Wednesday, December 28, 2016

First Lottery Block for 2017

Since a few of you may have some time off during the holiday week, I wanted to share the first block in the block lottery for everyone. If you want a preview of all of the blocks, check them out here. The first block is a simple improv plus block. The theme this year is improv, and we're going to start working our improv muscles and mind with this simple block.

For these blocks, use a variety of gray solids for the background and some cool colors for the plusses. The finished size of these blocks should range from 6" - 10".
Here's how to make these blocks:

To start, cut a gray square between 6" and 10".
Cut that square in half, at a slight angle, vertically and horizontally as shown above. Don't go too close to the edge though, as you may lose the plus sign as you trim.

Cut a few strips of a cool color, slightly longer than the pieces you cut. See above for a reference. Sew the two smaller sides together first, lining up the inside pieces. Don't worry if you outside edges don't line up. We'll trim the block down later.
Once sewn, trim the inside of the blocks to create a straight line and sew the long line of the plus block. Carefully line up the smaller plus pieces by eye to make sure they appear to create a visually appealing plus.
Trim your block down to size and you're good to go. This block goes quick, so I hope to see a bunch of these blocks at our February meeting, when we'll have our first lottery.

Quick overview:
Colors: Gray background (any color gray) and cool solids for the plus sign (see below for examples of cool colors)
Size Requirements: Anywhere between 6.5" square and 10.5" square.
Notes: Please make sure the ends of your plus signs are at least an inch away from the corners of the block. While you can make your plus signs any width you'd like, making them between 1.5" and 3.5" is ideal. Variety will actually be key here for a more random quilt.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The BMQG 2017 Annual Retreat Registration is OPEN!

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild annual retreat will be held from 16-19 March 2017 at the Franciscan Guest House in lovely Kennebunkport, ME. For the uninitiated, the retreat consists of 25 manic quilters for an entire weekend of non-stop sewing with a few activities thrown in for diversion from your favorite diversion! To see more about what happened at last year’s retreat, click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be a 2017 member of the BMQG to attend the retreat. Join the BMQG at our membership tab or click here!

The cost to attend is as follows depending on whether you choose to spend 2 or 3 nights in a single or double occupancy room. If you choose double occupancy, you must already know who your roommate will be and you must both sign up for the same number of nights. Costs are per person.

2 nights, single occupancy          $210
2 nights, double occupancy         $140
3 nights, single occupancy           $305
3 nights, double occupancy         $205

A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot, with the final payment due by 10 February. You also have the option to pay in full when you sign up. Cost includes your room, breakfast on all days, and lunch on Saturday. 

Annual Retreat Final Payment
BMQG Member Name

New Registration Retreat Payment (Subject to Availability After 7 February)
BMQG Member Name
Name of Roommate if Booking a Double Room

Cancellation Policy:
Your reservation may be cancelled without a fee until 9 February 2017. Cancellations received between 10 February and 2 March will forfeit the $100 deposit. No refunds are given after 2 March. These cancellation fees are imposed by the guest house.

Retreat Survey:
This is your retreat! We have put together a brief survey to help us determine what you would like to include. Please click here to go to the survey. 

Retreat Coordinator:
If you have any questions at all, please contact Susan McKinney at susan at

2016 RETREAT (with charity quilt we made from fabrics donated by Connecting Threads, The Warm Company and Gwen Marceline)

Connecting Threads
Northcott Fabrics
Robert Kaufman
The Warm Company