August Meeting Recap

Our August meeting was all about Igniting Your Creativity and Exploring Techniques to Add Imagery and Meaning to your Work.

But first, some announcements:

Check out our New and Improved Website for all the PMQG News!

  • We have two new tools for members on our website.  Under the Resources tab, you’ll find:

    •  The PMQG Bulletin Board, where you can read and post about quilt-related events, sales and more; and
    • The Small Quilt Groups Forum, which can be used both to recruit new members for existing groups and to start new groups.  There is also a general discussion thread.
  • Be a PMQG Officer or Volunteer Coordinator in 2018!  These are fun and rewarding positions -- you’ll work with your fellow PMQG leaders to plan events, bring speakers and teachers to our beautiful city, and guide the largest local modern quilt guild in the world.  You’ll find all the information about 2018 positions, including real talk from the current officers, on the 2018 Officers and Volunteer Coordinators Page.  Feel free to email the Guild with any questions and to nominate yourself for a position.

Ongoing Projects

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  • PMQG Secretary Anne Matlak introduced the August Block of the Month, the 8th block in our 9-block series, Stars Galore.  We will have a show of finished and unfinished Stars Galore quilts at our December meeting (which will be held on the 1st Thursday in December).
  • The Guild Stars Galore Block of the Month Quilt will be raffled at the December meeting, and the proceeds will go to our Charity Quilts Program.  We’re looking for a volunteer to quilt the Guild Quilt.  Volunteer Quilter, you will be able to take the quilt at the September meeting and we don’t need it back until late November (just in enough time to bind it!).  Please email the guild to volunteer.
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  • Our Charity Zipper Bag project for the third trimester will be zipper bags filled with full-size toiletries for Embrace Oregon, a nonprofit whose mission is to “stand in the gap for vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services.”  Our zipper bags will be given to young people aging out of foster care.  You can find links to free tutorials and details about the most wanted items here.  Feel free to donate just bags or just toiletry items.  We’re so happy to have this opportunity to help young people who are going out into the world on their own with very little.

Upcoming events

  • Our September guest speaker will be Sandra Clemons.  Sandra makes wonderful modern scrap quilts, and she will be teaching our last workshop of the year on her quilt, Magic, on Saturday, September 23rd. You can sign up here.  Some examples of Sandra's work:
  • Our Member Quilt Showcase will be our October meeting at the Lagunitas Community Room.  Members are encouraged to submit up to three quilts made within the last three years.  Submissions are now open, and will close on September 28th.  Please go here to submit your quilts.  We're looking forward to celebrating our work together!

rebecca ringquist

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Rebecca Ringquist gave a very inspiring talk about ways to spark your creativity and encouraged us to try new techniques and ideas to enhance and add meaning to our work.  She opened her sketchbooks to us, talked about her creative process, and demonstrated how a seed of an idea can take root and grow into something unique and truly beautiful.  Her work is so intricate and layered and so original.  Thank you, Rebecca, we're so glad you're in Portland now and a part of our guild!

wrapping up

  • Joy Ruplinger put out a call for old-style tomato pincushions for a senior group.  If you have any lying around, she would be happy to take them off your hands at the next meeting.
  • We had three wonderful raffle prize bundles:


  • The Up Your Machine Quilting Game Bundle, generously donated by Cool Cottons, Mister Domestic and Quilters Dream, was won by Heather Davidson (Heather has served on the Board twice and been a PMQG member forever, and she said this was her first time winning.  Baby Ellie Joy brought her luck!)



show and tell

The Eclipse by Annie Tinnesand and AnnMarie Cowley

The Eclipse by Annie Tinnesand and AnnMarie Cowley


Our Show and Tell was as beautiful, varied and inspiring as ever.  Thank you, members, for continuing to share your fabulous work with us!  Photos of all of the show and tell quilts can be found on Flickr.


don't miss!

meeting slides