Join Us for August 2015 Sew Day

When: Saturday, August 22, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

This month Tracy Clark will show us how to do angled improv. When complete, participants will have a 12”x30” piece like the one pictured below. If you wish to participate, please see this Angled Improv Block list for the amount of fabric and tools you will need to bring.

Angled Improv

As always, please bring your completed projects and your BOM to share with the group. Don’t forget those mini-quilts if you completed yours last month. We would love to see it!

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

Learning about quilt bindings

We had a great meeting in July! The highlight of the meeting was Carol Mitchell sharing different binding techniques with the group. We learned about double and single fold bindings, basing your binding width on the size of your quilt (who knew?) and many other tips.

We also had several members share completed projects. Check out the photos below.

Join Us for Our July 2015 Sew Day

When: Saturday, July 25, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

If you are participating in the mini quilt project, this is the month we are binding our projects. Keeping with our theme, Carol Mitchell will show us different binding techniques for our quilts. All are welcome to participate even if you aren’t making a mini quilt. You can look into getting a quilt made of custom t-shirts if you want to have one but are not participating. However, if you want to try the techniques as Carol talks about them, please bring the following:

  • Fabric for binding your mini quilt (if you don’t have a mini quilt, just bring something to practice on) – between 2 1/2″ and 3″ wide depending on if you want a standard binding or facing.
  • If you want a pillowcase backing/binding, please bring the size of your quilt width x the length of quilt plus 4″ (In other words you will need 4″ longer than your quilt length).

If you haven’t started a mini yet, it’s not too late – check out the Pinterest board with Mini Quilt inspiration to help you find some great ideas. Check it out here.

As always, please bring your completed projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

One more thing:
If you are interested in participating in the 2015 Boise Basin Quilt (BBQ) Show, Bloom & Sew, forms are due to BBQ by their August 20th meeting. Category 1700 covers modern quilts! All the information, including category descriptions, rules and entry forms can be found on their website Quilt Show pages https://www.boisebasinquilters.org/quilt-show/entries/.

Kathleen Probst visits the Boise Modern Quilt Guild

At our June meeting we had the pleasure of hosting Kathleen Probst. She spoke about what inspires her artwork, as well as her artistic process. Best of all she brought many quilts to share with us!

We also had several members bring quilts to share.

Join us for our June 2015 Sew Day

When: Saturday, June 27, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

This month Kathleen Probst will be speaking to our group. Kathleen is a self-taught artist and has been exhibiting her work in national exhibitions for the last 3 years. While teaching high school mathematics, Probst discovered art quilting and found the freedom to create her own compositions. She works in her home studio in Meridian. At our meeting she will describe her journey toward minimalism and bring quilts to share. Check out her website to learn more about her work.

If you are participating in the mini quilt project, this is the month we are machine quilting our projects. If you haven’t started yet, its not too late – check out the Pinterest board with Mini Quilt inspiration to help you find some great ideas. Check it out here. In July we’ll bind them.

As always, please bring your completed projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

Beautiful May Day for Quilting

Check out the great view we had for our May Sew Day! With the threat of storms it was the perfect day to be inside sewing and sharing.

We even had a few members working on their mini quilt projects.

May 2015 Sew Day – Join Us!

When: Saturday, May 23, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

This month we will be working on individual projects so bring your sewing machine and sewing/quilting projects to work on.

If you are participating in the mini quilt project, this is a great opportunity to start piecing your project. We’ve started a Pinterest board with Mini Quilt inspiration to help you find some great ideas. Check it out here: Boise Modern Quilt Guild Mini Quilts Pinterest Board. Next month we’ll learn and practice our machine quilting skills, and in July we’ll bind them.

As always, please bring your completed projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

* Quick announcements
* Show and share
* Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

April 2015 Sew Day – a Recap

As always, our members brought great completed projects to share with the group.

The Improv Round Robin was so much fun!!! Despite the nerves and lack of rulers we were able to successfully complete the round robin while chatting the entire time.

To begin we each took about 15 minutes to put together our own improv piece. when the time was up, we passed it around along with our container of scraps. We used scraps to add to each person’s improv piece, also adding our “signature” fabric. By the end of class we all worked on everyone’s piece a few times.  We ended up with such unique pieces!

Angela shared many videos of the process on Instagram, and compiled the short videos into one.  Enjoy!

April 2015 Sew Day – Join Us!

When: Saturday, April 25, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Victory Branch Library, 10664 W Victory Rd, Boise, ID (Forrey Room downstairs) at the corner of Victory and Five Mile – Please note that this is a different location than where we normally meet (only for this month).

During our April Sew Day Christy and Lori will lead everyone in an Improv Round Robin. Based on the improv class they took by Sherri Lynn Wood (who tentatively has Boise on her list of stops for promoting her new book Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters – yahoo!), it’s a fun way to try improv for the first time or practice your improv skills.

How it works – the basic idea is to pass around an improv piece you have started in class along with your container of scraps. Each person will use your scraps to add to your improv piece and will also add a piece of their “signature” fabric. By the end of class you will have worked on everyone’s piece a few times and each person will end up with something completely unique!

Please bring the following if you would like to participate:

  • Variety of fabric scraps (ranging from small to largeish)
  • A basket or box (i.e. shoe box, etc.) sturdy enough to pass around and large enough for your scraps
  • About a 1/2 yard or so of “signature” fabric
  • Rotary cutter and mat – leave the ruler at home!
  • Sewing machine and accessories

As always, please bring your completed projects and your BOM to share with the group.

If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.

Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:

  • Quick announcements
  • Show and share
  • Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)

March Sew Day – Recap

We had our own little QuiltFort going on during our March Sew Day, with lots of creativity on display! Many members showed off their completed items and we made lots of progress on the projects we brought to work on.