Friday, December 30, 2011

Returning of the light, December 21, 2011

Wow, what a night... so many friends braved the utter darkness and made it to the EMQG December meeting. Because, you all are curious-- our lovely Agnes won the "Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts" book. She was elated-- I was elated because she won with her ONLINE entry (See folks it pays to comment once in a while!!) GO Agnes GO-- you are going to have a doll quilt to share for the January meeting, right?!!

Let's do a little Show and Tell-- shall we?
Jen was very busy this past month, she made a bag and then worked on a bunch of zipper pouches (not shown) She said that she had found a lot of fun patterns at Piece by Piece. This bag was really neat, I liked the interior pockets and the way the strap was attached.
Jen also brought in a family quilt to share with us. It is a beautiful example of a Grandmother's Flower Garden, all hexagons with a lovely edge scalloped by the hexagons.
Denise finished a lovely SWOON block-- lovely LARGE SWOON block. Awesome fabrics to show off that big star.Phyliss and her wonderful sampler bag. This bag was made in a class to teach her all sorts of cool things her sewing machine could do. She said that she learned a lot and made this great bag in the process-- but next time she might like some more substantial handles.
There is Denise again--- smiling and showing off her cute 'kerchief, knitted by Kecsh. LOVE THE MUSTARD AND GREY TOGETHER!!! Quilt inspiration is everywhere.
Look at these incredible aprons! Everyone was so pleased and each one was well-suited to its recipient.

**NEWS**
December's meeting was not all fun and games (there was also laughing and teasing). Our guild is having to deal with some change this coming year and there was discussion about moving meeting venues in order to keep our 2nd Wednesday time slot (I am hopeful!). I like that our meetings are free and that when we do have to pay for something that it is an "as able" sort of thing. I am being open to other options and I have faith that something will work out for us.

**FIELD TRIP**
January 28--Stitches in Bloom-- Quilt Show at the Oregon Gardens. I would love for a group of us to go. My Brownie Bus can fit 5 friends (I will even vacuum out the granola crumbs from the back seat!) if we have more people interested in going we can coordinate a caravan. I thought it might be nice to have a pilgrimage to local quilt shops after the show?? The show starts at 10, maybe we can shoot to leave 8:45-9:00. Admission is $10 (includes admission to the gardens too.) Email me if you are interested.

**Links**
1) Of course I forgot to take a picture of my own Show and Tell but a link to the pattern for the little wallet, pattern by Keyka Lou. She is great and here is a free pattern for a clutch from her blog.

2) Kim (did you know that she and I used to work together at the Wasterwater Treatment Plant??!) mentioned a blogger that was starting a Free-Motion Quilting Monthly 2012 Challenge... well I found it-- it starts Jan. 01 and sounds rather cool. Check it out.

--**Next Meeting**--
January 11-- site TBA-- check back next week!

Happy New Year!!
(start thinking of your quilting resolution for 2012, do you want to try a new technique? Do you want to finish something by 2013?? THINK BIG! then go BIGGER!)

--Jessica

Friday, December 16, 2011

If you are interested...

...do.Good Stitches {a modern charity quilting bee} is looking for a few good quilters/stitchers.




"If you enjoy quilting in a modern style and would like to add your stitches to our efforts, all you need is an active Flickr account (since that's where we manage the bee) and a willing heart.  See "The Rules" so you know how it works and go here to register to join.  When we have enough on the wait list, I'll put together yet another new charity circle.  Hurray, hurrah!" (Per Rachel Hauser at Stitched in Color)

I have personally been involved with this bee for the past few months and have had so much fun!

Here is how it works...each "hive" consists of stitchers and quilters.  The stitchers do just that...stitch.  The quilters get all the fun...they choose the block for the month that all the members will make and then send back to the quilter who then, obviously, puts the top together, quilts it up and then donates it to the groups charity.  My group is making quilts for Project Linus.  

Each month you will make 2 blocks.   Here is a sample of what my group, Harmony, has been up to since we started in September...




So if you are intersted go here and click "join"...you will then be contacted by the group administrator Rachel Hauser and answer a few questions.  Easy peasy!

She is looking for a few good quilters/stitchers who want to join in this fun and giving bee!  Are you interested??
~Denise



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Prodding you ever forward, this time with a carrot!

Hi-- Guildies... Quilters... Friends... (I feel like we need a funny club name)
Isn't this a pretty little book? It came to my house just a few days ago. I was so excited when Lark Crafts offered to donate a book to our guild-- Really Really excited when I saw who the author is, Cathy Gaubert. I started following her flickr stream AGES ago, because she just makes very cute and pretty things and I LOVE LOVE LOVE cute and pretty things. This book does not disappoint in the cute and pretty department.

Cathy made quite a few of these wonderful little quilts, but she also asked a bunch of her flickr/bloggy quilting friends to make some too. What you get when they all come together is a beautiful book full of ideas and styles that everyone can relate to. Even if you are pattern adverse (like me!) the photographs are so inspirational that it will just make you want to pull fabrics from your stash and get started on a doll quilt for yourself. (maybe as a gift, but I am GREEDY!) I liked that all sorts of techniques were explored set-in seams, applique, "ticker tape"-- really a great starting point for little projects to explore a method.

One of the perks of being the President is that I get to see all the pretty things that companies donate to us first, then I get to figure out a way to give them out to you.... hmmm
While I think, look at these 2 BEAUTIFUL quilts.... from lucyellen06, and Red Pepper Quilts
Ok, I guess the right thing to do would be to draw a name out of a hat (and not keep it for myself!) but I am going to push you all a little bit. I would love for our guild to get more savvy online. I would love for you all to check out the flickrstream and see some of the lovely comments that your show and tell quilts receive... I am telling you, it is quite an ego boost. So here is what we are going to do:

I will bring a hat to the guild meeting December 21---- you put your name in the hat---- Ahhhhhh, you say?? You are not going to be able to attend? That is alright, I have thought of another way to enter. You comment on this post. Easy? Yes, if you are afraid, or you have never commented before--- that is OK. You can do it, you can learn something new today and maybe even win a fantastic book.

There you have it-- 2 ways to win. That is what I am about WINNING!! (and involving you in my online wonderland)

--Jessica

Monday, December 5, 2011

Apron SWAP!


Hey All-
Eye candy anyone? Guilt free looking here! These beauties will not add a pound to your middle-- all the pretty colors will only make you smile! December's swap will be an apron. Just make one you would like to swap, stick it in a brown paper bag-- and then pick one to take home. (I thought about making a holiday apron mosaic-- but the all these colors were so gorgeous!!) So make a holiday themed one if you like--winter... groundhog's day, whatever! See you December 21!

--Jessica

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday November 16, 2011-- A birthday party!

Let's just pause for a moment and look at these beautiful little 9-patches (Thanks for sharing this family quilt, Cyndy.) Simple? Plain? Some might say-- but look at the power and the beauty of the pattern when you put them all together. Beautiful? Elegant? Yes, I would say so. I will step a little further out on to this "cheesy" limb...

Kind of like when a group of people decide to get together once a month and have a little quilt party called the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild. You don't quite know what is going to happen when you get there (I know, I don't), but you do know that there will be nice people there and there will be quilts. Most days, I don't need much else.
So thank each and everyone of you for this past year... those that have come to every meeting, those that have come to a few, those that have only kept in touch online. I am so very thankful that each of you have chosen to show-up in whatever way you can. It has meant a lot to me--- and after talking to many of you on Wednesday, it has meant a lot to you too.

If you weren't able to come to the anniversary party-- it was really fun! The food! The scraps! The swaps! I made off with a mittful of new selvages, an awesome piece of sesame street corduroy, a pincushion and a cool new needlebook. I felt SO greedy! What did you all get?! Thank you all so much for the wonderful President's blocks-- what an unexpected delight! (make me cry already!) I will bring them and a black sharpie so those of you who want to can sign your block (I would love to see your name on your work!)

Time for a little Show and Tell interlude:
Wanda worked on this quilt during our very first sew day! AND she finished it AND she machine quilted parts of it!! Great Job!
More from Wanda! Commissioned pillows! We may take our sewing skills for granted-- but not everyone can do what we do!
Missy finished a beautiful quilt-- the blues were so nice together.
Lillian's graduation waves quilt... Love the way the that block shimmers.
Our very own Birthday girl!! Happy 29th! Awesome quilt-- aqua and red is ALWAYS a winner in my book!
May the Force be with you! Denise made a show stopper for her son. I am partial to the Darth square-- I just love the pixelated figure on that damask print.
Sheri showed that you can really highlight the quilting design with a simple block-- such a pretty and cozy quilt! I like both sides.
Karen shared her 2nd finish! I remember her bravely quilting this at one of the sew days-- great work!
Did you all have a chance to meet my friend Kim?? She and I used to work together at the Wastewater plant. Dirty water makes for great friendship! (that saying made sense in my head.) She shared two of her tops. A signature block top made for a "graduating" (retiring) co-worker.
And a colorful sampler-- I love the was that the black sets off all of those colors!

There were a few other "show and tellers" that I wasn't able to get a picture of... hopefully if other people got a shot of another one they will send it to me and I can get it up here!

On the business front:
EWEB (Thanks for hosting us for free!!) needs to use their training room again next month and we have been bumped to December 21. December's meeting is going to be an apron swap, a hand sewing night, and a SUPER show and tell night! I also have a special book give-away (Details next week!!) It will be a mellow and inspiring time-- I am hoping to get a "quilting resolutions" list started for the New Year.

I have much more to share, but let's end here for now.

--Jessica

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday night... BE there!

Hey all!
I had to post this quilt because I saw it in Hawaii... and I would rather be there than here on this grey chilly morning.... AND because I love a nice Union Jack block. So suffer along with my obsession why don't you!
Since it has been MANY moons (2, I think) since I last posted about the FABRIC-Pa-LOOZA, a little cutting and pasting from September is in order!! Ok, give me a second.... ooof, grunt, (COPY) grumble, snort, gosh-grumble-grumble (PASTE!) There!

START PASTED SECTION!
"Have you made anything for the party yet? Anything that you want to donate to the raffle? I found some quilting books at my house that may like to come home with you... and other people have donated some fun quilting tools. My thought is, what is not serving me could very well make one of my quilting friends a happy camper. It is also so fun to take home treats that one of us made, isn't it? I use my swap pot holders from Kelly everyday, they always make my cooking chores much more cheery. So, please bring your gently used books/notions and/or your new swap projects and we will have a ourselves a little raffle.

Didn't you mention something about food Jessica?
OH YES I DID! This month's meeting will also be a potluck. Please bring what you love, savory or sweet, to share. I have some utensils and possibly some napkins. We could also use some plates. !!EDITED!! (I have all the plates, cups, forks, and napkins we could need!) If you would like, leave a comment with your potluck tasty then those of us who are undecided can be inspired to fill in the gaps.

Weren't there going to be fun and silly activities?
OF COURSE! Here are just a few of the ones that we have come up with thus far:

1)Swap a Scrap table: bring some of your scraps of fabric that you like, but perhaps are just tired of looking at and swap with your friends for something that you want to use "RIGHT NOW!" (unclaimed leftovers will be donated.)

2)5" Charm Swap: Friendship quilts are always fun. Make your own with charms swapped with your EMQG friends. Bring 5" charm squares and swap-- you bring 10, you take home 10 etc.

3)Name Tags: Make a fun name tag with scraps, a sharpie, and an iron. Wear it tonight, take it home and jazz it up-- and wear it next month and we will ALL remember your name!

4)Raffle Raffle-- Yes, I did write raffle twice, it is just funnier that way. I pretty much explained the idea for this above-- if there are any questions please send me an email or post a comment.
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5)High jinx and mayhem-- just something that goes along with being a Modern Quilter!"

END PASTED SECTION! (to see the original post.)

Is that clear as ghee? (look that one up!) If you have any questions, please post a comment OR send me an email.

Make something tasty to share, bring your smile, something you made to raffle, and some show and tell and Wednesday night will be so fun!! Hooray, our baby is one year old!
--Jessica
P.S.
I am sure that I was unclear.... BUT the raffle is just for fun, we are not raising money with it. I thought that it would just be kinda like a birthday party... present type of thing.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Warming up for the big day!

Let's wake up a little, shall we?! Shoo away those grey skies with some bright quilt shots from the 2011 Lane Co. Fair.
Just a few... don't want to shock the system... But I do love those strings!
and what is better than a few flying geese?
A WHOLE BUNCH! I believe that this quilt was a new quilt from an old top (I could be wrong, I am trying to conjure up some sun from August here-- I am a little fuzzy.) (I do love seeing all of that OLD fabric-- the plaids!! OMG, the plaids! LOVE them!)

I will be popping in here more frequently to give us all some brightness in our rainy days. (and what am I going to do with all these quilt pictures?!) Remember, this month's meeting is delayed a week-- Fabric-pa-LOOZA is November 16th! Our Sew Day for this month falls on the Thanksgiving weekend---so that means I will either move it up a week OR we will just sail in to December and find an acceptable weekend.

Thank you for all of your support the past year, but especially the past few months. They have been DOOZIES, but have been a necessary part of life (I want to say they have made me a stronger, better person-- but I'm not quite there yet.) It is nice to be surrounded by great people. (Finish some projects, I really want to see some great show and tell!)
See you soon!
--Jessica

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Little note!!!! Alert!


I just wanted to get a quick head count...
Our "contract" with EWEB is up for renewal. To get a good first pick I need to get the paperwork in on Tuesday 11/1/11. On the side bar is a poll. If you want to choose, please do so.

****Our November Meeting is 11/16/11***** They had another meeting that bumped us-- totally OK, but I wanted to give you all a heads up!!

More to follow-- I am late for a spooky party-- be back soon!

BOO!

-Jessica

Friday, October 21, 2011

It is that time again if you are up for it!

This Saturday @ Our Sewing Room  11AM - 5PM (7$)

I am sure we can all find something to sew!

Alas, I won't make it though as the boy child has a soccer game right smack in the middle of the day...I mean seriously what does the YMCA think they are doing messing with my Sew Day like that!

~Denise





Friday, October 14, 2011


The Modern Quilt Guild is taking a survey of fellow members...go here if you want to participate. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Show 'n Tell Nite

Our monthly meeting was a quiet one last night.  A few of us showed and our darling leader was out for family reasons and we all know how she is the life of the party and keeps us all on track! 

Some of us brought hand stitching and stitched and visited. 

Some of us just visited.

Some of us brought show 'n tell.


Sorry Agnes, I could have cropped you out, but it was too cute! 
This is a quilt she made with the help of an online quilt bee and then she handquilted it. 
The colors are fabulous!


Cyndy had some color for our night! 
Look at these 2 beauties...like we would expect anything less from her than something gorgeous!




 Kelly has a fun quilt made in a block swap. A very nice finish!!


And then our challenge quilts done by Kesch, Cyndy, Denise, & Kelly.
One pattern 4 totally different quilts!

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Now for the business...wait a minute, we didn't talk business...we slacked, sorry Jessica!

We did talk about the next challenge due in January.  Let me see if I can get this straight, for some reason last night I had a hard time wrapping my bitty brain around this one! 

It is the 1 POUND SWAP CHALLENGE.  I tried to Google this for some more info and cannot find any...so here is what you get...my brain regurgitation of what Kelly said last night!  LOL

Find a partner. 

Each partner picks 1 pound of 1 color of fabric (appx 3-4 yards).  It can be scraps, but they have to be of a usable size and it has to be all 1 color, i.e. all blue, all green...you get it.  Then you swap half of your color with your partner and vice versa. 

Each partner takes their 2 colors (1/2 a pound of each color) and makes something with it.  It doesn't have to be a quilt.  Make whatever you want and then bring it to the show 'n tell at our meeting in January 2012!

You can add other colors, but the main colors have to be the 2 you have swapped.

I cannot wait to see what you all come up with!

Oh...Nancy L.  also told me about a fabulous place to buy fabric online...Thousands of Bolts.  Take a look and see what you can find.  She got an AMAZING deal on backing fabric!

Soo there, we did accomplish a little bit of business in dear Jessica's absence...not much, but some.  We are all thinking about you Jessica & you were missed!

~Denise

Monday, October 10, 2011

A change of plans?

Hi friends, fellow quilters,

I am writing to you with a request. My mom's cancer is too strong for her body. She will be going to Heaven soon. I am sitting here in her room with the quilt that my children and I made for her on her lap. Quilts give so much comfort, first to the maker and then to the person who receives them. I am so grateful to be a quilter.

I wonder if it would be alright with you to postpone the "big" festivities of our anniversary until the November meeting. I talked with Kelly and we thought that it would still be so wonderful for you all to get together and have a "show and tell" and a hand sewing project night together on Wednesday. It has been such a gift to see all of your work this past year, to talk and laugh with you, to create a wonderful quilting community with you. It really has helped sustain me through this tough, tough year and I hope that it has given each of you something as well.

I will see you in November, but be with you in spirit on Wednesday night. Thank you so much for letting me quilt with you, I have learned a lot.

--Jessica

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Getting back on the Paloooza wagon... Happy #1 EMQG!

We're having a Party!! 12 months ago the EMQG was just a glimmer in the eye of one geeky, housebound quilter. Now, here I am, alone no longer, still a little geeky but quilting in lands as exotic as downtown Springfield. And here You are too, joining me on this crazy trip... up down and all around, but isn't it more fun together?

This post is going to be totally peppered with pictures from posts past... a little walk down memory lane, if you will.
Remember the PILE 'O' Potholders??
Our softie inspiration?
It was just last month that we swapped around some pillow cases.
Or can you remember our summer towels?
What about our inspiration for the summer snack mat?
Or the needle books?
And there is nothing quite like a nice zippered pouch...
Or those charms we made?
Another round of snack mats anyone?
And those cute pincushions that started our swap-mania off, oh so many months ago...

Have you made anything for the party yet? Anything that you want to donate to the raffle? I found some quilting books at my house that may like to come home with you... and other people have donated some fun quilting tools. My thought is, what is not serving me could very well make one of my quilting friends a happy camper. It is also so fun to take home treats that one of us made, isn't it? I use my swap pot holders from Kelly everyday, they always make my cooking chores much more cheery. So, please bring your gently used books/notions and/or your new swap projects and we will have a ourselves a little raffle.

Didn't you mention something about food Jessica?
OH YES I DID! This month's meeting will also be a potluck. Please bring what you love, savory or sweet, to share. I have some utensils and possibly some napkins. We could also use some plates. If you would like, leave a comment with your potluck tasty then those of us who are undecided can be inspired to fill in the gaps.

Weren't there going to be fun and silly activities?
OF COURSE! Here are just a few of the ones that we have come up with thus far:

1)Swap a Scrap table: bring some of your scraps of fabric that you like, but perhaps are just tired of looking at and swap with your friends for something that you want to use "RIGHT NOW!" (unclaimed leftovers will be donated.)

2)5" Charm Swap: Friendship quilts are always fun. Make your own with charms swapped with your EMQG friends. Bring 5" charm squares and swap-- you bring 10, you take home 10 etc.

3)Name Tags: Make a fun name tag with scraps, a sharpie, and an iron. Wear it tonight, take it home and jazz it up-- and wear it next month and we will ALL remember your name!

4)Raffle Raffle-- Yes, I did write raffle twice, it is just funnier that way. I pretty much explained the idea for this above-- if there are any questions please send me an email or post a comment.
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5)High jinx and mayhem-- just something that goes along with being a Modern Quilter!

I hope this helps the focus the festivities... I have been wanting to post but the pneumonia fairy has visited our house the past 2 weeks and 3 of 5 of us have been hit. I am continuing to hope that my cough will just stay annoying and non-feverish. In between meals and administering meds, I have been "collecting" fabric online... it is a bad habit, but makes for such lovely packages coming in the mail. (I love saying "collecting", it sounds so much better than hoarding!)
:)
--Jessica