BNMQG will be meeting ONLINE on March 24

submitted by Nancy Powell, president

Hi Modern Quilters,
I miss seeing you so much and the inspiration that each of you brings to our meetings.  However, in consideration of the (World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic/the state of IL banning or discouraging events of 50) the Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild meeting is cancelled for our in-person meeting for next Tuesday, March 24th.

We are acting out of a sense of responsibility to our members and our greater community but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some quilting fun and get some inspiration.  We will be replacing our in-person meeting.

March 24th’s meeting of BNMQG will be a virtual meeting via Facebook or Instagram (your choice) from 6 pm – 8 pm.  It will be an Open House type of meeting so you can come and go.  You will be entered into a drawing for prizes for posting in the meeting.  Please fill out the meeting survey on our website in the member area or there is a link in the email that you have received or will receive soon from BNMQG.

Join us for a virtual show and tell on Tuesday night (March 24) anytime from 6 pm – 8 pm via Facebook and/or Instagram.

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February 2020 Newsletter and Meeting Reminder

submitted by Nancy P., President

I’m back from downunder with great memories and photos of beautiful Australia and New Zealand.  Our tree blocks were welcomed and picked up in Sydney on January 26th.  What’s a vacation without visiting some quilt shops?  I brought back some Aboriginal art via fabric and got some ideas for future quilt guild meetings and quilts.  Is it weird to think of making modern quilts with Aboriginal fabric?  I say NO!  The geometrical designs and colors had me sketching ideas while I was gone so watch out!!!  But, as always, so many ideas but so little time.  I’m going to have to speed up my sewing machine!  And, speaking of speeding up, our next meeting is just around the corner!

This Month’s Meeting – February 25
We meet on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 for social time and 6:00 for our meeting.  This month’s activity will have you thinking out of the box to design a quilt.  So, if you can plan to bring a pencil and a ruler (quilting or regular) at least 12” long, that would be great.  I’ll supply the rest.  Plan to come for the social hour so you can prep your activity before the meeting.

Oh, by the way, do you buy layer cakes to use when you quilt?  If so, please save the 10” square cardboard pieces from packages of layer cakes and bring them to the February or March meeting to be recycled into another project.

2020 Kona Color of the Year Mini Quilt Challenge
Kona announced Enchanted as the 2020 Color of the year.  Signup for the 20” square mini quilt challenge started at the January meeting.  To join the challenge, bring a $1 to sign up.  If you would like a 6: x 20” piece of Enchanted, it is free when you signup for the challenge. Continue reading

January 2020 Meeting Reminder Newsletter

submitted by Nancy P., President

Welcome to BNMQG 2020!  – next meeting January 28, 2020
Now that the holidays are over, your handmade gifts have been given and are now being enjoyed. This is a perfect time to get a fresh start on new projects, stay warm, finish some unfinished projects, and get some designing and quilting done.  I’d love to be able to say that one of my goals is to not buy more fabric, but I already broke that goal.  Do you feel like I do that there are so many beautiful colors and fabrics and that they would be just perfect for my next project?  So I altered my goal to be to use more fabrics and finish more projects.  What are your 2020 goals for your quilting/sewing?

Hope you’re getting to know your Swap partner.  Continue to communicate in person, by phone, or by email. Share design and color ideas to complement your chosen fat quarter. Remember that your completed products will be exchanged at the February Guild meeting.  Contact Pat Messinger if you have any questions, her contact info is on the Members page.

Australian Tree Blocks
As you have heard, Australia is being devastated by fires.  Animals are losing their lives and habitats.  People have lost their lives and homes.  As I prepare to leave for Australia, I will be taking some tree quilt blocks to the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild in New South Wales.  Below is the post.  If you get some done by Jan 23 and can get them to me, I’ll put them in my suitcase and carry them with me.  If not, Leslie Swearinger has offered to get them at the guild meeting and take them with her to QuiltCon where someone will be collecting them and sending them off to Australia. Blocks are to be a generous 12.5” square, have a tree theme, low volume/white/pale grey background.  Thank you BNMQG quilters! Continue reading

December 2019 Newsletter

submitted by Nancy P., President

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed Laura Hartrich as much as I did at our November meeting.  Want to learn more about Laura and Quilt Stories?  Check out her website.

Now that the holidays are upon us, you’re probably ready to take some time and enjoy your family and friends.  My guess is that there will be a ton of handmade goodies being enjoyed this holiday season.

BNMQG Swap: Ready Set SWAP!  Now that you’ve met your Swap partner, take some time to get to know them and be inspired by their fat quarter.  Communicate in person, by phone, or by email. 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.  Contact Pat Messinger if you have any questions – contact details on Members page.

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.

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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:

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October 2019 Meeting Recap

submitted by Gale I., with help from Cindy R

Donna Phillips was the winner for October’s Block Lotto.

November Block Lotto was presented by Cindy R.

Snacks were provided by Ary Anderson, Leslie Swearingen and Donna Lee

Quilt con is in February in Austin, Texas.  Deadline for free registration to Quiltcon for MQG members is Nov 30.  As a BNMQG member you are also a member of the Modern Quilt Guild.

Nancy talked about participating in the Quiltcon quilt swap. Deadline was 10/26.

Reminder we have a closed Facebook group for members only – please request to join – The group allows members to chat about and share modern quilt ideas, files that include important info – newsletters, info for workshops, membership renewal forms, etc.

Reminder of the craft sale to benefit the church we meet in that will be November 1-2.  Thanks to all of our members who donated items!

Kathy Cook and Nancy Powell presented Modern Mythbusters.

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October 2019 Meeting Reminder

submitted by Nancy P., President


Hi Modern Quilters,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 year of the Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guild where we will focus on supporting and encouraging the growth and development of modern quilting through education, art, and community.” There are many activities, speakers, and challenges planned for this year.  So, don’t let your membership expire.

Renew your membership this month!  Make sure your dues are paid by the October meeting.  Member dues are $35 and a renewal form can be downloaded in the member area of the blog  or the Closed Group – BNMQG on Facebook so you can fill it out, attach your dues, and bring to the October meeting.  Keep current with your dues to continue enjoying guild meetings, special speakers, information, and activities as well as the member area of The Modern Quilt Guild website.  Your dues cover your membership from September, 2019 – August, 2020.

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September 2019 Meeting Recap

Submitted by Nancy P., Presicent

Attendance:  42 members, 6 new members, and 4 guests

This month’s meeting began with an icebreaker for members and guests to encourage people to meet each other and learn more about BNMQG.   Icebreaker sheets were to be kept by people as a reference for people.  An extra 10 minutes was given as people were very involved.  The business meeting began at 6:10.  Nancy P. started the meeting with her vision for the guild: “to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through education, art, and community.”

Outgoing officers were recognized for their service and given a small token of appreciation for their dedication to the guild – Stormy H. and Kathy M. – co presidents in 2018-2019;  Cathie H. – vice president 2018-2019 who will now be the MQG guild liaison; and Teresa Arendell – secretary 2017 – 2019.

New officers were introduced:  Kathy Cook – vice president (not present), Betty Woodruff – treasurer, and Gale Imig – secretary (not present).

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IMPORTANT September 2019 Meeting Reminder

submitted by Nancy P., President

Hi Modern Quilters,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 year of the Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guild.  There are many activities, speakers, and fun planned for this year.  But before we close the book on 2018-2019, I want to take a minute to thank our Co-presidents Kathy Merrick and Stormy Helton and our Vice President Cathie Haab for their service for the past year and our Secretary Teresa Arendell for her service to the guild for the past two years.  Your leadership, time, and ideas are greatly appreciated and have strengthened our guild.  I am excited to welcome Kathy Cook as our Vice President, our Social Media chair – Betty Woodruff is moving into the Treasurer position, and Gale Imig is taking on the Secretarial duties.  As your president, I will work hard and do my best to bring fresh modern quilting ideas to BNMQG.

September Meeting – IMPORTANT information
The program at the September meeting will include an activity to get you creating modern designs and will require you to bring a few things to participate.
Please bring
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August 2019 Meeting Recap

submitted by Teresa A., secretary

The August meeting of the Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guild was led by our co-president, Stormy H. and was called to order at 6:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal.

Our treats were provided by our hostesses this month, Noemi B., Cindy R., and Nancy H.   Thank you, ladies!

We had two guests and one new member giving us a total of forty-five (45) members tonight.


We had twenty-six (26) members participate in our mini-quilt challenge and we’ve been getting fabulous responses to our display at Scout’s Downtown Café in Bloomington this month.  If you haven’t made it there yet be sure to get there before closing time on Saturday, August 31st.  Cathie H. shared some pictures of the display.

We are needing some helpers to take down the display on Saturday, August 31st.  Stormy H. will be there around closing time to begin the takedown.  If you can help, please contact Stormy H.

T-Shirt Sales – Lori L. was taking orders for the guild t-shirts.  This is a fundraiser for the guild to help with the costs for our charity quilts.

The T-shirts are running small and are a ladies’ cut.  The cost is $18 for sizes Small – X-large.  Larger sizes will cost $2.00 & $3.00 more. If you are interested and were unable to attend please contact Lori L. for more information.

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