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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Highlights of the January Meeting.

At January's meeting, guild members were treated to a trunk show from Sam Hunter. You can see Sam's web page, Hunter's Design Studio right here.

Sam was an entertaining speaker. She self-describes as "sassy" and it certainly came through in the hour-long talk she gave last night. Her quilts were lovely and creative. In fact, she says this is the first quilt she ever made. That's a big Wow!

She creates her own hand-dyes and bemoaned the quilt below, saying that she'd entered it in a show only to have it hung in bright sunshine, which faded the colors. Still, it's a lovely quilt.

Having quilted for some years on a strict budget, she's made an art of using scraps, precuts, and endeavoring to use all the fabrics in her stash.

When she learned to make the pickle dish design, she was so excited by it that she created some hand dyed fabric to match for the remainder of the quilt.

Her backs are often pieced in bright and whimsical colors, and she explains this practice came out of her "budget" years.

This quilt is one of the first patterns she created.

And she claims the quilt below can be made with none of the dreaded "Y" seams.

The quilts below are different layouts using jelly rolls.

And here's a nice scrappy version with the little dark detailing to add interest.

When she made this quilt, she thought it needed something to make it a little more interesting.

And so she made the same quilt, adding the little squares on the top and the bottom to give it some spark.

Her patterns feature her "Fabulous Fourteen" designs that can be made from fourteen fat quarters.

In her quest to use all the fabric from a particular project, she uses the cut-off ends from blocks to create the two patches in the border.

She didn't make the next quilt. Rather, her guild created it for her when she left. They used her own hand-dyed blues for the background.

Here's some detail that shows that the blocks are signature blocks. Clever quilting too!

Dr. Who fans will appreciate the next one. 

The next quilt is paper-pieced, and she had this pattern for sale at our meeting. In fact, there were patterns for many of the quilts seen here.

Here's a detail of the flower. 

Sam showed us her only "vintage" quilt. This quilt was hand-pieced and hand-quilted, although she purchased it without knowing any more about it or the quilter. She paused her to spend some time talking about imperfections in our sewing and claims to "love every imperfection" in all of her quilts. She says that a hand-made quilt should show the hand of the quilter in its imperfections. 

Her book Quilt Talk (link right here) features the paper-pieced quilting alphabet she developed.

It includes all the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet along with numbers and popular symbols. These can be resized for use in any quilt.

She's created some very cute projects using her alphabet, including these two baby quilts:

The lambs' ears are three-dimensional.

This one was inspired by a "Star Wars" dialog exchange:

and its quilting also reflects its origin.

Here's a nod to the creative process.

Check out this reversible bed runner for the mood of the person who occupies the bed. A nap, or........

And this is the quilt Sam made for herself using words that she strives to "be":

If you would like to learn from Sam Hunter, she will be teaching a class on her "Dingbats" pattern (below) for guild members in April.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Meeting Time Change and Board Minutes

Starting January 2015, our meeting will commence at 6:30 pm at Newlife Baptist Church.
Minutes from the January Board Meeting have been uploaded to the Members Only portion of our website.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

End of year thoughts

As we approach December 31st, I've been thinking about all our guild has accomplished this year. We continued our education programs, made bunches of charity quilts, helped our local museum put on a great quilting exhibit, volunteered at community events like the Garlic Fest and July 4th, promoted our raffle quilt, and began our Quilt Barn Trail. If I left anything out, sorry for the exclusion, but I have a 60 year old brain now!

Anyway, I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all of you who took the step to join our group. I can't imagine being a part of a group that is nicer, more helpful, craftier, more clever or talented, or more giving of their time and talents. Yay for all of us!

I also want to remind all of you of our affiliation with the Oregon Cultural Trust. As you think about making charity donations this time of year, think about all the arts groups supported by OCT, including Westside Quilters Guild. Our Quilt Barn Trail grant from Cultural Coalition of Washington County was made possible by OCT. To find out about their matching funds program, click on the link above. We even have a DONATE button right here in our blog on the Quilt Barn Trail page.

 I'm off to bake more cookies now, but happy holidays to everyone, and we'll see you in 2015!

Jean Lasswell

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Party!

Everyone had an joyful time at our holiday party hosted by Peggy Gelbrich and her band of elves. The pot luck was varied and delicious and there was lots of bubbly cider and sweet desserts.  Everyone brought a gift to swap and there were many, many lovely handmade items.



Kellie displays her mother and daughter quilts during the Christmas gift Show and Tell.

More homemade holiday presents

There were at least 80 attendees but we truly missed those who could not be there.  Hope to see everyone next year.


Saturday, December 6, 2014


First blocks installed!


We signed the back of block going up at the Simpson Century Farm.
John Doctor (right) and crew Richard put the bottom part of
the Hovering Hawks block in place.
Taking up the top piece...


Celebrating the first block to be installed!  #1 
See this block at 31535 SW Simpson Road, Cornelius.

 Then we moved on to install the second one...

The second block was signed on the back, too!  This block is going up 
on the corner of Hornecker and Padget on the Gates Century Farm.

John and Richard already have the frame and bottom of the
Grandmother's Fan block up,and are raising the top piece into place.


Members of the Gates and Ferguson Families along with Guild members
celebrate the installation of this gorgeous quilt barn block. 
This one is at 32720 NW Hornecker Road, Hillsboro.

Watch for more blocks to be installed!