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.