It’s almost time for our all-day sew fest, featuring the paint chip challenge & mini quilt swap, a community heart quilt project, and a salad bar potluck! Please RSVP here so we can plan accordingly. And kindly your mask, regardless of vaccination status, unless you’re actively eating or drinking.
When: January 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- You’re welcome to come as early as 8:30 a.m.
- Come ready to help set up your sewing station when you arrive and put items away before you go.
- Paint chip challenge swap will be at 11:00 a.m., lunch at noon.
Where: LDS church at 3200 Cassia St., Boise 83705. It’s the same location as our summer quilting day camp, in the same large gym.
Some other things to know:
- Masks are required while not actively eating.
- Bring a topping for our lunch salad bar. We’ll also have a snack table if you want to bring anything else to share with others throughout the day.
- Bring your own refillable water bottle or mug, and we’ll cut down on waste.
- In the RSVP form, let us know if you can bring things such as your iron, ironing board, etc.
Paint chip challenge: If you’re like some of us and still contemplating what to make for your mini quilt, check out the BMQ Pinterest board or the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’S board a little inspiration. Let us know in the RSVP form if you’ll be bringing your swap or need to make other arrangements.
New year, new meeting time: Based on feedback, our Saturday meetings will be moved up to 10 a.m. . We’ll plan to meet inside for upcoming meetings, wear masks regardless of vaccination status, and be in locations with space to spread out (this applies for sew days and shorter meetings alike). When the weather is great and we want to meet out in the park, we’ll do that.
It was great being in the park for our August meeting and thanks to everyone for finding their way to a new location. A special welcome to new members, and thanks to Lynne Crawford for stepping into the Member Spotlight! We loved seeing Lynne’s quilts and other handiwork.
Announcements & Upcoming Events
- Sept. 11 Quilt Walk: Gather up those quilts you’ve been making and get ready to show them off at our inaugural Modern Quilt Walk in the park on Sept. 11. The Quilt Walk is an informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location — and to capitalize on greenbelt foot traffic expected at Art in the Park that same weekend.
- If you’re thinking about participating, let us know by completing this form.
- We’re celebrating modern quilting — and other handiwork (whatever you’re making and proud of!). Our quilts will be front and center, but you’re also welcome to bring other items (e.g., bags, works in progress) that show the range of things we all make.
- Read more here and watch your email for additional details as we get closer.
- Club Mod: We’ll take a break for September as we’ll be on the eve of the Quilt Walk (see more below), and then you’re invited to join the Friday night sew party at Club Mod, October 8, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
Show and tell
Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared (scroll down for details):
Delanie designed this from our fav Birch Fabrics
Lynne’s member spotlight show & tell
Cassie sporting one of the tshirts from Quilt Day Camp
Gwen Smith showing her stripes & dots quilt
Cathy Rogers quilted three quilts from the Sisters of the Hex project.
Betsy made this scrap eater of a stunning quilt
Jeri’s latest creation
Fay made this from raffle winnings at Day Camp
Kathy holding her “donuts & coffee” quilt
Jeri & Darla’s work on orphan blocks that will go to Artisans for Hope
Apryl with her collage-style quilted post cards
Lynne shared knitting during the member spotlight.
Nancy’s sweet bee quilt with bear fabrics
Apryl’s small Hamilton quilt for her daughter.
Lynne was in the member spotlight and showed some of her favorite things.
Millissa showing the leaders & enders project that started at Quilting Day Camp
Apryl’s quilted post cards using collage technique.
Ginny holding her Ray Quilt, designed by Carolyn Friedlander
- Delanie designed and worked on this Baby Birch Quilt at the July Quilting Day Camp.
- Millissa spearheaded a leader-ender project that we could all sew on during the Day Camp. She created a design that uses scraps to make a modern, vibrant quilt.
- Jeri showed her Center Point quilt by Elise Lea for Robert Kaufman. She also assembled orphan blocks from Artisans for Hope and Darla pieced the back. It’s off to Gwen for quilting and will eventually be returned to Artisans to sell.
- Apryl is in a mood for minis! She’s making fabric collage postcards (aiming for 100) and the Hamilton mini is for her daughter.
- Gwen had a few bits of stripes and polka dot fabrics that she’s turned into a bright and cheery quilt.
- Cathy R. quilted the three (three!) Sisters of the Hex quilts. Thanks in advance to Betsy, Cassie and Lindsie for finishing the binding.
- Ginny showed off her giant log cabin Ray Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander.
- Kathy S. made this donuts-and-coffee themed quilt for her husband.
- Betsy showed off her very scrappy, very beautiful Japanese X block. You can find tutorials and patterns on Pinterest, and here’s just one example of what you’ll find.
- Nancy S. showed her Bee Sweet pattern with bear fabric from Hobby Lobby
- Fay made a Christmas quilt with the bundle of winnings from July’s Day Camp raffle
- Linda is getting ready for fall with Bats and Boos, a mystery quilt from the FatQuarter Shop.
- Lindsie shared the 2022 Quilter’s Planner that she helped design again this year. You can check out the customizable planner made just for quilters at QuiltersPlanner.com (and a tip from Lindsie: pre-sales end Tuesday, Aug. 31, so if you get your order in today, you’ll get the clip-in bookmarks bundle for free).
Hope you see you at the Quilt Walk on Sept. 11!
Lynne’s Gees Bend quilt
Lynne’s other Gees Bend quilt
Elizabeth’s kit from Quilt Xng
Delanie’s first quilt!
Elizabeth’s Halloween quilt
Linda’s small quilt
Kathy’s gingham quilt
Linda’s hand stitch on her Ray Quilt
Delanie’s tshirt quilt
Our first in-person meeting in more than a year was a welcome change to Zoom! Here’s a look at what happened:
Announcements & Upcoming Events
- Summer Club Mod: We’ll take a break for July, and then you’re invited to join the Friday night sew party at Club Mod, August 13, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
- July 24 Summer Quilting Day Camp: Fewer than 10 spots remain open for our all-day Quilting Camp. We’ll start with morning treats (first things first!) and then a few fun activities throughout the day and lots of raffle prizes. Plus, an impressive collection of quilting swag for each registrant, and a few surprises. Lunch included, and feel free to bring something for the snack table. Sign up by filling out this form.
- Sisters of the Hex: We’ll sew hexi blocks together at the July 24 day camp to make two quilts. A few folks will plan to dedicate their time to sewing on this project and you’re invited to help out as the quilt tops take shape.
- Get ‘Er Done: Our first project is complete (a big THANK YOU to Millissa, Cathy R., Gwen and Darla for working on this quilt). More scraps and orphan blocks were shared at the meeting, so stay tuned for more ways to participate in our effort to get quilts from start to finish before giving them to community organizations. 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. Check out this list on our website for local organizations you can donate them to.
- MQG Challenges: If you’re up for a July project to benefit a good cause, check out this MQG Make-a-Difference challenge. The theme is TREES, the submission deadline is July 21, and quilt entry fees will benefit Trees for the Future, whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land. Are you interested in organizing this (or future efforts) for BMQG to participate in a national MQG challenge? Let us know! send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org . Here are a few other challenges you might want to check out:
- QuiltCon2022: Presented by The Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. Each year, thousands of attendees come to see hundreds of modern quilts on display, including a juried quilt show with entries from MQG members around the world. The five-day event includes live lectures, panels, tours, workshops, and a vendor hall filled with the latest and greatest tools and supplies, and social events. The QuiltCon catalog is out now, and registration opens Aug. 4.
Show and tell
Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared:
- Lynne showed her Gees Bend quilts, both from kits
- Elizabeth brought a Halloween-themed quilt and another from a Quilt Crossing kit
- Delanie might be new to quilting but she knocked it out of the ballpark with a modern take on a t-shirt quilt
- Kathy showed gingham quilts pieced from an assortment of fabric types, all provided by a friend
- Linda made the Ray Quilt, an oversized log cabin with big stitch handwork as part of a Quilt-Along with Carolyn Friedlander; and finished a small quilt in neutrals and earth colors
Hope you see you at Quilting Day Camp on July 24!