Friday, June 17, 2016

Important Quilt Dates

June 22 - The MQG is hosting a new creative webinar "Making Traditonal Modern with Shannon Page".  More details and registration information here.

June 25 - QuiltCon East 2017 workshop, lecture, and show registration opens.  All MQG members (as a CLMQG member your MQG membership is included with your dues) will receive a link email from MQG to use for registration. You can download the workshop and lecture schedule here.

June 30 - Quilt submissions for the September 8-10, 2016 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo are due.  You can download the online and PDF forms here.

July 1 - Quilt submissions for QuiltCon East 2017 begin.  Rules and instructions for entering your quilt(s) found here.

July 31 - The Indianapolis MQG is hosting a quilt show to promote modern quilting in their community at Broad Ripple Park in Indianapolis.


June 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1. A HUGE thank you to Susie for opening up her shop, Material Girl, for our meeting after we had a problem with the lock at the bank!!!

2. Upcoming Meetings:
  • July 10 – SummerFest Sewcial Noon – 4:00 pm
  1. We need volunteers for set up and clean up.
  2. The guild is providing meats & buns. Sign-ups were placed out for the rest of the food.
  3. There will be games and other fun events. We will also have Raffle baskets, with all proceeds going towards the general fund for speakers and other activities. Lorrie can accept donations for the raffle baskets until Thursday, June 16th. The ‘show & tell’ theme for this meeting is floral quilts.
  4. We will have another block lottery. The block is a paper-pieced envelope. Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to get the pattern. Remember to add a 1/4" seam allowance to all sides of the pattern before trimming so that you end up with a 7" unfinished block!
  • August 14 – Summer Sew-In, no meeting, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • September 11
  1. Quick Curve Ruler demo with Lesley. Lorrie can order the mini Quick Curve Ruler for $11 (regularly $15). Let her know if you’d like one.
  2. Mystery Medallion quilts due (must be quilted and bound); random drawing for the Grand Prize
  • October 23 – guest speaker Laura Wasilowski from artfabrik.com

3. Committee Updates:
  • Committee descriptions were passed out and will be posted to the blog.
  • Bees – Anuschka is moving, so let us know if you would like to be in charge of our bees.
  • Social Media – Shelley is our new Social Media Chair. She has created a guild InstaGram account @crystallakemqg. You can also use the tag # crystallakemqg when you post guild-related photos on InstaGram.
  • Charity – Kelly has tax-deductible forms and guild labels to sew on the back of your donation quilts. Kelly also brought about 30 bundles of fabrics which were donated by Chicago MQG member Stephanie, whose InstaGram name is @yespositively. If you took a bundle, please bring back your completed charity quilt by the October meeting. Our goal is to present Gavers with 30 quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Social –Biaggi’s has been reserved for our Holiday party in December.
  • Swaps/Lotteries/Challenges – Cari will be in charge of these for 2017.

4. Other Business:
  • 2016 Guild Survey was passed out for members to fill in.
  • Paige is curious if there is an interest in a machine quilting feathers workshop. Many members replied that they are interested in this.
  • Reminder for everyone to make sure they are bringing no more than 10 flower head pins to workshops/sew-ins and that their area is cleaned up before leaving.
  • Members have expressed a desire to get together outside guild. We’re releasing a member email and city residence distribution list to the members. Please let us know if you do not wish to be on that list. 
  • Northern Illinois Shop Hop: June – August. Info on their website.
  • Row By Row Experience: June 21 – September 6 in participating shops around the country and in Canada. See their website for more information.
  • Quilt Expo, Madison, WI: September 8 – 10

5. Mystery Medallion Show and Tell and judging for final border. A drawing was held for all participants who were at the meeting today. The prize was a package of batting. Reminder: to remain eligible for the prize, you must have your quilt completed (quilted and bound) by our September 11 meeting.

6. Show and Tell

7. Secret Pal gifts were handed out; door prize drawing

8. Cheryl Sleboda gave an interesting lecture: Working Weekly, Staying Inspired

Thursday, June 16, 2016

#QuiltsforPulse Charity Drive

Darlene M has volunteered to coordinate our CLMQG response to the Orlando MQG request to gather 102 quilts for distribution to the victims' families and survivors of the recent tragedy at the Pulse Orlando nightclub.  You can read more about the Orlando MQG project here.


Darlene hopes to collect a minimum of 30 blocks for the quilt from our guild.  If you'd like to participate and make one or more blocks, please follow these guidelines:

  • use the pattern for the 10" finished heart block found here (this block is in the top right corner of the image above)
  • block background fabric should be Kona Snow
  • hearts should be in your choice of rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) or rainbow colored fabric
  • use small prints or solid fabrics for single color hearts
  • use only quilt shop quality fabrics
  • complete your blocks before August 14
  • bring your completed blocks to Material Girl as soon as you complete them or to the August 14 CLMQG meeting

We hope to donate at least one quilt, but we will make as many as we can with the blocks received!  Quilt tops will be assembled at the August 14 sew-in; the deadline for finished quilts to be received in Orlando is September 15.  Please contact Darlene at darmac50 (at) gmail (dot) com with questions or if you can help in any of the following ways:
  • sewing blocks (please indicate how many you will make)
  • assembling quilt top(s)
  • donating backing fabric (3.5 yards per quilt), binding fabric, or batting
  • making binding
  • quilting or binding the quilts

Please use the hashtag #quiltsforpulse when posting photos of your blocks to social media.


Thank you in advance for your help with this project!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SummerFest Sewcial Invitation

Attention 2016 CLMQG members!

Check your email inbox for an important message from CLMQG -  
it contains a link to your Evite invitation to the 
July 10 SummerFest Sewcial.  

Please open the link to RSVP to the invitation 
and indicate in your reply what dish you will bring to share.


This new invitation and response format allows us to easily track the number of attendees and better plan the festivities.  You will also be able to see other members' responses and plan the dish you'd like to bring.  Win-win!

Thank you :)
We hope to see you there!

If you did not receive the email, please contact us at
crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 12, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, June 12 is our next meeting and program at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)

1:00pm monthly CLMQG meeting
2:00pm Guest Speaker Cheryl Sleboda presentation and vending ($5 guest fee)

June Monthly Meeting Highlights:

  • Mystery Medallion Challenge  - Final judging of quilt tops!
  • Show and Tell
  • July SummerFest Sewcial details 

What you need to bring:

  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - Quilt top with May (fifth) border completed and sewn. If you are unable to attend the meeting email a photo of your medallion with May borders completed by Saturday, June 11 to remain eligible - any late entries will be disqualified. The photo must clearly show your use of either hand applique or cross blocks, and either peach or yellow color requirements. *** If you were assigned a penalty element in May you must ALSO include that in your May 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 or May meeting, please complete and return it to us this month :)
  • Donations for the July SummerFest Sewcial raffle baskets.

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reminder: SummerFest Sewcial Donations Needed

Remember to bring your donations for our 
SummerFest Sewcial event 
to the June 12, 2016 meeting



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 create a themed basket to donate, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

See this post for more details about the event and the raffle baskets.

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

Thanks in advance for all your donations!