March 2020 EMQG Meeting Recap

Meeting Welcome
Bonnie greeted the group, introduced the board, and welcomed new members Tina and Rebecca. 

The Emerald Valley Quilters Guild sent the EMQG an email asking if our group would like to discuss participating in a quilt show together. 
     - they are having a meeting on 3/23 to discuss the show, and are inviting a member of the 
       EMQG to attend
     - are we interested in potentially participating, pending details?
A motion was passed to send an EMQG member to the meeting to get more information to bring back to the guild.

The CorvallisMQG is interested in having a meet up in June. Nela has talked to them about possibly meeting at the new brewery in Monroe. 

Charity Quilt Raffle
Hadee Sabzalian, the Development Director of Ophelia’s Place, came to tell us about Ophelia’s Place and draw the winning raffle ticket for our charity quilt. 

Ophelia’s Place was founded in 2005, and their mission is to be a prevention-based organization working with girls age 10-18, helping girls through difficult times in their lives by giving them support and mentorship. They help through after school programs, therapy services to girls and their families, and school partnerships, especially at the middle school level. 

They have satellite programs in Junction City, Albany, Mapleton, Cottage Grove, and Oakridge, in addition to all middle schools in Springfield, and several in Eugene (will be in all Eugene middle schools soon). 

Please stop by if you would ever like a tour. Ask for Hadee.

In the end, we donated $330 to Ophelia's Place, and the winner of the quilt is Missy’s workmate Rheanan!! 

FQ Challenge
- Jill finished 36 blocks for her solids project.
- Elizabeth finished her table runner.
- Bonnie finished her sampler circle block from January.

Next month: 
- Anne will complete star blocks for a Christmas quilt
- Janice will finish her pink quilt
- Jill will complete another 36 blocks
- Bonnie will finish her solids quilt.

Solids Challenge
Please bring what you have for the Solids Challenge in whatever state of completion it’s in for the April meeting. There was clarification that Grunge and Shadowplay should not count as solids. And there might be a prize for participation! 

QuiltCon Recap
Kim and Jenny attended QuiltCon in Austin last month. They attended several lectures, and enjoyed seeing the display of quilts and products from vendors. Kim mentioned that there was a little bit of everything, and that some common themes in the show included illusions of ‘transparency,’ circles, and raw edge applique. 

Trunk Show
Sorrel started quilting in 2008. She shared that her quilts fall into 3 categories: quilts she's given away, quilts the EMQG has already seen, and these 5 quilts.

1.) Bee Quilt
Sorrel belonged to a few on-line quilting bees when she was learning to quilt. This quilt is an early product from one of those bees. 

2.) Star Sampler
This pattern was used for another bee with permission from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Each member made one star and one filler block. It and the following two quilts were beautifully quilted by a woman named Lana in Albany.

3.) Postcards from Hawaii
This quilt kit was a gift from Sorrel's mom, who bought the pattern and fabric at Kapaia Stitchery on Kauai.

4.) Mystery Baby Quilt
The Spring Fling Mystery Quilt was a class offered at Piece by Piece in 2012. Sorrel used this quilt as her son's baby quilt.

5.) T-Shirt Quilt
Sorrel's husband asked her to make this t-shirt quilt. A true labor of love! It was quilted by Tanya Heldman of Free Range Quilting.

Split Quarter Triangle Skill Builder
Bonnie presented a process to make a Split Quarter Triangle. These blocks are a component of this month's Mystery Quilt Churn Dash Block. Anyone participating in the Mystery Quilt Challenge will need to make 2 Hourglass Churn Dash blocks. Note that you need to make 2 sets of Split Quarter Triangle blocks per Churn Dash Block. There will be leftovers - save these for later! 

Instructions will be emailed to EMQG members. 

Mystery Quilt Update
The Mystery Quilt blocks look fantastic!

Show and Tell
Hillie brought the 2nd project she ever started. She started it in 1992, and has recently been working on it at the Thursday morning meet ups. 

Linda brought 3 new items, including this project that she worked on during a free class at Paramount on an embroidery machine. Some of the circles are embroidery, some are quilted ribbon.

This paper pieced pineapple quilt is a project from a Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box.

Linda finished the top to this Uptown Girl quilt a while ago. It was quilted by Deborah Escivosa. 

Daisy make this improve quilt while trying to use up her stash. It was made with wonky strips cut without using a ruler.

Kelly brought her completed version of this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.

Our next meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2020. We'll be in touch closer to the date to let everyone how we plan to meet and share our work, inspiration, and ideas with each other if we are unable to meet in person.