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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

REVISED Supply List for March 19 Machine Quilting Workshop

** REVISED SUPPLY LIST ** 
Disregard any previously published supply list

Our March 19 Catherine Redford Walking Foot Machine Quilting - Beyond the Ditch Workshop is just around the corner, so start getting your supplies ready!  Space is limited 24 participants, so only those who have signed up via our February 23 Evite email invitation may attend.

Our monthly meeting will begin at 10:30am prior to the lecture and workshop.  All members are welcome to attend the monthly meeting.

Catherine Redford's lecture and workshop will begin promptly at noon, so please plan accordingly and have your machine set up and ready to go before noon.

Walking Foot Machine Quilting - Beyond the Ditch 
Workshop Supply List
Catherine Redford www.catherineredford.com

  • Ten 12” squares solid color fabric
  • Two 12” square pieced blocks of any design
  • Six 12” squares low loft cotton batting
  • White 50wt cotton thread for quilting (eg Aurifil, Wonderfil, Superior….)
  • Colored 12 wt cotton thread(eg Aurifil, Wonderfil, Superior….)
  • 50, 1” safety pins
  • scissors
  • blue painters tape
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (12” or longer)
  • #80 and #100 sharp (microtex) sewing machine needles
  • Sewing machine with walking foot, open toed appliqué foot, with any Perspex surround, knee lift and instruction book you have
  • paper and pen for notes
  • Small trash bag

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements

February 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 February Challenge topic is Completing a UFO.
  • Minimum of three separate Instagram posts (one photo per post) of a project you have in progress right now - a UFO.  It may NOT be a project already completed.
  • First photo: your UFO in its current state
  • Second photo: your process in completing the UFO
  • Third photo: your completed project
  • Deadline: photos must be posted by Friday, March 17, 2017 to qualify.
  • Bring the project from your photos to the March 19, 2017 meeting for Show and Tell.  The project MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED.
  • You may start posting photos now.

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

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 February 12, 2017 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 12, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, February 12 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.

February Monthly Meeting Highlights:

  • Natalie Mouw, Free Spirit Quilting Trunk Show and Vending ($5 guest fee applies)
  • February Instagram Challenge Theme and rules announcement
  • Show and Tell & Monthly prize drawing for January Instagram Challenge participants
  • Show and Tell
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Door Prize Drawing


What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Items from your January Instagram Challenge photos (if you are participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Secret Pal gifts (if participating)
  • 2017 Membership Forms and payment ($35 cash or check if you haven't yet paid)
  • 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 shopping with Natalie Mouw Free Spirit Quilting
  • Nametag

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 15, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Committee Updates: There were no updates given today.

2. Upcoming Meetings:

  • February 12: 1 – 4 pm: Natalie of Free Spirit Quilting ~ Trunk show and vending
  • March 19: 12 – 4 pm: Catherine Redford ~ Workshop: Walking Foot quilting
  • April 9: 1 – 4 pm: Suzy Quilts ~ Trunk show & vending

3.  Other Business: 

  • We collected membership forms and $35 dues.
  • New 2017 Secret Pals were assigned to those members who signed up.

4. Instagram Challenge: Instagram Show and Tell with buttons given to all participants who correctly finished the December challenge. The monthly prize was drawn. For the January challenge, members must post three photos in three separate Instagram posts of a current foundation paper piecing project they are working on. This project must be brought to the February meeting to qualify for the prize. See this post for all the details.

5. Door prize

6. Show and Tell

7. Sew-in and Garage Sale 10 – 4 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 2017 Instagram Challenge Free Patterns

Need some paper piecing ideas or inspiration for the January 2017 CLMQG Instagram Challenge? Check out these FREE block patterns available for download from the Splendid Sampler website until March 1, 2017!  I looked through all the 93+ patterns available to date, and found these 11 paper piecing patterns.  All of these blocks finish at 6", but be sure to select "no scaling" or "100% custom scale" when printing so you'll get the correct size templates.  Each pattern includes a 1" box or line to check and make sure that your templates are correct when printed.

We're excited to see what you make in this month's challenge!!  Click on the name of each block to be directed to the webpage containing the download link for the pattern.












After March 1, 2017 these block patterns will no longer be available to download online, but they will be published in a book later this year.  So hurry over to the Splendid Sampler website to get the patterns you want now!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 2017 Instagram Challenge Requirements


January 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 January Challenge topic is Foundation Paper Piecing.
  • Post at least three separate photos in three separate posts (one photo per post) of your progress on a Foundation Paper Pieced project you are working on right now.  It does not have to be a brand new project, but it must be something currently in progress and not already completed.
  • Photos must be posted by Thursday, February 9 to qualify.
  • Bring the project from your photos to the February 12, 2017 meeting for Show and Tell.  The project does not need to be fully completed - just bring whatever you have done so far.
  • You may start posting photos now.
  • Each January challenge photo must include the following elements:
  1. @crystallakemqg
  2. #clmqgigchallengejan
  3. At least two other relevant hashtags (no spaces and no special characters are allowed within the body of IG hashtags)

  • 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.  
***New Challenge Information***
  • 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
  • You must be present at time of drawings to win prizes.

Want to make the Geometric Sewing Machine block shown above and at the January 15 meeting?  Purchase and download the pattern here for $3.50

Want to use another pattern to make your FPP Challenge project?  Google "free paper piecing patterns" and you'll get thousands of results :)

New to Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)?  Here are few great online tutorials to help:

View all slides from the January 15 meeting Powerpoint presentation here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 15, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, January 15 is our next meeting and program
at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center (see map on the right sidebar.)
The meeting starts at 9:00am and the day concludes at 4:00pm.

January Monthly Meeting Highlights:
  • 2017 Membership Renewals due (download and print the forms here AND here)
  • Garage Sale! (see this post for all the details)
  • January Instagram Challenge Theme announcement
  • Monthly prizes awarded for December Instagram Challenge
  • 2017 Secret Pal sign ups (download and print form here)
  • Open sew-in for 2017 CLMQG members
  • Show and Tell

What you need to bring for the meeting:
  • Items from your December Instagram challenge photos (if you are participating)
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share
  • Your completed Secret Pal sign up form (if participating)
  • 2017 Membership Forms and payment ($35 cash or check)
  • $$ for garage sale shopping
  • 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)
  • Lunch and (non-alcoholic) beverage to get you through the day :)
  • Sewing machine, extension cord/power strip, sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing surface to share (if you are able)
  • Cutting mat to share (if you are able)
  • Nametag
We hope to see YOU Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)