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!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Membership Registration - 2018


Membership renewal information:


It's that time of year again!

To maintain your membership (or become a new member), click here to be redirected to the page for the 2018 Membership sign up and dues payment form. Our yearly dues will remain at $55 for the 2018 calendar year.

Membership comes with many benefits: a monthly newsletter, charity projects, VIP sign-up opportunities for workshops, the option to gather for our spring and fall retreats and free admission to meetings with speakers (previous speakers include Jacquie Gehring, Mary Fons, Heidi Parkes and Chawne Kimber, to name a few).

The dues cover membership to the national Modern Quilt Guild, and programming costs for guest speakers, trunk shows, member-led tutorials, and more.

Most importantly, you contribute to the effort of building this amazing community of artists in Chicagoland.

Questions about membership? Please contact the guild through email.

Please renew by November 30 to help us stay organized. Click here to be redirected to our membership registration form.



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!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October 2017 – Meeting Recap & Announcements

This month’s meeting was “All About Bags!”  Members Holly Harper, Donna Moscinski, Sally Prokopec, and Sarah Shulman shared with us “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of bag making.  

They each shared their experience in how to make sturdy handles, what kind of fabrics and interfacing they prefer, their favorite patterns and designers, and where to find the best in bag making supplies. 

Sarah couldn’t stress enough how important the smallest of details are when making a bag look professional. They each brought along and shared with us some of the beautiful bags. Here's their complete list of their preferred designers and vendors.  

Clockwise, from upper left: Sarah Shulman, Sally Prokopec, Donna Moscinski, Holly Harper.

Photo courtesy of Laura McDowell Hopper

Former member Betsy Siber is debuting her first fabric collection with Michael Miller this week at Quilt Market. At the meeting, Betsy practiced her “schoolhouse” presentation. It gave the guild a glimpse into world (aka business side) of Quilt Market. Her collection, Everglades, will be available soon.

Betsy Siber practiced her Schoolhouse presentation in advance of Quilt Market


Announcements from today’s meeting

The MQG has announced the Charity Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The topic is “Exploring Modern Traditionalism." President Amy Struckmeyer presented her concept for this quilt at last month’s meeting; it will be a Mystery Quilt of sorts. The design is a modern interpretation of an art deco-inspired Chicago Star block. 

At the meeting, members were able to pick a block and choose their fabrics. The  blocks are due at the December meeting. At that time, they will be put up on a design wall and the pattern will be revealed to all. The resulting quilt top design will be a surprise for most and the color combinations a surprise for everyone, including the organizers Heather Kinion and Amy.

Member Emily Lang will be coordinating a “Secret Mini Quilt Swap." To participate, you are encouraged to provide a small scrap of “inspiration fabric” for your swap partner to use as a starting point for design and/or color. Around November 5, you will receive your swap partner’s name, and your mini quilt will be due at the February 18, 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!!! 

Our November 19 meeting will be focused on UFOs. This meeting is being coordinated by member Debbie Pine. To learn more about this meeting and how you can contribute click here. If you have any questions please contact Debbie.

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 please make your gift non-denominational. Ideas will be posted soon on the guild’s Pinterest Board, though you are certainly free to make whatever you want. Participation is optional.

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

Our guild has a newsletter called “The Full Bobbin." One of its purposes is to promote all the AWEWOME 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 Jenni so it can be included in the next issue.

Would you like to get more involved in the guild?  How about serving on the Board? Next year, Treasurer Dani Miller and Secretary Dianne Bienick will be departing, and Vice President Heather Kinion will be moving to the President position (opening the VP position). There may be other board positions open as well. 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). If you would like to serve your guild or if you have any questions regarding these positions please contact Heather.

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 of being quilted by Members Sarah Evans and Tricia Royal. 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.

At the August meeting, member Debbie Pine brought in some foundation paper squares to make string blocks. There were some leftovers and they were distributed at the September meeting. Please 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 November meeting, where Debbie will be collecting them. They will be used to make charity quilt(s). 

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, 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!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Join Us For a Fun Meeting in October: All About Bags!

Please join us on Sunday, October 15, from 2-5pm for a meeting that will be "All About Bags!"  

Members Sarah Shulman, Holly Harper, Donna Moscinski, and Sally Prokopec will be sharing their bag-making experiences and expertise. They'll tell us all about their favorite patterns, products, tips and techniques... as well as things that haven't worked well for them, or that they don't do. They'll also bring bags they've made so we can check out the details and be inspired! Donna will bring the Tudor bag, shown below, plus a few other Sew Sweetness bags designed by local quilter Sara Lawson.



Would you like to contribute to the guild's QuiltCon 2018 charity quilt? 

Amy and Heather have been working out the details, and will have block designs and fabric at the meeting. Choose from one of seven block types and their variations.  Fabric and basic instructions will be provided.  Block are due back at our December 10 meeting, when the blocks will be put up on a design wall and the overall quilt design will be revealed!  Blocks are 12"x12" finished, and require pretty simple, straightforward piecing.  There is opportunity for at least 33 people to participate. Find out more at the meeting.


Also on the agenda is a peek into the world of Quilt Market as former CMQG member Betsy Siber practices her "schoolhouse" presentation on us! Betsy's first fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, Everglades, is debuting at Quilt Market next month, and she'll be giving us her talk about the fabric design as if we are "buyers" at Market. See the whole collection here.



Don't forget to bring your finished projects for show 'n tell, too!

Hope to see you Sunday!

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, October 15

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!