October Meeting Recap

submitted by Paula M., Secretary

The October meeting was called to order by president, Lisa B. at 6:00 PM.  The meeting was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal and via Zoom, with 25 members online, 1 guest, and 35 in person, for a total of 61 attendees. 

A thank you to Pat S., Barb S., and Mary Rose H. for our hospitality treats. 

Don’t forget that we have a BNMQG library – lots of great titles that can be checked out. Our regular librarian, Carol B. was with us via zoom, but Valerie S. volunteered to help out with the library.

This month’s presenter was Sylvia Schaefer who spoke on Designing with Negative Space.  The 2 biggest lessons from her presentation were that negative space gives your eye a place to rest, and it helps move your eye from 1 place to another.  She showed lots of slides of her quilts and the different ways she has used negative space. Sometimes she uses blocks in a row or column and sometimes her quilting has “ghost” blocks.

Community Outreach chairperson, Pat S., announced she had 6 members on her committee:  Melissa K., Noemi B., Maria C., Rita G., Valerie S., and Paula M.  The Board met earlier today and cut all of the strips, batting, and backing for 30 quilts that will be kitted and distributed to members for completion for this year’s Heart Beat Quilts.

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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.

Heather Black is our speaker on August 31

Heather Black – ZOOM lecture
Balance & Depth in Modern Quilt Design followed by our guild meeting which will include the election of officers for 2021-2022

This lecture will explore how to begin with a base that will guarantee a balanced quilt – from minimalist to block-based designs – and introduce several techniques that will add depth to your designing! This lecture will be available at our in-person meeting or on Zoom! You don’t want to miss it!

Connect with Heather:
https://quiltachusetts.com/
instagram: @quiltachusetts

August 31, 2021
6:00 pm CST
Members are free
Purchase a $10 guest ticket

Maria Shell lecture on June 22, 2021

The Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild and the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild welcome Maria Shell on June 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm CST via ZOOM.

Guest Tickets are available for this lecture via Zoom.

PATCHWORK TO ARTWORK—JOURNEY OF AN ALASKAN QUILT MAKER
Quilt Artist Maria Shell will share her work from her first stitches to her most recent pieces along with some fun stories about trying to quilt while raising three boys in the wild lands of Alaska. Maria’s work is grounded in the the tradition of American patchwork while also connecting to both the modern and art quilt moments. It is journey filled with laughter, dark Alaskan nights, and lots of stitching.

Learn more about Maria Shell and her work!


Maria Shell Workshop on June 26, 2021

Maria Shell – BLOW IT UP!
Zoom Workshop
Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 10 am – 4:30 pm
(includes 1/2 hour lunch break)
$50/workshop + $1.50 Paypal Fee

Using the traditional quilt block or other set of compositional lines (bridge, building, etc…) as your starting point we will enlarge and magnify the lines of the structure and use them as our skeleton for building a pieced composition. From there we will explore a variety of ways to create texture, pattern, and repetition in that space.
https://mariashell.com/classes

Supply List for Maria’s Blow it Up! workshop

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FILLED, however there is a waitlist available. Join the waitlist.

BNMQG Special Exhibit – June 12, 2021

The Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild will have a special exhibit of Kona Color of the Year 2021 Mini Quilts as a part of the Mattoon Arts Council Outdoor Quilt Show in Mattoon, IL. This show will be held on June 12, 2021 from 10 am – 6 pm in Lytle Park. Plan a day trip to enjoy the quilts in the park and our special exhibit.

Thank you to the Mattoon Arts Council for the invitation to exhibit our quilts at your 2021 Outdoor Show! – BNMQG

BNMQG May 2021 Meeting Recap

May, 25, 2021

The 15th Zoom meeting was called to order by President Nancy Powell with 48 members attending. 

Heartbeat quilts – Contact Pat Silva for completed blocks to sew into quilts or to return finished quilts to deliver to the hospital.  Her email address is available in the Member directory on the Member page.

Raffle quilt – Raffle quilt winner this month is Lisa B.  Next month’s quilt is a blue bowtie pattern.  Buy tickets to win this beauty.

Kona Color of the Year Mini Quilt Challenge – The Kona mini quilts that have been given to Nancy will be exhibited in the Mattoon Outdoor Quilt Show in Lytle Park on June 12 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Mark your calendar and take a short trip to Mattoon to enjoy the quilts. Thanks Jamie W. for this opportunity. If you’re there when the show ends, you may pick up your quilt. Nancy will return all of the other quilts to Bloomington and make arrangements to get them back to their owners after the show!  See some of the entries on Facebook.

Poll 1 – BNMQG purchased “tickets” for all members to attend the All Star Virtual Sampler Platter on May 22 and 23. Did you attend 1 or more of All Star Virtual Sampler Platter classes?

                           Yes – 40% (17) No – 60% (26)

Breakout Rooms –

Question 1 – What ideas did you get about color or design from these sessions or others you’ve watched online?

Collage class, color theory, color wheel, use more than 1 value of a color, surface design, divide colors and progression of colors, and create secondary designs

Question 2 – With our minis, you’ve had the opportunity to do your own quilting.  What are your thoughts about ruler work. walking foot quilting, hand stitching, using decorative stitches, etc.?

We’ve done walking foot, painters’ tape to mark, decorative stitching, shashiko, ruler work, Peter Byrne gave people confidence in attacking quilting on their own, decorative stitches on binding, hand quilting, quilting on curves is more forgiving, perfectly imperfect, hand stitching is becoming more popular.

Question 3 – What topics would you like to learn more about and do you know a presenter you’d recommend?

Jodi Robinson, Big Stitch Quilting, Gudrun Erla, Susie Quilts, Pam Holland, collages with Laura Heine, thread painting with Joyce Hughes, Mel Beach, curves with Jen Carlton-Bailey, Carolina Oneto, ruler work with Angela Walters, Cindy Grisdela -improv, Cindy Stanfield, hands-on demos, textural work on quilts, Juli Smith, Jackie Gerling, Robin Ruth, Emily Taylor, Krista Hennebury, Libs Elliott, Man Sewing with Rob Appell

Take a Chance Challenge – Gary R. won the extra chance for May.  There will be 1 more optional month.  Those that have contributed all 8 months will have at least one entry in the drawing.  Everyone who enters in June’s optional challenge will automatically get an extra chance in the grand prize drawing.  The grand prize drawing will be held at the June meeting.  Next month’s optional challenge will be green and squares or rectangles.  View all the entries for the last 8 challenges.

VP Corner – Kathy Cook highlighted quilter, Heather Black, who will be our speaker in Aug. via Zoom. Check out her instagram.

June’s presenter – Maria Shell will be our speaker on June 22ndFind out more about Maria Shell.  Guests can purchase a guest pass for $10.  A waitlist is available for her workshop on June 26. 

Show and Tell – enjoy these quilts on Facebook.

Retreat – Our retreat will be held Sept. 17 – 20.  This retreat was completely filled right after the May meeting.  To add your name to the waitlist, please use Sign up Genius.

Respectfully submitted, Paula M., BNMQG Secretary