Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January Block-of-the-Month

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Block of the Month took a hiatus at the end of the last calendar year, but we are back!  Four more blocks to go before we are at 12.

This month's super-cool block is by Patrice, who blogs at Quilting with Patrice

Patrice says: "Be brave! Try curved piecing. With this block you can practice curved piecing and make your curves as gentle as you want to avoid the need to curse (reverse the curse!)."

The link to the tutorial is here!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Solids Mini Quilt Challenge

It's been a while since we last did a mini quilt challenge. With our annual quilt show coming up in April (stay tuned for details), we thought we'd launch a no-stress mini quilt challenge to show off our awesome modern quilting skills at the show.
Jen's mini quilt from our very first mini challenge.
This challenge will be pretty simple... make a mini quilt, no more than 36" on any side using solids. That's it! You can follow a pattern, make up your own, improvise something or just go with the flow.

Alexis' courthouse steps quilt
Why does your quilt need to be 36" or less on either side? Well for starters, we want to showcase all of your awesome quilts in one area of the quilt show and in order to do so, we need them to be relatively small. No, these quilts will not be judged by anyone, so you don't need to worry about that. That being said, the reason we picked 36" as a maximum width and length is that this is what QuiltCon considers a "Small Quilt". So, if you do want to submit your mini quilt to other shows, we encourage you to do so. With these simple guidelines, your quilt will fit into the Small Quilt category for QuiltCon, which I've been told is less popular that the piecing category for example (meaning you have a better chance of getting in).

Julie's stunning flower quilt top from retreat this year.
Quilts will be due at the end of March/early April, once we determine the exact date that quilts will be due for the quilt show at Fabric Place Basement. So I'd aim for the end of March for now. With retreat in the middle of March, this is the perfect time to start planning something to whip together. Most of all, have fun!

We can't wait to see what you create! 

Friday, December 18, 2015


It is time to book your spot for the 2015 guild retreat, held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, ME from March 17 or 18 to March 20!

Space is limited, so don't delay.  Costs this year will be as follows:

2 Night Single $208.00

2 Night Double $140.00 PP

3 Night Single $303.00
3 Night Double $200.00 PP

You can reserve your spot with a deposit of 50% of the total using Paypal -- link below.  You can also pay in full at this time.  For those paying half, the final payment of remaining balance will be due in early March.

When you follow the link, you will be given the option of signing up for two or three nights and for a single or a double. If you go with the double option, when you enter your name, please write (rooming with _____) beside it in the same field so that Stephanie knows who is rooming together. Those in doubles must stay the same number of nights.

Please remember, this retreat is open to only paid members of the BostonMQG.  You can join now on our membership tab.

PAYPAL LINK FOR INITIAL SIGN-UP:  Please use this link if you are newly signing up and have not made any payment.

Annual Retreat Payment
BMQG Member Name

If Double, Add Roommate Name

LINK FOR BALANCE PAYMENTS:  Use this link if you have previously signed up and ALREADY PAID half, to pay your remaining balance, which is due MARCH 1, 2016:

Annual Retreat Payment
BMQG Member Name

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 12 members-only potluck

The December BMQG members-only meeting/pot luck will be Saturday, December 12 from 1-3 at Rebecca's home in Newton.

Members received an email earlier this week with location detail.  If you didn't receive the email, please contact us.

Don't forget to bring the following:
  • your show and tell
  • a wrapped gift for our Yankee Swap.   (handmade or purchased for less than $20)
  • a snack to share.  (guild will provide drinks)
    • last names A-M bring a sweet snack
    • last names N-Z bring a savory snack

See you December 12!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 21 - bag swap reminder

This is just a reminder that we will have our zippered pouch swap at our next meeting, November 21st

Bring your pouch (wrapped up please) and we’ll have a fun, random swap. You will also be entered to win one of four packages of zippers from ZipIt

Open Wide Pouch, via NoodleHead (link here or below)

In need of some inspiration?  Check out a few free tutorials below,  for some popular zippered pouch patterns. If you have any other favorite tutorials, feel free to share them in the comments or on our Facebook page. 

Free Tutorials: For those looking for ideas for some great zippered pouches, here are some great tutorials available for free:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Members: see you 10/4 for Jacquie Gering!

Looking forward to seeing all active members at our Sunday, October 4 meeting, when we'll welcome the amazing Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio.   (1- 3pm at Fabric Place Basement)

Please note that this meeting is for paid members only.   Non-members may attend, for a $10 door charge.  Non-members also have the option of joining BMQG at the door, for the $30 prorated 2015 rate.

via Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Jacquie will have 100 pounds of her quilts on hand, and will share her artistic journey -- from her beginnings as a maker, to becoming a quilter, and now a modern quilter, designer and author.  She'll discuss her roots, how her family inspires and influences her work, and demonstrate through her quilts how she has developed her unique voice in modern quilting.  

via Tallgrass Prairie Studio

We will have a show-and-tell following the talk.  Please limit yourself to one item, as we expect turnout to be high and want everyone to have a chance to show.

See you all October 4!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Better late than never! - August BOM

August came and went before we were able to post our lovely August BOM from Patrice.

Please see the links above or below to Patrice's tutorial.   See you in a few weeks!

Scrappy August BOM, via Quilting with Patrice