January 2017 – Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

January 21, 2017
the wonderful Chawne Kimber
The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild started the New Year off on a high note. We hosted Chawne Kimber for a lecture / trunk show. Chawne was amazing and her discussion began as a child where she described her family and where she grew up and how she started sewing. Today, Chawne is most noted for her social justice quilts and her teeny tiny piecing. As she was discussing her artistic journey she would show us quilts along the way that were sparked by recent events. Either personal or in the news. She also talked about she integrates her day job as a Math Professor with being an artist. She passed around a sample of her tiny piecing and YES it’s really tiny! It was a WONDERFUL afternoon. THANK YOU so very much for visiting our guild.
Our guild t-shirts and hoodies arrived today! Late last year we hosted a design contest for a limited edition logo. The intent was not to re-brand our guild but to simply have a limited edition logo so we can have some new, awesome shirts. The winning design was by Laura McDowell-Hopper (right) and is based on the Chicago flag. How amazing does she look wearing her own design. The ordering and distribution of the shirts was done by our Treasurer Dani Miller (left).

Due to inclement weather, we had to cancel our December 2016 meeting. So today we had our gift exchange. It was a blind swap. Which means if you bring a gift you receive a gift. All gifts were handmade and wrapped so beautifully. Participating members seemed pleased with their gifts. 

We then ended the meeting with some Show and Tell.  Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see some amazing quilts made by our members.
Announcements from today’s meeting:
  • 2017 Membership Renewal continues. Dues are $55 (same as 2016). National dues were paid to The MQG earlier this year based on 65 membersClick here for info on how to renew by check or credit card if you haven’t already. This link can also be used for new members to join.
  • Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 19th and will be a “Members Truck Show”. More info to come.
  • Our next retreat is April 28 – April 30 with an optional day on Monday, May 1st. Retreat prices will be the same as the Fall 2016 Retreat. More info regarding registration will be available soon. To review the current lottery process click here .
  • The talented Jacquie Gering will be visiting the guild for a workshop and lecture / trunk show in July 2017. To learn more about Jacquie click here . More info regarding the workshop including registration will be available soon.
  • Our Special Events Chairperson Heather Kinion is looking for locations to host guild workshops. 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 Heather at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • Are you interested in getting more involved in the guild! Consider a position on the Board. Click here  to view a list of positions. The only requirement is that you have been a Guild member for at least one year. If you are interested in serving or have any questions please contact Vice President Amy Struckmeyer at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • Going to QuiltCon 2017! There is a closed group on Facebook that was created for members to share information and to ask questions. If you would like to be added please contact the guild’s Secretary Dianne Bienick at chicagomodernqg@gmail.com.
  • Charity Update:
    • Quilts, pillows and pouches were delivered to Sarah’s Inn last month. Vice President Amy Struckmeyer would like to thank everyone that contributed. Amy mentioned she will be writing a blog post to share all the items that were made.
    • The QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt is DONE and BEAUTIFUL! Refer to our guilds Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see a picture. A BIG THANK YOU .to members Emily Handley and Melissa Bogusch for taking on this epic project and to all the members that participated. They mentioned they will be writing a blog post for The MGQ. We will let you know when it’s posted. Can’t wait to see it hanging in Savannah.
    • Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make a quilt(s) for a local Veteran(s) thru the Road Home Program. For more information on how you can contribute click here
    • To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.
  • For information on future meetings click here .

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

This month’s meeting is on February 19, 2017 and is our member trunk show!

Meeting location:

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

A list of our meeting schedules can be found on {this} page.

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 We hope to see you there!

– written by Dianne B., Secretary
– posted by Erin D., Social Media and Communications

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna