Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Holiday Gift Workshops - Microwave Soup Bowl Holder and Christmas Stocking

Our final two workshop options for Sunday, October 12 are:

Microwave Soup Bowl Holder presented by Tricia B
and
"Rolled" Christmas Stocking by Marge S

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers!  Below you will find a photo and supply list for each of these two projects.  Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve a spot for either of these projects.

We are still working out the details of presenting all of these workshops during the meeting.  At this point we're not sure if there will be a set time for each one to begin or if more than one workshop may occur at the same time as another.  We will not have the same set up as the demos last month though - each Holiday Gift workshop will not be presented four times to rotating groups.  Please check back here for more details.  The board is meeting this week to get it all figured out :) 

** Wednesday, October 1 is the final date to let us know you would like to reserve a handle set for the clutch purse workshop.  Please read this post for details on the project and instructions for ordering handle sets for $5 each (payable at the October 12 meeting).


"Rolled" Christmas Stocking with french seams


Supply List:
  • 24"X45" fabric for base of stocking
  • 6"x18" contrasting fabric for cuff
  • 2"X18" for trim



Microwave Bowl Holder



Supply List:

  • Two pieces of coordinating fabric and matching thread. You can bring two fat quarters but the one in the picture was made with two 10” squares. I think this is a good size to fit soup or smaller bowls.
  • 100% Cotton Batting – CAUTION! You must have the type of batting that is specifically made for the microwave. There are a number of brands available. Pellon Wrap-N-Zap is one. Warm Tater is another.
  • Bowl Sizing: If you have a favorite bowl you use a lot, bring it with you. Then you can be sure your holder will fit it.
  • Basic Supplies: Sewing machine, rotary cutter, ruler and pins.


Monday, September 29, 2014

September 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

1.  We had 30 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, September 14, 2014, including two guests. One new member joined, bringing our total membership to 43.

2.  Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.

3.  Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 12: Holiday Gift Workshop ~ 11 – 4 ~ if you are interested in demonstrating a gift idea, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. A material list will be posted. (UPDATE - all slots for workshops have been filled as of September 29.  Thanks to our volunteers!)
  • November 9: Presentation and vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop: 1 – 4 pm
  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ 12:30 at Village Squire
  • January 2015 ~ off-site sew-in ~ more details to come

4.  Committee Update:
  • Swap Committee: Marge and Terri have volunteered to chair this committee. For next month, the swap is 3 (12.5 inch) blocks. If you didn’t sign up at the meeting, send us an email to be included in this swap (crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com).
  • Bees: The Crystal Lake Bee took the summer off and will be meeting again soon. The Cary Bee made 19 Christmas stockings for members of the military. The Lake Zurich Bee went out to dinner recently. Email Anuschka if you are interested in joining one of the bees or if you would like to start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Workshop Committee: We are in need of a new chairperson to help the board with organizing and planning next year’s workshops and programs. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:
  1. Cathy thanked people who brought treats today. She had a signup sheet for the October and November meetings.
  2. Cathy and her committee are planning our Holiday Party for December 7th. This meeting will be held at Village Squire at 12:30. The CLMQG Board will be subsidizing the cost, so each person will need to pay $15.00. Money is due by the November 9 meeting. The price includes luncheon, soda, coffee, tax, and gratuity. Wine will be available for an additional cost.
  3. We will be playing a game at the Holiday Party, so each person should bring 20 – 25 strips of fabric, cut 2 ½ inches wide by 42 inches long. These strips could all be the same fabric, but that is not necessary.
  4. If you would like to participate in a swap at the party, bring a small, gift-wrapped item (pincushion, mug rug, or sewing notion worth $10 or less).
  5. Members who attend the party are asked to bring some cookies for dessert. A signup sheet will be provided closer to the date.
  6. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  • Sale Table Committee: We will be having another sale table at our October meeting. Wendy and Lorrie will bring all the unsold items back from the July meeting. Members can also bring items to donate to the October meeting. All money raised will go directly into our account to help pay for the holiday party and other fun events. After the October meeting, all unsold items will be given to a charity.
  • Charity Committee:
  1. After taking a vote, our new charity will be Susan G. Komen. Kelly will be our new chairwoman of this committee. She will collect quilts to be distributed to women battling breast cancer at several Chicagoland hospitals. There are no size or color parameters, but please use 100% cotton fabric. Quilts should not be too large; lap size is more appropriate.
  2. Barb announced that she collected 55 stockings from our guild. These stockings will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas.

5.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • Countryside Nursery Quilt Show, Crystal Lake, IL September 20 – 21. Free admission. Members are encouraged to enter their quilts in this show. There is no entry fee, no judging, and no minimum size requirement. Hanging sleeves are optional. You can drop off your quilt at Countryside the week before the show, or bring it to the September guild meeting. However, you MUST pick up your own quilt at Countryside after the show. (UPDATE - photos posted here)
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL March 26 – 28, 2015. Note the earlier dates this year.


6.  New Business:

  • We will use guild funds to purchase a rolling magnet to help with our pin problem. We are also asking everyone to count how many pins you bring to each meeting and make sure you have the same number when you leave.
  • IQF Chicago Exhibit: We have not received any updates from the Chicago MQG regarding the Friendship Star Challenge.
  • The time zone problem on the MQG website should be fixed by September 24.


7.  2014 Block of the Month (BOM): The finished Guild BOM quilt was shown. A huge thank you to all the women who helped to make this quilt. Some members brought their version of the BOM quilt.

8.  Michael Miller Challenge: Two ladies brought completed quilts from this challenge.

9.  Several members brought quilts for show and tell.

10.  Vending by Sew Mod during our break

11.  Member Technique Demonstrations by Lorrie (embroidery), Shelley (half square triangle methods), Cari (free form piecing), and Tricia (machine binding techniques)


Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Workshop - Journal Cover Project

Great news!  Ann K. has volunteered to teach our second project for the October 12 meeting - a quilted journal cover!


** Please RSVP via email at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like to attend this demo.  Ann needs to have a count of participants so she can adequately prepare her materials.  Thanks!!

Quilted journal cover Project
Presenter: Ann K

Description:  learn the perfect formula on how to make a quilted journal cover fit any size journal, using your stash

Supply List:
  • Journal of your choice. (Note: places like TJMaxx can be a good place to find a variety of journals)
  • 12 to 15 strips of fabric (1" to 3" wide) and at least 2" inches larger than the height of your journal
  • Batting (a piece that will wrap around your journal with at least 3" excess across the top and side)
  • Lining fabric (this fabric does not show, so you can use muslin, or any scrap fabric, about an 1" smaller than your batting)
  • Pockets ( 2 pieces that are at least the width of your journal AND at least 2" larger than the height of the journal
  • Piece of coordinating ribbon approximately 4" longer than the height of your journal


Basic supplies:
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Coordinating thread

It looks like we'll have two more demos taking place at the October meeting.  Check back here for details and supply lists for the remaining two projects.  And don't forget to RSVP via email if you'd like to participate in this demo and/or the clutch purse demo.  The deadline for ordering a handle set ($5) for the clutch project is Wednesday, October 1.  For more details on the clutch project read this post.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quilt Show and September Meeting Photos Posted

Photos from the September 20-21, 2014 Countryside Quilt Show are posted here.

Photos from the September 2014 CLMQG meeting are posted here.

Enjoy!!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Workshop - Clutch Project

We're thrilled that Lorrie has volunteered to teach us how to make this cute clutch purse at our October 12th meeting!

** Lorrie needs to order the handle sets for the purses prior to the meeting.  If you'd like to make one of these great little clutches at our meeting, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve yours.  The cost per handle set is $5 and is due at the October meeting.

The deadline for ordering a handle set is
Wednesday October 1

Supply List:

  • ONE FQ Non-directional Decorative fabric for outside of clutch. (Cotton may be used) 
  • ONE FQ Cotton fabric for lining.
  • 1/2 yard Heavy weight fusible stabilizer Pellon 808
  • 1/2 yard Fusible fleece Pellon TP971F 


Please prep before demo:

  • Pre-cut your outer clutch fabric and  lining to 13" x 13-1/2" 
  • Pre-cut your fusible stabilizer to 12-7/8 x 13-3/8".  (Your stabilizer should be 1/8" smaller than your outer clutch fabric)
  • Pre-cut your fusible fleece to a 13" x 10" piece.


Basic supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Coordinating thread


SewMod will bring additional supplies including iron, transparent tape, glue and your pre-ordered clutch frame.

We have a few other gift projects in the works that other members have volunteered to teach on October 12.  More details about each of these projects will be posted soon.  Check back here, on our Facebook page, and on our MQG Community Page for future posts. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Help Needed

Hello everyone!  We're still looking for members to help us finish our guild BOM quilt so that it can be shown at the Countryside Quilt Show in CL on September 20-21.  We need help with the following:
  • Designing the quilt top layout
  • Sewing the quilt top
  • Creating and adding the quilt label

Paige P and Lorrie M have volunteered to do the quilting and binding. Diane H has volunteered to help with the quilt layout, but we need another person or two to work with her.

Please consider volunteering to help us get this quilt finished so we can show it off to the community in September :)

Send us an email at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to let us know you'd like to volunteer.  Don't send a response to the notification email you may receive regarding the posting of this request - those emails are not delivered to us (I'm not sure where they go, but it's not to us) Thanks!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 10, 2014 Meeting Minutes

** Photos from this meeting have been posted here on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook user to view these photos. **

1. Membership Update: We had 25 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, August 10, 2014, including two guests. Two new members joined, bringing our total membership to 42.

2. Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance information is provided at each meeting but will no longer be documented here due to the public nature of this website.

3. Upcoming Meetings:

  • September 14: Member Technique Demonstrations ~ 1 – 4 pm
  • October 12: Holiday Gift Workshop ~ time to be determined
  • November 9: Presentation and Vending by Material Girl Fabric Shop: 1 – 4 pm
  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ time and location to be determined
  • January 10, 2015 ~ time to be determined

4. Committee Updates:

  • Swap Committee: Debby is no longer able to be the chair, so we are in need of someone to head up our swaps. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Bees: Anuschka M., our Bee Keeper, announced that there are three bees: one meets in Lake Zurich the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm; a second meets in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoons; the third bee meets in Cary on Wednesday evenings. The Cary bee is at full capacity. Email her if you are interested in joining one of the bees or starting a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com. This is a great way to promote modern quilting with others.
  • Workshop Committee: We are in need of a new chairperson to help the board with organizing and planning next year’s workshops and programs. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee: Cathy thanked people who brought treats today. She had a signup sheet for the October and November meetings. Cathy and her committee have already started planning our Holiday Party for December 7th. They are planning on having this year’s party at a different location than the bank. They are looking at three different possible locations. The cost would probably be between $17 and $25 per person. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  • Sale Table Committee: We will be having another sale table at our October meeting. Wendy and Lorrie will bring all the unsold items back from the July meeting. Members can also bring additional items to donate to the October meeting. All money raised will go directly into our account to help pay for the holiday party and other fun events. After the October meeting, all unsold items will be given to a charity.
  • Charity Committee

  1. We are still taking ideas for a new charity for our guild to donate to. We will be making a decision in September. If you know of a worthy charity/ies that we could support, please send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com. We would like to avoid supporting a charity that another local guild already supports such as Project Linus and Quilts of Valor. If you are interested in heading the Charity Committee please let us know.
  2. Last month, Kelly L. mentioned possibly donating quilts to Susan G. Komen to be distributed to women battling breast cancer.
  3. Debbie W. mentioned possibly donating quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization that gives quilts to children in orphanages around the world. More information can be found at quiltsbeyondborders.org.
  4. Barb explained a short-term charity project members can participate in: making stockings out of patriotic or holiday fabrics which will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas. The stockings will be collected at the September meeting. Email Barb at bfreeman1 (at) aol (dot) com if you would like a copy of the pattern; the stockings take about half an hour each to make.

5. Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • AQS in Grand Rapids, MI, August 20-23
  • WPT Quilt Expo in Madison, WI September 4 – 6
  • Countryside Nursery Quilt Show, Crystal Lake, IL September 20 – 21. Free admission. Members are encouraged to enter their quilts in this show. There is no entry fee, no judging, and no minimum size requirement. Hanging sleeves are optional. You can drop off your quilt at Countryside the week before the show, or bring it to the September guild meeting. However, you MUST pick up your own quilt at Countryside after the show. 
  • QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX, February 19 – 22, 2015. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL March 26 – 28, 2015. Note the earlier dates this year.

6. New Business:

  • Check our page on the MQG Members section soon for a poll of what you would like to see for the September Member Techniques demonstrations and for the holiday gift workshop in October. PLEASE NOTE: It will be very important for you to RSVP on the MQG website if you are coming to either event. Details will follow as we get closer to the dates.
  • We discussed our pin problem. Some possible solutions include using guild funds to purchase a rolling magnet (approximately $33); only allowing flower head pins, since the larger heads would theoretically be easier to see; not allowing any pins at our meetings; only allowing Clover Wonder Clips; count your pins. If you have any other suggestions, please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • We need volunteers to help finish our guild’s BOM quilt. We will not be raffling this quilt at the Countryside Quilt Show, as we would need a raffle license. However, we would like to be able to display our guild quilt at the show.
  • IQF Chicago Exhibit: Our guild has been invited to partner with the Chicago MQG and the Naperville MQG for a special exhibit at the 2015 IQF Chicago show. The theme is Friendship Stars made Modern. Each member of our guild has the opportunity to make a quilt for consideration. The due date will be sometime in December. More info to come.
  • We are talking with the Chicago MQG about possibly doing a Quilt-Along and having joint sew-ins with their guild in 2015.
  • Sewing Retreat Day: January 2015. This would not be at the bank. It would be an all-day sewing time, with a quilt project that everyone would make. More details to come.
  • We are also looking into hosting a weekend retreat either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.
  • Lynn Cibulka from “A Different Box of Crayons” will be speaking at our March 2015 meeting.

7. 2014 Block of the Month (BOM): Lorrie M. demonstrated the last block for this year: Molecular Hexies. Directions and photographs have been posted on our blog; click the “BOM” label at the top of the blog to be taken to the page. All members are encouraged to play along with the BOM program.

8. Reminder: We need members to be featured on our blog! If you are interested, email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

9. Michael Miller Challenge: Three ladies brought completed quilts from this challenge. MQG has issued two new challenges for QuiltCon: Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture and Panasonic Bias Tape Applique. These challenges are for individuals, not through local guilds. More information is on the MQG website.

10. Several members brought quilts for show and tell.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary