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:

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.