Show and Tell

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• The Modern Quilt Guild blog, Fall Market 2012 MQG show, apply in January
• make the Happy Zombee tote—win big! Deadline November 30.
Tip: get creative with what you put in it when you do to photograph it
• the search is on for 2012 PMQG officers; if interested email us by November 2nd

Elizabeth mobilizes our craft studios: pressing board, pressing table and flooring

PRESENTATION Holiday Craft Ideas from your officers

"quilted" christmas cards by Michelle

freezer paper stencils by Katie

sewing inspired ornaments by Rachel

Our second annual holiday swap is on! Info here.

Maurice, "Words?"

Gail, for friends new baby and free motion practice

Gail, Pieces of clothing and re-purposed fabric denoting passage of time
Find Your Own Voice—MQG Project Modern 4

table runner

Marcia, "Little Birds"

Heather, "I was commissioned to make this quilt for my co-worker's wife, only asking I use purple. It was really fun to put together."

"wonky stars/log cabin"

Anne W., "Kona-Mochi Mash-up"

Anne M., "A Kitty for All Seasons" made for the "pay-it-forward" project

Anne M., "banner"

Lara, "messenger bag"

Ale, "single girl quilt"

Ale, "swoon quilt"

Kristen, "feed sack pattern"

Christina, "Another Gradient Quilt"
Find Your Own Voice—MQG Project Modern 4

Monica, pink penguin tutorials


Monica, "Christmas Tree Pants" tutorial

Jolene, "quilt for niece" paper piecing

Meeting 091511

• September 22–24, NW Quilting Expo, Portland Expo Center
• September 30–October 2, Quiltopia, Willamette Heritage Center, Salem, OR
October 6, Marie's Show Room of Quilts, sabbatical project, BedMart 1039 NW Glisan Pearl District
• October 8–9, Santiam Scrappers Quilt Guild Show, Sandridge Charter School, Lenanon, OR
• October 8–9, Biennial Quilt Show, Tuality Hospital, Hillsboro, OR
• October 14–15, Old Aurora Colony Museum Annual Show, Aurora, OR
October 22, All-day Sew, Fabric Depot
• January 27–28, Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show, Oregon Garden
• Pendelton Woolen Mill Store Sale, fabric, yarn and more

PRESENTATION Studio Art Quilts Associates by Kathy Blondell
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc is a membership organization with over 2,800 members in 31 countries. Its mission is to promote the art quilt through exhibitions, publications and education. SAQA defines an art quilt as the contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, though materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends. via Facebook

Kathy shared a slide show of the currently traveling truck show of 50 8"x8" art pieces (six shown above). The pieces possessed a range of media: zippers, plant dye, lace, paper, photos, hand sewing, color pencil, netting, printed fabric, wool, beads, applique, french knots, tinted fabric, rusted fabric, composted fabric, natural dye, gauze, raw edges, machine quilting, satin stitching, net overlay, etc. Imaginative, beautiful, inspiring!

Next up Kathy brought her personal collection of larger art quilts:

"If there is an element you really like exaggerate it." –kathy

Ale brought everyone a block sandwich, thread and a needle to practice the basic running stitch technique. Her tool preferences include Crewel needles, Dritz leather & plastic thimble and Thread Heaven conditioner and protectant. If you missed Ale's live tutorial here's an online seven part video tutorial. Above quilt has been in Ale's family for generations—entirely hand quilted!

Hand quilted by Ale.

Maurice, english paper piecing (first time!)

Tomme, computerized quilter


Cherri, vintage stripped sheet quilt

Violet, made for her daughter to take to summer camp

Anne, castle peeps and almost a rainbow (won a blue ribbon at the fair)

Susan, woolen cross pillow

Marilyn, 30th wedding anniversary quilt for her husband

Nancy, wedding quilt

Molly, daughter's baby quilt, grand-daughter's quilt and recycled sweater quilt
Cheran, April Showers, "Felt moved to make something happy and orange. The floral and the grey pindots make me think of Spring."

rounded up 12x12 blocks for habitat quilt

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Lots of quilts in the park! What a great turnout—husbands, kids and members-to-be.

Sunday, August 14, 4–8p
Quilts for Quake Survivors Thank You! Sewing party with BBQ potluck, music and quilt showcase
Staver Locomotive, 2537 NW 29th Avenue
For more information contact Susan.

Our next sew day will be Saturday, August 20, 9a–9p

At Fabric Depot, 700 Southeast 122nd Avenue in southeast Portland.

FREE to members! $10 for non-members

Members got their Habitat fabric for the Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge!

The weather held and we are able to get in our monthly dose of sewing inspiration.
See the lovelies below:

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  • Our July meeting will be a picnic, once the location is confirm we will announce further plans
  • Sisters Quilt Show is next month (July 9) and 18 PMQG member quilts will be displayed there.
  • Members, please watch out for a survey email coming to your inbox soon.

10 MINUTE TUTE by Michelle: One seam notebook covers
Michelle showed everyone how to make a basic notebook cover that requires zero hand sewing and only one seam.
PROGRAM Quilt Market Recap

Kristin of Sew Mama Sew, Monica of Happy Zombie (designer of Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric), and Traci of Hip Fabric of gave us their perspective and recap of Spring Quilt Market.
  • Quilt Market is a trade show; Kristen and Traci go there to buy fabric and fill their days with appointment with fabric company reps
  • Monica goes there to promote her fabric line (authors and designers are another group that goes to Quilt Market)
  • QM is great for scoping out new fabric, patterns and books that you haven't seen
  • QM helps fabric retailers see trends, and get fabric/patterns to make store samples
  • QM is also great for swag giveaways; some of which Kristen, Monica and Traci shared with PMQG as giveaways
  • Schoolhouse is the day before Quilt Market and filled with 20-minute slots for companies/designers/lines to tell you about their products in more detail; sometimes these are short classes but those are geared towards brick & mortar stores

Petra showed us an old family quilt and her the father's day gift she made for her husband (oh no, that picture was blurry!)

Ale showed us Pinwheels & Postage Stamps she made for her mom. She recommended the Missouri Quilt Company half square triangle method.

Marcia showed us an untitled quilt

Rachel showed us her interpretation of wheat fields (and we got to compare it to Kristen's interpretation of wheat fields from Project Modern Challenge #1)

Cathy showed us her Bernina cozy

Anne showed us her signature quilt (she used a micron to write on kona cotton)

Heather showed us her Trip Around the World

Suzanne showed us a recent quilt

Cherri showed us the stage cover she made for Portland "Nofest": fabrics included pieces of belly dance costumes, shower curtains, curtains, and more

Jill showed us her lawn-chair quilt top

Jen showed us her "It better get sunny in Portland or I'll kick its butt" quilt that used up every last bit of yellow fabric in her stash, she used a variegated yellow to quilt it

We filled a table with scraps as we came in to the meeting and before we left everyone dug through to grab stuff they liked. That was A LOT of a fabric

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• 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.
• There will be not be a PMQG Sister's Quilt Show bus. Transportation available through Fabric Depot and other avenues.
PROGRAM Long Arm Quilting by Rachel and Nancy
quilters can pay to have a long armer baste

examples of long arm quilting

Various Long arm and quilting links:

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

Our first member's only raffle was a gift certificate to have a quilt long-arm quilted by Nancy!

Swap-it Solids Challenge

Show and Tell

PMQG Banner Blocks
(left) Maurice shared an image of a community quilt shown at the 2011 Tokyo Quilt Show. The block theme was flowers. (right) Blocks submitted by PMQG members for the banner. If you have a 6" block you'd like to ad please mail (by June 4th) to:

Portland Modern Quilt Guild

P.O. Box 6431
Portland, OR 97228

Meeting 031711

PMQG—You're 1!
A Year Ago this March we had our first meeting. Many thanks to Elizabeth for spreading the National Modern Quilt Guild word and spearheading our creation.
PNCA's April First-Thursday Exhibition will feature quilts from PMQG members. The show runs April 7–17ish.

Ten Minute Tute: All About Zippers
Presentation by Jen
Jen has learned many tips and tricks from Modern Domestic's Amy Alan. One such tip is mastering the zipper—and mastered she has.
Her go-to product is Wonder Tape: washes away and doesn't gum-up your machine. Check out her favorite tutorial!
Program: Notions
Presentation by Meredith of Modern Domestic; prior to coming to Oregon she worked as director of the The City Quilter in NY.
Featured Notions: Oliso Smart Iron Pro, Best Press, Fusible Web, Teflon Pressing Sheet, Iron Clean (looks like dryer sheets), Point presser with Clapper, Foam pad with measuring canvas 36x54 + marine grade ply-wood—use to make a pressing table.
Thanks for the 25% off coupons Meredith—and thanks MD!
Members share their notions:
Pétra: stiletto for turning
Monica: magnetic automotive store tool and paper plates to organize projects
Brittany: fabric on freezer paper applique
Michelle: 1" x 6" ruler (sold at Art Stores)—used to assist in sewing thick fabrics; poker round tip to flat tip
Rachel: Comfort thimble (comes in many sizes); serrated snips
Cherri: Ruler that adds a .25 in seam; light weight snips @ MD only cut thread; use paper tags to organize projects (attach with pins)
Heather: wrapping paper cutter by Scotch; Kwik Klip (closes safety pins), mustache trimmer (easy seam ripping)
Susan: Sidewinder Bobbin (plug/batteries); wear scissors around neck on string
Fabric Match MIXER
PMQG officers have made it their mission to get us all interacting with each other—remember last month's Portland map? This month everyone was handed a quarter of a charm square upon entry, when Christina said the word we quickly found our matches and met new friends.
Show and Tell

Elsa has been quilting for "a lot of years."
"Took the art quilt class here at PNCA—this is one of the pieces I've made."
Pétra has been quilting for 2 years.
"Linen with Lotta Jansdotter fabric, untitled"

Alyssa has been quilting for 1 year.
"For my boyfriend, Dan, who lives in a yurt. It was inspired by the yurt ceiling."
Claire—this is her first quilt!
Nancy (Right) has been quilting for less than 100 years.
"Franmed? and inspired by Tania (Jean Wells)
Tania (Left)
"Off the wall Landscape"
Violet has been quilting for 19 years (with an 18 year break).
"Wool coat jacket quilt; gift for my husband"
Kristen has been quilting for less than a year.
"Hexagon Spring Bee Table Runner; machine applique class at Modern Domestic with Anna Joice.
Alexandra has been quilting for 3 years.
"'The Mammoth' A nine patch to cover our corduroy couch—that just kept getting bigger."
Cheran has been quilting for 20ish years.
"My 13 year old niece wanted to learn how to quilt—we designed a simple top, which she pieced 3 years ago. I stole it from her to finish for her 17th birthday."
Cathy has been quilting for 1 year.
"Kids quilt"
Jasmine has been quilting for 10 years.
"Square in a square variation, sock monkey style; one more UFO done. :)"
Marilyn has been quilting for 35 + 15 = 50 years.
"Designed on EQ5 and was left on the computer for awhile. I never expected to execute, but decided to meet the challenge some months later—lots of fun."
Paula has been quilting for 1 year.
"Two vintage quilt tops from husband's grandmother and a vintage sheet quilt."
Maurice has been quilting for 4 years.
"All red random paths."
Jeanette has been quilting for 21 years.
Kristen has been quilting for 2 years.
"Scrap quilt"
Jen has been quilting for 2 years
"Riley Blake 'All Star 1' for third boy."

Charm Square Swap

The End.

Meeting 021711

Thanks again PNCA for a year of accommodation and support!

We now have Facebook! Looks like the discussion feature works! ;)

Budget Update
At time of meeting: $858 in the bank; $335 in PayPal

Color & Design
Presentation by Kristen (member); she teaches design at Chemeketa Community College.

Choose your color palette, but Kristen recommends the lower two charts


1-$5 and 2-$10 gift certificates from Cool Cottons
Solid Fabric Pack from Pink Chalk
The latest issue of Stitch Magazine
Needlebook from Monica, pattern at Inspire Magazine
2-Bottles of Fabric Glue from Rachel

Ten Minute Tute: Glue Basting
Presentation by Rachel

Curved quilt with glued piecing

Glue—Elmer's (cheaper) or Roxan's—purchase applicator separately
The glue allows you to tack down the fabric in lieu of pins (pins can distort fabric) and fusible

Portland Location Mixer
Members arranged themselves on a make shift Portland map—get to know your neighbors!




Show and Tell
Kathie Serlet | Nested Boxes
"Given to me by Anne Matlock for our 2011 'Pay It Forward'"

Anne Matak | French Chickens

Jasmine Stiner | Auction quilts made from my son's kindergarden class sewing lesson.

Pétra | Birds and Bugs

Jen | Hex Robot & The Baron

Elizabeth | Echino Improv Quilt

Alyssa Hursh | Luca's Quilt

Alexandra | Spring Nine Patch (doll) & Patchy Paris Valley (crib)
Both improv quilts—of my design

Monica | Dream On, "You Are Here" giant block, pot holders, cathedral window
(The Sometimes Crafter has a cathedral window tutorial.)

Michelle Freedman | First Block Experiments: Cement Block #1, Secret Garden
I'm a new quilter and this is a sample of my process of discovery. I am still experimenting. :)

Kimberly | Rockets and Robots

Heather | Hexagon Quilt & Rectangle Squared Quilt

Rachel |
Drunkards Path

Susan | Bright Furrows | Made for my son Everett.
Check out Susan's blog for details about her PNCA class she's teaching in July.

Mug Rug Swap!

A friendly reminder.

Quilt on my friends and "Do Not Be Scared!"

Meeting 012011

A new year, new officers, new ideas.

Last night's meeting kicked off with a warm welcome from President Christina and quickly segued into Cherri's 10-MINUTE TUTE. "Wonky Argyle Quilting." Find the tutorial on her blog, Sew On. Cherri also had an extra special announcement. She has recently become the ecstatic owner of a long arm quilting machine—and needs you to help her celebrate. Details on her blog and Flickr.

A goal for this year's officers is to create happiness, inspiration, friendship, and excitement. In order to do so we arranged a brainstorm where members counted off into eight groups, chatted among themselves, and then shared their wish lists with the entire group. Everyone provided fabulous ideas and we cannot wait to implement them.

Megan, program manager, arranged five fantastic give-a-ways: 1. Tammis Keefe fat quarter pack (4 yards!) donated by the Fat Quarter Shop, 2. gift certificate for a free year of Fat Quarterly. (Member Christina, The Sometimes Crafter has a FQ review on her blog.), 3. & 4. $10 Cool Cottons' Gift Certificate, and 5. $5 Cool Cottons' Gift Certificate!

SHOW-AND-TELL! More oooos and ahhhhhs than normal in this bunch:
nine-patch & solids, by Annie

charm squares sashed in brown—3 or 4 charm sq packs, by Kathie

t-shirt memory quilt—13 years of quilt camp, by Kathie

echino prints backed with minky, by Jill

wonky blue & white log cabin, by Tania Johnston

Squid hexagon madness—project started August, 2010, by Gale

a quilt-along from long ago; the quilting thread matches the color of each fabric, by Lisa

Tokyo Subway Quilt, by Elizabeth

quilt based on an optical illusion, by Leah

Southern Utah Flowers, designs adapted from a flora book—birthday gift for mom, by Brittany Scott

Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Auction quilt (reversable); all fabric is hand-dyed, pieced and designed, by Sarah Laird (quilted by Nancy)

a couch quilt with a "flying geese" border (sort of) and picked fences pattern; her first quilt (no one believed her), by Ale (pronounced Allie)

The Big Zig pattern (Denyse Schmidt), by Ale

ticker tape floor mat—fabric from the Scrappy Strips Swap done along with Heather A la Mode's quilt-along, by Ale

vintage quilt—Violet's husband's great-grandmother made it ca. 1920's; the big squares are embroidered square dancers, the back is barkcloth that has turned ultra soft

Lawn Chair Quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop done with a jelly roll and honey bun, by Traci Butler

Robert Kaufman helped her find more of the blue solid in the right dyelot and sent her 4 more yards!, by Gaile

quilts for twins—based on the Material Obsession Fanciful Flowers pattern but now with woodland creatures, by Lara

a first quilt "start a quilt" pattern from a book (note: lots of Amy Butler fabric), by Lisa

fabric from Tanzania (formerly clothing), by Rachel, who spent 6 months volunteering in Tanzania

tummy time quilt (tied), by Kimie

scrappy log-cabin (made from scraps), by Tracie

a self-designed quilt with grey "voids," by Tracie

featuring Hope Valley fabrics, Flickr quilt-along, by Jeri

ticker tape sewing machine cover—made with scraps from above quilt, by Jeri

hexagon madness, by Jenn

How we love to share—keep 'em coming ladies!

project: "mug rug"—smaller than a placemat, larger than a coaster—for your coffee and your biscuit
specs: 7" x 10"ish, any pattern and fabric you choose
blind swap: bring to February's meeting
Megan's tip: use single binding

THANK YOU PNCA for a year of hosting PMQG meetings!
inspired by the PNCA building exterior, designed by Jill, pieced by Petra and Beverly, appliqued and quilted by Elizabeth

get your membership today and get sweet deals at some of your favorite stores!

Phew—until next time my sewing friends, as Cherri would say "sew on!"

November Abundance

It was standing room only as 46 eager Portland Modern Quilters came together on November 18 at Pacific Northwest College of Art to shop, share, and be inspired.  The energy level was even higher than usual with the excitement of multiple tables of fabric, notions, crafts, giveaways, and a silent auction.
Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew! gave a presentation on the Green Grocery Bag Challenge.  This challenge was  created in collaboration with the Green Grocery Bag Lady to cut down on the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream and to get more multi use bags into circulation by wrapping gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags.

PMQG President Jen and Kristin Link
 The tutorial for this bag, designed by Irene, is here.

Kristin shared several ideas for creative and beautiful wrapping using cloth bags, including this vibrant drawstring pouch.  
Join the challenge and spread the word via the Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page.  
Kristin got the group started by donating these gorgeous home dec fabrics for a giveaway.
A 1/2 yard cut is perfect for a cloth grocery bag.
Megan gave a Ten Minute Tute on stamping on fabric and making quilt labels, including using an old typewriter to type on fabric, which is then heat set with an iron.  

 Program Chair Cherri gave instructions for our November-December fabric bag swap.  Each member filled a ziplock bag with favorite fabrics which were collected at the start of the meeting.

Treasurer Tamara passed out the bags to the participating members, and swap partners then briefly met each other.  Each member will now add one fabric from their own stash to the fabrics in the bag they received and make something to give back to their partner.  This swap is wide open for all kinds of creativity, so be sure to check back here in December for the results!
Kaci and Cherri started off Show and Tell by sharing the story and results of a little design challenge they came up with together.
 It all started with the cover of a magazine and some fabric inspiration.  
They kept the results secret from each other until the meeting:

 Cherri reveals her butterfly quilt from Amy's tutorial.
 Kaci reveals her spiderweb quilt.

 Then Cherri gave Kaci the butterfly quilt for her daughter, Daisy.
 Kaci showing off the back of the butterfly quilt.

 This quilt features cute hedgehog fabric.
(I didn't get a Show and Tell slip on this quilt, so I hope the quiltmaker will please contact me so that I can post your information)

 Marcia made this quilt with charm squares she collected, with a little help from her PMQG friends.
Marcia's quilt was quilted by Nancy.
Katie made this hexi charm square pillow with hexagons from the PMQG charm square swap

 Amber showing her patchwork camera strap.
 Michelle made this disappearing nine patch quilt top and asked for quilting suggestions.
Dawn made this Minnesota quilt.

 Tamara made this quilt, Mrs. Belote, for a newlywed friend out of Hope Valley fabrics.

 Tamara also made this improv quilt from a class she took from Denyse Schmidt in Sisters.
 Kimberly showed off her Peaches 'n Cream quilt which she made for her daughter's bed, and Baby made it into the picture!

 Megan's charm quilt

 Brittany's board game quilt, inspired by her family's love of board games.

 Lara made these tree applique quilts for twin girls.

 Kristin (first time visitor) shared this quilt top and asked for quilting advice for a new quilter.
Heather has been busy lately.  She shared this owl that she made for her niece, which was copied from a Pottery Barn stuffed owl,

this Pop Garden quilt, made from a Crazy Mom Quilts pattern,
 this Schnibbles quilt, 
and this Schnibbles quilt!

 Cherri made this Tokyo Subway quilt (pattern by Elizabeth), with quilting by Nancy.
Laura's Indian baby quilt.
And, of course, there were giveaways and items for a silent auction:
Donated by Sew, Mama, Sew!
3 copies of The Practical Guide to Patchwork donated by Elizabeth.

Mo donated some of her Party Dress fabric.
The December 16th meeting will include a potluck -- bring something sweet or savory.
Dues of $25/year will begin in January 2011.
Nancy Stovall's longarm quilting studio --  Just Quilting -- is having an open house on Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11, at 105 SE Taylor Street (between Water and 2nd Aves), between 10am and 5pm.  On Friday between 11am and 2pm, local quilt and fabric designer, Lori Mason, will have a trunk showing of her new fabric designs for RJR Fabrics and fat quarters available for sale.  There will be door prizes, sweet treats, and hot drinks.
The meeting ended with a fabric destash and homemade craft item swap and sale:

Traci and Violet (photo by Monica)
Let's hear some chatter, Portland Modern Quilters!  What was your favorite part of the meeting?  Did you score any great fabric or other treasures?

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:

Dyeing to create

Despite back-to-school activities for many, 34 Portland Modern Quilters brought their interest and enthusiasm to Pacific Northwest College of Art (thank you, PNCA!!!) to learn and share.  Jen started us off with a few announcements and a Ten Minute Tute on pincushions, which were then given away after the tutorial.

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?

Jenn already used her fabric to make this quilt top using a Schnibbles "X-rated" pattern.

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.


flannel back,

and quilt label.

This is how the quilt top looked at the very first PMQG meeting.
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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....

Free Motion Commotion

Fifty-three Portland Modern Quilters attended the August 19 meeting at PNCA.  Christina started the meeting off with a presentation on free motion quilting on your home sewing machine.  After a powerpoint presentation 

and some discussion,

Christina sat down at her sewing machine for a demonstration.  Thanks to PNCA, a camera recorded her stitching and the picture was projected onto the wall for all to see. 
Christina demonstrated a variety of stitches, including writing words in cursive.
And then members got to try out their own skills at one of several stations.
Here Traci has fun practicing her technique.
The FMQ giveaway was won by Anne.

Show and Tell brought out a lot of beautiful quilts, laughter, and even a few tears.
Elsa shared this quilt top from the 20s.
Jill made this version of Elizabeth's New Wave quilt with vintage sheets that her parents owned before they were married.
Jill also brought the doll quilt she made for her daughter to match painting on her bedroom walls.
This is Megan's version of the New Wave quilt and is her first quilt with free motion quilting.
This is Tania's woven quilt, based on a Kaffe Fassett design.
Kristen made this quilt with the Kona Cotton solid charm squares that she won at a previous meeting.
Lisa made a Halloween version of the New Wave quilt and a pillow to go with it
and this baby quilt top.  Unfortunately the niece for whom this was intended was never born, so Lisa is donating it to a member who will finish it for charity.  
Gail made this quilted hexagon pillow cover, including the screen printing.
Liz showed this quilt top, originally started by her grandmother and finished by Liz and her mother.
Elizabeth put together this quilt top with blocks from a quilting bee.
It is sashed with light pink on the front
and red on the back.
This is Katie's quilt-as-you-go quilt.
Heather showed what can be accomplished with an AccuQuilt system, 
as well as her Swiss Army quilt.
Jeri made this quilt using Elizabeth's Paint Box pattern.
Becky's baby quilt.
Christina made this quilt with friends.
Lee stepped out of her comfort zone to make this I-Spy quilt in primary colors for her niece's bedroom.
Jen shared this quilt made from vintage sheets
and this wedding quilt made with blocks designed around the couple's initials (S & P).
Tamara made this quilt for her son from a Honeycomb pattern designed by Lee.
After show and tell, we swapped 1" hexagons:
and helped ourselves to fabric samples donated by Free Spirit.
Thank you so much, Free Spirit!

Elizabeth gave an announcement about Project Modern.
September Sewing Night:
September 11 (one week later due to Labor Day)
There will be a giveaway.
September meeting:
September 16 -- Elizabeth will demonstrate how to dye fabric in cups.
Keep on stitching, Portland Modern Quilters!
Note:  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.

All About Hexagons

We had another beautiful summer evening for our July meeting at PNCA, with 47 stitchers eager to learn and/or share All About Hexagons.  President Jen started the meeting off with a brief history of hexagon quilts, which was followed by a show and tell of hexagon quilts old and new and other recently finished projects.  Show and tell is always a favorite part of meetings, and it's easy to see why....

Marcia already has a beautiful queen-sized quilt top made from charms from our May charm square swap.
Heather shared this quilt of beautiful Amy Butler fabrics,
this Cherry Pie quilt, and
and this Thimble Blossoms quilt.
Lee shared her Egg Drop Soup quilt
and this quilt with black and white and color gradations.
Shayla shared a vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top and blocks in pastels.
Janet's mini Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
Marie shared a large stack of Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks that have been stored away for some time.   We'll have to wait and see if a little inspiration from last night's meeting is just what Marie needed to turn her UFO into a finished quilt.
This hexagon WIP was shared by Kate.
Christina shared her hexagon creatures which were inspired by thumbprint drawings by children's author, Ed Emberley.
There are more pictures of Christina's blocks on the Portland Modern Quilters Flickr group.

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:

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!

I'll close this post with these lovely hexies stitched and dressed up by Heather for Mo in Mo's Party Dress fabrics.

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.

Keeping up with PMQG -- June 2010

Portland may have experienced more than the usual amount of rain this Spring, but it does not seem to have dampened the spirit or creativity of the Portland Modern Quilters.  And the weather was very pleasant for our June Sewing Night at Modern Domestic at the beginning of the month.  

Lupine of Modern Domestic assists Tamara with a sewing machine. 
Nothing like new, modern machines -- silent and smooth.
We all fell in love with this project started by Tania (more on this later in the post).
Bags and totes of all shapes and styles were one of many conversational topics of the Portland Modern Quilters while sewing.  Megan brought this project all cut out and ready to go and had a finished bag by the end of the evening!  It's amazing what can be accomplished in one PMQG Sewing Night!  
Megan wanted to use this wonderful orange button, but the pattern called for a larger one, 
so she layered them!
The pattern for the Margaret Bag, designed by our own Elizabeth Hartman, is free and available here.
Thank you MD for providing this wonderful giveaway case full of fabric and sewing goodies.
Congratulations, Wendy!
 We also managed another beautiful evening for our monthly PMQG meeting at  
Pacific Northwest College of Art, with 40 members in attendance.
I started the evening off with a presentation on my participation in the Lazy Gal Liberated Amish 2010 Get Together, including my trip to San Francisco in April to see the Amish Abstractions exhibition at the DeYoung Museum.  Although one purpose of the presentation was to inform, it was also to inspire and challenge and perhaps shake up our own ideas about what is modern and what is traditional.  It was a delight to present to such a receptive and interactive audience.
Next up was Violet Craft, sharing pictures from Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  Violet made the trip not  as a buyer for her children's clothing line, Kung Fu Bambini, but rather to present her new fabric collection with Michael Miller, which you can look for in early 2011. 
Congratulations, Violet!  We can't wait to see your name on that selvage!
Through Violet's presentation we learned about School Houses and book release parties and saw pictures of booths and quilting peeps, the Market quilt show, and Elizabeth's New Wave and Birch quilts on display. Eye candy galore!
And we finished the evening with our usual Show and Tell, but with a theme:  
First quilts and last quilts.  And here they are:
Ciara's first quilt...
...and a more recent quilt...
...and another.
Elsa briefly talked about Hobo quilts and showed Hobo blocks.  
Wendy shared her first quilt and asked for advice about quilting.
 This denim (from old jeans) tied quilt was Michelle's first and remains in use for picnics and camping. 
Michelle's latest project -- Hello, Kitty!
 Amber's first quilt...
...and more recent project. 
Tamara's first quilt...
...and a recent project.
Megan's first quilt...
...and recent project made with charm squares from our May swap.
The background fabric and backing are Ikea sheets.
Kristin's first quilt...
Kristin's most recent project, inspired by the Dear Jane quilt.
Patty's first quilt.
Patty's recent quilt in Oregon State colors for her husband.
 This is Brittany's first quilt, made when she was just 8 years old.  She claims she was very stubborn and refused to quilt it or tie it.
And here is Brittany's more recent Alice in Wonderland project.
Jen shared this quilt where she played with color and value.
Elizabeth shared her first quilt, which contained home tie-dyed fabric,
and then several more recent quilts:
Paint Box quilt front...
...and back.
Picture Day front...
...and back.
Canasta Quilt front...
and back.
Stamp Collection quilt front...
...and giant gingham back.
One of Tania's first quilts...
..and Tania's lasted project (remember this from the Sewing Night photos at the top of the post?).
This project was inspired by a Jean Wells class and her book, Intuitive Color and Design (C & T Publishing, 2009), and was finished as an "Off the Wall" quilt (see Jean's book).
Katie and Amber have started making and distributing these meeting badges:
How cool is this?!?!
Members still needing buttons can go to the ning site and leave a message on this forum.
Marcia for leading the meeting in Jenn's absence.
Lisa for confident tech support.
PNCA and Modern Domestic for great places to meet, work, and hang out.
And for everyone's patience with my iPhone pics after losing my camera at the last meeting.  I got a new camera yesterday (a day too late for the meeting), so things should improve equipment-wise (although not necessarily technique-wise ;).

July News:
No sewing night at Modern Domestic on the first Saturday due to the Fourth of July.
Next meeting Thursday, July 25.  Look for more details coming soon on the ning website events.

And last, but not least, I'm thinking we should have a blog giveaway.  
If you have anything you'd like to donate toward that effort I would really appreciate it!
Joan Callaway - PMQG Secretary

Too excited to sleep

Originally Posted THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010

by Joan Callaway
Tonight was the first meeting of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, brought about by the efforts of Elizabeth Hartman (Oh, Fransson!). We came from all over the area: north, south, east, west -- approximately 25 of us. We shared our passion for quilting, our fabric addictions, and our hopes that we are never cured. We shared ideas, inspiration, laughter, and projects from zippered pouches to pillows to quilts of every shape, size, and use. We talked about husbands who don't quite get it, making tiny design walls for daughters, the things we learned from our mothers and grandmothers, the things we've learned on our own along the way, and the things we hope to do in the future. Lots of sharing. More laughter. And plenty of eye candy:

Yes -- I'm definitely too excited to sleep.