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The 2017 Boise MQG Retreat – Join Us!

We are going old school and headed to summer camp! Join us for a great weekend of “no-host” modern quilting, being in the mountains, and enjoying all the natural beauty Stanley has to offer.

When: July 7-9, 2017 (You are welcome to arrive anytime after 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, and stay through 1 p.m. Sunday, July 9)

Where: Luther Heights Bible Camp – Stanley, Idaho (Location on Google Maps)

Cost: $90 per Boise MQG member ($110 for nonmembers)

  • The retreat is limited to 25 attendees. After May 6, retreat registration is open to nonmembers.
  • Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Our guild will be quilting in the spacious lodge/dining hall. We will bring some extension/power cords, but you may want to bring your own just in case.
  • This is a “no-host” retreat, meaning that everyone must bring their own projects to work on, sewing machines and tools that are necessary. We may plan a fun sewing related activity, but more on that later.
  • We will have a design wall for anyone to use.


  • Cabins with bunk beds – each cabin sleeps up to twelve people.
  • Each cabin has a bathroom.
  • Please bring your own bedding (sleeping bag, foam pad, pillows, twin sheet, etc.), towels and toiletries, as well as any recreational gear. There will be hiking, swimming in Alturas Lake, etc. available if you want to enjoy the great outdoors.
  • For a detailed packing list, refer to the Retreat Packing List.

A few things to note:

  • We will be sharing the camp with a group of fly fishermen, but other than at meal times, we should be to ourselves.
  • It is Luther Height Bible Camp’s regular practice to have Christian grace before all meals.
  • The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will not be arranging transportation. Please feel free to make carpool arrangements amongst yourselves.
  • While adult beverages are allowed, the camp asks that all “exercise great discretion and prudence in this regard.”
  • You may bring your own snacks/food.
  • Sorry, no pets.

If this sounds too good to miss, sign up by May 6 by filling out this form. You can choose to mail us a check or pay via PayPal.

Read more about the Luther Heights Bible Camp:

Fabulous Fat Quarter Quilts – a Workshop and Trunk Show with Kenna Ogg

  • When: May 20, 2017, 10 am – 4:00 pm, 1 hour lunch
  • Where: St. Stephens, 2206 N Cole Rd, Boise, ID 83704
  • Cost: $55 for BMQG members, $75 for general public*
    *Price includes lunch and pattern

In this workshop and trunk show, Quilt Designer Kenna Ogg of Madison Cottage Design will teach how to strategically use color selection, special rulers and fat quarter selection to create stunning quilts.

Students can choose to make one or more of the following Madison Cottage Design patterns:

  • Cocoa Nibs (which uses the Creative Grids Perfect rectangle ruler)
  • Cherry Cream Soda (which use the Creative Grids 60 degree triangle ruler).

Both employ fat quarters in two colors or volume levels.

Kenna will discuss selecting fat quarters, color and fabric choices, as well as hold an ongoing fat quarter swap among students (though participation is not required). Kenna will also demonstrate both Creative Grids rulers and how to use them in the quilts you make.

Included in the workshop fee is 1 of the 2 patterns and a homemade lunch! You will be responsible for bringing the Creative Grid ruler needed for the quilt you choose. You can find them at one of our local quilt shops.

20 spots are available, first come first served. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that your spot has been secured, along with a class supply list.

Please fill out this form to sign up.

Join us for our February Meeting – Learning about Color

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

We have a special guest speaker, artist Goeff Krueger, coming to join our discussion about color, led by Lindsie Bergevin. Geoff is a professional fine artist whose work can be seen in several public collections including three pieces now on display at the Boise Art Museum’s 2017 Idaho Triennial (open Feb. 21-July 16). He paints broad sweeping landscapes and seascapes, studies of structures and found objects, all while capturing the light of the subject’s surroundings. His recent emphasis on monochromatic color makes him the perfect addition to our discussion of color theory. We’ll explore the overlap between quilting, color theory (and real-world application) and fine art. We will also be kicking off a color related quilt challenge for guild members. Don’t miss it!

We expect the presentation and discussion to last up to 2 hours, so we will not be sewing at this meeting.

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

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)

2017 After Holiday Party – a Recap

We like to start the year with some snacks and a sewing swap. Sewing swap participants made a Boise-themed mini quilt according to their assigned partner’s preferences. Thanks to everyone who made it so much fun!

And wow, this month’s Show and Share was pretty spectacular.

Member Projects

Member Projects

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



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
  • Chair cushion


  • 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. if desired: pillowtop/pad/sheets for twin mattress)
  • 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
  • Recreational gear (if hiking, swimming, etc.)

No March Meeting & Workshop Update

Just a reminder that we will not be having our normal guild meeting this month. Instead we are super excited to have Christa Watson teaching her Modern Machine Quilting with Style all day workshop. You must be registered and have paid to take part in the class. There is still time to enroll in the workshop -but we only have 6 spots left. Pass the word onto friends and family you think might be interested. We guarantee that you will learn a ton – and have fun too!

To enroll in the workshop, please complete this Modern Machine Quilting with Style workshop form, which includes instructions on how to pay ($70 members/$90 non-members). Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that your spot has been secured. If you want to learn more about the class, check out our Modern Machine Quilting with Style Workshop post for more information.

If you’ve already signed up the class, please take note of the following:

  • Venue change: The class has moved to Joann Fabric and Craft – 1085 N Milwaukee St. We will be in the upstairs classroom on the 2nd floor. Just take the elevator that’s located in the back of the store, near the restrooms.
  • Lunch: Lunch will be on your own (about an hour).
  • Class supply list: Print this supply list. Make sure you come prepared!
  • Christa’s new book The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-arm and Sit-down – Learn When, Where, Why, and How to Finish Your Quilts is available for preorder. If you preorder from her website you can pick it up the day of the workshop and Christa can sign it, too. The official release date isn’t until April 5th, so you will be the first to see them!

Modern Machine Quilting with Style – a Workshop by Christa Watson

Modern Machine Quilting workshop with Christa Watson

We are excited to share with you that we are bringing in modern quilt designer and author Christa Watson for an all-day workshop!

About Christa:

Christa Watson is an award winning quilt maker and author of two machine quilting books. Her designs have been featured in several publications including Make Modern and QuiltCon magazines. She regularly teaches quilting workshops and is teaching at QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, CA. You can find Christa on social media @christaquilts or at

About the Modern Machine Quilting with Style workshop:

Take your quilts to the next level by adding depth and dimension to your quilts. The secret is learning to let go of perfection by practicing asymmetrical textures that require little to no marking. Gain confidence with walking foot wonders, then move on to free-motion favorites. Students will practice on sample “sandwiches” and may bring in their tops for a discussion of possible quilting ideas. Students should have a basic understanding of their sewing machines and know how to switch between feet easily.

  • When: Saturday, March 26, 2016, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Where: NEW LOCATION – Joann Fabric and Craft – 1085 N Milwaukee St. We will be in the upstairs classroom on the 2nd floor. Just take the elevator that’s located in the back of the store, near the restrooms.
  • Cost: $70 for Boise MQG members / $90 for non-members
  • Availability: 22 spots are available, first come first served. Sign-ups are open to Boise MQG members until 2/8/16, and any spots available after then will be open to non-members.
  • Required Supplies: (supply list) Please note that this supply list includes Christa’s book Machine Quilting With Style, available on Amazon for $21 hardcopy or $10 as an e-book.

To enroll in the workshop, please complete this Modern Machine Quilting with Style workshop 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.

Some great totes!

Good food and beautiful totes were on the agenda Saturday. During our annual After-Holiday party 10 members exchanged handmade bags and it was amazing to see how much variety and talent there was. Thanks to everyone who made it so much fun!

Tote Bag Swap

Tote Bag Swap

We also had a few members bring some quilts to share.

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