Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Invitation to design and enter a quilt at the Rosemont IQF in March 2015

We received an email today indicating that CLMQG members are invited to participate with the Chicago and Naperville Modern Quilt Guilds in submitting quilts to the "Modern Quilt Group" portion of the 2015 Rosemont International Quilt Festival exhibit.  The show will take place at the Rosemont Convention Center on March 26-28, 2015.

The theme of the Modern Quilt Group exhibit is "Friendship Star" and the minimum size requirement is 36" x 36".  There is no entry fee, and online submission for show consideration begins December 19, 2014 and ends January 30, 2015.  You will be notified by Friday, February 6, 2015 if your quilt is selected to be part of the exhibit.

If selected for inclusion in the exhibit your quilt needs to be mailed (at your expense) to Houston and received there by February 27, 2015.  You will be able to pick up your quilt in Rosemont at the conclusion of the show on March 28 or the IQF will return ship your quilt to you at no expense.

You can find more details about the exhibit and entry requirements here.

While this is a short time frame to design and construct a quilt, the IQF is hoping that the minimum 36" square size requirement will enable more of our members to create and enter a quilt in this exhibit.

Here is a diagram of a traditional Friendship Star quilt block, but the IQF is looking for quilts with a modern spin on this traditional design.


If you are interested in the possibility of seeing a modern friendship star quilt that you created on display in Rosemont next year, put your thinking cap on and start designing!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 7, 2014 Members Holiday Party and Meeting Reminder

12:30pm-4:30pm
Village Squire Restaurant
4818 NW Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

If you are registered and paid for our party this Sunday, here is what you need to bring:
  • Holiday wrapped swap gift (if you are participating) with your name on the inside only
  • Holiday themed modern quilt items for show and tell
  • (25) 2.5" x WOF quilt shop quality fabric strips for game
  • $$ for any alcoholic beverages you wish to purchase
Schedule:
  • Lunch
  • Brief meeting with vote, announcements for 2015, voting results
  • Show and Tell
  • Game
  • Swap
We're looking forward to enjoying a great afternoon with all of our members!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 9, 2014 Minutes

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

I.  We had 22 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, November 9, 2014, including one guest.

II.  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.


III.  Upcoming Meetings:

  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ 12:30 at Village Squire ~ RSVP and $15.00 were due by today.
  • SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 ~ Our first ever OFF-SITE RETREAT DAY. This will be at the Rotary Building at Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake (Walkup Ave just north of Route 176) from 9 am – 6 pm. Signups and details to come.
  • February 8, 2015 ~ time to be determined ~ Quilt as you go with Sharon T. and Sale Table
  • March 8, 2015 ~ time to be determined ~ A Different Box of Crayons trunk show, presentation, and vending


IV.  Committee Update:

  • Swap Committee: After the October swap, the Swap Committee realized that some people misinterpreted the guidelines. They have learned to be more specific with swap guidelines. If you would like to participate in the swap at the Holiday Party on December 7th, you can either make a small item (such as a pin cushion, pouch, or mug rug) OR buy a sewing notion (such as pins, ruler, or fabric under $10). Wrap your gift or use a gift bag with a “from” tag on the inside so the recipient knows who the gift is from. Do not put your name on the outside of the gift. Bring your gift to the December party. There is no need to sign up for this swap.
  • Bees : The three bees are staying active. All three bees are at full capacity. Email Anuschka if you would like to start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Workshop Committee: We are still looking for 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 next several 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. Payment was due at today’s meeting. The money includes lunch, coffee, tea, or soda. Alcoholic beverages will be available for an additional cost.
  3. We will be playing a game at the Holiday Party, so each person should bring 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. Please make sure your fabric is quilt shop quality fabric.
  4. Members who attend the party are asked to bring some cookies for dessert.
  5. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net. 


  • Charity Committee: Kelly has been in contact with a lady named Lynn who works at Centegra as a Navigator. She helps women who are diagnosed with breast cancer as they go through the whole process. Before giving the quilts to Lynn, Kelly labeled each quilt with care instructions. Lynn has sent three emails, which Kelly read to the group, to tell how our donated quilts have been given to women. Quilts should be a minimum of 45” X 60”. Although there are no color parameters, it is preferred NOT to have all-pink quilts. Please use 100% cotton, quilt-shop quality fabric. Sharon requested that the Board make one of our 2015 sew-in days specifically for our charity. The Board is looking into this possibility.


V.  Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • November 20-22, Original Quilt & Sewing Expo, Tinley Park, IL
  • February 19 – 22, 2015, QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • March 26 – 28, 2015, IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL


VI.  New Business:

  • Suggestions for 2015 programs are welcome via email or discussion after the meeting. Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • MQG membership in 2015: You should have received an email about this; if not, please let us know. We will be voting at the December meeting whether or not we want to remain in the MQG. We discussed that $12 - $15 per member is paid to the MQG each year (the fee is prorated for the number of members in the local guild). If we choose not to stay in the MQG, we would go back to our original membership fee of $30, which would enable us to keep more money for special speakers and events. Please email us if you have further questions at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.

VII.  Several members brought quilts for show and tell.

VIII.  Material Girl Fabric Shop presented “Tips, Tricks, and Trends” and vended.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Friday, November 14, 2014

How Does the Business of Fabric Design Really Work?

I've recently discovered a blogger who writes about a lot of things pertaining to this wonderful world of quilting that we all love. Her blog isn't specifically for quilters, but rather the larger world of sewists and crafters of all types. The blog is "while she naps" and its author is Abby Glassenberg.

Two very recent posts that caught my eye discuss the topic of how fabric designers are paid (or occasionally not paid) for their work. These are quite eye-opening and thought-provoking posts so I wanted to share them with you.

Part 1 talks about designers who work for the major quilting fabric companies. Click here to read "An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn."

Part 2 looks at how and why one major fabric designer has licensed premium quilting cotton collections to the largest brick and mortar fabric retailer chain in the United States. Click here to read "An Inside Look at Designing Premium Quilting Cottons for JoAnns."

If you're like me, you might think designing quilting fabrics sounds like a dream job that will earn you oodles of money and fame.  But maybe not.  You'll have to read for yourself and see if your opinion changes.



Just some thoughts to ponder the next time you are fabric shopping!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 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. We had 29 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, October 12, 2014, including two guests.

2. Paige Prescott announced that due to her upcoming wedding and some family issues, she is no longer able to devote the time to the guild that she would like, so she is stepping down as guild President. Shelley Nielsen has moved from Vice President to President, and in keeping with the by-laws, the board asked Lorrie McKey to take over as Vice President; she has accepted. Many members expressed their appreciation to Paige for all she has done to start up CLMQG.

3. 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.

4. Upcoming Meetings:

  • November 9: Material Girl Fabric Shop Presentation and Vending ~ 1 – 4 pm
  • December 7: Holiday Party PLEASE NOTE: This is the first Sunday of the month ~ 12:30 at Village Squire ~ RSVP and $15.00 cash or check due by November 9th.
  • January 2015 ~ date and location to be determined, we are looking into possibly having an off-site sewing day, may be on a Saturday


5. Committee Update:

  • Swap Committee: If you would like to participate in the swap at the Holiday Party on December 7th, you can either make a small item (such as a pin cushion, pouch, or mug rug) OR buy a sewing notion (such as pins, ruler, or fabric under $10). Wrap your gift or use a gift bag with a “from” tag on the inside so the recipient knows who the gift is from. Do not put your name on the outside of the gift. Bring your gift to the December party. There is no need to sign up for this swap.
  • Bees: The three bees are staying active. 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 still looking for 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 next several 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.
  3. We will be playing a game at the Holiday Party, so each person should bring 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. Members who attend the party are asked to bring some cookies for dessert.
  5. Let Cathy know if you want to help plan this fun event! Email her at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net. 
  • Sale Table Committee: Since the guild has experienced some changes to the Executive Board, we are postponing the sale table until the new year.
  • Charity Committee:
  1. Four quilts have been donated to our new charity, Susan G. Komen. Kelly has been in contact with Centegra to arrange donating the quilts through local surgeons. Quilts should be a minimum of 45” X 60”. There are no color parameters, but please use 100% cotton fabric. Kelly will be photographing the quilts that are donated to put into a scrapbook for the guild. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness, make sure you have scheduled your annual mammogram!
  2. Barb announced that she collected 77 stockings from our guild. These stockings will be filled by another group and sent to active military members who are stationed overseas. Barb read a note from the Homemakers group thanking our guild for our donation. The Homemakers group has 400 stockings to deliver to our military!


6. Upcoming Quilt Shows:

  • October 25-26, Lake County NLCQG Show, Round Lake Beach, IL
  • October 30-November 2, IQF Houston, TX
  • November 20-22, Original Quilt & Sewing Expo, Tinley Park, IL
  • February 19 – 22, 2015, QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX. Online registration and quilt entry are now available at quiltcon.com.
  • March 26 – 28, 2015, IQF Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL


7. New Business:

  • We used 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.
  • Suggestions for 2015 programs are welcome via email or discussion after the meeting. Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • MQG membership in 2015: A post will be published soon on this topic. Please respond to the post via email if you have thoughts or input to this discussion topic.


8. Several members brought quilts for show and tell.


9. Holiday Gift Workshops:

  • Marge Snyder – Christmas Stocking
  • Tricia Baldwin – Microwave Bowl Holder
  • Ann Keck – Journal Cover
  • Lorrie McKey – Clutch purse


10. Sew in

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 12, 2014 Meeting and Holiday Gift Workshops

Oct 12 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
611 South Main Street
Crystal LakeIllinois 60014
Business meeting begins at 11:00am.
Workshops begin immediately following the business meeting.
Please bring:
  • Holiday Party reservations: $15 check payable to Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild (if you plan to attend the party December 7)
  • $5 guest fee for any non-members attending the workshops and/or sew-in
  • Materials for workshops you signed up for - don't forget extra long extension cords and power bars.  Irons and ironing surfaces to share are appreciated :)
  • Three 12.5" unfinished quilt blocks if you are participating in the swap. 
  • Precounted small number of pins (preferable flower or large head) for your sewing projects.  Please make your best effort to clean up your sewing area and make sure you have all the pins you brought with you before leaving the building. We cannot allow any pins to be left behind in the carpeting.
Thank you!  We are looking forward to another great meeting and seeing YOU there :) 

Friday, October 3, 2014

CLMQG Executive Board changes

I'm very sad to let you all know that Paige has decided to step down from her position as President of our guild.  Her decision was made due to some very happy and exciting changes for her in the near future (including getting married next month!), but also because of some immediate family medical issues of a more serious nature.

She has done a fantastic job of helping to create this guild from the faintest spark of an idea in the fall of 2012 and has worked countless hours to keep it running since then; I thank her sincerely for all that she has done.

Our Executive Board meeting was held earlier this week where we made the following **changes to guild leadership that will remain effective until the next election in May, 2015:

President: Shelley Nielsen
Vice-President: Lorrie McKey
Treasurer: Judy Otero
Secretary: Jill Smalley

While she won't be guiding us any longer, she'll still be following our activities and joining us when she is able.  We won't see Paige at our regular meetings for the next couple of months, but I believe she plans to attend our December Holiday Party.  

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Paige for all of your hard work, creative input, and enthusiastic leadership of our guild.  We truly wouldn't be in existence without you!


**CLMQG By-Laws Article 7, Section C: Vacancies in un-expired terms of office shall be filled by appointment of willing individuals. Such appointment shall be made by the Executive Board.