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!