Tuesday, November 13, 2018

October 2018 Meeting Recap

In October we welcomed Season Evans. There was a great workshop held the previous day; many of the attendees brought their minimalist improvisation projects for us to see at show and tell.


Season Evans



We learned that minimalist art does not need to be black and white. The characteristics of minimalism include strict minimal statement, meaningful form, geometric abstraction and color.

Upcoming Meetings     

                   

November 18: member Amy Struckmeyer will lead a discussion on needles and threads. This is a good opportunity to learn how to use the proper needles and thread weight together and get your questions answered. Also, Heather Kinion will lead us through how to maneuver the new MQG website which will assist us in submitting entries for QuiltCon 2019 and viewing monthly features that are free to us as members of Chicago MQG.

December 16 (we will meet on our usual 3rd Sunday this year): We will be hosting our holiday potluck & gift swap.  Please bring something yummy to share.  If you're interested in the swap, there's no sign-up needed. Simply bring a small, handmade sewn item, wrapped but with no label on the outside. Please spend no more than about two hours on it, and no extras are necessary -- just make something that you enjoy. Please do NOT bring something holiday-specific, so we can be as inclusive as possible. We encourage you to add a small note on the inside saying who made it, so the recipient knows who to thank.

January 20, 2019: Member Trunk Show: This is our annual Mini Trunk Show, featuring guild members. Each quilter will present a mini trunk show of their work and talk about their journey and experiences in quilting. Come support your guild members and be inspired by this excellent group of quilter's variety of styles and techniques!

Looking ahead into next spring, save the dates of May 10 and 11, 2019, (NOT OUR USUAL WEEKEND), when we will be hosting Libs Elliott for a workshop and lecture. Libs is a Canadian quilter who uses code to design many of her quilts and is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics.



The Full Bobbin Monthly Newsletter Info


We all hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter, “The Full Bobbin.” If you are in a quilt show or magazine, have a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media and Communications Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if are a new member and you have yet received an issue.



Check out one of our newest features to The Full Bobbin, "Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted," based on the popular Instagram hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted. If you are unfamiliar, let’s say you are working on a particular project and need more yellow scraps or need more eye spy fabrics or whatever, send an email to the Full Bobbin (just hit reply on a previous issue of the Full Bobbin) with your name and what you are looking for. Each month we will publish as many as we can. Members can then bring the items to the next meeting. It’s a fun way to pass along something you may not need, but another quilter can use.

Other News


The fall retreat was held in October. 22 members spent the weekend at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. Thank You to Lynn Bailey for coordinating a fun creative weekend! The scrap table really got our creative juices flowing.

Our blocks for the Quiltcon charity quilt top have been assembled by member Heidi Parks and hand quilting has begun by Heidi and other members at the retreat. It is currently being passed among members who are working on it at home. If you would like the quilt to add some stitches please email the board.

We are excited to partner with the University of Chicago Medical Center to present a Science and Medicine Quilt Challenge that will result in a Chicago Modern Quilt Guild show hanging in one of their public art galleries inside the hospital and its surrounding campus. The exact location will be decided once the number and size of the entered quilts is narrowed down, but please check the blog post about it and sign up there to participate.

Member Shannon Dangerfield is coordinating The Modern Quilt Junior in Evanston. If you have any quilting notions or quilting related items you no longer have a use for and would like to donate them for the next generation of quilters to use, please bring to our next meeting.


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, November 18, at 2pm

Meeting location:

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

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, October 20, 2018

NEW LOCATION for OCTOBER Meeting!!




HEY ALL! LOCATION CHANGE!!

The Season Evans Lecture and meeting will take place at Dominican University on their Priory Campus (exact address below) in their Priory Aula Auditorium. It is 2 miles north of our usual meeting space on Division just west of Harlem Ave in River Forest.

There is ample free parking all around the ring of the Priory Campus, in the small lot right next to the auditorium and in the parking lot to your right (next to the soccer fields) as you drive into campus (the lot on the left by the playground is NOT parking for our meeting).


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

This month's meeting is on October, 21, 2018

Meeting location:

Dominican University Priory Campus
Priory Aula Auditorium
7200 Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

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!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

September 2018 Meeting Recap and Announcements

September's meeting was all about foundation paper piecing (FPP). Emily Lang organized a series of presentations from herself and members Erika Mulvenna, Katie Cooper, and Sara Hochhauser.


This is one of the pieces Katie brought to show us.
Katie offered a beginner's introduction to foundation paper piecing, showing off a few examples of her work and explaining some of the basics we need to know.


Sara incorporates FPP into many of her quilt designs.
Sara took it to the next level with explanations of essential how-to's, and shared how we can include FPP in our bigger quilt designs.


Erika's display allowed for lots of hands-on learning.
Erika shared a ton of tips, tricks, and tools that are essential for FPP. (She also made us a handy cheat sheet - click this link to download it!)


Emily's got a thing for fandom, and she showed us this Golden Snitch pattern.

Emily rounded out the presentations with more design ideas and some guidance on creating your own FPP patterns.

The variance in approaches to foundation paper piecing techniques was fascinating! From table to table, each member offered their preferred approaches - and sometimes, they were quite different from one another. Just one more piece of evidence that there's no single "right" way to do things.




As you move forward on your FPP journey, remember that whatever works for you is best...and that there's always more to learn, especially from your fellow members!

Thanks, Emily, and all your co-presenters for a wonderful meeting.

Announcements

We finished turning in our charity quilt blocks to Heidi Parkes, and the stories our members told about each block were powerful and moving. We can't wait to see it all come together. If you're attending retreat in October, you'll have a chance to do some hand quilting on it. Then it will travel to our November meeting for more member hand quilting.

The upcoming workshop with Season Evans on October 20 still has seats available; head to the blog post to sign up.

Season's lecture on October 21 will highlight her work with minimalist improvisation.

On November 18, we'll go back to basics with a member-led program about needles and thread.

On December 16, we'll have our annual holiday potluck and swap (more details on the swap to come soon).

Social Media chairperson Jenni asks that folks consider contributing more #GetYourQuiltyWishesGranted requests to be included in future issues of The Full Bobbin newsletter. Currently, Shannon Dangerfield is accepting all kinds of goodies for the Evanston Jr. MQG; Jenni recently received a ton of yellow scraps from four members for a pink lemonade quilt; Natalie received a bag of blue scraps for a project she's making for her mom. How about you? What do you want or need? Email Jenni to get your request in the next newsletter.

We have more charity quilt projects in the works. Sarah Shulman is leading the charge; send her an email to get involved.

There is a MQG national swap coming up! Swap sign-ups open October 5. You can get all the details (there are a lot of them!) here.

The national Modern Quilt Guild website is completely revamped. One of the biggest changes is that there is no longer a "forum." Now, each individual member has a profile, and you can choose to join "social circles" with other members. The more connections you make, the more fun things you'll see. One way to start making connections is to log in, click on Social Circles in the righthand navigation, then hop in the search bar and look for friends. A search for "Chicago" brings up all of our members, and you can connect to each of them. It will take a little getting used to, but we think it will be worth it because we'll be able to connect more easily with people in our own guild and all over.

There are a number of webinars and talks hosted on the MQG site, including a photography webinar on October 10 with Christopher Thompson, which you can find at the Resources page.

Finally,  if you ever have a project going on that needs more hands... are teaching a workshop... read a cool blog post you really liked... whatever!... email Jenni to include it in The Full Bobbin. Thanks!

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

This month's meeting is on October 21 at 2pm

Meeting location:

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

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!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Science and Medicine Quilt Show Challenge Announcement

The University of Chicago Medical Center asked us to partner with them again and curate a display of quilts in the hospital as part of their ongoing public displays of art from the community and beyond.

In the past, we have shown themed works and pre-existing works from our guild members BUT this time we will be doing a challenge. Members of the guild are invited to make works of ANY size (from teeny tiny minis to great big king size bed quilts) on the subject of science and medicine -- including the greater medical field, and not just the medicine you take.

The idea is to create a modern quilt that has to do with those broad themes, and members may enter any quilts they already have made that might fit that theme. It is also OK to enter a quilt that is from an existing pattern.

Did you make a super awesome periodic table of the elements quilt? Have you ever made the "Science Fair" quilt by Jaybird Quilts? Did you make a Fancy Tiger "Constellation" quilt? Were you inspired by elements of nature in a science feeling way? Our hope is that this broad topic stimulates a lot of creativity!

We plan to hang the Quiltcon charity quilt as part of the show.

Quilts will need to be finished by March 1, 2019, but we will keep the guild (and especially those who sign up for the challenge) posted as time moves along.

Sign up here.



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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 16

Meeting location:

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

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!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August Meeting Recap and Announcements

This month was our summertime potluck. A big thank you to Carole Wool for coordinating this event and brining all the extras we needed to fill our plates, and thanks to all the members who brought something to share. We had plenty of goodies and enjoyed the time get to know each other better. Member Bill Keller also graciously sharpened scissors for our members.

Carole Wool did an amazing job, as always!

Announcements                           

On September 16, we will be discussing foundation paper piecing. This a great opportunity to learn something new or if have your questions/problems/issues that need to be resolved someone should be able to assist. A few members will be providing demos and passing along ideas. Please watch the blog as we get closer to the September meeting for more info.

On October 20 and 21 we will be hosting Season Evans for a workshop and lecture. The workshop will be “Minimalist Improvisation” and her lecture will be “Minimal Quilts – from Traditional to Modern." Signups for this workshop are now open to paid members, on a first-come first-served basis. An email with the link was sent on August 22. If more members sign up than there are spaces, we will start a wait list. Workshop location was being finalized this week and will be announced soon.

November 18 will be all about needles and threads.  

December 16 (we will meet on our usual 3rd Sunday this year) will be our holiday potluck & gift swap.  

We hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter, “The Full Bobbin.” If you are in a quilt show or magazine, have a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media and Communications Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if are a new member and you have yet received an issue.

We have added a new feature to The Full Bobbin, called Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted, based on the popular Instagram hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted. If you are unfamiliar, let’s say you are working on a particular project and need more yellow scraps or need more eye spy fabrics or whatever... you can send an email to The Full Bobbin (just hit reply on a previous issue) with your name and what you are looking for. Each month, we will publish as many as we can. Members can then bring the items to the next meeting. It’s a fun way to pass along something you may not need, but another quilter can use.


The National Modern Quilt Guild has opened submission for QuiltCon 2019, which will be held in Nashville, TN, February 20-24. The deadline to register your quilt(s) is November 30. If you would like to volunteer at QuiltCon 2019, head here.

Our small piecing charity blocks for our Quiltcon charity quilt are due back no later than the September meeting. If you are unable hand in your block(s) next month, please send it with another member or you can mail it to member Heidi Parkes, who is assisting us in putting the quilt together. The right and bottom sides of the blocks will be framed in the approved purple fabrics; if you did not pick up the strips at the August meeting, just leave extra space for the purple to be added after you hand in your block. We want to figure out a way incorporate members stories of how/why or what inspired them to create the block they did; you can hand in a note with your block or if you have already handed in your block, email them to VP Laura McDowell-Hopper

In 2019, we have a great lineup of speakers and events. More details will be announced in the fall, but we have announced to mark your calendars for May 10 and 11, 2019, we will be hosting Libs Elliott for a workshop and lecture. Libs is a Canadian quilter who uses code to design many of her quilts and is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics.


Registration is now open for our next retreat, October 12-15 at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. Full registration details along with the link to sign-up were emailed to members in mid-August. Retreats are a great place to work on your own projects, meet new friends and ask fellow members for assistance if you are stuck on something. Everyone gets their own private bedroom and bathroom. The Sienna Center is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, just over the Wisconsin state line. If we have more people sign up than there is room, there will a lottery for the all available spots at the September meeting. Lynn Bailey is organizing small, 1-2 hour projects for anyone attending who wants to participate. Last retreat, a group of quilters made coffee sleeves together and had a lot of fun. If you have any ideas, even if you are unable to attend, please pass them along to Lynn.

If you signed up for the Michael Miller Challenge, Amy Struckmeyer passed out the fabrics we received from MQG. A few members were not in attendance; we will have your fabrics next month. If you want to participate and did not sign up, you can purchase your own fabrics, all the details are on the MQG website

MQG has reworked their website. Our president and regional rep, Heather Kinion, recommends we all open and read the email we will each receive from MQG and log into your MQG account and if there are any issues, contact MQG to get them resolved before you try signing up for an event or webinar. 

Last month we mentioned the MQX Quilt Festival Midwest 2018. A few our members will have their quilts hanging in the show - congratulations to all! It will be held September 18-22 in Springfield, IL at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, just a few hours south of us. There are classes, lectures, vendors, and a quilt show. Even through the deadline to enter a quilt has passed, you can still sign up for classes. Visit their website for all the details. Member Sarah Evans informed us this is possibly the last year this show will be in Illinois; there are rumors that in 2019 it will be moving to another midwestern city besides their annual spring show in New Hampshire.

Member Shannon Dangerfield is starting a Junior Modern Quilt Guild in Evanston. If you have any quilting notions or quilting related items you no longer have a use for, and would like to donate them to the next generation of quilters, please bring them to a meeting.


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 16

Meeting location:

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

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!