Events, Retreats & Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

*Event may require lottery procedure. See below.

Upcoming Retreats:
2017 Retreat dates at the Siena Center:
Spring: April 28-May 1
               (Lottery Date: March 19, 2017 Meeting)

Fall: October 20-23
              (Lottery Date: September 17, 2017 Meeting)

2018 Retreat dates at the Siena Center:
Spring: April 6-9 *Please note: Late Check-in this Retreat - 3pm - 
              (Lottery date to be announced)

Fall: October 12-15 
             (Lottery date to be announced)

Lottery Procedure:

Workshops and retreats that are sponsored by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild are open to all current guild members who have paid dues.  Due to the high demand for spaces at workshops and retreats and a desire to be as fair to everyone who wants to attend, the board has determined a lottery system will need to be used for registration and the creation of a wait list.  In the event the wait list is exhausted, registration will be reopened and may be extended to nonmembers. 


If you wish to go to a CMQG workshop, registration and full payment are due at the meeting immediately prior to the workshop in the following manner:

  • PayPal at or prior to the meeting, or
  • Cash received at or prior to the meeting, or
  • Check paid at or received by the treasurer prior to the meeting. In case of a lottery, postmarked dates on mailed checks will not apply.

If there are more registered and paid participants than available spaces, a lottery will be held.  At the meeting, those who have registered and paid will be randomly assigned the available spaces.  Names of those members selected after the spaces have been filled will be put on a wait list in order of their selection. The board reserves the right to hold spaces for individuals who are in service to the guild at the workshop (i.e. if they are catering, providing transportation for the teacher, etc.).   

It is up to members to notify the event coordinator (Programming Chair, Workshop, Retreat and Special Events Chair, or their designee) if they have to cancel or if they do not want to be waitlisted. The coordinator will attempt to fill open spaces from the waitlist. If you cancel and the space is not filled, you will be responsible for the full cost of the workshop. If you are on the waitlist and you decline a spot, your payment will be returned.

Whenever possible, refunds will be made via the method of the original payment.  The board reserves the right to withhold a processing fee on PayPal payments.


Registration for retreats will be handled in the same manner as workshops except that 

  • payment and registration will be due two meetings prior to the retreat, and
  • if you cancel and your space is not filled, you will be charged only if the Guild is charged by the retreat facility 

*current CMQG treasurer
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 6115
River Forest, IL 60305

Examples of Previous Events:

Workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe June 29, 2013
Fall retreat at Siena Center, Racine WI, October 11-13, 2013
Aragon Bag Workshop with Sara Lawson February 1, 2014
Spring retreat at Siena Center, Racine, WI March 14-16, 2014
Guest Lecture with Amy Garro of 13 Spools, October 2015
Workshop with Sarah Nishiura, April 2016