January Meeting Reminder

Welcome in the new year (and a new PMQG board) at the first meeting of 2015! We’re excited to have guest speaker Jessica Darling with us bringing some color to the drab days of January.
Thursday, January 15
7:00 p.m.
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:
  • Sign up for 2015 membership 
  • Meet the new board members
  • Announcement about 2015 PMQG Quilt-Along
  • Update on Panty Raid quilt 
  • Sign up with Sam Hunter with your UFO
  • Fabulous giveaways 
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room
Don’t forget to bring:
  • Your quilts for show and tell!
  •  New, clean panties for the Raphael House (each pair gets you a chance to win the Panty Raid quilt) 
  • Your name badge (and get an extra chance to win a giveaway!)
  • A mug for coffee or tea
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 of fabric and notions on Thursday. Modern Domestic will be open until 7 p.m., so stop by before the meeting! 1408 NE Alberta St.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Susan Beal at Pendelton Store

PMQG member Susan Beal, author of Hand-Stitched Home, is having an event at the Pendelton Woolen Mill Store on Saturday. Have your copy of the book autographed, see the projects in person, learn about working with wool, and maybe shop for some beautiful fabric to make a wool quilt of your own! 

Hand-Stitched Home book signing with author Susan Beal
Saturday, October 11

1 to 5 p.m.
8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland

We hope to see you there!

Sam Hunter at Powell's

PMQG member Sam Hunter will be promoting her new book, Quilt Talk, at Powell's City of Books on Saturday! Please stop by to hear more about her great paper-pieced alphabet and techniques for making your own wordy quilt! 

Powell’s City of Books presents Sam Hunter
Saturday, October 11
4 pm
1005 W. Burnside St., Portland

Sam uses this machine to make very tiny quilts. 

About Quilt Talk
You’ve got something unique to tell the world. What better way to get your message across than sewing your words into a quilt? Fiber artist and quilt designer Sam Hunter teaches you to say it all with 12 new projects featuring modern, paper-pieced text blocks. The book includes patterns of an easy-to-read font that includes lower- and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Sam covers everything you need to know about paper piecing, choosing fabrics, and designing your own quilted words. Use Sam’s designs to get started, and then stitch up your own words to give any occasion the ultimate personal touch."

About Sam Hunter
Sam Hunter is a fiber artist and quilt designer who considers her sewing machine to be the ultimate power tool. She started sewing at age seven and has never really stopped. Sam lives in Oregon. Visit her blog at huntersdesignstudio.com.

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February Meeting Reminder

Kelly's Exploding Star block from Vintage Quilt Revival 


Tuesday, February 18
7:00 p.m.


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

What’s in store:

  • A special presentation by the awesome Amy Dame from Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild
  • New challenge using Michael Miller's new Glitz line
  • Giveaway of Vintage Quilt Revival and more fun stuff
  • Next round of the Medallion Along
  • Show and tell
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room 

Don’t forget to bring: 

  • Your name tag! Paid members who wear a name tag will get an extra raffle ticket! (Here's some inspiration if you want to make one.)

  • Riley Blake charity blocks or unused fabric from last year (the guild will make them into quilts for Camp Erin!)
  • Your medallion center to show off 
  • A mug for coffee or tea (we’ll have hot beverages on hand!)

  • Cash or check in the amount of $40 for 2014 membership, if you haven’t renewed already. If you would like to pay with debit or credit card, the price is $41.50 to cover fees.

  • Your quilts for show and tell, of course!

    Modern Domestic discount:

    PMQG members get 20% off at Modern Domestic the day of the meeting! Visit them at 1408 NE Alberta—just down the street from St. Andrews Church.  

    Other Upcoming Events:

    Hand Sew Happy Hour
    Sunday, Feb. 16, 2-5 p.m.
    The Mash Tun Brew Pub
    An afternoon of sewing and socializing at an Alberta St. pub

    Open Sew Days
    Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
    Saturday, Mar. 1, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.  
    Fabric Depot
    You can get so much work done at these back-to-back sew days! 

    We hope to see you there! 

    Questions? E-mail us at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com

      Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show Submissions

      Darwins Diamonds & Flowers by Ronda K. Beyer, photo by dutch baby

      There's still time to submit a quilt to the Stitches in Bloom quilt show, which will be held January 24-26 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR.

      Submission forms are due January 17. Check the Stitches in Bloom site for all the details. 

      PMQG isn't involved with this show, but if you submit a quilt, we'd love to see pictures! 

      A Message from Michelle

      Who will be next? (BTW, pretend Jen is in this photo too!)
      I recently came across a newsletter from another quilt guild and saw that it had a special section for the President's notes. My first thought was, "oh no! I have never done that for our guild - were they expecting me to do that?" and then I laughed and thought of how all of you would have reacted to a formality like that and I felt relieved. 
      Taking on the job of guild president this year was not without trials. There were times when I felt overwhelmed and in-over-my-head. I wondered on occasion if I was the right person for the job and whether or not I was meeting expectations of our members and the greater MQG community. Many of you were candid with your compliments as well as your critiques. I was grateful for the feedback and took each and every comment seriously.
      But that is just me. The office of president has been approached differently each year that I have been a member of our guild. How I would follow in the footsteps of the women who had stood in my shoes before me? How would I compare? The first PMQG meeting I went to was in January 2011. There was a fat quarter swap, a fun wonky argyle presentation and mug rug challenge (a what?) I only knew one person there that night and I did not consider myself a quilter by anyone's standards. I went back through old posts and found a picture of me from that meeting. Who knew I would serve as your president a few years later!
      I love looking back at those meetings and thinking about the friendships that I have gained from guild and the wonderful and inspiring meetings that I have attended. This year was extraordinarily special. I have had the opportunity to work along side of four inspiring and talented women, Kim, Mary Ann, Amber and Anne who served as your officers this year. I participated in the formalization of our guild as part of the national MQG organization. We had an exciting calendar of programs, events, challenges and education. And I witnessed our guild grow to 175 members! 
      2014 is right around the corner. I have been asked daily who I think will be our next guild president. Last year about this time I was asking myself that same question. I knew the answer in my heart was me. I sat down and wrote a letter to the officers detailing my vast inexperience, lack of professional connections and most importantly why I would not be qualified at all to lead the group. I am happy I never pressed "send." The next morning I wrote a second draft. I'll be honest, I was terrified! Yet I knew Susan, Christina and Jen would help me if I needed advice, that my fellow officers would support me if I made a mistake and most of all that our community of members would inspire me to be the best leader I could be. 
      So next PMQG officers: don't delete those letters of intention. If we can do it, so can you! We need our members to step up and take the reins. And we are here for you! We will help you succeed. And I for one am looking forward to that.
      -- Michelle

      MQG Basics Challenge with Riley Blake Designs

      We are excited to participate in the MQG Basics Challenge with Riley Blake Designs! Here is the recent announcement on the MQG blog: The Basics Challenge.

      To get your fabric bundle you will need to sign up on the MQG community site/Portland MQG group/Riley Blake Challenge Event by August 29th, 2013. By attending this event you are officially signed up with PMQG to get fabric. There are no exceptions to this deadline folks!
      Here are the steps to sign up for fabric:
      1. Join the Riley Blake Challenge event on the Portland MQG group on the MQG community
      2. Fill out this google registration document if you need help with step 1: PMQG Riley Blake Fabric Sign-ups
      * The Google Doc is for you to let us know that you want fabric and need help with the MQG site.

      Here is how to sign up on the MQG community site.

      1. Go to http://www.themodernquiltguild.com and click on the 'community' tab at the top of the page.

      2. That will take you to http://community.themodernquiltguild.com/user/login so you can log in.

       3. Once you log in you will see your profile page. At the top of the page you will see a tab for 'groups.' Click on the groups tab.

      5. Search for 'Portland' in the 'Limit to' field under the word groups. That will take you to our Portland MQG page.

       6. You will see a box on the right side of the page that shows 'Upcoming events.' Click on blue link for the PMQG Riley Blake Basics Challenge Sign-up.

      7. To join the event click on the orange 'attend' button. Voila! You are all signed up.

      (for those of you who are uber observant, my registration was cancelled so the button would say 'attend' for this tutorial.)
      We plan to have fabric to give you for our September meeting. If you can't make the meeting we will let you know where you can pick it up or how to send us a SASE. 
      Stay tuned.
      -- Michelle

      PMQG August 15th Picnic Updates

      Hey everyone,
      We are moving the meeting!!!

      Plan B: We will MOVE the meeting to the covered basketball courts at daVinci Arts Middle School 

      2508 NE Everett St, Portland, OR
      The covered basketball court is on the south end of the school (Everett St. just before 27th) behind the playground. Parking on Everett St.

      Here are the plans for our meeting in case of rain tonight. We will post additional updates on Facebook and our blog: please check there for news.

      Plan A: We will have the meeting in Laurelhurst Park, picnic area E as planned even if it It drizzles a little bit and the grass is a little damp.

      Plan B: We will MOVE the meeting to the covered basketball courts at daVinci Arts Middle School if it starts drizzling or misting at 5:30pm and the skys are dark and the forecast is rain. THIS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON Facebook AND THE BLOG.

      Plan C: We will CANCEL the meeting if it starts raining (real rain, not sprinkling) by 5:30pm. THIS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON Facebook AND THE BLOG.

      Da Vinci Arts Middle School
      2508 NE Everett St, Portland, OR
      The covered basketball court is on the south end of the school (Everett St. just before 27th) behind the playground. Parking on Everett St.

      Look for an email from me as well with information for how to contact me directly.
      See you tonight!

      PMQG August Pot-Luck Picnic

      It's our Picnic meeting Thursday August 15th to be held at Laurelhurst Park at picnic site E. Above is a map showing where we'll be meeting and you can click on the link for a more information about the park. Don't worry it's not hard to find us! The meeting will start at the usual 7pm. In case of rain the meeting will be cancelled. If you are unsure of the weather check on our facebook page and the blog for updated meeting info the day of. 

      Our pot-luck picnic meeting is a little different
      • Bring your picnic quilt or blanket and a meal or snack
      • We'll start the meeting with socializing and eating. 
      • Family's are welcome (we will have a few teens available to supervise younger kids over at the play area.)
      • We will have a presentation! 
      • Bring your quilts for Show and Tell and BOM blocks.  
      • We encourage you to bring a dish or dessert to share
      • Bringing your own single serving beer or wine is allowed. 

      Hope to see you there with the sun shining! And a warm welcome to any of our out-of-town guests who are coming early for the Meet-up!

      The Bridges of Portland...NOW

      The Bridges of Portland...NOW

      brought to you by the Pine Needle and the West Side Modern Club!  
      Waterfront Park by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics

      PMQG is joining the West Side Modern Quilt Club in creating quilts inspired by the bridges of Portland, Oregon to be shown at the Northwest Quilting Expo May in 2014.

      1. Chose your bridge and sign-up (There is a form below if you haven't signed up yet)
      2. Use a minimum of 1/2 yard of the lovely new Waterfront Park collection by Violet Craft for Michael Miller (and PMQG member!) *PMQG members get 15% off this collection at the Pine Needle through the end of July.
      3. For the quilt dimension requirements please follow the guidelines on the NW Quilt Expo website 
      4. Think outside the bridge! Be inspired by color, what is on, under, above, and by the bridges. These do not have to be literal representations of these bridges (but of course they can be because you are awesome and talented and we can't wait to see what you make!)
      Your quilt is due April 1st 2014. Extended to June 1st, 2014

      PMQG speaks with Eliza Fernand

      Last week I had the opportunity to exchange a few emails with Eliza Fernand about her up and coming workshop Collaborative Improvisational Quilting at PNCA which is part of their Quilting the Urban Landscape Series, June 29-30, 2013. Thank you Eliza for taking the time to share your personal experience, artistic vision and inspiration with us! 
      Collaborative improvisational quilt stretched over a skylight.
      What is collaborative improvisational quilting and what can we expect to experience in your PNCA class? I think that improvisational quilting means working without a pattern, breaking rules and following intuition; and collaborative quilting is when a group of people are piecing their work all together.  In the class I would like to emphasize recycling and working with reclaimed fabrics, modifying familiar patterns and entirely letting go of patterns, and working together to make a large-scale site-specific piece.  As a group we will consider our quilting work as sculpture, as architecture, as a filter for light, and as something we are a part of but do not own.  I hope it will appeal to experienced and first-time quilters, and will be slightly mind-blowing and invigorating to everyone involved.

      What makes this whole quilting thing important to you? To the world? In other words, why do you do it? That is kind of a huge question, and is probably either a total mystery or something that can be explained with a thousand answers... I often point out that I did not grow up with quilts so they have more of a mystical and iconic identity to me than to someone who owned quilts and used them in everyday life.  I think from both perspectives, quilts are power objects- assemblages of fabrics, and thread, and hours of time and consideration, and repeated uses, and histories, and custom, and craft. From my perspective as an appreciative outsider, I have been interested to hear the stories of people and their quilts, whether they have one or twenty.  

      The meditative quality of working with fabric, the spiritual connection to pattern and color, the power of making something imbued with your care; these are all possible answers to why we do it.  I guess the question you are asking me is the question I have been asking with my artwork for the last three years- and I am still learning from experience.

      A collage landscape photographs of quilted tents

      What inspired you to start making quilts into tents? Do you see this changing how we perceive what we typically think of when we think of quilts? I had been working in sculpture for ten years when I finally got the guts to make a quilt.  In my sculptural and installation work, I often made a space to go inside of, so it was natural for me to think structurally.  I am not trained to make quilts any certain way, so I can do whatever I want with it, and it seems my initial impulse was making monumental quilts.  The tent is a space to tell stories; it has a transformative effect on our moods because the light coming in is filtered by a geometric patchwork of different colors; it references nomadic cultures, and a child’s blanket fort.  A tent is also very utilitarian, but these tents do not work in the traditional way of protecting you from outdoor elements.
      I do want to challenge my viewer’s perception of quilting and quilting culture; I want to expand their idea of what a quilt can be, what it can mean.  I am working with a tradition that comes with a very rich history, and am free to re-formulate this form.  If the tents can push traditional perceptions of quilts, I still want to push it further, much further.

      You traveled all over the US with Quilt Stories. Tell us about one of your favorite quilting bee experiences during this tour.
      It is hard to pick favorites, because I was inspired every day while I was touring and talking with people and seeing the country.  Two experiences really stand out for me though; the quilting slumber party I hosted in Minneapolis, and my visit to the regional quilt guild meeting in Northern Michigan.

      After hearing several stories about quilting retreats, I decided to host my own at the residency in Minneapolis I was at for two weeks towards the end of my summer tour.  I made invitations, shopped for materials at the local Goodwill, and drew a ten-foot wide circle on the floor to fill with patchwork.  People came and went throughout the night, stitching on the collaborative white quilt, piecing patchwork, and just hanging out.  I think by 5am most people left and I got some sleep, then woke up to host a brunch where we hung the patchwork I put together from pieces by 14 contributors.
      We hung the patchwork over a large skylight and it was so amazing to see the light making a grayscale shadow of the quilt on the floor, and to see the handiwork of all these people coming together. I repeated the slumber party again in Boise, and it is the basic idea for the workshop at PNCA.  

      The other seminal experience I had on tour was when I spoke about my project at a quilt guild meeting.  When I arrived at a small-town library, blanketed in snow, I was prepared to give a PowerPoint Presentation with my laptop.  I was told that they did not have a projector and they asked me to set up the tents inside and just talk.  It felt more like storytelling than a lecture, and the room was full of women of various ages who were totally engaged in the story.  After my talk, I stayed for the rest of the meeting and was so thrilled to watch the show-and-tell portion of the night.  It might sound strange, but I was laughing and tearing up because I was so happy and moved to to witness this special tradition of quilters sharing their work.  Going in to the situation, I was a little intimidated of what these old-school quilters would think of my project, but I was completely welcomed and encouraged.  In fact, that has been my experience with every quilter I have met- there is a shared excitement that 

      can bridge any differences in approach, concept, or technique.

      Inspiration from a tile wall and handwork detail

      What's the tool or technique you couldn't live without? That is an easy question- needle and thread.  You can do everything you need with a needle and thread. I guess scissors would be on that list, but if I didn’t have a pair I would use my teeth.

      Your work has been on display all over the country; where can we see it now? Next month?  I have been exhibiting a lot nationally over the last few years, but I actually don’t have any shows coming up. I recently relocated to Oakland and have only had a studio here since March, so I am happy to spend time working on new ideas in the studio. The book I am making is a way to wrap-up the touring projects, so I am having some fun experimenting and thinking about my next step.  

      I made a piece for a college campus that I taught at in April called Gift Pyramid that invited people to leave gifts for each other in pockets hung on the wall.  With that piece, I wanted to make work that was interactive but I did not have to be present.  I would like to make more work that can travel without me, and can facilitate exchange in communities. I also have plans for a solo show at a cafe in Oakland this fall.  For that I am working on looking at quilts on a figurative scale, and playing with draping. I have been draping all of my older patchworks that I originally hung flat on the wall.
      Eliza and crew working in the collaborative improvisation style

      You recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish a book about Quilt Stories. Do you have a new quilting adventure planned?
      Making the book is the new adventure.  I like working with a lot of different mediums and processes- I make animations, costumes, clothing, ceramics, quilts, sculptures, installations, songs, drawings, murals, performances, and videos; now I want to make a book.  Each medium I approach I like to distill down to what I find to be the idea that the object is based on.  For instance, when I started making functional ceramics, I made a signature mark to carve in the bottom of each piece- this is something I had seen potters do, but I was not trained as a potter, I was mimicking the craft.  When I wanted to make music videos for the Quilt Stories Songs, I thought about how pop music videos have a lot of outfit changes, and nonsensical scenarios, and very very loose plot-lines, and worked with that idea.  The book is in the style of an art catalog, and it is all about Quilt Stories, which is one project title that encompasses a whole slew of project tangents.  So, my challenge is to document these projects in the book, appropriating the format of an art catalog, while making it something that interests and challenges me.

      You have a degree in sculpture but are a self-taught quilter. Do you have any personal quilting goals or techniques you would like to learn?
      Yes, I have many.  I like teaching with experienced quilters because I learn new tricks from them as I am teaching.  Making art is always a learning experience for me, and especially with sewing, as each project advances my skill set.  I was thinking about making a traditional sampler quilt so that I could attempt all of the patterns I am interested in on a small scale.  I have been getting really into hand-quilting and would like to make work where the quilting is as intricate as the piecing, or maybe more so.

      Your work is unique in the world of quilting in that it can be described as both modern and traditional. What do you think defines it as 'you?'

      I am working on quilts in a different way than most quilters, because I see my work as contemporary art, but I do not see my work as part of the “art quilt” or “studio quilt” genres.  Part of my work is investigating the use of quilts in society today as an amature antrhopologist, with interactive projects- and in that way I could be viewed as a Social Practice Artist.  Also unlike modern quilters who often have a painterly style, when I am piecing I am mostly interested in geometric traditional patterns and their significance, so I see my work as concept-based and process-based.  I also will only work with reclaimed fabrics- meaning repurposed from used bedding or clothing, or possibly yardage from a thrift store, but it has to be second-hand.  I see most modern quilters using new fabrics- whether they buy prints or hand-dye their fabrics- they are purchasing new materials, usually produced specifically for quilting.  I guess my approach to piecing is more old-fashioned in the style of scrap quilts and working with what you have.  Re-activating these materials that are headed for a landfill is very important to me, and I find that these familiar fabrics have much more sentimental weight and sense of context than modern tapestry designs that look factory fresh.

      What's the one thing you absolutely must do/see when you come to Portland? My favorite Portland activity is walking over the bridges.  I would like to take a walk where I cross at least three bridges.  The river is the most massive force in that city; it is always flowing by quickly, but I find it very grounding.

      Don't miss Collaborative Improvisational Quilting with Eliza Fernand at PNCA, June 29-30, 2013.
      In this two-day workshop, students will explore patchwork quilts as architectural interventions. The class will learn about using improvisational techniques and materials, including deconstructed clothing and recycled fabric, to make individual patchworking adventures. We will examine how using different mediums including photography and sound to engage your audience. The class will create a collaborative piece and install it in a public venue.

      Check out more of Eliza's work here:
      Eliza Fernand
      Quilt Stories, a Book Kickstarter Campaign
      Quilt Stories Facebook page

      *all photos courtesy of Eliza Fernand

      May Meeting Recap: Announcements

      What a fun meeting! I think I could write that a million times! Jacquie Gering shared her quilts with us, Alissa Haight Carlton spoke about MQG and hosted our BOM and we had a great party at Modern Domestic to celebrate, well -- us!  I hope everyone had a chance to participate in activities over the weekend too: There was fun to be had by all!
      left: Alissa Haight Carlton, top right: Jacquie Gering, lower right: Our neon quilt (upside-down) with Melissa (of Generation Q Magazine) Christine and Cathy (from Michael Miller).

      Here is a recap of our committee reports and announcements. 

      Call for 21st Century Quilts! Our next PMQG Quilt Documentation Day is set for Saturday June 22nd from 12-5pm in the Lab Space at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Sign-ups are live on our events page and will be first come first serve. There is a $15 charge for each quilt that is documented.
      Our revised draft of the bylaws is available for review. Please email us with Bylaw in the subject line if you would like a pdf for review.

      MQG Membership
      Allisa Haight Carlton presented all the details for MQG membership at our May Meeting and answered our members questions. PMQG members will vote at our next meeting in June to join the MQG in July. We are putting a blog post together for those of you who missed the meeting with all the details of what Allisa covered. That should be up the first week of June. 

      MQG founder Alissa Haight Carlton hosted our BOM this month. We will be making her 'October' block which was originally posted on the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog for their Modern Block of the Month BOM. Instructions for her block are here. Thank you Alissa

      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. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to work with some incredibly talented quilters! (Links below or on the right side of the blog)
      Eliza Fernand 'Collaborative Improvisational Quilting'
      Cherry House, 'City Quilting' 

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

      Our next PMQG Sew Day will be held on Saturday, June 1st at Fabric Depot from 9am - 9pm. PMQG Members are free, Guests are $10.
      Our next Charity Sewcial is on Friday, June 14th 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). 

      Business Member of the Month
      Jolene Knight of Good KnIght Quilts talked about starting her longarm business and studying under PMQG member Nancy Stoval (Just Quilting). She generously gave a $50 gift certificate away to one lucky winner. Thanks Jolene!

      Stay tuned for more!
      Thanks everyone! 
      -- Michelle

      To Boston with Love

      We are excited to announce that PMQG is joining Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild in making flags for their wonderful project 'To Boston with Love.'

      Visit their blog to get the tutorial and read more about this project:
      Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild

      Yesterday PMQG members began posting links to this wonderful project and then Monica Solorio-Snow emailed us that she was happy to be the point person for our guild and collect all our members projects for this at our next PMQG meeting.

      "This is a small project that can easily be made in an afternoon. You may make as many flags as you are up for. The more flags, the bigger the impact. The overall idea is to provide Boston with an uplifting experience from quilters and sewists around the globe. We are inviting other modern quilt guilds to participate in this project and Berene Campbell will be coordinating participants."

      Please bring your finished flags to our meeting May 16th at PNCA.
      Thanks VMQG, Monica and Cristin Ritz!

      If you are going to send your flags directly please make sure they will land in Vancouver, BC by May 21st. Visit Amy's During Quiet Time blog for more info.

      Sew Day Announcement!

      The time has changed from 10 to 4 for this Sunday at Quilting Delights! See you there!

      We’re pleased to announce our April Sew Day is this Sunday, April 7th at Quilting Delights

      There is limited space so please email us at portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com to reserve a spot. It will be first come, first served and we can fit approximately 20 machines. Please feel free to stop by and say Hi, or if you miss the initial sign-up and have any handwork please come! 
      There will be tables and chairs, power strips and surge protectors. Please bring your own cutting implements and irons. 
      Quilting Delights is located at 14863 SE Oregon Trail Dr, Portland, OR 97015, and is open from 9 to 5! There is a classroom in the back of the building, but I’m sure you can let the ladies know you’re with PMQG and they’ll also show you where to go. See you Sunday!!

      OMG! It's Luke Haynes!

      a conversation with Teresa Coates and Luke Haynes

      If you haven't heard, Luke Haynes is coming to Portland this weekend to teach at Modern Domestic and to attend the PMQG meeting on Thursday (squee!) I have long been a fan of his work and was thrilled when he said he'd fill me in on a few things before he came to town. The guy has mad talent and a reputation for being one of the kindest folks you'll ever meet, plus he's a man who quilts--what's not to love?!
      On my bed #3 2010
      People can often recognize your work  on sight as a 'Luke Haynes' quilt. What do you think defines it as oh-so-you? 
      Well, most of them have pictures of me on them, and who else in their right mind would do that?!
      Plus I faked quilting for so many years that I have a bit of "folk art" to it. meaning that there is not so much base in tradition that I work from. 

      What makes this whole quilting thing important to you? to the world? In other words, why do you do it? 
      It's important to examine the objects and traditions that we take for granted. I am working on understanding the concepts and the process behind making quilts and behind the culture of objects. 

      So what makes a guy start quilting people onto quilts? Or is that even how it started?
      My first quilt was just an experiment. I was 'painting' with fabric. From there I continued to innovate method and image. and here I am today. 
      What's the tool or technique you swear you would die if you couldn't use it anymore? 
      If there were no more rotary blades I would be lost. I can't imagine using scissors to cut strips! 
      Your work has been on display all over the country; where can I see it now? Next month?  
      I am currently being shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Katonah Museum and in Island Quilter on Vashon Island. 
      If I were buying, what drink would you order? 

      An Arnold Palmer (half tea, half lemonade) in the afternoon and an Old Fashioned in the evening.
      Is there a specific place on this planet that makes you especially happy? Like, "When I need to feel like all's right in the world, I go to..." 
      Not presently. I am working on moving to LA so I am between homes currently. If I had to say I'd say my Honda, but that sounds a bit sad....maybe I should say Disney World or something.
      What's the one thing you absolutely must do/see when you come to Portland?
      Eat at Pok Pok. I love that place!!
      Why should we all sign up for your class at Modern Domestic
      Because I am doing it for fun. I don't teach but maybe once a year and I have a lot to share. Plus it will be a blast! We will get some projects made and learn some new methods and ideas. PLUS Pok Pok is a few blocks away!
      Sign up for Luke's class online  and be sure to come to our meeting on Thursday to get a chance to meet him and see his amazing work in-person.
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