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: