Monday, July 27, 2015

September Schoolhouse 2015

We're looking for two volunteers to 
demonstrate a quilting technique/tool/pattern at our 
September 13, 2015 meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 1:00-4:00pm.  Demo length needs to be approximately 20 minutes and will be presented 4 times at the meeting.

We have two volunteers already!  

  • Lesley G will show how the Quick Curve ruler makes cutting and piecing curves easy
  • Isis W will demonstrate the Accuquilt GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter

If you are able to share your quilty knowledge with the rest of our members 
at the September 13 meeting, please email us right away at


Friday, July 17, 2015

Solid as a Block quilt

Here is a modern solids quilt that you may not have seen because it is published in the Australian Better Homes and Gardens August 2015 magazine.  It's called "Solid as a Block" and was designed by Siobhan Rogers in Sydney, Australia.

The easiest way to get your hands on a copy of this magazine and quilt pattern here in the USA is to purchase the electronic version through  Zinio has a free app for Apple, Android, and Windows 8 so you can view your purchased magazines on any smartphone or tablet device as well as your home computer.  The electronic August 2015 issue of Australian BH&G costs $5.64 and includes patterns for four quilts and knitting instructions for one blanket.

This quilt finishes at 65" x 76.5", and all the cutting and sewing directions are given in US standard units of inches.  Fabric requirements are given in metric units (centimeters), but you can easily convert them using this website.  You'll need approximately 9 yards total to make this quilt.

Siobhan also has a recently released quilting book titled "By The Block" which features 18 quilt patterns with great style that don't require a huge time commitment to make.  Who doesn't want more quilts like that?!  You can order a signed copy of her book here or ask your favorite LQS to order and stock the book.

Read more about Siobhan and see more of her lovely projects by following her blog, her Instagram at siobhanrogers_beaspoke, on Pinterest as beaspokequilts, and on Facebook as Siobhan Rogers.

Any members interested in participating in an informal quilt-along using this pattern??

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Meeting Reminder - July 19, 2015

This Sunday, July 19 we will meet from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at our usual spot (Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center - map and address on the right sidebar).  Our own Kelly Litton has a special presentation to share that she designed just for us... 

The Elements and Principles of Design

Here are a few of the gorgeous images included in her PowerPoint presentation.  She will talk about all the elements of design and art and how they relate to the world of quilting - you don't want to miss this!

Also on the agenda for this meeting:

July Block Lottery - the drawing for a block lottery winner(s) will take place at this meeting, so don't forget to bring your blocks. If you haven't made any blocks yet you still have time to participate!! See this post for all the details about this month's lottery rules and start sewing!

UFO Challenge - you still have time to register any UnFinished quilting Objects.  $2 per UFO earns you a chance to win some fabulous prizes when you complete the project and show it at a guild meeting.  Details about the UFO Challenge here.

Show and Tell - bring any completed UFO Challenge projects and other modern quilty projects to share with us!

Donation quilts - Kelly will collect and deliver any completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center in Crystal Lake.

Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

We hope to see YOU this Sunday!

$5 guest fee for the lecture presentation, CLMQG members attend free.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Member Feature - Mary Benz

Tell us a little about yourself.
My family includes my husband of 21 years and our 2 children. Our daughter will be attending Iowa State in the fall (engineering) and our son will be a sophomore at Huntley High School.  I was born in St. Louis, but have also lived in California and Kentucky. I consider myself a “Midwest” girl overall.
I attended Purdue University in W Lafayette IN for both my undergraduate degree (biology) and veterinary school – a total of 8 years! I have lived in the Chicago area since graduating from vet school and have been a full time practicing veterinarian since then. I currently own my own small animal hospital in Carpentersville. I am proud to say I will be attending my 25th vet school reunion this September!
My husband also went to Purdue although I did not know him there. His brother and parents also went to Purdue and he took me to meet his parents on our first date! I doubt either of our kids will go to Purdue.

How and when did you start quilting/sewing?
My mother made all of our clothes when I was a kid (I am the youngest of 5 kids) and she would always try to teach me to sew. I had NO interest as a child.  My mother was a quilter (or a fabric collector) for many years which probably sparked my interest more than garment sewing.
I bought my first sewing machine after my daughter was born and I wanted to make some things for her. I made my first quilt (an alphabet applique quilt) for her, but then didn’t do much for a few years (I was a little busy...). I probably became more interested about 10 years ago and started sewing more.

What are you most and least favorite parts of quilting?
My least favorite part of quilting is basting. I struggle with fabric selection but am getting more confident with experience.
I probably like piecing the best – but am now also enjoying quilting more that I have a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 (sit down long arm).

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette?
I don’t tend to gravitate toward a specific designer – just depends on what I am in the mood for!

What quilt/s are you working on now?
I usually have a variety of projects going on… I have a stack of tops to be quilted (but need to be basted first…). I did start a “Dear Jane” this spring. (I know – not very modern! But I am doing it in all brights!) I expect that project to take a few years (at least!) as I work the blocks in and around other projects. I work with a variety of traditional trending towards more modern quilts – I am not too picky.

What is on your quilting "bucket list"?
I wouldn’t say I have a specific pattern or quilt I want to make on my bucket list – because the list is always changing! I do have an antique quilt top from my mother that needs to be quilted. I am trying to work up my level of expertise to be able to do it justice!

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
I have one of the bedrooms in our house dedicated to my sewing room. I enjoy spending time there even when I am not sewing as I am surrounded by my favorite things. Some weeks I sew 5-6 hours total, and others I don’t sew at all – depends on the week!
After my mother passed away in 2009, I was the recipient of all of her fabric, notions and patterns. My husband took TWO trips from Texas with a U-haul to bring all her things to our house. I had to switch rooms with my daughter because the original bedroom was too small for everything!

This is just a fraction of the fabric from my mom… and my sewing space is not too cluttered – right???

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs?
I usually follow a pattern but will often find ways to make things easier. I have designed a couple of patterns myself, but they were pretty simple!

What kind of machine do you use?
My mother always said “buy the best machine you can”. I currently have 3 Berninas (one of them was my mother’s), a HandiQuilter Sweet 16, a featherweight and several other vintage machines – including my grandmother’s White treadle.

Tell us three things about yourself that other CLMQG members probably don't know. 

  1. I play the piano – took lessons starting in 1st grade through 12th grade. I still play – but not for other people!!!
  2. One of my brothers is an Episcopalian priest.
  3. My influence for becoming a veterinarian was my oldest sister – Peggy. She was 11 years older than me and I remember visiting her when she was in vet school and being enamored with the profession. Sadly, she passed away last June due to a very aggressive cancer.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
My superpower would be to have all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted to do and not need sleep!

Monday, July 6, 2015

QuiltCon 2016 Challenge Information

Current members of CLMQG are eligible to participate in a new quilting challenge at QuiltCon West 2016. You do not need to attend QuiltCon to participate, but you do need to register for the challenge starting Tuesday, July 7. Completed quilts must be submitted online for consideration by November 30, 2015. Please carefully read all the details below and follow the available links for more information. Check your inbox July 7 for an email from The Modern Quilt Guild containing your challenge registration link.

EZ Quilting is sponsoring the QuiltCon 2016 Triangle Quilt Challenge.
This year’s challenge is to create a quilt using one of the EZ Quilting Triangle Templates designed by Darlene Zimmerman. These templates make it easy to create intricate designs from your scraps. Participants should use the Mini 60ª or 45º Simplicity Ruler in some part of their quilt.
Challenge participants can sign up to get a free ruler or can pick up their own template at
Like previous challenges, there are many more MQG members than available templates.  The free templates are first come, first serve. Additionally, everyone who signs up is asked to submit their final quilt to the EZ Quilting Triangle Quilt Challenge category at QuiltCon — like other categories, this category is eligible for judging and awards up to $1,000!
To be eligible, quilts may use any of the EZ Quilting Triangle Templates designed by Darlene Zimmerman, but any shape can be in the quilt. The completed quilts can be any size. The submitted quilt that are juried in will be entered it into EZ Quilting Triangle Quilt Challenge category at QuiltCon. The top prize for this category is $1,000!
Official EZ Quilting Triangle Quilt Challenge Category Description – quilts should be made using one or more of the EZ Quilting Triangle Templates. Additional shapes can be included in the quilt.
The registration link will be sent out via email to MQG members on July 7th at 9am Central Time. Registration is open until templates are gone or until July 17th. Templates go quickly, so if you’re sure you want to enter, don’t wait! Also, remember that you don’t have to get the free template to be involved – you can purchase the templates at your LQS or at
All templates will be shipped by the end of July, and the deadline for finished quilt entries is November 30, 2015 (the same as other QuiltCon quilt show entries).
Please keep in mind that quilt entries are online only. You may submit as many quilts as you’d like and the registration fee is $30 for up to three quilts. Want to submit more than three? It’s another $30 for up to three more.