Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 16, 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 28 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, March 16, 2014. No new members joined, so our total membership remains at 60.

2.  Treasurer’s Report: Last month we had several expenses, including the Modern Quilt Guild affiliate membership fee, a fee to the Secretary of State to retain our non-profit status, and the purchase of fabrics for the BOM sample blocks. 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:

  • April 13, 2014: Sew in: bring your own project to work on. SewMod will be vending.
  • May 4, 2014: 2014 Membership fees are due; Board member elections. See “New Business” section for more information about the elections.
  • June 8, 2014: Workshop (more information to come) will be vending. The owner, Donna, will bring a truck full of goodies and park in the parking lot for us to go out and shop.
  • July meeting is tentatively set for July 13, 2014. We are considering having a few members do “trunk shows” to show their evolution as quilters. Please email us if you are interested in speaking at this meeting: crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com 
4.  Committee Update:
  • Laura Watts, Charity Chief, announced that we need quilts for Project Night Night! Some members donated quilts at the meeting today. 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. If you would like to claim a quilt you donated to Project Night Night as a deduction on your income taxes, please print this form.
  • Debby Greening, Swap Swami, announced our next swap. Participants will make a mini quilt (any size from 12" X 12” to 48" X 48”) for another participant. Mini quilts are due at our May 4th meeting. If you are interested in participating and you did not sign up at today’s meeting, please email Debbie: deb (at) greening1 (dot) com. Be sure to tell her your favorite colors, fabric types, hobbies, etc, so your partner can make something special just for you. You need to email Debbie by Thursday March 27, so that she can arrange everyone’s partner. She will be emailing all participants soon with the name and interests of the person they are making a mini quilt for.  Debby is also looking for some people to be "quilt angels" in case a member signs up for a swap but then due to unforeseeable circumstances is unable to fulfill her obligation.  A quilt angel would then step in and finish the project.  If you are willing to help as a quilt angel please email Debby to let her know.
  • 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. New bees are forming in Crystal Lake and Cary. Details are still being worked out for these two bees; 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, have started planning our future workshops. 
5.  Modern Quilt Guild
  • Shelley showed some videos on how to join and follow our guild on the MQG website and how to update your profile to show your complete first and last names.  We are looking to see if we can put the videos on the blog.  Please make sure you have completed the following steps on the MQG website: 
  1. joined and followed CLMQG 
  2. updated your personal profile to show your full name
  3. updated your notification preferences to receive a once-daily email digest of all activity on our CLMQG portion of the MQG website
  • All registrations for sew-ins will now be completed on the CLMQG portion of the MQG member website.  An "event" will be created for each sew-in date, and you must RSVP to that event to be registered.  Only those members who have "joined" CLMQG on the MQG website are able to RSVP.
  • If you haven’t taken the MQG annual member survey, please do that soon. It only takes 5 – 10 minutes. Log onto the MQG members website, click the Home button, and click the survey link at the top of the screen.
  • Fabric for members who signed up for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge should be available at the April meeting. If you are unable to attend that day, an alternative pick up place is being arranged. The Challenge runs until June 23rd.
6.  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. 
  • Original Sewing and Quilt Festival in Schaumburg, March 27 – 29, 2014
  • AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, April 23-26, 2014
  • International Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont, June 19 – 21, 2014
  • AQS in Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Check soon for submission details if you would like to enter a quilt in this show.

7.  New Business:
  • Paige and Shelley announced that Board elections will be at our May meeting. 
  1. If you would like to nominate someone, first please make sure they would like to have the position. Then email your nomination to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. Nominations are due by the April meeting and will be accepted via email only.
  2. Board member descriptions are listed in the By-Laws (click here to view the By-Laws).
  3. The nominees will be presented at the April meeting.
  4. Elections will be at our May meeting. Only members who have paid for the next year will be allowed to vote, and you must be present at the May meeting to vote.
  • Paige announced that she is looking into having some merchandise with the CLMQG logo available for purchase at Keep watching for more information about this.

8.  2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Shelley and Karen presented the two March blocks. 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. Two blocks will be presented again in April. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

9.  Show and Tell: Several members brought beautiful quilts to share and many members showed the blocks they have made so far in the Block of the Month program.

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

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

12.  During the sew-in, members worked on various quilts for Project Nite Nite, our guild’s charity.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Block of the Month #3

Block of the Month #3
Designed and Presented by Karen L

12.5" unfinished block
1/4" seam allowance 

Cutting Instructions and layout:

For this block, you will need to cut:

Navy Blue

(2) 1-1/2 x 1-1/2"
(1) 2-1/2 x 2-1/2"
(2) 1-1/2 x 9-1/2" 

(2) 1-1/2 x 3-1/2"
(2) 1-1/2 x 6-1/2" 

(1) 1-1/2 x 7-1/2" 

(1) 1-1/2 x 3-1/2" 
(1) 1-1/2 x 4-1/2" 
(2) 1-1/2 x 5-1/2" 
(3) 1-1/2 x 10-1/2" 

(2) 1-1/2 x 12-1/2" 

Tarragon (green)

(1) 3-1/2 x 4-1/2"

Candy Blue
(2) 1-1/2 x 2-1/2"
(2) 1-1/2 x 4-1/2"


Step 1
Unit 1:  Sew the 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 light blue pieces to the top and bottom of the 2-1/2 navy square. 
Unit 2:  Sew the 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 orange pieces to the short ends (top and bottom) of the 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 green rectangle.
Unit 3:  Sew the 1-1/2 navy squares to the short ends (left and ride sides) of the 1-1/2 x 7-1/2 orange rectangle.

Step 2
Sew the 1-1/2 x 4-1/2 light blue pieces to the left and right sides of Unit 1. 
Sew the 1-1/2 x 6-1/2 orange pieces to the left and right sides of Unit 2.
Sew the 1-1/2 x 9-1/2 navy pieces to the top and bottom of Unit 3. 

Step 3
Unit 1:  Sew the 1-1/2 x 4-1/2 white piece to the right side.  Then sew the 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 white pieces to the top and bottom.  
Unit 3:  Sew the 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 white piece to the right side.  Then sew the 1-1/2 x 10-1/2 white piece to the top.  

Step 4
Sew Unit 2 to the right of Unit 1.  Then, sew Unit 3 to the bottom of Unit 1/Unit 2.   

Step 5
Sew the 1-1/2 x 10-1/2 white pieces to the top and bottom. 
Sew the 1-1/2 x 12-1/2 white pieces to the left and right sides.  

Block of the Month #4

Block of the Month #4

This is the Modern Movement Block by Letty at Happy Dance Quilting
Presented by Shelley N

12.5" unfinished block
1/4" seam allowance 


Step 1
Cut 4 background squares 5.5"
Cut 4 print/colored fabric squares 5.5"

Step 2
Layer each print/colored square with a background square and pin together.

Step 3
Sew a 1/4" seam all the way around each unit.

Step 4
Cut each unit into 4 pieces by making two diagonal cuts corner to corner.

Step 5
Press the seams open creating 4 half-square triangle units from each print/background combination.
Trim each HST unit to 3.5" square.

Step 6
Arrange the HST units like this.

Step 7
Sew the 4 HST units together. This block should measure 6.5" square.

Step 8
Cut and sew the remaining 3 color/background units in the same manner. Sew the four blocks together in this layout to make your 12.5" (unfinished) block.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Register for March 16 Meeting and Sew-In

Dear CLMQG members: Please register for our March 16 Project Night Night Sew-In by logging on to the Modern Quilt Guild website and RSVP-ing to the event "March 16, 2014 Meeting and Project Night Night Sew-In".

This is how we will handle member registrations for all meetings and sew-ins from this point forward.

If you have not yet completed the following steps to "join" the Crystal Lake MQG Community on the MQG website, please do so now:

  • Login to the MQG website with your username/email address and password.
  • 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

By both "joining" and "following" CLMQG you will be able to RSVP for events as well as initiate and comment on discussion topics.

Please also update your Profile Notification Settings to "Once a day in an email digest" so that you will be notified via email whenever an event has been added or a discussion topic has been posted. To update your profile to receive email notification of new discussion topics and events, please follow these steps while you are still logged in to the MQG website:

  • 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 - "Once daily in an email digest" is recommended.
  • 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.

We are currently phasing out the use of our own website for member communications. This website will be maintained only as our guild's "face" to the general public. All communications to members will be posted to the CLMQG Community page on the MQG website.

Thanks for your cooperation as we make this transition. We're looking forward to seeing you this Sunday at 11:00am for the general meeting and sew-in!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Low Volume Fabric Swap Reminder

Just a reminder that CLMQG is hosting a 
Low-Volume Fabric Swap 
at our next meeting on Sunday, March 16 at 11:00am.

To participate please follow these simple steps:
  • Bring any number of fat-eighths (F8s) of quilt-shop-quality low-volume fabrics to swap for the same quantity.  If you bring four F8s, you will take home four F8s.
  • F8s must be cut 9" x 21".  The easiest way to do this is to take a fat-quarter (18" x 21") and cut it in half along the 21" measurement perpendicular to the selvage.  This way each F8 you have just cut has a portion of the selvage still attached.
  • Wrap each F8 in plain paper so that the fabric design is concealed.
The photo below shows several examples of low-volume fabrics.  The general definition of "low-volume" is a fabric that has a white or light colored background and includes a tone-on-tone or lightly colored graphic, text, floral, or dot pattern.  Click here to see my Pinterest page with many examples of low-volume fabric selections, as well as quilts made with low-volume fabrics.

Our member Sharon T has also made two quilts with low-volume backgrounds that she shared at our February meeting.  Click here to view the photos of Sharon's quilts.

I've already got my swap fabrics picked out!  Have you?  

Don't forget to bring your swap fabrics on
 Sunday, March 16!