Thursday, December 9, 2010

December meeting minutes!

December 8, 2010


--Our new meeting place is the EWEB Training room for all of 2011. The next meeting is January 19th at 6:30 (Gavel at 7:00) and then the 2nd Wednesday of the month for the rest of 2011.

--The calendar on the website is now up to date thru June 2011 on both Meetings and Sewing days and nights.

--OUR SEWING ROOM is changing their pay schedule, so weekend sew days are now only on Saturdays until we can guarantee enough interest to pay their fee.


Favorite Tools-

Jessica likes to use silk thread for hand applique and moleskin as a thimble.

Kelly swears by self threading needles (for burying all those pesky tails when quilting!). She also LOVES to userubber fingers (nubs) (from the office supply store) for quilting and pulling needles when hand quilting with perle cotton.

Rachel got turned on to an "Add-a-quarter" ruler during one of her "bees" that required paper piecing.

Karen loves her fancy large rotary cutter with the blade that shuts when you are not using it. (Jen seconded the tool, because she has had some unfortunates events involving her foot and an open blade. A lesson for us all.)

Jen loves her cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter. She never wants to go back to scissors.

Maureen likes to use a temporary spray adhesive for her applique pieces...she has never had a problem and it washes right out.

Deanna loves her threader, she said that it can thread all kinds of needles with all sorts of thread.

Katie can not get by without her notebook. Her current one is very flexible and filled to the brim with graph paper.

Nancy likes to use a water soluble stabilizer to trace her applique pieces on and then washable thread to baste it on to the background fabric. When she is finished, she just rinses in water and, Voila', it disappears. No freezer paper to cut out!

Pincushion swap:

The pincushion swap was very fun. There were so many beautiful pincushions exchanged. Nancy was a very busy pincushion elf. No coal for her this year !


Another month of beautiful and inspiring projects!


Mike's month is December.

Jessica is up for January.


Next Brown Bag Swap is POTHOLDERS for the January 19th meeting.

Carefully recorded by Cyndy B

Transcribed with a bit of spaz by Jessica


As a note, I put links in where I could to give a more complete description of the tool that is LOVED, for those of you unable to come last night. I do want to say that I like to support local business when possible and most of the quilting notions we found at Piece by Piece.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Getting this party going!!! We have a home for 2011!

(this quilt was at the Jacobs Gallery last March, it was silk and you were encouraged to touch it... it was wonderful!)

Greetings Modern Quilters!
I come to you bearing good news! We have the space at EWEB for 2011. The one caveat is for January, we have to meet on the 19th, because another group had it booked on the 12th. EWEB supplies the room to us for free, so we can spend the next year growing our group and programming fun things to do. We can revisit the issue of dues and money issues in the fall of 2011. I am, as I am sure you all are, so very appreciative of Becky's support of our guild. She helped get the word out about our guild and gave us a space to meet these first few months. The next time you are in Piece By Piece Fabrics be sure to let her know how much we appreciate her support. THANKS BECKY!

I have moved forward on scheduling Meetings, Sew Days and Nights through June 2011. Basically, the Sew Nights are going to be the First Thursday of the month (6-9PM), the Sew Days are going to be the 4th Saturday of the month (11-4PM) and the Meeting is going to be the 2nd Wednesday of the month (6:30-8PM). There are only a few exceptions and all are now noted on the Calendar. I did my best to both spread the events through out the month, and take in to consideration other programming at OUR SEWING ROOM. In June we can reconvene and discuss scheduling and how it is working for us as a group. Thank you for your understanding as we waited to hear from EWEB, I hope that you can incorporate some of these days in to your busy schedules as the year progresses.

Now for the fun!
Did you know that we are going to be doing a Pincushion Swap during the next meeting? There are some great links to Pincushion tutorials in the forums section under Swaps. Pincushions are a fun project because they are small and can be finished in a short amount of can use some of your FAVORITE fabrics and still have some leftover for another project. Bring your brown paper wrapped pincushion, put it in the basket, and at the end of the meeting take home a fun new addition to your sewing room.

Favorite tool share! I am always on the lookout for a quilting tool that is going to make my life easier, but how to tell the difference between ones that "look cool" and ones that you will actually use. What better way to find one than to ask a friend what they like to use?? Let's bring our favorite notions and share them in small groups, we can learn each others names and ways to make our lives easier.

Finally, we will do a holiday show and tell... Bring your crafty gifts, your holiday quilts and inspire us all!

See you next week!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pin Cushions, Bees, and your favorite tools!!!

(here is the link for all the great makers!)

I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving and are enjoying a little break time too. (For those of you working in retail, chin-up! You can make it through this CRAZY weekend.) Last Sundays Sew- Day was great fun. 11 of us showed up to sew. There were tension issues resolved--I am not mad a Mike anymore for missing the meeting, really I am not.--no, seriously, sewing machine tension issues can make using your machine an AWFUL experience! Cyndy and Jen hooked up and were able to get Jen's machine sewing well again. Some wonderfully sweet Zakka inspired patchwork was created and there were laughs and smiles all around. I am still not done with my mug rug, due to sickness ALL WEEK, but I was amazed at all the piecing and quilting that was done in just one afternoon!

Did you get a load of those pincushions?? Are they inspiring?? I thought so, for more exciting inspiration follow the link over to flickr and do your OWN pincushion search...there are so many to look at, to drool over, to inspire you to make your OWN for the December meeting... Maybe? Perhaps?? Come On! It will be fun. I am starting a forum thread for good pincushion tutorial links, please add your own finds, or maybe even a link to your OWN tutorial.

The December Pincushion swap will be run as a brown paper swap.... so what YOU do is this:

1) Make a pincushion that is so fun that you would like to keep it for yourself (or make 2 and keep one for yourself.)

2) Wrap it in brown paper (a paper bag is a good source)

3) Bring it to the December meeting.

4) Put it in the Basket

5) At the end of the meeting take a different one home.

** Some one mentioned that they wanted to make 2... that is GREAT, if you bring 2 you can take 2 home with you!

Wrap-up and Reminders--

*Let us know which Saturday would be better for the December sew day, the 4th, or the 18th.

*The Quilting Bee currently has 7 members... there is still room for you! There is room for everyone here, please don't let your skill level stop you from participating. The hosts for the month with provide information about how to finish the blocks. It could stretch your skills, but that will only make them better! And remember you have a whole group of people ready to help you as their own skills allow. Sign-ups end December 1.

*Take a moment and check out the forums. Stuff is going on and you might learn something cool. Hopefully our scheduling issues can get resolved here and we will have more time during the meetings for quilting loveliness. If you are having problems with the site, email me and I can try to help you with them.

*Let's do a "favorite tool" night for the December meeting. Everyone brings their favorite tool and tells their neighbor what is so great about it. It is a great way to get to know each other AND find some new tools to make our quilting life more easy and fun. (it can be something that you bought or something that you made yourself)

I think that I got everything but... I probably post again next week just to keep things lively! Have a glorious, sick-free weekend! (that is what I am shooting for!)


Friday, November 19, 2010

Sharing...getting on track...

Say "Hi" to the cutest member of the EMQG! James was a fantastic model of his mom, Katie's, mad sewing skills. She made this carrier with some fantastic fabric from her own pattern. AND she is willing to teach us! Show and tell was definitely my favorite part of our second meeting.

Cyndy did some quick thinking and showed us some fun ways to quilt with a geometric theme. The effect on the quilt was beautiful AND she said it wasn't too hard to do. I like that A LOT.

and Phyliss... Fearless Phyliss... WOW! The edge treatment on this quilt was just lovely, fluttery, bright and delicate. She kept saying (I paraphrase) I didn't know what I what I was supposed to do, so I just did it! We all could take a page from Phyliss' book. Worry about the outcome less and just TRY IT! Thanks everyone (pictures are up in the Photo Gallery) for putting a bright spot in my week.

Did any of you leave the meeting feeling like there was A LOT of talk about "details" and not enough about quilting? Well, I did, my bad. I want the meetings to be built around learning and sharing and community rather than nuts and bolts stuff like when and where are we going to meet and/or going to sew. I think, in the future, we can figure these things out in the forums, through the web site.

We are a more robust group than I originally envisioned, this is WONDERFUL! I am so happy about it. There are so many fantastic points of view, visions, and ideas that I know that I am going to be a much richer quilter from knowing all of you and your work. Being larger also creates a different dynamic when trying to plan things. In the interest of being transparent and pro-active, I think we should move forward in the new year towards these 3 things:

1)Set dates each month for the Meeting, Sew Night, and Sew Day for a set period of time (Quarterly or yearly)

2)Set a calendar for meeting topics.

3)Get a 3 or 4 person "Board" together to make decisions to bring to the larger group.

On a smaller scale, I have been doing my duties and checking up on our sewing opportunities for the busy month of December. I talked to Mary Jo at OUR SEWING ROOM and December is a busy month for them as well. Another group is scheduled to meet the second Saturday (December 11) and they have other commitments on the 12th, so I thought that we could either meet on the 1st or 3rd Saturday (4th or 18th). Their hours on Saturdays are 10 to 4. The second Thursday (Dec. 9) night is a go. What they would like us to do when we come as a group is have one person collect all the money and then pay as a group. Normally I can do this, I will not be able to attend the Thursday night sew (Dec. 9) so I need a volunteer to be the money collector/payer.

Tomorrow we get to have a Sew Day!! It is scheduled from 12-5 and the cost is $5 (cash in small unmarked bills would be best!) I have some supplies to make name tags for those of you who didn't get to the first time around. I am also thinking of bringing some treats to share, maybe I have just been looking for an excuse to bake something. See you tomorrow!



As always, for any questions or ideas, you can comment here or write me a message!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November Meeting minutes.

November 10, 2010

I. Pre-meeting

More than 20 (final count 24) people arrived between 6:30 and 7PM. We chatted.

II. Update on Meeting Site Possibilities

Jessica introduced herself. She passed around a sign-up sheet. She noted that she was still researching meeting sites. We agreed we want a fairly central meeting site. Market of Choice was eliminated as too small. South Library would likely charge a fee. The Atrium was a concern. Jessica is waiting on results from EWEB. She planned to pursue potential sites at LCC Downtown and the Eugene Public Library. We realized that none of our potential sites will be ready before January 1, OUR NEXT MEETING IS DECEMBER 8, @ Piece By Piece Fabrics. We will have a Pin Cushion swap for those interested in participating. Thank you Becky for letting us meet at Piece by Piece Fabrics.


A. First Sew Night-- about 6 people showed up for the first sew night at OUR SEWING ROOM in Springfield. Those who attended said that it was a good place and a good night.

B. Next (November) Sew Night-- OUR NEXT SEW DAY IS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21, 12-5 @ OUR SEWING ROOM. Jessica will confirm with OUR SEWING ROOM.

C. December Sew Night. There was lots of discussion regarding the December sew night. We eventually agreed to offer Thursday, December 9 AND Saturday, DECEMBER 10. This allows members flexibility during the hectic month of December. Jessica was going to check with OUR SEWING ROOM to make sure that these dates are available.


Jessica was speaking for Mike who could not attend tonight's meeting. She discussed her experience with different Bees and showed her projects. For more detailed information and to sign-up for the EMQG Bee, check out the Forum-> General Discussion-> EMQG Bee. Sign up by December 1 if interested.


Beautiful and inspiring beyond words!

Submitted by Wanda

Transcribed by Jessica

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gobble gobble, It is HERE!

Hi there, welcome to NOVEMBER!

I feel like I am just riding the time wave this year, every month I think "Where did April go?" But it is LONG gone and here we are peeking in to the holiday season.

For those of you interested in getting a EMQG button for your blogs and whatever other fun media you are attracted to (wait, that just doesn't sound right), we are having an ongoing discussion about which button we like better. The current front-runner is pictured above. To participate in the cheering or to post your own button for discussion (or to just try and figure out what I am talking about, it is OK, we are all learning new things around here.) Check out the General Discussion under the Forum tab.
Are you ready for this month's meeting?? It is right around the bend, Wednesday night, Nov. 10th at the usual haunt, Piece by Piece fabrics. I was thinking it might go like this:

6:30-7:00 Meet and greet.

7:00-Gavel thuds!

Quilting Bees



Update on Meeting spaces.



-Market of Choice

-Rec Guide

Sew Nights-

Thursdays? more? informal?

Sew Days-

3rd Saturday or Sunday? Rotating?

Web site.... come on people, how is it going?

7:20ish-Show and Tell

*We all bring our wonderful creations to share and speak about... I was thinking that it also might be fun to share our favorite piece of fabric that we are afraid to cut into. (maybe we will get inspired to use it!)

8:00ish We all go home, inspired and glad that we came!

A little bird told me today that there are some "Practical Guide to Patchwork" books in town (at Piece by Piece Fabrics) from our own (OK, from Portland) Elizabeth Hartman (of Oh Fransson! fame). It looks pretty cool. I might need to add this one to my library.

See you all soon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What's been going on?

Please excuse the radio silence over here. After our very fun inaugural Sew night, I found out there had been a death in my husband's family. This past week we have been dealing with flights, funerals, and just figuring out how to go on after someone in your circle is no longer with you. There is the hole that their leaving makes, but there is also a coming together of the larger circle of friends to buoy up those who are left behind. It has really helped cement to me what is important in life, people and making connections. Thank you, sewers of last Thursday night, thank you also "meeters" of two Wednesdays ago. Thanks for connecting with me and each other about quilting and having fun together, let's do it again in 2 weeks.

Our Sewing Room was fun, the lighting was great, the conversation funny and I even finished a block (it is a LONG story.) Kelly breezed through a bag of yellow scraps and Mike cut out a whole quilt! We were such productive members, it was a good way to spend a dark night.

I wanted to let you all know that Quilting Arts Magazine is looking for submissions for a book, "101 patchwork projects". They contacted the Modern Quilt Guild in L.A. and wanted them to pass the word on. The submission page has the info for this book and also information for all of their other publications. One of the things that is on my "life goals" list is to get published, and I can't do that unless I try. So I am going to start trying and some day I will be able to mark that off my list. We could try together...

Ta-ta for now... I am looking forward to show and tell in November... October was so exciting that I wonder what will come next?!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Regarding the Sew night...

Sew you wanta sew?

I checked in with the lovely owners, Don and Mary Jo Moloney, of Our Sewing Roomtoday. We are a go on Thursday October 21 from 6-9. The only issue is they have a group of 10 that regularly sew there on the 3rd Thursday. This means we would be limited to about 12-15 machine spaces for this monthly sew. I would like to get a head count to see what our interest is this month. Please leave a comment here if you want to sew FOR SURE this month. If we are over our machine spaces I wonder if some of us with hand work would still want to go and work on that as our newly-found compatriots sew on machines. I have A LOT OF HANDWORK that I can do.

Regarding the nitty gritty of what is what:

*If you want to use one of their machines it is an extra $1 fee and they would like to know in advance.

*There are 4 irons and boards available.

*There are 2 LARGE cutting tables (if only I had one at my house!)

*There are tools that you can borrow including:
Rotary cutters
Quilting rulers
Cutting mats
Pattern weights

*There is a Snack area with a kitchen including a refrigerator, microwave, teapot, and coffee maker.

*For groups they prefer that one person be the contact and money collector. I can do it for this sew day and in the event that I can't attend one, we can figure something else out.

I also checked for availability of weekend day for November. Another group is having a retreat type event the weekend of November 12-14 and the next Saturday (Novmeber 20) is booked. They are available to open for us on Sunday (November 21). I asked about a 12-5 sew and they were agreeable. The fee for 5 hours is $5 a person.

Their fees may change in after the new year. My impression was that they are looking to grow their business and are looking in to advertising geared more towards groups instead of classes in the coming year. If this space works for us, it would be great to come up with a monthly day that we can put on their calendar. Currently they have a group that sews on the 2nd Saturday and the 3rd Thursday evening. EVQ also books the space on the 3rd Saturday when they have a speaker.

Maybe this is a barrage of information, a TMI, if you will... but I like to know what is going on and so until I figure something better out I will share the information with all of you.

For my information, please comment regarding:
1. Do you want to sew Thursday October 21?
2. How is Sunday November 21 from 12-5 for our weekend sew?
3. Thoughts or questions???

You can also email me, if that works better for you.


EMQG meeting minutes for October 13, 2010

Minutes submitted by Wanda and blogged by Jessica.


Nearly 30 interested people arrived between 6:30 and 7 pm. We chatted and made fabric name tags.


Jessica introduced herself. We agreed that Jessica is our President and Wanda is our Secretary-- at least for the foreseeable future. Three lists went round the group: Name and email address of attendees, potential activities, and potential teachers and topics. Jessica will report back at the next meeting.


We batted ideas around. We agreed on the following points.

*We meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings have a soft opening at 6:30 for socializing, with the "gavel dropping" at 7pm. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 10 @ PIECE BY PIECE FABRICS. Meetings are for planning events, teaching or sharing techniques, and sharing accomplishments.

*Initially, we meet once a month to sew. The sewing session alternates between a weeknight and a weekend. FIRST SEW SESSION IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 ATOUR SEWING ROOM located @ 448 Main St, Springfield. (Across the street from the Emerald Arts Center, which is down the block from the Springfield Museum.) The fee is $3 each. Look for information about the time, possible snacks, provided equipment, and equipment that we need to bring.

*No dues at this time. However we are a "PAY TO PLAY" organization.


We talked about possible places to meet in the event that we outgrow Piece by Piece Fabrics or Our Sewing Room doesn't suit our needs. Jessica was going to check on the Community Room at EWEB and the Conference Room at the Library. Stephanie offered to check on the Library at South Eugene High School.


We saw many beautiful, inspiring quilts and projects.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I love volunteers!

We finally pulled some of the weeds out of a sadly overgrown garden bed and what did we find?? This LOVELY pumpkin!! I love it when that happens. I love finding new things growing where I haven't spent the effort to plant something....
Ok so that was a rather silly segue in to this last blog post before the (drum roll...)Inaugural meeting of the Eugene Modern Quilting Guild (Wednesday @6:30 @ Piece by Piece Fabrics.) (but it IS a pumpkin and that IS seasonal... plus the volunteer thing.)

Anyway I was thinking that I would give a heads up about some of the "positions" that we need for our new little group, that way you all can ponder this in the next two evenings and then decide if you want to volunteer for any of them. (Ha ha, I know the joke is getting old... no more, I promise!) I have been diligently cyberstalking other Modern Quilt Guilds for ideas on what all to put together as a leading group for our guild. For where we are now, I think at the very least we need a:

Secretary (to take minutes at the meeting)

As needed/desired we can add:

Co-Captain/Vice-President/Co-Conspirator (It is nice to have a back up in the event I will be flying to Houston to show my fabulous quilt designs!)

Treasurer (if we decide to do dues.) (HA ha, another funny!)

Activities Director (like Julie on the Love Boat, you could wear something nautical.)

In terms of the first meeting I thought a flexible outline could be:

6:30-7:00 Meet and greet.

7:00- Introduction
Shaping the guild:
*Brainstorm Meeting ideas
*Brainstorm activity ideas
*How often do we want to meet? Monthly/bi-monthly?
*Sew days/nights?

7:20ish-Show and Tell
*We all bring our wonderful creations to share and speak about.

8:00ish We all go home, inspired and glad that we have met so many cool quilters in our own area!

I want to sincerely thank Becky at Piece by Piece Fabrics for her encouragement and offering her space for our meetings. I also want to express my gratitude to Kelly for being a positive sounding board and holding me accountable when I first mentioned that I wanted to start a Modern Quilt Guild on my blog. Whatever shape our guild takes it is so nice to live in a town that has people and businesses that support community building endeavors.

I am excited to meet you all. See you Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just one more week, a note about Show and Tell...

Hey all!

I am sitting here thinking about our first meeting (October 13, 6:30 BTW!). Mostly I have been thinking about what quilts I want to bring for show and tell. I think that besides meeting all of you, I am most excited about "meeting" your quilts and projects. I know that many times I get VERY near-sighted about my projects... it is just me and them in my sewing room, staring at each other. Sure, I show them to my kids and my husband and they give me the appropriate amount of "Ohhs and Aahs" but they just don't have the quilt-lust/fabric-lust coursing through their veins that other quilters have. I get a lot of "That is really cute..." Arghhhh! Lately, I have been finishing up a lot of old projects, so I have a lot of things DONE, but my design wall was hanging empty yesterday and it kind of gave me the creeps. I need a new project that I am jazzed about, I need some INSPIRATION. I have been buying WAY too much fabric lately and cutting in to it WAY to little... (enough about my creativity issues already!)

I am looking forward to see what you all are working on, or have finished. I love hearing about why people have made something, or what they have learned about themselves and about quilting along the way. I am just going to keep popping in on the flickr site to see what you all are up to, it will have to do until next Wednesday.

See you soon!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Let's get ready to rumble!!

Hey Modern Quilters!

Let's get together, shall we?

When: October 13, 2010 (Second Wednesday)
6:30 for "Happy Hour" meet and greet
7:00 for our inaugural meeting of the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild

Where: Piece by Piece Fabrics, 62 W. 13th St.

Why: Because we have to quilt, it is as simple as that.

I look forward to meeting all of you in person!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chug chug chug...I think we can, I think we can...

Hello friends,

Step by step we are going to get there, we are going to meet! I see that more people have joined the site. This is great! I have started a group on flickr for us to share our quilts and other projects that we have been working on. It would be fun to post some stuff here before we meet, you know, to look at, be inspired by, and get excited about getting together. If you are unfamiliar with flickr, it is a fun photo sharing site. It is free and it has a CRAZY amount of awesome Modern quilts floating around. If you like, you can check out our neighbor to the north's group, thePortland Modern Quilters. There is a LOT of fun stuff going on there.

Project Modern has officially started, go here and check it out. It looks very intriguing and the prizes are plentiful and very cool!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Project Modern

Project Modern

Looks like fun right? Here are the details thus far. I am so looking forward to September 1.