Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our Own Ebony Love, guest judge

Our own past programming committee chair, Ebony Love, is the guest judge for Project Quilting. She was the grand prize winner of season 1 of Project Quilting. Click over to Kim's Crafty Apple to see Ebony's guest judge profile.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Quilt Shop Recommendations

We have created a google map of quilt shops in the Chicagoland area with the hopes of pooling the experience and opinions of Guild members on the pros and cons of quilt shops around Chicago. This google map is entirely open for edits. We started the map with quilt shops recommended by guild members in forums from the old ning site. It would be great if you could take a look at the map and add any opinions or reviews you have about quilt shops you've visited.

When you first go to the map, you'll see an option in the top left to "Save to my maps". If you do this then you can edit the map and dd new shops to the map, also this map will always be saved in your google maps for your review. If you have a google account already, this just takes one click. See the screen shot below.

If you don't google will ask you to sign up for a free account which just involves giving Google your email address, making a google account password, and providing your birthday and country. Once you have an account you can save this map to your maps.

Once you've saved the "Quilt shops around Chicago" map to your maps, you can edit the shop reviews. In order to edit an entry, you just click on the "Edit" button in the top left of the screen - see the screen shot below.

If there's a shop that should be on this map that isn't, please feel free to add it and give it a review. To add a shop to this map, you search for the shop in google maps - which will take you away from our group map, click on the shop, and then click on "Save to". This opens a drop box of all of your saved maps, select the "Quilt shops around Chicago" tab and that will add it to the group map. See screen shot below for clarification.

I've tried to add the name of the reviewer and any pertinent information about hours open. I hope you'll find these recommendations for quilt shops as useful as I have and that we can build an even better set of reviews and information on local quilt shops in the future!

Here's the link to the "Quilt shops around Chicago" group map.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Iron Quilter? A HUGE SUCCESS!

What a fun afternoon. Here's what happens when teams of quilters are given fabrics and embellishments they must use to create a bound quilt whose dimensions are at least 15".
Thee five pieces were judged by the quilters for their favorite and by the judges for best use of embellishment. This quilt, #4, was the People's Choice.
And this was its team of creators - Holly, Michelle, Terri, and Eileen.
It's always interesting to see what machines people bring for sewing competitions and sew-in. Above and below represents a 60-year difference in sewing machine - Karen with a modern one and Erike with her Singer Featherweight.
Ebony was the mastermind of this event, and it's a keeper. She, president Beth, and treasurer Jen organized the bags of fabrics, embellishments, and batting each team received. Ebony and Jen then judged the five entries.

Here's the "winning" piece with its team - Erika, Sarah, Donna, and Rachel.

Iron Quilter? Great afternoon! Excellent Chicago Modern Quilt Guild activity!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011-2012 Officers

We'd like to officially announce our officers for the next year.

Congratulations to:

Beth Kovacic, president
Donna Moscinski, vice president
Jennifer Benoit Bryan, treasurer
Michelle Cicmanec, secretary
Terri Karls, program committee chair

You can contact any of us via the comments, by clicking on our names in the sidebar, or on bigtent. We're looking forward to a great year!


A secret bag. A surprise inside. 150 minutes to explore and create.

At the end… 
A Quilt!

Which team will be crowned 
Iron Quilter?

The only way to find out is to wait and see what happens at today's meeting...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Looking Forward to the Next Retreat?

We'll have information about the next retreat at Sunday's meeting. Bring your calendars and checkbooks! Like last time, a deposit is needed to hold your space. Spaces are first come, first served.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Guild Retreat

The first guild retreat was an amazing weekend of sewing, chatting, building friendships, and fun. Fifteen guild members retreated together to the Siena Center in Racine Wisconsin which was such a lovely place; everyone was so friendly and welcoming. We're determined to go back soon.

We took short breaks to learn new skills from each other with ten minute tips.
Ebony's demonstrating her phenomenal method of machine binding in the picture above.

We all got a lot done over the sewing weekend, the pictures below showcase some of the projects that we worked on.

Karen showing off her gorgeous applique and thread painting projects.

Here's a piece of Yolande's project with pieced cornerstones. She has a LOT of tiny yoyos that she'll be attaching to the yellow squares of this quilt. Can't wait to see it all put together!

Here's Mary, our founding President, displaying a beautiful
blue baby quilt she pieced this weekend.

Holly has a bunch of beautiful fabrics pieced in to flying geese blocks. She also made the
gorgeous scarf she's wearing in this photo (although not at the retreat).

Eileen is working on a striped quilt with really gorgeous, rich colors.
She also made these adorable spaceship / robot pillowcases for her two boys. Rock Star Mom!

Donna, the guild's new Vice President displays some gorgeous, funky pieced blocks from scraps of reds in her stash. She also started on her first Drunkard's path after a little alone time with Mr. T.!

Here's Ebony, probably our most productive participant, displaying the only project that's approved for public viewing, a cathedral windows project with some gorgeous turquoise stitching along the seams. She also worked on a project she's hoping to submit to a magazine and another for a children's book. Go Ebony!

Michele worked on mirroring techniques with these blocks. She also completed a beautiful purple and green quilt - I believe it was a drunkard's path.

Emily created this gorgeous wonky star baby quilt in soft, sweet colors. She also gave a great tutorial on teeny, tiny wonky stars that finish at just one inch.

Here's Debbi with a lovely fiber art project she completed over the weekend.

Sue's project of fun, unpredictable strip piecing turned out simply stunning.

Beth, the new guild president, is working on a lovely king size quilt using a ten inch Moda layer cake. A lot of the blocks came together this weekend, and we laid it all out to get an idea of how many are left. This will have brown stripes running vertically between the blocks and white stripes running horizontally. Gorgeous!

Emily made two beautiful cross banners for her church over the weekend. She also finished up a really fun quilt of her own design that reminds me a bit of lightning bolts.

Freida worked most of the weekend on a variety of cathedral windows
projects using all kinds of great fabrics.

I don't know about everyone else, but I can't wait for the next retreat at the Siena Center. I had so much fun sewing and getting projects moving along, but I had even more fun chatting and getting to know everyone better. What an amazing group of crafters!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

We are SO connected

Where does one start with the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild?  Of course there's this blog.  If you're reading this, then know it exists.

Have you see us on Facebook? Seach for Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and "like" us - then you will automatically get the Facebook feeds.

Are you aware of how many members of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild keep blogs?  Scroll down and look at the right of this page - they are all listed there.  Are you a quilt blogger and not included?  Let someone at the next meeting know - you just have to be a dues-paying member of the CMQG and a blogger and you're IN!. 

But the best place for all information about the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is  BigTent.  It's the place for information about meetings and lets you RSVP to meetings.  There's a listing of all those who log onto BigTent and are interested in Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.  There are forums for various discussions.  Minutes from previous meetings are posted.  Look for announcements about upcoming retreats (and just a word of warning - spaces will be limited and they will go fast).  And best of all it's a way to get to know the people who are a part of CMQG.

FLICKR is the photo-sharing forum that works best with BigTent.  Here is the  CMQG Flickr site - I'd tell you more about it, but to be honest - it's what I'm going to work on as soon as this post is finished.  So stay tuned for more info, or use the comments below to tell me what I need to know!

We are lucky to be connected to each other in such a variety of rich ways!  See you at Iron Quilter in March.  Want to know more?  Go to BigTent!