February Meeting Recap


On the super cold February 21st evening, we had a great turn-out to share our love of all things creative and made of textiles! Many of our members were in Nashville at QuiltCon including two that were award winners, Sam Hunter took third place in the Handwork category for “Why I’m a Feminist” and Christine Yi, won third among Small Quilts for her “You Are Here.” Matthew Stovall is on-site taking pictures and posting the PMQG Instagram page.

Guild President Erin welcomed 17 new members and celebrated February birthdays in addition to sharing exciting upcoming programming news.

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There are 5 spots ($95) still available for the Bite Sized Gem workshop with MJ Kinman on March 18th at Aloha Sewing and Vacuum.

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The evening’s speaker, and one of the PMQG’s original members, Susan Beal is offering a Log Cabin Block Party Workshop ($75) on April 27 at Mill End, Beaverton. This workshop goes on sale February 25th at 6pm.


Sheila Sinclair Snyder’s Barn Quilt workshop had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new date is May 4 and there are 4 spots ($100) available.


PMQG will be hosting Christina Cameli for a Wedge Quilt Workshop ($75) on April 6 from 10:00 - 4:00 at Kenton Historic Firehouse.  Workshop goes on sale 2/28 at 6:00 pm. Scholarship is available, apply at the class link above.  

The April meeting is being pushed back a week to April 25 because a religious holiday conflicts with our original date.

The prolific author of 9 books, Susan Beal took us on a lovely journey down the path of her crafty evolution from making clothing and jewelry for Portland shops to expert Log Cabin designer and artist. Members were able to comb through 22 years of her quilting journals containing drawings, instructions, and fabric swatches during the break. She provided tips on getting quilting labels made and invited everyone to join her at a Book Signing Party at Portland Craft bar on March 9, Saturday. Embroidery, books, and refreshments!

Check out these gorgeous quilts Susan shared:


We finally have resolution on the MQG membership issue, thanks to results from a member survey, the hard conversations had by the volunteer task force, and board member Sara Flynn’s inquiry to the MQG about split membership fees. Our members were split virtually in half on the survey question of potentially leaving the MQG. Fortunately, a solution that serves both audiences was crafted.

PMQG will have two levels of memberships offered. The first is a local membership at a cost of $45.

The benefits of a local membership include:

  • Monthly Meetings

  • Sew Days

  • Charity Sew Days

  • Hand Sew Happy Hour

  • Special Events

  • Retreats

  • Workshops

  • BOM

  • Guild Level Voting

The second level of membership is a Local + National membership. For 2019 this requires an additional $10 fee. For members who this is a financial hardship, please email the guild and we can waive this fee for 2019 only.

The benefits of a Local + National Membership include the above benefits as well as:

  • Access to the MQG Online Community

  • Access to MQG Monthly Webinar Series

  • Access to free monthly quilt patterns and Block of the Month Series

  • Able to vote in MQG Board Elections

  • Opportunity to participate in inter-guild swaps and challenges

  • Discounts on conferences and events

  • Priority and early-bird registration on conference and event admissions

  • Discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors and affiliated companies

  • Pin and Blog Button

The board will make the effort to hear from every member what their preference is. If you’d like to have the Local + National membership, please notify us by either purchasing the add on fee in our web shop or emailing us for the fee waiver.

Anyone who wants a Local only Membership, should complete the form here. We need our members to notify us their preference by March 20th so we can pay the appropriate dues to the MQG for 2019.

We anticipate that PMQG dues will change for 2020, depending on the numbers of members who opt for each level of membership. This decision will be made in late Fall/Early Winter.

PMQG Anncoucements

Erin shared reminders about the many projects PMQG sponsors that you can participate in and outlined the still-open volunteer 2019 roles.

The next Open Sew Day is at Mill End Beaverton on March 2. The guild can hang quilts at Mill End from March 1 – May 1, participants are first come, first serve. If you’d like to submit your quilt, please email an image to the guild!

Mary Ann Morsette provided additional details about the Spring Retreat, which sold out faster than any to date. There is one open slot open and Mary Ann encouraged people to get on the waiting list if they are still interested.

Mary Ann also announced plans for a Fall Retreat at Menucha in Corbett, OR from October 25-27. The price will be under $200 and only two nights. The venue is more rustic, has one large sewing room, and good food. Registrations will be open for two days on June 21st, first to members who did not attend the Spring Retreat before opening to all on June 23rd .

Entrants for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show challenge Bountiful Rainbows are in the process of being juried. Participants will be notified by February 24th . We still need volunteers to staff the exhibit. Shifts will be around 90 minutes. If you are planning to attend or already have a place to stay, stay tuned for the signups!

The February Block of the Month has been posted to our website, the Smoosh Block. Please visit our BOM page to download your pattern!

The Fat Quarter Lottery of reds had lots of participants with Jessica and Deb walking away with some nifty new fabric to work with.

Our raffle prizes for the meeting were donated by June Tailor, Inc, Lark Cottons, Violet Craft, Tuva Publishing and Benartex Fabrics. Susan Beal donated three prize packs for a total of 6 prizes for the giveaway which also included notebooks from Vintage Fabric Studio! Our winners were Toni, Susan, Donna, Heather, Becky, Angel, and Andrea.

Everyone stayed a few extra minutes for a great Show and Tell. Check out the gorgeous works presented here: