Sylvia Schaefer is our speaker for October

Sylvia Schaefer – Zoom Lecture
Members only
Designing with Negative Space

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6:00 pm CST via Zoom
no guest tickets are available for this lecture

Many quilters enjoy the modern aesthetic but are overwhelmed when considering designing their own quilt. This lecture gives you concrete step-by-step ideas on how to begin with a traditional quilt block and then alter it to incorporate negative space (also known as background area). Plus, I’ll give you suggestions on fabric and quilting choices for your design. This is my most popular lecture, and works very well in a virtual format as well.

As always, there is no cost for a member to attend the meeting.

September 2021 meeting recap

Submitted by Paula M., Secretary & Lisa B., President

The August meeting was called to order by new president, Lisa B. at 6:00 P.M.  The meeting was held at the Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom with 44 members present in person and 14 via Zoom, 2 new members    and 3 guests present.   

We had lots of wonderful items donated to the Destash sale, which raised almost $600! Shopping happened before the meeting and then there was a surprise half off sale during our break.

We did another dual meeting – in person and via zoom. We are working through the challenges that this dual setting is presenting. We will be changing the order of the meetings to always have the presentations first, even if the presenter is in person.

Sandra M. not pictured – she joined us by zoom, but sent yummy treats with Emily J.!

We had lots of yummy treats, provided by Donna L., Emily J., and Sandra M.

The virtual Wisconsin Quilt show was attended by many members.

BNMQG purchased a pass for the entire guild to be able to access the Global Quilt Connection’s All Star Virtual Sampler that was available on October 2nd and 3rd. We hope that many guild membes attended and enjoyed the presentations. If you liked any of the presenters and would like to have them as a speaker for the guild, please contact a board member.

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September 2021 Meeting Reminder

Submitted by Lisa B., President

Sorry this is a little delayed – I was exhausted (in a good way) after the wonderful BNMQG retreat. 27 members had a great time laughing, eating, show and telling, as well as getting some sewing done! We will have a slide show of the retreat before the meeting, in case you missed seeing the pictures on the BNMQG group FB page.

Our meeting on Tuesday the 28th will be held in person and via zoom, starting at 6pm at the church. We will continue to watch and follow any guidelines for the pandemic to keep our members healthy but engaged. 

This meeting will also include our Destash Sale. So, clean out those sewing rooms and pre-price your donations (in dollar increments, no change please) and bring to the meeting early.

Please no patterns, magazines or books for this round of Destash Sale. If you have lots of little items, please group together in baggies and price as one item.

Doors will open at 4pm so that we can get the Destash Sale setup. If you need help getting items there early, call a friend or a board member and we can arrange something. Shopping will begin at 5pm payments can be cash or check.

One of our own members, Leslie S., will be doing a presentation on “How I Choose Color”. We all have different approaches to choosing color for our quilts.  Are you more scientific – like the color wheel, or are you more organic – like choosing your favorite colors?  In this discussion on choosing color I would like to discuss multiple ways of choosing colors for our quilts with a more in depth look of how we can incorporate the color wheel into helping us enhance and expand our color choices for the perfect quilt. Looking forward to her presentation – I tend to wing it and sometimes I don’t get the results I want.

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August 2021 Meeting Recap

Submitted by Paula M., Secretary

The August meeting at the Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom was called to order by President Nancy P. at 6:00 PM. This was our first dual meeting – in person and via Zoom. We had a total of 62 members, 3 new members and 8 guests in attendance (in person or via zoom). We had 36 people attend via Zoom, as well as our guest speaker Heather Black.

Our food was provided by Rhonda D., Teresa A., and Barb S.  A big thank you went out to them. 

Barb S. and Mary Rose H. are chairing the hospitality committee for this coming year and are looking for a few more volunteers to fill up our hospitality sign up. Please get in touch with either Barb S. or Mary Rose H. to see when you are needed.

A display was set up for an overview of our last 2 years of activities. In case you missed it, it is below – we were busy!

Tonight’s speaker was Heather Black.  Her website is https://quiltachusetts.com/shop She is a modern quilter with a love for bold geometric designs.  Heather discussed many options for using balance and depth when designing a modern quilt. She covered the rule of 3 and how odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. She has graciously offered a special discount good through September 30th for BNMQG members which is posted in the members only area.  

A Zoom poll and in-person ballots were tallied for the slate of new officers that was presented by the BNMQG board for the new year starting September of 2021 through August of 2022.  The slate of officers were:

                Lisa Baermann – President

                Nancy Powell – Vice President

                Paula Meiner – Secretary

                Anita Tullier – Treasurer

The slate of officers were duly elected by the membership. Congratulations to our new board, that includes some familiar faces!

Reminders were given to renew memberships, turn in heartbeat quilts, and visit the library. A reminder to anyone interested in advertising quilting businesses, please download the form on our classified ad page.

We need a heartbeat quilt coordinator for this coming year.  If you are interested, please let Lisa know.

Kona Color Challenge:  We have a new venue next year at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Schaumberg.  There is a possibility that a bus trip to the show can be arranged.  Watch for further details and be designing your 20” square mini quilt.

Community Outreach Quilt Challenge – the blocks have been determined and a sew day will be set soon.

Block Lotto –  Marilyn B. and Leslie S. have volunteered to conduct the block lotto for the coming year. For those that are new to Block Lotto, this is a fund raiser for our guild as well as a start to a great modern quilt for the winner of the blocks. Each month a new modern block will be demonstrated with a tutorial available. Bring as many of those blocks as you want to make in the color way chosen to the next month’s meeting and donate a dollar per block. For each block/dollar donation, your name will be entered in a drawing. The random drawing will be held and the winner will receive all of the blocks donated that evening. If we have lots of participants, we may have more than one winner. This has been a really fun way to try out new techniques. Hope everyone will join in the fun each month!

BNMQG retreat – Paula M. reported on the retreat that is to be held September 17 – 20 at the Hawthorne Suites in the conference center.  We have all spots filled except 2.  We will use Sign-up Genius to determine the order of the arrival of the attendees starting at 10:00 on Friday A.M. The retreat email including the Sign-up Genius invite was sent by Nancy P., so follow that link and sign up for your arrival time. Food will be provided by Tobin’s Friday night, Cracker Barrel on Saturday night and Bandana’s on Sunday night. 

VP Corner by Kathy C. spotlighted Karen Bolan. She is on Instagram @karen.bolan.

Quilt raffle – Betty W. conducted the quilt raffle and Barb S. won the last of the 7 quilts that were given to BNMQG.

Fabric Raffle Drawing – Anita T. had a member draw out the name of Leanne F. who won the bundle of fat quarters. 

As a thank you, Nancy P. handed out insulated tumblers to former and new board members. 

Right after that, Kathy C. presented out-going President, Nancy P. and out-going treasurer, Betty W. each a quilt that was pieced and quilted by BNMQG members.  Betty has been president, treasurer and has held many jobs for the guild since its beginning.  Nancy is now our new Vice President – she is multi talented and we are so happy to have her continued leadership.

Check out our fun show and tell.

Next month will feature one of our members, Leslie S. Her presentation is “How I Choose Color.” We will also have a destash sale to raise money for the guild. Members will donate quilting items and bring their pre-priced donated items to the September meeting for other members to purchase. Watch for an email for details about the destash sale.

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?

BNMQG Swap
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:  http://www.laurahartrich.com/quilts

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:  https://nancysquilting.shutterfly.com/pictures/1796

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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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/BNMQG/ – 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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