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Announcing our Modern Quilting Bee + June 2022 Meeting Recap

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)

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.

Zipper Pouches

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.
  • 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!;

Join us in June for Zipper Pouches!

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!

Vintage Quilt Trunk Show

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

April Meeting Recap

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 boisemqg@gmail.com. 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. 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.

April Meeting: Vintage Quilts, Repair & more

Join us for our monthly meeting! 
 
When: Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Boise Main Library, 1st floor, William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium (from main lobby, go through the children’s section to find the Auditorium entrance)

Our meeting will feature special guest Lindsay Crouch, a local online vintage clothing retailer (RipleyClark.com) and avid quilt collector. She’ll be sharing a trunk show of her vintage quilts, some of which are quite contemporary despite being more than 100 years old. She’ll also share her tips for how to repair these delicate quilts, as well as working with vintage fabric in making new quilts.

Other items on the agenda:

  • Details about the May 21 quilty yard sale (early sign up here if you know you’ll be there)
  • Show & Tell
  • Sewing! Feel free to stay to sew until 1 p.m. Bring or sew on any heart blocks you might have participated in making.

Finally, check out this story on our blog to see where our Get ‘er Done quilts have gone!

March Meeting Recap

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!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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.

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.

Paint Chip Challenge Mini-Swap

We revealed the results of our Paint Chip Challenge and mini quilt swap at our February meeting. The results were pretty amazing!

 

February Meeting Recap

We had a full and fun meeting, with lots of show & tell and swaps. Watch for a separate post soon dedicated to just our Paint Chip Challenge Swap.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Club Mod 2022: This year, we’re using Club Mod to focus on finishing Unfinished Projects (UFOs), and appreciate Cassie for the refresh idea! Join us at 7p.m. on Zoom on the second Friday of each month. Work on the UFO of your choice, or just join us for some socialization to go with your sewing. Want to get serious about it? Complete this optional UFO Challenge Commitment form.
  • March 26 Meeting: We’ll meet at Sewfinity in Meridian, owned by BMQG member Angela Bowman. Angela recently won a prestigious Judges’ Award at the QuiltCon Quilt show for her quilt “Chloe,” and will share a bit about herself and her work. In addition to Angela’s presentation, we’ll show some of the quilts featured in the show at QuiltCon and then, of course, make time for shopping.
  • May Yard Sale: While you’re spring cleaning, consider what you might want to sell at a quilty yard sale. Watch for details on location and date. We’ll ask you to contribute a $5 flat fee for space (the proceeds will go to a local non-profit—if you’ve got a suggestion for the board to consider, let us know!), and from there you can sell fabric, notions, completed quilts, craft items, books …. whatever needs to find a new home.
  • Membership Dues: If you haven’t yet paid your 2022 dues, please do so soon. We’re updating our roster of current members, and renewing your membership means you’ll get emails and updates about events and activities this year.

SHOW & TELL

 

  • Linda J. showed a quilt made of her hand-dyed indigo fabrics; she also created a black and white quilt as part of a modern improv class with Carole Lyles Shaw – this started out as 24“ pinwheels that were cut up and put back together
  • Gwen and Linda J. made transparency quilts by Modern Quilt Studio
  • Karen F. participated in a MQG Mini-Swap and received this small quilt from England; she also made lots of blue and yellow small quilts from her stash and leftovers from another swap
  • Elizabeth finished a ByAnnie.com Project Bag from our last retreat, which she said was easier than expected
  • Carol quilted her large scrappy, striped quilt on her domestic machine
  • Betsy set a goal of finishing one UFO per month, and a small redwork piece is her latest
  • Linda A. took some blocks from the Get ‘er Done stack last summer, and brought back the impressive finished product
  • 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.
  • Jeri finished her 2021 temperature quilt, which includes a key about temperature ranges; she also showed a quilt of brights with black frames that she purchased in Minnesota while traveling this winter
  • Nancy S. made a quilt using adorable fabric with “sweater bears” that her husband loves to use as his TV quilt
  • Nancy E. finished two quilts using our beloved Birch fabric
  • Lindsie showed off some hand stitching in progress from a QuiltCon class.

100 DAY PROJECT
Darla and Jeri were inspired by Sarah Ruiz’s presentation at QuiltCon about 100 day projects. Sarah’s approach is to pick your own timeframe (maybe 5 days or 30 days are better for you), and then decide your own rules. Anything goes, whether it’s sewing one seam a day (Darla’s goal toward finishing some UFOs) or putting two pieces together every day (Jeri’s plan for a neglected project) — you get to make the rules and change them if you need to. Marilyn has joined in and if you are interested, you’ll find lots of #100dayproject inspiration on social media.

GIVING BACK / GET ‘ER DONE
Deb and Lindsie completed two small quilt tops that were passed along to Marilyn for quiltiling. There are still plenty of orphan blocks that could be assembled into tops, so please check out the Get ‘er Done table at our next meeting. 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.

Feb. Meeting: Mini Sew Day & Paint Chip Challenge Swap

We’re in person for our next meeting!

When: Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. – noon (stay until 2 p.m. if you want to keep sewing)

Where: Main Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium (first floor), Boise (Please note: Everyone over age two, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face mask inside all Boise Public Library locations, including inside meeting and study rooms.)

  • Bring your swap: If you participated in the Paint Chip Challenge and swap, bring your mini quilt to hand off to your swap partner! If you can’t be there, consider getting your quilt to someone who can deliver it on your behalf.
  • Sew some hearts: Let’s make some simple heart bocks to use in a Get ‘er Done community quilt. The heart fabric is provided — just bring your whites for background (any white will do — including white on white, low-volume prints, solids, etc) and your sewing machine. We’ll plan on making 6-inch blocks using this pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew and then bordering each heart with a 2-inch strips of white. Copies of the pattern will be available at the meeting, or check it out ahead of time.
  • Wear your mask: We’ll be inside, and we want to help everyone stay healthy!

We hope to see you on the 26th! In the meantime, be sure to check out our latest Member Spotlight featuring original Sister of the Hex Shelly Harshman.

January 2022 Meeting Recap

It was great seeing everyone on Zoom, and we can’t wait to meet again in person!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Paint Chip Challenge & Swap have been tentatively moved to February. Watch for updates via email and Facebook. Want to join the swap? Send a note to boisemqg@gmail.com and we’ll work on matching you with a partner. Please let us know by Friday (Jan. 28) if you want to join.
  • QuiltCon is coming to Phoenix, February 16-20. Are you going? Let us know if you want to meet in person there to exchange notes and finds!
  • Looking to later this year: Quilt Camp in the Sawtooths is still in the works for August 12-14, at Luther Heights Church Camp. And our Modern Quilt Walk in Ann Morrison Park is planned for Saturday, Sept. 10. Stay tuned for more details on both events.
  • If you haven’t yet paid your 2022 dues, please do so soon. We’re updating our roster of current members, and renewing your membership means you’ll get emails and updates about events and activities this year.

CLUB MOD 2022
New year, new format for Club Mod! If you’ve joined before you know it’s a fun and casual way to connect virtually with friends from the comfort of your own sewing room. This year, we’re using Club Mod to focus on finishing Works in Progress (WIPs), and appreciate Cassie for the refresh idea! Here’s how it works:

  • Choose one of your WIPs to complete during Club Mod 2022.
  • We’re kicking it off Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Work on your WIP during Club Mod, or just join us for some socialization to go with your sewing.
  • Get ready to win a prize and enjoy the satisfaction of finishing!

SHOW  & TELL

  • Deb shared her WIP from an online class with Carolina Oneto on free form curves and color theory.
  • Carol showed her striped John James Fabrics Quilt from a Quilt Expressions pattern, as well as one of her three-leaf clover blocks she finished as part of her St. Patty’s Day quilt.
  • Fay finished three quilts from a friend’s one large UFO quilt; it’s been quite a project, but with beautiful results.
  • Valerie finished 20-year-old WIPs: a strip quilt and a picnic quilt. Congrats on getting those done! She also shared her jelly roll rug by RJ Designs and a strip quilt table topper.
  • Elizabeth finished a ByAnnie.com Project Bag from our last retreat. We also got a peek at a purse she is working on for her mother from a kit by Connecting Threads.
  • Kathy S. received a gift of a featherweight sewing machine extender with carrying case, and showed off her Kaffe Fassett quilt.
  • Karen F. shared her Edyta Sitar mystery quilt using a textured linen fabric line. From the leftover blocks she made another fabulous quilt. She also shared a Birch Fabric quilt made from a Quilt Expressions scrap busters pattern, as well as blocks from her 2021 temperature quilt, which she is still working on.

WIPs/NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
We exchanged lots of ideas on organizing WIPs and Unfinished Objects (UFOs), acknowledging it could be fun (and maybe a little bit intimidating) to evaluate and prioritize projects. Some resources we discussed include: