Monday, October 31, 2016

"Quilter's Crack"

Judy O has provided the recipe for the almond covered crackers she brought to the October 23, 2016 meeting.  We aren't sure of the original recipe name, but it was coined "quilter's crack" at that meeting :)


Quilter's Crack
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sliced almonds
  • 32 Keebler Club crackers(green box)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Lay crackers out on paper.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla in sauce pan, bring to boil to dissolve sugar.
  3. Pour mixture evenly over crackers, and sprinkle almonds on top.
  4. Bake at 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Transfer hot crackers to another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool,if left to cool on original cookie sheet you will have a hard time scraping them off.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1. Paige is unable to continue to be our Vice President, so Jalana has agreed to take over this position for the rest of the term.

2. Committee Updates:
  • Bees –Please let Terry know if you want to join or start a bee.
  • Charity –Kelly is setting up a time with Gavers to present all of the quilts that were collected this month.
  • Social Media
  1. Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all CLMQG updates.
  2. If you took a Member Feature sheet, please turn it in so that we can highlight you on the blog.
3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • Saturday, November 5: 9-5; Bonus Workshop: Sew Together Bag with Shelley. You can purchase the pattern from Craftsy for $12. The prep list was emailed out this week to those members who have sent an RSVP indicating that they are coming.
  • November 13: 12 – 4; Member Trunk Show & vending with Sharon Turskey; Phoneography & Instagram workshop; we will provide details about the #CLMQGInstaChallenge
  • December 4: 12 – 3:30; Holiday Party at Biaggi’s. Due to a miscommunication, we will not be in the party room. We will have a large table in the general dining room. Each member will be able to choose her menu item and will be responsible to pay her own bill. We will not be collecting any money beforehand. An Evite will be going out shortly to RSVP. Secret Pals will be revealed. The guild will be sponsoring a gift swap game instead of having an individual gift swap. You may bring items for Show and Tell, but keep in mind that there will not be a lot of room to display large quilts.

4. Other Business:

  • The Sew Generously Sew In was a big hit! We hope to have more of these in the future.
  • We took a vote to see if members would like to continue Secret Pals in 2017; the majority voted yes.
  • Dues must be paid by January 1st. Registration forms will be available at our November meeting.

5. Sharon presented Shelley with a quilt which was made by members, as a thank you to Shelley for all the work she did as our previous President.

6. House Block Lottery

7. Show and Tell

8. Secret Pal gifts were handed out

9. Break. Kelly counted the Gavers quilts that were brought in today. We have a grand total of 31 quilts for this month’s donation!

10. We enjoyed an entertaining lecture by Laura Wasilowski.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 23, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, October 23 is our next meeting and program
 at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)  
The meeting starts at 1:00pm and will conclude at 4:00pm.

October Monthly Meeting Highlights:

  • Laura Wasilowski "StitcherTunities" Lecture ($5 guest fee)
  • House block lottery (details here)
  • Show and Tell
  • Holiday Party RSVPs accepted ($28 per member cash or check)
  • Collection of charity quilts for donation to Gavers marking October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What you need to bring for the meeting:

  • 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.
  • $28 cash or check payment for December CLMQG member Holiday Party (payments also accepted at our November meeting)


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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The New Talk Radio - Podcasts

** The following is an excerpt from a post written and originally published by member Shelley on her blog, elsie's girl.

When I was a kid my parents (and nearly every other adult in my life) listened to a lot of talk radio. It was primarily news or sports, and I vividly remember rolling my eyes and thinking, "why would anyone waste their time listening to anything other than music?!"



Fast-forward a few decades and here I am spending a lot of time listening to the 21st century version of talk radio - podcasts.  Have you jumped on the podcast bandwagon yet? If not, what are you waiting for?  There is an unbelievable amount of free listening content on any and every topic you can imagine available to access with your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

I am an iPhone/iPad/iTunes user (so I don't know a lot about Android or other devices) but I believe there are podcast listening apps on most every current technology platform.  If you are an iPhone or iPad user they both already have podcast apps loaded and ready to go.  You can "subscribe" to your favorite podcasts and never have to search for new posts from those channels - they'll automatically update in your podcast app and be waiting for you when you are ready!

Today I'm sharing my favorite sewing, creative, and other podcasts and telling you a little bit about why I like each one.  Maybe some of these will become your favorites!

My top two sewing-related podcasts are Crafty Planner and While She Naps.

The Crafty Planner podcast is hosted by Sandi Hazlewood - "a former city planner who loves all things crafty" living in San Diego, California.  Sandi interviews makers from every sewing and crafting field - quilters, apparel sewers, fabric designers, knitters, and other fiber artists starting each podcast by asking the guest to describe their creative journey.  She produces a high quality program by asking insightful questions and loves to laugh with her guests.


Abby Glassenberg hosts the While She Naps podcast.  Abby is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer, and teacher.  She is also co-founder of the Craft Industry Alliance (CIA), a trade association for craft industry professionals.  Abby interviews all manner of craft and fiber industry people - makers, designers, book publishers, and bloggers as well as executives in the fabric manufacturing industry.  Her interviews are very well researched and have a somewhat journalistic feel (but there is still a lot of laughter!) with a focus on what it takes to build a creative business.  She recently conducted a live podcast interview with Mickey Krueger, president of Windham Fabrics, at the SewPro convention in Chicago.

Click over to elsie's girl to read the full post which contains many more podcast recommendations.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shop Feature - Kelly's Necchi-New Home Sewing Center in Rockford

Shop owner Kelly (right) with CLMQG member and employee Lesley.


Our members will recognize the name Necchi-New Home Sewing Center because Kelly recently donated the Brother SB700r sewing machine that was given away in September as the grand prize in our 2016 Mystery Medallion Challenge! Since she so graciously donated that fabulous prize, we decided a shop feature on our website was in order :)


Her shop sells new Brother and Janome sewing machines.  You can see they have a huge selection - all sizes and price ranges of sewing, serging, quilting, and embroidery machines to meet your every sewing need. All new machine purchases include lessons on that machine and a first year cleaning.

The machine service staff performs maintenance and repairs on all sewing machine makes and models, and all service work is done in house - nothing is sent out.

If you find yourself in the market for a new sewing machine, please consider visiting Kelly's store - she's a big supporter of our guild and operates a full-service sewing machine business with great selection and competitive pricing.


I did a short test drive on this computerized Brother machine during my visit last week - so fun with a ton of great features and such smooth, even stitching!


The walls are filled with eye-catching samples, and the shop offers classes in Machine Embroidery, Basic Clothing Construction, and Quilting.


Since the store sells and services embroidery machines they offer a large variety of design software from Hoop Sisters and many others. Plenty of notions including Madeira, Mettler, and Maxi-Lock threads, stabilizers, and Atkinson zippers are stocked. They don't sell quilting fabrics, but currently offer a curated selection of lovely high-quality knits from Art Gallery and Michael Miller.


While they don't stock vintage sewing machines, they do currently have this beautiful green Fleetwood machine for sale.  It was manufactured in Japan in the 1950's, it's all metal, and it sews like a dream - straight stitch, zigzag, and four step buttonhole. 


The next time you're in Rockford stop in to see Kelly (and maybe Lesley too!) and test drive one of the new or "experienced" sewing machines in stock.  You might be tempted to bring one home!  And if you are in the market for a new machine, please consider making your purchase at Kelly's store.  Check out their website for more information about store location, business hours, and class schedules.  You can also find them here on Facebook.

Thank you so much to Kelly for donating our 2016 Mystery Medallion grand prize and supporting the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild!