We hope you had a good Thanksgiving holiday, and we’re thankful for your participation in the guild! A few notes and updates:
Renew by Dec. 8: A reminder to renew your annual membership soon. Dues are $20/year; renew or join by December 8. You have two payment options:
2) mail a check to Shelly Harshman, 1196 W Bear Track Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. Please make checks payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild. (You can also bring a check to our Dec. 3 meeting)
Changes to dues starting in 2023: Membership dues will change to $25 beginning on January 1, 2023. (Renew now and save a few bucks!)
- The change in dues represents the first increase since the Boise MQG was established in 2010. The board voted unanimously on November 18, 2022, to increase the annual dues by $5, with a potential $5 increase every year for the next couple years to meet the needs of the guild. (We’ll provide more details about this at our Dec. 3 meeting.)
- Membership to BMQG includes automatic membership to the national Modern Quilt Guild (a $35 value), which includes access to hundreds of patterns, QuiltCon perks, shopping discounts, online events and more.
- Local MQGs pay a flat annual fee based on the number of members in their group. As our guild has grown, the amount we send to national MQG has increased to $840 — for 2022 that’s about $17 of each member’s dues — and is our guild’s single largest expense. The immense value we receive from this affiliation provides all of us access to MQG information and programs, and notably, our guild’s designation as a 501 (c)3 charitable organization.
- Your BMQG board members work continually to use guild funds judiciously — keeping costs low (e.g., finding no-cost meeting room options) while spending money for programs that align with our mission (e.g., bringing in guest speakers and purchasing batting for community donation quilts).
Dec. 3 Annual Meeting: We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for our annual business meeting (including board elections and 2022 Review) and amazing guest speaker Tara Faughnan!
- When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Please note start time; the library opens at 10:00 a.m., and we’ll allow a few minutes for everyone to settle into the meeting room.) Tara joins us at 11:30 a.m.
Please let us know if you have any questions, and see you on Saturday!
Mark your calendars for our annual business meeting and featured guest speaker Tara Faughnan
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Please note start time; the library opens at 10:00 a.m., and we’ll allow a few minutes for everyone to settle into the meeting room.)
WHERE: Library! at Bown Crossing, Martie Brennan Multipurpose Room, 2153 E. Riverwalk Dr., Boise, ID 83706
Here’s what is planned:
- Annual business meeting: We’ll be electing officers (see details below), looking back at 2022, announcing our annual holiday swap, and getting a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2023.
- Guest lecture: Then we’ll have a chance to hear from Tara Faughnan on Color and Design. Drawing on 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, Tara will share some of her approaches to the creative process, and discuss the importance of value, proportion and color when designing a quilt. Tara will join us via Zoom on the library’s large screen, and we’ll follow her presentation with time for Q&A. Check her out on Instagram or Pinterest.
About the Annual Business Meeting:
As a non-profit we are required to hold an annual meeting to take care of a few quick — but important — items of business. We promise to make the business part go quickly! Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Dues: Dues remain at $20/year; renew or join by December 8. You have two payment options: 1) go to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page and use the PayPal to pay online, or 2) mail a check to Shelly Harshman, 1196 W Bear Track Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. Please make checks payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild. (You can also bring a check to our Dec. 3 meeting)
- Year in Review: We’ll review our financial information, how this last year went, and make some announcements for next year’s guild events.
- Voting: We have a couple of upcoming changes to our Board of Directors:
- President: Lindsie Bergevin is stepping down after three years of service (a huge thanks to Lindsie for everything she’s done for BMQG!!). Current nomination: Darla Christiansen
- Vice President: Current nomination: Marilyn Shake (position formerly held by Darla)
- Secretary and Treasurer: Current nominations (respectively): Millissa Masters and Kathy Stockton, both currently serving in these positions.
- Additionally, Shelly Harshman remains as an appointed, non-voting board member overseeing Membership.
- If you’d like to know more, see the Position Descriptions of Board Members page on our website.
- A few rules about the vote:
- At the meeting any member in good standing may nominate another person to the board with the second of another member.
- To be qualified as an elected officer, a member must be in good standing, and have been active in the Guild for at least one year.
- Renewing and new members are allowed to vote.
- A member does not have to be present to be on the ballot, but you must be at the meeting to vote.
Hope to see you there!
The July 23 meeting will be at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. in Boise, 10 a.m. – noon. We’ll gather in a shady area near the Rose Garden. (please note, Zoo Boise is hosting an event that day so parking may be a bit more crowded than normal). What to bring:
- a chair or something to sit on, water, sunscreen
- additional finished zipper pouches (we’ll plan on filling them that day)
- your completed Modern Block of the Month
- show and tell!
We’ll also update you on Quilt Camp and the September 10 Quilt Walk. Other updates:
- Inaugural MQG Sessions: Have you seen that Modern Quilt Guild is holding a member-only virtual event October 13-16? You can spend the weekend learning from some of the best quilting instructors in the comfort of your own home. For one flat rate of $95 members will have access to over 20 hours of lectures, social gatherings, and more. Every education session is recorded and registered attendees can watch live and replay the recordings on demand for 14 days following the event. Registration will open to MQG members only on July 26th, 2022 at 11 a.m. CDT. Check out the faculty and schedule here: https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/sessions/
- QuiltCon is Coming: Registration opens on August 16. MQG is using a virtual waiting room this year to better manage the registration process. Information will be provided prior to registration day about how this process will work. Be sure to check out the QuiltCon Challenges page to learn more about the various technique and fabric challenges for QuiltCon 2023 (and if enough people from BMQG are interested in participating, we’re looking for a couple of volunteers to lead the effort).
Modern Quilting Bee
We’re kicking off a Modern Quilting Bee Project! It’s simple to participate, and we think it will be so fun! We’re starting with this 16.5-inch unfinished block.
You’ll need to login as a member of MQG — once logged in, you can follow this path to the pattern: For MQG Members > MQG Journal > Previous Issues > MQG Journal Issue 02 > scroll down the page to find “Issue 02 / Block Study / Barbed” and click on More. If you trouble getting to the pattern, email us for help. (Barbed quilt block by Molly Wardlow; photo by Laura Loewen)
Barbed quilt block by Molly Wardlow (Photos by Laura Loewen)
Millissa is leading our Modern Block of the Month
Millissa (BMQG Secretary) is leading the effort and has chosen a tranquil blue and aqua color theme, you can also throw in a natural off white if you are inspired.
- Make your block using these similar colors, using either solids or prints. Don’t worry about finding an exact color match.
- You can use the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers ruler, or something like it for quickly making a batch of Half Square Triangles (HSTs). Or, check out this tutorial if you want to brush up on tips for making HSTs.
- Bring your completed block to the July 23 meeting.
- Eventually, the completed quilt will be part of our Get ‘er Done quilts and gifted to a community organization.
Anne’s zipper bag
A giant thanks to everyone who joined us for making zipper pouches! We collected 31 completed pouches by the end of the meeting – and we know there are more out there being stitched up. The pouches will be filled with personal care items, including items from Jill Shelton Wagers, DMD and Hilton Garden Inn at Pioneer Crossing, and donated to two local organizations: Faces of Hope Victim Center and Community Outreach Behavioral Services (COBS). We especially appreciated the tips and tutorial from Apryl and Cathy R.
If you’re working on a pouch, plan to turn it in by the July 23 meeting. You can follow this simple tutorial by Noodelhead (or if you have an equally simple pouch pattern, you’re welcome to make that). If members are interested in continuing the project, we can add it to our ongoing community giving activities.
Show & Tell
- Marilyn was in the Member Spotlight, and brought a collection that illustrated her journey as a quilter. She made her first quilt for her doll’s bed, and not knowing any different, she cleverly used dryer lint as batting. After that, there was no stopping Marilyn! She admitted that she “love(s) weird backs” and Elizabeth Hartman designs.
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Marilyn in the Member Spotlight
Cassie’s quilt top
- Cassie showed the quilt top she finished during Friday night Club Mod get togethers. There are so. many. HSTs. She’s also leading girls at her church to make fabric bracelets using this fabric and paper version and this fabric-wrapped cord version.
- Darla showed a purse that’s part of the Sew Powerful purse project. The purses are sent to Zambian girls to use for carrying feminine hygiene supplies, thus allowing them to stay in school all month. Find the pattern here. A group of friends will send a package of purses at the end of October, and if you’d like to make a purse, simply get it to Darla, Jeri or Cathy R. by the October meeting.
Get ‘er Done quilts: If you’re helping make quilts to share in our community, Anna Y. reminded us that throw or twin bed sizes would be especially appreciated by some organizations, though smaller baby quilts will also be accepted. Need batting? The Guild recently purchased a supply for this very purpose. Send us a note to let us know what you need!;
When: Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Sewfinity, 800 S Industry Way Ste 360, Meridian
What: The meeting will feature Marilyn Shake in the Member Spotlight and making zipper pouches.
We’ll be making zipper pouches to donate to two local organizations: Faces of Hope Victim Center and Community Outreach Behavioral Services (COBS). We’re asking you to help make the pouches following this simple tutorial by Noodelhead (or if you have an equally simple pouch pattern, you’re welcome to make that), and then we’ll fill the pouches with personal care items, donated by local businesses. The Noodlehead medium pouch (check here for cutting info) is a versatile size and perfect for our inserts. BMQ is supplying zippers and interfacing — and we need you to bring your fabric, sewing machine and your quilty selves to help make it all come together!
What to bring:
- your sewing machine & tools (irons, ironing boards and cutting mats are provided by Sewfinity)
- fabric (if you want to get a jump start, cut 2 pieces of exterior fabric and 2 pieces of lining to 9“ x 12”)
- you can use one piece of fabric for the exterior, or maybe get creative and piece something to a finished size of 9“ x 12”
Apryl Gardner has graciously agreed to lead us in a pouch-making tutorial at the meeting, along with Cathy Rogers’ own bag-making tips. They’ve both made loads of professional-grade pouches, bags and purses, so have first-hand expertise in this area. Our goal is to make 30-40 pouches in this initial effort. If members are interested in continuing the project, we can add it to our ongoing community giving activities.
We hope to see you soon!
A giant thanks to special guest Lindsay Crouch of RipleyClark.com for sharing some of her vintage quilts during our April meeting. The quilts she showed have quite contemporary elements despite being more than 100 years old.
In addition to her trunk show, Lindsay offered tips for how she cares for these old quilts and sparked a larger discussion on the topic:
- Use products such as Synthrolpol or Retroclean when washing the quilts to help with color fastness and yellowing; additionally, horse shampoo has worked for others and is available at local farm stores
- Add as many as 10 Color Catcher sheets, or similar product, if the quilt has heavily saturated colors (e.g., red or black)
- Use fabric of similar color to applique patches over a hole, using hand stitches to help the repair blend in
- For a hand wash option, put your vintage quilt in a bathtub of water and gently agitate and swish to help release dirt; repeat several times as needed
flying geese made from flour sacks, hand dyed
backing made of flour sack cloth
vintage log cabin
Lindsay Crouch from Ripley Clark
A giant thanks to special guest Lindsay Crouch of RipleyClark.com for sharing some of her vintage quilts. Watch for a separate post soon with photos and tips about caring for old quilts. We were also excited to welcome new members to our meeting! Here’s what else:
- Watch your email for details about the May 21 BMQG quilty yard sale (early sign up here if you know you’ll be there) and how to participate in the Modern Bee Block Project, using a block design featured in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Monthly newsletter.
- BMQG is purchasing quilt batting to use in the Get ‘er Done quilts. If you need any for the Get ’Er Done project you’re working on, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you haven’t already, check out this story on our blog to see where our Get ‘Er Done quilts have gone. Thanks to Marilyn Shake for providing quilt labels for our projects! If you are doing the binding step on a Get ’Er Done quilt, be sure to pick up one at the next meeting you can attend, so you can include it in the binding along the back bottom edge.
Show & Tell
Karen F’s temperature quilt
Karen F’s quilt featured at the main library lobby
Apryl’s scrappy twine
Dawn’s vintage scotties
Marilyn’s scrap quilt
Deb’s Y seams (why?)
donation quilt finished by Betsy & Linda J
Darla’s house quilt of birthday blocks
Deb’s orphan block quilt
Karen H’s mini rounds
- Karen F. brought her 2021 Temperature Quilt, complete with a label and backed with fabric aptly named “Weather Report.” Another of Karen’s stunning quilts is also on display at the Main Library front desk.
- Betsy showed two Get ‘Er Done quilts: a sweet pastel baby quilt, and a black & red quilt that was a joint effort between Betsy and Linda J.
- During spring break car trips, Apryl passed the time by twisting fabric scraps into handmade rope, which eventually turned into a cheerful fabric bowl. You can find plenty of tutorials online, here’s one.
- Deb made a block to give Y seams a try, and then wondered why …. she also completed an orphan block quilt from the Get ‘Er Done pile.
- Marilyn spent part of her 100 Day Project plowing through her scraps to make Jen Kingwell’s Bonnie Lass quilt from the Quilt Lovely book.
- Dawn came to her first meeting and shared the vintage scotty dog quilt created by her great grandmother. Dawn inherited the quilt top, later adding a border and backing, hand basting it for stability. Now she’s ready to find vintage fabric from the quilt’s origin era and hand quilt to finish the entire piece. We can’t wait to watch this quilt as it progresses!
- Darla shared her recent house quilt finish, made with birthday blocks from quilty friends.
- Karen H. also joined us for her first time, and shared a photo of a recent quilt finish she gifted, plus she showed us two charming round pieces. Each uses fusible appliqué and is machine quilted, and was made based on an article from the Spring 2022 issue of Art Quilting Studio, detailing how to make fabric bowls.
A big shout out to Angela Bowman at Sewfinity for hosting our meeting! We got a behind-the-scenes look at Angela’s creative quilt process, as well as her booming business, which specializes in solid fabrics and a carefully curated line of patterns and notions. Thanks Angela!
- April 23 Trunk Show and Sew Day: Join us at the Boise Main Library, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium (same location as our February meeting). We will be treated to a trunk show of modern-looking antique quilts from Lindsay Crouch of Ripley Clark antiques. There will also be time for show and tell as well as sewing, if you want to bring a project to work on.
- May 21 Yard Sale: While you’re spring cleaning, consider what you might want to sell at a quilty yard sale. In lieu of a monthly meeting, we’ll join the East End Neighborhood Association for their annual sale (thanks to Lindsie’s friend for allowing us to use her front lawn on Warm Springs Boulevard!). All sale participants are asked to contribute 10% of the day’s earnings to the Warm Springs Historic. Plan to bring everything you need: table, chair, pricing info, change, snacks, etc. You can sell fabric, notions, completed quilts, craft items, books … whatever needs to find a new home. Watch for more details and sign up information coming next month!
- Member Roster: If you’re interested in sharing your contact information with other members, we’re creating a share-able roster to be updated this spring. Watch for information on how to be listed.
- Giving Back: Thanks to everyone for helping make quilts that are delivered to deserving organizations in our community! Anna and Jeri volunteered to help with deliveries (thank you!!) and we had a big stack of quilts turned in. Check out the Get ‘Er Done table at our next meeting to find fabric and blocks. You can assemble just the top, finish the quilting, or bring your own Get ‘Er Done quilt in progress and someone else can pick up the next step.
Karen’s free form pieces Hilde Morin designs
Linda A brought her friend Marion
get er done quilts
Lynne’s scarf from a knit-along
Carol’s Frank Lloyd Wright window quilt
Angela showing how she uses a color wheel to build fabric bundles
Shelly’s flower quilt top
One of Marilyn’s get er done quilts
Elizabeth’s J Sampou quilt
Jeri’s fabric bowl
Carol’s jelly roll quilt from Tula fabrics
Deb’s paint chip challenge mini quilt
Ginny’s Jennifer Sampou table runner
Lindsie and Angela in the Sewfinity back room
Cassie cutting hundreds of HSTs
Millissa’s own design and pattern
Karen’s art from scrap
Shelly’s paint chip mini quilt made by Angela
SHOW and TELL
- In addition to quilting, Lynne is a talented knitter and make this scarf as part of a knit-along.
- Marilyn brought a stack of finished Get ‘er Done quilts and preprinted BMQG labels. If you need a label for one of the Get ‘er Done quilts you’re working on, pick one up at the next meeting.
- Elizabeth finished a colorful Jennifer Sampou quilt.
- Millissa showed a little sewing kit she designed and made (including the pattern!), inspired by a bakery takeout box; she also showed us how she’s taken to the art of Korean fabric wrapping. Pojagi is a piece of cloth where the seams are sewn allowing the fabric to be used for gift wrapping, transporting items, fashion, and home decor. The word refers both to the craft and to the cloth itself.
- Fay is working with her church quilt group to make quilts using the Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper blocks we received in last summer’s Sew Day swag bags. If you aren’t using yours, consider passing the pattern along to Fay for this project.
- Carol A. completed a bright and cheerful rug from Tula Pink jelly roll fabric.
- Deb recieved her paint chip challenge mini quilt, made by Linda J.
- Carol made two Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired window quilts, which hang on either side of her fireplace at home, using the Jackie Robinson “Quilts in the Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright“ book.
- Karen’s organic, free-form quilts were made following Hilde Morin techniques; Karen managed two bonus pieces from her scraps!
- Shelly showed her spring bloom quilt and received her paint chip mini quilt from Angela.
- Jeri created a large fabric bowl.
- Ginny showed a table runner using Jennifer Sampou’s sky fabric and pattern from the “Ombre Quilt” book.
We revealed the results of our Paint Chip Challenge and mini quilt swap at our February meeting. The results were pretty amazing!
Jeri’s mini made by Marilyn
Marilyn’s mini made by Nany E.. made for
Shelly’s creation for Nancy E
Linda A. made for Lindsie
Linda A.’s mini made by Ginny
Nancy S. made this for Delanie
Darla made this for Laura P.
Laura made for Karen
Laura N.’s mini made by Jeriura
Linda J.’s mini for Deb
Deb’s quilt for Linda J.
Cassie made for Gwen
Elizabeth made for Cassie
Betsy made for Elizabeth
Cathy R. made this for Betsy
Apryl made this for Cathy R
Apryl’s new mini was made by Millissa and delivered by Shelly
Gwen made this pair for Millissa