Monday, May 18, 2015

May 3, 2015 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 25 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, May 3, 2015. We currently have 40 members.

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:

  • June 14, 2015 ~ Noon – 4pm ~ Summer Picnic at Oakwood Hills Park, near the intersection of Oakwood Drive and North Park Drive in Cary (bank room has been reserved as a backup), second quarter UFO Challenge prize drawing ~ you do not need to be present to win
  • July 12, 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm mini quilt tutorial program with Nicole from Modern Handcraft
  • The remainder of our 2015 meeting calendar can be viewed here.

4. Committee Update:

  • Bees: Email Anuschka if you would like to join the Lake Zurich bee or start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:
  1. Cathy and her committee are planning our summer picnic. The committee has reserved a pavilion at Oakwood Hills Park (near the intersection of 31 and 176) for our picnic on June 14, from noon until 4. Members are being asked to sign up to bring a salad or side dish. Since that date is Flag Day, members are encouraged to bring red, white, and blue quilts to be displayed around the pavilion. Let Cathy know if you would like to help with the planning at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  2. We are in need of more people to sign up to bring treats for our monthly meetings in July, August, and September.
  • Charity Committee: Five quilts were delivered to Centegra last month. The guild will now be providing labels, please sew one on the back of your charity quilt before you bring it as a donation. 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 and batting.
  • Swap Committee: The swap for the June picnic is fabric containers that are any type, size and style. Your container can be used for storing snacks for a picnic, fabric storage, thread catcher and an unlimited variety of other uses. Please use Quilt Shop quality fabric. You can find many tutorials for making fabric containers if you google it. No signups are needed, just bring your container to the picnic

5. Upcoming Quilt Shows and Shop Hops:

  • June – August: Northern IL Quilt Fest Shop Hop
  • June 21 – September 8: Row by Row Experience (there are participating shops in all 50 states plus some in Canada)
  • September 25 – 26: Country Quilters of McHenry Show at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Crystal Lake, IL

6. Executive Board Nominations and Election: No new nominations were made today. Our current board members were re-elected to the same positions which will be effective until May 2016.

7. New Business:

  • UFO Challenge: you can still register for this challenge any month between now and September. You pay $2 for each quilt that you register; all money raised goes to prizes for the challenge.  The next quarterly prize drawing will be held at the June 14 meeting.
  • We proposed a fabric postcard swap for the swap with the Canberra, Australia MQG, but we are waiting to hear back from them. Lorrie showed some samples of fabric post cards. Like all of our swaps, this will be voluntary. Details to come.

8. Several members brought quilts for show and tell. First, members showed UFO Challenge quilts they have finished and then members showed other projects.

9. Door Prize Drawing

10. Pattern Crush was our vendor after the meeting

11. Sew In until 4:00pm

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary


Thursday, April 30, 2015

May 3, 2015 Meeting Reminder

Our next monthly meeting and sew-in will be held Sunday, May 3 from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center in Crystal Lake (location map on right sidebar of this website).  Members attend free of charge.  First time visitors may attend the meeting portion free of charge, but a $5 visitor fee applies to the sew-in portion of the day.

Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are planning to attend the sew-in.  We need a headcount in order to appropriately set up the room.  Please plan to come early (10:30am) to help set up or stay later to clean up if you are attending the sew-in.  Thanks!

Agenda Highlights:
  • Executive Board Elections
  • UFO Challenge registrations ongoing
  • Show and Tell - UFO Challenge finishes and other quilted items
  • Pattern Crush (online Etsy shop) vending (11am - 1pm)
  • Open Sew-In
  • the scheduled AccuQuilt demo has been postponed until later this year
What you need to bring:
  • Finished quilts for donation to Gavers Breast Center
  • Show and tell items
  • Nominations for Executive Board positions (must have nominee's permission)
  • Sewing supplies for sew-in.  Machine, extension cords, project(s) to sew, general sewing supplies.
  • Food and (non-alcoholic) drink
  • Treats if you signed up to bring them this month
  • Extra fabric and supplies if you volunteered to make small items to sell at the May Spring Fiber Fling event.  Free patterns and instructions will be available for your use on Sunday.
  • $$ to register any new UFO Challenge projects
Thanks for supporting the CLMQG!  We hope to see you this Sunday!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 12, 2015 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 33 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, April 12, 2015, including one new member. We currently have 40 members.

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:
  • May 3, 2015 ~ 11am – 4:00pm ~ Executive Board Elections, Open Sew-In, Accu-Quilt Demo, Pattern Crush vending from 11 – 2
  • June 14, 2015 ~ 12 – 4 ~ Summer Picnic at alternate location (bank room has been reserved as a backup), second quarter UFO Challenge prize drawing
  • July 12, 2015 mini quilt tutorial program with Nicole from Modern Handcraft
4.  Committee Update:
  • Bees : Email Anuschka if you would like to join the Lake Zurich bee or start a new bee: anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail (dot) com.
  • Sewcial Committee:
  1. Cathy and her committee are planning our summer picnic. The committee has reserved a pavilion at Oakwood Hills Park (near the intersection of 31 and 176) for our picnic on June 14, from noon until 4. Members are being asked to sign up to bring a salad or side dish. Let Cathy know if you would like to help with the planning at cathyr330 (at) comcast (dot) net.
  2. Trisha is now handling the treat signups for our monthly meetings.
  • Charity Committee: Kelly spoke with Lynn, our liaison at Centegra. The quilt that our guild donated as a fundraiser will be auctioned off at the “Mad Hatters Luncheon” on Wednesday, May 5. Lynn has one more quilt to hand out, so please keep making quilts for our charity. The guild will now be providing labels, please sew one on the back of your charity quilt before you bring it as a donation. 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 and batting.
  • Swap Committee: A new swap was announced for the June picnic. We are going to explore making fabric containers this quarter; they can be any type, size and style. Your container can be used for storing snacks for a picnic, fabric storage, thread catcher and an unlimited variety of other uses. Please use Quilt Shop quality fabric. You can find many tutorials for making fabric containers if you google it. No signups are needed, just bring your container to the picnic. Also, we are still planning a swap with the Canberra, Australia MQG between August and October. Look for details soon.
5.  Upcoming Quilt Shows and Shop Hops:

  • May 2 – 3: Sinnissippi Quilters Art of Collaboration Quilt Show, Loves Park, IL
  • June – August: Northern IL Quilt Fest Shop Hop
  • September 25 – 26: Country Quilters of McHenry Show at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Crystal Lake, IL

6.  Executive Board Nominations: No new nominations were made today. It is not too late to nominate a member; send an email to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com

7.  New Business:

  • UFO Challenge: you can still register for this challenge any month between now and September. You pay $2 for each quilt that you register; all money raised goes to prizes for the challenge.
  • CLMQG Shop Hop – We will be hosting a shop hop during the week of May 11. We are focusing on quilt shops in the Madison area and southern WI. You will need to present your CLMQG membership card in order to get special discounts. More information will be coming soon! We put out a sign-up sheet for people to carpool on different days. We will have the sign-up sheet at our May meeting as well.
  • May 16-17 Spring Fiber Fling – Booth has been rented. 10 members have volunteered to staff the booth. We still need people to sew and donate small item(s) for sale in the booth and we need quilts for display.
  • Cari showed a quilt that the Country Quilters of McHenry will be raffling at their quilt show in September. Cari is selling tickets for this.

8.  Several members brought quilts for show and tell. First members showed UFO Challenge quilts they have finished, then members showed other projects.

9.  Block Lottery Drawing: 47 blocks were made for this lottery, so 4 winners were chosen: Isis, Terri, Cari, and Lorrie. A new block lottery will be announced in June with the blocks due in July.

10.  Door Prize Drawing

11.  HST Paper Demonstration: Lorrie gave a demonstration on using a new half square triangle paper which makes 8 HSTs at a time. A packet of these HST papers was given as a door prize.

12.  Sew In


Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Block Lottery Results

Our first ever block lottery was a huge success! We received 47 star blocks for our lottery drawing and chose 4 winners - Lorrie G, Cari G, Isis W, and Terri D.

CONGRATULATIONS to all four winners, and THANK YOU to every one who contributed blocks!



Our next block lottery announcement will be at the June 14 meeting with blocks due and the drawing to take place at our July 12 meeting.  Rules for the next lottery will be posted here following the June 14 meeting.  If you were a lucky winner at the April meeting you must show a finished project made with your star blocks before you are eligible to win future lottery drawings :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Downtown Crystal Lake Ladies Night Out

We're having a CLMQG meet-up at Material Girl on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm.  Do a little fabric shopping then head out with the group for a drink!  Sound like fun?  Be there at 6:30pm!





Details about all the fun planned by participating Downtown Crystal Lake businesses can be found here.

We hope to see you Thursday night!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April 12, 2015 Meeting Reminder

Our next monthly meeting and sew-in will be held Sunday, April 12 from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center in Crystal Lake (location map on right sidebar of this website).  Members attend free of charge.  First time visitors may attend the meeting portion free of charge, but a $5 visitor fee applies to the sew-in portion of the day.

Please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com if you are planning to attend the sew-in.  We need a headcount in order to appropriately set up the room.  Please plan to come early to help set up or stay late to clean up if you are attending the sew-in.  Thanks!

Agenda Highlights:

  • April block lottery (see this post for more details)
  • HST paper demo by Lorrie
  • Nominations for May Executive Board Elections
  • UFO Challenge registrations ongoing
  • New quarterly swap announced
  • Show and Tell - UFO Challenge finishes and other quilted items
  • Open Sew-In
What you need to bring:
  • Blocks for our block lottery (voluntary participation)
  • Finished quilts for donation to Gavers Breast Center
  • Show and tell items
  • Nominations for Executive Board positions (must have nominee's permission)
  • Sewing supplies for sew-in.  Machine, extension cords, project(s) to sew, general sewing supplies.
  • Food and (non-alcoholic) drink
  • Treats if you signed up to bring them this month
  • Extra fabric and supplies if you volunteered to make small items to sell at the May Spring Fiber Fling event.  More details about these small projects are coming to this website; patterns and instructions will be distributed on Sunday.
  • $$ to register any new UFO Challenge projects
Thanks for supporting the CLMQG!  We hope to see you this Sunday!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Program! April 2015 Block Lottery

At our March 2015 meeting we introduced a new voluntary program for CLMQG members - a block lottery! Our first lottery will occur at the April 2015 meeting, so if you'd like to participate please read the rules below and get busy sewing!

Our block lottery works like this:
  • Members make one or more quilt blocks according to the rules given for each lottery.
  • Each block brought to the lottery must be the correct size stated in the rules to be included.
  • Each block you bring to the lottery earns you once chance to win the drawing.
  • Blocks MUST be made of quilt shop quality fabrics - use fabrics that you love because chances are good that others will love them too :)
  • If there are more than 24 blocks contributed to the lottery, we will split the pile in half and draw two winners.
  • Your block(s) must be labeled with your name (you can use an address label stuck to the back) so that the winner knows who made each block.
  • If you win the lottery you must bring a finished project made with your winning blocks before you can be eligible to win future lotteries, though you may continue to contribute blocks to all lotteries.

The rules for the April 2015 block lottery:
  • Block size: 12.5" unfinished
  • Pattern:  Star - any star block you like - friendship stars, Ohio Stars, lone stars, feathered stars, wonky stars.  The possibilities are practically endless!
  • Background fabrics must be low-volume (light colored)
  • Star fabrics must contain dots.
  • Have fun!!

Each of the board members made some star blocks to show as examples at the March meeting.  All these blocks will be included in the lottery.  Here are the photos...

You can use multiple low volume fabrics in the background.

made by Shelley N (elsie's girl)

Or a single fabric in the background.

made by Shelley N (elsie's girl)

Use multiple fabrics to make your star...

made by Lorrie G (SewMod Designs)

Or use a single fabric for your star and a single fabric for your background.

made by Judy O

You can even put multiple star blocks within your 12.5" unfinished block!

made by Jill S

Or stars within stars...

made by Jill S

This block even has a star in the background as well as one made from the dot fabrics!

made by Lorrie G (SewMod Designs)

Why not try out a new star block pattern that you haven't made before?  Or if you have a particular favorite make a couple of those?  You can find lots of ideas for different blocks by googling "star block quilt patterns", and there are tons of free patterns and tutorials out there.  If you need some guidance on what makes a fabric "low-volume" read this post or look to this Pinterest board for help.

The most important rule is to HAVE FUN! We are hoping to make these block lotteries a recurring program. If the April lottery has good participation we have lots of ideas just waiting in the wings for new lotteries in the June/July and September/October 2015 months :)

Happy Sewing!