Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fall 2016 Retreat Registration

It's retreat registration time!

The Venue:

image courtesy of Siena Retreat Center
The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild holds a bi-annual retreat (Spring and Fall) each year, and the last several years we have called The Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI, our home-away-from-home for our group getaways. 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 relaxing, welcoming place, run by Dominican Nuns. 

The newly-built center is located in Racine, WI, right on Lake Michigan - and it's gorgeous. Our group reserves the largest retreat room in the facility, the Oak Room, which allows us all a ton of space to let our creativity run wild! 

"The Oak Room" - massive!
image courtesy of Siena Retreat Center
Retreats include lodging and food; you have your own private room with private bathroom, and 3 square meals/day (dinner on arrival day, breakfast and lunch on departure day). We also have a fully-equipped kitchenette off of the sewing room with fridge, stove, coffee pots, kettles, and dishwasher. You're welcome to bring food/snacks/drinks to have and share!

Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace, and others go with a list and desire to get things done! It's a fun time for all.

This year's retreat will have 2 options for those Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members whom choose to participate:

  • $196: 3-day option: October 21 - 23 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • $288: 4-day option: October 21 - 24 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Payment Options:
Full payment is due at or prior to the August 21st meeting.

Payment options include:

- PayPal or Credit Card
- Check (dropped off at the beginning of the August meeting)

All members wishing to participate are being asked to fill out a secure online registration form, located below, regardless of the payment option they choose.
PayPal or Credit Card:
the secure online registration form located below allows you to have the option of paying by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal; you can pay by credit card without creating a PayPal account. **please make sure to follow the link at the end of the form to be re-directed to the payment screen**

If at all possible, we would prefer electronic payments (PayPal or Credit Card).

Check (dropped off at August meeting):
If you choose to bring your check to the meeting, please drop them at the Retreat Sign Up table at the beginning of the meeting. Be sure to have your name, address, email address, phone number, and whether you are signing up for 3 or 4 days on your envelope.

Lottery Procedure:
Retreats that are sponsored by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild are open to all current guild members who have paid dues. In the event there are more than 24 members registering, spots will be determined by lottery procedure during the break at the August meeting.

Please see more information about the lottery procedure (here).

For those whom have chosen to pay electronically (PayPal or CC), your payment will be refunded in the event you don't obtain a spot at retreat. If you've decided to pay by check, your check will be returned to you.

If you'd like to register for this fantastic, relaxing, awesome quilty getaway, please fill out the form below.

  • You must be a CMQG Member to participate in Retreats
  • You must secure your spot in the lottery procedure with your full payment, prior to the January meeting, and options are given in the form below.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Heads Up! Retreat registration coming soon!

Retreat Dates:
(Option 1): $196 -  Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23 (3 days)
(Option 2): $288 -  Friday, October 21 - Monday, October 24 (4 days)

The lottery for the Fall Retreat to the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin will take place at our August 21st meeting--be sure to see our upcoming blog post (which will be posted in the coming days!) about the retreat itself for all the details. 

The costs for this retreat are $196 for 3 days or $288 for 4 days which can be (and we would prefer if it was) paid online with your registration for the retreat. 

NOW, remember, this is a lottery that will be completed at the August meeting. You must be registered online, paid either online OR in person at this meeting before the first break in order to be entered into the lottery. 

We do our best to get as many people into the retreat as possible BUT there may be a waitlist as space is limited at the retreat center, although space has traditionally opened up even in the last few days before the retreat, so keep that in mind if you get waitlisted.

For more information on our Lottery and Waitlist procedures, please visit this page.

Watch this space in the coming days for more information and to sign up!

- written by Heather K. and Erin D.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

July Meeting: "Being True to Your Inner Artist" - Latifah Saafir Lecture!

In July, our guild is so excited to bring to Chicago a fabulous quilter, fabric designer, pattern designer, teacher, and all around charming person: Latifah Saafir! She has been known as 'the Quilt Engineer' and is known for some fantastic patterns (Glam Clam, Molehills, as well as some great bias tape work), beautiful quilts, and her new Grafic fabric line for Hoffman's you + me fabric line that is just hitting stores now. Check out her website for more!

She will be giving a lecture and a trunk show entitled "Being True to Your Inner Artist" -- An exploration of tips and insights to tapping into your own voice as a quilter. Learn practical techniques on how to tune into yourself and trust your instinct and vision.

The bulk of the meeting will be this lecture and trunk show and Latifah will be on hand to sell some of her patterns, tools, and other merchandise. Her lecture will be the very first thing we do (as she has a plane to catch that night). Then we will follow up with announcements, business and show and tell (both our Medallion BOM and regular show and tell).

As we have a guest speaker, we will be charging a $5 fee for any non-members in attendance, but all are welcome!! This meeting is at our regular space at Rush Hospital Oak Park.

Latifah is also teaching a glam clam workshop the day before the meeting (at Thimbles in Lockport), but it is full--although if you are still interested you can get on the waitlist here.

Please join us!

Sunday, July 17
2:00 - 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital,
Centennial Room (2nd Floor)
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

For your viewing pleasure: MODERN Exhibit at University of Chicago Medicine

As you may recall, our members were invited to submit their quilts for a 3-month show hosted by University of Chicago Medicine Center - we just received a few photos from the Center's coordinator and wanted to share!

The Center has received a lot of positive feedback as they were installing it. 

The exhibit is in the 2nd floor Skybridge that connects the DCAM building with Mitchell Hospital, at the corner of Maryland Ave and 58th Street. Literally thousands of people pass through this space every day.

Photos are courtesy of Janet Seitzer of Billy Hork Galleries.

-written by Erin D.

Friday, June 24, 2016

On the Blog: June Meeting Recap!

Our June meeting was a Sew-In. We met at Magical Minds Studio which is an art studio for children located in Oak Park, IL. It was a great space to gather, sew, and chat. Members worked on our charity project for Sarah’s Inn  or their own personal projects.

Here are some photos from our sew-in - a good time was had by all!

We then ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the “On Instagram” picture in the right side bar) to see some amazing quilts made by our members and more photos from our sew-in.


Announcements from June's meeting:
  • On Saturday, July 16th we will be hosting Latifah Saafir for a Glam Clam Workshop. The workshop is currently sold-out. To be added to the wait list (which includes both members and non-members), please send an email to Dianne Bienick @ chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • On Sunday, July 17th we will be hosting Latifah Saafir for a Truck Show/Lecture. Her lecture will be “BEING TRUE TO YOUR INNER ARTIST”. We will be meeting in our usual location at RUSH Oak Park Hospital.
  • Our August 21st Meeting will be a Summer Potluck and Social. We will also be conducting the lottery for our October, 2016 retreat. Please click here for information regarding the lottery process. More information (including price) will be provided in a later post.
  • Donna Moscinski is working on a presentation for our October 2016 meeting. She wants to share the creative spaces of our members. This can be your table space at retreat, a corner of your living room, a spare bedroom, or a full fledge studio space.   If you would like to be part of this special project, please send an email to Donna @chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • We will be hosting Jacquie Gering for a Workshop in July, 2017. Our Special Events Chairperson, Heather Kinion, is looking for a location to host this workshop. She is looking for a space that can accommodate 24 people with sewing machines and several ironing stations. Must also be reasonably priced. If you know of any place in your area or have any questions, please send an email to Heather chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.

Happy sewing!

- written by Dianne B.
- edited/posted by Erin D.