December Meeting Reminder

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

Here's what's happening:

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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.  

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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

Needed:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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


GUILD NEWS

 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!


SUMMARY OF UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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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

Needed:

  • 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!


GUILD NEWS

 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!
NEW DATE! NEW TIME! NEW WESTSIDE LOCATION!

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!


SUMMARY OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Calendar of Events

October Meeting Reminder

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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!

Announcements

  • 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:

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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.  

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

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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!

SUMMARY OF UPCOMING DATES

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

September Meeting Reminder

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

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

Your Guild needs YOU!  


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

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

Here's what's happening:

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

Here’s what to bring:

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

Needed:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

August Meeting Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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Susan with Quinn from Raphael House and Allison from Butterfly Boxes

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

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

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

Products for painting and dying:

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

Fiber Reactive Dyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the fabulous work that our guild members presented:  

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

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

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

 

Calendar of Events

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

August Meeting Reminder


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


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

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

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Here’s what to bring:

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

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

  • A mug for tea/water

Needed:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

Meeting Time & Location

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

 

July Meeting Recap

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Next, we held our raffle.  The winners were:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

July Meeting Reminder

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

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

LAST CHANCE!


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

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



Kaleidoscope Mini Challenge

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

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


Here's what's happening at the meeting:

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

Here’s what to bring:

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

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

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

June Meeting Recap

Greetings Members!  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next, we had our raffle with the following winners:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is the meeting slideshow:

June Meeting Reminder

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

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


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

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

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

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

Here’s what to bring:

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

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

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

Meeting Time & Location

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

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Bus

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Greetings members!

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

The details:

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

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

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

Please let us know if you have any questions.   

May Meeting Recap


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Trinket , made using paper piecing

Trinket, made using paper piecing

  Lumen , made using paper piecing.

Lumen, made using paper piecing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Important Dates

Memphis Time Workshop

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

Here are some snapshots from the workshop:

Many thanks to Kim and SaveStores for the awesome workshop!

May Meeting Reminder

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

 Join us in welcoming designer Alison Glass to our May Meeting

Join us in welcoming designer Alison Glass to our May Meeting

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

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

Here’s what to bring:

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

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

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

Meeting Time & Location

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

April Meeting Recap

Greetings Members!  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brilliant Bags and three cuts of fabric:  Kathleen Benson

We then had our inspirational Show and Tell:  

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


Our guild still needs a few volunteers! 

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

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

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


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

April Meeting Reminder

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THIS CLASS IS LIVE!  HEAD TO THE SHOP TO PURCHASE

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

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

Here's what's happening at the meeting:

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

Here’s what to bring:

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

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

  • A mug for tea

Needed:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

Meeting Time & Location

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