Thursday, September 13, 2018

Science and Medicine Quilt Show Challenge Announcement

The University of Chicago Medical Center asked us to partner with them again and curate a display of quilts in the hospital as part of their ongoing public displays of art from the community and beyond.

In the past, we have shown themed works and pre-existing works from our guild members BUT this time we will be doing a challenge. Members of the guild are invited to make works of ANY size (from teeny tiny minis to great big king size bed quilts) on the subject of science and medicine -- including the greater medical field, and not just the medicine you take.

The idea is to create a modern quilt that has to do with those broad themes, and members may enter any quilts they already have made that might fit that theme. It is also OK to enter a quilt that is from an existing pattern.

Did you make a super awesome periodic table of the elements quilt? Have you ever made the "Science Fair" quilt by Jaybird Quilts? Did you make a Fancy Tiger "Constellation" quilt? Were you inspired by elements of nature in a science feeling way? Our hope is that this broad topic stimulates a lot of creativity!

We plan to hang the Quiltcon charity quilt as part of the show.

Quilts will need to be finished by March 1, 2019, but we will keep the guild (and especially those who sign up for the challenge) posted as time moves along.

Sign up here.



All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 16

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August Meeting Recap and Announcements

This month was our summertime potluck. A big thank you to Carole Wool for coordinating this event and brining all the extras we needed to fill our plates, and thanks to all the members who brought something to share. We had plenty of goodies and enjoyed the time get to know each other better. Member Bill Keller also graciously sharpened scissors for our members.

Carole Wool did an amazing job, as always!

Announcements                           

On September 16, we will be discussing foundation paper piecing. This a great opportunity to learn something new or if have your questions/problems/issues that need to be resolved someone should be able to assist. A few members will be providing demos and passing along ideas. Please watch the blog as we get closer to the September meeting for more info.

On October 20 and 21 we will be hosting Season Evans for a workshop and lecture. The workshop will be “Minimalist Improvisation” and her lecture will be “Minimal Quilts – from Traditional to Modern." Signups for this workshop are now open to paid members, on a first-come first-served basis. An email with the link was sent on August 22. If more members sign up than there are spaces, we will start a wait list. Workshop location was being finalized this week and will be announced soon.

November 18 will be all about needles and threads.  

December 16 (we will meet on our usual 3rd Sunday this year) will be our holiday potluck & gift swap.  

We hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter, “The Full Bobbin.” If you are in a quilt show or magazine, have a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media and Communications Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if are a new member and you have yet received an issue.

We have added a new feature to The Full Bobbin, called Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted, based on the popular Instagram hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted. If you are unfamiliar, let’s say you are working on a particular project and need more yellow scraps or need more eye spy fabrics or whatever... you can send an email to The Full Bobbin (just hit reply on a previous issue) with your name and what you are looking for. Each month, we will publish as many as we can. Members can then bring the items to the next meeting. It’s a fun way to pass along something you may not need, but another quilter can use.


The National Modern Quilt Guild has opened submission for QuiltCon 2019, which will be held in Nashville, TN, February 20-24. The deadline to register your quilt(s) is November 30. If you would like to volunteer at QuiltCon 2019, head here.

Our small piecing charity blocks for our Quiltcon charity quilt are due back no later than the September meeting. If you are unable hand in your block(s) next month, please send it with another member or you can mail it to member Heidi Parkes, who is assisting us in putting the quilt together. The right and bottom sides of the blocks will be framed in the approved purple fabrics; if you did not pick up the strips at the August meeting, just leave extra space for the purple to be added after you hand in your block. We want to figure out a way incorporate members stories of how/why or what inspired them to create the block they did; you can hand in a note with your block or if you have already handed in your block, email them to VP Laura McDowell-Hopper

In 2019, we have a great lineup of speakers and events. More details will be announced in the fall, but we have announced to mark your calendars for May 10 and 11, 2019, we will be hosting Libs Elliott for a workshop and lecture. Libs is a Canadian quilter who uses code to design many of her quilts and is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics.


Registration is now open for our next retreat, October 12-15 at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. Full registration details along with the link to sign-up were emailed to members in mid-August. Retreats are a great place to work on your own projects, meet new friends and ask fellow members for assistance if you are stuck on something. Everyone gets their own private bedroom and bathroom. The Sienna Center is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, just over the Wisconsin state line. If we have more people sign up than there is room, there will a lottery for the all available spots at the September meeting. Lynn Bailey is organizing small, 1-2 hour projects for anyone attending who wants to participate. Last retreat, a group of quilters made coffee sleeves together and had a lot of fun. If you have any ideas, even if you are unable to attend, please pass them along to Lynn.

If you signed up for the Michael Miller Challenge, Amy Struckmeyer passed out the fabrics we received from MQG. A few members were not in attendance; we will have your fabrics next month. If you want to participate and did not sign up, you can purchase your own fabrics, all the details are on the MQG website

MQG has reworked their website. Our president and regional rep, Heather Kinion, recommends we all open and read the email we will each receive from MQG and log into your MQG account and if there are any issues, contact MQG to get them resolved before you try signing up for an event or webinar. 

Last month we mentioned the MQX Quilt Festival Midwest 2018. A few our members will have their quilts hanging in the show - congratulations to all! It will be held September 18-22 in Springfield, IL at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, just a few hours south of us. There are classes, lectures, vendors, and a quilt show. Even through the deadline to enter a quilt has passed, you can still sign up for classes. Visit their website for all the details. Member Sarah Evans informed us this is possibly the last year this show will be in Illinois; there are rumors that in 2019 it will be moving to another midwestern city besides their annual spring show in New Hampshire.

Member Shannon Dangerfield is starting a Junior Modern Quilt Guild in Evanston. If you have any quilting notions or quilting related items you no longer have a use for, and would like to donate them to the next generation of quilters, please bring them to a meeting.


All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, September 16

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild is Proud to Welcome Season Evans in October

Season Evans is a self-taught quilter who is known for her striking minimalist compositions, often inspired by traditional quilt patterns. She has taught at QuiltCon and exhibited quilts all over the country and internationally. She explores pattern, geometry, and contrast in her work, and her quilts tell stories about the places she lives and contemporary life.




On Saturday, October 20, Season will lead a workshop called Minimalist Improvisation at Loyola University's Lakeshore Campus in Chicago. 


The objective of the workshop is to create a minimalist patchwork panel using improvisational techniques. Challenge your process by restraining the number of fabrics used and paring down choices through thoughtful subtraction. The goal is to minimize patchwork and color to get to the essence of the quilt panel until it becomes simply the abstraction of an idea. 

Especially if you are not a minimalist or even an improv piecer, this process will remind you to make stronger coordinating and contrasting fabric selections, to refine the focus in your original designs (and even in the patterns you follow), and to incorporate negative space more effectively. 


Tower: 1(Rage) by S.D. Evans

This challenge is a great way to practice the mindfulness of a minimalist process:

  • Find your focus
  • Restraint: start with and stick to a limited number of fabrics
  • Use only what is necessary
  • Subtract whenever possible
  • Negative space does not always mean empty - even if it is. Recognize and give it a purpose and it will be meaningful. 
We will be meeting in a wonderful auditorium space on the Loyola University Lakeshore Campus in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Lunch will not be provided but there are many options that are just off campus or you can eat in a dining hall for a small fee. Parking is $7 for the day in parking garage next door to our workshop space but does not have in and out privileges--there is very limited parking in the neighborhood, so I recommend using the garage. More details will be available in an email a few weeks before the workshop.

Cost to members of the Chicago MQG will be $65, and $75 to non-members. 
So Much Has Changed Since The Last Time We Spoke by S.D. Evans

Sign-ups will go live to members on Wednesday, August 22 at 7 pm. Check your email that day for the sign-up link. 


Sign-ups will open to the general public on September 22, if there are still spots available. 

Sign-ups are first-come first-served, so you will know if you are in or not as soon as you fill out the registration and pay. In order to lock in your registration, you will need to pay online at sign-up. Once the 20 spaces are filled, a wait list will be created, and if spaces become available, they will be filled from the waitlist. 

It is up to members to notify the event coordinator (Retreat and Special Events Chair, or Board Secretary) if they have to cancel or if they do not wish to be waitlisted. The coordinator will attempt to fill open spaces from the waitlist. Due to the inability to announce the location at the start of registration, if you cancel within 10 days of the announcement of the location, you will get a full refund of your registration fee. If you cancel after that date 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, you will not be charged. 

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.

Remember: Check your email at 7 pm on August 22 for a sign-up link!


Sunday Lecture: Minimalist Quilts: From Traditional to Modern


Along with her workshop on Saturday, Season will present a lecture at our regular October guild meeting on Sunday, October 21, with the theme of Minimalist Quilts: From Traditional to Modern. Several of our members saw her deliver this lecture at QuiltCon 2017 and sang its praises, so mark your calendar for October 21, and join us at 2 pm in the Rush Hospital Centennial Room in Oak Park, our regular meeting time and place. Hope to see you all there!

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, August 19, 2018

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

It's Time to Register for the Fall 2018 Retreat

It's Fall retreat registration time! Hooray!

The Venue:

The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild holds two retreats per year (Spring and Fall) at the beautiful Siena Center in Racine, WI, our home away from home for group getaways. 

This is a retreat to work on your own projects (be sure to bring a few!) and perhaps work on a charity project. Each person will have a spot to spread out, and our spacious sewing room is open 24 hours a day. The Siena Center is a very relaxing and welcoming space located directly on Lake Michigan and run by Dominican Nuns.



The newly renovated space is located a short drive from Chicago in Racine, WI. Our group reserves the largest retreat room in the facility, the Oak Room, which allows us plenty of space to let our creativity run wild! 

What's Included?

Retreats include food (most dietary restrictions can be accommodated) and lodging with your own private sleeping room and bathroom. The retreat also includes 24-hour access to the Oak Room, which also has a fully-equipped kitchenette with a fridge, stove, coffee pots, kettles, and dishwasher. You are welcome to bring food, snacks, and drinks for yourself or to share. 



Retreats also feature giveaways, a scrap table, and plenty of time to get to know your fellow guild members. There are ice breakers, shared meals, and lots of silliness.





Some people enjoy sewing and visiting at a leisurely pace, and others come with a to-do list and speed through projects. It's a fun time for everyone, and seeing the projects we finish is one of the most fun things about retreat! 

Dates:

This year's retreat has two options for Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members who choose to participate: 

  • $196 2-night (3-day) option: October 12-14 2018 (FridaySaturday, Sunday)
  • $288 3-night (4-day) option: October 12-15 2018 (FridaySaturday, Sunday, Monday)

Check-in time is no earlier than 1:30pm on Friday. For those leaving on Sunday, the noon meal is the last meal included in your fee. You must be out of your sleeping room by noon, but you are welcome to stay through the evening. 

Please be prepared to pay for your dinner on Sunday if you plan to stay through the evening. 

For those staying through Monday, you must be out of your sleeping room by noon, and we must have everything cleared out of the sewing room promptly at 5pm. The noon meal is the last meal on Monday


Payment Options:

Your full payment is due on or prior to September 16, 2018, in order to be considered for the lottery (explained below). Payment options include: 

  • PayPal or Credit Card: The secure online registration form below allows you the option of paying by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal, and can pay by credit card without creating a PayPal account. Please make sure to follow the link at the end of the form to be redirected to the payment screen. This is our preferred payment option.
  • Check (dropped off at the August or September meetings): If you choose to bring your check to the meeting, please leave it at the membership table at the beginning of the meeting. Be sure to include your name, address, email address, phone number, and and weather you are signing up for 3 or 4 days on your envelope. 


Lottery Procedure: 

Retreats sponsored by the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild are open to all current guild members who have paid dues. In the event that there are more than 24 members registering, spots will be determined by a lottery procedure at the February meeting. More information about the lottery procedure can be found here. 

For those who choose to pay electronically (PayPal or credit card), your payment will be refunded in the event that you do not obtain a spot at retreat. If you've decided to pay by check, your check will be returned to you. 

Click here to be taken to the registration form!



***REMEMBER: You must be a Chicago Modern Quilt Guild member to participate in retreats. You must pay in full to be considered for the retreat lottery. 

Are you not a current member, but you want to join? Click the button below or head here to become a Chicago MQG member today!


All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on Sunday, August 19 at 2pm

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 27, 2018

July 2018 Meeting Recap and Announcements



This month we welcomed Lynn Carson Harris, a quilter from Michigan.  

Lynn is known for her tiny piecing projects and is the author of the book Every Last Piece. The guild hosted a workshop on tiny piecing the day prior to our meeting.  

Lynn shared many of her quilts and tiny piecing tips, including:

  • start each project with a new needle
  • use thin thread
  • if you can use a single stitch needle plate on your machine, to avoid your machine eating your pieces

Visit Lynn’s website for more info including her current series of small scale abstract quilts inspired by domestic abuse.




Mini Quilt Swap

July was the big reveal of our 2nd Mini Quilt Swap with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  Chicago member Sara Evans was the very lucky recipient of the mini that our speaker Lynn made for her. We had 20+ members participate. If you were unable to attend this month’s meeting do not worry, we will have your mini for you next month. Thank you very much to Amy Struckmeyer for coordinating this swap and to the Ann Arbor members for the fun creative mini quilts!  Keep an eye on our social media pages for pictures.




Announcements                           

Our August 19 meeting will be our annual summer pot luck. Please bring a dish to pass. Member Bill Keller has agreed to do scissor sharpening during our meeting; please watch for more details as it gets closer to our August meeting. It’s a fun afternoon to get to know each other better. 

On September 16, we will be discussing foundation paper piecing. This a great opportunity to learn something new or if have your questions/problems/issues that need to be resolved someone should be able to assist.

On October 21 and 22 we will be hosting Season Evans for a workshop and lecture. The workshop will be “Minimalist Improvisation” and her lecture will be “Minimal Quilts – from Traditional to Modern." Please keep an eye out for workshop signups details coming in August.  Our workshops are first come, first served for signups.

November 18 will be all about needles and threads, more details to come.

December 9 (this is the 2nd Sunday) is our Holiday Potluck, more details to come.

Looking ahead on May 10 and 11, 2019, we will be hosting Libs Elliott for a workshop and lecture.  

We have a change on the board for the remainder of the year: Jen Beatty has stepped into the secretary position. Welcome Jen!

We hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter, “The Full Bobbin.” If you are in a quilt show or magazine, have a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media and Communications Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if are a new member and you have yet received an issue.

Membership Chairperson Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy has membership cards for 2018. If you haven’t received yours yet please see Rebecca at a guild meeting when you check in or at break.

Our next retreat will be October 12-15 at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. Full registration details will be emailed to members in August. If we get more people wanting to attend than there is room, there will a lottery for the all available spots. Lynn Bailey is organizing small 1-2 hour projects for anyone attending who wants to participate. Last retreat, a group of quilters made coffee sleeves together and had a lot of fun. If you have any ideas, even if you are unable to attend, please pass them along to Lynn.

The National Modern Quilt Guild has opened submission for QuiltCon 2019 which will be held in Nashville, TN, February 20-24. The deadline to register your quilt(s) is November 30. If you would like to volunteer at Quiltcon 2019 signups have also opened up. 

Speaking of Quiltcon 2019, we got our first details of the plan for our 2019 charity quilt submission.  Member Heidi Parks is assisting us with the design this time around. The theme is Small Piecing. If you missed the July meeting, not to worry a separate blog post will be published shortly to fill everyone in. All blocks are due by/at our September meeting.

MQG is seeking a nominating committee for assistance with researching potential national board members

An event a bit closer to home is MQX Quilt Festival Midwest 2018. It will be held September 18-22 in Springfield, IL at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, just a few hours south of us. There are classes, lectures, vendors and a quilt show. The quilt submission deadline is August 1. Visit their website for all the details. Member Sara Evans shared that this is great show to submit a quilt to; it does not receive as many submissions as Quiltcon and has a variety of categories including a newbie category if you have not entered a show before. If you are interested in attending, this is the year; there is a good possibility the show will be moving to another Midwest location next year. MQX also hosts an annual spring show in New Hamsphire.

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on August 19, 2018

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!