Tuesday, March 26, 2013

watch this - improv piecing video from "quilty"

Have you seen this magazine in the grocery store newsstand area, or at your local bookstore or quilt shop?

It's a very new publication in the world of quilting magazines edited by Mary Fons - daughter of the well-known co-creator of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, Marianne Fons. The cover shown here is from their fourth issue - March/April 2013.

While reading this magazine today, I came across an article about improvisational piecing. Since we are busy preparing a hands-on workshop for our May 5 meeting on that very same topic, I read the feature with earnest. Emily Bruzzini, a modern quilter living in the Chicago area (and a member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild), gives us her easy method for Improv Piecing both in the printed magazine article and also in this free video on QNNtv.

Quilty magazine seeks "to inform and inspire the next generation of quilters" with its fun graphics and conversational writing style which brings a more light-hearted approach to quilting than you might find in more traditional, well-established quilt magazines. But don't let that fool you - this is a solid, well-written publication with a wide enough range of projects to appeal to all skill levels. And in every issue there are columns about color theory, long-arm quilting, and a feature called "Meet a Modern Quilter" - in the current issue that's Denyse Schmidt! Hard-copy magazines subscriptions are available, as well as digital versions.

And it's not just a magazine, it's a weekly online quilt show with dozens of episodes available covering all manner of quilting topics. Click here to go to their website and see the list of available episodes. Some of the video segments in other categories require a $24 annual membership to QNNtv.com, but all the "quilty" episodes are free.

If you do watch this episode, leave us a comment here or on Facebook to let us know how you liked it! Enjoy!!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Want to win some new fabrics?

Paige (yes, our very own Paige Prescott) and Lorrie at SewMod Designs (their local online quilting boutique) are giving away a half-yard bundle of these four fabrics from Riley Blake's new "Geekly Chic" collection on their blog!

Aren't these retro designs fun? And it would be really great if one of our own CLMQG members was the winner!

So click here to read their giveaway post and leave a comment for your chance to win, and then click here to visit their Etsy shop.

Good luck!!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 3, 2013 meeting photos

Snapshots from our first sew-in! Check the Facebook page for captions...


Monday, March 4, 2013

March 3, 2013 meeting recap

We had 33 people join us for our meeting and sew-in yesterday with plenty of room!  We were just about evenly split between machine-sewing and hand-sewing.
Here is a brief recap of the meeting portion of the day:
I. Welcome from Paige and Shelley
II. A legal release form was introduced this month on the advice of an attorney.  For the near term the release will need to be signed at each sew-in by each attendee.  Shelley is researching an option to have the legal release cover a period of time (such as several months up to one year) and be included as part of the membership agreement.
III. Paige briefly discussed the blog post regarding name tags found here.  Members are encouraged to create and bring their own individual name tags to meetings.  A few members yesterday did have finished name tags, and one member used the sew-in time to create and finish hers!
IV. Shelley discussed recent updates to the blog including:
  • Email subscription box on the left sidebar.  PLEASE use this button to register your email address.  That way you will be notified via email any time there is a new blog post.  This is the best way for you to be always up to date with news from the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild.
  • There are new "tabs" across the top of the blog page (just below our logo) to provide easy access to the 2013 meeting calendar, all published meeting minutes, information about Modern Quilting, links to local quilt shop websites, and Member Features (which are coming very soon!).
V. All members with a Flickr account are encouraged to join the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild group on here on Flickr.  Group members can post photos of guild projects here.
VI. Paige briefly discussed "QuiltCon", a modern quilting convention held February 21-24 in Austin, TX.  This will be a bi-annual modern quilting convention; the next one will be in 2015.  Here is a link to a personal blog with photos of the QuiltCon quilt show winners.  The winning quilt photos are posted over a series of three blog posts.  I have been unable to locate an official Modern Quilt Guild posting of the winners and photos, but when I do I'll update these minutes accordingly.
Another way to learn more about QuiltCon and the worldwide quilting movement is to watch a free series of lectures that were presented at QuiltCon here on craftsy.com.  A Craftsy account is required, but beyond that there is no cost or obligation to you.
QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013
The Modern Quilt Guild also has five events scheduled for various weekends in 2013 and 2014 called SewDowns - weekend quilting getaways featuring teachers, workshops, sewing fun, and meals all in a swanky hotel.  Locations are Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Portland, and Scottsdale.  Check the Modern Quilt Guild website for more information.
You can also sign up to receive email newsletters from the Modern Quilt Guild at the bottom of their home page here.
VII.  Shelley reported on an exciting raffle coming up in April and May.  We are currently attempting to gather donations from local quilt shops to fill a basket (or two) with quilting goodies for which we can sell chances at our April and May meetings to raise money for future speakers, workshop leaders, and possible alternate meeting site costs.
VIII.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • April 14 - meeting format 1:00-4:00pm with a possible guest speaker (we're hoping!)
  • May 5 - Sewing workshop 11:00am-4:00pm "Introduction to Improvisational Piecing".  Don't be scared - Paige is going to lead us in freeing our minds and exploring how to make a free-form pieced log cabin with no measuring and no right angles!  Use of color will also be discussed here.  This workshop will require advance registration, just like our March 3 sew-in due to space limitations.
  • May 19 - a special social outing is in the works!  No meeting, no sewing, just modern quilt related fun and socializing.  More details later, but save the date!
IX. Membership - official membership registration is still scheduled to begin in April or May.  Shelley is currently working on filing for Illinois not-for-profit status in order to obtain a tax id# and guild bank account.
X. We closed the official meeting portion of the day and began our sew-in.  Material Girl Fabric Shop in Crystal Lake was open from noon to 3:00pm to accommodate our sewists, and a number of people took a short field trip to the shop during our sew-in.  We took a short show-and-tell break at 2:00pm to see lots of lovely items in-progress and completed by attendees.  Photos from show-and-tell will follow in another post.
THANK YOU to all who came to meet and sew with us yesterday!


Friday, March 1, 2013

March 3 Sew-In Reminder

We're very excited about our first sew-in meeting on Sunday!  If you have registered for the meeting and sew-in please don't forget to bring the following items:
  • your sewing project!
  • your sewing machine (if you signed up to bring one)
  • a really long extension cord for your machine, sewing light, or iron
  • a power strip if you've got one handy - we don't need one for every person, but if you've got one handy, bring it
  • any items you signed up to share (iron, ironing surface, cutting mat)
  • your lunch and non-alcoholic beverage of choice - there is a refrigerator and microwave on premises for our use
  • a quilt-shop-quality fat quarter containing the color ORANGE if you wish to participate in this month's swap (optional)
At 11:00 we'll have a short meeting to update everyone on new guild business and announcements and exchange our fat quarters.  During our sewing time we'll take a couple of breaks to show-and-tell what we are working on.  Feel free to bring a finished project to share as well!

As a convenience to our guild members, 
Material Girl Fabric Shop in Crystal Lake will be open during our sew-in from Noon to 3:00pm 
We're looking forward to seeing YOU at the meeting and sew-in on Sunday!
If you haven't registered yet, but would like to attend, please see this post for instructions.