September 2016 Sew Day – a Recap

We enjoyed sewing a bit and showing off a few of our recent makes:

September 2016 Sew Day – Join Us!

When: Saturday, September 24, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

This month we will be working on individual projects so bring your sewing machine and sewing/quilting projects to work on.

As always, please bring your completed modern projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

Quick Curve Ruler

On Saturday, Laura Pukstas led members in a great tutorial on the Quick Curve Ruler. Laura showed us several different types of quilts we can make with the ruler and then walked us through making our own Chic Star Block.

We also had several members bring their projects to show the group.

 

August 2016 Sew Day – Join Us!

When: Saturday, August 27, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Victory Branch Library, 10664 W Victory Road, Boise, ID (Forrey Room Room, downstairs) on the corner of Victory/Five Mile – Please note that this is a different location than where we normally meet.

This month Laura Pukstas will be giving us a demo on using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you would like to participate please bring the following:

  • Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful (available online and at local area quilt shops)
  • Rotary cutter (45mm or 28mm)
  • New blade in rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat (a 12” rotating cutting mat works well for this block)
  • 12” or 12 ½” square up ruler
  • Basic sewing supplies (ripper, scissors, thread, pins, etc.)
  • Marking pen
  • Sewing machine with a neutral color thread
  • Tweezers or stiletto
  • 1/4 yard background fabric
  • 1/8 yard print fabric

We will be making 1 Chic Star block. If you want to make more you will need more fabric. Laura will be providing the patterns for the blocks. Please cut the background fabric into 8- 4” x 8” rectangles and from the print fabric cut into 4- 4” x 8”.

Chic Star Quilt Block

(Chic Star Quilt Block photo via sewkindofwonderful.com)

After the demo, members are encouraged to work on their own projects, so bring your sewing machine and sewing/quilting projects to work on.

As always, please bring your completed modern projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

The 2016 Boise Modern Quilt Guild Retreat

Our first ever quilting retreat was a resounding success!

Boise MQG Retreat 2016

Boise MQG Retreat 2016

We enjoyed sewing in Luther Heights’ brand-new lodge, staying in the nearby cabins, and being enveloped in the beautiful scenery of central Idaho.

Luther Heights Lodge

Luther Heights Lodge

Darling Deer

Darling Deer

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Christy Quilt

Christy Quilt

No July Meeting and Retreat Update

Just a reminder that we will not be having our normal guild meeting this month. Instead we are excited to be hosting our first ever summer retreat at Luther Heights near Stanley, Idaho. If you missed the July 1 registration deadline, we will miss you, but hope to see you at a future retreat! If you signed up, please check your email for retreat details. See you soon!

Retreat Packing List

If you are signed up for the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Retreat, check out the handy retreat packing list below. While you likely won’t need everything on this list we thought it made a nice guide to refer to while you pack!

Retreat packing list

Label things you might get mixed up with your name, like rotary cutters, rulers, and extension cords~

Sewing machine stuff

  • Sewing machine, recently cleaned and oiled + manual if needed
  • Foot pedal and power cord
  • Extension cord and power bar
  • Extra needles
  • Lots of bobbins, pre-wound at home if possible
  • Screwdriver
  • Lint brush
  • Machine oil
  • All the machine feet you might need: ¼” foot, all-purpose foot, walking foot, free motion foot, zipper foot, topstitch foot, applique foot
  • Fabric scraps for testing tension or other issues
  • Machine extension table
  • Portable machine table
  • Chair or chair cushion

Projects

  • Fabric for your projects, organized into separate bags, and pre-cut at home if possible to save space and sewing time
  • Small, fun projects for when your energy starts flagging, like zip pouches or tote bags
  • Scraps or a bit of extra background fabric for each project in case of cutting or sewing mistakes
  • Handwork project in case you get tired of your machine or it malfunctions
  • Instructions or pattern for each project
  • Thread for each project
  • Notions for each project (zippers, buttons, interfacing, batting, etc.)
  • Large scissors
  • Small thread snips
  • Paper scissors
  • Small (12″ x 18″) or medium (18″ x 24″) cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter + extra blades
  • Empty rotary blade box for used blades and used/broken pins and needles
  • Several rulers, plus any specialty rulers needed, like triangles or Bloc-Loc.
  • Seam ripper
  • Little wooden iron
  • Tweezers
  • Thread catcher and scraps catcher (small fabric buckets work great)
  • Pincushion + pins
  • Needles and thimble, if doing handwork
  • Fabric marking pens or Hera marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Elmer’s school glue and/or washable glue stick, if needed
  • Basting spray or safety pins, batting, quilt backing (if basting)
  • A few extra zip-top bags, quart and gallon sizes
  • Ironing spray, like Best Press
  • Light and magnifier

Other stuff

  • Bedding (sleeping bag, pillows, etc.)
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Eyeglasses
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Personal fan
  • Medications
  • Band-aids
  • Nail file
  • Kleenex
  • Lip balm
  • Hand lotion
  • Layered clothing, including a warm sweater
  • Comfortable shoes, slippers, or fuzzy socks
  • Snacks to share (some should be at least kind of healthy)
  • Chocolate
  • Stain remover pen
  • Paper, sketchbook, or notebook and pens or pencils and Sharpie
  • Post-it notes or a notepad
  • Phone and charger
  • Camera and battery, if you don’t have one in your phone
  • Maps, coupons, and money for nearby quilt shops
  • Quilts you want to photograph and a thumb drive for saving quilt images
  • Recreational gear (if hiking, swimming, etc.)

June 2016 Sew Day – a Recap

Thanks Shelly, for sharing your tutorial on English Paper Piecing! We saw some inspiring EPP designs, received little hexagon kits, and learned lots of helpful tips.

English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing

Shelly EPP

Shelly EPP

We made quite a few heart blocks for the quilt we are making for #quiltsforpulse. We have plenty to work with, and will assemble them into a quilt at our July retreat.

As per usual, our members showed their fabulous makes at Show and Share:

June 2016 Sew Day – Join Us!

When: Saturday, June 25, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

Join us for a busy meeting on Saturday!

Shelly will be giving us a short demo on English paper piecing hexagons. Every participant will receive a hexi starter kit!

The rest of the meeting will be spent making heart blocks for the quilt we will be making for #quiltsforpulse. If you hadn’t heard, the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilts and blocks for victims who survived and families of victims who perished at the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12. MQG members around the world are invited to participate. For more information about the quilt effort, read the Modern Quilt Guild post. The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will be making a quilt for #quiltsforpulse and we need your help! There are a couple ways to participate:

  • Bring a fat quarter (or more) of bright-colored fabric and your sewing machine to make heart blocks at our June meeting. Kona Snow will be provided for the block background and we will be following this easy tutorial to make 10” blocks: Heart Block by Cluck Cluck Sew. We’re aiming for quilt with a rainbow of colors, at least throw-sized but no larger than a twin.
  • Bring donated supplies (thread, batting, binding fabric, more bright fabric for heart blocks) to our June meeting that will be used for quilt assembly at our July retreat.

As always, please bring your completed modern projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

May 2016 Sew Day – a Recap

We had so much fun making our “Improv with Intent” blocks at our May Sew Day.

Improv Blocks by Boise Modern Quilt Guild members

Improv Blocks by Boise Modern Quilt Guild members

And check out what our members brought for Show and Share:

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