Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Program! April 2015 Block Lottery

At our March 2015 meeting we introduced a new voluntary program for CLMQG members - a block lottery! Our first lottery will occur at the April 2015 meeting, so if you'd like to participate please read the rules below and get busy sewing!

Our block lottery works like this:
  • Members make one or more quilt blocks according to the rules given for each lottery.
  • Each block brought to the lottery must be the correct size stated in the rules to be included.
  • Each block you bring to the lottery earns you once chance to win the drawing.
  • Blocks MUST be made of quilt shop quality fabrics - use fabrics that you love because chances are good that others will love them too :)
  • If there are more than 24 blocks contributed to the lottery, we will split the pile in half and draw two winners.
  • Your block(s) must be labeled with your name (you can use an address label stuck to the back) so that the winner knows who made each block.
  • If you win the lottery you must bring a finished project made with your winning blocks before you can be eligible to win future lotteries, though you may continue to contribute blocks to all lotteries.

The rules for the April 2015 block lottery:
  • Block size: 12.5" unfinished
  • Pattern:  Star - any star block you like - friendship stars, Ohio Stars, lone stars, feathered stars, wonky stars.  The possibilities are practically endless!
  • Background fabrics must be low-volume (light colored)
  • Star fabrics must contain dots.
  • Have fun!!

Each of the board members made some star blocks to show as examples at the March meeting.  All these blocks will be included in the lottery.  Here are the photos...

You can use multiple low volume fabrics in the background.

made by Shelley N (elsie's girl)

Or a single fabric in the background.

made by Shelley N (elsie's girl)

Use multiple fabrics to make your star...

made by Lorrie G (SewMod Designs)

Or use a single fabric for your star and a single fabric for your background.

made by Judy O

You can even put multiple star blocks within your 12.5" unfinished block!

made by Jill S

Or stars within stars...

made by Jill S

This block even has a star in the background as well as one made from the dot fabrics!

made by Lorrie G (SewMod Designs)

Why not try out a new star block pattern that you haven't made before?  Or if you have a particular favorite make a couple of those?  You can find lots of ideas for different blocks by googling "star block quilt patterns", and there are tons of free patterns and tutorials out there.  If you need some guidance on what makes a fabric "low-volume" read this post or look to this Pinterest board for help.

The most important rule is to HAVE FUN! We are hoping to make these block lotteries a recurring program. If the April lottery has good participation we have lots of ideas just waiting in the wings for new lotteries in the June/July and September/October 2015 months :)

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 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 36 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, March 8 including four guests and one new member.  We currently have 39 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 has a budget prepared for 2015; ask Shelley if you would like to see it.

3. Upcoming Meetings:
  • March 14, 2015 Charity Sew in at St. Paul’s UCC Crystal Lake 9-5. **This sew in has been cancelled since no sign-ups were received.
  • April 12, 2015, 11:00am – 4:00pm - Executive Board nomination, Open Sew-In, Demo by Lorrie
  • May 3, 2015, 11:00am – 4:00pm - Executive Board Elections, Open Sew-In, AccuQuilt Demo by Isis, Pattern Crush vending
  • June 14, 2015, time TBD - Summer Picnic at alternate location (bank room reserved as backup), second quarter UFO Challenge prize drawing
  • July 12, 2015, time TBD - mini quilt tutorial program with Nicole from Modern Handcraft
  • August 9, 2015, program and time TBD
  • September 13, 2015,  program and time TBD
  • October 11, 2015, time TBD - Jeni Baker from In Color Order lecture and trunk show
  • March 6, 2016, No longer hosting Weeks Ringle. She elected not to proceed with a contract when we requested that she herself lead the workshops.

4. Committee Updates:

Bees – Anuschka Matthews: The Crystal Lake Bee (at full capacity) has seven members and met in February to work on individual projects. The Cary Bee (at full capacity) met earlier this week and worked on their own projects.  The Lake Zurich Bee met this past week also to make Iron Caddies which were simple enough to make in one meeting.  Now irons can easily be toted - hot or cold and the carrier doubles as an iron mat!  This bee is a little further away but has room for more members.

Bees are a great way to get together with fellow quilters between guild meetings.  Bee members set their own schedule while enjoying: 
  • laughs and stories while working on projects, 
  • encourage each other through UFO's, 
  • assist each other, 
  • shop hop
  • socialize and have fun!
If you would like to join the Lake Zurich Bee or start one of your own, please contact Anuschka at anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail(dot) com.
Sewcial – Cathy Roberts: Planning for the June 14 picnic is underway.  The Crystal Lake downtown area is planning another Ladies Night Out event for Thursday, April 16.  More details about this to come later.

Charity – Kelly Litton: A "gift in kind" form has been provided by Lynn at Gavers Breast Care Center.  The form can be completed and sent into Gavers in order to receive a receipt letter which can be used to document your federal tax form charitable donations amount.  Please email the guild at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to request an electronic copy of the gift in kind form that you can print at home.

MQG Digital Liaison – Wendy Pawalek: The MQG has two new staff members - Riane Menardi, Communications Manager and Molly Isenbarger, Membership Services Manager.  The Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, TX is currently accepting applications for quilt entries to an upcoming modern quilt exhibit.  Applications are open only to MQG members.  More details and application instructions can be found here on the MQG blog.  Wendy has also watched and reviewed two webinars on the MQG website - "How to Navigate the MQG Community Site" and "Quilt Design a Day: Discovering Your Creative Process".  Wendy's full report including her webinar reviews can be viewed here.

Swaps – Marge Snyder and Terri Dethloff: The next swap will be announced at the April 12 meeting.  Thank you to everyone who sewed such fabulous mug rugs for the March swap.

5. Quilt Shows and Shop Hops:

6. By Laws revision vote was passed.  Revised By Laws have been uploaded and are available for viewing here.

7. Executive Board nominations:  Diane H nominated all current Executive Board members to be re-elected to their current positions.  Nominations may be emailed to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com until April 11, 2015.  Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the April 12, 2015 meeting also.  You may self-nominate or nominate another individual with their permission.  The election for Executive Board posts for May, 2015 - April, 2016 will be held at the May 3, 2105 general meeting and all current members may vote.

8. New Business:
  • UFO Challenge Registrations: New registrations for UFO projects are still being accepted at each meeting.  When you complete a UFO Challenge project you must bring it for show and tell, and then please be sure to see Vikki S to make sure she has your project marked as complete and eligible for the next drawing.
  • Hold Harmless Agreement: visitors are now required to sign this at each meeting.
  • Member profiles on our blog have resumed. Lorrie was featured in March.
  • April block lottery: Samples were shown and guidelines were given for this new voluntary program.  Details will be posted separately for those interested.  Watch this website for a new post very soon.
  • CLMQG Shop Hop: – Our shop hop in the Madison, WI area has been scheduled for the week of May 11. A separate post with full details about participating shops and discounts available is coming soon.
  • May 16-17 Spring Fiber Fling announcement: The McHenry County Fair Association is planning a new event for May 16-17, 2015 to be held inside fair buildings at the McHenry County Fairgrounds.  This event will highlight vendors and instructors in all fiber areas including weaving, knitting, quilting, etc.  CLMQG will rent a booth at the event with plans to publicize our guild to area residents by handing out flyers and business cards, demonstrating how modern quilting is different by sewing improv blocks, and selling small finished items (proceeds to benefit CLMQG).  You can read more about the event here.  A sign up sheet was passed requesting members to work the booth, give demos in the booth, and make small finished items for sale.  It was suggested that we could use the April and May meetings to sew items for the booth.  Patterns and ideas for projects would be provided to those members volunteering to sew, but please contact us if you have a project idea you think would be appropriate for the event.  More details will be provided soon in a separate post.

9.  Shelley and Kelly L gave a brief update on their recent trip to QuiltCon in Austin in February.

10. Mug Rug Swap:  11 members brought items to swap.

11. Show and Tell: Several members brought finished UFO Challenge projects and other items to share.

12. Drawings
  • UFO Challenge: Sharon T won the FQ bundle of chevron fabrics donated by Riley Blake.
  • March Door Prize: Louise T was the lucky winner of the "Bee Creative" mini quilt made by Lorrie
  • QuiltCon swag bags: Kara R and Marge S were the winners of bags filled with free products from QuiltCon provided by Shelley and Kelly L.

13. Lynn from A Different Box of Crayons gave a wonderful presentation of her quilt designing journey.  She has a new studio and shop open limited hours at 121 West Wesley in Wheaton, IL.  She also brought many beautiful patterns, silk and wool bundles, and project kits for sale.

Recorded by Shelley Nielsen, President

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 14, 2015 Charity Sew In

We didn't get any sign-ups yesterday for the Saturday, March 14 charity sew in, so it has been cancelled. 

We'll discuss a possible date for rescheduling at our April 12 meeting.

Friday, March 6, 2015

March 8, 2015 Meeting Reminder

Our next monthly meeting will be held Sunday, March 8 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center in Crystal Lake (location map on right sidebar of this website).  Members are free.  A $5 guest fee for all visitors applies for this meeting.

Agenda Highlights:
  • Lecture, Trunk Show, and vending with Lynn Schmitt from A Different Box of Crayons
  • By-Laws revision vote (details sent March 2 via email to all current members)
  • Executive Board nominations begin for May election
  • UFO Challenge registrations continue
  • UFO Challenge first quarterly prize drawing
  • Mug Rug swap
  • Show and Tell - UFO Challenge finishes, donation quilts, and other projects

What you need to bring:
  • Show and Tell items
  • Quilts for donation to Gavers Breast Care Center
  • Completed Mug Rug swap item (if you are participating).  Swap details/rules can be found here.
  • $ for vending (optional)
  • $ to register any new UFO Challenge projects

Thanks for supporting the CLMQG!  We hope to see you this Sunday!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Member Feature - Lorrie Gartman

This is our first member feature in 2015. Meet Lorrie Gartman - our current guild Vice President...

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Lorrie, sometimes called "SmorieLorrie", and if y'all didn't know, I'm a transplant here. I came from sweatin' my be-hind off in sultry OKC to shivering in my boots in Chicago. It was quite the climate and culture shock. I've been here for 16 years now. I've raised a son, been divorced, and started a business.

How and when did you start sewing?
I come from a long line of makers. One of my "Nanny’s" taught me to embroider, the other taught me to sew and my mom taught me to quilt. I've been working on one project or another since I was about 7 years old but it wasn't until I came to Chicago that I really, truly found that I loved creating with needle and thread. I used these skills that had been handed down to me to comfort me while I was so far away from home, it was my therapy through that divorce, and it gives me pride in myself knowing that I could start SewMod from it. It's not just a hobby...I need2create!

What are your most and least favorite parts of quilting?
Wanna know a secret? I HATE quilting. Ok, not the part where I choose the perfect pattern, pick out the fabrics, cut them up, and make something spectacular from them, but the quilting part. Frankly, it makes me cranky. I prefer to hand that part over to a professional. I just don't have the patience for it. What I do like is to make small projects and combine hand embroidery and appliqué into quilting and I'll pretty much try to add a crochet flower to anything I can.

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette?
I like to think of my style as 'cottage'. I like robin’s egg blues, pinks, purples and oranges. I love polka dots and florals or anything with a bike on it. I have a strawberry/cherry obsession right now. My biggest stash is Christmas fabric with Halloween at a close second.

What quilts are you working on now?
If I take on projects that are too big, I tend to get bored, which is why I have UFO's! My goal this year is to complete them. I'm currently working on a CrabApple Hill embroidery project called 'Susan's Dresden Garden'. It's all in variegated bluework and I'm using the French General line, Rouenneries. I'm thinking it's going to be fabulous. It has all of my requirements for the perfect quilt...hand embroidery, hand appliqué and embellishing. I just wish it was smaller!

Do you follow patterns or make your own designs?
I like to do both. I really enjoy getting a pattern and putting my own creative spin on it.  I want my personality to shine through on all of my projects, whether it’s from an existing pattern with different fabrics or creating my own designs for SewMod.


Where do you sew and how often?
I meet once a week with Wendy to sew in her studio but mostly all the magic happens at my kitchen table. I sew at least 5 days out of the week, but if you include hand sewing, it's more like 7 days a week. I just started teaching the 8 year old to sew too. My weekends are filled with kiddie projects. She's really creative and I feel good about being able to share with her what I've been taught. And who can resist sewing on her new Hello Kitty machine! It makes my Babylock seem boring.

Things you may not know about me...
I'm a modern day June. A retro housewife at heart...from the cooking & cleaning to your martini nightcap.
I never wear matching socks.
I love scary movies and anything with a Zombie in it.
And I have a potty mouth. What? You don't think June ever had a melt down?!