Monday, January 25, 2016

Mystery Medallion Challenge - January Border Rules

We have several members participating in our 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge!  Photos of the participants with their quilt centers are posted here on Facebook.

At our Saturday, January 23 sew-in each participant wrote down a quilting task or block name, and all the papers were put into a bag for a blind draw.  The quilting task drawn for January was the snowball block.

A Google search on "snowball quilt block" will yield many images for you to look through for inspiration, and this handy free tutorial will show you how to make a 6" finished snowball block.

To determine the color rule for January, Lesley brought a paper bag with crayons in every color of the rainbow, and the crayon drawn for January was red violet.

You can also execute a Google images search for examples of this color, or check out the official Crayola website page for that color.

I searched the Hawthorne Threads color grid tool and came up with this mosaic of red violet fabric examples:

  • Your January border must be on all four sides of your center medallion, but not all four sides are not required to be the same width.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations regarding the width of your January border.
  • Your January border must include a snowball block and the color red violet.  You may include as many or as few snowball blocks as you like, and you may use as much or as little of the color red violet as you like.
  • To remain eligible for the grand prize you must bring your in-progress quilt with January borders sewn to the medallion center to our February 21, 2016 meeting.  If you are unable to attend that meeting, you must send a photo of your in-progress quilt with January borders sewn to the medallion center to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com by Saturday, February 20.

You can review the complete list of rules and program details for the Mystery Medallion Challenge in this post.  

Go forth and be creative with your snowball blocks and red violet fabrics!  Feel free to post photos of your progress to our Facebook page and on Instagram using the hashtag #crystallakemqg :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hello Everyone!
I'm going to be bringing SewMod's sale fabric bolts to the January sew-in this Saturday and the fabric will be just $5.00/yard. If you plan on purchasing, please bring cash to this checks or credit please. If you'd like to take a look at the website and have me set something aside for you, I'd be happy to. Just convo me!
Click Here to visit SewModDesigns. 
Thanks and I can't wait to see everyone!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January 23 Sew In RSVP Required

Members Only
9:00am - 5:00pm 
Home State Bank Commercial Center in Crystal Lake

Our January 23, 2016 Sew In day for CLMQG members is coming up soon!  We have a full day of sewing, new programs, and prize drawings (!) in store for our members, so read all the details carefully and be sure to RSVP so you don't miss out.

There will not be a regular meeting held at the sew in, however we will take time at 9:00am to kick-off two new programs:

  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - the January challenge rules will be announced at 9:00am so be sure to have your center block finished in order to participate.  January will be the only month you may begin this program - there won't be an opportunity to join in at a later date so be sure to read all of the program details and rules in this post, including how to participate if you cannot attend the sew in.
  • Secret Pals - a year long voluntary program for members.  Details, sign-ups, and Secret Pals assignments will be announced on Saturday morning.  Watch for another post on this website very soon with more information and directions for participation if you are not attending the sew in.

What you need to bring on January 23:
  • Potluck food item to share - hot or cold, savory or sweet - your choice
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic) for yourself
  • Sewing projects - this is an open sew in
  • Sewing machine, sewing supplies, extension cord and power strip
  • Iron and/or ironing surface to share (if you have these handy)
  • Your completed Mystery Medallion Challenge center block if you are participating

Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to register for this sew-in.  We need a headcount in order to appropriately set up the room.  Please plan to come early (8:40am) to help set up OR stay late (5:20pm) to clean up.  Thanks!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Member Feature - Darlene McIntyre

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Greenwich, CT and went to Lesley College in Cambridge, MA to study to become an elementary teacher with a minor in Early Ed.  Jim and I met in Florida on Spring Break, and no it wasn’t the Spring Break you hear about these days.   We had a long distance romance and we got engaged after knowing each other for 6 months and married 2 weeks after I graduated from college. We will be married for 44 years in June.

I taught second grade for 2 years and took off 9 years to raise our 2 sons, Ryan and Cory.  I went back and taught kindergarten for 18 years and retired in 2005.  I worked at the Fabric Store (for Millie) for about 7 years before I worked at Material Girl.

Our son Ryan lives in Warrenville with his wife, Betsie and their two girls Annie, age 5 and Cora, age 2.  Cory lives in Wichita with his wife Tori, 3 month old daughter Harper, and his step son Davin, age 9.  His son Nolan lives in Washington with his mom and step dad and enjoys spending time in Kansas and at our house.

How and when did you start quilting/sewing?
I have been sewing since I was about 8 years old.  I used to take my mom’s skirts apart and alter them to fit me. I sewed all of my own clothes and loved Stretch & Sew.  I started quilting about 30 years ago and took my first class at Barrington Sewing Center.  I loved the bright colors and certainly was not into traditional colors and styles of quilting.  Thank you, Sharon.

What are you most and least favorite parts of quilting?
I love selecting the fabric most of all and the anticipation of what it will look like.  I do enjoy cutting and piecing; I find it quite relaxing.  I sometimes tend to procrastinate on the quilting.

Favorite fabrics/designers/color palette?
I love brights, black and whites, and polka dots.

What quilt/s are you working on now?
Just finished Lots of Dots, and I am working on a queen sized quilt for Ryan and Betsie.     I have also done 36 blocks out of Tula Pink’s 100 Blocks book.  I intend on doing all 100.

What is on your quilting "bucket list"?
A String Quilt

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
I have a sewing room in the downstairs level of our home and I probably sew at least 4-5 times a week, if not every day.  Sometimes I take my featherweight out on the screened in porch and sew.  Love being out there.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs?
I tend to do both.  Rarely do I totally follow a pattern; I am always altering it in some way.

What kind of machine do you use?
I use a Janome 9000 most of the time.  I have a Pfaff on my Inspira Table when I quilt.  My favorite machine for travel is my Featherweight.

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

  • Yoga is one of my passions.
  • I send graduation cards to my former kindergarten students when they graduate high school.  I have never missed a year, and I have 2 more years of students.
  • Jim promised that I would see the Atlantic Ocean once a year.  He has pretty much kept that promise except for 2014.

What is your most treasured/sentimental possession? 
My dad’s wooden handled golf putter.

What is your "motto" or favorite "life quote"?
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.