January Sew Day recap

We had a wonderful meeting via Zoom at the end of January where we shared our recent makes. The following resources or patterns were mentioned as part of the show and tell:

We also showed off the fabric postcard swap as part of our After Holiday Party annual swap tradition. They all turned out so well! Here are a few of the post cards shared. If you don’t see yours here, nudge your partner to email us a pic and we’ll add it to this gallery!

 

2020 Annual Meeting – Join Us

Please join us for our virtual Annual Guild meeting!

Join us Saturday, December 5 at 1 pm for our monthly guild meeting, where we will be using Zoom again to conduct our meeting. Please note that we are combining our November and December meetings. Instead of meeting in both November and December, we will meet December 5. Our annual after-holiday party will be January 23.

December 5th Meeting Agenda:
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following:

  • Check in
  • Annual Meeting Tasks
  • Show and Tell: Show off our modern projects and share what we’re working on.
  • Virtual Sew Day

Annual Meeting Business:
Since we are a non-profit we are required to hold an annual meeting to take care of a few quick – but important – items of business. We promise to make the business part go quick! Below is an outline of the meeting as well as some other announcements.

  • Dues: This year you will have two options for taking care of your membership: 1) go to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page and use the PayPal option to pay your $20 dues online, or 2) you may mail your $20 dues to Shelly Harshman at 1196 W Bear Track Drive Meridian ID 83642. Checks should be made payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild. Please have your dues in by December 8, 2020.
  • Financials: We will review our financial information – where money was spent in 2020 and what we expect our expenses to be in 2021.
  • Voting: This year brings a few changes to voting due to COVID, as well as some changes to our Board of Directors.
    • Since we cannot vote in person we need to amend our bylaws to allow for us to vote virtually. Below is the language we will vote on:
      • Voting can be done by either paper ballot or digitally. After voting, the ballots must be tallied (or the vote must be officiated and verified) by two members in good standing who are not in consideration for an officer position. Virtual voting results may be automatically tallied by either the online platform used at the meeting or via an online survey platform and shared with members. Screenshots or saving the results of the poll digitally is acceptable.
    • We will then vote virtually on the Board of Directors. Our Board is currently comprised of: Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs, President; Angela Bowman, Vice President; Lindsie Bergevin, Secretary; Sally Bradley, Treasurer. However, this year Christy and Angela are not running for board positions. Therefore the board has nominated the following members to be on the ballot and they have all graciously accepted:
      • President – Lindsie Bergevin
      • Vice President – Darla Christiansen
      • Secretary – Cassie Koerner
      • Treasurer – Sally Bradley (incumbent)
    • A few rules about the vote:
      • At the meeting any member in good standing may nominate another person to the board with the second of another member.
      • To be qualified as an elected officer, a member must be in good standing, and have been active in the Guild for at least one year (with exception for the founding officers).
      • Renewing and new members are allowed to vote.
      • A member does not have to be present to be on the ballot, but you must be at the meeting to vote.
      • See Position Descriptions of Board Members for more information.

Annual swap:
At our virtual January 23 after-holiday party we will exchange fabric postcards.We found this great tutorial by Sarah Ruiz and thought it was perfect for our pandemic times. And, who doesn’t love to get mail?! Check out ideas and instructions: Tutorial: How to Make Quilted Fabric Postcards. More information and a sign up form will follow in a separate email.

Zoom Guidelines

  • If you haven’t been able to join us the past few months, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up! If you haven’t done this before, we recommend that you do the following ahead of time to make sure you have it set up correctly before it’s time to meet.
  • You’ll need to choose a device with a camera, microphone and speakers. This could be a computer, tablet or phone. Keep in mind that some computers don’t have a microphone built in, so by testing ahead of time, you can decide which device would work best.
  • Next, follow this link (to be emailed) and it will walk you through downloading and installing the Zoom app. You’ll be prompted to create a free account but once you do so, you won’t need to log in again.
  • Then on Saturday Dec. 5 at 1 pm, come back to your email, click on the link again and it’ll bring you right into our meeting.

Here’s a few best practices for our virtual guild meeting:

  • Plug your computer or device into a power source
  • Use a headset if you are in a crowded or noisy space
  • Mute your microphone when not actively speaking
  • Be aware of your surroundings and behavior (We can see you!)
  • Add questions/comments in the “Chat” section to be addressed by moderators
  • Use the “Raise hand” button if you would like to address the group
  • Make comments short and succinct, mute for responses
  • Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!

October 2020

Please join us for our virtual October Guild meeting and Sew Day!

Join us Saturday, October 24 at 1 pm for our monthly guild meeting where we’ll be doing something a little differently! While we’ll still use Zoom, it will be a Virtual Sew Day and we encourage you to pick a project to work on during the meeting. See below for a few tips on making this work successfully.

Meeting agenda:
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following:

  • Check in
  • Show and Tell: Show off our modern projects and share what we’re working on!
  • Tip Time — Ironing: One of the great things about belonging to a group like the BMQG is all the experience and knowledge our members have — and their willingness to share that knowledge. Recently, one our members reached out to us about her struggles with ironing piecework and quilt tops….so, let’s discuss what types of irons you use, ironing boards and wool pressing mats, tips on pressing seams and finished quilt tops, how to store pressed pieces and tops, starch solutions, etc.

Tips for making this Virtual Sew Day meeting work for everyone:

  • Pick a project to work on during the meeting, and set up your device to allow you to see the meeting and us to see you while you work on it. You might experiment with your device’s camera position if you are going to be sewing at your machine or cutting at your table, for instance. If you can’t reposition your device very easily, perhaps you can pick some hand work to do.
  • Be sure to mute! We love discussion during our meeting — we just don’t want to hear everyone’s machine’s humming loudly in the background. So know how to mute yourself when you aren’t chatting and how to turn the mute off when you are ready to talk.

Next meeting
We will be combining our November and December meetings as we do every year. Instead of meeting in both November and December, we will meet December 5. This will be our annual meeting that will include board elections and an amendment to our bylaws so we can vote virtually.

Some notes about using Zoom if you are new to it:
If you haven’t been able to join us the past few months, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up! If you haven’t done this before, we recommend that you do the following ahead of time to make sure you have it set up correctly before it’s time to meet.

  1. You’ll need to choose a device with a camera, microphone and speakers. This could be a computer, tablet or phone. Keep in mind that some computers don’t have a microphone built in, so by testing ahead of time, you can decide which device would work best.
  2. Next, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/signup and it will walk you through downloading and installing the Zoom app. You’ll be prompted to create a free account but once you do so, you won’t need to log in again.
  3. Then at our meeting time, go to the email that you received as a member, click on the Zoom link at the top of the email and it’ll bring you right into our meeting.

Here’s a few best practices for using Zoom:

  • Plug your computer or device into a power source
  • Mute your microphone when not actively speaking
  • Be aware of your surroundings and behavior (We can see you!)
  • Add questions/comments in the “Chat” section to be addressed by moderators
  • Use the “Raise hand” button if you would like to address the group
  • Make comments short and succinct, mute for responses

Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!

September 2020

Please join us for our virtual September Guild meeting!

Join us Saturday, September 26 at 1 pm for our monthly guild meeting, where we will be using Zoom again to conduct our meeting.

Meeting agenda:
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following:

  • Check in
  • We are going to keep our meeting this month quick and casual. Since we haven’t met for the past two months we want to see what you have been working on! We will only have 40 minutes of meeting time, so have your projects ready to show off!

If you haven’t been able to join us the past few months, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up! If you haven’t done this before, we recommend that you do the following ahead of time to make sure you have it set up correctly before it’s time to meet.

  1. You’ll need to choose a device with a camera, microphone and speakers. This could be a computer, tablet or phone. Keep in mind that some computers don’t have a microphone built in, so by testing ahead of time, you can decide which device would work best.
  2. Next, follow the link (sent to members via email) and it will walk you through downloading and installing the Zoom app. You’ll be prompted to create a free account but once you do so, you won’t need to log in again.
  3. Then on Saturday Sep 26 at 1 pm, come back to this email, click on the link again and it’ll bring you right into our meeting.

Here’s a few best practices for our virtual guild meeting:

  • Plug your computer or device into a power source
  • Use a headset if you are in a crowded or noisy space
  • Mute your microphone when not actively speaking
  • Be aware of your surroundings and behavior (We can see you!)
  • Add questions/comments in the “Chat” section to be addressed by moderators
  • Use the “Raise hand” button if you would like to address the group
  • Make comments short and succinct, mute for responses

Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!

March 2020

This will come as no surprise, but due to rising health concerns we are canceling our March Sew Day. However, we are working on creating a virtual event where members could do a bit of a show and tell (sewing room, projects, etc.) and chat. More information to come – stay tuned!

June Workshop
At this time we are still planning the Big and Bold Modern Quilt Workshop, but naturally we are in a wait-and-see mode. We’ve been in contact with the instructor and she is in agreement that we will just see how things unfold. For those that have signed up – thank you! As things develop we will be in touch.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!

Big and Bold Modern Quilt Making with Nicole Neblett

We are excited to share with you that we are bringing quilter Nicole Neblett to Boise for a two-day Big and Bold Modern Quilt Making Workshop!

  • When: Friday and Saturday, June 5 & 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
  • Where: JUMP – Inspire Studio, 1000 W Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702
  • Cost: $175 BMQG members, $200 non-members
  • Availability: 20 spots are available, first come first served. Sign-ups are open to Boise MQG members until March 22, and any spots available after then will be open to non-members.

Workshop Details
Want to learn more about modern quilting and make a big and bold modern quilt? In this two-day workshop, we’ll talk about modern quilting and you’ll learn an easy technique for creating quilts with large, irregularly shaped pieces.

  • On day 1, we’ll review common design principles and elements of modern quilts and have a trunk show featuring Nicole’s quilts. We’ll also explore our surroundings for sources of design inspiration. 
  • On day 2, we will apply the modern quilt design concepts from day 1 to make a big and bold modern quilt top. We’ll use an easy technique involving freezer paper to sew together a quilt using large, irregularly shaped pieces. 
  • By the end of the workshop, you will be on your way to making big and bold modern quilts!

To enroll in the workshop, please sign up here and complete the form which includes instructions on how to pay. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that your spot has been secured, along with a class supply list.

Learn more about Nicole at http://mamalovequilts.com.

February 2020 Sew Day – Join Us

When: Saturday, February 22, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Library – Bown Crossing (Martie Brennan Multipurpose Room) 2153 E Riverwalk Dr.

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 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)

2020 After-Holiday Party – Join Us

When: January 25, 2020 | 1-3 p.m.
Where: Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W Ustick Rd, Boise, ID (Sagebrush Room)

Mark your calendars! The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will be hosting our annual After-Holiday Party on January 25, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday’s festivities will include treats and our table runner swap!

Treats
Please bring a treat to share with the group.

Table Runner Swap
We are excited to see what kind of table runners everyone has made for their swap partner! If you are participating in the swap, please bring your completed, wrapped table runner on Saturday to exchange.

Sew and Share
If you were lucky enough to receive a handmade sewn or quilted gift this holiday season, or have a completed modern project, please bring it on Saturday.

2020 Dues
If you haven’t paid your 2020 dues, please go to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page and use the PayPal option to pay your $20 dues online. Or you may mail your $20 dues to Shelly Harshman at 1196 W Bear Track Drive, Meridian ID 83642. Checks should be made payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild.

See you soon!

2019 Annual Meeting and Sew Day

Our members brought lots of great projects to share with the group this month!

Members also voted on the 2020 Boise Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors. The results are as follows:

  • President – Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs
  • Vice President – Angela Bowman
  • Secretary –Lindsie Bergevin
  • Treasurer – Sally Bradley