday, May 1st. Retreat prices will be the same as the Fall 2016 Retreat. More info regarding registration will be available soon. To review the current lottery process click here .
  • The talented Jacquie Gering will be visiting the guild for a workshop and lecture / trunk show in July 2017. To learn more about Jacquie click here . More info regarding the workshop including registration will be available soon.
  • Our Special Events Chairperson Heather Kinion is looking for locations to host guild workshops. She is looking for a space that can accommodate 24 people with ample electrical outlets for their sewing machines and to set-up several ironing stations throughout the room. Must also be reasonably priced. If you know of any place in your area or if you have any questions please contact Heather at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • Are you interested in getting more involved in the guild! Consider a position on the Board. Click here  to view a list of positions. The only requirement is that you have been a Guild member for at least one year. If you are interested in serving or have any questions please contact Vice President Amy Struckmeyer at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • Going to QuiltCon 2017! There is a closed group on Facebook that was created for members to share information and to ask questions. If you would like to be added please contact the guild’s Secretary Dianne Bienick at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • Charity Update:
    • Quilts, pillows and pouches were delivered to Sarah’s Inn last month. Vice President Amy Struckmeyer would like to thank everyone that contributed. Amy mentioned she will be writing a blog post to share all the items that were made.
    • The QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt is DONE and BEAUTIFUL! Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see a picture. A BIG THANK YOU .to members Emily Handley and Melissa Bogusch for taking on this epic project and to all the members that participated. They mentioned they will be writing a blog post for The MGQ. We will let you know when it’s posted. Can’t wait to see it hanging in Savannah.
    • Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make a quilt(s) for a local Veteran(s) thru the Road Home Program. For more information on how you can contribute click here
    • To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.
  • For information on future meetings click here .
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on February 19, 2017 and is our member trunk show!

Meeting location:

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

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

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

 We hope to see you there!

- written by Dianne B., Secretary
- posted by Erin D., Social Media and Communications

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 15, 2016 Meeting: Chawne Kimber Guest Speaker and Trunk Show, Winter Swap and More

Guest Speaker & Trunk Show:
Be sure not to miss this Sunday's meeting that will feature guest speaker Chawne Kimber. 

The meeting starts at 2pm in the Centennial Room of Rush Oak Park Hospital (address below), and there will be a guest speaker fee of $10 for non-members, so if you are a returning member make sure you have renewed for 2017 prior to the meeting. Still need to renew your membership? Click this button - 


Chawne in front of one of her fabulous quilts!

Chawne Kimber (often found online at her blog Completely Cauchy or Instagram @cauchycomplete) is an artist known for her social justice minded quilts and her teeny tiny piecing. Her quilts have been featured at QuiltCon and in gallery shows around the country. We are lucky to have her as a guest and sharing a trunk show of some of her quilts and her artistic process with us this Sunday.

❆❆❆Special Note Re: Winter Gift Swap!!❆❆❆

The meeting will also include our Winter Gift Swap that was supposed to happen in our December meeting which unfortunately was canceled due to inclement weather. 

Please bring your wrapped handmade swap gift item to the meeting, and you will get to take one home! It is a blind swap, so just wrap it in a non-holiday specific wrap and have it ready to be added to the gift pile when you arrive.

2016 Medallion Block of the Month Show & Tell:
There will also be a show and tell for the 2016 Medallion Block of the Month quilts, so be sure to bring yours maybe finished and maybe not quite yet finished. 


We will do our best to have our usual general show and tell BUT be prepared for it to be a speedy one as this meeting will be jam packed with the guest speaker and the swap from December.

We 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, January 15, 2016.

Meeting location:

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

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

The New Member's Blog Directory Now Live!

The new member's blog list is now live! A new button has been added to the sidebar of the blog, as pictured below - click this button to be redirected to the Member Blog Directory Page:

Blogs listed on the page are those of current Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members only, and must be blogs (business and other social media accounts are not supported at this time).

If you have a spare moment we encourage you to visit these author's sites to support the efforts of your fellow guild members and to gain inspiration from them - we are so fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals as part of our guild who also share their ideas with the online quilting community!

If you are a current 2016/2017 member and have a blog or similar format website and you would like to be added to our member's list, please email us here.

Not a member, but would like to be, or, need to renew your membership? Click the button below to join or renew with our Guild!


- written and posted by Erin D.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: December Meeting CANCELLED


From our president:

It is with regret and abundance of caution that the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild meeting for today, December 11th is canceled due to inclement weather.

While the severity of our the current winter storm is varied over the Chicagoland area, it is predicted to continue to snow, sometimes heavily, through the early evening hours.   We've also been checking IDOT's winter road conditions map, http://apps.dot.illinois.gov/winterroadconditions/pages/wrc.htm, and want to heed the advice of the National Weather Service that recommends only emergency travel today. 

While the need to quilt is often an emergency for many of us, the need to drive across snow and ice doesn't need to be a factor for us today.   We are beyond disappointed to have to cancel.  Here's hoping this "found time" today will enable you to stay warm and make something beautiful!  

If you made a gift for our holiday swap, please bring it to our Sunday January 15, 2017 meeting where we will host guest lecturer Chawne Kimber (IG: @cauchycomplete, blog: https://cauchycomplete.wordpress.com/).  There *may* be one or two spots left in her workshop on Saturday the 14th

--Sarah Evans, president

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

Next month's meeting is on SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 and we are hosting guest speaker Chawne Kimber!

Meeting location:

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

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

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

 We hope to see you there!

Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016 – Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

Here is a recap and announcements from November's meeting, as well as information on December's upcoming meeting -

Guest Speaker Heidi Parkes:
This month we hosted the amazing Heidi Parkes for a presentation and discussion on “Intentional Mending”. Heidi has been mending her clothes since she was a child though her technique has certainly changed over time. Today Heidi is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi where the mending itself is a visible addition to the piece as it moves forward with an extended life. She shared with us several of her (and her boyfriends) clothes that are in various stages of mending so we can see her process. Several of our members brought in clothes and a quilt which Heidi offered advice on how to mend. It was a wonderful afternoon.

QuiltCon 2017:
Members Emily Handley and Melissa Bogusch are leading the effort on our guilds QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge. Members were expected to bring in their completed blocks to the meeting.  There will be 15 blocks in total all custom designed by Emily and Melissa. The design is based on Charles and Ray Eames film “Power of Ten”. If you haven’t seen the video we strongly encourage you to do so. They plan to share more of the quilt as it progresses. To learn more about the project and to see the video it’s based on click here. To learn more about The MQG QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge click here.

Show & Tell:
We then ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see some amazing quilts (including Charity and Medallion quilts) made by our members.

Announcements:
  • 2017 Membership Renewal is now OPEN! Dues are $55 (same as 2016). If you would like to purchase the guild’s limited edition T-Shirt or Hoodie you will need to renew by December 10th. Actually, our Membership Chairperson Sally Prokopec is asking everyone to renew by December 10th to enable her to get an accurate member count to The MQG. Click here for info on how to renew by check or credit card.
  • Our next meeting will be Sunday, December 11th and will be a potluck and gift swap. As inspiration for the gift swap, some of our members demonstrated how to make different types of fabric containers back in our September meeting. Click here to see their tutorial links, but know that members participating in the December gift swap are encouraged to make whatever they like (you're not limited to making just fabric containers!). This will be a blind swap and our swap coordinator (Sarah Shulman) is asking that we make sure our gifts are not holiday specific, please.
  • The guild will be hosting Chawne Kimber for an Improv Hand Quilting workshop and lecture in January 2017 (same weekend as our meeting). The workshop will be limited to 20 members and will be filled on a “first come first served basis”. Payment ($75) is required at the time of registration to confirm your seat in the class. Registration opened on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm. More details here. To learn more about Chawne click here.
  • Vice President Amy Struckmeyer mentioned two International Quilt Festival Shows that are accepting modern quilts that may be of interest to members: A Celebration of Color and Mod Squad Quilts .
  • Members from the Sinnissippi Quilters Inc. of Rockford, IL were on hand to sell raffle tickets for their annual fundraiser. The winner will receive a quilt made by their members. They are also hosting a Quilt Show on May 6-7 in Loves Park, IL. For more info click here.
  • Charity Updates:
    • This was the final meeting to deliver quilts, pillows, and pouches for Sarah’s Inn. Vice President Amy Struckmeyer will be making a delivery shortly after Thanksgiving. Amy mentioned she will be writing a blog post to share all the items that were made.
    • Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make quilt(s) for local Veteran(s) thru the Road Home Program. For more information on how you can contribute click here.
    • To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.
Next Meeting:
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, December 11 and is a Potluck!

Please bring something sweet or savory to share.

Meeting location:

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

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

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

 We hope to see you there!

written by Dianne B
edited/posted by Erin D