February 2018 Meeting Recap and Announcements

March 9, 2018

This month, our meeting was a sew-in at Thimbles Quilt Shop in Lockport, IL.  It is a beautiful shop that generously opened early to allow us to have a pretty full day of sewing in their light-filled upstairs classroom space. Lots of members made it out to Lockport for sewing, snacking and having a wonderful afternoon that culminated in a show-and-tell and some big announcements about our coming year’s programming.


The May 20th meeting will be about Design: Texture (may include information on trapunto, alternative fabrics, hand stitching, 3D manipulation, and more).

Jenni mentioned we have a guild newsletter called “The Full Bobbin.” If you are a new member for 2018 you should have received your first issues by now. If any of our members is in a quilt show or magazine, has a teaching gig, or is hosting an event, we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if you are a new member and you have yet to receive an issue.

Membership chairperson Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy has membership cards for 2018 that she is handing out to members.

Our next retreat will be April 6 to 9 at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. All members who signed up previous to the sew-in were in; and at the time of the sew-in there were still a few openings available. 

Vice President Heather Kinion announced that CMQG 2018/2019 Board Candidates are as follows: Heather Kinion will step into the President role, Laura MacDowell-Hopper for Vice President, Deb Pentek for Treasurer, Kate Brennan for Secretary, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy for Membership Chair, Laura Hartrich for Programming Chair, Lynn Bailey for Special Events and Retreats Chair, and Jenni Grover for Social Media Chair.

If you are participating in the guild’s “Secret Mini Quilt Swap”, your quilts are due at the March meeting next month!  If you have any questions please contact Emily Lang.

Our March meeting will be “All About Bindings.”

Going live soon is a sign-up to swap mini quilts with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. Sign up by March 31st to get your partner info the first week of April. Minis will be collected at the May meeting to be shipped to Ann Arbor by June and come to the June 2018 meeting to get your mini!

International Quilt Festival (IQF) will be held from April 12 to 14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il.

In April, we will be hosting Tara Curtis (@weftyneedle), and she will be teaching us her fabric waving technique. This workshop will be held on April 21 with a lecture on April 22. NOTE THE REVISED DATES! The change was made so members can also attend IQF in Rosemont. Sewing machines will not be needed for this workshop, but some preparation will be required.  Registration will be live very soon.

June 17th is a sew-in at the Arlington Heights library

July 14th and 15th we will be hosting Lynn Carson Harris (Little Red Hen Quilts) for A “Tiny Piecing” workshop and “Minimalist Quilts – from Traditional to Modern” lecture.

And in more special guest announcements: October 20/21 we will be hosting Season Evans for a “Minimalist Improvisation” workshop and “Minimalist Quilts – from Traditional to Modern” lecture, and May 10/11 2019 we will host Libs Elliot for a workshop and lecture.

Special Events Chairperson Laura McDowell Hopper is looking for locations to host guild workshops and sew-ins. She is looking for a space that can accommodate 24 people with ample electrical outlets for their sewing machines and to set-up several ironing stations throughout the room. Must also be reasonably priced.  If you know of any place in your area or if you have any questions, please contact Laura.


Member Debbie Pine is still distributing foundation paper squares to make string blocks. This is an on-going project so please just bring your completed blocks to a meeting. Refer to the September 2017 meeting blog post for instructions (including a video) on how to make these blocks. The only change is that she is asking members to put a 2” (1½” finished) strip of Kona Snow (or similar) fabric down the diagonal of the block. Debbie also reported that multicolored blocks look better than the stick with one color throughout the block option and try not to mirror from side to side when making the blocks.

The Quiltcon charity quilt had arrived at Pasadena by the time of the sew-in and has since hung in the main ballroom at Quiltcon just to the left of the mainstage (right next to the big screen).

To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the side bar.

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

This month’s meeting is on March 18, 2018, from 2-5pm

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