Thursday, December 17, 2015

Great Stash Dash Info

Several area quilt shops are participating in a January 2016 shop hop with an entirely new format:

The Great Stash Dash
January 14-23,2016 
 
Here's how it works:  
  • Purchase your passport now for just $10 (or $15 after January 1) and you'll receive a high quality, beautiful tote bag big enough to haul your stash.  
  • During the 10 day long day dash (which includes two weekends) visit all 10 shops, get your passport stamped and save 15% off your entire purchase (some restrictions apply).   
  • Collect a FREE block pattern at each shop to make a beautiful Great Stash Dash Quilt.  Each shop's quilt is unique and finishing kits will be available to purchase.
  • On five Saturdays in 2016, just bring your tote to any (or all) of the 10 participating shops and you'll save 15% all over again.

The FIVE 15% Saving Saturdays:
January 30
April 30
July 30
October 29
December 31*
(please note some shops may have limited hours on December 31)

The TEN participating Shops:
Material Girl - Crystal Lake
Basketcases Unlimited - Clare
Pieceful Gatherings - Fox River Grove
Prairie Shop Quilts - Batavia
Prairie Stitches - Oswego
Quilter's Destination - Arlington Heights
Quilter's Quest - Woodridge
The Quilt Merchant - Winfield
Sew Generously - St. Charles
Stitching on State - Hampshire



Shops have limited quantities of the bags, and the price goes up after January 1.  Once the hop starts, you will no longer be able to purchase a bag and passport. 

**The Great Stash Dash is replacing the annual spring Fat (Quarter) and Sassy Shop Hop.**

Great Stash Dash Quilts from a few of our nearby shops:


Material Girl in Crystal Lake



Pieceful Gatherings in Fox River Grove



Quilter's Destination in Arlington Heights

**Please contact your favorite participating shop with any questions and for more details.


 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LAST CALL FOR 2016 MEMBERSHIP DUES

2016 Membership Dues of $45 (check payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild) 
must be received before January 1, 2016. 

Your participation in the January 23, 2016 sew-in and 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge is dependent on this timely payment of dues.  



You can download the two required forms here and here.  Completed forms and payment can be returned by mail to the address found on the 2016 membership form.  Remember to check the box above the signature line indicating your agreement to the terms of our Hold Harmless Agreement and By Laws.  Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions.


Thank you very much for your cooperation :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hand Sewing Meet Up Reminder

The last 2015 CLMQG hand sewing meet up date is this 
Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30pm.


See you at the Starbucks on Route 14 in Crystal Lake (next to Five Guys).
Please let us know via email or on Facebook if you plan to attend.  Thanks!

We will publish a schedule of 2016 meet up dates soon.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Announcing the Spring 2016 MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

If you are a current member of CLMQG you should have received an email this week about the upcoming MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge. If you did not receive an email, you need to login to the MQG website and make sure your profile email address is correct.

Details about challenge registration, rules, and deadlines can be found in this post on the MQG website.

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  • The sign up form will be emailed to members on December 19, 2015 at 9:00am Central.
  • Fabric quantities are limited, so if you are interested in participating be sure to sign up right away!
  • Fabric will ship to our guild address in January 2016.
  • The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016, and winners will be announced in May 2016.

Monday, December 7, 2015

2016 Program Calendar

Announcing our 2016 Program Calendar!

Jan 23 Saturday Sew-In Mystery Medallion Kick-Off


Feb 21 Featherweight Care and Maintenance Hands-On Demo Secret Pals Kick-Off


Mar 13 Crimson Tate Lecture, Workshop, and Vending


Apr 10 Accuquilt Demo with Workshop Selvage Spools Block Lottery


May 15 Convergence Quilt Workshop and Sew-In Board Elections Guild Birthday Party


Jun 12 Speaker Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com)     


Jul 10  Picnic Paper Pieced Envelope Block Lottery


Aug 14 Summer Sew-In


Sep 11 Quick Curve Ruler Demo with Workshop Mystery Medallion Challenge Grand Prize


Oct 23 Speaker Laura Wasilowski (artfabrik.com) Houses Block Lottery


Nov 13 Holiday Gift Workshops and Sew-In


Dec 4   Holiday Party



We're very excited about the variety of speakers, workshops, sew-ins, and parties planned for our 4th year!  You can always find our updated calendar of meetings by clicking on the "Meeting Calendar" tab at the top of this page.  Many of these programs and events will require a Special Events Fee for visitors which will be announced as the event draws near.

Please remember that 2016 Membership Dues of $45 (check payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild) must be received before January 1, 2016. You can download the two required forms here and here.  Completed forms and payment can be returned by mail to the address found on the 2016 membership form.  Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Party Reminder


CLMQG 2015 Holiday Party

Sunday, December 6, 2015
12:30pm-4:30pm
Village Squire Restaurant
4818 NW Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


If you are registered and paid for our party this Sunday, here is what you need to bring:
  • Wrapped swap gift (optional) with your name on the inside only.  See this post for details about selecting and wrapping a gift.
  • Completed Holiday themed modern quilt item for show and tell - please limit your selections to one or two only as we have a full schedule :)
  • Completed donation quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center
  • $$ for any alcoholic beverages you wish to purchase (tea, coffee, and soft drinks are included with your ticket price)
  • Cookies or other small dessert items to share (optional)
Schedule:
  • Lunch with Menu choices of Chicken Florentine, Filet Brochette, Chicken Berry Salad
  • 2016 Program Calendar Review
  • Show and Tell
  • Game
  • Swap
We're looking forward to enjoying a great afternoon with all of our members!



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hand Sewing Meet Up Reminder

Don't forget - the next CLMQG hand sewing meet up date is this 
Thursday, December 3 at 6:30pm.


See you at the Starbucks on Route 14 in Crystal Lake (next to Five Guys)!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 8, 2015 Meeting Recap

Upcoming Meetings:
  • December 6 Holiday Party for members at The Village Squire restaurant in Crystal Lake, 12:30pm
  • January 23 (SATURDAY) meeting will be an all-day open sew-in, 9am-5pm, members only, at the bank
  • February 21 – Featherweight lecture and hands-on Care and Maintenance demo
  • March 13 – Crimson Tate/Heather Givans lecture and workshop
  • Meeting plans for all of 2016 are almost finalized and will be published soon

Committee Updates:
  • The Holiday Party will feature a plated lunch. Members are welcome to bring some cookies to share. There will also be show and tell and a gift swap. If you 'd like to participate in the voluntary gift swap, please bring a gift-wrapped handmade or purchased item with an approximate value of $15 and include a "from" card on the inside of the packaging to our Holiday Party.
  • The new hand-sewing group will meet the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Starbucks on Rt 14 in Crystal Lake (next to Five Guys restaurant). No RSVP required - just drop in when you can.
Other news:
  • 2016 CLMQG membership forms and dues must be received by January 1, 2016. New forms will be available at the December 6 meeting.
  • Guild volunteer needs in 2016 include: Retreat Committee, Vendor Administrator, Quilt Show Committee, Secret Pals Program, Holiday Party, Garage Sale and Auction
  • We will be holding three Block Lotteries in 2016: April, July, and October. The themes will be announced in January.
  • We are doing a new challenge in 2016: a Mystery Medallion Challenge. For all the details, see this blog post.
Some show and tell photos from our amazing members and guests...




















Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Program! 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge Details

Announcing our new challenge program for 2016...
Mystery Medallion Quilt Challenge



This is a voluntary challenge program for 2016 CLMQG members that will start in January and finish in September 2016. Our own Lesley G is designing the program, but even she won't know the full content and sequence of the monthly challenges. Necchi - New Home Sewing Center in Rockford has graciously offered to donate a Brother Simplicity 700T sewing machine to the winner of this challenge!

Program details:
  • If you choose to participate, you'll need a center "medallion" for your quilt. It can be any size and any form of textile you wish to use - a single quilt block, a large print piece of fabric, a piece of embroidery or applique, a cluster of quilt blocks - basically anything that you would like to use as the center feature of a quilt.
  • Each month you a set of challenge rules will be announced and published here.  The monthly challenge rules will specify a color and a design element that must be incorporated into a quilt border building on your center medallion. So in January the challenge rules will be for the first quilt border, in February the second quilt border, and so on until the final challenge rules are announced in May for the fifth and final quilt border.
  • If you'd like to end up with a smaller quilt at the conclusion of the challenge, you should start with a smaller center "medallion".
  • Each month the challenge rule components will be randomly drawn so no one will know the sequence of colors or design elements.
  • Design elements might include specific quilt blocks, a piece of fabric (provided by the guild), and/or a quilting technique such as applique or paper piecing.
  • There is no registration or fee required to participate.
  • Interim prizes may be awarded as the challenge progresses.
  • The Grand Prize and any interim prizes will be awarded via a random drawing from the pool of those participants who are up to date and have accurately followed each monthly set of challenge rules.

Rules for our Mystery Medallion Challenge - in order to be eligible for any prizes all of these rules must be followed completely
  • If you choose to participate, you must bring your center medallion to the January 23 meeting (or email a photo in JPEG format if you cannot attend that day).
  • Each month you must bring your quilt top in progress to our meetings (or email a photo) to show program judges that you have completed the previous month's challenge rules before proceeding to the next month's challenge rules.
  • If program judges determine that your border does not follow the challenge rules given in the previous month, you will be given a "penalty" element that must be included in the next border in order to remain eligible for prizes.
  • Each monthly border must be added to all four sides of your quilt top, however there will be no restrictions or limitations to the size(s) your borders. 
  • You may add more borders to your quilt top than the five required in the challenge.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations regarding the final size of your quilt top.
  • Final judging of the quilt borders will occur at the June 2016 meeting.  You will then have approximately three months - mid June to mid September - to complete your quilt.
  • Your quilt must be completed - quilted and bound - and shown during show and tell at our September 11, 2016 meeting.
  • You must agree to allow your quilt to be shown at the September 17-18, 2016 Countryside Garden Center Quilt Show.

Don't let these rules and requirements scare you! This is going to be a fun new way to design a quilt top that you may never have imagined. So unleash your creativity and embrace a sense of playfulness while joining us on this new challenge journey!! You might even WIN A NEW SEWING MACHINE while creating a one-of-a-kind quilt that you'll love :)

Lesley ran several of these challenge programs in the past at the quilt store she owned (Acorn Quilts in Rockford) and completed two of these types of quilts...



The center of this first quilt is a piece of wool applique, and the quilt won Best in Show at a recent Sinnissippi Quilt Guild Show!


The center medallion of this second quilt is a needlepoint piece that Lesley completed in high school.  Shelley participated in this same challenge round (but hasn't completed the final border yet) and look how different her quilt turned out.  Two very different quilts from the same sets of challenge rules...


I hope you are all very excited about this new 2016 challenge :)  We had great participation and enthusiasm surrounding our 2015 UFO Challenge, and we'd love for this new program to generate even more involvement - let's keep the momentum going!

Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hand Sewing Meet Up Reminder

Don't forget - the next CLMQG hand sewing meet up date is this 
Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm.


See you at the Starbucks on Route 14 in Crystal Lake (next to Five Guys)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Party Swap Reminder

Guidelines for the Holiday Party Swap


This is a voluntary swap, but please follow these guidelines if you choose to participate:

  • Make a small item (pin cushion, zipper pouch, quilt mini/mug rug are a few ideas) OR buy a sewing item (pins, rulers, fabric, patterns, books are a few ideas) using $15 as your target gift value.
  • Wrap your gift or use a gift bag with a "From" card on the inside so your recipient knows who brought the gift. Do not put your name on the outside of your gift.
  • Bring your wrapped gift to the December 6, 2015 Holiday Party!


ONLY 24 MORE DAYS TO GET YOUR GIFT READY!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Handmade Holiday Bazaar


Our first Handmade Holiday Bazaar will be held at our Sunday, November 8 meeting! Several of our members have generously donated handmade items for sale, and all proceeds benefit CLMQG program funding.

Items to be sold are pictured below - buy a few gifts for friends or treat yourself. Payment by cash or check (payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild) only.

It's not too late to donate additional items to the bazaar! If you've made some small gift items that you'd like to donate, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to let us know what you plan to bring on Sunday.

Coffee Cozies

Tissue Box Covers

Wallets - perfect for gift cards!

Keychain Fobs

Bookmarks

Collapsible Thread Catchers

Owl Scissor Keepers

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 8, 2015 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, November 8 we will meet from 11:00am-4:00pm at our usual spot (Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center - see map on the right sidebar.)

Meeting Highlights include:
  • Open Sew In - bring your sewing machine and supplies and spend the afternoon sewing.  Don't forget a long extension cord and some lunch to keep you energized.  If you have an iron and/or ironing surface to share please bring that too.
  • SewMod Designs vending - Lorrie will have a great selection of whimsical fabrics, kits, and patterns.

  • Handmade Holiday Bazaar - Choose from a variety of lovely items handmade by our members.  Buy a few gift items or treat yourself!  Cash or check only.  Proceeds benefit CLMQG directly.  Watch for another post this week with photos of the items available for sale.  It's not too late to donate additional items - just send us an email and let us know what you're bringing!

  • December 6 Holiday Party RSVP and Payments are due - $25 cash or check (payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild).

  • Special Challenge Announcement - we've designed a fun, new challenge beginning in January 2016!
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share with the group.
  • Donation Quilts - Kelly will collect your completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.

We hope to see YOU on Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Meeting Recap - October 11, 2015

We had a fantastic meeting with 23 members and 10 guests attending to see Jeni Baker and her beautiful quilts!



We're changing the way we communicate important news from our meetings here on the website - moving from actual recorded minutes to a less formal "recap" format and including a few photos.  

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Next meeting November 8 from 11am-4pm.  Open sew-in with Handmade Holiday Bazaar items for sale.
  • December 6 Holiday Party for members at The Village Squire restaurant in Crystal Lake, 12:30pm
  • January meeting will be an all day open sew-in, 9am-5pm, location to be announced.
  • Meeting plans for all of 2016 are almost finalized and will be published soon!
Committee Updates:
  • There will be a vote at the November 8 meeting to determine if the Holiday Party will feature a plated lunch or an appetizer buffet.  Members planning to attend the meeting must RSVP and make payment of $25 (cash or check) on or before November 8.
  • We have collected 37 quilts to date for donation to Gavers Breast Care Center.  Kelly has photographed all the quilts and will be posting them to an album on Facebook soon.
  • The Swap Committee announced a voluntary gift swap to take place at the December 6 Holiday Party.  If you 'd like to participate, please bring a gift wrapped handmade or purchased item with an approximate value of  $15 and include a "from" card on the inside of the packaging to our Holiday Party.
  • The new hand-sewing group will meet the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Starbucks on Rt 14 in Crystal Lake (next to Five Guys restaurant).  No RSVP required - just drop in when you can.  First meeting is Tuesday, October 20.  More details available in this post.
Other news:
  • If you have photos from the Countryside Quilt Show please post them to our Facebook page, or email them to the guild at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • 2016  CLMQG membership forms and dues must be received by January 1, 2016.  New forms will be available at the November 8 meeting.
  • Additional guild volunteer needs in 2016 include: Retreat Committee, Vendor Administrator, Quilt Show Committee

And now a few photos from the meeting.  All of the show and tell photos can be seen here, and the rest of Jeni's trunk show photos can be seen here.

Marge S was the winner of the traditional red and green Christmas lottery blocks, and Shelley N was the door prize winner.


Ann K took home all of the whimsical pink, turquoise, and lime Christmas lottery quilt blocks.


Julie S was one of the big winners in our UFO Challenge Grand Prize Drawing!  She took home a half-yard bundle of Gelato Ombre fabrics, a large cone of Aurifil thread, and a large cutting/pressing board from Olfa :)


Darlene M was another UFO Challenge Grand Prize winner of a Panasonic cordless iron and a large cone of Aurifil thread :)

Congratulations to Julie and Darlene!  And thank you to everyone who participated in our first UFO Challenge - there were 133 registered projects and 76 completed!


Some highlights from Jeni's trunk show...






Thanks to everyone who helped at the meeting and behind the scenes to make this a terrific meeting!  And a special thanks to Jeni for sharing her quilts and the story of her design and book-writing journey with us!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 11, 2015 Meeting Reminder

This Sunday we will meet from 1:00-4:00pm at our usual spot (Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center - see map on the right sidebar.)

The main event of the day will be our lecture and trunk show with Jeni Baker from In Color Order!  Member may attend this meeting free of charge; a guest fee of $5 will apply to all visitors this month.


Other Meeting Highlights include:

UFO Challenge GRAND Prize Drawing - TWO grand prizes will be awarded.

Christmas Block Lottery Drawing - Guidelines can be found here if you'd like to participate.

Show and Tell - bring your completed UFO Challenge projects and other modern quilted items to share with the group.

Donation Quilts - Kelly will collect any completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center.  Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.


We hope to see YOU on Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

Hand Sewing Meet Ups in 2015

We're excited to announce a new opportunity for CLMQG members to meet up, chat, and work on hand-stitching projects!


In order to accommodate the most members, we have decided to schedule two meet ups per month - one on the first Thursday and another on the third Tuesday. There are no attendance requirements or sign-ups necessary; just drop in and join us when you are able!

The schedule for the remainder of 2015 is as follows:

Tuesday, October 20
Thursday, November 5
Tuesday, November 17
Thursday, December 3
Tuesday, December 15

We'll meet at 6:30pm at the Starbucks on Rt. 14 in Crystal Lake (next to Five Guys). Please bring a hand-sewing project to work on (such as binding, embroidery, English paper piecing, etc) while chatting and sipping with other CLMQG members.

Stephanie B is organizing this new program for us.  You can reach her at 
wave.of.atla (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions.

We hope to see you there!