June 2020 Newsletter

Lyric Kinard is our featured speaker at our next ZOOM meeting JUNE 23, 2020

This has been an exciting month for BNMQG considering we haven’t been physically together for severalmonths now.  We’re averaging around 40 members per meeting (which is just barely less than an in-person meeting) but we still could use more.  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 and we can have a private zoom (it probably would only take 10-15 minutes) 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 beautiful faces.

We had our first ZOOM workshop – Modern Free Wheeling Circles, which, from my feedback was a success and I know I had fun.  After 4 hours, most everyone had all of their blocks constructed and ready to add the finishing touches.  We laughed.  We could dig in our stashes for additional fabrics (or to add to our blocks in case we miscounted-LOL).  We didn’t have to setup or tear down our sewing stations in a remote location.  Some people even sewed with a lake view!  Demos were given and we could see each other’s progress.  Questions were answered. Some people shared Internet and sewing spaces.  Photos will migrate over to Facebook as quilts are finished.  People who signed up and paid for the workshop got their patterns and they have a private Facebook page to access extra information/resources and photos.  I’ve already signed up for an online workshop with Carole Lyles Shaw to see if they are as much fun as we had…the standards are high…just saying!

There have been 4 sessions of Tech Tuesdays and they’ve had great reviews.  Individual help was priceless and the sessions included really good ways for using Instagram by our own Kathy C.  We offer sessions at 11am and another at 6pm most Tuesdays.  We are looking for more topics for Tech Tuesdays – anything tech related.  At the next Tech Tuesday (6/30) we’ll be looking at some ways to make your Instagram posts more fun using Boomerang and Layout. There will also be time to answer questions about posting, editing and anything else you need help with.  Signup

Stitchin’ Saturday was fun.  People dropped in and sewed and talked for about 3 hours.  It was fun seeing the projects that were being worked on.  We’ll try this again.  Watch your email for more opportunities!

In the past we have had the opportunity to bring guests to our meetings and there was a $10 fee charged when we have a speaker.  We now have that capability for our zoom meetings.  Starting with this month’s meeting, we will feature a speaker – Lyric Montgomery Kinard.  We are offering a paypal option for non-members to attend at the low price of $6.00.  There is a link from the event on Facebook or on our website.  If this takes off, we may be able to get even more speakers for our guild meetings! So spread the word to your quilting friends.

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BNMQG June 23 meeting with Lyric Kinard

Program – Abstract Design Exercise with Lyric Kinard

This month we have a very special guest speaker attending our Zoom meeting.  Lyric Kinard is a well-known artist, author, and quilter!  You might have seen her on Quilting Arts.  She is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students possess. With playful support and gentle encouragement she will take you through your first steps on a new path, seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. As an artist, author, and educator she transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom.

Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and The Quilt Show. In her past life she was a musician, earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.

You can see what she’s been up to on her blog.  Enjoy some of her great Covichats which are interviews with some famous quilters and artists from all over the world.  Some of her guest have been Carole Lyles Shaw, Mel Beach,  South African business owner Henneli Davie, Wendy Butler Berns, Joe Cunningham, Cristina Arcenequi from Seville, Spain, Victoria Fiindlay Wolfe, Jacquie Gering, Bonnie Hunter, Michelle Wilkie, Susan Brubaker Knapp, and many more.  They are fun to listen to as you sew.  You don’t want to miss her website… take a peek before Tuesday.

The meeting program:

Learn how easy it is to find inspiration in any environment as you create your own unique abstract designs by following this very simple exercise. The elements of line, shape, and value will be explored as you generate a plethora of little thumbnails, jumping points for your own original modern designs.

Option 1 – have paper scissors, sharpie, and several sheets of blank paper ready.
Option 2 – Have printed PDFs, paper scissors, and a sharpie ready.

This is a FREE event for members. These will be attached to your Zoom Invitation Email, so look for the attachments! An email will be sent to members for this event on Zoom. Join us for a short social time from 5:30-6:00. This will give everyone time to enter the meeting, chat a little, and work out any last minute technical problems.

If you are NOT a BNMQG member, just buy a TICKET for this event for a small fee of $6. You won’t be disappointed with Lyric’s program. Sign up early to make sure to receive your link to Zoom . You don’t want to miss the meeting and download Lyric’s files..

To purchase a guest pass for this meeting, please use the PayPal link below:






Zoom opportunities for BNMQG members!

As a result of our poll at the meeting and your comments, we are offering the following ZOOM opportunities.  You will need to sign up and there is a limit of 6 people in each of the Tech Tuesday sessions.     If you are unable to get into one of the Tech Tuesday sessions that you are interested in because of number of participants, please send an email to Kathy C.  and we’ll try and schedule another session.  There is no limit for our Stitchin’ Saturday but you need to sign up to get a zoom invitation.  For any of these Zoom events, sign up on Signup Genius (the link is in the member area). You will also get an email from Signup Genius – one for Tech Tuesdays and another for Stitchin’ Saturday.

Tech Tuesdays

Tuesday, June 2 Instagram for Beginners (you must already have Instagram on your phone/tablet before this meeting) – there are two sessions (both are identical, just choose one or the other.)  Have your phone/tablet with your Instagram account ready to use during the Zoom.  You could use Zoom on your laptop and Instagram on your phone/tablet to make it a little easier or you could do both on your phone/tablet.

Session 1 – Intro – 11 AM – June 2 Signup to get an invitation to ZOOM.  (no cost)
Session 2 – Intro – 6 PM – June 2 Signup to get an invitation to ZOOM.  (no cost)

Tuesday, June 9Posting and editing photos on Instagram 

Session 1 – Posting and editing Photos – 11 AM – June 9 Signup to get an invitation to ZOOM.  (no cost)
Session 2 – Posting and editing Photos – 6 PM – June 9 Signup to get an invitation to ZOOM.  (no cost)

Stitchin’ Saturday

Saturday, June 13 – Stitchin’ Saturday with BNMQG – a virtual sew day,  Jump in/out from 10 AM – 2 PM to chat while you work on your own projects or just come and chat.  Signup to get an invitation to ZOOM.  (no cost)

Big Surprise!

You don’t want to miss our ZOOM meeting on Tuesday night (5/26/2020)!  We have a big surprise announcement along with our awesome meeting with Kathy C’s presentation!

Call your BNMQG friends and remind them of our meeting!  See you there!  Join starting at 5:30 for social time and to make sure you can get on without technical difficulties.  The meeting will start at 6:00.

Find your email from Lisa B. (District 87) for your Zoom Invite.

May 2020 BNMQG Newsletter

Hi Modern Quilters,

I have been quilting and watching a lot of webinars on designers, color, design, and quilting.  There is a lot of good information out there.  Here are some things I’ve enjoyed.  There are many others, but I’ll leave those for another newsletter…. Enjoy.

It was awesome to see faces again and share quilts and ideas at our first ZOOM meeting in April.  I’m hoping we have even more members join us this month.  Please encourage your BNMQG friends to participate.  Join us at 5:30 for a social time and as always, we’ll start the meeting at 6pm with announcements and committee reports, followed by a virtual quilt show of our minis (please post your mini pics in BNMQG so I can make a mini slide show), show and tell (of course), and a presentation about using Instagram by Kathy Cook.

Just think how technically advanced you will be after we have our virtual meetings!

JOIN US – Put a reminder in your phone and join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday night (May 26) from 6 pm – 8 pm via ZOOM.  Join anytime from 5:30-6:00 for a social time and bring your own treats to social hour.  Watch your email – you should have received a link in your email to get into Zoom for the meeting.   ** The email came 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.  Read the email to see those options.   If you haven’t done ZOOM before, please join early in case you have any technical questions!

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Resources from April 2020’s BNMQG Zoom meeting

Thanks for another great meeting of the BNMQG!  Beautiful quilts were shown and we had some great discussions despite the weather and not being able to meet in person!  Below you will find the list of resources from tonight’s meeting.

The link to the video about facing a quilt can be found here.

The magnets that I use with my door quilts can be found on Amazon.

Link to Rebecca Bryan’s workshop registration (that will be rescheduled) Ignore the dates on the registration form

Link to the 2020 Retreat Registration form

Link to the Modern Free Wheeling Circles Quilt Workshop – Supply List and Registration form.

Link to the Block for Block Lotto for May



2020 Quilt Show Calendar

April 2020 Newsletter and Info on April 28 Zoom Meeting

April 2020 – BNMQG has gone virtual!

Printed with Bonnie’s permission

Hi Modern Quilters,

Wow… what a great meeting for our first virtual gathering.  There were 38 of you there and your participation made it awesome.  We loved seeing your Show and Tell, your swap projects, your projects in progress, learning about your favorite classes and workshops, and seeing your sewing spaces!  Congratulations to Anita Tullier, Leslie Swearinger, and Barb Stevens for winning the meeting’s door prizes.  If you missed the meeting, you can still see what was shared and add to the posts on Facebook in the BNMQG group.

BNMQG will be meeting on ZOOM on April 28

In consideration of the (World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic/the state of IL banning or discouraging events of more than 10 until April 30) the Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild meeting will be again meeting virtually, but this time on ZOOM so everyone can attend and you can join for free. Since we will be missing our in-person meeting in April, please stay safe, wash your hands and don’t touch your face.  If you feel sick by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), check these CDC guidelines

Just think how technically advanced you will be after we have our virtual meetings!

Put a reminder in your phone and join us for a meeting on Tuesday and join us for a meeting on Tuesday night (April 28) from 6 pm – 8 pm via ZOOM.  Join anytime from 5:30-6:00 for a social time and bring your own treats to social hour.  Watch your email – we’ll send you a link to get into Zoom in your email 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.  Read the email to see those options and if you have questions, make sure to join us for the practice session on Monday night.

There will be a practice session on Monday, April 27 at 6 pm to make sure ZOOM is working for you-use the link for the practice session (one will be sent to you and it will be different than the meeting link) to join the practice session. You will be able to try it out and make sure your camera and microphone are ready for the meeting.  Watch carefully for both links and pay attention to which is the PRACTICE link and which is the ACTUAL MEETING link.

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Supply List for Modern Free Wheeling Circle Quilt

CircleQuiltSupply list

  • 20 – 12.5” x 12.5” squares, assorted colors or semi-solids
  • 20 – 10” x 10” squares. Assorted solids or semi-solids
  • 2  ¼ yard sashing/border I fabrics, assorted solids or semi-solids
  • Extra fabric for optional border
  • ¼” Fusible bias tape (optional)
  • Binding: 7-2 ½” strips width of fabric
  • Coordinating quilting thread

Basic supplies:

Sewing machine with ¼ “ foot, paper and fabric scissors, rotary cutting supplies (mat and cutter with a sharp blade), neutral thread (gray or tan) or one that blends with most of our fabrics, straight pins