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.

Review: Susan Beal's Online Log Cabin Class

Hello, this is Secretary Kelly!  I had the pleasure of joining past PMQG President Susan Beal's Log Cabin Quilting class on Creative Bug recently. Susan is an expert of the log cabin block (she literally wrote the book on it!) and also a top-notch teacher, offering four log cabin quilting projects in an online video format.

Online learning, quilt style! 

I had never taken a class in this way before but it was just as good as being there in person —I could even pause and rewind if needed. Something that is necessary at my house when there's a four-year-old boy getting into mischief! Another great thing is that if you miss a class, it will be there later.  I was able to watch week one and make the log cabin pillow cover, but it took me a couple of weeks to have the time to watch the tote bag class, which is another item on the to-sew list. Also offered are classes for making a very sweet baby quilt and a pretty little table runner.

Each class is about an hour long; you can also view the weekly chats that Susan hosted. It is just so cool to see someone you know in real life in this online setting. It was beyond fun to watch the preview of Susan in her home and at local spots like Modern Domestic and Cool Cottons and with cameos of PMQG members!

Susan's tote bag pattern

Here's the pillow I made from the first week's class, Block Making Basics and Sewing a Pillow. I used blue solids and some Joel Dewberry Heirloom fabric to make this sweet and comfy pillow for my bed—on my husband's request if you can believe it!

Kelly's cute new pillow

A little bit about Creative Bug. It is an online craft class marketplace. There are hundreds of video tutorials for all sorts of crafts: sewing, drawing, quilting, paper crafts, yarn, etc...and all for a $9.95/month subscription. 

Thanks a bunch to Susan for sharing her class with us at the April meeting, and for giving away three Creative Bug 3-month memberships to PMQG members!

PMQG, It's a Sign (up)...

There are so many great things going on this summer! We thought we'd gather some info all in one place so we can start finalizing details so you can make your plans. Please take a moment to let us know your interest in these up coming events:

Round Trip! Bus to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, July 13th.
cost $31-$50 depending on how many folks go

PNW Meet up August 15th - 18th, Portland Oregon.
cost $25

And don't forget about our Documentation Day, Saturday June 22nd at MOCC and our PNCA classes, June 29-30 with Eliza Fernand and Cherry House! And the first MQG Sewdown: registration opens June 10th.

Back to School!

Here at PMQG, we're all about sharing knowledge! In the past, we've tried to announce classes PMQG members are teaching or would be interested in. However, lately we have so many amazing members doing so many amazing things, we haven't been able to squeeze in all of the information into the announcements. Here is a list of some amazing quilting and crafting classes coming up. If you know of others, please leave a comment letting us know!

Quilting Classes
1) Beginning Quilting by Heather Davidson starts September 15th
2) Cat's Game Quilt by Michelle Freedman starts October 1st
3) Text Quilts Workshop by Elizabeth Hartman starts October 6th
4) Beginning Quilting on a Frame by Rachel Kerley starts September 17th & September 23rd
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Wool Baby Quilt taught by Susan Beal - September 29th at 10 am to 12:30 pm
Make a simple coin-style wool baby quilt, choosing from lots of colorful, pretty wool fabrics for your favorite combination. Register at this link or by calling the store, 503-535-5786
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Hand-Stitching with Hexies taught by Teresa Coates  at Cool Cottons - Sept. 17 - 7-8:30pm - Click here to sign up!
Learn several hand stitches while working with hexies. We'll work on stitching them for seamless and strong connections that will allow you to use your hexies for a variety of other projects. 

Crafting Classes
OSMI is hosting a Portland Mini Maker Faire! It should be a really fun event. 
Susan Beal speaking on the panel, "Cultivating the Portland Craft Scene" at noon on THIS Saturday, Sept. 15th. She will also teach a free comics magnet demo from her book, World of Geekcraft at 2pm in the OMSI tent.
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Come on out to Portland Flea THIS Sunday, September 16th. Come out for vintage furniture and home goods, plus I'm (Heather) teaching a few craft classes. One of my favorites being recovering vintage lampshades. 
Reupholstering Lampshades - Sun. Sept 16th at 2:30 - 4pm - Click here to sign up!
Monogram Stamp Collage - Sun. Sept. 16 - Noon- 1pm - Click here to sign up. 
Vintage Ephemera Jewelry - Sun. Sept. 16 - 10:30-11:30am - Click here to sign up. 
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Have you heard of ADX? If not, check it out! It's an amazing shared workspace with access to many hi-tech tools. They are also offering classes.
Button Jewelry at ADX, taught by Susan Beal, October 14 at noon to 2pm
Learn to make a super-personalized button charm bracelet, necklace or earrings using basic wirework skills and your favorite vintage or new buttons! Click here to sign up!

Don't forget about Collage! They offer over five classes each week! Click here to see the full list! 

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If you know of other fun classes & events happening, we'd love to hear about them!  Please share them in the comment section, and we can update it on the site. Thanks! 

Denyse Schmidt class + PMQG giveaway!

I was so lucky to take one of Denyse Schmidt's modern quilting workshops here at PNCA (for the third time - hi Rachel!) this summer with PMQG friends Paula, Rachel and Amy. Each of her classes is different... the first one pushed us to experiment with random-draw improvisational piecing, the second one was about developing intentional pattern through happy accidents in improv, and this third one, Traditional Improvisation Quilting, invited us to explore making a traditional pattern our own through our creativity and choices in color, design, cutting, piecing, and arrangement.

Shoeman's Puzzle in the classroom
photo by Paula

Denyse came to Modern Domestic Friday evening for a lovely book signing and trunk show of four of her quilts from Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, which a bunch of us made it over to. I got quick snapshots of each of her quilts with their pages.

Hawaiian-Style Applique

Speaking of her book (more on this later, too)... it is beautiful. Denyse offers twenty historical quilt designs, each reinterpreted through her lens, and shares their stories.

Ocean Waves

It was very cool to see these four quilts in person!

Courthouse Steps

Our class started on Saturday morning with a quick round of template-making and then learning to piece the beautiful windmill shapes of the Shoeman's Puzzle block pattern in our chosen solid fabrics. This was my favorite quilt in her book so I was very happy to be working on it!

Shoeman's Puzzle

After we made our blocks, we experimented by ditching the templates and cutting the basic angular lines freehand. Once we had four blocks made, up they went on the design wall. It was very cool to see how two fabrics that seemed so similar (a lot of us were worried our picks were too close to provide much contrast) could work together so well in the design.

Denyse teaching us about the pattern

Denyse encouraged us to keep going with sketches and piecing to make the pattern our own. Some people went in totally new directions, which was very cool to watch. I tried some other improvisational piecing and angles, but ultimately I loved the simplicity of the Shoeman's Puzzle and wanted my "new" design to to stay close to its charm. So I kept working with color - trading one of my greens with Rachel was a nice element - and line by cutting freehand, or mixing layers or tones within a block. This is what I had at the end of the first day.

My first four block sets (16 blocks) at Denyse Schmidt's class

For the second day, we continued working in our chosen block style, with guidance from Denyse, and kept adding to the design walls. We took over nearly all of the walls in the Stagecraft building room (where we usually meet, which was cool!) and everywhere you looked was filled with color. We concluded with a review of everyone's designs, going around the room one by one.

Amy and her blocks
photo by Paula

Amy worked with chocolate browns to create her series of blocks for a quilt she wants to finish for her Mt. Hood cabin... backing it with wool. Her description was so evocative and really brought the design to life.

Paula's blocks
photo by Paula

Paula mixed her soft, subtle cream solids with bold prints for a stunning balance and combination. During the review, Denyse added some tiny, impactful lines of navy blue and suddenly Paula's work was sharpened to lovely effect.

Rachel's blocks
photo by Rachel

Rachel created a vibrant kites shape she said she's long been drawn to in her work, and continued to build her overall design with curves and angles. I loved how she mixed our two traded greens for a fluid effect.

My blocks at the Denyse Schmidt class

My second-day blocks mixed in a few new elements, like Marimekko Appelsiini, Lizzy House's Castle Peeps, and a darker green shot cotton. I also let go of the strict two-fabrics-per-block oppositional patterns and tried to keep my blocks less controlled. (Of course, I have some trial and error blocks made with piecing I didn't love, or colors that didn't end up playing as nicely together, that are going to be great for the back!)

Me, Paula, Denyse and Amy with her book
photo by Rachel

Denyse is a wonderful teacher and her talent for encouraging and inspiring students, while sharing technique really gives her classes depth. The joy of sewing for a whole weekend, finding your own path, and seeing others' work is a gift. Her book is just as charming - its fresh, beautiful take on the most venerable quilt patterns of the last two centuries is very inspiring!

Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration

She has generously given a signed copy of Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, her new book with STC Craft, to us to give away at the next PMQG meeting - this Thursday evening at PNCA!

Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration

Thank you so much to Denyse and STC Craft for donating the review and giveaway copies! Hope to see you tomorrow night...

Lizzy House Class

Recently I took a class through PNCA, Pacific Northwest College of Art, they kindly host our guild meetings. We have a great relationship with the school including a discount for guild members for classes. The class, Textile Design and Printing was taught by Lizzy House. Before I get started on the class one thing I know you all will love is fabric! Lizzy received Guising her Halloween line in the mail during our first day of class so we all got a peek. I'm a freak for Halloween and am soooo excited to make something with this line. 

Lizzy House Guising Fabric!

I don't have any more photos for you from class, you think I would have at least one of Lizzy but I was so caught up in the class it didn't cross my mind. I think she looks just like her photos though cute in her skirts and her hair up.
 So what did I learn? A LOT we learned the process of making  repeats for fabric patterns and we did block printing and screen printing on fabric. For the block printing we used linoleum blocks and carved our designs with carving tools. To print on the fabric we used an oil base printing ink which you heat set once it's dry.

For the screen printing we drew our images and using a xerox of our drawing we transferred the image using a photo emulsion process to a silk screen. Printing the image on your fabric involves oil based ink again but this time it's squeegeed across the screen onto your fabric. 

 What was really great about the class was all the advice and info Lizzy had for getting into the fabric design world it was a lot to process and she is so positive! Now I have Lizzy saying "You can all design fabric you're amazing" in my head, maybe I'm embellishing with that amazing part but it's what I remember. It was also nice to meet and see what all the other students were coming up with. The group had diverse backgrounds and goals and we had a lot of fun. 

If you are interested in Fabric Design check out Lizzy's book How to Enter the World of Fabric Design: for the Quilting Industry and Kim's book from True Up A Field Guide to Fabric Design. Both are excellent! We'll be doing a Guild review on Kim's book soon and giving away her book at a meeting. Also Lizzy will be in LA in May if you are in the area don't miss her.


10% off a class at PNCA

Great News!  I just learned that PNCA is offering all Quilt Guild Members 10% off a class for Fall + Winter (there are the usual fine print:  only good for tuition, only can use once, must be a member to use, must call Cassandra in Registration 503.821.8903 to register)

Isn't that cool! So go sign yourself up for one of the awesome  Fiber Arts classes!
What a great opportunity to grow your skills and learn something new.

Heather Ross!

You love her fabric, you love her designs now come listen to her speak at PCNA!

Heather’s Week

This week Fabric Design with Heather Ross begins!  In addition to her class, Heather will be giving a free presentation about her work, process and approach to design that is open to the community.  
This will be held Friday evening 7:00pm-8:00pm at the PNCA main campus (1241 NW Johnson Street).