Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Recipes from our Holiday Party

Here are a couple of yummy recipes for appetizers that were brought to our recent meeting and Holiday Party. Enjoy!!


Tortilla Pinwheels from Mary B.
  • 2 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope ranch dip
  • 1 envelope italian dressing
  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach - cooked and squeezed dry
  • 2 (2 oz each) packages chipped beef (Buddig), diced small
  • 6 flour tortillas (largest size)
  • picante sauce

Mix all ingredients except tortillas and picante sauce. Spread evenly over tortillas. Roll tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill. Slice and serve with picante sauce.


Sausage Cream Cheese Balls from Ellie S.
  • One 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • One tube jimmy dean hot sausage (16 oz)
  • One large tube Grands flaky biscuits (8 biscuits)

Sauté sausage in fry pan for about 15 minutes. Add cream cheese when still warm to melt. (I softened it in microwave for about 45 seconds on 50 percent before mixing with sausage; just makes it easier to mix). Refrigerate overnight or a few hours to get cold. Cut each flaky biscuit in six sections flatten in a sort of circle and fill with a teaspoon of sausage mixture and pull up biscuit around sausage and pinch closed. Make 48 balls. Bake 15-17 min at 350 deg. My oven is funny, so I baked for 18 or 19 minutes.

Serve hot, room temperature or even cold!

If you have a recipe from the party that you'd like to share with the group, please email it to us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com, and I'll be happy to publish it here. I'd like to see that chocolate cake recipe and those phyllo-mango-red pepper things for sure!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 8, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our wonderful Holiday Party Committee: Cathy Roberts, Trisha Swank, and Denise Wertz. You all did a fantastic job putting together a wonderful party for all of us!!

** Photos from this meeting are posted here **

1. At the beginning of our meeting, everyone loaded up their plates with lots of yummy appetizers, poured some delicious punch or soda, and then we began the meeting portion of the day as we ate.

2. We had 21 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, December 8, 2013. We did not have any new members, so our total membership remains at 56.

3. Treasurer’s Report: We have $1296 in our guild checking account.

4. Upcoming Meetings:
  • We will have a sew-in after our meeting on January 12, 2014. Bring whatever project you would like to work on. This meeting will be from 11:00 – 4:00. We will also be kicking off our 2014 Block of the Month program (see “New Business” below for more information).
  • We are still in planning for the rest of our 2014 meetings. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email them to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

5. Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, has six Project Night Night kits which could be sent to the Washington, IL tornado victims. We took a vote and unanimously decided to send six total quilts with member Darlene M. to the Washington area. We will continue to collect quilts for Project Night Night. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
  • We are still in need of a committee chair for our workshop committee. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with this.

6. Upcoming Quilt Shows:
  • Salt Creek Quilt Guild "A Patchwork of America" in Clarendon Hills, 10am - 5pm, March 1 – 2, 2014
  • Pride of the Prairie Quilters in Plainfield, March 8 – 9, 2014

7. New Business:
We will be starting a Block of the Month (BOM) program in January. All blocks for 2014 have been chosen; we will be using blocks from everyone who submitted one. Some months will have more than one block presented. Paige will be contacting each member who submitted a block within the next week to further discuss their blocks and the program’s expectations and requirements. Each month, detailed instructions and photographs for making the block(s) will be posted on the website. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

8. Show and Tell: Several members brought their favorite holiday quilt to show at our holiday party.

9. Reminder: Please make and wear your nametag to each meeting.

10. The meeting portion ended, and we continued with our holiday party.

11. We had a swap of hand-made ornaments, followed by a Bingo game using Bingo cards members had made at home and brought with them. Winners of Bingo received a set of three fat quarters in red and green fabrics which had been donated by members at the November meeting.

12. We enjoyed yummy desserts during the white elephant UFO exchange. Members brought a UFO (UnFinished Object) in a paper bag and got to bring home someone else’s UFO. There were a few very *interesting* UFOs which were exchanged.

13. If you brought a home-made food or beverage to the party, please remember to email your recipe to the guild so we can share them with everyone who attended! crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa!
Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Milwaukee MQG Modern Quilting Event

The Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring a fun weekend event January 11-12, 2014 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilting and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin!

They have lined up a panel of four modern quilting "rock stars" to present a full day of trunk shows, lectures, book signings, and a panel discussion as well as lunch and a tour of the museum's new "Modern Perspectives" exhibit on Saturday. On Sunday, Jacquie Gering will guide 20 participants in a Slice and Insert Improvisation Workshop.

The registration fee for Saturday's event is $49, and Sunday's workshop fee is $59. Click here to register for either or both events. Registration is open to everyone.

Full details of the program are included in the photo images below.



Monday, December 2, 2013

This is your last chance...

To RSVP for the CLMQG Holiday Party!


Sunday, December 8, 2013
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on sidebar)
12:00 - 4:00pm

Send your RSVP to Trisha Swank at trishaswank (at) gmail (dot) com

Remember to bring:
  • the food item you signed up to bring
  • your "white elephant" UFO exchange item in a paper bag
  • your fabric bingo card
  • a wrapped handmade ornament if you are participating in the ornament exchange
  • your favorite holiday quilt for show and tell
A short business meeting will be held at noon followed immediately by the PARTY!  We hope to see YOU there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Block of the Month 2014 Designers Wanted!

We are looking for some more volunteers to design blocks for our 2014 Block of the Month Series.

Beginning in January, each month a member will sew and present a quick demo on how to construct that month's 12" finished block. Photos of the construction steps and brief written instructions will also be provided by the member and posted each month here on the website approximately one week prior to the meeting.

You may choose to design a new block, or you can choose a design that you have seen online or in a magazine or book (just be sure to give proper credit to the original designer!). Please keep in mind that we are a Modern Quilt Guild, so the block designs should reflect that. Don't be scared - it will be great fun! You can do it, and we can help you!

If your block design(s) is chosen, you will be provided with fabric to make your sample block that will eventually be part of a guild quilt that will be either raffled or donated at the end of the year.

For more information about this program and to volunteer to design a block, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

Please volunteer by December 1 so that we can begin scheduling blocks for each month.

Here are links to two US Modern Quilt Guilds that offered BOM programs to their members in 2013. Check them out to get some block ideas or just to see what other guilds are up to:


Thanks everyone, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Member requests help for Washington, IL

One of our members, Darlene M, has a grandson that lives in Washington, IL. Nolan's home was one of only six in his neighborhood that was not destroyed by the tornado that hit the area last Sunday. He was visiting Darlene when this terrible event occurred, and the rest of his family was away in Naperville, so none of them were harmed - thank goodness! But his mother, a school teacher, reports that over 100 families in the school where she teaches lost their homes. Many of Nolan's friends and classmates have lost everything.

Darlene is asking for help from her friends.

She is collecting new children's quilts (approximately 40" x 60"), new books, and new stuffed animals to distribute to the young children of Washington who have lost their homes and all their belongings. Her daughter-in-law will make sure that the donated items are given to the right families.

Can you help the families of this Illinois town? Maybe you've got an already pieced quilt top that you could quickly finish and donate? Or maybe while you are out shopping you could pick up a new book or stuffed animal to give? Your donations can be dropped off at Material Girl in Crystal Lake by December 19th.

Thank you so much for anything you can do to help these families in their time of great need! And please keep the people of Washington in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Party RSVP CORRECTION

Please send your Holiday Party RSVP email to trishaswank (at) gmail (dot) com by December 1.

An incorrect email address was posted in the November meeting minutes published yesterday.

Sorry for any confusion.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 10, 2013 Meeting Minutes

1.  We had 46 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, November 10, 2013, including fourteen visitors. Eight people joined the guild Sunday, which brings our total membership to 56.

2.  Sew Mod vended before, during, and after the meeting.

3.  Treasurer’s Report: We have $1460 in our guild checking account.

4.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • Holiday party: December 8th from Noon-4:00pm in our regular meeting space.  See the Committee Update below for more information.
  • We will have an open sew-in after our meeting on January 12, 2014. Bring whatever project you would like to work on.  Meeting time is 11:00am-4:00pm.  Registration instructions will be posted on the website approximately 7-10 days prior to the meeting date.
  • We are in the planning stages for our 2014 meetings. Some workshop ideas that are being considered (per the 2013 survey results) include paper piecing, applique, a portable pressing table, and a Christmas gift workshop.
  • We are also planning on having one sew-in during 2014 dedicated to Project Night Night, our guild’s selected charity for this 2013-14 membership year.
  • If you have any other workshop/meeting ideas or suggestions, please email them to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

5.  Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, has delivered a total of 29 bags to Project Night Night. Laura has a need for more boy or gender neutral quilts. Quilts should be a minimum of 40 X 50 inches and both the batting and fabric used should be 100% cotton. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
  • Swaps: There will be a handmade ornament swap at our December meeting/Holiday Party. You do not need to sign up. If you want to participate, bring a handmade, wrapped ornament. There will be a mug rug swap in January; sign ups for that will be at the December meeting.
  • Holiday Party: Cathy Roberts gave an update of her committee’s plans for the December holiday party:
  1. Thank you to everyone who donated red and green fat quarters at today’s meeting. These fat quarters will be used for prizes at the party.
  2. You must RSVP for the party by December 1 by emailing trishaswank (at) gmail (dot) com
  3. A sign-up sheet was passed around for people to sign up to bring appetizers, desserts, or beverages (non-alcoholic, per the bank’s rules). If you are bringing a food that needs to stay hot (i.e. in a crockpot), please bring an extension cord.
  4. We will be playing a fabric Bingo game, so you'll need to make your own Bingo card and bring it with you. Also bring buttons or other markers. If you didn’t get directions for the Bingo card, you can download them at http://www.fonsandporter.com/content_downloads/QGBingo.pdf
  5. There will be a white elephant UFO exchange. Bring any UFO (UnFinished Object) from table runner to bed-sized quilt in a paper bag and bring home someone else’s UFO. Instructions for the UFO are not necessary, but they would be helpful if you have them.
  6. For Show and Tell in December, bring your favorite holiday quilt.
  • We have a new volunteer! Anuschka Matthews is going to be our Bee Keeper.
  • We are still in need of a committee chair for our workshop committee. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with this.

6.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

7.  New Business:
  • We will be starting a Block of the Month (BOM) program in January.
  • There will be 12 different 12" finished blocks.
  • Early in the year, blocks will be beginner level and throughout the year, we'll aim to build skills by adding new techniques.
  • Each participant can use the fabrics/color scheme of their choice.
  • Different members will be designing 12” finished blocks using modern designs. The responsibilities for designing a block include bringing a demonstration block to a meeting, and writing basic instructions and taking pictures of the block construction steps for the website.
  • If you design a block, the guild will provide fabrics for your demonstration block, so that at the end of the year, the blocks will all be put together into a quilt that we can raffle off.
  • So far we have four members who have volunteered to design blocks: Karen L, Mary B, Darlene M, Diane H. 
  • If you are interested in designing a block please let us know - we'd love to have many of our members involved! To volunteer a design or ask questions about this program, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

8.  Reminder: Please make and wear your nametag to each meeting.

9.  Show and Tell: Thirteen members brought projects for the Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge. Members voted for the top three quilts from the challenge. Photos have been posted to our Facebook page. Remember, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view our page.

10/11.  Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio presented a wonderful lecture and trunk show. She showed many of her beautiful quilts during her entertaining talk. She also answered questions during her lecture. See our Facebook page for photos from her trunk show.

12.  Winners of the Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge were announced;
  • First place - Kelly Litton
  • Second place - Ann Keck
  • Third place - Cathy Roberts
  • A big Thank You to the sponsors of the challenge prizes: Material Girl, Sew Mod, and CLMQG.
13.  The afternoon ended with a book signing by Jacquie Gering.

Thank you to Jacquie Gering for sharing your knowledge, encouragement, and positive energy with us!

Thank you to all those members and guests who joined us for this incredible event! 

Thank you to the thirteen members who participated in our Schoolhouse Modern Piecing Challenge!  Your quilts were amazing - WAY TO GO!

Thank you to SewMod Designs for bringing your beautiful fabrics and quilts to create such a lovely vending area at our meeting!

And thank you to all the members and guest who helped us move tables and chairs around to set up before and tear down after the meeting.  The heavy work goes so much faster with extra helping hands!

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 10, 2013 Meeting Photos

Photos from our October meeting have been posted to Facebook.

You do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view these photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page.

Click here to be directed to the photos of the Challenge quilts, voting, and the SewMod Designs vending area.

Click here to be directed to the photos of Jacquie Gering's lecture and trunk show.

Enjoy! Minutes are coming soon.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Prize and sponsor details for November 10 meeting

At the November 10 meeting CLMQG members will have the opportunity to show their completed Schoolhouse Modern Piecing Challenge quilts. After all the quilts have been shown, each CLMQG member will vote via written ballot for their favorite. The votes will be tabulated and after Jacquie Gering completes her presentation, the top three quilt makers will choose their prize. The quilt maker with the most votes will choose first from these three prizes.  Second place gets second choice, etc.

1. A copy of Jacquie's book Quilting Modern (and I'll bet she'll sign it for the winner!). Donated by the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild.


2. Halloween quilt kit (including pattern)
donated by SewMod Designs.


3. A bundle of 8 Pepper Cory Peppered Shot Cottons
donated by Material Girl Fabric Shop.

 
On November 10 
 Material Girl Fabric Shop will be open in downtown Crystal Lake from Noon - 4:00pm and
SewMod Designs will be vending at our meeting.

Thank you, thank you to our wonderful prize sponsors!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 10 Meeting Agenda


November 10, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)


Doors open at 12:45pm



What you need to bring (for members):
  • Your completed Schoolhouse Modern Piecing Challenge quilt
  • Jacquie Gering's book if you'd like for her to sign it
  • Charity quilts for Project Night Night
  • Red and green FQ donations for Holiday Party prizes

1. Sign-in and Welcome
  • Members may attend free of charge
  • All non-members will be charged $5 for this meeting due to our special speaker
  • There will be two separate lines for member and non-member sign-in
  • If you would like to become a member this month, forms will be available

2. Membership Update

3. Treasurer's Report

4. Upcoming Meetings:
  • December 8 Holiday Party
  • January 12, 2014 Sew-in and BOM kickoff
  • 2014 planning continues

5. Committee Updates
  • Charity - Laura Watts
  • Swaps - Kara Overman
  • Holiday Party - Cathy Roberts
  • Bees, Workshops, Quilt Show

6. Upcoming Shows/Events
  • Sewing and Quilt Expo in Tinley Park November 14-16
  • Pride of the Prairie Quilters in Plainfield March 8-9, 2014

7. New Business
  • BOM January
  • Raffle quilt for September

8. Reminders
  • Handmade Ornament Swap - December 8
  • Holiday party bingo cards - don't forget to make yours!
  • Nametags - MAKE ONE!!

9. Show and Tell
  • September Modern Piecing Schoolhouse quilts only at this meeting
  • Voting for prizes will take place immediately after show and tell

10. Jacquie Gering Lecture and Trunk Show

11. Q and A with Jacquie Gering

12. Announcement of winners of Schoolhouse Challenge prizes

13. Book signing by Jacquie Gering

14. Vending from SewMod Designs

Monday, November 4, 2013

Red and Green - Will you help?

The Holiday Party Committee has been busy planning a fabulous get-together for us, and they need your help. But don't worry - it's an easy way to help!


If you are planning to attend the Holiday Party on December 8, please bring a red or green quilt-shop-quality fat quarter to our November 10 meeting as a donation. The fat quarters will be bundled as prize giveaways for some of the party activities. If you'd like to donate more than one, please do! As a member there is no cost to attend our party, but we think it would be fun to offer some prizes.

So will you help us?

Please bring your fat quarter(s) to the meeting on November 10 at 1:00pm. If you'd like to make a donation but can't come to the November 10 meeting, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com, and we'll arrange a way to get your donation to the Holiday Party Committee.

Thanks for all you do to make our guild fun and welcoming!!

See you November 10!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Holiday Ornament Swap date CORRECTION



The Handmade Holiday Ornament Swap will take place at our DECEMBER meeting rather than in November (as reported in the minutes from our 10/13/2013 meeting).

Sorry for any confusion.

More details about this voluntary swap will be given at our meeting on November 10.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Don't miss Jacquie Gering!

Sunday, November 10, 2013
 
Jacquie Gering and her Lecture/Trunk Show
Quilting Modern: Honoring Tradition

In this presentation, Jacquie shares her journey from being a maker, to becoming a quilter, and now a modern quilter, designer and author. Jacquie tells about her Mennonite roots, how her family inspires and influences her work, and shows through her quilts how she has developed her unique voice in modern quilting. Learn what makes a quilt modern from one of the leaders of the modern quilting movement.

Click here to see some of Jacquie's work and here to see several publications in which her work has been featured.



Sunday, November 10, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
Crystal Lake, IL
(see map on right sidebar)

CLMQG members and all visitors are welcome!

Admission FREE for all CLMQG members
$5 charge for non-members
Doors open at 12:45pm for sign-in and seating


The CLMQG monthly meeting will begin at 1:00pm, immediately followed by Jacquie's presentation. Our CLMQG member "Schoolhouse Modern Piecing Challenge" quilts will also be shown and voted upon at this meeting. An agenda will be posted next week.

We hope to see YOU there!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 13, 2013 Meeting Minutes

1. We had 23 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, October 13, 2013, including three visitors.

2. Membership Update: Our current membership total is 48.

3. Treasurer’s Report: We have $1450 in our guild checking account.

4. Upcoming Meetings:
  • Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will present a lecture and trunk show on November 10, from 1:00 – 4:00pm. There will be a $5.00 fee for all non-members.
  • December 8th will be our holiday party.
  • We will have a sew-in after our meeting on January 12, 2014.
  • We are in the planning stages for our 2014 meetings. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email them to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

5. Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, delivered 9 bags to the Crystal Lake Police Department for Project Night Night. Laura has a need for more boy or gender-neutral quilts. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com
  • Swaps: Kara Overman announced that there will be an ornament swap at our meeting next month. You do not need to sign up. If you want to participate, bring a homemade, wrapped ornament. There will be a mug rug swap in January; sign ups for that will be at the December meeting.
  • Cathy Roberts gave an update of her committee’s plans for the December holiday party:
  1. A sign-up sheet was passed around for people to sign up to bring appetizers, desserts, or beverages (non-alcoholic, per the bank’s rules).
  2. We will be playing a fabric Bingo game (with prizes!), and in order to participate you must make your own Bingo card and bring it in December. Also bring buttons or other markers. If you didn’t get directions for making your Bingo card, they can be downloaded in PDF form here.
  3. There will be a white elephant UFO exchange. To participate, bring any quilting UFO (UnFinished Object) of a minimum table runner-sized to maximum bed-sized quilt in a paper bag and then bring home someone else’s UFO.
  • For Show and Tell in December, bring your favorite holiday quilt.
  • We are still in need of committee chairs for some of our committees. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with one of these committees:
  1. Bee Keeper
  2. Workshop Wrangler
  3. Quilt Show

6. Upcoming Quilt Shows:
  • Village Quilters of Lake Bluff/Lake Forest, Friday and Saturday, October 25 – 26 at the Libertyville Sports Complex
  • International Quilt Festival Houston, October 31 – November 3
  • Illinois/Wisconsin Bus Exchange, Saturday and Sunday, November 2 – 3

7. New Business:
  • We discussed starting a Block of the Month (BOM) program in January. Each month directions will be given at the meeting and here on the website for a block designed by a CLMQG member. All members have the opportunity to submit a plan for a 12” block using modern designs. All block designs will be chosen and scheduled before the program begins. More information will be coming in November. If you are interested in submitting a block design, please email Shelley at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
  • Several of our members brought quilts to be shown in the CLMQG portion of the Countryside Nursery Quilt Show in Crystal Lake on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22. We received a lot of good feedback from this show as well as new visitors to our meeting, and we are planning on participating again next year. Countryside told the guild that we could raffle a quilt at the show in 2014. We will be discussing this more at future meetings.
  • Shelley mentioned the idea of having a sale table once per quarter. Members can donate unwanted fabrics, books, and magazines, and those items will be sold at a low price, with the money going back into the guild, possibly to help pay for next year’s holiday party. Email us if you would like to help organize this. crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
  • A gentle reminder was given to make sure you thoroughly clean up your sewing area when we have workshops and sew-ins. Shelley received a phone call after our September meeting that another group was in the room after us and several people stepped on pins while walking around barefoot. We do not have an alternate meeting place, so we need to stay off of the bank’s naughty list and keep our fabulous meeting space.

8. Show and Tell:

  • Many people brought a favorite book or magazine to share inspiration photos, including these titles:
  1. Free Motion Quilting by Angela Walters
  2. “Modern Quilts Unlimited” magazine
  3. “Quilty” magazine
  4. “Make It Modern” magazine published by BH&G American Patchwork and Quilting
  5. Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre
  6. Big Blocks, Big Style and Fast & Furious Holiday by Gudrun Erla
  7. “Quilting Quickly” magazine by Fons & Porter
  8. Kaleidoscope of Quilts by Kaffe Fassett
  • Several people brought projects to show. Photos are posted on our Facebook page here. Remember, you do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view our photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page!

9. Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge Requirements and PRIZES!
  • To enter, bring a finished (including the binding) quilted project at least 36” square or larger, which incorporates at least one technique from our September workshop.
  • These are due November 10 during our meeting with Jacquie Gering.
  • PRIZES! We will have a written vote for “viewers’ choice.” The top three quilt makers will win one of these fabulous prizes:
  1. a bundle of 8 shot cotton fat quarters (donated by Material Girl)
  2. Jacquie Gering’s book, Quilting Modern
  3. and a third prize to be announced

We broke for a short social time and to get set up for the workshop.

10. Machine Quilting Workshop: Paige taught us some awesome free-motion quilting techniques.

Don’t forget to make and wear a name tag!

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 13, 2013 Meeting Photos

Photos from our October meeting have been posted to Facebook.

Click here to be directed to Facebook to view the photos. You do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view these photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page.

Enjoy! Minutes are coming soon.

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 13 Meeting Agenda

October 13, 2013
11:00am - 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)


What you need to bring:
  • Favorite Modern Quilting Book / Magazine
  • any finished quilts for donation to Project Night-Night
  • your name-tag!!
  • Workshop supplies

1. Sign-In and Welcome - Members and first-time visitors may attend free of charge. Other visitors may attend with a $5 fee.

2. Membership Update

3. Treasurer's Report

4. Upcoming Meetings
  • November 10 - Lecture and Trunk Show by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  • December 8 - Holiday Party
  • 2014 - in the planning stages. Ideas??

5. Committee Updates
  • Charity - Laura Watts
  • Swaps - Sign-up/interest sheet from Kara Overman
  • Holiday Party - Cathy Roberts
  • Bees
  • Workshops
  • Quilt Show

6. Upcoming Quilt Shows/Events
  • Village Quilters of Lake Bluff/Lake Forest, Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26 at the Libertyville Sports Complex
  • International Quilt Festival Houston, October 31-November 3, 2013
  • Illinois/Wisconsin Bus Exchange, Saturday & Sunday, November 2-3

7. New Business
  • BOM project starting in January
  • Countryside feedback and next year’s participation
  • Sale table idea
  • Meeting room clean up

8. Show and Tell
  • Favorite modern quilting book or magazine - tell us what about it inspires you or what you've learned/made from it
  • bring 1 or 2 of your modern quilting items to share with the group :)
  • if you need some advice on a modern quilting project in progress, bring that too!

9. Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge Reminder -Due 11/10 meeting, Prizes Announcement!

** End of meeting portion - break for social time and workshop set-up

10. Machine Quilting Workshop

Monday, October 7, 2013

Supply List for October 13 Machine Quilting Workshop

Below is the supply list and overview of our Sunday, October 13 Machine Quilting workshop led by Paige. Please see this post for instructions on registering for the workshop.

Free Motion Machine Quilting Workshop Outline and Supply List

Many of you probably have done some sort of machine quilting with feed dogs up (ex. straight line, in-the-ditch or using a specialty stitch setting) but were afraid to try free motion quilting with the feed dogs down. This is where you move your fabric sandwich freely in all directions under the needle. The goal of this workshop is to teach you the techniques you need to be successful at free motion quilting, and to give you the opportunity to practice your new skills.

** For everyone to enjoy this workshop, I highly recommend being familiar with your machine’s ability to do free motion quilting prior to this workshop. Since there is limited time available we all need to be ready to jump right in to the first project. **

Overview of Workshop Objectives
  • Prepare a practice sandwich for free motion quilting using fabric with a large scale, all over print. Layer it with batting and backing fabric.
  • Learn how to “warm up” for free motion quilting, hand position and desired stitch length.
  • Stitch around the printed outlines of the designs until you have evenly distributed the quilting over the entire surface, learning how to maneuver the quilt sandwich and stitching curved patterns.
  • Prepare a second practice sandwich and stitch various free motion filler designs within marked areas.

Supplies Needed
  • Sewing machine in good working order with attachable table (if available)
  • Ability to drop feed dogs on your machine. If your machine doesn’t have this option, review your machine’s manual and see if there are other adjustments to allow for free motion quilting. Your fabric sandwich must be able to move freely in all directions under the needle.
  • A free-motion quilting foot (or darning foot) for your machine

Supplies for Sandwich 1
  • 1 Fat Quarter large scale, all over design top fabric
  • 1 Fat Quarter coordinating fabric for back
  • 1 piece 20”x24” quality cotton batting with a low to mid-loft

Supplies for Sandwich 2
  • 1/2 yard or (2) Fat Quarters solid color fabric
  • 1 piece 20”x24” quality cotton batting with a low to mid-loft

Additional Supplies
  • 40 or 50wt Cotton or Cotton/Poly threads contrasting colors to your fabric choices  -this will allow you to see the stitches better
  • 2-3 bobbins prewound
  • 90/14 and/or 80/12 topstitch or machine quilting needles (extras in case one breaks)
  • Blue washout quilting marker and/or chalk marker
  • 30+ safety pins for basting
  • Scissors
  • Notebook and pen/pencil for doodling and notes
  • Optional: Quilting Gloves, rubber finger tips, Variegated Thread

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Register for October 13 Workshop

Our next meeting and Machine Quilting Workshop are scheduled for:

Sunday, October 13 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)

At 11:00am there will be a short meeting to update everyone on guild business and news.  All members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting portion even if you can't stay for the workshop.

Membership in the CLMQG is required for this workshop if you have attended one of our meetings in the past as a guest.  First time attendees to the CLMQG may attend the meeting portion free of charge and participate in the workshop for a $5 fee.  Membership forms will be available and accepted at the meeting sign-in desk if you'd like to join our guild.

Please follow these instructions to reserve your workshop spot:
  • Send us an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Register October 13 Workshop" in the subject line.  Please include your full name in the body of the email.
  • Registration deadline is Friday, October 11
  • We will send a response email confirming your registration.
  • This is a sewing machine workshop, so please plan to bring a machine.
  • This is a structured workshop, not an open sew-in.
We sincerely hope we've got enough seats for everyone that wishes to attend, but if there are more sign-up requests than seats available we will start a waiting list.

If you reserve a spot and later find you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP so we can give the spot to someone on the waiting list.

The supply list for this workshop will be published early next week in a separate post.

We're looking forward to seeing you October 13!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stash Busters video with Jacquie Gering

Craftsy.com has uploaded a new series of short videos to YouTube called "Stash Busters". In each 2-3 minute video a well-known quilter shows you how to make a unique block from your fabric scraps/stash. Here is the video featuring Jacquie Gering. If you have trouble viewing the video from this post, click here for the direct link for viewing on the YouTube website.




Other videos posted in this series feature Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree Quilts, Ann Petersen, and Allie Aller.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Monday, September 23, 2013

September 15, 2013 Meeting Minutes


1. We had 28 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Three new members joined, bringing our total membership to 48. Shelley reminded us that guild members are eligible for discounts at JoAnn and Hancock Fabrics. Show your membership card at the store(s) to sign up.

2. Treasurer’s Report: We have $1375 in our guild checking account.

3. Upcoming Meetings:
  • We will be hosting a Machine Quilting Workshop led by Paige on October 13 from 11:00 – 4:00.
  • Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will present a lecture and trunk show on November 10. There will be a $5.00 fee for all visitors and non-members.
  • We voted on what the guild wants to do for our holiday party in December. It was decided to have a potluck party on Sunday, December 8 at Home State Bank. We will have food sign-ups and more details next month.
  • We are in the planning stages for our 2014 meetings. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email them to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com

4. Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, collected 4 quilts today for Project Night Night. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity at ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Our Facebook page has a photo of the first delivery of 12 Project Night Night bags. They were donated to the Lake in the Hills Police Department. The next donation will be made to the Crystal Lake Police Department.
  • Cathy Roberts has volunteered to be in charge of our December holiday party. Two other members also volunteered and are helping her coordinate the food sign-ups and activities for this fun event.
  • We have had no further indications of interest in the Yard Sale. Please let us know whether or not you are interested in participating in a quilting goods yard sale. We do not want to plan one if there is not sufficient interest.
  • Paige mentioned that we would like to have a Quilt Show in the next year.
  • We are still in need of committee chairs for some of our committees. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with one of these committees:

    1. Bee Keeper
    2. Workshop Wrangler

5. Upcoming Quilt Shows:
  • Countryside Nursery in Crystal Lake hosted a quilt show Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22. Several of our members brought quilts to be part of the CLMQG area of the show. Photos from the show are posted here on our Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view our photos.
  • Illinois/Wisconsin Bus Exchange, Saturday and Sunday, November 2 - 3. Several area shops are participating in this weekend bus trip to 8 quilt shops in Wisconsin. You can get more information at Quilt in Joy and Pieceful Gatherings quilt shops.

6. Pattern swap: Six people participated in our pattern swap this meeting.

7. Show and Tell: Several people brought projects to show. Photos are posted here on the Facebook page. Remember, you do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view our photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page! For next month's show and tell members are asked to also bring a favorite quilting book or magazine that inspires them.

8. We are hosting another challenge: the Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge. To enter, you need to bring a finished (including the binding) quilt, at least 36” square or larger, which incorporates at least one technique from our workshop today. These are due at the November 10 meeting with Jacquie Gering.

9. Please note that replies to the notification emails generated by a new blog post on our website do not come to our account. If you need to contact us, please email us directly at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

10. We broke for a short social time and to get set up for the workshop.

11. Modern Quilter’s Schoolhouse Workshop: Shelley, Jill, and Judy taught us how to make 3 types of improv blocks: stars, 9-patch, and fractured.

12. Don’t forget to make and wear a nametag!

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 15, 2013 Meeting Photos

Photos from our September Schoolhouse Modern Piecing Workshop and member show and tell items have been posted to Facebook.

Click here to be directed to Facebook to view the photos.  You do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view these photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page.

Enjoy!  Minutes are coming soon.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Workshop Supply List Reminder

If you ARE REGISTERED for our Sunday, September 15 Schoolhouse workshop and you missed the supply list, here it is again.

If you are NOT REGISTERED, but would like to attend this workshop, please send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with "Register September 15 Workshop" in the headline.  We will send you a confirmation email letting you know that you are registered.  We still have some open spots!

Please see this earlier post for more details about our meeting and workshop, and this post to view the meeting agenda.


Supply List for Schoolhouse Workshop:
  • For Jill's block:  (2) 10" squares of coordinating fabric
  • For Judy's block:  (1) 14" square minimum background fabric, and contrasting fabric strips at least 14" length (you may cut your strips ahead of time in random widths or bring your contrasting fabrics and cut them at the workshop)
  • For Shelley's block: (8) 4.5" squares of background fabric, and at least (5) coordinating 5" squares
  • Sewing machine, neutral piecing thread, snips, seam ripper, rotary cutter & ruler & mat, and the longest extension cord you own!
  • Irons and ironing surfaces to share - please indicate in your registration email if you can bring any of these items

There is a "challenge" associated with this workshop with a completion deadline of November 10 - our meeting with Jacquie Gering as guest speaker.  More details about the challenge will be provided at the meeting.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 15 Meeting Agenda

September 15, 2013
11:00am - 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)


What you need to bring:
  • modern quilting pattern for swap (if you'd like to participate)
  • 1 or 2 modern quilting items you've made for show and tell
  • ideas for December Holiday party venue and date
  • any finished quilts for donation to Project Night-Night
  • your name-tag!!


1.  Sign-In and Welcome - Members and first-time visitors may attend free of charge.  Other visitors may attend with a $5 fee.

2.  Membership Update

3.  Treasurer's Report

4.  Upcoming Meetings
  • October 13 - Machine Quilting Workshop by Paige
  • November 10 - Lecture and Trunk Show by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  • December 8?
  • 2014 - in the planning stages.  Ideas??

5.  Committee Updates
  • Charity - Laura Watts
  • Swaps - Sign-up/interest sheet from Kara Overman
  • Holiday Party - Cathy Roberts
  • Yard Sale
  • Quilt Show

6.  Upcoming Quilt Shows/Events
  • Countryside Nursery, Crystal Lake, September 21-22
  • NSQG, Hoffman Estates, Friday & Saturday, September 20-21
  • Illinois/Wisconsin Bus Exchange, Saturday & Sunday, November 2-3

7.  Pattern Swap
  • bring a new or very gently used modern quilting pattern to swap if you'd like to participate

8.  New Business
  • October show and tell addition

9.  Show and Tell
  • bring 1 or 2 of your modern quilting items to share with the group :)
  • if you need some advice on a modern quilting project in progress, bring that too!

10.  Collection of Quilts for Countryside quilt show


11.  Schoolhouse Workshop Challenge Explanation and Rules


** End of meeting portion - break for social time and workshop set-up


12.  Schoolhouse Workshop

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

JoAnn's Senior Discount Day details

If you are 60+, check out this great deal Wednesday, September 11
at JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores:
20% off your total purchase!!

Click the photo below for details or visit their website here.


Happy Shopping and Saving!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Register for September 15 Workshop and Supply List

Our next meeting and "Modern Piecing Schoolhouse"
workshop is scheduled for:

Sunday, September 15 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)

At 11:00am there will be a short meeting to update everyone on guild business and news.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting portion even if you can't stay for the workshop.

Membership in the CLMQG is required for this workshop if you have attended one of our meetings in the past.  First time attendees to the CLMQG may participate in the workshop for a $5 fee.  Membership forms will be available and accepted at the meeting sign-in desk.

Please follow these instructions to reserve your workshop spot:
  • Send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Register September 15 Workshop" in the subject line
  • Registration deadline is Friday, September 13
  • We will send a response email confirming your registration.
  • This is a sewing machine workshop, so please plan to bring a machine.
  • The first 90 minutes of this sew-in time will be structured workshop.  After that you may work on more blocks that were demonstrated or another project of your choice.  Please be courteous to other members and plan on participating in the initial workshop if you register :)
We sincerely hope we've got enough seats for everyone that wishes to attend, but if there are more sign-up requests than seats available we will start a waiting list.

If you reserve a spot and later find you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP so we can give the spot to someone on the waiting list.

Supply List for Schoolhouse Workshop:
  • For Jill's block:  (2) 10" squares of coordinating fabric
  • For Judy's block:  (1) 14" square minimum background fabric, and contrasting fabric strips at least 14" length (you may cut your strips ahead of time in random widths or bring your contrasting fabrics and cut them at the workshop)
  • For Shelley's block: (8) 4.5" squares of background fabric, and at least (5) coordinating 5" squares
  • Sewing machine, neutral piecing thread, snips, seam ripper, rotary cutter & ruler & mat, and the longest extension cord you own!
  • Irons and ironing surfaces to share - please indicate in your registration email if you can bring any of these items

There is a "challenge" associated with this workshop with a completion deadline of November 10 - our meeting with Jacquie Gering as guest speaker.  More details about the challenge will be provided at the meeting.

We're looking forward to seeing you September 15!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quilt Show opportunity for CLMQG members

We have an exciting opportunity to show quilts made by our members at the upcoming Countryside Flower Shop Quilt Show!


As a local guild, we can have our quilts displayed in a grouping at this show. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a showing of our Improv Challenge projects, as well as other modern quilts made by our members? And as part of our dedicated area at the show, we can provide some publicity about our group and have interest cards available for people to take away with them.

This is a free show for participants as well as visitors. There is no entrance or application fee, and all quilts are accepted. The quilts are all hung indoors in the greenhouses, so they are protected from the elements - the quilts are not shown outdoors. A couple of years ago I put one of my quilts in the show, and it was great fun to go to the show and see it hanging there :)

So who is interested? If you'd like to take part in this fun event, please bring one modern quilt/finished project to the September 15 meeting. You can leave it with us for delivery to Countryside during the week of September 16, or you can choose to deliver it to Countryside yourself that week. But we need to provide Countryside with a number of quilts that we'd like displayed in order for them to set aside an appropriately sized area for us. If you are unable to attend the September 15 meeting and are interested in participating in this show, please send us a photo of the quilt you'd like to have included and details about the size of that quilt. You would then be responsible for delivering it to Countryside before September 19.

I strongly encourage you to have some type of permanent label, whether sewn on, embroidered, or written with permanent ink on your submitted quilts. You will be able to pick up your quilts the week following the show's conclusion on September 22.

In the interest of promoting our group as a Modern Quilt Guild, please limit your potential submission to the group area of this show to projects that have a modern or modern-traditionalist theme. If you have other quilts you'd like to have included in the general show I absolutely encourage you to submit them directly to Countryside! It really is a kick to see something that you've made displayed there for the public to view :)

And even if you don't want to include one of your quilts in the show (but you should want to!), we encourage you to come out to Countryside on September 21 or 22 and see all the beautiful works made by local quilters!


So.... who's in?????

Let us know via email or Facebook comment
if you'd like to participate.


Feel free to contact us with any questions about this event.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Only 4 More Shopping Days!


Ends on Saturday, August 31, 2013

Click here to be directed to the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest website for details on participating shops and prizes.

There are three regions, and we are in Region 1. Shop-hoppers receive a 15% discount on all regular priced merchandise on the day they get their passport stamped at the participating shops. You can print your passport/s from the Quilt Fest page or pick one up at a participating shop.

Now get shopping!

You don't want to miss out on the discounts or the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 11, 2013 Meeting Minutes

I. We had 33 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, August 11, 2013. Three new members joined, bringing our total membership to 44. We also had four visitors.

II. Treasurer’s Report: Our guild checking account balance on July 31, 2013 was $1255.

III. Upcoming Meetings:
  • On September 15, we will have a “Modern Quilter’s Schoolhouse Workshop” from 11:00 – 4:00 featuring mini-lessons about how to make 3 types of improv blocks: stars, fractured, and 9-patch. Registration will be required, and supply lists will be posted here closer to the date.

  • We will be hosting a Machine Quilting Workshop led by Paige on October 13 from 11:00 – 4:00.

  • Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will present a lecture and trunk show on November 10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This event will be heavily publicized at local quilt shops and within the online MQG community, so you may want to plan to arrive early.

  • We are still discussing possible ideas for a holiday party in December. More information will be coming. If you have suggestions, please email us!!

IV. Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, has collected 11 quilts for Project Night Night in the past month. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Kara Overman is our new Swap Swami. She had a sign-up sheet to determine what types of swaps members are most interested in.

  • We have not had any interest in the Yard Sale yet. Please let us know whether or not you are interested in participating in a yard sale via email or leaving a comment on the Facebook page. We do not want to plan one if there is not sufficient interest.

  • Cari Goode will be helping Paige with our Quilt Show committee.

  • We are still in need of committee chairs for some of our committees. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with one of these committees: Bee Keeper and Workshop Wrangler

V. Upcoming Quilt Shows: We discussed the possibility of carpooling and meeting up at the following shows:
  • Madison, WI, September 5 – 7
  • NSQG Hoffman Estates, IL, September 20 - 21

VI. Pattern swap: Since there has been low participation with the fat quarter swap, we tried something different this month, a pattern swap. We will be having another pattern swap for our September meeting. If you would like to participate, please bring a pattern for a modern or modern-traditional quilt to swap. The patterns should be new or fairly new.

VII. Show and Tell: Several people brought projects to show. Photos are posted on the Facebook page. Remember, you do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view our photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page!

VIII. Lesley Gebbie from Acorn Etc. presented a trunk show of many of her lovely quilts. She also discussed changes she has made to her shop this summer. Lesley still sells fabric and thread, but she is no longer selling notions. The shop now has a consignment section, featuring locally-created art including jewelry, paintings, and pottery. The shop also has a resale section. After Lesley’s talk, members were given time to shop from merchandise she brought.

IX. Don’t forget to make and wear a nametag!


Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Saturday, August 17, 2013

August Member Feature - Judy Otero

This is our third member feature for 2013. Meet Judy Otero, our guild Treasurer...


Tell us a little about yourself. Hi, my name is Judy Otero. My husband Ralph and I have been married for 48 years. We have three daughters and four grandchildren. We have lived in Lake in the Hills for 37 years. Even with the enormous growth we have experienced in this area I still feel lucky to live in such a beautiful area. We are in the old section of LITH with two lakes and wonderful old trees. My husband and I are both retired. He was a trucker, sometimes over the road and sometimes local. I was in medical billing for almost 30 years.




How and when did you start quilting/sewing? We were driving to my brother’s house in Wonderlake about 32 years ago when we passed a store called GRANNYS QUILTS. I signed up for a class there and made this a sampler quilt. Each block was different so we could learn a new technique. I have since tried different crafts like Stained Glass, crocheting etc. so I didn’t quilt for many years. When I did get back into quilting I took a beginners class because there were so many new ways to cut, piece, etc.


What are your most and least favorite parts of the quilting process? I love looking through books and magazines trying to choose the right pattern and colors for the person I am making the quilt for. What is better than going to the quilt store, finding the exact fabric you are looking for and seeing that neat pile of folded fabric? I am always anxious to get started but sometimes making time is difficult. I don’t always want to take the time to bind my quilt but, there are times it is nice to just sit and do handwork.

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette? In the past I was into earth tones, but now, making quilts for my girls they tend to be into white, black, and gray. I am being pulled into brighter colors and patterns after seeing the new books and magazines in the MODERN QUILTING MOVEMENT that we are experiencing now. I never thought I would love putting orange , pink, and turquoise colors together. I love that in our CLMQG we will have and will be meeting designers in this new area.



What quilt/s are you working on now? I am finishing a black and white quilt for my oldest daughter, it just needs a border, then off to the long arm quilter - it is a king size. I have a Quilt of Valor I am making for my uncle that served in WW 2, and I will be starting another one for an Uncle that served in Korea.


Where do you sew? How often/long each week? I have a sewing room in my basement that is finished. I am quite lucky to have that room, so why do I prefer to sew in my kitchen with bright sunlight streaming thru the windows? How long do I spend each week? Sometimes I don’t sew at all during the week, other times, especially when it is raining I will sew for hours at a time. During the summer I watch my 10 year old granddaughter a few days a week and we like to be out and about.






What is on your quilting "bucket list"? I would like to take the plunge and machine small quilts on my home sewing machine. I recently saw a 3D bargello quilt that I would like to try.

Do you tend to follow patterns or create your own designs? I tend to follow patterns. Once in a while I get inspiration to change something in a pattern but I don’t think I have too many original ideas.

What kind of sewing machine do you use? I have a Brother sewing machine. I am really bummed that Crystal Lake Sewing Center closed. It was so convenient and service was great. So I am looking for a new place to have my machine serviced.


Tell us three things about yourself that other CLMQG members probably don't know.
  • I love to read. In the summer I love to sit in my screened in porch; I could read the whole day, and I have, with a good book.
  • I love to rearrange furniture and accessories in my house to give it a new look. My husband freaks out when he sees me looking around a room in our house because he knows what is coming.
  • I have been known to be addicted to PINTEREST.

What is your most treasured/sentimental possession? I wouldn’t say it is a possession, but my family and friends are what I treasure most.

What is your "motto" or favorite "life quote"? Life is short, make that phone call, or send that note, visit someone who is on your mind, do something you want to so you don’t need to say “I should have”.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? It would be wonderful to have endless energy.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 11, 2013 Meeting Photos

Photos from Lesley Gebbie's Acorn, Etc. presentation and member show and tell items have been posted to Facebook.

Click here to be directed to Facebook to view the photos.  You do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view these photos or any part of the CLMQG Facebook page.

Enjoy!!  If you see a photo without a member name attributed to it, please let me know the member's name and I will update it.  Thanks :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eleanor Burns December workshop in Bensenville

Someone at our meeting yesterday asked about an Eleanor Burns workshop in Illinois scheduled for December.  Here is a link you can check out for more information on dates, times, and registration:

http://www.babylock.com/quilters-dream-retreat/

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 11 Meeting Agenda

August 11, 2013
1:00 - 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)



1.  Sign-In and Welcome - Members and first-time visitors may attend free of charge.  Other visitors may attend with a $5 fee.

2.  Membership Update

3.  Treasurer's Report

4.  Upcoming Meetings
  • September 15 - Sew-in featuring Modern Quilter's Schoolhouse Workshops by Jill, Judy, and Shelley
  • October 13 - Machine Quilting Workshop by Paige
  • November 10 - Lecture and Trunk Show by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  • December - ideas on holiday event/get-together venue and date

5.  Committee Updates
  • Charity - Laura Watts
  • Swaps - Potholder/Mug Rug swap for December Holiday Party?  We need a volunteer to coordinate this and other swaps/challenges.
  • Yard Sale - committee volunteers needed
  • Quilt Show - planning committee members needed

6.  Upcoming Quilt Shows
  • NSQG Saturday, September 21 - meet-up at show then lunch?
  • Madison, WI, September 5 - 7  - carpooling opportunities?

7.  Pattern Swap
  • new swap theme this month
  • bring a new or very gently used modern quilting pattern to swap if you'd like to participate

8.  New Business

9.  Show and Tell
  • bring 1 or 2 of your modern quilting items to share with the group :)
  • if you need some advice on a modern quilting project in progress, bring that too!

10.  Presentation and Trunk Show - Lesley Gebbie from Acorn, Etc.

11.  Social Time and Shopping with Acorn, Etc.
    What you need to bring:
    • modern quilting pattern for swap (if you'd like to participate)
    • 1 or 2 modern quilting items you've made for show and tell
    • $$ for shopping from Lesley's beautiful Acorn, Etc. merchandise
    • ideas for December Holiday party venue and date
    • any finished quilts for donation to Project Night-Night

    Monday, August 5, 2013

    Sunday, August 11 meeting reminder

    Meeting this Sunday, August 11, 2013
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Guest Speaker Lesley Gebbie from Acorn, Etc.


    No charge for members, $5 fee for guests
    General Meeting at 1:00pm followed by Lesley's presentation

    Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
    611 South Main Street, Crystal Lake
    (see right sidebar for map)


    Lesley is the owner of Acorn, Etc. (formerly Acorn Quilts) in Rockford.  Her quilts are amazing; in fact her "Just Have Fun" quilt won the Best of Show prize at the May 2013 Sinnissippi Quilters Show!  She uses many different techniques and materials in her quilts - applique, wool, needlepoint, and traditional as well as modern piecing. 

    We hope you can join us!  An agenda for the general meeting will be posted here soon.

    Membership forms will be available and accepted if you'd like to join our fun group!

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Project Night Night Information

    At our June, 2013 meeting, CLMQG members agreed to accept Project Night Night as our charity focus for this membership year (May, 2013 - April, 2014). Laura Watts, our Charity Chief, distributed the following information to members and guests at our July, 2013 meeting. Please contact her at ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com if you have further questions about the program and/or to let her know that you are working on a quilt to donate. Laura is hoping that as a group we can donate 10 quilts every other month :)

    Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful organization!!



    Project Night Night gives children in homeless shelters comfort, security, and access to educational materials by providing free Night Night Packages to youngsters aged 12 and under. Each Night Night Package includes a child’s very own security blanket, stuffed animal and book – all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.

    What size should the blankets be?

    We ask people to imagine a young child toting a blanket. Ideally, blankets should be “crib size” or smaller. The blanket needs to be compact enough to nestle aside a stuffed animal and a book in our canvas tote bag. Frequent blanket dimensions on are 40" x 50" or 50" x 60", but we are happy to receive smaller blankets and lovies. Batting and fabric should be 100% cotton.

    Do you accept gently used stuffed animals and books?
    Yes. Project Night Night does accept books and stuffed animals in “like-new condition.” All donated items should be top quality ("good enough to give as a gift").

    Please remember, the children whom we serve rarely, if ever, receive new items. Our goal is for them to feel special and loved. New product is the best way to ensure success.

    Can the blankets and stuffed animals be handmade?
    Yes. Project Night Night is happy to receive handmade items! There is nothing more special than an item that was especially made for a child with care. Batting and fabric should be 100% cotton.

    What are the size requirements for the stuffed animals?

    The stuffed animals should be no larger than 18” in order to properly fit inside of our tote bag. The ideal stuffed animals would be “snuggle size”. Please do not use tiny stuffed animals. It isn’t fair if some children receive full sized stuffed animals while other receive only “mini” ones

    Are there any other restrictions?
    Please no Beanie Babies or similar tiny friends. No books or stuffed animals with battery compartments. No stuffed animals that make noises -such as singing, reciting prayers, etc. No commemorative stuffed animals with years sewn on them


    You can read more about Project Night Night here.