Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 10, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • May 15 *Please note this is the 3rd Sunday of May, due to Mother’s Day* – Convergence Quilt Demo (using a Ricky Tims pattern) and open Sew-In, Board Elections, next block lottery rules announced, 11 am – 4 pm
  • If you are interested in making a Convergence quilt during the sew-in, bring 4 coordinating fat quarters that you have spray-starched ahead of time; you may also want to bring a piece of foam board to keep the pieces in order.
  • June 12 – Speaker Cheryl Sleboda, 1 pm – 4 pm (There will be a guest fee for this meeting)

2.  Committee Updates:
  • Bees – Talk to Anuschka if you would like to join or start a bee.
  • Charity – Kelly has tax-deductible forms and guild labels to sew on the back of your donation quilt.
  • Hand sewing group meet-ups – Kara announced that the hand sewing group is being put on hold for now, due to low attendance numbers.
  • Social – Kara announced that her committee is looking into some type of fundraiser instead of a picnic for the July meeting. Also, she will announce 3 possible Holiday Party venues next month, and members will be given the opportunity to vote for where they would like the party to be held.

3.  Other Business:
  • Board Nominations were open today.  Shelley nominated Lorrie G.as President, Paige M. as Vice President, Judy O. as treasurer, and Jill S. as secretary. If you would like to nominate someone else for one of these positions, you can email their name to the guild or nominate them at next month’s meeting. You must have the person’s agreement before nominating someone.
  • Next block lottery will be in July; rules and samples to be announced at the May meeting.

4.  Mystery Medallion Show and Tell and judging;
  • April border elements were drawn and announced: technique is scrappy star and color is orange. A special challenge fabric was handed out to all participants who were at the meeting. If you are participating in the challenge and were not at the meeting, email the guild to get a piece of the challenge fabric. See this blog post for all the details. 
  • There was a random prize drawing for all participants who were at the meeting and who followed all the rules for the March border.

5.  Show and Tell

6.  Block Lottery winner was drawn

7.  Secret Pal gifts were handed out

8.  Accuquilt Demo/Presentation by Isis

9.  Break for workshop set up and A Touch Of Amish vending

10.  Accuquilt workshop

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mystery Medallion Challenge - April Border Rules

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

At our monthly meeting April 10 the quilting task and color requirement for the fourth border were randomly drawn and announced.

  • The quilting task drawn for April was SCRAPPY STAR. There are many interpretations of scrappy star blocks, so let your imagination run wild!

  • An additional fabric requirement was added for this month!  Lesley provided and distributed 10" squares of a fabric that must also be used in your April borders.  Please email us if you are participating in the challenge and did not receive the fabric square.



Rules Reminders:
  • Your April 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 April border.
  • Your April border must include sewn scrappy star blocks (scrappy stars printed on your fabric DO NOT qualify), the color orange, and the provided additional fabric. You may include as many or as few scrappy star blocks as you like, and you may use as much or as little of the color orange and additional fabric as you like.
  • If you were assigned a penalty element at the April meeting, your April borders must include that penalty in addition to the Scrappy Star, orange, and additional fabric requirements.
  • To remain eligible for any prizes you must bring your in-progress quilt with April borders sewn to the quilt top to our May 15, 2016 meeting. If you are unable to attend that meeting, you must send a photo of your in-progress quilt with completed April borders sewn to the quilt top to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com by Saturday, May 14.
  • If your April borders are not completed on time or if they do not follow the rules of the challenge you will be assigned a penalty element that must be included in your May borders in order to remain eligible for prizes.
  • You may not reconstruct or alter the layout of your medallion, January, February, or March 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 :)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 10, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, April 10 we have another exciting meeting and program planned at our usual spot (Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center - see map on the right sidebar.) The day's schedule includes:

  • 11:00am  monthly CLMQG meeting (first time guests may attend this portion of the program free of charge)
  • Noon - 4:00pm  Accuquilt Presentation and Workshop with CLMQG member Isis (for paid, registered participants - $10 CLMQG members, $15 guest fee.  Registration information here.)

CLMQG Monthly Meeting Highlights include:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - March border judging and April border requirements revealed.
  • Nominations continue for 2016-17 Executive Board positions
  • April Block Lottery (details here)
  • Lynn from A Touch of Amish quilt shop in Barrington will be at the workshop selling Accuquilt cutters and dies, books, and fabric bundles. 
What you need to bring:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - Quilt top with March (third) border completed and sewn. (If you are unable to attend the meeting email a photo of your medallion with March borders completed by Saturday, April 9 to avoid a penalty and remain eligible. The photo must clearly show your use of sewn dresden shapes and red color requirements.)  *** If you were assigned a penalty element in March you must ALSO include that in your March border to remain in the challenge.***
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share.
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Selvage Spool blocks for lottery
  • 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.
  • $$ for shopping with Lynn from A Touch of Amish quilt shop
  • Registered workshop participants were sent a separate supply list email.

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

Saturday, April 2, 2016

CLMQG Member Quilts at IQF Rosemont

Two of our members will have quilts displayed at the upcoming International Quilt Festival 2016 in Rosemont.  So exciting!!

Cari's quilt is "I Tula Too!". Composed of 100 unique blocks from the book "Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks", it was accepted into the "Mod Squad Quilts" exhibit.


"Modern Color Play" made by Isis was accepted as part of the "Modern Quilts - Drunkards Path" exhibit.


Congratulations Cari and Isis!

The festival runs April 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Click here for more details about exhibits, classes, vendors, and tickets.