Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Latifah Saafir Workshop Sign-Up Details

Latifah Saafir will be teaching her Glam Clam workshop for the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild at Thimbles quilt shop in Lockport, IL from 10am-4:30pm on Saturday, July 16th (lunch will be included).

The cost of the workshop will $75 + materials (fabric for your quilt, plus her clammy ruler will be available for purchase).

Registration and payment for this workshop will be online only, and it will be first come, first serve. 

In order to reserve it for Chicago MQG members only (at least for the initial wave of registration), the link to registration will be found in a private post on the MQG forums in the Chicago MQG's group. There are 24 slots for students in the class, and you must pay online at the time of registration (via paypal or credit/debit card). A waitlist will be created for any sign-ups beyond that 24 slots, and they will be contacted if there are any cancellations. If you need to cancel up to 7 days in advance of the workshop, we will refund your whole payment as we are able to fill your slot off the waitlist. If you cancel within 7 days of the workshop, we will try to fill your slot, but we cannot guarantee a refund.

The registration page will go live at 10am, Saturday, May 21st. The page and link WILL be posted BEFORE that date, but it will not link to a live registration form UNTIL 10am. 

 Registration will be opened to the general public on June 16th IF the class has not been filled by guild members by that time.

 This is a new style of registration for our guild, but we are using it because we believe it will be a fair way for interested parties to ensure their slot in this class at the time of registration. The live registration will be programmed in advance by computer, think of the process as akin to buying tickets for a concert or event OR registering for classes at Quiltcon.

 We recognize that not everyone uses the Modern Quilt Guild Forums regularly, so we will be posting a blog post with details on how to do it. We will also be presenting a walk-through presentation of how to sign-up/join during our May 15th meeting. We strongly suggest that, if you are not fluent in getting online into our group (there is a link on the sidebar of this blog at all times directly to our group) and logging into the site, that you do a practice run before you intend to sign-up and possibly even before the May 15th meeting. At the meeting, you are encouraged to bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop and play along, there will be people at the meeting to help you troubleshoot and sign-up. There will not be tech support on call during the start of registration.

If you have not activated your Modern Quilt Guild forums registration, please be sure to do this in advance of registration. If you have activated it, but you are not sure of your password or login, etc, we strongly suggest you address this well before you try to register. If you haven't been paired to/joined the Chicago Guild's particular group and forum, please be sure to address that in advance. There will not be someone available that morning to address personal technical difficulties.

Watch for more information and the registration form in the coming weeks.


Contact us by emailing the Guild click here >  photo Email Purple_zpswvuepttw.png

- written by Heather K.
- posted/edited by Erin D. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

On the Blog: April + May Medallion Quilt Along Instructions!

We're heading into both the midpoint of the medallion borders and a very busy time of year for many of us! Keep plugging away at your own pace, and know that there's some time built into the Quilt Along in the fall for finishing up. 

To view previous month's tutorials - 

Once again there were some beautiful quilts shown at the April meeting! You can see that we're all at different stages of this creative process. 😀

This month we're introducing both the April and May instructions to help you play catch up and to balance the making of one easy border and one border that's more time consuming. 

With permission from the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, here are the instructions for the April border:


Here are a few notes for April to help you get started:

  • Note the starting size at the top of the instructions. This may not be your quilt's size, which will be okay, but you may want to square the quilt up at this point to help with additional borders. 
  • To see quilts with the 2 color/contrasting light and dark fabrics, check out #seamqgbom on Instagram. 
  • You  may need to adjust the width of the strips depending on the starting size of your quilt. 

And the instructions from Seattle for the May border:

may bom

Some notes for May:

  • The raspberry kiss block instructions are found by following the link to
  • There are 3 alternate block versions given, and many other blocks could be substituted if you choose. Just be sure the block is 4.75" unfinished/4.25" finished. 
  • Some/many of the Seattle members did not add the spacing strips as shown in Step 2. You may need to adjust the width of the April border depending on the size of this border. 
  • You may choose to make a cornerstone block that is different from the other border blocks. Again, see #seamqgbom on Instagram for ideas. 

image courtesy of Sarah Shulman - thanks Sarah!

Please bring your medallions in progress to the May meeting for show and tell! Happy medallion-ing!

- written by Sarah S. and Holly H.
- edited/posted by Erin D.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

On the Blog: April Meeting Recap and Lecture!

We hosted the fabulous Sarah Nishiura for her lecture on "Community and Quilting"! Sarah's lecture had lots of great pictures of historical moments in quilting (including signature quilts from the last two centuries, the AIDS quilt, and a wonderful American Bicentennial quilt that included moments of national struggle) and busted romantic myths about the American Quilter at home with her scraps. Her perspective on quilting history and the history of community quilts shed new light on the way American women (and some men) have been quilting for generations and the ways and reasons they came together to do it. It was a wonderful presentation to see and to watch surrounded by members of our own quilting community. 

The April meeting marks the transition of Board Members. Our Past President, Donna Moscinski (left), graciously distributed gifts to the 2015 Board Members on behalf of the guild. Job well done!!!!!

Members, Holly Harper (left) and Sarah Shulman (right), discussed our Medallion Quilt Along. This is a year long project with a new border (or two) being added each month. To get more information, click on the “Medallion Quilt Along” button found on the right side bar.

We then ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the “On Instagram” picture in the right side bar) to see some amazing quilts made by our members.

Announcements from today's meeting:
  • Riley Blake Challenge deadline is Tuesday, May 31.
  • UIC Healing Art Show deadlines is Friday, April 22. Submissions are open to all members and a link can be found on the Chicago community page in the MQG Forum.
  • The guild will be hosting Latifah Saafir for a workshop and lecture on Saturday, July 16. Workshop registration will occur as follow. Please read as this process has changed!!!
    • Registration will be open to all CMQG members on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. This is a departure from our current lottery process.
    • Workshop seats will become available on Saturday, May 21st at 9:00 am CDT. At this time, a link will be provided on the Chicago community page in the MQG Forum.
    • Payment for this workshop is via credit card / paypal ONLY at required at the time of registration.
    • Once all seats have been filled a wait list will be started. You will not be charged for the workshop until you are confirmed.
    • If the workshop is not filled by the June meeting, registration will be open to non-members.
    • If you cancel before July 9th, you will receive a 100% refund if we are able to fill your seat via the wait list.
    • More information will be provided at the May meeting included a demo on how to access the MQG Forum site.
  • Programming Chairperson (Laura Hartrich) and Special Events Chairperson (Heather Kinion) will be conducting a Programming Meeting on Sunday, April 24. More information including time and location can be found on the Chicago community page in the MQG forum.
  • Special Events Chairperson (Heather Kinion) has asked for 2 -3 members to volunteer to coordinate the making of a charity quilt for QuiltCon 2017. If you are interested please contact Heather at
  • Special Events Chairperson (Heather Kinion) is looking for venues to host workshops and sew-ins. If you know of any churches, synagogues, libraries, community centers, etc… in your area, please contact Heather with any leads.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Don't forget! Have you entered yet?

Hey Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Members!

Have you entered your quilt(s) yet to the Healing Arts Exhibit at the University of Chicago for this summer?

Click {here} to be redirected to the community forums post where the sign up sheet is!!

Tomorrow is the last day for entries - so hurry!

- written/posted by Erin D.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April's meeting: Sarah Nishiura Guest Lecture! Sunday, April 17, 2016

This Sunday, April 17 we will be hosting the fabulous Sarah Nishiura for her lecture, "Community and Quilting"!

From Sarah -

Community and QuiltingAs members of the CMQG know very well, quiltmaking can be a slow and solitary practice which can sometimes be hard to sustain. Throughout history, quiltmakers have sought out community for support, guidance, and company, and these community groups, formal and informal, have played an important role in the development of the craft. This lecture will examine the relationship of communities and quiltmaking by first considering  what being part of a community has meant to quilters historically, and then examining the ways that quilters today define themselves and their work by the communities from which they come, and the communities that they create. Finally, we will look at how quilt communities have helped to present quilts to a broader audience, fostering an understanding of quilting as an important and relevant craft which  influences the broader culture outside of the quilting world.

Edgewater Community Quilt: Edgewater Library Public Art Commission sewn and designed by Sarah Nishiura, including the stitches of  120 Edgewater neighborhood community members, 2015.

For more information on our talented speaker, please visit our previous post on the event {here}, or her website {here}.

Please join us this Sunday at:
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
520 S. Maple Ave
Oak Park, Il 60304

Can't wait to see you all there!

- written and posted by Erin Davis