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):
Jeri & Darla’s work on orphan blocks that will go to Artisans for Hope
Betsy made this scrap eater of a stunning quilt
Cathy Rogers quilted three quilts from the Sisters of the Hex project.
Apryl’s quilted post cards using collage technique.
Millissa showing the leaders & enders project that started at Quilting Day Camp
Ginny holding her Ray Quilt, designed by Carolyn Friedlander
Fay made this from raffle winnings at Day Camp
Apryl’s small Hamilton quilt for her daughter.
Nancy’s sweet bee quilt with bear fabrics
Jeri’s latest creation
Gwen Smith showing her stripes & dots quilt
Delanie designed this from our fav Birch Fabrics
Cassie sporting one of the tshirts from Quilt Day Camp
Lynne’s member spotlight show & tell
Lynne shared knitting during the member spotlight.
Apryl with her collage-style quilted post cards
Lynne was in the member spotlight and showed some of her favorite things.
Kathy holding her “donuts & coffee” quilt
- 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!
We’re pleased to introduce the new Member Spotlight series. The Spotlight is simply a way to learn a little about each other and our shared love of quilting. And, each Spotlight member gets time at the next meeting to be, well, in the spotlight and share some of her favorite modern quilts or other works.
First up: Lynne Crawford, joined BMQG during 2020 and attended her first meetings on Zoom.
Lynne and Anne sewing away
Lynne’s La Passacaglia Millefiori blocks
How did you first get involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Lynne: I found the Boise Modern Quilt Guild online.
What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Lynne: Taking a quilting class and working on a sampler quilt from the book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts.
What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Lynne: I like solid colors.
What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Lynne: I like to knit and embroider. I also like to ride my road bike and ski.
What are you working on now?
Lynne: A Carolyn Friedlander pattern called Ariel. I also have several quilts that need the binding hand sewed.
Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you’re sewing? If so, what is it?
Lynne: No food – I’m too messy!
What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Lynne: Audiobooks. I use an app called Libby that lets me check out audiobooks from the library (for free). I like mystery/detective stories as well as some science fiction/fantasy. My favorite authors/series are Louise Penny (Inspector Gamache), M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin), Jim Butchers (The Dresden Files) and N K Jemison (Broken Earth series).
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)
The Central Washington MQG 2020 outdoor quilt show. Photo: Michelle Bartholomew
The Central Washington MQG 2020 outdoor quilt show. Photo: Michelle Bartholomew
Central Washington MQG 2020 outdoor quilt show. Photo: 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 email@example.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.
Lynne’s Gees Bend quilt
Lynne’s other Gees Bend quilt
Elizabeth’s kit from Quilt Xng
Delanie’s first quilt!
Elizabeth’s Halloween quilt
Linda’s small quilt
Kathy’s gingham quilt
Linda’s hand stitch on her Ray Quilt
Delanie’s tshirt quilt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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!
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
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!
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.
Millissa’s Get ‘er Done bee blocks
Darla Christiansen improv
Karen Flavey improv curves
Delanie Edmunds tshirt quilt
Lynne Crawford improv
Lynne Crawford improv
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.
- 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 email@example.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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . We’ve started sewing them to the background squares and can’t wait to add yours.
Show and tell + Quilt label discussion
Deb Stoner’s Tetons quilt
Deb’s custom label
Fay Hikida’s birthday blocks
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