All Day Sew

March Sew Day Recap

We had back-to-back Sew Days at Fabric Depot this month, February 22 and March 1. I was so busy working on my own projects that I didn't get to take as many pictures as I should have! But here are a couple from last weekend:

Brittany made this paper-pieced My Little Pony pillow, featuring Pinkie Pie (that's a lot of Ps!) It's for a friend's 2-year-old's birthday.  I'm sure she'll love it!

Elsa made the Triple Star block from Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. It's for a bee, appropriately enough. Look at those lovely points!

Mary Ann finished this top, which was from the Do Good Stitches Faith Circle bee. The pattern is called Scrap Boxes. Once it's completed, the quilt will go to charity.

Jolene pieced this queen-sized quilt for her 13-year-old niece, who is a fan of both purple and horses. Lucky girl!

Kelly taught us how to make notecards using scraps of fabric. You get all the fun of playing with shapes and colors, but it's WAY easier than making a quilt! PMQG will use these as thank-you cards for the sponsors who donate raffle prizes and other goodies ... much nicer than a pre-printed card, don't you think? (We could use more, if you're inspired to make some!)

We hope to see you at our next Sew Day at Fabric Depot on Saturday, April 12!

Sew Day - Saturday

Get those Holiday projects ready and come on out to Sew Day at Fabric Depot this Saturday, Dec. 1st from 9am - 9pm. Irons, ironing boards, and cutting mats are provided. Please bring everything else you'll need for a fabulous day of sewing!

Also, I'm excited to announce that our Michael Miller Collaborative Quilt - Graphic won our poll and will be entered into the Quilt Con show. Thanks to over the 130 people who voted!

Finally, don't forget about our Holiday swap!! Remember to make a special something for your partner and bring it on December 13! If you can't come, please try and give it to someone who can deliver it for you. Email us (portlandmodernquiltguild at gmail dot com)  if you need help with that. Thanks!

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!

Sew Swap and Sell

If you are anything like me, you could answer "Yes!" to both of these questions! Come to our special Sew, Swap, and Sell sew day is coming up this weekend, to get your fill of fabrics and friends! So far we have 23 people signed up to sell or swap fabric so it will be a great opportunity to de-stash or just stash. I know I ended up with some great Heather Ross fabric (thank you Rachel!) last time.

The Details
  •  We are holding this at the Staver Locomotive building NOT Fabric Depot. 
2537 NW 29th Ave.
 Portland, OR 
  • Sunday, October 7th 11am-4pm
  • For anyone planning to sell or sew please be sure you've RSVP'd through the google doc so we have enough space for everyone. There's still space available!
  • If you would just like to come by to shop and say hi you don't need to RSVP the sale will start at 12 to give everyone time to get set up.
  • If you missed last month's meeting and want to pick up your Michael Miller Stripes and Chevron challenge fabric we'll have it available. 
  • We will have an English Paper Piecing tutorial by Ale at 1:00 with templates by member Jill of Tabslot available for purchase.
  • There will be giveaways!
  • Bring food for a potluck whatever strikes your fancy. We will supply the drinks (I'll bring coffee!) and utensils, plates & cups. 


 If you don't have a project going right now or just want to chip in, Susan will be putting together a back for our Quilts of Valor quilt and would love some help. 


Got a project you no longer love? Bring it and swap it? Maybe someone else will be the fresh eye to get it finished.  

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!

 Pétra


Reminder! Sew Day

If you're anything like me, I can't believe that the summer is flying by this fast! I just took a double-take of my calendar and saw that Sew Day, this Saturday, was staring back at me! Hopefully, it's been on your calendar too!

Here are the details:

When: THIS Saturday, August 4th, 9am - 9pm - pop in and out or stay all day!
Where: Fabric Depot in the classroom corner
Why: To enjoy each other and sew together! ;)
To bring: You must bring your own machine, cutting tools, and projects. Fabric Depot provides cutting mats, irons (although some people like to bring their own too), and ironing boards.

Hope to see you there!

*Also, please mark your calendar for the next Sew Day, Saturday, October 13th*

All Day Sew and Pouch Progress?

How was your weekend? Mine was busy but I managed to make it to the All Day Sew for a few hours but one of these days I will be their bright and early at 9 to sew ALL DAY!

We had about 25 people at the sew day. I think they were running behind me when I took my phone photos because it doesn't look that crowded or they were at the Fabric Depot Sale stocking up on Denyse Scmidt fabric and yes it was crazy cheap. We hope to see you at the next one on August 4th there's still room for more it's a big space! Also we're planning an extra summer All Day Sew in July more info on that soon.

How are you all doing on your pouches for the NW Guild pouch swap? I saw Jen's on Saturday and she has one lucky partner. It made me think I should get started on mine. If you are a new swapper let us know if you have any questions we'll be happy to help and remember to bring your pouch to the June guild meeting. 

Pétra

Sew Day Reminder!

Hello Quilting Friends! I hope to see lots of you at Fabric Depot this Saturday! 
If possible, bring a snack to share too! 
Also, have you seen these amazing blocks for the MM challenge? I'm so amazed by everyone's creativity and ingenuity! Keep it up! :) 
Can you guess who made each one? To see if you're right, check out the flickr pool! Also, if you've made your block add a photo to the flickr pool so that we can see. 

All Day Sew!

I'm thrilled to announce the next All Day Sew!
We hope that you can come out: Saturday, April 7th
From 9am - 8pm you can stop by Fabric Depot (700 SE 122nd Ave) and sew to your heart's content.
Also, we thought it might be fun to have a potluck. Feel free to bring something yummy to share!
While you are looking at your calendar, mark these dates for the next few upcoming Sew Days:
June 2
August 4
October 13
December 1
Also there are a few more seats available in this Saturday's Fabric Care and Preservation at PNCA from 10am - Noon. It's only $20 (which includes coffee and pastries for everyone), click here to sign up!

Upcoming Events // Sew Day & Kathy Miller

I don't know about you, but I'm counting down the days, hours, and even minutes until this Saturday's Sew Day! Come to Fabric Depot starting at 9am - 8pm. Stay all day or stop by whenever you can. Sew Days are free for PMQG members or $10 for non-members. There's a lot of room to spread out for sewing or cutting! Feel free to bring an iron, if needed. What project will you bring to work on?

Also, Michelle Freedman will be teaching a hands-on improvisational patchwork sewing demo on at noon on Saturday. Come join in to learn more!

Photo Credit: Creative Connection

Also, we wanted to share a sneak peek into our next guild meeting (February 16). We're excited to announce that Kathy Miller will be speaking! Kathy Miller is the co-owner of Michael Miller Fabrics. Thanks to Violet Craft, we have the pleasure of hearing a little bit about Couture Cottons and the behind the scenes of Michael Miller Fabrics.

Click here to take a peek! 
If you want to find out more about Kathy Miller and her predictions for future fabrics, click here for Sew, Mama, Sew's interview with her! 
Make sure to mark your calendars for February 16th! 

All Day Sew this Saturday

We will meet this Saturday for an all day sew starting at 9am at Fabric Depot (700 SE 122nd Avenue)! This event is free for members and $10 for non-members. But really, wouldn't you rather just join PMQG? Of course you would!

Remember, all that is supplied at this event are tables and excellent good company. We will try to have irons and extension cords but if you can bring one of these items please do! Remember your machine, machine pedal, pins, scissors, thread, presser feet and any other items you may need for all the awesome projects you're going to burn through on Saturday. See you there!

If you're looking for info about tonight's meeting, it's here.

Two PMQG events this week

First up: The Portland Modern Quilt Guild's monthly meeting is this Thursday, May 19 from 7-9 pm. As usual, we meet at the PNCA at 1241 NW Johnson Street but this month we will be in classroom 205. This month we conclude our solid's challenge; please remember to bring your finished swapped solid's project. Additionally, Katie will be collecting the blocks for our PMQG Banner. Gail Weiss, Petra Anderson, Angie George-Pendleton and Cathy Fowler you are signed up to bring snacks to the May meeting. Everyone, please bring your own cup to take advantage of the water pitcher at the meeting. Finally, please RSVP to this post so we have an idea of how many chairs to set up.

And our second event: We also have another All Day Sew on Saturday, May 21st. Join us for sewing and socializing from 9 am to 5 pm at Fabric Depot, 700 SE 122nd Avenue in southeast Portland. The sewing day is FREE to members! If you're not a member but you'd like to join us, you can come for just $10.
What to bring:
Your project and sewing machine (don't forget the pedal, cord and machine feet!) A power strip or extension cord if you have one. Sewing tools. We will provide a couple ironing boards and irons and a couple of cutting mats but the rest is up to you! Remember rulers, rotary cutters, scissors, thread and pins! Consider labeling common items so they don't get mistaken for someone else's. Drinks and snacks as desired.
Please help us plan and set up appropriately by RSVPing to portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you're planning to come to the All Day Sew. We can't wait to spend a day enjoying laughter and the happy hum of sewing machines!

All Day Sew March 19th

What could be better than having eight straight hours to sew alongside your PMQG pals?

Nothing!

So plan to come sew with us Saturday March 19 from 9am-5pm. We'll be in a big well-lit room at TaborSpace at 5441 SE Belmont Street in close-in Southeast Portland. If you're not familiar with this part of town, it's very accessible: just a few minutes drive from our downtown monthly meeting location, with easy parking. Venue change! We'll be at Fabric Depot, 700 Southeast 122nd Avenue in southeast Portland.

The sewing day is FREE to members! If you're not a member but you'd like to join us, you can come for just $10.

What to bring:

  • Your project and sewing machine (don't forget the pedal, cord and machine feet!)
  • A power strip or extension cord if you have one.
  • Sewing tools. We will provide a couple ironing boards and irons and a couple of cutting mats but the rest is up to you! Remember rulers, rotary cutters, scissors, thread and pins! Consider labelling common items so they don't get mistaken for someone else's.
  • Drinks and snacks as desired.

Food and drink will be available in the adjacent cafe, as well as within walking distance at Caldera restaurant.

Please help us plan and set up appropriately by RSVPing to portlandmodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you're planning to come. We can't wait to spend a day enjoying laughter and the happy hum of sewing machines!

Saturday SEWING DAY!

This Saturday is our free sewing day at PNCA!

The date: 10.23.2010
The room: 205
The time: 10-5pm (come anytime within the seven hours!)
Bring: Anything you need to work on your project

It would be great if we could coordinate some items such as:
Irons
Ironing boards
Cutting mats

If you have any of these that are easily portable, let us know in the comment section.

Also, let us know if you'll be stopping by. We want to make sure there are enough plug ins, stations and room!

Can't wait for SEVEN hours of sewing!
How about you?