Update: Jan. 22 Sew Day Postponed, Join us on Zoom

Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, and our desire to keep BMQG members safe and healthy, we asked for feedback from those who RSVPd to January’s meeting. The majority of responses indicated that we should postpone our After Holiday Sew Party and Swap, which the board has decided to do. Thank you so much to those who shared their preferences.

While it’s disappointing not to meet in person this month, we think this is the best decision for our guild right now. We will tentatively plan to move our swap exchange to our Feb. 26 meeting, which may or may not be an extended sew day (depending on how our local COVID situation is in a month). We’ll be sure to update you on more details and any further changes.

Instead of canceling our January meeting altogether, we have decided to still hold a virtual meeting over Zoom. We’ll have a Show & Tell, so please come and show us what you have been working on and any hand-made gifts you might have received over the holidays! We’ll also have a discussion about WIPs and new year’s resolutions, especially quilty-related ones. Note the earlier time! We hope that makes it more convenient for you to attend.

Here’s the updated details for our Jan. meeting:

When: Saturday, January 22, 10 am (note earlier time)
Where: On Zoom Send us a note to get the link.
Come for show & tell and a discussion on WIPs & new year’s resolutions. We’ll also have a sweet door prize ready!

Member Spotlight: Millissa Masters

We’re featuring Millissa Masters in this month’s Member Spotlight and to the BMQG Board, where she’ll serve as our new Secretary. Since she joined BMQG, Millissa jumped in with both feet and we’re so glad she did!

How did you first got involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Millissa: I first got involved with BMQG through the suggestion of Linda Jolly. We were at a Boise Basin Quilt Guild meeting, talking about groups and I took her recommendation to heart. Here I am!

What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Millissa: Moon Kitty, which I loved creating as my first attempt at an Ann Brauer inspired piece. Besides, it won a Judge’s Choice ribbon at the last Boise Basin Quilt Show.

How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Millissa: My quilting style/ aesthetic is what I would describe as boundaryless. Is that a word? I’m one to always want to learn new techniques and play with scraps which will turn into who knows what.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Millissa: Colors/ shapes and fabrics in my designs?? Ha! Everything!! No seriously everything!!

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Millissa: I was originally introduced to quilting by a 90+ year old neighbor, Mary, in Redmond, OR during 2009. We only were there 6 months out of the year, but we played in her garden, and she transformed the way I looked at fabric and color. She was a kick in the pants old gal and loved the strong bright colors, which definitely encouraged my direction in color choice.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Millissa: Not sure, but I am a thrift store, antique junkie who loves estate sales, yard sales and old junk shops.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Millissa: When not quilting I love to play in the kitchen, baking & cooking. Or playing with the kitties who keep me on my toes.

What are you working on now?
Millissa: Now, I’m working on 5 different projects at the same time. Just a little scattered??

What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Millissa: There are many in my head that I haven’t gotten down on paper, and they keep coming.

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Millissa: Its somewhere at the bottom of one of my piles and its so old I can’t remember what it is!!!! HAHAHA

Member Spotlight: Kathy Stockton

We’re welcoming Kathy Stockton to the BMQG Board, where she’ll serve as our new Treasurer. In addition to the skills she brings to the board, Kathy’s sense of humor means she’s plain fun to be around.

How did you first get involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Kathy: I became involved with the Boise Modern Quilt Guild through a friend from a quilting class. She invited me to a meeting and told me all about how modern quilting was so freeing, that there were no rules! Of course, she was wrong. There are always rules. Because my sister was heavily involved with the Boise Basin Quilters Guild, and I wanted to be involved with a quilting group separate from my sister, I decided to join the Boise Modern Quilt Guild, even if there are rules to modern quilting. I joined in the fall of 2012.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Kathy: My mother taught me how to sew in grade school and I did NOT enjoy garment sewing. Her mother and grandmother (my grandmother and great-grandmother) both made quilts, and that was what I wanted to do, but my mother was not supportive. This was back when garment sewing was a way to save money, so it was encouraged. I made my first quilt (tied) in my junior high home economics class, and gave it to my sister for Christmas.

What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Kathy: I started a quilt made from primary colors for a grand-nephew and decided that I wanted to keep it, which I did. I had fallen in love with the fabrics and the backing fabric. I entered it at the Western Idaho Fair and won a first place blue ribbon. Now I can’t even use that quilt since it’s an award-winning – with the ribbon firmly attached – quilt!

How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Kathy: I like using patterns but when I have fabrics that I like together, I have been known to design my own quilt. If I find a pattern I like, I will make that quilt until I get tired of the design. I like the idea of triangles more than the execution of triangles. Because I have my quilts finished by my long-arm quilter, I have learned that a smaller quilt is less expensive to quilt, so I mostly make lap size or twin size quilts, although I will make larger quilts for special occasions, like weddings or graduations.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Kathy: I basically do my own thing, which is apparently purchasing fabric. HA! I enjoy bright fabrics but sometimes I am drawn to colors that aren’t nearly that bright, which always surprised me. I am drawn to Alexander Henry fabrics although lately I’m finding that there actually are other designers out there that I like. My sister is drawn to very different fabrics, generally more subdued colors, and I am constantly amazed that we have such different tastes.

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Kathy: The two people that have influenced my quilting the most are Teri Brown and my quilter, Ronald. Teri convinced me to buy a Bernina Quilters Edition sewing machine, and I began taking classes at Quilt Crossing, including her Project Runway class, where you worked on any garment or quilting project, and she was there to help you. One of the classes I took was Ronald’s Open Sewing class, and that class gave me the time and confidence to branch out to designing my own quilts rather than just buying kits. That class and his help more than anything else helped me to become the quilter I am today.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Kathy: I generally give away every quilt I make and also have given away my left kidney.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Kathy: I should say organizing my fabric or cleaning my house, but probably reading books or watching television with my husband. I also sing with the Boise Phil Master Chorale and play violin in the Serenata community orchestra.

What are you working on now?
Kathy: I tend to work on one project at a time unless something intervenes like a wedding quilt or other time-sensitive project. I am starting back on a quilt I am making for my husband’s oldest niece and her husband. It is a kit I bought over 2 years ago and have everything cut out. I’m to the part where I have to make half-square triangles.

What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Kathy: I started digitizing all my parents’ slides into a digital format over 10 years ago. There must be 30 or 40 boxes with about 100 slides in each box. I have a contraption that allows me to upload 4 slides at a time. I do intend to get back to this project, but after I scan all my printed photos and upload those for my daughter-in-law.

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Kathy: I generally finish one project before I start another one, but I do have some pillow cases that I started back in 2010. The idea was to make pillowcases to go with the wedding quilt I made for my son and daughter-in-law. Someday I will finish them.

Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you’re sewing? If so, what is it?
Kathy: I try not to eat anything when I am quilting or sewing, but I always have a glass of water. Not very exciting, but keeps me hydrated. And if I spill water, it’s not a big deal.

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Kathy: Because I tend to listen rather than watch, I like to “watch” shows that I have seen before. I recently finished re-watching all the seasons of Downton Abbey. I also like to “watch” silly shows that don’t require my full attention, such as Brooklyn 99, or Corner Gas. I’ve seen all the Corner Gas episodes but will start over at the beginning because they are pretty funny. If you haven’t seen Corner Gas, I highly recommend it. It’s a Canadian television show set in Saskatchewan, and is available on IMDB television or I have all the DVDs if anyone would like to borrow them. I also enjoy Spongebob Squarepants.

Paint Chip Challenge Inspiration & Sew Party on Jan. 22

It’s almost time for our all-day sew fest, featuring the paint chip challenge & mini quilt swap, a community heart quilt project, and a salad bar potluck! Please RSVP here so we can plan accordingly. And kindly your mask, regardless of vaccination status, unless you’re actively eating or drinking.

 

When: January 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • You’re welcome to come as early as 8:30 a.m.
  • Come ready to help set up your sewing station when you arrive and put items away before you go.
  • Paint chip challenge swap will be at 11:00 a.m., lunch at noon.

Where: LDS church at 3200 Cassia St., Boise 83705. It’s the same location as our summer quilting day camp, in the same large gym.

Some other things to know:

  • Masks are required while not actively eating.
  • Bring a topping for our lunch salad bar. We’ll also have a snack table if you want to bring anything else to share with others throughout the day.
  • Bring your own refillable water bottle or mug, and we’ll cut down on waste.
  • In the RSVP form, let us know if you can bring things such as your iron, ironing board, etc.

Paint chip challenge: If you’re like some of us and still contemplating what to make for your mini quilt, check out the BMQ Pinterest board or the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’S board  a little inspiration. Let us know in the RSVP form if you’ll be bringing your swap or need to make other arrangements.

New year, new meeting time: Based on feedback, our Saturday meetings will be moved up to 10 a.m. . We’ll plan to meet inside for upcoming meetings, wear masks regardless of vaccination status, and be in locations with space to spread out (this applies for sew days and shorter meetings alike). When the weather is great and we want to meet out in the park, we’ll do that.

2021 Annual Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Annual Meeting and our extended conversation with Daisy Aschehoug of Warm Folk!

Annual Meeting

Here are a few highlights of what we covered:

  • 2021 Recap: Lindsie guided us through a look back at our year. Wow! There BMQG was an active and agile group. Members, check your email for details.
  • Dues: Dues remain at $20/year; renew or join by December 8. It’s easy to pay online! Just go to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page and use the PayPal option.
  • Board Changes: Welcome to new Board members Millissa Masters, who will serve as Secretary, and Kathy Stockton, Treasurer! We’re thrilled to have the energy and skills these two offer. We’re equally appreciative of outgoing officers Cassie Koerner (Secretary) and Sally Bradley (Treasurer) who helped make the business end of our organization run so well and be so fun.
  • New earlier meeting time: Based on feedback, our Saturday meetings will be moved up to 10 a.m. beginning in early 2022.
  • Meeting locations: We’ll meet inside for upcoming meetings, wear masks regardless of vaccination status, and be in locations with space to spread out (this applies for sew days and shorter meetings alike). When the weather is great and we want to meet out in the park, we’ll do that.
  • Social media: Join BMQG and other members on Instagram! Look for @boisemqg or #boisemqg, and connect with other members between meetings.

 

Show & Tell

Here’s a sampling of what we shared:

  • Yowza, Nancy Seid got a new machine! She said it’s like dating again, getting to know her new Juki, and we’re glad to hear she’s taking it slow.
  • Gwen made the cutest pouch for her granddaughter’s ballet shoes, using Tula Pink fabric that was made for this very thing.
  • Deb showed the rainbow quilt she’s working on for a family member.
  • Marilyn wowed the crowd with her Tula Pink nesting baskets, that just kept on going!
  • Linda Jolly shared her Christmas quilt completed with fabrics from the summer quilt camp raffle.
  • Lindsie demonstrated her true get’er done attitude with an orphan block baby quilt finish.
  • Karen Falvey sprinkled in some Christmas spirit by showcasing her finished presents quilt, fresh from the long armer.
  • Carol impressed everyone with her patience in quilting her striped top.

What’s Ahead

  • December: Enjoy the Holidays! No Club Mod this month or next, but join us in 2022 for an updated Club Mod (hint: money, UFOs and prizes are part of the deal).
  • January 22: After-Holiday Party, Swap & Sew Day (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.): Join us for an all-day sew fest, featuring the Paint Chip Challenge swap and a salad bar potluck! Watch for details, come ready to help with set up and then get ready for so. much. fun.

Guild T-Shirts Still Available!

If you’re interested in snagging one of those sassy t-shirts passed out at summer Quilting Day Camp, you still have time to order. These seriously soft shirts by JamesAlanTees are designed by our own Lindsie Bergevin. Member only pricing of $30/shirt. Check out options and place your order here.

Member Spotlight: Nancy England

Nancy England is in the Member Spotlight this month and many of you may already know Nancy well. She’s been a long-time member of BMQG and is a prolific quilter who donates an impressive number of quilts to the community.

How did you first got involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Nancy: Friends were going so I checked it out the website and thought I would try it.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Nancy: When I was around 9 years old, my mom got me started sewing, first simple things (tablecloths etc.) and then on to sewing clothing.

What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Nancy: I have enjoyed trying new things as modern quilt projects, but my favorite classes have been mystery quilts.

How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Nancy: I think I gravitate toward traditional quilt blocks. But I am finishing up a block of the week quilt that Linda Jolly got me started on. It is traditional block with a modern twist, put together by Amanda Carye.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to?
Nancy: I have not real strong preference.

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Nancy: A quilt group was started at BSU in the late 1990s and the people in the group really got me hooked on quilting. There were a lot of different backgrounds and experience with quilting.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Nancy: I was very athletic in high school and college and meet my husband in gymnastics class.

What are you working on now?
Nancy: I do yoga, read, garden, knit and crochet and always spend to much time on social media.

What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Nancy: Hand quilt a whole cloth quilt. (Just white fabric with and elaborate quilt design.)

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Nancy: I took a beginning star class at Quilt Crossing from DuAnn Wright in 1995 or 1996 and have never finished it, probably because I used fabric I had, which was calicos.

Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you are sewing?
Nancy: I usually have a cup of tea at my elbow.

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing?
Nancy: I usually have the TV on to the Game Show network, or classical music or rock and roll music.

Do you have any recommendations to share?
Nancy: Measure twice, cut once. Read the directions through all the way before you start.

Annual Meeting Dec. 4 (early time!) & Daisy from Warm Folk

We’ve got some exciting and important updates on guild happenings, so be sure to join us for our Annual Meeting, Saturday, Dec. 4, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (note earlier start time) on Zoom. Check your email for meeting details and the Zoom link.

During the business portion of our meeting, we’ll elect two new officers (see more below), look back at 2021 and get a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2022. Then we’ll have the chance to chat with the amazing Daisy Aschehoug of Warm Folk (more below). It’s going to be a fun, jam-packed meeting, so we hope you can attend! (Please note that we are combining our November and December meetings. Our annual after-holiday party will be January 22.)

New officers to the Board: A giant thanks to Cassie Koerner, Secretary and Sally Bradley, Treasurer for their great work on our board! Are you interested in being part of the BMQG workings? Consider joining our active, fun Board of Directors to serve in one of these positions:

  • Secretary: Attends board meetings, prepares meeting minutes and helps maintain board records and general correspondence. The secretary has also been assisting with social media marketing efforts, so assistance with that is appreciated but not required. Training will be available. Estimated monthly time commitment: 3-4 hours.
  • Treasurer: Serves as financial officer of the organization. Finance experience is helpful but not required. Training will be available. Estimated monthly time commitment: 3-4 hours.
  • Please see the full list of responsibilities on the Position Descriptions of Board Members page on our website.

After our official annual business is over, we’ll be joined by Daisy Aschehoug of Warm Folk. Daisy is an award-winning quilter, pattern designer, and artist whose designs reflect a passion for curved piecing. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, the book Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, and she has co-authored the book Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes. She’s also teaching and lecturing at QuiltCon in 2022. After living in too many places to list, Daisy now lives near Oslo, Norway, where she is perfecting the art of winter coziness. She’ll be joining us for a Coffee Klatsch discussion, where we’ll be able to ask her questions and she’ll share her thoughts on quilty topics such as where she gets her quilt design ideas, what was her most disappointing quilt, which quilting shortcuts she takes and which tasks she’s painfully particular about? Put the kettle on as we settle in for a fun chat. You can check her out on Instagram and her website.

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Schneider

Our Member Spotlight this time is Elizabeth Schneider. The Spotlight is 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 got involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Elizabeth: I got involved in the Boise Modern Quilt Guild after I moved back to Boise in 2020. I had been following the guild on social media before we moved.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Elizabeth: My grandmother made most of my clothes growing up. Once I learned to sew in junior high we would spend about an hour each Sunday morning after church working on one of my garment sewing projects.

What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Elizabeth: I really enjoyed doing Cinco De Mayo, Karen Stone’s paper piecing project as a block of the month. I had a friend in another state working on it at the same time.

How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Elizabeth: I think “modern traditional” fits my style. I have done modern, traditional and art quilting.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Elizabeth: I like bright colors. Fabrics include Tula Pink, Valori Wells, Violet Craft, Kaffe Fassett. In terms of shapes I have quite a few house designs plus scrap quilts.

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Elizabeth: The guilds I have been a part of have been the biggest influence by whom they bring in as speakers.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Elizabeth: I’m also a musician. I play flute and sing in church choir and play English handbells.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Elizabeth: Too many things! I work part-time writing grants for the Idaho STEM Action Center. I am trying to improve my tennis game. I also make cards. And make music.

What are you working on now?
Elizabeth: I’m working on trying to finish Sue Spargo’s 2020 Block of the Month lite, Chirp. I’m also getting a head start on a graduation gift quilt.

What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Elizabeth: I want to remake the dress my grandmother wore at my Mom’s wedding in 1961. I have the dress (it’s very cool with a Mad Men vibe) but I’m not her size. I found the Vogue pattern through an online pattern database several years ago and bought it from an Etsy shop for $75!

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Elizabeth: A Dresden Plate wall hanging that I started in 1995. It’s partially machine quilted. The colors are not me.

Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you’re sewing? If so, what is it?
Elizabeth: Beverages depend on the time of the day and range from coffee or tea to an occasional glass of wine in the evening. I don’t snack while sewing.

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Elizabeth: I listen to public radio and depending on time of day it might be classical, jazz, or news. I really like Echoes in the evening.

October Meeting & Paint Chip Challenge

It was the final outdoor meeting of 2021, and we managed to skirt the rain storms for show & tell and news about our Holiday Swap and Challenge.

The Paint Chip Challenge:
• Create a modern mini quilt for your swap partner
• Use only the colors and values (lightness or darkness) represented on the two paint chips you receive from the person you’re making for
• Additionally, you can throw in a pop of a third color; and you can add gray, black or white
• Keep the size small – no bigger than 18” on its longest side
• Your finished piece can be long and skinny, square or any shape you like

How it Works
• Find two paint chips/cards in coordinating colors you love (check your local paint or hardware store)
• Bring your completed mini to the After-Holiday Party on January 22, 2022. It’ll be a fun after-holiday gift exchange! (or if we’re not meeting in person, plan to have your mini delivered by then)

Sign up here and then get your color chips to Darla by November 20, 2021

Show & Tell

Here’s a sampling of what we shared:

  • Nancy Seid stepped into the Member Spotlight, and along with sharing her quilting, we got tips for breaking projects into small, manageable steps that can help get to the finish line. Nancy sees some corollaries between her work with Boise State ADHD students and quilters (go figure!!), and offered several ideas such as setting a timer to help focus attention on one project for a limited amount of time.
  • Millissa let us know about the Oct. 27 Virtual Talk and Tour by Victoria Findlay Wolfe: Now & Then, Playing with Purpose with the Artists. Register here. (It’s free but you have to sign up!)
  • The Get ‘Er Done effort saw some great action this meeting. Millissa spearheaded a leader-ender project during the Day Camp, and then she created two quilt tops. Darla and Cathy took the tops to quilt, and several others took some orphan blocks from our Get ’Er Done pile to make crib quilt tops. Progress!
  • Nancy England showed off her holiday runners and quilt, all of which will be at her church’s bazaar.
  • Betsy completed an art quilt as part of an online class with Laura Wasilowski of artfabrik.com. Betsy used some of Laura’s hand-dyed fabrics for this whimsical fun piece.
  • Karen showed a charming fall wall hanging, another large quilt she described as being made with leftovers from other projects, a huge quilt from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, and three (!) pieces from an online class with Cindy Grisdela.
  • Lynne showed a modern quilt made of solids, and a large Americana themed quilt
  • Lindsie finished a hearts quilt for a niece, which was quilted by Laura, but had delivered it the week before

 

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.