Friday, September 23, 2016

September 2016 - Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

Our September meeting was all about making fabric containers. Member, Sarah Shulman, coordinated the effort and four of our members were gracious enough to share their expertise with all of us! 

These containers were inspiration for our members for the upcoming holidays, and for our annual Winter Gift Swap, held in December.

A BIG THANK YOU to all our participating members for putting together such a WONDERFUL and VERY MUCH APPRECIATED meeting for all of us to enjoy.

Member, Laura McDowell Hopper, shared with us the One Hour Basket Tutorial  by Hearts and Bees. If you are looking to make this basket in other sizes, she recommends purchasing the Friends of the Hour Basket pattern also by Hearts and Bees. To see more of these containers in various sizes and variations, please go to her Instagram account @sonicstitches.

Member, Debbie Pine, shared with us the Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Pattern  by Noodlehead. Instead of using leather, Debbie recommends using Kraft-Tex.

Member, Kathy DeVries, shared with us the Round Bottomed Bucket by Film in the Fridge.

Member, Dani Miller, shared with us the Divided Gift Basket by Clover and Violet. If you are interested in adding handles or a pocket, there is the Divided Basket Pattern by Noodlehead that can be purchased.

All participating members put together this helpful “Container Tips & Tricks” list for you.
  1. Read through the pattern before starting to decide on any changes you’d like to make.
  2. Consider using a different interfacing to suit your needs. Not sure which one you want? Take a trip to a big box store to see a variety of interfacings.
  3. Cut bulky interfacing (fleece or foam) ¼” smaller on all sides to reduce bulk.
  4. Or, trim bulky interfacing close to the seam line after sewing pieces together.
  5. Use a walking foot if using bulky interfacing such as foam.
  6. Use a damp cloth over fusible interfacing. Press with a dry iron until fused (varies by interfacing, be certain to read the directions).
  7. Sew lining with a larger seam allowance than the exterior. For instance, if seam allowance is ½”, use a 5/8” for lining.
  8. Or, add ½” to lining measurements to get a fabric border around the top of the container.
  9. A zipper foot can be used for sewing harder to reach areas.
  10. To make rounded corners more square, make a tacking stitch at each corner.

We then ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the “On Instagram” picture in the right side bar) to see some amazing quilts (including Medallion quilts) made by our members

Announcements from today's meeting:
  • Membership Chairperson, Sally Prokopec, announced that membership renewal will begin at the November, 2016 meeting. You will be able to renew at the meeting or prior to the meeting online. Dues are $55 (same as 2016). More information to come.
  • The registration for our Fall Retreat is CLOSED and FULL. Our guild hosts two (2) retreats per year, click here to see our 2017 dates.
  • Member, Donna Moscinski, is working on a presentation for our October, 2016 meeting titled “Where do YOU sew?" a presentation of member's creative spaces”. She is seeking members that would like to share their space or just a portion of their space. This can be your table space at retreat, a corner of your living room, a spare bedroom, or a full fledged studio space.   If you would like to be part of this special project, please contact Donna at
  • We will be hosting Heidi Parkes at the November, 2016 meeting. She will be doing a presentation and a demonstration on"Contemporary Mending". Non-members are welcome to attend (non-members pay a $5 Special Events/Guest Speaker fee). To learn more about Heidi click here .
  • The Quilt Exhibit at the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital will be taken down at the end of this month. So there is still time to see the exhibit if you haven’t already. Member, Dianne Bienick, will be returning the quilts to participating members at the October, 2016 meeting. For more information including directions, click here.
  • Members Emily Handley and Melissa Bogusch are leading the effort on our guilds QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge. Currently all blocks, backing, and binding have volunteers. If you would like to be a back-up volunteer, please contact them at To learn more about The MQG QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge, please click here.
  • The MQG is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 22nd. If you are unable to attend, it will be recorded and posted on the Community Resource page shortly after airing live. For more information, click here
  • Charity Update:
  • The guild made eight (8) quilts for “Quilts for Pulse”. For more information and to see pictures of all the beautiful quilts, click here
  • The guild is continuing our work for Sarah’s Inn. Pillows, lap quilts, and pouches are due at the October, 2016 meeting. For more information, click here  and here . If you have any questions, please contact Amy Struckmeyer at
  • Member, Sarah Shulman, is leading an effort to make a quilt for a local Veteran thru the Road Home Program. For more information on how you can contribute, please click here .
  • To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors, please click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.

Want to Attend our Next Meeting?:
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Next month's meeting is on October 16, 2016.

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 on {this} page.

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

 We hope to see you there!
- written by Dianne B.
- edited for content/posted by Erin D.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Chicago MQG and #quiltsforpulse

There are events, horrible devastating events that take our breath away, make us shake our heads and pull upon our hearts to find some way to respond.  The mass shooting at the Orlando, FL nightclub called Pulse was one of those events.  Our hearts needed to respond.  Our hands got busy. 

The Orlando MQG president, Alissa Lapinsky was moved to respond.  Days after the event she put a call out to whoever would respond:  Let's cover those directly effected by this shooting with quilted love.  We in Chicago were moved to help.  The pictures included in this post are the eight quilts that we are sending to Orlando this month. 

"Quilters heal the world one stitch, one seam, one quilt at a time."  --Latifah Saafir

Our eight completed quilts may seem like a drop in a really big ocean of pain.  But is it something.   I believe that by focusing our hands to make beautiful things that can physically warm people we have been agents of healing and love.

Thank you to all who sent blocks to the guild and for those who helped assemble, quilt, and bind.  A special thanks goes to Laura McDowell Hopper (@sonicstitches on IG) whose passion for this project was inspiring to me. 

Make sure to check out the hashtag #quiltsforpulse on Instagram to see quilts made by hundreds of people from all around the world for this amazing cause.

Sarah Evans
Chicago MQG
All photos courtesy of Sarah Evans, CMQG President

- written by Sarah E.
- edited/posted by Erin D.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Chicago MQG Veterans Quilt Project 2016

In honor of the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance we will be making another quilt to donate to the Road Home Program in Chicago. We started this last year at the CMQG fall retreat and donated to an appreciative veteran. Several of you expressed an interest in making another so I'm starting a very low key project. 
If you'd like to make a block on September 11 you can bring it to the September 18 meeting. If you'd like to participate but need more time, blocks will be collected at meetings through the end of 2016 (Oct, Nov, Dec).
Veterans Quilt Guidelines:
  • Make a 12.5" unfinished block. 
  • Star block of your choice, modern, improv, traditional
  • Navy blue background in a solid or print that reads solid. 
  • Red and White stars, in prints or solids, either a single color, mixed red and white, or red/white print. 

Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration - 
If you have any questions, please email the Guild at, or find me (Sarah S.) at the beginning of the September meeting.

Friday, September 9, 2016

On the Blog: September Meeting at The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild!

Join us on Sunday, September 18 for demonstrations by four of our own members - as always, guests and members alike are welcome! 

They'll be sharing ideas for making all kinds of Fabric Containers, and these containers will be the theme for our Winter Gift Swap at the December meeting. 

Come learn some tips and tricks, see some great samples, and get ideas for gifts, not just for our swap but also for family and friends!

Our Guild meets the third Sunday of every month (with some exceptions - see our meeting schedule {here}) at - 

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

Join us at 2:00pm for a great meeting packed with a ton of crafty, quilty inspiration! We hope to see you there.

- written by Sarah S.
- edited/posted by Erin D.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge - Chicago MQG Style!

The QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge asks participants to design a quilt that “plays with scale”, and uses the specific color palette chosen by QuiltCon organizes for this challenge.

Our color palette for the QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge

Our QC2017 Charity Quilt is based on the Charles and Ray Eames film “Powers of Ten”, set in Chicago in 1977.  Charles and Ray Eames were 20th century husband and wife designers in the fields of architecture, furniture, textiles, and graphic design.  Their film examines our world by zooming in (to a molecular level) and zooming out (to the greater universe).  

We chose a series of fifteen still images from the film to inspire the fifteen blocks in the front of our quilt.  Each block is unique in its design and construction, encouraging participation from many volunteers.

The back of the quilt is a simple number “10” in large piecing.

Once QC2017 is over, we plan to donate this quilt to DIFFA/Chicago (the Chicago chapter of Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids), a not-for-profit organization, for auction at an annual event.

We are excited and thankful to CMQG members that have already signed up to participate - all fifteen blocks on the front have Makers!  We can still use more help; open tasks include piecing the back, assisting with the label, or serving as a reserve block maker in case of emergency.

Kits with fabric and directions for the blocks, the back, the binding, and the sleeve are ready for distribution at the September Meeting on Sunday the 18th.

our charity quilt kits, all ready to be distributed!

Can’t make it to the September Meeting?  Let us know ASAP – we’ll work with you to get you what you need. Contact Emily {here} for more information.

We are SO excited to bring this design together!

- Emily Handley & Melissa Bogusch

- post written by Melissa B.
- post edited, posted by Erin D.