Thanks to everyone who joined us for our after-holiday sew party! Our appreciation to Red Rock Christian Church for hosting us again this year.
Some reminders & announcements:
Feb. 6 Nampa Modern Quilt Guild: Several of our members are visiting the Nampa MQG Feb. 6 meeting for a trunk show of modern quilts. Want to join us to show your modern creations and share your ideas about what’s modern? Members, check your email for contact info.
Community Giving: Holy cow! 18 completed quilts and 8 pouches/backpacks were turned in. Thanks to Anna for delivering quilts around town.
Animal Mats: The Idaho Humane Society uses small mats to set at the base of animal kennels. You can simply make a quilted mat (fabric on both sides, batting or even an old blanket sandwiched in the middle, zigzag or binding around the edge) that eventually can go to the animal’s new home. Bring yours to the next meeting and Jeri has volunteered to deliver them to the Humane Society. Finished sizes are: (1) Cats: 18“ x 24” (2) Small animals: 24“ x 36” (3) Dogs: 40“ x 25”
For pouches and backpacks: New socks can be added to the list of useful items that go into zipper pouches and backpacks. Thanks to Dawn for a generous donation of travel size toiletries and to Jeri for getting all of this into hands of folks who can use them. CATCH Housing staff told Jeri at her last drop off that they love the BMQG!
Quilts of Valor: Feb 3 is National Quilts Of Valor Sew Day. The Canyon County chapter is asking for folks to help with their goal of making and gifting 100 quilts to veterans by the end of 2024. Right now, there are 47 nominees to receive a Quilt Of Valor in Canyon County alone – and an estimated 300 statewide. If you’d like to make something for QOV, read about their guidelines here. And, read a recent article about them in the Idaho Press here. More questions? Contact Sue Laird at [email protected]
Prizes: Congrats to Dawn and Ginny on winning those terrific raffle prizes! And thank you to Lindsie for her generous donation of a new Quilters Planner set to the prize line-up. Check out everything new here: https://quiltersplanner.com/
Mark your calendars for our February 24 meeting, at the Library at Cole & Ustick (7557 W Ustick Rd, Boise), 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. It’s an open sew! Bring your machine, project tools, handwork and of course, show & tell! To see photos from our sew day, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram feeds!
Join us for an all-day after-holiday sew party! We’ll sew, show, eat (potluck!) and swap.
When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (swap happens at 11:30 a.m., followed by potluck lunch, then show & tell at 1:30 p.m. )
Where:Red Rock Christian Church, 1124 S Roosevelt St. (corner of Roosevelt & Kootenai), Boise
Parking: Please park in the lot on the north side of the church for easiest access to our space.
It’s a potluck: Bring your favorite food to share for a potluck lunch.
Tea towel swap:If you want to participate in this swap (purely optional), create something from a tea towel. It could be a bag, an apron, an embellished tea towel, a pin cushion or anything else you come up with! Use a vintage tea towel, a brand-spanking new one, or one from your kitchen drawer. In a pinch, bring one you pick up on the way to the party (because hey, life happens!). Need some inspiration? Check out our Tea Towel Crafts Pinterest board and consider the kind of creation you’d like to get!
We’re fortunate to be able to use this space at no charge. A basket will be available if you’d like to throw in a few bucks as a donation to the church — purely optional and no pressure or obligation.
Bring your community giving projects in any phase of completion to show and pass along.
Door prize and raffle prize not to be missed!
We will be at a church facility, so please no alcohol or pets.
Members, check your email for additional details. Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th!
Join us Saturday, December 2, for our annual meeting and special guest speaker Cheryl Arkison!
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Sewfinity, 800 S Industry Way, Suite 360, Meridian (please, no children at this location due to safety precautions)
Annual business meeting: We’ll be electing officers (members, check your email for details on elections), looking back at 2023, and getting a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2024.
Dues: Every membership is based on the calendar year, and beginning January 1, 2024 annual dues will change to $30. Renew now and pay our current $25 rate! You have two payment options: 1) pay online with PayPal at the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page (small service fee added), or 2) mail a check payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild to Shelly Harshman, 1196 W Bear Track Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. (You can also bring a check to our Dec. 2 meeting).
Show & Tell: As time allows, we’ll fit in a little show & tell.
Guest Zoom lecture: Then at 11:30 a.m., we’ll be joined by Cheryl Arkison, who believes life is too short not to play with fabric. Cheryl believes that no piece is too small or too loud, and that fabric is meant to be used. “IMPROV IS MY LOVE LANGUAGE: Loosely inspired by the idea of the five love languages for showing and feeling love, this presentation shares my theories on the love languages of quilters. Mine just happens to be Improv. Want to find out yours? Join this fun presentation. Illustrated with quilts and stories. Knowing your love language will help you understand your quilting joys and frustrations.”
It’s going to be a fun, jam-packed meeting, so we hope you can attend! (Please note that we are combining our November and December meetings. Stay tuned for our annual after-holiday party on January 27.)
Wow, show & tell at Saturday’s meeting was a doozy! A big big thanks to everyone who brought finished community giving quilts (we had a lot!) or took some home to move toward completion. If you need a BMQG label to sew onto your donation quilt, pick up one of the new labels at our next meeting. And, watch the BMQG Instagram and Facebook feeds for photos from our meeting.
Tips and conversation:
Marilyn has lots of sheets for use as backing on donation quilts
Cascade Life Alliance takes blankets for Organ Donors – lap size is perfect and these become family heirlooms
Coveyquilts.com – member Denise C. jumped in and started her own quilty business
Eclectic Curio at Glenwood & Chinden – Pam P. shared some of her great finds from there!
Appreciation to our friend Pat C. who brought another generous amount of fabric, and Barbara M. who shared rulers and books. So many things found new homes!
A former is selling her Bernina Q20 Longarm, purchased October 2022; used minimally and being sold due to downsizing; $11,000 as is. Interested? Contact us at [email protected]
Marilyn spoke about why willing to be a volunteer for this group is advantageous. She noted that a volunteer might get chicken socks from Kathy (Treasurer), how Shelly (Membership) keeps us on track, and that you get to choose the best cabin at Quilt Camp! Thanks to these board members and to others who have volunteered to participate in next year’s board!!
Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events: PEO’s Holiday Bazaars: Several of our members are also PEO members, and mentioned these upcoming events:
Nov. 4, 9:30am-2:30pm, St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral (512 N. Eighth St. Downtown Boise)
Nov. 18, 9am-3pm, 824 E. Logan in Caldwell
Surprise Valley Neighborhood Holiday Pop-up: Nov. 18, 10am-3pm, 6105 S. Schooner Place, East Boise; featuring items from some of our own members!
Annual Meeting:Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sewfinity, 800 S Industry Way, Suite 360, Meridian (please, no children at this location due to safety precautions) (no meeting in November) Our appreciation to Angela Bowman for hosting us again! We’ll take care of required annual meeting business (year in review, elections, etc) and then hear from Cheryl Arkison, who believes life is too short not to play with fabric. Cheryl will talk about how “Improv is My Love Language,” loosely inspired on the idea of the five love languages for showing and feeling love, this presentation shares her theories on the love languages of quilters.
After-Holiday Sew Party:Jan. 27 – We’ll sew, show, eat (potluck!) and swap (stay tuned for details). We’ll swap something made out of a tea towel. It could be a bag, an apron, an embellished tea towel, a pin cushion or anything else you come up with! Use a vintage tea towel, a brand-spanking new one, or one from your kitchen drawer. In a pinch, bring one you pick up on the way to the party (because hey, life happens!). We’ll trade by drawing names (like we did at Camp). Need some inspiration? Check out our Tea Towel Crafts Pinterest board.
BMQG Guild Meeting / Open Sew When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Library! at Cole & Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Rd., Boise If you plan to sew, bring your machine, tools and projects. We’ll have a small ironing board and an iron available.
There will be more fabric for the taking (due to the generosity of our new friend Pat!) so prepare to browse. And, don’t forget to bring your solid creations from the fun snip-rip-drop-pass game (thanks, Mary Simmons!) to our October meeting.
Bring your show & tell and community giving quilts. We want to see what you’ve been working on! And, if you have any community giving quilts (in any phase) to pass along to a new home, or for a next step toward completion, bring those, too! Marilyn Shake has some spiffy new labels to sew into the binding, and if you need batting for a donation quilt, please contact Millissa Masters (members, check your email for contact info).
Finally, we are looking for two folks to join our board. We so appreciate the service of Marilyn Shake and Millissa Masters, and we’re happy that both continue to actively participate in guild projects. Here’s a snapshot of the open board positions, and what is involved:
Vice President: You’ll reserve monthly meeting spaces, and arrive early to arrange tables and chairs as needed; set out routine meeting items as needed, which may include: nametags/pens, directional signs, fabric exchange, community giving project collection items and other items related to the meeting agenda. We’ll ask you to participate in board discussions and planning; act as the president in her absence; and assist the president as needed.
Secretary: You’ll take notes at monthly meetings (announcements, group projects, donation info, etc.) and at board meetings (a basic meeting summary, decisions made, action items); if needed, coordinate with Apryl for social media posting; and participate in board planning, discussions and decisions.
General info: Our board generally meets monthly for 1 hour; about half the time we meet in person, and when appropriate, we skip an in-person meeting and communicate electronically instead. Your ability and willingness to communicate electronically and familiarity (or willingness to learn) with Google Drive/Gmail is extremely helpful; we’ll introduce you to Quip, our online collaboration tool document editing (e.g., agendas, meeting notes, camp planning) and group communication.
If you’re interested in board service, we’d love to talk to you! Drop us a line at [email protected]
Where did August go? We’re already looking forward to seeing you at the September meeting and mini sew day.
BMQG Guild Meeting / Open Sew When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Library! at Cole & Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Rd., Boise
If you plan to sew, bring your machine, tools and projects. We’ll have a small ironing board and an iron available.
Bring your face collage: Saturday is the Very Last Day to turn in your collage for the quilt show group entry. If you signed up to participate, bring yours to Pam at Saturday’s meeting (and don’t forget to include your label on the back). If you can’t attend, contact Pam directly to arrange pickup (members, check your email for Pam’s contact info). Did we mention that Saturday is the absolute deadline?
Bring your show & tell and community giving quilts: We want to see what you’ve been working on! And, if you have any community giving quilts (in any phase) to pass along to a new home, or for a next step toward completion, bring those, too! If you need batting for a donation quilt, please contact Millissa (members check your email for Millissa’s contact info).
Just a reminder that we will not be having our normal guild meeting in August. Instead we are excited to be hosting our annual summer retreat at Luther Heights outside of Stanley, near Alturas Lake. If you can’t join us for camp, we will miss you, but hope to see you next time.
See you at the September 23 meeting, when we’ll have an open sew day and show & tell!
Thanks for joining us in the park despite the heat! A few notes from our meeting:
Quilts for organ donor families: Thanks to Matt Coffin, RN for sharing about the Cascade Life Alliance’s efforts to give a quilt to families of deceased organ donors. These quilts become family heirlooms and tangible reminders of the deceased donor. Here are some general guidelines Matt provided:
size: lap size quilts are best; they can be placed on the donor’s lap/legs, without interfering in the medical team’s work
colors & themes: there are considerably more male donors in our area, so consider gender-neutral designs and colors (green, blue, red, brown, orange, low-volume); there is less need for pinks and florals
wash and label: please wash your finished quilt and add a BMQG label (available at meetings)
a few other things: please no religious symbols, logos, political references, etc.; and there is little need for pinks and floral quilts; no need for children’s fabrics or designs
Faces Collage entry for BBQ Quilt Show: All of those cute faces will go on display at the Boise Basin Quilters annual quilt show, Sept. 29-30 at Expo Idaho. Thanks to Pam P. for volunteering to oversee this effort! The quilts will be entered in the Group Challenge, non-judged category. To participate, members can communicate directly with Pam (watch your email for details).
For our July meeting, we’re headed to the park, where we’ll circle our chairs and enjoy the outdoors.
When: July 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: Winstead Park, 6150 W Northview St. in Boise
What to bring:
a chair, water and any show & tell you have to share
completed Scaled Triangle blocks for our Modern Quilt Bee and scrappy leader/ender blocks
your face collage to show — finished or at any stage of completion; we’ll also talk about submitting these as an entry in the small group category of the Boise Basin Quilters annual quilt show, Sept. 29-30 at Expo Idaho (thanks to Nancy England for the fun idea, and if we move ahead with this, we’re looking for a volunteer or two to help with paperwork, gathering the entries, delivering and picking up from the show)
community giving quilts — completed or ready to pass along for quilting or binding (huge thanks to Anna Yates for delivering and tracking our work!)
Join us for our next meeting, featuring guest speaker, award-winning quilter and designer Steph Skardal at one of our very favorite locations!
When: Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Sewfinity, 800 S Industry Way, Suite 360, Meridian (please, no children at this location due to safety precautions)
Steph Skardal will join us via Zoom with her lecture “On Creativity: Pushing Your Creative Boundaries.” Steph is a quilt designer, educator, and maker who loves finding the balance between order and chaos in her quilts, mixing hard geometric lines and structure with an element of randomness in texture, color, or layout. With a background in software engineering, she is motivated to experiment with different techniques and technology to create original quilt designs. You can find her most recent blend of quilting and technology in a color app called “A Quilty Solid” – available for iOS and Android devices and follow her on Instagram
And, it’s a chance to come back to the wonderful Sewfinity space! Our appreciation to Angela Bowman for hosting us again. Whether or not you’ve been there before, you’re in for a treat and a feast for the eyes.