Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Party & Swap and Sell Info

Get ready to party at our December meeting! Every year PMQG has a Holiday Party instead of a regular meeting in December. On tap: lots of mingling, a potluck, Show and Tell, our annual Holiday Swap, a Swap and Sell, Quilt Raffles, and a presentation from Elizabeth Hartman on her new book, Patchwork City!




When: Thursday, December 11th, 2014 (second Thursday), 7-9 pm
Where: St Andrew Church, 806 NE Alberta St.
What to Bring: A potluck item (see below), beer or wine for yourself, Show and Tell, your swap item, and lots of cash for the Swap and Sell as well as for the quilt raffles!

For the Potluck, please bring:

If your last name starts with A-M: Something Savory
If your last name starts with N-Z: Something Sweet


Swap and Sell:

Our Swap and Sell is for our members to sell their handmade items (or swap them!) with each other. If you are interested in having a half table, please email the guild at portlandmodernquiltguild @ gmail .com to reserve space. Space is limited! If you only have one or two items, you may put them on the community table with your name and price listed, no need to email to reserve space.

Holiday Swap:

If you are participating in the Holiday Swap and picked up a swap baggie of fabric at our November meeting, bring the swap item you created back in December! You may wrap your swap or leave it unwrapped, but please be sure to put your name and your swap partner's name on it! If there is a significant amount of fabric left over, be sure to return that to your partner as well.

Membership:

2015 Membership opened at our November meeting. You may pay for 2015 Membership online or at the Holiday party or any other meeting.


Quilt Raffles:

We will be raffling a couple of quilts that we made as a guild this year! Quilt raffle tickets are $5 each, or Buy 4, Get 1 Free (5 for $20). What quilts might you win? The Guild Medallion Quilt and one of the Monaluna Quilts will up for grabs!


The Holiday Party is sure to be a blast, hope to see you there!

2015 Membership Now Open!

Membership for 2015 opened at our November meeting. You may pay for membership online, at our December 11th Holiday Meeting/Party, or at any guild meeting or event.

Become a member of PMQG! 
PMQG Membership for 2015 is now open!
Membership Options:
  • 2014  pro-rated membership from now through the end of 2014 is $25
  • 2014 pro-rated + 2015 membership is available now for $60
  • 2015 membership will remain at $40
You may pay for membership at any guild meeting. Membership for 2015 will be $40 if paid by cash or check. There is a small service fee when paying by card online. Cards are also accepted at meetings, or you may pay by check or cash without a service fee at any guild meeting or other guild event. If you would like to become a member at a meeting, you do not need to click the link below.
Click on the link if you would like to pay online with a credit or debit card, or if you are sending a check. There is no need to fill out the form if you are planning on paying at a meeting.

2015 PMQG Membership Application

You may pay online by debit or credit card and your membership card will be sent to you. Paying online includes a small service fee. After completing the application you will see the link to pay via Square Marketplace.
You may also pay by check, please click the link above to submit your application and then mail your check in to:

Portland Modern Quilt Guild
P.O. Box 6431
Portland, OR 97228
 
Members enjoy discounts at local and online vendors, special pricing on guild events, and the satisfaction of supporting this wonderful organization. We include links to member blogs on the left hand side of our page, opportunities for swaps, challenges, meet-ups, sew days and more!

PMQG members receive discounts from these sponsors:

Bolt Fabric Boutique--10% off purchases Fabric Depot--25% off purchases at Fabric during the entire weekend of Open Sew Days (must pick up coupon at Special Orders desk and be prepared to show PMQG card)
Joann Fabrics (registration required here)--10% off purchases
Just Quilting--20% off per hour when you rent a long arm machine to do your own quilting
Modern Domestic--10% off purchases (machines and frame quilting excluded) Sometimes Crafter Longarm Quilting--30% off long arm services


 New Business Memberships/Sponsorships for 2015
      We now have 4 different levels of business sponsors and members so that we can fit the needs of our various sponsor types, and sizes of their companies       Also, with this plan we can have more than the business members of the previous years (had a waiting list for business members last year, it was a popular program!)        None of these will include a single, personal membership, if business members plan on attend meetings and events they can purchase a regular membership separately        All business members and sponsors will still be listed on the Sponsor page of the guild blog
Friendship Star Business Sponsorship
•Business Sponsors donate items for meetings and special events •Listed on the Sponsor page of our blog
•The guild is happy to share Business Sponsor donations via social media


Flying Geese Business Member

      For Long Arm businesses 
      $60 per year 
      Business listed on blog sidebar 
      Business name given out by guild when we are asked for suggestions for long arm quilters 
      Business may post to the guild FB wall (business blog/website links, sales, etc). 
      Responsible for quilting 2 or more charity quilts per year for the guild. When quilt is finished, long armer can show the quilt at show and tell and have the opportunity to share about their business then.

Log Cabin Business Member

      Quilt related business (non-long armer) 
      $100 per year 
      Business listed on blog sidebar 
      Business name given out by guild when we are asked for suggestions for that particular business (fabric store, etc). 
      Business may post to the guild FB wall (business blog/website links, sales, etc). 
      Responsible for helping guild out with giveaway items at least twice a year—door prizes for meetings (around 4-6 donated items/prize packs in the range of $5-$10 each for each of 2 meetings) and/or goodie bag or door prize items for retreats in an equivalent amount. 
      May have their own table to sell products at the Holiday Swap and Sell.


Dresden Plate Business Member

      Quilt related business (non-long armer) 
      $200 per year
      Business listed on blog sidebar 
      Business name given out by guild when we are asked for suggestions for that particular business (fabric store, etc). 
      Business may post to the guild FB wall (business blog/website links, sales, etc). 
      Responsible for helping guild out with giveaway items at least twice a year—door prizes for meetings (around 4-6 donated items/prize packs in the range of $5-$10 each for each of 2 meetings) and/or goodie bag or door prize items for retreats in an equivalent amount. 
      May have their own table to sell products at the Holiday Swap and Sell. 
      Makes a 10 minute presentation on their business at a meeting during the year. 


Click on the link if you would like to pay for a business sponsorship pay online with a credit or debit card, or if you are sending a check. If you are planning on paying at a meeting, there is no need to fill out this form.

2015 Business Member Application

Paying online includes a small service fee. After completing the application you will see the link to pay via Square Marketplace.

November Announcements

Here are the full announcement slides from the November meeting. Slides may take a minute to load.

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

503.234.0403
justquiltingpdx.com
facebook.com/justquilting

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.