Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yay! Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Give Away

I must admit, this is my favorite magazine that I get every month. As soon as it arrives, I grab a cup of tea and spend a leisurely afternoon looking at all of the gorgeous projects from our friends in the UK, which admittedly also has quilters and designers from our side of the pond too!

I save all my issues so I can take time to enjoy all of the designs, fabrics, projects, and of course the free project or tool that comes with every issue. At my house, are lots of pages marked for future projects!

When I needed to contact the magazine, I of course told them about the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. Our friends at Love Patchwork & Quilting generously donated many different issues for members of our guild to enjoy. Be sure to check out their blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest – some pretty rad content in this girl’s opinion.

After enjoying your magazine, if you would like to subscribe - They were kind enough to create a special offer for us so you could try it out!

Here is the link and the description of the magazine Try 3 issues for just $10 when you subscribe



If you missed our September meeting, be sure to pick up a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting at our next meeting (until we run out!). 

We'd like to thank Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for their generosity - Feel free to tag them on Insagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #LovePatchworkandQuilting. It's pretty rad of them to send us a ton of magazines for our group!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

September meeting is just around the corner!

Wondering what's happening at Chicago Modern Quilt Guild this month?

Sep 21 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Ave
Oak ParkIllinois 60304
United States

Our September meeting will feature a Panel Discussion  entitled "Entering Quilt Shows".   

Panelists Denise Havlan, a  local quilt maker and award winning quilter, Robbi Eklow, CMQG member and award winning quilter, Erika Mulvenna, CMQG member, who's quiltwas  accepted to QuiltCon 2013 will discuss issues in entering quilt shows.

Discussion and Q&A about topics related to entering your quilts in shows will be covered. The seemingly numerous and sometimes confusing aspects of entering quilts  will be covered, from creating the quilt to details about submission. 

Thinking about entering your quilt in QuiltCon 2015? This discussion will help with that decision.


  • Registration for the November workshop with Sherry Lynn Wood.  $75 members $85 non-members Checks due by Sept 30. If the workshop is not full by Sept 30 spots will be opened up to local guilds. Workshop theme is "Get Your Curve On" and will take place Monday, November 17, 10 am - 5 pm At the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Lunch provided.
  • November meeting is Monday, November 17, 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Featuring lecture by Sherry Lynn Wood on Improvisational Process and Patchwork. 

We also have important announcements about upcoming events and a special exclusive giveaway for CMQG members.

As always, we warmly welcome new and npt-yet members to our meetings.   $5 guest fee may apply.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sherri Lynn Wood: November Guest Artist Workshop and Lecture

Our guild is so excited to present our November Guest lecturer, Sherri Lynn Wood.  Sherri is an accomplished quilter and author who will be teaching at the 2015 QuiltCon.  She is a regular instructor at Penland School of Craft, holds an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College  and is eagerly anticipating the publication of her book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters  next Spring.   We were so lucky to be able to host her as she travels through Chicago.

All members are invited to  the Lecture and Meeting. Members interested in signing up for the Workshop are invited to do so by the usual lottery process.  We will begin accepting entries immediately.  If space remains after the lottery selection following our regular September meeting, non-members will be welcome to register.

Lecture & Meeting

At November's meeting we will host Sherri Lynn Wood. She'll be lecturing on the topic, "Improvisational Patchwork and Process" Learn the ins and outs of improvisational quilting! Due to scheduling issues, this meeting will be held on a Monday.

November 17 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church (149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126)

Non-member guests are welcome, though a $5 guest fee applies.


November 17 10am - 5pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst IL 60126

Sherri will teach an all-day workshop from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday November 17.
The topic selected is "Get Your Curve On".  Here is Sherri's description of this program
Get your curvy-quilty-modern groove on in this improvisational quilt-making workshop. Participants will explore modern approaches to improvised quilt making and composition, while learning innovative wedge-strip and curve piecing techniques. All skill levels but intermediate and advanced sewers will make more progress
To register for this workshop please send a check to the guild PO Box, or bring your cash / check to the September guild meeting. Please include your name, phone number, and email address with your payment. Workshop fee includes catered lunch.

$75 ChicagoMQG members (reserve your spot by September 30)
$85 non members - if space permits.
Registered participants will receive a confirmation with all necessary supplies prior to this event. 

Improv Monday by Sherri Lynn Wood


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall retreat at the Sienna Center

When: October 10 - 12, optional day October 13
Where: Siena Center, Racine WI
Cost: $185/ 3 days, $270/ 4 days
How: registration details are in the Special Events tab on the blog, but here's a short version:
Bring a sealed envelope to the August 17th meeting with full payment (cash or check). Write your name, email address, and phone number on the envelope. Also indicate if you are signing up for 3 or 4 days. If there are more than 24 envelopes we will hold a lottery drawing at the meeting. A wait list will be created if needed. 

August Meeting - Potluck Social

Join us August 17th, 2-5pm at
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
520 S. Maple Ave
Oak Park, Il 60304

Pot Luck Social
Please join us for our summer Pot Luck meeting. Bring either a sweet or savory snack to share and your own beverage (or buy one in the cafeteria). We will provide paper goods.

We'll need a couple people to help set up / clean up - if you're interested leave a comment on the MQG page. 

In between snacking we'll have some fun social activities. Please wear your name tags to help us get to know everyone!

We'll also have Show and Tell, so bring your summer finished projects.
Sign up for the Fall Retreat will also be held. See the separate post for retreat info.  
looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CMQG Sew In Day!

We still have some spots open for this Saturday's Sew-In! To claim your spot send an email to Sarah Shulman at sshulman517@gmail.com. and bring your $10 with you Saturday! 

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

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 sshulman517@gmail.com.

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 sshulman517@gmail.com.

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.