Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Special Exhibit of Member-Made Items at Tinley Park Public Library


There is an exhibit of small items made by members of our guild on display through June 30 at the Tinley Park Public Library7851 Timber Dr. in Tinley Park, IL 60304.  





There is ample parking, and you can get to the library via the train--the library is across the street from the 80th Ave. stop on the Rock Island line. 

Jen Lowe, member of our guild and librarian at Tinley Park, says we are also next to a park, have a small but pleasant boardwalk/wetlands outside the library, and a lovely youth services floor with a pre-school play area.  





The library's hours are 9am-9pm M-F, 9am-5pm on Saturdays, and 12-5 on Sundays. Come out and see works by our members and enjoy the lovely surroundings. 


All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on June 25 at 3:30pm, at the First Free Church of Chicago 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL.

A list of our meetings can be found here.

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We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Reminder: Jacquie Gering Lecture/Trunk Show at First Free Church of Chicago

A quick reminder: Jacquie's lecture/trunk show will be a special event that takes the place of our usual monthly meeting. It will be held June 25 at 3:30pm, at the First Free Church of Chicago 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL in the undercroft. It will not be a guild business meeting, and we will not have show and tell or guild business. The event will focus on Jacquie's lecture, "Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It," and a trunk show. It is free to members, and $10 for non-members.

See you there!

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, June 25, at 3:30pm at First Free Church of Chicago

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

June 2017 Meeting Recap: A Fun Sew-In! Plus Announcements


Our June meeting was a sew-in at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. It was an AMAZING space to gather, sew, and chat for the afternoon. 

 


There was also a birthday celebration for members Holly Harper, Emily Lang, and Amy Struckmeyer. Treasurer Dani Miller was kind enough to make some delicious and beautiful cakes for us all to enjoy. 




We ended the meeting with some show and tell. Refer to our guild's Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see some amazing quilts made by our members.



Announcements:

We will be hosting a field trip to see the exhibit “Quilts and Human Rights” at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU on Saturday, September 23. The day will begin with brunch and then a guided tour of the exhibit. Afterwards, we will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum.  We will be sharing this day with members from the Bloomington Normal MQG. More info to come.

The MQG has announced the Charity Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The topic is “Exploring Modern Traditionalism." The colors: a warm palette of gold, hot pink, magenta, and purple. Vice President Heather Kinion is seeking a couple volunteers to design and lead this effort. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather. Learn more about the challenge here.

Member Iris Johnson is leading the guild’s charity endeavors and she is seeking a co-chairperson. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Iris.

Our workshop on Saturday, June 24 with Jacquie Gering is sold out. If you would like to be wait-listed please contact Vice President Heather Kinion

Jacquie Gering will be giving a lecture/trunk show on Sunday, June 25, titled “Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It." This lecture/trunk show will be held at the First Free Church of Chicago. This will be a lecture ONLY and not a regular guild meeting. The event is FREE for members and $10 for guests. Here are all the details.

Our July 16 meeting is about english paper piecing (EPP) and this program will include a demonstration with ample time for some hands-on work. This program will be for all skill levels.  

Our August 20 meeting will be a Summer Potluck and Social. We will also be announcing a special swap. More info to come.

Mary Fons will be our special guest at the September 17 meeting, where she will present “Standing On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt." She gave this lecture at Quiltcon 2017 and it was amazing! Learn more about Mary here.

Our next retreat is October 20 to 22 with an optional day on October 23. More info regarding registration will be available soon. If you're interested in coming, please review the current lottery process.

Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops and sew-ins. She is looking for a space that can accommodate 24 people with ample electrical outlets for sewing machines and to set-up several ironing stations throughout the room. Must also be reasonably priced. If you know of any place in your area or if you have any questions please contact Laura.

Charity Update:

Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make a quilt (or quilts) for local Veterans through the Road Home Program. Here is information on how you can contribute. (Please note this charity project has been extended until the end of 2017.)

To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, June 25, at 3:30pm at First Free Church of Chicago

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Recap and Announcements

The topic of our meeting this month was “Frugal Quilting." The meeting began with members Carol Allegretti, Robbi Eklow, Sarah Evans, and Holly Harper sharing with us some of their tips and tricks to using everyday items for quilting.Thanks for all your GREAT ideas, ladies!

Carol likes to use home improvement stores for quilting supplies. Carol is a fan of Home Depot for oversized bags and storage containers found in the electronics department. She is also an enthusiast of Harbor Freight who offer some amazing coupons and a FREE gift with a purchase. Below is a picture of Carol with a storage container that perfectly fit all of her Bernina presser feet.



Robbi likes to use home improvement stores for quilting supplies as well. She uses a laser level (which is meant to be used to install kitchen cabinets) to square up her quilts. She also uses a self-adhesive tape measure that she sticks to standard vertical blinds; she will then pin these to her design board so she can create a quilt to her exact size. You can also use generic fabric softener sheets to clean your iron.

Sarah creates her own version of a thread cutter using an empty spool of thread and a small seam ripper. When your self-healing cutting mat starts to look worn from cutting flip it over. You can use your ruler as a guide for cutting so the marked lines aren’t needed. You can also use your old mats and plastic as a bottom base for your handmade bags.


 

Holly loves fabric scraps. The best source, she said, is from the scrap table at retreat. She also contacts Etsy sellers who do garment sewing to see if they will sell her bags of their fabric scraps.  Holly uses these scraps in English Paper Piecing (EPP) and tiny piecing. For her EPP hexagon templates she purchased an AccuQuilt die cutter that cuts both the template and the fabric (including seam allowance) and a hand held punch that is used for scrapbooking. For card stock for making the templates she uses magazine inserts and advertisements that are left on her doorstep. Her completed hexies are then stored neatly in a plastic cookie tray.


We also had some AMAZING giveaways at this month’s meeting.  THANK YOU to the following companies for your generositys: Alison Glass, Aurifil Threads, Benzie Design, Havel’s Sewing, Quilt Addicts Anonymous, and Whole Circle Studio.


Announcements from today's meeting:

Our Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper announced that on Saturday, September 23, 2017 we will be hosting a field trip to see the exhibit “Quilts and Human Rights” at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. We will also be sharing this day with members from the Bloomington Normal MQG. More info to come.

Our next retreat is October 20-22, 2017 with an optional day on Monday, October 23. More info regarding registration will be available soon. If you're interested in attending, please review our current lottery process.

Congratulations to member Tammy Marlar! She is the winner of our Survey Raffle and received a bundle of sewing goodies. If you haven’t completed the guild’s survey, it’s not too late. We want to hear from you -- your opinions help shape our programming throughout the year. Thanks!

Our next guild meeting is Sunday, June 4, 2017. This meeting will be a sew-in held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in the Hendrickson Room. Please register here if you think you'll join us; we need an idea of how many people are coming and how many sewing machines to prepare for. You can also bring your handwork. Members and guests can begin arriving at 11:30am and we need to vacate the room by 5:00pm. All the details are here.

Our workshop on Saturday, June 24, 2017 with Jacquie Gering is SOLD OUT!  If you would like to be waitlisted please contact Vice President Heather Kinion

Jacquie Gering will be giving a lecture/trunk show on Sunday, June 25, 2017, titled “Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It.” This lecture/trunk show will be held at the First Free Church of Chicago. This will be a lecture ONLY and not a regular guild meeting. The event is FREE for members and $10 for guests. Get all the details here.

Our July 16, 2017 meeting is about English Paper Piecing (EPP) and this program will be for all skill levels. More info to come.

Our August 20, 2017 meeting will be a Summer Potluck and Social. More info to come.

Our Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops. She is looking for a space that can accommodate 24 people with ample electrical outlets for their sewing machines and several ironing stations throughout the room. The space must also be reasonably priced. If you know of any place in your area or if you have any questions please contact Laura.

Charity Update:

Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make a quilt (or quilts) for local Veterans through the Road Home Program. Here's how you can participate. (This charity project has been extended until the end of 2017.)

The MQG has announced the Charity Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The topic is “Exploring Modern Traditionalism," and the colors are a warm palette of gold, hot pink, magenta, and purple. Vice President Heather Kinion is seeking volunteers to design and lead this effort. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please contact Heather. 

To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors, click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

June's meeting schedule is slightly different because we have a guest lecture; check our meeting schedule for details. July's meeting is on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304
A list of our meeting schedules can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sew-In: June 4, 2017

On Sunday, June 4th at 11:30am we will be holding a Guild Sew-In at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004). 

Members and guests are welcome. We will be meeting in the Hendrickson Room on the second floor. There is ample parking at the library, both in the open lot and also under the library itself.  Please do not arrive before 11:30am


Please feel free to bring your sewing machine if you wish do to machine work. You are also welcome to do handwork. If you are bringing your machine and have a small extension cord, it is probably a good idea to throw that in your bag too. Don’t forget your power pedal, presser feet, and any other tools you will need! You are welcome to bring snacks with you. Board member Dani will be emailing attendees beforehand to organize irons and ironing boards. 

If you wish to take the Metra into Arlington Heights, it is the UPNW line, and it is a 0.2 mile walk straight north from the station to the library. If anyone has mobility issues and needs a ride from the station to the library, please let us know and it will be arranged. 


We are also going to do a scrap exchange! Please bring any scraps with which you wish to part. We will set them all out on a table and participants can pick through for goodies. The scraps remaining at the end of the day will be bagged up to use for doggie beds. 

If you wish to come into Arlington Heights for brunch/lunch ahead of time, or hang out afterwards for supper, there are many good restaurant options less than a half mile walk from the library. Here are some suggestions, but please check the websites for hours. I have tried all of these and they are all good!

Salsa 17 (Mexican)
Ttowa (Korean)
Porky’s (BBQ)
Armands (Pizza and Italian)
Peggy’s (Irish Pub)
Pho An (Pho)
altThai (Thai)
Around Cafe (Coffee)


We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks! Please email the guild if you have any questions.
 


All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

June's meeting schedule is slightly different because we have a guest lecture; check our meeting schedule for details. July's meeting is on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meeting schedules can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

 We hope to see you there!