June Meeting (and Sew-In) Recap

July 13, 2020

Our June meeting was a casual afternoon of sewing and conversation via Zoom, with general meeting announcements at the start of the Sew-In, and show and tell towards the end. Highlights of the day included “meeting” Laura McDowell Hopper’s adorable new baby girl, and former member Jacquie Gering joining us for much of the Sew-In. These are the benefits of a virtual meeting, as the barriers of location and distance are less of an issue. Although not quite the same as seeing each other in person, we’re delighted that, thanks to technology, we can still gather safely together and connect.


Julia has heard from a few people regarding our QuiltCon 2021 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge (formerly the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge). Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate.

Rebecca talked about the benefits of guild membership: links to Zoom meetings for guild programs and other activities; access to the CMQG’s private Facebook community group; invitations to member-organized sew ins; receipt of our newsletter, the Full Bobbin, every month; and more. Chicago MQG membership also makes you a national member, which gives you the Modern Monthly newsletter, with quilt patterns, block studies, articles and book reviews; early QuiltCon registration; and access to the MQG website which contains tons of resources including videos, webinars, tutorials and other resources. Joining the Chicago MQG is easy, and fees are pro-rated for a partial year. If you want to check us out first, send us an email to request a meeting invitation – your first meeting is always free

Excepts from the meeting’s show and tell! Creations from (clockwise from top left) Sarah Shulman, Julia Bryant, Laura Hartrich, and Katie Cooper.

Jenni reminded us about the 10th anniversary mini quilt challenge. Our anniversary party has been postponed, but you can create a mini quilt inspired by what the Chicago MQG means to you, in the meantime. We can’t wait to display these at the re-scheduled 10 year celebration. Check out in-progress and finished mini quilts here. And don’t forget to tag your Instagram or Facebook community group posts with #ChicagoMQG10YearMini.

We’ve sent an email out with the guild’s annual survey. Check your inbox, then please take a few minutes to give us your feedback and help us shape our programming. We truly value your input!

Upcoming events:

July 19, 2:00-5:00, virtual meeting via Zoom: Hand Quilting Demos. We’ll learn tips and tricks for hand quilting with traditional tiny stitches, as well as the big stitches “modern quilters” might be more familiar with. Come with your questions, and be ready to learn! Hopefully every quilter will learn something new – you may even be motivated to try a new technique.

August 16, 2:00-5:00, virtual meeting via Zoom: TBD. Have ideas for content? Let us know!

September 19 and 20, virtual workshop and lecture with guest speaker/teacher, Carole Lyles Shaw. We are excited to announce this fabulous addition to our programming! Carole is a modern quilt designer, author, and teacher who has been creating quilts for over 20 years. On Saturday, September 19th Carole will lead a workshop for a “Stash Jazz Quilt” where students will use their stash, scraps, and orphan blocks to create a fun improvisational quilt. Then she’ll share her quilting journey with us in a lecture and trunk show during our September 20th meeting. We’ll be sharing more details about the workshop, including cost and sign-up information at our July meeting. Check out Carole’s work at carolelylesshaw.com.

Wondering about our previously scheduled September guest speaker and teacher, Guicy Guice? Not to worry! He would rather come see us in person, and since that’s not possible now, we’ve rescheduled his visit to September of 2021.

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

This month’s meeting is on July 19, via Zoom. (Look for a link in our member newsletter, the Full Bobbin.)

Meeting location:

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

A list of our meetings can be found here.

Not a member, but would like to be? Click the button below to join our Guild!

We hope to see you there!

Become a new Chicago Modern Quilt Guild member

Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna