Join us in person or via Zoom to hear Erin Grogan from LoveSewModern give her lecture on “Find Your Quilty Identity”. Erin will be joining us via Zoom for the lecture. Zoom invites will be sent a day or two prior to the meeting to all BNMQG members and will be posted in the BNMQG Facebook Group. Guest tickets are available here.
This lecture dives into the discovery of who you are as an artist as quilter. I’ve met many wonderful quilters who feel like they don’t know what they “like.” They say things like they only make quilts from kits or feel like they have to use what fabric is currently popular. There’s nothing wrong with this approach if it brings you joy, but if you’re looking to grow this is the lecture for you. I break down the four different stages of a quilter. I then share my process for finding the color palette that represents you.
Prior to the August BNMQG meeting, we had a sew day – 16 members were on hand to sew on Community Outreach projects (Heartbeat quilts and 10th Anniversary Improv blocks or quilt tops) or their own projects.
During sew day, Kathy C. held two hands-on mini workshops for hand quilting. Kathy has offered to do one more session – she is checking her calendar. As soon as she has a date and time for the next session, we will have a Sign Up Genius available.
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.
Lots of fun activities were available for BNMQG members in the month of June. We started off with a Sew day on June 9th. BNMQG members came together to sew on community outreach projects such as Heartbeat quilts and 10th Anniversary improv log cabin blocks or to work on their own project. Sew days are lots of fun! If you haven’t joined us yet, please consider coming to one soon! We have a Sign Up Genius set up for Sew Days, just so we can have the church setup – we always do a few extras, just in case.
Our June meeting was a social and game playing night. We had yummy treats provided by Linda L., Viv B., Sue W., Barb S., and Lisa B.
We had brief business meeting – we are up to 110 BNMQG members!
Our Fabric Raffle winner was Pam L.
Our library is usually available at meetings – we have an inventory on our member’s only page. Just put down a $5 deposit to check out a book from our librarian, Valerie S., your deposit is returned when the book is returned.
Tomorrow, June 22nd, we have a sew day from 9-3 at the church. Zoom link will come out at some point tonight, so if you are out of town/state or just don’t want to get out in the heat, you can still join us for Sew Day.
Our meeting next week on June 28th will be a social time with games and prizes. No zoom will be available. Looking forward to spending time socializing with our members.
Tickets for our upcoming workshops in December and January and will be available for members on June 28th – they will be linked on the Events and Tickets page.
We will be hosting David Owen Hastings for our November zoom meeting, with a zoom workshop on December 3rd.
The May meeting was called to order by president, Lisa B. at 6:00 PM. The meeting was held at the Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom. There are now 107 members (3 new members joined tonight) with 50 attending in person, 8 via Zoom and 4 guests.
Refreshments were provided by Marge E., Karen G., and Noemi B.
Lisa reported on the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show which hosted lots of entries from our guild. We were honored to have a 2nd place winner in Barbara S., and a 5th place with Donna P. Congratulations, ladies!!!
The April meeting was called to order on May 3rd at 6 PM by President Lisa B. The meeting was held in person at Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom. There are now 101 members with 55 attending in person, 3 guests and 7 people on Zoom.
As people were arriving and shopping the De-Stash sale, pictures from the Ken Burns tour and from some members who went to the Paducah AQS week were shown.
We started out with our Kona Mini Challenge Quilts displayed around the room – so much talent in this group!
The March meeting was called to order by President Lisa B. at 6:00 pm. The meeting was held in person at the Christ Lutheran Church and via Zoom. There are now 100 members, with 32 attending via Zoom with 1 guest and 33 attending in person and 2 guests.
Lisa reminded us that the April meeting will be held May 3 and the May meeting will be May 31.
Marilyn B., Dee Lynn B., and Betty W. provided the food for the meeting.
March’s presenter was Christina De Miranda with a program entitled “Thru-Quilting: My Journey Thru Modern Quilting. Christina showed us many examples of her work, including her first projects. Detailed photographs of the quilting were also displayed. She uses mainly straight line quilting and it is very impactful on her quilts. She has likes to work in a series and explore different designs in a series with a set of parameters. Christina also creates paper piecing designs and is starting a new mystery quilt that is part of her constellation series.
For our March meeting, Cristina De Miranda will be joining us via zoom, but you have the option to come in person to Christ Lutheran Church or join us via zoom. Zoom invites will go out a day or two before the meeting and will also be posted to the BNMQG Facebook page.
This trunk show will showcase quilts designed by Cristina De Miranda of Ships & Violins. The journey begins with a look at her improvised patchwork pillow covers inspired by a thru-hike of the East Coast Trail, and continues through her designs as a burgeoning modern quilt pattern designer. The show will include details about her inspiration, her approach to design, and how pursuing a creative business is not so different from a long walk in the woods.
The February meeting was called to order by President Lisa B. at 6:00 PM. The meeting was held via Zoom with 56 of 96 members present. We also had 1 guest.
The BNMQG board appointed Betty W. as our first Executive Director after the membership approved the changes to the by-laws at their February board meeting. Congratulations to Betty!
There are a few changes in upcoming meeting dates: March will be as planned on the 22nd. It will be in person or it can be observed via Zoom. April’s meeting will be May 3. May’s will be pushed back a week to the 31st. Please take note of those changes. They have already been updated on the BNMQG calendar.
February’s presenter was Betty W., one of our members, on Modern Quilting for the domestic, midarm or longarm machines. Betty offered many examples of ideas to use on your modern quilts, including ghost blocks, line quilting, following shapes in the fabric pattern, as well as dividing up negative space into smaller areas that are filled with different motifs. She shared many quilt pictures with closeups of her quilting and discussed how she chose some of the elements.
Betty has agreed to do a Tech Tuesday on March 15th at both 11 am and 6 pm – sign up here for either (or both) sessions. She is happy to discuss your Kona Mini Challenge quilts for ideas on how to quilt them or any other modern quilt that you are looking for inspiration.