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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Clutch Handle orders and project video

We have received the following orders for clutch handle sets:
Barb F
Vikki S
Ann K
Bobbie C
Trisha S
Cari G - 2
Kathy P - 2
Josie H - 3

If you are planning to make a clutch purse on October 12, you may find it helpful to watch this  YouTube video before our meeting:


Thanks Lorrie for providing us with the link!

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.