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Aug. 28 Monthly Meeting (10 a.m.)

Join us for our monthly BMQG meeting, outdoors and in person! We’re meeting earlier in the day to beat the heat.

When: Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. to noon (**note time change for this meeting**)
Where: Grass near the Old Timers’ Shelter at Ann Morrison Park, Boise (park near the east entrance of the park)

  • Masks are optional; we’ll supply hand sanitizer.
  • Bring a chair or quilt to sit on. The weather should be perfect, so bring some handwork if you’d like.
  • Bring your Show & Tell, including anything you might have been working on from the July Quilting Day Camp.
  • Do you have an idea for the next Get ‘er Done project? Bring it, share it, get some help.
  • We’ll have a door prize!

We’ve chosen this location for our meeting so that we can scope out the site of our Sept. 11 Quilt Walk, and so that everyone can get familiar with the location ahead of time. Are you thinking about what quilts you might want to display at our inaugural show? It will be a fun, casual affair, and we’d love to have as many participants as possible with as many quilts on display as you’d like. Read more about the Quilt Walk here.

Questions? Send us a note at boisemqg@gmail.com. We hope you’ll join us!

Quilting Day Camp 2021 Was So Much Fun!

Our quilting day camp was such fun! Thanks to everyone who spent the day with us to sew, talk, pose for close-ups, eat, win, and all the rest. Shout out to Millissa Masters for her work designing and organizing a leader/ender project, which one day will be another Get ‘er Done community quilt; to Linda Jolly for applying her magic touch to the hexi quilts; and to everyone who helped sew (an unsew) the hexi blocks.

And, we had truly generous donors who contributed to our prizes and swag bags. Please support and thank these terrific folks:

Here’s what some of our attendees said when we asked what they liked about the retreat:
“Food was great, lots of social time and great prizes.”
“Seeing everyone! Working on the community quilts. Sharing ideas and seeing what everyone is working on. I left renewed and inspired.”
“Seeing everyone again and just chatting with people. Getting my creative juices flowing again!”
“So very happy to get out of the house and sew. Thank you!!! LOVED the swag bag and I am excited for the tshirt.”
If you attended and have pictures to share on social media, be sure to tag them with #boisemqg. And, check out our Instagram profile @BoiseMQG for more photos in the coming weeks.

June 2021 Meeting Recap

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 boisemqg@gmail.com . 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!

June 26 meeting is in person!

When: Saturday, June 26, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Inside at the LDS church, 3200 Cassia St., Boise

  • We originally planned to meet outdoors, but the forecast is for sizzling temps (100 degrees!) so we decided to move indoors.
  • You’re welcome to wear a mask or not — your choice — but if you haven’t yet been vaccinated, masking up is encouraged. We’ll have hand sanitizer and be in a large room with plenty of space for social distancing.
  • Bring completed hexis and your completed modern projects to share with the group. Besides Show and Tell, we’ll also be doing a Scrap Exchange, so please bring scraps of any size to exchange, and maybe something for the Get ‘er Done table!

We can’t wait to see everyone in person!

P.S. There are just 9 spots left in our July 24 Quilting Day Camp. Find details and registration info here

Last call: Sisters of the Hex

If you happen to have hexis for the Sisters of the Hex project, please turn them in at our June 26 guild meeting (or by June 30 if you can’t make it that day). After we get your hexi flowers, those will be sewn to gray background squares (we already have nearly 200!!) and then plan to assemble blocks at the July 24 Quilting Day Camp.  If you have extra hexis or can’t get them turned in by then, no worries! We can easily use them for future community donation quilts.

Thank you everyone who’s had a part in this. Here’s what is next for Sisters of the Hex:
  • Two quilts – We have enough blocks to make 2 quilts.
  • Assemble tops – we’ll plan to sew blocks together at the July 24 Boise Modern Quilt Guild Day Camp. A few of us plan to devote the day to sew blocks together, and if you’re there, you’re invited to chip in!
  • Finishing – Cathy Rogers has volunteered for quilting, Betsy Johnson volunteered to bind, Sewfinity donated a bolt (a bolt!) of fabric for backing, and Jeri Wood has volunteered to make a label. And, we’ll have a card available that anyone who contributed can sign, and these will be given with the quilts.

Sign Up for the July 24 Quilting Day Camp

Join us for our annual summer gathering of no-host modern quilting. We’re going al fresco and sewing outdoors!  Members, sign up by submitting the form you received by email. The retreat is limited to 40 attendees. Member registration ends June 18; non-member registration begins June 19

When: July 24, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (We’re starting early to beat the heat! You’re welcome to arrive as early as 7:30 a.m.)

Where: LDS church at 3200 Cassia St., Boise 83705 (We’ll meet at the picnic shelter at the rear of the church lot, so drive around back for parking and meeting.)

Cost: $40 per Boise MQG member | $65 non-members

  • Morning treats (baked goods, coffee, juice) and catered lunch is provided.
  • Those fabulous collections of swag are back! Plus, an expanded raffle ($1/ticket), so bring your cash and hope to win. Contributions to the swag and raffle come from the likes of Sewfinity, Quilt Crossing, Roost Books, Kitchen Table Quilting, QuiltCon, Cotton and Joy, Alison Glass, Pen and Paper Patterns, Aurifil, FreeSpirit Fabrics and more!
  • We will plan to be outdoors under a large picnic shelter.
  • This will be a “no-host” retreat, meaning that everyone brings their own sewing machines, necessary tools and projects to work on.
  • We’ll bring Sisters of the Hex supplies and see where the project stands.
  • The Get ‘er Done table will be set up. Find or bring fabric and scraps, orphan blocks and unfinished projects (at any stage).

We hope you’ll join us!

April 21 Meeting & Guest Artist Rebecca Klundt

Please join us for our April 2021 virtual Guild meeting!
When: Saturday, April 24, 1 pm – 3 pm
Zoom: (email boisemqg@gmail.com and we’ll send you the meeting link)

Featuring guest artist Rebecca Klundt: “Gather. Break down. Reconstruct.”

Utah artist Rebecca Klundt makes quilt-like art, working primarily in wood and acrylic to create two-dimensional “reconstructions.” Rebecca’s artwork uses resources that might otherwise be wasted, is inspired by Utah’s mountain landscape, and is driven by a desire to foster thoughtful conversation. “I love the challenge of using simple materials to say something…or to hear something,” she says. If you’ve ever dug through your scrap bin to source your next project, you’ll appreciate Rebecca’s resourcefulness and design ingenuity. Find her on Instagram @rebeccaklundt or at rebeccaklundt.com 

Our meeting will also include:

  • Modern Moment: We’re revisiting the characteristics that help to make a quilt modern. This time, we’ll talk about High Contrast & Graphic Areas of Solid Color.
  • Updates: How are those hexis? And, what did you think of Club Mod, our Friday night sewcial?
  • Show and Tell: Do you have anything new you are working on? Show it to us! If it’s a larger item, consider sending a few photos that can be shared on screen during the meeting. Send a photo of the whole thing, and one or two of details we might not see otherwise. Submit by 5pm on Thursday (April 22) to boisemqg@gmail.com.

If you haven’t been able to join us recently for a virtual meeting, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up. Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!

January 2021 Sew Day recap

We had a wonderful meeting via Zoom at the end of January where we shared our recent makes. The following resources or patterns were mentioned as part of the show and tell:

We also showed off the fabric postcard swap as part of our After Holiday Party annual swap tradition. They all turned out so well! Here are a few of the post cards shared. If you don’t see yours here, nudge your partner to email us a pic and we’ll add it to this gallery!

 

October 2020 – join us!

Please join us for our virtual October Guild meeting and Sew Day!

Join us Saturday, October 24 at 1 pm for our monthly guild meeting where we’ll be doing something a little differently! While we’ll still use Zoom, it will be a Virtual Sew Day and we encourage you to pick a project to work on during the meeting. See below for a few tips on making this work successfully.

Meeting agenda:
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following:

  • Check in
  • Show and Tell: Show off our modern projects and share what we’re working on!
  • Tip Time — Ironing: One of the great things about belonging to a group like the BMQG is all the experience and knowledge our members have — and their willingness to share that knowledge. Recently, one our members reached out to us about her struggles with ironing piecework and quilt tops….so, let’s discuss what types of irons you use, ironing boards and wool pressing mats, tips on pressing seams and finished quilt tops, how to store pressed pieces and tops, starch solutions, etc.

Tips for making this Virtual Sew Day meeting work for everyone:

  • Pick a project to work on during the meeting, and set up your device to allow you to see the meeting and us to see you while you work on it. You might experiment with your device’s camera position if you are going to be sewing at your machine or cutting at your table, for instance. If you can’t reposition your device very easily, perhaps you can pick some hand work to do.
  • Be sure to mute! We love discussion during our meeting — we just don’t want to hear everyone’s machine’s humming loudly in the background. So know how to mute yourself when you aren’t chatting and how to turn the mute off when you are ready to talk.

Next meeting
We will be combining our November and December meetings as we do every year. Instead of meeting in both November and December, we will meet December 5. This will be our annual meeting that will include board elections and an amendment to our bylaws so we can vote virtually.

Some notes about using Zoom if you are new to it:
If you haven’t been able to join us the past few months, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up! If you haven’t done this before, we recommend that you do the following ahead of time to make sure you have it set up correctly before it’s time to meet.

  1. You’ll need to choose a device with a camera, microphone and speakers. This could be a computer, tablet or phone. Keep in mind that some computers don’t have a microphone built in, so by testing ahead of time, you can decide which device would work best.
  2. Next, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/signup and it will walk you through downloading and installing the Zoom app. You’ll be prompted to create a free account but once you do so, you won’t need to log in again.
  3. Then at our meeting time, go to the email that you received as a member, click on the Zoom link at the top of the email and it’ll bring you right into our meeting.

Here’s a few best practices for using Zoom:

  • Plug your computer or device into a power source
  • Mute your microphone when not actively speaking
  • Be aware of your surroundings and behavior (We can see you!)
  • Add questions/comments in the “Chat” section to be addressed by moderators
  • Use the “Raise hand” button if you would like to address the group
  • Make comments short and succinct, mute for responses

Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!

September 2020 – join us!

Please join us for our virtual September Guild meeting!

Join us Saturday, September 26 at 1 pm for our monthly guild meeting, where we will be using Zoom again to conduct our meeting.

Meeting agenda:
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following:

  • Check in
  • We are going to keep our meeting this month quick and casual. Since we haven’t met for the past two months we want to see what you have been working on! We will only have 40 minutes of meeting time, so have your projects ready to show off!

If you haven’t been able to join us the past few months, we promise Zoom is really easy to set up! If you haven’t done this before, we recommend that you do the following ahead of time to make sure you have it set up correctly before it’s time to meet.

  1. You’ll need to choose a device with a camera, microphone and speakers. This could be a computer, tablet or phone. Keep in mind that some computers don’t have a microphone built in, so by testing ahead of time, you can decide which device would work best.
  2. Next, follow the link (sent to members via email) and it will walk you through downloading and installing the Zoom app. You’ll be prompted to create a free account but once you do so, you won’t need to log in again.
  3. Then on Saturday Sep 26 at 1 pm, come back to this email, click on the link again and it’ll bring you right into our meeting.

Here’s a few best practices for our virtual guild meeting:

  • Plug your computer or device into a power source
  • Use a headset if you are in a crowded or noisy space
  • Mute your microphone when not actively speaking
  • Be aware of your surroundings and behavior (We can see you!)
  • Add questions/comments in the “Chat” section to be addressed by moderators
  • Use the “Raise hand” button if you would like to address the group
  • Make comments short and succinct, mute for responses

Let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to it!