September Meeting Reminder

Don't forget to submit your quilt to the 2018 PMQG Member Showcase!  We need more of your quilts to show!  Deadline to submit is September 20th.
Submit your quilt here.

We hope you can make it to our September meeting this Thursday, September 20th.

Your Guild needs YOU!  


The following 2019 Officer positions are still vacant and need members to fill them:

  • Vice President of Technology and Social Media
  • Vice President of Membership and Procurement
  • Programs Coordinator for Meetings
  • Programs Coordinator for Workshops
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Here's what's happening:

During our Town Hall, we'll be presenting two Bylaw amendments as well as a 2019 PMQG Dues Change.

Here’s what to bring:

  • Completed charity blocks or quilts
  • Completed zipper bags 
  • Completed blocks for the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt
  • Kaleidoscope Mini Quilts for display at the 2018 Member Showcase
  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person
  • Your nametag (for an extra raffle ticket!)
  • A mug for tea
  • Any quilt-related items you have for the Free Tables

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

September 20:  Monthly Guild Meeting
September 20:  Submission Deadline for PMQG Member Showcase
September 23:  Hand Sew Happy Hour East/West sides
October 4:  Notification Day for Acceptance of Quilts for the PMQG Member Showcase
October 6:  Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot
October 18:  PMQG Member Showcase

August Meeting Recap

Thanks everyone for braving the heatwave to attend our PMQG meeting and a big heartfelt congratulations to our President, Kimberly Buckley, who was off “getting eloped!” Mazeltov!

Erin Case, our guild VP for Technology and Social Media, stepped in to run the meeting. She announced that we are currently at 321 members and are the largest chapter of the MQG in the world! While that is exciting it also means we might need to find a bigger space to meet. Please let us know if you have ideas!

We welcomed our new members and invited those who are PMQG curious to become members. We have half-year memberships for individuals, businesses and sponsors available now. Check out the New Member section of our website to learn more about our guild and the MQG.

Our theme PMQG Special Exhibit for 2019 Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show is 'Rainbows.' Erin presented Color Wheel Quilts which explored inspiration for traditional and non-traditional versions. View all the Rainbow Quilt Challenge presentations and learn more about this special exhibit here.

The PMQG Charity Program was productive in July, delivering 55 quilts to our designated charities. We always have Wonky Star block kits and quilts to quilt and bind. Join us on August 24 at Modern Domestic for our next Charity Sew Day. All members are welcome, and all you need to bring is yourself!

 Susan with Quinn from Raphael House and Allison from Butterfly Boxes

Susan with Quinn from Raphael House and Allison from Butterfly Boxes

Susan Beal, our guild Programs Coordinator, shared the exciting announcement that our first ever PMQG Charity De-Stash Sale raised $4,216 - half from sales and donations and half from a generous donor match! We applauded all volunteers, those who donated to the sale, and those who shopped for their efforts in making this event a huge success! We presented 'giant checks' for $2,108 to each of our recipients, Quinn Wilson from Raphael House, and PMQG member Allison Enrique from Butterfly Boxes. They each gave a presentation about their organizations and shared how these donations will benefit their programs and community. At the end of the meeting Susan announced that a member had recieved a corporate match, making our grand total $6,000! Does your company have a corporate match program? We are happy to keep this total growing!

We have a robust workshop program planned through the end of the year. Indigo Dying with Anna Joyce in August is currently sold out (waitlist is available). There are a few spots left in Christina Cameli's Free Motion Quilting: Textures and Grids class on September 8. Waitlists are available for both of the Anna Maria Horner workshops in November and we broke our guild shopping record for Denyse Schmidt's workshops: Free Wheeling Single Girl workshop sold out in two minutes (there is a waitlist available) and there are a few spots available in her Woven workshop.

Our guest speaker this month was the delightful and talented PDX artist Anna Joyce. She shared her creative journey and technique exploration that led her to her success as an artist, printmaker, author, and dyer. She presented slides of her work and shared tips and techniques for painting and dying fabric as well as growing an independent creative business. Here are Anna’s resources that she shared with us:

Products for painting and dying:

Jacquard Dye Na Flow
Jacquard Textile Paint
StayzOn all surface ink pads
Martha Steward All Surface Acrylic Paint

Fiber Reactive Dyes

Darma Trading
Jacquard Products
Artist & Craftsman Supply in Portland, OR.

At the break, Anna had lovely dyed garments available for sale as well as her Indigo Dye Kits and book, Stamp Stencil Paint. If you would like to purchase a signed copy of her book please email the guild. We have several copies for sale. Her newest book, Hand Dyed, A Modern Guide to Dying, will be out next March.

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PMQG member Sam Hunter shared the Birdie Quilt that her mini group made that they will be raffling in November. Donations of women's underwear sizes XL - 4X and children's underwear sizes 6-12 will be the currency for raffle tickets. Their goal is to collect at least 700 pair which will be donated to the Raphael House.

Kits to participate in making our PMQG Quilt Con Charity Quilt designed by Linda Nussbaum are available! Blocks are due back at our September meeting or October Sew Day.

The Allison Glass Kaleidoscope Mini Quilt Challenge is well underway! Check out #pmqgminiquiltchallenge2018 for sneak peeks at what our members are making. We are collecting any scraps and unused fat quarters to give to our members on the waitlist. We will have these at our next sew day.

Our give-away winners this month were members Kory Keller, Marsha Mersky, and Terri Torke. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors for your donations. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the first look at our awesome give-aways prior to our monthly meetings.

We tried a new way to sign up for Show and Tell this month in an effort to streamline the process and allow folks to sit and enjoy the show instead of standing off to the side in a line. What did you think? It appeared to run smooth and work like a charm square (quilt pun alert!) For those of you who weren't there, sign-ups are now paper-less and will be on our website and available the night of the meeting.

Here is the fabulous work that our guild members presented:  

Michelle Freedman presented the Posh Block, the next in the #bespokeBOM series. This block is 24" square and was inspired by the Burberry Plaid. Free instructions include techniques for adding sashing to the block or slicing and inserting a stripe. Share your blocks on social media #pmqg2018BOM

Submissions are open for our second annual PMQG Showcase event this October. Submissions are open until September 20. Due to the size of the venue this will be a members only meeting. We are currently need of someone to donate/coordinate food for this event.

Our next guild meeting is September 20. We will focus on generating ideas for how to make our 10th year super special. Start thinking about ideas for programs, venues, changes and improvements, and if you want to step in to one of the volunteer leadership roles. We are looking forward to this fun, interactive meeting.

 

Calendar of Events

August 24 - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
August 25 - Indigo Dying with Anna Joyce workshop
August 27 - East and West Side Hand Sew happy hours
September 1 - Fabric Depot Open Sew Day
September 7 - Close of the Kaleidoscope Mini Quilt Challenge
September 8 - Christina Cameli Free Motion Workshop

August Meeting Reminder


Don't forget that the Denyse Schmidt Scholarships are open until the 12th!  We're offering a scholarship for each workshop.  Apply at our website here.  


We hope you can make it to our August Meeting, next Thursday, August 16th!

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

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Here’s what to bring:

  • Zipper bags for Snow Cap Community Charities.
     
  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea/water

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

August 6th - August 12th - Denyse Schmidt Scholarships open
August 15th - Denyse Schmidt Workshops go on sale
August 16th - August Monthly Meeting
August 24th - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
August 25th - Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Anna Joyce
August 26th - Hand Sew Happy Hour

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, August 16th from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street

 

July Meeting Recap

On July 19th, we met for our seventh guild meeting of the year, and a great time was had by all.  

Kimberly started out the meeting by opening with a video made from PMQG Words, Unbound quilts from Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  

 

Next, we welcomed any visitors, presented any new members present with a small gift, and wished any members with birthdays in July a Happy Birthday.

 

Then Kimberly presented some idea generators for our 2019 Sisters Exhibit Challenge:  Rainbows. These included some rainbow quilts she has made in the past like a rainbow jelly roll quilt, a Bargello Rainbow, and a Tula Pink Butterfly in rainbow colors.  She suggests to Google or search on Pinterest with the term “Rainbow Quilts.” This way you will not only come up with inspiration, but maybe even a pattern you’d like to use!  Remember that quilts for Sisters do not have to be original designs, so don’t feel stressed to design something new if you’ve never designed something before.  

Kimberly also brought some gadgets to help find color values including a red lens, a green lens and a 3-In-One color tool.  Another gadget she suggests is using numbered pins to keep your cut pieces/blocks organized.

 

Information for our Charity efforts was presented next.  We still need Zipper Bags! Find out more information about this effort on our webpage.  August 24th is our next charity sew day at Modern Domestic from 10-4. At these charity sew days, everything is provided, just bring yourself!  Be on the lookout at our meetings for ways you can contribute towards our charity program. Visit the table to pick up a wonky star block, a quilt to piece, quilt, or bind and to chat with the charity committee on other ways you can help.  

 

2017 Officers Tania and Tamara are continuing to work on a travelling exhibit of our Words, Unbound challenge quilts.  This exhibit will include not only the quilts from Sisters, but any other quilt created as part of the challenge. To find out more information about this exhibit and to see all of the quilts submitted so far, visit our webpage for more information.  To submit your quilt, please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

 

Next, Susan presented information about our upcoming Programs and Workshops.  The Anna Maria Horner classes went on sale last week and are currently sold out.  If you’re interested, be sure to visit the webpage about Anna and sign up on the waitlists.  We were able to move 7 people off of the waitlist for our workshops with Chawne Kimber, so sign up on the waitlist soon!

Fabric dyer Anna Joyce will be speaking at our August 16th guild meeting.  We will also be hosting a three hour workshop on August 25. The fee for this class is $30 plus a materials fee of $20.  During the workshop you’ll learn all about Indigo dyeing and dye two tea towels.

We’ll also be hosting Christina Cameli for a free motion workshop entitled Free Motion Quilting:  Textures and Grids on September 8th from 10-4. Christina was our speaker for our January meeting and is a fantastic instructor of Free Motion quilting via her books and Craftsy classes.  The cost for this workshop is $60.

Both Anna Joyce’s and Christina Cameli’s classes will go on sale this Tuesday, July 24th at 6pm  Scholarships are currently open and will accept names until Monday, July 23rd at 8 pm.  Visit the PMQG pages linked above to apply.

 

Denyse Schmidt will be our featured speaker for our guild meeting on December 6th.  On December 7th, we’ll be hosting her for her workshop Free Wheeling Single Girl and on December 8th, we’ll be offering the workshop, Woven.  Find out more information about these workshops on our webpage, and be sure to mark the day they go on sale, August 15th at 6pm. If these classes sell out quickly, we’ll also be creating a waitlist for both workshops, so be sure to sign up on them as soon as possible!  The scholarships available for these workshops will open up for applicants on August 6th.  

 

Members need to make sure they pick up their Kaleidoscope Challenge fabric.  Each member that sign up will receive 10 fat quarters (FQ) of Alison Glass’s new Kaleidoscope line.  Using this fabric, members need to create a mini quilt using at least 6 of the colors. Because there has been such high demand for this challenge, we’re requesting that any fabric that has been unused in the challenge be returned to us so members on the waitlist can participate.  For all of the challenge rules, be sure to check out the challenge page here.

 

Next, Susan introduced the July Fabric Fundraiser.  Members donated fabric from their stashes for the sale and all of the money raised will be split evenly between Raphael House and Butterfly Boxes.  Members were incredibly generous and PMQG raised a total of $2,108.   One generous member approached the board and offered to match our total for a whopping $4,216 raised!  Each organization will receive $2,108!  Thank you so much to the anonymous member!

Next, we held our raffle.  The winners were:

Susan Paris won the Fabric donated by a PMQG member and a pattern donated by Crimson Tate.

Helen Hayes won the bag donated by Violet Craft, batting donated by Quilter’s Dream and a rotary cutter donated by Olfa.  

Donna G won the book Glorious Patchwork donated by a PMQG member and a fat quarter bundle donated by Art Gallery Fabrics.  

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Our sixth Bespoke Block of the Month was debuted, the Houndstooth.  Rather than using strip piecing to assemble, Michelle has designed the blocks using half square triangles.  The pattern will show you how to create 8 half square triangles at once.

 

We ended our meeting with our fantastic show and tell, just look at the amazing quilts presented:  

Our next guild meeting is August 16--we hope to see you there!

July Meeting Reminder

 Quilt pictured is  Core Values  by Terri Torke (IG - @terri.torke)

Quilt pictured is Core Values by Terri Torke (IG - @terri.torke)

LAST CHANCE!


Are you planning on going to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on July 14, 2018?  We've arranged a bus to take members to the show!  This is a great opportunity to spend time with fellow guild members and let someone else do the driving!  The cost is $40.

If you're interested, visit our shop to purchase your seat.



Kaleidoscope Mini Challenge

Rules have been posted for the Kaleidoscope Mini Challenge featuring the Kaleidoscope fabric line designed by Alison Glass.  Find them here, as well as sign ups for a fabric bundle.  LIMITED TO THE FIRST 40 PEOPLE.  

We hope you can make it to our July Meeting, next Thursday, July 19th!


Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • Welcome and Announcements
     
  • Fabric Fundraiser:  This month, PMQG will host our first-ever Fabric Fundraiser benefiting two organizations that are special to our guild - Butterfly Boxes & Raphael House.  To get your donations ready for the sale, visit our webpage for more info.  
     
  • Sisters Recap featuring our PMQG Word Quilts
     
  • Summer Potluck: With Denyse Schmidt at our December meeting, we decided to move the potluck to our July meeting.  Feel free to bring food or drinks to share with PMQG friends! If your last name starts with A-L, please bring something sweet, and if it starts with M-Z, bring something savory. A label indicating if something is gluten-, nut-, or dairy-free is very helpful.
     
  • Bespoke Block of the Month - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The sixth of nine blocks will be debuted at this meeting.
     
  • Raffle
     
  • Show and Tell - After hearing feedback from guild members, we need to institue a no solicitations policy during show and tell.  If you're interested in purchasing a classified ad, please find out more information here.   
     

Here’s what to bring:

  • Your donations for the Fabric Sale Fundraiser benefitting Butterfly Boxes and Raphael House.
     
  • Zipper bags for Snow Cap Community Charities.
     
  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

July 14th - Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
July 16th at 6:00 pm - Anna Maria Horner Classes ON SALE
July 19th June Monthly Meeting
July 22nd - Hand Sew Happy Hour
August 4th - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot

June Meeting Recap

Greetings Members!  

On June 21st, we met for our 6th meeting of the year.  Kimberly, our president began the meeting by a showing us a Craftsy Unlimited video featuring Sheri Lynn Wood called Patchwork Nation.  

Next, Kimberly gave a warm welcome to our guests and new members and wished everyone with a June birthday a Happy Birthday.  

Next, Susan and Kim came forward to talk about the upcoming programs.  They include Anna Maria Horner visiting the guild in November for a talk on the 15th, then offering classes on the 16th and 17th.  Classes will go on sale July 16th at 7 pm.

Denyse Schmidt will be visiting the guild on December 6th for a talk and then offering classes on the 7th and 8th.  Look for those workshops to go on sale August 15th at 7pm.

All workshops will be announced, including cost via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email and the blog before they go on sale.  

The Alison Glass Kaliedoscope fabric challenge will be handed out at our July Meeting.  The board is working on finalizing all of the rules and selecting judges before the July meeting and will post all of the information on the website prior to the July meeting.

Also coming in July is the first PMQG Fabric Fundraiser for members to give back to the PMQG Charity program.  Donate any unused yardage (not only quilting cotton) or lightly used patchwork notions. Any fabric that doesn’t sell during the fundraiser will go towards the charity quilting program.  More information on how to prepare will be given out prior to the July meeting.

Next, Chawne Kimber gave her fantastic and moving presentation of her quilting journey.  It all started during the tenure process where she escaped the stress by learning to quilt from a Quilting For Dummies book.  During her talk, she broke down her quilting journey into a few categories and they were identity quilts, censorship challenges and Black Lives Matter.  See the photos below for her fantastic works.

Many thanks to the 2017 Board for arranging Chawne’s visit.    

Next, Kimberly spoke about the upcoming Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  The show is Saturday, July 14th from 9:00 to 4:00 in Sisters, Oregon. The PMQG has arranged for a bus for members to take on the 14th.  If you’re interested in spending some time with your fellow guild members and not having to drive, visit the PMQG shop to buy your seat on the bus.  Any members that have a word quilt in the 2018 PMQG Sisters Special Exhibit, “Words, Unbound” can pick up their quilts at the guild meeting on July 19th.  

We also need some volunteers to be show hostesses for Sisters.  Members will work in pairs for a 2 hour shift. You’ll be responsible for patrolling a small section of town and keep an eye on the quilts as well as hand out show information and answer any visitor questions.  Any members interested should be prepared to walk or stand for the better part of a 2 hour shift.

After Sisters is finished, 2017 Board members Tamara and Tania are organizing a special exhibit of PMQG Word Quilts - starting in Portland and then, hopefully, traveling on to other parts of the country

If you have a completed  #PMQGSpeaks2017 quilt (or can have one finished by July 16th), contact Tamara and Tania through the Guild email, portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

We would like to organize another exhibit of PMQG Word Quilts – one that includes quilts from the Sisters show as well as other Word Quilts made by our members.  Here’s how we envision it working:

  • We will create a digital and print portfolio of the Word Quilts that are available to be shown and then present that portfolio to venues we think might be interested.  Most venues would probably not be large enough to show all of the quilts, so they will have the opportunity to choose which ones they want to show.
  • Matthew Stovall, our official PMQG photographer, has offered to volunteer his time to take the photos (yay Matthew!), so they will all be high quality and consistent.  Tamara plans to bring the quilts back from Sisters, so best case scenario would be for us to arrange for Matthew to take the photos prior to returning your quilts to you.
  • We've never done anything like this before, so we are totally open to suggestions and ideas.  If any of you have venues you think might be suitable for our exhibit, please let us know. If you have a contact at a venue or at an organization you think might be interested in showing the quilts, hook us up!
  • Please let us know as soon as you can whether you are interested in having your quilt be part of this traveling (hopefully!) exhibit.

Next, Judy debuted some inspiration for the 2019 Sisters PMQG Special Exhibit. For inspiration for your quilt, visit our 2019 Sisters Exhibit web page.  

Next, we updated members on PMQGs Charity effort.  We still need help with wonky star blocks, bindings, small quilts to quilt, and larger quilts for longarming.  Be sure to stop off at the charity table at our meetings to pick up a project to work on.

Note that there will be no Charity Sew Day in June due to Modern Domestic class schedule conflicts.  The next Charity Sew Day will be on Friday, July 6th.

We still need your help for the Charity Zipper Bag program.  Any size zipper bag will do. Our quarterly program that we’re donating to is the Sno Cap Community Charities.  Find out more information under our Zipper Bag Page on the website.

We need your help to design the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt!  Find the full rules at the QuiltCon site here.  The theme the MQG has put forth for groups to use is “Small Piecing” and the color palette groups have been challenged to use is:  

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Design submissions are due by the July 19th guild meeting and the selected designer will receive a gift by AnnMarie Cowley.  To submit your design, please submit your design on the submission page here.  

Next, we had our raffle with the following winners:  

  • Sisters Bus Winner:  Tracey Dunlap
  • Quilt Market Bag:  Linda Mowry
  • Quilt Market Bag:  Claire Alexander

Many thanks to Cath Hall and Sam Hunter for donating the Quilt Market Bags.  

Next, Michelle debuted the June Block of the Month, the Tattersall Block.  Find the directions and mood board on the Block of the Month page. Michelle is also working on a setting up a free workshop for members to work on any of the blocks of the month debuted so far.  More details will be announced as soon as a workshop space is set up.

Next up is our fantastic Show and Tell.  Look at all of the quilts presented by members:  

Don’t forget about our #HelloPMQG #IGSummer on Instagram.  New prompts are announced each Monday. We’d love to see the members participate--feel free to catch up with us at any time!

The 2018 PNW Meet-Up is Friday August 10-12th.  $40 for MQG Members and $60 for non-MQG Members.  To sign up, visit the website.

Our July 7th PMQG Sew Day classroom has changed (and only this sew day)!  For this sew day only, we’ll be in the back classroom (behind pillows/foam section), and if that classroom fills up, we’ll also be in the new small classroom (near former customer service desk)

We still have some guild volunteer opportunities!  We need members for the New Members and Guests Welcome Program, and Sew Day Closing September 1st and October 6th.  

Our next meeting is July 19th, and we hope to see you then!

Below is the meeting slideshow:

June Meeting Reminder

Are you planning on going to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on July 14, 2018?  We've arranged a bus to take members to the show!  This is a great opportunity to spend time with fellow guild members and let someone else do the driving!  The cost is $40.

If you're interested, visit our shop to purchase your seat.


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Join us in welcoming our featured speaker, Chawne Kimber to our June Meeting.  

We hope you can make it to our June Meeting, next Thursday, June 21st!

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • Please do not arrive to the meeting hall prior to 6:45 pm.  We only get access to the hall at 6:30 and need that time to set up the room for you!  
     
  • 2018 Membership Sign Ups - If you haven't done so, please renew your PMQG Membership!  Save time and skip the line by renewing your membership online!  You still have the option of purchasing your membership at the May meeting.  As we anticipate this meeting will be popular, anyone who is not a 2018 PMQG member will be charged a $5 fee for attending.
     
  • In order to streamline check-in, we'll have an express line for members who already have their 2018 membership cards.  Please be sure to have your card out and ready to show to quickly pick up your raffle ticket and come into the meeting.  
     
  • Welcome and Announcements
     
  • Chawne Kimber will be our featured speaker for the meeting. Chawne is an award winning textile artist who has exhibited quilts and embroidery in galleries and festivals all over the United States. When not manipulating cotton, she is a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.
     
  • Bespoke Block of the Month - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The fifth of nine blocks will be debuted at this meeting.
     
  • Raffle
     
  • Show and Tell - After hearing feedback from guild members, we need to institue a no solicitations policy during show and tell.  If you're interested in purchasing a classified ad, please find out more information here.    

Here’s what to bring:

  • Zipper bags for Snow Cap Community Charities.
     
  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

June 21st June Monthly Meeting
June 22nd - Adventures in Small Piecing Workshop with Chawne Kimber
June 23rd - Improvisational Hand Quilting Workshop with Chawne Kimber
June 24th - Hand Sew Happy Hour
July 7th - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot
July 14th - Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, June 21st from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Bus

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Greetings members!

We've worked out the details for the bus to Sisters and are giving you the first chance to sign up!  Visit our store to pay for your seat here.  

The details:

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is on Saturday July 14, 2018. The cost is $40.

Bus will leave from the North side of Pendleton Woolen Mills at 8550 SE McLoughlin Blvd at 06:30. Parking is available at the Tacoma/Johnson Creek MAX Park & Ride. Members will need to return to the bus in Sisters at 5:00pm and will return to the Woolen Mills by 9:00pm.

Swag Bag will be provided to the members who ride the bus!

Please let us know if you have any questions.   

May Meeting Recap


Are you interested in taking a bus to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show?  We’re looking into organizing a chartered bus. Please take a moment to fill out this form so we can gauge interest.

Remember:  Sisters Word Quilts are due by our June 2nd Open Sew Day!


Greetings Members!  On May 17th, we met for our fifth guild meeting of the year.  Our president, Kimberly opened the meeting by showing members a Creativebug intro video featuring PMQG member Rebecca Rinquist.  Don’t forget that Creativebug has offered PMQG members one free month of membership to new email sign ups by using the code SBA.  

Do you have a suggestion for a video to feature?  Please send any suggestions for future videos to portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

Next, Kimberly welcomed new members and our new business member Cindy Lundy from Stitchy Goodness.  Then we wished all members with a birthday in May a Happy Birthday.

Next, Susan went over the upcoming programs and workshops.  These include Chawne Kimber on June 21, 22 and 23, Anna Maria Horner on November 15, 16 and 17, and Denyse Schmidt on December 6, 7 and 8th.  

All of Chawne’s workshops are currently sold out.  Waitlists are available on our website. Details for Anna Maria Horner’s and Denyse Schmidt’s classes will be announced later this year as well as the date the classes will be on sale, so start saving!  

Next, Susan introduced out featured speaker for the May Meeting, Alison Glass.  Alison is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics, and has designed over 600 fabrics for them.  Alison designs with the goal of having her fabrics flow from one collection to another.

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Alison also showed the fabric line and designs she was debuting at the Spring Quilt Market while she was here in Portland.  Her fabric line is called Kaleidoscope, and is a woven solids collection. Designs debuted include:

  Trinket , made using paper piecing

Trinket, made using paper piecing

  Lumen , made using paper piecing.

Lumen, made using paper piecing.

 among others. Be sure to follow Alison Glass on Instagram @alisonglass and through her website. Watch out for announcements for a sewalong this fall for Trinket!

Next, we announced a special collaboration with Alison Glass, PMQG and Anover Fabrics, the Kaleidoscope Fabric Challenge!  We are currently finalizing the rules for this challenge, but they will involve making a mini quilt using either a cool or warm color group of Kaleidoscope, so start thinking of your designs!  

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Next, we spoke about our Charity programs.  First are many quilts in various stages that you can help make.  Take a packet to make a top, quilt a quilt, or sew some binding. Visit our Charity table to see what’s available.  Also available are wonky stars blocks for sewing as well.

Don’t forget about Charity Sew Day on May 24th at Modern Domestic!

Next, we had our raffle.  We had a total of 6 prizes to give away at this meeting!

Next, Corni from the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild presented information for the 2018 PNW MQG Meetup.  It starts Friday, August 10 and lasts until Sunday, August 12th. The meetup is going to be at Grace Baptist Church (63945 Old Bend Redmond Hwy, 9770) in Bend, OR.  Housing will be on your own.  

Activities include a Brewery Social, Sunday Park Breakfasts, Swag Bags (only for those who sign up before June 1st!) and Door Prizes, Charity Sewing and a Shop Hop.  The cost is $40 for MQG members and $60 for MQG non-members. If you have any questions, please email COMQG@hotmail.com or CorniQ@me.com.  You can find the registration here.  

Don’t forget that Sisters Word Quilts are due by June 2nd.  The PMQG Special Exhibit has always hung on buildings, which include Paulina Springs Books Co.  Brad Smith, owner of Paulina Springs Books Co. is gravely ill. We request that members send messages of support to:  Paulina Springs Books, PO Box 3500-407, Sisters, OR 97759, or via email to books@paulinasprings.com, subject line:  For Brad. This is a sad time and it will be a huge loss to our Sisters and our Quilt Show Community.

The 2019 Sisters Special Exhibit theme has been decided on, and will be Rainbow Quilts.  More information to come!

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Next, over the summer we’ll be hosting a #helloPMQG event on Instagram over the summer.  This involves tagging your photos with the hashtags #helloPMQG and the weekly prompt.  Rather than having a prompt to work on every day for a month, we’re going to prompt members once a week to participate for the 13 weeks over the summer.  These prompts are:

  • June 4 - #thisisme
  • June 11 - #lovemymachine
  • June 18 - #inspiredbychawne
  • June 25 - #thisismyspace
  • July 2 - #registeringforquiltcon
  • July 9 - #quiltybucketlist
  • July 16 - #myfavoritequilt
  • July 23 - #sistersoutdoorquiltshow
  • July 30 - #favoritecolorcombo
  • August 6 - #whoiquiltwith
  • August 13 - #WIP
  • August 20 - #bagsbagsbags
  • August 27 - #printsorsolids

Don’t forget about our Classifieds, with all proceeds going towards the PMQG Scholarship fund.  Find out more information here.

A special note about our July 7th Open Sew Day - We’re going to be moved to Back Classroom and (if needed) the new small classroom near former customer service desk.  ONLY FOR THIS SEW DAY.

Don’t forget about the PMQG Discounts available!  Quilt Canvas is offering one free month of quilt design access to new emails with the online code PMQG-4 and Fabric Depot is offering $10 off all After Party classes and events with the online code PARTYWITHUS.  

Here are the gorgeous works our members presented during Show and Tell:

Upcoming Important Dates

Memphis Time Workshop

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On May 13th, we had our first workshop of the year with Kim Kight, entitled Memphis Time at a great workshop space in SaveStores.  This was a workshop that focused on creating a watch block using straight piecing, appliqué, curved piecing, and paper piecing.  

Here are some snapshots from the workshop:

Many thanks to Kim and SaveStores for the awesome workshop!

May Meeting Reminder

We hope you can make it to our May Meeting, next Thursday, May 17th!

 Join us in welcoming designer Alison Glass to our May Meeting

Join us in welcoming designer Alison Glass to our May Meeting

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • Please do not arrive to the meeting hall prior to 6:45 pm.  We only get access to the hall at 6:30 and need that time to set up the room for you!  
     
  • 2018 Membership Sign Ups - If you haven't done so, please renew your PMQG Membership!  Save time and skip the line by renewing your membership online!  You still have the option of purchasing your membership at the May meeting.  As we anticipate this meeting will be popular, anyone who is not a 2018 PMQG member will be charged a $5 fee for attending.
     
  • In order to streamline check-in, we'll have an express line for members who already have their 2018 membership cards.  Please be sure to have your card out and ready to show to quickly pick up your raffle ticket and come into the meeting.  
     
  • Welcome and Announcements
     
  • Designer Alison Glass will be our featured speaker - Alison has designed over 20 lines of fabric for Andover Fabrics.  Be sure to attend, as time limiting, we'll have a question and answer section with Alison.  
     
  • Bespoke Block of the Month - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The fifth of nine blocks will be debuted at this meeting.
     
  • Raffle
     
  • Show and Tell - After hearing feedback from guild members, we need to institue a no solicitations policy during show and tell.  If you're interested in purchasing a classified ad, please find out more information here.    

Here’s what to bring:

  • Zipper bags for Bradley Angle.
     
  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

May 13 - Memphis Time Workshop with Kim Kight
May 17 May Monthly Meeting
May 24th - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
May 27th Hand Sew Happy Hour
June 2nd - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot
 

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, May 17th from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street

April Meeting Recap

Greetings Members!  

On April 19th the guild met for our fourth meeting of the year.  We began the meeting with a new initiative where we’ll show a short video at the beginning of the meeting highlighting the talent of the guild.  At this meeting, we showed a short video from Creativebug featuring Susan Beal, our Programs Coordinator for Meetings. Creativebug has provided one free month of unlimited craft classes from instructors like Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Friedlander, Heather Jones, and Denise Schmidt.  That code is SBA and can only be used with a newly registered email address.

If you have any suggestions of a video to show at the beginning of the meeting, please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

After welcoming new members and congratulating April Birthdays, Kimberly showed off snapshots of the Clark County Quilters Annual Quilt Show that happened April 5-7th.  We had five members of our guild participate and they were Laura Broughanle, Kristin La Flamme, Violet Craft, Kimberly Buckley and Tam Gardner.

Next, we did a short recap of our Spring Retreat.  This year, we had 34 members enjoy 3 days of sewing, delicious food and outdoor activities (when the weather permitted!).  We’ve rebooked Camp Tilikum for next year’s Spring Retreat on April 11-14th, 2019.

Next, Susan gave details of our upcoming workshop, Memphis Time, presented by Kimberly Kight of Cotton and Steel.  The workshop is on May 13th from 10:00 to 4:00 and is $75. PMQG has the privilege of being the world debut of this class.  Each 17 x 90” block uses straight piecing, paper piecing, appliqué and curved piecing. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have one completed watch that can be used for a table runner or as the beginning of the full size quilt. During the workshop, students will have a chance to win a Fat Quarter stack of any of the collections Kimberly has produced with Cotton and Steel.  When you sign up for the workshop, you’ll not only receive the supply list, but a coloring page so you can design what your watch will look like prior to the class. Be sure to sign up today as space is limited.  

Next, Susan presented more information about Chawne Kimber’s visit to the PMQG.  She’ll be lecturing at our June 21st meeting and then on Friday, June 22nd she’ll present the class Adventures in Small Piecing.  On Saturday, Chawne will be teaching Improvisational Hand Quilting. Be on the lookout for these classes to go on sale on Tuesday, May 1st.  The time of the classes going on sale will be announced closer to May 1st on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Finally, Susan announced that Denyse Schmidt will be our speaker on December 6th and will be teaching full day classes on December 7th and 8th.  We’re working on confirming details for her classes and will announce them as soon as they’re finalized.

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In May, Alison Glass will be our speaker.  If you haven’t signed up for a PMQG membership, be sure to do so, as we are expecting this meeting to be popular and we will be charging a small fee for anyone who is not a member.

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After these announcements, we proceeded to the main programming of the night, the “Learn Something New” round tables.  During this, we had four stations set up that members could go to and talk to experts in four topics.

Cath Hall (@wombatquilts on Instagram) hosted the Charity Quilting table, focusing on how members could contribute to the various PMQG charity projects.  

The second table was with Amanda Clow (@amanda_panda_pop_6) who was talking about Quilt Canvas (@quiltcanvas), an online quilt design program.  Amanda and Quilt Canvas has provided PMQG with a discount code for members to try out Quilt Canvas for quilt design for FREE for one month for all newly registered email address.  The code is PMQG-4.

The third table was with PMQG Photographer, Matthew Stovall (@mbstovall) who spoke about how members could take effective photos of their quilt projects.  

Finally, Nancy Stovall (@nstovall) and Kazumi Peterson (@kpetersonquilting) spoke to members about longarm quilting and how best to prepare their quilts for the longarm quilting process.  

After our break, we learned about April’s Bespoke Block of the Month from Michelle (@stitchwellandprosper), the tartan.  This block focuses on nesting seams to ensure perfect points.

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Kimberly then pulled names for the three raffle prizes.  Our winners were:

  • Modern Quilt Perspective (donated by a PMQG member) and Charm Pack (donated by Benartex Fabrics):  Michelle Marcos Boyer

  • Modern Inspirations (donated by a PMQG member) and Jelly Roll (donated by Benartex Fabrics):  Maryann Todd Thompson

  • Brilliant Bags and three cuts of fabric:  Kathleen Benson

We then had our inspirational Show and Tell:  

Be sure to utilize our two new resources, the PMQG Library and PMQG Listens playlists.  Both of these resources are linked on our website under the resources tab.


Our guild still needs a few volunteers! 

  • We need help with closing of Sew day on September 1st and October 6th.  

  • We still need a volunteer with our New Member and Guest Welcome Program.  This is a position that needs to be filled, as a good welcoming first impression will make it more likely that person joins the guild.  

  • Sam Hunter is asking for any members willing to help out vendors at the Spring Quilt Market (NOT open to the public) happening May 18, 19 and 20.  Compensation will be a Vendor badge to Quilt Market and members would be expected to help with setup/take down and providing the vendor with break periods. If you’re interested, be sure to contact Sam Hunter at sewsamsew@gmail.com


Finally, Fabric Depot spoke about their upcoming events surrounding Spring Quilt Market.  They are hosing a “Cocktails with Cotton and Steel” event, a Tula Pink event, and other various classes.  Be sure to check out their website for the most up to date information about these events.

April Meeting Reminder

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THIS CLASS IS LIVE!  HEAD TO THE SHOP TO PURCHASE

Kimberly Kight @kmelkight from @cottonandsteel will be visiting us next month to teach her Memphis Time workshop May 13th, 10am-4pm at the St. John’s Community Center.  Each 17”x90” watch block uses straight piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, and curved piecing, so there is never a dull moment! 
 

We hope you can make it to our April Meeting, next Thursday, April 19th!

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • Please do not arrive to the meeting hall prior to 6:45 pm.  We only get access to the hall at 6:30 and need that time to set up the room for you!  
     
  • 2018 Membership Sign Ups - If you haven't done so, please renew your PMQG Membership!  Save time and skip the line by renewing your membership online!  You still have the option of purchasing your membership at the April meeting.  
     
  • In order to streamline check-in, we'll have an express line for members who already have their 2018 membership cards.  Please be sure to have your card out and ready to show to quickly pick up your raffle ticket and come into the meeting.  
     
  • Welcome and Announcements
     
  • Learn Something New! Have you been stumped by photographing your quilts?  Have questions about what you need to do to send your quilt to a longarmer?  Heard about Quilt Canvas but haven't been able to explore it yet?  At our April meeting, we'll have experts for all three there for you to find out more and answer your questions.  
     
  • Bespoke Block of the Month - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The fourth of nine blocks will be debuted at this meeting.
     
  • Raffle
     
  • Show and Tell - After hearing feedback from guild members, we need to institue a no solicitations policy during show and tell.  If you're interested in purchasing a classified ad, please find out more information here.    

Here’s what to bring:

  • Zipper bags for Bradley Angle.
     
  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

April 19 April Monthly Meeting
April 22nd Hand Sew Happy Hour
April 26th - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
May 5th - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot
 

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, April 19th from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street

March Meeting Recap

Greetings members!  On March 15th, we met for our third meeting of the year.  Kimberly, our president began the meeting by welcoming all attendees.  Next, she welcomed all of the new members and wished all members who have a March birthday a happy birthday.  The 2018 goals for the organization were shown again, and you can find more information about them here

 

Next, the PMQG Charity programs were discussed.  Camp Erin is the first organization that will be the recipients of the PMQG charity quilts in 2018.  Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Quilts for Camp Erin should be twin sized (minimum 39” x 76” and be child appropriate in theme and fabric. Campers are aged 6-17 and the camp often has a special need for quilts that may appeal to boys, especially teen boys.

Our ongoing charity quilt recipient is the Doernbecher PICU.  The PICU would like to receive quilts from 36” x 36” to twin sized.  Boy-friendly quilts are always in high demand. Be sure to visit the charity quilt table at our meetings to take a quilt to work on.  There are many quilts in various stages that need your help! Take fabric for a top, take a quilt to practice your free motion quilting or take a quilt to bind to donate your time.  Be sure to visit the next charity sew day hosted by Modern Domestic on March 22. Everything is provided, just bring yourself! Find out more information here.

Our first Charity Zipper Bags Project recipient is Bradley Angle.  Bradley Angle helps survivors escape domestic violence and rebuild save and prosperous lives.  Any sized zipper bag will do. Be sure to visit our charity webpage to see what other kind items are needed by Bradley Angle.  

 

Next, Anne presented information about the PMQG Library.  The library is currently open, you can find it under the resources tab on our website.  Only PMQG members can check out a book for the time period of one month. You can pick it up at sew days, guild meetings or Eastside Hand Sew Happy Hours.  Once your book is checked out, it will be due at the next general guild meeting. Any overdue books will incur the fine of $1.00/month. The PMQG library is able to take book donations as long as they suit the PMQG.  Be sure to email the titles to portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com prior to bringing them in for donation.  

 

We’re also going to be debuting a classified ad section on the website, with proceeds going towards the PMQG scholarship fund.  This will be a great place to list your items for sale or promote a local business or event. The ads are available for $5/month with a word limit of 100 words.  Any photos provided need to be 300 x 200 pixels. All business members receive one classified ad as part of their business membership. Ads are due by the 28th of the month and will run for one calendar month.  Classified ads are available for purchase through the guild shop.

 

We’ve taken all of the information you provided through the PMQG Listens survey and have created two web pages under the resources tab.  The first is a page for Spotify playlists that were created from music suggestions. The second is a podcast directory, with the podcasts being separated between clean and explicit podcasts.  Be sure to click on the podcasts to find out more information about them. If you have some music or podcasts to suggest, please find a submission form at the bottom of both of those pages to send them to us.  

 

Next, we hosted a PMQG at QuiltCon Panel in order to give the members who weren’t able to attend a taster of the experience and to celebrate PMQG’s accomplishments.  We have a lot to be proud of, as our guild had the most quilts in the show! Here is a list of all of the members and their quilts that were in the show:

  • Turbine, by Jen Carlton-Bailly
  • Make Your Mark, by Karen Lee
  • Bending Petal, by Karen Lee
  • Sliced Circles, by Karen Lee (Also published in the Quiltcon magazine!)
  • Sidewalk Chalk, by Meghan Buchanan
  • City Grid, by Meghan Buchanan
  • The Field of All Possibilities, Virginia Hammon
  • Remote Destination, by Christine Yi
  • Pop Art, by Christina Cameli
  • Sacred Heart, by Christina Cameli
  • Waynesboro Cherry Gone Modern, AnnMarie Cowley
  • Hot Cross Buns, AnnMarie Cowley – published in Modern Patchwork!

And our prize winners:

Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge

3rd prize, Our Colorful Orchard, by AnnMarie Cowley!

Minimalist Design

2nd prize, Terrace, Violet Craft!

More than 40 people contributed to our beautiful charity quilt shown at QuiltCon, “Northwest Passage.”  Anne Tinnesand drafted the design,  Joyce Gieszler created the patterns, AnnMarie Cowley sewed it together and bound it and Kazumi Peterson quilted it.

Four of our members who attended the 2018 QuiltCon presented their thoughts and impressions of the show as a panel.  Violet Craft, Karen Lee, Suzanne Gray and Sam Hunter presented a slideshow of their photos from the quilt show, which you can see below.  

Violet Craft’s highlights of the show were curves, intricate piecing and perspective.  She said there were a lot of big stitch hand quilting quilts. Next was Karen Lee. She made a point to focus on quilts that surprised her.  She suggested that members check out the work of Christine Perrigot (@ccpquilt on Instagram) and Diana Vandeyar (@dianavandeyar on Instagram).  Suzanne Gray presented a lot of the quilts focusing on activism and social justice.  She was extremely impressed with the work in the Youth category.  There were quite a few quilts from members of the Social Justice Sewing Academy (@sjsacademy on Instagram).  Sam Hunter was most affected by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Gallery.  This special exhibit was curated by Mary Fons, from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  Please be sure to look at the slide show presentation below to check out all of the quilt photographs presented by the panel. Special thanks to Suzanne for leading the panel!

 

After the presentation, Susan, our Programs Coordinator for Meetings, and Kimberly L., our Programs Coordinator for Workshops stepped up to announce the upcoming instructors and lecturers.  Our upcoming Workshop Instructors include:

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And our May Speaker is:

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After our break, we then had our raffle.  Our winners include:

Luxe Fabric donated by Michael Miller Fabrics and the Noodlehead Super Tote pattern:  Laurie F.

Indah Pop Jelly Roll donated by Hoffman Fabrics and the Noodlehead Caravan Tote and Pouch pattern:  Ellen C.

Ten Square donated by Robert Kaufman with a Noodlehead Super Tote pattern:  Chelsea

QuiltCon Goodie Bag:  Alice S. 

Thank you to all of our door prize sponsors!

 

Next, Susan presented the Block of the Month in place for Michelle.  The block is the Pendleton 49er-inspired Western plaid.  Visit the Block of the Month page to download the instructions for all of the blocks including this month’s.  

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Check out the gorgeous quilts presented during our Show and Tell:

 

Be sure to take the Small Quilt Groups survey if you haven’t had a chance to and are interested in being in a Small Quilt Group.  The survey will be available for one more week. Interested members will be hearing from the Small Groups Coordinator by April 1st.  We will be looking to assign volunteer group leaders for each small group. Our goal is to have new groups up and running in the month of April.  


The Clark County Quilters have invited the PMQG to show 10 quilts in a special exhibit during their quilt show, April 5-7.  If you’re interested in showing, please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com as soon as possible.


The PMQG UFO club is currently running.  Visit the UFO Club table to participate. You’ll submit a list of 10 UFO’s that you commit to finishing in 2018.  Bring the finished UFO to the next monthly meeting. Be sure to email Jennie at jennie.mckee22@gmail.com so she can enter your finished UFOs in the drawing spreadsheet.  You’ll receive one entry for each UFO finished. In December, the winner will be drawn and will win ½ of the UFO club fees.  The other half goes to the PMQG Charity program.

 

The guild still has some volunteer opportunities!  We need someone to volunteer for the New Member and Guests Welcome Program and also to volunteer for the Open Sew Day Closing on April 7, September 1 and October 6th.  We will also need a new leader for the West side Hand Sew Happy Hour in July.

We hope to see you at our next guild meeting on April 19th!

Upcoming Important Dates:

March Meeting Reminder

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My Dogs are Barking, Too by Angie Reat

We hope you can make it to our March meeting, next Thursday, March 15th!


Don't forget!  Survey responses needed for PMQG Listens and Small Groups!

Both take about 5 minutes or less.


Small Groups Survey

PMQG Listens Survey


Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • Please do not arrive to the meeting hall prior to 6:45 pm.  We only get access to the hall at 6:30 and need that time to set up the room for you!  
     
  • 2018 Membership Sign Ups - It's that time of year again to renew your PMQG Membership!  Save time and skip the line by renewing your membership online!  You can sign up either at the beginning of the March meeting or during the break.  
     
  • In order to streamline check-in, we'll have an express line for members who already have their 2018 membership cards.  Please be sure to have your card out and ready to show to quickly pick up your raffle ticket and come into the meeting.  
     
  • Welcome and Announcements
     
  • QuiltCon 2018 Recap - We're planning on having a panel of members who attended QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, CA.  We'll be celebrating guild members achievements and find out about all the amazing classes, lectures and events attended.  Be sure to put in your planner next year's dates--February 21-24, 2019 in Nashville, TN.
     
  • Bespoke Block of the Month - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The third of nine blocks will be debuted at this meeting.
     
  • Raffle
     
  • Show and Tell - After hearing feedback from guild members, we need to institue a no solicitations policy during show and tell.  We're developing a page on the website for members to advertise.  You'll find out more information at the March meeting.  

Here’s what to bring:

  • Zipper bags for Bradley Angle.
     
  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Upcoming Events:

March 15 March Monthly Meeting
March 22nd Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
March 25th - Hand Sew Happy Hour
April 7 - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot
April 12-15 - Spring Retreat

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, March 15th from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street

February Meeting Recap

Greetings members!

To begin, we’d like to thank our members for cooperating with our later start time for meetings due to the basketball practice that happens in the gym before our meeting.  We will send updates to start times in the meeting reminder emails so please keep an eye out for these.  Thank you for understanding!

On February 15th, we met for the second meeting of the year.  Kimberly began the meeting by recapping the goals for the year, which can be seen here.  

We also welcomed our nine new members since our January meeting!  Don’t forget to renew your 2018 PMQG Membership.  You can renew online by visiting our website.  

We’re also starting a new page on our website, PMQG Listens.  We’re asking all of our members to fill out a short survey (less than 5 minute time commitment!) to let us know what you listen to while you sew.  Using that information, we’ll create a playlist of music and podcasts and put them up on the website.  You can find the survey here.  

Any members who signed up for the MQG 2018 Spring Riley Blake Fabric Challenge, your bundles are in!  Collect them at our next meeting.  Don’t forget that the deadline for submission is April 22, 2018.  

Next, we had Kelly Cole from Vintage Fabric Studio speak about using Vintage fabrics for sewing.  

A few of the highlights of her talk include these tips:

  • Vintage fabric means that the fabric is at least 20 years old.  

  • The Vintage Era is from 1920-1980, while antique is at least 100 years old.  

  • Look for these selvedge names:  Joan Kessler, Concord Fabrics, Bookhaven, and Marcus Brothers Textiles.

  • Use starch for easy handling

  • If your fabric is really thin, try adding some woven fusible interfacing to stabilize it.  

  • When quilting, more basting is better, use a sharp thin needle and if you’re using a vintage sheet for the backing, make sure it’s in good condition.  

Kelly has offered a coupon code for her website!  Use PMQG10 to receive 10% off your order until March 14th.  You can also receive free shipping if you use the coupon code PICKUP to pick up at a PMQG sew day or meeting!  You can use both coupons at once!

Here are a few highlights of her trunk show:  

 

After Kelly’s talk, we continued with announcements.  The first is that Bradley Angle will be the first quarter recipient of our zippered bags program.  Find out more information about what is needed on our updated Charity Zipper Bags page.  Thanks to Patty for working on this important project!

Next, Linda has been working on organizing the PMQG Small Groups.  We’d like to find out more about what the group’s needs are.  We have another short survey for you to fill out here, so we can best organize. 

Our February Bespoke Block of the Month was debuted.  Michelle has designed a Herringbone Twill block for our February block, and the instructions can be found here.  This block is made using strip piecing.  The Bespoke Block of the Month has been designed by our secretary, Michelle (@stitchwellandprosper).  The finished quilt will be made of nine blocks, each inspired by a plaid or check.  The blocks are designed to work in a 24” finished block size, made up of smaller 12” blocks.  Be sure to tag your social media with #pmqg2018bom.  

After the Block of the Month, we had a brief showing of the Word Quilts that members have been working on for the past year.  Members who have submitted to be considered to the 2018 Sisters Quilt exhibit, “Words, Unbound” should have heard who has been accepted into the exhibit.  Congratulations to everyone accepted!  Thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt.  

 

Speaking of the Sisters Quilt Show, we’ll be needing some volunteers to work as show hostesses for 2 hour shifts.  Volunteers will be working in pairs for a 2 hour shift.  You’ll be patrolling a small section of town and  you'll also need to keep an eye on the quilts and hand out show information and answer any visitor questions.  Be prepared to walk or stand for the better part of a two hour shift.  Find out more information here.  Please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com to volunteer.  

Next, we gave out our raffle prizes.  The book Wise Craft Quilts (donated by a PMQG member was won by Laura Broughan.  The book Modern Roots (written and donated by PMQG member Bill Volckening) was won by MaryAnn Todd-Thompson.  The Super Tote pattern and fabric (donated by Noodlehead) was won by Christine Yi.  The Fat Quarter Bundle, and Charm Squares donated by Kelly Cole at Vintage Fabric Studio was won by Sharon Bishop.


We have a new vacancy on our board (due to personal commitments), in the role of Programs Coordinator for Workshops.  In this role, the guild will need you to help out in the following areas:

  • With the Board, plans workshops

  • Recruits workshop teachers and manages all teacher and venue logistics

  • Manages workshop administration


We still have some volunteer opportunities!  PMQG still needs a member to step up and help out with the New Members and Guests Welcome Program.  This person recruits and manages Meeting Hostesses and is responsible for the New Members and Guests Table at the monthly meetings.

If you’re going to QuiltCon, please let us know by filling in the form here!  In March, we’re looking to have a panel to give a recap to the membership about their experience in Pasadena.  Please share photos on Instagram, especially of PMQG Member quilts.  We’re looking to set up an email group of members to make it easier for you all to plan any group activities while in Pasadena.  Please share your Quiltcon photos on Instagram, especially of PMQG members' quilts or classes, and use the tag #pmqgquiltcon so our guild members can follow along with you!  Please feel free to email any photos you'd like to share at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

The Spring Retreat is full, but a waitlist is available. Please email portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the list. For those of you who have signed up and have not yet paid we will need that within TWO WEEKS of signing up to complete your reservation or your spot will be released. Details about the swap will be sent out soon.

One last announcement, there’s been a change to our Open Sew Day Discounts.  PMQG Members will receive a 30% discount off their purchases during Open Sew Days at Fabric Depot.  Go to the Special Orders counter to ring up your purchase and receive your discount (must show membership card!).  Be sure to mention the discount for PMQG Sew day when getting fabric cut.  

Finally here are the fantastic quilts shown during show and tell:

See you all on March 15th!

Upcoming Events:

➤Feb 22, 2018 - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic

➤Feb 22–25, 2018 - Quiltcon

➤Feb 25, 2018 - Hand Sew Happy Hour (East Side/West Side)

➤Mar 3, 2018 - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot

➤Mar 15, 2018 - PMQG Monthly Meeting

➤April 12-15, 2018 - PMQG Spring Retreat (Registrations full, waitlist available)

 

Spring Retreat Sign-Ups are LIVE!

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It's time to sign up for the
2018 Spring Retreat!

To sign up for the retreat, please head over to our sign up page here.  Once your form is filled out, you'll then be directed to the payment page.

You must be a 2018 PMQG Member to sign up for the Retreat!

More information about the Retreat:

When
: Thursday, April 12th (4 pm) through Sunday, April 15th (noon)
WhereCamp Tilikum - 15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg, OR 97132 (Map of Grounds)

We will be in The Lodge, which has an assortment of regular beds and bunk beds. Most rooms are double or multiple occupancy. We will ask you to provide a roommate request after your registration has been confirmed.

Cost:

  • $245 for three nights' stay plus 8 meals (Thursday night Dinner, Friday and Saturday all meals, and Sunday Breakfast)
  • Linens are provided (pillow and pillow case, fitted & flat sheet, blanket, bath and hand towel with wash cloth)
  • If you require a special diet such as gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free, or other, there is an $8 additional fee for the weekend. You will need to complete a Diet Request Form. (The form will be provided to you after your registration is confirmed.)

What to bring

  • Clothes and toiletries
  • Any special bedding
  • Sewing machines
  • Projects, rulers, etc. 
  • An iron, if you really like yours and would like to share. 
  • Extension cords
  • Walking shoes if you wish to partake in the wild outdoors. 
  • Snacks

Schedule: When we're not eating or sleeping, we'll probably be sewing! 

The Fine Print:
There are 34 spots available for the weekend. 

Payment can be made by check (at the February Meeting, or mailed to our PO Box) or online with a credit card (with a $5 additional fee). Payment must be received by the guild within 2 weeks of signing up.  If payment is not received, you will lose your spot!

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be given only if your spot can be re-sold.

February Meeting Reminder

 Julie Walters' Pickled Beets quilt

Julie Walters' Pickled Beets quilt

We hope you can make it to our February meeting, on Thursday, February 15th!

Don't forget!  Sign ups for the 2018 Spring Retreat Go LIVE February 10 at 10:00 am!

More Information about the retreat can be found here.  

Members who have completed their Word Quilt tops

Please bring them to the meeting!  We'd love to see everyone's tops or completed quilts during a special Word Quilt group showing!  You'll receive an extra raffle ticket for bringing in your top to share.

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • Please do not arrive to the meeting hall prior to 6:45 pm.  We only get access to the hall at 6:30 and need that time to set up the room for you!  
     
  • 2018 Membership Sign Ups - It's that time of year again to renew your PMQG Membership!  Save time and skip the line by renewing your membership online!  You can sign up either at the beginning of the February meeting or during the break.  
     
  • In order to streamline check-in, we'll have an express line for members who already have their 2018 membership cards.  Please be sure to have your card out and ready to show to quickly pick up your raffle ticket and come into the meeting.  
     
  • Welcome and Announcements
     
  • Kelly Cole from Vintage Fabric Studio will be our speaker.  She'll be speaking about how to use vintage fabrics in modern quilts.  She'll also have a trunk show of vintage quilts as well as quilts made using vintage fabrics!  Time permitting, we'll have a Q&A as well.  
     
  • Bespoke Block of the Month - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The second of nine blocks will be debuted at this meeting.
     
  • Raffle
     
  • Show and Tell

Here’s what to bring:

  • Money to purchase your 2018 PMQG Membership if you haven't pre-purchased online.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts.

  • Quilt for Show and Tell – limit one quilt per person

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

  • A few volunteers who can arrive at 6:30 to help with meeting room setup

Be on the lookout for a Fabric Depot VIP Pass for their Warehouse sale on February 17th!  Passes will be sent to 2018 PMQG members on February 15th!

Upcoming Events:

February 10th - Spring Retreat Sign Ups go live at 10:00.
February 15th February Guild Meeting
February 22nd Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
February 25th - Hand Sew Happy Hour
March 3 - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, February 15th from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street