Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Name Tag Ideas

Hello everyone! In anticipation of our upcoming sew-in meeting March 3, Paige has gathered some cute examples of name-tags. At the last meeting everyone was encouraged to provide their own name tag for future meetings to make it easier for everyone to get to know each other. And what better way to show off your own personal style than with a fun, handmade name-tag?

The first one is from Jen at Reanna Lily Designs...

Next we've got Crissy from The Creative Adventures of Crissy Rose. She's a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild...

And Krista from Poppyprint, who is a member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild...

There is an incredibly cute name-tag featuring a paper-pieced sewing machine by Megan of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild here at this link on Flickr...

These are all just ideas for you to consider; none of these web links provide instructions on how to make the individual name-tags. So use your creativity, express yourself, and show us who you are!!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Register for March 3 Sew-In

Our next meeting and  first sew-in is scheduled for:

March 3 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!

Because of the large turnout at our first meeting, you must register for the sew-in to secure a spot.  There are 18 tables available - 2 seats per table for those bringing sewing machines, and 3 seats per table for those bringing hand sewing.  This is a "bring your own project" sew-in.

Please follow these instructions to reserve your sew-in spot:
  • Send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Register March 3 Sew-In" in the subject line
  • Indicate whether you will bring a sewing machine or hand sewing.
  • Indicate if you will bring any of the following: cutting mat, ironing surface, and/or iron to share
  • reply by Tuesday, February 26
  • we will send a response email confirming your reservation

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.

During the sew-in we'll take a couple of short breaks to have show-and-tell to see what everyone is working on and get inspiration for new projects :)

Don't forget to bring your lunch and a quilt shop quality fat-quarter containing the color orange if you want to swap this month! 

We're looking forward to seeing you March 3!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Modern Quilt Skill Builder Block of the Month

Are you interested in building your quilting skills? Block of the Month (BOM) programs are a great way to learn new techniques and piecing methods, and you've just got to see this fresh and fabulous modern online BOM we just learned about featuring lessons in all these techniques...

  • Basic Patchwork Piecing
  • Improv Piecing
  • Strip Piecing
  • Foundation Paper Piecing
  • English Paper Piecing
  • Curves Piecing
  • Applique
  • Pixel Piecing
  • Log Cabin Piecing

And the most exciting thing (I think) is that you'll also get free-motion quilting advice for each block because it's set up as a "quilt-as-you-go" quilt!

Alyssa Lichner of Gilbert, AZ writes the Pile O'Fabric blog, and this is her BOM program:

Pile O' Fabric

It only just started in January, and currently there are directions posted for two blocks, so it's early enough to jump right in now! To get all the details and to sign up click over to Alyssa's blog.

Another great aspect of this BOM: you can use a lot of your scraps!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

February 10, 2013 meeting recap

Holy cow - what a turnout!  We were just thrilled beyond belief to see the 49 people who came out on Sunday, February 10 to our inaugural CLMQG meeting.

THANK YOU ALL so much for your interest and enthusiasm!

To recap the meeting, I'll expand on each of the agenda points that were discussed.

I.  There was a warm welcome from Paige, then Shelley and Paige each talked about their quilting backgrounds and what inspires them. 

II. General Discussion of "What is a Quilt Guild?" and how changes in the industry and expanding social media gave rise to the modern quilting movement and the first Modern Quilt Guild in Los Angeles in 2009.  Click on the tab "What is Modern Quilting?" above to read more about Quilt Guilds and Modern Quilting.  This information was included in a handout sheet at the meeting, but we ran out since so many of you attended!

III.  Short Term Goals for the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild:
  • Monthly meetings alternating between meeting-only format and meeting with sew-in format.  Sew-ins may happen every other month or once a quarter, depending on member preference/interest.
  • Meetings will generally occur on the second Sunday of each month unless there is a facility or holiday conflict.
  • Near-term future meetings are scheduled for March 3(sew-in format 11am-4pm), April 14, and May 5.
  • Online survey - as of the meeting 25 people had responded indicating overwhelming majority interest in networking with people with similar interests, gaining new ideas and inspiration, and building skills via technique workshops and guest speaker/instructors. If you haven't yet taken our online survey, please do so.  Read this post for information on how to access the online survey.
  • Membership registration and payment will begin in April or May.  Annual dues of $25-$30 will include these benefits: Free attendance at meetings and sew-ins, access to the community scrap box, free or reduced price admission to workshops/speakers, participation in guild swaps and challenges, and posting photos to the Flickr group online.
  • Stash Box will begin in May and all paid members will have access to it.  Bring usable sized scraps or stash pieces to include and use what you need/like from the box.  Bring some to get some!
  • Raffles to help raise additional monies for guild activities.  The first raffle will likely be in April/May - a basket of donated, new quilting goodies - value to be determined.
  • We are looking for additional volunteers to help us keep the guild organized and running smoothly - it's a LOT of work for two people.  Please email crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you can help :)
  • Formal board positions and by-laws will be established during the first year.
  • A monthly "member-feature" on this blog will begin soon!

IV. Long Term Goals
  • Add committees to help the guild grow further.
  • Schedule speakers and workshops regularly.
  • Organize swaps and challenges.
  • Organize community outreach/charity projects and events.
  • Organize shop hops and retreats.
  • Schedule member-led technique demos and workshops.
  • Hold our own Quilt Show!!
  • Organize a member trash-to-treasure stash/UFO sale.
  • Organize exchanges and sew-ins with other regional Modern Quilt Guilds.
  • Organize socials/parties and local quilt shops twice per year.  Fun!!

V.  Communication
  • At this point all guild communication will be electronic via this blog and Facebook.
  • An email subscription box has been added to the right sidebar here, so you can enter your email address to receive notification when new blog posts are added.
  • All new blog posts will also be linked via posts on the CLMQG Facebook page.
  • We also have a Flickr group here where you can view all photos from guild meetings, and where members are allowed to post photos of their modern quilting creations.

VI.  All guild members are encouraged to create their own unique name tag so we can get to know each other more easily.  Paige has a couple of cute examples that will be posted here on the blog soon.

VII. Show and Tell and introductions - over half of the ladies brought items for show-and-tell, and Lorrie took lots of photos.  All the photos are published on the Facebook page, in the Flickr group, and in this separate blog post.

VIII.  Fat Quarter Swap - 43 people brought fat quarters to exchange.  A "themed" fat quarter swap was suggested for the March meeting, and Paige announced that the theme would be "orange" for March.

IX.  What to bring next month if you are participating in the meeting and sew-in:
  • your machine, an extension cord (the longest you can find)
  • an electrical power strip/bar (if you've got one handy, not every person needs one but the outlets in the room are limited!)
  • lunch for yourself
  • snacks to share (if you wish)
  • your project and any tools you'll need that day (rotary cutters, rulers, etc.)
  • a quilt shop quality fat quarter that includes the color orange (optional - only if you wish to swap)
We'll also need a few of the following items, so if you've got one you are willing to share with the group, please bring it too :)
  • iron and ironing surface/pad
  • large cutting mats
Thanks again to everyone who attended!  If you missed us this month, we hope to see you in March!!


February 10, 2013 meeting photos

Wow, what a turnout we had Sunday - 49 people braved the pouring rain and cold to join us for our first Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting!

I'm publishing two posts to recap our meeting since Lorrie took so many great photos! These photos are also posted on Facebook. Enjoy!!




Friday, February 8, 2013

First meeting almost here!

Sunday, February 10 is our inaugural meeting, and we're hoping to see YOU there!

Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
611 S. Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
1-4 p.m

A Google map of the location is over on the right sidebar to help you find us.

We've got a full agenda planned, and here's what we need you to bring/do:
  • your ideas and enthusiasm!
  • one or two items for show and tell - a recent finish and perhaps a work-in-progress
  • a fat quarter of quilt shop quality fabric to exchange (only if you wish to swap - entirely optional)
  • your favorite non-alcoholic (sorry - facility rules!) beverage to enjoy with the sweet treats we're bringing
  • we're not sure how many people to expect, so if you're planning to attend please leave either a comment here or on the Facebook page to help us get an estimate

And lastly, if you haven't had the chance to take our quick 10-question survey, please do now.  We've received 17 responses at this writing so THANK YOU!

Take me to the CLMQG Interest Survey

Thanks for all the support and well-wishes and see YOU Sunday!