Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Madrona Road Challenge

Hey all--
Our February due date is looming ever closer to finish the Madrona Road Challenge!   Better get them all finished and quilted.  If you are wondering about the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge part of it, the due date for finished projects is January 31.

I hope some of you made it to the Oregon Garden show... if you got some pics I'd love to share them with the rest of the group.  See you February 13th!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Today is the day ladies...go shopping, or just drop in to tell your favorite shop owners HI!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Quilt Show Carpooling

OK fellow quilt junkies...if you are going to the Stitches and Blooms show  and would like to carpool can you shoot me (Denise) an email here pretty please.  

We have some ladies who would love to go and would love to carpool.  I will do my best to get you connected in order to work that out. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

JAN 9th Meeting Notes

Pioneer Quilters Annual Quilt Show

The 37th annual Pioneer Quilters Quilt Show will be held at the Lane County Historical Museum, Tuesday, April 23-Sunday, April 28, from 10:00-4:00.  

Jessica is speaking on Wednesday of that week...and they would like us to display some of our modern quilts alongside their traditional quilts.     

Tradition meets modern, sounds fun!  We will keep you posted about the show and Jessica's speaking times!

~  Mary Jo announced that we as a group could display quilts in The Sewing Room.  If you have a quilt to display then we need to bring them.  You will need a 4" hanging sleeve on the back and a rod to hang it with.   A label is a good idea also.  

~There is a signup sheet for the 2013 Bee.  If you are interested we are getting the new year under way.

~ Some of our ladies showed off their progress on the Madrona Road Challenge projects.  They are due at the Feb. 13th mtg.  If you would like to be considered for the Michael Miller challenge you can find the Flickr group here to enter by January 31, finished, 3 layers quilted!

Charlene's Madrona Road challenge start!         Other side of the bag-- Denise's Madrona Road Challenge

  Kim's Madrona road challenge start! Jenny is done with her Madrona Road Challenge

Nelda's Madrona Road challenge start!

All projects in progress...more to come at our next meeting!


Some fabulous pincushions were swapped tonight; if you do not participate in the swaps I would encourage you to join in!  

It is always a surprise with our brown bags. 

Look at all this cuteness.  Those owls! 

 And Susan's unique pincushion on a re-purposed bed spring!  Love it!

Swap for February -- Hearts

SWAP for March Grocery Bags - Especially in light of Eugene's upcoming ban on plastic grocery bags!  Here are some great links for tutorials on making your own,  a  whole list of tutorials!

** A little reminder about the swaps; always swap an item you would want to receive, use modern fabrics and ideas (we are a modern quilt guild after all) ** 

~Considerations for our New Leadership in a New Year~

new year-- new buzz
  • Titles to consider:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Swap Captain, Queen Bee, Special Events Coordinators and Helping Chairs, Programs Coordinator, Tech Blogger or Social Media/Web Coordinator, Photographer, Minute Taker.
  • Leadership structures to consider:  Pres/VP, Committee Leadership, Consensus group, Part time Teams for Quarterly Leadership
  • Financials to consider:  Dues per year, Money raising ideas (quilters garage sale, show presence, fundraisers, Members boutique 10% donation sales), Pay-to-Play set up, love offering/donations style.
  • Meeting ideas to consider:  speakers, field trips, demos, show n tell, swaps, bees, sew days
  • Update master email and phone lists
  • Create poll or survey for gathering consensus for above mentioned considerations

Kira showed off her quilts that she based with good ol' washable Elmers Glue.  In her experience it worked great, was not stiff, quilted up wonderful and washed out beautifully!  Her quilts are adorable, so it definitely works!  

Mario is DONE!!  Nice Work Kira!!

Her amazing Mario finish!

Kira's 2nd Xmas quilt project

Have you seen the recent Instagram quilt along?  #scrappytripalong went viral!  Talk about a modern quilt along!  See more here on Flickr.  Here is the tutorial used, which is found on Bonnie Hunter's site.   If you would like to see Bonnie Hunter in person she will be local at Emeraly Valley Quilters meeting in September.  

Scrappyquiltalong quilted in meandering loops....all thats left is ti bind.

Phyliss and her Africa Panel quilt

Phyliss' African quilt front & back.

Phyliss' back of Africa quilt

Finally Finished-- Another one from Diane!

Diane's finish that has literally taken her thru many states to get done. 

Anne's warm strip project from the Strip dice game!

Anne's fabrulous top from the strip poker game in December.  Great use of neutral print for the borders, we were all wowed that the print was ghosts!  

Finally Finished-- Diane's trees

Another finish for Diane...she didn't feel it was modern, but it was finished and she wanted to share. 

Nancy made a fun jelly roll quilt from the latest International Quilt Show magazine

Nancy's super quick strip quilt from the latest International Quilt Show magazine. 

Wanda's quilt of valor

 Wanda's quilt of Valor.  

Susan shared a piece quilted for a client

Susan showed off a clients beautiful quilt. 

Upcoming a "How to use the Hex n More Ruler" demo.  Have you seen these?

An idea for a future show and tell theme:  “Finally Finished”.  Do you have a project that has been hiding away, never to see the light of day, haunting you with its need to be done?  Finish that baby up and bring it to show off!

If you are still here, long post I know, we do not have a sew day this month.  Instead if anyone is interested we tossed around the idea of going to the Stitches in Bloom quilt show on 1/27/2013.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Year-- New buzz...

Just a little visual for all you that participated last night and then something to ponder on for all you that couldn't be there...

We're making it happen.  Survey's a comin'--  Yay!!

Thanks for all the honesty, enthusiasm and love last night!  If you have an itch to stitch, we are meeting tonight @ Our Sewing Room to get that QuiltCon top done!  (I better get over there right now!)

See you--
Happy New Year!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bee-utiful! Calling all bees!

Hi there--

This is a short post (I hope you are tantalized by former bee block pics-- I made another mosaic!)-- I am going to leave the wheeling and dealing of months (guidelines from last year here) and things up to the lucky organizer.  The people I have signed up so far are:

1) Lillian
2) Lela
3) Mindy
4) Laura L.
5) Diane
6) Denise
7) Jenny B.
8) Charlene
9) Kim
10) Nelda

As you can see there is room for more... If you sew desire.  To sign up comment here, and we can talk tonight.


Monday, January 7, 2013

Whoa, what happened to 2012?!! I just woke up and it is a year later! or December's minutes/action plans/important happenings

Lela gave a wonderful presentation on Appalachian Style Quilting, also known as Promise Quilting. She had taken a class about it awhile back. Lela brought in a beautiful quilt in pinks with a crocheted border she made in the class. The quilting style is reminiscent of flip and stitch. The foundation is unwashed flannel. Everything is hand sewn and fabrics are traditionally traded among fellow quilters. Quilt edges are turned in and sewn shut. Once the quilt is completed and washed, it becomes soft, crinkly and oh so wonderful to snuggle under. Look for the book “A People and Their Quilts” by John Rice Irwin if you are interested in this style and its rich history.

The theme for this month's swap is “Winter Wonderland”. There were many wonderful items, all of them bright and happy, bringing on the holiday spirit for the season.

We had lots of show and tell this meeting.

Nelda bought to us her cute wall hangings, g.mats and mug rugs with ships, Christmas trees and a Santa with a gold lame belt. 

We also spied the Grinch and an angel in her pieces. Some of the work was her first foray into free motion quilting.

Jessica shared her Christmas gift for her in-laws that like to travel Gorgeous blues! She shared her lesson learned on allowing loud and crazy fabric the space to be and breathe by the sashing you put with it.

[insert smiling Jessica picture here-- oh wait... it doesn't exist-- but Deanna's words were so pretty that I had to leave them in}

Jessica also showed her low volume Coin quilt with pretty light green sashing. This quilt was also made from fabric scraps left from other quilts she made for the special people in her life. Don't the memories brought out from those special fabrics and projects just make you feel good!

Lillian shared the foster care donation quilt in cobalt blue she and a group made at Piece by Piece. The fabrics were from Kelly's stash and Piece by Piece donated the backing. She related (and reminded us) how much fun it is to hang out with others and just sew. At these sew days, everything is all planned out, everyone who participates takes a job and it is all accomplished through fun teamwork. If you have the time in your schedule to join a donation quilt class, check the schedule at Piece by Piece and join them!

Denise brought us her Christmas ornament quilt to see. 

Loved the aqua colors and the back was oh so cute! Very modern look, kind of reminded me of a California style Christmas (don't ask why or how, it was just a feeling).

Diane showed us her Spider Web top made with all the I Spy fabrics, very vibrant and colorful.

 She also shared her quilt made from thrift store men's shirts. She accented it with shirt labels, pocket pieces, all kinds of bit and pieces from the shirts she found. Amazing where you can find the fabric and inspiration.

We also got to see the traveling Christmas quilt Diane was working on. This piece has literally worked on all over the country!

Kelly shared her Urban Log Cabin Made from 2 1/2” strips in blues, greens and grays. The backing was fabric with wide chairs print. And, oh yes, there were owls and don't miss the goldfish! Great job, Kelly.

Misc. good news, happenings and attention items:

*Quiltcon is coming to Austin TX in February! Several EMQG members are looking forward to this quilting extravaganza.

*Blocks for the Quiltcon Block Challenge need to be finished soon. EMQG's twin sized quilt needs to be completed and mailed by February 1st. There will be a special sew day January 10 4-9pm @ Our Sewing Room to complete the quilt. Jenni has donated batting. Other donations for backing, shipping, etc. would be greatly welcome and appreciated.

*Are you up for a challenge?! The Michael Miller, Madrona Road Fabric Challenge that is. Michael Miller has donated fabric for a quilt challenge. Each entry must be completed by our February 13th meeting, though Jessica is checking for flexibility of the due date. Your quilt must be three layers: fabric, batting and fabric and must be quilted. The item must be at least 12” x 12”. You can add only solids or Madrona Road fabric to the donated Michael Miller fabric. This challenge will be fun, the fabrics are really pretty! **Michael Miller is interested in having some of the challenge pieces in their booth @ QuiltCon.  If you are interested you can post pictures on the Flickr group by January 31. (there are people to help if you have questions on how to do this.) (there is fabric still available!)

*Time to sign up for the 2013 quilting bees! There will be a post on the blog (we will see if I get this together-- seeing as it is Monday-- but ever hopeful?) Please enter a comment if you want to participate or lead the bee.

**Just a note, Missy (and other bee participants agreed) highly recommends joining the bee (if you are at all on the fence about it). She learned so much during last year's bee. She was glad to have the opportunity to try so many new techniques.

*Queen Bee for January is Lillian.

Items up for discussion in our February meeting:

--Making a plan for EMQG 2.0--

How should we organize our group?
Is the current structure working?
Online presence?
What do you want to contribute?  
What do you want to be the "boss" of? (being the "boss" is oh so sweet!)

*SWAP for February = Pincushion

Thanks SO much to Deanna for the AWESOME notes-- I loved your colorful commentary! Squeezing this in at the last possible moment was my bad, there has just been SO much to take care of these last few weeks and not enough Jessica to go around-- at least a LOT of it involved sewing and exciting times so I can't complain. 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

First meeting of 2013!!

Welcome to 2013!  

Our first meeting of the year is this Wednesday: 1/9/2013 at Our Sewing Room at 6:30 for chatty time with bell rung at 7:00.   

 Remember our pincushion swap if you are participating.  

We would love to see any progress you have made on the Madrona Road Challenge ... remember 3 layers -- quilted

If you still want to make a block for the Quiltcon quilt you can bring one to this meeting.  Click the link for specifications!  We are getting together the following evening at OSR and putting the top together.  

Remember to return Kathleen's paper pieced blocks for the last month of our 2012 bee.  

Hope to see you all there!