July 2019 Meeting Recap (Full version)

August 5, 2019

July Meeting Recap

We hosted a summertime schoolhouse.  Members broke off into small groups and assisted each other with questions regarding techniques and other quilting related topics.  Additional topics were made available if needed.  When we reconvened as a large group highlights included our favorite local and on line shops, the thinner the thread the less bulk in your seams, use a laser to assist when squaring up, use painters tape to mark your quilting lines, on a large spool of Aurifil the large circle end is removable.  Remove it to change the direction the thread comes off the spool to suit your machine or if you knick the circle and the thread gets caught there, just to name a few.
Welcome to our newest board member, Emily Lang is taking over as Special Events Chair!
The polar bear stuffy pattern that Adamandia’s mom uses is Simplicity 1298 OS.
Upcoming Meetings
August 18, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Summer Potluck-Bring a dish to share, socialize and sew (hand-sewing welcome), don’t forget show & tell!
September 21, 10:00-4:00 Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill WORKSHOP registration opening soon, we are awaiting a confirmation from our location.  Members will receive a separate email prior to registration opening, no sewing machines will be needed for this workshop.
September 22, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill LECTURE & TRUCK SHOW
Prior to hosting Sheri, the program committee will meet from 12:00 – 1:30 in the snack room, the one you pass on the way to our meetings on the 2nd floor. This committee is OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS to provide input for upcoming programs/ideas/suggestions.
October 20, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Curved Piecing Demo-Learn different techniques, including the curved letters design we hope to incorporate in our QuiltCon charity quilt!
October 25-28-Fall Retreat at Cedar Lake Ministry-NOTE New Fall Location for 2019
Registration will open in August, lottery if needed in September.  Separate email will be sent to members.  If you have questions email the guild and we will put you in contact with Katie Cooper our retreat chair.
November 17, 2:00-5:00, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Zipper demos- Learn tips and tricks about zippers from some of our guild’s most experienced zipper-ers!


QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt
Jenni Grover is heading up this project.  We are seeking designers for the quilt and/or design ideas.  We are also looking for suggestions of a non-profit to donate this quilt to after the show.  Anyone who wants to assist on this project for even a little amount of time, please email the guild and we will put you in contact with Jenni.  We would love to include Laura Hartrich’s curved letters in the quilt if possible, because they are so loved in our guild and at QuiltCon where they won a ribbon, we are also open to other ideas too!
Community Building Programs
If you have interviewed your partner and are ready to share with the group, please email Laura Hartich or the guild, so we can coordinate when you both will be at a meeting.  Charity Pods if you have met and are willing to share your experience on the blog or in the newsletter please email Laura or the guild.
Anniversary Book Update!
We are accepting submissions now for the Chicago MQG 10th anniversary book! You should have received a link to submit up to five of your favorite quilts in your email.  Entries will be open through August 15, we’ve extended it by two weeks. You can submit finished quilts, quilt tops, or design ideas that can be completed in a couple months’ time.  Remember that what we hope to produce is a history of the guild, so while we all get really excited about what we are making right now, we are looking for quilts that span the entire ten years of our guild. That means that some newer work might not get accepted if you have a beloved quilt from many years ago!
You will have up to five entries, so select quilts from your entire time as a member of the guild, and please submit quilts that were made in or inspired by workshops you’ve taken in the guild!
We are not looking for the same things that a show like QuiltCon looks for. You can submit quilts made from patterns, quilts made in workshops, or QuiltCon rejects. The judges will be looking for quilts that help tell the story of this guild, regardless of how long you’ve been a member, whether or not your quilt is an original design, or your skill level (which is subjective anyway).  It will cost $3.50 to submit your five quilts, which will help us defray the cost of the jurying system.
We are still seeking a guild member who has professional graphic design experience, and we would also love to hear from you if you’re interested in being the sales manager for the book and handling and arranging the pre-orders and any shipping to out of state members! 
We’re also looking for people interested in helping to plan an anniversary party for the guild for our March 2020 meeting, which is one month after the anniversary so it’s better weather.
National Announcements
The MQG is looking to fill the open positions of Executive Director and Communications Manager, these positions can possibly be filled remotely. 
QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, TX
Entries are now open! Submit your quilts now through November 30!
MQG Challenges: Me & You Indah Batik Challenge and Stripes Quilt Challenge, both open to all members.  For more info visit  www.quiltcon.com
 CMQG has a private Facebook group for members planning or thinking of attending.  Please search for Chicago MQG Quiltcon 2020 – Austin and click the join button, our moderator Holly will verify you are a member and accept your request.

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

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

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna