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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! If you do need to make a few last-minute purchases, make sure to check online on sites like Raise to see if there are any savings available that you could use to get what you need.

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.

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!