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!
It’s almost time for our all-day sew fest, featuring the paint chip challenge & mini quilt swap, a community heart quilt project, and a salad bar potluck! Please RSVP hereso we can plan accordingly. And kindly your mask, regardless of vaccination status, unless you’re actively eating or drinking.
When: January 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
You’re welcome to come as early as 8:30 a.m.
Come ready to help set up your sewing station when you arrive and put items away before you go.
Paint chip challenge swap will be at 11:00 a.m., lunch at noon.
Bring a topping for our lunch salad bar. We’ll also have a snack table if you want to bring anything else to share with others throughout the day.
Bring your own refillable water bottle or mug, and we’ll cut down on waste.
In the RSVP form, let us know if you can bring things such as your iron, ironing board, etc.
Paint chip challenge: If you’re like some of us and still contemplating what to make for your mini quilt, check out the BMQ Pinterest board or the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’S board a little inspiration. Let us know in the RSVP form if you’ll be bringing your swap or need to make other arrangements.
New year, new meeting time: Based on feedback, our Saturday meetings will be moved up to 10 a.m. . We’ll plan to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
If you happen to have hexis for the Sisters of the Hex project, please turn them in at our June 26 guild meeting (or by June 30 if you can’t make it that day). After we get your hexi flowers, those will be sewn to gray background squares (we already have nearly 200!!) and then plan to assemble blocks at the July 24 Quilting Day Camp. If you have extra hexis or can’t get them turned in by then, no worries! We can easily use them for future community donation quilts.
Thank you everyone who’s had a part in this. Here’s what is next for Sisters of the Hex:
Two quilts – We have enough blocks to make 2 quilts.
Assemble tops – we’ll plan to sew blocks together at the July 24 Boise Modern Quilt Guild Day Camp. A few of us plan to devote the day to sew blocks together, and if you’re there, you’re invited to chip in!
Finishing – Cathy Rogers has volunteered for quilting, Betsy Johnson volunteered to bind, Sewfinity donated a bolt (a bolt!) of fabric for backing, and Jeri Wood has volunteered to make a label. And, we’ll have a card available that anyone who contributed can sign, and these will be given with the quilts.
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.
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!