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.



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
These workshops may still have spaces open; if you are interested contact R. Voelker.


Mr Domestic
January 25 or February 1
Weave Your Own Adventure Workshop
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $40
Location:  North Plains Senior Center

Pineapple Quilts with Robbie Berg
Sunday, February 16
Cost:  $40
Location:  North Plains Senior Center

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February, 2019 Guild Meeting- 2019 Challenge Quilts Revealed

February is an exciting month with the Westside Quilters!  It's the month our challenge participants reveal their entries in our annual challenge contest. 


The guild is in it's 12th year so this is the #12 Challenge.
Must be 12" x 12"
Any colors- this is 12 fabrics, not 12 colors
Solids or prints
Background counts as a fabric
Binding counts as a fabric
Backing and label are NOT counted in the 12 fabrics
Must have top, batting, and backing
Members may submit up to 3 entries

 Prizes?  Of course!
We will be awarding a prize for the viewers' choice, Best Use of Theme, as well as 2 random draws.  Everyone has a chance to win!

So you don't think you're work is up to snuff?  NOT TRUE!  We all love to see the vast array of quilts made by our members.  We want to see YOUR  interpretation of this theme.  Join in the fun and bring an entry!

These 4 sample blocks were made by Mona Woo, who is coordinating this event.  Thanks for the inspiration, Mona!

Bring your entry to the February, 2019 Guild Meeting.

Block of the Month- Bring to February, 2019 guild meeting

The February Block of the Month is "Slashed".  Use scrappy colors with good contrast.

If you want to play along, make a block (or blocks) and bring them to the February general meeting.  For each block you bring, you get one entry in the drawing.  At the end of the meeting, a name will be drawn and that lucky quilter will receive the whole pile!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

January, 2019 Guild Meeting- Christina Cameli

January, 21, 2019
Christina Cameli

 We started off the new year with Christina Cameli.  Christina entertained us and amazed us with her large trunk show of quilts made with a wedge ruler. She also showed us that we can get beautiful results quilting our creations on a domestic sewing machine.

 Christina is a quilter who loves spreading excitement and confidence to other quilters! She free-motion quilt on her own home machine. She loves teaching free-motion quilting so much that she wrote some books about it! Then she started playing with wedge quilts, so she wrote about that too!

Christina is happiest working without patterns, using up scraps and not taking things too seriously. She's a single mom and quilting is just a part-time thing for her., In the "real" world she's a nurse-midwife and loves her job.

Christina will be giving workshops on free motion quilting on a domestic machine on March 23, 2019 and a workshop on making a wedge quilt will be scheduled for the fall.  For information, contact Sue Hauser or Ruth Voelker.