Sunday, March 4, 2018

February 2018 Eugene MQG Meeting

We had a fun meeting seeing all of the creations added to the traveling bee quilts and the show and tell items!  Check out the pictures further down on this page.

Nela called the meeting to order.  We had 2 returning members who renewed, and 2 visitors attending tonight's meeting. 


2/17/18 Sew Day  10am-4pm
Reminding those who wish to attend to bring their sewing machines, extension cords, surge protectors.  Someone will need to bring an ironing board and iron.  Cost is $10 for the day.  We will also be collecting monetary donations to go to the charity we selected at an earlier meeting, the local Alzheimer's organization.

QuiltCon 2018 Pascadena, CA
There are 5 members who will be attending this year!  We look forward to the pictures and stories they will have upon returning.

Our QuiltCon quilt has been completed and sent.  Thank you again to everyone who volunteered their time and skills in creating this wonderful quilt.  It will be shown at QuiltCon and then will be sent to the Las Vegas MQG to help support the survivors of the shooting last year. 

There is an opportunity to help victims of the Thomas Fires in Ventura, CA and information has been posted on the VenturaMQG website.  Nela brought hard copies of the requested block, Perkiomen Valley Block, and she made some to show.  Please check out one of the flyers or on the link above for more details on specifics of the block and where to mail them when completed.  Block deadline is March 15!

Financial Report:

Susan presented the treasurer's report for February 2018.  We will need to bring in more money to continue to sustain our guild in the future.
One idea, which began this evening was to bring items for purchase by members.  This could include fabric (yardage, scraps, precuts), quilting books and/or magazines in good shape, patterns, anything related to quilts which may be of interest to our members. The money would be collected at the time of purchase and would be deposited into the EMQG account.
There was also discussion about moving our mailbox to a different location which may be less costly.  

UFO FQ Challenge:

Members who wanted to participate placed their project statement and fat quarter into our fish bowl and later stood up in front of the members to announce the project they would complete before next month's meeting. Those who complete their project will bring it to next month's meeting for all to see to confirm it's completion, and then will be entered into a drawing to win the fat quarters collected at the last months meeting.   

Traveling Quilt Bee:

16 members are participating in the traveling quilt bee.  All were shown and the additions discussed, which was fun to hear and beautiful to see what everyone added to the medallions.

Linda's Medallion

Jill's Medallion

Ken's medallion

Gail's Medallion

Denise's Medallion

Hillie's Medallion

Sorrel's Medallion

Kim's Medallion
Missy's Medallion

Jenny's Medallion

Janice's Medallion

Jackie's Medallion

Penny's Medallion

Susan's Medallion

Skill Demo:  Blocks on Point

Kim shared a demo on making blocks on point. She discussed several methods, stressing to have the straight of grain on the edge as much as possible.  Members were encouraged to bring any projects with blocks on point to share next month. 

Show and Tell:

Justine's Dragon quilt
Janice's Flying Falcons quilt top

Sorrel's Floating Squares quilt

Nela's Birds In The Air quilt
Ken's Valentine Hearts quilt

Virginia's beginner's class quilt (UFO just finished!!)

Daisy's Crazy quilt
Jill's Heart/Hands mini quilt



Bolts to Blocks Grand Re-opening February 17, 2018 10am-4pm
950 SE Geary Ste C
Albany, OR 97322
(541) 704-0386

2018 Umpqua Valley Quilters' Guild Quilt Show
'Dreaming of Diamonds"
April 20-22, 2018 Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm
Douglas County Fairgrounds  Roseburg, OR

We finished our meeting with a Valentine's Day treat which included celebrating Virginia's Birthday!


Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Meeting

Hello Fellow Quilters!

Our March Meeting is Wednesday, March 14th (6:30-8:30) at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene, OR 97401.

Please remember to bring
  1. Finished UFO FQ Challenge item (if participating)
  2. One Modern Fat Quarter for our UFO Fat Quarter Challenge (if participating)
  3. The Traveling Quilt Bee goody bag (if participating) 
  4. Show and Tell item
  5. Additional Show and Tell item using the on-point technique that Kim shared with us in February.
  6. Money for the Donation table

See you then!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

January 2018 Eugene MQG Meeting


EMQG President Nela welcomed all in attendance, including 1 new member and 1 guest. We had 17 members who renewed in December and another 9 who renewed or joined in January.

The Quiltcon Charity Quilt was quilted by Denise Nash and shown; beautiful work! There are some words quilted in it which say “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it” a quote from Winston Churchill. Jenny and Daisy volunteered to bind and apply a sleeve to finalize the sewing and the members present decided to sent it to Las Vegas for their charity to help victims affected by the shootings last year.

The idea of having sew days together was well received and it was decided to try to rent a weekend day 4-5 times this year at our current meeting location, the Eugene Garden Club. Nela is going to check on dates available. It will be paid for by the participants who attend that day, and will be held for 6 hours.

The guild was presented with an opportunity to help raise money for the Alzheimer's Longest Day project. Pat moved to vote on this, Daisy seconded it and it was voted yes to help with this. Members decided to donate money when attending sew days several times during the year.

Other Quilt opportunities

  • SAQA Oregon “intersections” January 12-February 9, 2018 held at Maude Kerns. It is mixed media with some textiles on display. Free.
  • MidValley Quilt Show Feb 2-3, Albany
  • Blue Moon Quilt Show April 5-7, Clark County Quilters in Vancouver, Washington
  • Pioneer Quilters Quilt Show, April 17-22, Lane County Historical House
  • EVQ bus to Sister’s Quilt Show July 14th - guest Linda O’Bryant offered information about how to join this.

New sewing opportunities for 2018:

Monthly UFOs Quilt Challenge:

Each month participating members would challenge themselves to try to complete some part of a project and commit themselves by writing it down, with the goal of finishing this task by the next month’s meeting. The participant would bring a modern fat quarter and place it in the kitty, and then the next month they would bring their project to the meeting to ensure it’s completion, during which their name would be entered into that month’s drawing for the fat quarters gathered at last month’s meeting. Members present agreed that this might be a fun challenge and a way to finish some long stored and lost (but found) UFOs.

Traveling Quilt Bee:

Members who decided to participate in this new “adventure” brought their medallions and guide/journal books and shared their visions of the quilt to be created. We had many participants and quite a variety of designs/colors/sizes to make this a fun challenge for all. Can’t wait to see what each month brings as more blocks are added each time!

Nela's Medallion
Jill's Medallion
Janice's Medallion
Linda's Medallion
Pat's Medallion
Susan's Medallion
Gail's Medallion
Jackie's Medallion
Sorrel's Medallion
Kim's Medallion
Denise's Medallion
Penny's Medallion
Hillie's Medallion
Ken's Medallion
Missy's Medallion
Jenny's Medallion

During break, members checked out the medallions

Show and Tell (finished projects)

It was decided to only have finished projects at show and tell time this year. Below are beautiful works that were offered for viewing this month.

Darcy's Giraffe

Nela's Glam Clam Quilt

Ken's Valentine's Day Quilt

Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 14th. 6:30pm social, 7:00pm meeting commences.