Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quilt Blocks Needed!: CMQG Guild Banner is born

photo courtesy of Modern Quilt Guild

In honor of the guild's 5th year, we're making a guild banner!

Our hope is that all guild members contribute one or two single solid blocks. We'll assemble the blocks around our printed guild logo to create a banner we can use at our meetings, quilt shows and other events.  ** Members are encouraged to sign their blocks**

Instructions for the blocks:

  • Make any kind of modern quilt block, improve or otherwise. It's your choice.
  • Blocks must *finish* at 6 inches square. This means your block should be 6 1/2"square raw to include the proper seam allowance.
  • Use the colors of our logo, white may be used as a neutral
    • Yellow - citrus, canary, corn yellow
    • Green - fern, kale, clover
    • Blue - royal, lapis, surf
    • Orange - carrot, orange, persimmon
    • Red - tomato, poppy, lipstick

  • Please use ONLY solid fabrics for consistency.
  • 50 blocks are needed
  • Must be submitted at the February meeting
  • Permanent pens will be available at the meeting for signing
For modern quilt block inspiration, visit the Modern Quilt Guild website.

Direct questions about this project to Programs Chair Tricia Royal. 

Spring Retreat Details!!

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Spring Retreat
April 9-12, 2015

Here are the details:

CMQG Spring Retreat
April 10-12, Friday-Sunday, 3 days, 
April 9-12, Thursday-Sunday, 4 days
Siena Center, Racine Wisconsin
24 people maximum

3 days/2 nights - $185
4 days/3 nights - $275

If you wish to attend the retreat, full payment (cash or check) is due at the February 15 meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may mail your check to be received by February 10 to: 

Louise Gates, Treasurer
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 6115
River Forest, IL, 60305

Include in your payment envelope your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

In the event there are more than 24 members registering, a lottery will be held. The lottery procedures can be reviewed here, and are always posted within the "Special Events, Retreats, & Workshops" tab at the top of this blog.

If you've never been to one of our retreats before here's a bit about what happens. This is retreat to work on your own projects (bring a few!). Each person will have a spot to spread out, and the sewing room is open at all hours. The Siena Center is a very welcoming place, it's run by Dominican Nuns, and they're quite friendly - you'll pass them in the hall and at meals. The building is right on the lake, and the rooms are simple, yet roomy enough. Meals are included Saturday breakfast - Sunday lunch. We also have a kitchenette off of the sewing room. You're welcome to bring snacks / drinks to share. Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace, and others go with a list and desire to get things done! There is usually a small optional group charity project (about an hour), and get-to-know-you games. It's a fun time for all.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Meeting Reminder!

Don't forget! This Sunday is our January meeting!

January 18th 2-5pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

Here's what you need to know: 

We'll be having Member Trunk Shows, where several members will showcase their quilts. There will be time for discussion and Q & A.

We'll also be collecting dues for the new year. Dues will stay the same at $55. Please bring your dues (check or cash) in an envelope. On the outside of that envelope write your name, address, email address, and phone number. If you are unable to make it to the January meeting, you can mail your check to to our treasurer at our PO Box:

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 6115
River Forest, IL 60305

This $55 in dues covers our local Chicago Modern Quilt Guild as well as the national Modern Quilt Guild.

Also, don't forget that the entries for the IQF modern challenge are open through the end of the month. For more information, see the blog post here.Feel free to bring show & tell to this meeting too! 


There has been some question regarding the cost for our upcoming spring retreat (April [9] 10-12). The lottery for this retreat will take place at the February meeting, however, we won't have the exact cost (determined by the retreat center) until just prior to the February meeting. Please be aware that we'll be announcing this amount as soon as possible, and once that amount has been announced checks can be sent to our PO Box (listed above). Checks will need to be received prior to the February meeting, or bring the check in hand. :) We'll have a full blog post write-up regarding the retreat as soon as we have all the details. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Modern Friendship Star Quilts - IQF Challenge Details.

As we've mentioned at our last couple meetings, Quilts Inc is doing an open call for Modern Quilts for their March Chicago Show.

The exhibit is based on the Friendship Star block. The size is a minimum of 36" x 36".

Online entry is already open, and will remain open until January 30th. The following link will take you to the quilt submission page. http://callforentriesmqgchicago.com/

We look forward to seeing all the friendship star quilts! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Guild Meeting Reminder!

Don't forget! This weekend is our December guild meeting
Notes to remember:

  • Bring your swap item for our holiday swap. Details in the blog post here.
  • Bring a dish to share - pot luck. (label all dishes with nuts clearly please!)
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

December 7, 2014 2:00pm to 5:00pm

See you there! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reminder: IQF Challenge

We have been working hard behind the scenes to gather all the important information regarding our upcoming International Quilt Festival challenge. We know you're excited to get started on this challenge, so here are the details!

This challenge will be open to members of the Chicago MQG, as well as other local Modern Quilt Guilds.

Quilts will be submitted electronically by the quilt maker, and if chosen, will be shown in an exhibition of modern quilts at International Quilt Festival Chicago 2015

Though we don't have an exact date for submissions, plan on having your quilt finished and ready to be submitted no later than January 15th. The show will be March 26-28.

Now for the fun part. The theme of our exhibit this year is a modern take on the friendship star. Your quilt submission should have one side measure at 36" 

We look forward to seeing what you make! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Meeting Recap

"Be present in your making." ~Sherri Lynn Wood

Improv with ChicagoMQG photo shared by Sherri Lynn Wood.

It was so nice to get to meet Sherri Lynn Wood in person at last week's meeting! I know it was a marathon of a weekend for her, but I'm so glad we were able to tack on a workshop and lecture with her while she was nearby! 

It was exciting to hear all about Sherri's process in improvisational quilting. She has been quilting and blogging for years, many of us can relate to her exuberance toward quilting. I for one am super excited to get started on a new improv project!

Here's the link to the Facebook group Sherri mentioned at the meeting. You can share your improv pictures and get feedback from other improv quilters. 

If you're looking for more info about improv quilting check out Sherri Lynn Wood's upcoming book "The Improv Handbook" - available in March.

Monday, November 10, 2014

MQG Regional Board Representatives 2015 - please vote!

All dues paying Chicago MQG members should have received and email today regarding voting for the Modern Quilt Guild Regional Board Representatives 2015. Please use the link in the email to vote. Voting will only be open until November 13th. 

Below you'll find some details provided by the MQG. Note that we are in Region 3. 


(excerpt from the MQG email) 

...A few nitty gritty details about elections:
  1. Please use the information in this email to learn about your region's candidates. Take the time to watch their videos, read their letters and the answers to the questions they were asked.  
  2. If you have any questions for your candidates, they can be submitted here and an answer will be emailed back to you.
  3. On Nov. 10 you will receive an emailed ballot through Survey Monkey. Voting will be open through midnight PST, on Nov. 13.
  4. On Nov. 14 we will announce the new board representatives via our newsletter.
Ok, so let's learn more about these potential future MQG board members!

Region 3 (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) 

Please take a bit of time to learn about the candidates in your region.
A reminder that you'll receive an emailed ballot on Nov. 10th and you will have through Nov. 13th to vote. 
If you have any questions for your candidates, you can submit them here and answers will be sent directly back to you. 
Thanks so much,


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mark your calenders, December Meeting is Dec 7th

Quilt by Chicago MQG member Jen
Just a quick reminder, due to the holiday season, our December meeting is early in the month. Join us December 7th for a potluck, games, giveaways, and gift swap.

December 7, 2014 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

We'll share a potluck - please RSVP on the MQG forum stating if you're planning on bringing something sweet or savory. If your dish will contain nuts, please let us know there as well - and please clearly label any nut dishes. 

It's time to have some fun games and time to visit with each other. Feel free to bring hand-sewing projects if you'd like. We'll also swap our items for the Winter Gift Swap. If you're an Instagram user, feel free to tag your swap photos #ChicagoMQGgiftswap. 


While we've got your attention, don't forget, our November meeting will be held on a Monday

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

We're excited to have a lecture by Sherri Lynn Wood on the topic of Improvisational Process and Patchwork. All members and non-members are welcome. There will be a $5 fee at the door for non-members. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reminder: November meeting is MONDAY Nov 17th

Don't forget, our November meeting will be held on a Monday

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

We're excited to have a lecture by Sherri Lynn Wood on the topic of Improvisational Process and Patchwork. All members and non-members are welcome. There will be a $5 fee at the door for non-members. 

Here's a little bit of a taste of the lecture by Sherri: "Improvisation is a process of mind at the heart of every great creative endeavor. Music, dance, theater, drawing, cooking, conversation, play, life, and even science benefit and innovate through the flexibility of mind that improvisational process engenders. We all improvise every day, so why not bring it into our quilt making! This multi-media presentation includes images of African-American quilts in the improvisational style, work featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, student work, and time-lapse process videos."

We can't wait to see you at our November meeting!

We will also host Sherri Lynn Wood for a workshop earlier in the day on the 17th, Detailed information, supply lists, etc has been emailed to those registered for the workshop. For more information about the workshop see the blog post here