Spring has arrived and we’re giddy about the sun, and what’s ahead for the BMQG. Our March meeting was full of information and updates. Here’s a recap of what happened:
- April 9 Club Mod: Join us for the launch party of Friday night sewing at Club Mod, April 9, 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!
- April 24 Meeting & Guest Artist: Next month we’ll hear from artist Rebecca Klundt, who creates quilt-like work with reclaimed wood. We’ll meet again on Zoom; plan for an abbreviated show and tell so that we have plenty of time for Q&A with Rebecca.
- 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 a couple 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!
Modern Moment: Use of Bold Colors and Prints
- 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 each meeting to talk about characteristics that help define modern quilting. This week we looked at quilts that use bold colors and prints. Watch for more on this topic soon!
- Get ‘Er Done: We’re keen to share our quilting with others in need, while helping members finish projects. At future meetings, we’ll take time for Get ‘Er Done Projects — a virtual or actual table to facilitate quilts going from start to finish. 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. From there, we’ll provide a list of organizations on our website that can use the quilts.
- Sisters of the Hex: You’re invited to help sew hexies that will become a memorial project for past member Denise Arellano. Find out more here.
Show and Tell
We had some great shares this month for our Show and Tell portion of the meeting. Here are some of the patterns and resources mentioned that you might find helpful.
Please join us for our virtual March 2021 Guild meeting!
When: Saturday, March 27, 1 – 3 pm
Zoom: (email email@example.com and we’ll send you the meeting link)
Join us for our monthly guild meeting, where we will be using Zoom to conduct our meeting.
For the meeting itself, we’ll cover the following. Some of these items are new and we can’t wait to tell you all about them!
- Modern Moment
- Giving Back
- 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 (March 24) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Jill Smith of RMCI
Quilting by Laura Pukstas
Designed & created by Boise MQG members
MQG color challenge
RMCI Red Shoe Shindig March 11
Check out this beauty of a quilt! We’re so excited to contribute it to this month’s 2nd Annual Red Shoes Shindig fundraising auction, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Idaho. An online auction is open March 9-18, with virtual watch parties happening March 11. It all supports RMHC’s mission of keeping families together and near the medical care their children need.
You might have worked on the quilt a few years ago, when BMQG members help to designed and sew it. The quilting was done by Laura Pukstas (thanks, Laura, your quilting is amazing!). It was all part of a QuiltCon challenge to local guilds. National MQG gave us just a handful of guidelines: to work collaboratively to create completed quilts, use a predetermined color palette, and use an alternate grid work design. The end result showcases our members’ impressive talents, if we do say so ourselves.
You can get in on the virtual Red Shoes Shindig! There are plenty of options to host a watch party with friends, coworkers or family. Get ready to kick up your heels, boots, or sneakers and enjoy a safe evening of food, fun, and fundraising. For more information, visit rmhcidaho.org/redshoe/.
We are excited to share with you that we are bringing quilter Nicole Neblett to Boise for a two-day Big and Bold Modern Quilt Making Workshop!
- When: Friday and Saturday, June 5 & 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
- Where: JUMP – Inspire Studio, 1000 W Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702
- Cost: $175 BMQG members, $200 non-members
- Availability: 20 spots are available, first come first served. Sign-ups are open to Boise MQG members until March 22, and any spots available after then will be open to non-members.
Want to learn more about modern quilting and make a big and bold modern quilt? In this two-day workshop, we’ll talk about modern quilting and you’ll learn an easy technique for creating quilts with large, irregularly shaped pieces.
- On day 1, we’ll review common design principles and elements of modern quilts and have a trunk show featuring Nicole’s quilts. We’ll also explore our surroundings for sources of design inspiration.
- On day 2, we will apply the modern quilt design concepts from day 1 to make a big and bold modern quilt top. We’ll use an easy technique involving freezer paper to sew together a quilt using large, irregularly shaped pieces.
- By the end of the workshop, you will be on your way to making big and bold modern quilts!
To enroll in the workshop, please sign up here and complete the form which includes instructions on how to pay. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that your spot has been secured, along with a class supply list.
Learn more about Nicole at http://mamalovequilts.com.
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.
Stain-glass window pattern.
Front of owl quilt
Back of owl quilt
Front of grandkid’s quilt
Back of grandkid’s quilt
She created this for a magazine’s fabric challenge using Downton Abbey fabric lines and won an award for it.
Jacket with quilted labels and pockets.
Mystery quilt done with BBQG 2013 pattern.
Irish chain wedding quilt.
Kris’ latest quilt.
Back of quilt.