Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Meeting: Frugal Quilting

We all know how easy it is to spend more money than we'd like on fabric, patterns, notions, and quilting tools.  But most of us also have things we do to be more economical, from upcycling fabrics to using hardware store hacks or everyday items in lieu of more expensive tools.  

What frugal quilting tricks do you use? Bring your own tips and ideas to this meeting, and find out what other quilters do to be more thrifty. At our May meeting, you'll learn from fellow members and are invited to share your own frugal quilting ideas in small groups.

In addition to announcements and the regular programming, we'll announce the winner of the survey raffle and have show and tell. And if that's not enough to bring you to the meeting (and in the spirit of cutting costs)... there will be giveaways!



What to bring (all optional, of course):
  • Your own frugal quilting tips and tricks to share
  • Your recent quilty finishes to share with the group during show and tell
  • Hand-sewing work to keep you busy while we chat


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meeting schedules 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, May 8, 2017

Update: Jacquie Gering Workshop is Sold Out with a Waitlist

A quick note: The June Jacquie Gering workshop is sold out, with a small waitlist. 

Never fear: We are also hosting a lecture the same weekend, which is free for members, so you'll still get to enjoy some time with Jacquie!

Jacquie's lecture will be a special event on June 25 at 3:30pm at the First Free Church of Chicago 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL in the undercroft. It will not be a guild business meeting, and we will not have show and tell or guild business. The event will focus on Jacquie's lecture, "Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It," and a trunk show. It is free to members, and $10 for non-members.

Questions about event registration? Send us an email.

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

This month's meeting is on May 21, 2017

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

 We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April 2017 – Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

The topic of our meeting this month was “Quilt Preservation” by Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper.  Laura is a textile preservationist with the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University by day and a modern quilter by night.


This afternoon Laura shared with us her tips for properly storing your quilts. 
  1. Use museum quality storage materials.
  2. Avoid storage in wood or create a barrier using polyurethane varnish on the wood and unbleached muslin on the quilt.
  3. Choose a storage location in a dark, climate controlled space in your house.  Laura said if it’s comfortable for you it will be comfortable for your quilt.
  4. Clean your storage space regularly.  Don’t eat or drink near your storage area.
  5. Never use chemicals, mothballs, or cedar as pest deterrents.
  6. Light damage is irreversible.  If you display quilts in your home rotate them into storage every 4 to 6 months to prevent long term light exposure.
  7. Store your quilts folded in a blue board box with unbuffered tissue padding in every fold line.
  8. Refold your quilt a different way every 6 months to prevent creases.

Laura was kind enough to share with us some of her favorite resources and products:

For more information on Quilt Preservation listen to Laura’s interview on Episode 8 of the Sit & Sew Radio Podcast and read her article in the 2017 QuiltCon Magazine.

You can find Laura on social media at:
Instagram: @sonicstitches 

The April meeting marks the transition of Board Members. Member Holly Harper (left) graciously distributed gifts to the 2016-2017 Board Members on behalf of the guild.  Below is Prior President Sarah Evans (right) receiving her gift. Here is the list of 2017-2018 Board Members.


We then 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 from today's meeting:

Programming Chairperson Laura Hartrich made a presentation on Quilt Alliance. She discussed the importance of documenting, preserving, and sharing information about your quilt so it doesn’t get lost over time. Laura also has an Instagram account, @quiltstories, where quilters can share their own “quilt stories." You can send her your own “quilt story” via Instagram. Stories are shared in the order in which they are received. 

Prior Membership Chairperson Sally Prokopec completed the guild’s directory. It was emailed to all members so look for it in your inbox. Please note that if you opted out of being published in the directory you will still receive a copy of the directory. However, your personal information will not be shared.

Member Jennifer Lowe works for the Tinley Park Library and they will be hosting a display of mini quilts and small quilted items from our members. For more info click including how to submit an item for display can be found here.

Have a topic you would like to present, or a technique you would like to demo, or there’s a specific instructor you would like to see come to the guild? We want to know about it! Please take the time to fill out the guild’s annual survey. Members who complete the survey by the end of the day May 3, will be entered into a raffle to win a bundle of sewing goodies.  To complete the survey click here.

Our May 21st meeting will be on “Frugal Quilting." More info to come.

The next Programming Meeting will be held on May 21 at 12:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Cafeteria at the RUSH Oak Park Hospital. If you would like to attend this meeting or be a part of future meetings please contact Programming Chairperson Laura Hartrich.

June 4th meeting will be a Sew-In held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  More info to come. 

The talented Jacquie Gering will be visiting the guild for a workshop on Saturday, June 24th. This workshop will be held at Loyola University in Chicago (Rogers Park). The workshop will be “Creative Quilting with a Walking Foot." To learn more about Jacquie click here. Registration will begin on May 6, at 10 am CDT.  Please note this is a change from April 29, at 11 am CDT, which was communicated earlier. For more info on this workshop click here.

Jacquie Gering will be giving a lecture/trunk show on Sunday, June 25, titled “Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It."  This lecture/trunk show will be held at the First Free Church of Chicago. This will be a lecture ONLY and not a regular guild meeting. For more info click here.

Our Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops. 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:

Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make a quilt (or quilts) for local Veterans through the Road Home Program. For more information on how you can contribute click here. (Please note this charity project has been extended until the end of 2017.)

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 May 21, 2017

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

Join us for a future meeting! Here's our schedule.

Not a member, but would like to be? Join us!

 We hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Member Survey: Help Us Plan For 2017-2018, and Enter a Raffle!

Help us shape the future of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild!  Your opinions are important.  Complete the member survey today!

We're asking for some basic information about you, as well as your thoughts and suggestions regarding future programming. Let us know what skills and talents you can bring to the guild, as well as your ideas for future meeting topics, including names of speakers and teachers you'd like us to bring in.  

We're wondering what tutorials, techniques and demonstrations you'd like to see, and which extra activities and challenges you're interested in participating in.

We value our members' input and will absolutely use the survey responses to determine programming for the rest of the 2017 calendar year and into 2018! 

It shouldn't take more than a few minutes to fill out the form. And we're offering an extra incentive this year: members who complete the survey by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 3, will be entered into a raffle to win a bundle of sewing goodies!
Thank you for your time and ideas! 

Take the survey today. (This link will take you to our private member community forum, where you can find the survey link. This survey is open to our members only.)



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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, April 23, 2017

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

 We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

June Meeting & Workshop: Jacquie Gering

The Chicago MQG is thrilled to be hosting the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Modern Quilt Guild and our former guild mate, Jacquie Gering, for a workshop and lecture in June. 

jacquie gering

Jacquie co-founded the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, to which she returned after a stint in Chicago. She is the co-author (with Katie Pederson) of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts and the new book WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot. She has taught classes on Craftsy, at Quiltcon, and all over the United States and beyond. 

The workshop, "Creative Quilting With the Walking Foot," will be an all-day intensive at Loyola University's Lake Shore Campus on Saturday, June 24 from 10am-5pm with a box lunch included. 

Jacquie's lecture will be a special event on Sunday, June 25 at 3:30pm at the First Free Church of Chicago 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL in the undercroft. It will not be a guild business meeting, and we will not have show and tell or guild business. The event will focus on Jacquie's lecture, "Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It," and a trunk show. It is free to members, and $10 for non-members.

Workshop description: 

Want to quilt your quilts on your home machine, and maybe free motion quilting isn't for you? Come discover the joy and creative possibilities of quilting with your walking foot. Straight-line quilting has a long history and is making a comeback in both modern and traditional quilts. Learn tips and tricks for successful quilting with your walking foot along with creative quilting designs that can be accomplished on your home machine. 

The workshop will be capped at 20 students, and registration will be first come, first served starting Saturday, May 6 at 10am CDT for Chicago MQG members. The cost: $75. 

If there are still spots available, registration will be opened to the public on Saturday, May 27. The workshop registration will be open to non-members for $95. We will create a waiting list once the workshop is filled. Please see our guild's rule page for more details regarding registering for workshops.

Workshop registration: 

The workshop registration link will go live Saturday, May 6 at 10am CDT in the Chicago MQG group on the MQG website, so please be sure you can access your account in advance of registration. 

ALSO this class will use a walking foot, so before the class please make sure you have a walking foot for your machine and are able to attach it and use it. You will not be able to participate in the class without one. 


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, April 23, 2017

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

 We hope to see you there!