Sunday, November 22, 2015

On the Blog: Reminder to Renew your Membership and November Meeting Recap!


Just a reminder: if you missed the November meeting and haven't had a chance to renew your Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Membership for the 2016 calendar year, you can click {here} to fill out the membership form and submit your payment. Thanks for using our new and improved online registration system!

Cheryl Sleboda,

What a wonderful November meeting we had! Chicago Modern Quilt Guild was pleased to host quilter Cheryl Sleboda as our guest speaker for our November meeting. Cheryl is the creative force and teacher behind  

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Her lecture was titled "Working Weekly: Staying Inspired."  For five years Cheryl challenged herself to complete one small quilt per week.  Through this practice she was able to experiment with many different materials and techniques.  Sometimes she discovered things she did not enjoy, and other times she discovered things she loved.  Most notably, she fell in love with fabric manipulation and including LED lights in her quilts.  

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As she continued to explore through her weekly quilts, she was able to further her skills and eventually become an expert and innovator in these techniques.  From there, she was able to take advantage of opportunities to share her expertise in publications and on Quilting Arts TV!  

It was inspiring to hear Cheryl share her journey from curious quilter to an innovator and educator in the quilt world.  Many of us left thinking about how we might challenge ourselves to work in a similar way, and discover what techniques we are truly passionate about as quilters.  As a bonus we got to see and touch over 200 of Cheryl's small quilts!  Thank you for sharing with us, Cheryl.  

Be sure to check out to see all of Cheryl's quilts and great tutorials. 

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

On the Blog: December Meeting - Potluck, Gift Exchange and More!

(Reminder: Membership renewals for the 2016 calendar year are due and are now payable online. Please visit {this page} to fill out our membership form and register your membership if you haven't done so already. Thank you!)

Our December meeting is early in the month, due to the holiday season. Lucky us!  It’s only a couple weeks away.

Join us December 6th for a potluck, gift swap and more.

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Centennial Room
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 as some of our members have serious allergies.  Much thanks to Carole Wool and Kristyn Jansen for helping to organize the potluck.  If you'd like to help with set-up or clean-up, please let them know by leaving a comment on the same MQG forum post.

If you've never been to a Chicago Modern Quilt Guild meeting, and would like to join us for our December meeting, we would love to meet you! Our potlucks are always a lot of fun.

In addition to having time to eat and visit with each other, we'll also swap our items for the Winter Gift Swap (more details below!), and share show-and-tell. Feel free to bring hand-sewing projects if you'd like, and wrap up some of those last minute gifts. And don’t forget about our new guild library!  Bring your book back and check out a new one, if you wish.

Winter Gift Swap details:

Who:  Any Chicago Modern Quilt Guild member who’d like to participate.
What:  A small sewn item.  Feel free to make one of the items demo'd at our October meeting: potholder, scissor case, key fob, Mors bag, or ornament.  Or make another small item of your choosing.

Here is the link to the September meeting recap if you'd like to refresh your memory on the demonstrations our members gave: {click here}

Other important swap information:
o   Please don’t use holiday themed fabrics, as we don’t all celebrate the same holidays.  Make something that can be enjoyed by all members.
o   Please DO NOT include any “extras” with your swap item.
o   One swap item per person, please.
o   Please wrap your item, but do not label it.
o   Finally, work to the best of your ability, but know there are no “quilt police” here!

If you're on Instagram, feel free to tag your swap photos #ChicagoMQGgiftswap

We can't wait to see you all there!

- written by Amy S.
- posted by Erin D.

Monday, November 9, 2015

On the Blog: 2016 Membership Sign Up and Dues *Register Here*

It's that time of year again!

Below you'll find the form for the 2016 Membership sign up and dues payment.

Please read the following instructions carefully before completing the form:

  1. Make sure to fill out all pages of the form - there are multiple pages to the form below; please click through all pages until you receive a pop-up message that your response has been recorded and/or you are redirected to PayPal's secure site to submit your Credit Card or PayPal payment.
  2. This year there are multiple options of payment. Please follow the instructions on the form - all prospective and renewing members must fill out the form below regardless of payment type. 
  3. If you choose to pay by check, you have the option to 
    1. Mail your check to the Guild (address provided within the form, and {here})
    2. Bring your check to the November meeting (location and time {here})
  4. If you choose to pay by PayPal or Credit Card: the form will ask that you click a link to redirect you to the Guild's secure PayPal site. **Please make sure to submit your payment on the redirect page, or your membership renewal will not be complete.**
    1. Note: You do NOT need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. When re-directed to the PayPal site from the membership form below, you have the option of clicking "Pay by Credit Card" or "Pay with your PayPal Account". 
    2. The online payment process through the PayPal site is secure.
    3. The Guild is strongly encouraging people to pay electronically if possible. If you are not comfortable doing so, please be sure to send/bring your check to the Guild on or before the November 15 meeting. 
  5. Please see the previous 2016 Membership Post {here} for more information on how verifying your registration submission will work at November's meeting.
  6. Questions about Membership? please email the Guild at

On the Blog: Cheryl Sleboda Lecture at the November Meeting

Come to our November meeting for a lecture and trunk show from talented quilter and artist, Cheryl Sleboda, of  

Cheryl works in the comic book industry by day and is a fiber artist by night.  She is fascinated by the intersection of technology and textiles.  Juxtaposing heirloom techniques in modern quilts is part of her design aesthetic.  Truly innovative, her more recent work incorporates LEDs, microprocessors, and other electronic components to make fiber art and quilts that light up!

In her lecture “Working Weekly – Staying Inspired – How small quilts helped me find my artistic voice," Cheryl will talk about how working weekly and working small can help you define your artistic vision and make you a better quilter.  She'll have a trunk show of her quilts for eye candy, and will also have kits and patterns available for sale.

We will also be confirming receipt of annual dues and membership information at this meeting (check back tonight for the membership sign up form with online/electronic payment options.

And, of course, we'll make sure there's plenty of time for show-and-tell at the end, so bring your finished projects from the last month!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on:

November 152-5 pm at
Rush Oak Park Hospital
2nd Floor Centennial Room
520 S. Maple Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304

Thursday, November 5, 2015

On the Blog: *Important* Membership Renewal Information

Chicago MQG membership renewal for the 2016 year will occur at the November meeting (November 15, 2015).  We have moved the renewal process to November to allow us to most accurately report to the national MQG our anticipated number of members for the upcoming year.  This information is important to our local group because the number of members we have directly impacts the dues that we pay to the MQG.  

This year, our web guru in conjunction with our treasurer (and the rest of the board, too), have worked very hard to set up a process that will allow our members to complete several of the renewal steps online.  We will be able to fill out member info in an online document that will dump directly into a spreadsheet and we will also be able to pay dues online.  This will allow us to greatly streamline the renewal process at the actual meeting, and allow us more time for all of the fun stuff!  

We will strongly encourage you to fill out the online form prior to the meeting.  You will be able to pay dues online via PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account to do this - you can use a Credit Card through PayPal's secure site), but you are also still able to pay dues via check or cash at the meeting.  There will be a link on the blog the week prior to the meeting that will direct you to the online form and the online payment (should you choose to pay online).

At the actual meeting, there will be several check-in options:  1) those members who have completed online form and payment, 2) members who have completed the form but would like to pay by check or cash, 3) members who have not completed the online form or any form of payment- we will have several technology devices that will allow you to complete this at the meeting.  

More information regarding membership can be found here, on our "Become a Member" page. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Sally P., by emailing her {here}.

Please watch for the online Membership registration and electronic payment options in the coming week.

- Written by Sally P.
- Posted by Erin Davis