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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
  • Portable machine table
  • Chair or 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
  • Quilts you want to photograph and a thumb drive for saving quilt images
  • 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.

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.

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