Thursday, November 20, 2014

Queen of the UFOs Program

Here's a fun new program for 2015 that Sam Hunter is going to run! Do you have unfinished projects hanging around and want a little encouragement to finish them? This one is for you!

Pay $10 and register up to 10 UFO projects you’d like to finish in 2015. Every month you will heck in your completed UFOs with Sam.
Each completed project that’s shown at Show and Tell earns a ticket for a drawing. Half of the money earned goes to the guild, and the other half is for a cash prize!.
The prize winner will be drawn in December 2015 from the completed tickets earned throughout the year by showing your preregistered finished projects at Show and Tell

If half our members sign up, the prize could be $500!

As a fun bonus, all participants will receive a special UFO sassy button from Sam!
To participate, click on the link below and print out the Registration Form. Fill it out and bring it in to Sam in December or January with cash or check to PMQG

Queen of the UFO Registration Form Link

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Business Member Spotlight: Just Quilting

Thanks to Nancy Stovall's Just Quilting for being our business member for November! Nancy's here to tell us a little more about her longarm quilting business. 

The view from Nancy's studio

What makes your business special or different than others in your industry?
My education is in textiles, but my calling is quilting! I do this full-time, so whether your quilt is modern or traditional, new or vintage, big or small, I’ll make sure that the quilting I do is just right for your quilt.

How long have you been doing this?
I’ve been sewing since I was 8 years old, but I blame quilting on my mother-in-law, who got me started with a block-of-the-month project. I first rented time on a longarm machine in 1996 and started quilting full time in 2009. I’ve never looked back.

What’s the most important thing you’ve had to learn to do your job well?
There’s a balance between developing good technique and artistic expression. I look at each quilt as a collaboration between the piecer and myself. There are literal and figurative layers in a quilt; if I understand the story of the quilt, I'll know how best to quilt it.

What do you see as a significant aesthetic trend right now? 
One color trend I’m seeing is toward turqoise and red combinations, but I’m definitely seeing more modern quilt tops coming my way. New quilters love the aesthetic, and many traditional quilters are excited by the colors and patterns that are showing up (and showing off) in modern quilts. One of my customers is 87 years old, and she’s nuts about Tula Pink!

What’s the strangest thing a customer has ever asked you? 
A couple of years ago I was asked to quilt some experimental fabric for a military application. That’s all I can say!

Any new products or services you’d like to mention? 
I’m super excited to announce my longarm rental program! If you’ve ever wanted the longarm studio experience, you can rent time on “Manny.” A true longarm, this great free-motion machine has a 20-inch throat space and will accomodate quilts up to 12 feet wide. I’m giving PMQG members a discounted rate! 

Why do you like being a business member of PMQG? 
I love being a member, period. I’m constantly being inspired by the amazing creativity and sharing among this community. But being a business member gives me additional opportunities to introduce more people to longarm quilting. It’s my contribution.  

If you couldn’t work in the quilting/sewing world, what would your dream job be?
Lately it seems that if I’m not quilting, I’m taking pictures. Sometimes I’m taking pictures of quilting . . . but I love to travel, so if I had to give up quilting I’d probably be doing travel photography. Traveling to quilt shows? Yeah, that’d work.

Business Info: 
Just Quilting
2738 SE 15th Ave. 
Portland, OR 97202


Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review: Quilt Essential

Quilt Essential
By: Erin Burke Harris
C&T Publishing Stash Books 2013
Hello All! Secretary Kelly here with another book review! This time it is all quilting! I go to the library a lot and check out all the quilt books they have (I hope I'm not the only one!) and I was lucky enough to snag this book for three weeks—but it was not long enough, because this is a go-to resource for all things quilty. Yep, it is an essential. 

All the photos are gorgeous and inspiring, a must for a good craft book! But digging a little deeper you'll discover answers to all your quilting questions. What is on-point setting all about, how do I care for fabric, what is a quilt sandwich, what are the differences in batting, how do I calculate yardage for borders and sashing? All answers lie within these pages.

The other thing I really liked about this book by Erin Burke Harris (who blogs at House on Hill Road) is that she interviews quilters who have a voice in the modern quilting community. Rita Hodge, Anna Maria Horner, and Blair Stocker are just a few who share their their journeys as makers. 

This book is for both brand-new and seasoned quilters, as it gives a fresh perspective on all the techniques we use in one handy guide. It just hard not to be inspired and learn something new flipping through the pages.

A big thanks to C&T publishing for sending us a copy to giveaway at the November meeting! I know anyone who takes this home will find a front-and-center space on the shelf for it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November Meeting Reminder

Ann Marie Cowley's quilt based on the carpet at PDX
Ever wonder how the beautiful fabrics we work with are produced? Join us for the guild meeting next week and find out! PMQG member Teresa Coates, who worked at Robert Kaufman fabrics, will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fabric manufacturing.

We'll also be taking memberships for 2015, if you want to get that out of the way!  Membership is $40 for individuals. We accept cash checks, and credit cards (note--there's a small charge for using a card). 

Thursday, November 20

7:00 p.m.
St Andrews Church
806 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211

The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

What’s in store:

  • Elections for 2015 officers (You can—and should!— still nominate yourself!) 
  • Sign up for 2015 membership 
  • Excellent giveaways, including A Quilters Mixology and other fun stuff
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room 

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Your Holiday Swap fabric. We'll have extra baggies if you didn't get one last time. 
  • Charity donations (new toiletries and household goods) and/or quilts for Raphael House. We'll be accepting these through January, but if you want the shelter to receive your donations before Christmas, bring them now! 
  • A mug for coffee or tea
  • Your quilts for show and tell, of course! 


Guests and non-members are welcome at the guild meeting. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

Modern Domestic Discount

Modern Domestic will offer PMQG members 20% off their purchase of fabric and notions on Thursday. They'll also be open until 7 p.m., so stop by before the meeting! 1408 NE Alberta St.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Show and Tell: September and October

Show and Tell photos from the last two meetings are posted on the PMQG Flickr page! 

Karen Paschke's Super Mario quilt
September Show & Tell photos


Janet Murdock's Halloween quilt from October Show & Tell
October Show and Tell photos

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: A Quilter's Mixology

A Quilter’s Mixology
By Angela Pingel
Interweave/F+W; $27.99
Hello All! Secretary Kelly here with another quilting book review! This time it's a beautiful take on the Drunkard's Path block by Cut to Pieces blogger Angela Pingel. There are 15 projects in the book, all based on this block, and it is so cool how such different projects emerge from the same block. My favorite is the medallion baby quilt in the photo below. It might be the color combination or the radiating medallion design, but I really want to make this quilt!

The book starts with a how-to section, which is helpful for those who have never cut out or sewn a curved block. I know they can be scary at first, but with a little practice and patience (and a seam ripper!) they are fun and make amazing quilts!

Not only are the quilts beautiful in all their curvy glory the quilting is pretty darn inspired too. The quilt below and several others were quilted by Krista Withers. 

Patterns for making curved templates are included, as well as lots of detailed instructions and helpful hints. I really enjoy Angela's eye for color—each quilt has a unique look even though they all employ the same block!

A big thanks to F&W Media for sending us a copy to review! One lucky PMQG member will win this book at our November meeting!