Thursday, February 25, 2021

 

Our March program will be our annual "UFO Contest."  No, not THAT type of UFO, but it did get your attention, didn't it?  

It's not too late to send in your list of uncompleted/completed projects as explained in the latest issues of the newsletter.  The UFO (UnFinished Object) show and tell will be our program on Monday, March 15 at 6:30 during our regularly scheduled Zoom meeting.  See you then!



Friday, January 22, 2021

 February 2021 Program

Our February speaker is Barbara J. Eikmeier.  Her presentation is called, “It’s All in the Sashings!”   Do you have a set of blocks that you just can’t decide what to do with? Join us as Barb shares a series of quilts and tops that feature blocks set with sashings and cornerstones.  Some are simple and others are more involved with secondary designs created within the sashings and cornerstones.  See side by side examples of the same setting and study how different they look based on the blocks and fabric choices. She will show us approximately 25 quilts and tops in a mix of styles including appliqué and pieced quilts.

Barb Eikmeier learned to sew in 4-H and made her first quilt while in high school but didn't start quilting seriously until after her marriage in 1984. She’s been teaching quilting since 1990 and her favorite technique is applique'.  Married to a military man, quilting became her portable career as she moved around the country and to South Korea for military assignments.

Barb is the mother of two, grandmother of one, and author of four quilting books. She’s also a fabric designer for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, a pattern designer, a Craftsy instructor, and she presents programs and workshops to guilds around the country.

Barb lives in Lansing, Kansas with her husband and two dogs. In addition to quilting she enjoys  flower gardening, baking pies, writing, and sailing on their vintage sailboat at nearby Perry Lake.

Read more about Barb at her website:  www.barbsfavorites.com









Wednesday, December 23, 2020

January 2021 Program
“The Quilt Top is Finished- Now What?”



Our January speaker is Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’Cake Quilts. Many of us have admired Becky’s quilts over the years. What a treat it will be to hear Becky speak and show us some of her quilts. Her topic will be, “My Quilt Top is Finished- Now What?” She will take us through the process of making decisions about batting, backing, quilting (yourself or quilt-by-check), quilting thread and designs, marking quilts…and SO much more! Becky has a real passion for
this topic and it is one of her most often requested lectures. Be sure to have a pen and paper 
handy when you log into this Zoom meeting. You may want to take notes!

Becky Goldsmith is an award-winning quilter who travels to teach quilting both nationally and internationally. Her classes are always interesting and informative, with an emphasis on teaching techniques that help you improve your sewing skills without making you crazy.
Becky met Linda Jenkins, her partner in Piece O’Cake Designs, at a meeting of the Green Country Quilters’ Guild in Tulsa, OK in 1986. They started Piece O'Cake in 1994 and, since then, have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns, including 7 Blocks of the Month. Linda is mostly retired now while Becky continues writing books and patterns.

Becky says that, for all of us, making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging—and that 
being a member of the quilting community is an added bonus. She never imagined that being a
quilter would become her life’s work, but she’s so happy that it did!

Visit www.pieceocake.com to see more!


                           




Thursday, December 10, 2020

December 2020 Program


The December 2020 Program will be the reveal of our 2020 "Angles" Challenge.  Members of the Guild may submit 12" finished quilts that feature any type or combination of angles in the blocks.  Attendees of our virtual meeting will get to vote for their favorites, so have pen and paper handy so you can note which block(s) you wish to vote for.  Voting will be done via an online Zoom survey, and results will be tabulated and announced at the meeting.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Theme, Viewers Choice and two randomly chosen from the challenge submittors.  Check your emails for details about how to submit your entry - the deadline is December 18.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 November 2020 Program and Workshop

Judy Niemeyer will be our featured guest and presenter at the November meeting.  Guild members should watch their email for details about the workshop; those who are not guild members but would like to take the workshop will see the information posted in the "2020 Programs" section on this blog when details are published.



Judy Niemeyer is an internationally renowned quilt pattern designer and instructor.  Her pattern company, Quiltworx.com, focuses on foundation paper piecing.  Quiltworx.com patterns have become loved by customers due to detailed instructions, the inclusion of all of the papers, which are pre-printed, labeled, and included in the pattern on newsprint.  When meeting Judy in a workshop, students are instantly put at ease by her laid-back, but productive teaching style, not to mention, the endless sewing tips and techniques she has perfected over the years to make even the newest quilters confident and accomplished artists. 

Quiltworx.com has been in business for 20 years and is now a world-wide company with a Certified Shop and Instructor program that not only reaches across the United States and Canada, but also into Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Africa, and Europe.  Judy works with her son, Bradley, to create the pattern designs, and her daughter Judel manages her business, helps with the design of fabric collections, and facilitates the publication of the ever-growing inventory (nearing 200 designs) of paper-pieced pattern designs.  She publishes around 8 to 15 new pattern designs each year, teaches internationally, leads a team of instructors in a unique teaching experience called a Quiltworx University, designs fabric with Timeless Treasures, has a line of notions specific to Paper Piecing, and offers week long retreats in Montana, at the Quiltworx Training Center.  She makes her home on the shores of Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana with her husband, Del.  And, together, they have three children, Brad, Billy, and Judel, and 7 grandchildren that spend their summers with Grandma and Grandpa. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Alex Anderson - Featured Speaker at August Guild Meeting

Please be sure to join the Westside Quilters Guild in welcoming Alex Anderson as our featured guest at our monthly meeting on Monday, August 17 at 6:30 pm.  All members will receive an email with the Zoom link for the meeting, so be sure to keep an eye out for that link!

About Alex Anderson

alex start quiltingAlex Anderson’s love of quilting all began in 1978 when she completed her Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt as a part of her work towards her degree in art from San Francisco State University. Over the years her central focus has been to understand fabric relationships and an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.

Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages selling over 1 million copies worldwide. She is a designer of fabrics with RJR Fabrics, and Co- Creator with RNK Distributing (Floriani) of the Quilters Select brand.

Alex is a founding partner of The Quilt Show.com with Ricky Tims. With over 140,000+ registered members in over 100 countries, The Quilt Show.com’s mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, connect and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive and interactive environment.

Alex was chosen as the 2008 Silver Star Award winner given annually by the International Quilt Festival to a qui;ter “whose work and influence has made — and continues to make — a sizable and positive impact on the quilting industry and community.”  Alex was also chosen by the readers of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine (Feb 2009) as “The Most Influential Person in The Quilting Industry” (in a three-way tie with Ricky Tims and Karey Bresenhan of Quilts, Inc).

Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation.

Alex has two children and lives in Northern California with her husband.

www.alexandersonquilts.com
www.thequiltshow.com

 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

On Thursday June 18th the board organized a small gathering to test the idea of having a "Park No Machines Required" sew day. It was held at Shadywood Park in Hillsboro. Each board member invited one member to join, we had 14 in attendance. It was a great success with masks and distancing. The board will work to create more opportunities having the 25 person limit set by the state. Stayed tuned for updates. 

We used this opportunity to present Sue Nichols her President's Quilt. We have lots and lots of creative members who made this a wonderful memory of her time. We wish we could have had a full meeting to make the presentation.  

Sunday, March 15, 2020

All Meetings CANCELLED

The March monthly guild meeting and all activities scheduled for the Senior Center are cancelled due to corona virus safety.  Watch this space and your email for further updates as we have them.

Monday, March 9, 2020


My Photo Local professional quilter and pattern maker Kelly Cole will join us at the March meeting.  Kelly is inspired by all things vintage, from farmhouse kitchens to feedsack fabrics and everything in between.  Read more about Kelly on her blog at http://bluebirdsews.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Our next general meeting will be held on Monday, February 17 at 6:30 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Christine Martell.  She describes her work as follows:  "As a professional artist, I work in a variety of mediums. My current work involves photography and free-motion machine embroidery to create fiber artworks that bring to life my love of nature. Trees have been a lifetime love affair but as I travel, I find myself becoming attached to the all the natural images around me, the ocean, the sunrise and sunset, flowers, and mountains. Each place has its own natural backdrop of beauty. I spend as much time photographing and editing as I do sewing the images. My current work is cross-disciplinary allowing me to combine my love of photography, digital art, printmaking, and textiles to create truly one of a kind expressions."  Read more about Christine and see examples of her work at https://christinemartell.com