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!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Annual Member Trunk Show Preview

Please join us on Sunday, January 19th for our annual Chicago Modern Quilt Guild member Mini Trunk Show!  Five CMGQ members will present mini trunk shows of their work. This meeting is a wonderful chance to see the variety of talent and vision of some of our members. This is one of the favorite meetings of the year and we hope you join us! 
  All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on January 19

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, December 18, 2019

December Meeting Recap




It was a fun afternoon of socializing, eating and swapping handmade gifts.  Thirty members brought handmade gifts that took less than 2 hours to create.  Thank you to Carole Woole for coordinating our potluck again this year.  We sure do have a lot of great bakers!

Rita’s Quilt
This project was started by Shannon Downey of @badasscrossstich here in Chicago.  Sarah Evans, Heather Kinion and Jenni Grover assisted stitching this quilt together here in Chicago.  Sarah flew out to Los Angeles with Shannon for a taping on The Kelly Clarkson Show, it was scheduled to air on December 17, so go look it up if you missed it.  Sara is also long arming this special project watch her progress on IG @sparklesaxdesigns  On Saturday December 21 the quilt will be on display FOR ONE DAY ONLY IN CHICAGO from 1:00-4:00 PM at The Woman’s Gallery 2150 South Canalport in Chicago (please verify the times on their website) before the quilt heads to National Quilt Museum in Kentucky.  This project has really taken off and for us to hear firsthand information about this project is just amazing.  



Upcoming Meeting Announcements
January 19, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Annual Member Trunk Show this meeting is always a favorite to learn about your fellow members and be inspired by their work.

February 15, 2020
Workshop with Shruti Dandekar from India!  Registration opens Saturday, December 21 at 7 PM.  An email announcement with the details will be sent prior to members.  Attendees will have two options to either use a stock photo or use one of their own an additional fee, all details will be explained in separate post.  Workshop will be held at NIU in Naperville just off I-88.

February 16, 2020
Shruti Dandekar will be our guest.  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, watch for meeting location details & invite your friends, this is not to be missed meeting!

March 22, 2020 SAVE THE DATE!!! It’s our Chicago MQG 10th Anniversary Party! Held at Pilgrim Church, here in Oak Park, not far from our regular meeting location.  We have already received word some former members will be flying in for this event.

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 to come.

The full year of events is listed on our website. 


Announcements


Elections for the 2020-2021 (April-March) board will take place in a few months.  More details coming after the holidays.  If you have been a member for at least one year and are interested in running or want more information about position(s) please send an email to VP Jenni Grover or the guild email.

Membership 2020
RENEW NOW!  Please help by renewing by the end of the year.  There is a lot of work behind the scenes that occurs and by renewing early it helps our guild tremendously.  When completing the 2020 membership questionnaire there is a question asking if you would like to purchase a CMQG enamel pin, the cost will be approximately $10.  If you check yes, you will get yours first, there is no guarantee if we will have extras so Renew Now!  Also, if you are not renewing we will miss you, please feel free to drop us an email letting us know why you will not be renewing, this helps us learn what you are looking for and what we can do better.  Everyone is welcome to send an email anytime of the year with suggestions.

QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt
Our quilt top was revealed at the December meeting!  To view it, check social media - a few members have shared it, look under the hashtag #chicagomqg, now it’s off to the long armer and binder.  We owe a big round of applause to all members who stitched a block and especially Jenni Grover and Laura Hartrich who have been instrumental on this project.  This quilt will first hang at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin then returned to us and donated to Sojourner House which is a bridge to housing stability in Oak Park.

Community Building Programs
If you have interviewed your partner and are ready to share with the group, please email Laura Hartich or the guild email, so she can coordinate when you both will be at a meeting. 

Anniversary Book Update
Lots of activity is occurring behind the scene as the quilts have now been photographed. 

Save the Date-Spring Retreat will be at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI.  April 3-5 or 6, mark your calendars.  Registration details coming in 2020.  We also have confirmation we can go back to Sienna in fall 2020.

National announcements
Latest issue of MQG was sent to all your emails on December 15.  Lots of great info for all quilters.

QuiltCon 2020 Austin, TX              
If you are a CMQG member and are attending QuiltCon please join our private Facebook group, Chicago MQG Quilt Con 2019.  It’s an easy way to ask questions about anything QuiltCon or Austin.  I can guarantee one of your fellow members will have the answer/guidance to assist. 


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


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!

Monday, December 2, 2019

December meeting preview

Our December meeting will feature our annual holiday potluck! There is always so much delicious food, thanks to members bringing something to share. 

We will also do a gift swap! Those wishing to participate should bring a small, wrapped handsewn item (ideally it would take 1-2 hours to make). Check the CMQG pinterest board for ideas and tutorials! It would be amazing to see some hand applique, curves, and zippers in the swap items, highlighting what we’ve learned in our meetings this year. 

This is a blind swap, so make something you think would be generally appealing to our membership. If you bring a gift, you will leave with a gift. Finally, as always, we’ll enjoy members’ show and tell. We will meet at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 2-5 pm. See you there.


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

This month's meeting is on December 15, 2019

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, November 27, 2019

Donna's Amazing Zipper Knowledge



Zippers – sizes, types, application

Good overall guide to zippers:  https://www.sewmamasew.com/2010/09/guide-to-zippers/

Sizes – #3, small, usually nylon coil, 1” wide
             #5, bigger, either nylon or metal, 1.25” wide
             #5 and #7 – think tents and sports stuff
Materials – Nylon coil (easy to cut and sew through)
                     Metal 
                     Plastic Molded
Types – normal with a stop at bottom
               Separating (the kind for a jacket)
               Purses Zippers – pulls at either end of the zipper

BEST source for zippers – Zipit on ETSY.  Every color and every size


Zipper Pulls – what comes with zipper or what you choose to add.  

Most economical - Zippers sold by the yard along with pulls         
         Sources: Amazon, ETSY

Tutorial by The Zipper Lady for putting on pulls

Outer bag zippers – go big.
Inner pocket zippers – not necessary

“The bigger the bag, the bigger the zipper.”

So much time in bag making that you don’t want a zipper fail   

Links to various bags/projects shown:

Open Out Box (one requiring a separating zipper) – by Aneela Hoey
Sew Together Bag (one with three inner zip compartments) – Sew Demented
Backpack – Swoon Patterns (comes in 2 sizes)
Suzy’s Sack Bag – google on ETSY
Zippy Bag (one with three zippers on front of bag) – Jen Fox Studios

Best pattern directions for zippers is anything by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on INSERT DATE HERE

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!