March Meeting Recap

Greetings members!  On March 15th, we met for our third meeting of the year.  Kimberly, our president began the meeting by welcoming all attendees.  Next, she welcomed all of the new members and wished all members who have a March birthday a happy birthday.  The 2018 goals for the organization were shown again, and you can find more information about them here


Next, the PMQG Charity programs were discussed.  Camp Erin is the first organization that will be the recipients of the PMQG charity quilts in 2018.  Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Quilts for Camp Erin should be twin sized (minimum 39” x 76” and be child appropriate in theme and fabric. Campers are aged 6-17 and the camp often has a special need for quilts that may appeal to boys, especially teen boys.

Our ongoing charity quilt recipient is the Doernbecher PICU.  The PICU would like to receive quilts from 36” x 36” to twin sized.  Boy-friendly quilts are always in high demand. Be sure to visit the charity quilt table at our meetings to take a quilt to work on.  There are many quilts in various stages that need your help! Take fabric for a top, take a quilt to practice your free motion quilting or take a quilt to bind to donate your time.  Be sure to visit the next charity sew day hosted by Modern Domestic on March 22. Everything is provided, just bring yourself! Find out more information here.

Our first Charity Zipper Bags Project recipient is Bradley Angle.  Bradley Angle helps survivors escape domestic violence and rebuild save and prosperous lives.  Any sized zipper bag will do. Be sure to visit our charity webpage to see what other kind items are needed by Bradley Angle.  


Next, Anne presented information about the PMQG Library.  The library is currently open, you can find it under the resources tab on our website.  Only PMQG members can check out a book for the time period of one month. You can pick it up at sew days, guild meetings or Eastside Hand Sew Happy Hours.  Once your book is checked out, it will be due at the next general guild meeting. Any overdue books will incur the fine of $1.00/month. The PMQG library is able to take book donations as long as they suit the PMQG.  Be sure to email the titles to prior to bringing them in for donation.  


We’re also going to be debuting a classified ad section on the website, with proceeds going towards the PMQG scholarship fund.  This will be a great place to list your items for sale or promote a local business or event. The ads are available for $5/month with a word limit of 100 words.  Any photos provided need to be 300 x 200 pixels. All business members receive one classified ad as part of their business membership. Ads are due by the 28th of the month and will run for one calendar month.  Classified ads are available for purchase through the guild shop.


We’ve taken all of the information you provided through the PMQG Listens survey and have created two web pages under the resources tab.  The first is a page for Spotify playlists that were created from music suggestions. The second is a podcast directory, with the podcasts being separated between clean and explicit podcasts.  Be sure to click on the podcasts to find out more information about them. If you have some music or podcasts to suggest, please find a submission form at the bottom of both of those pages to send them to us.  


Next, we hosted a PMQG at QuiltCon Panel in order to give the members who weren’t able to attend a taster of the experience and to celebrate PMQG’s accomplishments.  We have a lot to be proud of, as our guild had the most quilts in the show! Here is a list of all of the members and their quilts that were in the show:

  • Turbine, by Jen Carlton-Bailly
  • Make Your Mark, by Karen Lee
  • Bending Petal, by Karen Lee
  • Sliced Circles, by Karen Lee (Also published in the Quiltcon magazine!)
  • Sidewalk Chalk, by Meghan Buchanan
  • City Grid, by Meghan Buchanan
  • The Field of All Possibilities, Virginia Hammon
  • Remote Destination, by Christine Yi
  • Pop Art, by Christina Cameli
  • Sacred Heart, by Christina Cameli
  • Waynesboro Cherry Gone Modern, AnnMarie Cowley
  • Hot Cross Buns, AnnMarie Cowley – published in Modern Patchwork!

And our prize winners:

Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge

3rd prize, Our Colorful Orchard, by AnnMarie Cowley!

Minimalist Design

2nd prize, Terrace, Violet Craft!

More than 40 people contributed to our beautiful charity quilt shown at QuiltCon, “Northwest Passage.”  Anne Tinnesand drafted the design,  Joyce Gieszler created the patterns, AnnMarie Cowley sewed it together and bound it and Kazumi Peterson quilted it.

Four of our members who attended the 2018 QuiltCon presented their thoughts and impressions of the show as a panel.  Violet Craft, Karen Lee, Suzanne Gray and Sam Hunter presented a slideshow of their photos from the quilt show, which you can see below.  

Violet Craft’s highlights of the show were curves, intricate piecing and perspective.  She said there were a lot of big stitch hand quilting quilts. Next was Karen Lee. She made a point to focus on quilts that surprised her.  She suggested that members check out the work of Christine Perrigot (@ccpquilt on Instagram) and Diana Vandeyar (@dianavandeyar on Instagram).  Suzanne Gray presented a lot of the quilts focusing on activism and social justice.  She was extremely impressed with the work in the Youth category.  There were quite a few quilts from members of the Social Justice Sewing Academy (@sjsacademy on Instagram).  Sam Hunter was most affected by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Gallery.  This special exhibit was curated by Mary Fons, from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  Please be sure to look at the slide show presentation below to check out all of the quilt photographs presented by the panel. Special thanks to Suzanne for leading the panel!


After the presentation, Susan, our Programs Coordinator for Meetings, and Kimberly L., our Programs Coordinator for Workshops stepped up to announce the upcoming instructors and lecturers.  Our upcoming Workshop Instructors include:

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And our May Speaker is:

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After our break, we then had our raffle.  Our winners include:

Luxe Fabric donated by Michael Miller Fabrics and the Noodlehead Super Tote pattern:  Laurie F.

Indah Pop Jelly Roll donated by Hoffman Fabrics and the Noodlehead Caravan Tote and Pouch pattern:  Ellen C.

Ten Square donated by Robert Kaufman with a Noodlehead Super Tote pattern:  Chelsea

QuiltCon Goodie Bag:  Alice S. 

Thank you to all of our door prize sponsors!


Next, Susan presented the Block of the Month in place for Michelle.  The block is the Pendleton 49er-inspired Western plaid.  Visit the Block of the Month page to download the instructions for all of the blocks including this month’s.  

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Check out the gorgeous quilts presented during our Show and Tell:


Be sure to take the Small Quilt Groups survey if you haven’t had a chance to and are interested in being in a Small Quilt Group.  The survey will be available for one more week. Interested members will be hearing from the Small Groups Coordinator by April 1st.  We will be looking to assign volunteer group leaders for each small group. Our goal is to have new groups up and running in the month of April.  

The Clark County Quilters have invited the PMQG to show 10 quilts in a special exhibit during their quilt show, April 5-7.  If you’re interested in showing, please email the guild at as soon as possible.

The PMQG UFO club is currently running.  Visit the UFO Club table to participate. You’ll submit a list of 10 UFO’s that you commit to finishing in 2018.  Bring the finished UFO to the next monthly meeting. Be sure to email Jennie at so she can enter your finished UFOs in the drawing spreadsheet.  You’ll receive one entry for each UFO finished. In December, the winner will be drawn and will win ½ of the UFO club fees.  The other half goes to the PMQG Charity program.


The guild still has some volunteer opportunities!  We need someone to volunteer for the New Member and Guests Welcome Program and also to volunteer for the Open Sew Day Closing on April 7, September 1 and October 6th.  We will also need a new leader for the West side Hand Sew Happy Hour in July.

We hope to see you at our next guild meeting on April 19th!

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