WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD is a vibrant addition to the arts community of Washington County, Oregon. WQG is a public charity, originator of the Quilt Barn Trail of Washington County, and member of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Our membership has grown well past 100 quilters, ranging from beginner to professional, traditional to modern. Visitors are welcome to join us for our third Monday meetings at 6:30 p.m.
Dawn White taught her Going in Circles class at the Jessie Mays Community Center in North Plains on Saturday. It was a surprisingly simple technique to learn. Our super Saturday Sewing group was hard at work on the other side of the room.
Once we were all set up for class, Dawn started her demonstration.
Our goal was to learn to make inset circles like the ones in Dawn's table runners.
Dawn explained that any object can be used to create a circle in the desired size. For our class, she was using an old compact disk.
This technique can also be used with directional prints or with designs we might want to center.
In this case, Dawn centered one of the little birds.
After watching the demonstration and reading the superb handout, Sue was able to show off her first inset circle of the day.
We also learned a technique using lightweight fusible interfacing to make a finished edge circle for applique. These are perfect for creating quilt labels.
We also learned to make raw-edged applique using fusible web. This was a simple technique to learn and opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
Last night was the big reveal of our challenge quilts. There was a lot of talent on display for the June meeting. There were many different interpretations of the theme, which was to be a range of neutrals, one color, and one zinger. Barb's quilt set the bar pretty high.
This quilter took a more traditional approach.
Clara started with this small panel as her challenge entry.
Then she proceeded to show us how she'd carried her curling "zinger" fabric through two more panels.
This quilter went into quite a bit of detail with her flower basket quilt.
It's a clever way to use up your stash of rickrack.
This was our second place winner, Stephanie. Her quilt was really pretty and her quilting was beautiful. She used hot fix crystals as her zinger.
Becky was our third place winner, whose quilt was inspired by the Northern Lights...held sideways in this picture.
There we go. That's better.
This quilter described her quilt as a wonky medallion.
This quilter combined a photograph from the Caribbean with a photograph of a friend's sailboat to come up with her little quilt.
Annmarie's quilt was inspired by our friends the Stellar jays and a zinger of a cardinal.
Here's the quilt back.
Ann was our first place winner. Her quilt was inspired by a photograph of her grandson.
Jean's woven quilt was inspired by the theme for our guild's October quilt show theme.
This quilt was inspired by the quilter's granddaughter who was "super girl" for a week after receiving a super girl cape.
And this quilt was inspired by Bella's trip to Yellowstone National Park following the devastating fires back in the late 80's. She described the devastation and the hope in the little green shoots she saw while there.
There were 25 quilts in all. If the #26 on that quilt above confuses you, know that it's because #9 was skipped. Our challenge coordinators skipped #9 because it was difficult to tell the difference between a six and a nine in the voting.
Here are our winners! Ann Laffin, first place; Stephanie Hinsvark, second place; and Becky Lytle, third place. Congratulations to the three winners and to all the talented quilters who joined in the challenge.
Also revealed last night were a crowd of charity quilts made in an event with Karla Alexander.
Lisa Crnich was our speaker last night. Lisa lives in the local area and in addition to quilting, she teaches 4th grade.
She brought with her some quilts from what might be thought of as her "previous life" as a quilter. Her first quilts are lovely.
Here's a pretty sort of modern take on a 9-patch,
and some origami cranes.
Then, she fell under the spell of Ruth McDowell and Lisa's quilting was transformed. Here is a library of books by Ruth McDowell Lisa brought for us to peruse.
She told us she attended classes by Ruth McDowell no less than five times. The first quilt she made after taking the first class was this row of mailboxes. She said it had special significance to her because they were along a road she walked while attending to her father who was ill.
Ruth suggested that each mailbox be given its own personality, and you can see that each mailbox is pieced in a strip that has been sewn into the whole quilt.
Her second quilt was this one of her grandmother. She said her grandmother had ten children before losing her husband, and she attended to her home and her children accompanied by one of her hound dogs. The cabin in the background was built by Lisa's uncles from abandoned railroad ties.
Ruth McDowell taught Lisa how to make the clothing look worn or "rumpled" by piecing the fabric in different directions.
She used the same technique to make the dog's "fur" grow in different directions and to put whiskers on the dog's face.
Many of Lisa's quilts are inspired by her own travel photography. The quilt below was inspired by a European scooter that had been decorated in lots of different colors of duct tape.
This next quilt was inspired by her time spent in Montana where cherries are grown.
She teaches a class about making chickens, and she showed us her chickens in two different colorways.
She likes to start with the eye of the chicken and move outward from there.
Here is a quilt inspired by the ladders in the kivas at Mesa Verde National Park. This picture was taken looking up from the bottom of a ladder. Lisa told us the pieced border was made as a separate project. When she laid it beside this quilt, it was just right.
If you look again at her library of books, there is one entitled "Pieced Flowers". Several of Lisa's quilts were inspired by the projects in the book. This one is a hibiscus.
There were approximately seven different orange fabrics in the flower center to give it depth.
Another of Ruth McDowell's books is entitled "Pieced Vegetables". Take a look at the quilts inspired from the book. Peppers:
Broccoli. The green fabric for the broccoli florets is actually a tree fabric.
Here's a close-up of the quilting:
Lisa will be teaching a class for our guild on August 1st. The next quilts illustrate what we'll be learning. Lisa calls this her "Four Fabric Forest" series. Each quilt is made with one tree fabric and one fabric each for the foreground, midground, and background.
In this next image, the quilts still have four fabrics. The midground fabric is the same in both quilts, but the other three fabrics have changed.
You can see more of Lisa's work (and better pictures!) at her blog: Lisa Crnich Quilts, including images of her beautiful Morrison Bridge at Night quilt.