Monaluna Challenge

"Bloom" by Monaluna

We have a special challenge for you, featuring Haven, the new line from Monaluna. In addition to being gorgeous, these Scandinavian-inspired prints are certified organic cotton! We're very excited that Monaluna has generously sponsored this challenge. 

What We're Making

Blocks for quilts to raffle at the holiday party in December. All members will get the chance to win one of these quilts! 

What You'll Get

Participants will receive four fat quarters of Haven fabric. 

The Blocks

You'll make one (or more!) of the following blocks: 

*  Flower Path Quilt Block by Ellen Luckett Baker (courtesy of Kristin at Sew Mama Sew)
(Here's the second part of the instructions)

*  Ohio Star by Tessa at The Sewing Chick Blog (courtesy of Tessa)

*  Modern Improv Block: Make your own block design, just make sure at least ONE side is 12.5" unfinished.

Adding Fabrics

Do not add any other prints.

You may add the following Kona Cotton solids:

Yellows: lemon buttercup, canary
Pink: Medium pink, carnation, peony
Red: Coral
Gray: Iron, medium gray

Hello, kitties! "Meow" by Monaluna

Due Date
Participants must commit to making at least one block and returning it to the guild by August 31. If you don't make a block, you must return the fabric to the guild by August 31. You can give your block or fabric to one of the officers at any PMQG event in August. 

Who Can Participate
You must sign up for this challenge. We have fabric for 80 people. You must be a current PMQG member to participate. 
(PMQG membership is $40. If you're a member of the national Modern Quilt Guild but not PMQG, you can upgrade for $15. Email the guild at for details.) 

Sign Up
Sign up for the challenge using this online form.

Fabric will be distributed at the guild meeting on June 19.  

Share Your Work
If you post your block on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., use the tag #PMQGchallenge so we can all admire your work! 

We can't wait to see the blocks you all make out of this beautiful fabric! 
"Little Garden" by Monaluna

2014 MQG Fabric Challenge--Michael Miller

MQG Fabric Challenge


The challenge: 

Option 1: Make anything quilted that you like! We're keeping this nice and easy. No restrictions or guidelines other than the fabric guidelines below and it must be quilted. Quilts, bags, wall hangings, anything you are inspired to make is allowed! You may add solids from any manufacturer, and/or Michael Miller prints.

Option 2: Alternately, you may make a block or blocks to give to the guild to be used in some of our yearly raffle quilts. For these blocks the only additional fabrics allowed are solid fabrics (no additional prints so the blocks can be cohesive). The block size is up to you as long as one measurement is 12.5 inches. So 12.5" x 6.5" is allowed, as are 12.5" x 12.5" and 12.5" x 18.5." Please bring these blocks to June's meeting.

The sponsor: Michael Miller Fabrics

The fabrics: Michael Miller Petal Fat Quarters fabrics that were handed out at April's meeting. There are a limited amount that may still be available at the next guild event(s). You don't have to use all of the fabrics. You may also add in any solid from any manufacturer. If you are doing option 1, you may also add in any Michael Miller print.

Who can enter: This challenge is MQG-wide. PMQG members who receive a fabric pack may enter, and MQGs all over will be doing similar challenges

Entry details: Entries will be uploaded to the MQG site between March 2014 and June 23, 2014. Upload them to the MQG forum here

The tags:  If tagging your pics on FB, IG, Twitter, etc these are some tags you can use: #mqgfabricchallenge Also be sure to tag @MichaelMillerFabrics

The prizes: 3 winners  will each receive a posting on the Michael Miller blog and “A year of Free Fabric.” Every month for a year winners will receive a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from Michael Miller's newest collections.

Finishing Details for Glitz Challenge

Here are the final things you will need to know to enter your Michael Miller Glitz mini quilts for the PMQG Quilt Knit Stitch exhibit.

  • Labeling Information: All quilts must be labeled: A cloth label with the title of the quilt and your name, address, and telephone number must be sewn on the back of the quilt. The information on the label can be applied with embroidery or any other permanent means.  Do not use a water-soluble pen.
  • Hanging sleeve information: All quilts must have a hanging sleeve. Find information on how to add a hanging sleeve here.
  • Please take pictures of your quilt before you submit them to PMQG. If your quilt is chosen, you will then need to fill out an online form with info about you/your quilt and include a picture.

Remember, these quilts are due at the April PMQG meeting.  If you cannot bring them to the April meeting or send them with a friend, you may hand them off to an officer at the April 26th Fabric Depot Sew Day (9am-9pm)
FYI, the Robert Kaufman Modern Metallic Quilts will have the same label and hanging requirements, but the entry process is different.

Full information about both challenges.

    Upcoming Challenges and Exhibits

    At Tuesday's meeting we introduced a new Mini Quilt Challenge that ties into our Quilt Knit Stitch! exhibit, as well as a second way to enter the exhibit. Also this week you may have heard about the newest MQG Challenge that is coming up. I know that's a lot of information to throw at you all at once, so here's further explanation for all of these things:

    Michael Miller Glitz Modern Mini Quilt Challenge


    The challenge: Make a modern mini quilt with your Glitz fabrics that has dimensions that are in between 12" x 12" and 24" x 24." So, any single side is at least 12 and up to 24. It can be rectangular or round or any other shape as long it is smaller or equal to 24" x 24."

    The sponsor: Michael Miller Fabrics

    The fabrics: Michael Miller Glitz fat eighth fabrics you received at Tuesday's meeting. You may also add in any Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids. No other fabrics allowed. If you missed that meeting we have a limited number you may pick up at the upcoming Open Sew days at Fabric Depot or March's meeting. First come, first serve.

    Who can enter: Any PMQG 2014 member who receives a fabric pack

    Entry Details: Enter the challenge by bringing your mini quilt to the PMQG April meeting. If you cannot make the meting, please make arrangements for a friend to take it for you. Quilts that are not chosen to appear in the Quilt Knit Stitch! exhibit will be returned at May's meeting. 

    • All quilts must be labeled: A cloth label with the title of the quilt and your name, address, and telephone number must be sewn on the back of the quilt. The information on the label can be applied with embroidery or any other permanent means.  Do not use a water-soluble pen.
    • Quilts must have a hanging sleeve. Find information on how to add a hanging sleeve here.
    • Please take pictures of your quilt before you submit them to PMQG. If your quilt is chosen, you will then need to fill out an online form with info about you/your quilt and include a picture of the quilt.

    Remember, these quilts are due at the April PMQG meeting. Please DO NOT bring them to the March meeting, we will not be accepting them yet.

    The tags:  If tagging your pics on FB, IG, Twitter, etc these are some tags you can use: #pmqg #pmqgglitzchallenge Also please be sure to tag @MichaelMillerFabrics

    The Exhibit: PMQG Modern Mini Quilts

    PNW Modern Metallic Exhibit at Quilt Knit Stitch


    Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Metallics, courtesy Michelle Freedman

    The challenge: Create a quilt that is maximum size 48" x 48" that features metallics: in fabric, thread, theme, etc. Interpret the metallic challenge as you see fit!

    The sponsor: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

    The fabrics: Members can receive 3 Fat Quarters of Robert Kaufman metallics fabrics. However, you may make a quilt that does not include these fabrics to enter into the exhibit. Fabrics will be passed out at an upcoming meeting after they are received by the officers.

    Who can enter: Members of PNW guilds and MQG individual members who live in the PNW

    Entry Details: Quilts must be submitted to the Quilt Knit Stitch staff for consideration in this exhibit by May 2, 2014. Please see the exhibit page for full details on how to submit and other dates.

    The tags: If tagging your pics on FB, IG, Twitter, etc these are some tags you can use: #pnwmodernmetallic #‎quilterslinen‬ ‪#‎quilterstussah‬ ‪#‎quiltersburlap‬
     Also be sure to tag @RobertKaufman

    The Exhibit: PNW Modern Metallics Exhibit at Quilt Knit Stitch, which takes place in Portland August 14th-16th.

    MQG Fabric Challenge



    The challenge: TBA

    The sponsor: Michael Miller Fabrics

    The fabrics: Michael Miller fabrics that will be handed out at a meeting after they are received by the officers. (But you don't have to use all of the fabrics)You may also add in any other Michael Miller print or solid fabrics.

    Who can enter: This challenge is MQG-wide. PMQG members who receive a fabric pack may enter, and MQGs all over will be doing similar challenges

    Entry details: Entries will be uploaded to the MQG site between March 2014 and June 23, 2014. More details TBA

    The tags:  If tagging your pics on FB, IG, Twitter, etc these are some tags you can use: #mqgfabricchallenge Also please be sure to tag @MichaelMillerFabrics

    The prizes: 3 winners  will each receive a posting on the Michael Miller blog and “A year of Free Fabric.” Every month for a year winners will receive a “Goody Box”  filled with fabric from Michael Miller's newest collections.

    PMQG Doll Quilt Fundraiser for Oregon Ballet Theater

    Hey PMQG - we are so excited about the Doll Quilt Challenge! We presented this at our meeting last week after a fun historic look at antique doll quilts put together for us by historian and collector Jan Gessin. After the presentation we were joined by Kristen Knapp of OBT who gave us some background on George Balanchine's The Nutcracker . 

    OBTique Doll Quilt Fundraiser for OBT
    sponsored by Shannon Fabrics

    1. Use one or more colors in our 'Land of Sweets' Color Palette.
    2. Use Shannon Fabrics 'Cuddle' for any other special details on the front or the back of your quilt. (We will give you a FQ of Cuddle for one or more quilts while supplies last)
    3. Use 100% cotton for additional piecing: solids or modern prints. Please no batiks, licensed character, thematic prints or historic reproduction prints.
    4. Doll quilt sizes: no smaller than 12" x 16" and no larger than 18" x 22"
    5. Bring to a PMQG meeting on or before our November 2013 meeting. 
    Take a look through the OBT Nutcracker Flickr Sets for inspiration: 

    OBT Nutcracker Photos 2012

    OBT Nutcracker Photos 2011

    OBT Nutcracker Photos 2010

    Post pictures of your process and finished doll quilts to the PMQG flickr pageWe can't wait to see what you make! 

    PMQG Neon Quilt at Quilt Market

    Congrats PMQG for getting the opportunity to show this quilt in the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market last weekend! It looks wonderful next to Elizabeth Hartman's Neon Honey Quilt!
    Amber Wilson, your illustrious PMQG secretary pieced the top and the back, Kim Lumapas, your dedicated PMQG programs director attached the binding, and PMQG Business member and 2012 PMQG treasurer, Nancy Stoval of Just Quilting quilted it!

    PMQG Neon Quilt #1
    We want to know which block is yours. Here is what we have so far:

    a Lisa O'Conner
    b  Susan Paris
    c April Alden
    e Kim Lumapas
    g Petra Anderson
    h Gail Weiss
    i April Alden
    j Jaime Young
    k Katie Sciarrino
    l Cath Hall

    And look who we ran into at market -- PMQG members #149 (Ellen Colburn, left) and #150 (Ruth Dirkson, middle). Those are some awesome numbers ladies! PMQG member Karen Branchnoffer (right) didn't know her number, so we will just have to call her numero uno...

    We have two more neon quilts in progress and can't wait to bring them to show and tell. You should all be VERY proud of your work! This was a challenge that was a bit daunting for most of us and we did good! The Michael Miller crew was delighted and asked us to participate in another challenge. Stay tuned for more info on that!


    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 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

    January Meeting Reminder

    Our January meeting will be at 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 17th at PNCA in the main building in room 205 (upstairs).

    Portland Northwest College of Art
    1241 Northwest Johnson Street
    Portland, OR 97209
    Room 205

    Membership: If you haven't had a chance to  sign up and become a member, or renew your membership for the year, you can easily do so online and pay via Paypal! If you would prefer to pay at the meeting, you can do that instead. Don't forget about all the great discounts you can get as a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild! They are listed on the membership page linked above.

    ~Your new guild board has been working on several new ideas for the year and we're excited to introduce them to you!

    Presentations: Kimberly and Amber will have a fun presentation on pieced quilt backs, we will introduce a new Block of the Month Program, and we will also share some charity quilting ideas!

    Madrona Road Challenge: Don't forget to bring your Madrona Road finished mini quilts to the meeting to share in the group picture! If you have not received your fabric yet and you signed up originally or were on the wait list, we will have fabric for you at the meeting. We may have a few extra sets for other paid members who are interested in doing the challenge.  Violet Craft, designer of Madrona Road,  will be at the meeting to talk about the challenge and answer any questions.

    Charity Idea: If you've lost your quilty mojo on a project, never finished it, and kinda don't want to look at it anymore, please consider donating it for one of our new charity programs! We'll discuss this more at the upcoming meetings, but anytime during the year feel free to bring in orphan blocks, partially finished tops, and any coordinating fabric that might go along with it.

    Sew Day: Save the date for our first Sew Day of the year! February 2nd at Fabric Depot, starting at 9:00 am!

    Bradley Angle House: We will be accepting donations of fabric and other sewing/quilting supplies for Bradley Angle House. If you have anything you will not use, now is a great time to share it with someone who can!

    ~Don't want to miss any Guild Blog posts? Try putting our feed in Google Reader or another RSS feed to get automatic updates!

    ~Meeting up with other members before or after the meeting? Tweet or mention on our FB page to let other members know where to meet!

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    Madrona Road Challenge

    We are really excited to launch the Madrona Road challenge hosted by the National Guild and Michael Miller! As a guild and along with Violet Craft we have assembled an exciting challenge for you, here are the guidelines:
    UPDATES 1/10/12 Projects that are posted to the MQG Madrona Road Challenge Flickr Pool by Thursday January 31st will be considered for the Michael Miller Quilt Con Booth. Please do not email the guild your photos as previously requested. Thanks and Good Luck!

    As Violet was inspired by her story, we'd like each of you to make a wall or art quilt inspired by a word or story.

    • Smaller than 36 inches on any sides. 
    • Must include Madrona Road, you may add any solids that you like.
    • Include the word that inspires this quilt. Could be pieced within the quilt, appliqued, embroidered, quilted, any technique that you would like to try :) 
    • Please post your progress photos & finished photos within the MQG Madrona Road Challenge Flickr Pool, (feel free to add it to our PMQG flickr pool too!)
    • If you did not get fabric, but would like to participate in this challenge, we will have a few more sets available at the January meeting, however, feel free to get started if you have your own Madora Road fabric. 
    • Deadline: If you'd like your quilt to be considered for the Michael Miller booth at QuiltCon, you must send us (portlandmodernquiltguild at gmail dot com) a photo of your completed quilt by Tuesday, January 29th. Also, please bring your quilt (or work in progress) to the January meeting, on January 21st. 
    If you have any questions, please leave them here in the comments. Thanks so much! 
    Here's some inspiration for how to include a word into your quilt! 

    Improv Letters from Michelle Freedman's improv bee

    Ale's free motion words - she was kind enough to write directions here!

    Heat N Bond fabric, cut out letters and iron on! Via Ale's Christmas present to her swap partner. 

    October Guild Meeting

    Our October meeting was bursting at the seams as usual! Petra was able to catch a few photos of the crowd, so many friendly faces! :) 

    Susan sharing announcements. 

    Everyone shared their beautiful & innovative use of stripes and chevrons for our Michael Miller challenge. Such an impressive showcase of amazingness! Thanks of giving us this unique challenge, Michael Miller! A few of these projects are on their way to Quilt Market, too! 

    Also, we've seen these before, but it's fun to see them all together! We will have a poll on this blog soon, asking everyone to vote for which quilt should be entered in the QuiltCon collaborative quilt category. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here for all the details! You don't want to miss the opportunity to submit your own quilt! 

    Special Speaker: Angela Walters! 
    We were so pleased to be able to share Angela Walters with MQX this weekend. She shared with us many of her stunning quilts and gave us pointers for our own quilts. 

    Show & Tell

    Petra's quilt that she made for her son, Avery. 


    Petra's scrappy quilt from Scrap Republic. Quilted by Rachel Kerley

    Cherri Langley "I hope you love birds too" Design from Ashley at Film in the Frig - I finally collected all four color ways of the paint by number birds, an "older" fabric line. The last colorway I found in Austrailia! 

    Gail Weiss - Dragon Hexie Quilt top - 3,942 1/2" hexie top - took one full year to piece together - so excited to share with everyone! 

    Close up of the back

    Christina - Nighttime Group Quilt - Eight quilters contributed a square and scraps for the border, it always works out perfectly! 

    Brittany Scott - "Pixelated Love" Quilt made from a photo, 7,500 one inch squares (pixels)!

    Joy Ruplinger - Batik Square in a Square 


    Jen Carlton-Bailly - Melody Miller Show Quilt 


    Weekender for Melody Miller

    Citrus Wedge


    Kory Keller - Hexi Pouch - first hexi project! 

    City Park


    Jolene Knight - big blocks


    Michelle Freedman - "Doll Quilt Revisited" - Inspired by an antique doll quilt


    Chris Ervin - "Berry Pickin'" - Embroidered blocks gift for her niece 

    Kelly Cole - Long Star Dahlia - Mini quilt with lone star pattern  and rainbow colors


    Kimberly L. - "Cosmic Burst" Quilt-along on Distant Pickles (flickr: perfection not included)

    Nikki Pavesi - sharing her first quilt! Hooray! Blue ombre quilt

    plan for the back

    Claire Alexander - gender neutral quilt - blue/pink center - yellow/blue/green/ pink border with stars

    Chelle Casey Stevenson - Ron Swanson Quilt

    Ale Kloch - "Little Leaves" A wedding gift for a friend. 


    AnnMarie Cowley - "Diade los Muertos" 


    Monica's Halloween Block

    Two "quiltini's"! Monica's new name for mug rug. :) 
    Thanks everyone for a great meeting! See you next month! 
    :) Heather

    Book Review & Meeting

    October is in full swing! For us quilters, it also means that Angela Walters is coming to our PMQG meeting! We will be meeting in the Stagecraft building at 7pm, don't forget to bring your amazing Michael Miller Stripe Challenge project!
    *Also, (as a reminder) we have Sew Day this Saturday, Oct. 20 at Fabric Depot from 9am - 9pm.*

    I was given the opportunity to read & review Angela's first book "Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters."

    First of all, I've always been intimidated by free-motion quilting, I had the misconception that there were only a couple of patterns that were attainable with my limited free-motion abilities. This book blew wide open that misconception. Angela has 28 designs that are easy to follow and use on our own quilt. She includes variations and modern alternatives for many of the designs.  I love the step-by-step illustrations clearly showing the pattern and offering techniques for execution.

    Being a fan of any mid-century design, I was thrilled to find many patterns that appeal to that aesthetic. Here's a look at some of the designs I tried out: 

    Definitely got better as time goes on! That's what Angela encourages throughout this book, practice! I found it extremely fun to just focus on the quilting pattern, rather than piecing. Have you ever done this? Buy the book and try it out! 
    Finally, Angela devotes a few sections to answering the age old question "How should I quilt this?" She also gives many wonderful suggestions for how to best use quilting designs to enhance modern piecing designs. I really learned from this book how much the quilting of a quilt can really enhance the overall design. I'm really excited to put some of these designs to use with my current quilting projects. I'd highly suggest that this book needs to be in your quilting library! 
    Angela is bringing a few copies for sale to our meeting, so if you haven't picked it up yet, you can do so on Thursday night. Also, thanks to Stash Books for giving us a review copy and also a book to giveaway!

    September Announcements Details!

    NW Quilting Expo
    Our special exhibit & meet-up - Come join us Saturday morning at 10am, main entrance! We've made a facebook event if you'd like to RSVP there!

    Pennar Ash Winery Trip
    Thursday, September 27 - meet at Pennar Ash Winery at 11 am for wine tasting, picnic, and the change to photograph quilts in a beautiful setting! Thank you to Anne Woodman for arranging this lovely outing! 

    Sew, Swap, & Sell! 
    We are excited to announce that we're bringing back Sew, Swap, & Sell! We'd love to have you bring any fabrics you've fallen out of love with to swap or sell. Need to de-stash? We want your fabrics! If you would like to sell, please make sure you have marked and assigned a value to your fabrics to avoid confusion. Got a project you no longer love? Bring it and swap it? Maybe someone else will be the fresh eye to get it finished.  
    Who? All PMQG Friends!
    When? Sunday, October 7th 11am - 4pm
    What? To sew, swap, sell, or if you just want to come by and chat, that's great too! 
    Where? Staver Locomotive 2537 NW 29th Ave. Portland, OR 97210 

    How? Because we will be limited on space, you must reserve your space by simply filling out the form below. Sewing machine space is limited, I'll make a note here on this post when sewing spaces are full, it's first come first serve on the google doc. Feel free to bring a quilt to bind! 

    What to bring: 
    - Finger food/small dish to share for lunch
    - Fabric to swap/sell
    - All sewing supplies that you'll need for your sewing project (please rsvp ahead of time!) Irons & ironing boards stations will be provided by board members. 

    Any questions, please email us at portlandmodernquiltguild at gmail dot com! 

    Michael Miller Stripe Challenge
    Following the success of our last challenge, the PMQG will again be teaming with Michael Miller Fabrics to showcase their new Stripes Collection. 

    Stripes” is a collection of large and small-scale stripes and chevrons. MM signature rich colors and an unusual blend of scale make these essential stash fabrics worthy of stealing the show!

    Since we’ll take any excuse to play with new fabric, we’re happy to announce the STRIPES!!!! Home Dec Challenge.

    The Juicy Details:

    1) Paid members will be able to choose between the warm or cool colorway and a bundle of coordinating solids. You can mix in additional cotton couture solids, but please, no additional prints. The stripes should be the focus of your design.

    2) When you’ve picked your bundle, get to brainstorming! We’ve decided to ask that you create something in the home dec category, and the more creative your use of the stripes, the better! We’d love to see what new patterns and designs emerge once you start slicing and dicing! For example, bags, mug rugs, wall hangings, table runners, pillows, storage bins, cozies, etc.

    3) Once all of the items are finished, we’ll collect them at the October meeting or drop them off at Nancy's Studio before hand. Then, we'll photograph them and he folks at Michael Miller will select their favorite pictures (and possibly some of their favorite items!!) to showcase in their booth at the Fall Quilt Market.

    If you weren't able to come to the meeting tonight and would like to pick up your fabric, please contact Nancy at portlandmodernquiltguild at gmail dot com, to arrange to pick up at her studio! 
    Here are a few interesting and different ways to play with stripes! Thanks again so much to Michael Miller for generously donating so much fabric!  

    Furrowed Fields by Rosemary Cromer

    Bev's Quilt by Drury Girl
    Home Dec Ideas & Tutorials:

    Travel Handmade Pinterest Page - Assembled by Sewing Summit - Tutorials made by many bloggers
    Fabric Scrap Basket by The Sometimes Crafter
    Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Noodlehead
    Patchwork Tote Bags by Susan Beal
    Let's Have Cake! by Ellison Lane Quilts

    April Meeting Recap

    Our wonderful President Susan starting out the meeting. 
     From now on I am going to leave out the part where I tell you this was a big meeting with lots to share and lots of photos. We pack a lot into our meetings every month because we are so excited to be together from now on these posts are big! Susan shared these classes and announcements with the group. 
    Improv blocks from our All Day Sew being made into a quilt for Quilts of Valor.
    Jen did a 10 min tute on making zipper pouches her way.
    Jen did a great 10 minute tute on a making a zipper wristlet pouch and I shared a tutorial on snaps. This is all to help prep for a pouch swap we'll be doing with the Vancouver BC Guild.

    There was announcement by the panel that will be choosing the quilts to be in our PMQG special exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. You can find info on that under the Sisters tab above. 

    For our mixer this month we displayed our blocks for the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Challenge. Forty Four blocks in all I am not sure how Kathy Miller is going to choose just 16! The remaining blocks will be made into quilts for charity and one to be displayed at Sisters. We were struck by the diversity and beauty of each block they all turned out amazing.

    Violet Craft shared a peak of her new fabric line Madrona Road! I can't wait to sew with it. 

    Heather our vice president did a great talk on dynamic blogging. She has created a wonderful resource page above for everyone to use Update: 1/13 Follow the Dynamic Blogging link highlighted above (for the information that used to live on the page) to find links to blog design resources and a great how to for making those cute little buttons you see on the sides of blogs. 

    Show and Tell
     Matthew shared his quilt top Glimpse of Future Dimensions. 

     Susan shared her entry for the Sisters exhibit. The design is based on a sign she saw three years ago at Oceanside Oregon.

    Lara shared some things she's made from the Zakka Style book.

     Rachel shared her English Strippy Quilt. 

    Cris brought her Amish Stained Glass quilt. It was inspired by a quilt in the book Amish Abstractions.


    Kate's Half Square Triangle Peeps quilt.


    Anne W. shared Rainbow Baby Quilt. This was inspired by the "Gumdrops" quilt in volume 2 of Sew Scrappy. 

    Also from Anne Forever Black & White. This is Elizabeth Hartman's Birdbath pattern from her book Guide to Modern Patchwork. Quilted on Modern Domestic's quilt frame.

    Cheryl E. brought Not on the Quilt,dude! "Which came first-the quilt or the Lebowski adoration robe? You be the judge! Sewing is good for the soul, "Careful Man!"

    Lebowski adoration robe!

     Dee shared her Bug Jar quilt made for her 4 year old Granddaughter whose parents call her "Bug".


    Jill shared Moons of Many Colors.

     Jane shared a quilt top from her "Civil War" block swap.


    Heather L. shared two quilts her "Plus" Quilt

    and Happy Squares.

    Anne brought two quilts Ode to Kaffe


     and her Baby Quilt made with Peacock Lane fabric.

    Amanda shared her quilt top from a Modern Minimal Pattern.

     Amorette shared her Sparkle Punch Taza quilt. This is also a pattern from Elizabeth Hartman and a quilt along.

    Bonnie made this for her Mother for Mother's Day. This is a Thomas Kinkade panel she did using a creative stitching technique learned from a Craftsy course.

     Back with her first label.

    Judy shared her Harmony and Friendship quilt. It was made with Japanese taupe's in response to the Tsunami last year and was inspired by a fund-raiser concert.

    Gail shared Orange Stripe and Improv quilt inspired by our last meeting.

    Ale shared her Zig Zag quilt top and 

    her Granny Square quilt. 


    Erin shared two quilts.

    This was made with fabric from old sheets, clothes and stash.

    Thank you for visiting the Portland Modern Quilt Guild!

    My Michael Miller challenge block

    I had so much fun sewing my PMQG challenge block using all the lovely solids Michael Miller sent us! I have always wanted to try string quilting and this felt like the perfect chance to work on something new. Love all the colors together! I wanted to share how I made my block, so if you're interested, you can read on for a simple tutorial.

    Michael Miller challenge block.jpg

    We were so lucky to have Kathy Miller speak at our February meeting, and she brought Cotton Couture cards for each of us with swatches of all 80+ colors in their new solids line. (Fabric Depot is now carrying every single Cotton Couture color, if you are local!)

    Kathy Miller at the PMQG!

    So Heather, Nancy, Petra, Ale and I met up and chose 8 colors we loved from the collection for a PMQG challenge, and Michael Miller generously sent us a bolt of each one. We had an all-evening cutting party at Nancy's studio, and ended up with this beautiful box full of fat eighths to share with everyone at the March meeting...

    MMF fat 8ths challenge fabrics.JPG

    I stitched up a little pennant of the eight challenge colors - Fog, Meadow, Clementine, Luna, Charcoal, Kryptonite, Tangerine, and Aqua.

    PMQG challenge colors pennant.jpg

    Heather and Petra each sewed improv blocks in the challenge colors in honor of Michelle's wonderful presentation.

    Michael Miller blocks.jpg

    So, the challenge details are all on the blog, and I was so excited to work with these colors, but the specific block size requirements (15.5" x 18.5") threw me a bit at first. I usually piece square blocks, and rarely anywhere near 18 inches across. But doing a little math, I realized that if I pieced five 8" square blocks and cut one into 2" x 8" strips to sew on both the horizontal sides (using a 1/4" seam allowance throughout), it would magically translate into the correct finished size!

    5 string blocks.jpg

    I started by cutting five eight-inch fabric squares for foundation piecing, using an extra piece of Luna (the pale blue solid in the range), and then cut two varied-width strips from each of the 8 colors the length of the fat eighths (22"). I cut each strip randomly between 1 and 3 inches wide, without thinking about it too much. I made and photographed this block very quickly during one naptime, so I didn't take step-by-step photos of my piecing - for the basics of string quilting, I'll send you to this excellent film in the fridge tutorial. The differences with mine are that I pieced on fabric instead of paper (so don't adjust the stitch length at all, you won't be tearing the back away), and instead of using a glue stick, I just pinned my first diagonal strip in place and stitched the second one on to it, removing the pin afterward, and continuing the same way to fill the square. You'll press and trim the same way as on paper, but you'll have a nice sturdy fabric foundation layer underneath. I loved how much calmness the double layer gave a larger block - Cotton Couture is silky and wonderful to sew with, so it is not heavy or bulky at all.

    5th block cuts.jpg

    After I made five 8-inch blocks, I stitched four together to form a big, colorful diamond pattern. Then I sliced the 5th block into four 8" tall, 2" wide strips, thinking they would be perfect for adding to the sides to yield that magical 15.5" x 18.5" dimension!

    opposing diagonals.jpg

    ...but I figured out that while they are exactly right size-wise, to continue the diamond pattern, you need two strips with the diagonal going one way, and two with it going the opposite way. Whoops! So I stitched up one more 8" x 4" opposite-diagonal section with the scraps (the one on the left - I had just enough time and fabric left, yay) and cut that one into two strips to use instead. And ended up with this!

    Michael Miller challenge block.jpg

    If you don't want to try string piecing, maybe imagining four 8-inch blocks of any style, with an extra one sliced and diced for the sides, will help you plan something fun to build out to 15.5" x 18.5". I think that it would be fabulous to use log cabin, improvisational patchwork, paper piecing, or any other block style you're into this way...

    MMF fat 8ths challenge fabrics.JPG

    If you are a PMQG member and haven't gotten your challenge fabric yet, you can pick it up from Nancy at her Just Quilting studio, Monday through Friday. Just give her a call first (503.234.0403). And if you're working on your challenge block, please share photos in the PMQG flickr pool, we'd love to see them! You can bring your challenge blocks to our April meeting (Thursday the 19th at 7 pm, PNCA) or email us at portlandmodernquiltguild at so we can collect them and take photos. Kathy Miller will choose 16 of our blocks to create a special Cotton Couture quilt for the Michael Miller booth at Spring Quilt Market! We'll make a PMQG-collective quilt with the others plus any improv blocks using your scraps you'd like to bring in May, and hope to show it in Sisters.

    PMQG challenge colors pennant.jpg


    March Meeting Reminder & Two Quilting Events!

    This Thursday, is our March meeting and it's going to be a fun one! We will be meeting again in the Illustration Studio  - S1 - in the stagecraft building from 7 - 9pm. The door into the building faces NW13th street, if you come after 7:15, knock or call the number on the door and we will run down and open it for ya! Click on our New Room Info page for a map.

    You won't want to miss this meeting as we are launching a new challenge sponsored by Michael Miller using their new Cotton Couture fabric! Paid members get to walk away with eight fat eighths of yummy Cotton Couture. If you haven't paid your dues yet, it's not too late! You can renew online by clicking the membership button or in person at the meeting.

    Your challenge is to make a patchwork quilt block. Here's the basics we'll have more details at the meeting.

    • Finished blocks should measure 15½” wide x 18½” high.

    • Blocks should be machine pieced. Any piecing technique is welcome, but please avoid applique, embroidery or other embellishments.

    • Blocks should be made using only the Cotton Couture solids received at the meeting. Please do not add any additional fabrics.

    • Have fun! We want to see a block that shows your unique voice.

    • Blocks will be due at the April meeting.

    Kathy Miller herself will select 16 blocks to be included in a quilt that will be featured in Michael Miller’s booth at Spring Quilt Market 2012 in Kansas City!
    Please note that the quilt displayed at market will become the property of Portland Modern Quilt Guild. If your block is included in this quilt it will, by extension, become the property of Portland Modern Quilt Guild and may be displayed on PMQG or Michael Miller’s website or other promotional material.

    Did you know that this Saturday is National Quilting Day! We couldn't let it pass by without doing something special! Come join us for some shopping and quilting. Meet up at Bolt at 3pm, this Saturday, March 17th for some yummy shopping. Then hop over to Modern Domestic for some sewing/quilting from 4 -7pm. This is a special event just for PMQG! To sign up in advance for the Modern Domestic Sew-In ($10) click here to reserve your spot. Come join us!

    Finally, PNCA is offering a fabric care and preservation class on March 24 10am - 12pm ! It's only $20, quite a few members have already signed up, but there are a few spots left! Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to best restore and take care of your quilts! Click here to sign up. 

    The Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge

    If you were able to pick up your free fabric bundle of for the Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge at our July picnic, great! If you weren't able to make it you will be able to get yours at the August meeting.

    Just a reminder that if you've taken a fabric bundle you should turn in a 12.5" (12 inch finished) block in any design at the September meeting. You are free to add any solid fabric you like, or any other fabric from the Habitat line, but no other print fabric please. These blocks are going to be assembled into quilt for donation to a local charity. We can't wait to see how they look together!

    When you've made your block (and whatever else you decide to make from this great fabric!) please consider posting a picture in the Flickr group for the challenge.

    Happy quilting everyone!

    Project Modern Challenge 2 Announced

    Well PMQGers we win again!

    The Modern Quilt Guild just announced the challenge 2 winners and our very own Jill was one of three who won the heart of the judge, Malka Dubrawsky. Congrats to Jill and all other PMQGers who submitted (see all 71 entries here). We cannot wait to see them all in person at the April 21st meeting.
    Jill's quilt is currently on display at PNCA through April 21.