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 www.saqaoregon.blogspot.com .

Laura Jaszkowski shared pamphlets regarding her quilting and textile classes.  It is titled Creative Textiles with Laura.  Contact info: joyincloth@gmail.com 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 Show.com—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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Scrap Crap AKA Debris Charity Block

In our November meeting, Pat suggested we use the November sew night for charity blocks! For those who couldn't make it, would like to make more or who were not at the November meeting, here are the instructions for the block.

Use black & white and assorted colors from your stash! 
Border blocks must be black and white but can be prints, center strips are colorful.

Monday, November 10, 2014


For those of you who did not recieve the email recently...

Hello - fellow EMQG members.  

Happy to announce an exciting program for the upcoming meeting.  Several members from SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) will be presenting a trunk show and a short presentation about SAQA.  Looking forward to this fun and inspiring meeting.

November 12th - Doors open @ 6:30. Meeting starts @ 7. At the McNail Riley house! 

See you all there! 

Board Meeting Notes

Eugene Modern Quilt Guild Board Meeting Minutes


2014 Board Members Present:  Jennifer F., Madyson J., Daisy S., Nelda C., Missy D., Linda D.

Additional 2015 Board Members Present:  Pat J., Anne R.

1.  Nelda presented her suggestions for guidelines for the Bee Block Exchange.  It was suggested that a
line be added emphasizing this is a commitment of the entire 12 months – from February, 2015
through January, 2016.

2.  Jessica emailed her ideas for the monthly Swap (she was unable to attend).  The board liked the
variety, joining other Modern Quilt Guilds, longer swaps, along with continuing the monthly swap as in
the past.  She is going to meet with Kathleen.

3. Daisy presented her ideas and observations of EMQG.  This led into discussions covering many topics,
including the following...

4. Show & Tell:  At each monthly meeting, in order to use time more efficiently, have a numbered sign-up
list with the quilter’s name and project, the order of showing will follow the numbers.  Projects would
be put in a stack on the front table – no more than 2 per person.  Daisy told us about a form that was
used at a guild in Boise with questions about the project which was usually read during Show & Tell by
one person.  She will find it and Nelda said she would get the one EVQ uses.  At the end of the meeting
the forms would go to the secretary for help with the minutes.

5. Charity Project:  Pat has a quilt block pattern she will bring that has worked well with another group
she belongs to.  The plan is to use the Sew Night and Sew Day in January to work on it as a group
project.  This will be announced at the November meeting.

6. Communication and Email:  There is some frustration with the delays in posting to the blog and the
delay the blog has before it sends the emails with the latest post.  Madyson has spent a lot of time
trying to find a secure way to electronically have a members-only section on the blog with information.
This is a work in progress.  We need to have printed instructions at meetings for signing up for the

7. Programs:  Pat plans to go to local quilt shops and ask for ideas and speakers to connect with the guild.
Jennifer said Becky at Piece By Piece would like to possibly collaborate with us to bring a nationally-
known speaker to Eugene.

8. Calendar:  Madyson would like to make a EMQG calendar of 2015 with all of the meetings, sew days,
sew nights, and events.  It would then be printed out and given to paid members, which could help
promote meeting speakers.  The printed calendar should then help lessen the load of maintaining the
blog and internet sites.

9. Fellowship:  We need more time for fellowship activities such as sew days and nights, retreats, and
trips.  Out of town trips such as on a bus are good to meet and get to know others.  Collaboration with
other modern quilt guilds like Corvallis and Bend, perhaps on weekend retreats or group projects,
would be good.

10. New members:  New members need to pay their dues no later than during the third meeting they
attend. We need to keep track on the monthly member log.

October Meeting Notes

EMQG Meeting Notes 10/8/2014

Presenter:  Phyliss
Minutes:  Missy
Photographer:  Madyson
Welcome:  Madyson in Jennifer’s absence.

Elections were held during this meeting, 20 voting members cast their votes, ballots were collected and results are below with positions effective January 1, 2015:

PRESIDENT:  Madyson John

TREASURER:  Linda Delaphin

GREETER/MASTER OF CEREMONIES:  Daisy Schrock and Phlyiss Porter


SECRETARY:  Anne Robertson


BEE ORGANIZER:  Nelda Copsey

SWAP ORGANIZER:  Jessica Beaudet

BEE:  Nela’s blocks of ½ triangles look fabulous!  Fun variety of blocks. Oct Month:  Kathy A.  She distributed packets that included Halloween fabrics.

SWAP:  Mug rug:  fall or holiday themes.  Lots of nice surprises and handwork.

For November:  3-D shapes or object…use your imagination!

There was also a drawing for a “The Men Behind the Quilts” calendar. Congrats Jayne!!! 


Board members, current and newly elected, will meet at McNail Riley house Wed Oct 15 at 5:30pm (prior to the sew in time) to meet and discuss roles/positions.

SEW-IN: Wednesday Oct 15, 6:30-8:30ish McNail Riley house.  Free

SEW DAY:  Saturday Oct 25 10am-5pm Our Sewing Room.  Fee


Missy:  2 baby boy quilts for an ex-coworker who had twin boys. 

Laura’s granddaughter Trinity:  2 quilts, one made when she was 8 yrs old, and another one designed by her and made when she was 10 yrs old.  Good work Trinity!!

Mindi:  Marilyn Monroe quilt

Kathleen:  King size Bargello quilt, free motion quilt.  WOW!

Jayne:  Winding Waves, gold/burgundy quilt with fern pattern free arm quilting

Jill:  small quilt with “burning technique”

Julie:  hot pad mitten

Kelly:  light blue improvisational log cabin quilt

Kim:  small cat quilt…meow…

Crystal:  custom died fabric bowls, beautiful!, barnyard charm square quilt

Karen:  crosses small wall hanging, quilt as you go reversible quilt

Susan:  one block wonder of black, while and yellow

Phyliss:  African block, Tula 100 blocks quilt, a yellow, black and gold music quilt for her granddaughter, an apron and matching hot pads