Search This Blog


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Highlights of the November Meeting

At the November meeting, the membership was treated to a "trunk show" from Violet Craft, a local designer of children's clothing, quilt patterns, and fabrics. Because she lives in the Portland area, it was especially fun seeing her fabric lines, inspired by the local landscape and items in her personal life.

She is currently a licensed designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and distributes her own line of sewing patterns. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.

Violet's journey to fabric design took a circuitous route. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, she holds degrees in business and finance. The start of her career in software development brought her to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn to art, craft and design, the birth of her first daughter compelled her to begin her career designing her children's apparel line, Kung Fu Bambini, that reached boutiques in 2004. Her first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns.

When the Houston International Quilt Show put out a call for modern quilts, Violet submitted this quilt, which was accepted. Keep in mind that her quilts are from her own line of fabrics.

She also has a line of patterns, and this was her first broken herringbone pattern. The fabrics are inspired by local Portland flowers and landmarks.

She'll be teaching a class for our guild in January 9, 2016, on the curved piecing technique that was used when she designed her quilt pattern, "Breeze Blossoms". More information is available in the November newsletter. 

Here she's indicating the fabric inspired by the dots on dominoes. 

And here are some fabrics inspired by local wildlife, her grandmother's doilies, flying geese, and other local flora and fauna.

Locals will recognize the bridge below as the historic St. John's Bridge. Violet explained that the applique was cut from a single piece of Kona solid using an exacto knife.

The bridges in Portland were the inspiration for her Bridge City fabric.

Here is another image of her broken herringbone pattern done in a different fabric line,

and yet another colorway. These quilts contain her fabric line "Memoir," a text fabric created from a story she wrote about her life and her surroundings.

This next image is her paper-pieced Forest Abstractions pattern, which is available for purchase on her website.

Here are some of Violet's fabrics. This one was inspired by the drawn plans for the landscaping at her Beaverton home.

Several of her fabrics were inspired by her two cats. 

And this one was inspired by a photograph taken in the fog one day. Look closely, and you'll be able to see that she added cats and deer to the design. 

These are only just a few of her fabric designs. You can see more at the Michael Miller website.

You can also follow Violet at her blog, right here.

December's meeting will be the Christmas potluck celebration. See your newsletter for more information.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Highlights of the October Meeting

At the October meeting, the members were treated to a presentation by Suzi Parron, and oh my, what an entertaining speaker she is! Suzi"discovered" and wrote the book on Barn Quilts. Her presentation included a slide show, but she requested no photography during the slide show because of copyright issues. 

Sue Hauser introduced her to the guild.

Her talk was humorous, heart-warming and very enjoyable. Suzi explained that she "discovered" barn quilts while on a road trip from her home in Atlanta, Georgia, to Yellowstone National Park. While driving through Ohio, she spied her first barn quilts. She stopped and asked the barn owner about them and was told that they'd been painted to honor the work of women on farms. It was explained to her that when folks see barns, they visualize a farmer who generally happens to be a man. The farmers in this corner of Ohio wanted to recognize the substantial efforts of the women on farms. 

She went on to say that she was so intrigued with the barn quilts that she decided to read about it when she got home from her trip. When she could find no books on the topic, her own book, Barn Quilts, was born.

As it turns out, the first barn quilt was an Ohio Star, painted on a barn in 2001. You can read the story and see some pictures right here. Suzi's own website Barn Quilt Info goes into more history of the barn quilt movement. Quoting Suzi's website:

"I'm often told that barn quilts must be part of the wonderful Amish quilting heritage or that they came to America from some European tradition. Although both of those theories are interesting and have been published from time to time, they just are not based in fact.
How can I be so certain? The answer is a rather simple one. No one has been able to document the location of a painted quilt square that existed prior to the Ohio Star that was painted in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. Donna Sue Groves' idea continues to inspire folks across the country to join what has become the largest grassroots public arts movement in our history."

Clicking on the link above will take you to Suzi's website, and you can see an interactive map that shows barn quilt trails all over the continental United States, including the one the Westside Guild has started. You can see our barn quilt progress right here. Suzi informed us that some 8,000 barn quilts now exist in the continental United States, including all 48 of the lower states, except Nevada. Nevada quilters: I think you have your work cut out for you.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Guild Quilt Show

The guild held its biennial quilt show this past weekend at the Tuality Health Education Center.

Thanks go to member AnnMarie Cowley for most of these great pictures. The venue was large enough to accommodate the quilts of our many talented members and yet maintain a small and intimate atmosphere. Some of the larger quilts were hung from the balcony. At the bottom of the image were items for sale in our guild's "boutique". 

This next shot was taken from the opposite end.

In addition to the large main hall, there was another room filled with row after row of member quilts.

There was a small vendor mall and a few displays, including this display of vintage machines.

The guild honored member Roni, who passed away in the last year.

The guild has several smaller groups, including an art quilt group. They had two displays.

Also, there was a table with information about the Washington County Quilt Barn Trail. 

In recognition of past president Julie Mason's work on this, she was awarded this President's Quilt from guild members.

Peak under that barn quilt, and this is what you'll see.

Here are some more pictures of the show and the many members who participated to make this a fun and successful event.

Thanks, members, for all your hard work!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Guild Show Set-up

Lots of worker bees showed up to get ready for our quilt show that starts today! Thanks to AnnMarie Cowley for these wonderful pictures of our members hard at work.

Preparation for this event involves a lot of jobs for a lot of people.

There were hours of ironing to be done.

Drapes to be hung.

Hanging quilts with care.

Quilts in high and low places.

Sheepish grins.

This quilt was presented to Tuality Hospital for the use of their space.

Let the show begin!

Our show runs Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Tuality Health Education Center, 334 SE 8th Avenue, in Hillsboro. Use this coupon for one dollar off admission.