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