Monday, February 17, 2014

RSVP Deadline - MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Great news!!  Now that our guild is an official member of the international Modern Quilt Guild we are able to participate in their annual fabric challenge.

Each paid member who has completed their registration on the MQG website should have received an email from the MQG containing information about this challenge.  See this MQG blog post to read all the pertinent details about the challenge.

The CLMQG board will register our guild as participants in this challenge - you do not need to register individually.  But in order to do so we must provide a head count of our members that wish to participate.  This is completely voluntary on the part of each individual.  Of course we hope that many of you will choose to participate!

In order to complete our guild's challenge registration and provide a head count, we need for you to respond by Thursday, February 20 at 5:00pm.  Thursday evening we will complete our challenge registration, so if you'd like to participate and be given a free bundle of new fabric to use in the challenge don't miss this deadline!

Here are the instructions to respond if you want to participate:

  • Login to the MQG website.
  • Click the "Community" tab at the top of the page.
  • Then click the "Groups" tab at the top of the Community page.
  • Search for "Crystal Lake MQG" and select it when the search completes.
  • Click the "Join" button for Crystal Lake MQG
  • Click the "Follow" button for Crystal Lake MQG
  • On the Crystal Lake MQG page you should see a topic titled "Michael Miller Fabric Challenge - Response Deadline 2/20".  Click the orange "Add new comment" box and type in your response.

We realize this seems like a lot of steps to go through, but this is the beginning of our transition to using the MQG website as our primary means of communication with our CLMQG membership.  This will all become second nature to you as we use the website more and more frequently to update you on CLMQG news.  You'll want to have your MQG account profile set up to notify you via email whenever a new discussion topic is added to our Crystal Lake MQG group.  That way you'll never miss out on any news!  This is also the way you will register for sew-ins and RSVP for any special events.  To update your profile to receive email notification of new discussion topics please follow these steps:

  • Click the "Profile" tab at the top of the MQG website page.
  • Click the "Notification settings" tab.
  • Choose how often you would like to receive email notifications - immediately as triggered, once daily, or once weekly.  We recommend once daily to keep current.
  • Further down the same page you should see "Crystal Lake MQG" listed with a column to the right marked "Send email?"  Click to check this box.

Then you should be ready to go and set up to receive any and all news from CLMQG that is posted to the MQG website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or problems.  And remember to respond by 5:00pm on Thursday, February 20 if you want to participate in the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge!

Thanks for your patience as we transition to using this new MQG website for our guild communications :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 9, 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 31 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Three new members joined, bringing our total membership to 60.

2,  Treasurer’s Report: Last month we had one new member pay and no expenses, so we still have $1311 in our guild checking account.

3.  Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 16, 2014: Project Night Night Sew-in. Bring your current or new 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 she has received 8 quilts for Project Night Night this month. She is especially in need of gender-neutral quilts. Quilts should be 40" x 50" or 50" x 60". If you are working on a quilt for this charity, please email Laura to let her know ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com. 
  • Debby Greening is our new Swap Swami. Our swap next month is “Low Volume fat 1/8s.” Low volume fabrics are prints where the background is a light neutral with a light pattern printed on it  From a distance they may appear to be solid or a tone-on-tone. They might have some colors, but overall they are "quiet".  See this Pinterest board for some samples of quilts made with low volume fabrics.   You can also reference the photos of Sharon's two quilts that she brought for show and tell - the backgrounds of these two quilts are made from an assortment of low volume fabrics.  If you'd like to participate in the swap, please bring quilt shop quality fabric cut into a 9" X 22" rectangle (if you have a fat ¼, cut it in half perpendicular to the selvage, so both pieces have part of the selvage). Wrap each fat 1/8 separately in paper, so others cannot see the fabric. For every fat 1/8 that you bring, you will get to choose one to take home. You can bring as many or as few as you would like. Please email Debby at deb (at) greening1 (dot) com if you have questions about this swap or if you have ideas for future swaps.
  • Anuschka Matthews, our Bee Keeper, announced that there is a bee that meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. There is also some interest in a bee in the southwest area of Crystal Lake. There is also the possibility of a bee meeting at the Crystal Lake Public Library (for a nominal fee to rent the room). 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.
  • We have two new co-chairs of the Workshop Committee: Ann Keck and Bobbie Corpolongo. They will start planning our future workshops. 

5.  Upcoming Quilt Shows: 

  • “Modern Perspectives” Exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin is occurring now through April 6, 2014. Click here for details.
  • 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 announced that our guild is now an official affiliate of the Modern Quilt Guild. If you are a paid member of CLMQG and you did not receive an email from the MQG last week with information on how to activate your account, please check your spam folder. If you still do not have it, email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com for help. Since we are now under the MQG, we are required to amend our by-laws. Email us if you would like a current copy of the bylaws.
  • Shelley announced that we will be resuming our “member profiles” on the blog. Each month, a member will be interviewed so we can get to know each other. Be on the lookout for an email containing a few fun questions!

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

8.  2014 Block of the Month (BOM) 

  • Mary Benz presented the February block, “Modern Maple, Log Cabin Style”. 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.  
  • Mary used a technique to make her half-square triangles that many members had not seen before.  Click here to view the Missouri Star YouTube video that demonstrates this method.
  • Two blocks will be presented in March. 
  • All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program. 

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

10.  The meeting portion ended, and we had a brief social time and sew-in set-up.

 11.  Shelley presented a demonstration of how to paper piece, using the popular “economy block” as her sample.

12.  During the sew-in, women worked on their own projects.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Block of the Month #2

Block of the Month #2
Modern Maple – Log Cabin Style
Presented by Mary B

12.5" unfinished block
1/4" seam allowance
Press most seams away from darker fabric or open

Cutting Instructions and layout:

Maple Leaf fabric (solid colors)
  • (1) 2” x 7” rectangle (dark blue)
  • (1) 7-1/4” square (green)
  • (3) 4-1/2” squares (your choice of solid colors) OR make 3 log cabin squares that measure 4-1/2” square.
Background fabric (white)
  • (1) 7-1/4” square
  • (2) 4-1/2” squares

  • If making log cabin blocks – make those first.
  • Use a 2” green square and then build out the logs with 1-1/2” and 2” strips of the other fabrics.
  • Or use improvisational piecing and create a wonky log cabin.
  • They should measure 4-1/2” square (trim if needed).
  • Make 3.

Next – let’s make the ½ square triangles.
Lay the 7-1/4” background and maple fabric squares right sides together.
Sew 1/4” around the edge of all 4 sides.

Mark 2 diagonal lines from corner to corner after sewing.

Cut on the marked lines to make 4 triangles.

Press open and trim to 4-1/2”

Now let’s make the stem for the maple leaf.
Take the dark blue rectangle and a background 4-1/2” square.
Cut the 4-1/2” square on the diagonal to make 2 triangles.

Mark the center of the rectangle and triangle and match up – sew seam on both long sides of the rectangle.

Trim to 4-1/2”

Now – time to put it all together!
Lay out the block as desired.
Notice the placement of the log cabin blocks – you can rotate them any way.

Inspiration for this block from:

Flickr links

Friday, February 7, 2014

February 9 Meeting - what you need to bring

  • Show and Tell items: 1-3 modern quilting projects you've finished and/or what you're working on
  • CLMQG Block of the Month:  any blocks you've completed and/or fabrics you've chosen
  • Supplies for the Paper-Piecing Workshop if you are registered and planning to participate.  See the supply list posted here.
  • Supplies and your project for the sew-in if you are registered.  Don't forget a really long extension cord if you are bringing your sewing machine.  Not registered but would like to be?  See this post for registration instructions.
  • Project Night-Night quilts for donation.
  • Food and drink to keep you going during the sew-in.  Non-alcoholic beverages only - sorry, facility rules!  Snacks to share are always appreciated, but not required :)

We're looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at 11:00am!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Supply List for Paper Piecing Workshop

If you are registered for the February 9, 2014 workshop and sew-in, the following is a list of supplies you'll need for the Paper-Piecing Workshop portion of the day:

Print 3 copies of the Red Pepper Quilts Economy Block pdf file found here.  Set page scaling to "none" when printing to be sure that the pattern will print at the correct size - finished blocks will be 5" square.


(3) 3.5" squares - 2 dark and 1 light
(6) 4" squares - 4 light and 2 dark
(6) 5" squares - 4 dark and 2 light

Small cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler (6" square or 6" x 12" would be ideal)
Scissors for use with paper and fabric
Straight pins
Seam Ripper
Neutral color piecing thread
Sewing machine
Add-A-Quarter ruler (only if you already have one - not essential)
Mini-iron and pad (again only if you already have one)

Not yet registered for the workshop?  Please see this post for registration instructions.

If you have never paper-pieced before, you may want to watch this YouTube video by Mary Fons of Quilty Magazine.  Paper-piecing is not difficult, but it requires a different approach than traditional block piecing, and a look at this short video may give you a chance to start "wrapping your brain around" that approach.

We're looking forward to seeing there on Sunday at 11:00am!  Stay warm and safe until then!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Important: Modern Quilt Guild Membership Activation

If you are a paid member of CLMQG you should have received an email today with the subject line: "Account Activation: Welcome to Modern Quilt Guild membership through your local MQG".

This is a legitimate email - one that you are receiving because our guild's membership with the international MQG organization became effective this week.  Woo-hoo!

The email provides a link to activate your account with the Modern Quilt Guild.  This link will expire within seven days, so you must act ASAP. When you click the link, you will be directed to a page on the MQG site where you will be required to provide your own password.  If your name has been misspelled you will be able to correct it on the same screen.

CLMQG will begin using this MQG website as a primary means of communication with our members in the near future.  Members will be able to RSVP for meetings and workshops on this platform and connect with other CLMQG members.  So it is very important that you complete this account activation to avoid any missed communication from us in the future.

We (the board members) are still in the process of learning all the ways this new MQG forum will work for us, but as we learn we'll pass the information along to you :)

Thanks for your patience!  If you have questions please email us at:
crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com