Thursday, November 29, 2012

November Meeting with Artist Sarah Nishiura

Untitled #6 by Sarah Nishiura
At our November meeting we had a Sarah Nishiura as our speaker.  She is a truly warm and engaging artist who makes beautiful quilts all using men's shirts!  

Untitled #11 by Sarah Nishiura

Untitled #9 by Sarah Nishiura

225 bags and lots o' food!

It was wonderful to see her quilts in person and to hear about her process and inspiration.

Check out her site for more fantastic work!

The November meeting was also the culmination of our guild's charity project to make bags and collect food for the Chicago Food Depository.  Our members did their best and brought in a mountain of food and made 225 reusable grocery bags...great work group!

We even gave some prizes to the members who made the most bags:  1st place Connie with 27, 2nd place Sarah E with 26 bags, and 3rd place Natalie with 19 bags!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

MQG Charity Project

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild’s participation in the Modern Quilt Guild Charity Project 
Ready for a new challenge? One that is due December 9?

The blocks submitted to the Modern Quilt Guild are being turned into 46 quilts for the beds at the Austin’s Children Shelter.  Participating guilds have received at least 7 blocks.  
The above shows our 7 blocks sent from the Modern Quilt Guild.  So how do we turn these 7 blocks into a 68” x 88” quilt (or up to 72” x 92”) ready to be mailed January 26, 2013, to Austin, Texas?

Here are the guidelines:
  • Supply batting (which we have – donation from Warm and Natural)
  • Supply backing
  • Supply binding
  • Quilt densely (Terri Karls will take care of this!)
  • Include a 4” sleeve – these quilts will be hung at QuiltCon before going to the shelter but then the sleeve will be removed

  • Quilt must be washed before being mailed
  • Label must include Donation Quilt to Austin’s Children Shelter, our guild name, date of completion, location of completion, and The Modern Quilt Guild – QuiltCon Block Challenge
  • According to the established guidelines, we can:
    • Create and add additional blocks
    • Add negative space
    • Do a combination

    The Modern Quilt Guild is interested in each guild’s process with a series of blog posts. This is our first post.  And like the Modern Quilt Guild, our Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is going to try to attempt fulfilling the above tasks and requirements as on-line involvement.  

    Each one of these 7 blocks has a dimension of 12”.    The first block shown has a width of 18”.  The narrowest block, the one with the white borders is  10” wide.    So here is your challenge:  by printing out this document, create a layout – one that can be voted on at the Dec 9 meeting.  

     Print out this document and begin to play around with these blocks.  Maybe put this on construction paper that would serve as the background.  White?  Yellow?  Bright limey green?  Dark orange?  You get the idea…

    Please be prepared to volunteer for one of the above tasks mentioned – creating the label, adding the binding, washing the quilt, etc.  Bring in your rough layout to the December 9 Sew-In! 


    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Up For A New Challenge?

    Announcing Fall 2012 Fabric Challenge Madrona Road by Michael Miller

    The Modern Quilt Guild last year sponsored the Robert Kaufman Kona Challenge and the Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge. And now the MQG is accouncing this year's Winter challenge, Madrona Road by Portland Modern Quilt Guild Member, Violet Craft.

    Once upon a time in the windy lands of the Old West a baby girl was born to a rooted father and a gypsy mother. And so begins the story of Madrona Road, a modern, sophisticated fabric collection of crisp florals, monochromatic textures and text prints.

    Violet Craft is a momma, a wifey, a maker and a Sweet Hot Yam. She designs licensed fabric for Michael Miller Fabrics from her home in Portland, Oregon. Her newest collection, Madrona Road ships to stores in July 2012 and her new collection of Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns will be released in Winter of 2012. Most days she can be found playing on Twitter, Flickr and Instagram under the ID violetcraft or blogging at

    The challenge begins December 1 and ends January 31.The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild  has requested 12 fabric packets.  More about the challenge to follow as details are given.

    Interested?  Respond in the comments!