Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 10, 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 28 people in attendance at our meeting on Saturday, January 10, 2015. We currently have 36 members. Our guild will need to pay $550 in dues to the MQG by January 15th.

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 is working on a budget; ask Shelley if you would like to see it.

3.  Upcoming Meetings:
  • SATURDAYJanuary 242015 ~ Charity Sew-in for breast cancer comfort quilts from 9 am – 5 pm. This will be held at St Paul UCC, 485 Woodstock St,Crystal Lake. Bring your lunch, sewing machine and supplies. The chairs are not padded, so you might want to bring a cushion to sit on. Park behind the church and go in the lower door. 
  • February 8, 2015 ~ 1 – 4 pm ~ "Quilt As You Go" demo with Sharon; "Glue Basting Your Quilt Sandwich" with Mary; and Sale Table. Bring donations for the sale table (more details published about this later); cash only for purchases. The money will go to our summer picnic and winter holiday party funds.
  • March 8, 2015 ~ 1-4 pm ~ A Different Box of Crayons trunk show, presentation, and vending
  • April 12, 2015, time TBD, Executive Board nominations
  • May 3 or 17, 2015, date tentative, Executive Board Elections
  • Summer 2015 (tentative) mini quilt tutorial program with Nicole from Modern Handcraft
  • October 11, 2015, time TBD, lecture and trunk show with Jeni Baker from In Color Order
  • March 6, 2016, time and location TBD, Weeks Ringle from Modern Quilt Studio Chicago will be presenting a color lecture and/or workshop
4.  Committee Updates
  • Swap Committee: Terri announced details for a new swap. Please see this post for details. 
  • Bees : The Cary and Crystal Lake bees are at full capacity. 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. 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 delivered four more quilts to Lynn, our liaison at CentegraLynn would love to come to one of our meetings to meet everybody. She told Kelly that patients are getting younger and younger. 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. 


5.  Upcoming Quilt Shows: 
  • February 19 – 22, 2015, QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX.
  • March 26 – 28, 2015, IQF Chicago at theRosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL
  • April 9 – 12, Sewing Expo at the Renaissance in Schaumburg, IL
6.  New Business: 
  • UFO Challenge: you can 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. We have raised $44 so far. Vikki has volunteered to be the box custodian.  Read this post for more details on the challenge.
  • Door prize incentive tickets: starting today, Lorrie will be giving tickets to members for various things (bringing treats, bringing show and tell, etc.) and a door prize will be given out at the end of each meeting. Tickets will be given for different reasons at each meeting. 
  • Wendy has volunteered for the position of MQG Digital LiaisonUpdates begin February.
  • CLMQG Shop Hop – The Executive Board is looking into hosting a guild shop hop, with a target date in May. We are focusing on quilt shops in the Madison area and southern WI.

7.  Several members brought quilts for show and tell. 

8.  We enjoyed a full day of sewing.

Recorded by Jill Smalley, Secretary

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 24 Charity Sew In information

Our first 2015 charity sew in day will be held Saturday, January 24 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  You may come for all or part of the day, but please limit your planned sewing projects to quilt donations for our current chosen charity - breast cancer treatment and surgery patients at Centegra Gavers Breast Center in McHenry County.

The location of our sew in:

St. Paul's United Church of Christ
485 West Woodstock Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

The church is located directly across the street from North Elementary School.  As you are facing the church from Woodstock Street there is a driveway on the right leading to the rear of the church.  Use this drive to enter the property, park behind the church, and enter the building from that parking area.  The building doors will not be opened for us until 9:00am, so please DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY.

After we have entered the building and set up, the doors will be locked.  So if you will be arriving later in the day you will need to alert someone already at the sew in to come to the doors and let you in the building when you arrive.  One of the Executive Board members will be present at the sew in at all times.  

If you have not already signed up for this sew in, please email us directly at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com so that we know you are coming.

If you will be arriving later in the day than 9:00am please email us directly and provide your cell phone number so that we can give you a number to call when you arrive.

What you need to bring:
  • Supplies and materials to work on your charity quilt projects including sewing machine (if needed) and extension cords
  • Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages to get you through the day (there is a refrigerator on site that we may use)
  • Cushion for your sewing seat if needed.  The chairs we'll be using are not padded.
Thank you for all your efforts in making comfort quilts for the patients in treatment at Gavers.  We've touched quite a few lives already, and there are many more local women being diagnosed every week.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sew Moving Clearance Sale

Sew Moving - the mobile fabric store - is moving and hosting a clearance sale this Saturday, January 24 from 9am -3pm. Donna was a vendor at one of our summer 2014 meetings, and she had a great selection of precuts and yardage!  Click here for details about the sale location.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

March 2015 Swap for CLMQG members

At our January 10 meeting Terri D (one of our Swap Coordinators) announced a new voluntary swap for CLMQG members.  Here are the details from Terri in case you missed the meeting.

Due:  March 8, 2015 meeting

Swap: MUG RUG - the object of this swap is to have fun exploring the decorative stitches on your sewing machine.  This is your chance to show off the fancy stitches on your sewing machine and use them in a small quilt project.

What you will make:
MUG RUG aka "small art quilt" which measures approximately 7" x 9".  These small quilts should be made with washable materials and the edges finished with a binding so they will hold up in the laundry.

Requirements:

  • Fabrics should be 100% cotton "quilt shop" quality.
  • Straight and zigzag stitches should be used only for piecing the small quilt.
  • At least 25% of your small quilt should have some negative space to showcase the decorative stitches/quilting.
Participation in this swap is voluntary; to participate just bring your small swap quilt to the March 8, 2015 meeting.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Don't forget Show and Tell!

I forgot to add "show and tell items" to the list of things to bring to our Saturday, January 10 meeting.  We always have show and tell at every monthly meeting, so add those items to your list!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 UFO Challenge

This Saturday, January 10 we are kicking off our fun new member program at CLMQG - the 2015 UFO Challenge!


Most of us have at least a few (and some of us have waayyyy more than a few) unfinished sewing projects languishing in our closets. Well now is the time to dig them out, dust them off, and get ready to check them off your to-do lists!

Here are the details:

  • Beginning January 10 you may register as many UFO projects as you like at each monthly CLMQG meeting through September.
  • There is a cost of $2 per UFO registered.  All registration fees will be used to fund prizes for the program.




  • To register your UFO stop at the UFO Challenge desk, complete a project card, and pay $2.
  • The UFO Challenge coordinator will log your project on the master list and keep your project card on file.
  • When you finish (and finish means every last stitch is in place - the project is quilted and binding is complete) bring your project to the next monthly meeting, visit the UFO Challenge desk and inform the UFO Challenge coordinator of your finish so your project can be logged as "complete" on the master list. You must show the project to the group at the meeting Show and Tell.
  • Your project card will also be stamped with a completion date and then entered into the next quarterly prize drawing.
  • There are no minimum project sizes for this challenge, but please limit registrations to quilted projects - bags, totes, pillows, placemats, and quilts of all sizes are all acceptable projects.  Please use your best judgement when registering projects - a set of four unfinished placemats would be considered one UFO, not four.





  • Prize drawings will occur in March, June, and September with the final Grand Prize Drawing scheduled for October.  You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.
  • The Executive Board is busy searching far and wide for prizes.  Stay tuned for more details!
  • If you win a prize at one of the quarterly drawings, your project will be entered into the October Grand Prize drawing, but it will be ineligible to win any further quarterly prizes.


  • We're planning for a FUN DAY on January 10 and at every meeting in 2015, and we hope that you'll join us!



Now dig through those closets and project bins and find some UFOs to register!  You could win some fun prizes!  Questions?  Email us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com, or ask us at the January 10 meeting.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 10 All Day Sew-In Saturday and Membership Renewals

This Saturday, January 10 we are hosting an all-day sew-in at our regular location - the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center in Crystal Lake (see map on right sidebar).

You must register to attend this members only sew-in.  If you have not already done so, please notify us at crystallakemqg (at) gmail (dot) com to register.  Please indicate in your email if you will arrive early at 8:30am to assist with set-up or stay late until 6:30pm to help clean-up.

The 2015 membership renewal deadline is also Saturday, January 10.  You can download our updated membership form here, print and complete it at home, and bring it to the meeting with your $45 cash or check payment.  Please also download and review the updated "Hold Harmless" agreement found here, and indicate your agreement with the terms outlined by checking the appropriate box on the membership form. If you will not be able to attend Saturday's meeting, please complete the form and mail it with your payment check to the address provided on the form. Checks should be made payable to "Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild".

Schedule for Saturday, January 10:

8:30am - set up volunteers arrive
9:00am - membership renewals and open sewing begin
1:00pm - break for CLMQG business meeting
2:00pm - open sewing resumes
6:00pm - clean up volunteers get the room back in shape
6:30pm - doors close

Since we are allowed use of the sink, microwave, and refrigerator at the facility, you may bring a lunch and beverages (non-alcoholic only per facility rules) and snacks to share (if you wish).  We plan to organize a lunch order of pizza and/or Jimmy Johns for delivery, so if you'd like to participate in that please bring cash for your portion of the order.

Our 2015 UFO Challenge registrations will also begin at Saturday's meeting.  Watch for more details on this fun new program here in the next couple of days!

What you need to bring on Saturday:
  • sewing projects to work on - this is an open sew-in so you may work on the project(s) of your choice
  • sewing machine, the longest extension cord you have, sewing supplies
  • an iron and ironing surface to share if you have these on hand
  • food (or $$ if you want to join in the lunch delivery order) and drink for yourself 
  • snacks/treats to share (optional)
  • completed membership renewal form and cash or check payment of $45
  • $$ for 2015 UFO Challenge registrations if you choose to participate
We're excited to start another great year at the CLMQG!  We hope to see you there!!