February Meeting Recap

Greetings members!

To begin, we’d like to thank our members for cooperating with our later start time for meetings due to the basketball practice that happens in the gym before our meeting.  We will send updates to start times in the meeting reminder emails so please keep an eye out for these.  Thank you for understanding!

On February 15th, we met for the second meeting of the year.  Kimberly began the meeting by recapping the goals for the year, which can be seen here.  

We also welcomed our nine new members since our January meeting!  Don’t forget to renew your 2018 PMQG Membership.  You can renew online by visiting our website.  

We’re also starting a new page on our website, PMQG Listens.  We’re asking all of our members to fill out a short survey (less than 5 minute time commitment!) to let us know what you listen to while you sew.  Using that information, we’ll create a playlist of music and podcasts and put them up on the website.  You can find the survey here.  

Any members who signed up for the MQG 2018 Spring Riley Blake Fabric Challenge, your bundles are in!  Collect them at our next meeting.  Don’t forget that the deadline for submission is April 22, 2018.  

Next, we had Kelly Cole from Vintage Fabric Studio speak about using Vintage fabrics for sewing.  

A few of the highlights of her talk include these tips:

  • Vintage fabric means that the fabric is at least 20 years old.  

  • The Vintage Era is from 1920-1980, while antique is at least 100 years old.  

  • Look for these selvedge names:  Joan Kessler, Concord Fabrics, Bookhaven, and Marcus Brothers Textiles.

  • Use starch for easy handling

  • If your fabric is really thin, try adding some woven fusible interfacing to stabilize it.  

  • When quilting, more basting is better, use a sharp thin needle and if you’re using a vintage sheet for the backing, make sure it’s in good condition.  

Kelly has offered a coupon code for her website!  Use PMQG10 to receive 10% off your order until March 14th.  You can also receive free shipping if you use the coupon code PICKUP to pick up at a PMQG sew day or meeting!  You can use both coupons at once!

Here are a few highlights of her trunk show:  


After Kelly’s talk, we continued with announcements.  The first is that Bradley Angle will be the first quarter recipient of our zippered bags program.  Find out more information about what is needed on our updated Charity Zipper Bags page.  Thanks to Patty for working on this important project!

Next, Linda has been working on organizing the PMQG Small Groups.  We’d like to find out more about what the group’s needs are.  We have another short survey for you to fill out here, so we can best organize. 

Our February Bespoke Block of the Month was debuted.  Michelle has designed a Herringbone Twill block for our February block, and the instructions can be found here.  This block is made using strip piecing.  The Bespoke Block of the Month has been designed by our secretary, Michelle (@stitchwellandprosper).  The finished quilt will be made of nine blocks, each inspired by a plaid or check.  The blocks are designed to work in a 24” finished block size, made up of smaller 12” blocks.  Be sure to tag your social media with #pmqg2018bom.  

After the Block of the Month, we had a brief showing of the Word Quilts that members have been working on for the past year.  Members who have submitted to be considered to the 2018 Sisters Quilt exhibit, “Words, Unbound” should have heard who has been accepted into the exhibit.  Congratulations to everyone accepted!  Thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt.  


Speaking of the Sisters Quilt Show, we’ll be needing some volunteers to work as show hostesses for 2 hour shifts.  Volunteers will be working in pairs for a 2 hour shift.  You’ll be patrolling a small section of town and  you'll also need to keep an eye on the quilts and hand out show information and answer any visitor questions.  Be prepared to walk or stand for the better part of a two hour shift.  Find out more information here.  Please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com to volunteer.  

Next, we gave out our raffle prizes.  The book Wise Craft Quilts (donated by a PMQG member was won by Laura Broughan.  The book Modern Roots (written and donated by PMQG member Bill Volckening) was won by MaryAnn Todd-Thompson.  The Super Tote pattern and fabric (donated by Noodlehead) was won by Christine Yi.  The Fat Quarter Bundle, and Charm Squares donated by Kelly Cole at Vintage Fabric Studio was won by Sharon Bishop.

We have a new vacancy on our board (due to personal commitments), in the role of Programs Coordinator for Workshops.  In this role, the guild will need you to help out in the following areas:

  • With the Board, plans workshops

  • Recruits workshop teachers and manages all teacher and venue logistics

  • Manages workshop administration

We still have some volunteer opportunities!  PMQG still needs a member to step up and help out with the New Members and Guests Welcome Program.  This person recruits and manages Meeting Hostesses and is responsible for the New Members and Guests Table at the monthly meetings.

If you’re going to QuiltCon, please let us know by filling in the form here!  In March, we’re looking to have a panel to give a recap to the membership about their experience in Pasadena.  Please share photos on Instagram, especially of PMQG Member quilts.  We’re looking to set up an email group of members to make it easier for you all to plan any group activities while in Pasadena.  Please share your Quiltcon photos on Instagram, especially of PMQG members' quilts or classes, and use the tag #pmqgquiltcon so our guild members can follow along with you!  Please feel free to email any photos you'd like to share at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

The Spring Retreat is full, but a waitlist is available. Please email portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the list. For those of you who have signed up and have not yet paid we will need that within TWO WEEKS of signing up to complete your reservation or your spot will be released. Details about the swap will be sent out soon.

One last announcement, there’s been a change to our Open Sew Day Discounts.  PMQG Members will receive a 30% discount off their purchases during Open Sew Days at Fabric Depot.  Go to the Special Orders counter to ring up your purchase and receive your discount (must show membership card!).  Be sure to mention the discount for PMQG Sew day when getting fabric cut.  

Finally here are the fantastic quilts shown during show and tell:

See you all on March 15th!

Upcoming Events:

➤Feb 22, 2018 - Charity Sew Day at Modern Domestic

➤Feb 22–25, 2018 - Quiltcon

➤Feb 25, 2018 - Hand Sew Happy Hour (East Side/West Side)

➤Mar 3, 2018 - Open Sew Day at Fabric Depot

➤Mar 15, 2018 - PMQG Monthly Meeting

➤April 12-15, 2018 - PMQG Spring Retreat (Registrations full, waitlist available)