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August Meeting Recap

It was great being in the park for our August meeting and thanks to everyone for finding their way to a new location. A special welcome to new members, and thanks to Lynne Crawford for stepping into the Member Spotlight! We loved seeing Lynne’s quilts and other handiwork.

Announcements & Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 11 Quilt Walk: Gather up those quilts you’ve been making and get ready to show them off at our inaugural Modern Quilt Walk in the 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.
    • If you’re thinking about participating, let us know by completing this form.
    • We’re celebrating modern quilting — and other handiwork (whatever you’re making and proud of!). Our quilts will be front and center, but you’re also welcome to bring other items (e.g., bags, works in progress) that show the range of things we all make.
    • Read more here and watch your email for additional details as we get closer.
  • Club Mod: We’ll take a break for September as we’ll be on the eve of the Quilt Walk (see more below), and then you’re invited to join the Friday night sew party at Club Mod, October 8, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!

Show and tell
Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared (scroll down for details):

  • Delanie designed and worked on this Baby Birch Quilt at the July Quilting Day Camp.
  • Millissa spearheaded a leader-ender project that we could all sew on during the Day Camp. She created a design that uses scraps to make a modern, vibrant quilt.
  • Jeri showed her Center Point quilt by Elise Lea for Robert Kaufman. She also assembled orphan blocks from Artisans for Hope and Darla pieced the back. It’s off to Gwen for quilting and will eventually be returned to Artisans to sell.
  • Apryl is in a mood for minis! She’s making fabric collage postcards (aiming for 100) and the Hamilton mini is for her daughter.
  • Gwen had a few bits of stripes and polka dot fabrics that she’s turned into a bright and cheery quilt.
  • Cathy R. quilted the three (three!) Sisters of the Hex quilts. Thanks in advance to Betsy, Cassie and Lindsie for finishing the binding.
  • Ginny showed off her giant log cabin Ray Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander.
  • Kathy S. made this donuts-and-coffee themed quilt for her husband.
  • Betsy showed off her very scrappy, very beautiful Japanese X block. You can find tutorials and patterns on Pinterest, and here’s just one example of what you’ll find.
  • Nancy S. showed her Bee Sweet pattern with bear fabric from Hobby Lobby
  • Fay made a Christmas quilt with the bundle of winnings from July’s Day Camp raffle
  • Linda is getting ready for fall with Bats and Boos, a mystery quilt from the FatQuarter Shop.
  • Lindsie shared the 2022 Quilter’s Planner that she helped design again this year. You can check out the customizable planner made just for quilters at QuiltersPlanner.com (and a tip from Lindsie: pre-sales end Tuesday, Aug. 31, so if you get your order in today, you’ll get the clip-in bookmarks bundle for free).

Hope you see you at the Quilt Walk on Sept. 11!

Modern Quilts to Line the Boise Greenbelt on Sept. 11

Central Washington Modern Quilt Guild
The Central Washington Modern Quilt Guild hosted a similar event last year. (Photo by Michelle Bartholomew)

The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will hold a Modern Quilt Walk on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Ann Morrison Park. Quilts will be displayed on a stretch of grass on the south side of the river, between the Pioneer Footbridge and Old Timer Shelter.

The Quilt Walk is a fun and informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location during the same weekend as Art in the Park. Members of the Boise MQG and Nampa MQG will be displaying their quilts. If you are interested in displaying your quilts at the event, please contact us for more information. The Quilt Walk is free and open to the public, and passersby will be invited to vote for a People’s Choice quilt.

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. They might feature bold, playful or unusual arrangements; they may or may not have uniform blocks of repeated patterns. Several characteristics that may help identify a modern quilt include:

  • The use of bold colors and prints
  • High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • Improvisational piecing, which involves sewing fabric together without always cutting to precise measurements
  • Minimalism—spareness and simplicity of design
  • Expansive negative space, known as white space or background of any color, to create contrast and allow a certain design element to stand out
  • Asymmetrical and alternate grid work, or simply arranging a quilt in an unconventional or unexpected manner
  • Modern traditionalism or the updating of classic quilt designs by using design techniques like color, scale, symmetry, and grid placement to modernize the design

The Boise Modern Quilt Guild is an affiliate member of the Modern Quilt Guild, Inc., and a non-profit organization with more than 40 members. Established in 2010, the BMQG’s mission 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 using modern quilting skills. More information is available on our About page.