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 2015 Sew Day – Join Us!

When: Saturday, March 28, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

Our March Sew Day is right around the corner! We will be working on individual projects this month so bring your sewing machine and sewing/quilting projects to work on. This will be a great time to catch up on those lingering projects you haven’t had a chance to get to. 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)

Inspiring presentation

We felt incredibly lucky to have local artist Anna Webb speak to us on Saturday about her mosaic artwork. Her talk was very inspiring! We learned about her public artwork around Boise, her artistic process, and where she finds inspiration for her work. There were many correlations with modern quilting: the desire to make something tangible, pushing boundaries, inspiration based on architecture, landscapes, and shapes, as well as embracing the imperfections that celebrate the human touch in art. I think we all left that day invigorated. Anna also brought a few pieces of her work for us to look at and touch. Check out the pictures below.

If you want to see her work in person, check out these locations around Boise.

  • 9th and River streets, just west of the Boise Downtown Library
  • Traffic circle at Crescent Rim Dr. and Eastover Terrace near the Boise Depot
  • The mosaics incorporated in the new Cancer Survivors Pavilion in Julia Davis Park

During Show and Share we also got to see some great work by our members as well!

February 2015 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join us for our monthly Sew Day!

When: Saturday, February 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

FsDBpaIb8fuTSapw1Cq1nA-IMG_0044We are in for an inspirational treat this Sew Day! Local mosaic artist Anna Webb will be joining us at the beginning of our meeting as our guest speaker. Some of you might be familiar with Anna as a reporter for the Idaho Statesman, but she is also a talented mosaic artist and will be speaking to us about the artistic intersection of mosaics and quilts. She has traveled the world to see and study mosaics and has created several beautiful mosaic art installations in Boise. She’ll be sharing photos from her travels, mosaic art that inspires her (lots of quilty inspiration, too!) and her thoughts on composition, color choice, and her creative process. This is one guild meeting not to miss!

Did you attend QuiltCon? If we have time after Anna’s presentation we would love for you to share your experience with the group (if you don’t want to, that’s okay too).

Also, don’t forget to bring your completed BOM and finished projects to share!

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)

January 2015 Sew Day – A Recap

January’s Sew Day was full of creativity.  We worked on name tags and other sewing projects, while visiting away.

Members Sewing

Many of us did more visiting than sewing!  But that’s okay, right?

Angela Bowman Sewing Machine

Sew and Share was inspiring, as always.  Marilyn Shake shared 6 of her recent quilt finishes, earning quite a few tickets for the WiP’s & Wishes Challenge.  A few members have completed block 1 of the Moccasin Block of the Month.  Check out all the pictures!

January 2015 Sew Day – Join Us!

Join us for our monthly Sew Day!

When: Saturday, January 24, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)

Tired of using those throwaway name tags? We are too! This month we will spend our Sew Day making our own individual name tags to use during BMQG events. Bring your sewing machine, supplies, and some name tag ideas. If you need help in that area, we’ve set up a Pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/boisemqg/name-tags/ with great ideas to get you started. We are looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

If you aren’t interested in making a name tag, you are welcome to bring a project to work on.

Also, don’t forget to bring your BOM and completed projects to share with the group.

A few other items of interest:

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

If you aren’t 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, if one is scheduled)

Hope you join us!

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