Monday, August 27, 2012

We had a great time at the monthly meeting on August 19th.  After the presentation about "Sewing to Serve Chicago" members gave presentations on how to take the next step to advance your quilting.  

We then spent the rest of our meeting presenting our Modern Art Swap pieces.  What a fun time!  Our next meeting is September 16th, please join us!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Modern Art Challenge

24 beautiful quilts Check 'em out on our Flickr page!

In June the Emily B and Emily L coordinated our first Modern Art Swap Those who wanted to participate brought in a picture of their favorite piece of "art" and a fabric or two that coordinates, and placed them in a bag. Then we drew one another's bags for the challenge. The Emilies gave us two months to complete the challenge. At August's CMQG meeting the challenges were presented. How much fun to see what quilters submitted and then how they interpreted their challenge pieces. Here's a link to our Flickr account so you can see these fabulous 24 pieces of modern quilted art! Best act of generosity? By Mark. Sarah S gave him as inspiration a piece of art her daughter created. Mark responded with TWO pieces, one for Sarah and one for her daughter.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sewing to Serve the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Today on the blog we have a post by our member Erika of Miss Sews-it-all:

When I first joined the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, I was blown away by how selfless members are when it comes to giving to those in need. I have seen the CMQG donate all kinds of hand-quilted projects, both big and small, to organizations of all kinds across the US. 

This year I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve started a new volunteer program, Sew to Serve Chicago! We all agree that while we are sewing for others in need, we should also use our sewing talents to help those in our own community. Along with the national charities we support, we will find a few local Chicago charities to receive our handmade donations each year. Our first Sew to Serve Chicago charity is the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, dedicated to providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Last year alone the organization reached 678,000 adults and children, supplying over 64 million pounds of food across the Chicagoland area. Read about the Food Depository and how you can help at the official website.

We are sewing and donating reusable grocery bags in support of the Food Depository’s mission to end hunger. Last year our President Donna along with her friend Wayne showed us how to make quick-stitched Morsbags , which are perfect for the Food Depository project. You may have a bag pattern that is already a favorite, and any pattern that creates a sturdy bag suited to hold groceries will work. Members who would like to help can start stitching bags right away!

We’re also holding a sew-day in September where we will showcase a number of reusable bag projects and techniques at the beginning of the meeting. Members who want to help sew for the Food Depository can use the time to stitch as many bags as possible from donated supplies while learning a few new bag sewing tricks and techniques.  All finished bags will be collected for donation during our regular October meeting, and as a bonus there will be a PRIZE for the member who makes the most bags!

Our next Sew to Serve Chicago volunteer project will benefit Project Night Night shelters right here in Chicago. Look for more information to come after the first of the year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Meet The Members: Emily L

1. Tell us about you
I'm Emily and I quilt. I'm a wife, and a mother to a silly four year old. I work at a fabulous used book store, and I usually sew late into the night. I blog at Mommy's Nap Time.

2. When did you start quilting? How long have you been quilting?
I've been sewing since I was little, and received my first sewing machine when I was about 11. I found quilting about four years ago when I was tired of dishes and laundry. Unlike laundry sewing stays done!

3. Show us a couple of your projects.

Above is a close up of a doll quilt made for the Doll Quilt Swap last year. I challenged myself by shrinking down the block size to a ridiculous size (that ny beauty is about 4" finished). The quilt is precious and the recipient of it has since become a good online friend of mine. I'm glad she has this little pretty quilt to make her smile!

Above is a box pouch I made. I'm pretty fond of these pouches - they're pretty quick and not too challenging. I love making them because everyone has a use for them!

This is Anne Michelle's quilt - the perfect example of how quilting can be healing and prayerful. It was made for friends of mine, who’s first child was stillborn. I sewed through tears to give them something sweet and precious to hold on to. 

4. What (if any) other crafty (or not) activities do you enjoy?
I love reading in my free time, and painting birdy houses with my daughter. I have decided to limit my craft spending to only sewing related things - I used to do it all - knit, scrapbooking, etc.

5. What creation of yours are you proudest of?

From a technical standpoint I'm most proud of my Doll Quilt Swap 12 quilt. I drafted the paper pieced sections by hand and finished it as a circle. I used my favorite tiny piecing and also added detailed quilting to the different sections of it. I even figured out a system for hanging it so that it lays flat!

My Doll Quilt Swap quilt won't ever outshine Rosemarie and Katee's quilts though. At the beginning of my quilting journey my niece Rosemarie became very sick - she was spending so much time in the hospital and I knew I wanted to make a quilt to keep her warm. I knew that I couldn't make a quilt for one niece and not for the other, so I called upon my new quilt friends. Thirty-three people from seven countries sent me blocks to make these two quilts possible! I've never experienced such an outpouring of love from strangers. That was two years ago and the girls are still using their quilts every night (they even bring them here when they come visit)! 

6. Who or what inspires you the most?
I find inspiration everywhere. I love texture and solids. I read blogs, search Pinterest, and do swaps on Flickr. I like taking one thought and just going with it and creating as I go.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Workshop with Jacquie Gering

Saturday, August 11, the CMQG held its first day-long workshop. Jacquie Gering led the group in the flip-and-stitch technique, using Bling Copilot from her book Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilting
We all worked with a design wall and tried our hand at improvising a design, once Jacquie explained the basics. Here's Sarah E's initial design.
New member Shannon seemed to be getting the hang of things.
And here's Reneau creating on her design wall.
The key to this design is color, and Jacquie brought us her bins of scraps.
This is Mary S's starting to take shape.
And Eileen works very in a very creative way.
Here's the stash of the wild and wacky Debbies. It was a good day, and there will be more results posted!