Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Brown Bag Extravaganza (March 2017 Guild Meeting)

March 20, 2017  Annual Brown Bag Extravaganza

One of the highlights of the year for the Westside Quilters Guild!  Members donate quilting and craft-related supplies that they no longer need and then we all have fun bidding on the treasures!  It's all for a good cause and the smiles are abundant.  Visitors are welcome to join in the fun.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Quilted Postcard Quilts with Bonnie Sabel Welte (February, 2017 Guild Meeting Program)

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Our speaker for February was Bonnie Sabel Welte.  Bonnie brought over a hundred quilted postcards to share with us.  It was fascinating to listen to her description of the process she uses to create these little treasures.  WQG members are looking forward to a workshop with Bonnie in March to learn how to make our own postcards. You can see more of Bonnie's work by visiting her website.

Bonnie was born in Michigan, spent her young-adult years in Southern California and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. She has a BS degree in management and recently retired from an accounting career, but her heart has always belonged to designing with fabric. It has been her good fortune in life to have a favorite aunt who is an artist and quilter. Aunt Sylvia is a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute. Over the years she has encouraged Bonnie to craft and sew and to see things with an artist's eye. Bonnie's quilting friend Judy Foster has also given significant encouragement over the years.
In the 1980s, several pieces of Bonnie's original wearable art were juried into national shows, including two appliqu├ęd butterfly jackets that were juried into the prestigious annual "Designed to Wear" event for the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. During the 1990s, her focus turned more to quilting bed-size quilts and original wall quilts. The wall quilt mentioned in the description of Mauna Loa was selected for a Viewer's Choice Award at the Northwest Quilter's Show the year it was made. Many pieces of her original wearable art and art quilts have been sold at shows and galleries.
Bonnie executed the design and construction of the postcards in this book and also contributed the written descriptions and instructions.

Charity Sewing Day with Karla Alexander- April 15, 2017

It's almost time for our annual charity sewing day, and our guest designer/instructor for this year will be Karla Alexander.  You may remember the fun we had when she instructed the charity event in 2015.  We made about 30 quilt tops that day! 

This event is for members of the Westside Quilters Guild.  If you are not a member but would like more information about our charity sewing or about how to join the guild, join us as a guest at one of our meetings.  We'd love to meet you!

The charity sewing day will be on April 15, 2017, from 9-4 at the Jessie Mays Community Center in North Plains.  PLEASE SIGN UP WITH RUTH VOELKER so that we will know how to set up the room!  (There is no charge- but please sign up)

You can use your own fabric or arrange with Carolyn or Marcia to get fabric from the charity storage.  You don't have to pre-cut, but it would help you to complete your quilt on the sewing day if it is pre-cut.  Assembly instructions and tips will come from Karla at the sewing day.

Of course, the purpose of this event is to make lots and lots of charity quilts!  But there will be a few surprises for the quilters who attend on April 15th!  We hope to see you there!

Precutting for the Karla Alexander Charity Sew-in - April 15, 2017

The pattern we’ve chosen requires contrasting fabrics. Precutting involves cutting fabrics into two sizes of squares.  Your quilt could be scrappy with lights and darks (no mediums).  It could be two contrasting colors like red and black.  It could be a 3-color with two colors and a background (red, white and blue?). The 8 ½” squares will be cut/sewn into sub-units (instructions at the sew-in), but the 8” squares will remain whole, so a novelty/focus fabric could be used there. The tables below show the number of squares needed of each fabric depending on style and size.
You may choose to use/donate your own fabrics or arrangements can be made to visit the Charity storage unit to pick fabrics from our stash. Some kits will be available at the event.
 We will be cutting kits at the March Charity Sewing day (3/13, 9:00-12:00) at the Springs at Tanasbourne (SE corner of NW 192nd and Cornell). If you’d like to help, bring a cutting mat, a rotary cutter, and ruler. 
For those who cannot attend the Sew-in, but do want to participate, directions for Karla’s pattern will be made available shortly after the event.

Twin   60”x 75”
8 ½” squares
8” squares
2 contrasting colors (A, B)
30 each A & B
20 A or B (whichever you want predominant)
Scrappy Lights and Darks
(no mediums)
30 each Lights & Darks
20 Darks
3 color (Background, Primary/Focus, Secondary)
30 each Background & Secondary
20 Primary/Focus

Lap   53”x 60”
8 ½” squares
8” squares
2 contrasting colors (A, B)
21 each A & B
14 A or B (whichever you want predominant)
Scrappy Lights and Darks
(no mediums)
21 each Lights & Darks
14 Darks
3 color (Background, Primary/Focus, Secondary)
21 each Background & Secondary
20 Primary/Focus

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The WQG Quilt Barn Trail (January 2017 Guild Meeting Program)

It was an evening to be flexible!  We're recovering from a week of ice and snow, and decided not to cancel (although it was considered).  Then- our speaker was ill and didn't even have enough voice to get through her program.  So our members Julie Mason and Jane Fouste stepped in to give us an update on our Quilt Barn Project. The members who braved the snow and ice were treated to a very interesting and informative program about the wooden quilt blocks that have been installed on barns in Washington County, Oregon.

This was the very first block installed 3 years ago.  We've come a long way since then!  There are now more than 30 blocks sprinkled through rural Washington County!

 Julie and her committee have learned a lot from the painting and installation of blocks so far.  The process has become quite streamlined and the group is more efficient with each block.

More and more requests are coming in as barn owners see other blocks installed and want to learn how they can get a block placed on their barn.

The snow is now melted, our original speaker has been rescheduled, and the January meeting was a very enjoyable one- thanks to Julie and Jane!

Annual Holiday Party! (December 2016 guild meeting)

December, 2016  Annual Holiday Party
Members of the WQG always look forward to our annual party.  We take an evening to celebrate the wonderful year of quilting with friends, as well as fulfilling our mission of charity and education in our community.  We each bring a gift (about $10 value) which are either made or purchased, as well as a potluck dish.  It's an evening of friendship and lots of smiles.

A HUGE thank-you to the party committee!  The musical entertainment, the decorations, the food and the gift exchange were only topped by the good company and time with our patchwork of dear friends!

Vintage Quilts (November, 2016 Guild Meeting Program)

November brought a wonderful program to our guild!  We appreciate the efforts of guild member, Barbara Sanders, who hosted the program on Vintage Quilts. 

We had 34 members show their quilts (74) and share stories and memories. JoAnn Tannock from the Washington County Museum gave a short talk about quilt care, storage, cleaning and documentation. A handout from the Oregon Quilt Project and one about American textile history were available to all.

It felt like a step back in time to see all of these treasured quilts draped around the church.  Each quilt brought with it a unique story, and it was beautiful to see each one have a moment in the spotlight.

How fitting that we had this program a few days before celebrating Thanksgiving,  At a time when we think about things for with we are thankful, we had the opportunity to share stories about some of our ancestors and about a piece of our history that is very meaningful to us.  Thank you to all of our members who so generously shared your quilts and memories with us.

Kathie Kerler, ZigZag Pizzaz (October, 2016 Quilt Guild Meeting)

 Kathie Kerler is a fiber artist, writer, and NQA Certified Quilt Judge. 

When she visited our guild meeting in October, we asked her to speak about techniques for adding interest in dimension to our quilts.  She presented her lecture on using only a zig zag stitch to create elegant effects on art quilts.  You an see more examples of her work on her webstie.

Kathie has completed rigorous courses in design and embroidery through London City and Guilds College of London, England and at the Lesage School of Needlework in Paris, France. She exhibits her work at various shows and galleries.  Many of her techniques came from these challenging courses.  It was very interesting to hear her speak about how she developed these techniques- many through trial and error. 

During our break, members enjoyed the opportunity to see her work up close.

Michele Crawford, The Value of Color (September, 2016 Guild Meeting Program)

Michele Crawford of Flowerbox Quilts was our presenter in September.  Michele is a very prolific designer and has published thousands of projects in her 26 year career as a quilt and fabric designer.  Many of her patterns are available through her website, and others have been published in magazines, and in conjunction with fabric manufacturers to accompany her fabric lines.

 Michele spoke about how to use color to make eye catching quilts- making the fabric do the "work".  Her large trunk show was a treat to see.  Her quilts were colorful and eye-catching.  It's easy to see why so many quilters have been drawn to her quilts over the years!

At our break, Michele sold fabric that she designed and was happy to autograph copies of her books.

Annual Guild UFO Contest Reveal (August, 2016 Guild Meeting Program)

Every year, our members anxiously await this popular program!  About 8 months prior to the reveal, members write down descriptions of their UFO's (Unfinished Objects).  These UFO's must be quilts that have already been started- no matter how old.  The challenge is to see how many quilts in progress that we can finish in time for the reveal.  The event was organized by Marlene Thomas and we all appreciate her efforts.  What a fun evening!

These are just SOME of the quilts that were finished!

Three participants were chosen at random to receive gift certificates for their participation, but everyone who finished even one UFO feels like a real winner!

Paper Piecing- Cheryl Peck (July, 2016 Guild Meeting Program)

Cheryl Peck was our speaker for the July meeting.  Cheryl designs amazingly detailed designs for paper piecing.  She especially loves to design sea life and coastal scenes, but she has also created lovely flowers as well as playful veggies.

Her book, Seascapes, is full of designs that can be used individually, or grouped in a large quilt.

 Cheryl went through some detailed slides illustrating basic paper piecing technique.  Then she treated us to a large trunk show of her quilts.

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