June 2017 Meeting Recap: A Fun Sew-In! Plus Announcements

June 19, 2017
Our June meeting was a sew-in at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. It was an AMAZING space to gather, sew, and chat for the afternoon. 


There was also a birthday celebration for members Holly Harper, Emily Lang, and Amy Struckmeyer. Treasurer Dani Miller was kind enough to make some delicious and beautiful cakes for us all to enjoy. 

We ended the meeting with some show and tell. Refer to our guild’s Instagram account (@chicagomqg or click on the Instagram logo at the top of this page) to see some amazing quilts made by our members.


We will be hosting a field trip to see the exhibit “Quilts and Human Rights” at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU on Saturday, September 23. The day will begin with brunch and then a guided tour of the exhibit. Afterwards, we will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum.  We will be sharing this day with members from the Bloomington Normal MQG. More info to come.
The MQG has announced the Charity Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The topic is “Exploring Modern Traditionalism.” The colors: a warm palette of gold, hot pink, magenta, and purple. Vice President Heather Kinion is seeking a couple volunteers to design and lead this effort. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather. Learn more about the challenge here.
Member Iris Johnson is leading the guild’s charity endeavors and she is seeking a co-chairperson. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Iris.
Our workshop on Saturday, June 24 with Jacquie Gering is sold out. If you would like to be wait-listed please contact Vice President Heather Kinion
Jacquie Gering will be giving a lecture/trunk show on Sunday, June 25, titled “Modern Quilting: You’ll Know It When You See It.” This lecture/trunk show will be held at the First Free Church of Chicago. This will be a lecture ONLY and not a regular guild meeting. The event is FREE for members and $10 for guests. Here are all the details.
Our July 16 meeting is about english paper piecing (EPP) and this program will include a demonstration with ample time for some hands-on work. This program will be for all skill levels.  
Our August 20 meeting will be a Summer Potluck and Social. We will also be announcing a special swap. More info to come.
Mary Fons will be our special guest at the September 17 meeting, where she will present “Standing On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt.” She gave this lecture at Quiltcon 2017 and it was amazing! Learn more about Mary here.
Our next retreat is October 20 to 22 with an optional day on October 23. More info regarding registration will be available soon. If you’re interested in coming, please review the current lottery process.
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 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.

Charity Update:

Member Sarah Shulman is leading an effort to make a quilt (or quilts) for local Veterans through the Road Home Program. Here is information on how you can contribute. (Please note this charity project has been extended until the end of 2017.)
To quickly find information regarding our current charity endeavors click the “Charity Projects” button in the right sidebar.

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

This month’s meeting is on Sunday, June 25, at 3:30pm at First Free Church of Chicago

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna