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

 My Dogs are Barking, Too by Angie Reat

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

January Meeting Recap

Greetings Members!  

On January 18th, we met for our first meeting of 2018.  The new board would like to thank everyone for their patience, due to the wait for membership sign ups and picking up membership cards.

It was the first meeting for the new board and a final good-bye and thank you to our 2017 board.

Goals for 2018 were announced, and they include:  

  • Art of Quilting, supporting this via speakers, inspiration, trunk shows, retreats and conferences
  • Learning to Quilt, supporting this via workshops, techniques, sew days, sharing/collaboration, webinars
  • Giving back through Quilting, supporting this via charity programs, charity sew days
  • Growing our Guild - goal of 400 active members.  

Next, we had a lecture and trunk show with Christina Cameli.  She featured the quilts from her new book Wedge Quilt Workshop.  During the lecture, Christina gave tips for using both the 9 degree and 10 degree wedge rulers.  We thoroughly enjoyed Christina’s talk and walked away with a ton of inspiration!  Just check out this gallery of the quilts she presented!

Christina Cameli is teaching two classes at Modern Domestic and there is a 10% discount for 2018 PMQG members! Join her for Free Motion Weekend, January 27 and 28 and Grid-based Free-Motion Quilting, February 16. If you’re interested in taking these classes you can find more information on their website.  

PMQG is looking to host some workshops with Christina in April.  Stay tuned for more information!

Next, we held our Raffle.  Winners included:  

Announcements:

Charity Projects

  • The first quarter quilt charity is Camp Erin.  Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Minimum size is 50 x 60 inches.  Delivery will be in June.
  • The ongoing quilt charity is for Doernbecher PICU.  Any size is appreciated for children ranging from babies to teenagers
  • Charity Sew Dates are listed on the PMQG website under Events.
     

The PMQG Special Exhibit for the 2018 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, July 14, 2018

  • The theme is “Words, Unbound” minimum size is 40 inches across, 80 inches max. 
  • No profanity as the quilt show is family friendly. 
  • Cannot have been shown before at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
  • The photos of your quilt are due to the PMQG by February 6th.  See the website for more information.
     

 

The 2018 Block of the Month

We introduced the Bespoke BOM, a year of piecing plaids and checks! The first block was debuted, the Buffalo Plaid. Share your makes, tips, tricks, and variations on IG and tag #PMQG2018BOM   Instructions have been posted to the website

 

Hand Sew Happy Hour 

Will continue on the 4th Sunday of each month, with the next meeting on January 28th.  Westside location has changed to Jim & Patty’s Coffee People at 4130 SW 117th in Beaverton.  

 

2018 PMQG Spring Retreat

Happening April 12-15th at Camp Tilikum in Newberg Oregon.  Registration Opens February 10th, 2018 at 10 am.  There will be a waitlist if the retreat fills up.  Watch the website and social media for more information about the retreat.

 

Going to QuiltCon?

The PMQG is looking for a member who is going to QuiltCon who would be willing to serve as a roving reporter and post images to the guild Instagram account.  If you’re interested in helping the guild out, please email portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

If you have a quilt that was accepted into QuiltCon please email the guild with a photo, your name, and your phone number. Virgina is putting a press release together for local media and would love to include you! Send it to portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

As always, we had a beautiful and inspiring group of Show and Tell Quilts. They can also be seen here or on Flickr. No login or password is needed.

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

January 25th - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic

January 28th - Hand Sew Happy Hour

February 3rd - Fabric Depot Sew Day

February 6th - Deadline for Sisters Quilt Exhibit 

February 10th - Spring Retreat signups open. 

 

January Meeting Reminder

 The Three of Us by Christina Cameli

The Three of Us by Christina Cameli

We hope you can make it to our January Meeting, next Thursday, January 18th. 


Important information about the PMQG Exhibit at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

February 6th is the final day for submittal of a photo and dimension information of your Word Quilts for the PMQG Exhibit at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  Find out more information about this at the January meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, submittal requirements will be posted on the website.  


Here's what's happening at the meeting:

  • 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 January meeting or during the break.  

  • Welcome and Announcments

  • Christina Cameli lecture and Trunk Show - On January 2nd, Christina's brand new book Wedge Quilt Workshop was released.  Christina will be bringing a selection of the quilts from the book to the meeting as well as providing a talk to members.  If time permits, we'll even have a Q&A.  For more information about Christina Cameli, check out her blog.

  • Bespoke Block of the Month Debut - Your Secretary, Michelle has been hard at work designing this year's program.  The first 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.

  • Completed zipper bags (and/or full size toiletry items) for Embrace Oregon

  • 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:

January 25thCharity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
January 28thHandsew Happy Hour
February 3rdOpen Sew Day at Fabric Depot
February 6th, Deadline for quilt submittal for PMQG Exhibit at Sisters Quilt Show

Meeting Time & Location

Thursday, January 18th from 7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta Street

December Meeting Recap

 Kelly Cole of Vintage Fabric Studio

Kelly Cole of Vintage Fabric Studio

Our December meeting / Holiday Party had something for everyone: Guild members selling handcrafted items and destashing fabric, a Wheel of Fortune with prizes for all, a tasty dessert potluck, a container swap featuring Santa himself, so many raffles, and the last Show and Tell of 2017.

The first part of the meeting was dedicated to shopping, spinning, eating, and grabbing 2018 memberships in time to be entered into the special 2018 member raffle.

 

Then we had a few announcements:

  • Sally Geller, Fabric Depot's marketing manager, told us about some upcoming events at the store:
    • January 27th: Cindy Cloward of Riley Blake Designs with a 4-hour Introduction to EPP class;
    • March 17th: Mister Domestic with a new EPP Class;
    • April 28th: Elizabeth Hartman doing a Meet & Greet featuring a trunk show of her new quilts;
    • May 15th - 24th: Fabric Depot School House featuring classes, trunk shows and events with Tula Pink, Violet Craft, Cotton+Steel, Nancy Chong, Ann Shaw, Marti Michelle and Doug Leko

And Sally brought 50% off coupons for all!  Thank you, Fabric Depot, for being one of our business sponsors and for all of the collaboration this year!

  • We're still looking for some 2018 Volunteer Coordinators:
    • Someone to run the New Members/Guests Welcome Program (this is a really important role and is not a huge time commitment);
    • A second volunteer for:
      • Sew Day at Fabric Depot (this would involve either setting up or breaking down the room one Saturday a month - you would coordinate with Michele Nichols)
      • Free Tables (you would coordinate with Marjorie Elliott to organize and oversee the Free Tables before and during the meetings and then donate any leftover items)
      • Charity Table (you would coordinate with Patty Turner to organize and oversee the Charity Table before and during the meetings)

If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please email the Guild.

  • Avoid the lines in January and purchase your 2018 membership on our website now!

Thank You!

Our 2017 president, Tamara King, thanked the 2017 Board for all their hard work and great ideas this year, and then, on behalf of the Board, she thanked all of our Volunteer Coordinators, everyone who volunteered this year and everyone who participated in our Charity Quilts and Charity Zipper Bags programs.  It was a fun and action-packed year for the PMQG, and it took a lot of people to make that possible.  Thank you to all of you, and thank you to the 2018 Board, who will be leading the Guild to a fun and exciting 2018.

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Our Vice-President, Tania Johnston, then presented a very surprised Tamara with a beautiful quilt planned by Tania and our Secretary, Anne Matlak, with blocks made and inscribed with messages by the members.  It was a complete success -- a total surprise and an absolutely wonderful quilt that will be treasured.  

 

Container Swap

 Container by Christine Yi

Container by Christine Yi

The theme of this year's holiday swap was Containers, and the rules were simple: using their own fabric, members made a thing that can hold other things (a bag, box, wallet, journal cover, etc.). Sign up wasn't required; anyone who wanted to participate brought a container and was given a number. Fifty-four cool containers were made by our members, and Santa even dropped by to hand them out at the break.

 

Raffles

We had four raffles:

  • The 2017 Queen of the UFOs was crowned by our UFO Club Coordinator, Marcia Mersky.  For each project completed, club members got one entry. A name was chosen from the UFO jar, and the winner was Karen Bailey, who won half of the UFO Club entry fees of $125.  The other half of the fees goes to the PMQG Scholarship Fund.  Congratulations, Karen!
  • The winner of the 2017 Block of the Month Quilt, Stars Galore, designed and made by Anne Matlak, was our 2017 Membership Coordinator, Karen Lee! The Guild raised nearly $1,000 for our charity programs from the sale of raffle tickets! Congratulations, Karen!
  • The winner of the 2018 Membership raffle (you just had to renew your membership before or at the meeting to be entered) was Cindy Smith.  Cindy won a fabulous prize with items donated by PMQG member Bill Volckening, Hoffman Fabrics, MonaLuna Organic Fabrics, Noodlehead, and June Tailor. Congratulations, Cindy!
  • Anne Matlak made a special raffle prize for those who brought a BOM quilt or a top to show at the meeting (so many of you did, and they were so beautiful!), and the lucky winner of that handmade gift was Alice Ringquist.  Congratulations, Alice!

Wrapping Up (The Year)

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Everyone who had finished a Block of the Month quilt or top brought them to show at our December meeting.  There was an impressive number of quilts, and they were all fantastic.  Thank you for such enthusiastic participation and, as usual, you blew us away with your creativity.

 

 Summer Hibard's Pickled Beets

Summer Hibard's Pickled Beets

 BOM Quilt by Betty Colburn

BOM Quilt by Betty Colburn

We had a really spectacular Show and Tell to finish off 2017.  You can see all of the BOM quilts, all of the Show and Tell quilts and some photos from the party on Flickr

Thank you, Matthew Stovall, for being our photographer all year - you are the best! (And thank you, Juline Bajada, for filling in for Matthew in April!)

 

 

Every PMQG President ever, from 2010 to 2018, was at the party.  Three left before we could get a photo, but we got a photo of six former and current presidents!

We had a great 2017 and we're looking forward to a fantastic 2018!  See you next year!

December Meeting Slides

December Meeting Reminder

We hope you can make it to our December meeting tomorrow (December 7th)There will be prizes, prizes, and more prizes!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Holiday Bazaar - more than 15 PMQG members will be selling fantastic fabric, bags and totes, pillows, sewing kits, soaps, collage fabric paintings, books, hand-printed posters, and much much more! Not all vendors may be able to accept credit cards, so be sure to bring other forms of payment just in case. (Please note: because of the holiday bazaar, there will be no free table this month)
     
  • Dessert Potluck - bring a dessert to share. If your dessert is appropriate for special diets (gluten-free, vegan, etc.), it can be helpful to provide a label.
     
  • Container Swap - if you want to participate, just make a container (could be a bag, box, wallet, journal cover, etc - anything that can hold something). Please don't wrap your container or fill it with any extras - but please attach a tag with your name on it. This is a random swap - what you get will be a complete surprise!
     
  • Prize Wheel - we won't have the normal door prizes this month, but will have a prize wheel where everyone has a chance to win a prize! 
     
  • 2018 Membership Drive and Prize Drawing - anyone who has signed up for a 2018 PMQG Membership before (or at) the meeting will be entered into a special prize draw for fantastic prizes. Avoid lines at the meeting and sign up online. Anyone who has signed up online will automatically be entered into the drawing (but you must be present to win).
     
  • BOM Showcase and Prize Drawing - any PMQG member who brings a finished BOM quilt or quilt top  will be entered into a special drawing. Remember: you don’t have to make a quilt using all nine blocks – it could also be a baby quilt, table runner, etc. We can’t wait to see everyone’s version of the BOM!
     
  • BOM Quilt Raffle - now's your chance to win the dazzling 2017 PMQG BOM Quilt - Stars Galore, designed and pieced by Anne Matlak and quilted by Denise Shoup of 47 Stitches. Tickets can be purchased at the meeting or online. The BOM Quilt Raffle is open to PMQG members and non-members. The winning raffle ticket will be chosen at the meeting, but you do not have to be present to win.
     
  • UFO Club Prize Drawing - for each completed UFO quilt project on a club member's list, their name will be entered into the drawing. One lucky member will win the prize money - half of all the entry fees! (The other half will go to the PMQG Scholarship Fund.) Club Members - be sure to let Marcia Mersky know about any completed projects.
     
  • Show and Tell


Here’s what to bring:

  • Cash or checks to buy BOM Quilt raffle tickets and gifts at the holiday bazaar.
  • Completed charity blocks or quilts

  • Completed zipper bags (and/or full size toiletry items) for Embrace Oregon

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

  • A dessert to share

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

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


Upcoming Events:


Meeting Time & Location

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

November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting was all about Mister Domestic.

But first, some announcements:

BOM Quilt Raffle

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Raffle tickets for the 2017 BOM Star Quilt are now available for purchase. They are $2.00 per ticket or $10.00 for 6 tickets. They can be purchased by cash or check at the December 7th meeting or on the PMQG website. The raffle is open to PMQG members and non-members alike. Proceeds from the raffle will fund our Charity Quilts program.

 

2018 Officers

We reintroduced our 2018 officers, who are:

President:                                                                             Kimberly Buckley
Vice President for Technology and Social Media:            Erin Case
Vice President for Membership and Procurement:          Judy Livingston
Secretary:                                                                             Michelle Freedman
Treasurer:                                                                             Barbara Trepiccione
Programs Coordinator for Meetings:                                 Susan Beal
Programs Coordinator for Workshops:                              MereAnn Reid

We still have a few open volunteers positions open for 2018:  Free table; Sew Day; Charity Table; New Members/Guests Welcome committee; and Westside Hand Sew Happy Hour Host. 

December Meeting

  • Remember: our December meeting will be on the first Thursday - December 7th.
  • The December meeting will be a holiday party with: a dessert buffet (no potluck this year); a Prize Wheel; a container swap; and a holiday bazaar.
  • Bring your finished 2017 BOM tops and quilts to the December meeting for a special Show and Tell. Everyone who brings one will be entered in a special prize drawing.  Post photos of your BOM on Instagram with the hashtag #PMQG2017BOM
  • The UFO Club will be wrapping up the year and doing its prize drawing at the December meeting. One lucky member will win the prize money - half of all the entry fees! (The other half will go to the PMQG Scholarship Fund.)
  • For this year’s holiday swap, the theme is Containers -- any thing that holds other things. This could be a bag, box, wallet, journal cover, etc - anything that can hold something. Sign up isn’t required for the swap. If you want to participate, just make a container (please don't fill your container with any extras) and bring it to the December meeting. You will then go home with a container made by a fellow guild member. Make one, take one!
  • There is still time to sign up to be a vendor at the Holiday Bazaar. You can sell fabric or any item handmade by you. Choose a half or full table - there is no charge. Please complete the Sign-Up Form by Sunday, November 26th.

Additional Updates

  • Betty Colburn, the 2017 PMQG Treasurer, reviewed the guild financial statement.
  • November 30th is the MQG deadline for requesting a complimentary 4-day pass to QuiltCon, getting a member discount for lectures and classes at QuiltCon, and for submitting a quilt.
  • Latifah Saafir is teaching her Glam Clam quilt at Fabric Depot on December 9th. There a few spots left.   
  • Meredith Hobbs gave a short presentation about using facing instead of binding on your Word Quilts.
  • We are still collecting large zipper pouches and full size personal care items for Embrace Oregon.  Thank you to everyone who has already made bags and collected toiletries for this project.  There are links to tutorials and free zipper bag patterns on the website. 
  • 2018 PMQG memberships go on sale online on December 1st.  They can also be purchased at the December meeting.  There will be a special raffle at the December 7th meeting for all members who have purchased their 2018 memberships.
  • 2018 is a year to look forward to!  Chawne Kimber is coming in June for a lecture and workshops.  In November, Anna Maria Horner will be here for a lecture and workshops.

Mister Domestic

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Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic delivered a talk and trunk show titled "Lose Control to Find Your Voice." He shared how he has evolved as a quilter, with examples of his fabric weaving, EPP, and improv quilts.

Photos from his talk can be found on Flickr.

 

Wrapping Up

We had lots of fantastic raffle prizes:

  • The Cath Hall Quilt Market Extravaganza bundle was won by Patty Turner.
  • The Mister Domestic/Violet Craft bundle was won by Angie McGinley.
  • The Art Gallery Fabrics bundle was won by Sharon Bishop.
  • The four fabulous extra prizes from Mister Domestic and Art Gallery Fabrics were won by Barbara Sanders, Elsa Hart, Cheryl Farris, and Jessica Prosper-Bohannon.

    Show and Tell

     Spectrum by Meghan Buchanan

    Spectrum by Meghan Buchanan

    Our Show and Tell was as beautiful, varied and inspiring as ever.  Thank you, members, for continuing to share your fabulous work with us!  Photos of all of the show and tell quilts can be found on Flickr.

     

     

     

     

    DON'T MISS!

      Meeting Slides

      November Meeting Reminder

      We hope you can make it to our November meeting this Thursday, November 16th.

      Here’s what’s happening:

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      • Lecture by Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic - "Lose Control to Find Your Voice"
      • December Holiday Bazaar Update

      • December Container Swap Details

      • Preview of 2018 Programs

      • Show and Tell

      • Door Prizes!

       

      Here’s what to bring:

      • Cash or checks to buy BOM Quilt raffle tickets
      • Completed charity blocks or quilts

      • Completed zipper bags (and/or full size toiletry items) for Embrace Oregon

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

      • Your name tag (for an extra raffle ticket!)

      • A mug for tea

      • Any quilt-related items you have for the Free Tables

       

      Don’t forget:

      • Only 2017 members receive raffle tickets at the monthly meetings for a chance to win fantastic prizes
      • Show your 2017 membership card for express lane meeting entry

      • Get an extra raffle ticket if you have a November or December birthday

      • There are still a few 2018 Volunteer Coordinator opportunities -- check them out here


      Needed:

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

       

      Upcoming Events:

       

      Meeting Time & Location:

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

      PMQG Holiday Bazaar, Container Swap & More

      Holiday Bazaar
      As part of the December Guild Meeting, we’ll have a small holiday bazaar for PMQG members to sell any handmade items or fabric (precuts, fat quarters, and larger pieces). Any items you’re planning to sell (other than fabric) must be hand-made by you. In order to plan for the event, all vendors need to sign up ahead of time for space at the bazaar. (Note: there is no charge for a table.) Please complete the Sign-Up Form by Sunday, November 26th.

       

      Container Swap
      Also at the December meeting, there will be a handmade gift swap for PMQG members. The theme of the swap is “Containers.” This could be a bag, box, wallet, journal cover, etc - anything that can hold something. Sign up isn’t required for the swap. If you want to participate, just make a container (please don't fill your container with any extras) and bring it to the December meeting. You will then go home with a container made by a fellow guild member. Make one, take one!

       

      UFO Quilt Projects
      The UFO Club will be wrapping up the year and doing its prize drawing at the December meeting. So, all you UFO Club members, be sure to finish up any projects and bring them to show and tell at the December 7th meeting. Remember: for each completed UFO quilt project on your list, your name will be entered into the drawing. One lucky member will win the prize money - half of all the entry fees! (The other half will go to the PMQG Scholarship Fund.)

       

      BOM Quilts
      Any PMQG member who brings a finished BOM quilt or quilt top to show at the December meeting will be entered into a special drawing. Remember: you don’t have to make a quilt using all nine blocks – it could also be a baby quilt, table runner, etc. We can’t wait to see everyone’s version of the BOM!

      Quilt Showcase Recap

      In place of our monthly meeting, we got together to celebrate our work at the First Annual PMQG Member Quilt Showcase, held at the Lagunitas Community Room on October 19th.

       Dawn McCauley

      Dawn McCauley

      We were fortunate to have had many submissions by our talented members, and our jury, Marilyn Joyce and Arthur De Bow (you can read about them on the Showcase page of our website), had the difficult task of choosing just twenty quilts for the show.

      Photos of the Showcase are on our website and on Flickr.

       

       

      The Bountiful Challenge Mini Quilts made their debut at the Showcase, and the challenge winners (chosen by Art Gallery Fabrics and Bountiful designer Sharon Holland) were announced.  Maddison Stapleton won first place for her mini, Alis Volat Propriis; Kimberly Lumapas's mini, Overflow, won second place; and Windsong by Ruthie Windsong was third.  Congratulations to the winners, who will each receive a passel of prizes from Art Gallery Fabrics.  You can see all of the mini quilts on the Challenge page of our website.  Also check out Sharon Holland's blog post about the challenge.

      We did take a few minutes from admiring the quilts to announce the results of the recent Guild elections.  The Amended Bylaws were ratified.  PMQG voted overwhelmingly to remain part of The Modern Quilt Guild.

      We introduced our 2018 officers, who are:

      President:                                                                             Kimberly Buckley
      Vice President for Technology and Social Media:            Erin Case
      Vice President for Membership and Procurement:          Judy Livingston
      Secretary:                                                                             Michelle Freedman
      Treasurer:                                                                             Barbara Trepiccione
      Programs Coordinator for Meetings:                                 Susan Beal
      Programs Coordinator for Workshops:                              MereAnn Reid

      Thank you so much for volunteering to serve on the 2018 Board!  We're looking forward to a great year.

       Sara Flynn

      Sara Flynn

      We also gave away lots and lots of door prizes to many winners.  We're so grateful to all of the businesses who donated door prizes for the Showcase:

      The Showcase wouldn't have been possible without the help of some wonderful community donations.  A huge thank you to:

       Kelly Cole

      Kelly Cole

      Thank you also to PMQG members Chelsea Clarke-Pitt and Jenny Rodriguez for their invaluable contributions to our refreshments and to the many Guild members who helped with set up, take down, and all the tasks necessary to put on an event like this.  We couldn’t have done it without you all -- you're the best!

      It truly was a special night -- thank you to all of our members who contributed their beautiful work and to all of you who came out in the rain to spend some quality quilty time together!

      September Meeting Recap

      Our September meeting was all about Telling Your Stash Story and Making Your Quilts Sparkle.

      But first, some announcements:

      Fabric Depot

      • Our PMQG Business Sponsor Fabric Depot is having their semi-annual warehouse sale the weekend of October 20-22, and PMQG members have early bird access on Friday, October 20th.  A VIP Pass, to get in at 8 am on Friday, was included in the recap email.
         
      • Fabric Depot is having a Stash Swap event on Saturday, October 28th from 10 to 2. You can buy, sell or trade your stash.  If you have fabric to sell, tables are $10 and can be shared.
                First Kiss by Latifah Saafir

               First Kiss by Latifah Saafir

      • Fabric Depot is bringing Latifah Saafir back to Portland to teach her Glam Clam Quilt on Saturday, December 9th.  If you missed taking a class with Latifah when she came to PMQG in June, here's your second chance.  You can sign up here.

       

       

      The Modern Quilt Guild

      • The Modern Quilt Guild is holding its second international mini swap. They are looking for swap fairies now, and participant sign ups open on October 1st.  The swaps will happen at 2018 QuiltCon if you’re going, or by mail in February if you’re not.
         
      • The MQG is conducting a member content survey.  What do you want from your MQG membership?  Take the survey here.
         
      • The MQG's 2016 Annual Report is now available for download.
         
      • The deadline to submit quilts to 2018 QuiltCon is November 30th.

      Voting

      PMQG members will be voting electronically in October on three matters:

      • Election of 2018 Officers
      • Adoption of Amended Bylaws
      • Should PMQG remain part of the Modern Quilt Guild? 

      Four people have stepped forward to serve as officers in 2018, so we just need three more!  Check out the Recruitment Page on our website to read about being next year's:

      • Secretary
      • Vice President of Membership and Procurement or
      • Programs Coordinator for Workshops

      If you don't feel like you can make the commitment to be an officer (it's fun, though!), how about being a Volunteer Coordinator?  Read all about the available positions here

      Look for an email from the Guild on October 6th, which will contain your electronic ballot and voting information, including the proposed Amended Bylaws and a fact sheet on MQG membership.

      Upcoming Events

      Submit your quilts today!

      • PMQG member Mathew Boudreaux, aka Mister Domestic, will be the guest speaker at our November meeting.

      • PLEASE NOTE that our December meeting is earlier than usual.  It's on the first Thursday of December - December 7th.  

      • For this year’s Holiday Swap, the theme is Containers: any thing that holds other things. It can be a bag, a box, a wallet, a journal cover, etc.  You don’t need to sign up or supply fabric in order to participate.  All you have to do is make a container of your choice and bring it to our December meeting.   We'll assign each item a number and then put a tag with that number on a tree.  At the break, everyone who brought an item will take a number.  The swap items will then be passed out by a Santa-like figure.  No pressure, no stress. Just make one, take one.

      Quilts We're Making

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      • The pattern and instructions for the final block in our 9-block Block of the Month series have been posted to the website.  We love seeing your blocks in person and on social media!  Please continue posting your blocks and quilt tops on Instagram under the hashtag #pmqg2017BOM.  

        We'll have a grand show and tell of completed BOM tops and quilts at our December meeting. There might be a prize involved, so keep working on those BOMs!
         
      • Meredith Hobbs gave a presentation about quilting words into quilts - a good tool to use in our Word Quilt Challenge quilts.
         
      • Our current charity projects are quilts for Legacy Hospice and for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We're also making large zipper bags filled with full-size toiletries for Embrace Oregon. Come make quilts with us at September Charity Sew Day on Thursday, September 28th from 10 to 4 at Modern Domestic.  Just bring yourself, and come for as little or as long as you like.
         

      Sandra Clemons

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      Author and pattern and fabric designer Sandra Clemons spoke to us about how she uses color in her quilts and showed us all of the quilts from her first book, Scrap Patchwork: Traditionally Modern Quilts.  A visual recap of Sandra's lecture can be found here.



      Wrapping Up

      We had three fantastic raffle prizes:

       Cath and part of her prize

      Cath and part of her prize

       

       Garden Lattice by Terri Torke

      Garden Lattice by Terri Torke

       

      We finished up the meeting with our always amazing Show and Tell. Photos of the Show and Tell quilts can be found on Flickr.

       

       

       

       

      Don't Miss

      Meeting Slides

      September Meeting Reminder

      We hope you can make it to our September meeting this Thursday, September 21st.

      Remember to bring your membership card for express lane entry and to form two entry lines.

      Here’s what’s happening:

      Here’s what to bring:

      • August BOM quilt blocks for showing off

      • Completed charity blocks or quilts

      • Completed zipper bags (and/or full size toiletry items) for Embrace Oregon

      • Completed blocks for the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

      • Bountiful Challenge Mini Quilts for display at the Quilt Showcase if you participated in the Challenge

      • 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

      Don’t forget:

      • Only 2017 members receive raffle tickets at the monthly meetings for a chance to win fantastic prizes
      • Show your 2017 membership card for express lane meeting entry

      • Get an extra raffle ticket if you have a September or October birthday


      Needed:

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

      Upcoming Events:

      Meeting Time & Location

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

      We Want Your Quilts!

      The Showcase of PMQG Member Quilts is coming up soon - at our October Guild Meeting on Thursday, October 19th at The Lagunitas Community Room (237 NE Broadway, Portland).

      All PMQG members can submit up to three quilts (only one quilt per member will be displayed, if accepted).

      Quilts must be no larger than 72”(w) x 96”(l) and need to have been made within the last three years.

      Visit the PMQG Quilt Showcase webpage for more information.

      Submit your quilts today 

      Magic Is Happening at PMQG

      Our last workshop of the year is happening on Saturday, September 23rd at Lagunitas Community Room. Sandra Clemons will teach us how to make her beautiful quilt, Magic.  The pattern and instructions for Magic are in Sandra’s book, Scrap Patchwork. You can find the book on Sandra’s website or at all the usual places. Sandra will also have books for sale at our September meeting.

      The Magic pattern uses two templates. We are getting some hard plastic templates made for the workshop - $8 for the set of two. If you want a set, please email the Guild at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com by Monday, September 18th.

      The cost of the workshop for PMQG members is $75, and for non-PMQG members it’s $85.  Sign up now for a fun day making Magic with Sandra Clemons!