We have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Sept. 11 Quilt Walk, and instead plan for it next season. The reason for this stems from the recent and drastic increases of Covid transmission in our area. Our top priority is the safety of our members. By postponing, we lose very little and can best protect the health of our members and help slow the transmission of Covid.
This postponement, while very disappointing, follows CDC guidelines and recommendations from local health experts. Our county is an area of high Covid transmission, mixed use of masking, and overburdened healthcare facilities.
We give our biggest appreciation to all of you who have planned, sewed, gathered and readied yourself for the event, and we know it will be a wonderful way to show off our guild’s many talents when we are able to hold this event. Thank you for being willing to jump into new things and stepping up to participate. You make Boise Modern Quilt Guild the dynamic, welcoming, creative group it is!
Please feel free to contact us with questions.
Lindsie Bergevin, BMQG President
and Board Members
Gather up those quilts you’ve been making and get ready to show them off at the Sept. 11 Modern Quilt Walk in the park. 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. Members, watch your email for a sign up form and details (and if you’re not a member yet, but want to display your modern quilts, please join us as a member!).
It’s Simple: We’ll spread our quilts out on the lawn, bring our own chairs and snacks, and BMQG will have a couple of information tables. It’s an opportunity to talk with people about your craft and artistry. Here’s a glimpse at how the Central Washington MQG hosted a similar event last year. (photos: Michelle Bartholomew)
When: Saturday, Sept. 11; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Adjacent to the Boise Greenbelt in Ann Morrison Park; we’ll display on a stretch of grass between the footbridge and Old Timer Shelter
Who: Anyone in the Boise MQG is welcome to participate and display quilts, no registration fee. We’ve also invited the Nampa MQG to participate.
The mission of the Boise MQG is to develop and encourage the art of modern quilting; encourage new quilters and other fiber artists from all backgrounds to explore modern quilting; offer educational opportunities; and support “charity” or other works that provide back to the community through the use of modern quilting skills.
The Boise Modern Quilt Guild will hold a Modern Quilt Walk on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Ann Morrison Park. Quilts will be displayed on a stretch of grass on the south side of the river, between the Pioneer Footbridge and Old Timer Shelter.
The Quilt Walk is a fun and informal way to share the art of modern quilting in an easily accessible location during the same weekend as Art in the Park. Members of the Boise MQG and Nampa MQG will be displaying their quilts. If you are interested in displaying your quilts at the event, please contact us for more information. The Quilt Walk is free and open to the public, and passersby will be invited to vote for a People’s Choice quilt.
Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. They might feature bold, playful or unusual arrangements; they may or may not have uniform blocks of repeated patterns. Several characteristics that may help identify a modern quilt include:
The use of bold colors and prints
High contrast and graphic areas of solid color
Improvisational piecing, which involves sewing fabric together without always cutting to precise measurements
Minimalism—spareness and simplicity of design
Expansive negative space, known as white space or background of any color, to create contrast and allow a certain design element to stand out
Asymmetrical and alternate grid work, or simply arranging a quilt in an unconventional or unexpected manner
Modern traditionalism or the updating of classic quilt designs by using design techniques like color, scale, symmetry, and grid placement to modernize the design
The Boise Modern Quilt Guild is an affiliate member of the Modern Quilt Guild, Inc., and a non-profit organization with more than 40 members. Established in 2010, the BMQG’s mission is to develop and encourage the art of modern quilting; encourage new quilters and other fiber artists from all backgrounds to explore modern quilting; offer educational opportunities; and support “charity” or other works that provide back to the community using modern quilting skills. More information is available on our About page.