Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 14, 2013 Meeting Photos

Did you know.....
That anyone can view our Facebook page - even if you don't have a Facebook account????

It's true!  All of our meeting photos are now being uploaded exclusively to Facebook in order to reduce administrative tasks and duplication of effort, but don't feel excluded if you are not a Facebook user.  Any time new photos are uploaded, everyone will be notified here and provided with a link to view them on Facebook.

You can view our complete Facebook page - which includes photos, comments, and the occasional news items from the quilting world outside of CLMQG - by using this link:

or by searching "Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild Facebook" in Google.
You can now view photos from our July 14 meeting by using the following links:
For Faith Jones' trunk show photos click here.
For Show and Tell photos, click here.
The "Meeting Minutes" tab at the top of this page includes links to all current and past meeting minutes and photos.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 14, 2013 Meeting Minutes

I. Our meeting on Sunday, July 14, 2013 started off with some excitement: the electronic key loaned to us by the bank did not work, so we had to wait for the bank’s representative to come and unlock the elevator for us.

II. We had 23 people in attendance. Five new members joined, bringing our total membership to 41.

III. Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts gave us an informative lecture about what modern quilts are all about. She also had a trunk show of many of her quilts, several of which were familiar from magazines and books. She briefly talked about the new book she has co-authored with Katie Clark Blakesley and Lee Heinrich, Vintage Quilt Revival, which will be released later this fall.

IV. Show and Tell: Several people brought projects to show for the Improv Log Cabin Challenge. Some other quilts were also shown. Photos will be posted on the Facebook page soon. **Anyone can access our Facebook page, even those without a Facebook account. Use this link to access our page where you can view all of our photos:

V. Treasurer’s Report: We have $1300 in our guild checking account.

VI. Upcoming Meetings
  • Our August 11 meeting will feature Leslie Gebbie from Acorn, Etc. in Rockford (formerly Acorn Quilts). She will be having a trunk show, telling about her award winning Border Challenge quilt, and vending. This meeting will be from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • On September 15, we will have a workshop from 11:00am – 4:00pm featuring "Schoolhouse" mini-lessons about how to make 3 types of improv blocks: stars, fractured, and 9-patch, followed by a sew-in. Supply lists will be posted closer to the date.
  • We will be hosting a Machine Quilting Workshop on October 13 from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
  • Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio will be our special speaker in November.  Tentative date is November 10 and will be confirmed at the beginning of August.
  • We discussed the possibility of a December social gathering in lieu of a regular meeting, maybe even on a Friday evening.  Members are asked to forward any location and/or program ideas to the board by emailing us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com
  • The possibility of an early 2014 yard sale was discussed. More information will be coming.  Please let us know via email if you would or would not be interested in participating in such an event.

VII. Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, passed out information sheets about Project Night Night, the charity we will be supporting. (Look for a separate post later containing this information.) Laura would like to collect 10 quilts every two months, if possible. Please email Laura if you are working on a quilt for this charity at ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com
  • We are still in need of committee chairs for most of our committees. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you have questions about or are interested in helping with one of these committees:
                    i. Bee Keeper
                    ii. Workshop Wrangler
                    iii. Show Boss

VIII. International Quilt Fest was discussed. Guild President Paige gave a summary of the MQG Meet Up that was held Friday, June 21st. Paige passed out some samples that she had received at the meet up.

IX. Fat quarter swap: This month's theme was "red, white, or blue". Since there has been low participation with this swap, we discussed whether or not to continue this. It was voted that for August, we will do a pattern swap instead. 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.

X.  About Town - news about quilt-related events in the area:
  • Quiltology shop in Chicago is closing and currently having an inventory clearance sale.
  • The Needle Shop in Chicago has a new location with expanded retail and classroom space at 738 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60613.

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

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our Paige is kind of a big deal!

Our very own CLMQG President, Paige Prescott, had one of her fabulous quilts on display this past weekend at the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon!! This is the quilt - her giant Dresden inspired by a vacation trip she took to Cannon Beach, Oregon...

Every year on the second Saturday in July, over 1,000 quilts (this year over 1,300) are hung and displayed outdoors for one day only. The week leading up to the show is filled with lectures, tours, and classes led by some of the biggest names in the quilting world. Hundreds of volunteers help to organize the event, and hang and take down the quilts on that one day; many volunteers travel from other states just to help and be part of this wonderful show. During the week of the show, Sisters, Oregon plays host to approximately 12,500 visitors! All this in an 1880's style town with a population of just over 2,000 people - amazing!

The two photos posted here were taken at the Sisters Quilt Show on Saturday, July 13. To read more about the annual outdoor show click here.

You can watch some great photo slideshows of this year's quilts here at the Woolie Mammoth blog. This is the site where Paige located the photos of her quilt hanging at the show :) There are several posts about the show's quilts since the blog author is one of the volunteers, and each separate post has it's own corresponding slideshow. Lot's of eye candy! Watching them will make you want to buy a plane ticket and make hotel reservations right now for next year's show!!

And if you need further evidence that Paige is a big deal, Anna Bates (the Woolie Mammoth blog author) told Paige she had lunch with Elizabeth Hartman, Alissa Haight Carlton and Ann Richardson (two big names in the quilting world and the Director of the Sisters show) and they were all talking about her Cannon Beach quilt!!

Paige has written a pattern for this quilt and it is available for purchase here in the SewMod Designs Etsy shop. You can read more about the quilt and pattern, and see some detail shots of Paige's amazing quilting here on the SewMod Designs blog. To read more about Paige's past quilting adventures, click here to see her blog - PaigeAlaine.

Congratulations Paige!! I think we should all take a field trip to this show next year. Who's with me??

Monday, July 15, 2013

Upcoming Quilt Shows

First let me give a big "Thank You!" shout-out to the 23 modern quilters who joined us yesterday for the lecture and trunk show presented by Faith Jones.  Look for a post here later this week that will provide minutes from our meeting as well as some great photos of both Faith's quilts and our own members' show-and-tell quilts.

And now here is a listing of some upcoming area quilt shows and events to help you get your quilting groove on...

July 19-21 (this weekend!) Batavia's "Threads from Past to Present" Quilt and Textile Show featuring 150 historic and contemporary quilts, vendors, and hourly quilt demos.  Details here.

July 5-28 the Northwest Area Arts Council Fine Fiber Show at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock.  One of our members, Barb Freeman, has a handbag on display in this show!  Details here.

September 5-7 Madison, Wisconsin Quilt Expo.  It's a biggie!  Details here.

September 14-15 Faithful Circle Quilters Guild "Seasons of Color" show in Woodridge features over 350 display quilts, a merchant mall, quilt appraisals and more.  Details here.

September 20-21 Northwest Suburban Quilt Guild "Our Quilts in Bloom" show in Hoffman Estates.  300+ quilt entries and expanded Vendor Mall.  Details here.

Put these dates on your calendar and get out there and see some beautiful quilts!! 

Maybe you could even find a CLMQG pal to tag along with you to a show or two :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

July 14 Meeting Agenda

July 14, 2013  at 1:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)

1.  Lecture and Trunk Show - Faith Jones

2.  Show and Tell
  • Improv Workshop Challenge projects - bring your finished or unfinished work!!
  • All other modern show and tell quilts

3.  Membership Update

4.  Treasurer's Report

5.  Upcoming Meetings
  • August - Lecture, Trunk Show, and Vending by Lesley Gebbie from Acorn, Etc. in Rockford
  • September - Sew-in featuring Modern Quilter's Schoolhouse Workshops by Jill, Judy, and Shelley
  • October - Machine Quilting Workshop by Paige
  • November - Lecture and Trunk Show by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  • December - survey members for ideas on holiday event/get-together

6.  Yard Sale discussion
  • feedback, ideas, planning, date?

7.  International QuiltFest and MQG Meet-up
  • discussion, meet-up summary, giveaways

8.  Committee Updates
  • Charity
  • Swaps/Challenges - next project idea

9.  FQ swap
  • bring your quilt-shop-quality red, white or blue FQ if you wish to participate

10.  Around Town - quilt-related news in the area

11.  New Business

12.  Social Time

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Don't miss Faith Jones this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, July 14 at 1:00pm
Faith Jones is a Chicago-area quilter who writes the popular modern quilting blog Fresh Lemons Quilts.

She will be speaking and presenting a trunk show of her work especially for us!

You may recognize her fresh take on traditional quilt patterns - her work has quite an online following!  She has designed several patterns that can be accessed on her website and online shop.

You'll also find two free quilt-alongs there: Solstice Stars and the Summer Sampler Series which she co-designed with two other quilters.

Her designs have been published in numerous magazines and books:

And she even has a new book in the works! It will be available for purchase in December, 2013, but you can already pre-order it here on Amazon.  Maybe we'll get a sneak peek?

So please join us this Sunday, July 14 at 1:00pm.
CLMQG paid members may attend this lecture/trunk show at no charge.
A nominal $5 fee will be charged for all non-members.
Our regular monthly meeting will be held immediately following Faith's presentation.  An agenda will be published here on Friday, July 12.
We hope you will join us in welcoming Faith and seeing her beautiful quilts!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Yard Sale, anyone?

What's better than a yard sale with lots of cool things at great prices that would look wonderful in your home?

A yard sale that gives you the opportunity to buy and sell piles of beautiful fabrics and quilting goodies at great prices that would look amazing in your stash and quilt projects!!

CLMQG is planning a fabric "yard sale"!

We're just in the preliminary planning stages, and we'd love to hear your feedback on this proposal.

The basic details so far:
  • CLMQG members would have the opportunity to sell quilt fabrics, notions, patterns, kits, and UFOs at our sale
  • Members, non-members, and friends would be allowed to shop
  • items for sale would be grouped en masse rather than each person having her own "table".  For example, all fat quarters would be sectioned together in one area, books in another, kits in yet another, etc.
  • item groups we've come up with so far include: fat quarters, other pre-cuts (charms, layer cakes, jelly rolls), UFOs, kits, books, patterns, magazines, scrap bundles, miscellaneous yardage
  • each participating CLMQG member would price and mark their own items
  • participating CLMQG members would be asked to volunteer time to plan and organize, set-up, or tear-down the yard sale in order to make it run smoothly and spread the responsibility for implementation
  • fall or early winter target date
  • Shelley will organize and lead a small committee of members to get this going :)

This idea will be added to the agenda and discussed at our July 14, 2013 meeting.

Please give us your feedback and thoughts in a comment either here, on Facebook, in an email to us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com, or at the meeting this Sunday.

We think this could be lots of fun! Who doesn't have a few things in their stash they'd like to swap out for something "new"?

Friday, July 5, 2013

July Member Feature - Jill Smalley

This is our second member feature for 2013. Meet Jill - our guild Secretary...

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Jill Smalley. My husband is a social studies teacher and coach (football and formerly basketball) at a local high school. We have three amazing children: two teens and a pre-teen. I taught 2nd grade before our first child was born and then I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years. I went back to teaching a few years ago. When my teaching job was eliminated in 2011 due to a decline in enrollment, I started helping with technology at my school. I have lived in Illinois my entire life, with the past 22 years in Crystal Lake.

How and when did you start quilting/sewing? My mom and maternal grandmother did a lot of sewing, and Grandma made a quilt for each of her 5 children and 19 grand-children. That’s me holding the orange and yellow quilt (it matched the 1970’s Holly Hobby wallpaper in my bedroom). I started sewing when I was in junior high. I made my first quilt, a Christmas wall-hanging, about two years after I got married, when I saw a quilt pattern in a JoAnn Fabrics sales flyer. Once I made that, I was hooked.

What are you most and least favorite parts of quilting? I love going to the quilt shop and picking out fabrics. I enjoy the cutting and piecing, but I hate basting the three layers together! I also love hand-sewing the binding on and seeing the finished product.

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette? Red is my absolute favorite color. It’s hard for me to make a quilt without some red in it. I also have a slight obsession with Christmas fabrics.

What quilt/s are you working on now? I like to have a variety of projects in progress. Right now I’m working on a patriotic stars quilt for my family room, two Christmas quilts (gifts), a patriotic English Paper Pieced hexie quilt for Quilts of Valor, and my Paris Improv Log Cabin quilt (from Paige’s workshop). Oh, and I also have a crazy quilt that I sometimes work on embroidering while I’m watching TV with my 16-year-old daughter.

What is on your quilting "bucket list"? Actually finishing all the UFOs that are sitting in my armoire!!!

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week? I’m lucky to have a “studio” in my house. It was the laundry room when we bought the house, but it’s an inconvenient place for doing laundry, so when we remodeled the house, we moved the laundry room next to the kitchen and I claimed the old spot for my sewing and scrapbooking room. During the school year, I usually only manage to get in a few hours of sewing a week. Since I have summers off work, I usually sew one to three hours a day in June, July, and August.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs? It totally depends. Sometimes I follow a pattern, other times I’m inspired to do my own thing.

What kind of machine do you use? My in-laws gave me a used Viking a year after I got married. I think it’s from the late 60’s or early 70’s. It still works great for piecing, but it has a timing problem so it doesn’t FMQ well. Since it’s so old, the machine repairman can’t get replacement parts, so I have another Viking that’s about a year newer than that one, which I use for FMQ.

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

1. My husband and I have traveled to Europe four times as chaperones on educational trips with students from his high school.

2. I started running when I was 39 and since then, I’ve run two half-marathons and two sprint-distance triathlons, plus numerous 5Ks.

3. I love Jane Austen and Harry Potter.

What is your most treasured/sentimental possession? I don’t know if they’re my most treasured possessions, but my husband and kids know that if there’s a house fire, they grab the scrapbooks and run out to the street.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? The ability to clean my entire house with the flick of my wrist. With all these quilt projects, who has time to clean?!?!



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Reminder: July 14 Improv Piecing Challenge

If you attended the CLMQG Improvisational Piecing Workshop in May, this post is for you!

Don't forget about the CLMQG Challenge for the improv "log cabin" blocks you made at the workshop. Bring your completed project to the July 14 meeting. There are no size limits or restrictions - it just needs to be completed!

Guest speaker Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts will be talking to us about her modern quilting journey, her soon-to-be-published first book, and showing us some of her lovely modern quilts. So let's show her the results of our guild's first foray into the world of improvisational piecing!

I've got the top of mine completed - it's going to be a baby quilt approximately 39" x 44".

Who has a plan for their blocks? Who has their project finished? Tell us about it!