Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 20- Sew NIght!

Let's get together and sew a little something!!

Where: LGH (little green house!)
When: May 20 @ 6:30
Bring your sewing machine or your handwork... bring your blocks that you need a second opinion on! Bring it all!

Do it!

May Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes   May 13, 2015

Presenter:  Daisy Schrock
Minutes:  Anne Robertson
Photographer:  Missy Downey
Sew Night:  Wednesday, May 20, at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 pm
We will be working on the blocks for our Raffle Quilt, or bring your own project to work on.
Sew Day:  Saturday, May 23, at Our Sewing Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Jayne Scoggin will be teaching a class on making “Fiber Art Leaves” from 10:00 – 2:00.  Contact her to sign up and for a supply list, she will supply the freezer paper.  Jayne suggests using hand-dyed or batik fabrics – the pieces she has shown us are lovely!  No charge for the class, just the $5 for OSR.
Lane County Fair:  July 22 – 26,  
Nelda Copsey announced that Textile entries are now open online.   Volunteers will be able to sign up in June.

Quilt! Knit! Stitch! :  August 13 – 15, Portland, at Oregon Convention Center
This was a very good show last year.  Sign-ups for classes and tickets are now available.  Go online for more information,

The Treasurer, Linda Delaplain, will send the financial report to be posted on the EMQG section of the Modern Quilt Guild web site to be available to members.
Shop at the meeting’s yard sale!
Raffle Quilt: We are making the lap quilt size of MQG’s March Pattern of the Month, “Use Your Illusion”.  Some blocks have been finished and Anne handed out all of the blocks that need to be sewn.  Come to Sew Night or finish them at home, but please finish them soon so we can put the quilt together.  Please leave the papers on the blocks so we can identify them.  If you are having trouble or feeling discouraged, let us know!  Also, we are looking for volunteers to quilt it or work on the binding.
Retreat: The EMQG Retreat on September 17 – 20 is happening!  Pat Johnston (huge thanks to Pat for organizing!) passed out information sheets and started collecting deposits.  Mike from McKenzie River Mountain Resort has sent the contract, which is for a minimum of 18 people, and it looks like we will easily meet that.  The initial deposit of $100 is due May 23 (Sew Day) with the balance of $183.50 due by June 14 (next EMQG meeting is June 10).  Make checks out to Eugene Modern Quilt Guild and Pat will also be at Sew Night to take deposits.


Denise Nash received her bee blocks for May.  She had requested 10.5” x 16.5” blocks using a favorite technique, and a nice variety of blocks came back.  
Phyliss Porter is the Queen Bee for June and she handed out bags of cut squares and fabrics that she would like to use up!  The participants are to make anything they want in a 12.5” block.


The theme for May was “Gossamer Spring” and four lovely, unique pieces were displayed.  It had been suggested that the themes needed some verbs, so Pat re-did the theme jar.  June’s theme was drawn by a first-time visitor, Liz, and is “Dot”, which can be a noun or a verb!  Get creative!

May’s swap was a thread catcher or other sewing accessory.  There were several fun items exchanged, including thread catchers, pincushions, and a needle case.
Karen announced that the swap for June will be something with a “curve”.

Pat did a demonstration of making fabric out of leftover threads (or from spools) using Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer by Sulky.  The stabilizer is cornstarch-based so it just washes away when the project is complete.  The threads, yarn, fabric scraps, etc. are placed between two layers and the free-motion stitching is used to hold it all together.  Mokuba Free Lace Paper can also be used.

Phyliss Porter:  “100 Blocks” quilt designed by Tula Pink.  Pieced by herself in a rainbow of colors and quilted by Jayne Scoggin.  
Linda Delaplain:  “Easy Peasy” quilt for a little boy in blue and orange fish fabric.  Pieced and quilted by herself for her dentist’s grandson in exchange for dental work!

Pat Johnston:  Bed runners, one made using a wedge tool and the second made in Japanese-style motifs.  Both designed, pieced, and quilted by herself.

Denise Nash:  Wall hanging made by herself in an Emerald Valley Quilters workshop from wool felt in a flower garden design.  “Royal Wonder”, a one-block wonder quilt, in bright blue.  Pieced and quilted by herself.

Kim Olsen:  Baby quilt from half of a jelly roll with curved corners and using various machine stitches.  Pieced and quilted by herself.

Jenny Bonynge:  Wall hanging made by herself in class by Gwen Marston in a very modern style.  
Jenny shared books by Gwen Marston and announced that Gwen will be the main speaker (she is excellent) at QuiltCon 2016.  Jenny is really encouraging EMQG members to attend QuiltCon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May meeting! This week!

Hi all,

See you this week at LGH (little green house-- our usual spot.) May 13, doors open at 6:30, business at 7.

Other reminders:

Swap theme is Thread Catcher/Sewing Accessory.

April’s theme for Permission to Play is “Gossamer Spring

-your awesome finished Bee blocks!

-Show and Tell (you can sign up online!)

-$$ to shop the EMQG flea market.

-your sweet self and a friend that loves modern quilting!

See you soon!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Sew Day

May Sew Day! 

During the sew day in May there will be quite a few things for members to do. 

Jayne will be doing a demo on her appliqué leaves. At our May meeting (5.13.15) Jayne will have a supply list and sign up sheet for this project. The only cost will be 5.00 to OSR to sew for the day. Any questions please e-mail me 

We will also be working on the raffle quilt or you can bring your own project to work on. 

Our Sewing room in downtown Springfield. 10-5. $5 for the day. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

EMQG April Minutes


Meeting Notes April 8, 2015

Presenter: Madyson John

Minutes: Anne Robertson

Photographer: Jen Gibson


Sew Night: Wednesday, April 15 at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 pm

Sew Day: Saturday, April 25 at Our Sewing Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Quilt Unveiling: 2015 “Threads of Life” quilt honoring organ donors at Eugene Public Library, Saturday April 11 1:00 – 2:45 pm.

Craft Fair: Benefit fundraiser for Daisy C.H.A.I.N., an organization which helps families with new babies, at Daisy’s Place, 1244 Lawrence Street in Eugene, April 18 – 19, 12 – 4 pm. Lillian Shoupe belongs to it and will be selling some of her crafts at the fair.

Unbroken Thread Quilt Show of the Pioneer Quilters will be held April 21 – 26 at the Lane County Historical Museum at the fairgrounds. 90 quilts of all types will be displayed with daily speakers and demonstrations. There is always a lot to see!


At this meeting, we had six visitors, two of whom joined our guild!

Photos – Photographs taken at the EMQG meetings are on the Flickr and Instagram websites with links to them on the blog.

Raffle Quilt – It will be made from the paper pieced pattern “Use Your Illusion” by Cheryl Brickey, which was the Modern Quilt Guild’s March Pattern of the Month. The Kona Gray fabric was donated, and the Kona Turquoise was purchased at a discount. We will be cutting and sewing the blocks during April’s Sew Night and Sew Day. Madyson will make the paper copies for the piecing, and we will make up packets of blocks for those who want to sew them on their own. A sign-up sheet was passed around for packets.

Proceeds from Raffle Quilt – It was suggested that a portion of the proceeds from the raffle quilt be donated to a charity. Phyliss Porter made the motion and the members voted and passed the motion. Email EMQG with suggestions of the charity to support. A previous suggestion had been made of the free mammogram program of Cascade Health Solutions, but it is being disbanded due to the new insurance provisions.

Corvallis MQG – A meetup held at a winery halfway between Corvallis and Eugene is being planned for this summer. Meetup plans are still being discussed, possibly including a swap.

Podcast needs quilt stories – Missy Downey has friends who do podcasts at (also on Facebook). They are looking for stories about heirlooms people have, and especially looking to speak with someone about quilts or quilting stories to add to their podcasts. Contact Missy if you are interested.

Fabric Leaves Class – Pat Johnston and Jayne Scoggin are setting up a class to make fabric leaves such as in Jayne’s wall hanging of hand-dyed fabrics. This will be at Sew Day on May 23. More information and signups will be at the May EMQG meeting.

EMQG Quilting Retreat – Set for September 17 – 20 at McKenzie River Mountain Resort in Blue River. Pat is waiting for the contract, Daisy Schrock is coordinating food, and Nelda Copsey is helping. A signup sheet was sent around. The resort web site is for those who are interested. The total cost for the three nights with meals is estimated at $283. A 3-step payment plan will be set up requiring a deposit soon. Also there will be a no-refund date set. A minimum of 15 participants is needed to secure the resort contract, which does not seem to be a problem from the level of interest shown so far!

Yard Sale – Kelly Duke announced at the end of the meeting that tonight’s yard sale made $57! There were a lot of goodies going home with new owners.


Nela Barrow received her bee blocks for April, which were large rainbow strip blocks made from the makers’ own strips. Very bright and fun!

Denise Nash is the Queen Bee for May. She gave out packets of fabric to make 10.5” x 16.5” blocks using a favorite technique. Anything goes, and she shared online tutorials for examples. She would like any leftover scraps back.


April’s swap was two fat quarters – one ugly and one modern. There were lots of fun fabrics swapped, although none appeared to be very ugly!

Karen McClain announced May’s swap is a thread catcher or sewing accessory made by you.


April’s theme was “High-Fibre Diet”. Perhaps this was a more difficult idea as only two pieces were displayed, although both were fun to see.

May’s theme is “Gossamer Spring”. Time to get creative!


Kathy Langston and Nelda Copsey: Showed the annual quilt to promote Donate Life Northwest. The quilt blocks are made by donor’s families or recipients of organ transplants. The quilt is accompanied by a book of stories about each block and is an amazing and touching display.

Kathy also showed her Bee Block quilt made from the green and blue ribbon blocks from January, 2015.

Pat Johnston: Quilt started out as a Margaret Miller – Easy Pieces pattern, but she set it using Missouri Star’s sashed and slashed 9 patch method. Pieced by herself and quilted by Susan Miner. Finished in 2015.

Susan Rogers: “Hawaiian Sunbonnet Sue” with pattern by Donna Fear. Pieced by herself and quilted by Jayne Scoggin in 2015.

Meisha Linwood: “Owl at Night” baby quilt designed and pieced by herself in 2015.

Linda Delaplain: “Circle Sorbet” pieced and quilted by herself in a quilt as you go method in 2015.

Denise Nash: “Tree” art mini-quilt made in a confetti quilting class by Judy and Angelia Peterson ( Pieced and quilted by herself in 2015.

Lynn Conboy (visitor): Hexagon panel (cheater panel) quilt pieced and quilted by herself in 2015. Also showed a fun bag pieced and quilted by herself at a retreat last month.

Mystery star quilt top in pattern by Debbie Caffrey pieced by herself at a retreat last month.

Kelly Duke: A trip-style baby quilt designed, pieced, and quilted by herself in 2015.

Nela Barrow: “Austin Houses” A paper pieced mini quilt made in a class at QuiltCon. Pattern and class by Carolyn Friedlander, pieced and quilted by Nela in 2015.

Marilyn Davis (new member): A beginning quilter, she showed a pillow made from jelly roll strips and coasters.