November 2018 Meeting reminder

Submitted by Kathy C., President

Hello Modern Quilters,

Is Modern Traditional one of the types of modern quilting you’d like to know more about?  The Modern Quilt Guild has a webinar about that very topic!

At our next  meeting, Tuesday, November 28, we’ll be viewing  Making Traditional Modern by Shannon Page.  This webinar does a great job of both explaining and giving you great ideas for modern traditionalism.

Also, don’t forget that our pouch swap is this month.  It’s not too late to make a pouch and participate.

And finally, a reminder that this month we are made blocks for Las Vegas instead of block lotto, and you have the opportunity to bring a modern fat quarter to send to victims of the wildfires that lost their stash.  We have a generous guild!

Meet us at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N Hershey, Normal IL.

Social time starts at 5:30 and the meeting will begin at 6.

Can’t wait to see you!

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October 2017 Meeting Recap

Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guild

October 24, 2017 Meeting 

Submitted by Julie D., Secretary Pro Tem

The Bloomington-Normal Modern Quilt Guilt met on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church. Forty-six (46) members were in attendance, and we welcomed three (3) new members and two (2) guests. Our social half-hour refreshments were provided by Ann U. and Lori L. who served up a delicious cheese ball with crackers, crudités & dip, hot sausage meatballs, pumpkin spice bars and brownies, PLUS Halloween candy! President Kathy C. thanked the members who provided this month’s treats. Guests were also introduced.

Guild librarian, Carol B., announced that the guild now has ten (10) books which can be checked out by members. A $5 deposit is required, and it will be refunded if the book is brought back the following meeting. If not returned the month after borrowing, the deposit will be retained in the library account.

Cindy R. has taken over the coordination of the Heartbeat Quilt initiative. Fifteen (15) pieced tops, with batting and backing, are ready to be quilted, and Cindy asked for volunteers to complete them in a 2-month time frame.

Donna L. reminded members of the Pouch Swap. Many members have signed up, and Donna said to see her at the break if interested in completing a bag.


  • no larger than an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper
  • no smaller than the same size of paper folded in half – 5” x 4 ½”
  • quilted
  • must include a zipper
  • use modern fabrics – brights or solids

Viv B. and Sue K. had seventy-nine (79) beautiful squares returned for this month’s Block Lotto raffle. Kathy C. announced that she had “interfered” in this month’s challenge to make a plea in response to the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild’s request for “white and bright” quilts to provide to victims and first responders of The Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting earlier in the month. Kathy C. had Kona “Snow” 2 ½” strips to provide to members who wanted to make a “Cluck, Cluck, Sew” block. Directions for block assembly can be found here. Kathy C. hopes we can provide a quilt with thirty (30) blocks to send on to the Las Vegas guild to distribute. She asked interested members to see her at the break to volunteer and get their 2 ½ ” strip.

Twenty-four members shared their wonderful projects at Show and Tell. Treasurer Nancy P. was kept busy taking pictures of the many beautiful quilts, and Donna L. ably served as the “extra hand” quilt-holder/displayer for each member.

After the break, winners for raffles were announced and survey responses tallied/reported.

The fabric raffle winner was Julie D.

Thirty-eight members responded to the survey question, “Which have you used previously in your projects? Check all that apply.”


None                                        13
Eyelets/Grommets                  21
Key Fobs                                  18
Rivets                                        9
Snaps (gripper or magnetic)   24

The “Heavy Metal” survey raffle winner was Leslie S.

Three winners were drawn for the 79 block lotto blocks. Winners were Marsha H., Stormy H., and Laurel W.







Members then participated in five (5) “Heavy Metal” stations for our program. Board members and volunteers helped staff the stations to help members trying out new techniques and new tools.


  • Snaps
  • Eyelets
  • Key Fob
  • Rivets
  • Magnetic Snaps

The meeting ended at 8:00 p.m.


October 2017 – Meeting Reminder

Submitted by Kathy C., President

Hello Modern Quilters,

Join us Tuesday, October 24, for a fun meeting about Heavy Metal! 

There will be stations to learn about snaps,

rivets, eyelets, cork, Kraft Tex and more!  And a make and take!

We will pass out some fabric for blocks for a quilt to send to Las Vegas. Find out how you can help.


Betty is putting together our slide show from retreat pics—we worked hard and had a lot of fun!

Please don’t forget to bring items for the church bazaar.

Meet us at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N Hershey, Normal IL.

Social time starts at 5:30 and the meeting will begin at 6.

Don’t miss the fun!   Here’s what you need to bring!

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September 2017 Meeting Recap

Submitted by Teresa A., Secretary

Happy 5th Birthday to us!  We celebrated our fifth year of being together as the B-N Modern Quilt   Guild.  There were even cupcakes and punch to celebrate the occasion provided by our Hospitality Committee chair, Paula M. and Betty D. As we left for the evening, we were given a fat quarter “cupcake” in honor of the guild’s 5th birthday.

Kathy thanked everyone for attending our sew days, field trips, taking Heart Beat kits, and bringing refreshments.  The more we all participate in our guild, the stronger our guild becomes!

At this month’s meeting we had 41 members, 7 guests and 5 new members!  Welcome to our new members, Heather B., Connie F., Marsha H., Sharon O., and Leslie S.  We look forward to getting to know you and are so happy to have you join our BNMQG.

Kathy presented an appreciation gift to Ann U., outgoing secretary and Ann G. outgoing treasurer.  Thank you both for sharing your talents and commitments to the guild. We wish Ann G. the best with her new adventures in California. Please come back to visit us sometime soon!

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September 2017 – Meeting Reminder

Submitted by Kathy C., President

Hello Modern Quilters,

Happy Birthday to us!  This month we’ll celebrate our 5th birthday!

Our own Ann Unes will be giving the program—Design Basics.

“Ever wonder why some designs work and others…not so much? Want to design your own quilts but don’t know anything about design? Ann has done some research and will share design basics that help explain the mystery of good design.”

Meet us at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N Hershey, Normal IL.

Social time starts at 5:30 and the meeting will begin at 6.

Don’t miss the fun!   Here’s what you need to bring!
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Ice Dyeing at September Meeting

Submitted by Vickie A.
Modern quilters,
There are 15 who have signed up for the ice dyeing, which is the day of our September meeting-Sept 26.  come early to the church lawn between 4 and 5 pm to prepare your bucket of fabrics, dyes, and ice.
If you have PFD fabrics for dyeing fine, but don’t buy some just for this project.  I use regular cotton fabrics, printed fabrics,shirts, vintage linens,etc.  Anything mostly cotton or linen will dye.  If it is a blend, it will be paler than all cotton. you can easily do 12 fat quarters worth, and can do more than one bucket, just make sure the bucket (or kitty litter bucket) doesn’t leak.  We don’t want dye all over your car!!  And bring an old large shirt, apron or coverup just in case. probably the large bag of ice (or lots of ice cubes!) should be in a cooler until needed, unless you are quick or it isn’t a hot day.
The original instruction list is here with more details.
It is not too late or too many to join us that day.  Just let me know so I can have enough masks for everyone.  If you have your own dust mask, you can bring it.  And I will bring samples of quilts made with these fabrics to the meeting.

August 2017 Meeting Recap

Submitted by Anne U., Secretary

*Please pardon the late posting of this – webmaster issue – Sorry!

Meeting Recap, August 22, 2017

Another fun B-N Modern Quilt Guild meeting! We started off with announcements;  firstly, with Kathy thanking our refreshment providers – this time LeeAnne Fritz.  LeeAnne has led the Hospitality Committee this year and will be turning it over to Paula Meinert in September.  The snacks encourage us to come early and socialize, which is one thing we all seem to enjoy!  Please see Paula to help out!  Second, Kathy reminded members to cast their ballots for the new slate of officers. More information on that below.

Donna Lee reminded us about the Modern Maker Vendor Fair that is coming up at the September meeting.  If you long-arm quilt, make labels, bind or offer any other service or items that would be of interest to modern quilters, you can set up a small display or sell.  Each vendor will be allowed a half table of space, so you can show off your stuff! Let Donna know if you’re planning on setting up – that way we can have enough tables set aside.

Car Pooling is available to those wanting to go to the Gems quilt show in Peoria – See Betty about that.

Ann G told us we had 36 members in attendance, and that we had three guests and one new member.  Sadly, Ann also announced that she will be leaving us – her family is moving to San Diego sometime this fall- so she is stepping down from her duties as Treasurer and Block Lotto Leader extraordinaire. We will miss Ann’s creativity and energy and, well, we will just miss HER!  We wish her all the best in her new adventure.

As for the new slate of officers, Ann Powell has agreed to be Treasurer, and her name is on the ballot.  Also, Teresa Arendell will serve as Secretary, replacing me, Ann Unes.  Kathy Cook will continue as President, and Donna Lee as Vice President, once the vote is tallied and the members approve the slate of officers.*

*Author’s note:  The ballots were counted after the meeting and the members approved the slate of officers.  Congratulations! We can all look forward to another fun, inspiring year at BNMG!

Kathy reminded us that the sign up cut off date is approaching for the meet-up with the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild on September 23rd.  We will meet in DeKalb for breakfast then tour the Pick Museum’s quilt exhibit and get a behind the scenes tour of their textile collection.  The caravan will leave the Schnucks parking lot in Normal at 7:30 am.  After the tour, the plan is to stop at Quilters Destination in Arlington Heights and Quilters Quest in Woodridge.  Both have a selection of modern fabrics!  See Kathy for more info.  Barb Baumann is looking for a ride or carpool from Minonk.

Vickie Alsene will teach a short workshop on Ice Dyeing before the September meeting, starting at 4 pm.  Please contact her if you are interested, and she will give you a supply list.

Sign ups continue for the retreat.  Tonight was the deadline for a “swag bag” of goodies to be given at the retreat.  Also, those who are planning to attend need to sign up for the food they will bring.  I mean, what’s a quilt retreat without food!?? ( Hopefully, someone signs up to bring chocolate.)  See Donna to sign up for the retreat, and Betty to sign up for food.

Sewing Days are coming up.  These are fun days to work together on our community service project, the HeartBeat quilts that are given to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The quilts add color and cheer to families whose babies need extra care.  Sewing Days are September 20th at Bolines, and October 18th at the church, from 9-3.  We hope you can make it!

This month’s block lotto were modern Squash Blossom blocks featuring a focus fabric and fabrics that coordinate with it on a white background. There were three winners:  Teresa Arendell, Sue Kaiser and Lori LeVar. 

Next month’s block is a U-shape with colors drawn  from but not using an inspiration fabric.  Click here for specific instructions.






Our member survey asked about techniques often found in modern quilting – which would members like to learn more about? We could choose an many as we wanted. The results:  Eighteen of us would like to learn about improvisational piecing, twelve for slicing in fabrics, twelve for curved piecing, ten for paper piecing, seven would like to learn more about surface embellishments, and twenty-one would like to learn new binding techniques such as facing.  Winner of the door prize drawing was Lisa B.!  And the winner of the Fabric Raffle was Pam Laws.






Show and Tell pics:

After another inspiring Show and Tell session, and a short break, our program led by Ann Groonwald taught us how to cover our member nametag lanyard with modern flair!   Sewing machines were available, and some lanyards were made, others planned to cover theirs at home.

The next BNMQG meeting is September 26th.  Hope to see you all there!