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

BNMQG April 2021 Meeting

April 27, 2021, 6:00 PM

The 14th Zoom meeting was called to order by President Nancy Powell with 62 members, including 5 guests and the speaker were present.  Nancy shared pictures from QuiltFolk Magazine that featured pictures of quilts from members, a group picture of our guild and an article written by Nancy and VP Kathy Cook. 

Guest speaker was Charles Cameron who gave a presentation filled with tips on color placement in quilts.  There was a drawing for Charles’s pattern, Crooked Crosses, and Kelly Cummings won the pattern.  The link to his Etsy shop is below and includes a coupon for 25% off his Crooked Crosses pattern, good until May 15.

Nancy demonstrated how to add photos to the album for Show and Tell.  Get in the BNMQG Facebook group and go to More >Media (photos) >Albums.  Look for this month’s show and tell album and add pictures for show and tell. You can also send photos to Nancy via email or text before noon on the day of the meeting and she will add them to the album.

Nominations Committee – the slate of officers for 2021-2022 officers is still open for others to toss their hats into the ring.  So far, these people have volunteered to run:  Pres – Lisa Baermann, VP – Nancy Powell, Treasurer – Karen Goloff, and Secretary – Paula Meiner.

Heart beat quilts – Hospitals are now accepting quilts again.  There are about 7-10 kits that need to be sewn together.

May All Star Virtual Sampler Platter -May 22-23 from 2-5 PM.  BNMQG has purchased a guild pass for this event.  Members got a PDF attached to the April Newsletter with some information.  Members will get a schedule of all classes that are being offered.  Each of the 18 presenters will have 15 minutes and will have a handout for each.  When BNMQG gets their link for those 2 days, notification will be sent out. 

Membership – Thanks to all members who have updated their information for the membership records.  9 members still need to update information for the records.

Quilt raffle – This month’s winning raffle ticket belonged to Lisa B.  The new quilt is up and tickets are available.

Horizon Mini Quilt Challenge – It’s NOT TOO LATE to join the challenge! The deadline is the May 25th meeting.  Please consider making a mini because there will be a BNMQG special exhibit at the Mattoon Arts Council Outdoor Quilt Show.  I’m hoping we can get at least 30-40 quilts (20” x 20”) from our 84 members!  Think of them as a big quilt block! We have opportunities to exhibit these at other events as well.

Send your Intent to Exhibit form for the Mattoon show to Jamie W. by May 15.  Contact Nancy to get the quilt with the quilt show label attached with a binder clip (no pins) to her by the May meeting.  She will get them to Jamie Willis to be put in the quilt show.  These will be shown at the Mattoon Outdoor Quilt Show in Lytle Park on June 12 from 10 am – 6 pm. 

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BNMQG April Meeting

The April Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 27 at 6pm CST. We are excited to welcome our guest speaker Charles Cameron, an engineer by day and a quilter anytime else! This presentation is free to members. Guest tickets are available for purchase.

“As an engineer, I approach color selection and placement in my quilts in a very methodical way.

In this talk we’ll discuss several strategies for selecting fabric colors and their placement when planning your quilt to add interest and depth.  I promise there aren’t any quizzes or mathematical equations!

I’ll share 7 quilts that I’ve made, both from purchased patterns and my own design and the approach for selecting colors to achieve optimum results.

This lecture is intended for both beginner and advanced quilters who are interested in becoming more adventurous with color or who struggle with selecting colors for quilt patterns or within their own work.”
-Charles

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BNMQG March 2021 Meeting

March 23, 2021 6:00pm

The 13th Zoom meeting was called to order by President Nancy Powell with 44 members, including 2 new members and 10 guests present.  Nancy opened with a few brief announcements.  She then introduced the speaker for the evening, Laura Loewen.  Laura gave a presentation of how to stage quilts for photos and edit pictures taken on a cell phone followed by a question and answer period.  One photo editing app that she recommended was lightroom.  Laura Loewen’s Instagram:  @quiltfortco
website: https://quiltfortcompany.com/ 

Nancy reported on an update on Violet Protest from last July’s meeting with Ann Morton.

Membership – Noemi, membership chair, is asking for everyone to update their contact information.  She is sending out an email and asks that we reply back as soon as possible so she can get current information of every member.

Quilt Raffle – Betty W. drew this month’s raffle winner and it was Jamie W. Nancy showed next month’s raffle quilt.  Get your tickets

BNMQG Accuquilt Loan Library – Nancy demonstrated how we could loan and borrow dies from our online library.   The link to the Accuquilt loan library can be found on the member page of the website.

Maria Shell workshop – There was a reminder for the signup for Maria Shell’s workshop on June 26.  The workshop is $50 and there are only 15 slots available for our guild.  Join the waitlist if the workshop is sold out.  When signing up, don’t use the Chicago PayPal button or pay for the lecture.  The lecture is free to BNMQG members and guest tickets are available to nonmembers for $10.  Workshop and lecture tickets are available here.

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