Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Guild Meeting Reminder!

Don't forget! This weekend is our December guild meeting
Notes to remember:

  • Bring your swap item for our holiday swap. Details in the blog post here.
  • Bring a dish to share - pot luck. (label all dishes with nuts clearly please!)
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

December 7, 2014 2:00pm to 5:00pm

See you there! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reminder: IQF Challenge

We have been working hard behind the scenes to gather all the important information regarding our upcoming International Quilt Festival challenge. We know you're excited to get started on this challenge, so here are the details!

This challenge will be open to members of the Chicago MQG, as well as other local Modern Quilt Guilds.

Quilts will be submitted electronically by the quilt maker, and if chosen, will be shown in an exhibition of modern quilts at International Quilt Festival Chicago 2015

Though we don't have an exact date for submissions, plan on having your quilt finished and ready to be submitted no later than January 15th. The show will be March 26-28.

Now for the fun part. The theme of our exhibit this year is a modern take on the friendship star. Your quilt submission should have one side measure at 36" 

We look forward to seeing what you make! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Meeting Recap

"Be present in your making." ~Sherri Lynn Wood

Improv with ChicagoMQG photo shared by Sherri Lynn Wood.

It was so nice to get to meet Sherri Lynn Wood in person at last week's meeting! I know it was a marathon of a weekend for her, but I'm so glad we were able to tack on a workshop and lecture with her while she was nearby! 

It was exciting to hear all about Sherri's process in improvisational quilting. She has been quilting and blogging for years, many of us can relate to her exuberance toward quilting. I for one am super excited to get started on a new improv project!

Here's the link to the Facebook group Sherri mentioned at the meeting. You can share your improv pictures and get feedback from other improv quilters. 

If you're looking for more info about improv quilting check out Sherri Lynn Wood's upcoming book "The Improv Handbook" - available in March.

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!!