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At the March guild meeting we announced a new swap . A swap like no other swap. It’s all or nothing ya’ll. It’s risky, I know…and typically, I’m not lucky.

I’m participating in the CLMQG block lottery.

  • The block lottery has rules and rules must be followed!
  • The block must be a 12-1/2″ unfinished.
  • It needs to be a star. Not just any star.
  • A polka dot star with a low volume background.

Any polka dot. Any low volume.

If I make 2 star blocks, I get two chances to win. If I make three blocks, I get three chances. And I bet, even if I made 10, I still probably wouldn’t win…like I said…not lucky. But I’m doing it anyway, because it’s fun!

CLMQG star block lottery SewMod

My first block pattern was a freebie from Craftsy and I had enough different Kaffe dots to make it scrappy. Scrappy dots. One low volume print.

CLMQG star block lottery SewMod

My second block was a really good tutorial from LaineyBugDesigns. This time I used a variety of orange dots for the star and mixed up all of my fun, low volume prints. I fussy cut the little “good works” birdie. Cute, huh? Orange dots. Scrappy low volume.

CLMQG star block lottery SewMod

If you’re a member and need some quilty star inspiration to join in on the fun, check out my Pinterest board! I’ve collected a few for the girlies in the group.

I’m going to take my chances…are you?

Disclaimer: feelin’ sassy
Project: CLMQG March swap using decorative sewing stitches.

I struggle with this name..mug rug. Why does my mug need a rug and why for heavens sake would I spend all day making something this adorable to potentially spill coffee on it!?!

It’s not something your beverage should have the pleasure of resting its little ass on top of.

The idea of your buttery bits of morning toast falling all over this cuteness makes me shudder.

I even thought about adding washing instructions to the back, with just a simple “don’t”…because why would it ever get dirty!

Let’s call it “My Sweet Ride”.

Lorrie's

Lorrie’s

Let’s call it quilt art.

Mug rug swap

Lorrie’s backing

Let’s call it a personality project because I see us in each one of them.

Mug rug swap

Paige’s

Let’s call it a mini reflection of our style…all in a teeny size of approximately 7″x 9″.

Wendy's Mug Rug

Wendy’s

But don’t call it a mug rug!

I have to say I’m pretty excited for our upcoming March Guild meeting! March will be our first quarterly drawing for our UFO prizes. Now while I cannot, and will not, tell you what the prize will be until after our meeting, I am certain our members will be pleased! Our sponsors for the guild this year have been extremely generous and we are so thankful for their gracious donations.

Not only is the Guild hosting a UFO Challenge, we have lots of other ideas, projects & guest speakers planned this year!

Keeping the Guild running smoothly is a team effort. Not just by the executive board, but also the members. So one of the fun things we do monthly is thank our members for all the wonderful things they do by passing out tickets.

Get Lucky

For example, volunteering for a demo, bringing a friend or a treat, helping to clean up, and wearing a name tag will earn you tickets! Each ticket increases one Lucky member the chance to win a door prize.

The door prizes are typically handmade items from either myself or Shelley. January’s prize was a Henrietta Turtle kit with a handmade crochet flower.

Guild door prizes

February was the coffee cozy..

Coffee cozy tutorial

And March?… It’ll have to bee a secret for now! But I’ll be showing all the fun door prizes for the year so stay tuned each month.

Sewing Bee

We have a guest speaker in March. Lynn from A Different Box Of Crayons is coming! Lynn continues to inspire us with her use of mixed media into her designs. She incorporates alternative fabrics into her work such as silk, wool, embroidery, and decors. Her newest BOM is Cathedral Doves. Is that a beauty, or what?

A different box of crayons

She recently moved her studio to 121 West Wesley in Wheaton, IL . If you happen to be down there, check it out. I’m going to make a special trip to Wheaton just to see it. How can you resist!? The studio has regular, but not typical hours. Thursday & Friday 10 – 4, & ODD NUMBERED Saturdays are 10 – 2 during the winter. Head over to her FB page, give her a ‘like’ to check for studio updates and see what she’s up too.

A different box of crayons

March is also our first swap for the year…the Mug Rug Swap. We’ve posted a couple of sneak peaks on the guild FB page. If you’re already a guild member, I hope you’re planning on participating. The ones I’ve seen so far that are finished, are swaptastic! Lol, yes, I said that.

mug rug

Remember, that if you’re in the ChicagoLand area and would like to join us for a meeting and give it a test run, we’d love to meet you! We are a welcoming, friendly group and we encourage you to come have some fun too. The CLMQG typically meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Crystal Lake Mortgage Center on Rt. 14 but check the CLMQG blog before attending for any updates. Guests fees are $5. I hope we see you there!

Who knows? Maybe you’ll get Lucky!

Guild door prizes

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