Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May 2018 Meeting Recap and Announcements


Texture: Three Members Demonstrate Techniques

At our May 2018 meeting, three members shared some of their favorite techniques for creating texture in quilting and other sewing projects. Holly Harper did a terrific job of organizing everything!


Adamandia Kapsalis: Couching

Adamandia has a degree in fine art and photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Just one of the techniques Adamandia uses in her fiber art, couching is a deceivingly simple embroidery method. Couching is the process of taking thread and stitching over it, covering it up in varying degrees.



She mentioned this blog post from Summers of India, which has a bunch of couching stitches to learn.

Adamandia's mom is a weaver so she has a lot of warp leftover, which Adamandia uses in her work. She enjoys using materials that would otherwise be thrown away, so she often starts with materials first, and then designs a project around them, using chunky yarns, embroidery floss, crochet thread, and more.


She says cursive letters lend themselves to couching; curves are easy, so script can look great. She sometimes pins down her base thread, or draws a design with a chalk pencil before stitching. Sometimes she just goes with the flow. 

Adamandia gets lots of ideas from Pinterest, and often makes little things and saves them for use later, sometimes to decorate an existing object or as part of a larger fiber art piece.


Bill Keller: Reverse Appliqué 

Bill was a mechanical engineer and retired from that to do blacksmithing, sewing, and many other crafts. He based his reverse appliqué session on techniques he picked up from Natalie Chanin, who uses them in her Alabama Chanin projects.


Bill created a handout about his technique, with helpful links. You can download it here.

He says there a millions ways you can go with the technique; he gets ideas from Pinterest and from Chanin's website. He makes his own stencils to paint the design on the top layer of fabric for his projects, and offered to loan his stencils to anyone who wishes to give it a try.


Bill advises pre-washing all of your fabric, and when deciding what materials to order, he suggests Natalie Chanin's color chart is a great guide for choosing fabrics, because colors can be deceiving on computer screens. Bill also advises using polyester thread from Guterman, and he uses their color chart as well; he also uses Coats "bold hand quilting" thread and Superior Thread "so sassy" in 12 wt.

Bill says one of the things he likes about hand stitching is that he can bring it with him anywhere.

Finally, he mentioned that he works a lot in the evening, but that he cuts fabric in the morning, in the strongest light, to avoid mistakes. He likes Gingerman scissors with a blunted tip.

Donna Moscinski: Fabric Manipulation


A retired school teacher, Donna grew up as a quilter, but CMQG is her first and only guild. In doing fabric manipulation, Donna likes to play with negative space, alternative grids, and unique textures.



She demonstrated a few techniques she likes. The first, tiny pleats, is accomplished by measuring lines only 3/4" apart on a piece of fabric. Press them, then sew 1/4" in from the seam and move on to the next, sewing them in alternate directions to minimize fabric stretching or warping. With time, you'll create a piece of fabric with lots of tight pleating. You can then run that pleated fabric through a machine to stitch down patterns, creating more variety.

Another technique Donna demonstrated used Texture Magic from ByAnnie. (Pellon offers a competing product at a lower price.) You stitch it on to your fabric using whatever pattern you choose, then use a steam iron on the back, which creates a shrunken texture. There are many possible outcomes, depending on the pattern you stitched, and the weight of fabric you used.


Finally, Donna said that if you want to achieve "cheap-ass fabric textures," you can skip the fancy product and get creative. She found a metal baking rack with a tight weave, wet some fabric with water, laid it on top of the baking rack, and pushed parts of it through the weave with a chopstick. She let it dry thoroughly before removing it, then ironed fusible to it. 

Donna ended by reminding us that like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the answers are within us... but also that a simple Google search of "fabric manipulation" often yields many ideas and practical tips.

Announcements

Amy Struckmeyer collected all of our mini quilts for the #A2CMQG mini swap and recipients will get their creations at the June and July meetings. Yay!


Our June meeting is our annual summer sew-in, where we return again to the Arlington Heights Public Library at 500 N. Dunton Avenue in Arlington Heights on Sunday, June 17th, from 12 to 6pm.

Sign-ups are still open for the Lynn Carson Harris workshop in July; head here for details and a registration link

In August, we celebrate summer with a big potluck. More details to come.

Member Carole Wool is collecting unwanted/orphan blocks for a hilarious prank project. Send any blocks you have ASAP to her at: 1122 Crest Lane, Western Springs, IL 60558. 

Heather Kinion is hosting a group sew-in at her house the first Tuesday in June. She will post details at our forum.

We continue to have charity projects in the works; we'll have more announcements on that coming soon.

We're always looking for news to include in The Full Bobbin, our guild newsletter. Please email Jenni, our social media and communications chair, if you have feedback or contributions.

And as always, the board of CMQG welcomes your feedback, ideas, and contributions. If you have anything to share, don't be shy - send us an email (or come talk to us at the next meeting). 

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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at the 



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!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Get Excited: Lynn Carson Harris is Coming to CMQG!



Got summer plans of quilting? Great! Join us in welcoming Lynn Carson Harris July 14 and 15.  

On the 14th, we will have a tiny piecing workshop, where Lynn will teach us tips and tricks that make working small easier. She will share how to piece tiny stars and other small blocks, as well as small scale intuitive piecing. 

At our meeting on July 15, Lynn will have a trunk show that includes the first quilt she made in 1976. She will also share with us that the steps of making a quilt are more meaningful than the completed quilt. Lynn focuses on the creative process rather than the finished product, allowing her studio to be filled with play and discovery. The trunk show will be free for members, and $10 for non-members.

Sign-ups for Lynn's workshop will open to membership ONLY on May 26, 2018 at noon. Check your email that day to sign up for the workshop, which will cost $55 and has room for 20 people -- lunch will not be included, so pack your own or be prepared to pick some up during the break. 

Sign-ups are first come first served, so you will know if you are in or not 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.

Because we added this workshop to our roster much more recently than we normally book speakers, our location for the workshop has NOT been finalized at this time and we may not be able to publicize it before members only sign ups begin. We will announce it before registration opens to the public because we understand that location may be a factor in whether or not members may be able to attend. This also may effect the exact start and stop time, but we expect the time frame to be similar or the same as usual workshops: 10am-4 or 4:30pm depending on the break for lunch.

Registration will open to the general public on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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. 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.


A reminder: Check your email at noon on May 26 for a sign-up link.


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, May 20, 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!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

April Meeting Recap and Announcements

Tara created her Wefty Needle out of necessity - she was weaving projects but no tools she tried really worked as well as she wished.

Tara Curtis came to town with her fabulous Wefty Needle and we were privileged to see the evolution of this tool from its inception to the form it takes today. Tara brought several samples to show some of the different ways fabric can be woven.


This woven ombre star pillow uses the same pattern many of us learned in Tara's workshop the day before.

This tote bag taught Tara lessons about density and width of strips.


The best part was seeing all the work from the previous day’s class – many of us who were not able to attend the workshop were inspired to take home a set of needles and give it a shot (of course mine are still in the package….but we look forward to seeing everyone else’s projects!)

Tara shows off a reversible woven piece.

After a break, we had a lovely show and tell session. A few highlights:


Members showed off their creations from the workshop on Saturday:




Dianne showed off a beautiful finished quilt:



Kate showed us a fun finish:


And Erin showed off her make (a hoodie, modeled by her daughter Audrey) while Audrey read us an essay about making her first quilt and how much she loves sewing. So cute!


... and many more. Check us out on Instagram or Facebook to see more photos from each meeting and event. 

Announcements:

We have a new board as of April. Here's the roster of board members.

Our next programming meeting is at 12pm before our regular meeting on May 20, at Rush Oak Park Hospital, either in the snack room or the main meeting room. Drop in for the whole meeting, or any portion of it. We welcome your ideas!

We have updated our meeting schedule and added in a couple special events. Please see the meeting schedule page for all the details.

We continue to have charity projects in the works; we'll have more announcements on that coming soon.

We're always looking for news to include in The Full Bobbin, our guild newsletter. Please email Jenni, our social media and communications chair, if you have feedback or contributions.

And as always, the board of CMQG welcomes your feedback, ideas, and contributions. If you have anything to share, don't be shy - send us an email (or come talk to us at the next meeting). 

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

This month's meeting is on May 20, 2018 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!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March Meeting Recap and Announcements

This month’s meeting was “All About Bindings." Five of our members led small demos on various topics related to finishing off your quilt with various binding methods: Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy, Sara Hochhauser, Heather Kinion, Dani Miller, and Carole Wool.

Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy shared with us a method for making continuous bias binding.  The method she showed us begins with a rectangle piece of fabric (most techniques have you begin with a square of fabric) and all you need to sew just two seams together.  During her demo she had members practicing using a piece of paper and masking tape.  For information on the technique Rebecca shared refer to her handout: Continuous Bias Binding.pdf.


Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy

Sara Hochhauser shared with us a technique for facing a quilt. This finish gives the edges of a quilt a clean look without the frame of traditional quilt binding. This technique starts with cutting four squares of fabric and folding / pressing on the diagonal creating a triangle. Place a triangle in each corner (on the front with the raw edges matching the sides of the quilt) and stitch in place with a ¼” seam. Place the binding strips on each side of the quilt leaving space on each end. This will reduce bulk in the corner and the triangle will cover the raw ends of the binding strips. Turn the binding to the back of the quilt and hand sew in place. Sara referred to Member Robbi Joy Eklow’s tutorial on How To Make A Quilt Facing. Refer to that blog post for more detailed instructions.

Sara Hochhauser

Heather Kinion shared with us a technique for perfect mitered corners. She begins by placing a pin on the top of the quilt at ¼” from the edge of the first corner. The binding strip is placed on the front of the quilt and is stitched down ¼” fro the side of the quilt. When Heather reaches the pin she stops. At this point you have a couple of options: 1. Lift your presser foot and turn your quilt 45 degrees. Lower the presser foot and sew a 45 degree angle right into the corner and off the quilt, or 2. backstitch.

Remove your quilt from the machine. Turn your quilt 90 degrees and fold the binding strip backward at a 45-degree angle. Keeping the fold from the last step in place, fold the binding strip forward. There should be a new 90-degree folded edge of binding that lines up with the raw edge you’ve just sewn. Take the quilt back to your machine and begin stitching making sure to backstitch at the beginning.  Repeat until all four corners are completed. When completed, Heather likes to press the binding on the front toward the edge to flatten the binding before folding it to the back. Heather shared with us a few of her favorite links for reference:

Get Sharp, Precise Corners on Your Quilt Binding Every Time - This tutorial demonstrates the stitch off the corner method and has great pictures

Turn Binding Corners Perfectly with Marianne & Mary Fons - This tutorial demonstrates the backstitch method and offers a great explanation of the process

The latest issue of Modern Patchwork March/April 2018 has a great article. There may also be a similar tutorial in an old issue of Love of Quilting or Quilty.

Heather Kinion

Dani Miller shared with us some techniques to finish off your binding by hand. Dani begins by threading her needle and tying a knot at the bottom. She prefers to use a double strand of thread.  Start somewhere on a side and turn the binding to the back being sure to cover the machine stitching. Begin by hiding the knot under the binding and pulling the thread so it’s perpendicular to the edge of the quilt. Using an applique stitch (aka blind stitch), the needle will come up through the quilt back (and batting) and then you will take a small stitch at the edge of the folded binding and return to tunnel through the quilt for one stitch length. Ideally you would want to catch only 2-3 threads with each "bite" of the binding and to take the stitch slightly under the edge of the binding fold. Stitches are placed about 1/8”–1/4” apart.

Keep a finger on the front of the quilt so you can feel if the needle is coming through. You don’t want to see any stitches on the front of your quilt. When you get to the corner, stitch through the east-west binding and then the exact corner of the north-south binding. Then go back through where you came out of the east-west binding. When starting a new thread (and Dani recommends you tie off when you have 5”-6” of thread remaining) come back through the binding edge right where your last stitch was. As another option, Dani recommends using the ladder stitch. Dani shared with us some of her favorite products:


Dani Miller

Carole Wool shared with us a technique for making a machine binding with a flange. You will need two fabrics, one as the primary binding fabric and the other as the flange (or accent). Cut the primary binding fabric 1.5” wide and the flange 1 ¾” wide (the length will depend on how much you need for your quilt). Right sides together, sew the strips together lengthwise with a ¼” seam. Press the seam towards the primary fabric. Fold lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Attach the binding to the BACK side of the quilt. Fold the binding to the front and secure (with pins or wonder clips).  From the front of the quilt, stitch in the ditch along the flange to secure. THANK YOU Carole for the samples you provided. It will make things easier for us when we try this technique at home.

Carole Wool


Mini quilt swap

Our mini quilt swap concluded at this meeting with a SPECTACULAR display of quilty goodness.  Oh my, those minis were beautiful! This event was led by Member Emily Lang and she did an outstanding job in organizing and pairing members perfectly. THANKS Emily for all your hard work you made some members very happy today.

Kathy DeVries and Melissa Bogusch, two of the swappers.

Announcements

Attending members unanimously approved the Board of Directors for 2018 / 2019. The new Board will take effect at the April 22nd meeting:

  • Heather Kinion – President
  • Laura McDowell Hopper – Vice President
  • Kate Brennan – Secretary
  • Deb Pentek – Treasurer
  • Laura Hartrich – Program Committee Chairperson
  • Lynn Bailey – Special  Events Chairperson
  • Jenni Grover – Social Media and Communications Chairperson
  • Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy – Membership Chairperson

A BIG THANK YOU to outgoing Board members Amy Struckmeyer (President), Dani Miller (Treasurer), and Dianne Bienick (Secretary) for your dedicated service!

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.

Sign-ups have closed for the mini swap with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. If you have not received an email assigning your partner, contact the board.

International Quilt Festival (IQF) will be held April 12-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

On April 21, we will be hosting Tara Curtis (@weftyneedle) for a workshop on fabric weaving.  Registration for the workshop is open and there is still one spot remaining. Registration is now open to non-members. For more info including registration click here.

Our April 22 meeting will be a lecture by Tara Curtis. More info to come.

Our May 20 meeting will be “All about Design: Texture." This will include information on trapunto, alternative fabrics, hand stitching, 3D manipulation, and so much more.

Our June 17 meeting will be a sew-in at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. It will be an atypical time, so mark your calendars:12-6pm.

On July 14 and 15, we will be hosting Lynn Carson Harris for a workshop and lecture. The workshop will be “Tiny Piecing’ and her lecture will be a trunk show.

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."

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

Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops and sew-ins. She is looking for a space that can accommodate 24 people with ample electrical outlets for their sewing machines and to set-up several ironing stations throughout the room. Must also be reasonably priced. If you know of any place in your area or if you have any questions, please contact Laura.

Charity Projects


The guild’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt was on display in Pasadena last month and it was BEAUTIFUL.  After the convention the quilt was donated to the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild for their #quiltsforvegas project.

Members have been making string blocks and member Debbie Pine has been hard at work turning them into quilts. She has the first one completed. Isn’t it totally adorable?! Several members offered to piece tops and another took one home to quilt and bind. Debbie said she will continue as long as members are willing to make the blocks. So if you have any at home, get them done and bring to a guild meeting. Debbie also mentioned that she will look into getting more foundation paper squares.  GREAT JOB Debbie!!!


Member Sarah Shulman has been equally busy with the The Road Home Program quilts. She completed a third quilt top and shared it with us during Show & Tell. Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?! Member Deb Pentek has offered to quilt and bind this quilt. To date, Sarah has two completed quilts and will be giving them to The Road Home Program shortly. Keep up the good work Sarah, you're doing an AMAZING job!!!

 Photo courtesy of Sarah Shulman

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

This month's meeting is on April 22, 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!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Annual Member Survey - and Prizes!



It is that time of year again - when we ask all of our members to take a few minutes and give the guild some feedback about what you would like out of the guild.

This survey will probably take 10 to 15 minutes, and the more information you give us, the better we can serve you!

Prizes!

Because we know this is time you would probably rather spend quilting, we are going to sweeten the deal with a prize pack at our April 22 meeting. It will involve some fabric, it will involve more than one cutting tool, and it will be super awesome!

Any member who takes the survey by the time we do show-and-tell at the April meeting will be eligible to win (even if you leave most of the answers blank, but don't do that because we really want to hear from you)!

Take the survey now.


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

This month's meeting is on Sunday, April 22, 2018 2-5pm

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!