Peter Byrne

PeterByrne-Jan2021“Behind the Seams” with Peter Byrne.  

Hello quilters, my name is Peter Byrne. I am an international award-winning, published modern quilter and teacher with a deep passion for innovation and design. My strength is maintaining a fresh approach to quilting, with original designs and technical mastery.  

My goal is innovation, my passion is creativity and I am thrilled to have opportunities to share new techniques within the quilting community. While attending QuiltCon 2020, my quilt titled ‘Starring You’ won Best in Show and my quilt titled ‘Cityscape” won Best Machine Quilting Frameless.

After 30 years working as a stylist and salon owner I retired, and then had the time to explore new creative outlets. I started making quilt in 2009 and to further my quilting experience, in 2017 I joined the Toronto Modern Quilting Guild and when I walked into that first guild meeting, I had never quilted a quilt.  

It was at this time, I became a full time student of the craft and 2 years later, I designed and made Starring You. I’m very excited to share my quilts, dreams and ambitions with you and look forward to meeting you at my Trunk Show! 

Sincerely, Peter Byrne. 

Here are all the places you can find me!  

  • Email: petersquilts@gmail.com   
  • Instagram @petersquilts & @hoverquilting. 
  • You can find me on Facebook under Peter Byrne
  • I invite you to check out my website at www.peterbquilts.com

As always, Peter’s presentation is free to all BNMQG Members.  Guest tickets are available via PayPal here.

November 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter November, 2020  
Next meeting – November 24, 2020 – zoom opens at 5:30pm CST

Happy November Modern Quilters,

We’re entering the 2020 holiday season – time for giving thanks for the blessings we’ve been given, time with family – via zoom or otherwise, making a turkey with all the fixins, finishing up those last minute gifts, and making time to reach out to friends with cards or phone calls.  This year has been anything but “normal” but I know many of you have taken advantage of some extra time to do more quilting and taken advantage of  taking classes via zoom.  I can’t wait to being able to get back together, seeing what you’ve made, and learning from each of you.  Kathy Cook’s Temperature Quilt presentation was informative and inspiring and has me looking for a block to make a temp quilt myself!

November’s Special Guest

I’m looking forward to Rebecca Bryan’s much anticipated workshop on Nov. 21 and her presentation at our November meeting on November 24. 

Rebecca Bryan is giving her WORKSHOP on Saturday, November 21 (before our guild meeting) from 9 am – 3 pm.  There are a couple of spaces available.  Signup quickly! It’s $46.50 for members and $60.00 for non-members!   Prep and Supplies are available at:  Design Improv with Triangles – Pre Workshop Prep and Info There are handouts and worksheets to print before the workshop available on that page.  If you want her book, order it quickly

Rebecca’s LECTURE/TRUNK SHOW will take place during our November 24th meeting.  Members are free to attend this presentation.  Invite some friends to join us for this great program.  Guest tickets for the trunk show are available for purchase for $5.50.  To learn more about Rebecca Bryan, visit her website – BryanHouseQuilts.

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October 2020 Meeting Recap

The 8th Zoom meeting of the Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild was called to order by President Nancy Powell.  53 members and 12 guests were in attendance.  (Noemi can give you these numbers)

Poll 1 – What do you know about temperature quilts? 

  1. I have one or are making one now.        6 members      12%
  2. I have seen some but haven’t decided to make one.        12 members   24%
  3. I have heard of them but would like more information.    17 members   35%
  4. A temperature quilt refers to one that is light weight  for warmer months and heavy for colder months                     0 members     0%
  5. I have not heard of temperature quilts.        14 members   29%

PROGRAM :  BNMQG member, Kathy Cook, presented a program on temperature quilts.  A temperature quilt is a quilt that records temperature for 1 year using 365 or 366 blocks in colors that are chosen to represent a specific temperature. 

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Newsletter – October 2020

Hi Modern Quilters,
Welcome to FALL as it adds a brand new color palette to the world around us.  Do you have a favorite color palette?  A palette of color adds the WOW to a quilt.  It sets the mood and tone of your quilt.  This is even more exciting when choosing your own colors for your own quilt.  It’s especially fun when designing and creating a Temperature Quilt as you will find out this month with the presentation at our October meeting.  It’s going to be a HOT presentation even if it’s cold outside!

BNMQG October 2020

This month we welcome our own Kathy Cook who will explain Temperature Quilts!  Come and find out what that is, where to get information to make your own, and be inspired to be creative.  There will be a special exhibit of Temperature Quilts at QuiltCon 2022.  I know I’m looking forward to learning more about Kathy’s quilt and many other, very different Temperature Quilts.  It might even add a little science into the mix???  So be COOL, come to the Zoom meeting and invite a friend or two.  This event is FREE to BNMQG members.  Guests are welcome to join us for $5.50. Find guest tickets on our website – BNMQG.org .

The travel isn’t long.  The weather isn’t a problem.  ZOOM is really easy (just ask anyone who has attended our meeting via zoom).  Lisa B. does an amazing job of running the behind-the-scenes stuff.   AND if you still haven’t joined us for a meeting via zoom and you’re still intimidated by the technology, email me.  We can have a private zoom (it probably would only take 10-15 minutes) in the days before the meeting so you can see how easy it is.  We want all of our members to be able to attend our meetings and it’s so much fun to see each other’s gorgeous faces. Continue reading

BNMQG Presents

BNMQG October 2020

Temperature quilts are becoming more popular every year.  Did you know there will be a special temperature quilt exhibit at Quilt Con 2022? There’s plenty of time to make one and enter!

We’ll explore these topics as we view over 40 beautiful temperature quilts.

  • choosing colors and a block
  • finding data
  • unique layout
  • helpful resources to get you started

Come to the BNMQG October Zoom meeting and be inspired to make your own quilt!

As always BNMQG members are free, non-members can purchase a guest ticket using the PayPal button below for $5.50.

October 2020 Meeting

October 2020 Meeting Guest Ticket

Hope to see you on October 27th At 6pm CST. 

November Workshop and Trunk Show with Rebecca Bryan

Rebecca Bryan - November, 2020Nationally known quilter, teacher, and author Rebecca Bryan will be giving a lecture/trunk show at the November 24, 2020 BNMQG meeting on Zoom at 6 pm.  This meeting and trunk show is FREE to all members.  Guest tickets for non-members are available for purchase ($5.50) using the PayPal button below.

November 2020 Meeting

$5.50 Guest Ticket for Rebecca Bryan’s Trunk Show at BNMQG November 24, 2020

WORKSHOP info

Rebecca Bryan will be doing a Modern Triangle workshop for the Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday, November 21, 2020 via ZOOM.  Develop your design savvy through this fun, interactive virtual workshop. You’ll learn to design your own triangle blocks by experimenting with graphic elements such as line, texture, scale, and framing. She will teach you two of her “go to” quilting techniques while sewing through experiments in graphic design.

Each attendee may choose to work with either or all of the three types of triangles: equilateral, right triangle (also known as the Half Triangle), or isosceles.  You may want to purchase her book but it is not required for the workshop.

View the Supplies and prep .

At the time of this post, there are 4 seats available for this WORKSHOP via Zoom and it is open to

  • BNMQG Members –
    • $46.50 (PayPal)
    • or send a check for $45 with a note to BNMQG, PO Box 154, Normal, IL  61761
  • Non-Members  $60.00  (PayPal only)

Enrollments will be taken in the order they are received. What happens if the workshop is sold out?  Send an email to BNMQG@hotmail.com and ask to be put on the waitlist for the workshop.  You will be notified if a seat becomes available.

Purchase a ticket to the workshop below:

BNMQG Member Ticket

BNMQG Member WORKSHOP ticket

BNMQG Member Ticket for Rebecca Bryan’s WORKSHOP on November 21, 2020

Non-Member Ticket

September 2020 Meeting

Non-Member Ticket for Rebecca Bryan’s WORKSHOP on November 21, 2020

Newsletter – September, 2020  

Next meeting – September 22, 2020 – zoom opens at 5:30pm CST

Hi Modern Quilters,
Did you attend The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show virtually?  This Quilt Show was awesome as well as free! 😊 Wisconsin PBS did a fabulous job of providing a quality quilt show experience, great lectures, vendors, and more.  Bill Kerr had a lecture on great Quilt finishes;  Weeks Ringle- Palette Building: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why;  Tammie Bowser – How to Sew Art the Easy Way (making portraits); Lori Kennedy – Easy Machine Quilting, and Judy GAUTHIER – Sensational Quilts for Scrap Lovers were among my favorites.

I hope you’ve joined the Take a Chance Challenge.  The photos are starting to show up and the projects are awesome.  So glad to see that last month’s talk has been embraced by members of the challenge.  There are some great interleaving examples making their way to the Shutterfly Challenge site.  We’ll share the projects at the next meeting and roll for the requirements of our challenge for October.  It’s not too late to join the challenge but time is running out.  Signup, joining the challenge website, and posting of photos must be done by 2 pm on Tuesday, September 22.  The grand prize is $250 right now.

The rest of 2020 is full of great programs and we’re starting to book into 2021.  Will we ever meet in person again?  I hope so but we’re taking advantage of opportunities to book speakers we never could have if we had them come in person.  Hopefully you feel like you’re in good hands to continue to be inspired and quilt on!

Jill Fisher will be joining us on September 22!

BNMQG September 22, 2020

Join BNMQG on September 22, 2020 at 6:00 to welcome Jill Fisher @pieladyquilts as our guest speaker.  Jill Fisher is an improvisational quilter from Iowa City, IA. Her specialty is working in a series with solids and telling stories with her quilts. Jill will present her lecture and virtual trunk show, “Unlocking the Joy in Scraps” in which she shares how to be inspired by what you have in front of you. Check out Jill’s original work at pieladyquilts.blogspot.com or @pieladyquilts on Instagram.  You don’t want to miss this one!

This event is FREE to BNMQG members.  Guests are welcome to join us for $5.50.

Guest Tickets for this event are no longer available. 

JOIN US on Zoom – Put a reminder in your phone or on your calendar and join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday night (September 22) at 5:30 pm via Zoom.  This is a FREE event for members. Join us at 5:30 to allow time for people to join the meeting and for a little social time.  And as always, we’ll start the meeting at 6pm with announcements and committee reports, then our featured presenter – Jill Fisher, followed by a quick show and tell (of course). Please encourage your BNMQG friends to check for their Zoom link and invite non-members to attend.

Watch your email – you should receive a link in your email to get into Zoom for the meeting.  ** The email will come from Lisa B from her work email at District87.org.  We chose ZOOM because it is the best platform to use as it works easily for people with all sorts of tech skills.  The email that you receive will have options for joining the meeting – the easiest is to click the link in the email to go directly to the meeting.  Read the email to see other options.   If you haven’t done ZOOM before, please join early in case you have any technical problems. Make sure to sign in using your name so we’ll let you into the meeting from the waiting room.  If we’re not letting you in, watch for a message in the waiting room – it’s probably because we don’t recognize you.  There will be a phone number to call in the invite if you have any trouble.

The travel isn’t long.  The weather isn’t a problem.  ZOOM is really easy (just ask anyone who has attended our meeting via zoom).  Lisa B. does an amazing job of running the behind-the-scenes stuff.   AND if you’re still intimidated by the technology, email me.  We can have a private zoom (it probably would only take 10-15 minutes) in the days before the meeting so you can see how easy it is.  We want all of our members to be able to attend our meetings and it’s so much fun to see each other.

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$250 Grand Prize! :-)

LAST CALL

There is less than one week left to sign up for the Take a Chance Challenge! Sign up HERE. The Grand Prize is at least $250 right now.

Take a Chance Challenge

Do this today…
1) Sign up and pay.  The rules are posted here as well.
2) Finish a project with orange and curves for Month 1.
3) Take a photo and upload it HERE to our Shutterfly site  NO LATER THAN 2 PM September 22 (the day of our next BNMQG meeting).  Make sure that you have a FREE Shutterfly account and request to join our site when you visit our Challenge site on Shutterfly for the first time.  You can do this before you even finish your project so you’re ready to upload your photo when you’re done.
4) Come to the BNMQG meeting on September 22 and see if you win the extra entry into the grand prize drawing AND to get the requirements for the October challenge!
JOIN US for fun and a chance to increase your Quilting Budget!

BNMQG presents Jill Fisher September 22,2020

BNMQG September 22, 2020

Join BNMQG on September 22, 2020 at 6:00 to welcome Jill Fisher @pieladyquilts as our guest speaker.  Jill Fisher is an improvisational quilter from Iowa City, IA. Her specialty is working in a series with solids and telling stories with her quilts. Jill will present her lecture and virtual trunk show, “Unlocking the Joy in Scraps” in which she shares how to be inspired by what you have in front of you. Check out Jill’s original work at pieladyquilts.blogspot.com or @pieladyquilts on Instagram.  You don’t want to miss this one!

This event is FREE to BNMQG members.  Guests are welcome to join us for $5.50.

Guest Tickets for this event are no longer available. 

 

August 2020 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting last night with over 40 members online.  Who knew how fun and “easy(?)” it is to create such an intricate pattern with interleaving!  Awesome presentation Donna!  Thank you.

I forgot to mention the fact that the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show is online from Sept. 10-12 and the registration and classes are FREE.  Just register.

It’s time to pay your dues for 2020-2021.  You can pay with Paypal on our website or find a renewal form in the Member’s area or About tab and mail in a check.  If you like what we’re doing, don’t miss out and pay your dues.

Election results for 2020-2021 Officers:  Nancy Powell, President; Kathy Cook, Vice President; Betty Woodruff, Treasurer; and Paula Meiner, Secretary.  Thank you Gale Imig for your service at secretary this past year!  The board wants to thank all of you for your support during these crazy times and our online meetings.  We’re working hard to keep you inspired and learning, and quilting exciting.

Rebecca Bryan’s presentation has been rescheduled.  She will present at our November meeting – November 24 via Zoom.  Her Modern Triangle workshop will be held on Zoom from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, November 21.  There are still spots available in her workshop.  Sign up here.

We rolled for our first month of the 8 month Take a Chance Challenge.  You haven’t signed up for the challenge yet? What are you waiting for?  Don’t miss out on the fun.  It’s not too late!   The Grand Prize is now over $200.
Here’s what you need to know for month 1.

Take a Chance Challenge: Month 1 Roll
Color 2 = Orange              Shape 5 = Curve
Photos must be posted by 2 pm on September 22, 2020 on Shutterfly!
Need help with Shutterfly? Sign up for Tech Tuesday.

Don’t miss next month – Jill Fisher will be presenting “Unlocking the Joy in Scraps” and we’ll roll for month 2 of the Take a Chance Challenge.