Thursday, July 10, 2014

CMQG Sew In Day!

* Need some serious sewing time?
* Can't get away for a weekend retreat?
* Summer vacation with kids = need a Mom's day out?
* Want some time with your favorite quilting friends?

We're pleased to announce our first CMQG Sew In Day!

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014
            9 am - 5 pm

Where: Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
            149 West Brush Hill Road
             Elmhurst, IL 60126

Details: $10 CMQG members
             $15 non members*
             25 spaces available
              *non member space open after member sign ups, only if available
              Please note that we will not issue refunds if you are unable to attend, but you are welcome to find someone else to fill your spot.

How: Sign up and pay in full at the July 20 meeting to reserve a spot. 
          If you are unable to attend the meeting send a check with your name, phone number, and email address to CMQG, P.O. Box 6115, River Forest, IL 60305. Check must be received by July 18. You may also send a check to the meeting with a friend.

What to bring: 
Your own lunch, drinks, and optional snacks to share. Or you may buy lunch at several nearby locations. Sewing machine, sewing supplies, projects and fabric, extension cords. We can share cutting and ironing stations.

Looking forward to summer sewing time! 
Any questions please contact Sarah Shulman at

Monday, July 7, 2014

July Meeting: Rossie Hutchinson

We're excited to announce a guest speaker for our July 20th meeting. Rossie Hutchinson will be presenting on "Steal, deviate, mutate: making quilts like an artist." Many of you know Rossie from her website, her influential flickr group, or from Camp Stitchalot. She is lecturing, and teaching a workshop at Quiltcon 2015, to quote her bio on the Quiltcon website:

"Rossie Hutchinson is an award-winning modern quilter.  Perhaps best known for founding and moderating the Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, she also writes a popular quilting blog and regularly contributes her quilt patterns to books and magazines. Her quilts have appeared in American Quilter, Quilting with a Modern Slant, Best Modern Quilts, 101 Patchwork Projects, and Modern Quilts Unlimited.  Rossie lives in Michigan with her husband, dogs, and enormous library of crafts books. She is a lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and Program Coordinator for Camp Stitchalot." 

Join us Sunday, July 20th 2-5pm

Rush Oak Park Centennial Room
520 S Maple AveOak ParkIllinois 60304
We will also be having show & tell, bring your Michael Miller fabric challenge projects to show! 
See you there! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CMQG Quilts at an Exhibition

At our last meeting Jen BB announced the possibility of an exhibit of our quilts at the University of Chicago Medical Center. That exhibit is a reality! Thanks to member Kathy DeVries and her contacts with the Healing Arts program, we have been asked to submit quilts for display in a public area. Please consider submitting for the exhibit, quilts may include but are not limited to the Modern in the City challenge quilts. Details are as follows:

Exhibit will be at the University of Chicago Medical Center in the Center for Care and Discovery as part of the Healing Arts program.
The exhibit will run for three months, July-October, 2014.
It will include a maximum of 30 quilts.
Each member may submit up to 2 quilts each, if we receive more than 30 quilts only one of yours may be displayed.
The maximum size is 60"x 60".
Quilts must have a 4" hanging sleeve and a label with your name and contact information.
Quilts will be covered by insurance and be under video surveillance.

Quilts will be due for submission at the July 20 meeting. You will fill out a form with the quilt name, your name, size, and statement (inspiration and process). 
If you are unable to attend the meeting we are working on arrangements for other submissions and will post that information when it's available.
We hope you'll consider entering a quilt for this exhibit. It has been a goal of our guild to show our quilts in public, and this is a good opportunity. Please comment here or contact Sarah Shulman before July 15 or Jen Benoit Bryan after July 15 if you have any questions.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MQG Michael Miller Challenge - how to submit your project.

Here is the direct link to the rules / tips posted by the MQG. 

In short here's what you'll need to know to submit your project to the official challenge:
  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014 July 25, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014  Aug 1.
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Michael Miller fabrics will pick three winners. Each winner will receive a posting on the Michael Miller blog, and a year of free fabric. Every month for a year they will send the winner a goody box of new fabric.

We'll be sharing our challenge projects at the July guild meeting.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Member MeetUp at IQF

IQF is in town this weekend!!! Many of our members will be attending the show throughout the weekend..... and more importantly,  the "Modern in the City" Guild Challenge will be on exhibit!

If you are attending the show, stop by and see our members Emily L and Judy T giving "Open Studio" presentation, member Ebony Love at her LoveBug Studios booth and ..... be sure to stop by and view our fellow guild member quilts on display.  

For members wishing to socialize, connect with others or make plans for meals or drinks, and for PHOTO OPS (hint, hint) we've designated a meeting time each day of the show. A CMQG Board Member will be on hand at the Challenge Quilt exhibit at the following times:

  • Thursday:    1pm - Greeter - Peta Minerof-Bartos
  • Friday:        2pm - Greeter - Sarah Shulman
  • Saturday:    1pm - Greeter - Peta Minerof-Bartos

Need information about the show? Click here

See you there!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

International Quilt Festival: Chicago

June 19-21 the International Quilt Festival will be back in Chicago. Don't miss it! Our Chicago MQG and Naperville MQG will have a show "Modern In The City" showcasing our city inspired quilts. There will be many other quilts on display, as well as a vendor show. 

Notably, a few of our own Chicago MQG members will be doing demos in the "Open Studios" area of the show. In this area there will be demos going all day on different topics regarding quilting, stitching, embellish, and paint. Emily Lang, and Judy Tucker will be demoing at different points during the weekend. Stop by and see.

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 22 Guild Meeting Hand Sew-in / Open Studios

Meeting topic: Sewing by hand.
Join us June 22th, 2-5pm at the Rush Oak Park Hospital Centennial Room 520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304   
At this month's guild  meeting we'll be exploring techniques of sewing by hand. Feel free to bring a hand sewing project of your own to work on. 

We'll have a few demos in an "open studio" set-up to encourage discussion and sharing. 
Bring: Hand sewing project.
NICU quilts for donation

*Edited to clarify, the Michael Miller challenge show and tell will happen at July's meeting. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Quiltcon workshop schedule announced!

The Quiltcon 2015 workshop catalog was just opened up - go to this link to view the catalog (there's a link at the top of the page to download the full catalog).

Check out the lecture schedule here.

For those who are needing a refresher, Quiltcon will be held in Austin, TX Feb 19-22, 2015.

Registration for members of the MQG (that's us!) will be June 24th. (If you are not currently in good standing (paid) with our guild, you'll need to sort that out ASAP.

Important dates 

June 24:  Registration opens at 10 am CST for all MQG members

July 1:  Registration opens to the public    

For more info check out the QuiltCon website here

Thursday, May 22, 2014

May meeting Recap

Sue matches her quilt!

The May meeting was great! We enjoyed a quick presentation about Marcia Derse's fabric dying process.

The rest of the meeting was spent by sharing our Modern in the City challenge quilts. These quilts will be displayed in June at the International Quilt Fest in Schaumberg, June 19-21. Everyone did such great work on these quilts - the quilt show will be amazing!

We also shared some show and tell, and took some time getting to know each other.

We were instructed to bring 3-5 strips of fabric for the meeting -- and we used these strips to share a bit about ourselves and our quilting style. It's fascinating how color-coordinating our clothes were to our fabrics!

Judy said, "I feel like I'm at an AA meeting for fabric!" She's right - we're a nice little support group - though I'm not certain we help people to buy less fabric!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Help Needed: Programming Committee

Hey Chicago Modern Quilt people!  

Are you interested in helping to plan the activities of Chicago Modern Quilt Guild in 2014 and 2015, perhaps even beyond?  Think you’ve got some good ideas for workshops, lecturers you’d like to see, or activities (demos, etc.) we could do that might be of interest to everyone in the CMQG?  

You know you do!  :)  Join usssss!!!  :)

The Programming Committee is going to meet this coming Sunday, 11:30am to 1:30pm (a.k.a right before the May meeting!), at the same place where our meetings are now going to be held, Centennial Room, Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park.

Shoot me (Tricia) an email (butterfly at pobox dot com) if you think you’ll be able to come!  And if you are able to come,  feel free to bring a sack lunch along with your great ideas!


-Tricia Royal
(Programming Committee Chair)