Join us for our February meeting and mini sew day.
BMQG Guild Meeting & Mini Sew Day When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (please note new start time) Where: Main Boise Public Library, Marion Bingham Room (3rd floor), 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
– 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!
– Member Spotlight: Linda Jollyhas amazing quilting skills, and she’ll share some of her work with us.
– If you plan to sew: Bring your machine, tools and projects. We’ll have a small ironing board and an iron available.
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (swap happens at 11:30 a.m., followed by potluck lunch, then member spotlight/show & tell at 1:30 p.m. )
Where: Red Rock Christian Church, 1124 S Roosevelt St. (corner of Roosevelt & Kootenai), Boise
It’s a potluck: Bring your favorite food to share for lunch.
Holiday pin cushion swap: This year’s swap is super simple and fun – make a pin cushion of any size, any color, any design you want, and bring it to the party wrapped. We’ll trade/swap/steal in the style of a white elephant gift exchange. Need some inspiration? Check out our Pin Cushion Pinterest board.
Some things to note:
We’re fortunate to use this space for no cost. A basket will be available if you’d like to throw in a few bucks as a donation — purely optional and no pressure or obligation. There will be padded folding chairs, but bring an extra cushion you like.
This will be a “no-host” event, meaning that everyone brings their own sewing machines, necessary tools and projects to work on.
The Get ‘er Done table (for donation quilts at any stage) will be set up for your perusal. Find or bring fabric and scraps, orphan blocks and unfinished projects.
Masks are optional; hand sanitizer will be available.
We will be at a church facility, so please no alcohol or pets.
Date: Dec. 3, 2022
Location: Library at Bown Crossing, Boise
Attendees: 27 members 1 visitor
President Lindsie Bergevin gave an annual report:
Membership is at 57, Facebook followers 593, Instagram followers 893
2022 events included:
May Yard Sale resulted in a $75 donation to the Warm Springs Neighborhood Association.
September Quilt Walk received positive interest from the community, with approximately 350 visitors participating in voting for People’s Choice; location not as suitable as we would have liked.
August Quilt Camp at Luther Heights; continues to be a great facility; the event was profitable by $482 ($356 from the raffle ticket sales)
Giving Back: Anna Yates and Jeri Wood volunteered to help deliver 8 quilts made by many of the members, and the group made 69 zip pouches. The programs will be ongoing.
Financials: As of November 27, the Guild’s 2022 expenses have exceeded income by $226 deficit, though cash on hand makes this a minor issue.
2023 Dues: To sustain future Guild activities (such as workshops and lectures), membership dues will increase to $25/year in January 2023. Lindsie explained that dues will increase incrementally in the next few years (e.g., $5/year) to support programming.
2023 Programming plans include:
Jan 28, 2023 After Holiday Party. Pincushion Swap, extended hours 8am-4pm Location to be determined, potluck lunch
June 24, 2023 Guest speaker, Steph Skardol
August 17-20,2023 Quilt Camp negotiating extended hours Thursday, December 15 eve arrival through Sunday late departure.
Officer Elections for 2023 Board
Twenty-seven ballots were cast, and the nominated slate of officers were elected unanimously:
President: Darla Christiansen
Vice President: Marilyn Shake
Secretary: Millissa Masters
Treasurer: Kathy Stockton
Membership Coordinator: Shelly Harshman
Guild members Gwen Smith and Fay Hikida tallied and confirmed the resuls.
Show & Tell
Deb Stoner – Arrowhead quilt (pattern by Kristi Schroeder) and a charm pack baby quilt
Betsey Johnson – Drunkards Path quilt using all oranges and a cardinal table topper/wall quilt
Ginny King – two whole cloth baby quilts with gauze backs
Misty Neilsen – black and white Circular paper pieced quilt (pattern by Audrey Esarey)
Tara Faughnan gave a 1-hour presentation via Zoom, including Q&A. The presentation was well received by the group.
January 28 Volunteer Sign-up SET UP
2) mail a check to Shelly Harshman, 1196 W Bear Track Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. Please make checks payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild. (You can also bring a check to our Dec. 3 meeting)
Changes to dues starting in 2023: Membership dues will change to $25 beginning on January 1, 2023. (Renew now and save a few bucks!)
The change in dues represents the first increase since the Boise MQG was established in 2010. The board voted unanimously on November 18, 2022, to increase the annual dues by $5, with a potential $5 increase every year for the next couple years to meet the needs of the guild. (We’ll provide more details about this at our Dec. 3 meeting.)
Membership to BMQG includes automatic membership to the national Modern Quilt Guild (a $35 value), which includes access to hundreds of patterns, QuiltCon perks, shopping discounts, online events and more.
Local MQGs pay a flat annual fee based on the number of members in their group. As our guild has grown, the amount we send to national MQG has increased to $840 — for 2022 that’s about $17 of each member’s dues — and is our guild’s single largest expense. The immense value we receive from this affiliation provides all of us access to MQG information and programs, and notably, our guild’s designation as a 501 (c)3 charitable organization.
Your BMQG board members work continually to use guild funds judiciously — keeping costs low (e.g., finding no-cost meeting room options) while spending money for programs that align with our mission (e.g., bringing in guest speakers and purchasing batting for community donation quilts).
Dec. 3 Annual Meeting: We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for our annual business meeting (including board elections and 2022 Review) and amazing guest speaker Tara Faughnan!
When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Please note start time; the library opens at 10:00 a.m., and we’ll allow a few minutes for everyone to settle into the meeting room.) Tara joins us at 11:30 a.m.
Mark your calendars for our annual business meeting and featured guest speaker Tara Faughnan!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Please note start time; the library opens at 10:00 a.m., and we’ll allow a few minutes for everyone to settle into the meeting room.)
WHERE: Library! at Bown Crossing, Martie Brennan Multipurpose Room, 2153 E. Riverwalk Dr., Boise, ID 83706
Here’s what is planned:
Annual business meeting: We’ll be electing officers (see details below), looking back at 2022, announcing our annual holiday swap, and getting a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2023.
Guest lecture: Then we’ll have a chance to hear from Tara Faughnanon Color and Design. Drawing on 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, Tara will share some of her approaches to the creative process, and discuss the importance of value, proportion and color when designing a quilt. Tara will join us via Zoom on the library’s large screen, and we’ll follow her presentation with time for Q&A. Check her out on Instagram or Pinterest.
About the Annual Business Meeting:
As a non-profit we are required to hold an annual meeting to take care of a few quick — but important — items of business. We promise to make the business part go quickly! Here’s what we’ll cover:
Dues: Dues remain at $20/year; renew or join by December 8. You have two payment options: 1) go to the Boise Modern Quilt Guild Membership page and use the PayPal to pay online, or 2) mail a check to Shelly Harshman, 1196 W Bear Track Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. Please make checks payable to Boise Modern Quilt Guild. (You can also bring a check to our Dec. 3 meeting)
Year in Review: We’ll review our financial information, how this last year went, and make some announcements for next year’s guild events.
Voting: We have a couple of upcoming changes to our Board of Directors:
President: Lindsie Bergevin is stepping down after three years of service (a huge thanks to Lindsie for everything she’s done for BMQG!!). Current nomination: Darla Christiansen
Vice President: Current nomination: Marilyn Shake (position formerly held by Darla)
Secretary and Treasurer: Current nominations (respectively): Millissa Masters and Kathy Stockton, both currently serving in these positions.
Additionally, Shelly Harshman remains as an appointed, non-voting board member overseeing Membership.
The July 23 meeting will be at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. in Boise, 10 a.m. – noon. We’ll gather in a shady area near the Rose Garden. (please note, Zoo Boise is hosting an event that day so parking may be a bit more crowded than normal). What to bring:
a chair or something to sit on, water, sunscreen
additional finished zipper pouches (we’ll plan on filling them that day)
your completed Modern Block of the Month
show and tell!
We’ll also update you on Quilt Camp and the September 10 Quilt Walk. Other updates:
Inaugural MQG Sessions: Have you seen that Modern Quilt Guild is holding a member-only virtual event October 13-16? You can spend the weekend learning from some of the best quilting instructors in the comfort of your own home. For one flat rate of $95 members will have access to over 20 hours of lectures, social gatherings, and more. Every education session is recorded and registered attendees can watch live and replay the recordings on demand for 14 days following the event. Registration will open to MQG members only on July 26th, 2022 at 11 a.m. CDT. Check out the faculty and schedule here: https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/sessions/
QuiltCon is Coming: Registration opens on August 16. MQG is using a virtual waiting room this year to better manage the registration process. Information will be provided prior to registration day about how this process will work. Be sure to check out the QuiltCon Challenges page to learn more about the various technique and fabric challenges for QuiltCon 2023 (and if enough people from BMQG are interested in participating, we’re looking for a couple of volunteers to lead the effort).
We’re kicking off a Modern Quilting Bee Project! It’s simple to participate, and we think it will be so fun! We’re starting with this 16.5-inch unfinished block.
You’ll need to login as a member of MQG — once logged in, you can follow this path to the pattern: For MQG Members > MQG Journal > Previous Issues > MQG Journal Issue 02 > scroll down the page to find “Issue 02 / Block Study / Barbed” and click on More. If you trouble getting to the pattern, email us for help. (Barbed quilt block by Molly Wardlow; photo by Laura Loewen)
Millissa (BMQG Secretary) is leading the effort and has chosen a tranquil blue and aqua color theme, you can also throw in a natural off white if you are inspired.
Make your block using these similar colors, using either solids or prints. Don’t worry about finding an exact color match.
You can use the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers ruler, or something like it for quickly making a batch of Half Square Triangles (HSTs). Or, check out this tutorial if you want to brush up on tips for making HSTs.
Bring your completed block to the July 23 meeting.
Eventually, the completed quilt will be part of our Get ‘er Done quilts and gifted to a community organization.
If you’re working on a pouch, plan to turn it in by the July 23 meeting. You can follow this simple tutorial by Noodelhead (or if you have an equally simple pouch pattern, you’re welcome to make that). If members are interested in continuing the project, we can add it to our ongoing community giving activities.
Show & Tell
Marilyn was in the Member Spotlight, and brought a collection that illustrated her journey as a quilter. She made her first quilt for her doll’s bed, and not knowing any different, she cleverly used dryer lint as batting. After that, there was no stopping Marilyn! She admitted that she “love(s) weird backs” and Elizabeth Hartman designs.
Darla showed a purse that’s part of the Sew Powerful purse project. The purses are sent to Zambian girls to use for carrying feminine hygiene supplies, thus allowing them to stay in school all month. Find the pattern here. A group of friends will send a package of purses at the end of October, and if you’d like to make a purse, simply get it to Darla, Jeri or Cathy R. by the October meeting.
Get ‘er Done quilts: If you’re helping make quilts to share in our community, Anna Y. reminded us that throw or twin bed sizes would be especially appreciated by some organizations, though smaller baby quilts will also be accepted. Need batting? The Guild recently purchased a supply for this very purpose. Send us a note to let us know what you need!;
When: Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Sewfinity, 800 S Industry Way Ste 360, Meridian What: The meeting will feature Marilyn Shake in the Member Spotlight and making zipper pouches.
We’ll be making zipper pouches to donate to two local organizations: Faces of Hope Victim Center and Community Outreach Behavioral Services (COBS). We’re asking you to help make the pouches following this simple tutorial by Noodelhead (or if you have an equally simple pouch pattern, you’re welcome to make that), and then we’ll fill the pouches with personal care items, donated by local businesses. The Noodlehead medium pouch (check here for cutting info) is a versatile size and perfect for our inserts. BMQ is supplying zippers and interfacing — and we need you to bring your fabric, sewing machine and your quilty selves to help make it all come together!
What to bring:
your sewing machine & tools (irons, ironing boards and cutting mats are provided by Sewfinity)
fabric (if you want to get a jump start, cut 2 pieces of exterior fabric and 2 pieces of lining to 9“ x 12”)
you can use one piece of fabric for the exterior, or maybe get creative and piece something to a finished size of 9“ x 12”
Apryl Gardner has graciously agreed to lead us in a pouch-making tutorial at the meeting, along with Cathy Rogers’ own bag-making tips. They’ve both made loads of professional-grade pouches, bags and purses, so have first-hand expertise in this area. Our goal is to make 30-40 pouches in this initial effort. If members are interested in continuing the project, we can add it to our ongoing community giving activities.
A giant thanks to special guest Lindsay Crouch of RipleyClark.com for sharing some of her vintage quilts during our April meeting. The quilts she showed have quite contemporary elements despite being more than 100 years old.
In addition to her trunk show, Lindsay offered tips for how she cares for these old quilts and sparked a larger discussion on the topic:
Use products such as Synthrolpol or Retroclean when washing the quilts to help with color fastness and yellowing; additionally, horse shampoo has worked for others and is available at local farm stores
Add as many as 10 Color Catcher sheets, or similar product, if the quilt has heavily saturated colors (e.g., red or black)
Use fabric of similar color to applique patches over a hole, using hand stitches to help the repair blend in
For a hand wash option, put your vintage quilt in a bathtub of water and gently agitate and swish to help release dirt; repeat several times as needed
A giant thanks to special guest Lindsay Crouch of RipleyClark.com for sharing some of her vintage quilts. Watch for a separate post soon with photos and tips about caring for old quilts. We were also excited to welcome new members to our meeting! Here’s what else:
Watch your email for details about the May 21 BMQG quilty yard sale (early sign up here if you know you’ll be there) and how to participate in the Modern Bee Block Project, using a block design featured in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Monthly newsletter.
BMQG is purchasing quilt batting to use in the Get ‘er Done quilts. If you need any for the Get ’Er Done project you’re working on, please contact us at [email protected]. And if you haven’t already, check out this story on our blog to see where our Get ‘Er Done quilts have gone. Thanks to Marilyn Shake for providing quilt labels for our projects! If you are doing the binding step on a Get ’Er Done quilt, be sure to pick up one at the next meeting you can attend, so you can include it in the binding along the back bottom edge.
Show & Tell
Karen F. brought her 2021 Temperature Quilt, complete with a label and backed with fabric aptly named “Weather Report.” Another of Karen’s stunning quilts is also on display at the Main Library front desk.
Betsy showed two Get ‘Er Done quilts: a sweet pastel baby quilt, and a black & red quilt that was a joint effort between Betsy and Linda J.
During spring break car trips, Apryl passed the time by twisting fabric scraps into handmade rope, which eventually turned into a cheerful fabric bowl. You can find plenty of tutorials online, here’s one.
Deb made a block to give Y seams a try, and then wondered why …. she also completed an orphan block quilt from the Get ‘Er Done pile.
Marilyn spent part of her 100 Day Project plowing through her scraps to make Jen Kingwell’s Bonnie Lass quilt from the Quilt Lovely book.
Dawn came to her first meeting and shared the vintage scotty dog quilt created by her great grandmother. Dawn inherited the quilt top, later adding a border and backing, hand basting it for stability. Now she’s ready to find vintage fabric from the quilt’s origin era and hand quilt to finish the entire piece. We can’t wait to watch this quilt as it progresses!
Darla shared her recent house quilt finish, made with birthday blocks from quilty friends.
Karen H. also joined us for her first time, and shared a photo of a recent quilt finish she gifted, plus she showed us two charming round pieces. Each uses fusible appliqué and is machine quilted, and was made based on an article from the Spring 2022 issue ofArt Quilting Studio, detailing how to make fabric bowls.