Wednesday, June 3, 2020

May Meeting Recap

Our May meeting was all about thimbles and needles for hand sewing, plus announcements, Show and Tell, and more! All in the comfort of our own homes, through Zoom. Member Sarah Evans gave an informed presentation that covered when and why to use certain needles, how to store them, and different kinds of thimbles and threaders.

She even compiled all the resources and fun video links into one Needles, Keepers, Threaders and Thimbles document, so there was no need to take notes! Thank you so much, Sarah, for a great presentation!


Sarah Evans, sharing her knowledge of thimbles and needles for hand sewing.

Announcements:

There were a lot of announcements at the meeting. Here's some of what we covered.

QuiltCon 2021 is being reinvented as QuiltCon Together, a virtual experience to maximize safety and member involvement. Member Heather Kinion, also Chair of the MQG Board of Directors, answered questions at the meeting, but things were still being finalized. It will be different in many ways. Look for more details and the event catalog later this month.

We are seeking volunteers and ideas for our guild's QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge (formerly the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge). The theme is curves, and there's a fun color palette. Look for more info in the guild newsletter.

June 14, 10:00-4:00, virtual meeting and Sew-In via Zoom! Please note that this has been rescheduled from the previous June 7 date. Join in from your sewing room or kitchen table, for the whole event or just a portion. There will be regular meeting announcements during the 10am hour, and Show and Tell beginning at 3pm. Hope to see you there!

July 19, 2:00-5:00, virtual meeting via Zoom: Hand Quilting Demos. Come with your questions, and be ready to learn lots! Our guild is full of expertise -- you'll be sure to discover something new.

Keep an eye out for the guild's annual survey, coming to your email inbox in the next few weeks. Your feedback helps us shape our programming and more!


It is always a joy to see what others have created during Show and Tell -- although it's quite tricky capturing the work and faces through screenshots!

We hope you'll join us at our Sew-In this month -- we'll sew and chat and have lots of fun!


All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting and Sew-In is on the second Sunday, June 14, via Zoom. (Look for a link in our member newsletter, the Full Bobbin.)

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

April Meeting Recap

While we miss not being able to meet in person, we did the next best thing and held our April meeting via Zoom following our ‘virtual’ retreat earlier in the month. It was fun, and so great to see everyone’s faces, even if only on a screen. We had 45 people in attendance!


A Game of Quilts!
Originally planned as the Quilt Olympics, with a little flexibility and creativity we pulled off a stay-at-home version: the Quilt Home-lympics. Members put on their thinking caps, self-scored, and laughed together. There were three rounds of trivia-style guessing, and then an inventive quilt-related scavenger hunt. First off was “Name the Fabric Designer” given a photo of a fabric print -- extra points for knowing the print name or fabric line! Second was “Name the Quilt Block”, again given only a photo of each block. It was fun (and funny!) to hear the creative block names people came up with. The final guessing round was “Name the Designer” from their photo.

We then moved on to a Scavenger Hunt with only 10-20 seconds to grab each item from your sewing room or nook. Items requested were:
  • Quilting book or pattern
  • Yardage or fabric pull for a project planned but not yet used
  • Something to be mended
  • An item or fabric that was acquired through swapping or was gifted to you
  • The oldest tool in your quilting supplies
  • A UFO
  • Your favorite cutting tool
  • An item you use for quilting that originated in the kitchen or bathroom section of the store
It was especially enjoyable to hear members share information and sentiments about the items they collected.

And the winners were… (drum roll, please)...
Emily Lang in first place with 25 points!
Holly Harper and Sarah Evans tied for second place with 24 points each.
Finally, Melissa Bogusch, Jordana Robinson, Laura McDowell-Hopper, Laura Hartrich, and Andrea DiOrio all scored an impressive 18 points and third place honors.

Accolades were also given for these memorable moments/items:
Best made-up name for a quilt block:  “Death by Half Square Triangle"
Funkiest/best sewing implement: medical scissors used to remove a family member’s stitches

Finally, Show and Tell was wonderful! We saw so many beautiful things people are working on!


Welcome to our new Chicago MQG board members:
We gave a warm thank you to the amazing, outgoing board members for their hard work and leadership over the last year, and welcomed our new group of board volunteers. The following members will serve the 2020/21 term:

  • President: Jenni Grover (replaces Laura McDowell Hopper)
  • Vice President: Julia Bryant (replaces Jenni Grover)
  • Secretary: Ellen Pomes (replaces Jen Beatty)
  • Treasurer: Natalie Holz (replaces Deb Pentek)
  • Programming Chair: Bill Keller (replaces Laura Hartrich)
  • Special Events Chair: Emily Bruzzini (replaces Emily Lang)
  • Retreats Chair: Katie Cooper
  • Social Media and Communications Chair: Amy Struckmeyer (replaces Jennifer Lowe)
  • Membership Chair: Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy

Upcoming meetings:
We'll continue to monitor the rules (and evaluate the safety) for group gatherings during the strange times of this global pandemic. We’ll keep you updated about future meetings and events via email and social media, so please watch for our communication. We truly hope the day we’ll be able to safely meet in-person again will come soon!

Our May meeting will be via Zoom. Please look for a meeting link in the member newsletter (the Full Bobbin) coming to your email inbox later this week.


May 17, 2:00-5:00pm
Hand Sewing Tips: Needles and Thimbles, with Sarah Evans
Learn everything you need to know about hand sewing needles and thimbles. Even if you have been sewing for years, we bet Sarah will teach you a thing or two. This lecture will be in the style of previous informative lectures like our popular solids program and our machine needles and thread program.

Update on retreats:
Although our in-person Spring retreat was cancelled, we held a fun 'virtual' retreat via Zoom on Saturday, April 4. Our Fall retreat is currently scheduled for November 20-23 at the Siena Center in Racine, WI. More info to come!

A quilting bee idea:
Bill Keller, our new programming chair, wants to know if you’d like to be part of a Quilting Bee. If so, he’ll organize small groups or “bees” based on similar interests and difficulty levels. Each member of the bee will have a turn to present a block or quilt idea as well as their fabric choices or preferences, and others in the group will create and contribute blocks to complete the quilt. Build community and build a quilt! Look for more info (including how to sign up) in our member newsletter, the Full Bobbin!

Community announcements:
Not surprisingly, sew-ins at members' private homes are on hold for now, but we would love to see what you are working on!

Use and follow our guild hashtags on your social media posts!
#chicagomqg
#chicagomqglecture
#chicagomqgshowandtell


All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on May 17, via Zoom. (Look for a link in our member newsletter, the Full Bobbin.)

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

March Meeting Postponed, Guild Quilt Challenge Announced


The Chicago MQG’s board of directors has voted to reschedule our March 22, 2020 meeting in light of the current public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus. Our guild has members who are seniors, pregnant, or have chronic health conditions impacting their immune system, and protecting the health and safety of our guild friends is paramount.  

We know that celebrating our guild’s 10th anniversary is a highly-anticipated meeting that we’ve all been looking forward to for months. We are currently working with our anniversary party venue, Pilgrim Church, to identify a new date later this year for rescheduling our anniversary party. The party must go on! We’ll all just have to be a little more patient. As soon as we know the new date for our anniversary party, we will announce it online and at meetings.

Our monthly guild meetings are a treasured tradition, and missing any meetings can make us feel disconnected, especially at a time when we are encouraged to stay home as much as possible. In order to make sure that we stay connected with our guild friends online, continue to foster our quilting creativity, and continue celebrating a decade of the Chicago MQG, we are excited to announce a new guild challenge today! You can read more about the Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Mini Quilt Challenge below, and we hope that you’ll join us online in making a mini quilt inspired by your love for our guild!

The board is continuing to monitor the public health crisis. We are working with the Siena Center to make decisions about our upcoming retreat as well as with our contact at Rush Oak Park Hospital to stay up to date on hospital policies for our April meeting. If there are any changes to either of these events, we will announce them in a future email. In the meantime, take care of yourself and those around you, and start designing your mini quilt for our new challenge!

Stay safe,
Chicago MQG Board of Directors



Chicago star quilt by member Natalie Holz

Announcing the Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Mini Quilt Challenge!


This year, the Chicago MQG is delighted to celebrate a decade of creativity and friendship. What better way to do that than with a new guild challenge! For our Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Mini Quilt Challenge, we encourage you to make a quilt inspired by what the Chicago MQG means to you.

This could be an abstract quilt about friendship, a quilt made with techniques learned at past workshops or demonstrations, a design inspired by our city, or anything else you can imagine. All Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Mini Quilts will be displayed at our rescheduled anniversary party! Here is some more information about the challenge:

Finished quilt size: 24” x 24”
Display: Because we will display these quilts at our rescheduled anniversary party, each mini quilt should have a sleeve sewn on the back.
Hashtag: #chicagomqg10yearmini – share your progress on Instagram and so your guild friends can see your quilt come to life!
Deadline: Ongoing! Start making your mini now, and we will announce the deadline when the new anniversary party date is announced.

Many of us will be spending a lot of time at home in the next few weeks. If you are able to, that’s the perfect time to get some quilting done! Make sure to use our #chicagomqg10yearmini hashtag to share pictures of your sketches, fabric pulls, quilt tops, and more. We can’t wait to see the diversity of quilts that this challenge will inspire!

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on April 19, 2020

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

February Meeting Recap






We were so pleased to welcome Shruti Dandekar from India!  She stopped to visit Chicago on her way to QuiltCon, thank you to Emily L. for arranging all the details.  Many members and their friends took her Portrait Class the day before her lecture.  At our meeting we learned about quilting in India and how she got her start.  One of the many highlights was we had the amazing opportunity view up close The Shivaarajyabhishek Quilt.  Shruti created this quilt to celebrate the 390th birthday anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.  It has been on display at India Quilts and last Fall at the IQF show in Houston, Texas.  This quilt is 210’ x 86”!  Please visit her blog 13woodhouseroad.com for more detailed info and follow her at the same name on IG and Facebook.

 


March 22, 2020 IT’S PARTY TIME!
It’s Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Party! NOTE: we will be meeting at Pilgrim Church, here in Oak Park (only 1 ½ miles from our regular location and they have a parking lot).  Needed ASAP if you have old pics from guild events, please send them to CMQGpictures@gmail.com  A fun slide show is being planned.  Everyone is asked to bring a quilt to display during the party in the sanctuary of the church.  This is a not to miss event with former members who now live out of town are coming back to visit!

April 19, 2020
Quilt Olympics II.  We are hoping for none of that white stuff we had last April.  This event was so well received, it’s back again!  More details soon

May 10, 2020
Sarah Evans will educate us on all things related to hand sewing needles and thimbles.  We are willing to bet even if you have been hand sewing for years, you will learn something new!  There may be some giveaways too!

June 7, 2020
NOTE THE DATE!  We are having a sew-in, free of charge held at Thimbles in Lockport, IL.  Bring your own projects (hand or machine) to work on.  Lunch is on your own, there is a fridge and microwave available and restaurants within walking distance and more a short drive away.

The full year of events is listed on our website

Announcements

Elections for the 2020-2021 (April-March) board will take at our March meeting.  The new slate to be voted on was announced in an email sent to all members in February. 

Membership 2020
We welcome new members year-round, but if you forgot go renew now!  If you selected the option to order our new CMQG pin, the order will be coming, but is delayed due to the plant shut down in China.  We will keep you updated.

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt
Was on display at Austin and it’s amazing!  Come to our March Party for the local reveal!

Anniversary Book Update
Ordering details coming soon!

Spring Retreat
Registration is live!  We are back at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI.  April 3-5 or 6, mark your calendars, please note arrival is Thursday or Friday through Sunday.

National Announcements
The QuiltCon’s electronic goody bag was sent to all member on February 25.  Open for discounts and access to free patterns.

Member Hosted Sew-In’s open to all CMQG Members
Please email the guild or these ladies directly to confirm dates, in case something changes.
March 3 (5-9 PM) at Jenni Grover’s in Skokie - no pets live here (usually 1st Tuesday)
March 10 (6:30-9:30 PM) Heather Kinion’s in Andersonville -a cat & dog do live here (usually 2nd Monday)
March TBD (6-10 PM) Emily Bruzzini’s in Melrose Park – no pets live here

New URL and Guild Emails
All board members now have their own email addresses.  We owe a huge thank you to Jennifer L. our social media coordinator for a lot of behind scenes work she has done to get this setup!

Our new guild URL is chicagomqg.com

Emails
retreats@chicagomqg.com

If you do not know who to contact send it to our secretary; they will forward your message to appropriate person and copy you.

Use and follow our guild hashtags on your social media posts! 
#chicagomqg
#chicagomqglecture
#chicagomqgshowandtell All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on March 22

Meeting location:

Pilgrim Congregational Church of Oak Park
460 Lake St. 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Monday, January 27, 2020

January Meeting Recap


It was time for our annual members mini truck show, organized once again by Holly Harper.  Presenting some of their collections this year included Jenni Grover, Susan Elster-Jones, Paula Zajac, Jordana Robinson and Andrea R. DiOrio.  If was fun to learn about their journeys.  Jenni finds precision the most challenging area.  Susan wants to figure out how to turn this hobby into a career.  Paula is challenged by fabric/color selection in the process.  Jordana want to finish more items.  Andrea wants to find more time to actually quilt.  Pretty sure we can all relate to our fellow members challenges!


Thank you to these wonderful members who stories with us and a Big Thank You to Holly!

Upcoming Meeting Announcements

February 15, 2020
Workshop with Shruti Dandekar from India!  Registration is now open to nonmembers too, a few slots are available, do not delay in signing up!  If you need the signup link, email the guild and we will send it to you.  Attendees, who sign up by February 1, will have two options to either use a stock photo or use one of their own for an additional fee.  Workshop will be held at NIU in Naperville just off I-88.

February 16, 2020
Shruti Dandekar will be our guest speaker.  This repeat sold out QuiltCon teacher from is flying from India and stopping in Chicago prior to QuiltCon Austin.  This will be a special treat for us. We will meet in our regular location at Rush Oak Park Hospital 2-5 PM.  Guests are welcome, $10 guest fee at the door.

March 22, 2020 SAVE THE DATE!!!
It’s our Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Party! Held at Pilgrim Church, here in Oak Park (only 1 ½ miles from our regular location).  If you have old pics from guild events (even if grainy from those older phones), please send them to CMQGpictures@gmail.com  A fun slide show is being planned.  Everyone is asked to bring a quilt to display during the party in the sanctuary of the church.  On-site parking is available too.

April 19, 2020
Quilt Olympics II.  We are hoping for none of the white stuff we had last April.  This event was so well received, it’s back again!  More details soon!  Including the ceremonial cup for the winner designed by Emily Bruzzini.

May 10, 2020
Sarah Evans will educate us on all things related to hand sewing needles and thimbles.  We are willing to bet even if you have been hand sewing for years, you will learn something new!

The full year of events is listed on our website

Announcements

Elections for the 2020-2021 (April-March) board will take at our March meeting.  If you have been a member for at least one year (as of April 2020) and are interested in running or want more information about position(s) please send an email to VP Jenni Grover or the guild email.  All positions are open excluding president.  You may nominate yourself or other members.  Deadline for emails is February 7.

Membership 2020
It’s a new year and time to renew if you have not already.  There is a link on our website.  If you do not renew by the end of January, you will be removed from our private Facebook group and will not receive our monthly members only newsletter, The Full Bobbin which often contains discounts codes for members only.

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt
Our quilt top was reveled at the December meeting!  Sarah Evans is quilting it for us now, then Heather Kinion will stich the binding and add a sleeve.  It will be on display at QuiltCon in Austin in February and then at our Anniversary Party in March.  It was stitched by 44 members, big thank you to Jenni Grover and Laura Hartrich who have been instrumental on this project.  The quilt will be donated to Sojourner House which is a bridge to housing stability in Oak Park.

Community Building Programs
This month Carol Matlak and Jane Shapiro shared with us their fun conversation of getting to know each other better.  If you have interviewed your partner and are ready to share with the group or want more info about this fun program, please email Laura Hartich or the guild email, so she can coordinate.

Anniversary Book Update
All the quilts have been photographed and the layout is being finalized.  Ordering details coming soon!

Spring Retreat
We are back at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI.  April 3-5 or 6, mark your calendars, please note arrival is Thurs or Friday through Sunday this time.  Registration will open Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM, watch your email for the signup link.  If you have questions email the guild and we will put you in contact w/Katie, our retreat chair.

QuiltCon February 2020 Austin, TX          
If you are a CMQG member and are attending QuiltCon please join our private Facebook group, Chicago MQG Quilt Con 2019.  If you are not attending watch social media for the #chicagomqgquiltcon2020 for your fellow members pictures.

National Announcements
Heather Kinion our past president and MQG Region 3 representative is now the President of the MQG Board of Directors.  Congratulations Heather!

Member Hosted Sew-In’s open to all CMQG Members
Please email the guild or these ladies directly to confirm the dates listed, in case something changes.
February 1 (5-9 PM) at Jenni Grover’s home in Skokie - no pets live here
February 10 (6:30-9:30 PM) Heather Kinion’s home in Andersonville -a cat does live here
February 28 (6-10 PM) Emily Bruzzini’s home in Melrose Park – no pets live here

Use and follow our guild hashtags! 
#chicagomqg
#chicagomqglecture
#chicagomqgshowandtell
#chicagomqgtruckshow
All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Our next meeting is on February 16

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!