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!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Jeni Baker is coming to visit - October Meeting Reminder

Our next monthly meeting will be held Sunday, October 11 from 1:00-4:00pm at our usual location (see the map on the right sidebar).  CLMQG members are free; guests are $5.

Our very special guest speaker that day will be 

Jeni has designed several fabric collections for Art Gallery, written many patterns and tutorials, and just published a quilting book!  She teaches quilting classes at The Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI, at Glamp Stitchalot in Michigan, and at QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, CA.

From Jeni's blog: "Finding ways to be creative every day is an important part of my life, whether it be through my sewing and quilting, photography, fabric design or blogging. I love nothing more than to be surrounded by fabric, and my favorite part of the sewing process is choosing colors. I love figuring out how to make things work as well as designing my own patterns."  You can read more about Jeni and her patterns and fabric on her website: In Color Order.

Please mark your calendars and join us Sunday, October 11 at 1:00pm for our monthly meeting and Jeni's lecture and trunk show!

We hope to see YOU there!