Monday, September 11, 2017

September 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements



The September Challenge topic is APPLIQUE

  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post).
  • Hand OR Machine applique a NEW project
  • Applique your own original design OR choose a design from a published pattern
  • Your applique work does not need to be incorporated into a finished project
  • Your final photo post must be of your completed applique work
  • Deadline: Post photos of your inspiration/materials, project progress, and completed applique work by Friday, October 13.
  • Bring your finished project to the Sunday, October 15 CLMQG meeting.
  • You may start posting photos now.

Each September Challenge post must include the following elements in the photo caption:

  • @crystallakemqg
  • #clmqgigchallengesept
  • At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of Instagram hashtags)

Additional Info:  

  • Google "hand applique tutorial" or "machine applique tutorial" for a selection of several videos you can watch for additional help or inspiration
  • Our local libraries are a great resource for books on all types of quilting techniques including applique
  • Get together with other guild members and guide/encourage each other as you learn and explore new techniques
  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters. 
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.
  • If you complete the month's challenge requirements but are unable to attend the meeting, you will still receive your qualification button for that month but will not be entered in the monthly prize drawing.

How will you know if your photos qualify for the challenge?

  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos

*** View all slides from the September 10, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

*** Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

August 13, 2017 Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2017 Minutes

1. Committee Updates: 

  • Bees: The bee went on a shop hop in Wisconsin.
  • Donation Quilts: Please remember to attach a CLMQG label to your donation quilt before you give it to Mary. She has the labels and the “in kind” donation forms for tax purposes. Quilts for Gavers should be a lap-quilt size, minimum of 50 X 60”. 


2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • September 10: 12 – 4 pm: Holiday Workshop and Sew-in 
  • October 15: 11 am – 4 pm: Machine Quilting Feathers Workshop and Sew-in
  • November 12: 1 – 4 pm: Favorite gadget/tool and scissor sharpening
  • Saturday, November 18: 9 am – 4 pm: Sew-in (rescheduled June meeting)
  • December 3: Holiday Party: details to come; this will most likely be off-site

3.  Other Business:  

  • Countryside Quilt Show is September 16 – 17. If you have a quilt you want to be in this show, drop off your quilt between September 11 – 14 and ask for Marcie. 

4. Instagram Challenge: Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the July challenge. The monthly prize was drawn. For the August challenge, members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a zentangle design on fabric. Photos must be posted by September 8. This zentangle does not have to be in a finished project, but it must be brought to the September meeting to qualify for the prize. See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize

6. Show and Tell

7. Secret Pals gifts handed out ~ Secret Pals were reminded to review the rules on the back of the Secret Pal sheet, to keep this fun for everyone who is participating.

8. Break

9. Zentangle Workshop with Maryanne Olson

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 10, 2017 Meeting Reminder and Supply List

Sunday, September 10 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center 
(see map on the right sidebar.)


The meeting starts at Noon and concludes at 4:00pm.

September Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Holiday Gift Workshop & Sew-In
  • September Instagram Challenge Theme and Rules announcement
  • Show & Tell and Monthly prize drawing for August Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show & Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Supplies for the Fabric House Ornament and Boxy Zipper Pouch Workshops (see below)
  • Items from your August Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • 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.
  • Nametag
  • CLMQG Book Club selections - if you have a book club book in your possession please bring it and your three fat quarters to the meeting to pass to the next reader on the list.  See this post for more information and rules regarding the CLMQG Book Club.


Fabric House Ornament Supply List

Materials:
  • Quilting cotton scraps for house back, roof, window, and door
  • Fabric with numbers or fabric selvage for house number
  • Linen, linen/cotton blend, or cotton quilter’s linen for house front
  • 10” length of ribbon, 3/8” to 1/2" wide (satin, grosgrain, velveteen, picot edge, twill tape, etc.)
  • Rick rack (1/2" wide), miniature pom pom, or other trim
  • Wonder Under fusible web (1/8 yard)
  • Sheer weight or lightweight fusible interfacing (1/8 yard)
  • All purpose thread
  • Embroidery thread
  • Button
  • Polyfill or other stuffing material
Tools:
  • Scissors, rotary cutter/quilting ruler/cutting mat (optional), sewing machine, iron/ironing board, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, disappearing fabric ink, chopstick or turning tool


Boxy Zippered Pouch Supply List

Materials:
  • Outer Fabric - (2) pieces 8" x 10"
  • Lining Fabric - (2) pieces 8" x 10"
  • Tabs Fabric - (2) pieces 2" x 3"
  • Fusible Interfacing (mid to heavy weight fusible such as Pellon Shir-Tailor 850F OR Pellon Shape Flex SF101) - 2 pieces 8" x 10" (please fuse these to the WRONG side of your two outer fabric pieces)
  • Zipper - 14" or longer all purpose polyester zipper
  • Thread to coordinate with your fabrics
  • Optional: zipper pull tab charm, ribbon trims
Tools, Etc:
  • Zipper foot that fits your sewing machine
  • Presser foot for your sewing machine that can accommodate a zigzag stitch
  • Seam Ripper
  • Sewing machine, extra bobbins, pins, iron & ironing surface

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

REVISED August 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

THIS POST IS A REVISION OF PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR 
AUGUST 2017 INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE.

SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION.  THE ORIGINAL POST HAS BEEN REMOVED.



From zentangle.com (a website by the founders of Zentangle):

"The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages."
The August Challenge topic is ZENTANGLE on FABRIC
  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post).
  • Incorporate your original Zentangle doodle (from the workshop or one done at home) into a fabric project
  • Using ink on fabric DOES COUNT AS A COMPLETED PROJECT
  • You MAY use applique, embroidery, free motion quilting, etc. to take your doodle from paper to fabric if you choose
  • You must use your own original Zentangle doodle 
  • Fabric with your doodle does not need to be part of a finished project
  • Deadline: Post photos of your inspiration/materials, project progress, and completed fabric doodle by Friday, September 8.
  • Bring your finished project to the Sunday, September 10 CLMQG meeting.
  • You may start posting photos now.

Each August Challenge post must include the following elements in the photo caption:
  • @crystallakemqg
  • #clmqgigchallengeaug
  • At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of Instagram hashtags)

Additional Info:  
  • Google "youtube zentangle tutorial" for a selection of several videos you can watch for additional help or inspiration
  • Our local libraries have quite a few books on Zentangle doodling in their collections
  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters. 
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.
  • If you complete the month's challenge requirements but are unable to attend the meeting, you will still receive your qualification button for that month but will not be entered in the monthly prize drawing.

How will you know if your photos qualify for the challenge?
  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos

*** View all slides from the August 13, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

*** Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 13, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, August 13 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 concludes at 4:00pm.

August Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Zentangle Workshop
  • August Instagram Challenge Theme and Rules announcement
  • Show & Tell and Monthly prize drawing for July Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show & Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • No supplies are needed for the Zentangle Workshop
  • Items from your July Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • 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.
  • Nametag
  • CLMQG Book Club selections - if you have a book club book in your possession please bring it and your three fat quarters to the meeting to pass to the next reader on the list.  See this post for more information and rules regarding the CLMQG Book Club.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2018 CLMQG Retreat News

Registration for the 2018 CLMQG Retreat is now closed.  

We have met the requirement of 15 attendees, 
so we are a GO for April 12-15, 2018!

Many thanks again to Vikki S for organizing this fabulous weekend for us!

Monday, July 10, 2017

2018 CLMQG Retreat Details

2018 CLMQG Retreat Announcement
April 12-15, 2018
Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI

$100 Deposit Required by July 24, 2017

Details about the 2018 CLMQG Retreat were presented at our SummerFest Sewcial on July 9.  Vikki has done a lot of work behind the scenes securing a fantastic retreat package at a fabulous resort not too far from our area - THANKS Vikki!!

Please review the information slides presented at the meeting yesterday; they'll give you all the details about the facility, check-in date options, and pricing.

You can download and print the information sheet and deposit/registration form here, it was distributed to all participants at the July 9 meeting.  Registration forms and deposit payments can be mailed to the address found on the form.

Please direct any questions to CLMQG via email at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

July 2017 Challenge Requirements (Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.)


  • The July Challenge topic is HAND EMBROIDERY
  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post).
  • Hand embroider one of two samplers using a minimum of 5 different embroidery stitches.
  • First sampler choice - Hobby Lobby Embroidery Basics: Make Your Own Sampler (free pattern and tutorial found here on YouTube)
  • Second sampler choice - CLMQG Sampler designed by Lorrie H (pattern available for free download here)
  • Your sampler does not need to be incorporated into a finished project.
  • Deadline: Post photos of your inspiration/materials, project progress, and finished project by Friday, August 11.
  • Bring your finished project to the Sunday, August 13 CLMQG meeting.
  • You may start posting photos now.
Each July challenge post must include the following elements in the photo caption:
  • @crystallakemqg
  • #clmqgigchallengejuly
  • At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of Instagram hashtags)
Additional Info:  
  • Use the Hobby Lobby YouTube video for stitch help with either project.
  • Check other YouTube tutorials for more embroidery help.
  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters. 
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.
  • If you complete the month's challenge requirements but are unable to attend the meeting, you will still receive your qualification button for that month but will not be entered in the monthly prize drawing.
How will you know if your photos qualify for the challenge?
  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos
*** View all slides from the July 9, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 9, 2017 Meeting Reminder

The SummerFest Sewcial
is this Sunday, July 9
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center 
(see map on the right sidebar.)

If you haven't RSVP'ed please do so now
via the June 14 Evite email.

The meeting starts at Noon and concludes at 4:00pm.

July Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • SummerFest Sewcial
  • Food and Fun!
  • July Instagram Challenge Theme and Rules announcement
  • Show and Tell & Monthly prize drawing for May Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Dish to pass that you signed up to bring
  • 17" x 19" piece of Home Dec weight fabric for sewcial activity
  • Cash and/or check for Silent Auction items and raffle baskets
  • Items from your May Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • 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.
  • Nametag

Friday, June 9, 2017

May 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Committee Updates: 

  • Bees: The bee went out for lunch to celebrate a birthday.
  • Snacks: Darlene has sign-ups to bring snacks to the June meeting.
  • Donation Quilts: Please remember to attach a CLMQG label to your donation quilt before you give it to Mary. She has the labels and the “in kind” donation forms for tax purposes. Quilts for Gavers should be a lap-quilt size, minimum of 50 X 60”. 

2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • June 11: 12 – 4 pm: Rope Bowls Sewing Workshop with member Judy C. ~ See this post for the supply list 
  • July 9: 11 am – 4 pm: Summer Social ~ Please sign up to bring food for our potluck

3.  Other Business:  

  • Spring Retreat: Thank you to all who helped out and brought treats.
  • Board Elections: There were no new nominees, so all Board Members remain the same.

4. Instagram Challenge: Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the April challenge. The monthly prize was drawn. For the May challenge, members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a project using a sewn-in zipper. Photos must be posted by June 9. This completed project must be brought to the June meeting to qualify for the prize. See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize

6. Show and Tell

7. Secret Pals gifts handed out ~ Secret Pals were reminded to review the rules on the back of the Secret Pal sheet, to keep this fun for everyone who is participating.

8. Break

9. Barn Quilt Workshop

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 11, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, June 11 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)

The meeting starts at Noon and concludes at approximately 1:00pm.
The workshop and sew-in begin at 1:00pm and conclude at 4:00pm.

June Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • June Instagram Challenge Theme and Rules announcement
  • Show and Tell & Monthly prize drawing for May Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Door Prize Drawing
  • Fabric-Covered Rope Bowls Workshop (See Supply List in this post)
  • Sew-In for members not participating in the workshop

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Items from your May Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • 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.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • Nametag
  • Rope Bowl Workshop Supply List items (if participating in workshop)
  • Sew-In supplies and project (if participating in Sew-In)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 11, 2017 Rope Bowls Workshop Supply List

Sunday, June 11, 2017 from Noon-4:00pm member Judy C will lead a Rope Bowls Sewing Workshop at our regular meeting location (see map on right sidebar).  

CLMQG members may attend the workshop free of charge; non-members will be charged a $10 special event fee.


Fabric Wrapped Bowls Supply List

  • 1 pkg of all cotton clothes line with cotton core (available at Meyer’s)
  • ½ yard – 1 yard batik cut or torn into strips of 1 ½” wide and 18” long
  • Thread to match your chosen batik, bobbin and top
  • Scissors/Thread Snips
  • Sewing machine with a zig-zag foot
  • Extension cord
  • Surge protector

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Meeting Calendar Change

Attention CLMQG members!

Our program and meeting time for June 11 has changed.

Meeting time is now Noon-4:00pm.

Member Judy C will lead a Rope Bowl workshop after the meeting portion of the day is complete - approximately 1:00-4:00pm.

A supply list for the workshop will be posted here on our website Wednesday, May 31.  Members may participate in the workshop free of charge; non-members will be charged a $10 special event fee.

The Zentangle workshop has tentatively been moved to our August 13 meeting.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

May 2017 Challenge Requirements (Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.)
  • The May Challenge topic is ZIPPERS!
  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post).
  • Sew a NEW project that includes the insertion of a sewn-in zipper.
  • Deadline: Post photos of your inspiration/materials, project progress, and finished project by Friday, June 9.
  • Bring your finished project to the Sunday, June 11 CLMQG meeting.
  • You may start posting photos now.


Each May challenge post must include the following elements in the photo caption:
  • @crystallakemqg
  • #clmqgigchallengemay
  • At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)


Additional Info:  
  • CLMQG has a Pinterest account with a board titled "Zipper Fun" where you can find project ideas and links to zipper tutorials. (You do not need a Pinterest account to view this idea board.)
  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters. 
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.
  • If you complete the month's challenge requirements but are unable to attend the meeting, you will still receive your qualification button for that month but will not be entered in the monthly prize drawing.


How will you know if your photos qualify for the challenge?
  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos

*** View all slides from the May 21, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 21, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, May 21 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)

The meeting starts at 10:30am and concludes at noon.
The workshop begins promptly at noon and concludes at 4:00pm.

May Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Executive Board Elections
  • May Instagram Challenge Theme and rules announcement
  • Show and Tell & Monthly prize drawing for April Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Door Prize Drawing
  • Barn Quilt Painting Workshop (See Supply List below)
  • ** Space is limited so only CLMQG members who have registered via the April 15 Evite email may participate in this lecture and workshop.

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Items from your April Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • 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.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • Nametag
  • $40 cash or check Workshop Fee (if participating)

Barn Quilt Painting Workshop Supply List:
  • $40 cash or check
  • painter's tape (recommend .94 inch green Frog brand)
  • yardstick
  • pencil
  • hair dryer with extension cords to reach the tables (1 hair dryer per 4 people)
  • Choose your Barn Quilt design BEFORE THE WORKSHOP from the options shown below.  Colors shown are just examples; you will be able to choose your colors. If you have a different pattern in mind, please draw it on a letter sized sheet of paper and bring it with you (but keep it simple - for example NO Mariner's Compass) and be ready to draw it onto your 24-inch square board.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CLMQG Book Club

The new, very informal CLMQG Book Club was announced at our April 9 meeting, and it's not at all like a traditional book club.  Long story short: CLMQG members offer a book they have read and recommend, and other CLMQG members can sign up to read it and then pass it on to the next person who signed up to read it.  But the really fun part is each reader gets 3 new fat quarters that relate to the book!  

Read on for all the details!



CLMQG BOOK CLUB RULES

  • Any CLMQG member can sign up to read a book - you do not have to offer a book to participate.
  • Sign up for a book you are interested in reading (max 10 people on list).
  • Post a photo to Instagram (#clmqgbookclub @crystallakemqg) when the book comes to you.  You’ve got until the next meeting – approximately 30 days - to read it.
  • Keep the 3 FQs included with the book when you receive it.
  • After reading, provide 3 new, quilt shop quality FQs to include for the next reader - fabrics that remind you of the story, setting, or characters – they don’t have to be a literal representation of the story.
  • Post a photo of the book and FQs before passing it on to the next reader at the next CLMQG meeting.  If you cannot attend PLEASE find a friend to bring it on your behalf - others are waiting in line to read it!
  • At the end of the reader list, the book comes back to the owner with 3 new FQs from the last reader.
  • No one is policing this – please stick to the rules and hold up your end of the bargain.  If you cannot read the book within 30 days when it comes to you, please be honest and pass it to the next reader.
  • While a book is in your care, please treat it with the same respect you would if it were your own book :)


HOW TO OFFER A NEW BOOK TO MEMBERS
  • Choose a book you have read and enjoyed.  Choose 3 quilt shop quality FQs that remind you of the story (the setting, characters, time period, storyline, etc) to include with the book.
  • Don’t choose a book that you will be upset about if it is lost/stolen/damaged.  Life happens – water splashes, wine and coffee spill, pages get dog-eared :)
  • Put your name and email address in the front cover.
  • Tape in a paper explaining the rules (available at CLMQG meetings and listed below).
  • Post a photo of the book and FQs to Instagram telling members you are offering the book to readers.  Ask them to comment if they wish to be added to the reader list.  Start the list and cap it at 10 readers.  Or present it at a CLMQG monthly meeting.
  • Tape the reader list into the back cover including email addresses.
  • Keep a copy of the reader list.
  • If there are 10 people on the reader list, you should expect to receive the book back in approximately one year.
  • There may or may not be a full reader list when you start the book.  More people will probably sign up when they hear others talking about the book and see the fun FQs in photos.
  • You are not required to offer a book in order to request another book.
  • This is all completely voluntary.  Please adhere to the honor system when a book is in your care.
There are currently two books in circulation, and both have sign-up spots available.  You can sign up to read either (or both) at our May 21 meeting :)



** This book club format is based on the Instagram #quiltersbookpassport book club.  Thanks Monica @buttoncounter for the inspiration!!







Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 9, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Committee Updates: 

  • Bees: The bee did not officially meet this month, although they went to International Quilt Festival on Thursday.
  • Snacks: Darlene has sign-ups to bring snacks to the May and June meetings.
  • Donation Quilts: Mary brought seven quilts to Gavers this month. If you do not like a block that you made for an Instagram challenge, you can give it to Mary and she will assemble these blocks into a quilt for Gavers. Please remember to attach a CLMQG label to your donation quilt before you give it to Mary. She has the labels and the “in kind” donation forms for tax purposes. Quilts for Gavers should be a lap-quilt size, minimum of 50 X 60”. 
  • Retreat: Vikki will be sending out an email to the members who are going to the retreat with an agenda. Check-in is at 1:00 Thursday.

2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • May 21: 10:30 am – 4 pm: Barn Quilt Workshop: Kit fee of $40, you must sign up through the Evite that was recently sent; Board elections
  1. 10:30 – 11:15: Regular meeting
  2. 11:15 – noon: Social/Lunch
  3. Noon – 4: Workshop
  • June 11: 1 – 4 pm: Zentangle workshop with Maryanne Olsen
  • July 9: 11 am – 4 pm: Summer Social


3.  Other Business:  

  • Thank you to those who filled out the 2017 Survey.
  • CLMQG Book Club: New this month. Members can offer a book and three fat quarters related to the story for other members to read and pass with three new FQs. Any member can sign up to read an offered book.  You'll have one month to read the book then pass it and the three new FQs to the next member on the list at the following CLMQG meeting. If you have read a book but will not be at the next meeting, please find a friend to bring the book and FQs so the next person on the list can read it. You are also encouraged to post a photo of the book and your fabric choices on Instagram with the hashtag #CLMQGbookclub before passing it on. Shelley offered two books this month.  A blog post about this new program will be published here soon.


4. Instagram Challenge: Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the March challenge. The monthly prize was drawn. For the April challenge, members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a project they have repurposed. Photos must be posted by May 19. This completed project must be brought to the May meeting to qualify for the prize. See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize

6. Show and Tell

7. Secret Pals gifts handed out

8. Break

9. Suzy Quilts Trunk Show

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

April 2017 Challenge Requirements (Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.)

  • The April Challenge topic is Repurposing!
  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post).
  • Use Fabric AND at least one other material that is not textile related (such as wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramic) to create an entirely new object with a completely different purpose than the components.
  • Deadline: Post photos of your inspiration/materials, project progress, and finished project by Friday, May 19.
  • Bring your finished project to the Sunday, May 21 CLMQG meeting.
  • You may start posting photos now.

Each April challenge post must include the following elements in the photo caption:
  • @crystallakemqg
  • #clmqgigchallengeapril
  • At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)

Additional Info:
  • The slides presented at the April 9 meeting contain examples of projects that qualify, and you can view those slides here.  
  • CLMQG also has a new Pinterest account with a board titled "CLMQG Repurpose Ideas" where you can find additional inspiration. (You do not need a Pinterest account to view this idea board.)
  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters. 
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.
  • If you complete the month's challenge requirements but are unable to attend the meeting, you will still receive your qualification button for that month but will not be entered in the monthly prize drawing.

How will you know if your photos qualify for the challenge?
  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos
*** View all slides from the April 9, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 9, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, April 9 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 concludes at 4:00pm.


April Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • Executive Board Nominations
  • April Instagram Challenge Theme and rules announcement
  • Show and Tell & Monthly prize drawing for March Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Door Prize Drawing
  • Suzy Quilts Trunk Show

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Graph and Quilt Block from your March Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • 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.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • $$ for Suzy Quilts pattern vending
  • Nametag

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 19, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Committee Updates: 

  • Bees: The bee met this week to work on projects.
  • Snacks: Darlene asked that if you are signed up to bring snacks and you find out you cannot do it, please ask a friend from guild if they can bring the snacks. Today’s meeting was the 3rd or 4th time that Darlene has gotten an email the night before our meeting saying that someone who volunteered to bring snacks would not be at the meeting. 

2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • April 9: 1 – 4 pm: Suzy Quilts ~ Trunk show & vending ~ follow Suzy on Instagram: @suzyquilts
  • May 21: 10:30 am – 4 pm: Barn Quilt Workshop: Kit fee of $40, you must sign up through the Evite that will be coming; Board elections
  • June 11: Time TBD: Zentangle workshop with Maryanne Olsen

3.  Other Business:  

  • 2017 Survey link is on the website. Your answers to the questions will help the Executive Board plan for future meetings.
  • Retreat money is due March 27th 
  • International Quilt Festival in Rosemont: April 6 – 8 

4. Instagram Challenge: 

  • Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the February challenge. 
  • The monthly prize was drawn, and Cari G was the winner.
  • March Challenge: members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a block they have resized using graph paper. Photos must be posted by April 7. This completed block and your graph paper drawing must be brought to the April meeting to qualify for the prize. See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize - winner Sharon T.

6. Show and Tell

7. Secret Pals gifts handed out

8. Break

9. Catherine Redford ~ Lecture, Workshop: Walking Foot Quilting, and Vending

** Catherine wrote a lovely blog post about her visit to our guild; you should read it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Online Member Survey Link

Help shape the future of your guild by taking a few minutes to complete our new online survey here

Results are anonymous.

If your response to any question requires us to know your name, for example - that you'd like to teach a workshop or you'd be interested in volunteering, please email the guild after you've completed your survey.

Thank you for your time!  Your responses will help us plan future CLMQG activities, swaps, challenges, speakers, and programs :)




Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

March 2017 Challenge Requirements (Read our original post about this challenge for the complete set of rules and more details about this year-long challenge.)
  • The March Challenge topic is Resizing a Quilt Block Using Graph Paper.
  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post).
  • Choose a quilt block - an existing published design or one you created.
  • Graph the block increasing or decreasing it's original size.
  • Sew the resized block.

  • Deadline: photos must be posted by Friday, April 7, 2017 to qualify.
  • Provide details about your chosen block on the graph(s) - block name, source, original and resized measurements.
  • PLEASE credit the source of the original block!
  • COLOR your graph(s) :)
  • Have FUN! Even if your resized block doesn't turn out as planned you still learned something NEW :)
  • Bring the graph(s) and completed quilt block from your photos to the April 9, 2017 meeting for Show and Tell.
  • Your 3 photo posts should include 1) a colored graph, 2) a resized sewn block, and 3) your choice - inspiration, fabric choices, process, etc.
  • You may start posting photos now.

Each March challenge post must include the following elements in the photo caption:
  • @crystallakemqg
  • #clmqgigchallengemarch
  • At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)

Graphing and Resizing Hints:
  • FPP blocks will not work for this challenge
  • Choose a scale for your graph - for example 1 graph paper square = 1/4"
  • Use the FINISHED dimensions of each block component when increasing/decreasing, not the cut dimensions - for example a 2" finished square doubled = 4" finished square
  • Once you know the new finished dimensions of the resized block components, add the 1/4" seam allowances to get your cutting dimensions: following the example a 4" finished square will be cut as a 4.5" square 
  • The slides presented at the March 19 meeting contain examples of resizing blocks.  You can view those slides here.

Additional Info:
  • Remember to add relevant info to your photo captions - name of the pattern, fabrics you are using, etc.  The more information you can provide, the more interested people will be in your photos!
  • Be extra mindful when typing your hashtags and "@crystallakemqg".  If these are not correctly typed your photo(s) will not qualify for challenge prizes.
  • Use a space before and after each @ or # string.  Don't put spaces within the @ or # string of characters. 
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.
  • If you complete the month's challenge requirements but are unable to attend the meeting, you will still receive your qualification button for that month but will not be entered in the monthly prize drawing.

How will you know if your photos qualify for the challenge?
  • Thumbs Up emoji comment from CLMQG tells you photo meets requirements.
  • Gold Star emoji comment from CLMQG means you have qualified that month with 3 correct photos

*** View all slides from the March 19, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

February 12, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Committee Updates: 

  • Bees: Isis did a Go Big demo at a bee last month
  • Donation Quilts: Mary is our new chairman of this committee. She will be collecting quilts and dropping them off at Gavers. 

2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 19: 10:30 am – 4 pm: Catherine Redford ~ Workshop: Walking Foot Quilting ($10 workshop fee for members, you must sign up through the Evite); Board Nominations
  • April 9: 1 – 4 pm: Suzy Quilts ~ Trunk show & vending
  • May 21: 10:30 am – 4 pm: Barn Quilt Workshop: Kit fee of $40, you must sign up through the Evite that will be coming; Board elections

3.  Other Business:  

  • Gazebo Quilters are hosting a bus trip to Missouri Star Quilt Company. Flyers are available at the welcome table.

4. Instagram Challenge: 

  • Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the January challenge. 
  • The monthly prize was drawn. 
  • For the February challenge, members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a UFO they are working on. Photos must be posted by March 17. 
  • This completed project must be brought to the March meeting to qualify for the prize. 
  • See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize

6. Show and Tell

7. Secret Pals gifts handed out

8. Break

9. Natalie of Free Spirit Quilting did a trunk show and vending

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 19, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, March 19 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)

The meeting starts at 10:30am and concludes at noon.
The lecture and workshop begins promptly at noon and concludes at 4:00pm.

March Monthly Meeting Highlights:

  • March Instagram Challenge Theme and rules announcement
  • Show and Tell & Monthly prize drawing for February Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Door Prize Drawing
  • Catherine Redford Lecture "Lessons Learned While Quilting"
  • Catherine Redford Workshop "Walking Foot Quilting Beyond the Ditch"
  • ** Space is limited so only CLMQG members who have registered via the February 23 Evite email may participate in this lecture and workshop.
  • Please set up your sewing machine and workstation during the break following the conclusion of the monthly meeting.


What you need to bring for the meeting:

  • Items from your February Instagram Challenge photos (if participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • 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.
  • Snacks (if you signed up to bring this month)
  • Cash or check for shopping with Catherine Redford
  • Nametag
  • $10 cash or check Workshop Fee (if participating)
  • Supply List items for the Walking Foot Quilting Workshop if participating) See the published Supply List here.