Pincushion Swap for April Meeting

Faux Cathedral Windows from Diary of a Quilt Maven

Everyone needs another pincushion, especially if it's super cute!

We'll have a pincushion swap at our April meeting (Thursday, April 24). Here's how to participate:

1. Make a pincushion.

2. Put it in a brown bag. (The mystery makes swapping more exciting!)

3. Bring it to the April meeting.

4. Pick a bag and get a pincushion to keep!

Need some inspiration? Here are some pincushion tutorials to get you started. Share the links you like using the blue button below!

Double Tulip paper-pieced pincushion from sameliasmum.com

Jar pincushions from Doodle Craft

Also, try looking through your sewing books--they often include pincushion patterns.

Swap Details

For those first time Holiday Swappers bring your item unwrapped with a to and from tag attached. To see some items from last years swap check out this post

We're getting the fabric ready for the Madrona Road challenge and looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you all. 

While we wont have our normal presentations this month we will still be doing a show and tell.

 See you all tomorrow!

Click here for the free printables via Kelli Murray's Art and Design. 

Ready, Set, Renew!

It's time to renew your membership for another year of quilty goodness--brought to you by your Portland Modern Quilt Guild.

As a special incentive to become a member in 2013, we'll have special "members-only" give-aways at our December meeting. Some of the items on our list (checkin' it twice) include:
  • "Modern Log Cabin Quilting" book by Susan Beal
  • "Sweetwater's Simple Home" book
  • "The Liberty of London Home Sewing" book
  • "Transparency Quilts" book
  • Goodie bag from Bolt
  • Comic book cardboards for fabric organizing
  • Fat quarter set from Sew, Mama, Sew
  • Gift certificate for quilting at Just Quilting from Nancy Stovall
Membership in the Portland Modern Quilt Guild is $25 per calendar year, beginning on January 1 and ending December 31, 2013. The fastest and easiest path to membership is through our website. Just click on the Membership page and use the Buy Now button.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting

New for 2013! PMQG Membership Directory. In response to requests from our members, you'll have the option of adding your name and e-mail address to a members-only directory. Only your name and e-mail, and only if you choose.

Your Portland Modern Quilt Guild
  • You can find friends who "get" it, who share the thrill of the {fabric} hunt, your latest treasure, and the finally(!) finished project.
  • Monthly meetings are chock full of quick tutorials, timely presentations and the much-anticipated "Show & Tell". And treats!--thanks to generous members.
  • Special guests like Kathy Miller, Angela Walters and Lisa Anne Logan, bringing the wide world of quilting to you.
  • Members are eligible for the free fabric challenges--in 2012 we had three!
  • Members can show with the guild--in 2012 our guild was represented at Sisters' Quilt Show, NW Quilt Expo, and special exhibits at Island Quilter and Quiltworks quilt shops.
  • Sew Days! This year we hosted six, including a special sew&swap day at Staver Locomotive.
  • Swaps, meet-ups and field trips with other Modern Quilt Guilds; this year included Kansas City, Vancouver BC, Bend, Seattle, Eugene, and Bend.
  • Special discounts at local fabric shops, PNCA classes and QuiltCon!

During our December meeting, you'll be able to renew your membership as part of the general festivities, and you can play along with your smart phone. If you want to avoid the rush, surf on over to our Membership page and click on the Pay Now button. Here's to another great year of quilting!

December Party

We can't wait until THIS Thursday, the 13th to celebrate the Holidays and end of the year! We will meet in Room 101 at 7pm!  We will be providing beverages (wine, cider, and water) served by a server from PNCA. Please remember to bring a sweet or savory appetizer or dessert to share.

Ale's Christmas Pillow 
If you swapped fabric with a secret buddy last meeting, our Holiday swap will take place too, so don't forget to sew up that gift for your partner. (Perhaps even this weekend!)

Also, we are really excited to announce that we will be holding a raffle at this party for two prizes....our Michael Miller linear and improv quilts!! We will have two different colored tickets (coordinating to the quilts), each ticket is $5 and at the end of the night, two lucky winners will walk home with a beautiful quilt! All proceeds benefit Bradley Angle House and Children's Relief Nursery.
We will be accepting, cash, check, and credit cards via (square).

Finally, we'll have a special membership drive for next years membership (Nancy will have a post up on Monday explaining the details). As a reward and because we've loved serving you this year, we'll have lots of special end of the year prizes for everyone who signs up for membership for 2013!

Hooray! Can't wait to see you all and your Christmas sewing projects!!

October Meeting Announcements

For those of you who couldn't make it, or want to mark your calendars or donate to this months charity...Here are the October Announcements!

All-Day Sew Oct. 20! Fabric Depot - 9am - 9pm - Stop on by any time throughout the day! Bring your machine and projects! 

Call for 2013 Officers! Click here for details on each position. Deadline for applying is November 1.

October charity: Treats 4 Troops, supporting the 697th Engineer Corp. out of Fort Hood, currently deployed to Afghanistan. Shauna McCain of St. Helens is requesting gifts of small quilts, one for each of the 40 members of her husband’s platoon – any donations greatly appreciated. The shipping deadline is the second week of November.

Cotton Couture Challenge
As part of Quilt Con, we will be entering one of the three Michael Miller quilts into the collaborative quilt category of the quilt show. We will have a poll on the blog soon, to see which one we should send! There are many more categories with amazing prizes - click here to check it out!

Holiday swap!
Fill a sandwich size bag with your favorite fabric to be used in a gift made especially for you! Bring your filled bag to the November meeting with the following information attached to it. 
Your name: 
At the November meeting we will switch bags and then bring your gift to the December meeting! 

Michael Miller Challenge!
Everyone's projects were jaw-dropping and inspiring!! More pics coming soon to the meeting re-cap! 

As always, if there are any questions, please email us: portlandmodernquiltguild at gmail dot com

August Meeting Recap

We had quite a packed meeting this month! It started with our pouch swap with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. There were so many beautiful pouches it was hard to see them all. Thank you Vancouver!!

  Are you going to Quiltcon? Our guild is a Gold Needle Supporter! This means when it's time to register for Quiltcon all of our paid members will receive a 10% off code to use. This will be specific to our guild and is not to be shared on blogs or any other media. Registration is August 30th  and we will be receiving our discount code August 23rd. 

Heather and I shared a recap from the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-up. You can read our previous post here

Susan shared about the Denyse Schmidt class she and other members recently took, her post is here

We have two charities this month first member Teresa Cotes shared about Pho for Three. 

This post gives you all of the details that can be found on her Crinkle Dreams blog. Please head over and if you can sew a straight line you can help! Teresa is looking for little dresses, shorts, pencil pouches, little messenger bags, and a simple diaper wrap with the first batch of items heading out September 30th.

Second is Action Kivu.

This ends tonight at midnight so head on over to Alissa's blog so you don't miss out on her fundraiser. Portland members Susan Beal and Elizabeth Hartman have contributed prizes along with many other people. You will be entered to win if you make a donation to Action Kivu through the fundraiser. Action Kivu is run by Cate Alissa's twin sister and is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school. If you are reading this post after August 20th you can find out more about Action Kivu and still help on their website.

We had a visit from Lisa Anne a Portland guild member who has transplanted to Colorado to work for Craftsy. If you haven't checked out Craftsy yet it's a fun online community where you can take classes of all kinds of craftiness. Member Elizabeth Hartman will be starting her first series of classes soon you wont want to miss it! Lisa also shared about Craftsy's affiliate program and ideas about working with Guilds.

Wholecloth Quilts

Our Treasures Nancy did a wonderful talk on the history and evolution of Wholecloth quilting. I think this needs to be a future post on the blog so you can see all of the beautiful photos she had to share so stay tuned. Above are pieces by members Ale Kloch and Jen Carlton-Bailly.

Show and Tell
Joy Ruplinger with her lovely Scrap Table Runner

Lara Giles brought 2 quilts to share her Linen and Cotton Baby Quilt.
Also her Surfer Quilt for her daughter. She and her daughter have been collecting fabrics for the quilt for some time. Lara's daughter chose the pattern and theme to match her room then she moved out...
Back where you can see some of the palm tree quilting details.

Wacked Log Cabin by Cris Pera.

Amanda shared her version of the Ron Swanson quilt. This is from a quilt along by member Monica Solorio-Snow. 
Also from Amanda her Twin Quilt.

Gretchen Bertman shared her Architecture Boom. This is a memory album quilt made for her son when he graduated college. 
Detail showing each block with drawings or writing from Professors and friends.

Linda Nussbaum brought 2 quilts. First for Baby Girl Hamlin a pastel block baby quilt.
Second from a Jane Sassaman workshop her unfinished applique poppies. Linda's on flickr as Linda Beth.

Kory Keller shared her Windows improv wedding inspired table runner.

From Megan Dye blocks for Cocorico bee. These are paper-pieced quilt blocks for a flickr bee.

Sara Quigley brought her Cowboy quilt top.
 Detail of red work.
It's own travel bag!

Christin Ritz shared her small to Big Zig Zag Quilt.
Back. You can find her on flickr as see.ritz.

Ann Marie Cowley shared Swoon Leftovers from her Swoon quilt scraps.
Back but you can't really see the beautiful quilting details go to her blog and check it out.

Nancy Kennedy made this quilt from a pattern in Sweetwater Simple Home. 16 different red prints! 
Back with quilting by Nancy Stovall.

Maria Cardenas shared her Floral Lap Quilt.

Jolene Knight brought her Selvage Edge quilt.
Back quilted with her new machine!

Marcia Mersky Solids!

Mims shared a vintage quilt.
And 194 Lessons a half square triangle quilt for her daughters bed.

Cherri shared Wonky Stars her Sparkle Punch quilt. Quilted by Nancy Stovall featuring a concatenation technique which blends many different patterns.

Renee Neustrum brought her Modern Crosses baby quilt made from a pattern in Susan's Book Modern Log Cabin Quilting.

Teresa shared a miniquilt made with linen samples, old pants and new Alexander Henry fabric. 

Heather Lott shared a Senior Quilt.
And Ocean Boardwalk her first all solids quilt.
Back an enlarged version of the pattern.

Heather Davidson shared her Flower Garden Baby Quilt top made for her best friend.

Mary Ann Morrette brought her Red, White, Black, and Gray All Over Baby Quilt. She is on flickr as maremare312.

Thanks for sticking around until the end it was a great meeting and we'll see you next month on September 20th.


All Day Sew and Pouch Progress?

How was your weekend? Mine was busy but I managed to make it to the All Day Sew for a few hours but one of these days I will be their bright and early at 9 to sew ALL DAY!

We had about 25 people at the sew day. I think they were running behind me when I took my phone photos because it doesn't look that crowded or they were at the Fabric Depot Sale stocking up on Denyse Scmidt fabric and yes it was crazy cheap. We hope to see you at the next one on August 4th there's still room for more it's a big space! Also we're planning an extra summer All Day Sew in July more info on that soon.

How are you all doing on your pouches for the NW Guild pouch swap? I saw Jen's on Saturday and she has one lucky partner. It made me think I should get started on mine. If you are a new swapper let us know if you have any questions we'll be happy to help and remember to bring your pouch to the June guild meeting. 


Let's Swap with VMQG!

At our meeting last week, we announced that we are hosting a new swap! We are going to swap with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild (in British Columbia) pouches. Here are the guidelines: 
  • Make a handmade zip, snap or drawstring patchwork pouch
  • Finished size should be somewhere between 4x4" and 8x8"
  • Bring your finished pouch to the May 17th or June 21st meeting
  • Projects will be shipped in a group, so please label your pouch with your name and the name of the recipient
  • If you weren't able to sign up at the meeting, but would like to participate, please email portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com by MONDAY, APRIL 30TH, the following information: 
  1. Name: 
  2. Email: 
  3. Blog/Flickr:
  4. Five words to describe your style
  5. Favorite and least favorite colors
  6. Anything special you want a pouch for?
We hope that you'll join us!

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On behalf of the PMQG 2011 officers I would like to introduce you
to the 2012 PMQG officers:
Susan, president
Heather, vice president
Ale, program coordinator
Nancy, treasurer
Pétra, secretary

The evening was full of chatting, delicious snacks, beverages and gifting.


bags were popular this year and oh so stylish


to-go sewing portfolio

mini bags

pillow cases


sewing string catcher



triangle bags


trip-tic wall hanging

wall hanging +

camera bag

they drew each other! quilt and over-sized bag

pillow shams



a few of the Kansas City pot holders



See all you all in the new year! January 19 at 7pm.

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  • Our July meeting will be a picnic, once the location is confirm we will announce further plans
  • Sisters Quilt Show is next month (July 9) and 18 PMQG member quilts will be displayed there.
  • Members, please watch out for a survey email coming to your inbox soon.

10 MINUTE TUTE by Michelle: One seam notebook covers
Michelle showed everyone how to make a basic notebook cover that requires zero hand sewing and only one seam.
PROGRAM Quilt Market Recap
Kristin of Sew Mama Sew, Monica of Happy Zombie (designer of Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric), and Traci of Hip Fabric of gave us their perspective and recap of Spring Quilt Market.
  • Quilt Market is a trade show; Kristen and Traci go there to buy fabric and fill their days with appointment with fabric company reps
  • Monica goes there to promote her fabric line (authors and designers are another group that goes to Quilt Market)
  • QM is great for scoping out new fabric, patterns and books that you haven't seen
  • QM helps fabric retailers see trends, and get fabric/patterns to make store samples
  • QM is also great for swag giveaways; some of which Kristen, Monica and Traci shared with PMQG as giveaways
  • Schoolhouse is the day before Quilt Market and filled with 20-minute slots for companies/designers/lines to tell you about their products in more detail; sometimes these are short classes but those are geared towards brick & mortar stores

Petra showed us an old family quilt and her the father's day gift she made for her husband (oh no, that picture was blurry!)

Ale showed us Pinwheels & Postage Stamps she made for her mom. She recommended the Missouri Quilt Company half square triangle method.

Marcia showed us an untitled quilt

Rachel showed us her interpretation of wheat fields (and we got to compare it to Kristen's interpretation of wheat fields from Project Modern Challenge #1)

Cathy showed us her Bernina cozy

Anne showed us her signature quilt (she used a micron to write on kona cotton)

Heather showed us her Trip Around the World

Suzanne showed us a recent quilt

Cherri showed us the stage cover she made for Portland "Nofest": fabrics included pieces of belly dance costumes, shower curtains, curtains, and more

Jill showed us her lawn-chair quilt top

Jen showed us her "It better get sunny in Portland or I'll kick its butt" quilt that used up every last bit of yellow fabric in her stash, she used a variegated yellow to quilt it

We filled a table with scraps as we came in to the meeting and before we left everyone dug through to grab stuff they liked. That was A LOT of a fabric

The 12" Solids Block Swap (& Challenge)

The swap for our April meeting is a 12.5" block (for a finished 12" size) made entirely of solid fabrics. And it is a challenge… Say what?

Step 1) Make a 12.5" quilt block using only solid fabrics. Choose solid fabrics in colors you love, 12" finished size - that is all you need to remember for April.

Step 2) Put your block in a paper bag with your name and email address. Swap it at the April meeting and meet up with your swap partners before you leave.

Step 3, the challenge) Turn that block into _______ and return it to it's original creator at the May meeting. Into what? The challenge portion will be announced at April's meeting.

Step 4) Give the challenge item back to it's original block creator at the May meeting.

Yes, you get your block back as a completed project.

Some solid inspiration can be found on The Modern Quilt Guild's Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge Quilts flickr group.

April Swap reminder: Solids blocks!

In our rush to choose charm squares and the lovely Kona solids brought by Heather, the reminder about April's swap was forgotten. Make a block of any design you wish using all solid fabrics! The block should be 12.5" to make a 12" finished block. Above is a paper pieced block from Megan, blogged here. Maybe you'll be the one to go home with it!

Also, make space in your schedule Saturday April 2nd to attend the book signing for member Susan Beal's book Modern Log Cabin Quilting. The signing is at Modern Domestic from 5-6 and then there is open sew until 9! Hope to see you there.

February Swap: Mug Rugs

As announced at the January meeting our February swap will be Mug Rugs. This will be a blind swap, so bring a wrapped mug rug and chance determines who will get which mug rug. There is no need for a partner and if you want to participate just bring a mug rug to give and get a mug rug.

What is a mug rug? Well, I'm no expert (I've yet to make one) but the definition seems to be: small, useful, mini quilts that are bigger than a coaster and smaller than a placemat. The idea is that it fits your mug of tea/coffee/cocoa and a small snack. Probably the kind of snack that you think won't be messy enough to warrant a plate but then always manage to get crumbs next to the computer (or maybe that is just me).

Megan has suggested that a smaller than usual binding suits this project and recommends checking out this Single Binding Tutorial by Very Kerry Berry. And I dug through possibly thousands of mug rug photos on flickr for a little inspiration.

Put this on your to do list, please.....

Here are the directions for the PMQG Give and Get Gift Swap. This is going to be fun!

Fill a sandwich baggie with bits of fabric you love. You know, the GOOD STUFF!
Any color combination, any size is great. It's just got to fit in the baggie. Write your name and e mail address on a slip of paper and enclose it too.

Bring your baggie o'fabric goodness to the next meeting on Nov.18. We will swap.

Now the fun begins! You are challenged to make a quilted gift using only the fabrics in the baggie you received plus one (and only one) of your own.

Bring your finished creation to the December meeting. You will give your handmade item to the original fabric owner and receive a quilted treasure created with your fabrics in return.

We will share all this quilted sewing wonderfulness at the Holiday meeting in December. Sounds like a reason for a party! Stay tuned for more details on the December Celebration.

Questions? Ask here or on the PMQG flicker group.