The February meeting was all about Words.
But first, some Announcements:
The PMQG UFO Club is open for business, with Marcia Mersky at the helm. Here's how it works: you submit a list of up to 10 quilts, and you pay $10 to join the club. You can enroll online, at March Sew Day, or at the March meeting (deadline for sign ups is March 16th). Use the hashtag #pmqgufo when posting photos of your quilts in progress and, especially, your finished quilts. You are also encouraged to show them at Show and Tell. Each time you finish a quilt, a ticket with your name on it will go into the UFO Club Jar. At the December meeting, one of the tickets will be chosen, and the winner will win a cash prize of half of all of the Club dues. The other half will go to the PMQG Scholarship Fund. Speaking of which ...
We introduced the PMQG Scholarship Fund, which will provide workshop scholarships. Our goal is to make it possible for all members who want to attend a workshop to be able to. The Guild has seeded the Fund with $500; Sam Hunter generously donated her speaking fee to it, and half of the UFO Club dues will go to it. Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting has also made a very generous donation to the Scholarship Fund. Members can donate to the Fund directly: by cash or check at the monthly meetings or any PMQG event, or online. All donations are tax deductible.
The complete results of the 2017 PMQG Survey are now available. Thank you again to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. We are using the survey results in planning this year.
Our Small Groups initiative for members who would like to sew together in smaller groups will be launched at the March meeting. Small groups will be organized by focus, location and day/time of day. If you think you might be interested in participating in a small group, please take our survey.
There was a fabulous turnout of Block of the Month stars. The instructions for the February BOM and a BOM Tips document are available here. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #pmqg2017bom when posting photos of your blocks!
We are going to have a beautiful exhibit of PMQG Community Quilts at this year's Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Participants, please remember that your quilts must be completely finished by April 20th.
If you’re going to QuiltCon, please post photos using the hashtag #PMQGgoestoQuiltCon. If you would like to participate in a PMQG meetup during QuiltCon, download the QuiltCon app (you received the information in an email from the MQG) and add Tamara King as a contact.
Word Quilts -- PMQG Speaks
The 2017 Quilt Challenge and the theme of our special exhibit at the 2018 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show was introduced by Meredith Hobbs. The theme is Words. Meredith gave an inspiring lecture about the history of word quilts. This will be a year long challenge, and Meredith will continue to provide information and encouragement throughout the year.
Kristy Lea of Quiet Play is giving PMQG members a 15% discount on all of her patterns through Friday, March 3rd. Kristy offers a range of font styles for piecing letters. You can find links to her fonts on the Word Quilt Resource Page, and you can find her patterns here. The Discount Code is being sent to members via email. Please do not share the code outside the Guild.
Continuing with our Word Quilt theme, Sam Hunter gave a fun and informative presentation about how to take your letters to the next level using color, font and, especially, kerning.
We had three fabulous raffle prizes. Kim Russell won the Kick Start Your Word Quilt bundle, generously donated by Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio. New member Kat Cummings won the Phantom Chicken, Cotton + Steel and Jaybird Quilts bundle, generously donated by Fabric Depot, Jaybird Quilts, and PMQG member and Phantom Chicken co-owner, Gail Weiss. Sharon Bishop was the winner of the Get Your Applique On bundle, which had printer sheets from June Tailor, batting from Quilter’s Dream, fabric from Cool Cottons, Connecting Threads, Robert Kaufman and Michael Miller, and the book A Bit of Applique by Amy Struckmeyer.
Charity Sew Day
Thursday, February 23rd, 10 - 4
Modern Domestic, 422 NE Alberta St
Hand Sew Happy Hour
Sunday, February 26th, 2 - 4
Eastside - Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St
Westside - Craft Pour House, 16055 SW Regatta Lane #700, Beaverton
Open Sew Day
Saturday, March 4th, 10 - 8
Fabric Depot, 700 SE 122nd Ave