Monday, January 15, 2018

Join Us for the January 2018 Meeting: Mini Trunk Show

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild's first meeting of 2018, on Sunday, January 21, is our annual Mini Trunk Show, featuring guild members Julia Bryant, Sara Hochhauser, Iris Johnson, Heather Kinion and Peta Minerof-Bartos.

Each quilter will present a mini trunk show of their work and talk about their journey and experiences in quilting. There will be lots of time for Q&A and to admire their work.

Also, catch up on the latest announcements and bring your recently finished projects for Show and Tell.

Come support your guild members and be inspired by this excellent group of quilter's variety of styles and techniques!

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, January 21, 2018

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!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

December 2017 – Meeting Recap & Announcements

This month’s meeting was our Holiday Potluck and gift swap. The Potluck was organized by Member Carole Woole, and members were asked to bring a sweet or savory dish to share. Carole does an AMAZING job with our buffet table. She makes it so inviting and festive.  




Carole Wool

This meeting provided a lot of time for just socializing and talking. It was great to just slow down and enjoy each other’s company.

Carol Allegretti and Mary Calzada

Jordana Robinson, Bill Keller and Joy Siragusa


We also hosted our annual holiday handmade gift swap. It was a blind swap so if you brought a handmade gift you left with one. The only limitation was that it be made in under 2 hours. Look at all that BEAUTIFUL packaging.




Today was the BIG REVEAL for our QuiltCon Charity Quilt. As you may recall, the challenge was “Exploring Modern Traditionalism." The challenge is determined by The MQG. Our quilt is based on an art deco-inspired Chicago Star block, but guild president Amy Struckmeyer put a twist on this design by making it a mystery quilt. A few months back, members were asked to pick a block and fabric. Blocks were due at this meeting and the design was revealed to all. We can’t wait see it hanging in QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, CA. Great job, Amy and vice president Heather Kinion!




We ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guild's 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

Our guild has a newsletter called “The Full Bobbin." One of its purposes is to promote all the awesome stuff our members are doing. If you have a quilt in a show or magazine, a teaching gig, or are hosting an event, we want to know about it! Please make sure to contact social media chair Jenni Grover so it can be included in the next issue.

Our 2018 guild membership renewal is underway and we currently about 70 members renewed. If you haven’t renewed yet, please click here for more information including a link to the renewal form. Please contact membership chair Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy if you have any questions.

Member Emily Lang is coordinating our guild’s “Secret Mini Quilt Swap.” If you haven’t provided your inspiration fabric scrap for the swap or picked up your partner's inspiration fabric swap please contact Emily. (Inspiration fabrics are suggested but not required.) Completed minis are due at the March 2018 meeting.

Would you like to get more involved in the guild? How about serving on the board? The new board will take effect in April 2018, and the only requirement to serve on the board is that you are a member of the guild for at least one year (as of April 2018). To become a nominee (or if you have any questions related to any of the board positions), please contact Heather Kinion no later than February 9, 2018.

Our January 2018 meeting will be a Member Trunk Show. This is a guild favorite and you won’t want to miss it!

Our February 2018 meeting will be a sew-in at Thimbles in Lockport, IL. Our meeting time will be 10am to 4pm. Please note the change in venue and time for this meeting only. More info to come.

Our March 2017 meeting will be “All about Bindings.” More info to come.

In April 2017, we will be hosting Tara Curtis (find her on instagram at @weftyneedle) and she will be teaching us her fabric weaving technique. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14 with a lecture on Sunday, April 15 (during our regular meeting time of 2-5pm). Sewing machines will not be needed for this workshop, but some preparation will be required. Registration will begin in February 2018.

Special events chair Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops and sew-ins. 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 Laura


Charity Update

Members Sarah Shulman and Dianne Bienick are leading an effort to make quilts for Local Veterans through the Road Home Program. Two quilts were shared at the meeting and they are BEAUTIFUL.  The blue star quilt was pieced by “many hands” at a sew-in, quilted by member Sarah Evans, and the binding will be done by vice president Heather Kinion. The taupe star quilt was pieced by Dianne, quilted by member Tricial Royal, and bound by treasurer Dani Miller. Great job, ladies! It was a team effort that made this possible. We still have one more quilt planned and we will slowly work towards getting it pieced. There are still plenty of ways to get involved so please contact Sarah or Dianne if you are interested.




Member Debbie Pine provided some foundation paper squares to make string blocks. Refer to the September 2017 meeting recap for instructions (including a video) on how to piece these blocks. Please bring your completed block(s) to a future meeting where Debbie will be collecting them. They will be used to make a charity quilt(s) in 2018.

To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors, click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, January 21, 2018

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!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

November 2017 Meeting Recap & Announcements


This month’s meeting  was all about Unfinished Objects (UFOs). This meeting was led my Member Debbie Pine and Vice President Heather Kinion. They led the group through some tips and tricks to get your UFO situation under control. 

Some members dove deep into their closets to bring some projects that have been languishing for years (or even decades). We broke into small groups with each group discussing a members specific project.  Each group came up with ideas on how to breathe new life into their UFO. In some instances, members were just ecstatic that someone else was willing to take it off their hands. We had some lively discussions and new BFFs were made. 

Our lovely hosts, Heather Kinion and Debbie Pine

We weren't kidding when we said BFFs were made! 


Mini Swap

Member Emily Lang is coordinating our guild’s “Secret Mini Quilt Swap." At the meeting, she collected and distributed “inspiration fabric” that was provided by each participant. If you didn’t provide a scrap of fabric or pick up your partner's, please do so at the December meeting. The mini quilts will be due at the March, 2018 meeting. Please be very cautious of what you share on social media as you don’t want to give away any clues as to who your swap partner is. Remember: it’s a secret, shhhh!!! 

Mini Swap host Emily Lang

New Speaker/Instructor Announced 

Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper was EXCITED to announce our next workshop. Our instructor will be Tara Curtis, a.k.a. @weftyneedle and she will be teaching us her fabric weaving technique. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 with a lecture on Sunday, April 15, 2018 (during our regular meeting time). Sewing machines will not be needed for this workshop, but some preparation will be required. Registration will begin in February with more info to come in the new year.
Laura McDowell Hopper, showing off her own woven creation

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

Announcements 

Our guild has a newsletter called “The Full Bobbin." One of its purposes is to promote all the AWESOME stuff our members are doing. If you have a quilt(s) in a show or magazine, or a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it!!! Please make sure to contact Jenni so it can be included in the next issue.

Membership Chairperson Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy announced that our 2018 guild membership renewal is underway.  She asked that you renew by November 30. Here's more information including a link to the renewal form. Please contact Rebecca if you have any questions.

The MQG has announced the Charity Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The topic is “Exploring Modern Traditionalism." President Amy Struckmeyer distributed fabric and block instructions to members at the October meeting and completed blocks are due back at the December 10 meeting.  Please don’t forget!!!

Would you like to get more involved in the guild?  How about serving on the Board? The new board will take effect in April 2018, and the only requirement to serve on the board is that you are a member of the guild for at least one year (as of April 2018).  To become a nominee, please contact Heather no later than February 9, 2018 or if you have any questions related to any of the board positions.

Treasurer Dani Miller reminded members that you can financially support our guild while shopping on Amazon. The CMQG is a 501(c)(3) organization and a portion (0.5%) of all eligible purchases  can be donated to our guild. Here is more information on Amazon Smile and how you can get your existing account set up. Please contact Dani if you have any questions.

Our December 10 meeting will be our Holiday Potluck and Social. There will be a blind gift swap where you bring a wrapped handmade gift that took you two hours or less to make. Unlike in past years, time is your only limit on what you can make as a gift. But please remember that our membership practices many faiths, so make your gift non-denominational. If you need some ideas on what to make check out the guild's Pinterest Board, though you are certainly free to make whatever you want. Participation is optional. There will also be a Potluck so bring a sweet or savory dish to share, including serving utensils. If you have any questions contact Carol Woole.

Our January 2018 meeting will be a Member Trunk Show. This is a guild favorite and you won’t want to miss!!!

Our February 2018 meeting will be a sew-in at Thimbles https://thimblesquilts.com/ in Lockport, IL.  Our meeting time will be from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Please note the change in venue and time for this meeting only. 

Our March, 2017 meeting will be “All about Bindings."  

Our Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops and sew-ins.  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 Laura

Charity Update

Members Sarah Shulman and Dianne Bienick are leading an effort to make quilts for Local Veterans through the Road Home Program. Two quilts are currently in process. We still have one more quilt planned and we will slowly work towards getting it pieced. There are plenty of ways to get involved so please contact Sarah S. or Dianne if you are interested.

Member Debbie Pine provided some foundation paper squares to make string blocks. Refer to the September meeting recap for instructions (including a video) on how to piece these blocks.  Please bring your completed block(s) to the December meeting where Debbie will be collecting them. They will be used to make a charity quilt(s) in 2018.

To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, December 10, 2-5pm

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, November 21, 2017

Are You Ready For a Swap? We Are!

At our December 10 meeting (2-5pm at Rush Oak Park Hospital), we'll be celebrating the holidays with a potluck and a small gift swap.

If you're interested in the swap, there's no sign-up needed. Simply bring a small, handmade sewn item, wrapped but with no label on the outside. Please spend no more than about two hours on it, and no extras are necessary -- just make something that you enjoy. 

We encourage you to add a small note on the inside saying who made it, so the recipient knows who to thank. 

Looking for inspiration? Check out our Quick Gifts Inspiration and Pincushion Inspiration Pinterest boards.

At the meeting, every person participating will draw a number and will receive a random gift from someone else. Yay!

If you're participating in the potluck: Please bring a sweet or savory dish, including serving utensils. We have a few members with nut allergies, so we discourage any items that contain nuts. Carole Wool is coordinating the potluck so if you have questions, please email the guild and we'll send those along to Carole. 


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, December 10.

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, November 13, 2017

November 19 Meeting: What To Do with UnFinished (Quilty) Objects (UFOs)


The November meeting will focus on UFOs...those unfinished quilt projects we all have lurking around our sewing and storage spaces, taking up mental and physical space. 

hmmmmm...what to do with these blocks?

Debbie Pine and Heather Kinion will lead the group through some tips and tricks to get your UFO situation under control, and to help motivate you to work on yours instead of letting it linger. That will be followed by small group discussions over some real projects from the closets of our guild members. 

And of course there will be guild announcements, as well as show and tell.

Please join us on Sunday, November 19 from 2-5pm at the Centennial Room on the second floor of Rush Oak Park Hospital. And we may still have room for your UFO; please contact Heather if you are interested in bringing yours (although we are full up on "How do I quilt this?" quilts).

who among us doesn't have a stack of UFOs?


Other relevant information and things to bring:


The 2018 CMQG membership renewal drive has begun! Please sign up before November 30. We will have devices at the meeting to help you sign up, as well.

If you signed up for the mini quilt swap and want to provide a fabric swatch as inspiration for your partner, please bring it to the meeting in a small paper bag or opaque envelope (something that won't allow others to see what it is). Emily will make sure it gets to your secret swap partner without them knowing it's from you! If you signed up for the swap, but haven't received an email with your partners information, please email Emily Lang to let her know.

If you've completed any foundation paper string blocks (materials were handed out at the August and September meetings), please bring those. This will be an ongoing project, so don't worry if you haven't gotten to them yet.

If you signed up to make a block for the QuiltCon charity quilt, it is due at the December 10 meeting. However, if you've already finished it or won't be at the December meeting, you can bring it this month.  Questions? Contact Amy Struckmeyer.

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, November 19

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!