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).
Our April meeting making face collages was so fun and energetic! A huge thanks to Cathy R. for coaching us through the process and for her design inspiration! And, we’d love to see your face when it’s complete — members, watch your email for a future group show & tell.
July target for Scaled Triangles & Leader/Ender: Turn everything in by the July meeting, and from there we’ll start assembling quilt tops for donation. So far we’ve received 22 of the large Scaled Triangle blocks (wow!), and quite a stack of completed scrappy leader/ender blocks. If you’re working on the leader/ender blocks, you can bring completed, or partially-completed chunks (pairs or half blocks) to the next meeting; you may want to exchange other partially-completed blocks to mix up fabrics. Finished leader-ender blocks should turn out 6.5“ but you might find yours are a little skinny. No worries, they’ll all go together great!!
Community Giving: We’ve already delivered 26 quilts so far this year – that’s so amazing! Thank you Linda J., Jamie H. and Mary S. for some recent long arm quilting, and to everyone who has helped with binding, piecing and delivering. Warm Spring Counseling Center expressed an interest in receiving four “cozy” quilts to use in therapy offices during sessions with children clients — so if you’re inclined to sew with minky or flannel, this might be the project for you.
Drawstring backpacks & zipper pouches: This week we’ve delivered more than 20 finished drawstring backpacks and 30 zipper pouches for sustainable period packs to the Faces of Hope Victim Center. Thank you Pam P. for helping with deliveries!
Spring cleaning: We’ll be clearing out the burgeoning collection of donated fabric, orphan blocks, books and patterns in the coming months. If you’re doing the same, please refrain from bringing your unwanted items to BMQG, and instead find another good home.
To see photos from everyone’s show & tell, check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds (this is thanks to Apryl!). And, the May 27 meeting is open sew! Bring your projects, machines, tools and say hello. We’ll be at the Bown Library in east Boise (2153 E. Riverwalk Dr., 83706), 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
We had a fun and super productive meeting! Thanks to everyone who worked on making drawstring backpacks! Here’s a recap of our day:
Drawstring backpacks & zipper pouches: We had 20 finished drawstring backpacks (wow!) by the end of the meeting. Nicely done all! We still have a few pre-cut packs ready to sew (thanks Anna for cutting and Marilyn for fabric!), and if you’d like one or two of these pre-cuts before the next meeting, please send a note to [email protected]. We’ll bring more cording to the April meeting for those who have backpacks in the works. And, we are looking for some more zipper pouches that will hold sustainable period packs. These items will all be gifted to Faces of Hope Victim Center.
Community Giving: We received a treasure trove of finished quilts for donating (thank you Carol M. and Marilyn for your generosity), plus others ready for quilting — and yahoo! our amazing long arm quilters Linda A. and Jamie volunteered to quilt them. Mary brought a completed whole-cloth quilt, which was snatched up for binding. Thanks everyone for helping out! (notes about backing: if passing a quilt to a long arm quilter, please make your quilt back 3-4 inches bigger than the front on all four sides; this extra fabric allows the quilt to be attached to the long arm rollers)
Scaled Triangles & Leader/Ender: Our Modern Quilt Bee is well underway, with nine blocks already completed. We’re looking for more blocks (see attached instructions). And as Marilyn says, any red, orange, or pink will work! Marilyn also brought pre-cut scrappy fabrics for a simple leader ender quilt. If you took some home to sew, bring them back next month. Ultimately, both quilts will be donated to a local organization.
April 22 Meeting Faces Collage: Our own Cathy R. will lead us in making whimsical collage portrait mini quilts. No sewing machine needed; just bring scraps to share, scissors and glue sticks (watch your email for details). We’ll be at the Library at Cole & Ustick (7557 W Ustick Rd, Boise) 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thanks toLinda Armstrong for her wonderful show & tell! What a variety of beautiful and charming pieces she shared. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out her member spotlight. And, to see photos from everyone’s show & tell, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram feeds.
When: Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Library at Cole & Ustick, Sagebrush Room, 7557 W. Ustick Rd. What: We’ll have a sew day making drawstring backpacks. The meeting will feature Linda Armstrong in the Member Spotlight .
Things to know:
Drawstring backpack/tote bag: We’ll be sewing simple drawstring backpack/tote bags to donate to Faces of Hope Victim Center. If you plan to sew, bring your machine and tools; we’ll have a small ironing board and iron available.
Fabric: You can provide fabric, or just come and sew one of our 15 pre-cut kits (big thanks go to Anna Yates for cutting fabric, and to Marilyn Shake for the fabric donation!). BMQG will also provide the cording for the backpacks.
Patterns: Here are a few patterns to choose from, and if you have a different pattern you prefer, feel free to use it!
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! As a reminder, the Guild provides batting for these donation quilts. Please contact Millissa Masters (BMQG Secretary) to get the batting you need (members, check your email for Millissa’s contact info).
We can use 30 more zipper pouches by late April: Faces Victim Center is working with a high school student to create kits with sustainable menstrual products (like period cups and underwear, washable cloth pads, and organic cotton tampons). They asked if BMQG members would be willing to provide more zipper pouches to package the items, instead of using plastic ziploc bags. If you’re interested in making another pouch, any pattern works. Here’s one we have used: https://blog.noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html
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.
It was great being in the park for our August meeting and thanks to everyone for finding their way to a new location. A special welcome to new members, and thanks to Lynne Crawford for stepping into the Member Spotlight! We loved seeing Lynne’s quilts and other handiwork.
Announcements & Upcoming Events
Sept. 11 Quilt Walk: Gather up those quilts you’ve been making and get ready to show them off at our inaugural Modern Quilt Walk in the park on Sept. 11. The Quilt Walk is an informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location — and to capitalize on greenbelt foot traffic expected at Art in the Park that same weekend.
If you’re thinking about participating, let us know by completing this form.
We’re celebrating modern quilting — and other handiwork (whatever you’re making and proud of!). Our quilts will be front and center, but you’re also welcome to bring other items (e.g., bags, works in progress) that show the range of things we all make.
Read more hereand watch your email for additional details as we get closer.
Club Mod: We’ll take a break for September as we’ll be on the eve of the Quilt Walk (see more below), and then you’re invited to join the Friday night sew party at Club Mod, October 8, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Sew on your projects, chair dance at your machine, and maybe win a prize!
Show and tell
Possibly the favorite part of our meeting….? Here’s a sampling of what we shared (scroll down for details):
Delanie designed and worked on this Baby Birch Quilt at the July Quilting Day Camp.
Millissa spearheaded a leader-ender project that we could all sew on during the Day Camp. She created a design that uses scraps to make a modern, vibrant quilt.
Jeri showed her Center Point quilt by Elise Lea for Robert Kaufman. She also assembled orphan blocks from Artisans for Hope and Darla pieced the back. It’s off to Gwen for quilting and will eventually be returned to Artisans to sell.
Apryl is in a mood for minis! She’s making fabric collage postcards (aiming for 100) and the Hamilton mini is for her daughter.
Gwen had a few bits of stripes and polka dot fabrics that she’s turned into a bright and cheery quilt.
Cathy R. quilted the three (three!) Sisters of the Hex quilts. Thanks in advance to Betsy, Cassie and Lindsie for finishing the binding.
Kathy S. made this donuts-and-coffee themed quilt for her husband.
Betsy showed off her very scrappy, very beautiful Japanese X block. You can find tutorials and patterns on Pinterest, and here’s just one example of what you’ll find.
Nancy S. showed her Bee Sweet pattern with bear fabric from Hobby Lobby
Fay made a Christmas quilt with the bundle of winnings from July’s Day Camp raffle
Linda is getting ready for fall with Bats and Boos, a mystery quilt from the FatQuarter Shop.
Lindsie shared the 2022 Quilter’s Planner that she helped design again this year. You can check out the customizable planner made just for quilters at QuiltersPlanner.com (and a tip from Lindsie: pre-sales end Tuesday, Aug. 31, so if you get your order in today, you’ll get the clip-in bookmarks bundle for free).
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.
We are getting so excited for our upcoming Quilt Day Camp next month! We’ve now closed our registration, and are making final preparations for our event!
Here are some photos from last year’s retreat in Stanley, to give you a flavor of what to expect this year. We’re also doing a countdown sponsor spotlight on our Instagram and Facebook pages, where you can see some sneak peeks of the swag and raffle items that were donated this year.
Day camp details
When: July 24, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (We’re starting early! You’re welcome to arrive as early as 7:30 a.m.)
Where: LDS church at 3200 Cassia St., Boise 83705 (Because of the hot weather, we’re moving inside to the spacious gym space inside the church building.)
Cost: $40 per Boise MQG member | $65 non-members
Morning treats (baked goods, coffee, juice) and catered lunch is provided.
Those fabulous collections of swag are back! Plus, an expanded raffle ($1/ticket), so bring your cash and hope to win. Contributions to the swag and raffle come from the likes of Sewfinity, Quilt Crossing, Roost Books, Kitchen Table Quilting, QuiltCon, Cotton and Joy, Alison Glass, Pen and Paper Patterns, Aurifil, FreeSpirit Fabrics and more!
We will bring some extension/power cords, but you may want to bring your own just in case.
Ironing boards with irons, cutting tables with mats, and a couple design walls will be provided for your use.
This will be a “no-host” retreat, meaning that everyone brings their own sewing machines, necessary tools and projects to work on.
We’ll bring Sisters of the Hex supplies and see where the project stands.
The Get ‘er Done table (for donation quilts at any stage) and Free table will be set up. Find or bring fabric and scraps, orphan blocks and unfinished projects (at any stage).
Some things to note:
Masks are optional; we’ll supply hand sanitizer.
We will be at a church facility, so please no alcohol.
Restrooms and water available.
Feel free to bring your own snacks/food.
Sorry, no pets.
Thank you! Please contact us if you have any questions!
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