Friday, November 25, 2016

2017 Program Calendar Announcement

Announcing our 2017 Program Calendar!

Jan 15  Selfish Sew-In and 'Garage Sale'


Feb 12  Natalie Mouw from Free Spirit Quilting Trunk Show & Vending


Mar 19  Catherine Redford Walking Foot Quilting Workshop & Vending


Apr 9  Suzy Quilts Trunk Show & Vending


May 21  Barn Quilt Workshop, Board Elections


Jun 11  Zentangle Workshop   


Jul 9   Summer Fundraising Party


Aug 13  Rope Bowls Workshop & Sew-In


Sep 10  Holiday Gift Workshop & Sew-In


Oct 15  Machine Quilting Feathers Workshop & Sew-In


Nov 12  Member Trunk Show TBD


Dec 3    Holiday Party



You can always find our updated calendar of meetings by clicking on the "Meeting Calendar" tab at the top of this page.  Many of these programs and events will require a Special Events Fee for visitors which will be announced as the event draws near.  Some workshops may have an additional cost for members.

Remember that 2017 Membership Dues of $35 (cash or check payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild) must be received by January 15, 2017. You can download the two required forms here and here.  Completed forms and payment can be returned by mail to the address found on the 2017 membership form or in person at the January 15, 2017 meeting.  No membership renewals will be accepted at the December 4 Holiday Party.

Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

MQG Membership Decision Voting Results

Dear 2016 Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild Members,

Thank you for your recent vote in the decision of whether or not to remain in the Modern Quilt Guild's national organization or to function as our own independent guild.

87% of our members participated in the vote. The result is 36-3, with 36 members being in favor of the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild functioning as an independent guild. 

Membership dues will now be $35 and are due by January 15, 2017. Please print out the membership forms found here and here and bring them completed with payment (cash or check) to the January 15th meeting as we will not be accepting dues during the December Holiday Party. You may also remit your payment by mail to the address below.

CLMQG 
PO Box 283
Algonquin, IL 60102

The focus of the CLMQG will continue to be to encourage modern quilting through education, inspiration, and entertainment while giving everyone the freedom of expression and creativity.

Thanks so much for continuing to support the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild. Together we can make 2017 a creative & fun-filled year!

Lorrie Gartman
President, CLMQG 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Member Feature - Jalana Handal



Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Texas.  I moved to IL in January 1990. I don’t recommend moving to a cold weather state in January. The mover asked for a shovel and I handed him a garden shovel…not exactly what he needed. I worked has a retail Pharmacist for almost 25 years and loved it! I’m married to a great guy, we live in Long Grove and we have 2 grown children. But, the best job I have is being “Bama” to two silly and smart little girls. 


How and when did you start quilting/sewing? 
I started sewing in middle school. My mother was always doing some type of handwork… crochet, embroidery or crafts. She sewed all my clothes as a child and I guess I got the bug too. I made some of my clothes in college but put the machine away until about 10 years ago. A friend taught me to use a rotary cutter and warned me “to press, don’t iron”. 

What are you most and least favorite parts of quilting? 
I hate to do the binding!

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette?  
I don’t favor a particular designer or fabric line, but I do love all things big, bright and just about anything with a star!


What quilt/s are you working on now? 
I need to put the binding on Science Fair and Cannon Beach. I’ve started a wonky star quilt. 

What is on your quilting "bucket list"? 
The New Hexagon Millefiori…all English paper piecing! 

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
I created a sewing space in the lower level of my house. I’m constantly changing things around or adding something new.  I think I clean it more than any other room in my house. I don’t sew as often as I like (who does) but I squeeze in time when I can or when I have a deadline.





Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs? 
My DNA does not allow me to deviate from patterns! I do exactly what the pattern says I should do.  I’m the same with recipes  too. 



What kind of machine do you use? 
I use a Pfaff 2048 and a Baby Lock Evolution Serger. I still have my first machine, a Kenmore, which my parents gave me when I graduated from High School. My dad retrofitted an old Singer sewing table to hold the Kenmore. I also have my mother in law’s Admiral Crescent machine. My husband says she bought it used and added the electric pedal.



Tell us three things about yourself that other CLMQG members probably don't know.

  1. I completed 3 long distance (2-60 mile & 1-40 mile) walks for Breast Cancer Awareness.
  2. I rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon & back out.
  3. I took a friend’s mother to the casino in Elgin and won $3000 on a penny machine :)

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? 
My superpower would be to speak any language in order to help people struggling to communicate. 








Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2017 Instagram Challenge Announcement


At the Sunday, November 13, 2016 meeting we announced our new challenge for members - The 2017 CLMQG Instagram Challenge!

Shelley and Lorrie led a PowerPoint Basic Instagram Workshop to help members new to the Instagram app.  All of the slides from this workshop can be viewed via this link.  You can also find lots of how-to information within the app's Help Center function (accessed by tapping the wheel icon in the upper right corner of your Profile page) or on the Instagram website.

If you need further assistance, we will take time at upcoming monthly meetings to answer questions and present information about some of the more advanced features within Instagram. 

Challenge details!
  • This is a 12 month challenge from December 2016 - November 2017
  • Participation is completely voluntary - you may participate one, a few, or all 12 months (or not at all)
  • Challenge is open to all CLMQG members
  • New challenge topic/technique will be announced each month (beginning November 2016) at the monthly meeting and on the CLMQG blog and Instagram
  • Appropriate technique demos may take place at monthly meetings or online tutorial links may be posted on the blog to help you with the month's challenge depending on the topic/technique announced
  • Challenge participation is exclusively through the Instagram app

Rules!
  • Participants must follow @crystallakemqg on Instagram. When you follow our account on IG we receive a notification and will then follow you :)
  • IG users with their account set as Private must accept @crystallakemqg as a follower.  (You'll receive notification in your Activity that we have requested to follow you and you then must accept this request.)
  • Participants must have their first name and last initial (at a minimum) in their IG user profile - so we know who you are!
  • Post at least three photos related to the month's challenge topic each month.
  • Only post photos of current projects - no posting photos of things you did prior to that month.
  • Bring the project from your three photos to the following monthly meeting for Show and Tell (bring your December Challenge project(s) to the January meeting).  The project does not need to be a fully finished quilt - just your work to date.
  • Each posted photo must have the following items in the photo caption:
  1. "@crystallakemqg" (make sure to have a "space" in front of the @ symbol)
  2. The monthly challenge hashtag following the convention #clmqgigchallengemonth  This will change each month and will aid in grouping posted photos for the challenge monitors.  For instance December Challenge photos must be tagged with "#clmqgigchallengedec"
  3. At least two other relevant hashtags


Prizes!
  • If you have met all the December Challenge requirements at the January meeting (and so forth throughout the year), you will earn a button and a chance to win the monthly prize.
  • Each button earned also = one chance to win the GRAND PRIZE awarded in December 2017.  More participation = more chances to win.
  • Because the GRAND PRIZE put together by the Challenge coordinators is so FANTASTIC, you must earn at least six buttons by participating in at least six monthly challenges to be eligible to win the Grand Prize.
  • All monthly prizes and the Grand Prize will be awarded via random drawing.


December 2016 Challenge Requirements (You can view slides from last Sunday's Challenge Details and Rules PowerPoint via this link):
  • The December Challenge topic is "What I'm Working On Now".
  • Post at least three photos of what sewing/quilting project you are working on right now.  It does not have to be a brand new project, but it must be something currently in progress.
  • Bring the project from your photos to the January 15, 2017 meeting for Show and Tell.
  • You can start posting photos now :)
  • Include the following items in the caption of all challenge photos you post to IG:
  1. "@crystallakemqg"
  2. "#clmqgigchallengedec"
  3. At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)
We designed this challenge to be a fun learning experience for all CLMQG members - 
so let's HAVE FUN!



Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 13, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, November 13 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)
The meeting starts at Noon and will conclude at 4:00pm.

November Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Instagram Workshop
  • 2017 Instagram Challenge Announcement
  • Vote on 2017 MQG Membership (details in this post)
  • Member Sharon T Trunk Show and Vending ($3 per yard fabrics!)
  • Show and Tell

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Smartphone or Tablet with Instagram app already loaded (cellular service in our meeting room is very spotty)
  • Cash for shopping Sharon's fabrics
  • 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.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring for November)

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

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 13 VOTE - Continue MQG Membership in 2017?

As the current membership year draws to a close and the 2017 CLMQG budget is being finalized, our founders and Executive Board members question whether the annual dues paid to the Modern Quilt Guild organization are a worthwhile expenditure and whether we should continue our MQG membership in 2017.

In order to determine the appropriate course of action for CLMQG in 2017, we will have an open discussion and vote on this topic at our next meeting Sunday, November 13.

The Executive Board has prepared a slide presentation of the expected 2017 expenditure for MQG dues, some perspective on what that dollar amount means to our budget, and the impact to CLMQG should we decide to discontinue our MQG membership next year.


After the open discussion an anonymous ballot vote will be held to decide the issue.  Members who are unable to attend Sunday, November 13 will have the opportunity to cast a ballot via email until Sunday, November 20.  A minimum 51% majority vote (23 or more of the current membership of 45) is required to carry the vote so it is critical that every 2016 member cast a vote.

Our 2017 MQG membership dues will be at least $550, and there is a high likelihood they will be $700 - that equates to at least 35% of our 2016 total expenses.

You should have received a recent email from the MQG listing individual and guild benefits of membership in their organization.  We encourage you to read the email closely and consider each individual benefit - how many listed are benefiting you personally and how many are not relevant to you?  If you did not receive the email from MQG you can view the published benefit listing here.

Bring your questions about this issue to the November 13 meeting and we will do our best to provide answers. 

Thank you for your continued support of CLMQG!

Monday, October 31, 2016

"Quilter's Crack"

Judy O has provided the recipe for the almond covered crackers she brought to the October 23, 2016 meeting.  We aren't sure of the original recipe name, but it was coined "quilter's crack" at that meeting :)


Quilter's Crack
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sliced almonds
  • 32 Keebler Club crackers(green box)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Lay crackers out on paper.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla in sauce pan, bring to boil to dissolve sugar.
  3. Pour mixture evenly over crackers, and sprinkle almonds on top.
  4. Bake at 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Transfer hot crackers to another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool,if left to cool on original cookie sheet you will have a hard time scraping them off.