Sunday, May 30, 2010

Meet the Members--Introduction

As this is the public face of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, we'd like potential members to learn more about who we are and the types of people who are members.  Each week we'll feature a member, including some pictures of their quilts. We'll start with the officers of our guild but quickly move on to other members.  Hopefully you'll get to know us a little better and consider joining us!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Two Guild Members Win Top Prizes in Project Quilting

Project Quilting, a challenge-based biweekly online quilt competition, recently ended another round of competition. When the challenge ended on Friday, Karen Kells and Ebony Love took top prizes as the winners of the public vote & judges' vote respectively.

The challenge was to start with fifty 3"x5" rectangles of any fabric, paired with no more than two 1/2 yard cuts of other fabric, to create a finished quilt in 7 days.

Karen took a creative spin on the challenge and combined her love of quilting and scrapbooking to create this fabulous quilted scrapbook, complete with family pictures:

You can read more about Karen's winning entry on the Project Quilting site.

Ebony dared herself to cut into some cherished pieces of Thai silk taffeta, try 5 new techniques (including overcasting the edges instead of traditional binding), and came up with this lovely asymmetrical wall hanging:


You can read more about Ebony's winning entry on the Project Quilting site.

Both Karen & Ebony will each receive up to 2 yards of fabric from Etsy seller FabricFascination, and a $10 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Congratulations to them both!

Friday, May 14, 2010

May Meeting--Workshop on COLOR!

This Sunday May 16th, 2-5pm at the Park District of Forest Park, Building 4.
7501 Harrison Street, Forest Park, IL

We'll be doing our show and tell (bring your ticker tape quilts!), a color workshop, and beginning our ICE exchange (read more below).  It'll be a super fun meeting.
For the Color Workshop, Ebony is requesting that you do/bring the following:

1) Look at your fabric stash by color. Is there any particular color
that dominates? How would you describe your stash color-wise? Is it vibrant,
calming, bright, subdued? Are there colors you don't have very much of? Why?
2) Bring a chunk of your favorite fabric to the workshop (you don't
have to cut it if it isn't cut already, and we won't hack into it during the
workshop, so don't worry!)
3) Bring a quilt you made (or a picture of a quilt you made) where you
are pleased with the color scheme that you chose.
4) Bring a lead pencil.

Also, the ICE challenge will be beginning. The information is below.  See you there!

The Preparation:
Choose 4 fat quarters.
Make 1 quilt block of your choosing from those fat quarters.
Place all of the above in a bag labeled with your name, email address, home address, phone number.  (blog info optional)
Bring to the May 16 meeting.

The Swap:
At the May meeting if you bring a bag, your name will be put into a hat.  You will choose from the hat a name of the person whose bag you will take home.  You cannot go home with your own bag. Be sure to keep the name and info of the person whose bag you have, you will need this for the return.

If you bring a bag, you get a partner.

The Challenge:
Make a mini wall quilt for your partner using the items from the bag.
You must use all 4 fabrics from the bag in the quilt.
You may add fabrics from your own stash.
Take your inspiration from the given quilt square.
Have fun and be creative!

The Return:
Bring the completed mini wall quilt to the July meeting.
We will have a show and tell of all the quilts, after which you will gift the quilt to the person whose bag you chose.

If you are unable to attend the July meeting, please arrange to deliver the quilt to your partner by mail or in person, or have someone bring it to the meeting for you.