Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 10, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • May 15 *Please note this is the 3rd Sunday of May, due to Mother’s Day* – Convergence Quilt Demo (using a Ricky Tims pattern) and open Sew-In, Board Elections, next block lottery rules announced, 11 am – 4 pm
  • If you are interested in making a Convergence quilt during the sew-in, bring 4 coordinating fat quarters that you have spray-starched ahead of time; you may also want to bring a piece of foam board to keep the pieces in order.
  • June 12 – Speaker Cheryl Sleboda, 1 pm – 4 pm (There will be a guest fee for this meeting)

2.  Committee Updates:
  • Bees – Talk to Anuschka if you would like to join or start a bee.
  • Charity – Kelly has tax-deductible forms and guild labels to sew on the back of your donation quilt.
  • Hand sewing group meet-ups – Kara announced that the hand sewing group is being put on hold for now, due to low attendance numbers.
  • Social – Kara announced that her committee is looking into some type of fundraiser instead of a picnic for the July meeting. Also, she will announce 3 possible Holiday Party venues next month, and members will be given the opportunity to vote for where they would like the party to be held.

3.  Other Business:
  • Board Nominations were open today.  Shelley nominated Lorrie G.as President, Paige M. as Vice President, Judy O. as treasurer, and Jill S. as secretary. If you would like to nominate someone else for one of these positions, you can email their name to the guild or nominate them at next month’s meeting. You must have the person’s agreement before nominating someone.
  • Next block lottery will be in July; rules and samples to be announced at the May meeting.

4.  Mystery Medallion Show and Tell and judging;
  • April border elements were drawn and announced: technique is scrappy star and color is orange. A special challenge fabric was handed out to all participants who were at the meeting. If you are participating in the challenge and were not at the meeting, email the guild to get a piece of the challenge fabric. See this blog post for all the details. 
  • There was a random prize drawing for all participants who were at the meeting and who followed all the rules for the March border.

5.  Show and Tell

6.  Block Lottery winner was drawn

7.  Secret Pal gifts were handed out

8.  Accuquilt Demo/Presentation by Isis

9.  Break for workshop set up and A Touch Of Amish vending

10.  Accuquilt workshop

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mystery Medallion Challenge - April Border Rules

Photos of the challenge participants and their in-progress quilt tops are posted here on Facebook.

At our monthly meeting April 10 the quilting task and color requirement for the fourth border were randomly drawn and announced.

  • The quilting task drawn for April was SCRAPPY STAR. There are many interpretations of scrappy star blocks, so let your imagination run wild!

  • An additional fabric requirement was added for this month!  Lesley provided and distributed 10" squares of a fabric that must also be used in your April borders.  Please email us if you are participating in the challenge and did not receive the fabric square.



Rules Reminders:
  • Your April border must be on all four sides of your quilt top, but all four sides are not required to be the same width.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations regarding the width of your April border.
  • Your April border must include sewn scrappy star blocks (scrappy stars printed on your fabric DO NOT qualify), the color orange, and the provided additional fabric. You may include as many or as few scrappy star blocks as you like, and you may use as much or as little of the color orange and additional fabric as you like.
  • If you were assigned a penalty element at the April meeting, your April borders must include that penalty in addition to the Scrappy Star, orange, and additional fabric requirements.
  • To remain eligible for any prizes you must bring your in-progress quilt with April borders sewn to the quilt top to our May 15, 2016 meeting. If you are unable to attend that meeting, you must send a photo of your in-progress quilt with completed April borders sewn to the quilt top to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com by Saturday, May 14.
  • If your April borders are not completed on time or if they do not follow the rules of the challenge you will be assigned a penalty element that must be included in your May borders in order to remain eligible for prizes.
  • You may not reconstruct or alter the layout of your medallion, January, February, or March borders except to add embellishment such as embroidery, applique, trims, buttons, etc.
  • The grand prize will be awarded via a random drawing at the September 2016 meeting.
  • The complete set of challenge rules can be found here.


Feel free to post photos of your progress to our Facebook page and on Instagram using the hashtag #crystallakemqg :)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 10, 2016 Meeting Reminder

Sunday, April 10 we have another exciting meeting and program planned at our usual spot (Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center - see map on the right sidebar.) The day's schedule includes:

  • 11:00am  monthly CLMQG meeting (first time guests may attend this portion of the program free of charge)
  • Noon - 4:00pm  Accuquilt Presentation and Workshop with CLMQG member Isis (for paid, registered participants - $10 CLMQG members, $15 guest fee.  Registration information here.)

CLMQG Monthly Meeting Highlights include:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - March border judging and April border requirements revealed.
  • Nominations continue for 2016-17 Executive Board positions
  • April Block Lottery (details here)
  • Lynn from A Touch of Amish quilt shop in Barrington will be at the workshop selling Accuquilt cutters and dies, books, and fabric bundles. 
What you need to bring:
  • Mystery Medallion Challenge - Quilt top with March (third) border completed and sewn. (If you are unable to attend the meeting email a photo of your medallion with March borders completed by Saturday, April 9 to avoid a penalty and remain eligible. The photo must clearly show your use of sewn dresden shapes and red color requirements.)  *** If you were assigned a penalty element in March you must ALSO include that in your March border to remain in the challenge.***
  • Show and Tell - bring your modern quilted items to share.
  • Secret Pal gifts
  • Selvage Spool blocks for lottery
  • Donation Quilts - Bring any newly completed comfort quilts for Gavers Breast Care Center. Please remember to include a CLMQG label on the back of your quilt.
  • $$ for shopping with Lynn from A Touch of Amish quilt shop
  • Registered workshop participants were sent a separate supply list email.

We hope to see YOU on Sunday!
Don't forget to wear your nametag :)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

CLMQG Member Quilts at IQF Rosemont

Two of our members will have quilts displayed at the upcoming International Quilt Festival 2016 in Rosemont.  So exciting!!

Cari's quilt is "I Tula Too!". Composed of 100 unique blocks from the book "Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks", it was accepted into the "Mod Squad Quilts" exhibit.


"Modern Color Play" made by Isis was accepted as part of the "Modern Quilts - Drunkards Path" exhibit.


Congratulations Cari and Isis!

The festival runs April 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Click here for more details about exhibits, classes, vendors, and tickets.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April 10, 2016 Accuquilt Workshop Registration

CLMQG member Isis will present a demonstration of Accuquilt cutters and dies followed by a workshop using the drunkards path pattern on Sunday, April 10. 


In addition to the quilt project shown above, participants in this workshop will be able to try a variety of different dies cutting fabrics for scrap projects.

The Accuquilt company has agreed to send several machines and dies for our use during the workshop (3-4 participants per cutter), so there is a participation fee of $10 ($15 guests) to cover the equipment return shipping costs. 

Registration is required to participate

  • There is a limit of 24 participants for this workshop.
  • Workshop supplies are not included in the workshop fee.
  • To register for the workshop please email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com with the words "Accuquilt Workshop Registration" in the subject line. 
  • Registration for CLMQG members starts now and continues through Sunday April 3.
  • Guest registrations will be confirmed beginning April 3.
  • You will receive a response email confirming your registration with an attached supply list for the workshop.  
  • Member fee for this workshop is $10.
  • Guest fee for this workshop is $15.
  • Payment is due when registration is confirmed in order to hold your spot.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 13, 2016 Meeting Recap

Photos from our March meeting can be found on Facebook:
Mystery Medallion Challenge participants' progress
March Show and Tell
Crimson Tate presentation and workshop

1. Upcoming Meetings:
  • April 10 – Drunkards Path Demo and Workshop, 11 am – 4 pm (pre-registration required and special event fee for members and guests to offset equipment costs)
  • May 15 – Convergence Quilt Workshop (using a Ricky Tims pattern) and Sew-In, Board Elections, 11 am – 4 pm *Please note this is the 3rd Sunday of May, due to Mother’s Day
  • June 12 – Speaker Cheryl Sleboda, 1 pm – 4 pm (There will be a guest fee for this meeting)

2. Committee Updates:
  • Bees –Some of the bees have changed location; talk to Anuschka if you would like to join or start a bee
  • Charity –We have donated 52 quilts to Centegra! Kelly is working with Centegra to get a letter for tax purposes. All guild members should have received an email regarding a form you need to fill out if you would like the donation letter. If you did not receive this email, please let us know.
  • Hand sewing group meet-ups –We are changing the Thursday meetup for hand sewing to 11:00 am at Conscious Cup (still on the first Thursday of the month). The third Tuesday of each month we will continue to meet at Starbucks at 6:30 pm.
  • Social – Darlene has a sign-up sheet for treats for our monthly meetings. We also have some people who are going to coordinate sending cards to members for illness, sympathy, etc.

3. Organizational Changes and appeal for volunteers ~ update from last month
  • Photography positions have been filled
  • Kara and Jalana are working on the Holiday Party and would like more volunteers to help soon
  • Cari is coordinating Swaps/Challenges/Lotteries for 2017, although she would love to have a helper
  • No one has volunteered for Programming

4. Other Business:
  • Reminder: April block lottery is selvage spools - details here
  • Isis discussed our April meeting. After taking a count of who is interested, it was decided that she will do a workshop with the Accuquilt cutters. Accuquilt has agreed to send several machines for people to use. There will be an additional fee of $10 ($15 guests) for equipment return shipping costs. More information will be coming soon.
  • Member Feature – questionnaire will be handed out at meetings this year.
  • Board Nominations open today. Must have the person’s agreement before nominating someone.

5. Mystery Medallion Show and Tell and judging; March border elements were drawn and announced: technique is Dresden and color is red. See this blog post for all the details.

6. Show and Tell

7. Door Prize Drawing & Secret Pal gifts were handed out

8. Heather Givans of Crimson Tate gave a very entertaining lecture and trunk show

9. Break for shopping, lunch, and workshop set up

10. Crimson Tate workshop

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mystery Medallion Challenge - March Border Rules

Photos of the challenge participants and their in-progress quilt tops are posted here on Facebook.

At our monthly meeting March 13 the quilting task and color requirement for the third border were randomly drawn and announced.

The quilting task drawn for March was DRESDEN. There are many interpretations of this shape, so let your imagination run wild!

The crayon drawn for March was RED. Check out the official Crayola website page for that color.

Rules Reminders:

  • Your March border must be on all four sides of your quilt top, but all four sides are not required to be the same width.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations regarding the width of your March border.
  • Your March border must include sewn dresden shapes (dresden shapes printed on your fabric DO NOT qualify) and the color red. You may include as many or as few dresden shapes as you like, and you may use as much or as little of the color red as you like.
  • To remain eligible for the grand prize you must bring your in-progress quilt with March borders sewn to the quilt top to our April 10, 2016 meeting. If you are unable to attend that meeting, you must send a photo of your in-progress quilt with completed March borders sewn to the quilt top to crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com by Saturday, April 9.
  • If your March borders are not completed on time or if they do not follow the rules of the challenge you will be assigned a penalty element that must be included in your April borders in order to remain eligible for prizes.
  • You may not reconstruct or alter the layout of your medallion, January, or February borders except to add embellishment such as embroidery, applique, trims, buttons, etc.
  • The grand prize will be awarded via a random drawing at the September 2016 meeting.
  • The complete set of challenge rules can be found here.


Feel free to post photos of your progress to our Facebook page and on Instagram using the hashtag #crystallakemqg :)