Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Invitation to design and enter a quilt at the Rosemont IQF in March 2015

We received an email today indicating that CLMQG members are invited to participate with the Chicago and Naperville Modern Quilt Guilds in submitting quilts to the "Modern Quilt Group" portion of the 2015 Rosemont International Quilt Festival exhibit.  The show will take place at the Rosemont Convention Center on March 26-28, 2015.

The theme of the Modern Quilt Group exhibit is "Friendship Star" and the minimum size requirement is 36" x 36".  There is no entry fee, and online submission for show consideration begins December 19, 2014 and ends January 30, 2015.  You will be notified by Friday, February 6, 2015 if your quilt is selected to be part of the exhibit.

If selected for inclusion in the exhibit your quilt needs to be mailed (at your expense) to Houston and received there by February 27, 2015.  You will be able to pick up your quilt in Rosemont at the conclusion of the show on March 28 or the IQF will return ship your quilt to you at no expense.

You can find more details about the exhibit and entry requirements here.

While this is a short time frame to design and construct a quilt, the IQF is hoping that the minimum 36" square size requirement will enable more of our members to create and enter a quilt in this exhibit.

Here is a diagram of a traditional Friendship Star quilt block, but the IQF is looking for quilts with a modern spin on this traditional design.


If you are interested in the possibility of seeing a modern friendship star quilt that you created on display in Rosemont next year, put your thinking cap on and start designing!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 7, 2014 Members Holiday Party and Meeting Reminder

12:30pm-4:30pm
Village Squire Restaurant
4818 NW Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

If you are registered and paid for our party this Sunday, here is what you need to bring:
  • Holiday wrapped swap gift (if you are participating) with your name on the inside only
  • Holiday themed modern quilt items for show and tell
  • (25) 2.5" x WOF quilt shop quality fabric strips for game
  • $$ for any alcoholic beverages you wish to purchase
Schedule:
  • Lunch
  • Brief meeting with vote, announcements for 2015, voting results
  • Show and Tell
  • Game
  • Swap
We're looking forward to enjoying a great afternoon with all of our members!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 9, 2014 Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

I.  We had 22 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, November 9, 2014, including one guest.

II.  Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.


III.  Upcoming Meetings:

  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ 12:30 at Village Squire ~ RSVP and $15.00 were due by today.
  • SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 ~ Our first ever OFF-SITE RETREAT DAY. This will be at the Rotary Building at Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake (Walkup Ave just north of Route 176) from 9 am – 6 pm. Signups and details to come.
  • February 8, 2015 ~ time to be determined ~ Quilt as you go with Sharon T. and Sale Table
  • March 8, 2015 ~ time to be determined ~ A Different Box of Crayons trunk show, presentation, and vending


IV.  Committee Update:

  • Swap Committee: After the October swap, the Swap Committee realized that some people misinterpreted the guidelines. They have learned to be more specific with swap guidelines. If you would like to participate in the swap at the Holiday Party on December 7th, you can either make a small item (such as a pin cushion, pouch, or mug rug) OR buy a sewing notion (such as pins, ruler, or fabric under $10). Wrap your gift or use a gift bag with a “from” tag on the inside so the recipient knows who the gift is from. Do not put your name on the outside of the gift. Bring your gift to the December party. There is no need to sign up for this swap.
  • Bees : The three bees are staying active. All three bees are at full capacity. Email Anuschka if you would like to start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Workshop Committee: We are still looking for a new chairperson to help the board with organizing and planning next year’s workshops and programs. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:


  1. Cathy thanked people who brought treats today. She had a signup sheet for the next several meetings. 
  2. Cathy and her committee are planning our Holiday Party for December 7th. This meeting will be held at Village Squire at 12:30. Payment was due at today’s meeting. The money includes lunch, coffee, tea, or soda. Alcoholic beverages will be available for an additional cost.
  3. We will be playing a game at the Holiday Party, so each person should bring 25 strips of fabric, cut 2 ½ inches wide by 42 inches long. These strips could all be the same fabric, but that is not necessary. Please make sure your fabric is quilt shop quality fabric.
  4. Members who attend the party are asked to bring some cookies for dessert.
  5. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net. 


  • Charity Committee: Kelly has been in contact with a lady named Lynn who works at Centegra as a Navigator. She helps women who are diagnosed with breast cancer as they go through the whole process. Before giving the quilts to Lynn, Kelly labeled each quilt with care instructions. Lynn has sent three emails, which Kelly read to the group, to tell how our donated quilts have been given to women. Quilts should be a minimum of 45” X 60”. Although there are no color parameters, it is preferred NOT to have all-pink quilts. Please use 100% cotton, quilt-shop quality fabric. Sharon requested that the Board make one of our 2015 sew-in days specifically for our charity. The Board is looking into this possibility.


V.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • November 20-22, Original Quilt & Sewing Expo, Tinley Park, IL
  • February 19 – 22, 2015, QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • March 26 – 28, 2015, IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL


VI.  New Business:

  • Suggestions for 2015 programs are welcome via email or discussion after the meeting. Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • MQG membership in 2015: You should have received an email about this; if not, please let us know. We will be voting at the December meeting whether or not we want to remain in the MQG. We discussed that $12 - $15 per member is paid to the MQG each year (the fee is prorated for the number of members in the local guild). If we choose not to stay in the MQG, we would go back to our original membership fee of $30, which would enable us to keep more money for special speakers and events. Please email us if you have further questions at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

VII.  Several members brought quilts for show and tell.

VIII.  Material Girl Fabric Shop presented “Tips, Tricks, and Trends” and vended.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Friday, November 14, 2014

How Does the Business of Fabric Design Really Work?

I've recently discovered a blogger who writes about a lot of things pertaining to this wonderful world of quilting that we all love. Her blog isn't specifically for quilters, but rather the larger world of sewists and crafters of all types. The blog is "while she naps" and its author is Abby Glassenberg.

Two very recent posts that caught my eye discuss the topic of how fabric designers are paid (or occasionally not paid) for their work. These are quite eye-opening and thought-provoking posts so I wanted to share them with you.

Part 1 talks about designers who work for the major quilting fabric companies. Click here to read "An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn."

Part 2 looks at how and why one major fabric designer has licensed premium quilting cotton collections to the largest brick and mortar fabric retailer chain in the United States. Click here to read "An Inside Look at Designing Premium Quilting Cottons for JoAnns."

If you're like me, you might think designing quilting fabrics sounds like a dream job that will earn you oodles of money and fame.  But maybe not.  You'll have to read for yourself and see if your opinion changes.



Just some thoughts to ponder the next time you are fabric shopping!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 10, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **


1. We had 29 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, October 12, 2014, including two guests.

2. Paige Prescott announced that due to her upcoming wedding and some family issues, she is no longer able to devote the time to the guild that she would like, so she is stepping down as guild President. Shelley Nielsen has moved from Vice President to President, and in keeping with the by-laws, the board asked Lorrie McKey to take over as Vice President; she has accepted. Many members expressed their appreciation to Paige for all she has done to start up CLMQG.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.

4. Upcoming Meetings:

  • November 9: Material Girl Fabric Shop Presentation and Vending ~ 1 – 4 pm
  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ 12:30 at Village Squire ~ RSVP and $15.00 cash or check due by November 9th.
  • January 2015 ~ date and location to be determined, we are looking into possibly having an off-site sewing day, may be on a Saturday


5. Committee Update:

  • Swap Committee: If you would like to participate in the swap at the Holiday Party on December 7th, you can either make a small item (such as a pin cushion, pouch, or mug rug) OR buy a sewing notion (such as pins, ruler, or fabric under $10). Wrap your gift or use a gift bag with a “from” tag on the inside so the recipient knows who the gift is from. Do not put your name on the outside of the gift. Bring your gift to the December party. There is no need to sign up for this swap.
  • Bees: The three bees are staying active. Email Anuschka if you are interested in joining one of the bees or if you would like to start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Workshop Committee: We are still looking for a new chairperson to help the board with organizing and planning next year’s workshops and programs. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:
  1. Cathy thanked people who brought treats today. She had a signup sheet for the next several meetings. 
  2. Cathy and her committee are planning our Holiday Party for December 7th. This meeting will be held at Village Squire at 12:30.
  3. We will be playing a game at the Holiday Party, so each person should bring 25 strips of fabric, cut 2 ½ inches wide by 42 inches long. These strips could all be the same fabric, but that is not necessary.
  4. Members who attend the party are asked to bring some cookies for dessert.
  5. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net. 
  • Sale Table Committee: Since the guild has experienced some changes to the Executive Board, we are postponing the sale table until the new year.
  • Charity Committee:
  1. Four quilts have been donated to our new charity, Susan G. Komen. Kelly has been in contact with Centegra to arrange donating the quilts through local surgeons. Quilts should be a minimum of 45” X 60”. There are no color parameters, but please use 100% cotton fabric. Kelly will be photographing the quilts that are donated to put into a scrapbook for the guild. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness, make sure you have scheduled your annual mammogram!
  2. Barb announced that she collected 77 stockings from our guild. These stockings will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas. Barb read a note from the Homemakers group thanking our guild for our donation. The Homemakers group has 400 stockings to deliver to our military!


6. Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • October 25-26, Lake County NLCQG Show, Round Lake Beach, IL
  • October 30-November 2, IQF Houston, TX
  • November 20-22, Original Quilt & Sewing Expo, Tinley Park, IL
  • February 19 – 22, 2015, QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • March 26 – 28, 2015, IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL


7. New Business:

  • We used guild funds to purchase a rolling magnet to help with our pin problem. We are also asking everyone to count how many pins you bring to each meeting and make sure you have the same number when you leave.
  • Suggestions for 2015 programs are welcome via email or discussion after the meeting. Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • MQG membership in 2015: A post will be published soon on this topic. Please respond to the post via email if you have thoughts or input to this discussion topic.


8. Several members brought quilts for show and tell.


9. Holiday Gift Workshops:

  • Marge Snyder – Christmas Stocking
  • Tricia Baldwin – Microwave Bowl Holder
  • Ann Keck – Journal Cover
  • Lorrie McKey – Clutch purse


10. Sew in

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 12, 2014 Meeting and Holiday Gift Workshops

Oct 12 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
611 South Main Street
Crystal LakeIllinois 60014
Business meeting begins at 11:00am.
Workshops begin immediately following the business meeting.
Please bring:
  • Holiday Party reservations: $15 check payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild (if you plan to attend the party December 7)
  • $5 guest fee for any non-members attending the workshops and/or sew-in
  • Materials for workshops you signed up for - don't forget extra long extension cords and power bars.  Irons and ironing surfaces to share are appreciated :)
  • Three 12.5" unfinished quilt blocks if you are participating in the swap. 
  • Precounted small number of pins (preferable flower or large head) for your sewing projects.  Please make your best effort to clean up your sewing area and make sure you have all the pins you brought with you before leaving the building. We cannot allow any pins to be left behind in the carpeting.
Thank you!  We are looking forward to another great meeting and seeing YOU there :) 

Friday, October 3, 2014

CLMQG Executive Board changes

I'm very sad to let you all know that Paige has decided to step down from her position as President of our guild.  Her decision was made due to some very happy and exciting changes for her in the near future (including getting married next month!), but also because of some immediate family medical issues of a more serious nature.

She has done a fantastic job of helping to create this guild from the faintest spark of an idea in the fall of 2012 and has worked countless hours to keep it running since then; I thank her sincerely for all that she has done.

Our Executive Board meeting was held earlier this week where we made the following **changes to guild leadership that will remain effective until the next election in May, 2015:

President: Shelley Nielsen
Vice-President: Lorrie McKey
Treasurer: Judy Otero
Secretary: Jill Smalley

While she won't be guiding us any longer, she'll still be following our activities and joining us when she is able.  We won't see Paige at our regular meetings for the next couple of months, but I believe she plans to attend our December Holiday Party.  

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Paige for all of your hard work, creative input, and enthusiastic leadership of our guild.  We truly wouldn't be in existence without you!


**CLMQG By-Laws Article 7, Section C: Vacancies in un-expired terms of office shall be filled by appointment of willing individuals. Such appointment shall be made by the Executive Board.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Clutch Handle orders and project video

We have received the following orders for clutch handle sets:
Barb F
Vikki S
Ann K
Bobbie C
Trisha S
Cari G - 2
Kathy P - 2
Josie H - 3

If you are planning to make a clutch purse on October 12, you may find it helpful to watch this  YouTube video before our meeting:


Thanks Lorrie for providing us with the link!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Holiday Gift Workshops - Microwave Soup Bowl Holder and Christmas Stocking

Our final two workshop options for Sunday, October 12 are:

Microwave Soup Bowl Holder presented by Tricia B
and
"Rolled" Christmas Stocking by Marge S

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers!  Below you will find a photo and supply list for each of these two projects.  Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve a spot for either of these projects.

We are still working out the details of presenting all of these workshops during the meeting.  At this point we're not sure if there will be a set time for each one to begin or if more than one workshop may occur at the same time as another.  We will not have the same set up as the demos last month though - each Holiday Gift workshop will not be presented four times to rotating groups.  Please check back here for more details.  The board is meeting this week to get it all figured out :) 

** Wednesday, October 1 is the final date to let us know you would like to reserve a handle set for the clutch purse workshop.  Please read this post for details on the project and instructions for ordering handle sets for $5 each (payable at the October 12 meeting).


"Rolled" Christmas Stocking with french seams


Supply List:
  • 24"X45" fabric for base of stocking
  • 6"x18" contrasting fabric for cuff
  • 2"X18" for trim



Microwave Bowl Holder



Supply List:

  • Two pieces of coordinating fabric and matching thread. You can bring two fat quarters but the one in the picture was made with two 10” squares. I think this is a good size to fit soup or smaller bowls.
  • 100% Cotton Batting – CAUTION! You must have the type of batting that is specifically made for the microwave. There are a number of brands available. Pellon Wrap-N-Zap is one. Warm Tater is another.
  • Bowl Sizing: If you have a favorite bowl you use a lot, bring it with you. Then you can be sure your holder will fit it.
  • Basic Supplies: Sewing machine, rotary cutter, ruler and pins.


Monday, September 29, 2014

September 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

1.  We had 30 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, September 14, 2014, including two guests. One new member joined, bringing our total membership to 43.

2.  Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.

3.  Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 12: Holiday Gift Workshop ~ 11 – 4 ~ if you are interested in demonstrating a gift idea, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. A material list will be posted. (UPDATE - all slots for workshops have been filled as of September 29.  Thanks to our volunteers!)
  • November 9: Presentation and vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop: 1 – 4 pm
  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ 12:30 at Village Squire
  • January 2015 ~ off-site sew-in ~ more details to come

4.  Committee Update:
  • Swap Committee: Marge and Terri have volunteered to chair this committee. For next month, the swap is 3 (12.5 inch) blocks. If you didn’t sign up at the meeting, send us an email to be included in this swap (crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com).
  • Bees: The Crystal Lake Bee took the summer off and will be meeting again soon. The Cary Bee made 19 Christmas stockings for members of the military. The Lake Zurich Bee went out to dinner recently. Email Anuschka if you are interested in joining one of the bees or if you would like to start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Workshop Committee: We are in need of a new chairperson to help the board with organizing and planning next year’s workshops and programs. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:
  1. Cathy thanked people who brought treats today. She had a signup sheet for the October and November meetings.
  2. Cathy and her committee are planning our Holiday Party for December 7th. This meeting will be held at Village Squire at 12:30. The CLMQG Board will be subsidizing the cost, so each person will need to pay $15.00. Money is due by the November 9 meeting. The price includes luncheon, soda, coffee, tax, and gratuity. Wine will be available for an additional cost.
  3. We will be playing a game at the Holiday Party, so each person should bring 20 – 25 strips of fabric, cut 2 ½ inches wide by 42 inches long. These strips could all be the same fabric, but that is not necessary.
  4. If you would like to participate in a swap at the party, bring a small, gift-wrapped item (pincushion, mug rug, or sewing notion worth $10 or less).
  5. Members who attend the party are asked to bring some cookies for dessert. A signup sheet will be provided closer to the date.
  6. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  • Sale Table Committee: We will be having another sale table at our October meeting. Wendy and Lorrie will bring all the unsold items back from the July meeting. Members can also bring items to donate to the October meeting. All money raised will go directly into our account to help pay for the holiday party and other fun events. After the October meeting, all unsold items will be given to a charity.
  • Charity Committee:
  1. After taking a vote, our new charity will be Susan G. Komen. Kelly will be our new chairwoman of this committee. She will collect quilts to be distributed to women battling breast cancer at several Chicagoland hospitals. There are no size or color parameters, but please use 100% cotton fabric. Quilts should not be too large; lap size is more appropriate.
  2. Barb announced that she collected 55 stockings from our guild. These stockings will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas.

5.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • Countryside Nursery Quilt Show, Crystal Lake, IL September 20 – 21. Free admission. Members are encouraged to enter their quilts in this show. There is no entry fee, no judging, and no minimum size requirement. Hanging sleeves are optional. You can drop off your quilt at Countryside the week before the show, or bring it to the September guild meeting. However, you MUST pick up your own quilt at Countryside after the show. (UPDATE - photos posted here)
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL March 26 – 28, 2015. Note the earlier dates this year.


6.  New Business:

  • We will use guild funds to purchase a rolling magnet to help with our pin problem. We are also asking everyone to count how many pins you bring to each meeting and make sure you have the same number when you leave.
  • IQF Chicago Exhibit: We have not received any updates from the Chicago MQG regarding the Friendship Star Challenge.
  • The time zone problem on the MQG website should be fixed by September 24.


7.  2014 Block of the Month (BOM): The finished Guild BOM quilt was shown. A huge thank you to all the women who helped to make this quilt. Some members brought their version of the BOM quilt.

8.  Michael Miller Challenge: Two ladies brought completed quilts from this challenge.

9.  Several members brought quilts for show and tell.

10.  Vending by Sew Mod during our break

11.  Member Technique Demonstrations by Lorrie (embroidery), Shelley (half square triangle methods), Cari (free form piecing), and Tricia (machine binding techniques)


Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Workshop - Journal Cover Project

Great news!  Ann K. has volunteered to teach our second project for the October 12 meeting - a quilted journal cover!


** Please RSVP via email at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like to attend this demo.  Ann needs to have a count of participants so she can adequately prepare her materials.  Thanks!!

Quilted journal cover Project
Presenter: Ann K

Description:  learn the perfect formula on how to make a quilted journal cover fit any size journal, using your stash

Supply List:
  • Journal of your choice. (Note: places like TJMaxx can be a good place to find a variety of journals)
  • 12 to 15 strips of fabric (1" to 3" wide) and at least 2" inches larger than the height of your journal
  • Batting (a piece that will wrap around your journal with at least 3" excess across the top and side)
  • Lining fabric (this fabric does not show, so you can use muslin, or any scrap fabric, about an 1" smaller than your batting)
  • Pockets ( 2 pieces that are at least the width of your journal AND at least 2" larger than the height of the journal
  • Piece of coordinating ribbon approximately 4" longer than the height of your journal


Basic supplies:
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Coordinating thread

It looks like we'll have two more demos taking place at the October meeting.  Check back here for details and supply lists for the remaining two projects.  And don't forget to RSVP via email if you'd like to participate in this demo and/or the clutch purse demo.  The deadline for ordering a handle set ($5) for the clutch project is Wednesday, October 1.  For more details on the clutch project read this post.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quilt Show and September Meeting Photos Posted

Photos from the September 20-21, 2014 Countryside Quilt Show are posted here.

Photos from the September 2014 CLMQG meeting are posted here.

Enjoy!!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Workshop - Clutch Project

We're thrilled that Lorrie has volunteered to teach us how to make this cute clutch purse at our October 12th meeting!

** Lorrie needs to order the handle sets for the purses prior to the meeting.  If you'd like to make one of these great little clutches at our meeting, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve yours.  The cost per handle set is $5 and is due at the October meeting.

The deadline for ordering a handle set is
Wednesday October 1

Supply List:

  • ONE FQ Non-directional Decorative fabric for outside of clutch. (Cotton may be used) 
  • ONE FQ Cotton fabric for lining.
  • 1/2 yard Heavy weight fusible stabilizer Pellon 808
  • 1/2 yard Fusible fleece Pellon TP971F 


Please prep before demo:

  • Pre-cut your outer clutch fabric and  lining to 13" x 13-1/2" 
  • Pre-cut your fusible stabilizer to 12-7/8 x 13-3/8".  (Your stabilizer should be 1/8" smaller than your outer clutch fabric)
  • Pre-cut your fusible fleece to a 13" x 10" piece.


Basic supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Coordinating thread


SewMod will bring additional supplies including iron, transparent tape, glue and your pre-ordered clutch frame.

We have a few other gift projects in the works that other members have volunteered to teach on October 12.  More details about each of these projects will be posted soon.  Check back here, on our Facebook page, and on our MQG Community Page for future posts. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Help Needed

Hello everyone!  We're still looking for members to help us finish our guild BOM quilt so that it can be shown at the Countryside Quilt Show in CL on September 20-21.  We need help with the following:
  • Designing the quilt top layout
  • Sewing the quilt top
  • Creating and adding the quilt label

Paige P and Lorrie M have volunteered to do the quilting and binding. Diane H has volunteered to help with the quilt layout, but we need another person or two to work with her.

Please consider volunteering to help us get this quilt finished so we can show it off to the community in September :)

Send us an email at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to let us know you'd like to volunteer.  Don't send a response to the notification email you may receive regarding the posting of this request - those emails are not delivered to us (I'm not sure where they go, but it's not to us) Thanks!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 10, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

1. Membership Update: We had 25 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, August 10, 2014, including two guests. Two new members joined, bringing our total membership to 42.

2. Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.

3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • September 14: Member Technique Demonstrations ~ 1 – 4 pm
  • October 12: Holiday Gift Workshop ~ time to be determined
  • November 9: Presentation and Vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop: 1 – 4 pm
  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ time and location to be determined
  • January 10, 2015 ~ time to be determined

4. Committee Updates:

  • Swap Committee: Debby is no longer able to be the chair, so we are in need of someone to head up our swaps. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Bees: Anuschka M., our Bee Keeper, announced that there are three bees: one meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm; a second meets in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoons; the third bee meets in Cary on Wednesday evenings. The Cary bee is at full capacity. Email her if you are interested in joining one of the bees or starting a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com. This is a great way to promote modern quilting with others.
  • Workshop Committee: We are in need of a new chairperson to help the board with organizing and planning next year’s workshops and programs. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee: Cathy thanked people who brought treats today. She had a signup sheet for the October and November meetings. Cathy and her committee have already started planning our Holiday Party for December 7th. They are planning on having this year’s party at a different location than the bank. They are looking at three different possible locations. The cost would probably be between $17 and $25 per person. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  • Sale Table Committee: We will be having another sale table at our October meeting. Wendy and Lorrie will bring all the unsold items back from the July meeting. Members can also bring additional items to donate to the October meeting. All money raised will go directly into our account to help pay for the holiday party and other fun events. After the October meeting, all unsold items will be given to a charity.
  • Charity Committee

  1. We are still taking ideas for a new charity for our guild to donate to. We will be making a decision in September. If you know of a worthy charity/ies that we could support, please send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. We would like to avoid supporting a charity that another local guild already supports such as Project Linus and Quilts of Valor. If you are interested in heading the Charity Committee please let us know.
  2. Last month, Kelly L. mentioned possibly donating quilts to Susan G. Komen to be distributed to women battling breast cancer.
  3. Debbie W. mentioned possibly donating quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization that gives quilts to children in orphanages around the world. More information can be found at quiltsbeyondborders.org.
  4. Barb explained a short-term charity project members can participate in: making stockings out of patriotic or holiday fabrics which will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas. The stockings will be collected at the September meeting. Email Barb at bfreeman1 (at) aol (dot) com if you would like a copy of the pattern; the stockings take about half an hour each to make.

5. Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • AQS in Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
  • WPT Quilt Expo in Madison, WI September 4 – 6
  • Countryside Nursery Quilt Show, Crystal Lake, IL September 20 – 21. Free admission. Members are encouraged to enter their quilts in this show. There is no entry fee, no judging, and no minimum size requirement. Hanging sleeves are optional. You can drop off your quilt at Countryside the week before the show, or bring it to the September guild meeting. However, you MUST pick up your own quilt at Countryside after the show. 
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL March 26 – 28, 2015. Note the earlier dates this year.

6. New Business:

  • Check our page on the MQG Members section soon for a poll of what you would like to see for the September Member Techniques demonstrations and for the holiday gift workshop in October. PLEASE NOTE: It will be very important for you to RSVP on the MQG website if you are coming to either event. Details will follow as we get closer to the dates.
  • We discussed our pin problem. Some possible solutions include using guild funds to purchase a rolling magnet (approximately $33); only allowing flower head pins, since the larger heads would theoretically be easier to see; not allowing any pins at our meetings; only allowing Clover Wonder Clips; count your pins. If you have any other suggestions, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • We need volunteers to help finish our guild’s BOM quilt. We will not be raffling this quilt at the Countryside Quilt Show, as we would need a raffle license. However, we would like to be able to display our guild quilt at the show.
  • IQF Chicago Exhibit: Our guild has been invited to partner with the Chicago MQG and the Naperville MQG for a special exhibit at the 2015 IQF Chicago show. The theme is Friendship Stars made Modern. Each member of our guild has the opportunity to make a quilt for consideration. The due date will be sometime in December. More info to come.
  • We are talking with the Chicago MQG about possibly doing a Quilt-Along and having joint sew-ins with their guild in 2015.
  • Sewing Retreat Day: January 2015. This would not be at the bank. It would be an all-day sewing time, with a quilt project that everyone would make. More details to come.
  • We are also looking into hosting a weekend retreat either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.
  • Lynn Cibulka from “A Different Box of Crayons” will be speaking at our March 2015 meeting.

7. 2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Lorrie M. demonstrated the last block for this year: Molecular Hexies. Directions and photographs have been posted on our blog; click the “BOM” label at the top of the blog to be taken to the page. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

8. Reminder: We need members to be featured on our blog! If you are interested, email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

9. Michael Miller Challenge: Three ladies brought completed quilts from this challenge. MQG has issued two new challenges for QuiltCon: Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture and Panasonic Bias Tape Applique. These challenges are for individuals, not through local guilds. More information is on the MQG website.

10. Several members brought quilts for show and tell.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Block of the Month #12

Block of the Month #12
Molecular Hexies


   

A 12.5 inch hexagon block based on the Craftsy.com BOM and
Presented by Lorrie M.


Two great things about hexagons are that they only require scraps of fabric, and you can work on them anywhere…at the orthodontist visit, after school pick up, or on road trips!





Supplies:
12.5" square of background fabric (White)
Scraps of fabric for hexies (Orange, Navy Blue, Candy Blue and Tarragon Green)
Paper template
Scissors
Needle & thread

For the original CLMQG block shown on the left, I used a 1-1/4" hexie template and arranged them in two rows of 5 and 4.


For the variation shown on the right, I used a variety of different sized hexagon templates to create a Molecular Hexie block and laid them out in a fun pattern. You get to choose which design you'd like to add to your quilt. Be creative!

Print your templates and cut out the hexagons. *Before you print, make sure your printer settings for "scaling” say "none" or 100% to ensure the templates print at the correct size.*

Template downloads:
3/4" Hexie 
https://sewmod.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/75-inch-hexagon1.pdf
1" Hexie 
https://sewmod.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/2-inch-hexie1.pdf
1-1/4"  Hexie 
https://sewmod.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/1-25-inch-hexie.pdf
1-1/2" Hexie 
https://sewmod.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/1-5-inch-hexie.pdf
2" Hexie 
https://sewmod.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/2-inch-hexie1.pdf

After you’ve cut out the paper templates, gather your fabrics and cut them at least an extra 1/4″ larger around all sides of the template for easy turning. Use a small pin to secure the paper to the fabric.


Either finger press the fabric over the edges of the templates, or if it makes you feel more comfortable until you get the hang of it, iron down all the sides. Once you’ve had a bit of practice making hexies you’ll no longer need to iron.



Thread your needle and make a small knot. Use any thread to baste your hexagons. I like to use up some of my older, less expensive spools here. Starting at one of the points, baste all the way around each hexagon, sewing through both layers of fabric and the paper. Make sure you take a stitch through each one of the fabric folds at the points so they stay secured.  Don't remove the paper yet!



To sew the hexagons together, layer the right sides of two hexagons and whip stitch one edge, grabbing just enough fabric to keep them together, but not going through the paper this time. For this step I use YLI silk thread which can be found at your LQS. It glides right though the fabrics without knotting, is strong, and buries your stitches making them barely noticeable! I use YLI silks for all of my hexies and hand appliqué projects. 



Tiny whip stitches make all the difference to make sure your stitching is barely visible from the front. Practice, practice! :)

Continue sewing your hexagons together one edge at a time until your grouping is complete.  Once your hexagons are attached to one another, clip all the basting threads and release the papers. Starch and press the group back into shape. But don’t toss those papers out yet! You can reuse them for other hexie projects.



Decide where you’d like to place the group of hexies on your 12.5” block and pin it into place.



Machine appliqué your hexie grouping with a top stitch close to the edge onto your background fabric.




You're all finished. The only hard part is choosing which design you want to do!

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 13, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

1.  We had 27 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, July 13, 2014, including one guest. Our total membership is 40.

2.  We started the meeting with an indoor potluck/picnic. Special thanks to Cathy R. and her Sewcial Committee for organizing this fun event. At the same time, we had our first ever Sale Table. Many members brought unwanted fabric, magazines, books, and other quilt stuff which was then sold at very low prices. Thanks to Wendy and Lorrie for organizing this table.

3.  Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.

4.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • August 10th, from 1:00 – 4:00: Final BOM presentation; Bring what you have done so far for the BOM; Bring your Michael Miller Challenge project for Show and Tell. We have had a second warning from the bank about pins found on the floor, so we will not be having a sew-in on this date. We need to find a solution to this problem before we host more sew-ins.
  • September 14: Member Technique Demonstrations
  • October 12: Holiday Gift Workshop
  • November 9: Presentation and Vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop
  • December: Holiday Party

5.  Committee Update:
  • Swap Committee: The five people who brought potholders swapped those. Debby is working on another swap; details to come at our August meeting.
  • Anuschka M., our Bee Keeper, announced that there are three bees: one meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm; a second meets in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoons; the third bee meets in Cary on Wednesday evenings. The Cary bee is at full capacity. Email her if you are interested in joining one of the bees: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com. This is a great way to promote modern quilting with others.
  • Ann and Bobbie, our Workshop Wranglers, are discussing different workshop possibilities.
  • The Sewcial Committee has already started planning our December Holiday Party. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  • Sale Table Committee: We raised $85 at today’s sale table! This money is all going directly into our account to help pay for the holiday party and other fun events. Wendy and Lorrie will bring all the unsold items back to our October sale table, for members who were not at today’s meeting. After that date, all unsold items will be given to a charity.
  • Charity Committee:
  1. We are still taking ideas for a new charity for our guild to donate to. We will be making a decision in September. If you know of a worthy charity/ies that we could support, please send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. We would like to avoid supporting a charity that another local guild already supports such as Project Linus and Quilts of Valor. If you are interested in heading the Charity Committee please let us know.
  2. Kelly gave a personal account of a quilt she donated to a friend battling breast cancer and recommended we support Susan G. Komen by donating finished quilts to be distributed to women battling breast cancer in the greater Chicagoland area.  She also volunteered to head the effort if we select this charity.
  3. Barb explained a short-term charity project members can participate in: making stockings out of patriotic or holiday fabrics which will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas. The stockings will be collected at the August and September meetings. Email Barb at bfreeman1 (at) aol (dot) com if you would like a copy of the pattern; the stockings take about half an hour each to make.

6.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • Upper Midwest Machine Quilt Show in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, August 7 - 9
  • AQS in Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Check quiltcon.com soon for submission details if you would like to enter a quilt in this show


7.  New Business: if you have an idea to demonstrate for the Member Techniques in September or for the holiday gift workshop in October, please bring photos to our August meeting so we can take a poll of who is interested in which techniques.

8.  Reminders:

  • Michael Miller Challenge Update: The deadline has been extended to July 25th. Winners will be announced August 8th. To enter, upload a photo of your project (anything quilted) to the fabric challenge forum on the MQG website. We have posted directions for uploading your photo on our blog. If you signed up and do not use your fabric, please return it to the guild so it can be used for our charity.


9.  2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Shelley presented the two blocks for July, since Darlene was not able to be at the meeting to show her block. Directions and photographs have been posted on our blog; click the “BOM” label at the top of the blog to be taken to the page. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

10.  Member Trunk Shows were presented by Lorrie M, Paige P, Bobbie C, Sharon T, Kathy P, and Karen L. We were entertained hearing and seeing how these members have evolved in their quilt-making. Three other ladies each brought a quilt for show and tell.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Monday, July 14, 2014

Posting MM Challenge project photos to the MQG website

Member Lorrie M tracked down and documented these helpful tips and instructions for uploading your Michael Miller Challenge project photos to the Modern Quilt Guild website.  In order for your project to be considered in the contest, you must upload your photos to this specific MQG Forum topic thread.

Having trouble loading your Michael Miller Challenge quilt project to the Modern Quilt Guild website? Go to http://www.themodernquiltguild.com.

1. Enter your login information.


2. Click on the COMMUNITY tab

3. Click on the FORUMS tab.

4. Click on the MQG Fabric Challenges thread.

5. Click on the FINISHED Michael Miller Fabric Challenge thread.

6. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter your finished project in the "Add new comment" section.  Click inside the comment box to type your description.

7. For help loading your photo(s) and finishing your post, click on this link and follow the steps provided by user Andres Rosales:

https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/groups/how-use-photo-upload-tool

Use this link to locate other tutorials about how to use other features of the MQG website:

https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/groups/michael-miller-fabric-challenge-questions



Many thanks to Lorrie for putting these instructions together for us!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Block of the Month #10

Block of the Month #10
Drunkard’s Path
Presented by Darlene M.


12.5” unfinished block
1/4” seam allowance


I took a class at Barrington Sewing Center a long time ago and used my notes to create this block.

** You will need to print the block templates found here and make your own re-usable templates with cardboard or template plastic.

Cutting Instructions:

Trace template A & B on to each of your fabric choices (Orange, Navy Blue, Candy Blue and Tarragon Green), making sure you cut the notch into each center as marked. Also, make sure the arrows on the template follow the grain of the fabric.




Layout fabrics:



Assembly:

You will sew the curves with NO pins!

Fold each piece in half (at the notch). Then fold in half again and snip the fabric marking the halfway points between the center and the ends of each curve. Sew with the CONVEX piece on top, right sides together. Use a 2.5” stitch and set your machine for the needle down position. Sew slowly and reposition about every 4-5 stitches. As you reposition the top piece, match up the snips and notches.

Complete all 4 sections of the block.




Pressing: Press toward the dark fabric. Do not use steam and do not move your iron back and forth.




Sew together pressing your seams in opposite directions so they will lay flat.



Square up your block to 12 ½”