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!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 8, 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 36 people in attendance at our meeting on Sunday, March 8 including four guests and one new member.  We currently have 39 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. The Executive Board has a budget prepared for 2015; ask Shelley if you would like to see it.

3. Upcoming Meetings:
  • March 14, 2015 Charity Sew in at St. Paul’s UCC Crystal Lake 9-5. **This sew in has been cancelled since no sign-ups were received.
  • April 12, 2015, 11:00am – 4:00pm - Executive Board nomination, Open Sew-In, Demo by Lorrie
  • May 3, 2015, 11:00am – 4:00pm - Executive Board Elections, Open Sew-In, AccuQuilt Demo by Isis, Pattern Crush vending
  • June 14, 2015, time TBD - Summer Picnic at alternate location (bank room reserved as backup), second quarter UFO Challenge prize drawing
  • July 12, 2015, time TBD - mini quilt tutorial program with Nicole from Modern Handcraft
  • August 9, 2015, program and time TBD
  • September 13, 2015,  program and time TBD
  • October 11, 2015, time TBD - Jeni Baker from In Color Order lecture and trunk show
  • March 6, 2016, No longer hosting Weeks Ringle. She elected not to proceed with a contract when we requested that she herself lead the workshops.

4. Committee Updates:

Bees – Anuschka Matthews: The Crystal Lake Bee (at full capacity) has seven members and met in February to work on individual projects. The Cary Bee (at full capacity) met earlier this week and worked on their own projects.  The Lake Zurich Bee met this past week also to make Iron Caddies which were simple enough to make in one meeting.  Now irons can easily be toted - hot or cold and the carrier doubles as an iron mat!  This bee is a little further away but has room for more members.

Bees are a great way to get together with fellow quilters between guild meetings.  Bee members set their own schedule while enjoying: 
  • laughs and stories while working on projects, 
  • encourage each other through UFO's, 
  • assist each other, 
  • shop hop
  • socialize and have fun!
If you would like to join the Lake Zurich Bee or start one of your own, please contact Anuschka at anuschkamatthews (at) hotmail(dot) com.
Sewcial – Cathy Roberts: Planning for the June 14 picnic is underway.  The Crystal Lake downtown area is planning another Ladies Night Out event for Thursday, April 16.  More details about this to come later.

Charity – Kelly Litton: A "gift in kind" form has been provided by Lynn at Gavers Breast Care Center.  The form can be completed and sent into Gavers in order to receive a receipt letter which can be used to document your federal tax form charitable donations amount.  Please email the guild at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to request an electronic copy of the gift in kind form that you can print at home.

MQG Digital Liaison – Wendy Pawalek: The MQG has two new staff members - Riane Menardi, Communications Manager and Molly Isenbarger, Membership Services Manager.  The Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, TX is currently accepting applications for quilt entries to an upcoming modern quilt exhibit.  Applications are open only to MQG members.  More details and application instructions can be found here on the MQG blog.  Wendy has also watched and reviewed two webinars on the MQG website - "How to Navigate the MQG Community Site" and "Quilt Design a Day: Discovering Your Creative Process".  Wendy's full report including her webinar reviews can be viewed here.

Swaps – Marge Snyder and Terri Dethloff: The next swap will be announced at the April 12 meeting.  Thank you to everyone who sewed such fabulous mug rugs for the March swap.

5. Quilt Shows and Shop Hops:

6. By Laws revision vote was passed.  Revised By Laws have been uploaded and are available for viewing here.

7. Executive Board nominations:  Diane H nominated all current Executive Board members to be re-elected to their current positions.  Nominations may be emailed to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com until April 11, 2015.  Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the April 12, 2015 meeting also.  You may self-nominate or nominate another individual with their permission.  The election for Executive Board posts for May, 2015 - April, 2016 will be held at the May 3, 2105 general meeting and all current members may vote.

8. New Business:
  • UFO Challenge Registrations: New registrations for UFO projects are still being accepted at each meeting.  When you complete a UFO Challenge project you must bring it for show and tell, and then please be sure to see Vikki S to make sure she has your project marked as complete and eligible for the next drawing.
  • Hold Harmless Agreement: visitors are now required to sign this at each meeting.
  • Member profiles on our blog have resumed. Lorrie was featured in March.
  • April block lottery: Samples were shown and guidelines were given for this new voluntary program.  Details will be posted separately for those interested.  Watch this website for a new post very soon.
  • CLMQG Shop Hop: – Our shop hop in the Madison, WI area has been scheduled for the week of May 11. A separate post with full details about participating shops and discounts available is coming soon.
  • May 16-17 Spring Fiber Fling announcement: The McHenry County Fair Association is planning a new event for May 16-17, 2015 to be held inside fair buildings at the McHenry County Fairgrounds.  This event will highlight vendors and instructors in all fiber areas including weaving, knitting, quilting, etc.  CLMQG will rent a booth at the event with plans to publicize our guild to area residents by handing out flyers and business cards, demonstrating how modern quilting is different by sewing improv blocks, and selling small finished items (proceeds to benefit CLMQG).  You can read more about the event here.  A sign up sheet was passed requesting members to work the booth, give demos in the booth, and make small finished items for sale.  It was suggested that we could use the April and May meetings to sew items for the booth.  Patterns and ideas for projects would be provided to those members volunteering to sew, but please contact us if you have a project idea you think would be appropriate for the event.  More details will be provided soon in a separate post.

9.  Shelley and Kelly L gave a brief update on their recent trip to QuiltCon in Austin in February.

10. Mug Rug Swap:  11 members brought items to swap.

11. Show and Tell: Several members brought finished UFO Challenge projects and other items to share.

12. Drawings
  • UFO Challenge: Sharon T won the FQ bundle of chevron fabrics donated by Riley Blake.
  • March Door Prize: Louise T was the lucky winner of the "Bee Creative" mini quilt made by Lorrie
  • QuiltCon swag bags: Kara R and Marge S were the winners of bags filled with free products from QuiltCon provided by Shelley and Kelly L.

13. Lynn from A Different Box of Crayons gave a wonderful presentation of her quilt designing journey.  She has a new studio and shop open limited hours at 121 West Wesley in Wheaton, IL.  She also brought many beautiful patterns, silk and wool bundles, and project kits for sale.

Recorded by Shelley Nielsen, President

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 14, 2015 Charity Sew In

We didn't get any sign-ups yesterday for the Saturday, March 14 charity sew in, so it has been cancelled. 

We'll discuss a possible date for rescheduling at our April 12 meeting.