August Meeting Recap and Announcements

August 28, 2018
This month was our summertime potluck. A big thank you to Carole Wool for coordinating this event and brining all the extras we needed to fill our plates, and thanks to all the members who brought something to share. We had plenty of goodies and enjoyed the time get to know each other better. Member Bill Keller also graciously sharpened scissors for our members.

Carole Wool did an amazing job, as always!


On September 16, we will be discussing foundation paper piecing. This a great opportunity to learn something new or if have your questions/problems/issues that need to be resolved someone should be able to assist. A few members will be providing demos and passing along ideas. Please watch the blog as we get closer to the September meeting for more info.

On October 20 and 21 we will be hosting Season Evans for a workshop and lecture. The workshop will be “Minimalist Improvisation” and her lecture will be “Minimal Quilts – from Traditional to Modern.” Signups for this workshop are now open to paid members, on a first-come first-served basis. An email with the link was sent on August 22. If more members sign up than there are spaces, we will start a wait list. Workshop location was being finalized this week and will be announced soon.

November 18 will be all about needles and threads.  

December 16 (we will meet on our usual 3rd Sunday this year) will be our holiday potluck & gift swap.  

We hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter, “The Full Bobbin.” If you are in a quilt show or magazine, have a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media and Communications Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if are a new member and you have yet received an issue.

We have added a new feature to The Full Bobbin, called Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted, based on the popular Instagram hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted. If you are unfamiliar, let’s say you are working on a particular project and need more yellow scraps or need more eye spy fabrics or whatever… you can send an email to The Full Bobbin (just hit reply on a previous issue) with your name and what you are looking for. Each month, we will publish as many as we can. Members can then bring the items to the next meeting. It’s a fun way to pass along something you may not need, but another quilter can use.

The National Modern Quilt Guild has opened submission for QuiltCon 2019, which will be held in Nashville, TN, February 20-24. The deadline to register your quilt(s) is November 30. If you would like to volunteer at QuiltCon 2019, head here.

Our small piecing charity blocks for our Quiltcon charity quilt are due back no later than the September meeting. If you are unable hand in your block(s) next month, please send it with another member or you can mail it to member Heidi Parkes, who is assisting us in putting the quilt together. The right and bottom sides of the blocks will be framed in the approved purple fabrics; if you did not pick up the strips at the August meeting, just leave extra space for the purple to be added after you hand in your block. We want to figure out a way incorporate members stories of how/why or what inspired them to create the block they did; you can hand in a note with your block or if you have already handed in your block, email them to VP Laura McDowell-Hopper

In 2019, we have a great lineup of speakers and events. More details will be announced in the fall, but we have announced to mark your calendars for May 10 and 11, 2019, we will be hosting Libs Elliott for a workshop and lecture. Libs is a Canadian quilter who uses code to design many of her quilts and is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics.

Registration is now open for our next retreat, October 12-15 at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. Full registration details along with the link to sign-up were emailed to members in mid-August. Retreats are a great place to work on your own projects, meet new friends and ask fellow members for assistance if you are stuck on something. Everyone gets their own private bedroom and bathroom. The Sienna Center is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, just over the Wisconsin state line. If we have more people sign up than there is room, there will a lottery for the all available spots at the September meeting. Lynn Bailey is organizing small, 1-2 hour projects for anyone attending who wants to participate. Last retreat, a group of quilters made coffee sleeves together and had a lot of fun. If you have any ideas, even if you are unable to attend, please pass them along to Lynn.
If you signed up for the Michael Miller Challenge, Amy Struckmeyer passed out the fabrics we received from MQG. A few members were not in attendance; we will have your fabrics next month. If you want to participate and did not sign up, you can purchase your own fabrics, all the details are on the MQG website

MQG has reworked their website. Our president and regional rep, Heather Kinion, recommends we all open and read the email we will each receive from MQG and log into your MQG account and if there are any issues, contact MQG to get them resolved before you try signing up for an event or webinar. 
Last month we mentioned the MQX Quilt Festival Midwest 2018. A few our members will have their quilts hanging in the show – congratulations to all! It will be held September 18-22 in Springfield, IL at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, just a few hours south of us. There are classes, lectures, vendors, and a quilt show. Even through the deadline to enter a quilt has passed, you can still sign up for classes. Visit their website for all the details. Member Sarah Evans informed us this is possibly the last year this show will be in Illinois; there are rumors that in 2019 it will be moving to another midwestern city besides their annual spring show in New Hampshire.

Member Shannon Dangerfield is starting a Junior Modern Quilt Guild in Evanston. If you have any quilting notions or quilting related items you no longer have a use for, and would like to donate them to the next generation of quilters, please bring them to a meeting.

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

This month’s meeting is on Sunday, September 16

Meeting location:

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

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna