Friday, November 25, 2016

2017 Program Calendar Announcement

Announcing our 2017 Program Calendar!

Jan 15  Selfish Sew-In and 'Garage Sale'

Feb 12  Natalie Mouw from Free Spirit Quilting Trunk Show & Vending

Mar 19  Catherine Redford Walking Foot Quilting Workshop & Vending

Apr 9  Suzy Quilts Trunk Show & Vending

May 21  Barn Quilt Workshop, Board Elections

Jun 11  Zentangle Workshop   

Jul 9   Summer Fundraising Party

Aug 13  Rope Bowls Workshop & Sew-In

Sep 10  Holiday Gift Workshop & Sew-In

Oct 15  Machine Quilting Feathers Workshop & Sew-In

Nov 12  Member Trunk Show TBD

Dec 3    Holiday Party

You can always find our updated calendar of meetings by clicking on the "Meeting Calendar" tab at the top of this page.  Many of these programs and events will require a Special Events Fee for visitors which will be announced as the event draws near.  Some workshops may have an additional cost for members.

Remember that 2017 Membership Dues of $35 (cash or check payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild) must be received by January 15, 2017. You can download the two required forms here and here.  Completed forms and payment can be returned by mail to the address found on the 2017 membership form or in person at the January 15, 2017 meeting.  No membership renewals will be accepted at the December 4 Holiday Party.

Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

MQG Membership Decision Voting Results

Dear 2016 Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild Members,

Thank you for your recent vote in the decision of whether or not to remain in the Modern Quilt Guild's national organization or to function as our own independent guild.

87% of our members participated in the vote. The result is 36-3, with 36 members being in favor of the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild functioning as an independent guild. 

Membership dues will now be $35 and are due by January 15, 2017. Please print out the membership forms found here and here and bring them completed with payment (cash or check) to the January 15th meeting as we will not be accepting dues during the December Holiday Party. You may also remit your payment by mail to the address below.

PO Box 283
Algonquin, IL 60102

The focus of the CLMQG will continue to be to encourage modern quilting through education, inspiration, and entertainment while giving everyone the freedom of expression and creativity.

Thanks so much for continuing to support the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild. Together we can make 2017 a creative & fun-filled year!

Lorrie Gartman
President, CLMQG 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Member Feature - Jalana Handal

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Texas.  I moved to IL in January 1990. I don’t recommend moving to a cold weather state in January. The mover asked for a shovel and I handed him a garden shovel…not exactly what he needed. I worked has a retail Pharmacist for almost 25 years and loved it! I’m married to a great guy, we live in Long Grove and we have 2 grown children. But, the best job I have is being “Bama” to two silly and smart little girls. 

How and when did you start quilting/sewing? 
I started sewing in middle school. My mother was always doing some type of handwork… crochet, embroidery or crafts. She sewed all my clothes as a child and I guess I got the bug too. I made some of my clothes in college but put the machine away until about 10 years ago. A friend taught me to use a rotary cutter and warned me “to press, don’t iron”. 

What are you most and least favorite parts of quilting? 
I hate to do the binding!

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette?  
I don’t favor a particular designer or fabric line, but I do love all things big, bright and just about anything with a star!

What quilt/s are you working on now? 
I need to put the binding on Science Fair and Cannon Beach. I’ve started a wonky star quilt. 

What is on your quilting "bucket list"? 
The New Hexagon Millefiori…all English paper piecing! 

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
I created a sewing space in the lower level of my house. I’m constantly changing things around or adding something new.  I think I clean it more than any other room in my house. I don’t sew as often as I like (who does) but I squeeze in time when I can or when I have a deadline.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs? 
My DNA does not allow me to deviate from patterns! I do exactly what the pattern says I should do.  I’m the same with recipes  too. 

What kind of machine do you use? 
I use a Pfaff 2048 and a Baby Lock Evolution Serger. I still have my first machine, a Kenmore, which my parents gave me when I graduated from High School. My dad retrofitted an old Singer sewing table to hold the Kenmore. I also have my mother in law’s Admiral Crescent machine. My husband says she bought it used and added the electric pedal.

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

  1. I completed 3 long distance (2-60 mile & 1-40 mile) walks for Breast Cancer Awareness.
  2. I rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon & back out.
  3. I took a friend’s mother to the casino in Elgin and won $3000 on a penny machine :)

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? 
My superpower would be to speak any language in order to help people struggling to communicate. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2017 Instagram Challenge Announcement

At the Sunday, November 13, 2016 meeting we announced our new challenge for members - The 2017 CLMQG Instagram Challenge!

Shelley and Lorrie led a PowerPoint Basic Instagram Workshop to help members new to the Instagram app.  All of the slides from this workshop can be viewed via this link.  You can also find lots of how-to information within the app's Help Center function (accessed by tapping the wheel icon in the upper right corner of your Profile page) or on the Instagram website.

If you need further assistance, we will take time at upcoming monthly meetings to answer questions and present information about some of the more advanced features within Instagram. 

Challenge details!
  • This is a 12 month challenge from December 2016 - November 2017
  • Participation is completely voluntary - you may participate one, a few, or all 12 months (or not at all)
  • Challenge is open to all CLMQG members
  • New challenge topic/technique will be announced each month (beginning November 2016) at the monthly meeting and on the CLMQG blog and Instagram
  • Appropriate technique demos may take place at monthly meetings or online tutorial links may be posted on the blog to help you with the month's challenge depending on the topic/technique announced
  • Challenge participation is exclusively through the Instagram app

  • Participants must follow @crystallakemqg on Instagram. When you follow our account on IG we receive a notification and will then follow you :)
  • IG users with their account set as Private must accept @crystallakemqg as a follower.  (You'll receive notification in your Activity that we have requested to follow you and you then must accept this request.)
  • Participants must have their first name and last initial (at a minimum) in their IG user profile - so we know who you are!
  • Post at least three separate photos related to the challenge topic each month.
  • Only post photos of current projects - no posting photos of things you did prior to that month.
  • Bring the project from your three photos to the following monthly meeting for Show and Tell (bring your December Challenge project(s) to the January meeting, etc).  The project does not need to be a fully finished quilt - just your work to date.
  • Each posted photo must have the following items in the photo caption:
  1. "@crystallakemqg" (make sure to have a "space" in front of the @ symbol)
  2. The monthly challenge hashtag following the convention #clmqgigchallengemonth  This will change each month and will aid in grouping posted photos for the challenge monitors.  For instance December Challenge photos must be tagged with "#clmqgigchallengedec"
  3. At least two other relevant hashtags

  • If you have met all the December Challenge requirements at the January meeting (and so forth throughout the year), you will earn a button and a chance to win the monthly prize.
  • Each button earned also = one chance to win the GRAND PRIZE awarded in December 2017.  More participation = more chances to win.
  • Because the GRAND PRIZE put together by the Challenge coordinators is so FANTASTIC, you must earn at least six buttons by participating in at least six monthly challenges to be eligible to win the Grand Prize.
  • All monthly prizes and the Grand Prize will be awarded via random drawing. You must be present at the time of drawing to win the monthly prize.

December 2016 Challenge Requirements (You can view slides from last Sunday's Challenge Details and Rules PowerPoint via this link):
  • The December Challenge topic is "What I'm Working On Now".
  • Post at least three photos of what sewing/quilting project you are working on right now.  It does not have to be a brand new project, but it must be something currently in progress.
  • Bring the project from your photos to the January 15, 2017 meeting for Show and Tell.
  • You can start posting photos now :)
  • Include the following items in the caption of all challenge photos you post to IG:
  1. "@crystallakemqg"
  2. "#clmqgigchallengedec"
  3. At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)
We designed this challenge to be a fun learning experience for all CLMQG members - 
so let's HAVE FUN!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 13, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, November 13 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)
The meeting starts at Noon and will conclude at 4:00pm.

November Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Instagram Workshop
  • 2017 Instagram Challenge Announcement
  • Vote on 2017 MQG Membership (details in this post)
  • Member Sharon T Trunk Show and Vending ($3 per yard fabrics!)
  • Show and Tell

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Smartphone or Tablet with Instagram app already loaded (cellular service in our meeting room is very spotty)
  • Cash for shopping Sharon's fabrics
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Donation Quilts - Bring any newly completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring for November)

We hope to see YOU Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 13 VOTE - Continue MQG Membership in 2017?

As the current membership year draws to a close and the 2017 CLMQG budget is being finalized, our founders and Executive Board members question whether the annual dues paid to the Modern Quilt Guild organization are a worthwhile expenditure and whether we should continue our MQG membership in 2017.

In order to determine the appropriate course of action for CLMQG in 2017, we will have an open discussion and vote on this topic at our next meeting Sunday, November 13.

The Executive Board has prepared a slide presentation of the expected 2017 expenditure for MQG dues, some perspective on what that dollar amount means to our budget, and the impact to CLMQG should we decide to discontinue our MQG membership next year.

After the open discussion an anonymous ballot vote will be held to decide the issue.  Members who are unable to attend Sunday, November 13 will have the opportunity to cast a ballot via email until Sunday, November 20.  A minimum 51% majority vote (23 or more of the current membership of 45) is required to carry the vote so it is critical that every 2016 member cast a vote.

Our 2017 MQG membership dues will be at least $550, and there is a high likelihood they will be $700 - that equates to at least 35% of our 2016 total expenses.

You should have received a recent email from the MQG listing individual and guild benefits of membership in their organization.  We encourage you to read the email closely and consider each individual benefit - how many listed are benefiting you personally and how many are not relevant to you?  If you did not receive the email from MQG you can view the published benefit listing here.

Bring your questions about this issue to the November 13 meeting and we will do our best to provide answers. 

Thank you for your continued support of CLMQG!

Monday, October 31, 2016

"Quilter's Crack"

Judy O has provided the recipe for the almond covered crackers she brought to the October 23, 2016 meeting.  We aren't sure of the original recipe name, but it was coined "quilter's crack" at that meeting :)

Quilter's Crack
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sliced almonds
  • 32 Keebler Club crackers(green box)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Lay crackers out on paper.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla in sauce pan, bring to boil to dissolve sugar.
  3. Pour mixture evenly over crackers, and sprinkle almonds on top.
  4. Bake at 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Transfer hot crackers to another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool,if left to cool on original cookie sheet you will have a hard time scraping them off.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1. Paige is unable to continue to be our Vice President, so Jalana has agreed to take over this position for the rest of the term.

2. Committee Updates:
  • Bees –Please let Terry know if you want to join or start a bee.
  • Charity –Kelly is setting up a time with Gavers to present all of the quilts that were collected this month.
  • Social Media
  1. Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all CLMQG updates.
  2. If you took a Member Feature sheet, please turn it in so that we can highlight you on the blog.
3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • Saturday, November 5: 9-5; Bonus Workshop: Sew Together Bag with Shelley. You can purchase the pattern from Craftsy for $12. The prep list was emailed out this week to those members who have sent an RSVP indicating that they are coming.
  • November 13: 12 – 4; Member Trunk Show & vending with Sharon Turskey; Phoneography & Instagram workshop; we will provide details about the #CLMQGInstaChallenge
  • December 4: 12 – 3:30; Holiday Party at Biaggi’s. Due to a miscommunication, we will not be in the party room. We will have a large table in the general dining room. Each member will be able to choose her menu item and will be responsible to pay her own bill. We will not be collecting any money beforehand. An Evite will be going out shortly to RSVP. Secret Pals will be revealed. The guild will be sponsoring a gift swap game instead of having an individual gift swap. You may bring items for Show and Tell, but keep in mind that there will not be a lot of room to display large quilts.

4. Other Business:

  • The Sew Generously Sew In was a big hit! We hope to have more of these in the future.
  • We took a vote to see if members would like to continue Secret Pals in 2017; the majority voted yes.
  • Dues must be paid by January 1st. Registration forms will be available at our November meeting.

5. Sharon presented Shelley with a quilt which was made by members, as a thank you to Shelley for all the work she did as our previous President.

6. House Block Lottery

7. Show and Tell

8. Secret Pal gifts were handed out

9. Break. Kelly counted the Gavers quilts that were brought in today. We have a grand total of 31 quilts for this month’s donation!

10. We enjoyed an entertaining lecture by Laura Wasilowski.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 23, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, October 23 is our next meeting and program
 at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)  
The meeting starts at 1:00pm and will conclude at 4:00pm.

October Monthly Meeting Highlights:

  • Laura Wasilowski "StitcherTunities" Lecture ($5 guest fee)
  • House block lottery (details here)
  • Show and Tell
  • Holiday Party RSVPs accepted ($28 per member cash or check)
  • Collection of charity quilts for donation to Gavers marking October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What you need to bring for the meeting:

  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share.
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Donation Quilts - Bring any newly completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.
  • $28 cash or check payment for December CLMQG member Holiday Party (payments also accepted at our November meeting)

We hope to see YOU Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The New Talk Radio - Podcasts

** The following is an excerpt from a post written and originally published by member Shelley on her blog, elsie's girl.

When I was a kid my parents (and nearly every other adult in my life) listened to a lot of talk radio. It was primarily news or sports, and I vividly remember rolling my eyes and thinking, "why would anyone waste their time listening to anything other than music?!"

Fast-forward a few decades and here I am spending a lot of time listening to the 21st century version of talk radio - podcasts.  Have you jumped on the podcast bandwagon yet? If not, what are you waiting for?  There is an unbelievable amount of free listening content on any and every topic you can imagine available to access with your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

I am an iPhone/iPad/iTunes user (so I don't know a lot about Android or other devices) but I believe there are podcast listening apps on most every current technology platform.  If you are an iPhone or iPad user they both already have podcast apps loaded and ready to go.  You can "subscribe" to your favorite podcasts and never have to search for new posts from those channels - they'll automatically update in your podcast app and be waiting for you when you are ready!

Today I'm sharing my favorite sewing, creative, and other podcasts and telling you a little bit about why I like each one.  Maybe some of these will become your favorites!

My top two sewing-related podcasts are Crafty Planner and While She Naps.

The Crafty Planner podcast is hosted by Sandi Hazlewood - "a former city planner who loves all things crafty" living in San Diego, California.  Sandi interviews makers from every sewing and crafting field - quilters, apparel sewers, fabric designers, knitters, and other fiber artists starting each podcast by asking the guest to describe their creative journey.  She produces a high quality program by asking insightful questions and loves to laugh with her guests.

Abby Glassenberg hosts the While She Naps podcast.  Abby is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer, and teacher.  She is also co-founder of the Craft Industry Alliance (CIA), a trade association for craft industry professionals.  Abby interviews all manner of craft and fiber industry people - makers, designers, book publishers, and bloggers as well as executives in the fabric manufacturing industry.  Her interviews are very well researched and have a somewhat journalistic feel (but there is still a lot of laughter!) with a focus on what it takes to build a creative business.  She recently conducted a live podcast interview with Mickey Krueger, president of Windham Fabrics, at the SewPro convention in Chicago.

Click over to elsie's girl to read the full post which contains many more podcast recommendations.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shop Feature - Kelly's Necchi-New Home Sewing Center in Rockford

Shop owner Kelly (right) with CLMQG member and employee Lesley.

Our members will recognize the name Necchi-New Home Sewing Center because Kelly recently donated the Brother SB700r sewing machine that was given away in September as the grand prize in our 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge! Since she so graciously donated that fabulous prize, we decided a shop feature on our website was in order :)

Her shop sells new Brother and Janome sewing machines.  You can see they have a huge selection - all sizes and price ranges of sewing, serging, quilting, and embroidery machines to meet your every sewing need. All new machine purchases include lessons on that machine and a first year cleaning.

The machine service staff performs maintenance and repairs on all sewing machine makes and models, and all service work is done in house - nothing is sent out.

If you find yourself in the market for a new sewing machine, please consider visiting Kelly's store - she's a big supporter of our guild and operates a full-service sewing machine business with great selection and competitive pricing.

I did a short test drive on this computerized Brother machine during my visit last week - so fun with a ton of great features and such smooth, even stitching!

The walls are filled with eye-catching samples, and the shop offers classes in Machine Embroidery, Basic Clothing Construction, and Quilting.

Since the store sells and services embroidery machines they offer a large variety of design software from Hoop Sisters and many others. Plenty of notions including Madeira, Mettler, and Maxi-Lock threads, stabilizers, and Atkinson zippers are stocked. They don't sell quilting fabrics, but currently offer a curated selection of lovely high-quality knits from Art Gallery and Michael Miller.

While they don't stock vintage sewing machines, they do currently have this beautiful green Fleetwood machine for sale.  It was manufactured in Japan in the 1950's, it's all metal, and it sews like a dream - straight stitch, zigzag, and four step buttonhole. 

The next time you're in Rockford stop in to see Kelly (and maybe Lesley too!) and test drive one of the new or "experienced" sewing machines in stock.  You might be tempted to bring one home!  And if you are in the market for a new machine, please consider making your purchase at Kelly's store.  Check out their website for more information about store location, business hours, and class schedules.  You can also find them here on Facebook.

Thank you so much to Kelly for donating our 2016 Mystery Medallion grand prize and supporting the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild!

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1. A representative from NLCQG showed their guild’s raffle quilt and sold tickets. Their show is November 19 – 20 from 10 am – 4pm, at the Antioch Township Center in Lake Villa.

2. Committee Updates:

  • Bees – Terry is the new chair. Please let her know if you are in a bee, so she can keep a record of the bees.
  • Retreat – 14 members have signed up. Vikki is working on food for the retreat.
  • Charity – Our goal is to have 30 quilts to donate to Gavers in October. Please bring your donation quilt to our next meeting if at all possible. A few members are working on a quilt for Gavers to auction off at their luncheon in October. Kelly is coordinating some press to talk about who we are donating the quilts to.
  • Social Media
  1. Let Shelley know if you would like to be profiled on our guild blog. 
  2. We have about 19 members who are on Instagram. If you post a guild-related picture on Instagram, please tag @crystallakemqg or use the hashtag #crystallakemqg.
  • Social/Treats – We need two more people to sign up to bring treats in November. If you sign up for treats and then cannot make it, please find someone to take your place. Let Darlene if you are truly in a bind.

3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 8: 6 pm – midnight; Sew Generously Sew In. All members should have received an Evite to this event. You must RSVP through the Evite if you want to attend.
  • October 23: 1 – 4: guest speaker Laura Wasilowski from will be doing her “StitcherTunities” lecture
  • Saturday, November 5: 9-5; Bonus Workshop: Sew Together Bag with Shelley. You must purchase the pattern. You can either get it from Lorrie for $7.70 or from Craftsy for $12. Let Lorrie know if you want to get the pattern from her. There is quite a bit of preparation you will need to do for this workshop. All members should have received an Evite to this event. You must RSVP through the Evite if you want to attend.  Supply List and prep-work instructions will be emailed to those who RSVP via Evite.
  • November 13 – Member Trunk Show & vending with Sharon Turskey; Smart-Phoneography & Instagram workshop
  • December 4 Holiday Party – We will be accepting RSVP/$$ in October

4.  Other Business: 

  • 2016 Guild Survey highlights:
  1. 92% are interested in learning techniques and skill building. This is being incorporated into 2017’s challenge using Instagram.
  2. 62% want new speakers/workshops. We are budgeting to expand outside our reach over the next 2 years.
  • Prairie Star Quilt Show October 14 – 15 at the DuPage Co. Fairgrounds
  • Member feature on the blog: Julie Warren
  • Shelley and Kathy had quilts in the Madison Quilt Expo

5. House Block Lottery: Due in October; keep your block “daytime” with a low volume background. There are no size restrictions. See this post for more information. 

6. Medallion Show and Tell: We had 14 members who completed their Mystery Medallion quilts. A Random Generator was used to choose the winner of a Brother sewing machine: Darlene. A huge thank you to Necchi New Home Sewing Center in Rockford for donating this machine! All Medallion quilts were shown in the Countryside Quilt Show on September 17 – 18.

7. Show and Tell

8. Secret Pal gifts were handed out

9.  Lunch Break

10. Quick Curve Ruler workshop with Lesley

Friday, September 16, 2016

Important Quilt Dates October - December 2016

October 2016

8: CLMQG member sew-in at Sew Generously (Evite sent September 11)

13-15: Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Renaissance Convention Center Schaumburg. Includes exhibit of the QuiltCon 2016 Traveling Show

14-15: Prairie Star Quilters Guild 2016 Show at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

19-22: MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest in Springfield, IL

20: MQG Creative Webinar - Color Theory with Kim Eichler-Messmer.

23: CLMQG monthly meeting with Guest Speaker Laura Wasilowski.

Quilt submissions for inclusion in the upcoming Modern Quilt Guild coffee table book are open through October 31, 2016

November 2016

5: Bonus Workshop for CLMQG members - Sew Together Bag (Evite sent September 15)

16: MQG Creative Webinar - Quilting Inspiration from Reclaimed Textiles with Blaire Stocker.

19-20: Northern Lake County Quilters Guild 2016 Quilt Show in Antioch, IL.

23: CLMQG monthly meeting with Member Trunk Show and Photography/Instagram workshop.

Quilt submissions to QuiltCon East 2017 are continuing through November 30, 2016.

December 2016

4: CLMQG Member Holiday Party at Biaggi's Restaurant in Algonquin Commons

Monday, September 12, 2016

October 2016 Block Lottery - Houses

Our final block lottery for 2016 will take place at the October 23 meeting, and the focus this month is house blocks.  

There is only one design rule this month - the background of your house block must be low volume fabric.  It can be a single fabric or scrappy, but the entire background must be low volume.

You can make your house any size, shape, or color that makes you happy.  It can be a stately Colonial, a classic Saltbox, a cozy cottage, or a wonky tilted residence.  It can be pieced, appliqued, or foundation paper pieced.  It can be embellished with embroidery, applique, buttons, or trims.  You can make one or as many as you like!

We've located a few websites with free house quilt block patterns to give you inspiration.  You can print these free patterns at home or make up your own - the only limit is your imagination :)

October 2016 Block Lottery Guidelines:
  • Lottery participation is completely voluntary.
  • Use only quilt store quality fabrics.
  • Blocks can be any size square or rectangle.
  • Background fabric(s) must be low volume.
  • If you were lucky enough to win a previous lottery, you must show a completed project using all or some of those ‘winnings‘ to be eligible for this drawing.
  • Label each of your blocks with your name (a small sticker on the back works best for this.)
  • One block = one chance to win. There is no limit to the number of blocks you may submit.
  • Bring your pressed block(s) to the October 23 meeting. A volunteer will ensure that participants have followed the rules and award the lottery tickets!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Member Feature - Julie Warren

In San Diego this year at a Cubs game.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Elgin, and I've lived in the area most of my life except for college and a few summers elsewhere.  I've been married for 13 years with an awesome 19 month old little girl.  I'm a quality manager at an electronics company.

How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn?
I tried to learn in college by self-teaching but wasn't so successful.  Four years ago I took a class at JoAnn's, and since then I've learned most everything else via book or internet.

What are your most and least favorite parts of quilting?
Shopping for and picking out fabrics are my favorite part.  I think part of the reason I quilt is so I have an excuse to buy fabric!  Besides basting (does anyone like that?) the quilting part is my least favorite - I feel like I need a lot more practice to enjoy it.

What/who inspires you most in quilting?
I really admire Jacquie Gering, but my quilts look nothing like hers!  I mostly end up doing quilts that are modern-ish interpretations of classic blocks.

What quilt/s are you working on now?
Summer Sampler 2016 and Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest are current active quilts.  I have a few others that are hibernating for now.

My daughter seems to like this Fancy Forest quilt top I made for her.
I'm afraid to quilt it, so it is in timeout right now!

What is on your quilting "bucket list"?
Cathedral Windows quilt by hand.

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
I'm fortunate to have a room all to myself - an extra bedroom.  I do most of my sewing either really early in the morning or during my daughter's naps on weekends.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs?
Lately I've been following patterns, but I have done my own designs on occasion.

What is one (or more) quilt technique you'd like to learn or are afraid of trying?
I want to learn more hand techniques - EPP and applique.  There are so many other quilts to make that I've just never gotten around to it.

What kind of sewing machine do you use?
Most of my sewing is done on a Bernina 750.  I also have a smaller Janome.

How many quilts do you think you've made? How many UFOs do you have?
Finished - 15 maybe? - I end up giving most of them away.
UFOs - 5 or 6

Other hobbies (crafty or otherwise)?
I knit and I run.  At this point I don't have time for too much more!

A stained glass piece (made by me) in my sewing room.

Tell us three things about yourself that other CLMQG members probably don't know.
  1. I've played the viola in a symphony orchestra for 30 years (though I'm currently on a break.)
  2. I minored in Latin American studies and lived in Chile for a bit.
  3. Our family are big Cubs fans.  We've started to plan road trips to see them in as many different stadiums as we can.
What is your most treasured/sentimental possession?
My dad was a great woodworker, and I cherish a few pieces he made.

Monday, September 5, 2016

CLMQG Members Quilts at Quilt Expo in Madison WI

Two of our members will have quilts displayed in the Madison, WI Quilt Expo Quilt Contest this week!  Congratulations to Kathy P and Shelley N!!

Quilt Expo hosts a 10-category judged quilt contest each year with prizes awarded in each category as well as Best in Show and Viewer's Choice awards.

Kathy P entered her quilt Cannon Beach in the "Wall Quilt Machine Quilted - Pieced" category.

Shelley entered her Red Hot Dreamy Hexagons in the "Machine Quilted Bed Size - Applique, Mixed, or Other" category.

And Shelley's Tree of Life is entered in the "Machine Quilted Bed Size - Pieced" category.

Best of luck to Kathy and Shelley!

The WPT Quilt Expo runs this Thursday to Saturday, September 8-10 beginning at 9:00am each day.  Find more information about tickets, location, and event highlights at the Quilt Expo website.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Important Quilt Dates September 2016

September 2016

8-10: Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, WI

11: CLMQG Monthly Meeting and Quick Curve Ruler Demo/Workshop

17-18: Countryside Flower Shop and Garden Center 17th Annual Quilt Show. Be sure to visit this free event to see quilts made by our CLMQG members including the 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge completed quilts.

29: MQG Creative Webinar - No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine with Linda Hungerford (@flourishingpalms on Instagram).

Quilt submissions to QuiltCon East 2017 are continuing through November 30, 2016.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September 11 Meeting and Quick Curve Ruler Demo Reminder

Sunday, September 11 is our next meeting and program at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)

11:00am Monthly CLMQG meeting
Noon - 4:00pm Quick Curve Ruler Demo and Workshop ($5 guest fee)

September Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge  - Final judging of finished quilts and GRAND PRIZE DRAWING!
  • October block lottery details announced
  • Show and Tell
What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - Completed (quilted and bound) for final judging and grand prize drawing.  ** Don't forget you must leave your completed quilt with Lorrie to be shown at the Countryside Flowershop and Garden Center Quilt Show September 17-18 **
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share.
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Donation Quilts - Bring any newly completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.
What you need to bring for the Quick Curve Ruler Demo and Workshop (We will be making a few blocks from the pattern that comes with the ruler):
  • 5-10 fat quarters
  • 1/2 yd-1 yd background fabric
  • QCR of choice and other rulers for cutting strips and squares
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Usual sewing machine and thread
  • Extension cords/power strips and irons/ironing surfaces to share
  • Flower head pins

We hope to see YOU then!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)