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 Oregon's Washington County, and member of Oregon Cultural Trust. Our membership has grown well past 150 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.
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.