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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.

February 2015 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join us for our monthly Sew Day!

When: Saturday, February 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

FsDBpaIb8fuTSapw1Cq1nA-IMG_0044We are in for an inspirational treat this Sew Day! Local mosaic artist Anna Webb will be joining us at the beginning of our meeting as our guest speaker. Some of you might be familiar with Anna as a reporter for the Idaho Statesman, but she is also a talented mosaic artist and will be speaking to us about the artistic intersection of mosaics and quilts. She has traveled the world to see and study mosaics and has created several beautiful mosaic art installations in Boise. She’ll be sharing photos from her travels, mosaic art that inspires her (lots of quilty inspiration, too!) and her thoughts on composition, color choice, and her creative process. This is one guild meeting not to miss!

Did you attend QuiltCon? If we have time after Anna’s presentation we would love for you to share your experience with the group (if you don’t want to, that’s okay too).

Also, don’t forget to bring your completed BOM and finished projects to share!

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)

Great party!

As you can tell from the pictures we had a great time on Saturday at the Boise Modern Quilt Guild After-Christmas party. The apron swap was a big hit! We had eight women participate and had a lot of fun watching as each person saw their new apron for the first time.

The amazing QuiltCon Charity Quilt that Laura Pukstas designed and quilted was showcased on Lori’s staircase during our party. Many thanks to Marilyn Shake, Gwen Smith, Darla Christensen, and Angela Bowman for helping with piecing, binding and everything else that went into the quilt. It is now in route to the MQG and will be showcased in February at QuiltCon with other charity quilts.

Several members also brought quilts and other items to share with the group. It’s always so fun to see how creative everyone is!

December 2014 After-Christmas Party – Join Us!

When: December 27, 2014, 1-3 pm
Where: Lori Wambolt’s House, 5582 E Stageline Dr, Boise, ID (map)

Mark your calendars! The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will be hosting our annual after Christmas Party on December 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Lori’s house. Saturday’s festivities will include a small potluck to kick off the festivities, door prizes and our apron swap!

Potluck Luncheon

Lori has generously offered to provide the main dish – Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. To help with lunch, please bring the following:

    • Last names A-O – Side dish
    • Last names P-Z – Dessert

Apron Swap

We are excited to see what kind of aprons everyone has made for their swap partner! If you are participating in the apron swap, please bring your completed apron to the luncheon 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 project, please bring it on Saturday.

2015 Block of the Month

If you signed up for the Moccasin block of the month, please be prepared to provide payment of $19. Once payment is made, you will receive the January pattern to get you started.

WiP’s & Wishes Challenge – Bring your completed challenge form & $10!

The idea of a challenge to encourage completion of UFO’s (unfinished objects) was presented at our November 2014 meeting. Based on feedback and subsequent discussion amongst the board, this challenge was changed to the “WiP’s and Wishes Challenge”. WiP’s are works in process. Wishes include a modern quilt related project that you’d like to complete during the year.

Each participant will complete the challenge form with 10 or fewer WiP’s or Wishes you want to complete in 2015 and pay the entry fee of $10. Half of the challenge money will go towards the guild; half of the money will be a jackpot prize at the end of the year. Completed projects must be shown at a guild meeting during the “show and share” portion of the meeting. Each completed project earns a ticket towards the jackpot prize. The jackpot prize will be drawn at the last guild meeting of 2015. Use this challenge as a motivator to finish your WiP’s or try something new!! Payment can be made via a check written to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.

Have a hard time remembering to bring your checkbook?

We plan to have a debit/credit card swiper available at the After Christmas Party (and going forward) to process transactions via Paypal. Due to Paypal charging the guild a service fee each time the swiper is used, a service fee will be added to your total if you elect to pay via debit/credit card.

See you soon!

October 2014 Sew Day – A Recap

October’s sew day began with the holidays! Carolyn Hughey shared two of her unique Christmas quilts with the group. Check out that quilting! We even learned about fabric weaving from our visitor, Nancy. She shared the project she has been working on and it was fascinating to see how two different fabrics can transform into one completely different fabric.

We also have a new junior member. Our second! Lori’s daughter Madelyn joined us for her first meeting. We are very excited to have her join our group.

A few items of business were announced:

  • Apron swap – At our annual after Christmas party (December 27) we will swap aprons. We will be emailing members a form to fill out so swap partners can learn a bit more about each other’s likes and dislikes. If you didn’t get the email with a link to the form, let us know. Deadline for filling out the form is November 9th.
  • If you have a blog or website related to quilting and or sewing let us know and we can post it on our website.
  • If you have quilting knowledge you would like to share with the group, contact us. We are always looking for guest speakers to lead a tutorial or lecture.

Quilt Show 2014

Congratulations to all our members who participated in the Boise Basin Quilt show. The modern quilts were very impressive! Thanks to all that submitted quilts, volunteered at the Boise Modern Quilt Guild table and worked to make our banner quilt.

The quilt show was our debut for the banner quilt and it looked awesome! It was the perfect way to advertise the spirit of our guild and everyone’s talents. If you didn’t have a chance to check it out at the show, we will have it at our October Sew Day.

Below are some pictures of some of the quilts that were on display.

August 2014 Sew Day – A Recap

There was a lot of creativity in the room Saturday! Many people bought projects to share and it was fun seeing what everyone was working on.


A few items of business were also announced:

  • We will have a table at the quilt show at the end of September. We are looking for volunteers to sit at our table and chat with those interested in our guild and modern quilting. Let us know if you are interested.
  • Since the September Boise Modern Quilt Guild meeting is the same day as the quilt show there is no Sew Day in September.
  • Remember to turn in your quilts for the quilt show! You can do so on either September 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Quilt Crossing or September 18 at the Boise Basin Quilters membership meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Boise Church of Christ, 2000 North Eldorado.
  • If you have a blog or website related to quilting and or sewing let us know and we can post it on our website.
  • If you have quilting knowledge you would like to share with the group, contact us. We are always looking for guest speakers to lead a tutorial or lecture!

April 2014 Sew Day – A Recap

What a great sew day! This was our second spent working on the banner quilt we are preparing for the quilt show in September. Members not only made blocks on Saturday afternoon, but several brought additional contributions from home. Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm and hard work we now have 66 blocks!

The Michael Miller Challenge fabric was distributed to members that had signed up for the challenge. I think we all agreed it is the best fabric so far. If you were unable to pick up your fabric at the meeting we will have it at the May Sew Day. Remember – the project completion date has been extended to July 25, giving everyone an extra month to create their project.

We also shared some our completed projects. It was great to see everyone’s creativity on display.

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