Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sew Night- April 15!!

Let's get together and sew a little something!!

Where: LGH (little green house!)
When: April 15 @ 6:30
Bring your sewing machine or your handwork... bring your blocks that you need a second opinion on! Bring it all!

Do it!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Quarter Board Minutes



March 15, 2015

Present: Madyson John, Linda Delaplain, Daisy Schrock, Anne Robertson, Nelda Copsey

1. Donation Quilt – Daisy has finished the top and backing, she has the batting from Denise Nash, and she will get it all to Susan Miner for quilting soon. The deadline for being completely done is the end of 2015.

2. Raffle Quilt - We do need a coordinator for this project, preferably not someone on the board already. We need to get this quilt made fairly soon so we can display it to sell raffle tickets. We want to sell tickets at several events and raffle the quilt later in the year. Madyson will check with local quilt shops about selling tickets and donations for the materials to make the quilt. Nelda will check with the Lane County Fair about selling tickets at the Textile Section. Since EVQ already does, they may have to agree to let EMQG sell tickets also.

The Board agreed on using the MQG March Pattern of the Month, “Use Your Illusion” by Cheryl Brickey. It was also agreed to use teal with a light gray background, purchasing all the fabric with guild members chipping in for the cost. We could have a demo of the pattern and make a start at Sew Night and then use Sew Day to make a lot of progress, in April and/or May.

3. Corvallis MQG – Madyson has been in touch and we will plan a get-together with them this summer. Several of them went to QuiltCon. They do a booth at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market once a year.

4. Retreat – There were several suggestions for retreat activities including an icebreaker game, prizes, mini-classes, a mystery small project. Madyson may be able to get teaching materials from her grandmother who teaches quilting. Daisy volunteered to coordinate snacks. We do need to set up a committee.

5. Coburg Quilt Show – Need to create a EMQG Blog Wish List of items which members could donate to sell at our booth. June Sew Day and Night could be used to prepare bags of precuts and scraps. Last year, Piece By Piece Fabrics donated $150 worth of products for us to sell, so we will ask again this year.

6. Meeting Times – The monthly meetings have been getting longer and longer. Suggestions for ending earlier included:

Start promptly at 7:00 pm.

Permission To Play: pin creator’s name to her piece, display them in the front corner, perhaps discuss one special piece instead of all of them.

Swap: have everyone participating stand to the side of the room so it can proceed faster without waiting for people to make their way up front.

Daisy will email Pat with these suggestions.

7. Charity – It was agreed that the a portion of the Raffle Quilt proceeds should go to a charity, probably a different one each year or two. Madyson suggested choosing Cascade Health Solutions this year for their program to fund mammograms for women who can’t afford them. She will work on getting the program information. This idea will be brought to the guild for a vote.

Monday, April 6, 2015

March Minutes


Meeting Notes March 11, 2015

Presenter: Phyliss Porter

Minutes: Anne Robertson

Photographer: Jessica Beaudet


Sew Night: Wednesday, March 18 at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 pm

Sew Day: Saturday, March 28 at Our Sewing Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Daisy Schrock will do a “Quilt-As-You-Go” Demonstration twice during this Sew Day. The first will be around 10:30 or 11 am, while the second will be around 1:30 or 2 pm. Be there for either one for an informative talk.

Demonstration by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Eugene of Thermofax Printing (like mimeographing) on fabric at the Eugene Textile Center on Friday, March 20, at 3:15 pm. Contact Daisy for more information.

Unbroken Thread Quilt Show of the Pioneer Quilters will be April 21 – 26 at the Lane County Historical Museum. Jenny Bonynge passed out information cards. There will be speakers and demonstrations each day.


Phyliss introduced the officers and new members.

Madyson John shared the new membership cards and pins. Show your card to get a discount at Jean Marie’s Fabrics in Springfield. There may be on-line quilt shops that offer a MQG discount also. Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene has supported EMQG by donating goods to us for the Coburg Quilt Show.

Our Sewing Room is continuing to display EMQG quilts through March for a total of two months. You can pick up your quilts on Sew Day, March 28. Contact Madyson if you can’t make it and she will pick it up for you. Our Sewing Room will again be on the Second Friday Art Walk in Springfield on March 13.

The list of EMQG members and their email addresses is on the EMQG community of the Modern Quilt Guild website now. This makes it easier to contact other EMQG members!

The Yard Sale continued at this meeting. Think about saving stuff to sell at our booth at the Coburg Quilt Show in July. Big sellers last year were ziploc bags of fabric scraps, magazines, books, and fabric yardage.

The next Board Meeting will be held Sunday, March 15 at McMenamin’s North Bank at 12 pm.

The PNW (Pacific Northwest) Meetup will be held in Seattle on August 20 – 23. Information has been posted on the blog for those interested in attending (See March 6th post).

QuiltCon 2016 will be held in Pasadena, CA. Book your hotel now at the Westin or another of your choice. It is suggested to fly into Burbank and drive to the hotel. The Westin is in walking distance of the Convention Center. Reservations should be made soon as the hotels will fill up very fast.

QuiltCon 2015: Jenny Bonynge and Nela Barrow attended this year’s QuiltCon in Austin, Texas and gave their impressions and tips for future attendees. Thanks for sharing!

Pat Johnston has been gathering information on locations for a Quilting Retreat. She has found two: one is McKenzie River Mountain Resort in Blue River, and the other is Kellogg Springs near Oakland. There was a lengthy discussion of the two, followed by a sign-up sheet being passed around for those seriously interested in attending. In order to make the retreat a reality, a committee will be formed in the near future. Note: A reservation has now been made at McKenzie River Mountain Resort in Blue River for our Quilting Retreat on September 17th – 20th.

Nelda Copsey is the Lane County Fair Textile Coordinator and shared information. Online registration opens May 4th with entries due July 13th. This year, there are new contests with prizes and some new categories, including a professional category. Contact Nelda with any questions.

Coburg Quilt Show will be held July 25th. Karen McCLain talked about what was learned from last year’s experience. We will have the raffle quilt displayed and will sell tickets, but have the raffle at a later date. We want to be able to sell tickets over a longer period of time.

Jessica held another drawing for those who posted on the MQG group site and this time the winner was Linda Delaplain. The prize was a lovely assortment of mini-charms, fat quarters, patterns, and a book!

Machine for Sale Linda has a friend with a very nice Janome combo sewing/embroidery machine for sale for $900. Contact her if interested.


Daisy received her blocks for March. They were wonky strip blocks of various sizes which will give her a bit of a challenge to put together!

Nela Barrow is the Queen Bee for April. She wants the participants to use their own strips to make rainbow-bright 18” blocks representing the block maker. They will be fun to see next month


Linda gave an interesting demonstration on making a rug out of 2 ½” strips of fabric and batting using the pattern “Bats In The Rug” by Aunties Two. She will help anyone who brings their strips to Sew Night on March 18th to make their own rug.


The March Swap was embroidered items and there were several including pincushions, bags, a cup holder, and mats, all embroidered by hand or machine.

April’s Swap will be an easy one! Just bring two fat quarters: an ugly or unloved one and a fun modern one.


The March theme was “Comfort Zone” and, as usual, there was a great variety of pieces - some representing “in my comfort zone” and some “out”. A fun way to learn a little about the creators! April’s theme will be “High Fiber Diet”. Pat will be attending the Portland SAQA meeting on March 18th and will be taking some of the Permission To Play pieces with her to show them.


Justine Heavilon: Appliqued kitchen towels in red and black. Designed, appliqued, and quilted by herself in 2015.

Jayne Scoggin: Fiber art wall hanging and travel bags made with hand dyed fabric. Designed, made, and quilted by herself. She will soon be teaching a class of the travel bags at Our Sewing Room; she will put the info on the blog.

Linda Delaplain: April Showers wall hanging. Pieced and quilted by herself in 2015.

Bed runner in a Disappearing 9-Patch pattern. Pieced and quilted by herself in 2015.

Daisy Schrock: Garden of the Circus Clowns quilt. Quilt-in-a-Day pattern which was pieced and quilted a row at a time (quilt as you go method) by herself. A taste of her demonstration at the March Sew Day!

Phyliss Porter: Scenes of the Woods fiber art wall hanging done in a class taught by Phyllis Prom using her pattern. Pieced and quilted by herself in 2015.

Picture Frames quilt with pattern by Tula Pink. Pieced by herself and quilted by Jayne in 2015.

Pat Johnston: Scrappy quilt pieced by herself and quilted by Jayne in 2014 – 2015. Also showed Ice-Dyed fabrics and a bowl made of fabric twisted into twine.

Susan Rogers: Quilt of bright solid rectangles with black, using batik sashing. Designed and pieced by herself, quilted by Jayne.

April Meeting! This week!

Hi all,

See you this week at LGH (little green house-- our usual spot.) April 8, doors open at 6:30, business at 7.

Other reminders:

Swap theme is FQ exchange; 1 unloved and 1 modern.

April’s theme for Permission to Play is “High Fiber Diet”

-your awesome finished Bee blocks!

-Show and Tell (you can sign up online!)

-$$ to shop the EMQG flea market.

-your sweet self and a friend that loves modern quilting!

See you soon!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Meeting this week!! March 11 @ LGH

Hi all,

See you this week at LGH (little green house-- our usual spot.) March 11, doors open at 6:30, business at 7. Remember to comment on the EMQG page on the MQG site to be entered in a drawing for some fun quilty swag! (by 5pm on 3/11/15 please.)

Other reminders:

Please view the retreat site possibilities

Swap theme is EMBROIDERY.  Make something modern, fun, and of a quality that you would like to receive.

Bring your awesome finished Bee blocks!

Bring Show and Tell (you can sign up online!)

Bring your sweet self and a friend that loves modern quilting!

See you soon!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Hi all! Seattle MQG in the HOUSE!

Hello from the Seattle MQG, your host for this year’s PNW meetup!

Here are the save-the-date (s) for the PNW Meetup 2105 in seattle:

August 20-23, 2015 held @Silver Cloud Inn, University Village
(where we will be centalized and there are blocks of rooms available at the hotel, now) 

Silver Cloud Inn 5036-25th ave NE Seattle, WA 98105 206. 526.5200
ask for "PNW Meetup” rate (rate expires July 4th)

US dollars: $179 king single and $189 queen double $219/209 suite
(we reserved one for each large guild if they wish-only 2 remaining)

*hotel stay includes free daily buffet breakfast, cable, pool& spa, fitness center, free wi-fi internet access, coffee, microwave, frig and safe in each room, guest laundry and free parking and shuttle service. Blocks from Univ of WA and upscale shopping complex of boutique shops(U village).

You do not have to stay at the hotel but we tried for affordable accommodations here. There many other hotels in the area.

There will be a multitude of events: a mixer friday night, all day/night sew-in, sat (on premises), swap, swag, shop-hops….

More details & official invite, etc coming in March, but the dates are set now for planning, and we hope they will work for you all.

There will be 12 guilds invited total. (whew!) (based on newly formed guilds and those who attended last year)

Let me know any Qs I can answer for right now….



Thursday, March 5, 2015

The National Quilt Museum Announces 25th Anniversary Juried Contest

Over $40,000 in prizes will be awarded.
Some quilts will become part of traveling exhibit.

In 2016 The National Quilt Museum will be celebrating its 25th year. The Museum was established in 1991 with the mission to honor the work of today's quilters and bring it to new audiences worldwide. Over the past 25 years, millions of people from all 50 US states and over 70 foreign countries have experienced this extraordinary art form through the Museum's in-facility and traveling exhibits, educational programs, and advocacy efforts.

Click here for full contest information.

Click here for signup form.

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2015.

Please contact Museum Curator/Registrar Judy Schwender with questions at or by phone at 270-442-8856.

The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization funded by the quilting community.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Present: Madyson John, Linda Delaplain, Daisy Schrock, Pat Johnson, Anne Robertson, Jessica Beaudet, Nelda Copsey
Jessica is taking over the Social Media/Photographer position.  Either Karen McClain or Lillian Shoupe will take over Jessica’s position of Swap Organizer.
1.  Technical Communication:  Madyson suggested using the Modern Quilt Guild’s web site for EMQG members to access our guild’s member information, rather than finding a secure way to put it on our web site.  She and Jessica will do a “how-to” session at the February guild meeting on the web sites, signing up for the blog emails, joining the EMQG Group on the MQG web site, using the comment boxes, etc.  Jessica suggested encouraging members to use Flicker, Instagram, and Pinterest to share projects.  Jessica has a goal of two posts per week on the blog, including photos and captions.  All present were excited about moving forward with these ideas.
2.  Board Position Transitions:  Madyson will hand over the treasurer documents to Linda after the taxes are done for 2015.  Jennifer Fogarty-Gibson can help with treasurer issues.  Madyson will hand over the membership records to Anne at the January meeting, since the secretary is the keeper of those records.
3.  Ideas for Regular Activities:  Daisy suggested putting information on the blog to further progress in our charity quilt projects.  Jessica suggested putting Swap guidelines on the list of the year’s swaps including that there is no obligation, just month to month.  Madyson said there may be enough interest in the Bee Blocks to have two groups; maybe one could be for 10 months rather than 12, or one could be a Scraps Only group.  There was discussion about the Bees being a learning experience and trying new things, making them somewhat challenging, and being of a more modern design, as well as suggestions for block ideas.
4.  Calendar:  Madyson has created a EMQG calendar for 2015 with a list of events.  The board agreed that EMQG will pay for the printing and the calendars will be distributed at the January EMQG meeting.
5.  Sew Nights:  Held on the third Wednesday of the month at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 until about 8:30 pm.  Madyson unlocks the door at 6:30 pm, but if no one else comes by 6:45 pm she will leave.  Attendance has been poor.
6.  Sew Days:  Held on the fourth Saturday of the month at Our Sewing Room from 10 am until 4 pm.  Discussion was held about improving participation in Sew Days e.g. teaching classes and resurrecting Block of the Month demonstrations.  Daisy volunteered to do a Quilt As You Go class.  It was suggested to show samples or brief demonstrations at the EMQG meetings to draw interest, as well as describing the resources at Our Sewing Room.  Perhaps charge a fee for non-members.  Nelda announced that Our Sewing Room wants to hang EMQG modern quilts for a month.  It will be discussed at the January meeting.
7.  Other Modern Quilt Guilds:  Pat suggested a outing some time to a Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, possibly staying overnight at members’ homes and visiting quilt shops the next day.  Madyson has been in touch with the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild and they may want to get together.  All present are very interested in the possibilities.
8.  2015 Board Meetings:  Dates for the board meetings for the rest of 2015 were set, approximately every two months.

9.  Daisy announced that a Textile Show is currently running at the Maude Kerns Art Gallery.  She will bring postcards to the January meeting.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EMQG Meeting Minutes February 11, 2015

Presenter: Daisy Schrock

Minutes: Anne Robertson

Photographer: Jessica Beaudet


Sew Night: Wednesday, February 18 at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 pm

Sew Day: Saturday, February 28 at Our Sewing Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

“Quilt-As-You-Go” demo by Daisy will be held at the March Sew Day on March 28. She will give the demo in the morning and again in the afternoon.


Pat Johnston is looking for ideas for quilting retreat locations for the guild and asked for a show of hands of who would be interested in going on a retreat. Lots of hands were raised! She will give an update at the next meeting.

Karen McClain brought postcards from L’Etoffe Fabrics, a new fine apparel fabric store in downtown Springfield. They are participating in Springfield’s 2nd Friday Art Walk this month.

Also participating in the 2nd Friday Art Walk is Our Sewing Room, featuring our guild’s modern quilts. They look great – stop in and take a look! The Permission to Play pieces from January with the theme of “Shelter” are displayed at the front of OSR, just as you walk in, and also look wonderful.

Pat announced that Portland SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) want to show EMQG’s Permission to Play pieces at one of their meetings. Pat will be taking the pieces to their March meeting on the 3rd Wednesday. Pat emphasized that we have a lot of creativity and some very good quilters in our group. It’s great to be building connections with other groups!

Daisy has attended a couple of the Eugene SAQA meetings. They are now meeting at the Eugene Textile Center and will be hosting demos on 3rd Friday afternoons. Upcoming demos include fabric dyeing and needle felting.

Madyson John announced the first EMQG “Flea Market” is at tonight’s meeting. This is Kelly Duke’s idea of bringing quilting/sewing stuff you don’t want anymore and putting it out for sale to the other members, with the proceeds going to EMQG. Ideas include fabric, magazines, books, notions, etc. Please mark it with a price before you set it out. Tonight’s sale was a great success with just about everything selling by the end of the evening. Madyson is going to add the leftovers from last year’s Coburg Quilt Show booth at the next meeting, so bring your cash!

Madyson also announced that plans are being made for the Sisters Quilt Show in July. The Modern Quilt Guilds are having a meet-up, and perhaps EMQG members attending the show can travel and/or stay together. More definite plans will be announced in the future.

The number of older projects shown at tonight’s Show And Tell brought up a suggestion/challenge from Daisy to bring a finished “UFO” (unfinished object) to the March meeting for Show and Tell.


Kathy Langston received her ribbon blocks and was very appreciative.

Jill McKenney is the Bee Queen for February. She passed out fabric packets of one color theme and showed her idea of creating blocks of random sizes and various shaped pieces. She will scatter them in a negative space. Denise Nash suggested looking at the blog, for instructions on making your own fabric from pieces.


Daisy showed the finished quilt top (blocks of colored strips surrounded by black and white). Thanks, Daisy, for putting all those slightly different sized blocks together – definitely a modern quilt and it looks great! Daisy is also donating the backing, Denise Nash is donating the batting, and Susan Miner has volunteered to do the quilting. Thanks ladies, for your generosity!


Pat and Daisy showed the February pieces created around the theme of “Night Reflections”. Once again, the pieces were very creative and all different, including moons, stars, and oceans in the designs. Pat gave an explanation for those who missed out before – a 12” by 12” piece that “references quilting”. The theme for March was drawn and is “Comfort Zone”.

It was suggested that perhaps EMQG could have a display at the Coburg Quilt Show and the Pioneer Quilters’ show of the Permission to Play pieces for membership recruitment and publicity.


The February swap was scarves, and there were beautiful ones in a variety of fabrics and colors!

Karen said a swap calendar for the rest of the year will be posted on the blog.

The swap for March will be something with embroidery on it.

Madyson gave a talk on how to navigate the web site of the Modern Quilt Guild and the blog of Eugene Modern Quilt Guild. She made up a handout which she passed out of the basics for signing up and logging in. She will also put the how-to information on the EMQG blog for the details. Everyone is strongly encouraged to get on the MQG web site and use it! It is the best way to communicate with your fellow EMQG members by posting comments on the group space. There is a lot of great resources on the web site including free quilt patterns and webinars, as well as how-to information about using the site. Also, use the EMQG blog for our guild information. If you have problems using them, ask Madyson for help using the “Contact Us” box on the blog, or, for the MQG site, email their IT support staff which is very good and quick to respond.

To encourage EMQG members to get on the MQG web site, Jessica held a drawing for some fun goodies and had Kelly draw the name of the winner, which was Anne. She was very happy to win the book and charm packs. Jessica will hold another drawing next month – so get onto that Modern Quilt Guild web site, find the EMQG group, and post a comment! All members who do will be entered into the March drawing (and Jessica says she has lots more goodies to give away!).

The second part of the program was Madyson sharing about online swaps. They are a great way to get fun stuff such as mini-quilts, fabric, gifts, etc. as well as connect with other creative people from all over. Madyson showed several lovely mini-quilts she has received. The best way to look for swaps is through Instagram on your smart phone or mobile device e.g. IPad. There are many different kinds of swaps including just for quilters, for all types of crafters, or for a specific type of craft.

The program for the March meeting is to be announced.


Pat Johnston: Quilt made up of paper pieced blocks using her hand-dyed fabrics. She dyed the fabric about 1998, pieced the blocks in 2002, and finished the quilt in 2015, with quilting done by Susan Miner. Pat would be willing to teach a group to hand-dye fabric.

Missy Downey: Quilt for partner from her partner’s mother’s fabric stash. Pattern created, pieced, and quilted by herself 2013–2015.

Nela Barrow: “Meadow Quilt”. Pattern by Lizzy House, pieced by herself in 2014-2015, quilted by Denise Nash.

“Rainbow Mini Star”. Pattern created, pieced, and quilted by herself in 2015.

Linda Delaplain: quilt top of paper doll fabric blocks, pieced by herself in 2015.

Justine Heavilon: “Dahlia”. A class quilt from a few years ago, pieced and quilted by herself finishing it in 2014.

Kim Olsen: Block. Pattern from “I Am A Ginger Monkey” blog, an online quilt along from about 2009-2010, pieced by herself. Plans to do her own block of the month to make a quilt in colors for her late mother.

Daisy Schrock: “Yellow Bird”. Pattern created, pieced, and quilted by herself in 2015. She pointed out the zigzag backing fabric is actually 54” wide heavy cotton upholstery fabric, and she used the zigzag pattern as a guide for the quilting.

“president’s quilt”. Mixed block patterns, pieced by the Shenandoah Valley Quilt Guild, quilted by herself in the early 2000’s. The blocks were given to her at the end of her term as guild president.

Retreat! NO! Forward motion please!

Urban Chickens blocks

Hi all!

Pat has been hard at work.  She has been looking high and low, hither and yon for retreat sites! Can you all, our sweet membership, take a peek at these two sites? 

Thank you Pat, for moving us forward on our search process.  Members, let's look and work towards some consensus on a retreat site.  We can discuss it in next week's meeting, March 11.


EDIT-- Link is fixed for Kellogg springs