Thursday, January 30, 2014

Register for February 9 Workshop and Sew-In

Our next Meeting, Paper Piecing Workshop and Open Sew-In are scheduled for:


Sunday, February 9 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)

At 11:00am we will hold our regular monthly 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.

All paid members may register for and attend the meeting, workshop, and sew-in free of charge.  For first time attendees the meeting portion of the day is free, but a $5 payment is requested in order to participate in the workshop and sew-in.  Membership forms will be available at the check-in desk if you are interested in becoming a member of the CLMQG.

The second block in our 2014 Block of the Month program will also be presented at this meeting.  Check back here next week for the directions to make Block #2.  We will not print and distribute directions for these blocks at our meetings, so if you'd like a printed set of instructions to follow along with at the meeting, please print them at home.  Thanks!

A supply list for the paper piecing workshop will be posted here separately early next week.

Please follow these instructions to reserve your workshop spot:
  • Send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Register February 9 Workshop" in the subject line.  Please include your full name in the body of the email.
  • Registration deadline is Friday, February 8.
  • We will send an email response confirming your registration.
  • The paper piecing workshop will take place after the meeting, but prior to the open sew-in.  
  • For the open sew-in portion, feel free to bring any modern quilting project to work on :)
  • If you are bringing your sewing machine, please also bring a very long extension cord and/or power strip.
  • If you can bring an iron, ironing pad/table, or cutting mat to share, please note that in your registration request email.
We sincerely hope we've got enough seats for everybody 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.


We are looking forward to seeing YOU next Sunday at 11:00am for another exciting meeting with the CLMQG!
Until then stay safe and warm!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How to Machine Bind Your Quilts

At our January meeting, Kathy P. told me about a method that she uses for attaching her quilt bindings completely by machine. Her secret? Sharon Schamber's method that uses Elmer's washable glue!

Check out this YouTube video for all the details.




Thanks for telling us about this time-saving method, Kathy!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Freshly Pieced - a modern quilting blog

At Judy O's suggestion, I'd like to make sure you know about a fun modern quilter - Lee Heinrich - and her blog Freshly Pieced.

In addition to writing her popular blog, Lee is also one of the co-authors (along with Faith Jones and Katie Clark Blakesley) of the recently published book Vintage Quilt Revival. We were fortunate enough to host Faith as a speaker at our July 2013 guild meeting where she showed us many of her beautiful quilts and some photos of quilts from this book. Judy thought it would be fun to introduce you to Lee as well so you can hop over to her site and check out her lovely work!


A couple of weekends ago Lee, Faith, and Jacquie Gering (also a CLMQG 2013 speaker!) participated in a "Menu of Modern" quilting event at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg. Lee has a photo of the three of them at that event on her blog which I am including here with her permission.


So be sure to visit Lee's site Freshly Pieced to see her awesome quilts. And leave her a nice comment telling her that CLMQG sent you :)

Faith's blog is Fresh Lemons Quilts, and Jacquie's blog is Tallgrass Prairie Studio. Katie Clark Blakesley blogs at Swim, Bike, Quilt. You'll want to make all four of these sites part of your regular online quilt reading!

You can purchase the book Vintage Modern Quilts from your local quilt shop or from several online retailers.



Monday, January 20, 2014

January 12, 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 25 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, January 12, 2014, including 2 visitors. We had one new member join, bringing our total membership to 57.

2. Treasurer’s Report: We had no expenses during the past month, so we still have $1296 in our guild checking account.

3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • February 9, 2014: After our business meeting, we will have a paper piecing workshop, featuring the “economy block.” This will be followed by a sew-in. Bring whatever project you would like to work on. This meeting will be from 11:00 – 4:00.
  • March 16, 2014: Project Night Night Sew-in. Bring your current Project Night Night quilt to work on from 11:00 – 4:00.
  • April 13, 2014: Workshop. Details to come.
  • May 4, 2014: 2014 Membership fees are due; Board member elections. More information to come.

4. Committee Update:

  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, announced that Crystal Lake is in need of more quilts for Project Night Night. They have given away all the bags they had. If you are working on a quilt for this charity, please email Laura to let her know ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Darlene McIntyre thanked everyone for all the quilts that were donated to the Washington, IL tornado victims.
  • Anuschka Matthews, our Bee Keeper, announced that she will begin forming bees based on geographical location of where members live. If you are interested in joining a bee (small group that gets together to sew), please email her at anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com. This is a great way to promote modern quilting with others.
  • Debby Greening has volunteered to lead the Swap Committee as our "Swap Swami". We are in need of a committee chair for our workshop/program committee. Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in helping with this volunteer position.

5. Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • Salt Creek Quilters Guild in Clarendon Hills, March 1 – 2, 2014
  • Pride of the Prairie Quilters in Crest Hill, March 8 – 9, 2014
  • Q.U.I.L.T.S. in Action at the Springfield Fairgrounds, March 14 – 15, 2014
  • Original Sewing and Quilt Festival in Schaumburg, March 27 – 29, 2014
  • International Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont, June 19 – 21, 2014

6. New Business:

  • Paige and Shelley explained the Modern Quilt Guild Affiliation Membership. They handed out a paper explaining what this means for our guild. If you are a paid member, but were not at the January meeting and would like a copy of this document, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll be happy to email a copy to you.
  • We started our 2014 Block of the Month (BOM) program in January. Karen Lazarra presented the January block, which she designed. 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. The February block will be posted next month. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program. This would work well as a scrappy quilt. If you would rather purchase all your fabric now, Paige recommends that you get ½ yard each of four fabrics and 1 yard of your background fabric.

7. Show and Tell: Several members brought beautiful quilts to share.

8. Reminder: Please make and wear your nametag to each meeting.

9. The meeting portion ended, and we had a brief social time and sew-in set-up. During the sew-in, some of our members made their January BOM blocks.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Christmas Delight and Cherry Oatmeal Bars recipes

Christmas Delight
(from Debby G, served at our Holiday Party)


Description: This old-fashioned, chewy candy is filled with dried fruit and nuts. The snowy confectioners' sugar coating makes it look holiday-festive. They're by no means "gourmet;" but for us "regular folks”, these little gems are a delight.

Ingredients:
1 cup Blanched, slivered almonds
1 ¾ cups Mixed Salted Nuts
4 cups Chopped Dates
1 cup Shredded Coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, toasted or not
1 cup Candied Red Cherries
8 cups Regular Marshmallows or 5 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows
Confectioners' Sugar, for coating


Directions:  
Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan. Line with parchment, and grease the parchment. If you don't have parchment, use waxed paper or plastic wrap.
1) Place the nuts, dates, coconuts, and cherries in the work bowl of a food processor, and process until finely chopped, but not puréed. You may also do this using an old-fashioned food grinder.
2) Melt the marshmallows in a double boiler on the stovetop, or in a microwave. Stir till smooth.
3) Place the chopped nuts and fruit in a bowl, and stir in the melted marshmallows. Use your hands to thoroughly combine marshmallow and fruit/nuts. This will be a very sticky business; it helps to rinse your hands with cold water frequently, then plunging back in with them wet, not dried off.
4) Press the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing the top as best you can.
5) Cover with plastic and let set till cool, preferably overnight.

6) Next day, cut the candy into 1" squares. 7) Place the squares, 6 or 8 at a time, into a plastic bag with confectioners' sugar. Shake to coat with the sugar. 

Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Bars
(from Shelley N, served at our January 2014 meeting)


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 12 ounce jar (1 cup) cherry preserves

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour, the oats, and almonds.
  3. Remove 1/2 cup of the dough and set aside. Press the remaining dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over preserves layer.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven about 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut cookies out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 36 bars.
  5. To Store: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.


Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Block of the Month

We are excited to introduce CLMQG's 2014 Block of the Month program! 

Beginning in January and continuing through August 2014, each month one or two of our guild members will present a modern block at our monthly meeting. The instructions for these blocks will be posted here on our blog for the use of members, guests, or any other modern quilters out there who wish to join us!

This BOM program is designed for quilters of all experience levels:

  • beginners will learn basic piecing techniques and increase their knowledge base with the skill-building progression of blocks
  • intermediate level quilters will enjoy the variety of newly designed and modernized traditional blocks 
  • experienced quilters will be challenged to think outside of the box to make each block their own

For our sample and instruction blocks we will be using the following Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solid colors to match our CLMQG logo: 
  • Navy 1243
  • Orange 1265
  • Candy Blue 1060
  • Tarragon (green) 316
  • White 1387
Feel free to use the same colors or find a focus fabric or color scheme you love and dive into your stash - these blocks would make a great scrappy quilt!

A supply list complete with suggested yardage amounts will be discussed and provided at our meeting on Sunday January 12, and later posted here for future reference.

Due to the high cost of printer ink and paper, we cannot provide printed copies of each month's block directions at our meetings.  Please print the directions from your home computer if you'd like to have them handy at our meetings.  Thank you for your understanding :)

Each of our 12 blocks will finish at 12" square (so 12.5" as sewn individually), and some months we will present more than one block. As the months go by and new blocks are introduced, we will progressively fill in a 3 x 4 stylized grid of what the final quilt will look like.  When the last blocks are revealed in August, the layout will be complete.

As a guild, we have made a goal to use all the sample instruction blocks to create a finished quilt to be displayed and raffled at the October 2014 Countryside Quilt Show in Crystal Lake.


Please click on the links below to find the directions for each month's blocks:

Block of the Month #1

2014 Block of the Month #1
Designed and Presented by Karen L

12.5" unfinished block
1/4" seam allowance
Press all seams away from the navy center or open


Cutting Instructions and layout:
(1) 8" x 3-1/2" navy blue
(1) 2" x 3-1/2" light blue
(2) 2" x 9-1/2" light blue
(1) 2" x 6-1/2" orange
(2) 2" x 11" orange
(1) 2" x 9-1/2" green
(2) 2" x 12-1/2" green

Assembly


Sew the 2 x 3-1/2 light blue piece to one of the short ends of the navy rectangle.


Sew one 2 x 9-1/2 light blue piece to each of the long sides of the navy rectangle unit.


Sew the 2 x 6-1/2 orange piece to the short end of unit on the side where the navy is exposed.


Sew one 2 x 11 orange piece to each of the long sides of the unit.


Sew the 2 x 9-1/2 green piece to the short end of the unit on the side where the light blue is exposed.


Sew one 2 x 12-1/2 green piece to each of the long sides of the unit.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Register for January 12 Sew-In

Our next Meeting and Open Sew-In are scheduled for:

Sunday, January 12 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(see map on right sidebar)

At 11:00am we will hold our regular monthly 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.

All paid members and first-time attendees may register for the sew-in free of charge.  If you've attended our meetings before, but haven't yet become a member, a $5 payment is requested to participate in the meeting and sew-in.  Membership forms will be available at the check-in desk if you are interested in becoming a member of the CLMQG.

The very first block in our 2014 Block of the Month program will be presented at this meeting.  Check back here later in the week for directions to make Block #1, a supply list, and other pertinent information about this fun, free, and voluntary program!  We will not print and distribute directions for these blocks at our meetings, so if you'd like a printed set of instructions to follow along with at the meeting, please print them at home.  Thanks!

Please follow these instructions to reserve your workshop spot:
  • Send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Register January 12 Workshop" in the subject line.  Please include your full name in the body of the email.
  • Registration deadline is Friday, January 10
  • We will send an email response confirming your registration.
  • This is an open sew-in.  Feel free to bring any modern quilting project to work on :)
  • If you are bringing your sewing machine, please also bring a very long extension cord and/or power strip.
  • If you can bring an iron, ironing pad/table, or cutting mat to share, please note that in your registration request email.
We sincerely hope we've got enough seats for everybody 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.

We are looking forward to seeing YOU this Sunday at 11:00am to kick off an exciting year with the CLMQG!
Until then stay safe and warm!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Skill Builder BOM online program - Are you in?

Pile O' Fabric

At our December meeting we discussed an online Block of the Month pattern that is beginning this month. It is presented by the Pile O'Fabric website, and you can learn all the details here.

If we have members interested in joining this online program, we can register as a group and receive a discount on the one-time annual cost of $25. The more people that sign-up, the bigger discount we'll receive.

Here is a graphic showing the finished 52" x 66" quilt...

skill-builder-2014-cover

Fabric and supply requirements are included in this next image. As you can see, all the fabrics used are Kona solids...

skill-builder-2014-backcover

This program is exclusive of our own CLMQG Block of the Month which will also begin in January.  Participation in either (or both) program is completely voluntary, and you may use any fabrics you choose. We just thought we'd put this offer out there in case anyone was considering joining this online program. With even as few as five participants, the enrollment cost will be reduced 25%.

But we have to register as a group to receive the discount, so if you are interested please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. Please notify us by Sunday, January 12 so we can begin sewing this fun quilt ASAP!

THANK YOU!