Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On the blog: CMQG on IG and Twitter!

Quick update all!

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is now on Instagram (@ChicagoMQG) and Twitter (@Chicago_MQG)

If you subscribe to either/both of these social media forums, make sure to follow along with us on these accounts as we post photos of meetings, retreats, get togethers, sew-ins, and more!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

On the Blog: 2016 IQF call for entries - Modern Quilter's Challenge

At our July 2015 meeting we encouraged folks to “get their curve on” through demos of three different techniques.  We also want you to find what works for you, make a quilt and enter that quilt into a show!  

Following is an opportunity to enter a regional exhibit that is co-curated by Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild for the International Quilt Festival Chicago show April 7-9 2016

Entry Overview:
Modern Quilters Challenge: Drunkard’s Path Block.  

Entry deadline: Jan 2016

Size: 36 inches square (no bigger or smaller)

Block to interpret: Drunkard’s Path

The Challenge: 
To make a quilt using the Modern Quilt aesthetic by interpreting the block “Drunkard’s Path”.  This curved block is all the rage right now in modern quilting, and this is your chance to do a modern version of this classic block.

Keep in mind the hallmarks of modern quilting when designing your quilt: improvisation, use of negative space, minimalism, high contrast, and bold graphics and colors.   

Open to residents of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota.  Please create a new quilt for this challenge using the challenge rules and size.  The entries may be juried for space constraints.  

When IQF has officially published the challenge we will post a link. 

Members of ChicagoMQG who have questions can direct them to Sarah Evans via our guild’s email address:  chicagomodernqg@gmail.com

Monday, July 13, 2015

On the blog: Picture Post of June's Sew-In!

***If you are in search of the Retreat Information post, please click {here}. ***

Below are some pics from June's sew-in - more info on the day can be found {here}.

A special thank you to the members who took photos and chose to share them with the blog - Holly H., Elizabeth S., and Sue R. - THANK YOU LADIES!!

Now - enjoy!

....a great time was had by all! Thank you to the board members who organized a fantastic quilty day.

If you're interested in attending the next meeting to see what all the shenanigans and good times are all about, click {here} for more information!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

On the Blog: Fall 2015 Chicago MQG Retreat Information

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:

  • $190: 3-day option: September 11, 12, 13 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • $280: 4-day option: September 11, 12, 13, 14 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Payment Options:
Full payment is due at or prior to the July 19 meeting.

Payment options will now include:

- PayPal or Credit Card
- Check (by mail)
- Check (dropped off at July meeting)
All members wishing to participate are being asked to fill out a secure online registration form, located on the CMQG Community Forums (link below), regardless of the payment option they choose.
PayPal or Credit Card:
the secure online registration form located on the Community Forums 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.

Check (by mail):
If you are not able to be at the meeting on July 19, but want to go to the retreat you can mail your payment & contact information to the treasurer.  Mailed checks *must be received* by the treasurer prior to the meeting to be part of the lottery. Postmarked by dates will not apply. Mailed checks should go to the following address:

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 6115
River Forest, IL 60305

Check (dropped off at July 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 July 19 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 visit the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Forums by clicking the button below:

***you must be logged into the forums to register
***you must be a 'member' of the Chicago MQG group on the forums to see the post
***link to updated form in comments of the Registration event - please use that form to register.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

On the Blog: July 2015 Meeting - Sunday July 19

Ready to get curvy?

July's meeting will work to get us inspired and worry less about sewing and working with curves!

A few of our very talented members will be showcasing different ways to get our wavy on.

Bring your pen and paper if you're a notetaker 'cause it's gonna be a good meeting filled with lots of awesome information.

We'll also be chatting a bit about:

  • IQF's upcoming open entries, theme for this year being Curves/Drunkard's
  • QuiltCon - what it's like to submit your quilt, the process, etc. (words from a seasoned quilt show submitter and from a total newbie)
  • Fall Retreat Registration - more information to follow
Meeting will be held at our usual location, the Centennial Room on the 2nd floor of RUSH Oak Park Hospital, located at 520 S. Maple Ave. in Oak Park Illinois.


Sunday, July 19, 2015
2:00 - 5:00p
Rush Oak Park Hospital, 2nd Floor Centennial Room
520 S. Maple Avenue, Oak Park

As always, visitors and new members are always welcome.

We hope to see you there!