March 2019 Meeting Recap

March 31, 2019

At our March meeting we welcomed Joe Cunningham, also known as Joe the Quilter.  He began making quilts in 1979 after a career in music (he even brought his guitar and sang for us).  Joe was a delight as we learned about his introduction to quilting by Gwen Marsden.  Joe enjoys looking at a traditional pattern then forgetting what he saw in that pattern and creates his own design, loosely based on that traditional design.  He is an avid user of bias tape and likes to mix textiles.

 Sew-Ins at Members Homes
All members are welcome to attend monthly sew ins at member’s home.  Heather’s next sew in is Monday, 4/1 @ 6:30 PM in Andersonville.  Emily’s next sew in is Friday, 4/12 @ 6:00 PM in Melrose Park.  Please email the guild to get in contact with one or both of these members for their address.

 Quick Notes
Welcome to newly voted in board members and Thank You to the outgoing board members!
 All members in attendance voted in favor of updating the by-laws, as noted in the March issue of The Full Bobbin. 

 If you signed up for the next Riley Blake Fabric challenge with MQG, your fabric is being mailed to Jen our secretary and will be distributed at upcoming guild meetings.

 Rebecca our membership chair is collecting 6 ½ inch unfinished heart blocks to send to a guild in New Zealand as they will create quilts for the victims’ families at  Christ Church.  Any heart design pattern is acceptable (applique, the popular Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial, etc.)  You can you use any shade of green in the heart, but please make sure the green fabric does not include the color red and/or a persons face.  Background requested color is white (no specific color/brand was noted use what’s available to you).  Please bring these blocks to the April meeting, Rebecca will coordinate sending them on.  Make 1 or as many as you wish.

 If you are making a quilt for Project Night Night we would like them turned in by our June meeting.  You are welcome to use your own fabrics or we have a lot of various quilt shop quality guild fabrics to use too.  If you wish to use guild fabrics, please email us and we will put you in contact with Sarah who’s coordinating this project for us.

Our spring retreat is now full.

 Upcoming Meetings:
 April 14 Quilt Olympics, we will be challenging members in various categories.  No physical activity required, but a lot of fun and thinking.

 May 18-19 Libs Elliot-Embrace the Chaos Workshop on Saturday May 18 at Thimbles and lecture/trunk show May 19 at our regular meeting time and location.  Workshop signup info/link was sent to all CMQG members on March 18, if you did not receive the email, please let us know.  Libs is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics with multiple collections, she is a unique designer who designs using code and is also an English paper piecing designer.

 June 21 (NOTE 4th Sunday due to Father’s Day) we are hosting a sew in, location to be announced soon.

We do have a programming change to note Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle studios will now be joining us on September 21-22 instead of our July meeting.

 Programming Meeting Open to all Members
Do you have an idea to assist our programming team or want to provide input/suggestions?  Please come to their meeting held just before our monthly meeting on May 19 in the snack room (just outside our regular meeting room) at Rush Oak Hospital, the time will be announced in The Full Bobbin. If you are unable to attend please email the guild and we will pass along your ideas.

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

This month’s meeting is on Sunday, April 14.

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.

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna