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January 2022 Meeting Recap

It was great seeing everyone on Zoom, and we can’t wait to meet again in person!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Paint Chip Challenge & Swap have been tentatively moved to February. Watch for updates via email and Facebook. Want to join the swap? Send a note to boisemqg@gmail.com and we’ll work on matching you with a partner. Please let us know by Friday (Jan. 28) if you want to join.
  • QuiltCon is coming to Phoenix, February 16-20. Are you going? Let us know if you want to meet in person there to exchange notes and finds!
  • Looking to later this year: Quilt Camp in the Sawtooths is still in the works for August 12-14, at Luther Heights Church Camp. And our Modern Quilt Walk in Ann Morrison Park is planned for Saturday, Sept. 10. Stay tuned for more details on both events.
  • If you haven’t yet paid your 2022 dues, please do so soon. We’re updating our roster of current members, and renewing your membership means you’ll get emails and updates about events and activities this year.

CLUB MOD 2022
New year, new format for Club Mod! If you’ve joined before you know it’s a fun and casual way to connect virtually with friends from the comfort of your own sewing room. This year, we’re using Club Mod to focus on finishing Works in Progress (WIPs), and appreciate Cassie for the refresh idea! Here’s how it works:

  • Choose one of your WIPs to complete during Club Mod 2022.
  • We’re kicking it off Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Work on your WIP during Club Mod, or just join us for some socialization to go with your sewing.
  • Get ready to win a prize and enjoy the satisfaction of finishing!

SHOW  & TELL

  • Deb shared her WIP from an online class with Carolina Oneto on free form curves and color theory.
  • Carol showed her striped John James Fabrics Quilt from a Quilt Expressions pattern, as well as one of her three-leaf clover blocks she finished as part of her St. Patty’s Day quilt.
  • Fay finished three quilts from a friend’s one large UFO quilt; it’s been quite a project, but with beautiful results.
  • Valerie finished 20-year-old WIPs: a strip quilt and a picnic quilt. Congrats on getting those done! She also shared her jelly roll rug by RJ Designs and a strip quilt table topper.
  • Elizabeth finished a ByAnnie.com Project Bag from our last retreat. We also got a peek at a purse she is working on for her mother from a kit by Connecting Threads.
  • Kathy S. received a gift of a featherweight sewing machine extender with carrying case, and showed off her Kaffe Fassett quilt.
  • Karen F. shared her Edyta Sitar mystery quilt using a textured linen fabric line. From the leftover blocks she made another fabulous quilt. She also shared a Birch Fabric quilt made from a Quilt Expressions scrap busters pattern, as well as blocks from her 2021 temperature quilt, which she is still working on.

WIPs/NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
We exchanged lots of ideas on organizing WIPs and Unfinished Objects (UFOs), acknowledging it could be fun (and maybe a little bit intimidating) to evaluate and prioritize projects. Some resources we discussed include:

 

Update: Jan. 22 Sew Day Postponed, Join us on Zoom

Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, and our desire to keep BMQG members safe and healthy, we asked for feedback from those who RSVPd to January’s meeting. The majority of responses indicated that we should postpone our After Holiday Sew Party and Swap, which the board has decided to do. Thank you so much to those who shared their preferences.

While it’s disappointing not to meet in person this month, we think this is the best decision for our guild right now. We will tentatively plan to move our swap exchange to our Feb. 26 meeting, which may or may not be an extended sew day (depending on how our local COVID situation is in a month). We’ll be sure to update you on more details and any further changes.

Instead of canceling our January meeting altogether, we have decided to still hold a virtual meeting over Zoom. We’ll have a Show & Tell, so please come and show us what you have been working on and any hand-made gifts you might have received over the holidays! We’ll also have a discussion about WIPs and new year’s resolutions, especially quilty-related ones. Note the earlier time! We hope that makes it more convenient for you to attend.

Here’s the updated details for our Jan. meeting:

When: Saturday, January 22, 10 am (note earlier time)
Where: On Zoom Send us a note to get the link.
Come for show & tell and a discussion on WIPs & new year’s resolutions. We’ll also have a sweet door prize ready!

2021 Annual Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Annual Meeting and our extended conversation with Daisy Aschehoug of Warm Folk!

Annual Meeting

Here are a few highlights of what we covered:

  • 2021 Recap: Lindsie guided us through a look back at our year. Wow! There BMQG was an active and agile group. Members, check your email for details.
  • Dues: Dues remain at $20/year; renew or join by December 8. It’s easy to pay online! Just go to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page and use the PayPal option.
  • Board Changes: Welcome to new Board members Millissa Masters, who will serve as Secretary, and Kathy Stockton, Treasurer! We’re thrilled to have the energy and skills these two offer. We’re equally appreciative of outgoing officers Cassie Koerner (Secretary) and Sally Bradley (Treasurer) who helped make the business end of our organization run so well and be so fun.
  • New earlier meeting time: Based on feedback, our Saturday meetings will be moved up to 10 a.m. beginning in early 2022.
  • Meeting locations: We’ll meet inside for upcoming meetings, wear masks regardless of vaccination status, and be in locations with space to spread out (this applies for sew days and shorter meetings alike). When the weather is great and we want to meet out in the park, we’ll do that.
  • Social media: Join BMQG and other members on Instagram! Look for @boisemqg or #boisemqg, and connect with other members between meetings.

 

Show & Tell

Here’s a sampling of what we shared:

  • Yowza, Nancy Seid got a new machine! She said it’s like dating again, getting to know her new Juki, and we’re glad to hear she’s taking it slow.
  • Gwen made the cutest pouch for her granddaughter’s ballet shoes, using Tula Pink fabric that was made for this very thing.
  • Deb showed the rainbow quilt she’s working on for a family member.
  • Marilyn wowed the crowd with her Tula Pink nesting baskets, that just kept on going!
  • Linda Jolly shared her Christmas quilt completed with fabrics from the summer quilt camp raffle.
  • Lindsie demonstrated her true get’er done attitude with an orphan block baby quilt finish.
  • Karen Falvey sprinkled in some Christmas spirit by showcasing her finished presents quilt, fresh from the long armer.
  • Carol impressed everyone with her patience in quilting her striped top.

What’s Ahead

  • December: Enjoy the Holidays! No Club Mod this month or next, but join us in 2022 for an updated Club Mod (hint: money, UFOs and prizes are part of the deal).
  • January 22: After-Holiday Party, Swap & Sew Day (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.): Join us for an all-day sew fest, featuring the Paint Chip Challenge swap and a salad bar potluck! Watch for details, come ready to help with set up and then get ready for so. much. fun.

Guild T-Shirts Still Available!

If you’re interested in snagging one of those sassy t-shirts passed out at summer Quilting Day Camp, you still have time to order. These seriously soft shirts by JamesAlanTees are designed by our own Lindsie Bergevin. Member only pricing of $30/shirt. Check out options and place your order here.

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Schneider

Our Member Spotlight this time is Elizabeth Schneider. The Spotlight is 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.

How did you first got involved in with Boise Modern Quilt Guild?
Elizabeth: I got involved in the Boise Modern Quilt Guild after I moved back to Boise in 2020. I had been following the guild on social media before we moved.

What’s your first memory of something related to quilting or sewing?
Elizabeth: My grandmother made most of my clothes growing up. Once I learned to sew in junior high we would spend about an hour each Sunday morning after church working on one of my garment sewing projects.

What’s your most memorable, or favorite, quilting project?
Elizabeth: I really enjoyed doing Cinco De Mayo, Karen Stone’s paper piecing project as a block of the month. I had a friend in another state working on it at the same time.

How would you describe your quilting design style or aesthetic?
Elizabeth: I think “modern traditional” fits my style. I have done modern, traditional and art quilting.

What colors, shapes, fabrics do you gravitate to? What do you use most in your designs?
Elizabeth: I like bright colors. Fabrics include Tula Pink, Valori Wells, Violet Craft, Kaffe Fassett. In terms of shapes I have quite a few house designs plus scrap quilts.

Is there someone or something that has influenced your quilting?
Elizabeth: The guilds I have been a part of have been the biggest influence by whom they bring in as speakers.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Elizabeth: I’m also a musician. I play flute and sing in church choir and play English handbells.

What do you do when you aren’t quilting?
Elizabeth: Too many things! I work part-time writing grants for the Idaho STEM Action Center. I am trying to improve my tennis game. I also make cards. And make music.

What are you working on now?
Elizabeth: I’m working on trying to finish Sue Spargo’s 2020 Block of the Month lite, Chirp. I’m also getting a head start on a graduation gift quilt.

What’s the project that you always intended to do (quilting or otherwise) but haven’t yet?
Elizabeth: I want to remake the dress my grandmother wore at my Mom’s wedding in 1961. I have the dress (it’s very cool with a Mad Men vibe) but I’m not her size. I found the Vogue pattern through an online pattern database several years ago and bought it from an Etsy shop for $75!

What’s the longest-lasting UFO in your collection?
Elizabeth: A Dresden Plate wall hanging that I started in 1995. It’s partially machine quilted. The colors are not me.

Do you have a preferred snack or beverage while you’re sewing? If so, what is it?
Elizabeth: Beverages depend on the time of the day and range from coffee or tea to an occasional glass of wine in the evening. I don’t snack while sewing.

What do you listen to or watch while you’re sewing? Do you have any recommendations to share?
Elizabeth: I listen to public radio and depending on time of day it might be classical, jazz, or news. I really like Echoes in the evening.

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

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!

March 2021 Guild Meeting Recap

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:

Announcements

  • 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!

Giving Back

  • 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.

Sisters of the Hex

You’re invited to help make a quilt in memory of our friend Denise Arellano. We were devastated when Denise took her life in August 2020, but we treasure the bonds created over good food, conversation, and of course, quilting! Denise was drawn to making hexies, jump started after seeing the amazing giant quilt made by BMQG member Shelly Harshman and her sisters … who Denise dubbed “Sisters of the Hex.” From there, Denise made hundreds of hexi forms and collected the fabric to cover them. Now we’re inviting you to join the sisterhood in making Denise’s hexi collection complete. The final product will be gifted to her beloved and any leftover hexi blocks will be sewn together into additional quilt tops which we’ll finish and donate to a local charity.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

  • Pick up your packet of hexi-making supplies. (email us at boisemqg@gmail.com for location details)
    • March 28 (Sunday), 2-3 pm. or March 30 (Tuesday), 7-8 pm.
    • You can also get packets by contacting us at boisemqg@gmail.com
  • Hexi-making supply kit: Your packet includes English Paper Piecing (EPP) forms and fabric supplies to make 4 hexi flowers. Feel free to swap out fabric of your own choosing if you like! There are also 1-2 pre-made hexies in your kit, which you can use as an example and to incorporate into your flowers.
  • Make the hexi flowers: each flower is made up of 6 hexi petals + 1 hexi center in a contrasting color. Stitch the individual hexi first, then stitch them to each other. (Below, examples of completed hexi flowers and what completed blocks might look like. Photo credit: SameliasMum.com used by permission.)
  • Return: Please remove the papers from the hexies and press the flowers well; or, if you prefer, leave the papers in and we’ll remove them later. (Please feel free to keep the papers for future EPP projects or recycle them!) Bring your completed hexi flowers to the May BMQG meeting. The flowers will be handed off for machine stitching to background fabric, making 6.5-inch unfinished squares. Depending on how the project progresses, there may be an opportunity to help machine sew blocks together at the August BMQ Quilting Day Camp.

HEXI TUTORIALS TO CHECK OUT
https://www.redhandledscissors.com/2013/06/27/tutorial-english-paper-piecing-hexies-part-1/
https://www.redhandledscissors.com/2013/07/17/tutorial-english-paper-piecing-hexies-part-2/
https://weallsew.com/how-to-sew-english-paper-pieced-hexagons/ (links to a variety of techniques)

Thanks ever so much for your help! Please let us know if you have questions.

March 2021 Meeting – join us!

Please join us for our virtual March 2021 Guild meeting!
When: Saturday, March 27, 1 – 3 pm
Zoom: (email boisemqg@gmail.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.

Meeting agenda:
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!

  • Updates
  • 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 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!