meeting recap

March Meeting Recap

Lisa Congdon shared what it was like to be a judge at QuiltCon. In one word...HARD! ;) Violet will soon have a blog post sharing what she learned from interviewing Lisa, and the rest of the judges. 

Lisa Congdon shared what it was like to be a judge at QuiltCon. In one word...HARD! ;) Violet will soon have a blog post sharing what she learned from interviewing Lisa, and the rest of the judges. 

Show & Tell

PMQG September 2013 Meeting Recap

Thanks everyone for coming out to our September meeting! Amber, our Guild Secretary, ran the first half of our meeting. We switched show and tell this time and it sounds like it was a hit! She also introduced our guest and past president, Christina Cameli. Mary Ann was traveling and attending the VMQG sew day and meeting. She and past VMQG VP/current Programs director Amy Dame switched places! Amy was in Portland representing the VMQG special exhibit at the NW Quilting Expo. And here is everyone waving to Kim, our Programs director. She had the lucky opportunity to go to Sewing Summit this year. 

Christina, who blogs at afewscraps, gave a terrific presentation from her new book, First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting. She showed slides of ideas for FMQ designs and drew them out for us so we could see where to start and how to keep going! Many of us celebrated her book release over at Modern Domestic, where she will be teaching a Nesting Buckets class and sharing her techniques in October.

We were excited to hand out our soft Shannon Cuddle fabric for our OBT doll quilt challenge. It disappeared rather quickly! If you wanted some and did not get any please email us or leave a comment and we will do our best to get some for you. Remember you get a $10 voucher to see the Nutcracker for every doll quilt you donate! There are some great tips for working with cuddle over on the Shannon website. They invited us to do two blog posts for them. Here is the link to the first post: the second one will feature a pattern from one of the quilts we make. It could be yours! Let us know if you are interested in this fun opportunity!

I am excited to announce that the MQG Riley Blake Basics Challenge fabric is in the house! We will have it at Sew Day on October 5th and will continue to announce where we will have it for pick up. 

Next month Katie Pederson will be our guest speaker and we are so excited! Check out her popular blog, Sew Katie Did and don't miss the chance to sign up for her workshop Modern Crazy Piecing! based on her book the book, Quilting Modern over at Modern Domestic. We were lucky enough to host her co-author Jacquie Gering several months ago. Do you feel spoiled yet?

Our BOM this month, "Hexing Around" is brought to us by Lee of Freshly Pieced. This should make for some really awesome quilts! All of our BOMs are linked on the BOM page on this blog.

And lastly, join member Susan Beal at Powells City of Books on Sunday, October 13th to celebrate the release of her new book Sewing for all Seasons. She will be signing copies and would love to see you there.

PS - Have you started your Bridges of PDX Now! quilt yet? The deadline is a ways away, but it is never too early to start!

Oh, and stay tuned for more information about our next Quilt Documentation day, November 2nd at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

-- Michelle

July Show and Tell Recap

We had some great quilts at show and tell at this month!

This was a charity quilt made out of January's BOM Scrappy Trip Along.


 And two more charity quilts!

 Lauren Bowden created this quilt with her Tripping Down the Rabbit Hole pattern. She blogs at Lovely Frankenstein Designs.

Lauren also made this quilt called Magic Carpet.

Kelly Cole, who blogs at Blue Bird Sews, made this Material Obsession 9 Patch

Michelle Freedman, who blogs at Design Camp PDX, with One Way or Another, her own pattern

Anne Woodman with Bricks and Blocks

Mims Copeland with Andy's Quilt. Mims is Mimsical13 on Instagram

By Lisa O'Connor

Tiffany Carlton created this String Qult with the encouragement of her aunt, Jen Bailly-Carlton

Trisha Hassler with her Breathe Deep mini quilt

Sandi Duvall's Flying Geese Quilt

Tam Gardener with her Cafe Wall Illusion quilt

Petra made Hudson's Quilt. She blogs at Sew Paint Create and you can find her on IG and flickr as Creative Mom PDX

Unfortunately I can't find any info on this quilt on the sign up sheet, if it is yours please let me know so I can add that info!

PMQG Container Swap Round-up

We just couldn't contain ourselves!  Here is a round-up of the inspiration and tutorials for our container swap.

Kim's finished Pink Penguin Fabric Basket 
The Sometimes Crafter Fabric Boxes: Tutorial Here
Here are a whole bunch of awesome tutorials Kim Lumapas, our PMQG Programs Director rounded up to inspire you!

And the link to Carolyn's pattern: a collaboration with Anna Graham of noodlehead, that she donated to us to give away at our meeting:
Carolyn Friedlander's Social Tote 

Slow Sewing Studio Social Tote

If you missed the meeting we encourage you to find a partner and sew along. Hop over to our Member blog page and see if there is anyone who wants to play too! 

added 6/26/13
I stumbled across this nesting bowl pattern at a cuppa and a catchup yesterday. Not only is  it a lovely design, but Nova is donating 100% of the proceeds of the sales of her patterns from now until June 30th to the fund that was created for Kathreen Ricketson's children. You can read more about her in this blog post. Thank you Nova for organizing this!

MQG Membership

PMQG members: We are voting at our June 20th meeting!
PMQG members will vote on when our guild will join the MQG: membership is available in July for the 2nd half of 2013 and in December for 2014. You must be a paid PMQG member and be present at our June 20th meeting to vote. Individual Memberships will also be available in July and December.

Last month, MQG founder Alissa Haight Carlton presented the details of MQG membership to our guild. Here is a recap of her presentation, from a document provided by the MQG.

MQG Membership FAQs
The Big Picture
by Alissa Haight Carlton

Q: What is the mission statement of the Modern Quilt Guild?
A: Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern
quilting through art, education, and community.

Q: Why is membership to the MQG being formalized?
A: The MQG has grown exponentially since the first MQG was founded by Alissa Haight
Carlton and Latifah Saafir in Los Angeles in October 2009. Through blogs and the
internet, word spread quickly and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. The
original founders of the MQG provided support and guidance to these new groups.

In 2010, the founding members brought together a group of dedicated guild members
from across the country to form the initial MQG board. The goal was simple: determine
what local guilds wanted and needed from a national organizational structure. Did
they even want one at all?

The feedback came via member surveys, social media, the MQG leadership forum and
a pilot membership program made up of five MQGs. The priorities emerged: members
wanted community connections and communication, education, a better way to
manage membership, support in forming and running local guilds, and an easy way for
their guild to acquire 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

QuiltCon 2013 emerged as the vehicle by which the board could fund the work and
infrastructure needed to meet these objectives.
The board was expanded to bring on expertise in the areas of accounting, software,
and industry relations. An attorney was engaged to continue the 501(c)(3) application
process, a new website was born, and a membership program is being rolled out to
formalize the structure of the organization.

Work is ongoing to support the work of local MQGs and build a strong, thriving
international organization that supports the MQG’s mission to encourage the growth
and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.

Q: What are the basic requirements for a local group to join the MQG?
A: A local guild will need to develop and adopt a set of bylaws, elect officers, acquire
an EIN, and open a bank account. In addition, the fiscal year must match the MQG’s
fiscal year of January 1 to December 31 and the bylaws must contain some specific
language (outlined in a separate document). These are also the prerequisites to qualify
for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status through the MQG’s group exemption.

Q: How much are dues?
A: Individuals not affiliated with a local guild can join the MQG for $25 per year. Local
MQG’s will pay a flat annual fee based on the number of members in their group:
10 - 15 members: $ 150
16 - 25 members: 250
26 - 35 members: 400
36 - 45 members: 550
46 - 55 members: 700
56 - 65 members: 850
66 - 75 members: 1,000
76 - 90 members: 1,150
91+ members: 1,275
International fees are 35% less.

Q: Why are international dues discounted?
A: The board considers the initial launch of guild activities to be heavily centered in the
United States and therefore determined it appropriate to discount dues for international

Q: What if my guild signs up with 23 members for 2013 and adds 5 members before the
end of the year? How will our dues increase?
A: Your dues will increase the next enrollment period in January 2014. You can add and
remove members over the course of the year without any changes in cost.

Q: How was the amount of dues determined? Why are they so reasonable? Why are
they so expensive? (yes, we’ve gotten both of these questions!)
A: Dues represent about 10-15% of the projected income of the MQG in 2013.
Remaining expenses will be funded from revenue generated by activities like QuiltCon
and the SewDowns. The goal was to make dues both reasonable and affordable while
still providing needed funding for the operational budget of the organization.
We’d like to think that the MQG’s mission alone is reason enough to support the
organization but we’re realists too. To encourage guilds to join, the board has spent
considerable effort in devising a value-packed list of member and guild benefits which
we think far exceeds the cost of dues paid. We believe the combination of an
awesome mission and a compelling line-up of member activities, opportunities for
connecting within the MQG community, and guild benefits like 501(c)(3) status will
make our organization strong and ready to spread the word of modern quilting

Q: What are the deadlines for joining?
A: For guilds joining in 2013, dues will be pro-rated for a half-year period from July 1 to
December 31. Existing guilds will have until December 2014 to join. Benefits are listed

Q: Our guild is lacking bylaws which is required for membership? Where can we go to
get help in creating these?
A: Several samples of MQG bylaws have been posted on the website. We recommend
beginning with one as a template and modifying it as needed.

Q: Our guild doesn’t have an EIN, how do we get one?
A: Your guild can get can an EIN from the IRS. State requirements vary from state-tostate.
The IRS has information about getting an EIN here:

Q: Can a current guild join the MQG and still have local dues?
A: Absolutely. Local guilds retain complete ownership of setting local member dues.

Q: By aligning our fiscal year to the MQG do we have to have elections coordinate to
that year?
A: No. Your officers can run any start/end dates that you determine to be the best for
your local guild.

Q: If a guild chooses not to join can they still be a Modern Quilt Guild?
A: They will not be able to use the Modern Quilt Guild name. Being an official part of
the Modern Quilt Guild infers alliance with the mission of the MQG which includes a
commitment to the growth and development of modern quilting through art,
education, and community. Guilds are more formal than a sewing circle or club. If your
current group does not wish to join the formal structure of the MQG they can continue
with their current activities and should drop MQG from their name.

Q: Will individual members have access to the website to access guild challenges?
A: Yes. Individual members will have all the same benefits as members of local guilds.
An Individual Group is planned for the website for members that are not affiliated with a
local guild.

Q: What are additional benefits of joining the MQG?
A: Guild and Individual Members will receive the following benefits:
- discounted entry fees for MQG quilt shows
- discounted rates on conferences and events
- priority and early-bird registration for conferences and events
- discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors, legal fees and affiliated companies
- permission to the The Modern Quilt Guild logo
- access to MQG Leaders only newsletter and forum
- membership cards
- official member blog button
- membership pins
- 10% discount on online MQG merchandise purchases

Q: If a member switches guilds mid-year (such as moving) or signs on as an individual
and later wants to join a guild, will you offer refunds?
A: No, members will need to pay the dues for the type of membership they would like.

Note: A separate document entitled Quilt Guilds as Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Organizations
is available. It covers the nitty-gritty details of what being non-profit is, how the MQG’s
tax-exempt status is structured, and how your guild can take advantage of the group
exemption being offered by the MQG parent organization.

Q: Can we join without taking advantage of the 501(c)(3) status?
A: Guilds that already have non-profit status in place will not be required to file under
the parent organization’s group exemption option. Remaining guilds located in the
United States are required to take part in the 501(c)(3) group exemption. Guilds located
outside of the United States are exempt from this requirement. Since membership fees
cover the vast majority of operational costs beyond 501(c) there is no discount for
guilds who already have non-profit status in place.

Q: How quickly will our guild have 501(c) status after sending in our dues and
A: We plan to process membership as quickly as possible, preferably within 5 business
days, but it should be no longer than 21 business days depending on volume.

Constituent Relationship Management System (CRM)
Note: The CRM system will allow guild leaders the ability to track membership, take
payments, communicate with your guild through groups and newsletters, and plan
events with RSVPs. In addition, the social media hub will facilitate guild-to-guild
communication for planning meet ups and swaps, share photos of work, ask for advice,
and get information about MQG challenges.

Q: Will we need to maintain our own websites?
A: No. The MQG website will provide your guild with a web page where you can
announce events and post information for your members.

Q: Will we be able to link back to our blog that we already have established?
A: Yes. One of the features of the CRM is the ability to link your blog to the website.

Q: Will it have e-newsletter capabilities?
A: This feature is a requirement in our development project plan.

Member Information
Q: How will the MQG use and protect the personal information of members?
The MQG will never share or sell member's information with another organization or
company. Our membership database will never be shared or sold.
For some events we will offer the option to share email addresses of event registrants
only, but only if it is very clearly an option to approve or decline your participation and
people can opt out. You must opt-in for this, we will not share your email address
without your permission.

 The guild makes sure all of its communications are in compliance with the CAN-SPAM
Act as well as protecting members personal information as a top priority in our emails.

Future Plans of the Modern Quilt Guild
Q: What does the MQG have planned for the future?
A: The following events are currently scheduled:
- SewDowns - five all-inclusive weekend getaways that include 4 teacher led workshops.
Cities include Philadelphia, Portland, Nashville, Minneapolis, and Scottsdale.
- QuiltCon 2015
- Traveling Best of QuiltCon Show
- Quilt Market & Festival Showcase

Q: How many people do you anticipate the SewDowns to accommodate and how is it
decided who can attend? How much will it cost?
A: 80 attendees. It will be on a first come, first serve registration process with members
having the benefit of early bird registration. A flat amount of $750 per member/double
occupancy will include hotel, workshops with 4 instructors and food for the weekend.
Non-members will be $900 per person/double occupancy.

Organizational Structure
Q: How many people work for the guild?
A: Since September, 2012 the MQG has had two full-time employees. Alissa Haight
Carlton as the Executive Director and Heather Grant as the Director of Marketing and
Programming. Their hours will vary in 2013 as event planning ebbs and flows. Since April
2013, Jen Carlton Bailly works as the guild’s Communications Manager. We anticipate
hiring a bookkeeper in 2013.

Q: Will the annual budget be made available? What about minutes from board
A: Yes. This is also a requirement of being a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Q: Will board members be elected by the membership in the future?
A: The board is currently developing a plan for member participation in the board
selection process. This is slated for rollout in 2014.

April Meeting Recap: Announcements

What a fun PMQG meeting we had on April 18th! The room was packed, the energy was high and there were many new faces. About halfway through the meeting, Anne, our treasurer, whispered to me that we had just signed up our 150th member. 150! How cool is that! 
PMQG member's blocks for the Michael Miller Neon & Neutral challenge

Here is a recap of our committee reports and announcements. 

Community Events:
Our next PMQG Sew Day will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Fabric Depot from 9am - 9pm. PMQG Members are free, Guests are $10.
Our first Charity Sewcial is on Friday, May 10th at Modern Domestic from 5-8pm hosted by Rachel Kerley. PMQG Members can participate in a free charity pillow sewing event (all supplies provided) or sew their own projects for $10 (machines and tools provided). 

Quilt Shows
Thank you to everyone who submitted quilts for the PMQG special exhibit at Sisters. Notification letters were sent out on April 9th. The deadline to submit a quilt to the general Sisters show is June 1st.

The deadline for HMQS has been extended through April 26th. 

Historian Report:
Our first PMQG Quilt Documentation Day was held on April 12th from 1-4pm. We documented ten quilts, several of which were the first modern quilts to be documented for this project. Thank you to Susan Beal and Bill Volkening for spear heading these efforts.

We held a bylaw meeting on April 12th and reviewed the bylaw surveys and a working draft of bylaws for our guild. The next bylaw meeting will be announced. Please email us with Bylaw in the subject line if you would like a pdf of the document that we reviewed. A comment form is available on the Bylaw page of this blog.

MQG Membership
Allisa Haight Carlton will host a presentation on MQG membership at our May Meeting. Please send any questions about MQG membership to portlandmodernquiltguild (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line MQG Membership in advance of this meeting.

Before and After [Quilt] Market with Modern Domestic
We raffled off a class at Modern Domestic and will donate the proceeds to the Leiomyosarcoma Direct Research Foundation in honor of Heather Grant.
We are planning a Meet and Greet on Friday May 17th at Modern Domestic. Stay tuned for more details about that.
There are still spots available in Carolyn Friedlander's Ariel Wall Hanging and Olive Wall Hanging classes on Monday May 20th and Jacquie Gering's Slice and Insert Improv class on Wednesday May 15th. PMQG members get a 10% discount.

PNCA + PMQG team up
We have partnered with PNCA on two fantastic weekend workshops June 29-30. PMQG members get priority registration and a $100 discount off the cost of these classes. Links for our members to sign up are on our new PMQG member page on this blog. You will need a password to access it which we will send to members in an email. 
Learn more about the instructors here: Eliza Fernand check out her work here 
Cherry House Read Cherry's blog here

PNW MQG meet up
Pencil it in! August 15th - 18th in Portland, Or.

Neon and Neutrals Challenge
Our latest challenge was a Neons and Neutrals sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. Each member got 10 fat eights of Michael Miller solid neons, neon dots and Cotton Couture neutrals and was challenged to make a 
block or accessory. Members showed their pieces at our meeting (see photo above the blocks!) Stay tuned for next steps.

PMQG member Heather Davidson hosted our BOM this month. We will be making her 'Spring Mod' block along with the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. She did a wonderful tutorial on her blog. Thank you Heather!

Member Announcements
Violet is teaching her Herringbone Block Class at Quilting Delights on April 27th
WestSide Modern meets next Wednesday April 24th at the Pine Needle
Threadbias is hosting a Briar Rose quilt design contest now through May 5th
Please leave a comment if we missed anything.
Northwest Quilters next general meeting is May 13th at 9:30am

Stay tuned for the Presentation and Show and Tell recaps.
Thanks everyone!

-- Michelle

March Meeting Recap - Show and Tell

March Show and Tell

We'll just jump right in, shall we!?

Bill - Wild Eyed Susans and his Vintage Quilt (below)

Chelle - Vintage Quilt

Mary Ann's Charity Quilt
Mom's Quilt
Disappearing Nine Patch

Helen - Lap Quilt

Anne Matlak - $10 Quilt Club 2010
$10 Quilt Club 2011

Marcia Mersky - Hexagons and Zen Chic (below)

Anne Whiting - Niece Quilt

Susan Beal - Hand Quilted Pillow and Crazy Quilt (below)

Kelly Cole - Hexagon
Chris Pera - Stripes, Urban Improv (below) and a yet unnamed quilt

Tam Gardner - Color Blocks

The Bee Charmers - Scrappy Trip Around Charity Quilt!
 AnnMarie Cowley - Emerald City

Linda Nussbaum - Icy Cool 60°/30°

Sara Quigley - Baby Quilt (Pink Zig Zags)

Peggy Noto - Improv (First Try)
Veronica - BOM
Michelle Marcus-Boyer - Raindrops

Sarah Jackson - Single Girl

Judi Gillies - Star of the Orient
Jennifer Ball - Little Deer

Jolene Knight and her boy & girl Scrappy String Quilts

Anne Hepsitz shared her First Improv Quilts

Katie Herzog's Portland Winter
Teresa Coates and the amazing hand pieced quilt top she inherited from her Great Grandmother

We had the pleasure of meeting Luke Haynes and seeing some of his inspiring work! You're welcome back anytime Luke!

Cath Hall - Day & Night
Heather Bostic - Bear Claw

I hope you all enjoyed seeing these quilts as much as we did! Until next month!


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March PMQG Meeting Recap - Announcements

So was that a fun meeting or what? Wow! It was jam packed with over 100 members and guests -- our little room was bursting at the seams! It was our 3rd anniversary -- Happy Anniversary PMQG!

Membership Directory
We started with a few business announcements. Jolene Knight of Good Knight Quilts has put our first guild membership directory together. We are finalizing some details and it will be emailed out to members in the next week or so. Thank you Jolene!

Many members signed up to help with our newly formed committees. We have so much planned for this year and we will need as much help as possible! Plus it is fun to volunteer. Who knows what it will lead to (hmm, we will need new board members in 2014...!) We would love to have a member or two volunteer to help with membership. Please email or leave a comment if you are interested.

Sisters Special Exhibit
The deadline for submitting a quilt to the PMQG Special exhibit is April 1st -- which is coming right up. Unfortunately there was an error in the link to the email and if you submitted a quilt and didn't get a confirmation please resubmit it. The correct email is:

Double Date April 12th! Documentation Day and Bylaws
We still have spots available for quilts for our first PMQG Quilt Documentation Day, April 12th from 1-4pm. Fill out the form to reserve your spot and Susan Beal, our guild historian will get back to you with more information. We will also be using that space to review the first draft of our guild's bylaws which Cathy Fowler is spearheading. If you haven't filled out part two of our bylaw survey there is till time before she compiles all the information.
The location is Shaking the Tree 1407 SE Stark St. We will be heading over to Enso Winery which is across the street for happy hour around 6pm. Please join us for that too!

MQG Membership
The MQG announced at QuiltCon that it is offering guilds membership starting in July for the remaining half of 2013 or in December for 2014. There are many benefits including 501(c)3 status, a CRM website and discounts on MQG events, Our guild will review the details and vote on whether we join in July or December at our next meeting in April.

Before and After [Quilt] Market
There is lots of excitement surrounding Quilt Market, which will be in Portland this year. PMQG is teaming up with Modern Domestic to bring our members some amazing classes and possibly a party. So far we have confirmed a class with Jacquie Gering on Wednesday, May 15th and two sessions with Carolyn Friedlander on Monday, May 20th. PMQG members will get priority registration and a 10% discount. We can't wait to finalize all the details so we can share them with you!

PNW MQG meet up
Pencil it in! August 15th - 18th in Portland, Or.

Neon and Neutrals Challenge
We are super excited to announce our latest challenge: Neons and Neutrals sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. You get to create a block or accessory or both to show at our April meeting. Each member got 10 fat eights of Michael Miller solid neons, neon dots and Cotton Couture neutrals. Make sure to pre-wash the solid neons.
Blocks: Make your blocks 12.5" (12" finished) by whatever your choose. We will assemble a group quilt(s) from there.
Accessories: Your choice of accessory: purse, pouch, bag, etc. -- pieced, quilted or both. This is yours to keep.

Monica Soloria-Snow (aka Happy Zombie) hosted our BOM this month. We will be making her 'Round the Rosie' block which was originally featured in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks and was recently reissued. She did a wonderful tutorial on her blog. Thank you Monica!

Stay tuned for a recap of our Presentations and Show and Tell.
Thanks everyone!

-- Michelle

February 2013 Meeting Recap--Announcements

It was great to see so many members at our February meeting! It was a fun night both at our meeting and following the Instagram QuiltCon posts from our members in Austin. Just as our meeting was starting we were excited to learn that four of our PMQG members had won awards for their quilts! Congratulations to Monica Solorio-Snow (RonQuilt: The Ron Swanson Quilt, 1st Place,  Piecing - Large Quilts), Heather Davidson (Retro Modern Shapes, 3rd Place, Applique - Large Quilts), Megan Dye (Trajectory #2, 1st Place, Use of Negative Space - Large Quilts), Katie Sciarrino (Hannah, 3rd Place, Modern Traditionalism - Large Quilts). Read more about the quilts on the Modern Quilt Guild Blog. 

If you were not able to attend QuiltCon this year, Craftsy has partnered with the Modern Quilt Guild and has many of their lectures (including the awards ceremony) posted for free! Yes, you read that right - free! Take advantage of this amazing glimpse into the incredible experience of Quiltcon. You just need to sign up to be a member on Craftsy (also free). Here is the link: QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013

PMQG is now offering Business Memberships. This was suggested by a member of our business community and it has been a big hit! Welcome to the PMQG Family Cool Cottons, Just Quilting, Modern Domestic, SewPo, Bill Volckening, Quilt Appraisals, Good Night Quilts, and the Bear Creek Quilting Company. We look forward to learning more about your businesses in the up coming months.

And a warm PMQG Shout-Out to our Business Sponsors. These businesses offer generous discounts to our guild members: Bolt Fabric Boutique, Joann Fabrics, Lark Cottons, Modern Domestic, Pendelton Woolen Mill Store, PNCA, Sew, Mama, Sew, and SewPo. Be sure to call PNCA if you plan to register for a class in order to get your membership discount.

Sew Days
We are thrilled to announce Brittany has scheduled monthly Sew Days for our guild on the 1st Saturday of every month at Fabric Depot. Next up: March 2nd (oops! That was last weekend! Next one is April 6th.) It is always 9am to 9pm; PMQG members are free and guests are only $10. Not sure what to sew? Bring your Puzzle Blocks or request some from Mary Ann. She has lots of projects waiting for an adoptive home.

Gail Weiss announced the details for our 3rd Annual PMQG Special Exhibit at the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show. You can find all the details for how to enter your quilts on this post here: PMQG Special Exhibit Details. Gail is also taking volunteer shift sign-ups right now! Send your quilt submission via email by April 1st to:

PMQG Swag! T-shirts, Hoodies, Totes -- oh my! a big PMQG thank you to Gail Weiss and Phantom Chicken Screen Printing for printing up some super cool products to show off our guild pride! And just because she is so awesome, All proceeds from sales go to PMQG! Watch facebook for an announcement for her next scheduled print date: you can order anytime by clicking our fancy Swag button on the right side of our blog or on this link: Phantom Chicken PMQG Swag.

Double Date! 
Friday, April 12th, 1-6pm, happy hour afterwards. (Location is still being determined) Save the date for our first Quilt Documentation and Bylaw meeting. Susan Beal and Bill Volckening are teaming up to document and photograph your quilts. There will be a small fee of $15 per quilt to cover the costs of formally entering the quilts into the Oregon Quilt Project. You can sign up now on our new Documentation page.

With regards to our Bylaws, forty-two of you filled out our Bylaw Survey Part 1 (thank you!) and we have posted the Bylaw Survey Part 2 which will be up throughout the month of March. Your feedback is pivotal to determining the best structure for our guild and we just learned that we will be able to become a 501(c)3 thanks to the Modern Quilt Guild as soon as July, so it is also necessary in order to move forward with that! More details about that at our March meeting.

Pencil it in!!! The 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Meet-up will take place on August 15th -18th in

Portland, Oregon. We are in the very beginning stages of planning this so more details and plenty of volunteering opportunities to come!

February BOM Kim presented our February BOM the X Plus Block. This has been buzzing on Instagram lately and we wanted to join in the fun. Cutting details, layout diagram, tutorial and history of this block can be found on our BOM page by clicking on the block link or you can also get there from here: Feb BOM. We are also starting to see our first Bee Quilts made with our Jan BOM blocks to give. Way to go folks!

Sadly we had our first member memorial and took a moment to remember Cheryl Elgin. Her daughter and close friend were at our meeting to share Cheryl's last quilt and we were grateful for their lovely personal memories they shared with us. Peace be with the Elgin family and friends in your time of loss.

We were fortunate to have Christina Lane, aka The Sometimes Crafter, join us for a reprise of her presentation Adventures in Hexagons now re-fashioned as Adventures in English Paper Piecing. She shared many of her techniques in a detailed slide show with beautiful photographic images. Here is the link to her tutorial for how to stitch hexagons. Her first book, Quilting Happiness, which she co-authored with Diane Gilleland of Crafty Pod is coming out this summer and we can't wait to get our hands on it!

To compliment her presentation, guild members Gail Weiss (I Think Sew), Christina Camelli (A Few Scraps), Elsa Hart (A Fine Line) and Teresa Coats (Crinkle Dreams) lead small groups of members on a guided tour of paper piecing techniques. It was so much fun to learn all their different techniques and secrets! Christina has a fun paper piecing QAL on her blog: check that out here Sprockets Quilt Along. And extra points for guessing correctly who is behind that quilt block in the upper-right photo in the collage. She must have been feeling overwhelmed by the swarms of paparazzi!

Stay tuned for details about our 3rd Anniversary Meeting next month. We are planning a Quilt Con Recap, a new Michael Miller Challenge, some terrific giveaways and much more! Our next guild meeting will be March 21st at PNCA.

-- Michelle

February Meeting Recap--Show and Tell

We had a wonderful show and tell at our February meeting! Thank you to everyone who shared!

We had a moment to reflect on the the loss of our friend Cheryl Elgin, and were able to see her last quilt. Nancy Stovall quilted it and her husband Matthew brought it to the meeting, where Cheryl's good friend, Patty Turner, and her daughter, Hillary Elgin, shared it with the guild. Hillary hadn't seen the quilt before, but now it will be hers.


Anne Matlak showed her quilt "The Sea"


Cherri Langley shared her "Dancing Stars" quilt made with Lizzie House fabric. The free pattern by Amy Ellis can be found here:


Cath Hall shared her "Gretchen" quilt for Project Linus. Cath can be found at



Chris Pera showed her "Green Checks" quilt. She was trying to use less color than she usually does and used Jenn Carlton-Bailey's wavy quilting technique, which you can see on the back.



Heather Lott showed this Sampler Quilt. Heather blogs at


Anne Woodman had a Doll Quilt and a Princess Quilt to show. These sat on her design wall for a while before she stitched them up!



Joy Ruplinger shared this baby quilt.


Amber Garrison showed her Orphan Blocks and Pink quilt. Amber blogs at


Cathy Fowler shared this First Grade Auction quilt that she worked on with the kids. She can be found on Flickr as CathyAgent


Juline Bajada had 4 mini quilts to show. One is made with the modern cross pattern from Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin book she won at our December meeting. Juline is on Flickr and Instagram as JulineB





Jennifer Gleich shared her Madrona Road Quilt top and her tips for how she did the lettering.


Kimberly Lumapas showed her "Never Ending Dear Quilt." She made this for some friends and had changed the size of the blocks which made it more difficult. Her advice is not to change the pattern! Kim is on Flikr as Perfection Not Included


Mary Ann Morsette (me) shared my Converging Corners quilt top for the Faith Circle of do.Good Stitches. I'm on flickr as maremare312, Instagram as soapsbymaremare and blog at


Bill Crane showed his African and Polka Dots Quilt which he used Susan Beal's Modern Cross pattern for. He says that he likes to have "weird backs" on his quilt.



Gail Weiss debuted the finish of her Dragon Hexie Quilt! This quilt has 4,132 half inch hegagons. Gail blogs at


Veronica B. showed her Block of the Month quilt.


Anne Levant Prahl showed her Diamonds Quilt top. Anne and her mother worked on this quilt together from thousands of miles apart. Anne says she makes really big quilts, this one was huge and she said she might still add a border!


I can't wait to see what is shared next month!

-Mary Ann, V.P.

January Meeting Recap - Show & Tell

January's Show & Tell was an amazing kick off to the new year! So many beautiful quilts, WIP's and other handmade items were shared, inspiring all of us!

Cathy Fowler shared her Modern Cross quilt and two strip quilts. One of which is her son's and it turns into a cape! 

Jen Carlton-Bailly's 5HTP Squared (top) and her 3-6-9 quilt made for the Madrona Road Challenge. 

Dawn White's Cosmic Kaleidoscopes

Kelly Cole's Vintage Reworked

Ann Symons brought some wonderful fabrics she found on a trip to Myamar to show us. There were so many great patterns and prints!

Heather Lott brought in this great Polar Bear rug she made for her daughter. 
(Her husband helped - he made the ears)

He kept a few of our members warm and cozy during the meeting :)

Violet Craft's Kitty Sparkle Punch

Elizabeth Hartman shared Glam Garlands/Drip Mashup (top) and her Winter quilt

Gabrien and Traci shared their twin Christmas Sparkle Punch Quilts

Gabrien's back

Traci's Back
Traci also shared this quilt top she's making for her son

Cath Hall's Gobl Grey

Monica Solorio-Snow shared her Scrappy Quilt along with the Winterkist Rapid City Quilt that Elizabeth Hartman gave her made with Monica's fabric line Winterkist

Lisa O's #2 quilt

Amanda Clow of Threadbias and her Modern Maples Mini

Janet Murdock's Swamp Thing 2 quilt

Pam Raby brought in two quilts this one is called Sangria
And this one is named Illumination

Sara Quigley had these great accessories to show us!

Petra and her Madrona Road Challenge Quilt!

Ale shared this quilt she made for her husband. She calls it Ben's Garden.
She also shared this quilt "I Can't Look at it Anymore" that she donated to the Children's Relief Nursery. Quilting on the donated quilt was done by Nancy Stovall

Jolene Knight and her twin baby quilts

A wonderful WIP from Jamie Erdman - Baby Pearl's Quilt

Susan Paris and her quilt that she donated to charity

Hope to see you all at our Sew Day this Saturday, February 2nd at Fabric Depot!

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January Meeting Recap - Presentation

One question we as a Board want to ask ourselves when we're thinking of what to present is, "How does this relate to modern quilting?"

Within the modern quilt movement we've seen growing emphasis and attention directed at making the backs of our quilts more of a design element. This can be challenging especially if you're running behind schedule and need to finish quickly, or don't have a lot of time to dedicate to sewing, or even if by the time you've finished a beautifully pieced top are just done with that particular project.

Kim, our Programs Director, put together this great presentation of quilt backs and we hope it inspires you to try something new on your next quilt!

Traditionally, quilt backs were whole cloths or longer pieces of standard width fabric pieced together, making the quilting the main focus, such as this quilt here:

If you're intimidated by moving away from using one fabric as your backing, start small. Use one fabric as your main backing and add one other fabric to it. Slice the main fabric to make it longer or wider as needed. Two great examples are these backs here:

Try piecing your leftovers together. Make rows of similar sized cuts and then sew the rows together or layout your larger cuts and fill in the holes, such as these quilts:

 Picture Courtesy of Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy

Picture Courtesy of Jeni Baker at In Color Order

Often times when piecing the top of our quilts we end up with leftover blocks and what other great use for them than the back! Our next topic is to continue an element from the front. Even if you don't have any extra blocks consider making a couple more specifically for the back! 

Picture Courtesy of Kerstin at Sunset Sewing       Picture Courtesy of Megan Dye at Monkey Beans

Picture Courtesy of Katriniella on Flickr                  Picture Courtesy of AraJane on Flickr

Picture Courtesy of Lisa Piinette from Flickr

And then there are the times when you get a wild hair and decide to make two quilt tops. The following pictures are of quilt backs that look like tops, but we swear they're backs!

Picture Courtesy of Kati at From the Blue Chair

Picture Courtesy of Gail at I Think Sew

Picture Courtesy of Elaine at Elaine's Crafty Corner

Picture Courtesy of Dee at Dee's Doodles

Picture Courtesy of BGMom1 on Flickr

Picture Courtesy of Dan Rouse at Piece and Press

Picture Courtesy of Rebecca Powers - Thread For Your Life on Flickr

Lastly HAVE FUN! These photos courtesy of Katie Sciarrino feature quilts that were made for her nieces. Each of the quilt backs have elements of the others' top.  

Hopefully you saw something that inspired you to try something new! 
To help you along here are some resources:

-Hooked on Needles: Pieced Quilt Back Tutorial
-Red Pepper Quilts: Aligning a Pieced Backing 

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