January 2021 Meeting Recap

Meeting Recap for the January 26, 2021 Meeting of BNMQG

This meeting started even before the actual meeting.  We enjoyed an impromptu lesson on wool thread and darning by Laura Coia (SewVeryEasy on YouTube) who was attending our meeting as a friend of our speaker Peter Byrne.

There were 54 members and 4 guests in attendance.

Nancy started the meeting by giving an update on the Quiltfolk magazine article, thanking 25 members for participating in the photo session in cold January temps, thanking Kelly C. and Mark C. for the embroidery and Kathy C. for our very special BNMQG masks. Photos were shared and it was announced that the BNMQG article will be in the April/Illinois issue of Quiltfolk.

Peter Byrne was our speaker from Toronto, Canada.  Peter’s quilt titled ‘Starring You’ won Best in Show and my quilt titled ‘Cityscape” won Best Machine Quilting Frameless.  Twenty two quilts were shared along with his techniques of hover quilting and overlay quilting.  Good news for members who were unable to attend last night, Peter gave us permission to record his presentation and share it in our password protected member area here on our website for 2 weeks but then it will be gone forever!

New members – Kelly H., Bev D., Heather B., and Sandra M. were welcomed.  We’re so happy that you’ve joined us.

SEW Days have be scheduled via zoom.  Mark your calendars for these Saturdays Feb. 6 and March 6 from 10 am – 2 pm.  The zoom invite will be emailed to all members the week of the Sew Day– no need to sign up in advance.

Tech Tuesdays

  • February 9th – Carole Fay will be presenting Poly Draw with Electric Quilt at 11 am and again at 6 pm.  sign-up  (seats are filling up fast!)
  • We’re looking for a person who would be willing to do a Cricut basics class on a Tech Tuesday.  Please let me know if you are interested.  Sessions are approximately 45-60 minutes long and we’ll take care of the signup and the zoom.
  • Would you like to suggest a topic for a Tech Tuesday or share a topic in a Tech Tuesday, send Nancy P a text or email! 🙂

QuiltCon Planning zoom is on Thursday, Feb 11 at 6 pm. sign-up

  • If you don’t mind sharing your QuiltCon registration schedule, please send it to Nancy via email to help organize and focus the planning meeting.  To check and/or modify your QuiltCon schedule, visit the registration page.
  • If you haven’t signed up for QuiltCon, the registration site is now open again. 

Newsletters, starting in February, will now be posted as a PDF file in a Newsletter tab on the website, in the BNMQG group, and emailed to you.  Please read them for important information.  Make sure the device you want to read the newsletter on will open a PDF

Raffle:  We have 7 quilts to raffle and they have been posted on our website.  Purchase tickets for Quilt #1 now.  These 7 quilts are homemade family quilts that were donated by a member of our community.  Proceeds from the raffle will be used for BNMQG Charity projects. Please share this information with your friends and social media.  There is a post to share in Facebook on the Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild page.

Take a Chance Challenge:  January projects were shared and Noemi B. won the extra entry into the final drawing this month.  The Roll for next month was #6 – PURPLE and #2 – Circles or parts of circles, wonky or not.

The Kona Color 2021 Mini Quilt Challenge rules and entry form were attached to an earlier email but they are now available in the Member area of the website under current projects.  Some of the Kona Horizon fabric (approx. 6”x20”) was handed out to members at the Quiltfolk photo shoot and more is available from Betty W.  You could do a drive by and pick up a piece of Kona Horizon fabricor if that is just not possible, contact Betty and she is willing to mail you a piece.

Show and Tell:  If you have Show and Tell in the future, please go to Facebook and find the current month’s Show and Tell photo album and add your photos.  Not a FaceBook user?  Not a problem, just email the photos to Nancy Powell or another member on Facebook and ask them to add them to the current month’s album.  Please limit yourself to 1 or 2 shares per meeting. 

This is the beginning of an exciting 2021 for BNMQG, so put the meetings on your calendar, plan to participate and think about joining a planning committee or run for an office in August.  Sandy Sanders and Debbie Phillips are on the Nominating committee.  You may be hearing from them, and please consider letting them know if you’re interested in an office.  You will have plenty of support if you volunteer.

Coming up:  In February, celebrate modern quilting and QuiltCon 2021 and in March, learn more about taking Quilt Photography with your cell phone with Laura Loewen from Colorado. 

The meeting was adjourned. 
Respectfully submitted,
Nancy P. (substitute seretary)


Peter’s contact info:
Email: petersquilts@gmail.com   
Instagram:  @petersquilts & @hoverquilting. 
Facebook:  Peter Byrne
Website: www.peterbquilts.com

Tech Tuesday:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054fa9ad29a6f58-bnmqg3
QuiltCon planning meeting:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054fa9ad29a6f58-quiltcon
Raffle Quilts:   https://bnmqg.org/bnmqg-quilt-raffle/
Kona Challenge:  https://bnmqg.org/  and go to the member area

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