Saturday, February 28, 2015

Swaps circa 2015


I hope everyone is having fun at the sew day.  The swap page is now updated and ready for swapping direction and planning.

I am looking for ideas for blog posts and things y'all might want featured on the blog.  Things that would be fun:

-great tutorials you found that you want to share the link to

-quilty news that you want us all to know

-organizational ideas

-anything else that you think might be of interest to our guild membership

All you have to do is send me an email with the info or link included and I will post it for you--easy as pie. You don't need to write anything fancy just an idea is great (additionally, if there are things I am forgetting to update-- I appreciate the kind emails-- they keep me on track!)

Let's make our site a space that we go to for inspiration!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2014- A retrospective.


**Officers for 2014:
President: Jennifer F-G.
Presenters/Master of Ceremonies:  Daisy S. and Phylis P.
Secretary:  Missy D., Karen M. alternate
Treasurer:  Madyson J.
Program Director:  Linda D.
Social Media/Photographer:  Shawna H.
Swap Organizer:  Kathleen C.
Bee Organizer: Nelda C.

**Joined the National Modern Quilt Guild in May 2014.  Hard work earlier in 2014 resulted in completing the bylaws for the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild and the membership voted to pass the motion to join the national guild.   The EMQG was also signed up with the state of Oregon for non-profit status, as well as a bank account was opened and a post office box was secured.  Thank you to Madyson J. and Jennifer F-G. for steerheading this work and making it happen.

**A new EMQG logo created by Shawna H. and Madyson J. was chosen and placed on our blog and Facebook page as well as postcards and business cards were printed.

**Booth at the Coburg Quilt Show in July spearheaded by Karen M.  It was our first time having a community booth and it appeared that our presence was well received.  We raffled off the “Urban Chicken” quilt and sold items to help raise funds for the guild, as well as provided a lot of postcards to inform the public of our guild.

**Donation quilt organized by Kelly D.  “Urban Chicken” blocks were made by guild members, Kelly D. pieced the quilt, Shawna H. donated batting, Madyson J. donated the backing fabric, Denise M. quilted it and Jessica B. completed the binding.

**Donation quilt blocks organized by Pat J. currently in the works.  Black/white and color strips make up this block.

**Speakers in 2014.
March:  EMQG member Kim O. presented different ways to make flying geese blocks.

May:  EMQG member Daisy S. spoke about graphic impact and gave suggestions in how to organize your quilts to maximize the “wow” factor.

June:  Guest presenter: Millie from Paramount spoke about basic sewing machine maintenance.

July:  Guest presenter:  Di Barrong, founder of Bags of Love discussed this organization she started and shared flyers and patterns of the butterfly blanket.

August:  yearly outdoor potluck/social meeting

September:  EMQG member Linda D. offered information about labeling your quilt.

November:  Guest presenters: Elizabeth Bamberger, Laura Jaszkowski and Diane English spoke to members about Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc (SAQA).  They shared a “trunk show” of examples of work created by members from all over the world.

December:  year-end social meeting

**Voted in new officers for the 2015 year, effective Jan 1, 2015.
Officers elected:
President:  Madyson J.
Presenters/Master of Ceremonies:  Daisy S. and Phylis P.
Secretary:  Anne R.
Treasurer:  Linda D. (Jennifer F-G. resigned)
Program Director:  Pat J.
Social Media/Photographer:  Jessica B. (Shawna H. resigned)
Swap Organizer:  Karen M. (Jessica B. took over social media/photographer position)
Bee Organizer:  Nelda C.

Thanks Missy for compiling this summary for us!  I am excited for the new things we will accomplish in 2015!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Let's get together! Activate your profile on MQG website!

Jenny B's swap quilt (2012)

February Meeting Reminder

Madyson, our 2015 president, will be showing members how to navigate the EMQG web site/blog and retrieve information, and all the resources on the national Modern Quilt Guild web site. Madyson is hoping to bring a projector so everyone will be able to see.  She will also show quilts/blocks she has received in swaps via the internet and mail.

To encourage everyone to get a head start on signing up on the MQG website... a drawing for a fun prize will be picked from all the EMQG members that are signed in to the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild group by 5pm on February 11 (meeting night!!) See you tomorrow!


Friday, January 23, 2015

SEW DAY & Quilt show drop off.

Quilts from EMQG/OSR show 2011

Fellow Quilters!
Tomorrow, January 24, is our Sew Day (10-5) at Our Sewing Room.  We will be sewing, socializing, and collecting our most modern quilts to be shown during the month of February (so exciting!) and during the Second Friday Art Walk in Springfield on February 13. If you can’t make it to Sew Day, email EMQG and Madyson can meet you to pick up your quilt.  Any size modern quilt is fine and Our Sewing Room can hang quilts with sleeves or without.  They have a lot of wall space for display, so don’t be shy about sharing!

I can't wait to see them hanging!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Minutes


Hi guys!!  I am back (Jessica Beaudet) and trying to navigate what is going to work for us this year regarding the blog and getting information out in a timely fashion.  I would like our blog to inform and inspire us.  Let's make it reflect the enthusiastic modern quilters that we are!  That said, I am feeling already a teeny tiny bit behind because TONIGHT is our SEW NIGHT and the dark is already falling outside my window as I type. My apologies, the swap and show and tell info will come in another post-- We must have the pretty pictures!! :)

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Meeting Notes   January 14, 2015

Presenter:  Phyliss Porter
Minutes:  Anne Robertson
Photographer:  Madyson John


Sew Night:  Wednesday, January 21 at McNail-Riley House at 6:30 pm

Sew Day:  Saturday, January 24 at Our Sewing Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A Color Runs Through It Textile Group Show at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene is currently running through February 6th.  It is very good and well worth your time to go see it.  Daisy Schrock passed out postcards with the information.  The hours for the show are Monday - Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Daisy has collected 49 blocks for our 2015 Charity Quilt, which will make a nice twin-sized quilt.  She is going to start putting it together on Sew Night.  Thank you to everyone who contributed blocks!

Shawna Haynes has stepped down as Webmistress/Photographer.  Jessica Beaudet has volunteered to take her place, and, since Jessica was in charge of the Monthly Swap, Karen McClain has volunteered to take over the Swaps.  Thank you, ladies, for stepping up!

Madyson has created new calendars for 2015 that show all the dates for EMQG meetings, Sew Nights, and Sew Days, with spaces to write in other events.  The guild has paid for printing them, so please take one to help keep you organized.  If you want to print more copies for yourself, email the guild at and Madyson can email the file to you.  The calendar looks great – thanks Madyson.

Madyson announced that Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild would like to meet with us in the summer and include a Swap, maybe of tote bags.  She asked for ideas, and suggestions were made for a potluck, picnic at a park (with a picnic shelter after our August experience last year!), and having “Secret Pals” to swap with from the other guild.  Everyone was excited at the prospect of getting to know another modern quilt guild.

Jennifer Fogerty-Gibson is donating her ironing board and iron to EMQG to store at McNail-Riley House for Sew Nights.  Madyson said the turn-out for Sew Night has been poor in the past months, so she will open the door at 6:30 pm and if no one else shows up by 6:45 pm she will close up and leave.  The usual end time for Sew Night is around 8:30 pm.

Our Sewing Room (where Sew Days are held) wants modern quilts to hang on their walls for display.  The quilts will hang for one month, and they will be displayed during February’s Second Friday Art Walk in Springfield.  Please bring them during Sew Day on January 24th.  If you can’t make it to Sew Day, email EMQG and Madyson can meet you to pick up your quilt.  Any size modern quilt is fine and Our Sewing Room can hang quilts with sleeves or without.  They have a lot of wall space for display, so don’t be shy about sharing!

We are now filling out forms for Show & Tell.  It is strongly encouraged to email the form before the meeting if you have something to share.  Otherwise, you can still fill out paper forms at the meeting but those who emailed will get to show and tell first!  To email your form go to the EMQG web site and click on the SHOW AND TELL tab at the top.  Then copy and paste the form with your information filled out in an email to the guild (the email address is in the instructions).  The forms help the Show & Tell process move along faster.

MIA – Madyson said that the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) catalog given to EMQG at the November meeting has gone missing.  Would whoever has it please email EMQG right away and/or bring it back?  Other members would like to see it.

Nelda Copsey suggested several ideas for the Bee Block group.  For this year, a goal is to have more modern blocks and try for more complicated patterns, rather than simple ones.  Another goal is to make the Bee Blocks a learning experience so that the participants stretch their abilities.
Julie Johnson received her blocks for December.  Nelda presented the January blocks for Kathy Langston, who couldn’t make it to this meeting.  They are for a Donate Life quilt and feature green or blue ribbons which are symbols for organ donation.

For tonight’s program, Lillian Shoupe gave a great presentation on binding quilts.  She went through the whole process with lots of samples, giving several variations, and sharing what she has concluded works best for her.  Thanks for all the helpful tips!

Pat Johnston shared the program plans for the next few meetings:

February Meeting – Madyson will be showing members how to navigate the EMQG web site/blog and retrieve information, and all the resources on the national Modern Quilt Guild web site.  Since we’re part of the Modern Quilt Guild, we should take advantage of these resources our guild is paying for, rather than re-creating them on our own web site.  Madyson is hoping to bring a projector so everyone will be able to see.  She will also show quilts/blocks she has received in swaps via the internet and mail.

Daisy will show samples of her “quilt as you go” technique at the February and March meetings.  At the March Sew Day, she will give a demonstration/tutorial at two different times during the day for anyone interested in learning this technique.

March Meeting – Linda Delaplain will share the fabric rugs she makes.  She will give a demonstration/tutorial of her technique at the March Sew Day.

This month was Coasters and we enjoyed the fun fabrics and unique shapes that members came up with!
Karen, as the new Swap organizer, handed out a survey to help her come up with ideas for the year.  The February swap will be Scarves.

Pat introduced the inaugural group of finished Permission To Play pieces.  The idea is to create a 12” by 12” quilted piece focused on a specific theme, which will be randomly chosen each month.  January’s theme was “Shelter” and there were several wonderful pieces with very different interpretations of that theme.  As Pat said, the interpretations ranged from whimsy to ancient history, and were very fun to see.  What amazing talent we have in our guild!

February’s theme was randomly drawn and will be “Night Reflections”.  Time to get creative!
And last, but of course far from least,

Nela Barrow:  “Oregon Sunrise”.  Modified Candy Dish pattern by Jaybird Quilts, pieced and quilted by herself in 2015.

“Meadow Quilt”.  Pattern by Lizzy House, pieced by herself in 2014-15.

Anne Robertson:  “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.  Pattern created and pieced by herself in 2014, quilted by Denise Williams.

Nelda Copsey:  “Southwest Theme”.  Blocks made by online BOM group, pieced by herself in 2015.

“Cats”.  Pattern by Quilter’s Cache, Blocks made by online BOM and EMQG Bee, pieced by herself in 2011-2013.

Jayne Scoggin:  “a small modern quilt”.  Pieced and quilted by herself in 2014.

Phyliss Porter:  “a large quilt for her son”.  Pattern by Saw Tooth.  Pieced by herself in 2014, quilted by Jayne Scoggin.

Julie Johnson:  “Blue & Yellow Squares”.  Pattern created, pieced, quilted by herself in 2014.

“Modern Zigzag” (red, black, white).  Pattern created, pieced, quilted by herself in 2014.

Jennifer Fogerty-Gibson:  “Vy’s Quilt” and “Eve’s Quilt”.  Patterns created, pieced, quilted by herself in 2014-15 for her friend’s 2 exchange students.

Meisha Linwood:  “Design” (art quilt mini).  Pattern created, pieced, quilted by herself in 2015.

Justine Heavilon:  “pink floral on black”.  Pattern created, pieced, quilted by herself in 2014 for her granddaughter.

Sheila Snyder:  bag and quilt top – half snowball

Saturday, January 3, 2015

December Recap

EMQG Meeting Notes 12/10/2014




Festive meeting during this December guild meeting.  Lots of fun had, goodies shared, and  laughs heard, especially when playing the game “Trader’s dice”.




Discussion about raising the yearly guild member dues from $20 to $25 to help provide for expenses to maintain the guild, provide funding for marketing materials and other items as they arise.  Daisy S. moved that the dues be raised from $20 to $25.  Denise N. seconded it.  It was passed by the majority of members present and will go into effect January 2015.

Madyson started collecting 2015 dues this meeting and those who couldn’t pay tonight can pay during the January meeting.


Kelly suggested that we could bring sewing/quilting related items in to the meetings to allow members to purchase by donation, and the money raised could go to the guild funds.


Pat J. updated members on the status of the donation quilt blocks. She showed some of the blocks that have been made and is still looking for more to be finished.  Daisy S. volunteered to sew them together as well as to provide backing.  Susan M. volunteered to do the quilting.  Denise N. volunteered to provide batting.  Yeah team!


BEE:  Linda D. received her blocks for November…looking great!

December is Julie J.  She had organized her material into four different block packets that she handed out.

Sign up for 2015 Bee was passed around during the meeting.


SWAP:  This months swap item was an ornament.  Many swap items were present and a variety of nice ornaments were produced. 

Next Month:  4” minimum coasters, requesting 4 coasters to make a set.




Jennifer F-G:  Queen Autumn disappearing 9 patch.  Pieced by herself, quilted by Denise N.  This is her Bee quilt from several years ago.  I recognize those blocks!!  : )

Lap Quilt collage-style.  Pieced and hand quilted by herself.


Linda D.:  Christmas quilt and Snowflake wall hanging.  Pieced and quilted by herself.


Daisy S.:  “Shoal” shark quilt.  Machine appliqué…amazing shadowing effect


Denise N.:  Small Christmas appliqué quilt,  2 panels.


Jenny:  Table runner and elf.


Susan M.:  


Kathy L.:  Lap quilt with unique quilting.


Jayne S.:  Lap modern quilt, a Paris bag


Jessica B.:  Book with an embroidery piece shown,  Alison Glass appliqué book.


Jill McK.:  Christmas stockings


Kim O.:  Lots of scraps made into maple leaves and string blocks


Near the end of the guild meeting we played a game called “Trader’s Dice”.  Members who participated had brought 20 5” squares and during the dice game these were traded with your neighbors R, L and across, and everyone ended up with quite a variety of 5” squares at the end of the meeting.  Fun fun.lots of fast arms flying around grabbing different fabrics!  


We also had lots of goodies brought by guild members to share in celebration of the holidays and our year ending meeting.  Others made name tags if they chose to be creative while eating some of the yummies!!  


SEW-IN:  Wednesday Dec 17 6:30-8:30ish  McNail Riley house.  Free.


No SEW DAY this month.





Happy Holidays to everyone!  Here’s to a creative new year!!!




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Cheer

'Twas the night before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
Author Unknown

Thank you Nelda for sharing this poem, what a great way to get in the holiday spirit of quilting!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Nov Meeting Notes

***Photos to be added***

EMQG Meeting Notes 11/12/2014

Presenter:  Daisy

Minutes:  Missy

Photographer:  Shawna

Guest presenters:  Elizabeth Bamberger from Portland and the national representative from Oregon and Southern Washington, and Laura Jaszkowski and Diane English, both from Eugene are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates Inc. (SAQA) all came to speak about SAQA as well as they provided our guild with a “trunk show”.  The work that they shared was incredible and so diverse…lots of oohs and ahs were heard as they displayed the quilted art masterpieces.

Currently there are 183 Oregon members and over 3,000 members internationally. SAQA holds 4 regional meetings in Oregon.  There is also a biannual Oregon meeting, with the next one to be held in Salem in 2016.  A national conference is scheduled for Portland in May of 2015.  It was also shared that the 3rd Friday of each month is a local meeting, usually held in the Coburg area.

More information regarding SAQA can be found at .

Laura Jaszkowski shared pamphlets regarding her quilting and textile classes.  It is titled Creative Textiles with Laura.  Contact info: or 541-687-1190.

Other sources for more info on “art quilts”:

Eugene Textile Center
Quilt(ing) Academy--online classes
Through Our Hands--an online art quilt magazine
The Quilt—hour long shows


SWAP:  This month was 3-D objects and what a selection we had to enjoy.  Vases, bags, coasters, boxes and more…again, we have such creative talent in our guild!!!

Next month:  a cloth ornament.


Jennifer announced a new show and tell procedure that was discussed and approved at the October board meeting, which involves a sign up either on paper at the guild meeting or via email format.  It is asked that each individual will only show one item and this will allow more individuals to be able to share without making such a long meeting.

Jennifer also suggested that next meeting we can make name tags.  Our guild has grown and not everyone has one to wear at the meetings.  Should be fun!!!

Linda D. and Pat (incoming program director) had an idea for our next guild meeting, in December.  A dice game which will involve 5” squares to be “won or lost”…It is requested that the fabric be Christmas holiday in nature (solids which would go with this theme are also allowed), and for each individual interested in
playing to bring 20 squares.

Missy provided an update on Our Sewing Room info regarding using their business as a possible retreat site.  A flyer is located in the Guild notebook for more info.

Pat had a great idea for blocks to be made for a donation quilt(s).  Black/white with colored strips set in the middle.  She will bring them and materials for making some to the Sew Night in November. This is the charity quilt top we will be making and directions can be found on the blog.

Daisy/Pat:  Suggested a “Permission To Play”, or also known as “Whatever Flips Your Skirt” challenge.  Involves making a 12” block around a theme.  Members were interested in this and decided to add it as a monthly project for those interested in challenging themselves.  The theme drawn for January:  SHELTER

Julie J. announced that she will be part of a holiday art faire December 5th 4-8pm, Dec 6th 10-5 and Dec 7th 11-4, being held at 2821 Moon Mountain Dr.  Eugene.  If lost, call 541-345-1694.  She had flyers to those who were interested in attending.

Jill McK. provided guild members with a “6 square test”, a math challenge to see how may different blocks could be made out of a 2x3 rectangle.  It is sure to stretch our minds, once we find them after such a lovely but long evening!  HA!!

SEW-IN:  Wednesday Nov 19, 6:30-8:30ish McNail Riley house.  Free.

No SEW DAY this month.


Daisy S.:  “Mr. Chillingsworth”, pieced and quilted by herself in 2014.

Karen McC.:  “Pumpkin Mini”, pieced and quilted by herself…2014…”hot of the sewing machine”.

Phyliss P: “Shutters”, pieced by herself, quilted by Jayne S. 2014, made for her granddaughter.

Linda D. and Janice H.:  “Row By Row”, holiday theme quilt pattern by multiple persons, pieced by Linda D., Janice H., Lorri R., Cathy C., and Sherry B., quilted by Cathy L. in 2014.

Linda D.:  “Side Lights”, pieced and quilted by herself 2014.  Christmas birdhouse

Nelda C.:  a QuiltCon Challenge, pattern and pieced by herself, 2014.

Jill McK:  “Quilt Maker’s Garden”, pattern by Quilt Makers 2012 Anniversary Series, pieced by Memory Makers Quilters of Junction City, quilted by Cynthia M. 2013.  She won this quilt at the 2014 Coburg Quilt Show…cost her all of $5!

Julie J:  “Happy Hearts”, pieced and quilted by herself, 2013-2014.  She states she really likes “grunge” fabric from Michael Miller line.

Crystal:  “Farm Life”, pattern and pieced by herself, quilted by Corinne W., 2014.  Made from a Farm Soft Book panel.

Pat J.:  “Aspen Shadows”, pieced by herself, quilted by Susan M., 2014.  She saw this on Pinterest and used scraps from another quilt.

Nela B.:  “Emerge”, pattern by Stitched in Color, pieced and quilted by herself, 2014. An online class, angled.

Nela B.:  “Starbright”, pattern by Stitched in Color, pieced and quilted by herself, 2014.  An online class, angled.