We're so excited to have Katie Pedersen give our October presentation! Here are some questions she answered for us.
Last month, MQG founder Alissa Haight Carlton presented the details of MQG membership to our guild. Here is a recap of her presentation, from a document provided by the MQG.
This month we were pleased to have a few of our very own PMQG members present us with their blocks, books and fabric!
First though, Elizabeth Hartman gave us a wonderful recap of QuiltCon and it was truly amazing to see many of the beautiful quilts in the show and how much hard work went into putting it all together! We learned that there were 6400 in attendance from 5 continents, 10 countries, 6 canadian provinces, 47 states and 80 Modern Quilt Guilds. Can't wait for the next one in 2015!
Monica from Happy Zombie was the creator of our March BOM that she named Around the Rosie! You can see the tutorial she put together for us on her blog here. You can also find more information on our BOM tab here on the blog.
|Here is Monica showing the magazine her block was published in.|
|A couple sample blocks|
|Monica's beautiful quilt showcasing the Around the Rosie block!|
Mo Bedell shared her new fabric line Full Moon Lagoon along with some lovely projects she made using it.
The colors are so bright, summery and cheerful. It was a real treat hearing her story of what inspired this line! You can see more pictures on her blog, Lime Gardenias.
One question we as a Board want to ask ourselves when we're thinking of what to present is, "How does this relate to modern quilting?"
Within the modern quilt movement we've seen growing emphasis and attention directed at making the backs of our quilts more of a design element. This can be challenging especially if you're running behind schedule and need to finish quickly, or don't have a lot of time to dedicate to sewing, or even if by the time you've finished a beautifully pieced top are just done with that particular project.
Kim, our Programs Director, put together this great presentation of quilt backs and we hope it inspires you to try something new on your next quilt!
Traditionally, quilt backs were whole cloths or longer pieces of standard width fabric pieced together, making the quilting the main focus, such as this quilt here:
If you're intimidated by moving away from using one fabric as your backing, start small. Use one fabric as your main backing and add one other fabric to it. Slice the main fabric to make it longer or wider as needed. Two great examples are these backs here:
Picture Courtesy of Lisa Piinette from Flickr
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Are you going to Quiltcon? Our guild is a Gold Needle Supporter! This means when it's time to register for Quiltcon all of our paid members will receive a 10% off code to use. This will be specific to our guild and is not to be shared on blogs or any other media. Registration is August 30th and we will be receiving our discount code August 23rd.
Heather and I shared a recap from the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-up. You can read our previous post here.
Susan shared about the Denyse Schmidt class she and other members recently took, her post is here.
We have two charities this month first member Teresa Cotes shared about Pho for Three.
This post gives you all of the details that can be found on her Crinkle Dreams blog. Please head over and if you can sew a straight line you can help! Teresa is looking for little dresses, shorts, pencil pouches, little messenger bags, and a simple diaper wrap with the first batch of items heading out September 30th.
This ends tonight at midnight so head on over to Alissa's blog so you don't miss out on her fundraiser. Portland members Susan Beal and Elizabeth Hartman have contributed prizes along with many other people. You will be entered to win if you make a donation to Action Kivu through the fundraiser. Action Kivu is run by Cate Alissa's twin sister and is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school. If you are reading this post after August 20th you can find out more about Action Kivu and still help on their website.
Thanks for sticking around until the end it was a great meeting and we'll see you next month on September 20th.
Open shade is a photographers best friend and we have a lot of it! The shade line is right at the edge of shade whether it's under a tree or overhang you get the most indirect light there.
Before you take that picture look around the border of your frame. You can avoid having a parked car in your photo, cup of coffee, or pet walking through the background.
They shared a lot about white balance and the above photos are examples of the change it can make in your photos. Find out about your cameras white balance and use it to your advantage!
Think about your background when taking your photographs. Which of the above it best for you?
Yes you can use your iphones and sometimes as in the case above, when your toddler gets to the design wall, its handy to have the photo as a reference!
Paula took the above photos using the timer on your camera so you don't always need a friend or husband to help out.
Thank you again Amber and Paula. I know I vowed to read my camera manual after your presentation I just have to find it first!
This is all the information From Heather's Presentation
This was one jam packed meeting this month so we're dividing the post into 3 acts.
|Photo by Pétra|
|Besides Vanilla and Cream there's Soft White and Bright White. Photo by Rachel K.|
Thank you Kathy for sharing your story and love of fabric. At next month's meeting we'll be revealing a Cotton Couture challenge for our guild members!
• PMQG business cards available to hand out and spread the word (obtain at meetings).
• "Quilts For Quakes" quilts are being sold and raffled along with grab bags at Modern Domestic.
PROGRAM Long Arm Quilting by Rachel and Nancy
Long arm rentals: Robins Quilts Nest, Boersma's (look up Robin), A Common Thread, Pioneer Quilts, Sharons Attic
Batting options: 100% cotton (hangs flat) 80/20 (med loft, inexpensive), 100% wool (nancy's fav batting, doesn't crease, flat, more expensive), bamboo (good loft, drapes, Joanns and Fabric Depot), 50/50 bamboo/cotton (more drapery), 100% linen, silk; Can pre-wash batting, spritz with water, roll in towel to disperse, hang dry.
Membership Only Raffle
P.O. Box 6431
Portland, OR 97228
Rachel | Drunkards Path
Kimberly won this orange pincushion,
and Cathy was the recipient of this red and blue pincushion.
A gift bag donated by Christina was also given away --
-- and won by Traci.
Elizabeth gave a presentation on fabric dyeing --
which covered overdyeing print fabrics (using iDye or fiber reactive dye), beer cup dying (including improv dying and value scales), and discharging with bleach.
Elizabeth gave away a bag of fabric dyeing supplies and displayed equipment, samples, and resources.
Show and Tell
Elsa shared her version of Elizabeth's New Wave quilt
and this child's car quilt.
Nancy shared this very large quilt made from sketches she made on a trip to Georgia.
Unfortunately, the pictures of the whole quilt did not turn out. Nancy, we hope you will post a picture to the Portland Modern Quilters Flickr group so we can enjoy your quilt in its entirety.
Annie shared this embellished quilt,
and Gail made this quilt, in her first attempt at creating poster art with fabric.
Remember these free fabric samples from last month?
Tobey made this version of Kate Conklin's Wonky Donkey quilt for her son --
Sally shared her first quilt
and this quilt made in a machine quilting class.
Violet was begged into showing this quilt, which she was still stitching on during the meeting.
and quilt label.
This happy turtle quilt came in after the end of the meeting, missing show and tell, but I was able to grab a photo of it -- Thanks, Laura.
Discussion and Announcements
The meeting ended with some discussion regarding the possibility of dues, adding a business section to meetings, problems with the blog forum, hosting a website, and utilizing Flickr.
Due to technical difficulties, the blog forum will be removed, and in the meantime, we will use the Portland Modern Quilters Flickr group for discussions and sharing photos.
Next month we will be having a pincushion swap, so make one up any way you please and bring it in a plain brown paper bag. It should be fun to see what everyone creates! Maybe we'll even see a little hand dyed fabric....
Violet displayed her Heather Bailey quilted duvet cover.
Jill's hexagon pillow.
Gorgeous vintage English paper pieced quilts.
Show and tell quilts and projects inviting closer inspection after the meeting.
Christina (The Sometimes Crafter; on the left in the black top) gave a presentation on her Adventures In Hexagons, comparing and contrasting different methods and materials.
Even if you couldn't join us last night, you can read all about it on her blog post here.
Stitching and chatting in the small groups.
Many, many thanks from PMQG to Mettler and YLI for generously donating thread for our hexagon stitching pleasure.
Jill made and donated the hexagon paper templates for everyone. Your time, effort, and generosity are much appreciated, Jill! (To make your own templates like the ones Jill made for us: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TabSlot).
And a big thank you to Rachel for putting together and donating two giveaway bags -- and I won one!
Flea Market Fancy, thread, and scissors. Ready, set, HEXY!
Keep on stitching, Portland Modern Quilters!
Note: If I missed your quilt at the beginning of the meeting, please send me a photo and I will add it to the eye candy. Also, I have tried to link to blogs whenever possible. If there is a photo of you and your quilt above and it is not linked to your blog, please let me know and I will add it.
Our May 2010 meeting took place at PNCA on May 20th. Thirty quilters were in attendance and expressed appreciation to Katie Sciarrino for designing our logo, which she and Amber are making into name tag buttons.
Elizabeth Hartman gave a brief presentation on the history of charm quilts and charm squares. Historically, charm quilts contained only one piece of each fabric. Charm quilts were seen as early as the 1870's and have had occasional resurgences in popularity over the years. Today, charm packs of 5" fabric squares are widely available by many manufacturers. Elizabeth discussed several uses for charms in quilts and invited any interested members to complete a project to bring back for show and tell.
Each member brought charm squares for swapping and it took two large and two smaller tables to hold them all. We were an incredibly quiet and polite group as we surrounded the tables to choose and count our charms. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of the charms or the swap process as I left my camera in the classroom and am still hoping that it finds its way back to me. In the meantime, I will try to make do with my iphone camera.