April 2014 Sew Day – A Recap

What a great sew day! This was our second spent working on the banner quilt we are preparing for the quilt show in September. Members not only made blocks on Saturday afternoon, but several brought additional contributions from home. Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm and hard work we now have 66 blocks!

The Michael Miller Challenge fabric was distributed to members that had signed up for the challenge. I think we all agreed it is the best fabric so far. If you were unable to pick up your fabric at the meeting we will have it at the May Sew Day. Remember – the project completion date has been extended to July 25, giving everyone an extra month to create their project.

We also shared some our completed projects. It was great to see everyone’s creativity on display.

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April 2014 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join us on April 26 for our monthly Sew Day!

When: Saturday, April 26, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

We have two things on the schedule:

  • If you signed up for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge you can pick up your fabric. Super cute fabric – we can’t wait to see what you create!
  • Last month we made 32 blocks for our banner quilt. Half way there! Since we still need more, we are going to make more this month. See below for guidelines.

Banner Block Guidelines

  • Size: 6. 5” unfinished
  • Style: As long as it is modern, it is your choice. Check out our Pinterest board for ideas and tutorials.
  • Color or fabric requirements: None – just keep it modern!

If you would rather sew on your own project, bring it! No matter what you work on, it promises to be a productive afternoon.

As always, please bring your completed projects to share with the group! Also, if you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord.

March 2014 Sew Day – A Recap

March’s Sew Day was a lot of fun! We had a longer session to sew and talk and share our projects. We had a brief update about this summer’s Bogus Basin Quilt Guild Quilt Show that we are invited as guest guild to. We hope to have a lot of submissions from our guild members. Our goal is to enter at least 50 quilts. Boise Modern Quilt Guild members are allowed to enter up to two quilts for free, for either judging or exhibit only. (Additional quilts are $3 each.) They have even created a new Modern quilt category this year! You can read more about the particulars on our Quilt Show FAQ page.

We had a handful of new faces join us and it was fun to meet and talk with everyone! We also built and gathered 32 blocks for our Guild’s banner quilt. We are half way to our goal of 64! If you have built more blocks to add to our stack, bring them to the April Sew Day. We’ll have a longer Sew Day that day as well, to build more banner blocks. We hope to start building the center part and arrange the quilt sometime in May.

Photos from the Boise Modern Quilt Guild March Sew Day show and tell

I am sorry I don’t remember everyone’s names! But the quilts were fabulous to see and get inspiration from. Thanks, everyone, for bringing your projects to share.

March 2014 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join us on March 22 for our monthly Sew Day! This one is exciting – not only is it our first extended Sew Day, from 1 to 5 p.m., but we will be making blocks for our Boise Modern Quilt Guild banner. So bring your fabric, your block patterns and everything you need to sew.

When: Saturday, March 22, 1pm – 5pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

Banner Block Guidelines

  • Size: 6. 5” unfinished
  • Style: As long as it is modern, it is your choice. Check out our Pinterest board for ideas and tutorials.
  • Color or fabric requirements: None – just keep it modern!

If you would rather sew on your own project, bring it! No matter what you work on, it promises to be a productive afternoon.

As always, please bring your completed projects to share with the group! Also, if you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord.

February 2014 Sew Day – a Recap

There were lots of new faces at this meeting – we signed up 9 new members!

We began our Sew Day with Show and Tell.  Here are some recent projects by our members, including a couple projects for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge:

February 2014 Quilt 3

February 2014 Quilt 2

February 2014 Quilt 1

February 2014 Quilt 5

February 2014 Quilt 6

We talked about making a banner quilt.  This will be a group effort, and we are so excited to get started.  We’ll need a bunch of 6.5″ unfinished quilt blocks for this project, and we’re planning to have a block-making frenzy for next month’s sew day.  Check out our Quilt Block Tutorials Pinterest board for tons of inspiring free tutorials.  We made sure to put the block size on each pin!

Then we shared a couple of news items:  the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge and 2015 QuiltCon.  Exciting stuff, folks!

Lori Wambolt (our Treasurer) shared her experience from SewDown Portland, along with her “conversation” quilt block.

February 2014 Lori Sew Down

Lori showed examples of quilts that focused on composition and use of negative space. Then we made some quilt blocks along this theme, using this tutorial by Alissa Haight Carlton: This Way Quilt.

February 2014 Quilt Blocks

Sew Down Portland – a Recap

Now that we’ve recovered from our Sew Down Portland weekend retreat, we (Christy and Lori) want to share a few pics. Both of us had a great time and look forward to the possibility of attending future MQG events. Meeting other modern quilting enthusiasts was definitely a lot of fun and worth seeking out again. Hopefully the MQG will have more future events on the western side of the country to make traveling to and from easy.

Quilt Blocks from Heather Jones Workshop - You & Me Quilt Pattern

Quilt Blocks from Heather Jones Workshop – You & Me Quilt Pattern

The pattern for Heather’s You & Me quilt was pretty straightforward and didn’t require a lot of instruction from Heather.  As a result, the workshop was mostly heads down sewing time.  The best part was seeing all the different color and fabric choices for the pattern.

Look at all those scraps!  Christy's ready for improv sewing.  Bring it on!

Look at all those scraps! Christy’s ready for improv sewing. Bring it on!

Finished results of great "conversation" with other sewists during the improv round robin workshop.

Finished results of great “conversation” with other sewists during the improv round robin workshop.

Christy is on the left holding her finished improv piece in Sherri Lynn Wood’s workshop. Sherri’s workshop was fantastic and a great way to engage in “conversation” with other participants. Each person did an initial starting block that was passed along with our container of scraps to the next person.  After taking a look at the general composition, the conversation would be added to from the respective scrap bin.  Each sewist who added to the conversation also had her own signature fabric that was added during her turn.  Both Christy and Lori really enjoyed the improv workshop and found Sherri Lynn Wood’s approach quite refreshing.

Lori's initial block for the improv round robin.

Lori’s initial block for the improv round robin.

Fun to see how the initial block evolved!  Great conversation was had by fellow sewists to complete Lori's improv round robin block!

Fun to see how the initial block evolved. Great conversation was had by fellow sewists to complete Lori’s improv round robin block.

 

Finished Night Sky quilt pattern blocks from Julie Herman's workshop.

Finished Night Sky quilt pattern blocks from Julie Herman’s workshop.

Learning to use Julie’s Sidekick Ruler was a nice change from the typical straight line cuts in quilting.  Accurate cutting is definitely a key factor to getting all those points to match!

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pics of our last workshop, Shooting Star mini quilt with Lee Heinrich.  Lori ended up only being able to stay for the first 30 minutes or so due to catching an earlier flight out of Portland.  All in all, we had a great time at the Sew Down.  Despite the snow in Portland, we were well taken care of by The Modern Quilt Guild, Drygoods Design, Modern Domestic and The Nines Hotel!  Thank you to all!

February 2014 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join in the fun! We are looking forward to another Sew Day in our roomier space at the downtown Boise library. Last month was our first month at this location and everyone enjoyed having a bit more elbow room to work.

When: Saturday, February 22, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

Our discussion topic for our February sew day will be composition and the use of negative space in a quilt.

We will be working through the recently posted tutorial on the Janome website by Alissa Haight Carlton, one of the founders of The Modern Quilt Guild.

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“This Way Quilt” by Alissa Haight Carlton

Yes, the tutorial is for an entire quilt, however, we will start with the foundational block that the quilt builds upon. How much of the quilt you make after we make the very graphic, simple block will be up to you.This quilt does appear to be one that will come together quickly (once you tackle all the cutting!) and would be a great example of modern quilting to showcase in the upcoming BBQ 2014 quilt show.

For the foundational block, you will need the following materials:

Fabric A (Background Fabric)

  • 1 – 3.5” x 3.5” square
  • 2 – 2” x 2” squares

Fabric B

  • 1 – 2” x 5” piece
  • 1 – 3.5” x 2” piece

If you’re interested in completing more than the starting foundational block, here is the link to the tutorial that details remaining cutting instructions:

http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/ProjectCenter/Project_Detail/This_Way_Quilt

Additional supplies you may also want to bring:

  • Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter
  • Iron and small ironing board (if you have something portable)
  • Sewing machine, thread, small scissors
  • Power strip/surge protector if you have one

As always, be sure to bring your latest show and tell finished quilts for all to see! You are also welcome to bring your own project(s) to work on if this tutorial doesn’t peak your interest or you are focused on a current project and simply can’t tear yourself away from it to start something new. We look forward to seeing you for our February Sew Day.

UPDATE: If you are participating in the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge, bring your quilt.  We’ll take photos of our entries.

Getting ready for the Portland SewDown

Less than a week before we (Christy and Lori) leave for the Portland SewDown! We’ve never been to something like this and are very excited. What could be better than staying at a fancy hotel and quilting all weekend with like-minded folks in a great city like Portland? We’ve got a lot to do before we leave though. Over the next few days we”ll be busy preparing our fabric (three yards of scraps? How do you measure that?) for the workshops and gathering supplies.

The workshop Christy is most looking forward to is the Improv Round Robin taught by Sherri Lynn Wood. She loves improv piecing and is looking forward to doing it in a group. Lori is looking forward to learning new techniques with Julie Herman’s sidekick ruler.

Below are a couple pictures of some of the fabric and supplies Christy and Lori have gathered so far.

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Fabric

January 2014 Sew Day – a Recap

We began our Sew Day with Show and Tell.  Here are some recent projects by our members:

January 2014 Sew Day Lindsie

January 2014 Sew Day Angela

Christy showed examples of how modern fabrics and color can transform traditional blocks into something modern.

We began with some inspiring modern quilting found on our Pinterest board.
January 2014 Sew Day Modern Quilt Inspiration

Some modern fabric lines we like!
January 2014 Sew Day Fabric Lines

We like to support our local quilt shops in Boise, but we also buy online. Here are some of our favorite online shops.
January 2014 Sew Day Fabric Shops Online

We worked through an online tutorial together to illustrate how tweaking the design of a traditional quilt block can make it modern.  Here are some Modern Sawtooth Star quilt blocks we made from this tutorial.
January 2014 Sew Day Modern Sawtooth Star Quilt Blocks

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Riley Blake Designs is sponsoring the 3rd annual Modern Quilt Guild members fabric challenge!  Boise MQG’s participants have their fabric and are contemplating their projects.  Here’s the fabric:

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Fabrics

The Rules:

  • Complete a modern quilt – any size
  • Allowed to add any solid fabric or Riley Blake print (you do not need to use all the fabric you are given)

The key component of the overall quilt design must be modern and incorporate one or more of the following principles of modern quilting:

  • Asymmetry
  • Reinterpreting traditional design/blocks
  • Minimalism
  • Alternate grid work or lack of visible block structure
  • Expansive negative space
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • Improvisational piecing

What to do:

  1. Now: Make your quilt!  Share your process using #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter.
  2. February 17, 2014: Submit your entry to the MQG.  You can do this sooner, but the 17th is the deadline.  Read the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge – Update! post for info.
  3. February 22, 2014: Bring your quilt to the Boise MQG Sew Day.  We’ll take photos of our entries.

Have fun!

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