Friday, August 15, 2014

August Meeting Reminder

It's Picnic Time! Please join us next week for our annual picnic in the park meeting! We will be starting at 6:30, please note the time change!

Who: PMQG members and their families, friends, visitors. Bring the kids, the hubby, your grandma, it's our annual time to mingle with family! Baby-sitters will be provided (see below for more info).

Where: Laurelhurst Park,  at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd (39th) and Stark Street, Picnic Site E (on the Ankeny/north side of the park near the restrooms, see picture at end of email).

When: Thursday, August 21st from 6:30-8:30. Please note time change! We need to beat the sun setting! 6:30-7:00 will be setting up your picnic area, eating, and mingling. We'll officially start promptly at 7:00.

What to Bring: 
  • A quilt/blanket or chair to sit on
  • Dinner/drinks for yourself and food to share if you like. Alcohol is allowed if you would like to bring your own. 
  • Name tag  
  • Show and Tell! No need to bring your Medallion this month, we won't be able to hang them up.
  • Monaluna Challenge Blocks! If you ended up not being able to make any blocks, you also need to bring your fabric back. If you made any blocks the extra fabric is yours to keep!

What's in store this month?
  • Monica Solaria-Snow will show off her new line of fabric from Cloud 9, Sew Yummy!
  • A representative from our 3rd quarter charity, Raphael House, will be there to talk about their organization. Check out our blog post on Raphael House for more info! 
  •  A presentation from our August Business Member of the month, Modern Domestic.

Feel free to bring your kid/grandkids! There will be baby-sitters provided by the guild to take them over to the playground area. The guild will be paying the baby-sitters, but tips are also appreciated.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PMQG Quarter 3 Charity: Raphael House

Our charity for this quarter is Raphael House.

From their website:
"Raphael House of Portland is a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to ending intimate partner violence for good. We serve individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations. If you or someone you know is in crisis, we hope you will find the support you need here or by calling a crisis line."

Here is a little bit about their needs right now:

What size quilts do we need?
All of the beds in our emergency shelter are Twin size, so these would be ideal!  Since families generally come to us with little or no possessions, when they leave our space, we provide them with all the comforters/quilts, sheets, pillows, towels, etc. that were in their room.  With about 100 families staying here every year, we go through quite a few of all these items!

Other items we might need?
In the realm of bedding and such, we could definitely use more Twin sheet sets and bath towels!

Also, we’re holding a Back to School Gift Card Drive through September & we could most definitely use help spreading the word and collecting gift cards!   It’s our hope to empower families to do their own back-to-school shopping, since that’s such an important experience for kiddos and such an expensive one for moms… You can find lots more information about this on our website at

A representative from Raphael House will be at our meeting next thursday to tell us a little bit more about their program. If you have a twin sized quilt to donate, be sure to bring it to our September meeting! Charity Sew days are being scheduled, stay tuned for our next one.

Wonky Kite Quilt from our last charity day
courtesy of Wombat Quilts


Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 2014 Presentation: Mysteries of Machine Maintenance

Here are the slides from the July Presentation from Modern Domestic. They may take a moment to load.

July 2014 Meeting Announcements

Here are the full slides of July's meeting announcements. They may take a moment to load.

Medallion Along: July/Round 6

Robert Kaufman Sponsored guild quilt made with Carolyn Friedlander Botanics fabrics

Instead of a Block of the Month this year, we are doing a Medallion Along! Join us each month as we introduce a new round. We will introduce new rounds through September and hope that gives people time to finish their quilts by December's meeting, where we will have a mini exhibition of them. The completed quilts should finish around 60 inches square.

The July round consists of 48 Square in a Square blocks. We have provided 2 different ways to make these blocks. (a third paper pieced one coming soon)
Before beginning, your medallion should measure 44.5 inches square.

Step 1:  Use one of the following options to make (48) 4.5 inch Square in a Square blocks.  When done, move on to Step 2 below.

Option A: Use a corner block stitch and flip method.

Cut (48) 4.5 inch squares of your center fabric. Cut (192) 2.5 inch squares. Draw a line from corner to corner on the back of each of the 2.5 inch squares* (as you would for half square triangles). Pin the smaller squares to the corners of your center blocks and stitch along the line. Trim 1/4 inch seam allowance and press. * Kelly has a tip on her blog if you would like to skip the drawing a line step! Find it here!

Pros: This is a good option for fussy cutting, and if you utilize your corner square scraps you can have another project in the works! Good for chain stitching. If you stitch another line 1/2 inch away from your first one when making the corners, you can make tiny half square triangles as you go!
Cons: May be a bit wasteful of fabric if you don't utilize the scraps.

After creating your 48 blocks, move on to step 2.

Option B: Cut Half Square Triangles and stitch onto the four sides of the center block.

Cut (48) 3 3/8 inch center squares. Cut (96) 2 7/8* inch squares for the side. Cut them in half along the diagonal, giving you 192 Triangles. To stitch, center a triangle on one side of a center block and stitch with a scant 1/4 inch seam. Stitch the opposite side's seam and press. Then stitch on the remaining two sides and press. A 4.5 inch square ruler to help square up at the end is very helpful.

*My second run-through I cut the corners at 3 inches and it gave a bit more wiggle room when squaring up

Pros: Uses less fabric than other method, is fast to chain stitch

Cons: Not good for fussy cutting the center square since it will be on an angle in the finished square. Also, working with bias edges and 1/8 inch measurements. A scant seam is very important here.

After creating your 48 blocks, move on to step 2.

Option C: Paper Pieced Blocks. Download and save this pattern:
Generations Quilt Patterns 4 inch Square in a Square

Open up the saved pdf file and print one copy, making sure to select "no scaling" or "actual size" (my test print was 1/4 inch off the test print because it was on "shrink to size" rather than actual size." Measure the printed piece to make sure that with seam allowances the block is exactly 4.5 inches. When you've got it right, print out 23 more copies of the pattern.

Need tips on paper piecing? Follow these directions about halfway down the page!
Paper Piecing 

After creating your 48 blocks, move on to Step 2

Pros: Super precise and beautiful seams!
Cons: Uses paper and printer ink, have to spend time removing paper

Step 2: Stitch 2 strips of fabric 9 blocks wide. Stitch 2 strips of fabric 11 blocks wide. Attach the 9 block strips to the top and bottom of your medallion. Press seams. Attach the 11 block strips to the left and right of your medallion. Press seams.

Your Medallion should now measure 52.5 inches 

Kelly's Beautiful Medallion!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baby/Preemie Quilts Needed for Providence NICU *Now with Linky!*

Providence is looking for quilts for their new NICU! Quilts should be:
  • 36 inches square
  • 100% quilting cottons (no minkie, flannel, etc)
  • Washed
  • No dark colors please
Bring quilts to our August 2nd Sew Day at Fabric Depot, contact the guild at our email address, or see link below for mailing/drop off info.

Edit: Quilts may also be dropped off at Modern Domestic through August 16th! Thanks MD!