Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feb. 2014 - Meeting Recap & Notes

2/12/14 EMQG Meeting Notes

       Presenters:  Daisy 
       Minutes:  Jessica
       Photographers:  Shawna & Madyson

Karen discussed the 2014 Coburg Quilt Show. They are in need of modern quilt entries & we are  hoping that EMQG can encourage enough members to help run a booth this year! Karen will be available to talk to if you are interested in being part of a committee for this event. The Coburg Quilt Show is on July 26th this year. We also discussed making a raffle quilt. 

The Coburg Charter School is in volunteers to quilt quilts! Susan Miner has generously volunteered to quilt one for them! If anyone else wants to help out, contact Jen. 

Please try and make/wear a nametag to our meetings so members and guests can learn everyone's names.


Daisy entertained us with a presentation on sewing machine needles (Schmetz). She drew wonderful graphics and gave a great "needle 101" talk. Some of the highlights include:

  • Threading your needle the right way - it matters! 
  • The # width of the needle:
    - 60/8 ------------> silk
    - 70/10 --------------> piecing
    - 80/12 -------------> quilting
    - 90/14 ------------> heavy duty (bags with lots of pellon, etc.)
  • Change your needle every 8 hours of sewing time.
  • The universal needle was made for everything, which means it will do nothing well. 

The February swap was (10) 10 1/2" blocks Valentine's themed. The March swap will be wrist pincushions. For swap ideas please visit our Pinterest boards! :)

Bee Block

The February Queen Bee is Laura - she made a great, simple block for this month! Please make sure to bring your blocks to the next meeting.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Doors open @6:30. BYOP (Bring your own project!). 

@ the McNail Riley House! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our February Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our February Queen Bee, Laura Lowe

Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:

I started quilting in high school, and remember my first quilt was "tied" with yarn, and I bought the material at The Quilt Patch when they were in a two-story house on Oak Street, ok did that age me? I took a 15 year leave of absence from quilting before picking it back up, and have been making tops since then. About 6 years ago I purchased my first mid-arm on a frame, and 2 years later upgraded to my current long-arm machine. I opened my quilting business 2 years ago, and truly enjoy doing computerized quilting.

What does quilting means to you?

Quilting means lots of different things to me, but the first things that comes to mind are family and comfort. We have a family of quilters, my mom made quilts for the pediatric unit in 1961 and I cherish a Springfield News article showing her quilting group with me as a 9 month old on her lap. My sister Betty started making quilts about 3 years ago. Our daughter decided to start quilting 3 years ago, when her 6 year old daughter reminded her she had made 3 quilts, and she had made none. Both our granddaughters 9 and 12 enjoy piece work, and quilting their own quilts.

Why did you want to join our bee?

I love the friendship quilts bring, and felt like the bee would be a great way to remember a great group of quilters, so that's why I joined the bee.

What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee?

I love thumbing through magazines, and a pattern kept jumping out at me each time I picked up that issue. I made myself a challenge this year to use more fabrics from my "stash". As I was looking a fat quarter bundle that I had purchased at Spring Quilt Market kept jumping out at me. The funniest part is, it has "owls" on it, and I do not like owls, but I thought it was cute, so what the hoot....

EMQG Meeting Reminder

Don't forget, tonight is our 2nd meeting of the new year! 

February Swap: (10) 10 1/2" fabric squares to exchange - pinks, reds & whites.

Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00.  McNail-Riley House 601 W 13th in Eugene.

We hope to see everyone there!