March 2017 – Meeting Recap & Special Announcements

March 24, 2017
The topic of our meeting this month was “Simply Solids: A Comparative Analysis of Solids Manufacturers” and was presented by our Program and Special Events Chairperson Heather Kinion.


Heather began her discussion on how fabric is produced.  Greige goods are the base for cotton fabric and their quality depends on the cotton variety, the staple, the fiber, and the thread count or weave.  Heather had plenty of samples on hand so members can “see and feel the difference” as each manufacturer varies.  

Many manufacturers were kind enough to provide bundles of fabric and fabric cards so she was able to get in touch with her inner “Oprah” and hand out some AMAZING prizes.  We would like to thank the following manufacturers for their generosity:  (In parentheses are shops where you can purchase the fabric in the Chicagoland area.  If not available locally, an online retailer is provided though many more do exist.)

1000s of Colors Solids by Lecien (online Bunny’s Designs)
American Made Brand by Clothworks (Linda Z’s and Quilter’s Destination)
Bella Solids by Moda (Quilt Play, Quilter’s Destination, Quilter’s Trunk, and Second City Quilt Company)
Cirrus Solids by Cloud 9 Fabrics (Oak Fabrics)
Colorworks Premium 9000 by Northcott (online Thread Bear Fabrics)
Confetti Cottons by Riley Blake (Thimbles)
Cotton Couture Solids by Michael Miller (online Hawthorne Threads)
Cotton Supreme Solids from RJR Fabrics (online Pink Castle Fabrics)
Designer Essential Solids by Free Spirit (Linda Z’s and Quilter’s Destination)
Indah Solids by You + Me for Hoffman Fabrics (online Fabric Depot and
Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman (Linda Z’s, Oak Fabrics, Quilt Play, Quilter’s Destination, and Vogue Fabrics)
Painter’s Palette Solids by Fabri-Quilt (online Pineapple Fabrics)
Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics (Quilter’s Quest)


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.

  • Membership Chairperson Sally Prokopec announced we currently have 82 members.  Sally is working on finalizing the member directory.  It’s coming soon and will be made available to all members as a downloadable .pdf file.  If you would like a printed version please request one by sending Sally an email at
  • The CMQG has a Swag Shop which carries products with the guild’s logo.  To make a purchase click the “Shop the CMQG Swag Store” button located in the right side bar.  A percentage of each sale goes directly to the guild. 
  • Member Jennifer Lowe works from the Tinley Park Library.  They will be hosting a display of mini quilts and small quilted items from our members.  This will be part of their summer reading program.  Details are as follow:
    • Submissions are limited to no more than two (2) per guild member.  Due to limited space items like mini quilts, mug rugs, pouches, pin cushions, and bags are ideal for this display.  Not all items submitted will be displayed.
    • Items selected will be displayed in a locked glass cabinet.
    • Submissions should be able to stand on their own.  Quilts larger than 5”x5” will need to provide their own support for display.  Larger sized quilts will need to be folded.
    • Submissions will be accepted at the April and May meetings and will be returned at the July meeting.
    • Please pin an index card to each item with the following information:  Artist’s name (include both names of the piecer and the quilter, if applicable), name of piece, and a brief artist statement.
    • If you have any questions please contact Jennifer at
  • Attending members unanimously approved the changes to the guild’s bylaws.  These changes were presented at last month’s meeting.
  • Attending members unanimously approved the Board of Directors for the 2016 / 2017 year. This board will take effect at the April 23rd meeting:
  Amy Struckmeyer -President
  Heather Kinion – Vice-President
  Dianne Bienick –Secretary
  Dani Miller –Treasurer
  Laura Hartrich -Program Committee Chairperson
  Laura McDowell-Hopper -Program – Special Events Chairperson
  Jenni Grover Prokopy – Social Media and Communications Officer
  Rebecca Cynamom-Murphy -Membership Chairperson

  • We held the lottery for the Spring Retreat. For those that have registered expect to receive an email from Sarah Evans and Laura McDowell Hopper.  If you have any questions please contact these ladies at
  • The guild’s annual survey will be sent to members shortly.  Have a topic you would like to present, or a technique you would like to demo, or there’s a specific instructor you would like to see come to the guild.  We want to know about it!!!  Please take the time to share your thoughts.  Of course, you can always reach out to Program Committee Chairperson Laura Hartrich at any time with your ideas at
  • Member Jennifer Stolzenbach is hosting a Sew-In on Wednesday, April 5th at the Elmhurst Public Library.  For more info click here .  (To access this information you must first be logged into the MQG forum site.)
  • International Quilt Festival will be held from April 6 – April 8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.  For more info click here .
  • The next board meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd.  All members are invited to attend.  We meet at 12:30 pm in the Cafeteria (next to the Centennial Room).
  • Our next meeting is April 23th .  The topic will be “Quilt Preservation” and will be led by member Laura McDowell Hopper.  Laura works as a museum curator specializing in textile curation and preservation at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University so she has a lot of insight to share.  To learn more about Laura click here.
  • Our June 4th meeting will be a Sew-In held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  More info to come
  • The talented Jacquie Gering will be visiting the guild for a workshop on Saturday, June 24th.  This workshop will be held at Loyola University in Chicago (Rogers Park).  The workshop will be “Creative Quilting with a Walking Foot”.  To learn more about Jacquie click here .  More info regarding the workshop including registration is coming soon.
  • Jacquie Gering will be giving a lecture on Sunday, June 25th.  More info including location to come.
  • Our May 21st meeting will be on “Frugal Quilting”.  More info to come.
  • 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
  • Charity Update:
    • 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 Sunday, April 23 2017.

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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written by Dianne B. and Heather K.
edited and posted by Erin D.

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna