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!

January 2014 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join us for our monthly Sew Day! We are meeting at a NEW LOCATION – the Boise Public Library on Capitol Blvd, in the Marion Bingham Room on the 3rd floor. Please note that we are meeting at an EARLIER TIME, for this month only.

When: Saturday, January 25, 11am – 1pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

This is going to be an exciting year for the Boise Modern Quilt Guild! Over the next few months we will be exploring some of the different elements that make up modern quilting.

We will kick off the year at our January 25th Sew Day (note the different time and location) learning more about one of the components of modern quilting: reinterpreting traditional design with design and fabrics.

We will show examples of how modern fabrics and color can transform traditional blocks into something modern, and explore some of our favorite modern fabric lines and designers (and where to purchase that great fabric online!) We will also work through an online tutorial together to illustrate how tweaking the design of a traditional quilt block can make it modern.

Tutorial Supplies :: Modern Sawtooth Star from 42quilts.com

  • Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter
  • Iron and small ironing board (if you have something portable)
  • Fabric
    • Outside fabric – 2 pieces of 3”x5” and 1 piece cut 4”x4”
    • Fabric for points – 4 pieces (same color, mix of colors, your call) at least 3.5” wide and about 10” long
    • Center fabric – 5” or larger square
  • Sewing machine, thread, etc.
  • Also – bring a power strip/surge protector if you have one.

Below is an example of the modern Sawtooth Star. Everyone’s will turn out different!

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Hope you join us!

As always, bring completed projects for Show & Tell.

After-Christmas Party – December 28

Join us at the Library! at Cole & Ustick on December 28 for our after-Christmas party! We will provide the music and cider. You just need to bring:

  • A treat to share (savory or sweet)
  • The pin cushion you made for the exchange
  • Items for show and tell, including sewn items you may have received over the holidays
  • 2014 dues if you haven’t paid yet

Please note that this will not be a regular sew day and due to the food we advise you do not bring your sewing machine.

We will meet at the Library! at Cole & Ustick (7557 W Ustick Rd, Boise) at 1 p.m.

Happy Holidays!

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