Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 23, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, October 23 is our next meeting and program
 at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)  
The meeting starts at 1:00pm and will conclude at 4:00pm.

October Monthly Meeting Highlights:

  • Laura Wasilowski "StitcherTunities" Lecture ($5 guest fee)
  • House block lottery (details here)
  • Show and Tell
  • Holiday Party RSVPs accepted ($28 per member cash or check)
  • Collection of charity quilts for donation to Gavers marking October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What you need to bring for the meeting:

  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share.
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Donation Quilts - Bring any newly completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.
  • $28 cash or check payment for December CLMQG member Holiday Party (payments also accepted at our November meeting)

We hope to see YOU Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The New Talk Radio - Podcasts

** The following is an excerpt from a post written and originally published by member Shelley on her blog, elsie's girl.

When I was a kid my parents (and nearly every other adult in my life) listened to a lot of talk radio. It was primarily news or sports, and I vividly remember rolling my eyes and thinking, "why would anyone waste their time listening to anything other than music?!"

Fast-forward a few decades and here I am spending a lot of time listening to the 21st century version of talk radio - podcasts.  Have you jumped on the podcast bandwagon yet? If not, what are you waiting for?  There is an unbelievable amount of free listening content on any and every topic you can imagine available to access with your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

I am an iPhone/iPad/iTunes user (so I don't know a lot about Android or other devices) but I believe there are podcast listening apps on most every current technology platform.  If you are an iPhone or iPad user they both already have podcast apps loaded and ready to go.  You can "subscribe" to your favorite podcasts and never have to search for new posts from those channels - they'll automatically update in your podcast app and be waiting for you when you are ready!

Today I'm sharing my favorite sewing, creative, and other podcasts and telling you a little bit about why I like each one.  Maybe some of these will become your favorites!

My top two sewing-related podcasts are Crafty Planner and While She Naps.

The Crafty Planner podcast is hosted by Sandi Hazlewood - "a former city planner who loves all things crafty" living in San Diego, California.  Sandi interviews makers from every sewing and crafting field - quilters, apparel sewers, fabric designers, knitters, and other fiber artists starting each podcast by asking the guest to describe their creative journey.  She produces a high quality program by asking insightful questions and loves to laugh with her guests.

Abby Glassenberg hosts the While She Naps podcast.  Abby is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer, and teacher.  She is also co-founder of the Craft Industry Alliance (CIA), a trade association for craft industry professionals.  Abby interviews all manner of craft and fiber industry people - makers, designers, book publishers, and bloggers as well as executives in the fabric manufacturing industry.  Her interviews are very well researched and have a somewhat journalistic feel (but there is still a lot of laughter!) with a focus on what it takes to build a creative business.  She recently conducted a live podcast interview with Mickey Krueger, president of Windham Fabrics, at the SewPro convention in Chicago.

Click over to elsie's girl to read the full post which contains many more podcast recommendations.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shop Feature - Kelly's Necchi-New Home Sewing Center in Rockford

Shop owner Kelly (right) with CLMQG member and employee Lesley.

Our members will recognize the name Necchi-New Home Sewing Center because Kelly recently donated the Brother SB700r sewing machine that was given away in September as the grand prize in our 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge! Since she so graciously donated that fabulous prize, we decided a shop feature on our website was in order :)

Her shop sells new Brother and Janome sewing machines.  You can see they have a huge selection - all sizes and price ranges of sewing, serging, quilting, and embroidery machines to meet your every sewing need. All new machine purchases include lessons on that machine and a first year cleaning.

The machine service staff performs maintenance and repairs on all sewing machine makes and models, and all service work is done in house - nothing is sent out.

If you find yourself in the market for a new sewing machine, please consider visiting Kelly's store - she's a big supporter of our guild and operates a full-service sewing machine business with great selection and competitive pricing.

I did a short test drive on this computerized Brother machine during my visit last week - so fun with a ton of great features and such smooth, even stitching!

The walls are filled with eye-catching samples, and the shop offers classes in Machine Embroidery, Basic Clothing Construction, and Quilting.

Since the store sells and services embroidery machines they offer a large variety of design software from Hoop Sisters and many others. Plenty of notions including Madeira, Mettler, and Maxi-Lock threads, stabilizers, and Atkinson zippers are stocked. They don't sell quilting fabrics, but currently offer a curated selection of lovely high-quality knits from Art Gallery and Michael Miller.

While they don't stock vintage sewing machines, they do currently have this beautiful green Fleetwood machine for sale.  It was manufactured in Japan in the 1950's, it's all metal, and it sews like a dream - straight stitch, zigzag, and four step buttonhole. 

The next time you're in Rockford stop in to see Kelly (and maybe Lesley too!) and test drive one of the new or "experienced" sewing machines in stock.  You might be tempted to bring one home!  And if you are in the market for a new machine, please consider making your purchase at Kelly's store.  Check out their website for more information about store location, business hours, and class schedules.  You can also find them here on Facebook.

Thank you so much to Kelly for donating our 2016 Mystery Medallion grand prize and supporting the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild!

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1. A representative from NLCQG showed their guild’s raffle quilt and sold tickets. Their show is November 19 – 20 from 10 am – 4pm, at the Antioch Township Center in Lake Villa.

2. Committee Updates:

  • Bees – Terry is the new chair. Please let her know if you are in a bee, so she can keep a record of the bees.
  • Retreat – 14 members have signed up. Vikki is working on food for the retreat.
  • Charity – Our goal is to have 30 quilts to donate to Gavers in October. Please bring your donation quilt to our next meeting if at all possible. A few members are working on a quilt for Gavers to auction off at their luncheon in October. Kelly is coordinating some press to talk about who we are donating the quilts to.
  • Social Media
  1. Let Shelley know if you would like to be profiled on our guild blog. 
  2. We have about 19 members who are on Instagram. If you post a guild-related picture on Instagram, please tag @crystallakemqg or use the hashtag #crystallakemqg.
  • Social/Treats – We need two more people to sign up to bring treats in November. If you sign up for treats and then cannot make it, please find someone to take your place. Let Darlene if you are truly in a bind.

3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 8: 6 pm – midnight; Sew Generously Sew In. All members should have received an Evite to this event. You must RSVP through the Evite if you want to attend.
  • October 23: 1 – 4: guest speaker Laura Wasilowski from will be doing her “StitcherTunities” lecture
  • Saturday, November 5: 9-5; Bonus Workshop: Sew Together Bag with Shelley. You must purchase the pattern. You can either get it from Lorrie for $7.70 or from Craftsy for $12. Let Lorrie know if you want to get the pattern from her. There is quite a bit of preparation you will need to do for this workshop. All members should have received an Evite to this event. You must RSVP through the Evite if you want to attend.  Supply List and prep-work instructions will be emailed to those who RSVP via Evite.
  • November 13 – Member Trunk Show & vending with Sharon Turskey; Smart-Phoneography & Instagram workshop
  • December 4 Holiday Party – We will be accepting RSVP/$$ in October

4.  Other Business: 

  • 2016 Guild Survey highlights:
  1. 92% are interested in learning techniques and skill building. This is being incorporated into 2017’s challenge using Instagram.
  2. 62% want new speakers/workshops. We are budgeting to expand outside our reach over the next 2 years.
  • Prairie Star Quilt Show October 14 – 15 at the DuPage Co. Fairgrounds
  • Member feature on the blog: Julie Warren
  • Shelley and Kathy had quilts in the Madison Quilt Expo

5. House Block Lottery: Due in October; keep your block “daytime” with a low volume background. There are no size restrictions. See this post for more information. 

6. Medallion Show and Tell: We had 14 members who completed their Mystery Medallion quilts. A Random Generator was used to choose the winner of a Brother sewing machine: Darlene. A huge thank you to Necchi New Home Sewing Center in Rockford for donating this machine! All Medallion quilts were shown in the Countryside Quilt Show on September 17 – 18.

7. Show and Tell

8. Secret Pal gifts were handed out

9.  Lunch Break

10. Quick Curve Ruler workshop with Lesley

Friday, September 16, 2016

Important Quilt Dates October - December 2016

October 2016

8: CLMQG member sew-in at Sew Generously (Evite sent September 11)

13-15: Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Renaissance Convention Center Schaumburg. Includes exhibit of the QuiltCon 2016 Traveling Show

14-15: Prairie Star Quilters Guild 2016 Show at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

19-22: MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest in Springfield, IL

20: MQG Creative Webinar - Color Theory with Kim Eichler-Messmer.

23: CLMQG monthly meeting with Guest Speaker Laura Wasilowski.

Quilt submissions for inclusion in the upcoming Modern Quilt Guild coffee table book are open through October 31, 2016

November 2016

5: Bonus Workshop for CLMQG members - Sew Together Bag (Evite sent September 15)

16: MQG Creative Webinar - Quilting Inspiration from Reclaimed Textiles with Blaire Stocker.

19-20: Northern Lake County Quilters Guild 2016 Quilt Show in Antioch, IL.

23: CLMQG monthly meeting with Member Trunk Show and Photography/Instagram workshop.

Quilt submissions to QuiltCon East 2017 are continuing through November 30, 2016.

December 2016

4: CLMQG Member Holiday Party at Biaggi's Restaurant in Algonquin Commons

Monday, September 12, 2016

October 2016 Block Lottery - Houses

Our final block lottery for 2016 will take place at the October 23 meeting, and the focus this month is house blocks.  

There is only one design rule this month - the background of your house block must be low volume fabric.  It can be a single fabric or scrappy, but the entire background must be low volume.

You can make your house any size, shape, or color that makes you happy.  It can be a stately Colonial, a classic Saltbox, a cozy cottage, or a wonky tilted residence.  It can be pieced, appliqued, or foundation paper pieced.  It can be embellished with embroidery, applique, buttons, or trims.  You can make one or as many as you like!

We've located a few websites with free house quilt block patterns to give you inspiration.  You can print these free patterns at home or make up your own - the only limit is your imagination :)

October 2016 Block Lottery Guidelines:
  • Lottery participation is completely voluntary.
  • Use only quilt store quality fabrics.
  • Blocks can be any size square or rectangle.
  • Background fabric(s) must be low volume.
  • If you were lucky enough to win a previous lottery, you must show a completed project using all or some of those ‘winnings‘ to be eligible for this drawing.
  • Label each of your blocks with your name (a small sticker on the back works best for this.)
  • One block = one chance to win. There is no limit to the number of blocks you may submit.
  • Bring your pressed block(s) to the October 23 meeting. A volunteer will ensure that participants have followed the rules and award the lottery tickets!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Member Feature - Julie Warren

In San Diego this year at a Cubs game.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Elgin, and I've lived in the area most of my life except for college and a few summers elsewhere.  I've been married for 13 years with an awesome 19 month old little girl.  I'm a quality manager at an electronics company.

How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn?
I tried to learn in college by self-teaching but wasn't so successful.  Four years ago I took a class at JoAnn's, and since then I've learned most everything else via book or internet.

What are your most and least favorite parts of quilting?
Shopping for and picking out fabrics are my favorite part.  I think part of the reason I quilt is so I have an excuse to buy fabric!  Besides basting (does anyone like that?) the quilting part is my least favorite - I feel like I need a lot more practice to enjoy it.

What/who inspires you most in quilting?
I really admire Jacquie Gering, but my quilts look nothing like hers!  I mostly end up doing quilts that are modern-ish interpretations of classic blocks.

What quilt/s are you working on now?
Summer Sampler 2016 and Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest are current active quilts.  I have a few others that are hibernating for now.

My daughter seems to like this Fancy Forest quilt top I made for her.
I'm afraid to quilt it, so it is in timeout right now!

What is on your quilting "bucket list"?
Cathedral Windows quilt by hand.

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
I'm fortunate to have a room all to myself - an extra bedroom.  I do most of my sewing either really early in the morning or during my daughter's naps on weekends.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs?
Lately I've been following patterns, but I have done my own designs on occasion.

What is one (or more) quilt technique you'd like to learn or are afraid of trying?
I want to learn more hand techniques - EPP and applique.  There are so many other quilts to make that I've just never gotten around to it.

What kind of sewing machine do you use?
Most of my sewing is done on a Bernina 750.  I also have a smaller Janome.

How many quilts do you think you've made? How many UFOs do you have?
Finished - 15 maybe? - I end up giving most of them away.
UFOs - 5 or 6

Other hobbies (crafty or otherwise)?
I knit and I run.  At this point I don't have time for too much more!

A stained glass piece (made by me) in my sewing room.

Tell us three things about yourself that other CLMQG members probably don't know.
  1. I've played the viola in a symphony orchestra for 30 years (though I'm currently on a break.)
  2. I minored in Latin American studies and lived in Chile for a bit.
  3. Our family are big Cubs fans.  We've started to plan road trips to see them in as many different stadiums as we can.
What is your most treasured/sentimental possession?
My dad was a great woodworker, and I cherish a few pieces he made.