Take a Chance Challenge!


  1. Every BNMQG member may join the challenge. The cost of the challenge is $5/member if you send a check (BNMQG, PO Box 154, Normal, IL) or $5.50 if you pay via Paypal.  You must enter the challenge and upload your photo by September 22 (check mailed and postmarked by September 20 or paid by Paypal) by September 22, 2020.  The money will be added to the winning Grand Prize of $100 (provided by the guild) and awarded at the end of the challenge.  Wouldn’t that make your quilting budget happy?
           Sorry this challenge is no longer available to join.
  2. Create a project with modern aesthetics that meets the monthly challhttps://py.pl/wM7o1enges decided by chance at the monthly meeting. This can be 8 individual monthly projects (mini quilts, quilt blocks, placemats, postcards, mug rugs, etc.) or all or some can be put into one quilt flimsy at the end of the challenge.
  3. A die will be rolled twice to determine what the challenge is for the month.
  4. Post a photo of your completed monthly challenge. By 2 pm on the day of the meeting, a photo of your challenge must be loaded onto the Take A Chance Challenge site on Shutterfly  to be eligible to win a monthly prize.  (September 22, October 27, November 24, January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, and May 25).   You will be invited to join this website once you sign up for the Challenge.  There will be Tech Tuesday sessions available on September 8 (11 am and 6 pm) and September 15 (11 am and 6 pm) to make sure you know how to post your photos on the Shutterfly site. Please sign on to Shutterfly.com and create a free Shutterfly account if you don’t already have one before attending any of these sessions.
  5. Every member finishing the monthly challenge will be in a drawing for an extra entry into the grand prize drawing. This extra entry will only be entered in the grand prize drawing if the quilter completes all 8 monthly challenges.
  6. The GRAND PRIZE WINNER for finishing every month’s challenge (August – May) will be chosen from members who have not missed any month of posting a photo of their finished monthly challenge and all extra entries that were drawn (only if all of the monthly challenges were complete by that member). The grand prize winner will win the money in the “pot” at the May meeting, a guarantee of at least $105.

Questions?  Attend the Zoom meetings in July and August to find out more!

Ann Morton is our July Guest

Ann Morton with the Violet Protest is our guest speaker this month. 

What is the Violet Protest and how did it all get started?  This month’s speaker will be Zooming with us to tell us all about it.

A little info:  The Violet Protest is a pubic effort to send 50 hand-made textile squares to each and every member of Congress in support of these core American values:  Civility and Respect, Citizenship, Compromise, Country over party and corporate influence, courage, candor, compassion, and creativity. 

That means that they will need 26,750 red and blue 8” x 8”
​squares.  They will be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum in 2021.and 50 will be sent to each and every senator  and representative of the new 117th Congress of the United States in late 2021. THE DEADLINE FOR FINISHED SQUARES IS NOVEMBER 15, 2020.  Think about volunteering to make some blocks.

Join us this month and encourage your quilting friends to join us.   This event is free for all BNMQG members.  To  purchase  a guest  pass  for  the  July  meeting,  please  use  the  PayPal  button  below.

July 2020 Guest Pass

July 2020 Guest Pass

For more information about Ann Morton and the Violet Protest:

JOIN US – Put a reminder in your phone or on your calendar and join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday night (July 28) from 6 pm – 8 pm via ZOOM.  Keep an eye out for your Zoom invitation in your email and the Zoom “room” will open at 5:30 so you can get logged in.

July 2020 Newsletter

Ann Morton is our featured speaker at our next ZOOM meeting JULY 28, 2020

Hi Modern Quilters,

Life is changing every day.  Cancellations are a daily occurrence and not an easy decision to make for the organizers, like the cancellation of our BNMQ Retreat.  On the other hand, virtual opportunities are popping up and they are exciting.  I’ve taken a Zoom workshop with Carole Lyles Shaw (which I would probably never been able to do) and signed up for lectures and workshops at QuiltCon to be held in February. I am looking forward to the experiences that are sure to overwhelm me with new ideas, techniques, and inspiration.  These opportunities may become a regular occurrence or they might just be around for a little while so I’m taking advantage of them now.

It was awesome to see faces again and share quilts and ideas at our ZOOM meeting in June. I hope you enjoyed Lyric’s presentation as much as I did.  I’m seeing things a little differently and paying more attention to the things around me.

BNMQG meetings are filling up with great programs in 2020-2021.  In fact, we have meetings planned through January, 2021 and they are exciting.  This month we’ll be challenged to make a difference with Ann Morton and the Violet Protest. I’m hoping we have even more members join us this month.

Ann Morton and the Violet Protest

Ann will be joining us during our July Zoom meeting.  She’ll give you some history of the Violet Protest and give you an opportunity to help with it.  You don’t want to miss this presentation!

“Ann Morton is a fiber artist, educator and social practitioner living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ann’s work exploits traditional fiber techniques as conceptual tools for aesthetic, social communication to examine a society of which we are all a part– as bystanders, participants, victims and perpetrators.

​Driven by a desire to make right, the work she does reflects her own handwork, but also orchestrates handwork of interested community members through public interventions that seek to socially engage the hands of many to harness the power of making for social purpose.” http://www.violetprotest.com/the-artist.html

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QUILTCON 2020 Registration


Have you decided to take some classes during the virtual QUILTCON? Registration starts this Wednesday, July 15 at 9am CST.  Check out the catalog … Remember that classes fill up FAST.


  • Watch new MQG videos on registration and QuiltCon Together 2021
  • Make sure you know how to login to your MQG account in order to register!
  • Find your email from register@themodernquiltguild.com for your QuiltCon Together MQG Member Registration Link

Registration or QuiltCon questions?  Register@themodernquiltguild.com
Membership questions?  info@themodernquiltguild.com

Cathie Haab might also be able to help via email at bnmqg@hotmail.com.  If you have any trouble or questions, do it quickly.  Please don’t wait to check or she may not be able to help you in time for registration on the 15th.