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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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March 2014 Sew Day – A Recap

March’s Sew Day was a lot of fun! We had a longer session to sew and talk and share our projects. We had a brief update about this summer’s Bogus Basin Quilt Guild Quilt Show that we are invited as guest guild to. We hope to have a lot of submissions from our guild members. Our goal is to enter at least 50 quilts. Boise Modern Quilt Guild members are allowed to enter up to two quilts for free, for either judging or exhibit only. (Additional quilts are $3 each.) They have even created a new Modern quilt category this year! You can read more about the particulars on our Quilt Show FAQ page.

We had a handful of new faces join us and it was fun to meet and talk with everyone! We also built and gathered 32 blocks for our Guild’s banner quilt. We are half way to our goal of 64! If you have built more blocks to add to our stack, bring them to the April Sew Day. We’ll have a longer Sew Day that day as well, to build more banner blocks. We hope to start building the center part and arrange the quilt sometime in May.

Photos from the Boise Modern Quilt Guild March Sew Day show and tell

I am sorry I don’t remember everyone’s names! But the quilts were fabulous to see and get inspiration from. Thanks, everyone, for bringing your projects to share.

Sew Down Portland – a Recap

Now that we’ve recovered from our Sew Down Portland weekend retreat, we (Christy and Lori) want to share a few pics. Both of us had a great time and look forward to the possibility of attending future MQG events. Meeting other modern quilting enthusiasts was definitely a lot of fun and worth seeking out again. Hopefully the MQG will have more future events on the western side of the country to make traveling to and from easy.

Quilt Blocks from Heather Jones Workshop - You & Me Quilt Pattern

Quilt Blocks from Heather Jones Workshop – You & Me Quilt Pattern

The pattern for Heather’s You & Me quilt was pretty straightforward and didn’t require a lot of instruction from Heather.  As a result, the workshop was mostly heads down sewing time.  The best part was seeing all the different color and fabric choices for the pattern.

Look at all those scraps!  Christy's ready for improv sewing.  Bring it on!

Look at all those scraps! Christy’s ready for improv sewing. Bring it on!

Finished results of great "conversation" with other sewists during the improv round robin workshop.

Finished results of great “conversation” with other sewists during the improv round robin workshop.

Christy is on the left holding her finished improv piece in Sherri Lynn Wood’s workshop. Sherri’s workshop was fantastic and a great way to engage in “conversation” with other participants. Each person did an initial starting block that was passed along with our container of scraps to the next person.  After taking a look at the general composition, the conversation would be added to from the respective scrap bin.  Each sewist who added to the conversation also had her own signature fabric that was added during her turn.  Both Christy and Lori really enjoyed the improv workshop and found Sherri Lynn Wood’s approach quite refreshing.

Lori's initial block for the improv round robin.

Lori’s initial block for the improv round robin.

Fun to see how the initial block evolved!  Great conversation was had by fellow sewists to complete Lori's improv round robin block!

Fun to see how the initial block evolved. Great conversation was had by fellow sewists to complete Lori’s improv round robin block.


Finished Night Sky quilt pattern blocks from Julie Herman's workshop.

Finished Night Sky quilt pattern blocks from Julie Herman’s workshop.

Learning to use Julie’s Sidekick Ruler was a nice change from the typical straight line cuts in quilting.  Accurate cutting is definitely a key factor to getting all those points to match!

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pics of our last workshop, Shooting Star mini quilt with Lee Heinrich.  Lori ended up only being able to stay for the first 30 minutes or so due to catching an earlier flight out of Portland.  All in all, we had a great time at the Sew Down.  Despite the snow in Portland, we were well taken care of by The Modern Quilt Guild, Drygoods Design, Modern Domestic and The Nines Hotel!  Thank you to all!

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Riley Blake Designs is sponsoring the 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild members fabric challenge!  Boise MQG’s participants have their fabric and are contemplating their projects.  Here’s the fabric:

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Fabrics

The Rules:

  • Complete a modern quilt – any size
  • Allowed to add any solid fabric or Riley Blake print (you do not need to use all the fabric you are given)

The key component of the overall quilt design must be modern and incorporate one or more of the following principles of modern quilting:

  • Asymmetry
  • Reinterpreting traditional design/blocks
  • Minimalism
  • Alternate grid work or lack of visible block structure
  • Expansive negative space
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • Improvisational piecing

What to do:

  1. Now: Make your quilt!  Share your process using #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter.
  2. February 17, 2014: Submit your entry to the MQG.  You can do this sooner, but the 17th is the deadline.  Read the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge – Update! post for info.
  3. February 22, 2014: Bring your quilt to the Boise MQG Sew Day.  We’ll take photos of our entries.

Have fun!

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