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 will be Jessica VanDenburgh, owner of Sew Many Creations.  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.

In addition to speaking at our July guild meeting, Jessica will teach two classes:

Jessica will teach students to make her All Around Tote Bag on Sunday, July 15 at the North Plains Senior Center.  Cost is  $25 to the guild and a $10 pattern fee to Jessica at the class.

There are spaces available for this class.  To register, call Sue @ 503-730-6068

Class supply list can be found on the sidebar to your right.

On Monday, July, 16, from 9am-noon at the New Life Baptist Church in Hillsboro (where our guild meeting is held), Jessica will speak on fusibles, interfacing, and hardware used in making wallets, bags, and totes.  Participants will not be making anything and there are no supplies required to bring.  This is a lecture/ demonstration and there will be ample opportunity to view samples of bags and ask questions.  Members and non members are welcome.  Cost is $15.00 payable to the guild.  To register, contact Sue @ 503-730-6068.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Block of the Month for July, 2018 Meeting

We have a fun BOM for July!  If you would like to participate, make a block and bring it to the July meeting.  Find the BOM table in the break room and add your block to the pile.  For each block you bring, you get one entry in the drawing.  At the end of the evening, a name will be drawn and that lucky quilter gets to take the whole pile home. 

by Teje Karjalainen

Patchwork Bird – Tutorial

If you look carefully this block, you see that there are only squares and triangles. You can see this bird in many sites in internet but I haven’t seen it with a wing. Here is the plan …
Fabric choices:  Your choice!  Make your bird unique! 

– whole squares are 2,5 ” x 2,5 “
– triangles are half squares from 3″ x 3″ squares
– beak (nose) is half square from 2,5″ x 2,5″ square and it’s on 2,5″ x 2,5″ square
– feet are 1″ x 2,5″ and the grass next to the foot is 2″ x 2,5″
!!! Take care how to cut your pieces if you use fabrics where the direction is important – for example my trees. You need two opposite triangles (other wise the other piece is horizontal and the other vertical).

Sew first all the small parts. Sew the nose-triangle on the corner of one 2,5″ x 2,5″ square. Cut away the remaining corner from the square  which is under the nose triangle.
Press the seams open and trim the squares to 2,5″ x 2,5″.

Next sew the squares in rows …Press the seams open.  Sew the rows together. Trim your block and your bird is ready!
Finished block size is about 10″ (10,5″) depending how exact your seam allowance is. I use about 1,4″ seam allowance.

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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