Welcoming a new board and a new year

W've made it through another year of sewing, quilting, fabric shopping, chatting, sharing and meeting. We're grateful for the former board members and happy to introduce a new board, with familiar faces, for 2016. 2016PMQGboard

From left to right: Elizabeth Hartman, Petra Anderson, Violet Craft, Heather Davidson, Kathryn Schmidt, and Denise Shoop.

Thanks for volunteering, ladies, and we're all thrilled to see what's coming next for the guild!

Find Your Spirit Animal

Animal Alphabet Quilt by Don't Look Now Have you started your mini quilt for the October meeting?

The theme for mini quilts this month is Animals and we're looking forward to seeing all the dogs, ponies, elephants, cats, bunnies, prairie dogs and unicorns that you can bring.

Don't forget the one rule we have--no bigger than 36" wide on any side.

Bring it to our meeting on October 15th, 7pm at St. Andrews Church, as always.

Mary Fons is Coming to Portland!

originalOMG! It's Mary Fons--the woman behind Quilty magazine and TV show, the daughter of the inimitable Marianne Fons (you know, just the Fons & Porter founder), the author of Make and Love Quilts, as well as the editor of Dear Quilty and the talented wordsmith behind the Papergirl blog. Yeah, her. She's coming to town for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild in October and we can hardly wait!

Join Mary On October 15, all day for a sewing workshop plus her afternoon lecture and trunk show (buy tickets now) or come for the afternoon lecture and trunk show only (buy tickets now).

We hope you'll be able to join us for one of her workshops, plus Mary will be joining us for our October 15th meeting at 7pm. Meeting will be free for members and $10 for guests. Make sure to spread the word and tell all your quilting friends!

If you can't get enough of Mary, she will be presenting other lectures and another quilt workshop at Fabric Depot on Saturday, October 17.

Violet Craft Workshop Now Open!


Violet headshotPMQG is pleased to welcome local favorite, quilt and fabric designer Violet Craft for an all-day workshop where she will be teaching you how to sew curves with her Breeze Blossoms quilt pattern. The Breeze Blossoms quilt uses a modern twist on a classic drunkard's path block to create a completely new design. In this workshop we will practice cutting quarter circle curves with different rulers, templates, and cutting systems and focus on piecing curves. Our class time will also touch on alternate block layout, secondary patterns, pattern sizing, and the "floating" layout. Plan to complete at least one Breeze Blossom block within the workshop time.

breeze-blossoms When: Saturday, September 19th from 9 am to 4 pm. Where: St. Andrew Church, 806 NE Alberta St., Portland Oscar Romero Room, up the ramp to the right of the gym where we have our monthly meetings Price: $62.50, payment via Square

Workshop attendees will also need to purchase a copy of the Breeze Blossom pattern in print or pdf form.

*Workshop is open only to PMQG members through September 1st, at which time if spaces remain unsold it will open to non-PMQG members.

To signup for this workshop, please fill out the form below and submit payment via Square.

If you have any questions, please email us at PMQGevents@gmail.com We will send out a confirmation email within 1-2 days after receiving your signup form. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please email us at the above address.

After sign-up form and payment is received we will send out the workshop supply list.

A Little Help

little spark Having problems getting ideas to complete those UFOs? Distracted from your quilting projects because of the beautiful summer weather? Help is on the way. The Little Spark by Carrie Bloomston has 30 ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing. Thanks to donations from the generous Sam Hunter, and Alison Schmidt, the awesome visitor to May’s meeting from C&T Publishing.  Two people will be lucky raffle winners at this month’s meeting!

PMQG at 2015 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show


PMQG member quilts have been selected to show from 43 entries. Thank you for your participation. If your quilt was not chosen as part of the PMQG group, please consider entering it in the main show. Its always great to see PMQG member quilts throughout the show!  You can register through June 1 in the 2015 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. For those of you that were chosen please make sure to register also and get your quilts over to  Nancy at Just Quilting before the due dat so they can load them up and drive them to Sisters. 54  "Untitled" 60" x 72" By Rachel Kerley

46A  "Untitled" 34" x 48" By Kristan Collins

44  "PMQG Medallion" 59" x 59" By Ann Mari Cowley

41  "Untitled" 32" x 32" By Kelly Cole

34  "Facing East" By Heather Davidson

30A  "Untitled" 58" x 72" By Beth Wells

26  "Inchworm" 50" x 50" By Juline Bajada

25  "Untitled" 55" x 62" By Mary Fedoroff

24  "Down the Rabbit Hole" 72" x 72" By Jen Carlton Bailly

23  "Improv Rainbow Quilt" 48" x 48" By Cath Hall

HelixLarge  "Helix" 65" x 82" By Michel McDowell

14  "Family Trees" 57" x 63" By Barbara Sanders

12A  "Urban Chicken" By Claire Alexander

10A  "Medallion Quilt" 70" x 70" By Michael Ann Shreeve




PMQG at NW Quilting Expo 2015

NW Expo Portland Modern Quilt Guild is in rotation with the Seatlle MQG and Vancouver MQG, to have a special installment at the Northwest Quilting Expo and 2015 is our year!  The NW Quilting Expo runs September 24-26, 2015. More information on the show can be found here.

This year PMQG has space to show around 50 quilts! This will be a great opportunity to show off our group's modern quilting work, so please consider making/finishing a quilt for this show!

We will be taking entries from PMQG members starting June 15 through August 1, 2015 for the special PMQG quilt section.

  • To Enter: 1. Must be a PMQG member 2. Send an Email Entry for EACH quilt you enter to: gweiss23@gmail.com between June 15 - August 1, 2015 with PMQG at NWQE 2015 in the subject line. 3. Each member can enter up to (3) quilts. 4. Each email entry must include: a) Your first and last name b) Name of your quilt c) Width and Length of your quilt in inches d) 2 photos in .jpg, .png, or .gif format: One full quilt / One close-up - “photos should be no larger than 1000 pixels” e) A description of your quilt, and what (to you) makes it Modern. f) Contact phone # - this is optional since we’ll have your email address but it makes for quick communication if need be.

A jury will be chosen and they will pick the best 50 modern quilts from the submissions. Jury information will be posted here as soon as details are confirmed.

Entrants will be notified by August 5th.

If your quilt is chosen to be a part of the PMQG installment, a registration form will need to be submitted by August 15 to NWQE - no payment necessary - with "PMQG written in as the category. A 4” sleeve will need to be attached to the back (it can be temporary) for hanging.

You would deliver (by Sept 22) & pick up your own quilt from The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego or at A Common Thread in SW Portland.

If your quilt is NOT chosen for this PMQG installment, please enter it in the main part of the show! It’s always great to see PMQG member quilts throughout the show!

Time to start quilting if you haven’t already!

Book Review: Beginner's Guide to FMQ

FMQ by Natalie BonnerBeginner’s Guild to Free-Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner is a great way to get started if you have been hesitant about learning this skill. She gives a good complete guide of what materials, equipment, and techniques needed to confidently quilt your project. The book begins with essential tools you need. Suggestions of the types of needles, threads, machine feet and fabric are explored. Explanations and pictures make choosing easy. She gives tips on what common tools you can substitute for the ones suggested. For example, regular safety pins can be substituted for quilter’s pins for pin basting.

FMQShe defines different types of battings “the filling between the quilt top and backing in the quilt sandwich.” Each batting type description has a useful manufacturer recommended space distance between quilting lines. This is super useful in deciding which type of batting to use.

Next, she moves on to preparing for free motion quilting. Different types of basting techniques to assemble layers are explained. How to adjusting thread tension to obtain beautiful stitches. These are just of few of the helpful tips.

To help take the fear out of free motion quilting, she shows how to practice quilting techniques on paper and how to make quilt samples. Now it’s time to quilt that quilt! The rest of the book is devoted to step-by-step visual tutorials of over 50 quilt patterns. A great feature is the full sized patterns at the end of the book of different designs including all-over patterns, motifs, and borders. I can’t wait to try some of the techniques.  FMQStill nervous? Afraid you might ruin your quilt top? Not to worry, this book has 6 complete modern quilt projects. The experience and beginner free motion quilter will find a lot to like about this book. It’s easy to follow instructions makes this book an easy read for those who want to try free motion quilting and are hesitant to get started.  Thank you C&T Publishing/Stash Books for giving this book to our guild to review. Someone will be the lucky winner at our next meeting’s raffle!

May 2015 Meeting Reminder

IMG_2005 Christina Cameli headshotWe can't wait to see you this Thursday for our monthly gathering. We'll be joined by local quilter, author and teacher Christina Cameli. Her second book, Step by Step Free Motion Quilting was recently released by Stash Books. Christina will be sharing her experiences, techniques and tips on how you, too, can do free-motion quilting on your domestic or a long-arm machine.

We'll also be kicking off our thread catcher swatch, so bring your fabrics in a plastic baggie that has your name on it. Include your IG username, if you have one. We'll be exchanging thread catchers at the June meeting.

When: May 21, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Where: St Andrews Church 806 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211

The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

What’s in store:

  • Christina Cameli shares her quilting wisdom
  • Thread catcher fabric exchange
  • Excellent giveaways
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Fabrics in a baggie with your name on it
  • Your nametag
  • A mug for coffee or tea
  • Your quilts for show and tell, of course!


Guests and non-members are welcome at the guild meeting. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

Modern Domestic Discount Modern Domestic will offer PMQG members 20% off their purchase on Thursday. They'll also be open until 7 p.m., so stop by before the meeting! 1408 NE Alberta St.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

April 2015 Meeting Reminder


We can't wait to see you again and celebrate our FIFTH anniversary. Can you believe it's been that long? And look how far we've come! We will be celebrating this Thursday with cake (provided by the PMQG) and lots of other snacks and goodies (provided by you). Plus we'll be sharing our Ode to Tools! We couldn't be the quilters we are without them, right? Come tell us which have been life changers and life savers.

When: April 16, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Where: 806 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211

The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots. What’s in store:

  • Anniversary party!
  • Ode to Tools
  • Delightful desserts and snacks
  • Excellent giveaways
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Food to share
  • Favorite tool(s)
  • Name badge
  • A mug for coffee or tea
  • Your quilts for show and tell, of course!

Guests Guests and non-members are welcome at the guild meeting. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

Modern Domestic Discount Modern Domestic is celebrating their fifth anniversary, too, so stop by and wish them well before the meeting! As usual, they will offer PMQG members 20% off their purchase on Thursday. They'll also be open until 7 p.m at 1408 NE Alberta St.

We hope to see you on Thursday!