Holiday Party & Swap and Sell Info

Get ready to party at our December meeting! Every year PMQG has a Holiday Party instead of a regular meeting in December. On tap: lots of mingling, a potluck, Show and Tell, our annual Holiday Swap, a Swap and Sell, Quilt Raffles, and a presentation from Elizabeth Hartman on her new book, Patchwork City!

When: Thursday, December 11th, 2014 (second Thursday), 7-9 pm
Where: St Andrew Church, 806 NE Alberta St.
What to Bring: A potluck item (see below), beer or wine for yourself, Show and Tell, your swap item, and lots of cash for the Swap and Sell as well as for the quilt raffles!

For the Potluck, please bring:

If your last name starts with A-M: Something Savory
If your last name starts with N-Z: Something Sweet

Swap and Sell:

Our Swap and Sell is for our members to sell their handmade items (or swap them!) with each other. If you are interested in having a half table, please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild @ gmail .com to reserve space. Space is limited! If you only have one or two items, you may put them on the community table with your name and price listed, no need to email to reserve space.

Holiday Swap:

If you are participating in the Holiday Swap and picked up a swap baggie of fabric at our November meeting, bring the swap item you created back in December! You may wrap your swap or leave it unwrapped, but please be sure to put your name and your swap partner's name on it! If there is a significant amount of fabric left over, be sure to return that to your partner as well.


2015 Membership opened at our November meeting. You may pay for 2015 Membership online or at the Holiday party or any other meeting.

Quilt Raffles:

We will be raffling a couple of quilts that we made as a guild this year! Quilt raffle tickets are $5 each, or Buy 4, Get 1 Free (5 for $20). What quilts might you win? The Guild Medallion Quilt and one of the Monaluna Quilts will up for grabs!

The Holiday Party is sure to be a blast, hope to see you there!

2014 Holiday Swap

Our December Holiday Party is fast approaching, and with it our annual Holiday Swap!

2012 Holiday Swappers

If you're unfamiliar with the process, here is how it works: Anyone who wants to swap puts their chosen fabrics in a sandwich sized ziplock bag. Along with your fabrics, include a slip of paper with the following info~ Name, Email Address, Blog/Pinterest/IG, and a few options for ideas of things you might like to get your partner started. 

Note: If you missed October's meeting or forgot to pick up a bag, feel free to use your own bag or to pick one up at the beginning of November's meeting. Don't forget to add the info above!

 At the November meeting we'll swap bags of fabric and we'll make something for the recipient, to bring back at the December Meeting/Holiday Party. You'll then receive an item back made with your own fabric. Happy Swapping!

Pincushion Swap for April Meeting

Faux Cathedral Windows from Diary of a Quilt Maven

Everyone needs another pincushion, especially if it's super cute!

We'll have a pincushion swap at our April meeting (Thursday, April 24). Here's how to participate:

1. Make a pincushion.

2. Put it in a brown bag. (The mystery makes swapping more exciting!)

3. Bring it to the April meeting.

4. Pick a bag and get a pincushion to keep!

Need some inspiration? Here are some pincushion tutorials to get you started. Share the links you like using the blue button below!

Double Tulip paper-pieced pincushion from sameliasmum.com

Jar pincushions from Doodle Craft

Also, try looking through your sewing books--they often include pincushion patterns.

July Meeting Reminder

July's meeting is just a week away!

When: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00pm

Where: PNCA, Room 201* 
1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209

*Please note the room change from previous months!

  • Our Pacific Northwest Meet-up is coming up! The meet-up is August 15th-18th.  The tab on the blog home page contains the information we have and will continue to be updated as planning continues. Early Bird Registration for the event is currently $20 but it will go up to $25 Monday, July 15th. Save some money and sign up now!
  • Last month's Charity BOM was a Wonky Star. We'd love if you brought one to this month's meeting in one of our charity colorways: ROYGBIV, Scrappy, or Black & White with a Pop of Color. Make one to keep, make one to give!  All past month's blocks can be found on the BOM tab on the blog home page as well.
  • If you signed up to participate in the Container Swap at June's meeting, don't forget to bring it with you! I can't wait to see what everyone's made! 
  • The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is this Saturday! We'll be having informal meet-ups at the PMQG section at 11 am and 2 pm. We have chartered a bus to get you there for the day and we still have room for a few more folks if you'd like to join us. See you there!

--Mary Ann, V.P.

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PMQG Container Swap Round-up

We just couldn't contain ourselves!  Here is a round-up of the inspiration and tutorials for our container swap.

Kim's finished Pink Penguin Fabric Basket 
The Sometimes Crafter Fabric Boxes: Tutorial Here
Here are a whole bunch of awesome tutorials Kim Lumapas, our PMQG Programs Director rounded up to inspire you!

And the link to Carolyn's pattern: a collaboration with Anna Graham of noodlehead, that she donated to us to give away at our meeting:
Carolyn Friedlander's Social Tote 

Slow Sewing Studio Social Tote
If you missed the meeting we encourage you to find a partner and sew along. Hop over to our Member blog page and see if there is anyone who wants to play too! 

added 6/26/13
I stumbled across this nesting bowl pattern at a cuppa and a catchup yesterday. Not only is  it a lovely design, but Nova is donating 100% of the proceeds of the sales of her patterns from now until June 30th to the fund that was created for Kathreen Ricketson's children. You can read more about her in this blog post. Thank you Nova for organizing this!

A Happy Zombie Halloween at PMQG

Zombies and Halloween go together like pins and pincushions, so The Happy Zombie was the perfect choice for an October presentation to PMQG.  Of course, a little sustenance for our favorite zombie before the meeting seemed appropriate as 43 members settled in for an evening of fun, friends, fabric and inspiration!
Sweets and liquid courage supplied by Jen.

After new members and visitors were welcomed, Program Chair, Cherri Langley, announced that dues of $25 per year would start in January 2011.  Meetings will remain free; however, benefits of being a dues-paying member will include such perks as free all day sewing days, a mention in the blog sidebar, and discounts at fabric shops.  The dues will help fund special events (e.g., bringing in out-of-state speakers for workshops/trunk shows), paying national Modern Quilt Guild dues, etc.  Although the dues go into effect in January 2011, members may submit dues to Tamara (PMQG Treasurer) at the November meeting.
Michelle provided a Ten Minute Tute with an organizational theme.  Michelle does a lot of sewing in addition to quilting and came up with a system to organize the many different types of needles that she uses.  She uses notecards in a decorative box to keep the needles organized and handy.  Any needle still in use is stuck through the little piece of gray felt (appropriately enough for October, the felt is leftover from a previous year's Halloween costume).   For more information on types of needles and when to change them, Michelle provided these links:
Sewing Machine Needle Overview:
Machine Needle Overview:
Michelle also showed a beautiful binder that she uses for other sewing organizational and reference purposes, including a stitch sampler, pocket for her sewing machine manual, etc.  Thank you Michelle for sharing your functional and creative ideas!  Enjoy your gift certificate to Cool Cottons.
Monica was inspirational and entertaining, with plenty of amusing stories to tell.  Monica Solorio-Snow was discovered (much like Lana Turner) after years of drawing and playing around with design (since 7th grade in Mrs. Gruffman's class.  My apologies to Mrs. G. if the name is misspelled).  
Copies of Monica's Glow Happy quilt pattern were provided at the meeting.  
Monica designs for Lecien.  Her current line is Holiday Happy, with another line coming out in 2011.
The cute bag in Holiday Happy fabric was made for Monica by her friend and partner-in-crime, Pam (aka Pam Kitty Morning).

In addition to fabric, quilts, and other sewing projects, Monica showed the group some beautiful Lecien Cosmo embroidery floss and how to make a portable design wall.
Monica donated several giveaways for the evening, including fabric and the portable design wall!
Thank you, Monica, for great inspiration and keeping us in stitches! 
What could be in these plain, brown bags?
A variety of charming and colorful pincushions for a swap!  Here are just a few examples:

This is always a special part of the evening, and PNCA cooperated with a little Halloween-appropriate artwork in the background....  

 Back of Tracie's quilt.

 Back of Kristen's quilt.





 Mary Ann (Quilts for Kids kit)

Back of Jen's quilt.
Sprinkled throughout the evening were a variety of giveaways (with some donated by Monica and Elizabeth): fabric, a quilting magazine, fabric, the portable design wall, fabric, Elizabeth Hartman's book (The Practical Guide to Patchwork), fabric, a mini Halloween tote, and -- of course -- more fabric!
Book Signing with Elizabeth Hartman + Sewing Night
November 13th @ Modern Domestic from 5-9 pm

PMQG Monthly Meeting*
November 18th @ PNCA from 7-9 pm

*This meeting will feature a fabric, materials, and craft swap and sale.  "Vendors" may bring their goodies as early as 6:30 to set-up; however, the doors will be closed to "shoppers/swappers" until 7:00.  
No pre-shopping, ladies!
If you plan to bring items to sell or swap, please contact Cherri via this discussion page on flickr.  Her email is also available on that page.

*There will be a Give and Get Gift Swap starting at the November meeting and ending at the December meeting: Fill a sandwich size ziplock bag with pieces of your favorite fabrics -- any size -- as long as it all fits in the baggie.  Write your name and email address on a tag and enclose it in the baggie.  Bring the baggie to the November meeting for a swap.  You will make a quilted gift using only the fabrics in the baggie + one additional fabric of your choice.  Bring the finished creation to the December meeting to return to the original fabric owner and receive your gift made from the fabrics you donated.
Questions can be posted to the PMQG flickr group page - Portland Modern Quilters.

Whew! How much quilty goodness can Portland Modern Quilters fit into one meeting? 
Well, you've just seen it!  What will November bring?....

I feel that I may have missed at least one quilt from Show and Tell.  Please contact me with any corrections/additions to the "minutes" of this meeting: joanhcallaway@comcast.net.