November 2019 Meeting Reminder Newsletter

submitted by Nancy P., President

Want to learn more about Laura:

I bet you’re preparing for Thanksgiving, making gifts for the holidays, and hope you’re enjoying “Fall”.  I’m just back from the Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.  It was crazy, overwhelming, and inspirational!  Here are some of my favorite moments at the Quilt Festival.

See more of my pictures:

Check here for a tour of the Modern Quilt Showcase from the Festival:

Ready Set SWAP!!  Bring a favorite fat quarter to the November meeting to participate in this year’s Modern Swap.  You and your Swap Buddy will exchange contact information and decide what to make for each other choosing from a tote, a mug rug, a zippered pouch, a pincushion, or hot pads. Get to know your Swap buddy by sharing design and color ideas to complement your chosen fat quarter. Completed products will be exchanged in February 2020.

See you at our November meeting with a favorite fat quarter.  Questions? Contact Pat Messinger or 309-287-1747.

Membership:  We have 70 members including 12 new members this year.  Contact information for guild members is available on the blog in the Member only area.

Heart Beat Sit and Sew

Thanks to Pat Silva for a very successful Sit and Sew.  With all of the help (18 people participated), BNMQG is on track to reach our goal of 30 quilts for babies in the NICU.  Another Sit and Sew is being planned for 2020 so keep your ears open and your sewing machines ready to go!  Design night will be during our March meeting.




QuiltCon reminders

The Modern Quilt Guild

  • Please log in to MQG to make sure your email and contact info are correct so that you don’t miss important emails and information.
  • Register for MQG Sessions on December 1stJoin us at the first ever MQG Sessions will focus only on handiwork in Denver, Colorado held May 7-9, 2020!
  • MQG 10th Anniversary Limited Edition PinSnag yourself a limited edition commemorative pin that beautifully illustrates how we piece fabrics together, as the pin itself is two separate pieces that fit beautifully together to make a full quilt block.
  • Then & Now: MQGCo-founder Alissa Haight Carlton Talks Modern Quilting – Login to the site and see the story here

Tech communications:

Please log in to to make sure your email and contact info are correct so that you don’t miss important emails and information.

Website/Blog – Have you received for your new password for our website/blog (  If not, first please check your spam and trash.  You’ll need this if you want access to the Member Only area on this site.  If you cannot find the email, contact Lisa Baermann at

In the member area, please check the list of members and double check that your contact info is correct.  If you need to correct your information, please send an email to: and put Attn Cathie in the subject area.  Thanks.

Have you joined BNMQG on Facebook?  The BNMQG is a NEW closed group and just started this year.  Here is the link.  Request to join the group, answer two questions, and you’ll be approved  to become a member of this page.  You will be able to download files from this page for newsletters, workshop instructions, renewal forms, etc.  This was not possible on our Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild (PAGE).  This is different from the other Facebook page where anyone can see posts on that page and files aren’t allowed to be shared –

For your calendar:

November 26 – Laura Hartrich

December – NO meeting this month.  Enjoy time during the holidays with friends and family!

January 28, 2020 – Divide and Improvise

February 25 – Swap projects due  Announce and sign up for Kona Mini Quilt Challenge, early bird signup for Rebecca Bryan’s workshop May 16 and get $5 off the workshop

March 24 –Heart Beat Quilt Design Night, April 28 – Program on Color, register for the May 16 workshop if there are spots available

April 28 – Color Workshop, signup for Rebecca Bryan’s workshop May 16 (after the April meeting the registrations will be opened to non-members.

May 15 – Rebecca Bryan Meeting

May 16 – Rebecca Bryan Workshop

June 23 – BNMQG Social – stay tuned for a surprise!

BNMQG is getting ready to have our own traveling Modern Mini Showcase.  Please consider loaning us your mini quilts for some upcoming shows – your tiger lily, splash, and the 2020 Kona Color challenge quilts will get some new audiences!  More information will be available soon.

See you Tuesday and don’t forget to bring a fat quarter for the swap.  It’s not too late to participate if you remember your fabric!  Oh…and p.s. 2 lucky swap participants will win 2020 Kona Color of the year fat quarters for the upcoming mini quilt challenge coming in February!

Happy quilting,


Guild Contact People:

President – Nancy Powell (

Vice President – Kathy Cook (

Treasurer – Betty Woodruff (

Secretary – Gale Imig (

Block Lotto and Fabric Raffle – Cindy Reynolds

Fabric Raffle Sales – Pam Laws

Heartbeat Quilts – Pat Silva

Hospitality – Barb Stevens and Mary Rose Hill

Library – Carol Benson

Membership – Susan Chancellor

Nominating Committee (2018-2019) – to be announced in March

Photographer – Kelly Cummings

QuiltCon Charity Quilt – Cindy Reynolds

Survey board and door prize – Danna Boore

Swap – Pat Messinger

Webmaster – Lisa Baermann

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