July 2019 Meeting--Potluck and Fundraiser Sale

July Meeting Reminder

Please join us next Thursday, July 18th at 7pm, for our July meeting!

Where: St Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211

The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

July Fat Quarter Lotto:
We're skipping the FQ Lotto this month because so much is going on! It will be back in August!

July Presentation:
This month instead of a formal presentation we're having a fun sale mixer to benefit charity (and a potluck!)! Members are encouraged to bring good-quality fabric, notions, tools, and patterns they're not using to donate to our sale. Please visit the Fundraiser page to see how to price and label your items ahead of time! We still need volunteers to help run the sale! There is a form if you are able to volunteer.

Don't forget to bring cash or check to buy items! We will not be taking cards for this event.

Charities benefiting from our sale:

  • Human Solutions: Help for low-income and homeless families in Oregon

  • Community Warehouse: A non-profit furniture bank in Portland and Tualatin that collects home goods and redistributes them to those who need them most.

  • SCRAP PDX: Craft supply donations support the environment, and access to education and creative materials

Potluck Info:
If your last name ends in A-L, please bring a savory item
If your last name ends in M-Z, please bring a sweet item
Don't forget to bring your own mug/cup for tea!

Upcoming Presentations:

Upcoming Workshops:

Double Trouble Quilt Block Workshop with Katie Pedersen

  • Date: Friday, August 16th, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

  • Location: Kenton Historic Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland, OR

  • Cost: $65

  • On sale: Friday, 7/19 at 10 am

  • Scholarship sign-ups: Available now through Tuesday, 7/16 at 8 pm

Crushed It Quilt Blocks Improv Crazy Piecing Workshop with Katie Pedersen

  • Date: Saturday, August 17th, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

  • Location: Kenton Historic Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland, OR

  • Cost: $65

  • On sale: Friday, 7/19 at 10 am

  • Scholarship sign-ups: Available now through Tuesday, 7/16 at 8 pm

The Doodle Quilt Workshop with Annabel Wrigley

  • Date: Friday, September 20th, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

  • Location: Kenton Historic Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland, OR

  • Cost: $75

  • On sale: Thursday, 8/15

  • Scholarship sign-ups: Available from 8/5-8/14

Double Trouble Workshop with Katie Pedersen

Double Trouble Workshop with Katie Pedersen

Fabric Challenges:

Don't forget to pick up your Challenge fabric at July's meeting if you haven't received it yet!

Paintbrush Studio Painter's Palette Solids Challenge:

  • Email picture of mini quilt to guild by August 15th for Painter's Palette Solids Challenge

  • Please use the following hashtags:

    • #painterspalettesolids

    • #pmqg2019solidschallenge

  • Be sure to tag both @pbsfabrics and @portlandmqg

Figo Fabrics Prints Challenge

  • Email picture of mini quilt to guild by September 19th for Figo Fabrics Print Challenge

  • Please use the following hashtags:

    • #pmqg2019printschallenge

    • #FIGOfabrics

  • Be sure to tag both @figofabrics and @portlandmqg

Prize Categories
Mini quilts from both challenges will hang at the October Challenge and prizes will be awarded there in the following categories for both challenges:

  • Best use of provided fabrics

  • Piecing Perfection

  • Awesome Quilting (machine or hand)

  • Viewer's Choice (voting at October Showcase)

Crushed It Workshop with Katie Pedersen

Crushed It Workshop with Katie Pedersen

What else is in store this month:

  • Block of the month 2019

  • Door prizes!

  • No FQ Lotto this month!

  • No Free table this month!

  • Show and Tell

  • Potluck! See above for what to bring

  • Fundraiser sale! See above for info on donating and be sure to bring cash or checkbook!

  • If your quilt was at Sisters, please be sure to pick it up at the July meeting, along with any bag or container you sent with it

Upcoming Events:

  • Bus to Sisters! We still have a few tickets available on our bus this Saturday if you'd like to ride to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

  • Hand Sew Happy Hour--Sunday, July 28th, 2pm-4pm

    • East Side: Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St, Portland

    • West Side: Jim & Patty's Coffee People, 4130 SW 117th, Beaverton

  • Open Sew Day--Saturday, August 3rd, 9:30 am-530 pm at Mill End Store, 4955 SW Western Ave., Beaverton (park around the side closest to Uwajimaya and knock on the keypad door if it's not propped open so you don't have to carry your supplies all through the store!)

  • New Member Mixer--The July New Member Mixer has been postponed to August due to events in downtown Hillsboro on the original date. We'll send out info as soon as we have the event reschedueld! This event will be at The Cotton Cure and will require signing up ahead of time!

  • 2019 Fall Retreat--We still have a couple of spots left for this rustic, simple retreat! October 25-27th in Corbett, Oregon.

Don't forget to bring:

  • Mugs for hot tea/cup for water

  • Show and Tell Quilts, we want to see what you've made! (1 per person, please)

  • Food for potluck

  • Cash/checkbook for sale

  • No free table this month, leave your freebies at home (but consider them for the sale?)

Cleanup After Meetings:
Thank you to everyone who helps set up for meeting, we really appreciate it! We are in need of more help after meetings though. If you’re physically able, please put away your own chair, and grab an extra one too if you can! Besides chairs we need assistance putting away tables, equipment, and the stage after meetings too.


Guests and non-members are welcome at guild meetings. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that. Please remember that to keep the guild running we need your support! If you've ever attended a meeting before, please be sure to pay the $5 guest fee or sign up for a membership at your next meeting!

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Doodle Quilt Workshop with Annabel Wrigley

Doodle Quilt Workshop with Annabel Wrigley

June 2019 Meeting Recap

President Erin Case kicked off the meeting by reminding members with June birthdays to pick up an extra raffle ticket. She reminded us of the coming Sam Hunter : Dingbats Redux” workshop (which is being rescheduled, stay tuned for new date) and the exciting upcoming meeting events – July Fabric Fundraiser and October Quilt Showcase.

July Fabric Fundraiser
The fabric fundraiser can include fat quarters or yardage, clothing, books and notions. We are supporting three charities this year: Human Solutions, Community Warehouse, and Scrap PDX. Sales must be check or cash-only. We cannot process credit card payments that evening. We are in need of volunteers to help run the sale! A special note, volunteers get first pick of items. Please visit our Fabric Fundraiser webpage to sign up to volunteer!

October Quilt Showcase
Maria is organizing the showcase this year and would love to have your help (set up and take down)! Mini-quilts made in the two fabric challenges will be shown along with juried quilts selected from member submissions. Submissions start July 19 and can include anything completed in the last 10 years (to commemorate our anniversary). Cannot include items shown in past showcases. September 1st is when submissions end and participants will be notified by September 9. There is limited space available and will require an RSVP (up to 120 people). More information about RSVPs to come at a later date. There will be drink, good eats, door prizes, and prizes for the mini challenges. We are in need of food donations, please email the guild if you have any suggestions for who we can contact.

Fabric Challenges and PMQG Pins
Participating members received Figo Fabrics and/or Paintbrush Studios fabrics for the 2019 Fabric Challenges as they checked in. We continued to hand out commemorative PMQG enamel pins. There are still members who have not picked up, so if your dues are all paid up for 2019, ask us for your pin!

100 Blocks in 100 Days
Patterns by Gnome Angel were available for anyone looking to take on the 100 blocks in 100 days (scroll to lower half of page) challenge, which is a PMQG fundraiser. A quilt selected from participants will win a prize! Be sure to use the hashtag to enter to win! #pmqg100days100blocks

Lana Lemur Pattern by June Speaker Elizabeth Hartman

Lana Lemur Pattern by June Speaker Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth Hartman
It was exciting to welcome one of our founding members, Elizabeth Hartman, to tell us about her approach to design and fabric design. As we tripped through the fields and jungles with her magical animals, she provided insight into color, mixing solids and prints, repeating patterns, and in-surface design. She is newer to the world of fabric design and has been purposely bundling pattern themes with her fabric design in recent years.

Get your PMQG swag on!

Other Announcements:

Erin announced the upcoming guild SWAG (otherwise known as groovy PMQG-branded gear ) – traditional and v-neck tees, baseball shirts, hoodies, and PMQG sewing machine stickers. Our shirts are available for preorder NOW until July 31st. They will be delivered either via shipping or in person delivery at our August meeting. If you’re planning on picking up at our August meeting, please be sure to use the coupon code PMQGPICKUP for free shipping! Visit our merchandise page to find out more information and for the link to buy your shirts!

Prize Winners

Door prizes included:

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Designs
The Guild is soliciting member design ideas for the 2020 QuiltCon charity quilt.
If you are planning to go to 2020 QuiltCon, registration opens next Tuesday, June 25th. Be sure you can log in to the MQG website to ensure you will have no issues with registration on Tuesday!

Our July Block of the Month is on the website! Be sure to download your pattern!

Small Groups
Lily Logan is soliciting quilters for two new small groups – one in the southeast and one near the 217 corridor in Beaverton.

PNW MQG Meetup--Volunteers Needed
Portland will be hosting the PNW MQG Meetup next year in 2020. We are in need of volunteers to serve on the Meetup committee! Please email the guild to let us know you’re interested!

PMQG Swag!

PMQG Swag!


Sisters Bus
There is still space available on the bus to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We still need volunteers to staff the show and Erin has offered us cold beverages and a tented area to beat the heat. Visit our Sisters page to go to the sign up for volunteers!

Fall Retreat
Spots for our Fall Retreat are on sale now for anyone who didn't attend spring retreat! At 7 pm tonight, Sunday June 23rd it will be open to all PMQG Members. Visit our shop to reserve your seat!

New Member Mixer
Our next new member mixer is on July 20th from 4-6:30 pm at The Cotton Cure. Space is limited, so you’ll need to sign up to participate. Signups will go live on July 10th at 8 pm.

Hand Sew Happy Hour
Sunday, May 23rd, 2pm-4pm

  • East Side: Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St, Portland

  • West Side: Jim & Patty's Coffee People, 4130 SW 117th, Beaverton

July Open Sew Day
Saturday, July 6th, 9:30 am-530 pm at Mill End Store, 4955 SW Western Ave., Beaverton (park around the side closest to Uwajimaya and knock on the keypad door if it's not propped open so you don't have to carry your supplies all through the store!)

Our next meeting is July 18th, and we hope to see you then!

July Block of the Month, picture courtesy Sara Flynn    Below are the gorgeous quilts shown during our Show and Tell:

July Block of the Month, picture courtesy Sara Flynn

Below are the gorgeous quilts shown during our Show and Tell:

Fabric Challenge Reminder and #100Days100Blocks Fundraiser

Figo Fabric Print Challenge Signups Open Saturday 6/8 at 10:00 am

Reminder, if you've signed ups for the solids challenge, you can not sign up for the print challenge.  Our Google form will go live at 10:00 am on June 6th.  To sign up or find our more information, simply click the link : Figo Fabrics Challenge



We have only 4 spots left in the Paintbrush Studios Fabric Challenge!  Be sure to grab one of those spots before they're all gone! 

Paintbrush Studio Sign Ups

Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler On Sale NOW!


Be sure to purchase your Gnome Angel Kinship 100 Block Fusion Sampler on our Website!  Sales close June 9th and patterns will be distributed at our June meeting.  This is a fundraiser for the guild, and $10 of each pattern purchased will go towards the guild!

All PMQG Members who participate in making the pattern and use the hashtag #pmqg100days100blocks will be entered to win a prize!  You do not have to have purchased your pattern from PMQG to win.  

Purchase Pattern Here

May Meeting Recap

President Erin Case kicked off the meeting with a short video promoting a film being shown at the NW Film Center on Monday, May 20 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus. A great way to be further inspired by this powerful 20th century art movement for the 2020  Sisters Quilt Show PMQG theme. You can watch the trailer at the top of this post.

Smiling members received our beautiful anniversary enamel pin on their way in the door. We’ll have them at all of our upcoming meetings, so if your dues are all paid up for 2019, pick up your pin!


After a short introduction where she thanked business members Modern Domestic, Aloha Sewing and Vacuum and Montavilla Sewing Centers, Erin welcomed new members and guests and introduced speaker and member Irena Swanson. Irena, who by day is not-surprisingly an accomplished math professor.  Irena clued the membership in to the tips and tricks of streamlined quilt piecing.  You can get hands-on help with this efficient way of quilt-making at Irena’s Herringbone Quilt Workshop tomorrow, Saturday 18th, spaces are still available.

Check out the gorgeous work Irena presented here:

In addition to Irena’s workshop, our own Sam Hunter is offering her Dingbats Redux workshop at Mill End on June 29.

Lots of chances to participate at the May meeting! Over 60 dotted fat quarters were collected from members and were taken home by Michelle Marcus-Boyer (2 sets!), Marika Zimmerly-Beck and Kazumi Peterson.

May’s door prizes were:

A Kinship pattern and 8.5” square-up ruler from @gnomeangel with an Olfa rotary cutter won by Melanie Chu.

We also announced a guild fundraiser for the #100Days100Blocks Kinship Pattern. You can purchase via PMQG here. To find out more information about this awesome program, click here.

The April Modern Quilter’s Box was won by Eliza Lane. Modern Quilters Box is offering PMQG Members a 25% discount on boxes! The discount code is MQG25

Cris Pera won an issue of Curated Quilts, an Olfa rotary cutter, and a wool pressing mat from Gina Gao.

Fabric Challenges

Board VP Chris Batten reminded everyone about the rules for the two Fabric Challenges (solids from Paintbrush Studios and prints from Figo Fabrics).  For those members who had signed up for the solids challenge, fabric was distributed at the meeting.  Solications for participation in the Figo Fabrics challenge will start June 8th


MQG Announcements

  • There is an MQG Town Hall on May 28th at 11 am Pacific. Members are welcome to attend and submit questions.

  • There are currently two upcoming MQG webinars. On May 23rd there is Modern Quilts From My Grandmothers and on June 27th there is Beyond Modern Traditionalism: Blocks inspired by other Crafts. Find more information on the MQG Website.

  • Faculty and hotel information has been posted to the QuiltCon Website

  • We need your help designing our 2020 QuiltCon Charity Quilt! The theme is text, and you can see the color palette here. Submissions for the quilt design will be open until our July meeting, and is open to members who have opted in to the MQG.

Volunteer Needs:

We still have the following needs to help run the guild:

Sew Day
—Looking for 3-5 members to open/close Sew Day
—Larger car helpful, not required
—Time commitment: About an hour each to open and close

Scholarship Fund Raising
—Looking for members to support the scholarship fund
—Minimal time commitment.

Nominating Committee
—Identify members to serve on 2020 Board
—Time Commitment:  Minimal now, ramps up in the fall
—If you volunteer for this, you won’t have to serve on the board!

Hand Sew Happy Hour Host
—East Side location
—Time Commitment: 2 hours/month

Workshop Volunteers
—Assist the instructors with the workshop.
—Looking for 2-3 members

Look at all of these amazing Quilts that were shown during Show and Tell!

May 2019 Meeting Reminder

May Meeting Reminder

Please join us next Thursday, May 16th at 7pm, for our May meeting!

Where: St Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211

The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.


To continue celebrating our 10 year anniversary, members can pick up a beautiful enamel pin at this month's meeting!


May Fat Quarter Lotto:
For this month's FQ lotto, please bring a Polka Dot fat quarter!  Everyone who enters a fat quarter will receive an entry into the drawing to win the entire pile (or split into 2 or 3 piles/winners if we have many entries!)

May Presentation:
This month we're excited to welcome Irena Swanson! Irena will share her unique quilting methods that save time and increase accuracy. Irena will also be teaching a Herringbone Quilt Workshop using her methods on Saturday, May 18th.

Upcoming Presentations:

  • June: A trunk show by Elizabeth Hartman!

  • July: Stash Bust for Charity! We will have another event like we did last year. Members will donate fabric and quilting tools which will be sold during the monthly meeting. Proceeds will go to charity. More information to come!

Workshops on sale now:

Herringbone Quilt Workshop by Irena Swanson

Dingbats Redux by Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio:

Left: Herringbone Quilt Workshop with Irena  Right: Dingbats Redux Workshop with Sam

Left: Herringbone Quilt Workshop with Irena

Right: Dingbats Redux Workshop with Sam

Fabric Challenges:

PMQG has 2 upcoming challenges for 2019: Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette Solids Challenge and Figo Fabrics Print Challenge. For each challenge, members will receive 9 or 10 fat quarters and will make a mini quilt to be shown at the PMQG October Showcase. Space is limited to 40 members per challenge and each person may only sign up for and receive 1 challenge or the other, not both.

Sign-ups for the Painter's Palette Solids Challenge go live tomorrow, Saturday 11th, at 10 am. For more information, and to sign up, visit our website.

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What else is in store this month:

Upcoming Events:

  • Painter’s Palette Solids Fabric Challenge Sign-up: Saturday, May 11th at 10 am (see above!)

  • Need inspiration for next year’s Sisters Quilt Show Special Exhibit “Inspired by Bauhaus?”On Monday, May 20th at 7pm, the Portland Art Museum is showing a film celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus. Go here for tickets and more info.

  • Hand Sew Happy Hour--Sunday, May 26th, 2pm-4pm

    • East Side: Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St, Portland

    • West Side: Jim & Patty's Coffee People, 4130 SW 117th, Beaverton

  • Open Sew Day--Saturday, June 1st, 9:30 am-530 pm at Mill End Store, 4955 SW Western Ave., Beaverton (park around the side closest to Uwajimaya and knock on the keypad door if it's not propped open so you don't have to carry your supplies all through the store!)

Don't forget to bring:

  • Fat Quarter Lotto fabric (see above!)

  • Mugs for hot tea

  • Show and Tell Quilts, we want to see what you've made! (1 per person, please)

Cleanup After Meetings:
Thank you to everyone who helps set up for meeting, we really appreciate it! We are in need of more help after meetings though. If you’re physically able, please put away your own chair, and grab an extra one too if you can! Besides chairs we need assistance putting away tables, equipment, and the stage after meetings too.


Guests and non-members are welcome at guild meetings. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

April 2019 Meeting Recap


Our April meeting started out with a few technical difficulties, oops! Thank you to everyone for being so patient as we figured it out! With President Erin out of town, Mary Ann and Kimberly B. led April's meeting. Special thanks to members Rachel C. and Elise for stepping up and helping out with the tech issues and Joyce for working the Fat Quarter Lotto station!

April's meeting was all about the Sisters Quilt Show! Board members presented ideas for our PMQG Sisters Quilt Exhibit theme for 2020. Those ideas were:

  • Animals.

  • Inspired by Bauhaus

  • Maximalism

  • TEN

  • Gaudi

  • Mosaic

  • Positive Space

  • Centennial of 19th Amendment

After the presentations, members had the chance to vote via bean on their favorite idea...and the winner for the theme of our 2020 PMQG Sisters Quilt Exhibit Theme was:


More Sisters News:

Volunteers still needed to staff our Bountiful Rainbows Quilt Exhibit for 1 hour time slots for the Saturday, July 13th show from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sign up here!

Want to experience the show but don't feel like driving to Central Oregon on your own? Buy a ticket on the PMQG Sisters bus! Bus leaves at 6:30 am sharp from Portland. $45


We have 2 workshops going on sale May 4th at 6 pm!

  • Irena Swanson--Simple Herringbone Quilt Workshop, Saturday, May 18th, 10 am to 2 pm, Aloha Sewing and Vacuum, 7550 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR. $45

  • Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio--Dingbats Redux Block Workshop, Saturday, June 29th, Beaverton Mill End Store, 4955 SW Western Ave, Beaverton. $95

Find the Shop Listings Here at 6 pm. Saturday, May 4th!

New Member Mixer Signups Saturday, May 4th at 9:00 am

Are you a new member? Or semi-new and would like to meet new people?

Sign-ups for our New Member Mixer go live tomorrow, Saturday May 4th at 9 am. There is limited space so you will need to sign up to go this event! Our Mixer is on May 11th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Cool Cottons. We'll have snacks and drinks, some fun mixer activities, some "older" members on hand to answer some questions, and door prizes! Cool Cottons will be closed to the public during the mixer but attendees will be able to shop!!

Cool Cottons

Cool Cottons

Fabric Challenges

We announced 2 upcoming fabric challenges! We're excited to work with the following companies:

  • Paintbrush Studio (solid challenge) May 11th signups  

  • FIGO Fabrics (print challenge) June 8th signups

Members will be able to sign up for 1 of these challenges, not both. Spaces are limited so keep an eye on the blog and your email, there will be plenty of information coming soon about these challenges!

April Door Prizes

Here are our lucky April Door Prize Winners! This month we had 4 door prizes as we were able to give away an extra Swag Bag from our Spring Retreat! Congrats to the winners and thank you to all of our generous sponsors! Please visit them on social media and be sure to thank them if you get a chance!dropcloth

  • Chelsea P. won:

    • Step-by-step Quilting book donated by Christina Cameli @afewscraps

    • 2019 Quiltcon magazine donated by Christina Cameli

    • Mini Mod dog kit donated by My Quilting Loft @myquiltingloft

  • Jennie M. won:

    • Tula Nova paper pieces, pattern and templates donated by Paper Pieces, @paperpiecesepp

    • Fat quarter bundle, donated by Fabricworm @fabricworm

  • Donna G won:

    • Fat quarter fabric bundle donated by Cloud9 @cloud9fabrics

    • Tea donated by Revival Tea Company, @revivalteacompany

    • By Annie pattern donated by Kimberly B.

  • Summer won:

    • PMQG swag bag inlcluding donations from Sam Hunter, @huntersdesignstudio, Susan Beal, @westcoastcrafty, Rebecca Ringquist, @dropcloth, and Katie Blakesley, @patterndrop

Block of the Month (BOM)

Our May Block of the Month is the PMQG Banner Block! 

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Upcoming Meeting Presentations

Irena Swanson in May! Irena will share her streamlined methods for piecing that help with accuracy and for completing projects more quickly! Don’t miss her Herringbone Workshop either, it goes on sale Saturday, May 4th at 6 pm (see above).

Charity Program Announcements:

  • Charity Sew at Modern Domestic, Portland. See website for details

  • Charity Sew Support at Montavilla Sewing, Lake Oswego, May 9th, 10 am to 1pm

  • The Charity Zipper Bags program is in need of interfacing! Please follow the link to learn more about this program.

Other Announcements:

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make April’s meeting and other events happen!

Design Week Portland

PMQG is excited to share the following information about Design Week Portland. One of our newest PMQG members, Kim Davis, is leading the PR for this year's festival. Register online at designportland.org.

Design Week Portland
April 6 - 13

Design Week Portland is a week-long festival with hundreds of events, talks, exhibitions, tours, workshops and open studios.  Programming illustrates what is new and interesting in the field of design from the perspective of designers who work across many practices - from graphic design and architecture, to fashion and apparel, to industrial design.  Discussions and demonstrations take place in every corner of the city from April 6 - 13.  The events are accessible to the public with a range of price points, including many free or low-cost options.  

A few events that might be of particular interest to the guild:

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March 2019 Meeting Recap


Our tenth anniversary meeting on March 21 was a well-attended celebration with lots of time to enjoy cake after Sam Hunter’s fascinating talk. Erin welcomed new members with complimentary fat quarters and celebrated March birthdays. Thanks to Figo Fabrics, all members snagged a colorful charm pack on their way in the door.

Erin challenged long-time members to chat with people they don’t know and reminded everyone car pools are being organized via the PMQG website. Additional announcements included a reminder that the April meeting has been moved to April 25th due to a religious holiday at the church. One of the guild’s business members, Cotton Cure, is now open in Hillsboro. Hunter’s Design Studio has joined the guild as a business member this month.

Sam took us on a fascinating tour through the history of words on quilts and fiber arts, which ended in a very personal, and at times, teary story of her artistic evolution. Her talk culminated in her recently award-winning work “Why I’m A Feminist” which took third in the handwork category at QuiltCon. On display were some of her earlier works, including a series of stamped hospital gowns.

Upcoming workshops still have spots open:


Irena Swanson will be teaching her Simple Herringbone Quilt Workshop on May 18th from 10-2.  Irena is an expert at streamlining her sewing by sewing, and you’ll want to take this workshop to learn this process.  The scholarship will be open for applications from April 27 - May 3, and the workshop will go on sale on May 4th.

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Sam Hunter will be teaching her Dingbats Redux Workshop on June 29th from 10 - 5.  This dynamic quilt is made of two different sized blocks and  is made without curves or set in pieces! The scholarship will go live for applications from April 27 - May 3rd, and this workshop will also go on sale May 4th.  

The Spring Retreat, happening in 3 weeks, is currently sold out with one on the waiting list. If you are interested, please sign up for the list as we’ve been able to accommodate several who wanted to add.

The 2019 Fall Retreat will go on sale Saturday June 21 for people not attending the spring retreat. Registration will open to all 2 weeks later.

This past weekend, the PMQG sponsored an exhibit of our member’s word quilts at the Northwest Quilters 45th annual show. We will also have an exhibit at the Clark County Quilt Show March 28-30 in Vancouver. Umpqua County Quilt Show “Reflections of the Northwest” at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg April 26-28th .

The March fat quarter swap of PMQG logo colors generated a lot of participation and Tracy Dunlap, Sailor Holladay, Renee Pype, Christine Yi, and Jessica Dahmen all took away stacks of more than 10 fat quarters each.


Sara Flynn introduced this month’s Block of the Month, Moons of Verner, continuing with the Mod Block Party theme.  Be sure to download your instructions on our website.

New VP of Technology and Social Media, Mary Ann Morsette, has organized a New Member Mixer on May 11 at Cool Cottons from 5:00-7:30pm. Cool Cottons will be closed, but members can shop and meet new folks while enjoying some light refreshments.

Once again, PMQG members proved to be generous and talented, donating 26 quilts to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in February. This year, we are donating charity zipper bags to the Portland Homeless Family Solutions.  Kits for both charity quilts and zipper bags are at the charity table.

The board suggested a ruler library to supplement the book library the guild maintains. We need your input about what rulers you’d like included here.

We had three Door Prizes for our March Meeting.  Our first set of prizes included a calendar from Curated Quilts, Island Batik fabric from Fabric Depot and the Mini Mod Dog kit from My Quilting Loft.  This prize pack was won by Laurisa Stubblefield.  Our second Door prize set was a calendar from Curated Quilts, 8 FQ from Figo Fabric’s Tropical Jammin’ collection and Soak and Flatter from Soak Wash.  This prize pack was won by Petra Anderson.  Our third set of prizes included a calendar from Curated Quilts and a 14 piece FQ bundle by Figo Fabric’s Mountain Meadow collection.  This final prize pack was won by LouAnn Tiedemann.  

We finished our meeting with a fantastic Show and Tell!

See you next month at our April guild meeting!

March 2019 Meeting Reminder

March Meeting Reminder

Please join us this Thursday, March 21st at 7pm, for our March meeting and 10th anniversary celebration!


St Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211

The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

March Fat Quarter Lotto:
For this month's FQ lotto, please bring a fat quarter in a color inspired by our logo for our anniversary!  Choose a print or solid in bright turquoise/blue, pink, lime green, or black. Everyone who enters an FQ will receive an entry into the drawing to win the entire pile (or split into 2 or 3 piles/winners if we have many entries!)

March Presentation:
This month we're excited to welcome our very own Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio! Sam will be presenting her lecture and trunk show "The History of Word Quilts." Also on display will be Sam's QuiltCon winner for Third place in Handwork, "Why I'm a Feminist." She will have copies of her book, Quilt Talk, available for purchase along with over 60 of her patterns! Sam will accept cash, check, or credit/debit payments via Square and offer special discounts for PMQG members.

What else is in store:

  • Block of the month 2019

  • Door prizes!

  • Logo Colors Fat Quarter Lotto (bring one and join in!)

  • Show and Tell (sign up early online here)

Upcoming Events Still on Sale: Please follow the links for more info and to purchase.

Other Upcoming Events (Free to PMQG members):

  • Hand Sew Happy Hour--Sunday, March 24th, 2pm-4pm

    • East Side: Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St, Portland

    • West Side: Jim & Patty's Coffee People, 4130 SW 117th, Beaverton

  • March Charity Sew--Friday, March 22nd, 10 am-4pm, Modern Domestic, 422 NE Alberta St, Portland **Last month we donated 37 Charity Quilts!! Yay PMQG!**

  • Open Sew Day--Saturday, April 6th, 9:30 am-530pm at Mill End Store, 4955 SW Western Ave., Beaverton (park around the side closest to Uwajimaya and knock on the keypad door if it's not propped open so you don't have to carry your supplies all through the store!)

Don't forget to bring:

  • Fat Quarter Lotto fabric (see above!)

  • An appetite for dessert--we're celebrating 10 years as a guild, baby!

  • Mugs for hot tea

  • Show and Tell Quilts, we want to see what you've made! (1 per person, please)

  • Cash, check, or card to buy loot from Hunter's Design Studio!


Guests and non-members are welcome at guild meetings. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

Modern Domestic Discount
Modern Domestic will offer PMQG members 20% off their purchase on Thursday. They'll also be open until 7 p.m., so stop by before the meeting! 1408 NE Alberta St. 

We hope to see you on Thursday!

"Why I'm a Feminist" QuiltCon 3rd Place Winner in Handwork by Sam Hunter, Hunter's Design Studio

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February Meeting Recap


On the super cold February 21st evening, we had a great turn-out to share our love of all things creative and made of textiles! Many of our members were in Nashville at QuiltCon including two that were award winners, Sam Hunter took third place in the Handwork category for “Why I’m a Feminist” and Christine Yi, won third among Small Quilts for her “You Are Here.” Matthew Stovall is on-site taking pictures and posting the PMQG Instagram page.

Guild President Erin welcomed 17 new members and celebrated February birthdays in addition to sharing exciting upcoming programming news.

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There are 5 spots ($95) still available for the Bite Sized Gem workshop with MJ Kinman on March 18th at Aloha Sewing and Vacuum.

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The evening’s speaker, and one of the PMQG’s original members, Susan Beal is offering a Log Cabin Block Party Workshop ($75) on April 27 at Mill End, Beaverton. This workshop goes on sale February 25th at 6pm.


Sheila Sinclair Snyder’s Barn Quilt workshop had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new date is May 4 and there are 4 spots ($100) available.


PMQG will be hosting Christina Cameli for a Wedge Quilt Workshop ($75) on April 6 from 10:00 - 4:00 at Kenton Historic Firehouse.  Workshop goes on sale 2/28 at 6:00 pm. Scholarship is available, apply at the class link above.  

The April meeting is being pushed back a week to April 25 because a religious holiday conflicts with our original date.

The prolific author of 9 books, Susan Beal took us on a lovely journey down the path of her crafty evolution from making clothing and jewelry for Portland shops to expert Log Cabin designer and artist. Members were able to comb through 22 years of her quilting journals containing drawings, instructions, and fabric swatches during the break. She provided tips on getting quilting labels made and invited everyone to join her at a Book Signing Party at Portland Craft bar on March 9, Saturday. Embroidery, books, and refreshments!

Check out these gorgeous quilts Susan shared:


We finally have resolution on the MQG membership issue, thanks to results from a member survey, the hard conversations had by the volunteer task force, and board member Sara Flynn’s inquiry to the MQG about split membership fees. Our members were split virtually in half on the survey question of potentially leaving the MQG. Fortunately, a solution that serves both audiences was crafted.

PMQG will have two levels of memberships offered. The first is a local membership at a cost of $45.

The benefits of a local membership include:

  • Monthly Meetings

  • Sew Days

  • Charity Sew Days

  • Hand Sew Happy Hour

  • Special Events

  • Retreats

  • Workshops

  • BOM

  • Guild Level Voting

The second level of membership is a Local + National membership. For 2019 this requires an additional $10 fee. For members who this is a financial hardship, please email the guild and we can waive this fee for 2019 only.

The benefits of a Local + National Membership include the above benefits as well as:

  • Access to the MQG Online Community

  • Access to MQG Monthly Webinar Series

  • Access to free monthly quilt patterns and Block of the Month Series

  • Able to vote in MQG Board Elections

  • Opportunity to participate in inter-guild swaps and challenges

  • Discounts on conferences and events

  • Priority and early-bird registration on conference and event admissions

  • Discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors and affiliated companies

  • Pin and Blog Button

The board will make the effort to hear from every member what their preference is. If you’d like to have the Local + National membership, please notify us by either purchasing the add on fee in our web shop or emailing us for the fee waiver.

Anyone who wants a Local only Membership, should complete the form here. We need our members to notify us their preference by March 20th so we can pay the appropriate dues to the MQG for 2019.

We anticipate that PMQG dues will change for 2020, depending on the numbers of members who opt for each level of membership. This decision will be made in late Fall/Early Winter.

PMQG Anncoucements

Erin shared reminders about the many projects PMQG sponsors that you can participate in and outlined the still-open volunteer 2019 roles.

The next Open Sew Day is at Mill End Beaverton on March 2. The guild can hang quilts at Mill End from March 1 – May 1, participants are first come, first serve. If you’d like to submit your quilt, please email an image to the guild!

Mary Ann Morsette provided additional details about the Spring Retreat, which sold out faster than any to date. There is one open slot open and Mary Ann encouraged people to get on the waiting list if they are still interested.

Mary Ann also announced plans for a Fall Retreat at Menucha in Corbett, OR from October 25-27. The price will be under $200 and only two nights. The venue is more rustic, has one large sewing room, and good food. Registrations will be open for two days on June 21st, first to members who did not attend the Spring Retreat before opening to all on June 23rd .

Entrants for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show challenge Bountiful Rainbows are in the process of being juried. Participants will be notified by February 24th . We still need volunteers to staff the exhibit. Shifts will be around 90 minutes. If you are planning to attend or already have a place to stay, stay tuned for the signups!

The February Block of the Month has been posted to our website, the Smoosh Block. Please visit our BOM page to download your pattern!

The Fat Quarter Lottery of reds had lots of participants with Jessica and Deb walking away with some nifty new fabric to work with.

Our raffle prizes for the meeting were donated by June Tailor, Inc, Lark Cottons, Violet Craft, Tuva Publishing and Benartex Fabrics. Susan Beal donated three prize packs for a total of 6 prizes for the giveaway which also included notebooks from Vintage Fabric Studio! Our winners were Toni, Susan, Donna, Heather, Becky, Angel, and Andrea.

Everyone stayed a few extra minutes for a great Show and Tell. Check out the gorgeous works presented here:

Upcoming Quilt Shows

Below you’ll find the information about the upcoming quilt shows in the area.

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Quilters Anonymous Show

March 15-17, 2019

Evergreen State Fairground

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NW Quilters Show

With PMQG Word Quilts on Exhibit

March 22-23 at Portland Expo Center, Hall E-2

Admission $8.00/day, 12 and under free.


Clark County Quilters Quilt Show

With PMQG Exhibit!

March 28 - 30

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival

April 11-13

  • WHERE: Portland Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217

  • HOURS: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Thursday & Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday

  • ADMISSION: $10 for a 3-Day Pass - with coupon $5. A $5 OFF Admission Coupon is available to print out on our website www.quiltcraftsew.com 

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Everett Quilt Show Experience

April 25 - 27

Skinny mini swap info and signup

The skinny mini maker swap, Portland edition.

This swap has been inspired by the members of our guild not going to the spring sewing retreat. We are the ones staying home but still want to have some quilt fun, join us and let’s swap! This swap is only open to Portland Modern Quilt Guild members not because we don't love everyone but because we are an all volunteer run organization and can only give so much time to making the fun happen.

WHAT/SIZE: Every participant will make and receive a mini quilt.  The theme is “Portland” and it is the makers choice to interpret that theme in any way they choose. The size of this skinny mini is a max of 10” inches wide by 24” inches long. In true Portland fashion we are asking you to try and only use upcycled fabrics, to buy nothing to make this and encourage the use of alternative materials.

WHEN: Sign up’s start NOW through March 1st, 2019. You can choose to swap in person at the April sew day on April 6th at the Mill End Fabric store, or mail the package by April 8th, 2019. You will receive an email by March 3rd with the name of your swap partner.

WHERE: Everywhere that a PMQG member lives.

WHO: All mini quilt making lovers in our guild are welcome! We will do our best to partner you with someone of a similar skill level and will offer suggestions and reminders along the way. At this time the swap is only open to PMQG members. Check back in the future for more swap action!

WARNING: If you sign up for the swap and flake out on your swap partner your name will go on our list of banned swappers. If you cannot complete the mini swap challenge because life happens please send us an email, the sooner the better, and we will ask a swap fairy to take care of your partner and your name might not go on the banned list.

Please post your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #PDXskinnyminimaker so we can all see your lovely work and cheer each other on.

January 2019 guild meeting recap

2019 President Erin Case welcomed new and old members to the January meeting.  A lovely spread of member potluck was shared, along with chatter and new friends made at the round tables around the room.  We acknowledged 12 members who were able to join through scholarships and the January member birthdays.


Erin shared the board’s goals for 2019: Community and Education. Some of our ideas about Community include celebrating our 10th year, our members and hopes to diversify our membership and work together on charity work. We’d like to work together on solving our challenges with the MQG rate increase and are exploring cost-conscious PMQG SWAG.  In thinking about Education, we want to revel in our many talented members, bring national speakers to our meetings, have fun with Block of the month, create opportunities for more people to participate through lotteries and scholarships.  Erin and board Veep Sara Flynn  announced the idea of starting a YouTube channel for BOM and announcements. Check out a preview of tutorials to come! https://app.biteable.com/watch/digital-sunrise-alternative-options-2140305/

PMQG members have several shows of Word Quilts showing.  The first exhibit is Outspoken:  Modern Quilts at PSU.  This show runs from January 14 - March 15.  On January 29th there is a Lecture featuring member Sam Hunter about “A Brief History of Word Quilts” from 5:30 - 6:30 at Lincoln Recital Hall.  Next, more PMQG Word Quilts are featured at the Lake Oswego Library to celebrate the Lake Oswego Reads program. This exhibit continues until the end of February.  Finally, PMQG member AnnMarie Cowley is showing Day of the Dead Quilts at Lake Oswego Library. These quilts were made to celebrate her daughter, born on the Day of the Dead.  

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A general request was made for volunteers as there are some board and committee positions still wanting for leadership.  Sew Day, in particular, is in urgent need of 4-6 volunteers.  It’s a great way to meet people, learn new techniques, and try volunteering on for size.

Jennie McKee  gave us an overview about the UFO Club and Anne Matlak  explained how books can be borrowed from the Guild library. Michelle Freedman  garnered over 50 participants in her low volume fat quarter lottery and the two lucky winners of 25+ fat quarters each were Mona Wu and Patty Nisbett. Sara said next month the lottery (or Blottery) would be a Block Lottery.  If you’re interested in participating, make an extra January Block of the Month, the Digital Sunrise.  Blocks will be collected and grouped together with winners will be chosen via raffle from the participants at the February meeting.  

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Erin announced several calls for participation at regional quilt shows.  The  Clark County Quilters have invited PMQG to have a special exhibit.  If you’ve ever been interested in showing your quilts, this is a great first chance!  The first 10-15 quilts submitted will be accepted into the exhibit. To submit your quilt, email the guild with a photo!   The Willamette Valley show is happening in Albany February 1 and 2nd.  

Our spring retreat is coming up, April 11 - 14 at Camp Tilikum in Newberg, OR.  Registration for this year’s retreat will post on the PMQG website at 10am on February 2.  The cost is $275  There are sleeping accommodations for 32 and additional volunteers are needed. This year it will be organized by the two original organizers, Mary Ann Morsette and Kim Lumapas. A fall retreat location is being explored, so stay tuned!


Kimberly also requested volunteers to staff the meet and great PMQG table at the show in Sisters and shared speaker information for February and March. We’re excited to host a barn quilt painting workshop with Sheila Sinclair Snyder on February 9.  One spot is still available.  

MJ Kinman will be teaching a Gem Workshop on Monday, March 18.  Spots for this workshop will be going on sale on February 9th, stay tuned for the announcement of the time!

Treasurer Judy Livingston gave us an overview of the Guild’s financials for 2018 (positive balance of $1,500) and our budget for 2019.  The board has allocated this money to  increase the opportunity for scholarships this year, as well as our Charity quilting.  Judy indicated that we are coming into the year with a hold-over balance or reserve from several years.


Erin kicked off a spirited discussion about the increase in MQG membership this year, the benefit of being members, and asked the group to contribute ideas of ways the MQG could benefit our Guild more directly. A good cross section of thoughts were shared with many members strongly expressing their desire to stay in or out.  It was agreed that a member survey would help us come to consensus and many felt a vote should be held before our payment is due in March. Susan Beal offered to put together a task force to identify specific requests for MQG to bring forward before the next meeting.  

Three of our members will represent the huge talent Portland has in this year’s Quilt Con: Sam Hunter, Karen Lee  and Rachel Cook. Erin requested they share images and details about their work so the Guild can promote them through social media.


As the evening came to an end, the winners of the January raffles were announced.  Ann Jenkins won a Fancy Forest quilt pattern donated by Elizabeth Hartman and fat quarters.  Maryann Todd-Thompson won 2 Charm square packs donated by Robert Kaufman and The Applique Book. And Chelsea was ecstatic to win the English paper piecing book donated by Tuva Publishing and Charm pack from Benartex Fabrics.

Check out the slideshow of quilts we got to see at the meeting posted below!

December Meeting Recap


Reflections from our 2018 President, Kimberly Bennefield.

This has been an absolutely amazing year, as your president. You are an extremely talented group of individuals, free spirits, deep thinkers. You are brave and passionate in your beliefs.

 I came into this position as an opportunity to grow this new passion that I discovered almost 3 years ago and to stretch myself to get out and meet new people and learn new things.  I didn’t have an established history with the guild, yet you welcomed me as a new quilter and then a new guild president.

 As a leader, it is important to establish goals for yourself. In doing so, for me, I really thought long and hard about what I’d experienced as the essence of this group of makers.  I thought about how my spirit was fed through all the artistic expressions, pain, joy and all the emotions in between. I thought about how much I’d learned about quilting, as well as myself. I truly came to understand how connected this guild is to the community and in all the ways we not only give back, but pay forward.  I didn’t truly think about numbers, I thought about growth. Ultimately a number can simply be a goal to help you expand your thinking, like that runner always trying to beat her best time. As a result, we have had so many ideas and opportunities rolling in, that this next year is sure to continue to be fun and exciting for PMQG.

 As the new quilter on the block, you see things from new and different perspectives that won’t always be popular with everyone.  I’ve done my best to be a positive contribution both in spirit and in leadership. Any challenge for me, I try to understand the blessing that I am meant to walk away with.  Just as a broken bone heals and is stronger for going through it.

 So as the year concludes and we move forward into the new year, I want to make sure that you all understand just how much I feel that you have blessed me.  Thank you.

 We kicked off our final meeting of 2018 with a video featuring Matthew Boudreaux aka Mister Domestic. Kimberly welcomed our guests, wished happy December birthdays, and invited us to renew our PMQG dues for 2019. Individual memberships, Business memberships, Business sponsorships can be purchased here. Scholarships are available - please apply for a guild scholarship here.  You’ll need to scroll down to the bottom of the page.  

 Kimberly thanked the outgoing 2018 PMQG officers and acknowledged our terrific 2018 volunteers.  


Programs coordinator, Susan Beal, welcomed Denyse Schmidt, our December guest speaker. Denyse shared her personal story with an inspiring presentation about her family, art school life, venture into becoming an entrepreneur and how she developed her artistic vision and point of view. From sewing her very first handmade projects as a young child to studying modern dance, typography, and stone-cutting, and finally designing the stunning quilts and iconic fabric she’s known for today, her vision and her path forward have been steadfast and remarkable. Her “inspiration photos” finale, drawing on everyday objects like the back of a delivery truck on a highway, road signs, and weathered brick walls, illustrated some of what sparks the impactful designs she brings to life in her work. She shared everything from personal photos to sketchbook pages, gallery shots, and images of her quilts on beds in catalogs, magazines, and collectors’ homes.

Denyse brought a graphic, high-contrast black and pale gray Woven quilt, a charming ticking-striped Free-Wheeling Single Girl with a navy background, and a brand-new geometric triangles quilt, improvisationally pieced with dynamic red and orange stripes, to show as a finale. (Click the above photos for a larger picture)

 Denyse taught the Free-Wheeling Single Girl quilt and debuted the world premiere of her latest quilt Woven over two days of workshops. There are some wonderful photos that Denyse shared on social media, and many photos from our members. Check out some of them on our website! Patterns and acrylic templates for those who pre-ordered have arrived. Class participants have been emailed with details, and we will be selling signed books, fabric, and Free-Wheeling Single Girl templates at the January meeting for any members who are interested!

 Raffles and Door Prizes


Kelly Gordon was thrilled to win Northwest Passage!


Florence DiJulio won the UFO draw.

Our monthly door prize raffle prizes were donated by Benartex Fabrics, Landauer Publishing, C & T Publishing, and our generous members. Thank you everyone for the donations! Congratulations to our winners!

Bespoke BOM:

 We celebrated a year of pieced plaids during Show and Tell. It was wonderful to see so many gorgeous quilt tops at the December meeting for a group photo! Michelle Freedman’s Bespoke Block instructions are on our website and include fun alternate layouts. Share your blocks on social media #pmqg2018BOM #BespokeBOM

Ride Share

We have a new online carpool sign-up for guild meetings, workshops, and sew days. You can add a carpool, join a carpool, and join a waitlist. Use the notes section to provide details on your trip.

 2019 Meetings

Our first PMQG guild meeting for 2019 is January 17th.  We are planning a potluck, volunteer mixer, and some other fun surprises. Sign-ups for the January Show and Tell are online now and will be available on the night of the meeting.


We are excited to welcome Sheila Snyder who will host a Barn Quilt painting workshop. Sign-ups will go live on Monday, December 17 at 6 pm. Class fee is $100 which includes the supply fee.  The workshop will be held at the Kenton Historic Firehouse on February 9th.  

 Quilt Show

PMQG Word Quilts will be shown at PSU January 14-March 18. We are all invited to attend a lecture and reception on Tuesday, January 29 at 5:30 pm at the Lincoln Recital Hall. PMQG member Sam Hunter will speak about the history of word quilts. This event is free.

 MQG Dues

We have received a response from the MQG regarding the proposed dues increase for 2019. Our counter-proposal to pay the International dues rate, based on providing our own 501c3 and insurance benefits, was reviewed by the MQG Board of Directors and was not accepted. Kimberly Bennefield has stepped forward to be our 2019 MQG liaison and has reached out to our regional MQG coordinator and will continue researching options that are in the best interest of our guild and growing community, including our PMQG membership, as appropriate, throughout the process.

 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The PMQG Special Exhibit Theme is Bountiful Rainbows. Watch out for details in January about submitting your Bountiful Rainbow Quilt to the exhibit. The quilt does not need to be finished, just the quilt top.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show will be held on Saturday, July 13. We are planning to have a bus again for this fun day.

Our special exhibit description is as follows:

Welcome to PMQG's special exhibit of rainbow quilts.  For many a rainbow represents a promise of peace, revealing itself after a torrential storm.  For others, it represents unity, as we see it connecting the earth and the sky. The riches we seek do not exist at the end of these rainbows.  They are found in the bounty of color and life within. These quilts reflect our reality of living a Bountiful Life, under rainbows, while we create rainbows.  We hope you enjoy.

 We will see you at our next meeting on January 17!

A look at our gorgeous Show and Tell Quilts:


Calendar of Events

December 23 - East & West Side Hand Sew Happy Hour, 2-4 pm

January 5 - Open Sew Day Mill End Beaverton, 9:30-5:30 pm

January 17 - Volunteer mixer, awards ceremony. Potluck 7-9 pm

January 27 - East & West Side Hand Sew Happy Hour, 2-4 pm

January 29 - PMQG Word Quilt lecture and reception, PSU Lincoln Hall, 5:30 pm

February 2 - Open Sew Day Mill End Beaverton, 9:30-5:30 pm

February 9 - Sheila Sinclair Barn Quilt Workshop, 9:30-4:30

Show and Tell:

December Meeting Reminder

We hope you can come to our next guild meeting, December 6th from 7-9 pm.  

Here's what's happening:


Fabric and Quilt Designer Denyse Schmidt will be our speaker, time permitting there will be a question and answer session!  Prepare to be inspired!

Holiday Potholder Swap:  Bring your handmade item in a paper bag to the December meeting. Make sure to include a note inside with your first and last name, email and Instagram handle so that the recipient can thank you.  Minimum for participation is 2 coasters, or 1 potholder or 1 oven mitt.  


Charity Quilt Raffle - Tickets are available for presale on our website, 6 tickets for $10.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the PMQG Charity Program.  Find out more details in the PMQG Shop!

Show and Tell - Remember we've gone paperless and you can sign up to show your quilt here.  

Door Prize Raffles!

Here’s what to bring:

  • Completed charity blocks or quilts

  • Your 2018 BOM Blocks/Quilts/Quilt tops for a photo

  • Completed zipper bags 

  • 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


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

Upcoming Events:

December 1:  Open Sew Day at Mill End
December 6:  Monthly Guild Meeting
December 7 and 8:  Workshops with Denise Schmidt
December 7:  Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic
December 23:  Hand Sew Happy Hour East/West sides

November Meeting Recap

Fall has been lovely in the Oregon and last Thursday was no exception! We kicked off our meeting with a Creative Live video featuring Cheryl Arkison. Kimberly welcomed our new members, shared a review of our 2018 goals, and said hello and happy birthday to our members and guests.


Programs coordinator, Susan Beal, welcomed Anna Maria Horner, our November special guest speaker. Anna shared her sewing and quilting journey with us and charmed us with a trunk show of her stunning colorful and artistic quilts. Anna’s workshops were outstanding and we enjoyed shopping at the pop-up shop guild member Kristi Villani, owner of My Quilting Loft, set up with the entire Conservatory collection. Check out the great photos on social media from our members. For anyone going to QuiltCon Nashville watch for special late night shopping events at Anna’s shop Craft South!

Photographs below show the selection of quilts Anna Maria showed the guild (click for larger pictures!):

 Your votes have been counted. Results are in. 133 members voted and approved all nominees.  

 The board for 2019 will be:   

  • President:  Erin Case

  • Vice President of Technology and Social Media:  Sara Flynn

  • Vice President of Membership and Procurement:  Chris Batten

  • Secretary:  Cherie Martin Irwin

  • Treasurer:  Judy Livingston

  • Programs Coordinator for Meetings:  Kimberly Bennefield

  • Programs Coordinator for Workshops: Michelle Freedman

 Both bylaw amendments were approved.

We still have many opportunities for volunteering throughout the year. We hope you will consider one of the vacant positions for 2019: Open Sew Day Coordinator (2 people), New Member Table Coordinator, Small Quilt Group Coordinator, MQG Liaison, Nominating Committee (3 people) and Scholarship Fundraising.


Birdies Quilt Raffle by Sam Hunter’s mini group gathered a record breaking 1083 undies for the Raphael House.

Our monthly door prize raffle winners prizes were Nancy Stovall, Coleen Barnhard, and Karen Townsend. Thank you to Michael Miller Fabrics, That Patchwork Place, Elizabeth Hartman, and Art Gallery Fabrics for the donations.



Michelle Freedman presented the Gingham Block, the final block in the #bespokeBOM series. Make sure to bring your blocks, quilt top, or finished quilt to the December meeting for a group photo! Bespoke Block instructions are on our website and include fun alternate layouts. Share your blocks on social media #pmqg2018BOM


 Our last PMQG guild meeting for 2018 is December 6. We are thrilled to welcome Denyse Schmidt, author, quilter, textile designer, and teacher. Waitlists for the Free Wheeling Single Girl and Woven workshops are available on our website. A reminder that the the workshops will be held at the Kenton Historic Firehouse.

 Join the Holiday Pot Holder/Oven Mitt/Mug Rug exchange! Bring your handmade item in a paper bag to the December meeting. Make sure to include a note inside with your first and last name, email and instagram handle so the recipient can thank you.

 Sign up in advance for the December Show and Tell are online and will be available the night of the meeting. Sign-ups are now paper-less and will be on our website and available the night of our meeting.

 We have sent a response letter to the MQG regarding the proposed dues for 2019. We are waiting for a reply and will communicate updates as information is available.

Here are the gorgeous quilts presented during our inspiring show and tell:

We will see you at our next meeting on December 6!


Calendar of Events

November 25 - East & West Side Hand Sew Happy Hour, 2-4 pm

December 1, Open Sew Day Mill End Beaverton, 9:30-5:30 pm

December 6 - December PMQG Meeting with Denyse Schmidt, 7-9 pm

December 7, Charity Sew Day 10-3 at Modern Domestic, Alberta St.

December 7 and 8, Denyse Schmidt Workshops

December 23 - East & West Side Hand Sew Happy Hours, 2-4 pm

November Meeting Reminder


We hope you can make it to our September meeting this Thursday, November 15th.

Here's what's happening:

  • Results of our PMQG Vote

  • Lecture from Fabric Designer Anna Maria Horner

  • Birdies Quilt Raffle (find out more information below!)

  • Debut of our last 2018 BOM block

  • Show and Tell - Remember we've gone paperless and you can sign up to show your quilt here.  

  • Pick up your Showcase Quilts

  • Raffles!

Here’s what to bring:

  • Completed charity blocks or quilts

  • Completed zipper bags 

  • 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


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

Birdies Quilt Raffle in November

Sam Hunter's mini-group collaborated on this wonderful Birdies quilt, and they are raffling it for donations of underwear for Raphael House, the local shelter for battered women and their children, at the November meeting.

They are in need of NEW underwear in the following sizes:

  • Women's size XL to 4XL

  • Boys size 6 to 12

  • Girls size 6 to 12

NO cash donations - undies only please!

One pair of undies = one raffle ticket! Multi-packs of undies get one ticket per pair of undies in the pack!

They can't take undies from you at any other time than the November meeting - if you can't be there and want to donate, please send your undies with a friend.

This is our third fundraising quilt for Raphael House, and each time we received about 700 donations! We would love to break that record this time!!

Thank you, in advance, for helping us help Raphael House!

Questions? Please email Sam at sam@huntersdesignstudio.com

Photography for QuiltCon

Are you planning to enter QuiltCon? Do you need good images of your quilt for competition entries?

Matthew Stovall, Nancy Stovall, and Sam Hunter have teamed up to take competition images for the guild membership. We have SO many talented members in PMQG, and we want to support and encourage you to show your work at the national level!

Where: Sam Hunter's Studio in Beaverton (close to Washington Square Mall, directions will be sent to you when you confirm your appointment!)

When: Saturday Nov 17th, 1pm to 5pm

What you get: One full flat shot of the quilt + one detail shot of the quilt as appropriately sized JPGs, plus any outtakes of the photo session (both JPG and RAW). Images will be supplied on the spot via email (or bring a thumb drive). We will be using professional studio lighting and capturing the images live on-screen so you can choose your best image as we shoot.

What it costs: $50 donation which will be forwarded to the PMQG Scholarship Fund

How do you sign up? Email Sam at sam@huntersdesignstudio.com to request an appointment slot (and let her know the approximate time you can come). 

Questions? Email Sam at at sam@huntersdesignstudio.com

October Meeting Recap

What a beautiful evening for our second annual PMQG Showcase at Lagunitas! We showed 44 Allison Glass Kaleidoscope Minis  and 20 member quilts. It was a stunning display that highlighted the diversity and creativity of our talented members. Check out photos of the showcase, challenge minis, process photos and more online. #pmqgminiquiltchallenge2018

Below are the results of the Alison Glass Kaleidoscope Mini Challenge:

Viewer’s Choice:  You are Here by Christine Yi

Viewer’s Choice: You are Here by Christine Yi

Judge’s Choice:  Moon over Mt. Scott by Meredith Hobbs

Judge’s Choice: Moon over Mt. Scott by Meredith Hobbs

First Place:  Diamonds and Stars by Beth Wells

First Place: Diamonds and Stars by Beth Wells

Third Place:  Refracted Light by Heather Wall

Third Place: Refracted Light by Heather Wall

Second Place:  Brewster’s View by AnnMarie Cowley

Second Place: Brewster’s View by AnnMarie Cowley

Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors for your donations for door prizes and Mini Quilt Challenge prizes. Thank you to Andover Fabrics, Montavilla Sewing Centers and Modern Domestic for sponsoring and donating Kaleidoscope Mini Contest prizes. Benartex Fabrics, C & T Publishing and Andover Fabrics donated the evening’s door prizes.

Thank you to Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the first look at our awesome giveaways prior to our monthly meetings. Please be sure to thank these donors the next time you visit their shops!


A big thank you to Susan Beal (Programs Coordinator) for going above and beyond to organize a successful Showcase event. We couldn’t have done this without her! We also would like to thank PMQG member Chelsea Clarke-Pitt for organizing the food, Zupan’s Market for donating the food, Judy Livingston (VP Membership and Procurement), Erin Case (VP Social Media & Technology), our 2018 officers and volunteers for working extra hard this month and at the event. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Lagunitas again this year. Thanks to 2017 co-organizer Maria Cardenas for stepping up to chair the Showcase again in 2019!!


What goes perfectly with plaid? Argyle! Michelle Freedman presented the Argyle Block, the 8th in the #bespokeBOM series. This block is 12" finished or put four together for a 24" square section. Bespoke Block instructions are on our website and include fun alternate layouts. Share your blocks on social media #pmqg2018BOM


Kimberly Bennefield (PMQG President) welcomed everyone to the showcase and introduced the folks are running for officer positions in 2019. Ballots for the 2019 officers and the two Bylaw amendments will be sent out on Friday, October, 26. We are still looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. Let us know if that is you by Wednesday so we can include it on the ballot!


Candidates for 2019 Officers

  • President: Erin Case

  • VP Technology & Social Media: Sara Flynn

  • VP Membership & Procurement: Chris Batten

  • Treasurer: Judy Livingston

  • Secretary: Cherie Martin Irwin

  • Programs Coordinator Meetings: Kimberly Bennefield

  • Programs Coordinator Workshops: Michelle Freedman

  • Volunteer Coordinator: OPEN

We have many opportunities for volunteering throughout the year with various amounts of time commitment. We hope you will consider one of the open positions for 2019. Find out more about the open positions at our November meeting!


 Our next PMQG guild meeting is November 15 and we are excited to welcome Anna Maria Horner , Creative Director of Conservatory, owner of Craft South, and artist extraordinaire. Her classes are currently sold out and waitlists are available for both of the Anna Maria Horner workshops and the upcoming Denyse Schmidt's workshops in December. A reminder that the location of these workshops has changed to the Kenton Historic Firehouse.


Sign up in advance for the November Show and Tell are online and will be available the night of the meeting. Sign-ups are now paperless and will be on our website and available the night of our meeting.


We were surprised and saddened to learn that our longtime business sponsor Fabric Depot has closed. We appreciated their role in our community and commitment to providing a classroom space and member shopping discounts over the last 9 years. They will be missed.

Open Sew Day in November is Happening!

Saturday, November 10 from 10 am - 5 pm at Mill End in Beaverton at 4955 S.W. Western Ave.

We are happy to announce that we have arranged for our Open Sew days in November and December to be at the Mill End Store in Beaverton. In November we will have a space that will hold 50 folks, December we will have a large room as well as the small space and will be able to accommodate 50 members!

We will see you at our next meeting on November 15!


Calendar of Events

October Meeting Reminder


We hope you are planning to join us this Thursday, October 18th for our Second Annual Quilt Showcase at Lagunitas Community Room, 237 Northeast Broadway Street, Portland, OR 97232.  

This a members-only event and takes the place of our October Guild Meeting. Doors open at 6:30, and brief announcements and door prizes start at 7:30.

We need your RSVP, please do so here to secure your spot (limited tickets are still available).

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Juried Exhibit of Member Quilts

  • Display of Kaleidoscope Mini Quilt Challenge Entries (1st, Judge's Choice prizes awarded)

  • Members’ Choice Award voting for Mini Challenge Quilts

  • Orphan Block Trick-or-Treat

  • Food, donated by Zupan's Markets

  • Beer, donated by Lagunitas (other non-alcoholic drinks available)

  • Fantastic Door Prizes!!

Please note: we will not be having Show and Tell, or tables for Free Items, UFOs, or Charity Projects at this event. We will return to normal activities at the November Guild Meeting.

Don’t forget:

  • Wear your name tag

  • Bring your ID for alcohol age check 

  • Bring orphan quilt blocks for the trick-or-treat activity

  • Sorry, no guests

Meeting Time & Location:

Thursday, October 18th from 6:30 to 9 pm
Lagunitas Community Room
237 Northeast Broadway Street, Portland, OR 97232

Parking Information:We're working on securing the use of local parking lots, otherwise free street parking is available.  Please carpool if possible!  We'll be sending along more information as it becomes available.  Be sure to follow our social media feeds for the most up to date information.  

September Meeting Recap

Greetings Members!  Have you felt the change in the weather lately?  There’s (finally) a bit of a chill in the air, leaves are hinting at the coming change in color and Pumpkin Spice is everywhere!  

On September 20th, the Portland Modern Quilt Guild met for its ninth meeting of the year.  Below is a recap of all the announcements and discussions that happened during the meeting.

Programs and Workshops

Anna Maria Horner will be our guest speaker for our November 15th meeting and teaching the Folk Flower Workshop on Friday the 16th and Inspiration by Hand workshop on the 17th.  Both of these classes are currently sold out, if you’re interested, please take a moment to sign up on our waitlist on the PMQG page linked above.

Denyse Schmidt will be our guest speaker on December 6th (please note that this meeting is on the first Thursday rather than the third of the month due to meeting hall availability).  On Friday December 7th Denyse will be teaching her Free Wheeling Single Girl Workshop. On Saturday, December 8th, she will be teaching her Woven workshop. Like Anna Maria Horner’s workshops, these workshops are currently sold out and waitlists are available on the PMQG page linked above.

A note about the waitlists:  we’ve already had a lot of movement on these workshops, so if you’re interested, please be sure to sign up so you can have a chance to get into the workshops!    

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The location of Anna Maria Horner’s workshops and Denyse Schmidt workshops has also changed because of feedback from our Chawne Kimber workshops.  The new location for these workshops is the Kenton Historic Firehouse.

PMQG Showcase

Our October 18th meeting will be our Annual PMQG Showcase.  This is your opportunity to show your fellow guild members your work while enjoying some delicious food and drink!  In order to have a successful showcase, we need you to submit your quilts to show! Visit our website to submit your quilt, the deadline has been extended to September 28th!  Members will be notified if their quilts were accepted into the showcase by October 4th, and members need to turn in their quilts by October 11th. The Showcase meeting is open to PMQG members only, and will require an RSVP, we’ll be sending an Evite to members soon!  We’re still looking for volunteers to help with setup, please fill out the volunteer form on the Showcase page.

A special note to members--If you made a Kaleidoscope Mini quilt, we’ll be displaying them during the Showcase.  Be sure to submit yours to a board member by October 11th!

PMQG Town Hall

2019 Board Needs

We are looking to fill our leadership roles, including board positions and volunteer coordinators.  The more, the better to equally distribute the work.  As our volunteers for the board come together, the current board will work with you to help you find a match for your background and passions.  Our website has a list of how we have worked well in the past, distributing some of the work required to keep the guild functioning, but also ensuring our volunteers have the opportunities to showcase their skillsets and learn new ones.  We are still in need for more members to step up and join the 2019 board.  

The term for the 2019 Board runs from January 2019-December 2019. New board members will have an orientation to their elected position from 2018 Board Members in December. 2018 Board Members will be available to be a resource for 2019 Board Members throughout the year.

We also have some volunteer opportunities open that won’t require as much time as being on the board will.  New members--this is a great way to get involved with PMQG! The following positions have no volunteers for 2019:

  • MQG Liaison (New)

  • Quilt Exhibits - Sisters Outdoor Show, Others

  • Guild Quilt Showcase & Catering

  • UFO Club

  • New Members and Guests Welcome Program/Packets

  • Small Quilt Groups

  • Open Sew Day

Please be sure to email the guild if you’re interested in serving in any of these positions.  Thank you to all of our members who have signed up to be a volunteer for 2019!

Bylaw Amendments

Two bylaw amendments were proposed and approved by the membership to go on the October Ballot.  They were:

Bylaw amendment to Article 8.2.  

Current: The President and Treasurer shall be authorized to sign checks for PMQG.

Proposed: The President and Treasurer shall be authorized to sign checks for PMQG. An additional signer will be appointed by a majority of the Board.

Bylaw addition of a Zero Tolerance Policy: Portland Modern Quilt Guild will not tolerate any forms or perceptions of violence, intimidation, fraud, sexual harassment, gender, racial or age discrimination.  Reports of any such unacceptable behavior will be investigated and (if necessary) met with consequences which may include permanent expulsion from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and involvement of law enforcement officials as deemed appropriate.

A note about our October ballot vote: In preparation for our upcoming Annual Meeting in November, we’ll be sending out a ballot to all of our paid members to vote on the 2019 Board as well as these two Bylaw Amendments. Results will be announced at our November meeting.

Hearing from Members

We addressed some of the questions we received from members.  The first topic was the issue of the growth of the guild. During our town hall, members expressed the interest in diversifying the membership, creating a junior PMQG group as well as expressing concern at the rate of growth, and the possibility of having to find a new site to meet at.  

There were also concerns about the workshop sizes that have been offered.  As much as we’d love to offer a workshop to 100 people, workshop sizes are currently set by the instructors we invite.  It was discussed to change the way that workshops are sold by changing from the current first-come-first-served system to a lottery system.  This will be decided upon the 2019 board, as all of the 2018 workshop spaces are have been sold.

The size of the raffle prizes also came up and Judy, our VP of Membership and Procurement spoke on how she hasn’t heard much back from many of the companies she’s contacted.  Judy does take the time to ensure that all of the raffle prizes are at the retail value of $50, so we do give about $150 worth of raffle prizes at each meeting. We also spoke about how there wasn’t a sewing machine to give away for the Retreat raffle prize.  The board decided that because only a limited number of members can attend the retreat, it would be more fair to offer such a large prize at a general guild meeting rather than the retreat.

We also shared an update on the announced Modern Quilt Guild dues increase for guilds of our size (251+ members) and our proposed response. Programs Coordinator Susan Beal read a draft of a letter based on several discussions of the 2018 PMQG board, requesting the opportunity to negotiate a more reasonable increase. We then asked for feedback and input, and many PMQG members shared their thoughts and ideas.

In order to cover the proposed increase without dropping any of our current programming, we’d have to increase individual member dues by $5 to $45 for the year, and maintain our membership at 300 members. It was suggested during the town hall that in order to decrease hardship to members, PMQG should offer membership scholarships each year.  

We then had an extended break where members were invited to share their thoughts about the guild and issues raised during the evening using Post-Its under 11 prompt signs.  All of your responses have been recorded which will be an excellent resource for this and next year’s board. Thank you for your participation and constructive comments!  If you have anything to add, please be sure to send us an email!


  • The Zipper bag committee is in need of zipper bags as well as zippers and interfacing.  For members interested in participating, zipper bag kits have been created for members to take and make at home before returning at the next meeting.  

  • Portland Textile Month is in October.  Find out more information on their website.  

  • NW Quilting Expo is September 27, 28 and 29th.

  • Fabric Depot hours are changing, so plan accordingly for our October Sew Day and beyond.  

  • March 2019 marks PMQG’s 10th year, and we’d love to plan something exciting to celebrate.  Susan is looking for members to submit photos and memories for something special.

Our raffle prize winners were:


Chris Ervin won the Ten Square of Rhoda Ruth fabric donated by Robert Kaufman Fabrics and the Fancy Forest Quilt pattern donated by Elizabeth Hartman.  


MaryEllen Edwards won The Applique Book by Casey York donated by Stash Books and the mystery jelly roll.  


Marjorie Elliott won the won the Quilters Dream Blend Batting donated by Quilters Dream Batting as well as the Meadow Dance charm squares donated by Benartex Fabrics.  

Some snapshots of our fantastic Show and Tell:  

We’ll see you at our next meeting on October 18th!


September 28 - Submission Deadline: PMQG Member Showcase
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
October 28 - Hand Sew Happy Hour