Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 2020 EMQG Meeting Recap

Meeting Welcome
Ken welcomed members, new members, and guests. 

Donation Quilt Update
Our donation quilt was displayed at the Willamette Valley Quilt Festival in Albany last month. Over a hundred raffle tickets for the quilt were sold at the show, and ticket sales seemed lively at the EMQG meeting. There will be one last chance to buy tickets at the beginning of the March meeting, just before we have the drawing for the winner! All proceeds will be donated to Ophelia’s Place. 

Call for Volunteers
Ken would love one or two volunteers to help set up the meetings. This would involve arriving just a little earlier to help set up tables, the quilt stand, and hang quilts with Janice. Please talk to Ken if you are available to help. 

Solids Challenge
Any completed ‘Solids Challenge’ quilts are due at the April meeting. These can be any quilted project you’d like – any size, shape, function. The only guideline is to use ONLY solids. We can’t wait to see what you make! 

FQ Challenge 
There were three entries in this month's FQ Challenge.  

-  Hillie – finished the binding on her skill building quilt

- Janice – finished her orange drunkards path quilt

- Bonnie – finished the color wheel block for her Gypsy Wife quilt

Next month, there are 5 entries: 
- Ann – finish star blocks for Christmas
- Jill – 36+ blocks for solids challenge
- Hillie – finish Japanese ladies top
- Bonnie – finish sampler circle block
- Elizabeth – finish top of runner

Migrating Geese Skill Builder
Last year Ken shared a technique for Migrating Flying Geese (block on the right) using a technique sheet by Deb Tucker (Tucker gives credit to a book by Georgia Bonsteel). Ken is going to order some of these technique sheets – please contact him asap if you’d like one. They are $9.50, and you can reimburse Ken at the March meeting. Contact Ken no later than February 20, 2020 through the EMQG email address if you’d like one (

This year, Ken showed us how to make the same block using strips (block on the left). Instructions for the strip method will be emailed to all guild members.

Ken recommends using plenty of starch for either method!! 

Trunk Show - Nela Barrow
Nela started quilting in 2013. Nela discussed her love of color and challenging projects. She likes to try new things, and rarely repeats a pattern. 

1.) Star Surround Quilt-Along
Nela found the 'Star Surround Quilt-Along' at the blog 'Happy Quilting' by Melissa Corry. This quilt is from the first quilt-along Nela joined. One of Nela's first loves in the quilting world was Jeni Baker, so she used a Jeni Baker line of fabric (Nordika). Nela has done a few of these sew alongs, but this is her first lap sized quilt, made in July 2013. Quilted by Nela. 

2.) Enchanged Wonky 
In September 2013, Nela flew to Utah to attend the Sewing Summit. During this trip, she went to Pine Needles and bought this kit by Sandra Workman. She made 2 - one for her daughter, and for her daughter’s best friend. Nela quilted it, and it is machine bound.

3.) Meadow Quilt
This Lizzy House pattern is one that is only offered if you attend the class. Nela loved choosing the colors, and branched out to find colors and fabrics using a variety of designers and collections. This was quilted by Denise Nash, and was the first quilt Nela sent to another quilter. 

4.) Clammy Quilt 
This Latifah Saafir pattern was another opportunity to play with color. This one uses a lot of Heather Ross fabrics in pinks and greens. Nela made it when she took a class with Latifah Saafir in Portland. It's quilted by Denise Shoup, and has Minky on the back.

5.) Cadence Court Quilt
This quilt was displayed at Quilt Festival in 2018. The pattern is 'Cadence Court' by Sassafras Lane Designs. It was paper pieced using fabrics from all 3 colors ways of the 'De la Luna' fabric line by Tula Pink, and quilted by Adam Rateliff. 

A Gift for Nela
Ken and Bonnie presented this gift to Nela as a small token of our appreciation for leading the guild for the last two years. It’s filled with yummy local items, including wine, cider, cloth napkins made by Missy and Linda, and chocolate. Thank you so much, Nela!!

2020 Sampler Circle Challenge
The challenge for next month to make one of each of the following: 
- a 16” Flying Geese in a Pinwheel
- a 6”x18” Migrating Geese panel

Ken passed out instructions at the meeting, and will email instructions to all guild members. We can't wait to see what you all do for next month! 

Sampler Circle Show and Tell
At least sixteen members are participating in the challenge, and fourteen guild members brought their completed Expanding Star blocks this month. It’s so exciting to see the variety, and to see how different the block looks using different fabrics! 

Show and Tell:
Pat made this quilt using a jelly roll. It was quilted by Jane Scoggins. 

Diane is attending QuiltCon this year, and made this as part of the QuiltCon mini-quilt swap. She calls it ‘The Creative Mind.’ It uses a variety of techniques, and many of these techniques are something that Diane tried for the first time on this quilt.

Jackie finished the embroidery for this red and white quilt in 2004. She started piecing in 2006, and decided last weekend that it was time to finish!! 

Daisy belongs to a sketching group that meets once a week. The group went on a sketching tour of Italy earlier this year. Daisy sketched each day on to prepared fabric. Each 10” block represents one day of the trip. The black ink are archival, acid free, waterproof Pitt Pens, and the colors are Derwent Inktense Pencils. Inktense pencils are set with a textile medium that helps the inks adhere to the fabric, followed by a heat set with an iron. It was illustrated, pieced, and quilted by Daisy. 

Bonnie’s 1st grader asked her to share the quilt he made as part of a class project. The illustration is of a video game character named Kirby. 

Nela finished her Granny Cabin by Then Came June. Nela added an additional row at the bottom. Quilted by Denise Shoup. 

Thanks for being a great guild! Our next meeting is March 11, 2020. Hope to see you there! 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

EMQG February 2020 Meeting Reminder

Hello Modern Quilters!! 

Our February Meeting is next Wednesday, February 12th (6:30-8:30) at the Eugene Garden Club (1645 High St, Eugene, OR 97401).

- Last call for annual dues. Please bring cash or check to the February meeting if you intend to join the guild this year. Your dues cover the cost of membership to the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild and the national Modern Quilt Guild. 

- Ken will introduce the next step of the Mystery Quilt Challenge, and Nela will be presenting a Trunk Show of her quilts. 

- Our completed EMQG raffle quilt will be on display, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. $1/ticket, or $5/6 tickets. Proceeds will be donated to Ophelia's Place. 

Please bring to the meeting: 
- items and money for the sale table
- your finished UFO, if participating in the Fat Quarter Challenge
- a modern fat quarter for next month’s UFO FQ Challenge, if participating
- finished Expanding Star Blocks for the Mystery Quilt Challenge
- Show and Tell items
- cash for raffle tickets

See you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Don't miss Slow Stitch this Thursday!

First Thursday Slow Stitching group will meet this Thursday, February 6th, from 10am until 12ish.  We'll be on the mezzanine (Market of Choice, 29th and Willamette) with our coffees/teas and projects. All are welcome to join in the conversation.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

EMQG January 2020 Meeting Recap

Meeting Welcome
The meeting started with a welcome from new Board President Ken Casey! And welcome to Ken – thanks for guiding the guild this year! The rest of this year's board is made up by: 
Bonnie Glass – Vice President
Sorrel Arends - Secretary
Linda Delaplain - Treasurer
Janice Hoffine – Photography

Welcome to new members Mina and Linda.

Sale Table
We are continuing the Sale Table this year. Members may donate any extra fabric, patterns, WIPs, notions, or other sewing/quilting-related items that you no longer want or need to the Sale Table, and anyone may take any items that look useful in exchange for a donation. You choose the donation amount, but please consider the item's value.

Willamette Valley Quilt Festival 
The Willamette Valley Quilt Festival is Friday January 31 through Sunday, February 2, 2020. We will have a table at the show. Please contact Ken if you are interested in volunteering. 

Donation Quilt Update 
Members of the EMQG completed this quilt top at our retreat in October. Ken completed the quilting, and Jenny will complete the binding. It will be hanging this month at the Willamette Valley Quilt Festival. Raffle tickets for this quilt will be available for purchase at the quilt festival, and guild members will be able to buy raffle tickets at the February meeting. Proceeds will be donated to Ophelia’s Place. 

Missy shared this pillow cover made by Nela using leftover blocks, which we will gift to Ophelia's Place along with our donation. 

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Update
The EMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt is being quilted by Denise this weekend and Jill volunteered to attach the binding in time for it to be displayed at the WVQF before being shipped to QuiltCon. We will be able to see the finished quilt at the March meeting, and it will be donated for the Shelter Care auction in April. 

Trunk Show
This year, we are going to do a monthly member Trunk Show, where members share 5 quilts and their path and progress as a quilter. We would love for everyone in the guild to present a trunk show - please talk to Bonnie or Ken if you would like to sign up. 

This month's Trunk Show was presented by Ken.  
Ken has been sewing for 35 years. He was a stained glass artist in his 20s, and transitioned to quilting when his sister recognized the connection between stained glass and quilting.

1) Ken’s 2nd Quilt
- made without a walking foot or safety pins

2) Improv Quilt from ‘Quilting in the Pines’ camp in Flagstaff, 2009

3) First hand applique piece – ‘Icarus’ 
- ice dyed fabric
- hand appliqued, machine quilted
- quilted to look like a topography map
- faced

4) ‘ROYGBIV Pixelated’
- Ken’s favorite quilt
- used 25 colors of King Tut variegated thread to quilt

5) Prickly Piecers Self-Portrait Challenge
- utilizes signature colors yellow, purple, and lime green

First Friday Art Walk Recap
Bonnie coordinated a show of Traveling Quilts at Euphoria Downtown as part of the January First Friday Art Walk. Nela presented our quilts and discussed our Traveling Quilt process in 2018 and 2019. There was great attendance, and we received great feedback from the walk hosts. Thanks to Hillie, Pat, Ken, Sorrel, Nela, Susan, Linda, and Denise for sharing their quilts! 

2020 Sampler Circle Challenge
This year’s challenge is a Sampler. Any participating member will complete their own quilt. Ken will introduce and provide instructions for a new block each month, which will often be connected to our skill builder sessions. Instructions for assembly will be provided at the end, and it will make a lap-sized quilt.

This month's block is an 'Expanding Star.' It is a 24 inch block. You can add a square to the middle (see Janice's example below, using 3 1/2" squares over the corners of the center square), or leave the middle solid. Please bring in your squares each month to share your progress. 

4-in-1 Triangles Skill Builder 
Ken demonstrated a technique for quickly finishing 4 flying geese at a time. 

Solids Challenge
The Guild will also be announcing three mini-challenges to inspire creativity during the year. The first is an 'all solids' challenge. It can be anything, any size, but must be all solids. Bring your completed project to the meeting in April. 

Show and Tell
Linda shared a project she started at retreat from the book ‘Distinctive Dresdens,' and a churn dash with stars in the middle. 

Jenny shared a pineapple table runner that she's been working on at the slow stitching meet up.

Janice shared an all solids experiment.

Mina shared a top called ‘Let’s Be Quilting.' 

Sorrel shared a HST quilt, and scrappy pumpkins and scrappy Christmas trees pillow covers.

Renee brought a wall hanging using patterns from Ruth McDowell’s book ‘Pieced Vegetables.'

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting! We'll see you at the Sew Day on January 11 from 10am-4pm, and at the next meeting on February 12 at 7pm.  

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Join us for Sew Day 1/11/20

Please join us for Sew Day!

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020 10am-4pm

Where: Eugene Garden Club

Cost: $10

What to bring: machine, machine cords, projects, rulers, rotary cutters.

If you want to share, please bring: an iron, ironing table, large cutting mat.

Provided: tables, chairs, extension cords, and serge protectors.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Friendly January Meeting Reminder

Our January meeting is next Wednesday, January 8th (6:30-8:30) at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene, OR 97401.

We are excited for Ken's Trunk Show and preview to our year-long mystery quilt adventure!

Please remember to bring:
  1. One Modern Fat Quarter for our UFO Fat Quarter Challenge (if participating)
  2. Show and Tell item
  3. Items for the donation table

See you then!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

January First Thursday Slow Stitch

First Thursday Slow Stitching group will meet next Thursday, January 2nd, from 10am until 12ish.  We'll be on the mezzanine (Market of Choice, 29th and Willamette) with our coffees/teas and projects. All are welcome to join in the conversation.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

December 2019 Eugene MQG Meeting

Happy Holidays!

We had a nice December gathering and enjoyed some good food, beautiful quilts, a white elephant orphaned project gift exchange, fabric gifts, and lots of laughter and friendship.  See our fun below:


Sew days 2020:  Scheduled for January 11, March 1, May 30, Sept 13 and Nov 7.  Mark your calendars and hope that you can make it!

Eugene 1st Friday Art Walk:  January 3, 2020.  Bonnie is looking for traveling quilts to show during the evening art walk at her downtown Euphoria Chocolate Company business.  Please contact her if you are interested.  She would like you to be present to discuss your quilt to the art walk participants.

Willamette Valley Quilt Festival:  January 31 and February 1, 2020.  Please sign up to work at the EMQG booth, see Nela for details and times which still need to be filled.  Also make sure to go and enjoy this quilt festival in Albany.

2020 Membership dues:  $35 or $40, whichever you can afford.

Show and Tell:

Darcy and her finished "Chase the sun" quilt.

Nela with her "Snowflake" quilt, pattern by Modern Handcraft.

Ken's finished "Namaste" quilt.

Ken showing the facing border he used.

Ken's "Yellow Brick Road" on point.

Changing of the guards:

A big THANK YOU to the 2018-2019 EMQG board members for all of your hard work the last 2 years to make our guild fun and grow.

Missy, Nela, Susan, Janice, Kim

Next Guild Meeting:  Wednesday, January 8, 20202 at Eugene Garden Club.  Social at 6:30pm, business meeting at 7:00pm.

Have a fantastic holiday and ring (or blow!) in the New Year in style!