Friday, March 28, 2014


Sew Day @ Our Sewing Room

Join us for a sew day at Our Sewing Room this Saturday, 3/29, from 10am to 4pm. 

Bring your projects and sewing machine (or use the ones at OSR for a small fee), for a day of sewing with fellow EMQG members and friends. We hope to see everyone there!

All day: $5
Partial day: Cost determined hourly

Our Sewing Room
448 Main St. 
Springfield, OR 97477

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Tonight! 3/19

Doors will open @ 6:30. 

See ya there! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our March Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our March Queen Bee, Pat Johnston

Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:
It all started when my mother began downsizing her home. She had a stack of quilts and tops from her mother that needed a new home so I became their current owner. My love of fabric and sewing really began in high school where I majored in commercial clothing and had the best sewing teacher, Mrs. Ordiorne. I did get all of my grandmother's quilts hand quilted plus two more but have not hand quilted for quite some time. While living in Bend Oregon I took many classes at the Stitchin' Post, which I count as a real blessing. After living in Central Oregon for 18 years we moved to Brookings, Oregon and I joined the Azalea Quilt Guild. It was a wonderful 9 years of fun and lots of new quilting adventures. Making many new friends down there I was lucking enough to absorb some of their talents and spread a few of my creative ideas to them, thru some teaching and workshops. So I have basically been a quilter since 1979.  When we moved to Eugene in 2000, I continued to work full time which slowed my quilting somewhat and I did not join any quilting groups. Now that I am retired, I continue to make quilts but with a renewed sense of creative independence and I've been busy working my way thru bins of scraps and a closet full of fabric. I just finished piecing a quilt top for my Granddaughters high school graduation. She is just turning 4 this April, so I have a bit of time to get it quilted, nice to have one quilt project "way" ahead of schedule. I love scrap quilts, wonky quilts, crooked stars, crooked blocks, and any new quilting idea that comes along so I can try it out before finishing all the other projects I have going.

What does quilting means to you? 

Quilting gives me a firm identity of who I am, it gives me " a place " off far away from the messy world of today where I can create what and when I want to. Quilting gives me opportunities to meet new ideas, friends and places head on, eyes wide open to a tactile world of possibilities.

Why did you want to join our bee? 

Just looked like a whole bunch of fun. A nice way to be part of the guild, meet new people and be part of quilts destined for a place close to a quilters heart.  
What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee? 

As I mentioned earlier I have a closet full of fabric, well it's actually two closets full but don't tell anyone. I wanted a block that would incorporate fabrics that quilters and myself already have yet have a modern look. I also love star blocks so when I came across a picture of this wonky rainbow star quilt on Pinterest I liked it's simplicity, use of lots of fabric or scraps and I don't have a rainbow quilt, and it's a easy and fun block to sew. I think this is important when requesting time from fellow quilter to sew for you.

EMQG Meeting Reminder

Don't forget, EMQG monthly meeting tonight!
Presentation: Kim Olsen will be presenting flying geese 
March Swap: Wrist Pincushion
Bee Blocks: Please bring your Feb. Bee Blocks 

Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00.  McNail-Riley House 601 W 13th in Eugene.
We hope to see everyone there! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Local Workshop Event

Upcoming Therese May Quilted Portraits Workshop

Therese will be the guest of the Emerald Valley Quilt Guild on Thursday 3/20, and her workshop will be held on Saturday, 3/22/14. You will have a completed quilt top (or a good start) by the end of the workshop.

Exploring the link below will provide you with the material list, an explanation of the class in Therese’s own words, templates of goofy portraits, and more.

A couple of things about the material list:

- You do not need to bring paper for copies
- Plan ahead and draw some ‘portraits’
- We’ll be at Our Sewing Room, so all mats, cutters, etc. are supplied, but remember to bring your pressing cloth to avoid damaging an iron!

Workshop fee is $35 and everyone is welcome. At least one of our EMQG ladies will be attending the workshop. You do not need to attend the general meeting in order to take the workshop, but you do need to register with me beforehand. If you know other quilters, spread the word. :)