WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD is a vibrant addition to the arts community of Washington County, Oregon, a public charity, and proud member of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Our membership has grown to more than one hundred quilters ranging from beginner to professional, traditional to modern. Visitors are always welcome to join us for our third Monday meetings at 6:45pm.
In August we were treated to the creative work of our members when challenge quilts were revealed for the "Initially Yours" challenge. Goal of the challenge was to make a quilt that represented the member's initials in some way. Thanks go to Clara Mashek for organizing the challenge event, and to her husband for being the evening's "official" photographer!
Clara kicked off the evening's activities by showing some of her challenge quilts from years gone by.
Then, the "reveal" got underway. Barbara Sanders started us off with her Beach Scene.
Jean Lasswell was next with her Jewelry Lover quilt.
Very flashy, Jean!
There were 19 participants in all.
Quilts were numbered and hung on the wall. During the break, members were given a chance to view the quilts up close, and then vote for their favorite.
It wasn't easy, let me tell you. All of the quilts were wonderful, without exception.
The diversity of quilts made it difficult to choose any one favorite.
Marcia Elliott took the "Initially Yours" theme literally with her "M. E." quilt.
Some members tried new techniques. The one below was a "Marbled Bunny" and contained a fabric dying technique new to its quilter.
The quilt below was this member's first attempt at fusible applique. Great job!
There were some clever interpretations of the theme with this member's "Must Have" quilt.
With great difficulty, the members voted for three winners.
In third place, Ann Laffin with her "Appliqued Lily".
Ann created a fabulous three dimensional lily.
And she used her initials in a variety of ways!
Stephanie Hinsvark garnered second place with her "Sashiko Hexagon" quilt.
And just look at her beautiful quilting!
Barbara Stanbro took first place with her "Blooming Sunflower" quilt.
Great work, Ladies!
Also on display last night were some miniature houses created by some of our members. These were done "round robin" style with each participant completing one side of the house, and then passing it along to the next participant.
Here's one to thrill any homeowner's association:
The house below was decorated both outside...
They ranged from wild...
Looks like fun!
September's meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2014. The membership will hear a presentation from the Coffee Creek Quilters then. To find out more about the Coffee Creek Quilters, you can visit their website by clicking on the link provided.
Block of the Month - Bring to the SEPTEMBER 2014 Guild meeting Colors: Bright batiks - two high contrasting colors Make the Urban Block available here: mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Urban_Block.pdf I will have handouts available at the August 2014 Guild meeting. Call Cathie Smith if you have any questions.
Alicia Steiner just wanted to share her good news...she finished her Row to Row Experience quilt and was first back to the Quilters Corner Store to claim the prize! A bunch of other local shops haven't had a winner yet, so members who are interested could enjoy gathering and sewing the rows to win (25 fat quarters and your quilt displayed in the shop and on social media). She said she learned a lot in the process and likes how the wall hanging turned out. Great stuff, Alicia!!
Karla Alexander was the speaker at July's meeting, and members were treated to a trunk show of the quilts from her latest book, Stack, Shuffle, and Slide.
Before Karla was introduced, however, the membership took a few minutes to honor the service of Julie Mason and to present her with a quilt. The look of surprise on Julie's face is priceless.
After that, Karla Alexander presented a trunk show of her beautiful quilts.
Karla is a dynamic speaker and teacher, and is among the guild's most requested instructors. Karla was recently honored at the 2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival as most inspirational instructor of the year.
Here is a sampling of the quilts shown at the meeting:
Karla does a good job of "deconstructing" and simplifying her block patterns, as she explains here:
Here are a couple of her rag quilts that show both the back and front of the quilt subject. Very clever!
To learn more from Karla, be sure to sign up for one of the two workshops she is teaching on September 13th and 14th, 2014.
Thank you, Karla! And many thanks to Julie Mason for her service to the guild!
The next guild meeting is August 18, 2014, when challenge quilts for the "Initially Yours" challenge will be revealed.