Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014


Hello ladies! 

As you may or may not have noticed we now have a Flickr page! There is a button on top and if you click it you can view all of the photos from meetings from 2014! This is where all photos will be posted for your viewing pleasure! 

Or you can click here!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

March Minutes

EMQG Meeting notes:  March 12, 2014

Presenter:  Phylis Porter

Welcome greeting by Jennifer Fogerty-Gibson

There is a sign-in sheet is now available each month.

Question raised asking when our quilt guild would be officially joining the National Modern Quilt Guild…Jessica Beaudet, Shawna Haynes, Madyson John, and Phylis Porter volunteered to help create the bylaws for the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild which would allow us to join the National Modern Quilt Guild.  Likely fees per person would be approximately $15/yr.

Question was raised regarding information to be placed on the EMQG blog.  It was decided that information wishing to be posted should be brought to the board members who will then decide to allow/disallow it’s posting on the blog.


Pioneer Quilter’s Annual Quilt Show “The Unbroken Thread” is scheduled for April 22-27, 2014.  Lois Scott is the featured quilter.

Lowell Pine Needlers will be displaying quilts at Our Sewing Room for Springfield’s Friday Art Walk. 

Theresa May is a featured speaker at the EVQ meeting on March 20, 2014, 7pm.  This is held at the Masonic Lodge across from Autzen stadium.

Jean Marie Fabrics is moving!  110 Main St., Springfield.  Official grand opening event is scheduled April 14-18, 2014.


March: Wrist pincushions.  We had some really cute pincushions shared this month.  Love the hedgehog!!!


Pat Johnston presented her “reverse rainbow wonky star” block. 

It was requested that bee members identify themselves via a note on the block when the block is returned to the owner.


Kim Olsen presented 4 different methods for making flying geese. 


Kim Olsen:  signature quilt; ocean waves

Pat Johnston: bag; black/white/colored scrap quilts x 2

Anne Robertson:  brown/taupe quilt with circles in squares

Janice Hoffine:  scrappy trip around the world; “happy scrappy”

Kesch Allen:  modern baby quilt featuring elephants

Linda Delaplain:  sunflower table topper hexagon shaped; sunflower table runner

Denise Nash:  has been quilting on her long arm machine: red/white/blue quilt; solid cloth

Phylis Porter:  apron; baby quilt featuring giraffes; Bee quilt 2013

Justine Heavilon:  shared the tool Gypsy Quilter, which can be used to help stabilize fabric for free motion quilting

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

EMQG Meeting Reminder

Don't forget, EMQG monthly meeting tomorrow night!
Presentation: Guest Speaker! 
Millie from Paramount will be talking about machine maintenance
March Swap: Zippered Clutch
Bee Blocks: Please bring your March Bee Blocks for Pat
NOTE: If you have any interest in participating in the 2014 Coburg Quilt Show (being on a committee or helping with a booth), please show up at 6:30 to discuss it with Karen!  

Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00
  McNail-Riley House 601 W 13th in Eugene
We hope to see everyone there! 

Friday, March 28, 2014


Sew Day @ Our Sewing Room

Join us for a sew day at Our Sewing Room this Saturday, 3/29, from 10am to 4pm. 

Bring your projects and sewing machine (or use the ones at OSR for a small fee), for a day of sewing with fellow EMQG members and friends. We hope to see everyone there!

All day: $5
Partial day: Cost determined hourly

Our Sewing Room
448 Main St. 
Springfield, OR 97477

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Tonight! 3/19

Doors will open @ 6:30. 

See ya there! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our March Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our February Queen Bee, Pat Johnston

Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:
It all started when my mother began downsizing her home. She had a stack of quilts and tops from her mother that needed a new home so I became their current owner. My love of fabric and sewing really began in high school where I majored in commercial clothing and had the best sewing teacher, Mrs. Ordiorne. I did get all of my grandmother's quilts hand quilted plus two more but have not hand quilted for quite some time. While living in Bend Oregon I took many classes at the Stitchin' Post, which I count as a real blessing. After living in Central Oregon for 18 years we moved to Brookings, Oregon and I joined the Azalea Quilt Guild. It was a wonderful 9 years of fun and lots of new quilting adventures. Making many new friends down there I was lucking enough to absorb some of their talents and spread a few of my creative ideas to them, thru some teaching and workshops. So I have basically been a quilter since 1979.  When we moved to Eugene in 2000, I continued to work full time which slowed my quilting somewhat and I did not join any quilting groups. Now that I am retired, I continue to make quilts but with a renewed sense of creative independence and I've been busy working my way thru bins of scraps and a closet full of fabric. I just finished piecing a quilt top for my Granddaughters high school graduation. She is just turning 4 this April, so I have a bit of time to get it quilted, nice to have one quilt project "way" ahead of schedule. I love scrap quilts, wonky quilts, crooked stars, crooked blocks, and any new quilting idea that comes along so I can try it out before finishing all the other projects I have going.

What does quilting means to you? 

Quilting gives me a firm identity of who I am, it gives me " a place " off far away from the messy world of today where I can create what and when I want to. Quilting gives me opportunities to meet new ideas, friends and places head on, eyes wide open to a tactile world of possibilities.

Why did you want to join our bee? 

Just looked like a whole bunch of fun. A nice way to be part of the guild, meet new people and be part of quilts destined for a place close to a quilters heart.  
What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee? 

As I mentioned earlier I have a closet full of fabric, well it's actually two closets full but don't tell anyone. I wanted a block that would incorporate fabrics that quilters and myself already have yet have a modern look. I also love star blocks so when I came across a picture of this wonky rainbow star quilt on Pinterest I liked it's simplicity, use of lots of fabric or scraps and I don't have a rainbow quilt, and it's a easy and fun block to sew. I think this is important when requesting time from fellow quilter to sew for you.

EMQG Meeting Reminder

Don't forget, EMQG monthly meeting tonight!
Presentation: Kim Olsen will be presenting flying geese 
March Swap: Wrist Pincushion
Bee Blocks: Please bring your Feb. Bee Blocks 

Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00.  McNail-Riley House 601 W 13th in Eugene.
We hope to see everyone there! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Local Workshop Event

Upcoming Therese May Quilted Portraits Workshop

Therese will be the guest of the Emerald Valley Quilt Guild on Thursday 3/20, and her workshop will be held on Saturday, 3/22/14. You will have a completed quilt top (or a good start) by the end of the workshop.

Exploring the link below will provide you with the material list, an explanation of the class in Therese’s own words, templates of goofy portraits, and more.

A couple of things about the material list:

- You do not need to bring paper for copies
- Plan ahead and draw some ‘portraits’
- We’ll be at Our Sewing Room, so all mats, cutters, etc. are supplied, but remember to bring your pressing cloth to avoid damaging an iron!

Workshop fee is $35 and everyone is welcome. At least one of our EMQG ladies will be attending the workshop. You do not need to attend the general meeting in order to take the workshop, but you do need to register with me beforehand. If you know other quilters, spread the word. :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feb. 2014 - Meeting Recap & Notes

2/12/14 EMQG Meeting Notes

       Presenters:  Daisy 
       Minutes:  Jessica
       Photographers:  Shawna & Madyson

Karen discussed the 2014 Coburg Quilt Show. They are in need of modern quilt entries & we are  hoping that EMQG can encourage enough members to help run a booth this year! Karen will be available to talk to if you are interested in being part of a committee for this event. The Coburg Quilt Show is on July 26th this year. We also discussed making a raffle quilt. 

The Coburg Charter School is in volunteers to quilt quilts! Susan Miner has generously volunteered to quilt one for them! If anyone else wants to help out, contact Jen. 

Please try and make/wear a nametag to our meetings so members and guests can learn everyone's names.


Daisy entertained us with a presentation on sewing machine needles (Schmetz). She drew wonderful graphics and gave a great "needle 101" talk. Some of the highlights include:

  • Threading your needle the right way - it matters! 
  • The # width of the needle:
    - 60/8 ------------> silk
    - 70/10 --------------> piecing
    - 80/12 -------------> quilting
    - 90/14 ------------> heavy duty (bags with lots of pellon, etc.)
  • Change your needle every 8 hours of sewing time.
  • The universal needle was made for everything, which means it will do nothing well. 

The February swap was (10) 10 1/2" blocks Valentine's themed. The March swap will be wrist pincushions. For swap ideas please visit our Pinterest boards! :)

Bee Block

The February Queen Bee is Laura - she made a great, simple block for this month! Please make sure to bring your blocks to the next meeting.