CroppedWendyFlowerBasket desSNickels"Flower Basket" by Wendy Hodina, quilted by Jane Pitt, created during a workshop given by the quilt's designer, Sue Nickels (a guest speaker and teacher).

PROGRAMS and Workshops

Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month, September - June at:

North Central Church of Christ
2121 N. Dunn Street
Bloomington, Indiana 

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

6:00 pm Doors Open
6:30 pm Show and Tell
7:00 pm Program

BQG Summer Workshop: String Piecing
When: Weds. August 16, 2017,  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $10 cash, day of class. Registration is full.  Workshop details and supply list.
Join fellow BQG friends to learn string piecing, taught by our own Betsy Glassey! This is an excellent chance to have fun, learn something new, and get to know each other better.

Mark your calendars!

October 10, 2017: Entries due for our Quilts from the Heartland Show:
Oct. 26–29, 2017: Clifty Falls Fall Retreat
Nov. 10–11, 2017: Quilts from the Heartland Show
Jan. 18–21, 2018: Spring Mill Winter Retreat (We'll post retreat details once finalized.)

NEW programs for 2017-18 will be announced soon!

2016-17 Programs and Workshops:

October 4 Meeting:
Sarah Sharp of No Hats in the House will present a lecture. Sarah is an artist, blogger, pattern designer and an attorney living in Carmel, Indiana. Her medium of choice is fabric. She says, while her quilting aesthetic might have traditional roots (think symmetry and the grid structure), “my method of thinking (and re-thinking) through designs doesn’t quite fit into any one category. I make whatever comes to mind, and I am thrilled by the prospect of sharing that passion with kindred spirits.”

November 1 Meeting:
Ellen Smanko Murphy,, will lecture on the Wonderful World of Wool Applique. The next day, Wednesday, Nov. 2, she will be leading a workshop on making an embroidered, appliqued, wool pincushion/ornament. Details are in our October Newsletter.

December 6 Meeting:
Our annual potluck. Come for the food, fellowship and a few surprises.

January 3, 2017 Meeting:
Heather Givans, owner of Crimson Tate fabric store in Indianapolis and fabric designer for Wyndham Fabrics, will present a lecture called "From Artist to Designer: Prospectives on Modern Quilting." Items from her shop will be available for purchase.

February 7 Meeting:
Rowland Ricketts,, will be presenting a lecture on indigo dyes, historical processes and the role of indigo in textiles and fine art. The lecture is titled “Going Blue,” which has nothing to do with politics. Rowland uses natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in Textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), the Cavin‐Morris Gallery (New York), and the Douglas Dawson Gallery (Chicago). He has been published in Textiles Now, FiberArts, Selvedge, Surface Design Journal, and Hand/Eye Magazine.

February 28 Meeting:
The March meeting will be on February 28 so the guild can share the speaker with IHQS.

Robbi Joy Eklow will present a lecture titled "Goddess of the Last Minute." Robbi enjoys working with fiber and uses it as a way to introduce herself to people. She makes art quilts from cotton fabrics that she dyes herself using bonded appliqué and free-motion quilting extensively on the surface. Robbi enjoys lecturing and teaching to share her techniques and to encourage others to find their voice through fiber.

April 4 Meeting:
Vikki Pignatelli, instructor, lecturer and author, founded the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition in 1999, will be our guest lecturer. She and chairwoman, Wendy Bynner, developed the vision for the display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, healing and grief.

The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people. Deeply influenced by her husband’s bout with cancer and his recovery in 1993, most of Vikki’s artwork now focuses on the themes of healing, spirituality, hope and inspiration. In her writings and teaching, Vikki’s focus is to inspire, nurture and develop the artistry and self-confidence within each quilter.

April 5  Workshop (Wednesday):
Vikki Pignatelli will be presenting a workshop: "Color Your Quilt Beautiful: Essentials and Guidance for Quilters" at the Monroe County Convention Center. The cost is $55 for BQG members. 

May 2 Meeting:
Patsy Thompson will present a lecture/trunk show. Patsy was raised in an eastern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and enjoyed many types of craft work from an early age. She first learned to sew in a six-week sewing course at the local Singer store, and she’s been hooked ever since! Initially a self-taught quilter in the late 1970’s, Patsy’s early ignorance of many of the rules of quilting led her down some new paths of discovery, learning all the joy and exhilaration that come with experimentation. Subsequent classes in numerous quilting techniques have fueled her fire, and she now delights in the challenge of placing a new “spin” on different techniques. Patsy will be presenting a free-motion machine quilting workshop on May 3.

May 3 Workshop (Wednesday):
Patsy Thompson's workshop is titled "Yes, There is Life Beyond Stippling: Exploring Design and Bolstering Skills in Free-Motion Machine Quilting" and will be held at Bloomington's Monroe County Convention Center. The cost is $55 for BQG members.

Mark your calendars!

October 10, 2017: Entries due for our Quilts from the Heartland Show:    ENTRY RULES (PDF)     ENTRY FORM (PDF)
Oct. 26–29, 2017: Clifty Falls Fall Retreat
Nov. 10–11, 2017: Quilts from the Heartland Show
Jan. 18–21, 2018: Spring Mill Winter Retreat. (We'll post retreat details once finalized.)