Join us for our monthly BMQG meeting, outdoors and in person! We’re meeting earlier in the day to beat the heat.
When: Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. to noon (**note time change for this meeting**) Where: Grass near the Old Timers’ Shelter at Ann Morrison Park, Boise (park near the east entrance of the park)
Masks are optional; we’ll supply hand sanitizer.
Bring a chair or quilt to sit on. The weather should be perfect, so bring some handwork if you’d like.
Bring your Show & Tell, including anything you might have been working on from the July Quilting Day Camp.
Do you have an idea for the next Get ‘er Done project? Bring it, share it, get some help.
We’ll have a door prize!
We’ve chosen this location for our meeting so that we can scope out the site of our Sept. 11 Quilt Walk, and so that everyone can get familiar with the location ahead of time. Are you thinking about what quilts you might want to display at our inaugural show? It will be a fun, casual affair, and we’d love to have as many participants as possible with as many quilts on display as you’d like. Read more about the Quilt Walk here.
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.
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).
Our quilting day camp was such fun! Thanks to everyone who spent the day with us to sew, talk, pose for close-ups, eat, win, and all the rest. Shout out to Millissa Masters for her work designing and organizing a leader/ender project, which one day will be another Get ‘er Done community quilt; to Linda Jolly for applying her magic touch to the hexi quilts; and to everyone who helped sew (an unsew) the hexi blocks.
And, we had truly generous donors who contributed to our prizes and swag bags. Please support and thank these terrific folks:
Here’s what some of our attendees said when we asked what they liked about the retreat: “Food was great, lots of social time and great prizes.” “Seeing everyone! Working on the community quilts. Sharing ideas and seeing what everyone is working on. I left renewed and inspired.” “Seeing everyone again and just chatting with people. Getting my creative juices flowing again!” “So very happy to get out of the house and sew. Thank you!!! LOVED the swag bag and I am excited for the tshirt.”
If you attended and have pictures to share on social media, be sure to tag them with #boisemqg. And, check out our Instagram profile @BoiseMQG for more photos in the coming weeks.
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 outthis 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 [email protected] . 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
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
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.
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
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 protected] 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 [email protected] . 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
Giving Back: Updates on the Sisters of the Hex project and the Get ‘er Done table.
Modern Moment: Each month we revisit the characteristics of what makes a quilt modern, and this time we’re talking improvisational piecing. Do you have examples to share? Or, a favorite book, tutorial or class you can tell us about?
Labels Discussion: Do you label your projects? If so, how? Bring your examples and best tips to share.
Show and Tell: Bring it and show it. You have projects, we need to see them.
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!)
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 [email protected]. 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.
And so many working on hexi flowers! Discussion about single or double strand of thread when making the hexis seemed to come back around to this: it’s just fine to use one strand.
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.
Please join us for our April 2021 virtual Guild meeting!
When: Saturday, April 24, 1 pm – 3 pm
Zoom: (email [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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!