Monday, July 21, 2014

July 13, 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 27 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, July 13, 2014, including one guest. Our total membership is 40.

2.  We started the meeting with an indoor potluck/picnic. Special thanks to Cathy R. and her Sewcial Committee for organizing this fun event. At the same time, we had our first ever Sale Table. Many members brought unwanted fabric, magazines, books, and other quilt stuff which was then sold at very low prices. Thanks to Wendy and Lorrie for organizing this table.

3.  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.

4.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • August 10th, from 1:00 – 4:00: Final BOM presentation; Bring what you have done so far for the BOM; Bring your Michael Miller Challenge project for Show and Tell. We have had a second warning from the bank about pins found on the floor, so we will not be having a sew-in on this date. We need to find a solution to this problem before we host more sew-ins.
  • September 14: Member Technique Demonstrations
  • October 12: Holiday Gift Workshop
  • November 9: Presentation and Vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop
  • December: Holiday Party

5.  Committee Update:
  • Swap Committee: The five people who brought potholders swapped those. Debby is working on another swap; details to come at our August meeting.
  • Anuschka M., our Bee Keeper, announced that there are three bees: one meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm; a second meets in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoons; the third bee meets in Cary on Wednesday evenings. The Cary bee is at full capacity. 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, are discussing different workshop possibilities.
  • The Sewcial Committee has already started planning our December Holiday Party. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  • Sale Table Committee: We raised $85 at today’s sale table! This money is all going directly into our account to help pay for the holiday party and other fun events. Wendy and Lorrie will bring all the unsold items back to our October sale table, for members who were not at today’s meeting. After that date, all unsold items will be given to a charity.
  • Charity Committee:
  1. We are still taking ideas for a new charity for our guild to donate to. We will be making a decision in September. 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.
  2. Kelly gave a personal account of a quilt she donated to a friend battling breast cancer and recommended we support Susan G. Komen by donating finished quilts to be distributed to women battling breast cancer in the greater Chicagoland area.  She also volunteered to head the effort if we select this charity.
  3. Barb explained a short-term charity project members can participate in: making stockings out of patriotic or holiday fabrics which will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas. The stockings will be collected at the August and September meetings. Email Barb at bfreeman1 (at) aol (dot) com if you would like a copy of the pattern; the stockings take about half an hour each to make.

6.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • Upper Midwest Machine Quilt Show in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, August 7 - 9
  • 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: if you have an idea to demonstrate for the Member Techniques in September or for the holiday gift workshop in October, please bring photos to our August meeting so we can take a poll of who is interested in which techniques.

8.  Reminders:

  • Michael Miller Challenge Update: The deadline has been extended to July 25th. Winners will be announced August 8th. To enter, upload a photo of your project (anything quilted) to the fabric challenge forum on the MQG website. We have posted directions for uploading your photo on our blog. If you signed up and do not use your fabric, please return it to the guild so it can be used for our charity.

9.  2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Shelley presented the two blocks for July, since Darlene was not able to be at the meeting to show her block. 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. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

10.  Member Trunk Shows were presented by Lorrie M, Paige P, Bobbie C, Sharon T, Kathy P, and Karen L. We were entertained hearing and seeing how these members have evolved in their quilt-making. Three other ladies each brought a quilt for show and tell.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Monday, July 14, 2014

Posting MM Challenge project photos to the MQG website

Member Lorrie M tracked down and documented these helpful tips and instructions for uploading your Michael Miller Challenge project photos to the Modern Quilt Guild website.  In order for your project to be considered in the contest, you must upload your photos to this specific MQG Forum topic thread.

Having trouble loading your Michael Miller Challenge quilt project to the Modern Quilt Guild website? Go to

1. Enter your login information.

2. Click on the COMMUNITY tab

3. Click on the FORUMS tab.

4. Click on the MQG Fabric Challenges thread.

5. Click on the FINISHED Michael Miller Fabric Challenge thread.

6. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter your finished project in the "Add new comment" section.  Click inside the comment box to type your description.

7. For help loading your photo(s) and finishing your post, click on this link and follow the steps provided by user Andres Rosales:

Use this link to locate other tutorials about how to use other features of the MQG website:

Many thanks to Lorrie for putting these instructions together for us!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Block of the Month #10

Block of the Month #10
Drunkard’s Path
Presented by Darlene M.

12.5” unfinished block
1/4” seam allowance

I took a class at Barrington Sewing Center a long time ago and used my notes to create this block.

** You will need to print the block templates found here and make your own re-usable templates with cardboard or template plastic.

Cutting Instructions:

Trace template A & B on to each of your fabric choices (Orange, Navy Blue, Candy Blue and Tarragon Green), making sure you cut the notch into each center as marked. Also, make sure the arrows on the template follow the grain of the fabric.

Layout fabrics:


You will sew the curves with NO pins!

Fold each piece in half (at the notch). Then fold in half again and snip the fabric marking the halfway points between the center and the ends of each curve. Sew with the CONVEX piece on top, right sides together. Use a 2.5” stitch and set your machine for the needle down position. Sew slowly and reposition about every 4-5 stitches. As you reposition the top piece, match up the snips and notches.

Complete all 4 sections of the block.

Pressing: Press toward the dark fabric. Do not use steam and do not move your iron back and forth.

Sew together pressing your seams in opposite directions so they will lay flat.

Square up your block to 12 ½”

Sale Table Reminder for July 13, 2014

At this Sunday's meeting we will be holding our first quarterly Sale Table.  Clean out your sewing areas and help CLMQG fund more programs and speakers - Win/Win!!  Here are the details:
  • 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 have an area for all members to shop.  Drop off your donation items when you arrive at the meeting.
  • Prices have been pre-determined by the Sale Table 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.
  • Any items left at the end of the meeting will be donated to a charity deemed appropriate by the Sale Table committee and Executive Board.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Block of the Month #11

Block of the Month #11
Sunburst Block inspired by a quilt at Geta’s Quilting Studio
Presented by Shelley N

12.5” unfinished block
1/4” seam allowance


Step 1 – Cutting

** Press all fabrics with Best Press or starch before cutting your pieces for this block.
Tarragon (Green): (2) 4” squares and (1) 5” x 22” strip
Navy Blue: (1) 3” square
Candy Blue: (2) 1.25” x 11” strips and (2) 1.25” x 12.5” strips
White: (1) 5” x 22” strip

Also needed: (1) 15 degree fan/wedge ruler OR template provided and circle template provided (click here for template pattern sheet), AND template plastic or cardboard for making circle and wedge templates.

Step 2
Layer the white and green 5” strips together. If you are using the template align the top and bottom edges of the template with the top and bottom edges of the strip sets as shown. If you are using the 15 degree ruler align the 5” marking with the top of your strip set as shown (the bottom edge of the ruler should align with the bottom edge of the strips.) Place your template or ruler close to the left edge of the strips set.

Step 3
Using your rotary cutter, cut along the left edge of the template/ruler.

Step 4
Make another cut along the right edge of the template/ruler.

Step 5
Rotate the template/ruler 180 degrees, align the 5” marking along the bottom edge of the strips and make another cut on the right edge.

Step 6
Moving to the right, continue rotating and cutting along the right edge of the template/ruler until you have 12 pairs of white and green wedges.

Step 7
Sew each of the 12 white and green wedge sets together with a ¼” seam. Always sew with the green wedge on top and begin your seam at the top (or widest) edge of the wedges and sew toward the bottom (or narrowest) edges. You want the top or outside edges of the wedges to be in alignment. The center edges will be covered by an appliqued circle, so if they are a bit uneven that is okay.
Press the seams toward the green wedge.

Step 8
Sew the 12 sets into 6 sets remembering to always begin the seams at the top edge. Press toward the green.

Step 9
Sew the 6 sets into 3 sets.

Step 10
And finally sew the three sets into a complete circle. Press well.

Step 11
Align an edge of your ruler across three wedges as shown. Make sure the ruler edge is directly over the outer edges of two green wedges with a white wedge in the center.
Cut along the edge of the ruler to make one straight side of an octagon.

Step 12
Rotate the block and make three similar cuts at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock around the edges of the circle. It should now look like this...

Step 13
Now align your ruler with outer edges of two white wedges (green one in the center) and trim.

Step 14
Trim the three remaining rounded edges and now you have an octagon.

Step 15
Cut your two 4” green squares in half on the diagonal.

Step 16
Place the resulting 4 triangles at the outer corner edges of your octagon as shown.

Step 17
Align the long edge of each triangle with an outer edge of the hexagon. Eyeball the placement of the triangle point to be in the center of the white wedge as shown. Pin in place and sew the triangle to the octagon.

Step 18
Sew the remaining three triangles to the outer corner edges of your hexagon. Press toward each triangle and now you have a square that should be very close to 11”. Trim carefully and slightly if needed to make an 11” square.

Step 19
Sew the 1.25” x 11” light blue strips to the left and right sides of your Sunburst square, and then sew the 1.25” x 12.5” light blue strips to the top and bottom. Press toward the light blue. Your block should now measure 12.5” square.

Step 20
Using the circle template provided cut a circle from the dark blue 3” square. Fuse using Heat n Bond Lite, or pin or glue the circle over the center opening and raw edge applique using a machine blanket or zigzag stitch. Alternatively, you may add a seam allowance to the circle template and needle turn applique the circle for a more finished edge.

And now your block is complete.