Friday, September 17, 2021

New Programming for September: Audrey Esarey of Cotton and Bourbon!

The Chicago MQG is over the moon excited to welcome Audrey Esarey (aka Cotton and Bourbon) to our guild THIS SUNDAY for a virtual lecture at our September meeting!

Audrey is an amazing modern quilter and pattern designer whose work has been exhibited around the world. She lives in Kentucky (Get those bourbon vibes now?) and identifies as a lifelong maker and sewist. She began quilting in 2005. After setting a goal to exhibit her quilts in a juried show, she has had multiple quilts honored with awards at QuiltCon, and recently won the Young Emerging Artist Award at Quilt National ‘21 for her piece Watercolor Study No. 7. She shares her creative process online at and on her Instagram.

On Sunday September 19, Audrey will present her lecture “Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting” via Zoom as part of our regular guild meeting. We'll start as usual at 2pm CDT with a few guild announcements, and wrap the meeting up by 5pm with time for Show & Tell.

Lecture: Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting 

She'll focus on her path to becoming a modern quilter and how she's applied many traditional techniques in her modern quilts. She'll discuss the progression of her work and show her Radial Quilts, Watercolor Quilts, and a few others too! She'll share information on design inspiration, favorite artists, and discuss some quilting highs and lows along her journey.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Chicago MQG welcomes Giucy Giuce in September

We are excited to welcome Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) to our guild in September for a LIVE IN-PERSON workshop and a virtual lecture! Giuseppe grew up in Long Island, NY. First generation Sicilian-American on his dad’s side and second on his mom’s, his family lived on the bottom floor of his maternal grandparents’ house. His grandmother is a talented and prolific seamstress who taught him to sew at an early age, though it wasn’t until he was in college that he discovered quilting. He joined Instagram shortly thereafter and quickly found himself making long distance friends in the quilting community via social media.

After having bounced around the country for about a decade he decided to move back to New York to pursue a career in textiles. Within a few months of being in NYC he was offered a marketing position at Andover Fabrics and was promoted to multimedia manager a year later. In 2018, he turned his focus to  fabric design and released his first collection Quantum. In 2021 he will release his tenth collection called "Nonna," an homage to his grandmother and her home where he learned to sew.  

Recently he relocated to Portland, Maine where he continues to design fabric and patterns and teach quilting classes.

TINY PIECING WORKSHOP: Bust out your scrap bin and join Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce as he shows you how to make intricate and beautiful tiny blocks! You’ll learn tips and tricks for creating micro quilt blocks using foundation paper piecing. Giuseppe will share his thoughts on the importance of choosing the right fabrics and all the many ways the blocks can been used for bags, quilts, and more!

The workshop will run from 9am to 5pm with a break for lunch. Bring your own lunch or purchase from nearby restaurants. No food may be consumed in the space, but there is a public park nearby and a grassy area in the schoolyard across the street. Masks will be required the entire time in the space. 

The workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens Thursday, August 12 at 7pm CDT. All current members will receive an email with the sign-up link. If spaces are still available, registration will open to non-members at a later date.

When: Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 9am-5pm CDT, with a break for lunch.
Registration Fee: $75 (includes three patterns you will receive during the class)
Location: Oakton Community College, 7701 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL 60077
[PLEASE NOTE: This location has been changed/updated from the original post.]

Due to the short time between registration and the workshop, no refunds will be issued. The board reserves the right to withhold a processing fee on PayPal payments.

LECTURE: On Sunday, September 19, Giuseppe will present his lecture "Fabric Design: From Sketch to Fabric" via Zoom as part of our regular guild meeting from 2-5pm CDT. Non-members are welcome to attend for $10 fee. Sign up as a guest here, and invite your friends!


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.

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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!

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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.

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We hope to see you there!