Sunday, July 12, 2020

EMQG July 2020 'Show and Tell'

Thanks to everyone who joined the Zoom meeting. 

Slow Stitch Meet Up
We had another great Slow Stitch meeting at the Owen Memorial Rose Garden on July 2. Thanks to everyone who came - it was great to see you! We'll be in touch soon about plans for an August meeting. 

Update on our Memory Book for Phyllis
Linda Delaplain finished and ordered a memory book to deliver to Phyllis's family. A link is here for anyone else who would like to view or purchase a book. Thank you, Linda, for assembling this lovely memorial to our good friend. 

Thank you to everyone who has made a pillowcase. Linda Delaplain reported that about 40 pillowcases have been donated so far. She took a deliver to Bags of Love, but you are welcome to continue making and deliver to Linda any time, either directly to Linda, or via the EMQG mailbox. 

Blackberry Jam Quilt Show
The Blackberry Jam Quilt Show will be a 'drive-through' quilt show in Lowell on July 25. More info  here

Unconventional Materials Challenge
July was the reveal date for our Unconventional Materials Challenge.
- Denise shared a few items she's made using a handkerchief, a napkin, and a dresser scarf. 
- Jill's is still in progress. She calls it 'The Greening of America,' and includes 'appliqu├ęd' milk bottle tops. 
- Ken made a photograph holder using magnetic washers stitched to a quilted 'leash.' 
- Janice has a stack of denim prepped to sew into her 'unconventional' challenge. 

It's not too late! Bring your finished 'Unconventional Materials Challenge' project whenever you're ready to share. 

Mystery Blocks
Thanks to everyone who shared their completed Mystery Quilt Blocks. 

This month, make fourteen 4-inch finished squares. Ken sent a separate email to EMQG members with clarified instructions and suggestions for these blocks. Some of the blocks will be grouped together. Janice shared that she is making some repeats for the groups, and some individuals. 

QuiltCon Charity Quilt
Ken's email also included detailed information about plans for our QuiltCon Charity Quilt. Ken provided guidelines for your blocks and some YouTube links to help inspire ideas. Please note that we are using colors 1, 3, 5, and 6 (white, dark orange, medium/cobalt blue, and navy blue). Suggestions for Bella and Kona matches are included in Ken's email. The deadline is a few months shorter this year than previous years, so finished blocks need to be delivered to the EMQG POBox as soon as possible. Contact Ken or Nela if you have any questions. 

Show and Tell
Thanks to everyone who participated in 'Show and Tell' at the meeting, and to everyone who sent in photos for our round up this month. 

From Denise:
Paper pieced bicycle, part of my row for a row robin. Her theme is Wild Oregon.

Paper pieced Oregon blocks

From Jenny:

From Anne:
I only got the one set of July’s blocks done - trying to catch up!

From Jackie:
Here are my June Mystery Blocks. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

EMQG June 2020 'Show and Tell'

Thanks to the 18 members who were able to join the Zoom meeting on Wednesday. We apologize for the delay in connecting, and are grateful to all of you who were able to wait for us while we figured out how to work around Zoom's connection issues.

Book for Phyllis
Linda Delaplain is finishing up the book for Phyllis's family. Jill and Jayne helped clean out Phyllis's studio and will be in touch at a later point in time if any help is needed in finishing any unfinished quilts of Phyllis's.

- The 'Sand 'n' Sea' Quilt Show in Coos Bay has been cancelled this year.
- The 'Unconventional Materials Challenge' is due in July.
- Please contact Linda Delaplain if you have any finished pillowcases to donate to Bags of Love.

MQG Charity Quilt
The theme for the MQG Charity Quilt Challenge this year is curved piecing. QuiltCon this year will be virtual, so the quilt will not be displayed for the public, but will be photographed and uploaded with the rest of the QuiltCon content. The guild discussed whether or not we'd like to participate this year. Kelly shared that quilt shops are having difficulty stocking black and white fabric right now, though it may be available again later in the summer or fall. The guild voted to continue to explore possibilities. Ken and Nela will work together to create a survey for guild members to gather ideas and come up with next steps.

Slow Stitch
There was a 'socially distanced' Slow Stitch meeting at River Road Park on June 4th. It was a lovely gathering, and we will plan to invite members for another socially distanced get together sometime in the next month.

Retreat Update
Nela confirmed that the center is available to host a retreat October 1-4, though our plans to hold a retreat are not confirmed yet. Nela will send everyone a survey to assess interest and individual comfort levels with attending the retreat. Plan for more info at the next meeting. 

June Mystery Blocks
There are two patterns for this month's blocks. Ken emailed them to guild members last Thursday. Janice recommends making sure to use contrasting fabrics on the 12" block.

Show and Tell

From Anne:

May Mystery Blocks

From Linda Delaplain: 

Front side of Letters from home quilt

Back of Letters from home quilt

Mystery blocks

From Linda Dye:

It’s been pretty slow in the sewing studio this month as the garden has needed too much attention but I have been trimming trimming trimming the solids challenge quilt Blocks. And I completed the two mystery challenge blocks for the month. I haven’t had a chance to work on the unconventional material challenge but I do have a great idea! And I’m looking forward to working on it as soon as I get the solid quilt a bit further along.

From Jenny:

Mystery blocks I’ve completed...trying to keep up!

From Lynda: 

I have been busy making masks – over 100 so far… donating all.

I finished a baby quilt using the Yellow Brick Road pattern and used my walking foot to quilt “organic curves.”  We had a Zoom baby shower a couple weeks ago.

I also finished a quilt top using the Lemon Pepper quilt pattern.  Both patterns were firsts for me.

From Denise: 

Most everything I am working on, with the exception of masks, is paper piecing. I have embraced this technique with a new enthusiasm.  This little cabin scene is about 7"x9" and will have two small borders around it.

A small paper pieced hanging. Two of the three paper-pieced portions, hummingbird and moth, are free patterns on She is the same designer of Sorrel's "Wicked Weaver" from 2018. The echinacea is from a paper-piecing book by Elizabeth Smart.

For a "row robin". Theme is My Spring Garden.

From Jackie: 

Here are my latest mystery quilt blocks.

I also finally quilted this “Painted Forest” quilt. I had finished piecing the top a couple of years ago. I designed the back to use up all the rest of the fat quarters that I used on the front.

Also, here is a little bit of slow hand stitching I have been doing.

From Janice: 

Here are my samples of the mystery blocks for next month. You can see on the larger two blocks that the pink/green block does not have enough contrast. Choose your fabric wisely.

From Jill: 

From Gail: 

This quilt is about 16 inch square, made after taking Timna Tarr's class on mosaic quilting. I learned a fun new technique which feeds into my love of using tiny pieces of fabric sewn together.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Join us for Sew Day 5/30/20

Please join us for Sew Day! 

When: Saturday, May 30, 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!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

EMQG May 2020 'Show and Tell'

Thanks to all of the EMQG members who were able to join us for our experimental first Zoom meeting. It went really well, and it was so nice to see and hear from our guild friends. 

Phyllis Porter

We started and ended our meeting with reflections about our dear friend, Phyllis Porter, who passed away last month. Ken and Linda Delaplain, with help from Janice, Jayne, and Missy, are gathering photos and memories of Phyllis's quilts and Show and Tell. Ken is going to compile this collection into a book to share with Phyllis's family.

**We would love EMQG guild members to contribute to this project for Phyllis's family. Please email to before May 24th any photos, remembrances, comments, or messages that you would be willing to include.

Burrito Pillowcases

Linda Delaplain shared how to make Burrito Pillowcases (how-to links are included in the email Ken sent to EMQG members). Please let Linda know if you complete any. They can be dropped off at the EMQG mailbox, or you can make arrangements with Linda (all contact info included in Ken's email). The pillowcases will be donated to Bags of Love.

Unconventional Materials Challenge

Our second mini-challenge this year is an Unconventional or Reuse/Recycle challenge. Make anything you want, but include materials that are not traditional quilting cotton. Be creative! We're excited to see what you come up with! Projects are due at the July meeting.

May Mystery Quilt Blocks

Links to instructions are in Ken's email.

Make one Triple Diamond Block. Janice advises to follow the instructions carefully, but if you do these blocks are fun to make.

Janice's sample 
Ken's sample

Also make two 8" blocks using half-square triangles. Kim provided a tutorial for an easy method for making HSTs that is included in Ken's email, or you can use leftover pieces from earlier mystery blocks.

Janice's sample

Ken's sample

Support Local Quilt Stores

At the time of the meeting, our locally-owned quilting/sewing/fabric shops were operating according to the following - things are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm current hours/availability:

  • Paramount Sewing - open (1015 River Road). They are limiting the number of customers in the shop at once, and have on-line shopping available. They are proceeding with the quilting bee, but classes are suspended. They are offering curbside appointments. Machine service has a 3-4 week turn around time. 
  • Piece by Piece - open. Piece by Piece is allowing 3 customers in the store at once. On-line shopping is also available. 


There are local and regional organizations requesting masks. Please let us know if you have any favorite organizations that are requesting masks, or if you have extra masks to donate. 

  • The local SEIU is supplying fabric/supplies for about 300 masks for their employees. If you are available to help sew masks, please contact EMQG or Missy for more information. 

Future Meetings and Events

We're so glad the Zoom call last Wednesday was so successful, and that we have Zoom as an option for future meetings. At this point, it seems unlikely that we will have any upcoming in person. We will definitely plan to have the June guild meeting as planned, and will let you know the format in advance, and we will explore the possibility of Zoom meetings for the other events, though we may need help moderating in order to pull those dates off - we'll let you know. We will have an update at the next meeting about whether or not we'll have a retreat this year. 

5/30 Sew Day - TBD
6/4 Slow Stitch - TBD
6/10 Guild Meeting - 7pm, will send a Zoom link or other instructions prior to the meeting

Show and Tell

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos!!

From Susan:

From Linda Dye:

Mystery Quilt Blocks

From Diane:

Some of the things I showed last night. 

From Sorrel:

A non-seasonal scrappy pillow cover. 

From Denise:

Chemo quilt for a close friend.

Paper pieced row for a row robin quilt.

From Anne:

From Ken:

Pattern found on Pinterest. How to Make a Plus Quilt by For the Love of George. Super fast and fun. Only three sizes of cuts. It’s what I used for my solids challenge. I’m starting to cut scraps this size, would be great in Kaffe’s 

This is a design that I came up with and have taught.  It uses one jelly roll and a yard of border.   (Still missing the border...)

From Janice:

Here is the small quilt that I showed during the Zoom meeting. This started with seven of the bigger blocks plus fabric as a ufo from our December exchange. This block was my first time doing a partial seam. I liked the block so much it made its way into the April mystery quilt blocks.  Thanks Kim for passing along this project. 

From Linda Delaplain:

Here are my mystery blocks from last month.

This was another ufo, you may notice that some of the fabric in this table mat and place mats is same as one of the purses. Had the center section of the table mat already cut out.

This was a pillow kit I purchased awhile back from Laundry Basket Quilts. It is called Neon Lights. It was a fun challenge in working with Y seams.

From Bonnie:

My rainbow beauty!