Modern quilt walk coming Sept. 11!

It’s official! We’re confirmed for a Modern Quilt Walk in Ann Morrison Park on Sept 11. The Quilt Walk is an informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location — and to capitalize on greenbelt foot traffic expected at Art in the Park that same weekend. Here’s a glimpse at how the Central Washington MQG hosted a similar event last year. (photos: Michelle Bartholomew)

More details will be forthcoming, but here’s what to know for now:

It’s Simple: We’ll spread our quilts out on the lawn, bring our own chairs and snacks, and BMQG will have a couple of information tables. It’s an opportunity to talk with people about your craft and artistry.

When: Saturday, Sept. 11; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Adjacent to the Boise Greenbelt in Ann Morrison Park (on the south side of the Boise River); we’ll display on a stretch of grass between the footbridge and Old Timer Shelter

Who: Anyone in the Boise MQG is welcome to participate and display quilts, no registration fee. We’ve also invited the Nampa MQG to participate.

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

 

The mission of the Boise MQG is to develop and encourage the art of modern quilting; encourage new quilters and other fiber artists from all backgrounds to explore modern quilting; offer educational opportunities; and support “charity” or other works that provide back to the community through the use of modern quilting skills.

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!

Modern Moment: Improv Piecing

Have you ever wondered if your quilt was “modern” or “modern enough”? Well, you’re not alone. To help demystify the topic, we’re taking a few moments at the start of each meeting to talk about characteristics that help define a modern quilt. At our May meeting, members shared their improv quilts and we looked at a few other examples.

Above, some examples from our own:

  • The BMQG’s Get ‘er Done community quilt – sewn together by Millissa Masters – features blues, yellows and a pop of red, put together improv-style
  • Karen Flavey participated in a workshop with Cindy Grisdela to create these lovely pink curves
  • Lynne Crawford shared two of her improv quilts in bold solids
  • Darla Christiansen made 2.5″ scrappy blocks for a rainbow effect
  • Delanie Edmunds showed us her take on an improv t-shirt quilt

You can find an impressive array of examples made by other people by visiting the Modern Quilt Guild’s gallery.

May 2021 Guild Meeting recap

Coming up

  • June 11 Club Mod: Join us for the next Friday night sew party at Club Mod, June 11, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
  • June 26 In-Person Meeting: We’re planning on meeting outdoors and in person.

Want to join the fun? Send us a note at boisemqg@gmail.com and we’ll make sure you have the details. We have more fun events planned for this year. Be sure to join our guild so you can participate in our upcoming activities and be the first to know about them!

Giving back

  • Get ‘Er Done: Our first project is nearly complete! Let us know if you are willing to make and sew binding — the quilt is 64“ x 64“ (and a big THANK YOU to Millissa, Cathy R. and Darla for working on this quilt). Get ’er Done is our clearinghouse to facilitate quilts going from start to finish before giving them to community organizations that can use the quilts. 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.
  • Sisters of the Hex: If you have completed hexi flowers, send us a note at boisemqg@gmail.com . We’ve started sewing them to the background squares and can’t wait to add yours.

Show and tell + Quilt label discussion

Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared and discussed:

  • Deb Stoner finished her Tetons Quilt, which will be a lovely wedding gift. She used the Mod Mountains Pattern ; and, Deb made her own custom label to match the quilt design
  • Fay Hikida finished her red and white Creatin’ in the Sticks quilt from a birthday block exchange
  • Get custom iron-on labels like Cassie’s from Mad Modern Graphics
  • Try the technique that involves stamping labels shown here
  • Or try printing your computer-design label onto fabric ironed on to freezer paper, explained in this tutorial
  • Customize iron-on, write-on labels with stencils, like these
  • Include the year you made (or finished) the quilt
  • Use archival or permanent ink like a Pigma pen to write on the corner hanging sleeve
  • This Bonnie Hunter technique involves sewing a simple label into the corner
  • Try pre-writing your label message, then use a lightbox or window to trace it onto the fabric

May Guild Meeting is Saturday!

When: Saturday, May 22 1 pm – 3 pm
Zoom: (email boisemqg@gmail.com and we’ll send you the meeting link)

Meeting agenda

  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Giving Back: Updates on the Sisters of the Hex project and the Get ‘er Done table.
  • Modern Moment: Each month we revisit the characteristics of what makes a quilt modern, and this time we’re talking improvisational piecing. Do you have examples to share? Or, a favorite book, tutorial or class you can tell us about?
  • Labels Discussion: Do you label your projects? If so, how? Bring your examples and best tips to share.
  • Show and Tell: Bring it and show it. You have projects, we need to see them.

Hope to see you there!

April 2021 Guild Meeting Recap

We had another great meeting this month, starting with a few announcements:

  • May 7 Club Mod: Join us for Friday night sewing at Club Mod, May 7, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Then, pencil in the second Friday night of the month for upcoming Club Mod sewing parties. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
  • May 22 In-person Meeting: We’re planning on meeting outdoors and in person beginning in May. Plan on wearing a mask and social distancing, and watch for more info on locations, including availability of tables, electricity or covered pavilions.  (We have more fun events planned for this year that are still in the early stages.)

Be sure to join our guild so you can participate in our upcoming activities and be the first to know about them!)

Giving Back

  • Get ‘Er Done Projects: This is the place to facilitate quilts going from start to finish, and then find them a new home in the community. Thanks to Millissa Masters for taking on our first project — a batch of bee blocks she’s artfully assembled into a completed 64″ x 64″ quilt top. Cathy Rogers is donating batting, and if you’re interested in quilting or binding, let us know!
  • Sisters of the Hex: We are so thrilled with everyone’s response to help sew hexies! They’ll become part of a memorial quilt for past member Denise Arellano. If you need more hexi-making supplies, send us a note at boisemqg@gmail.com. Bring any completed hexi flowers to our May 22 meeting (did we mention it’s in person?).

Show and Tell

We had some great shares this month! Here’s a sampling of the patterns and resources mentioned.

Guest Artist Rebecca Klundt

Our meeting featured artist Rebecca Klundt, whose work is so inspired and so quilt-like in its construction we couldn’t help but be wowed. If you missed it, check out her work on Instagram @rebeccaklundt or at rebeccaklundt.com .

 

Modern Moment: High Contrast & Graphic Areas of Solid Color

Have you ever wondered if your quilt was “modern” or “modern enough”? Well, you’re not alone. To help demystify the topic, we’re taking a few moments at the start of each meeting to talk about characteristics that help define a modern quilt. This week we looked at quilts that feature high contrast & graphic areas of solid color, like these:

You can browse through plenty more examples of modern quilts in the MQG photo gallery.

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!