Friday, July 16, 2021

Interested in our Ten Year Anniversary Book?

“Modern Quilts in the Second City: Ten Years of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild” is a 120-page hardcover book printed in full color that celebrates the collective and individual creativity of our talented guild. We've already distributed the books from our first preorder, but if you haven't yet purchased a copy (or want more!), you can sign up on our waiting list below (or click the image of the book in the sidebar on the right) in order to be notified of a second order.



Featuring over 200 quilts made by Chicago MQG members over the guild’s first decade, “Modern Quilts in the Second City” also includes an introduction by former guild member and past MQG president Jacquie Gering, as well as seven thematic chapters with introductions written by guild leaders.



These beautiful coffee table style books make an excellent gift, and, with enough demand for a second printing, you will have the opportunity to order as many copies as you’d like! The book cost will likely be between $35 and $45 each -- more info will be provided at the time of pre-order.




Monday, July 5, 2021

The Chicago MQG welcomes Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy

We are delighted to welcome Sara Trail to our guild this month for a two-part online workshop and lecture! Sara Trail learned to sew at the young age of four, and is now a successful author, sewing teacher, and pattern and fabric designer. At age 13, she wrote a nationally published book, “Sew with Sara” that teaches teens and tweens how to sew cute clothes and accessories for fun and profit; then at 15, she starred in a nationally published DVD, “Cool Stuff to Sew with Sara.” While attending UC Berkeley, she created a quilt in memory of Trayvon Martin and her love for sewing and passion for social justice intertwined. After graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she founded the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) to be a platform where youth create art that engages and educates communities.


SJSA "Artivist" Workshop: What issues are important to you? How do you represent your ideas in textile art? Join us for a two-part workshop series with the Social Justice Sewing Academy! On July 10, Sara will lead us in learning about issues, engage us in meaningful conversation, and inspire us to use textile art to communicate our ideas in fabric. Then we'll have a week to design and make a quilt block representing an issue important to us OR to make a quilt block using one of the free patterns provided on the SJSA website. These blocks will be made into a community quilt using the same process that SJSA uses in their workshops with students around the nation. Your block will be embroidered by volunteers, pieced into a quilt top, quilted, and shown. You will write an artist's statement to accompany your block on it's journey.

On July 17, we'll gather to continue to learn and discuss, offering each other feedback on our block concepts and getting started on the construction. We will talk more about the community quilt process and other projects that SJSA offers. You will have one week after the second meeting to complete your block and submit your artist's statement. You will then be assigned an embroidery partner to mail your block to.

The workshop is open to as many as 60 participants, so there should be plenty of space for everyone, but it will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis so don't wait too long to sign up! It's open to current Chicago Modern Quilt Guild members AND non-members/guests, so please share and invite your friends.

When: Saturday July 10 and Saturday July 17, 2021, from 1pm-4pm CDT

Registration fee: $15 or $20 (Pay the amount you are comfortable with.) The entire fee will be donated to the Social Justice Sewing Academy 

Location: Zoom SIGN UP HERE!


Lecture: On Sunday, July 18, during our regular guild meeting, Sara will discuss the Social Justice Sewing Academy and the organization's work using textile art as a vehicle to empower youth and give a voice to their stories. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting and lecture for a $10 fee. Contact [email protected] if you'd like to attend as a guest.

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

This month's meeting is on JULY 18, via Zoom.

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!

Friday, May 28, 2021

April Meeting Recap

Our third annual Quilt Olympics program during our April meeting was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated, either by playing the games, or leading them.

Lauren Krause lead four teams through a VIP (Very Important Project) game that left members giggling over sewing themed acronyms. The Crafty Divas, the Sewcialites, the Cut Ups, and the Seam Rippers contemplated their PHD (Project Half Finished), which made them want to go on a FART (Fabric Acquisition Road Trip). It was challenging and amusing... and ended in a tie between the Cut Ups and the Seam Rippers!

Melissa Bogusch and Ann Marie Stephenson created an incredible Jeopardy-themed game. They challenged members to think critically to deduce the questions to answers such as the following. Answer: Andover designer of Sun Print and Kaleidoscope collections’ optimistic view of the amount of beverage left to drink. Question: Who is Alison "Glass Half Full"? They really came up with some creative quilt-related questions and answers for the meeting.

Heather Kinion had members digging through and looking around their sewing spaces to find various objects for her Quilt-ish Scavenger Hunt. Do you have a notion that is made to look like an animal? 8 points! 1 point for every cutting implement (sewing related or not) that you can SEE! And so many more!

There was also a Sewcial breakout room for members to chat and laugh about the games we played. It really was a fun-filled meeting!

Congratulations to our overall Quilt Olympics III winners!
  • 3rd place with 421 points: Holly Harper! 
  • 2nd place with 432 points: Debbie Pine! 
  • And *drum roll please* in 1st place with 485 points: Carole Wool!

Our April meeting was the first with our newly elected board as our guild leaders. Sarah Shulman and Holly Harper took some time to thank the outgoing board members for their dedication and work over the past year. Thanks to the contributions of many generous guild members, they were able to purchase bundles of fabric and thread for each 2020-21 board member as lovely appreciation gifts.

This beautiful bundle of fabrics was selected especially for
Past President, Jenni Grover, in some of her favorite colors.

To see some of the wonderful creations shared in our Show and Tell at the end of the meeting, check out the April Show and Tell album found in our member Facebook group. Please continue to upload your show and tell pictures to each month's Facebook album (especially big quilts and other items that are hard to show off on the Zoom platform), and we'll create a slide show to present during our meeting's "show and tell" time. You're always welcome to share in real time during the meeting as well.

We'll share recent guild announcements in our May Meeting Recap, coming soon!

Use and follow our guild hashtags!

#chicagomqg
#chicagomqglecture
#chicagomqgshowandtell
#chicagomqgdingdingding
#BFMSAL
#chimodbee
#chicagomqg10yearmini

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

Next month's meeting is on JUNE 19. (Look for more info in an email soon!)

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!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Big Fun Mystery Sew Along: Month Nine

We hope you've enjoyed participating in the Big Fun Mystery Sew Along over the past eight months. Perhaps you learned a new technique, experimented with a novel color palette, or just enjoyed discovering what each new month would bring. By now you probably have a pile of blocks in different shapes and sizes. You may be wondering what to do next. It's time to evaluate what you have, make some decisions,... and come up with a plan!

Lay out your blocks to see what you have so far.

What will your final quilt look like? You may already have a design in mind. If not, we're here to offer some ideas and guidance for making design choices. Here are some things to consider as you formulate a plan:

  • USE: How will the quilt be used? What is it for? Will it's purpose be art or utility? Do you want a wall quilt, throw quilt, or a quilt for your bed? This will help you determine a size for your quilt.
  • COLOR: Are you happy with the color palette you've been using? Do you want to make changes, such as adding more of a certain color or print? Perhaps you'd like more neutrals? Or more pops of color? Maybe the colors in one particular block look out of place with the other blocks. You could choose to leave the block out or to make additional blocks using some of those same colors to balance out your palette. Or, if your palette seem too static, you could add small bits of a contrasting color to some additional blocks, or to fill in blank areas. 
  • SCALE: The sizes of the blocks over the past eight months (when specified) have varied. This was intentional in order to add a level of challenge to the final quilt assembly, and individuality to each design. This is not a cookie cutter pattern. It's not really a pattern at all, but a set of varied ingredients waiting to be compiled into a quilt that is entirely your own. In order to make it work, you may want to make some blocks larger and some smaller to suit your vision. It could be an interesting design decision to vary the scale of one block and include several different sizes in your quilt. The varying block sizes also allow you to consider how big you want your quilt to be and which blocks you wish to rescale.
  • BALANCE: As you consider different block layouts and quilt designs, pay attention to the visual weight of the shapes, colors, and spaces. Are there places where your interest is drawn and your eyes naturally rest? Do any parts of the layout feel overpowering? Being intentional about areas of focus can help to balance your design. You may be more comfortable with a central focus, or one that is asymmetrical with several focus areas spread across the composition. There is not a single formula that works for everyone or every set of blocks.

Where/How to Start:
Lay out all the blocks you have made so far. What do you like and not like? Is something calling to be the central focus. What kind of quilt do you picture? Perhaps a regular grid made of one or two repeating blocks? Or a sampler using many different blocks? How about a medallion style quilt with a central area and expanding borders surrounding it? Think about use, color, scale, and balance, as outlined above. Snap a photo of what you have so far.

Try different layouts, such as a medallion.

Next, move your blocks around to see if any patterns emerge. You might notice a new focus that you like more than the first arrangement. Continue to place and rearrange blocks to make a totally different layout. If you don’t have enough blocks, just pretend and leave some blank areas equal in size. Or, if you have the time, go ahead and make more blocks now. Continue to take photos as you go along and as your design changes and grows. By capturing your steps throughout this process, you can always go back to a previous arrangement or earlier design you liked better.

Try arranging like blocks in rows or sections.

Try grouping the similar blocks in different ways. If you line up like blocks into rows, or group them into distinct sections, how does it change the dynamic? Can you see other patterns emerging? Consider going beyond horizontal and vertical rows, and try diagonal arrangements. Continue to think about color, scale, and balance. Remember to stop and take a photo of each new configuration.

Leave spaces in your design for more blocks, if needed.

Put your plan into action:
Hopefully all of this rearranging and thinking and experimenting will lead you in a clear direction, and now you can work on filling in the blanks needed to make your design work. You will likely need to make additional blocks (see links to previous months' posts below). Don’t be afraid to make more blocks than you need -- you can always use them for part of another quilt or in a pieced back. Spend some time making blocks and fine-tuning your design. Continue to consider color, scale, and balance as you work. If you wish, share your progress on social media with the hashtags #chicagomqgsewalong and #BFMSAL. Pay attention to the evolution of your design, and enjoy the process!

 Design in progress. The red star and turquoise arrow don't work.
And it needs more blocks for repetition and size.


Finally, next month will focus on assembly and strategies for piecing your quilt top. As we near the end, we can't wait to see your designs take shape!

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Our Ten Year Anniversary Book is now available for Pre-Order!

After Covid delays, we are excited to announce that the Chicago MQG 10th anniversary book is now available for pre-order! “Modern Quilts in the Second City: Ten Years of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild” is a 120-page hardcover book printed in full color that celebrates the collective and individual creativity of our talented guild. 



Featuring over 200 quilts made by Chicago MQG members over the guild’s first decade, “Modern Quilts in the Second City” also includes an introduction by former guild member and past MQG president Jacquie Gering, as well as seven thematic chapters with introductions written by guild leaders. 



Pre-order your copy today! These beautiful coffee table style books make an excellent gift, and you are able to order as many copies as you’d like!



Pre-orders for the initial run of printed books are open April 21 through May 7. They are $35 each and require payment at the time of pre-order. We anticipate having the books available for Covid-safe in-person distribution at the end of May, and you’ll read more about that on the pre-order form. A second printing will only happen when we have a high enough demand to place another bulk order, so don’t miss your chance to order your book now.