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