May Meeting Recap and Design Contest Announcement


But first, some announcements.

Quilts for the PMQG Special Exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show must be delivered to Tamara King by the June meeting at the latest.  If you need to make other arrangements to get us your quilt by June 22, please email the guild.

Small Quilting Groups website page and forum coming soon!

June Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot is on June 17th, the third Saturday in June. 

Convergence by Latifah Saafir

Convergence by Latifah Saafir


The Latifah Saafir Bias Tape Applique workshop on Friday, June 23rd is now open to non-PMQG members.  The cost for non-members is $85.00.  PMQG members and non-members can sign up for the workshop here.




Quilts We're Making

Meredith Hobbs talked to us about using quarter circles to make letters for our Word Quilt Challenge quilts.  Remember to post your Word Quilt progress to social media using #PMQGspeaks2017.


Anne Matlak unveiled the May Block of the Month. All the details on the 2017 BOM and instructions for all five blocks that have been unveiled so far can be found here.  Remember to show us your blocks on social media using #PMQG2017BOM.

May BOM by Maria Cardenas

May BOM by Maria Cardenas

Design Contest

The Modern Quilt Guild has announced the theme of the QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt Challenge, and it is Modern Traditionalism (some examples from the MQG website are shown above).   PMQG member AnnMarie Cowley has graciously agreed to be in charge of PMQG's entry again this year, and we have a fun design contest to announce.  

We are soliciting ideas for our PMQG QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt, and there is a prize for the member whose design is chosen -- AnnMarie will make a mini quilt just for you!  Designs that fit the theme of Modern Traditionalism can be submitted in the form of a hand or computer-generated drawing. Designs should be composed of blocks that can be kitted and distributed to members for sewing.  Please email your design ideas to the guild (portlandmodernquiltguild at by June 30, 2017, and AnnMarie and her committee will pick a winner.  You can also email the guild if you would like to volunteer to make a block or two for this quilt.  We can't wait to see what our talented members come up with!

PMQG Charity Projects

This trimester we're making quilts for the Legacy Hospice Passage Quilts program and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital PICU.  Information about these organizations and size requirements for the quilts can be found here.

This spring and summer we're partnering with Back-2-School Fresh to make pencil cases for local schoolchildren who need them. Information about the organization and links to free pencil case patterns can be found here.

Earlier this month we delivered to Rose Haven 43 beautiful zipper bags made by our wonderful members and the many toiletries that you donated. For more information on Rose Haven and a list of their most wanted items, please go to their website.

Upcycling Found, Vintage and Collected Fabrics into your Quilting

We enjoyed an inspiring presentation and trunk show by Blair Stocker of Wisecraft Handmade. Blair makes modern quilts and home accessories using vintage, cherished and collected textiles. She teaches creative reuse, upcycling and quilt making both in person and online.

A photo recap of her presentation can be found on Flickr.

Workshops and Showcase

The June meeting, featuring a lecture and trunk show by Latifah Saafir, is on June 22nd - the fourth Thursday in June.  Due to space constraints, there will be a $5 guest fee for non-PMQG members.

The Showcase of PMQG Member Quilts will be held on Thursday, October 19th.  Due to space constraints, this is a members only event and, due to catering requirements, members will be required to RSVP.  We hope you are making quilts for the Showcase or have in mind a special quilt you want to submit.  Quilts of all sizes will be accepted.  More details will be coming to our website soon.

Jen Carlton Bailly will be teaching her new workshop One Curve, Five Blocks, 100s of Ideas for PMQG members on Saturday, July 22nd. You can read all about the workshop here.  You can request a scholarship until 4 pm on Saturday, May 27th, and sign ups for the workshop will go live at 10 am on Sunday, May 28th. 

Wrapping Up

Three of our members won fantastic raffle prizes in May:  

Brand new PMQG member Kelly Brougham won the Riley Blake Bundle, with items donated by PMQG Business Sponsor Fabric DepotThe Warm Company, Schmetz Needles and C&T Publishing.

Christie Wood won the Vintage Fabric Studio Bundle, with items donated by PMQG Business Member Vintage Fabric Studio, Quilters Dream BattingC&T Publishing, Fat Quarter Shop and Schmetz Needles.

Deb Hoerner won the Carolyn Friedlander Bundle with items donated by The Warm Company, C&T Publishing, Schmetz Needles and Robert Kaufman.


We enjoyed a wonderful display of our members' quilts during Show and Tell, all of which can be seen on Flickr.

Gypsy Wife by Cris Pera

Gypsy Wife by Cris Pera

Upcoming Events

Charity Sew Day
Thursday, May 25th, 10 - 4
Modern Domestic, 422 NE Alberta St

Don't forget: PMQG members get 20% off at Modern Domestic all day on Charity Sew Day!

Hand Sew Happy Hour
Sunday, May 28th, 2 - 4
Eastside - Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St
Westside - Craft Pour House, 16055 SW Regatta Lane #700, Beaverton

Open Sew Day
Saturday, June 17th, 10 - 8
Fabric Depot, 700 SE 122nd Ave

May Meeting Slides