BNMQG Update – includes July meeting recap

Submitted by Paula M., Secretary

The Modern Quilt Guild sent out an email today, August 15th, around 2pm CDT for your link to register for QuiltCon. Please verify tonight that you can log into MQG, so that you don’t have any issues in the morning. Quilt Con will be Feb. 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Registration starts at 9am CDT tomorrow, August 16th.  If you register by November 30, registration is free as a BNMQG guild member. You will need your MQG login and password – please test tonight! To get to registration, you will need to use the link in the email. It is a customized link just for you and you need YOUR link. Workshops sometimes sell out in the first few minutes after the site opens, so if you are interested in a workshop, plan on logging in at 9am (or before) TUESDAY, August 16th. Have the class number, name, and instructor handy BEFORE you go to registration. The complete catalog is online.


The July meeting was called to order by Vice President, Nancy P. at 6:00PM CDT.  The meeting was held at the Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom.  There were 45 members in person, 3 guests, and 1 new member with 22 attending via Zoom.

Refreshments were provided by Carol B., Mary Rose, and Ann U.

The speaker was our own Kathy Cook whose presentation was entitled Big Stitch Quilting.  She spoke on the origins, uses, supplies, techniques and her practices with it. Kathy showed many slides of her quilts that include big stitch quilting as well as how she has used it on clothing. Kathy also brought many of her quilts for everyone to get a close up view of the stitching. Kathy offered to conduct a hands on workshop to help some members become more acquainted with it. As dates and times are determined, there will be a Sign Up Genius available. She will be offering a few different times for small groups of 10. We really appreciate Kathy sharing her expertise with the guild!

The survey this month had to do with what our members were hand sewing. The survey results were from 47 people. 13 people were doing no hand sewing.

English Paper Piecing – 14Curvelets – 2Embroidery – 17Cross-Stitch – 9
Big Stitch – 10Kawandi – 1Mending – 2Needle Punch – 1
Crewel – 1Needlepoint – 1Candle Wicking – 1Binding – 1
Hand Quilting – 1Wool Applique – 2Needle Turn Applique – 2Kantha – 1

The survey drawing was won by Connie B.

The fabric raffle was also won by Connie B.

Pat S., Community Outreach chairperson, reported that there were 18 sewers for our sew day before tonight’s meeting.  The next one is scheduled for the day of our August meeting, August 23rd.  14 heart beat quilts are done with another 6 out for quilting.  Please turn any outstanding ones in next month. 

There were 6 anniversary improv log cabin quilt tops made. The 10th anniversary improv log cabin quilts will be donated to the Cancer Center. We would like to have these quilts completed before December.  There have been a total of 360 log cabin blocks turned in so far. 

The Quilt Con Community Challenge Quilt that was designed by Kathy C. and Nancy P. was finished today by the members.  Betty W. has volunteered to quilt it. It will be auctioned for charity at Quilt Con in February. 

Another free opportunity was suggested. 30 Days of Improv QAL started on Aug. 23 with 5 days a week for 30 days. What a wonderful way to explore different improv techniques.

The second round of BNMQG gear has arrived. You can make arrangements with Nancy P. or pick up on the day of the August meeting.

For our August meeting, please wear a guild shirt, if you have one. We will have a picture of the guild members taken for our 10th anniversary.  We will have a program depicting our history with a special presentation.  The meeting will start at 5:00 with a potluck.  Last names starting with A – E, please bring appetizers; F – M, please bring bread, crackers, chips; and N – Z please bring a salad. 

In November, our presenter will be David Owen Hastings.   His workshop will be in December and there are 3 spots left. Guest tickets are also available, so bring a friend.

Carolina Oneto will be our presenter on January 24th with a workshop on the 28th.  There are a few more tickets available.  

MQG Sessions from Oct. 13-16 are virtual.  It’s $95 for all sessions and it can be viewed for 14 days afterwards. Registration is open now at MQG.

Modern Mystery update. Nancy reported that we now have an 80% participation this month.  Barb B. won the July raffle. 

The V.P. corner was presented by Nancy P., our V.P.  She reported on the app, ReColor.

Show and Tell was conducted.  Thanks Anita for taking pictures for us tonight! We are looking for members willing to take photos at meetings and events. Please contact a board member if you are interested.

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