Thursday, September 27, 2012

QuiltCon Charity Project

You may have heard of a little convention coming up in 2013...

Some of you may even be jealous! 

All of us though can participate in a charity project.

Maybe you have been seeing the gorgeous blocks sent in to the QuiltCon Block Challenge...if not go here and here and start drooling.  There are some amazing blocks and we, EMQG, will get to work with some of them!

Some like this... 

QuiltCon Block Challenge: Graphic Stripes and Angles

 ...or like this...
QuiltCon Block Challenge: Starbursts

I have signed us up and blocks are heading our way as I type. 

"As a way of giving something back to QuiltCon’s host city of Austin, Texas, we’re going to use the blocks that aren’t selected for the raffle quilt to make quilts for each of the 46 beds at the Austin Children’s Shelter. This will be MQG’s first large-scale charity project and we look forward to both using the many beautiful blocks we received for the challenge and getting as many guilds as possible involved in the process! Participating guilds will receive a package of 7 or more blocks (much like the groups of blocks being shown in these blog posts) to expand into a 68″ X 88″ Twin bed quilt. This can be accomplished by adding blocks, adding negative space, or some combination of the two. The quilts will need to be machine quilted, bound, washed, and shipped to Austin in advance of QuiltCon. MQG will also be interested in hearing about each guild’s process and will feature the completed quilts in a series of blog posts in Spring 2013."

Our blocks should arrive some time in October...maybe in time for our in-town sewing retreat coming up 10/27 & 28 at OSR.  Won't this be a fun project?  I think so! 

These colors are amazing! 

We will need some donations to finish off the quilt:

Batting, backing, binding (fabric and stitching)for sure.  The front can be discussed when we get the blocks and make a plan. 
Will we add more blocks?  Just sash them?  It all depends on how many we receive and the size. 

Though if you feel inspired after looking at these pix feel free to make a block using the QuiltCon colorway. 

I will keep you posted...until then Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Saturday 9/22/2012 at Our Sewing Room at 484 Main Street, Springfield. 
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bring your projects and spend the day getting caught up or start something new.
I for one am going to try to bust out the top for my daughters birthday much I actually get done remains to be seen though with all the chatting that goes on! : )
So if you are not going up to Portland for the NW Quilt Expo, or going to the Duck game, or doing all the other things weekends fill up with, come on by and spend an hour or spend the day.
$5.00 for the day
($6.00 if you rent one of their sewing machines, which I usually do because I am lazy AND they have almost the same exact one I have)!
Hope to see some of you there!

ADDENDUM:  Ha, I finally figured out a block to make.  For those of you joining in on the sampler blocks, making a block each sew day how about the spiderweb block. 
Spiderweb blocks for Athenamat 
Using this tutorial Spiderweb block, make sure you have a 12.5 inch solid and a bunch of scraps.  I will bring my laptop and we can follow along and make this together.  I have made one of these before and have always been going to do an entire quilt...just what I need another idea! : )

Monday, September 17, 2012

Meeting Wednesday-- Dessert Potluck

Hey there quilters!!

How are these smoky -- yet sunny days treating you?  I can totally feel the autumn crispness in the evenings, but those warm afternoons are a lovely way to bid adieu to summer.

Let's take Wednesday, the 19th!, evening to hang out with our families and our quilting friends at the park, Friendly Street Park at 2721 Monroe.  It will be a low key time to look at our show and tell quilts (maybe bring a favorite finish to share with people's families?) and have treats (if you would rather bring a savory treat-- no one is going to shun you!)  I will bring plates, utensils, napkins, and my tablecloths (do I EVER leave them at home?) and you bring a treat to share, any family member or friend who has been curious about your quilting obsession.  We will start around 6:30, as it is getting dark earlier and we will flee when the night falls.  There are picnic tables, but bring your favorite chair or blanket if you would like to.

Agenda Lite:

*Karen is going to talk to us about doing a charm swap!

*Wanda is going to talk about the Holiday In-Town Sew Retreat Oct. 27-28 (could we maybe have a jelly roll race? I am so curious about those!)

*Bring your "cider" swap & your bee block for Jennifer!

I look forward to seeing your beautiful work, and to meeting the brave families who dare to wonder "What is this Modern Quilting thing?"


Holiday - in town sew retreat

Kelly's beautiful Irish Chain quilt


Are you starting to think about holiday gifts? Wondering if you’ll have enough time to make all those tremendous ideas whirling in your head? Or are you stumped for ideas? …….

We have just the solution!  Set aside the weekend of October 27 & 28.  Be inspired by the creativity of others in our guild. Sign up for TWO FULL DAYS of sewing at OUR SEWING ROOM.


WHEN:  Saturday, October 27, 9 am to 9 pm
              Sunday, October 28, 9 am to 5 pm

COST:  $10 for both days ($5 for one day) PAID IN ADVANCE.  (See below17.)

FOOD: Potluck snacks.  Lunch and dinner options are your choice—bring from home, order take-out, eat out, or arrange to potluck with others.

COORDINATOR: Wanda has agreed to take point on this event.  She will be responsible for collecting the money no later than our October 17 meeting and will be the person responsible for the facilities during the weekend. Contact Wanda at 541-954-7555 (voice or text) or email at


Monday, September 3, 2012

Miss BEE ~ August Jen

BEE BLOCK:  Disappearing 9 Patch

Jen, Miss Bee August

a. Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience~
My first quilt was a blanket I made when I was pregnant with my second child. I knew it was a boy, and I decided to decorate his room in a celestial theme. I bought three fabrics from the fabric store and the quilt had big blocks-like 5x5", and alternated between two star fabrics on the front, and a solid cloud fabric on the back. The batting was polyester and I tied it. When I look at it now, it makes me laugh, it is so elementary. 

Fast forward 10 years, and I started quilting again. In the interim my sewing machine had been used for paper collage. Description: 

I have focused mostly on baby quilts. 
My first "real" quilt was a 9x9 quilt, made about 2 years ago. It was a pattern of 9 squares that made up 9 squares. Very simple. I made it for a co-worker at school that was having her first baby. It's also embarrassingly simple with tons of mistakes in it. The binding was quite wonky. The same summer I made a tree of life quilt for another friend-VERY AMBITIOUS for a newbie. It was appliqued, and I used a fabric fusing technique. It didn't stay completely together. I also didn't think ahead for how it would be quilted without ruining/interrupting the image on the front. Luckily the recipients of both of these quilts  are close friends that love me no matter how wonky the quilts I made were. 

I've made many projects since then, and I've made lots of purses, bags and clothes. The experience of getting into quilting has made me feel more confident with my sewing machine in general. 

b. What does Quilting mean to you?
I find it so rewarding to make something, especially as a gift, that was completely made by my hands and with love. I also knit, but I find quilting to actually be more rewarding and relaxing to me. I tend to need to have accomplishment and something feeling "finished." There are more steps in quilting that make me feel like I've accomplished lots of little goals along the way. In knitting I don't feel that way. 

I also am addicted to fabric much more than I am to yarn. I inherited the love of textiles from my mom.  My mom is an avid quilter, sews clothes and weaver.  She has been working with a machine and fabric since she was a teenager. She always had a sewing room, multiple machines, a loom, spinning wheel, etc. She has more fabric than any of you, TRUST ME. 

c. Why did you want to be part of a BEE?
I wanted to challenge myself to learn something new. Plus, I like deadlines. I've gotten a bit behind on a few of yours, but I promise I am (usually) very dependable! I need to learn new techniques, and I figured this was the best way to learn how. 

d. Tell us what we get to make this month with you.  What are the reasons or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee.

Oh goodness. I just picked a bunch of coordinating fabrics I had in my stash already, and a simple pattern. I wanted to make a BIG quilt, since I've done so many baby ones, so I decided to make it so I could spread these blocks out (each of you will have 4 blocks to give me after you cut the 9x9 block into fourths) and I can add sashing, etc. I'm not usually big on patterns, so this kind of freedom is nice for me. 

Please add any links, pictures, or inspiration points you would like at this point.  Or I will try to find some online to include in the post.

Here are some quilts that are similar to my inspiration. I think it’s called a “Disappearing 9-Patch.”

Thanks so much for making my Bee Block!