Member Spotlight: Nancy Seid

Say “hi” to our next member in the spotlight, Nancy Seid. Nancy’s one who joined BMQG during the 2020 shutdown, when Zoom meetings were the thing.

The Spotlight is simply a way to learn a little about each other and our shared love of quilting. And, each Spotlight member gets time at the next meeting to be, well, in the spotlight and share some of her favorite modern quilts or other works.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Nancy: My grandmother gave me sewing cards when I was four, which I worked and worked on. My mother taught me to sew on her Singer Featherweight. I only started quilting a few years ago.

How did you first get involved with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Nancy: My little sister Joanna is a quilter and professional sewist. I thought I wasn’t good enough to join a guild, but she told me how much fun she had and encouraged me to join. I looked at the web page for BMQG and loved the projects and inspiration. Such an active, interesting group to learn from.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Nancy: I gravitate to bright saturated colors, with a white or light gray background. I like bold geometrics with unexpected color combinations. I haven’t made many quilts yet, so I don’t have a particular style or aesthetic yet.

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Nancy: My sister is my inspiration. She is a fabric recycler, very creative and artistic. I show her my works in progress and she helps me if I get stuck and is always encouraging.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Nancy: I work at Boise State coordinating academic services for students with disabilities. One thing I do is coaching college students with ADHD. I use techniques for focus and project completion when I am quilting, and inspiration from quilting for the students: visualization of completed projects; “finished is better than perfect.” I am also in a book club and participate in church activities.

What are you working on now?
Nancy: My bear quilt and baby clothes for my 1-year-old granddaughter. Another granddaughter is graduating from high school next May, so she’s going to get a quilt.

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Nancy: The half-square triangle quilt has been in process for two years. I did not have the needed precision skills when I started it. The Guild members gave me some ideas on reformatting it.

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Nancy: I listen to podcasts: This American Life, Hidden Brain, and Dateline NBC.

September Meeting was just rosey

The Rose Garden at Juila Davis Park was a perfect backdrop for our September meeting, and Halloween fabric (and candy!) put us in the fall mood.

Fall-Winter Schedule
We spent some time discussing meeting format in the coming months. Based on comments at the meeting, we’ll plan for a combination of in-person meetings, held outside (weather permitting), indoors in a large room with space to socially distance (think a large meeting room at the library, or a church multi-purpose room), and likely some virtual meetings on Zoom. Here’s the schedule for the next few months:

  • October 8: Club Mod on Zoom (7-9 p.m.)
  • October 23: Monthly Meeting in Person (1-3 p.m.)
  • November 12: Club Mod on Zoom (7-9 p.m.)
  • December 4: Annual Meeting on Zoom(1-3 p.m.)
  • December 10: Club Mod on Zoom (7-9 p.m.)
  • January 22: After-Holiday Swap (1-3 p.m.)

Show and tell
Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared (see details below photos):

  • As the feature of our Member Spotlight, Cathy Rogers kicked things off. Her love of all things Tula showed up in the quilt that graces her living room couch, where we suspect she reads some of the 34 books she’s working towards reading this year. (So far she’s at 30!).
  • Nancy E. showed a hexi ornament she made based on what she saw in McCall’s Quilting magazine November/December 2021 issue, and a scrappy pattern she bought on a road trip to the Stitch n’ Snip in Crouch.
  • Lindsie finished binding one of the Sisters of the Hex quilts.
  • Robin joined us for the first time and showed the quilt she made from a kit, featuring Kaffe Fasset wovens
  • Terri worked on knitting socks, while Kathy S. couldn’t help but show off her designer orange bag
  • Karen decided to make some really small hexis, and then wondered what to do with them… here’s what she ended up with!
  • Marilyn got serious about finishing projects this year, and it shows! She showed a jelly roll quilt; an orange quilt that started as a kit purchased in 2010 with Kaffe Fasset prints; a Halloween wall hanging started in 2009; and a skull quilt using Tim Holtz fabric purchased years ago at Salli’s Back Porch Fabric Store in Shoshone. And then! she stunned us with a quilt commissioned by a family member, using a photo of a landscape for color inspiration, and design inspired by Denyse Schmidt.
  • Elizabeth completed two Bonnie Hunter quilts: Appalachian Autumn and a round-robin style Unity quilt (which was sewn mostly from Elizabeth’s stash! Impressive)
  • Linda brought candy (!!) and her completed Bats and Boos mystery quilt from FatQuarter Shop.

Halloween fabric exchange!

We’re having an impromptu Halloween fabric exchange at tomorrow’s meeting Sept. 25, 1-3 pm, so if you’ve got a bit of Halloween fabric to swap, or if you’ve got any ghoulish projects in the works, plan to bring it all!  We’ll meet outdoors at the Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park, Boise. Bring a chair to sit in, and show & tell of course! Given recent uptick in Covid cases, we want to make our in-person meetings as safe as possible, so plan on spreading out for a bit of social distancing and wear a mask if you prefer.

And if you haven’t already, check out the latest Member Spotlight featuring Cathy Rogers! Read about her reading tips, UFOs and how she got into quilting here.

Hope to see you tomorrow in the Park!

Sept. Member Spotlight: Cathy Rogers

This month, we’re featuring Cathy Rogers in the Member Spotlight series. The Spotlight is simply a way to learn a little about each other and our shared love of quilting. And, each Spotlight member gets time at the next meeting to be, well, in the spotlight and share some of her favorite modern quilts or other works.

How did you first get involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Cathy: I read about Quilt Con (Austin, Texas in 2013) in one of my quilting magazines and wanted to go and in order to go, I needed to be a member of a modern quilt guild. I talked to my quilting friends and learned about the Boise Modern Quilt Guild and joined.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Cathy: My mom always sewed clothes, costumes, etc. when I was growing up but I had no interest in learning how to sew. In my early 30’s, a friend from book club wanted to take a beginning quilt class at Quilt Crossing and asked me if I wanted to go. I said yes, even though I did not own a sewing machine. The teacher taught the class using plastic templates and urged us to use our non-dominant foot to push the pedal, consequently I push the pedal with my left foot to this day.

I was (partially) hooked and bought a sewing machine. After the class was over, I worked on the quilt on my own and then lost interest – my first of many UFO’s. A year or so later, I wanted to make some Christmas gifts and asked my dear friend Darla Christiansen for assistance. She came over and helped me and which made me think that sewing had more to offer than templates. Another friend, Marcia Howard, told me of a beginning quilt class taught by a couple of her friends – Gwen Smith and Teresa Church – that would provide different quilting techniques. I took the class and that truly was the beginning of my quilting love and provided a quilting community.

What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Cathy: I took a paper piecing class at Country Quilter to learn paper piecing. The pattern we worked on was “Christmas Pickle.” I loved the pattern and really like paper piecing. However, I didn’t realize when I started that the quilt had 120 pinwheels. My friend Denise talked our other friends into having a sew day where we all worked on my pinwheels. I finished the quilt and it’s my favorite quilt, not only because of its aesthetic but also knowing all the wonderful friends who helped make it.

How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Cathy: I really like modern quilts and have grown to love various modern fabric designers – Tula Pink especially. I also appreciate the philosophy of the modern quilt movement with promoting diversity and inclusion in quilting and art. I still quilt some traditional quilts occasionally, trying to honor quilting history. I believe my aesthetic is evolving. Most of my modern quilts are not scrappy or improvisational but I am drawn to those types of quilts. I need to break out of my safe zone and take the plunge. One of my favorite quilts is “Urban Legend” which has buildings divided into morning, noon, and night segments. I made the quilt using my scraps and grunge fabric and love the result.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Cathy: I love purple. I also like grunge fabric and anything Tula Pink. I just saw a new designer – William Reue – that I’m really excited about. I have made several Elizabeth Hartman quilts and love the results. I don’t have a signature shape but am drawn to lines more than curves.

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Cathy: I took a classes from Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, Jean Wells, and Susan Carlson. All of these women are inspiring and nudged me out of my safe zone into a more artistic mind set. Of course, my quilting friends influence me continuously and I feel blessed the have them in my life.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Cathy: I’m the tiniest bit obsessed with the Walt Longmire book series. I have read them all at least twice. They are my “go to” books when I feel like I just need to seep, like a tea bag in hot water.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Cathy: I love all things books. I have a reading goal each year, this year is 34 books. I listen to “What Should I Read Next” podcast, and am a member of the Cabin and enjoy attending the Readings and Conversations guest author series each year. I also love live theater, although I haven’t done much of that recently but will again. Also, I hone my trivia skills daily through Alexa’s Jeopardy! app.

What are you working on now?
Cathy: I’m working on a bag “A Place for Everything” by annie.com using Tula Pink’s line of fabric Alice in Wonderland. I am also sewing a paper pieced block of the month series by Whole Quilt Studio.

What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Cathy: I have black and white fabrics that I really want to make something with but have not found the right pattern yet.

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Cathy: I have fabric for a Blooming Nine Patch that I must have bought over 20 years ago that I haven’t touched since then.

Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you’re sewing? If so, what is it?
Cathy: Good and Plenty.

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Cathy: I love to listen to audible books while I sew. In addition to the Walt Longmire series, I also am listing to the Louise Penny series. My overall favorite listens are “A Brutal Telling”, “A Cold Dish”, “The City We Became”, “Almost Sisters”, “The Dry”, “11/22/63”, and “A Gentleman in Moscow.”

*CANCELLED* Sept. 11 Quilt Walk

We have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Sept. 11 Quilt Walk, and instead plan for it next season. The reason for this stems from the recent and drastic increases of Covid transmission in our area. Our top priority is the safety of our members. By postponing, we lose very little and can best protect the health of our members and help slow the transmission of Covid.

This postponement, while very disappointing, follows CDC guidelines and recommendations from local health experts. Our county is an area of high Covid transmission, mixed use of masking, and overburdened healthcare facilities.

We give our biggest appreciation to all of you who have planned, sewed, gathered and readied yourself for the event, and we know it will be a wonderful way to show off our guild’s many talents when we are able to hold this event. Thank you for being willing to jump into new things and stepping up to participate. You make Boise Modern Quilt Guild the dynamic, welcoming, creative group it is!

Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Sincerely,

Lindsie Bergevin, BMQG President
and Board Members

August Meeting Recap

It was great being in the park for our August meeting and thanks to everyone for finding their way to a new location. A special welcome to new members, and thanks to Lynne Crawford for stepping into the Member Spotlight! We loved seeing Lynne’s quilts and other handiwork.

Announcements & Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 11 Quilt Walk: Gather up those quilts you’ve been making and get ready to show them off at our inaugural Modern Quilt Walk in the park on Sept. 11. The Quilt Walk is an informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location — and to capitalize on greenbelt foot traffic expected at Art in the Park that same weekend.
    • If you’re thinking about participating, let us know by completing this form.
    • We’re celebrating modern quilting — and other handiwork (whatever you’re making and proud of!). Our quilts will be front and center, but you’re also welcome to bring other items (e.g., bags, works in progress) that show the range of things we all make.
    • Read more here and watch your email for additional details as we get closer.
  • Club Mod: We’ll take a break for September as we’ll be on the eve of the Quilt Walk (see more below), and then you’re invited to join the Friday night sew party at Club Mod, October 8, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!

Show and tell
Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared (scroll down for details):

  • Delanie designed and worked on this Baby Birch Quilt at the July Quilting Day Camp.
  • Millissa spearheaded a leader-ender project that we could all sew on during the Day Camp. She created a design that uses scraps to make a modern, vibrant quilt.
  • Jeri showed her Center Point quilt by Elise Lea for Robert Kaufman. She also assembled orphan blocks from Artisans for Hope and Darla pieced the back. It’s off to Gwen for quilting and will eventually be returned to Artisans to sell.
  • Apryl is in a mood for minis! She’s making fabric collage postcards (aiming for 100) and the Hamilton mini is for her daughter.
  • Gwen had a few bits of stripes and polka dot fabrics that she’s turned into a bright and cheery quilt.
  • Cathy R. quilted the three (three!) Sisters of the Hex quilts. Thanks in advance to Betsy, Cassie and Lindsie for finishing the binding.
  • Ginny showed off her giant log cabin Ray Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander.
  • Kathy S. made this donuts-and-coffee themed quilt for her husband.
  • Betsy showed off her very scrappy, very beautiful Japanese X block. You can find tutorials and patterns on Pinterest, and here’s just one example of what you’ll find.
  • Nancy S. showed her Bee Sweet pattern with bear fabric from Hobby Lobby
  • Fay made a Christmas quilt with the bundle of winnings from July’s Day Camp raffle
  • Linda is getting ready for fall with Bats and Boos, a mystery quilt from the FatQuarter Shop.
  • Lindsie shared the 2022 Quilter’s Planner that she helped design again this year. You can check out the customizable planner made just for quilters at QuiltersPlanner.com (and a tip from Lindsie: pre-sales end Tuesday, Aug. 31, so if you get your order in today, you’ll get the clip-in bookmarks bundle for free).

Hope you see you at the Quilt Walk on Sept. 11!

Gather Your Quilts for Sept. 11 Quilt Walk!

Gather up those quilts you’ve been making and get ready to show them off at the Sept. 11 Modern Quilt Walk in the park. The Quilt Walk is an informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location — and to capitalize on greenbelt foot traffic expected at Art in the Park that same weekend. Members, watch your email for a sign up form and details (and if you’re not a member yet, but want to display your modern quilts, please join us as a member!).

It’s Simple: We’ll spread our quilts out on the lawn, bring our own chairs and snacks, and BMQG will have a couple of information tables. It’s an opportunity to talk with people about your craft and artistry. Here’s a glimpse at how the Central Washington MQG hosted a similar event last year. (photos: Michelle Bartholomew)

When: Saturday, Sept. 11; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Adjacent to the Boise Greenbelt in Ann Morrison Park; we’ll display on a stretch of grass between the footbridge and Old Timer Shelter

Who: Anyone in the Boise MQG is welcome to participate and display quilts, no registration fee. We’ve also invited the Nampa MQG to participate.

Questions? Send us a note at boisemqg@gmail.com. We hope you’ll join us!

The mission of the Boise MQG is to develop and encourage the art of modern quilting; encourage new quilters and other fiber artists from all backgrounds to explore modern quilting; offer educational opportunities; and support “charity” or other works that provide back to the community through the use of modern quilting skills.

Aug. 28 Monthly Meeting (10 a.m.)

Join us for our monthly BMQG meeting, outdoors and in person! We’re meeting earlier in the day to beat the heat.

When: Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. to noon (**note time change for this meeting**)
Where: Grass near the Old Timers’ Shelter at Ann Morrison Park, Boise (park near the east entrance of the park)

  • Masks are optional; we’ll supply hand sanitizer.
  • Bring a chair or quilt to sit on. The weather should be perfect, so bring some handwork if you’d like.
  • Bring your Show & Tell, including anything you might have been working on from the July Quilting Day Camp.
  • Do you have an idea for the next Get ‘er Done project? Bring it, share it, get some help.
  • We’ll have a door prize!

We’ve chosen this location for our meeting so that we can scope out the site of our Sept. 11 Quilt Walk, and so that everyone can get familiar with the location ahead of time. Are you thinking about what quilts you might want to display at our inaugural show? It will be a fun, casual affair, and we’d love to have as many participants as possible with as many quilts on display as you’d like. Read more about the Quilt Walk here.

Questions? Send us a note at boisemqg@gmail.com. We hope you’ll join us!

New! Member Spotlight

We’re pleased to introduce the new Member Spotlight series. The Spotlight is simply a way to learn a little about each other and our shared love of quilting. And, each Spotlight member gets time at the next meeting to be, well, in the spotlight and share some of her favorite modern quilts or other works.

First up: Lynne Crawford, joined BMQG during 2020 and attended her first meetings on Zoom.

How did you first get involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Lynne: I found the Boise Modern Quilt Guild online.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Lynne: Taking a quilting class and working on a sampler quilt from the book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Lynne: I like solid colors.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Lynne: I like to knit and embroider. I also like to ride my road bike and ski.

What are you working on now?
Lynne: A Carolyn Friedlander pattern called Ariel. I also have several quilts that need the binding hand sewed.

Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you’re sewing? If so, what is it?
Lynne: No food – I’m too messy!

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Lynne: Audiobooks. I use an app called Libby that lets me check out audiobooks from the library (for free). I like mystery/detective stories as well as some science fiction/fantasy. My favorite authors/series are Louise Penny (Inspector Gamache), M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin), Jim Butchers (The Dresden Files) and N K Jemison (Broken Earth series).

Modern Quilts to Line the Boise Greenbelt on Sept. 11

Central Washington Modern Quilt Guild
The Central Washington Modern Quilt Guild hosted a similar event last year. (Photo by Michelle Bartholomew)

The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will hold a Modern Quilt Walk on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Ann Morrison Park. Quilts will be displayed on a stretch of grass on the south side of the river, between the Pioneer Footbridge and Old Timer Shelter.

The Quilt Walk is a fun and informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location during the same weekend as Art in the Park. Members of the Boise MQG and Nampa MQG will be displaying their quilts. If you are interested in displaying your quilts at the event, please contact us for more information. The Quilt Walk is free and open to the public, and passersby will be invited to vote for a People’s Choice quilt.

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. They might feature bold, playful or unusual arrangements; they may or may not have uniform blocks of repeated patterns. Several characteristics that may help identify a modern quilt include:

  • The use of bold colors and prints
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • Improvisational piecing, which involves sewing fabric together without always cutting to precise measurements
  • Minimalism—spareness and simplicity of design
  • Expansive negative space, known as white space or background of any color, to create contrast and allow a certain design element to stand out
  • Asymmetrical and alternate grid work, or simply arranging a quilt in an unconventional or unexpected manner
  • Modern traditionalism or the updating of classic quilt designs by using design techniques like color, scale, symmetry, and grid placement to modernize the design

The Boise Modern Quilt Guild is an affiliate member of the Modern Quilt Guild, Inc., and a non-profit organization with more than 40 members. Established in 2010, the BMQG’s mission is to develop and encourage the art of modern quilting; encourage new quilters and other fiber artists from all backgrounds to explore modern quilting; offer educational opportunities; and support “charity” or other works that provide back to the community using modern quilting skills. More information is available on our About page.