Monday, May 30, 2016

May 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1. Upcoming Meetings:
  • June 12 – Speaker Cheryl Sleboda, final Mystery Medallion borders due, 1 pm – 4 pm (There will be a guest fee for this meeting)
  • July 10 – Summer Sewcial
  • August 14 – Summer Sew-In, no meeting, 11:00am-4:00pm
  • September 11 – Quick Curve Ruler demo with Lesley, Mystery Medallion quilts finished (must be quilted and bound) & random drawing for the Grand Prize
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.  Several bundles of donated fabrics for charity quilts will be available at the June meeting. A Chicago MQG member donated these contemporary fabrics.
  • Social – Jalana discussed the options for the venue for the Holiday Party and members voted. Biaggi’s had the majority of votes.  Jalana will make our reservation at Biaggi's Restaurant for Sunday, December 4, 2016.
3. Other Business:
  • Board Elections – No one else was nominated, so it was motioned to accept the slate of officers. Everyone agreed. CLMQG 2016-2017 Executive Board: President - Lorrie Gartman, Vice-President - Paige Mistak, Secretary - Jill Smalley, Treasurer - Judy Otero.
  • July block lottery rules and information – See this post for all the details.
  • Reminder – If you took a Member Feature questionnaire, please complete and return it next month.
  • Reminder – Clean up your area and check for pins after sew-in.
  • If you are on Instagram, you can tag your guild photos with #crystallakemqg.
  • We discussed if there is interest in an offsite workshop to learn how to take better photos with a smart phone. Many women were interested, so the Board will continue looking into this.
4. Mystery Medallion Show and Tell and judging: May border elements were drawn and announced: technique is either a cross/plus sign (not an X) or hand applique and color is peach or sunshine yellow. For this month, you may choose to use one or both techniques and one or both colors. See this blog post for all the details. Reminder – June 12 is the deadline for final border show and tell or photo. No late entries, no prize eligibility for not following final rules.  Photos of participants in this challenge are posted here.

5. Show and Tell

6. Secret Pal gifts were handed out

7. Thread packs were handed out to all members who were at the meeting. These packs were donated to the guild by Aurifil.

8. Convergence Quilt Demo by Judy

9. Sew-in

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

July 2016 Block Lottery - Paper Pieced Envelopes

Our next 2016 CLMQG block lottery - the foundation paper pieced envelope - takes place in July. If you'd like to participate, please review the rules below and email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.  We'll respond with a PDF pattern file.



Sample blocks - use a solid or print background.
It's up to you!



July 2016 Block Lottery Rules:
  • Lottery participation is completely voluntary.
  • Use only quilt store quality fabrics.
  • Block MUST measure 7″ square unfinished.
  • There are no rules about fabric choice, but the interior portion of the "envelope" looks best with fussy cut or showcase fabrics.
  • 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 July 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 July 10 meeting. A volunteer will be set up to ensure that participants have followed all the rules and award the lottery tickets!

**Remember to add a 1/4" seam allowance to all sides of the pattern before trimming or you will end up with a 6.5" finished block instead of 7" unfinished!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SummerFest Sewcial July 10 Help Needed

The annual SummerFest Sewcial & Guild Fundraiser 
is just around the corner on July 10th
and we need your help! 



As part of this fun day our Sewcial Committee plans to raffle several sewing and other themed baskets to raise funds for more speakers and programs at our guild meetings.  To fill these exciting baskets we are asking for donations of new sewing items such as: 
  • notions
  • books
  • fabric 
and new handmade items such as:
  • mug rugs
  • zipper pouches
  • makeup bags
  • oven mitts 

Ideas for other themed baskets include (but are not limited to): 
  • baking
  • pet
  • tea/coffee
  • wine 

If you can help us by donating either a sewing or non-sewing item, please bring it to the June 12th meeting.  If you'd like to get together with friends and created a themed basket to donate, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

Details about this first annual fun event will be posted here in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.  You won't want to miss this meeting, so mark your calendars now for July 10!

Thank you in advance for your participation :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mystery Medallion Challenge - May Border Rules

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

We've reached the final month of construction for our Mystery Medallion quilts!  Woo-hoo!

At the May 15 monthly meeting quilting tasks and color requirements for the fifth and final border were randomly drawn and announced.  That's right - Lesley switched things up this month and participants will have a choice of two tasks and two colors!

The quilting tasks drawn for May were CROSS and HAND APPLIQUE. You may choose to incorporate either task into your border or go crazy and do both.  Cross blocks must be an upright + not an X; the arms of your cross block can be equal (as in +) or different (as in a biblical cross).  Hand applique is pretty self explanatory, but note that English Paper Piecing (EPP) is NOT hand applique.  However, if you hand applique EPP shapes to your fifth border that does meet the requirement.



The Crayola crayons drawn for March were PEACH and YELLOW.  You may use one or both of these colors in your May border.

Rules Reminders:

  • Your May 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 May border.
  • Your May border must include hand applique OR sewn cross blocks (cross shapes printed on your fabric DO NOT qualify), and the color peach OR yellow. You may include one or several cross blocks and/or as much hand applique as you like, and you may use as much or as little of the colors peach and yellow as you like.
  • If you were assigned a penalty element at the May meeting, your May borders must include that penalty in addition to the task and color requirements.
  • To remain eligible for prizes you must bring your in-progress quilt with May borders sewn to the quilt top to our June 12, 2016 meeting. If you are unable to attend that meeting, you must send photos of your completed quilt top with May borders sewn to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com by Saturday, June 11.  Include a clear photo of the entire quilt top and additional detail photos showing your use of cross blocks/hand applique and peach/yellow.
  • No penalties will be assigned in June - if your final May borders and quilt top are not completed on time or if you did not follow the rules of the challenge you will be disqualified and no longer eligible for prizes.
  • You may not reconstruct or alter the layout of your medallion or any previous 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 :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 15, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, May 15 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 Convergence Quilt demo and Open Sew-In ($5 guest fee applies for sew-in)

May Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Nominations and Election for 2016-17 Executive Board positions
  • Vote to choose Holiday Party Venue (email with options coming soon!)
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - April border judging and final May border requirements revealed
  • July Block Lottery details available
  • Show and Tell
  • Convergence Quilt demo by Judy O
  • Open Sew-In (guest fee $5)

What you need to bring:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - Quilt top with April (fourth) border completed and sewn. If you are unable to attend the meeting email a photo of your medallion with April borders completed by Saturday, May 14 to avoid a penalty and remain eligible. The photo must clearly show your use of sewn scrappy star shapes, green challenge fabric, and orange color requirements. *** If you were assigned a penalty element in April you must ALSO include that in your April border to remain in the challenge.***
  • 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.
  • Member Feature Questionnaire - If you took a questionnaire at the April meeting, please complete and return it to us this month :)
  • Sewing supplies and project for the sew-in.  Remember an extra long extension cord/power bar for your sewing machine.  Irons, ironing mats, and cutting mats to share are appreciated.
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverage to keep you going during the sew-in.

If you plan to work on a Convergence Quilt at the sew-in, you'll need these supplies:
  • 4 coordinating or contrasting fat quarters well pressed with starch
  • sheet of 1/4" foam core board approximately 24" x 36" (available at Dollar Tree, Michaels, Hobby Lobby)
  • straight pins


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

Monday, May 2, 2016

Member Feature - Kathy Pizarro



Tell us a little about yourself.
My husband, Victor, and I have been married for 18 years.  We live in Sun City Huntley with our cat Abby.  I was born and raised in Illinois.  We have no children, but my husband has two, and we have four grandsons.

How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn?

I took a beginning quilting class at Quilt In Joy (taught by Nona Piorkowski) in Huntley in 2010.

What are your most and least favorite parts of quilting?
I love fabric and color selection the most.  I do enjoy cutting and piecing.  The finishing is my least favorite part - thus many UFOs!

What/who inspires you most in quilting?
The abundant stash I have accumulated.  I love most all of it and want to make things with all of it!

What quilt/s are you working on now?
The largest project is a paper piecing BOM - Enchanting Stars by Jacqueline deJonge.

What is on your quilting "bucket list"?
Go to Paducah and QuiltCon.

Where do you sew? How often/how long each week?
My husband and I share a small room that works as a sewing room/storage room for many hobbies.  I work full time but try to sew five days a week for short periods.

Do you tend to follow patterns or make your own designs?
I generally follow patterns, however I do enjoy challenge projects which allow me to do some basic designing.

What is one (or more) quilt technique you'd like to learn or are afraid of trying?
Making an art or landscape quilt.

What kind of sewing machine do you use?
Janome 8900.

How many quilts do you think you've made?  How many UFOs do you have?
Around 16 quilts completely done.
UFOs - too many to count.

Other hobbies (crafty or otherwise)?
Counted cross stitch, golf, bowling, reading.

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

  • I am the oldest of three children (one sister and one brother).
  • I work for International Paper in Des Plaines as an operations coordinator.
  • My favorite food is pizza.

What is your "motto" or favorite "life quote"?
"Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it." Charles Swindoll

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Jeannie from "I Dream of Jeannie".  Wouldn't it be great to make wishes come true?!