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:
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.
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.
- laughs and stories while working on projects,
- encourage each other through UFO's,
- assist each other,
- shop hop
- socialize and have fun!
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:
- March 19-22, 2015, Fat (Quarter) and Sassy Shop Hop
- March 26-28, IQF Rosemont, IL
- April 9-11, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Schaumburg, IL
- May 2-3, Sinnissippi Quilters Guild "The Art of Collaboration", Loves Park, IL
- June – August, Northern IL Quilt Fest Shop Hop
- September 25-26, Winding Paths Quilt Show, St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Crystal Lake, IL
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.
- 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