October 2018 Meeting Recap

November 13, 2018

In October we welcomed Season Evans. There was a great workshop held the previous day; many of the attendees brought their minimalist improvisation projects for us to see at show and tell.

Season Evans

We learned that minimalist art does not need to be black and white. The characteristics of minimalism include strict minimal statement, meaningful form, geometric abstraction and color.

Upcoming Meetings     


November 18: member Amy Struckmeyer will lead a discussion on needles and threads. This is a good opportunity to learn how to use the proper needles and thread weight together and get your questions answered. Also, Heather Kinion will lead us through how to maneuver the new MQG website which will assist us in submitting entries for QuiltCon 2019 and viewing monthly features that are free to us as members of Chicago MQG.

December 16 (we will meet on our usual 3rd Sunday this year): We will be hosting our holiday potluck & gift swap.  Please bring something yummy to share.  If you’re interested in the swap, there’s no sign-up needed. Simply bring a small, handmade sewn item, wrapped but with no label on the outside. Please spend no more than about two hours on it, and no extras are necessary — just make something that you enjoy. Please do NOT bring something holiday-specific, so we can be as inclusive as possible. We encourage you to add a small note on the inside saying who made it, so the recipient knows who to thank.

January 20, 2019: Member Trunk Show: This is our annual Mini Trunk Show, featuring guild members. Each quilter will present a mini trunk show of their work and talk about their journey and experiences in quilting. Come support your guild members and be inspired by this excellent group of quilter’s variety of styles and techniques!

Looking ahead into next spring, save the dates of May 10 and 11, 2019, (NOT OUR USUAL WEEKEND), when we will be hosting Libs Elliott for a workshop and lecture. Libs is a Canadian quilter who uses code to design many of her quilts and is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics.

The Full Bobbin Monthly Newsletter Info

We all hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter, “The Full Bobbin.” If you are in a quilt show or magazine, have a teaching gig, or are hosting an event we want to know about it. Please make sure to contact Social Media and Communications Chairperson Jenni Grover so it can be included. Also, contact Jenni if are a new member and you have yet received an issue.

Check out one of our newest features to The Full Bobbin, “Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted,” based on the popular Instagram hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted. If you are unfamiliar, let’s say you are working on a particular project and need more yellow scraps or need more eye spy fabrics or whatever, send an email to the Full Bobbin (just hit reply on a previous issue of the Full Bobbin) with your name and what you are looking for. Each month we will publish as many as we can. Members can then bring the items to the next meeting. It’s a fun way to pass along something you may not need, but another quilter can use.

Other News

The fall retreat was held in October. 22 members spent the weekend at the Sienna Center in Racine, WI. Thank You to Lynn Bailey for coordinating a fun creative weekend! The scrap table really got our creative juices flowing.

Our blocks for the Quiltcon charity quilt top have been assembled by member Heidi Parks and hand quilting has begun by Heidi and other members at the retreat. It is currently being passed among members who are working on it at home. If you would like the quilt to add some stitches please email the board.

We are excited to partner with the University of Chicago Medical Center to present a Science and Medicine Quilt Challenge that will result in a Chicago Modern Quilt Guild show hanging in one of their public art galleries inside the hospital and its surrounding campus. The exact location will be decided once the number and size of the entered quilts is narrowed down, but please check the blog post about it and sign up there to participate.

Member Shannon Dangerfield is coordinating The Modern Quilt Junior in Evanston. If you have any quilting notions or quilting related items you no longer have a use for and would like to donate them for the next generation of quilters to use, please bring to our next meeting.

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

This month’s meeting is on Sunday, November 18, at 2pm

Meeting location:

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

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna