Spring has arrived and we’re giddy about the sun, and what’s ahead for the BMQG. Our March meeting was full of information and updates. Here’s a recap of what happened:
April 9 Club Mod: Join us for the launch party of Friday night sewing at Club Mod, April 9, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Then, pencil in the second Friday night of the month for upcoming Club Mod sewing parties. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
April 24 Meeting & Guest Artist: Next month we’ll hear from artist Rebecca Klundt, who creates quilt-like work with reclaimed wood. We’ll meet again on Zoom; plan for an abbreviated show and tell so that we have plenty of time for Q&A with Rebecca.
May 22 In-person Meeting: We’re planning on meeting outdoors and in person beginning in May. Plan on wearing a mask and social distancing, and watch for more info on locations, including availability of tables, electricity or covered pavilions.
We have a couple more fun events planned for this year that are still in the early stages. Be sure to join our guild so you can participate in our upcoming activities and be the first to know about them!
Modern Moment: Use of Bold Colors and Prints
Have you ever wondered if your quilt was “modern” or “modern enough”? Well, you’re not alone. To help demystify the topic, we’re taking a few moments at each meeting to talk about characteristics that help define modern quilting. This week we looked at quilts that use bold colors and prints. Watch for more on this topic soon!
Get ‘Er Done: We’re keen to share our quilting with others in need, while helping members finish projects. At future meetings, we’ll take time for Get ‘Er Done Projects — a virtual or actual table to facilitate quilts going from start to finish. So, if you’re only interested in making quilt tops, this is the place to let others know, and they can take it to the next step or to the finish. From there, we’ll provide a list of organizations on our website that can use the quilts.
Sisters of the Hex: You’re invited to help sew hexies that will become a memorial project for past member Denise Arellano. Find out more here.
Show and Tell
We had some great shares this month for our Show and Tell portion of the meeting. Here are some of the patterns and resources mentioned that you might find helpful.
Please join us for our virtual March 2021 Guild meeting!
When: Saturday, March 27, 1 – 3 pm
Zoom: (email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the meeting link)
Join us for our monthly guild meeting, where we will be using Zoom to conduct our meeting.
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following. Some of these items are new and we can’t wait to tell you all about them!
Show and Tell: Do you have anything new you are working on? Show it to us! If it’s a larger item, consider sending a few photos that can be shared on screen during the meeting. Send a photo of the whole thing, and one or two of details we might not see otherwise. Submit by 5pm on Thursday (March 24) to email@example.com.
If you haven’t been able to join us recently for a virtual meeting, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up. Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
We had a peaceful, creative, and fun retreat in the mountains of Idaho. Thanks so much to Luther Heights for the beautiful facility, to our generous sponsors, and to our awesome members! To see all the other pics, visit @BoiseMQG on Instagram.
Cost: $100 per Boise MQG member | $120 non-members
The retreat is limited to 25 attendees. After June 16 we will open the retreat to non-members.
Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Our guild will be quilting in the spacious lodge/dining hall.
This will be a “no-host” retreat, meaning that everyone brings their own projects to work on, sewing machines and necessary tools.
We will bring some extension/power cords, but you may want to bring your own just in case.
Our area’s Gammill dealer will be attending our retreat, and she is bringing two longarm quilting machines for us to use! Those interested will receive a brief training session on how to use the machine, as well as assistance whenever needed during the retreat. A collection of somewhat neutral threads will be available for use. If you’d like to quilt a quilt top during the retreat, bring:
quilt top/runner no more than 75″ wide (length doesn’t really matter). It’s not recommended to bring your prized project that is going in the quilt show – a project to practice on is perfect!
backing that measures 2-3″ larger on all 4 sides than the top
batting of your choice. Or you can purchase 80/20 Hobbs 96″-wide for about $6 per yard.
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.
A few things to note:
We may be sharing the camp with another group, 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.”
UPDATE: the retreat is full! Thanks everyone!Members may sign up by submitting the form they received by email. If less than 25 members have signed up by June 16, non-members may sign up by submittingthis form (link will be available June 17). You may choose to mail us a check or pay via PayPal.
When: January 26, 2019 | 1-3 p.m. Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)
Mark your calendars! The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will be hosting our annual After-Holiday Party on January 26, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday’s festivities will include treats and our pillow cover swap!
Please bring a treat to share with the group.
Pillow Cover Swap
We are excited to see what kind of pillow covers everyone has made for their swap partner! If you are participating in the swap, please bring your completed, wrapped pillow cover 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.
If you haven’t paid your 2019 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.
Our quilting retreat was a complete success! A big hearty thank you goes out to Luther Heights – what a fantastic facility! To see all the other pics, scroll through our Instagram profile: @BoiseMQG on Instagram.
Here’s what some of our attendees said when we asked what they liked about the retreat:
“The camaraderie and fellowship of the ladies present. Also… no TV, phones, or other distracting elements.”
“The gathering room was the best!”
“Fun people, no schedule, a chance to try out a long arm.”
“Getting together with everyone to sew and learn.”