Friday, February 27, 2015

Get Lucky... with the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  I'm sharing this post written by Lorrie (our guild's excellent VP) and originally posted on her SewMod Designs blog.  There are lots of details here about our monthly door prize drawings, our quarterly UFO Challenge prize drawing and mug rug swap coming up March 8, as well as our next guest speaker, Lynn, from A Different Box of Crayons.  Enjoy all the great photos too!
Thanks Lorrie!

I have to say I’m pretty excited for our upcoming March Guild meeting! March will be our first quarterly drawing for our UFO prizes. Now while I cannot, and will not, tell you what the prize will be until after our meeting, I am certain our members will be pleased! Our sponsors for the guild this year have been extremely generous and we are so thankful for their gracious donations.
Not only is the Guild hosting a UFO Challenge, we have lots of other ideas, projects & guest speakers planned this year!
Keeping the Guild running smoothly is a team effort. Not just by the executive board, but also the members. So one of the fun things we do monthly is thank our members for all the wonderful things they do by passing out tickets.
Get Lucky
For example, volunteering for a demo, bringing a friend or a treat, helping to clean up, and wearing a name tag will earn you tickets! Each ticket increases oneLucky member the chance to win a door prize.
The door prizes are typically handmade items from either myself or Shelley. January’s prize was a Henrietta Turtle kit with a handmade crochet flower.
Guild door prizes
February was the coffee cozy..
Coffee cozy tutorial
And March?… It’ll have to bee a secret for now! But I’ll be showing all the fun door prizes for the year so stay tuned each month.
Sewing Bee
We have a guest speaker in March. Lynn from A Different Box Of Crayons is coming! Lynn continues to inspire us with her use of mixed media into her designs. She incorporates alternative fabrics into her work such as silk, wool, embroidery, and decors. Her newest BOM is Cathedral Doves. Is that a beauty, or what?
A different box of crayons
She recently moved her studio to 121 West Wesley in Wheaton, IL . If you happen to be down there, check it out. I’m going to make a special trip to Wheaton just to see it. How can you resist!? The studio has regular, but not typical hours. Thursday & Friday 10 – 4, & ODD NUMBERED Saturdays are 10 – 2 during the winter. Head over to her FB page, give her a ‘like’ to check for studio updates and see what she’s up too.
A different box of crayons
March is also our first swap for the year…the Mug Rug Swap. We’ve posted a couple of sneak peaks on the guild FB page. If you’re already a guild member, I hope you’re planning on participating. The ones I’ve seen so far that are finished, are swaptastic! Lol, yes, I said that.
mug rug
Remember, that if you’re in the ChicagoLand area and would like to join us for a meeting and give it a test run, we’d love to meet you! We are a welcoming, friendly group and we encourage you to come have some fun too. The CLMQG typically meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Crystal Lake Mortgage Center on Rt. 14 but check the CLMQG blog before attending for any updates. Guests fees are $5. I hope we see you there!
Who knows? Maybe you’ll get Lucky!
Guild door prizes

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 8, 2015 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 32 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, February 8, 2015, including one guest and two new members. We currently have 38 members.

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. The Executive Board is working on a budget; ask Shelley if you would like to see it.

3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 8, 2015 ~ 1:00pm – 4:00 pm ~ A Different Box of Crayons trunk show, presentation, and vending. First quarterly UFO Challenge prize drawing and Mug Rug Swap.
  • April 12, 2015 ~ 11:00am – 4:00pm ~ Open sew-in; Executive Board nominations; Demonstration by Lorrie
  • May 3, 2015 ~ 11:00am – 4:00pm ~ Executive Board Elections, Open Sew-In, possible vending by Pattern Crush
  • June 14, 2015 ~ time TBD ~ Summer Picnic at alternate location, possible vending by Pattern Crush (if not in May)
  • July 2015 (date still tentative) mini quilt tutorial program with Nicole from Modern Handcraft
  • October 11, 2015 ~ time TBD ~ lecture and trunk show with Jeni Baker from In Color Order
  • March 6, 2016 ~ 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm ~ Weeks Ringle from Modern Quilt Studio Chicago will be presenting two separate workshops, “The Role of Color in Your Quilts” and “Fabric Smackdown”. Registration will be required and we may use a lottery system if more than 25 people are interested in each. These will be open to the public if all seats are not filled after members have registered. See the Modern Quilt Studio website for descriptions of these two workshops.

4. Committee Update:

  • Swap Committee: Mug rugs are due at the March meeting if you want to participate in this swap. Please see this post for details.
  • Bees: The Cary bee met in January. They are considering having everyone in the bee use the same pattern, but different colorways, to make quilts. The Crystal Lake bee met in January and each member worked on their own projects. The Lake Zurich bee organized some donations and will be working on their mug rugs next month. Email Anuschka if you would like to join the Lake Zurich bee or start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:
  1. Cathy and her committee are planning our summer picnic. The committee has reserved a pavilion at Oakwood Hills Park (near the intersection of 31 and 176) for our picnic on June 14. More details will be coming. Let Cathy know if you would like to help with the planning at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  2. Trisha is now handling the treat signups for our monthly meetings.
  • Charity Committee: There were no quilts to deliver to our charity last month. In the past, Kelly has hand-sewn labels on the back of each charity quilt. The guild will now be providing labels, please sew one on the back of your charity quilt before you bring it as a donation. Quilts should be a minimum of 45” X 60”. Although there are no color parameters, it is preferred NOT to have all-pink quilts. Please use 100% cotton, quilt-shop quality fabric.
  • Digital Liaison: Wendy gave a short summary of what she will be doing as our digital liaison. She is a resource our members can use for the MQG website. She can help you login to the site and update your profile. She recommends watching the webinars that are available to all members. You do not have to watch the webinars live; they are all available on the MQG website under the “resources” tab.

5. Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • February 19 – 22, 2015: QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX.
  • March 19-22, 2015: Fat (Quarter) and Sassy Shop Hop
  • March 26 – 28, 2015: IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL
  • April 9 – 11: Sewing Expo at the Renaissance in Schaumburg, IL
  • June – August: Northern IL Quilt Fest Shop Hop

6. New Business:

  • UFO Challenge: you can still register for this challenge any month between now and September. You pay $2 for each project that you register; all money raised goes to prizes for the challenge.
  • CLMQG Shop Hop – The Executive Board is looking into hosting a guild shop hop, with a target date in May. We are focusing on quilt shops in the Madison area and southern WI. We plan on having this the week of May 11th. You will need to present your CLMQG membership card in order to get special discounts. More information will be coming soon!
  • Cindy announced that the Crystal Lake Park District will be hosting once-a-month sew-ins at the Park District Administrative Office from 9 – 4 on Saturdays. The cost is $5 per day. You do not need to register. Upcoming dates include February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16.

7. Several members brought quilts for show and tell. First members showed UFO Challenge quilts they have finished, then members showed other projects.

8. Lynn from Centegra Gavers Breast Center was a special guest speaker. Lynn is the liaison who receives our charity quilts and passes them on to women who are battling breast cancer. Lynn gave a huge thank you for all our guild’s work in making quilts. She said it means so much that we have chosen women in McHenry County to be the recipients of our charity quilts. When she presents a quilt to a patient, it takes their breath away that someone out there who doesn’t know them cares enough to make them a quilt. Patients feel wrapped up and nurtured by the quilts we have donated. Kelly presented Lynn with a quilt that was made by some of our guild members, which the Centegra Gavers Breast Center can use for their spring auction fundraiser.

9. Member Demonstrations: Sharon gave a demonstration on quilting in sections and Mary demonstrated how to glue-baste your quilts before machine quilting them.  Mary also provided this YouTube link for more information on her method.

10. We had the sale table before and after the meeting. We raised over $190, which will go towards our summer picnic and our December Holiday Party.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Quilt Donations

The charity we have chosen to support this year is the Centegra Gavers Breast Center. Our Charity Chief, Kelly L has been collecting our donated comfort quilts for area breast cancer patients and giving them to Lynn, a "Navigator" at the Gavers Center. Lynn's job as a Navigator is to coordinate all aspects of a breast cancer patient's treatment including testing, surgeries, therapies, appointments, and insurance issues. Due to the wide scope of her responsibilities, Lynn gets to know these patients quite well. She is the person who distributes our quilts to the patients, and this Sunday, February 8, she will speak at our meeting about her job, the patients she meets, and the impact our donations have made.

Please remember to bring any new donation quilts to our meeting on Sunday. Every year there are 150 more women diagnosed with breast cancer at the Gavers Center; women who need all the comfort we can provide with our quilt donations.

I've attached several photos of the quilts we have donated since October 2014. Each quilt is photographed and labeled by Kelly before it is passed on to Lynn for distribution to a patient. A copy of the quilt label wording is attached at the bottom of this post.

This is the label that is included with each donated quilt:

Please accept this handmade quilt to keep you warm and loved as you journey toward recovery.

May it be a comfort throughout and one day soon, a reminder of your courageous battle.
Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild

 Washing instructions:
               Machine wash in cool water with mild detergent
               Tumble dry lowest setting

 Some shrinkage is normal and makes the quilting stitches stand out.  We recommend using 1 tsp. Dawn dish liquid in lieu of typical laundry detergent.

We're looking forward to meeting Lynn on Sunday, and we hope you'll be able to join us.  More meeting details published here.