Wednesday, July 12, 2017

June Weekend with Jacquie Gering

In June, we were very fortunate to host the very talented and amazing Jacquie Gering for a workshop and lecture/trunk show. 



For Jacquie, it was a little like coming home; she once lived in Chicago and is a former member of our guild. 

The weekend started with an all-day workshop on Saturday, June 24. The class she taught was “Creative Quilting with the Walking Foot.” Jacquie first discussed the importance of constructing a proper “quilt sandwich” and how doing so can reduce puckers in your quilt. She then had us do some exercises to get acquainted with our various walking feet, as they vary by manufacturer. 




Then, we were ready for some quilting! Jacquie is such an amazing instructor; she took us all beyond straight line quilting and had us all doing curves and spirals all with our walking foot. She discussed how you can use the decorative stitches on your machine for quilting, and she even had design ideas for those who had straight stitch-only sewing machines.  

To learn more about Jacquie’s approach take a look at her new book WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot.


On Sunday, June 25, Jacquie returned to the guild for a lecture: “Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It." In this lecture, she discussed what modern quilting means to her. She showed us her quilts...she had a lot of them to share! With each quilt, she told us the story behind it. It was great seeing her work in person after admiring her work online. 



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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, July 16 at 2pm

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, July 10, 2017

July Meeting: English Paper Piecing (EPP) - Techniques and Alternate Shapes

Are you looking for a handwork project to carry along on your summer travels? Or thinking ahead to winter hibernation with some handwork and binge? Whether you’re new to EPP or have experience, this meeting will help you expand your handwork repertoire.

Join us July 16, when we cover EPP beginner basics through intermediate and advanced techniques. First, you’ll learn through demonstrations about basting, joining pieces, and fussy cutting. Then you’ll take those skills and apply them in a hands-on session using alternate shapes. EPP isn’t just about hexagons! We’ll also show how to use your practice pieces on small projects.


Please bring a small hand sewing kit with a few basics:

Small scissors
Thread (we’ll also have several threads that we like best for EPP for you to try)
Needles (we’ll also have a sample of needles for you to try out)

Optional items (bring if you have them, no need to purchase just for this meeting):

Small rotary cutter: 28mm or 18mm
Wonder Clips
Sewline or Fons and Porter glue pen
Fabric scraps, minimum size 3” x 4”, larger pieces for fussy cutting

Stick around until the end for some fun giveaways! And there will be some awesome Show-and-Tell as always!

A note about the Road Home charity quilt project:

July will be the last month to bring in blocks for the Road Home charity quilt. Sarah S and Dianne B will be coordinating the quilt assembly and will have information on how you can help at the meeting.



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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, July 16 at 2pm

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, June 20, 2017

Special Exhibit of Member-Made Items at Tinley Park Public Library


There is an exhibit of small items made by members of our guild on display through June 30 at the Tinley Park Public Library7851 Timber Dr. in Tinley Park, IL 60304.  





There is ample parking, and you can get to the library via the train--the library is across the street from the 80th Ave. stop on the Rock Island line. 

Jen Lowe, member of our guild and librarian at Tinley Park, says we are also next to a park, have a small but pleasant boardwalk/wetlands outside the library, and a lovely youth services floor with a pre-school play area.  





The library's hours are 9am-9pm M-F, 9am-5pm on Saturdays, and 12-5 on Sundays. Come out and see works by our members and enjoy the lovely surroundings. 


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

This month's meeting is on June 25 at 3:30pm, at the First Free Church of Chicago 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL.

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, June 19, 2017

Reminder: Jacquie Gering Lecture/Trunk Show at First Free Church of Chicago

A quick reminder: Jacquie's lecture/trunk show will be a special event that takes the place of our usual monthly meeting. It will be held 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.

See you there!

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, June 25, at 3:30pm at First Free Church of Chicago

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!

June 2017 Meeting Recap: A Fun Sew-In! Plus Announcements


Our June meeting was a sew-in at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. It was an AMAZING space to gather, sew, and chat for the afternoon. 

 


There was also a birthday celebration for members Holly Harper, Emily Lang, and Amy Struckmeyer. Treasurer Dani Miller was kind enough to make some delicious and beautiful cakes for us all to enjoy. 




We ended the meeting with some show and tell. Refer to our guild's Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see some amazing quilts made by our members.



Announcements:

We will be hosting a field trip to see the exhibit “Quilts and Human Rights” at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU on Saturday, September 23. The day will begin with brunch and then a guided tour of the exhibit. Afterwards, we will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum.  We will be sharing this day with members from the Bloomington Normal MQG. More info to come.

The MQG has announced the Charity Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The topic is “Exploring Modern Traditionalism." The colors: a warm palette of gold, hot pink, magenta, and purple. Vice President Heather Kinion is seeking a couple volunteers to design and lead this effort. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather. Learn more about the challenge here.

Member Iris Johnson is leading the guild’s charity endeavors and she is seeking a co-chairperson. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Iris.

Our workshop on Saturday, June 24 with Jacquie Gering is sold out. If you would like to be wait-listed please contact Vice President Heather Kinion

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. The event is FREE for members and $10 for guests. Here are all the details.

Our July 16 meeting is about english paper piecing (EPP) and this program will include a demonstration with ample time for some hands-on work. This program will be for all skill levels.  

Our August 20 meeting will be a Summer Potluck and Social. We will also be announcing a special swap. More info to come.

Mary Fons will be our special guest at the September 17 meeting, where she will present “Standing On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt." She gave this lecture at Quiltcon 2017 and it was amazing! Learn more about Mary here.

Our next retreat is October 20 to 22 with an optional day on October 23. More info regarding registration will be available soon. If you're interested in coming, please review the current lottery process.

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 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. Here is information on how you can contribute. (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 Sunday, June 25, at 3:30pm at First Free Church of Chicago

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!