January 2019 Meeting Recap

February 10, 2019

This month we held our annual Member Mini Trunk Show, coordinated by Holly Harper.  We viewed and learned about creations from Shannon Dangerfield, Sarah Evans, Laura McDowell Hopper, Jennifer Lowe and Carole Wool. Thank you to all for sharing your quilts and stories with us! Everyone shared so many creations – here are some highlights: 

Shannon Dangerfield has been quilting for 20+ years and loves liberated, eclectic, colorful, and modern approaches. She’s so thankful for the guild – she’s gained knowledge, skills, friendship and inspiration. 

Shannon Dangerfield shows off a delightful, colorful creation.

Shannon loves to make fun home decor items like this pillow.
Like many of our members, Shannon is working on finishing her medallion quilt this year.

Sarah Evans has been quilting for 15 years, and is also a longarm quilter. She reminds us that there is more than way to accomplish beauty – find the way that works best for you and pursue it with all your might.

An early quilt by Sarah Evans, it includes a variety of techniques.

This quilt was made from leftovers after cutting out shapes for applique!
Sarah’s modern take on the drunkard’s path is a delight.

Carole Wool started quilting in the late 1980s and says her style is constantly evolving, honoring tradition while pushing personal boundaries. She says that peer relationships with a wide mix of ages and experience have give her many gifts.

Carole Wool has created many family heirlooms, like this quilt that includes hand-stitching of her son’s handwriting.

Carole showed off a few garments she’s created – and even gifted this one to another member!

This quilt of Carole’s father has a fun, complex back story.

Jennifer Lowe has been quilting for 12 years, and showed off a variety of creations. She loves knowing that she has made the world a cozier place, and describes her signature as cheerful.

Jennifer loves making stuffed dolls (and all their clothing and accessories) and household items like pillows.
This mini quilt shows off Jennifer’s english paper piecing technique.

A mix of traditional methods and modern color choices are key to this quilt.

Music is a huge influence on Laura McDowell Hopper, and it shows in her quilts. She says she’s thankful every day for the friendships she has because of the Chicago MQG. Her style? “Music-inspired goth-adjacent book-work + negative space.”

Laura made a quilt block based off of a David Bowie album cover.

Elvis Costello and the Attractions inspired this delightful quilt.

A block in Laura’s current project, an homage to a variety of musicians. This is St. Vincent. 

Upcoming Meetings     

February 17, 2019: Sew-In at Clarion Inn in Elmhurst (933 S Riverside Dr), we have a section of the ballroom for our use 10AM-4 PM (stop in anytime for any amount of time); our business meeting will occur at 2 PM. Bring your machines or hand work.  

This is a charity-focused sew-in, but you are welcome to work on your own projects.  We do understand that for many, this is one of the few times you may have to get away and sew.  We will be working on quilts for Project Night Night, creating “crib size” 40 X 50 or 50 X 60 quilts.  You may use any pattern you wish or we will have some available.  The guild owns plenty of new fabric, donated by a local quilt shop, that we can provide… or you are welcome to use your own. Kits will be available too.  If you prefer to work on your own project and take a kit home that works too.  

If you plan to use guild fabric and have a pattern or colors in mind, email the yardage requirements to Sarah Schulman via our CMQG email (we will forward your request to Sarah).  If you want to see/choose pictures of the fabrics before cutting, please let Sarah know in your request.  The deadline to request specific fabric from our supply is Saturday, February 16. Sarah is also planning on bringing some bolts to the sew-in for you to choose from.  Swatch packets for future reference of available fabrics are also being created, we will let you know when they are completed, it’s a big project.

March 19, 2019 we welcome Joe “The Quilter” Cunningham, lecture/truck show to be held at our regular meeting location.

April 5-8 (9), 2019 Spring Retreat held at the Sienna Center, Racine, WI. All details and sign-up link are now available in a recent blog post.  If necessary we will have a lottery for this retreat on February 17, so please sign up prior to the sew-in.

April 14, 2019 Details are being finalized, info soon. Meeting to be held at our regular location.

May 19, 2019 we welcome Libs Elliot.  Libs was able to reschedule her visit to our usual weekend.  There will be a workshop on Saturday May 18 to be held at Thimbles in Lockport, registration will open after our March meeting, more details as we get closer. Lecture/truck show to be held Sunday May 19 at our regular meeting location.

Other News

Sign-ups continue for our partnership with the University of Chicago Medical Center to present a Science and Medicine Quilt Challenge that will result in a Chicago Modern Quilt Guild show hanging in one of their public art galleries inside the hospital and its surrounding campus. Please refer to previous blog post for the specific dates and the sign-up link.  There is no size requirement.

Our local Modern Quilt Junior Group is in Evanston.  It is coordinated by member Shannon Dangerfield.  If you have extra fabric or notions that you would like to donate, please bring them to any guild meeting.  If Shannon is unable to attend, we will make sure the donations get to her.

Monthly Sewing Nights: Two members are hosting sewing evenings in their homes on different nights each month.  Please checked the last Full Bobbin for their contact information and the next planned dates.

Programming announced two new initiatives for members to get to know each other better. Details coming soon if you missed the January meeting.

The Full Bobbin Monthly Newsletter Info

We all 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.

Check out our fun feature to The Full Bobbin, “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, send an email to the Full Bobbin (just hit reply on a previous issue of the Full Bobbin) 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.

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

This month’s meeting is on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 10am-4pm

Meeting location:

Clarion Inn Elmhurst-Oakbrook
933 S Riverside Drive, Elmhurst

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna