Monday, August 10, 2020

Alex Anderson - Featured Speaker at August Guild Meeting

Please be sure to join the Westside Quilters Guild in welcoming Alex Anderson as our featured guest at our monthly meeting on Monday, August 17 at 6:30 pm.  All members will receive an email with the Zoom link for the meeting, so be sure to keep an eye out for that link!

About Alex Anderson

alex start quiltingAlex Anderson’s love of quilting all began in 1978 when she completed her Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt as a part of her work towards her degree in art from San Francisco State University. Over the years her central focus has been to understand fabric relationships and an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.

Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages selling over 1 million copies worldwide. She is a designer of fabrics with RJR Fabrics, and Co- Creator with RNK Distributing (Floriani) of the Quilters Select brand.

Alex is a founding partner of The Quilt with Ricky Tims. With over 140,000+ registered members in over 100 countries, The Quilt’s mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, connect and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive and interactive environment.

Alex was chosen as the 2008 Silver Star Award winner given annually by the International Quilt Festival to a qui;ter “whose work and influence has made — and continues to make — a sizable and positive impact on the quilting industry and community.”  Alex was also chosen by the readers of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine (Feb 2009) as “The Most Influential Person in The Quilting Industry” (in a three-way tie with Ricky Tims and Karey Bresenhan of Quilts, Inc).

Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation.

Alex has two children and lives in Northern California with her husband.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

On Thursday June 18th the board organized a small gathering to test the idea of having a "Park No Machines Required" sew day. It was held at Shadywood Park in Hillsboro. Each board member invited one member to join, we had 14 in attendance. It was a great success with masks and distancing. The board will work to create more opportunities having the 25 person limit set by the state. Stayed tuned for updates. 

We used this opportunity to present Sue Nichols her President's Quilt. We have lots and lots of creative members who made this a wonderful memory of her time. We wish we could have had a full meeting to make the presentation.  

Sunday, March 15, 2020

All Meetings CANCELLED

The March monthly guild meeting and all activities scheduled for the Senior Center are cancelled due to corona virus safety.  Watch this space and your email for further updates as we have them.

Monday, March 9, 2020

My Photo Local professional quilter and pattern maker Kelly Cole will join us at the March meeting.  Kelly is inspired by all things vintage, from farmhouse kitchens to feedsack fabrics and everything in between.  Read more about Kelly on her blog at

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Our next general meeting will be held on Monday, February 17 at 6:30 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Christine Martell.  She describes her work as follows:  "As a professional artist, I work in a variety of mediums. My current work involves photography and free-motion machine embroidery to create fiber artworks that bring to life my love of nature. Trees have been a lifetime love affair but as I travel, I find myself becoming attached to the all the natural images around me, the ocean, the sunrise and sunset, flowers, and mountains. Each place has its own natural backdrop of beauty. I spend as much time photographing and editing as I do sewing the images. My current work is cross-disciplinary allowing me to combine my love of photography, digital art, printmaking, and textiles to create truly one of a kind expressions."  Read more about Christine and see examples of her work at
These workshops may still have spaces open; if you are interested contact R. Voelker.


Mr Domestic
January 25 or February 1
Weave Your Own Adventure Workshop
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $40
Location:  North Plains Senior Center

Pineapple Quilts with Robbie Berg
Sunday, February 16
Cost:  $40
Location:  North Plains Senior Center

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February, 2019 Guild Meeting- 2019 Challenge Quilts Revealed

February is an exciting month with the Westside Quilters!  It's the month our challenge participants reveal their entries in our annual challenge contest. 


The guild is in it's 12th year so this is the #12 Challenge.
Must be 12" x 12"
Any colors- this is 12 fabrics, not 12 colors
Solids or prints
Background counts as a fabric
Binding counts as a fabric
Backing and label are NOT counted in the 12 fabrics
Must have top, batting, and backing
Members may submit up to 3 entries

 Prizes?  Of course!
We will be awarding a prize for the viewers' choice, Best Use of Theme, as well as 2 random draws.  Everyone has a chance to win!

So you don't think you're work is up to snuff?  NOT TRUE!  We all love to see the vast array of quilts made by our members.  We want to see YOUR  interpretation of this theme.  Join in the fun and bring an entry!

These 4 sample blocks were made by Mona Woo, who is coordinating this event.  Thanks for the inspiration, Mona!

Bring your entry to the February, 2019 Guild Meeting.

Block of the Month- Bring to February, 2019 guild meeting

The February Block of the Month is "Slashed".  Use scrappy colors with good contrast.

If you want to play along, make a block (or blocks) and bring them to the February general meeting.  For each block you bring, you get one entry in the drawing.  At the end of the meeting, a name will be drawn and that lucky quilter will receive the whole pile!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

January, 2019 Guild Meeting- Christina Cameli

January, 21, 2019
Christina Cameli

 We started off the new year with Christina Cameli.  Christina entertained us and amazed us with her large trunk show of quilts made with a wedge ruler. She also showed us that we can get beautiful results quilting our creations on a domestic sewing machine.

 Christina is a quilter who loves spreading excitement and confidence to other quilters! She free-motion quilt on her own home machine. She loves teaching free-motion quilting so much that she wrote some books about it! Then she started playing with wedge quilts, so she wrote about that too!

Christina is happiest working without patterns, using up scraps and not taking things too seriously. She's a single mom and quilting is just a part-time thing for her., In the "real" world she's a nurse-midwife and loves her job.

Christina will be giving workshops on free motion quilting on a domestic machine on March 23, 2019 and a workshop on making a wedge quilt will be scheduled for the fall.  For information, contact Sue Hauser or Ruth Voelker.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Block-of-th-Month- Bring to January Meeting

BOM's are always fun- especially when you have the chance to bring one, and come home with a whole hand full!  Bring one (or more) string quilt blocks to the January guild meeting. For each block you enter, you have one chance in the drawing to win them all.  Below is a tutorial for making this month's block.

This great tutorial is from the blog, "A Quilting Life".

Photos via A Quilting Life
Here is a simple tutorial for creating string quilt blocks using a muslin foundation:
**Cut 10 ½ inch square muslin for foundation piece
**Strips are Scrappy – your choice of color and width
·         Start by saving strips and strings of fabric. Don’t worry about trimming them to any particular size — a good variety of sizes looks best in a string quilt. Strips ranging in size from 1 1/4” to 2 1/2” are a good choice. Although smaller strips can be used, they don’t show up well after seam allowances are taken into consideration, and larger strips tend to take up too much of the block. Squares of fabrics can also be used for string blocks — they are perfect for using on the corners of the blocks.

·         You’ll also want to collect fabric for your foundation squares. A thin muslin fabric works best. Using this method will result in a quilt top that is a little bit heavier than normal, however, you can use very thin batting or even a piece of flannel in place of batting to keep your finished quilt from becoming too bulky.
·         Another idea to save on bulk is to skip the batting completely and use flannel or corduroy for the quilt backing.
·         These squares can be cut to any size depending on the size you want your finished block. Add 1/2” to your desired finished block size. For example: cut 8 1/2” squares to end up with 8” finished blocks.

Begin by placing one strip of fabric face up diagonally across your foundation piece. Secure the strip to the foundation using a couple of pins or a few dots of appliqué glue. You can also use an acid-free glue stick to secure the center strip. This step is important to prevent shifting before the strip is secured on both edges to the foundation.

Add a second strip of fabric, right sides together, to the center strip. Sew through all layers using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press to set the seam, then open up and press the top strip open.
Continue to add strips in this manner until one side of your foundation is completely covered with strips.
Then, begin to use this same method to cover the remaining half of the foundation square.
Once your square is completely covered with strips, turn it over and trim the strip pieces with the edges of the square