Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Meeting Notes & Photos

EMQG Meeting Notes 7/7/14

Greeting:  Phyliss
Minutes:  Missy
Photographer:  Shawna & Madyson

PRESENTATION:

Di Barrong, founder of Bags of Love, spoke about this organization she started to help children in need.  Bags and “butterfly” blankets are made and filled with goodies for children 0-17 yrs old.  She is always looking for volunteers as well as sewers of bags and blankets.  She left flyers of her organization and patterns of the butterfly blanket to share.  
Bags of Love can be contacted:  www.bagsofloveinc.orgoffice:  541 357-4957

BOARD REPORTS:

Jennifer: Board meeting held 6/30/14.  It was decided that sponsorship is available if:  vendors provide a 10% discount to EMQG members and/or $100 money or material is donated per calendar year.

Shawna:  Received the EMQG postcards in the mail.  They look great!  1,000 count.

Karen: Coburg Quilt Show table…set up is from 7:00 -8:45am, looking for people to help with manning the table during the time of show and tear down.  Also, still asking for items to sell, magazines, fabric, books, etc…

Nelda: Lane County Fair is coming soon!  Still in need of some volunteers to help out pre, during, post fair dates.

Linda: Suggested a picnic for our August meeting.  It was decided by members at this meeting to hold our next guild meeting at Friendly Park.  It will be a potluck, family and friends are invited.  We will not hold any business but enjoy each other’s company, have our Bee blocks, swap items and show and tell!  Make sure to bring a blanket and chair!

BEE:

Shawna:  Shared that she would like a “scrappy patch”. Please use 1/4" seams and do not trim. 


SWAP:

Itty Bitty Magnets!  Some cute and well made “small”!!! quilted magnets!  : )


SHOW AND TELL:

Kathy & Nelda: A green and brown quilt she started in Pennsylvania and finished in Oregon!  Also a red, white and blue table topper/wall quilt.


Jennifer:  Low volume collage she hand quilted.


Madyson: Mini quilt she received from an Instagram mini quilt swap. She also finished her large Tula100 leopard print quilt patterned after Tula Pink's city sampler book and hand stitching!  Looks great!


Linda: Kaleidoscope table runner. 


A churn dash table runner.


Kathleen:  Marbled hand dyed fabric blocks, quilted by Susan M.


Denise and Tom:  "Modern” black block detailed with beading on a green background, a green baby quilt, a giant start quilt with apricot colors and another one in green, yellow and stripes they called “Desert sun”.  Very nice quilting detail!




Susan:  A grey, black and yellow quilt in which she used fabric with a drawing that her daughter had done.  She had the fabric printed through Spoonflower.  Another quiltwhich used panels of birds, again wonderful quilting detail.





SEW-IN:  Wednesday July 16th,  6:30-8:30pm.  McNailRiley house.

SEW DAY:  Saturday July 26th,  10:00am – 4:00pm.  Our Sewing Room.

Happy Summer!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bags of Love


At our guild meeting last night (July 9th) Di Barrong from Bags of Love came and told us about all the amazing ways they are helping our community and how we can join in to help their cause.  


If you would like to make one of these bags email us VIA the contact us box to the upper right of the screen or at eugenemqg@gmail.com and we will be happy to send you the PDF of the step by step instructions. 



The butterfly blanket instructions can be found below. If you did not get a copy of the pattern and would like one we will have one of the patterns and paper to make you a template at our sew night on 7/16.


If you would like to know how else you can help or any more about their cause you can visit their website at www.bagsofloveinc.org  A big thanks to Di and all she does for our community! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our July Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our May Queen Bee, Shawna H.


Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:

I was born into the world of sewing & quilting. I sewed my first pillow at age 2 and was hooked! My mom and dad are both avid sewists & quilters. My mom owns Jean Marie's Fabrics, a local quilt shop here in town and has since long before I was born. It is truly one of the biggest passion and aspect of my life, it is not just my hobby, it is my career. I made my first queen size quilt in middle school and have made countless quilts since then. My biggest accomplishment so far in the quilting world is my Tula100.

What does quilting mean to you? 

Quilting is an art. It is truly one of the most remarkable art forms out there. No one but fellow quilters understand what all goes into the makings of a quilt. From a simple tie quilt with yard (yes, I have quite a few of those oldie but goodies), to a paper-pieced masterpiece, I love all quilts.

Why did you want to join our bee? 

Last year I got the chance to watch others but joined in the middle of the year so I was not able to fully participate. However, it looked like so much fun. I loved getting to see what everyone came up with and all the different blocks. I really wanted to have a quilt where it wasn't just my sewing, but fellow bee members & friends coming together to make a quilt.


What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee?  

As most of you know I am one of the busiest people you will meet. I have so many quilts and blocks on my "one day" list, but the sad reality is I will never get to it all. A couple years ago I fell in love with Juggling Summer by Zen Chic for Moda and bought a bunch of precuts at sample spree at Quilt Market thinking I would sew them up right when I got home..... Ha! It is a quilt I have been wanting forever, but have just not been able to get to it. I spent quite some time searching for a block that would work with the precuts and the scrappy look I had in mind. I choose grey for the solid blocks so that I could later add in some more color with the sashing and borders/binding.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 9th Meeting

Hello all!

Wednesday July 9th is the meeting! 



Please bring your swap item, any bee blocks and your show and tell! Bags of Love will be presenting this month.

We hope to see you all there! 

Meeting prep/set-up at 6:30, starts at 7
@ the McNail-Riley House - 601 W. 13th in Eugene

Monday, July 7, 2014

Coburg Quilt Show Info

Information for the Coburg Quilt Show 2014

Quilt Show:  July 26 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Enter a quilt

July 14 is the deadline to submit information for the Program Guide Book. Quilts are dropped off at the Coburg Elementary School on N. Coburg Road (next to the fire station) on Sunday, July 20 from noon-3:00pm, or Monday, July 21 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. You’re allowed to list your quilt for sale during the show (there is a commission fee of 25% of your selling price).

The entry fee is $5 for the first quilt, and $2 for each additional quilt. Entry forms are available on the Coburg Quilt Show website.

Quilts are picked up Sunday, July 27 at the Coburg Elementary School from 9:00am-1:00pm

Vendor Information

Set-up starts at 7:00am. We must be set-up and ready by 8:45am.

Vendors must be present all day. Takedown does not start until 4:00pm.

The $45 vendor fee was waived because we’re a non-profit. However, we must donate an item worth $15 for the Silent Auction.

Raffle Quilt

We’re raffling an Urban Chicken Block quilt as a fundraiser. The tickets will be $1 each or six for $5.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help set-up and take-down our booth, as well as manning the booth between 9:00am-4:00pm.

Volunteer list (tentative)

Here are the list of people that have signed up to help at our booth:

Anne R
Kathleen C
Phyliss P
Madyson J
Jennifer FG
Kelly D
Pat J
Karen M

Please confirm that you’re still available to help, and tell me what hours you’d like to work.

Donations

Donation items are needed to sell at our booth. This is a good opportunity to clean up your sewing space. We could use any quilting or sewing related items:  fabric, books, magazines, patterns, quilts, quilt tops, charm packs. Even quart-size Ziploc bags of scraps. This is a great opportunity to purge your sewing room of unloved fabrics, or unfinished projects, to make room for new fabric that you can’t live without. PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATION ITEMS TO OUR JULY 9 MEETING. If you can’t make the meeting, please contact me to make arrangements to drop off your donation items.

A big thank you to the people that have helped with the raffle quilt, and have donated items to sell.


Please contact me at 541-968-1726 or karenmccl@gmail.com if you have any questions, or want to help.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lane County Fair

It is almost that time of year again, Lane County Fair! Nelda, one of our EMQG members & current Bee Keeper, is the Textile Coordinator for the fair. She is still looking for volunteers to help with set up, the actual fair as well as taking down. Nelda works very hard every year to ensure everything goes smooth, but cannot do it alone - if you have even a few hours to spare it would be a great help! 

Here are the volunteer shifts/times:

PRE-FAIR

Monday - July 14: 9am to 4pm
Help set up tables and receive entries 

Tuesday - July 15: 9am to 4pm
Arrange entries for judging 

Wednesday - July 16: 8:30am to when judging is over
Help present entries to judges

Thursday - July 17: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries 

Friday - July 18: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries 

Saturday - July 19: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries 

Monday - July 21: 9am to 4pm
Start displaying entries

Tuesday - July 22: 9am to 4pm
Finish displaying entries

FAIR OPENS

July 23 - 26:
11am to 3pm 
3pm to 7pm
7pm to 10:30pm
Host Monitors

Sunday - July 24: 11am to 3pm
Host Monitors

CLOSING DOWN

Sunday - July 27: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Start taking down

Monday - July 28: 9am to whenever it is done
Getting entries ready for release and putting everything away  

You do not need to be able to work an entire shift, it is best if you can commit to the full time, but any time is more than appreciated! If you see a 9am to 4pm shift, and can work 9am to noon, etc. please still contact us! 

Please either email EMQG or contact Nelda directly to sign up:

Nelda: nlcopsey@gmail.com
EMQG: eugenemqg@gmail.com



FAIR ENTRIES

Paper entry deadline: June 27
Online entry deadline: July 9
  
Please visit www.atthefair.com for more information!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EMQG Meeting notes 6/11/14

EMQG Meeting notes 6/11/14

Greeting:  Daisy
Minutes:  Missy
Photographers:  Shawna

BEE: 
Daisy had some beautiful blocks turned in to her.
June Bee:  Madyson:  courthouse wonky blocks.

Board members shared their position roles:

President:  Jennifer.  She shared her vision of creating a survey for EMQG members to gather thoughts, state goals, and brainstorm opportunities for directing the growth of the guild.  She also offered that she has committed to bring books/magazines to share at each meeting during her term.

Greeter/Master of Ceremonies:  Daisy and Phylis.  Keep the meeting running smoothly as per agenda, greet new members.

Treasurer:  Madyson.  She shared our assets, debts and current balance of our bank account. 

Social Media/Photographer:  Shawna/Madyson  “webmistresses”: Creating/refining our public presence via multiple social media sites. Madyson designed new EMQG logos and Shawna helped choose the new logo as charged by the board members. 

Links to all other social media can be found under the ‘Find Us’ tab.

Secretary:  Missy; Karen (alternate): Records meeting notes for monthly guild meetings, board meetings, maintains records in an official meeting binder which is available at guild meetings, creates a year end summary of events.

Program Director:  Linda:  Secure presenters for monthly guild meetings.

Bee Organizer:  Nelda:  Assists with gathering members for the yearly bee, and organizes monthly block presentation and distribution of finished blocks.

Swap Organizer:  Kathleen:  Chooses monthly swap items and provides ideas of how/where to find info for creating items.

(If anyone was not included, my apologies…)

BUSINESS:

Shawna shared the new EMQG logo and a mock up postcard created to provide info to the public.  Discussion was held regarding costs for printing of this postcard.  Laura L of Grammas Barn Quilting donated funding for an initial order of postcards. 
Kesch made a motion to use the funds for purchasing the postcards.  Nelda seconded it. The members voted to use the money as designated to purchase 1,000 postcards.

Madyson distributed some release of information forms for members to declare their choices for sharing of personal information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Nelda, Textile Coordinator for the Lane County Fair, is looking for volunteers to assist with the textile entries intake, setup and monitoring of the display area during the fair. Contact her:  nlcopsey@gmail.com or 541 914-1610.

Karen spoke about the EMQG booth/table at the Coburg Quilt Show, July 26, 2014.  She is looking for volunteers to help with setup of booth itself, pricing and organizing of sale items, hanging of the raffle quilt, and manning the booth during show hours.

PRESENTATION:
Millie from Paramount spoke about basic sewing machine maintenance and how to keep your machine in “tip-top running order” between visits to a sewing machine technician..  Important points were change your needle, remove lint, lubricate the hook using the correct oil for your machine, and clean the outside of the machine. She provided a handout with more detailed info.

SWAP:  Placemats!  Many participants and shapes/designs shared.  Way to go everyone!!!

SHOW AND TELL:
Jennifer: Shared a quilt that she received which was made of batik blocks her students had created with her guidance.  What a special gift!



Nelda and her sister Kathy:  Cat quilt that they created together.



Madyson:  Mini quilt with an online group challenge.



Kelly:  Another twist on the Urban Chicken, made from the last of the leftover blocks…!



Pat:  “Our River Runs Through It” art quilt she designed…gorgeous!




Justine:  A nice heart and log cabin quilt from some quilt blocks she found at a garage sale.  Can we say upcycle?!!!



Linda:  Another smaller version of a purse she shared recently and two table runners, one with matching placemats.





Denise:  Scrappy table runner with nice free motion quilting.





BOARD MEETING:  Monday June 30th, 6pm.  @ McMennamins at the River Bank

SEW-IN:  Wednesday June 18th at 6:30-8:30pm.  McNail Riley house.

SEW DAY:  Saturday June 28th 10am-5pm.  Our Sewing Room.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our June Queen Bee

We would like to introduce our May Queen Bee, Madyson J.


Tell us a little bit of your quilting history and experience:

My grandmother is a quilt instructor and I got my first machine when I was 10. I used to make little blocks with her and make scrunchies and things and sell them at my parents' work when I was younger and then I got involved in other things and just used my machine to fix things. I moved to Eugene about a year and a half ago and was pleasantly surprised to find out how crafty this town is! So I got back into sewing and quilting and finished my first 100% by me completed quilt about a year ago.

What does quilting mean to you? 

To me quilting is one of my favorite ways to express myself and put my love into fabric form. Right now I am big stitch hand quilting a queen sized quilt and as much work as it is I get to see all my blocks and love them all over again. 

Why did you want to join our bee? 

I love the idea of getting a quilt top done faster and trying new techniques that I might never try otherwise.

What was the reason or thoughts behind your choice of block/design/project for the bee?  

Last year I did 1 month of the bee and got to make a courthouse block and I loved the pattern and design of it. So I wanted to make some courthouse blocks out of my scraps to back my current quilt with. But, after making one I loved it too much to put it on the back. So my plan is to make another quilt top out of the blocks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Meeting Reminder

Can you believe we are already almost halfway through June? & this gorgeous weather, keep it up June! 

Tomorrow, 6/11, is our June meeting. Here is our agenda for the meeting:
• Welcome
• Board Reports
• Bee Blocks/Lane county Fair (Nelda)
• 1. Membership information sheets for each member to fill out. -Madyson
• 1. Shall the EMQG print postcards to advertise our organization to the community? -Jennifer
• 2. Shall the EMQG spend ____________ to print the postcards?
• Break
• Presentation from Millie from Paramount
• Swap
• Show and Tell
• Adjourn
     
Don't forget your Bee blocks, swap items and something to show & tell!

Also, please note that there is still construction going on all around our meeting spot at the McNail Riley House. The parking lot across the street at the fairground is still accessible and open for use. Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to allow extra time for alternative detour routes. 

Meeting prep/set-up at 6:30, starts at 7
@ the McNail-Riley House - 601 W. 13th in Eugene

Friday, May 23, 2014

EMQG Meeting notes: May 14, 2014

EMQG Meeting notes: May 14, 2014 
Greeting:  Phylis
Minutes:  Missy
Photographer:  Shawna

BEE: 
Blocks turned in for Jessica were beautiful!
May Bee:  Daisy:  9 patch + blocks

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Jennifer gave a BIG THANK  YOU to the board members, and especially to Madyson for working on the Bylaws for the EMQG to join the National Modern Quilt Guild (MQG).  Madyson and Jennifer also signed up with the state of Oregon for non-profit status, opened an account at Pacific Continental Bank and set up a post office box for the EMQG.

Jessica made the motion to accept the Bylaws.
Katie S. seconded the motion.
Voting commenced and it was passed that the EMQG would join the MQG effective 5/21/2014.  Cheering and dancing occurred!

Dues of $20 were requested by the June 2014 guild meeting of all persons wishing to join the EMQG.  Members who had already paid for individual memberships in MQG for this year were informed that they did not need to pay this year. 

Membership will be renewed each year and the MQG fiscal year runs January 1 through December 31.

Lillian has resigned from the position of treasurer.  Jennifer nominated Madyson for the position.  There were no other nominations or volunteers.
Missy made the motion to vote Madyson into office as treasurer.
Phylis seconded it. Voting commenced and Madyson was voted in as treasurer.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Karen spoke about the EMQG table at the Coburg Quilt Show.
We will be raffling off the Urban Chicken Quilt to help raise funds for the guild.  Shawna has offered to donate the batting, Madyson offered to donate the backing fabric, Denise W. has offered to quilt it and Jessica offered to bind it.  Yeah team!

PRESENTATION:
Daisy spoke about graphic impact and how to maximize your “wow”.  People tend to scan an object starting in the top left corner and move diagonally down to the bottom right corner, so placing items of biggest impact/show are best placed along this line.  Also, dividing a top into sections such as into a 9-patch configuration and placing your impact pieces at the cross sections of the lines.  She also suggested when quilting in sections to make sure to avoid these areas when piecing seams so to not draw the eye to these joints. 
“Modern” is thought of as using negative space, allowing open spaces for more fancy quilting stitches.

SWAP:
This month’s swap was a potholder.  We had 13 participants who made some wonderful potholders, all different shapes and designs!  Good job members!!!

SHOW and TELL:  what creative talent we have!

Kelly:  She shared a green themed quilt made from extra blocks for the Urban Chicken quilt.



Janice:  Beautiful quilt in autumn colors with ½ square triangles.



Linda:  She showed a rug she made from strips of fabric with individual batting and the scraps were sewn together and zigzagged to make the rug. She is willing to do a presentation on this technique!!!


Julie:  Presented a green and yellow “disappearing 9 patch”. 

Denise:  a strip quilt she made for her mother.


Lillian:  Showed her civil war reproduction fabrics quilt, beautiful!


Nela:  Showed a small quilt using cute fabric with foxes…and ½ square triangles.
She also had a quilt with stars and flying geese.



Virginia:  Kapow pattern table topper using green, yellow and orange colors.


Justine:  She told a story about a small girl she works with in the smart reader program and felt her grandmother needed a quilt due to her commitment of taking good care of this girl…so she made a red poppies windowpane quilt.  Inspiring!


Madyson:  Shared a baby quilt with a zoo/giraffe theme.


Shawna:  Loves the Portland bridges and found some
great fabric with them represented, so she showed us her “keeper” quilt. 


Jenny:  She shared a blue/green Cynthia Bruntz quilt along she made.


Katie:  shared some potholder “puppets” she made.  Also she had her mother in law in town and helped her make her first quilt in black, yellow and gray colors, and got her hooked on quilting!  She also shared a Kaffe floral quilt she made. 




Phylis: She finished her Toes In The Sand quilt and it turned out fantastic!  Beautiful!