Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Crimson Tate March 13 Lecture/Workshop Registration Info

Crimson Tate is coming to CLMQG!
Sunday March 13, 2016
11:00am Lecture/Discussion
1:00-5:00pm Workshop
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
(map on right sidebar)



CLMQG will host fabric and pattern designer and quilt shop owner extraordinaire Heather Givans of Crimson Tate at our March meeting! She will deliver a one hour lecture/open discussion on the topic of fabric design at 11:00am followed by a quilting workshop on her "Succulent Garden" pattern (pictured below) from 1:00-5:00pm.  She will also have fabrics and other goodies from her Indianapolis shop available for purchase during her visit.

CLMQG members may attend the 11:00am lecture free of charge.
Guests may attend the 11:00am lecture for a $5 fee.




Our regular monthly meeting will take place at 10:00am that same day, Sunday, March 13.

Registration is required to participate 
in this quilting workshop!

  • CLMQG member workshop registration starts today.  CLMQG members may register and attend for a $15 fee (see instructions below)
  • If additional workshop spots are available following member registration, guests may register and attend the workshop for a $25 Special Event fee (see instructions below)
  • All workshop attendees must have their own copy of Heather's pattern "Succulent Garden" to participate in the workshop.  Pattern cost is NOT included in the workshop fee.  Patterns for workshop attendees may be purchased from Heather at a discounted rate on the day of the workshop. 
  • Workshop supplies are not included in the workshop fee.

CLMQG members: 

  • To register for the workshop please email us BY SATURDAY, MARCH 5 at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Member Crimson Tate Workshop Registration" in the subject line. 
  • You will receive a response email confirming your registration with an attached supply list for the workshop.  
  • Member fee for this workshop is $15 which does not include pattern cost or other workshop supplies. 
  • A supply list will be sent via email with your registration confirmation.
  • $15 Payment is due when registration is confirmed.


Non-CLMQG members: 

  • Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Guest Crimson Tate Workshop Registration" in the subject line to get your name on the workshop waiting list.  Include your full name and phone number.
  • We will place your name on a first come, first served waiting list, and if additional workshop spots are available after the member registration period has passed you will be notified via email. 
  • You must respond to the email within 48 hours to secure your spot in the workshop. 
  • The non-member fee for this workshop is $25 which does not include the cost of pattern or other workshop supplies.  
  • A supply list will be sent via email with your registration confirmation.
  • $25 Payment is due when registration is confirmed.

**Due to the limited capacity of our meeting place and an expected high turnout
 for this program, payment for the workshop must be made when registration is confirmed and will not be refundable.**

The Succulent Garden quilt can be made in sizes ranging from Crib to King.  The photo below provides information about fabric requirements for each size quilt. 



The location for our meeting, lecture, and workshop is:
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
611 South Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL

Visit Crimson Tate's website for inspiring fabrics and patterns available in her quilt shop.
Follow Heather on Facebook at Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter and on Twitter and Instagram @crimsontate

Monday, February 22, 2016

Mystery Medallion Challenge - February Border Rules

Photos of the challenge participants and their in-progress quilt tops are posted here on Facebook.

At our monthly meeting yesterday the quilting task and color requirement for the second border were randomly drawn and announced.

The quilting task drawn for February was CURVES.  There are many interpretations of this task, so let your imagination run wild!

The crayon drawn for February was CARNATION PINK.  Check out the official Crayola website page for that color.

Rules Reminders:
  • Your February border must be on all four sides of your quilt top, but all four sides are not required to be the same width.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations regarding the width of your February border.
  • Your February border must include sewn curves (curves in your fabric design DO NOT qualify) and the color Carnation Pink.  You may include as many or as few curves as you like, and you may use as much or as little of the color Carnation Pink as you like.
  • To remain eligible for the grand prize you must bring your in-progress quilt with February borders sewn to the quilt top to our March 13, 2016 meeting.  If you are unable to attend that meeting, you must send a photo of your in-progress quilt with February borders sewn to the quilt top to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com by Saturday, March 12.
  • You may not reconstruct or alter the layout of your medallion or January borders except to add embellishment such as embroidery, applique, trims, buttons, etc.
  • The grand prize will be awarded via a random drawing at the September 2016 meeting.
  • The complete set of challenge rules can be found here.

Feel free to post photos of your progress to our Facebook page and on Instagram using the hashtag #crystallakemqg :)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

April Block Lottery - Selvage Spools Quilt Block

Our first 2016 CLMQG block lottery takes place in April. We chose the Selvage Spools block from this Riley Blake 2013 Block of the Month program.  You can download and print the Riley Blake block directions here, but you'll probably want to keep reading to discover an easier way to make these blocks.

April 2016 Block Lottery Rules:
  • Lottery participation is completely voluntary.
  • Use only quilt store quality fabrics.
  • Background fabric must be solid white or off-white (such as Kona White or Snow)
  • Block MUST measure 12.5″ square unfinished.
  • 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 during our April meeting.
  • Label each of your blocks with your name.
  • 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 April  meeting. A volunteer will be set up to ensure every one of us have followed all the rules and award us with our lotto tickets!


The Selvage Spools block is composed of four 6" spools to finish at 12" square (12.5" unfinished).

The original pattern uses a template and partial seams - no thank you.  When Lorrie and I met earlier this week to sew the sample blocks for our Sunday guild meeting I made some quick pattern modifications to make it easier.  Easier = Better, am I right?!  Here is my pattern tester block - spot on at 6.5" unfinished :)



The materials you'll need to make one complete block:

Using a pencil lightly mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2" square.

Choose selvages with fun words and lots of color dots!

You'll want to center the wording/color dots on the background square.

I sewed this piece about 1/8" from the bottom of the background square so the words wouldn't be cut off later in the seam allowance.

You can choose to cover up the printed fabric area of the first selvage or not.

We used 6-7 selvages for each spool.



Press these seams toward the background fabric.

Make sure you carefully place the marked diagonal lines as shown.




Press away from the center.
Your spool should measure 6.5" square now. 


The final seams are all pressed toward the spool ends - not the background fabric.


And there you have it - a 12" square finished selvage spool block!


Thanks to Riley Blake for the original pattern and inspiration for this fun quilt block!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunday, February 21 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, February 21 we will meet from 1:00pm-4:00pm at our usual spot (Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center - see map on the right sidebar.)

Meeting Highlights include:

  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - January border judging and February border requirements revealed.
  • April Block Lottery - Pattern revealed and sample blocks shown.
  • Singer Featherweight Lecture and Workshop - We still have a few open spots for the workshop.  See this post for registration information and instructions.  The supply list for the workshop was sent all those who have registered.

What you need to bring:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - Quilt top with January border completed and sewn.  (If you are unable to attend the meeting email a photo of your medallion with January borders completed by Saturday, February 20 to avoid a penalty and remain eligible.  The photo must clearly show your use of the snowball block and red violet color requirements.)
  • Show and Tell - One or two modern quilted items to share with the group.
  • Featherweight Workshop items (if you are participating)
  • 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.

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Singer Featherweight Care and Maintenance Workshop Registration Information



Sunday, February 21 at 1:00pm
Singer Featherweight Care and Maintenance Workshop immediately following our regular monthly meeting 

  • Registration is required to participate in this hands-on workshop
  • CLMQG members may register and attend at no cost.  
  • CLMQG member registration starts today (instructions below)
  • If additional workshop spots are available guests may register and attend for a $20 Special Event fee (instructions below)
Our speaker and workshop leaders for the day will be Nona and Steve Piorkowski.  Nona is a Singer Featherweight enthusiast who owns and sews regularly with nine different Featherweight machines!  Her husband Steve maintains and repairs her machines as needed.  Nona will first give a lecture and PowerPoint presentation on the interesting history of Singer Featherweight sewing machines.  Then she and Steve will guide workshop participants through the steps to clean, maintain, and troubleshoot their own individual Featherweight machines.

CLMQG members: To register for the workshop please email us BY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Member Featherweight Workshop Registration" in the subject line.  You will receive a response email confirming your registration with an attached supply list for the workshop.

Non-CLMQG members: Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Guest Featherweight Workshop Registration" in the subject line.  We will place your name on a first come, first served waiting list, and if additional workshop spots are available after the member registration period has passed you will be notified via email.  You must respond to the email within 48 hours to hold your spot in the workshop.  The non-member fee for this workshop will be $20.

The location for our meeting and this workshop is:
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
611 South Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL