Saturday, August 13, 2016

On the Blog: CMQG Quilt Exhibit - Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital (U of C Medicine)

Last month, I had the pleasure of seeing the CMQG Quilt Exhibit at the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital (part of The University of Chicago Medicine) and it’s STUNNING!

The process started back in April when members were asked to submit their quilts for consideration into the exhibit. From the submissions, our curators had to decide which quilts would be displayed. Our curators, Shannon Dangerfield, Emily Handley, and Amy Struckmeyer reviewed and discussed each submission and made their choices. It was a difficult process as each were beautiful and worthy of this exhibit. The result is an exhibit that showcases each members unique modern aesthetic.

The exhibit contains 25 quilts and represents the work of 17 Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members, including; Jennifer M Benoit-Bryan, Shannon Dangerfield, Robbi Joy Eklow, Holly Harper, Laura Hartrich, Heather Kinion, Emily Lang, Caroline Magsaysay, Donna Moscinski, Eileen O'Regan, Debbie Pine, Jordana Robinson, Sue Ryan, Sarah Shulman, Charity Simpson, Amy Struckmeyer, and Carole Ann Wool.

The exhibit itself was installed by Monica Hork and Janet Seitzer of Billy Hork Galleries. Signs are placed next to each quilt giving more information regarding the inspiration for the quilt, materials and special techniques used, and information about the creator. The exhibit is located in a busy corridor (directions are provided at the bottom) and visitors are encouraged to leave comments. The intent is to make the exhibit interactive.

The exhibit will remain in its current location until the end of August, 2016. After that, it will be moved to the new “women’s unit” in the hospital for the month of September. (More information will be provided once the exact location is known.)

Street parking is tough around the hospital. Instead, proceed to Parking Lot B (Parking Lot A was under construction when I visited.). Put this address into your GPS: 5656 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL

Park on any level. Take the elevator to Level 2 (the Green level). Level 2 will take you directly to the exhibit. First follow the sign to "Duchossois Center (DCAM)". Once you enter DCAM, follow the sign to "Mitchell Hospital". You will walk right into the exhibit.

- written by Dianne B.
- edited/posted by Erin D.

Friday, August 5, 2016

On the Blog: August Meeting - Member Potluck!

It's potluck time!  

Please bring a sweet or savory dish to share.   We'd love to see your latest finishes or works-in-progress at show & tell.  If you'd like to bring a hand-sewing project to work on while we socialize, feel free.  There will also be the opportunity to help bind several charity quilts.

We will be holding our Fall Retreat lottery at this meeting, so if you're interested in attending the retreat, be sure you are signed up before the lottery is drawn. Please click {here} to be redirected to the Lottery post and sign up.

August meeting will be at our regular location and time:

Sunday, August 212-5 pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
520 S. Maple Ave
Oak Park, Il 60304

Hope to see you there.

- written by Laura H.
- posted/edited by Erin D.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fall 2016 Retreat Registration

It's retreat registration time!

The Venue:

image courtesy of Siena Retreat Center
The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild holds a bi-annual retreat (Spring and Fall) each year, and the last several years we have called The Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI, our home-away-from-home for our group getaways. 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 relaxing, welcoming place, run by Dominican Nuns. 

The newly-built center is located in Racine, WI, right on Lake Michigan - and it's gorgeous. Our group reserves the largest retreat room in the facility, the Oak Room, which allows us all a ton of space to let our creativity run wild! 

"The Oak Room" - massive!
image courtesy of Siena Retreat Center
Retreats include lodging and food; you have your own private room with private bathroom, and 3 square meals/day (dinner on arrival day, breakfast and lunch on departure day). We also have a fully-equipped kitchenette off of the sewing room with fridge, stove, coffee pots, kettles, and dishwasher. You're welcome to bring food/snacks/drinks to have and share!

Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace, and others go with a list and desire to get things done! It's a fun time for all.

This year's retreat will have 2 options for those Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members whom choose to participate:

  • $196: 3-day option: October 21 - 23 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • $288: 4-day option: October 21 - 24 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Payment Options:
Full payment is due at or prior to the August 21st meeting.

Payment options include:

- PayPal or Credit Card
- Check (dropped off at the beginning of the August meeting)

All members wishing to participate are being asked to fill out a secure online registration form, located below, regardless of the payment option they choose.
PayPal or Credit Card:
the secure online registration form located below allows you to have the option of paying by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal; you can pay by credit card without creating a PayPal account. **please make sure to follow the link at the end of the form to be re-directed to the payment screen**

If at all possible, we would prefer electronic payments (PayPal or Credit Card).

Check (dropped off at August meeting):
If you choose to bring your check to the meeting, please drop them at the Retreat Sign Up table at the beginning of the meeting. Be sure to have your name, address, email address, phone number, and whether you are signing up for 3 or 4 days on your envelope.

Lottery Procedure:
Retreats that are sponsored by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild are open to all current guild members who have paid dues. In the event there are more than 24 members registering, spots will be determined by lottery procedure during the break at the August meeting.

Please see more information about the lottery procedure (here).

For those whom have chosen to pay electronically (PayPal or CC), your payment will be refunded in the event you don't obtain a spot at retreat. If you've decided to pay by check, your check will be returned to you.

If you'd like to register for this fantastic, relaxing, awesome quilty getaway, please fill out the form below.

  • You must be a CMQG Member to participate in Retreats
  • You must secure your spot in the lottery procedure with your full payment, prior to the January meeting, and options are given in the form below.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Heads Up! Retreat registration coming soon!

Retreat Dates:
(Option 1): $196 -  Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23 (3 days)
(Option 2): $288 -  Friday, October 21 - Monday, October 24 (4 days)

The lottery for the Fall Retreat to the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin will take place at our August 21st meeting--be sure to see our upcoming blog post (which will be posted in the coming days!) about the retreat itself for all the details. 

The costs for this retreat are $196 for 3 days or $288 for 4 days which can be (and we would prefer if it was) paid online with your registration for the retreat. 

NOW, remember, this is a lottery that will be completed at the August meeting. You must be registered online, paid either online OR in person at this meeting before the first break in order to be entered into the lottery. 

We do our best to get as many people into the retreat as possible BUT there may be a waitlist as space is limited at the retreat center, although space has traditionally opened up even in the last few days before the retreat, so keep that in mind if you get waitlisted.

For more information on our Lottery and Waitlist procedures, please visit this page.

Watch this space in the coming days for more information and to sign up!

- written by Heather K. and Erin D.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

July Meeting: "Being True to Your Inner Artist" - Latifah Saafir Lecture!

In July, our guild is so excited to bring to Chicago a fabulous quilter, fabric designer, pattern designer, teacher, and all around charming person: Latifah Saafir! She has been known as 'the Quilt Engineer' and is known for some fantastic patterns (Glam Clam, Molehills, as well as some great bias tape work), beautiful quilts, and her new Grafic fabric line for Hoffman's you + me fabric line that is just hitting stores now. Check out her website for more!

She will be giving a lecture and a trunk show entitled "Being True to Your Inner Artist" -- An exploration of tips and insights to tapping into your own voice as a quilter. Learn practical techniques on how to tune into yourself and trust your instinct and vision.

The bulk of the meeting will be this lecture and trunk show and Latifah will be on hand to sell some of her patterns, tools, and other merchandise. Her lecture will be the very first thing we do (as she has a plane to catch that night). Then we will follow up with announcements, business and show and tell (both our Medallion BOM and regular show and tell).

As we have a guest speaker, we will be charging a $5 fee for any non-members in attendance, but all are welcome!! This meeting is at our regular space at Rush Hospital Oak Park.

Latifah is also teaching a glam clam workshop the day before the meeting (at Thimbles in Lockport), but it is full--although if you are still interested you can get on the waitlist here.

Please join us!

Sunday, July 17
2:00 - 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital,
Centennial Room (2nd Floor)
520 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304