Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meet the Members - Donna

1. Tell us about you 

I'm a retired HS English teacher. I've been quilting since 1985 and am becoming increasingly passionate about what I do.  I maintain a website - - and a blog -

2. When/How did you get into quilting?  

I was lucky to grow up in a house where my mom used a sewing machine and encouraged my use of it.  But I didn't begin to quilt until 1985 - an article in a Woman's Day magazine by Eleanor Burns started it all.  It was her "Trip Around the World" pattern, and I was sucked in. 

3. Show us a couple of your projects 

My blog is a great showcase of both finished and in process pieces.  Although I do primarily quilts, I have also worked with jackets and purses.  One of my specialties is memory quilts, many of which are "life celebration" quilts. 

4. What other activities, crafty or not, do you enjoy?  I'm an avid reader and an avid traveler - Europe, Turkey, Southeast Asia, India.  I'm missing the January meeting of the CMQG because we'll be in Kenya.  For the past two years I've also been a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society. 

5. What quilt or item you've made are you most proud of and why?  This is almost like asking a mom which child is her favorite.  I have a quilted jacket that I've been wearing for years, I love the latest Moonscapes because I finally used free-motion quilting in conjunction with raw-edge applique, I love some of the quilted totes I've made, and I'm thrilled I paper-pieced a Mariner's Compass. 


6. Who inspires you most in your quilting? 

1st, Eleanor Burns was my first inspiration - her books are written for the self-taught quilter.  2nd, Alex Anderson's HGTV series also had a big impact on me. 3rd, my quilter buddy Wayne ( is a daily confidant and constant source of inspiration - we met at the Glencoe Fiber Arts Show.  4th and last, the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild - from the moment I walked into the first meeting, my quilting wheels began to churn in a different way.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

Project Quilting Season 2

Season 2 of Project Quilting has begun over at Kim's Crafty Apple.  Guild members Ebony and Karen participated last season.  They not only created some fabulous projects and won some prizes, but had a great time stretching their creativity.

Check out Kim's blog for all the rules.  The first challenge is Primary Colors and is due January 16th.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Project Modern Challenge 2: Monochromatic

The Modern Quilt Guild has posted the second challenge: create a monochromatic quilt.  Here are the official rules from their site:

The Rules & Details:
- All quilts must be 45” x 45” or larger
- Limit of one submission per person, per challenge
- To enter your submission for Challenge 2 please email the following to
1. Two photos of your quilt, a wide shot and a detail shot
2. A brief write up (one or two paragraphs is fine) explaining your quilt and how you took on the challenge
3. Your mailing address
4. Your blog address (if you have one)
5. Your flickr user name (if you have one)

- All entries for Challenge 2 must be received by March 31, 2011.
- The winners of Challenge 2 will be announced on or about April 15, 2011.
- US residents only are eligible for the prizes.

You can also see the all the entrants from Challenge 1: Inspiration at their Flickr site. Mary's quilt is near the bottom of page 2.  There weren't that many entries, so get your quilts in there.

Monday, January 3, 2011

January DEMO DAY Sign Up Open

It's that time again!

Please sign up for our January DEMO DAY by taking the survey below:

Demo Day Sign Up
Your schedule will be generated for you and available the day of the meeting.  Please select your sessions by January 20th.

Available sessions include:
  • Machine Embroidery
  • Hand Embroidery
  • The Tech Savvy Quilter
  • Free Motion Quilting
  • Needles, Thread, and Tension

Thank you!