Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September, 2018  Nancy Goldsworthy- Batting, Needles and Thread

Sewing has been Nancy's passion since she was very young. Her love for fabric has driven her career from her first job in a shirt factory to her current longarm quilting business. Along her  journey she has learned the ins and outs of both the garment and fabric industries. From working with the fabric vendors to sending the finished product out the door, she has done it all. But, her favorite part is still sitting and sewing the pieces together. Quilting has been her focus for the past 20 years.

Now, as a longarm quilter, her many years in industrial sewing have given her an insight into how needles, threads and fabrics worked and why. She discovered not only that quilters needed the information that she had gleaned in 30 years working with the industrial machines, but that she enjoyed teaching them.  Nancy has had 4 books published on the technical parts of needles, threads, batting and more. The original books are currently out of print, but are currently being updated.

Nancy will be our presenter in September, 2018, and will share with us what's new in the world of needles, threads and batting.  Time with Nancy is always educational, and she will also bring along a few of her quilts.  The meeting starts at 6:30 on September 17, 2018 at the New Life Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Visitors are welcome!


Saturday, July 28, 2018

August, 2018 Guild Meeting- Our Annual Brown Bag Extravaganza!

WOW!  The 2018 Brown Bag Extravaganza Was the Biggest Ever!

 Every year out members clean out their sewing spaces and find treasures that need a new home.  They donate their seldom-used quilting and craft items.... and then the fun begins!
Our fabulous Brown Bag Committee toils for months to prepare for the evening.  Nancy and her team group, sort, and label the goodies and set up tables of silent auction items, "ticket and take it" items and  the ever popular brown bag items.  We purchase tickets and  "spend" them by purchasing "ticket and take it" items and put them in brown bags next to items they hope to win when tickets are drawn from the bags.  

 It seems that this very popular event grows bigger every year. We have our wonderful guild volunteers to thank for that. A BIG THANK YOU to Nancy and all who assisted her! The hard work payed off. Members and guests had loads of fun and went home with loads of treasures.                                                                                      

It's never too early to start thinking about next year.  Why not put a bag in the corner of your sewing space and place items in it throughout the year that you no longer use?

See you all next year!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Guild Meeting- July, 16, 2018- Jessica VanDenburgh

July, 2018 Jessica VanDenburgh- Handbags, Wallets and Totes, & Using Pre-cuts to make quilts

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Our July speaker was Jessica VanDenburgh, owner of Sew Many Creations.  Jessica's enthusiasm and her entertaining as well as educational presentation was a big hit with our members.

Jessica's business   began as a custom bag business in 2007 after much encouragement from friends and family.  In 2011, the company developed into a bag pattern business geared towards quilters.  After much frustration with the bag & accessory patterns that were available (mostly written for seamstresses), she decided to create a line of easy to make, beginner friendly patterns that quilters could understand.  They use the same tools and language that quilters use.  In 2013, quilt patterns were added as well.  Her patterns are easy, beginner friendly and many of them use pre-cut fabrics such as jelly rolls, layer cakes and fat quarters.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Guild Meeting- June, 2018- Anne P. Shaw

June 2018
Ann P. Shaw- Art Quilter

Noted designer and textile artist, Ann P. Shaw was our featured speaker for June.  In her lecture, titled LINE, SHAPE AND DESIGN IN QUILTS, Ann presented an overview of her approach to designing quilts and the how differing choices can influence the look of a quilt.  She showed a series of examples to illustrate her design process, from creating a pattern to unusual fabric choices.

Guild Meeting- May, 2018- Joyce Dean Gieszler- Getting Your UFO's Under Control!

May, 2018  Joyce Gieszler, Getting your UFO's Under Control

How fortunate we are in the Westside Quilters' Guild to have Joyce Gieszler as a member and friend!  We enjoyed every minute of her entertaining program on how to get control of our UFO's (unfinished objects) and finish them, change them, or give them away!  Her trunk show of examples kept us oooo-ing and ahhhhh-ing  all evening.  Thank you, Joyce!

 Joyce Geiszler     

Joyce's life-long love affair with sewing began when she was four years old. She told her mother she knew why the sewing machine was called a Singer – because it hummed! She took sewing in home economics, but didn't really begin to love sewing clothes until she was in her early 20s. She began her sewing career tailoring men's suits in the Portland, Oregon, area. After a move to Waco, Texas, and finding a quilt shop inside of a converted carriage house, she was hooked!

Joyce has been teaching quilting for 18 years and designing quilt patterns for 13. She began teaching by volunteering at a local alternative school and teaching teen moms to make quilts for their babies. 

Joyce has authored two books and created dozens of patterns.  The members of WQG anticipate Joyce's Mystery Quilt classes each fall. For our May guild meeting, Joyce will present a humorous program on how to take control of that UFO pile.  What a great way to begin our annual UFO challenge!

Guild Meeting, April 2018 Catherine Redford

April, 2018
Catherine Redford

We were treated to an entertaining evening of laughter and "eye Candy".  Catherine's trunk show included many "modern quilts" and many that showcased her exquisite needlework skills.

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Catherine Redford is a member of the Riverwalk Quilters Guild in Naperville IL, and also a member of Fiber Art Di-vas, an art group that meets at Naper-ville Art League, and the Professional Art Quilt Alliance. In 2012, she co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilt-ers Guild to further explore the mod-ern quilt aesthetic. In 2013, she was invited to appear on Quilting Arts TV (QATV) and has since taped several segments on various topics. She is a regular contributor to Modern Patchwork magazine and the author of two Modern Machine Quilting QATV workshops on DVD.
Catherine believes we all have an innate need to be creative in some sphere of our lives. Quilting is her outlet of choice. She shares her love of quilting as an inspiration to others. She has found that as she passes on the knowledge she has gained to others, it enriches her own journey of creativity.
Quilting is full of choices, and Redford thinks all quilters have the right to choose the elements of their craft that bring joy to them. There are always choices in our lives that we just “have to do” in pursuit of our long-term goals. It’s the same when we quilt. She always encouraged her children to try new vegetables, but could accept that there were some they would never learn to love. She encourages her students to try all the processes involved in making quilts, but accept there will be some people that find their joy in making tops by ma-chine, while others enjoy handwork and still others love to machine quilt. That’s OK! That’s where teamwork comes in and there’s a whole community of quilters out there willing to help.
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