Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Super Sewing Saturday for Chairty, 2018- Delectable Mountains with Peggy Gelbrich

It's Time for another Super Sewing Saturday for Charity!

Every spring, the Westside Quilters' Guild holds a Charity Super Sewing Day!  On these special days, we ask a guest instructor to lead us in making quilts.  These instructors generously donate their time to do this as their contribution to our efforts.  The finished quilts will be given to recipients who would benefit from the comfort of a hand made quilt.  This year, we are excited to have Peggy Gelbrich  (Yellow House Quilter) teach us her quick method for making the Delectable Mountain block.  This quilt looks great with a few fabrics, or lots of fabrics, giving it a scrappy feel.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Jessie Mays Community Center in North Plains (30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains, OR 97133) from 9 am to 4 pm.  Participation is FREE.  All quilts will be donated through our charity quilting committee.  You may use any fabrics you like- from your own stash or from our charity fabric stash.  

Some people like to work alone, and some like to work with a partner.  It's up to you!

Contact our charity quilting chairwomen, Carolyn Drosd and Marcia Elliot to:
*Register for the class (no charge, but please register so they will know how many to expect)
*Request charity fabric to use
*Get answers to any questions you may have

Delectable Mountains

Learn the quick technique to make this great old pattern, Delectable Mountains. The quilt as pictured is 54”x62” with no border.

Background – 2 yards
Main Fabric – 2 yards
Binding -½  yard

*You can also use a pre-cut Layer Cake. You will need one each of a main fabric and a background fabric. A full layer cake of each background and main will make a larger quilt.

____ Sewing machine in working order
____ Pins – Regular quilter pins
____ Square ruler for squaring up
____ 6”x12” or 6”x18” for cutting
____ Cutting mat
____ Thread to match
____ Several filled bobbins
____ Seam ripper 
____ Machine needles  

Pre-cutting: If you are using yardage, cut your fabric into six - 10½” wide strips, width of fabric then into 24 - 10½” squares of each background and main.

The Layer Cake pre-cuts are 10”. If you are using pre-cuts and need additional fabrics cut the additional fabrics into 10” squares.

Questions? Peggy Gelbrich 503-852-7452 E-mail: peggy@yellowhousequilter.com

Monday, January 15, 2018

January, 2018 Guild Meeting- Art Quilter, Sidnee Snell

January guild meeting - speaker Sidnee Snell.

Sidnee's presentation was entertaining, inspiring, educational, and thought-provoking. Guild members enjoyed Sidnee and her quilts, and we were blushing when she praised our work as she enjoyed watching our "show and tell".  Our thanks to Sidnee for spending the evening with us! 

In 1994, after a dozen or so years working as an electrical engineer and programmer, Sidnee Snell left the high-tech industry and began her professional artistic journey.
Sidnee has been working with fiber and fabric since her girlhood, including a stint as a custom dressmaker in high school. Her early art-quilts were geometrical and abstract in design. They were heavily influenced by traditional quilts and her studies with Nancy Crow and other prominent art quilters. In 2007, she began developing a foundation appliqué technique and producing quilts based on photographic imagery.
Sidnee's work has been collected by individuals and exhibited in galleries, museums, and art shows locally, nationally, and internationally, including Quilt National 2013. Her work was featured on the television program Oregon Art Beat and has been published in exhibition catalogs as well as national and international magazines. She belongs to Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network.

December, 2017 Guid Meeting- Party Time!

Our annual holiday party is always an evening full of friends, food (lots and lots of food), music, gifts, and SMILES!  Thanks to Shirlene and her merry "elves" who worked so hard to make the evening a memorable one!

November, 2017, Guild Meeting- Hawaiian Quilter Nancy Lee Chong

  Well known Hawaiian Quilter and hand applique artist and teacher, Nancy Lee Chong, spoke and shared an extensive trunk show of her exquisite work at our November guild meeting.

Nancy Lee Chong

Nancy loves teaching applique! Her mission to make sure quilters and needleworkers of all kinds learn just how easy and fun applique really is when it is not complicated by all kinds of extraneous tools and steps.  Nancy learned to make Hawaiian Quilts from Margaret Luika Kamaka in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, between 1978 and 1981. Calling on her degree in Education, she began teaching Hawaiian quiltmaking in 1982, when she moved to the Seattle, Washington area with her husband and daughter. In 1988, she made her first pieced quilt, and has been making both traditional and art quilts since. Hawaiian quilting and applique quilts continue to be her specialty. Her pieced and appliqued quilts have appeared in magazines, quilt books, and have traveled throughout the United States and to other countries.

You can see more about Nancy on her webpage, http://quiltchong.com/

Nancy taught workshops on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19th.

October, 2017 Guild Meeting- Wool Artist, Cathy Ware

Local wool fiber dyer, and wool applique artist, Cathy Ware, treated us to a large trunk show. The pieces were made with hand- applique on  hand-dyed felted wool.  We also learned a lot of tips and tricks, as Cathy took the mystery out of types of wool, needles, thread, and so much more!

September, 2017 Guild Meeting- Swann Sheridan

September, 2017  Swann Sheridan
What an inspiring evening!  Our members were captivated by this entertaining and talented quilter.

Swan Sheridan was born in Bend, Oregon and currently lives in Vail, Arizona with her husband and daughter.
Swan’s interest in all things textile related began when she was very young.  She tried everything from spinning wool, to cross-stitch and finally landed in the world of quilting during grad school as she awaited the birth of her first nephew.  She dabbled in appliqué with that first quilt in the interests of covering a mistake and thus did necessity become the mother of invention.
Appliqué truly took over Swan’s quilting life in 2004 while she was pregnant with her daughter.  Swan had a dream during that time that repeated a magical image of dragonflies rising out of a brass urn and flying toward the moon.  Unable to shake the idea that this image needed to become a quilt for her baby-to-be, Swan set out to make this quilt come alive and as a result produced her first large appliquéd scene.

In 2009, with her daughter in preschool, Swan began to refine her applique skills always with unique designs.  Soon after she took a job with Bella Quiltworks in Tucson, Arizona, offering her the opportunity to be immersed in the quilting world in a whole new way.
Swan began producing patterns for sale in early 2013 and regularly exhibits her work in local shows.  She teaches in Tucson, offering classes in appliqué, color, hand quilting, and decorative stitches. She also enjoys commission work on a limited basis.

On any given day, you can find this quilt artist half buried in fabric, brandishing her needle and thread, and otherwise surrounded by implements of creativity.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Our Annual UFO Contest Reveal! (August, 2017 Guild Meeting Program)

At our July, 2017 meeting, members revealed scores of UFO's (UnFinished Objects) that they have been working on for the last 8 months.  This is always one of our most popular meetings- full of inspiration, and this year's reveal was no exception!

Life Through Quilts- A Trunk Show with Peggy Gelbrich (July, 2017 Guild Meeting Program)

Our July guild meeting was filled with inspirational quilts shared by Peggy Gelbrich.  Peggy shared quilts she has made throughout her life, along with stories about them.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry(June, 2017 Guild Meeting Program)
spoke at our June 19th guild meeting. What an experience to meet this amazing artist and see some of her and her amazing volume of work. We were pleased to have many friends and visitors in attendance.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The winner at our May Meeting

WQG meets every 3rd Monday from 6:30 to 9pm at Newlife Baptist Church in Hillsboro, OR. Try out one of our meetings, no admission fee. We always have a program and show and tell. Programs include national and local quilters, guild challenges and UFO contests, and our annual Brown Bag Bonanza Extravaganza where we sell thousands of quilt and craft related items. 

Monday night's meeting will was the reveal of our 2017 Challenge, A Solid Ten. This challenge celebrates our tenth anniversary. Entries were required to use ten solid colors only, no prints or tonals. See what we created.

Marlene Thomas

Viewers Choice went to Marlene Thomas for her Forecast Calls for Rain quilt, seen here hung on an umbrella! To see a video of all the entries, see our Facebook page.