Friday, December 1, 2017

Retreat Time!

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild annual retreat is scheduled for 15-18 March 2018 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.

The cost to attend depends on whether you choose to spend 2 or 3 nights in a single or double occupancy room. If you choose double occupancy please enter the name of your roommate and be sure you both sign up for the same number of nights. (If you are looking for a roommate, contact Susan McKinney - we'll keep a list of people looking for roommates). Price is per person. 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 and dinner on Saturday. 

Retreat is sold out - AGAIN!

3 nights, single occupancy           $330
3 nights, double occupancy         $230
2 nights, single occupancy           $230
2 nights, double occupancy         $160

Pay your Retreat Balance

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be a 2018 member of the BMQG to attend the retreat. Click here to join the BMQG!

Cancellation Policy:
Your reservation may be cancelled without a fee until 8 February 2017. Cancellations received between 9 February and 2 March will forfeit the $100 deposit. No refunds are given after 2 March.

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Join us for a Latifah Saafir workshop!

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is very excited to welcome Latifah Saafir, co-founder of the national and Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guilds. Latifah is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail.

Learn the idiosyncrasies of working with bias tape appliqué as you design your own machine stitched bias tape appliqué quilt. The first part of this class will explore the nature of designing quilts with bias tape, learning the ins and outs of how bias tape works and the things you must understand in order to effectively work with bias tape. You will design your bias tape quilt, transfer the designs to fabric, and start to sew them. Students who want to learn the technique but don’t want to design their own quilt have the option of sewing either the Airshow or No Latitude Quilts.

Date: 5 November 2017
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM with a one hour lunch break
Place: The Carriage House at the Gore Estate, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA
Cost: $125 until 9 October, $150 after that - includes lunch!
Supply list: You will need to bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (be sure your supplies are marked with your name), along with the items on Latifah's supply list here.

The cost of this workshop is $150 and includes lunch!! Registration is limited to just 20, but we still have some openings! Sign up today!

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Questions? Contact us by email!

Read about Latifah's No Latitude quilt here. Find Latifah on Instagram here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

September Meeting Recap

It was a fabulous September meeting with a JAM-PACKED agenda after the summer hiatus. General updates included:
  • We are gearing up for 2018! There will be a planning meeting at Emily's house on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00. All members welcome and brunch included! Please let her know if you plan to come.
  • The Boston MQG is seeking a candidate for vice president for 2018. This is a two year commitment, the first year as VP followed by a one year term as president. Let us know at bostonmqg at if you are interested or would like more information!
  • Packets for the two quilts we are making for charity were distributed. We are working two quilts, a log cabin and an Irish chain. One will go to QuiltCon, the other will be used for fundraising. Those blocks are in the works and you can see what people are making at our hashtag (#bostonmqg) on Instagram. Don't forget to post your pics! There will be a sew-in on 7 October to start putting those tops together.
  • There are still openings for the LATIFAH SAAFIR bias tape applique workshop being held on 5 November at the historic Carriage House at the Gore Place in Waltham!
  • Our October meeting is cancelled. Join us for the sew-in or planning meeting instead!  
  • Welcome to 2010, Boston MQG! We now have our own Instagram account so start following us today!
The meeting highlight was most definitely the beautiful trunk show presented by Natalie Sabik. So many piles of gorgeous quilts, all with their own story! 

And, not to be outdone by Natalie, here are some of the fabulous quilts of Show and Tell!

Clockwise from top left: Terri's triangles; Patrice and her kaleidoscopic fantasy; Amanda with the result of her lottery block win; Rebecca and the current state of her Sara Fielke BOM project for her daughter

Clockwise from top left: Heidi and her Halloween riot; Emily with her triangles; Amy and her glittering HST composition (more triangles!)Amanda's windows on the world

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Block Lottery - Improv Log Cabin

This block uses whites and creams for one portion of the log cabin and warm colors for the other side. Bring this block to our November meeting.

Start with a square of either a warm color or a cream/white.

Continue adding fabric, working in a circular motion, adding two cream/white fabrics and two warm fabrics as shown below to create a log cabin. Use varying widths and an array of colors to create this block.

Once pieced, trim your block to 10.5" square. The layout possibilities for this quilt are endless and the lucky winner will have a ton of options.

Quick Overview:
November - Wonky/Improv Log Cabin
Colors: Creams/Whites for one side and warms for the other
Size Requirements: 10.5" block
Notes: Start with either a cream or a warm square and build out your log cabin using random width strips with creams on one size of the diagonal and warms on the other side.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Block Lottery - Washi Tape Block

We're starting to get a bit more complicated as we get to our September block. This one is inspired by Washi tape. The colors for this include a white background and a random rainbow of accent colors.

Start by cutting a 12.5" square and a number of strips 1.5" wide by about 12.5" long.
Cut between 5-7 or so small strips of colorful fabric 1.5" wide by between 2.5" - 5" long. Sew them to the top of the white strips you cut. Once sewn, randomly cut the white and sew the cut piece to the top of the color to create strips.

Randomly lay out your strips over your square until you like the layout. Start with pieces that appear to be in the back. In this block, I started with the red, moved to the brown, then the green, purple and navy.

Continue slicing and inserting your strips into your block.

Once your block has been pieced, trim your block to 12.5" square. This will create a fun, colorful quilt that could be arranged in a grid or the blocks could be cut up even further to create a real random effect. A continuous circle could be a fun way to quilt this one.

Quick Overview:
September - Washi Tape Improv Block 
Colors: White/cream background and a rainbow of colors for the washi tape
Size Requirements: 12.5" block
Notes: It's recommended that your washi tape strips are no more than 2" wide before sewing and no longer than 5" before sewing to give the quilt a true washi tape feel. If strips are too wide or too long, they will stand out too much.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Karin Jordan Trunk Show - June's Meeting

We're so excited to have Karin Jordan join us for a trunk show this June. For those that aren't familiar with Karin, she's know for her beautiful quilts, hand quilting and applique and textile designs. Definitely take time to check out her website when you have a chance. You've probably seen her work in some of your favorite quilt magazines or at QuiltCon.

Hills and Crosses is one of my favorite quilts of Karin's. I love the colors she used and I hope she brings a few of her prints of the same pattern. Isn't this just beautiful?

And have you been following Karin on Instagram (@KarinJordanStudio)? If not, hop on over and check out all of her 100 days projects. Karin has committed to create for 100 days straight. How cool is that? And a lot of what she has created is just amazing.

I'm so excited and hope you will join us as well.

The trunk show is free to members and just $5 to non-members (cash only). It will be in our regular meeting place at Fabric Place Basement on June 17th from 1-3pm. We hope to see you there! 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Block Lottery - Random Stripes

This block is for the person that loves a good black and white and gray block. Because we're approaching the busy summer season, this block is super simple. It's simply a bunch of strips between 1" and 3" sewn together. It's not wonky... all of the pieces are straight.

I recommend cutting a number of gray, white and black strips around 10.5" long by 1-3" wide. Once you have a bunch of strips sewn, trim your block to 10" x 10". It's that simple! This is the perfect block to use as a leader and enter project.

The winner of this lottery will have a ton of options. They could sew all of the blocks together and randomly insert some color here or there. Or they could applique something to it for a fun look. And this quilt screams for some straight line quilting.

Quick Overview:
July - Random Stripes
Colors: Black, Whites and Grays
Size Requirements: 10" x 10"
Notes: For this block, make strips of fabric that are between 1" and 3" wide and sew them together in any random order.