Friday, April 26, 2013

Boston, Bean town... quilters, friends...

What do we do?  How do we mend our hearts?  How do we connect to each other in a time of disconnection?

Quilters make.
Quilters give.

Here are two projects going on over the next month to help send the community of Boston love... and the notion that we are part of them, a community, hurting and rising above.

Quilts for Boston
To Boston with Love

I (Jessica) am going to make a few peace flags for the "To Boston with Love" project started by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  If any of you want to join me, I am willing to be in charge of sending the flags to Boston, if someone can pick up the flags from the May meeting.  They all need to be in Boston by May 31.  The VMQG site has very specific (easy) instructions for making the flags, they have no batting and it wouldn't take long to make a one or a few. They are planning on displaying them publicly this summer and while it can't take away the horror of the bombs... Beauty and Community can do a lot to help the healing process.

Have a wonderful day.


Sew Day and tying up loose ends with the Pioneer Modern talk...

Greetings!  Here is the lovely photo I  promised many of you during the Pioneer Quilt Show talk.  This incarnation of a double wedding ring was pieced by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and quilted by Lisa Sipes.  If you could just see the quilting... and to see it in person, it would blow your mind.  There is nothing new... except what we bring today to what has been done before.   The other link I promised was to dear Jacquie's blog.  Her book (along with co-author Katie Pederson) is Quilting Modern, it is a lovely book of technique, a good one for people wanting to explore what all this "Modern Quilting" is all about.


1) Just a happy reminder that tomorrow you can bring a quilt down to hang at Our Sewing Room, details here.

2) This Saturday (April 27) is our SEW DAY!!!  Whoop!  10-5 @ Our Sewing Room!

I am so excited about getting to go to the SEW DAY this month, that I want to issue a challenge to any of you and all of you to make a St. Louis 16 patch with me (Jessica).  I have been moving my sewing space and realized that I have been COLLECTING and COLLECTING FQs and I hardly ever use them... at the very same moment Katy Jones, of Imagingermonkey fame, was making the most simple, beautiful quilt from her online friend, Steffani K's tutorial--- long story short... I need to start something (it is always more fun with friends), this quilt is simple with a great graphic effect, and we all have more FQ than we need!

What it can do for you:
--give you a taste of the flavor of an online quilt-along via flickr.
--Make me finish something---I mean, make YOU finish something.
--Use up those cute cute cute FQs you have been hoarding.


Tutorial is here, courtesy of Steffani of skburton designs.

Flickr group is here, courtesy of Katy, imagingermonkey.
(I am bringing my computer to the SEW DAY... I will show you what all this is about, should you desire)

Finish your top (you choose your own dimensions) by the June 12th meeting (my goal is to finish the whole shebang)

Who's in?

See you Saturday!


Monday, April 22, 2013

April's Show and Tell--- color out of the rain!

First we have a close-up of Pat's Dresden... Lovely!

Denise made a beautiful quilt for a friend's wedding. (From Quilting Modern)

Nancy and her beautiful graphic quilt!

Nancy is working her way through the Bag Maker's Bible.

First time visitor, beloved quilt store worker, Tracy, did a wonderful study with upcycled shirts.

A large photo to show the size of Pat's gorgeous Dresden plate quilt... sigh.

Pat and her friend's do a number of challenges for their week in Sisters... lovely piece in batiks and silk
The Sister's shoe-- pincushion challenge

Diane and her rabbit friend.  Lela quilted some adorable pants on him.

Diane and her scrappy + top.
Lovely string top by Diane.
Wanda has been teaching new quilters.  She and Lela put together two quilts with the same blocks, showing you can go "Modern" and "Traditional" with the same pattern, depending on your fabric choices. Susan Miner did the quilting on Wanda's quilt and Lela quilted hers.

Come hear my thoughts on the "Modern Quilt Movement" at the Pioneer Quilt show.  I, Jessica, am speaking Wednesday @ 1pm @ the Lane Co. Historical Museum (at the Fairgrounds).  I have spoken to a few of you, but the more the merrier, if you have a quilt that you would loan me to show for the trunk show send me an email and I can pick it up and drop it off.  Additionally, if you are available to help hold up the quilts at the trunk show... I'd love a cute assistant AND I'd be your best friend for-eva! Send me an email.

Thanks for the Beautiful eye candy this month!!  I NEED to get back to sewing!!  You are all an inspiration!


P.S. Also send me an email if there are some quilt or quilting credits that need to be updated. :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April meeting notes

Sorry for the late was scheduled to appear, but never did...darn that Blogger, gotta love technology!

April 10, 2013 EMQG Meeting Notes

Phyllis and Diane were the presenters at our meeting. They need a volunteer to run the May 8 meeting. [Crystal and Jenny volunteered]

Phyllis talked about a new beginning for our guild. With new leadership and more people holding positions, it gives us a chance to think about what direction we’d like to go. People of all skill levels are welcome, we want to be an inclusive group.

She introduced people that have volunteered for the new positions.

Presenters (run the meetings):  Phyllis & Diane
Webmaster: Denise
Bee coordinator:  Kim
Meeting notetaker:  Karen & Jen
Meeting Photographers: Nelda & Missy
Facebook & Swap Mosaic:  Jessica
Swap:  Nelda
Kira:  Master email list coordinator

We’re adding a 6:00pm business meeting each month before the regular meeting. Feel free to attend and bring dinner if you want. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We’re still looking for a permanent meeting place, preferably free. Once we have some possibilities, everyone will get a chance to vote on location, date, etc. For the short-term we’ll remain at Our Sewing Room. Wanda and Lela set up the chairs a little different at this meeting, and it worked out really well. We can seat more people, and see better. Volunteers are welcome to come early and help set up chairs.

If you arrive early and want to work on a project, please put some money in the money basket. The normal rate is $1/hour or $5 for all day.  

Quilt Show

2nd Friday Art Walk Springfield:  Quilts requested to hang at Our Sewing Room April 27 More Info here.   .


Phyllis also gave a quick explanation of how the swaps work. The swap item of the month is listed on the EMQG calendar on our blog. If you want to participate bring your swap item in a plain brown paper bag.

The April swap item was something recycled.

The May swap is a Mothers day theme, or something pastel.  Keep an eye out for the mosaic for ideas!


Crystal handed out her fabric packets for April.


Kelly, our Glorious Organizer, has demonstrations planned for upcoming meetings. She also brings flyers for upcoming events in our area.

In May, Wanda will demo the Studio Pro cutter available at Our Sewing Room. 

Kelly has planned an extended Show & Tell for our June meeting. She’d like everyone to bring one of their first quilts and a more recent modern quilt. If you don’t have a finished quilt, it’s okay to bring a quilt top.

Wanda works at Our Sewing Room, and recently had several gentlemen come in that needed their pants hemmed. She gave us a “demo” of trying to explain to them where to hold the measuring tape, so that she could get the proper measurement of their inseam.  

Show and Tell

We saw quilts from: Wanda (a quilt she designed for a class she is teaching), Lela, Diane shared “Harvey,” Diane, Nancy L., Nancy J., Pat, Tracy and Denise. Watch for them to be posted on in a follow up post here on the blog.

Upcoming Events

Sew Day:  April 27 at Our Sewing Room in Springfield. Cost $5  10 am - 5 pm

Pioneer Quilters and Lane County Historical Society and Museum present: “Our Quilting Family,” April 23-28, 2013. Jessica Beaudet is speaking on WED, April 24 at 12 noon about “The Modern Quilt Movement & Trunk Show.”

Quilters Safari:  April 26-May 4, 2013

Sew Day:  May 25 at Our Sewing Room in Springfield. Cost $5 10 am - 5 pm

July 13, 2013  Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Quilt Show

Our Sewing Room will swap out quilts later this month (April).  

If you want OSR to hang one of your quilts, please drop it off on Saturday, April 27 (10 am to 4 pm).   

Please include a paper label with pertinent information as OSR will be on Springfield's May's Art Walk.

Also if you would like to attempt to sell your quilt, please include the price on your paper information label. 

If you have questions, contact Wanda at OSR 541-225-4857. 

Remember when we did this?  Almost 2 years ago!  Lets see if we can have as great of a turn out with our EMQG quilts. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Upcoming Opportunity

Oregon Summer Quilt Expo (OSQE) – 
This is the 1st show!


We are also on Facebook.

Dates: July 11 - 14, 2013

Where: Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center 3800 SW Airport Way  Redmond, OR 97756

Time: Thursday/Friday/Saturday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
           Sunday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 for all 4 days (free parking)

On Saturday, July 13, if you purchase a ticket to the OSQE show and park at the show, then you can take the FREE shuttle to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR (15 miles away).

Show Promoter: Quilt Expos 866-266-3136  (Contact for questions)

Our featured quilters are Nancy Lee Chong, Peggy Gelbrich, and M'liss Rae Hawley plus we will have a variety of classes and seminars from our talented and creative vendors!

Make the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo part of your summer quilt experience in Central Oregon. The Oregon Summer Quilt Expo is the only quilt indoor climate controlled vendor mall and show during "The Week for Quilters" event in central Oregon. Free parking with great access! Over one hundred vendor booths plus quilt exhibits, classes and seminars for four wonderful days!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April Meeting Info

Sorry for any confusion in your week!

We are going back to our regularly scheduled meeting night of April 10 at Our Sewing Room @ 6:30 pm for chatting until the bell rings and meeting starts at 7:00 pm.   

I apologize for the drama that ensued. 

We will not be meeting 4/17 like previously posted at McNail Riley House. 

See you on 4/10/2013 @ 6:30 with your up-cycle swap - see the collage for ideas- and your bee blocks

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Show n' Tell

Thank you Phyliss for the amazing demo!  

Beautiful quilts ladies, thank you for sharing!