Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 8, 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 21 people in attendance at our June 8, 2014 meeting.

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:
  • July 13, Noon - 4:00pm.  Indoor picnic with potluck foods and games planned by the Sewcial Committee.  Member quilt trunk shows.  Sale Table.  BOM blocks 10 and 11 presented.  See Committee Updates below for information on signing up to bring a dish and what you can bring for the sale table.
  • August 10, 11:00am - 4:00pm.  Final BOM block presented and Sew-In.  Last sew-in chance to finish your BOM quilts in time for the Countryside Nursery Quilt Show in September!
  • September 14, Time TBD.  A few members will present different quilting techniques in mini-workshops to attendees.
  • October - Holiday Gift Workshops presented by members.  If you have an idea for a gift that could be demonstrated please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • November - Presentation and vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop
  • December - Holiday Party  

4.  Committee updates:
  • Swaps - Debby Greening.  Charm square packs from the May meeting swap were distributed.  Each participant received a great variety of 56 bright and modern 5" charm squares.  In July there will be a potholder swap to tie-in with our Picnic theme.  You do not need to sign up, just make your potholder and bring it to the meeting to swap.  Email Debby at deb (at) greening1 (dot) com with questions or future swap ideas.
  • Bees - Anuschka Matthews.  The Cary Bee is at full capacity with 8 members and meets regularly once a month.  The Crystal Lake Bee had their first meeting in May with 4 members.  The Lake Zurich Bee meets monthly on a Thursday evening with room for more members.  Send an email to anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com if you are interested in joining or starting a bee group.
  • Workshops - Ann Keck and Bobbie Corpolongo.  No update.
  • Sewcial - Cathy Roberts.  July meeting will be an indoor picnic with sandwiches provided and members asked to bring either a salad or dessert item.  A sign-up sheet was passed around at the meeting.  If you plan to attend the July meeting and were unable to sign-up to bring a food item, please contact Cathy at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.  Planning is already underway for our December Holiday Party.
  • Sale Table - Wendy Pawalek and Lorrie McKey.  CLMQG will hold its first (hopefully quarterly) sale table at the July meeting.  Please bring any quilting/sewing related books, patterns, magazines, knick-knacks, notions, rulers, or tools that you'd like to get out of your house and we'll set up an area for all members to shop.  Prices have been pre-determined by the committee with books likely priced at $1 each/6 for $5 and magazines at $0.25 each/6 for $1.  Fabric may also be donated to the sale table, but please indicate the quantity of each cut with a tag before donating.  Wendy and Lorrie will set a pricing standard for fabric and may bundle some items for easier display and sale.  CASH only for purchases.  All proceeds will be deposited directly to the CLMQG bank account to be used for future programs and events.
  • Charity - due to personal reasons Laura Watts is no longer able to hold the position of Charity Chief.  This post vacancy also loses our connection to the sources of bags, books, and stuffed animals for Project Night Night.  Since we have supported PNN for one full year, the CLMQG Board has decided to investigate new charities to support.  The suggestion was made that for the next year we may focus on an elderly charity.  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.

5. Upcoming quilt shows and events:

6.  New Business:

  • Look for two separate polls to be posted soon on our CLMQG page of the MQG website regarding the September Member Technique Workshops and the October Gift Idea Workshops.
  • Several proposals for technique/gifts to be presented will be posted, and you will be asked to vote for your favorites.
  • Since our meeting space is limited, we will need to limit the number of technique and gift workshops we can offer.  So it is very important that you vote in order for us to present the techniques and workshops you most want to see!

7.  Michael Miller Fabric Challenge reminder - project deadline is July 25 with winners announced August 8.  Photos of your completed project must be posted to the MQG website "Finished Michael Miller Fabric Challenge" discussion thread for contest consideration.  Please bring your completed project to the July or August meeting for show and tell.  If you are unable to complete your project please donate your fabric to CLMQG for use in future charity projects.

8.  Sharon Turskey presented BOM Block #8 - Woven Chevron.  Directions with photos posted here.

9.  Karen Lazarra presented BOM Block #9 - a block that she designed.  Directions with photos posted here.

10.  The Countryside Nursery Quilt Show is scheduled for September 20 and 21, 2014.  We hope to have several members show their quilts, especially their completed BOM quilts.  Last year we had great participation in this show from our members, and that generated significant interest from the community in our guild!

11.  Show and Tell followed.

12.  Lesley Gebbie presented a machine wool applique technique workshop to a group of members while others worked on individual projects at our sew-in.

13.  Donna from brought her truck full of fabric goodies to the bank parking lot, and we shopped outside in the beautiful weather.  Many thanks to Donna and her family for providing us with a unique fabric shopping experience!

Recorded by Judy Otero and Shelley Nielsen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

QuiltCon 2015 Workshop and Lecture Schedule Announced!

The Modern Quilt Guild has published the schedule for lectures and workshops at QuiltCon 2015!

QuiltCon 2015 will take place February 19-22, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas.

The complete list of workshops offered can be found here, while the complete schedule for lectures is posted here.  If you'd like to view the full course catalog by instructor or date you can download it from the top of either page.

Current MQG members are eligible to participate in early registration for lectures and workshops.  Here is a listing of important dates relating to QuiltCon 2015:

June 17  Discount code and registration tutorial sent to all members
June 24  Registration open for all MQG members 10am CDT
July 1     Registration open to general public
July 30   Last day to cancel QuiltCon registration and receive a full refund

July 1     Submissions for QuiltCon quilt show open (details coming soon)

And here is the pricing structure for all QuiltCon 2015 lectures, workshops, and show passes:

Per Lecture $15 non-members, $12.75 members
Full-Day $175 non-members, $149 members — includes a four-day show pass
Half-day $90 non-members, $77 members — includes a four-day show pass
Show Passes
Four-day $35 non-members, $29.75 members — includes admission to the quilt show and vendor hall
One-day $10 non-members, $8.50 members — includes admission to the quilt show and vendor hall

I know we have a few CLMQG members planning to make the trek to Austin next February.  Are you planning or hoping to attend??

Follow @theMQG on Instagram for news and updates about QuiltCon.  If you are a member of CLMQG and you've completed the MQG website sign-in process you should be receiving emails from the MQG with all the relevant QuiltCon and MQG news.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Block of the Month #9

Block of the Month #9
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
(5) 2-1/2 x 2-1/2”

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

(1) 2-1/2 x 2-1/2”
(1) 2-1/2 x 4-1/2”

Tarragon (green)
(1) 2-1/2 x 4-1/2”
(1) 2-1/2 x 6-1/2”

(6) 2-1/2 x 2/12”
(4) 2-1/2 x 4-1/2”
(2) 2-1/2 x 6-1/2”


Step 1
Unit 1: (upper left): Sew a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 white to a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 candy blue.
Unit 2: (upper right): Sew a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 white, 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 navy, and 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 white together in a row.
Unit 3: (lower left): Repeat Unit 2’s instructions
Unit 4: (lower right): Sew a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 orange to a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 white.

Step 2
Unit 1: Sew a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 candy blue below the Unit 1 from Step 1.
Unit 2: Sew a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 white to a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 navy. Take this piece and sew it to the Unit 2 from Step 1. Watch your placement of the fabric and refer to the picture.
Unit 3: Sew a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 white to a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 navy. Take this piece and sew it to the Unit 3 from Step 1. Watch your placement of the fabric and refer to the picture.
Unit 4: Sew a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 orange above the Unit 4 from Step 1.

Step 3
Unit 1: Sew a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 green to the right of the Unit 1 from Step 2.
Unit 2: Sew a 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 white to the Unit 2 from Step 2. See picture for placement.
Unit 3: Repeat Unit 2’s instructions.
Unit 4: Sew a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 white to the left of Unit 4 from Step 2.

Step 4
Unit 1: Sew a 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 green below the Unit 1. See picture for placement.
Unit 4: Sew a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 navy to a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 white. This should be sewn to the top of Unit 4 from Step 3.

Step 5
Sew 4 units together.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Block of the Month #8

Block of the Month #8
Woven Chevron Block Tutorial
Inspiration for this block came from this tutorial by Elven Garden Quilts
Presented by Sharon T.

12.5" unfinished block
1/4" seam allowance

Step 1

Cut from background fabric (White)
(4) 3 1/2” Squares
(4) 4” Squares
(2) 4 1/2” Squares

Cut from Color 1 (Navy)
(4) 4” Squares
(1) 4 1/2” Square

Cut from Color 2 (Green)
(4) 4” Squares
(1) 4 1/2” Square

Step 2

Cross-Over Squares

1. Take a 4 1/2” squares (two background and one of each color). Pair each colored square with a background square, and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on both background squares.

2. Sew along both sides of the drawn line 1/4” away from the line.

3. Cut along the drawn line, creating two half-square triangles from each of your pairs. (total of four HSTs)

4. Press seams

5. Trim your HSTs to 4” square. You will now have four HST squares - two navy/white and two green/white.

6. Pair each navy/white square with a green 4” square, and pair each green/white square with a 4” navy square.

7. Draw a line diagonally through each solid 4” squares (two green and two navy). When you pair these with its’ HST partner, make sure the drawn line runs PERPENDICULAR to the HST line.

8. Again, sew either side of the line, 1/4” away (as per #2) and cut along the drawn line.

9. Press seams. You’ll have a total of eight squares (two pairs of each of those below). You will only need to use the two like that at the top left, and the bottom right.

10. Trim these to 3 1/2” squares. First line up the 45 degree line on your ruler with the long diagonal seam on your block, and trim the side.

Turn your block 90 degrees to the right, and line up the 45 degree with the short diagonal seam, and the 3 1/2” line along the bottom of the square. Trim this side.

Continue turning your block and trimming until you have a 3 ½” crossover square.

Repeat for the remaining three crossover squares.

11. Pair the remaining 4” squares. Follow steps 1-4 and make a total of eight HSTs.

12. Trim them to 3 1/2”.

13. Lay out your HSTs, background 3 1/2 squares and crossovers as shown.

14. Sew squares together to make one 12 1/2” unfinished block.