Monthly Guild Meeting Programs

Future programs scheduled for general membership meeting

General membership guild meetings are always the third Monday of the month.

January, 21, 2019
Christina Cameli

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's newest book.

  1. WOW!  Look what you can do with a wedge ruler!

February 18, 2019

Annual Challenge Quilt reveal

March 18, 2019
Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth Hartman, is a quilter, pattern designer, and fan of color from Portland, Oregon. She has been making things her whole life but, when I made my first quilt in 1999, she was hooked and has been making quilts ever since. For Elizabeth, quiltmaking is the perfect combination of creativity and technical challenge, all in the service of making a useful object.Before she was a full-time quilter, she worked at a variety of disparate jobs. She made patches for high school letterman jackets and sports uniforms, worked for the Portland Opera (not as a singer), and she was a commercial mortgage closer for the better part of a decade. It was while working at this last job that she discovered the online quilting community and started blogging about her own work.Elizabeth is self-taught, which she says means that she did everything wrong at least five times before she figured out how to do it right. So, when given a chance to write her first book, she wrote the book she would have wanted to have when she was teaching herself. That book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, was published in 2010 and won the Next Generation Indie Book Award (How-To Category) in 2011.At the end of 2009, Elizabeth quit her day job to pursue quilting full time. he rest, as they say, is history!  What followed were more books, appearances on TV, and video, inclusion in other publications, designing fabric lines and sharing her creativity with the world as a very prolific pattern designer.In Elizabeth's words, "I love what I do for so many reasons, but the best part has to be seeing what other people make with my patterns. Being able to do creative work as my job is great. Giving other people the tools to do their own creative work is amazing. Keep quilting, everyone!"   
January, 2018  Sidnee Snell

In 1994, after a dozen or so years working as an electrical engineer and programmer, Sidnee Snell left the high-tech industry and began her professional artistic journey.
Sidnee has been working with fiber and fabric since her girlhood, including a stint as a custom dressmaker in high school. Her early art-quilts were geometrical and abstract in design. They were heavily influenced by traditional quilts and her studies with Nancy Crow and other prominent art quilters. In 2007, she began developing a foundation appliqué technique and producing quilts based on photographic imagery.
Sidnee's work has been collected by individuals and exhibited in galleries, museums, and art shows locally, nationally, and internationally, including Quilt National 2013. Her work was featured on the television program Oregon Art Beat and has been published in exhibition catalogs as well as national and international magazines. She belongs to Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network.

February, 2018
Our annual challenge quilt reveal.

March, 2018 Karen Walker: "Modern Piecing, The Farmer's Wife Way"

Karen is an Oregon Farm girl, longarm quilter, pattern designer, Craftsy blog author and recently filmed 2 quilting classes for an online e-learning site; Creativiu.  She specializes in small piecing 'One Stitch at a Time'.   Her approach can be applied to almost any quilt and may prove to be a good reminder for seasoned quilters or a new basket of exciting tools to enhance your quilting experience.  She'll bring a trunk show of her own personalized pattern designs and will share the story behind them.

April, 2018  Catherine Redford

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 Catherine Redford is a member of the Riverwalk Quilters Guild in Naperville IL, and also a member of Fiber Art Di-vas, an art group that meets at Naper-ville Art League, and the Professional Art Quilt Alliance. In 2012, she co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilt-ers Guild to further explore the mod-ern quilt aesthetic. In 2013, she was invited to appear on Quilting Arts TV (QATV) and has since taped several segments on various topics. She is a regular contributor to Modern Patchwork magazine and the author of two Modern Machine Quilting QATV workshops on DVD.
Catherine believes we all have an innate need to be creative in some sphere of our lives. Quilting is her outlet of choice. She shares her love of quilting as an inspiration to others. She has found that as she passes on the knowledge she has gained to others, it enriches her own journey of creativity.
Quilting is full of choices, and Redford thinks all quilters have the right to choose the elements of their craft that bring joy to them. There are always choices in our lives that we just “have to do” in pursuit of our long-term goals. It’s the same when we quilt. She always encouraged her children to try new vegetables, but could accept that there were some they would never learn to love. She encourages her students to try all the processes involved in making quilts, but accept there will be some people that find their joy in making tops by ma-chine, while others enjoy handwork and still others love to machine quilt. That’s OK! That’s where teamwork comes in and there’s a whole community of quilters out there willing to help.
Learn more about Catherine Redford at

May, 2018  Joyce Gieszler, Getting your UFO's Under Control

 Joyce Geiszler     
Joyce's life-long love affair with sewing began when she was four years old. She told her mother she knew why the sewing machine was called a Singer – because it hummed! She took sewing in home economics, but didn't really begin to love sewing clothes until she was in her early 20s. She began her sewing career tailoring men's suits in the Portland, Oregon, area. After a move to Waco, Texas, and finding a quilt shop inside of a converted carriage house, she was hooked!

Joyce has been teaching quilting for 18 years and designing quilt patterns for 13. She began teaching by volunteering at a local alternative school and teaching teen moms to make quilts for their babies. 

Joyce has authored two books and created dozens of patterns.  The members of WQG anticipate Joyce's Mystery Quilt classes each fall. For our May guild meeting, Joyce will present a humorous program on how to take control of that UFO pile.  What a great way to begin our annual UFO challenge!

June, 2018  Ann Shaw, Art Quilter

  Noted designer and textile artist, Ann P. Shaw will be our featured speaker for June.  Her lecture, titled
LINE, SHAPE AND DESIGN IN QUILTS   presents an overview of her approach to designing quilts and the how differing choices can influence the look of a quilt.  She will show a series of examples to illustrate her design process, from creating a pattern to unusual fabric choices.  

July, 2018 Jessica VanDenburgh- Hand bags, Wallets and Totes, Using Pre-cuts to make quilts

Our July speaker was Jessica VanDenburgh, owner of Sew Many Creations.  Jessica's business   began as a custom bag business in 2007 after much encouragement from friends and family.  In 2011, the company developed into a bag pattern business geared towards quilters.  After much frustration with the bag & accessory patterns that were available (mostly written for seamstresses), she decided to create a line of easy to make, beginner friendly patterns that quilters could understand.  They use the same tools and language that quilters use.  In 2013, quilt patterns were added as well.  Her patterns are easy, beginner friendly and many of them use pre-cut fabrics such as jelly rolls, layer cakes and fat quarters.

In addition to speaking at our July guild meeting, Jessica taught a workshop.  Participants made lovely tote bags.


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WOW!  The 2018 Brown Bag Extravaganza Was the Biggest Ever!

 Every year out members clean out their sewing spaces and find treasures that need a new home.  They donate their seldom-used quilting and craft items.... and then the fun begins!
Our fabulous Brown Bag Committee toils for months to prepare for the evening.  Nancy and her team group, sort, and label the goodies and set up tables of silent auction items, "ticket and take it" items and  the ever popular brown bag items.  We purchase tickets and  "spend" them by purchasing "ticket and take it" items and put them in brown bags next to items they hope to win when tickets are drawn from the bags.  

 It seems that this very popular event grows bigger every year. We have our wonderful guild volunteers to thank for that. A BIG THANK YOU to Nancy and all who assisted her! The hard work payed off. Members and guests had loads of fun and went home with loads of treasures.                                                                                      

It's never too early to start thinking about next year.  Why not put a bag in the corner of your sewing space and place items in it throughout the year that you no longer use?

September, 2018  Nancy Goldsworthy- Batting, Needles and Thread

Sewing has been Nancy's passion since she was very young. Her love for fabric has driven her career from her first job in a shirt factory to her current longarm quilting business. Along her  journey she has learned the ins and outs of both the garment and fabric industries. From working with the fabric vendors to sending the finished product out the door, she has done it all. But, her favorite part is still sitting and sewing the pieces together. Quilting has been her focus for the past 20 years.

Now, as a longarm quilter, her many years in industrial sewing have given her an insight into how needles, threads and fabrics worked and why

She discovered not only that quilters needed the information that she had gleaned in 30 years working with the industrial machines, but that she enjoyed teaching them.  Nancy has had 4 books published on the technical parts of needles, threads, batting and more. The original books are currently out of print, but are currently being updated.

Nancy was our presenter on September, 2018, and she shared with us what's new in the world of needles, threads and batting.  Time with Nancy is always educational.  In addition to the wealth of information she shared in her presentation, she also had many pretty quilts and quilted pieces to inspire us. 

October, 2018  Mickey Depre
Textiles have always fascinated Mickey, from vintage to current, her taste has always been ALL! Sewing in general, mending to garment making, were never a chore. But when she pushed myself beyond traditional quilt making, she found the road less traveled was greatly inviting.

Her quilts have been described as whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples of all shades in harmony. Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish yet exciting visual parade.This is how she sees the world and how she wants the world to see her.

Her work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work. Fabric choices
 include her own hand dyed cotton with commercial cottons for a special spark of color and depth. Pieces are heavily machine quilted. The images are meant to spark thought and a smile, as humor is a great gift to share.
“There is more than enough fabric in the studio to be both an Art Quilter and a Traditional Quilter!

November, 2018

Annual UFO Contest Reveal

December, 2018  Annual Holiday Party

It's that time of year again! Decorations, gifts, music, good friends, and FOOD!  Lots and lots of food!  Our party committee members are hard at work planning a spectacular evening.  Don't miss the fun- join us on  December 17th.

The festivities begin at 6:30 pm
New Life Baptist Church in Hillsboro (or regular meeting location).

Bring a wrapped gift that is something a quilter would like.  Make it or purchase it and limit the cost to about $10.00.  

Bring a pot luck dish for about 6-8 people.  
Last name ending in:
A-F Bring a main dish
G-L Bring a Dessert
M-R Bring a salad
S-Z Bring a side dish



January, 2017 "WQG Quilt Barn Trail Update" Julie Mason & Jane Foust
February, 2017  "Postcard Quilts"  Bonnie Sabel Welte
 March, 2017  Annual Brown Bag Extravaganza
April, 2017 "Rescued Quilts"  Robin O'Neil

Guild member Robin O'Neil has a passion for finding quilts that are in need of a little TLC and turning them into great quilts that will be loved and used..  Robin will show us her large collection of gorgeous quilts that were once thought to have little value. She will share with us how she gave them new life.  The evening is sure to be interesting and informative.

May, 2017 Annual Challenge Reveal hosted by Carrie Townsend
Guild member Carrie Townsend has challenged the members to design an original quilt showing their interpretation of "A Solid 10".  Our guild is celebrating their tenth year in 2017, so Carrie thought it fitting that we celebrate a SOLID 10.  You must use 10 solid fabrics- no more, no less.  The rest is up to you!  Let the sewing commence!   Prizes will be awarded randomly as well as by vote of viewers.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.

June, 2017  Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry  
Inspiration and the Creative Process

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is internationally known for her award-winning fine-art quilts, which are easily recognized by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her attention to detail has earned her a reputation for fine craftsmanship as well as stunning designs. Her quilt, Corona 2: Solar Eclipse was voted one of the hundred best quilts of the 20th Century.  Caryl's work has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications throughout the world, and can be found in museum, corporate, public, and private collections in almost every state and eight foreign countries. From 1986 until 2013, Caryl has traveled extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops for quilt and textile arts groups throughout the United States, and in ten foreign countries. She continues to share her
knowledge through her publications and her website.

July, 2017  Peggy Gelbrich- Trunk Show

August, 2017  Annual UFO  Reveal hosted by Marlene Thomas

September, 2017  Swann Sheridan
Swan Sheridan was born in Bend, Oregon and currently lives in Vail, Arizona with her husband and daughter.
Swan’s interest in all things textile related began when she was very young.  She tried everything from spinning wool, to cross-stitch and finally landed in the world of quilting during grad school as she awaited the birth of her first nephew.  She dabbled in appliqué with that first quilt in the interests of covering a mistake and thus did necessity become the mother of invention.
Appliqué truly took over Swan’s quilting life in 2004 while she was pregnant with her daughter.  Swan had a dream during that time that repeated a magical image of dragonflies rising out of a brass urn and flying toward the moon.  Unable to shake the idea that this image needed to become a quilt for her baby-to-be, Swan set out to make this quilt come alive and as a result produced her first large appliquéd scene.
In 2009, with her daughter in preschool, Swan began to refine her applique skills always with unique designs.  Soon after she took a job with Bella Quiltworks in Tucson, Arizona, offering her the opportunity to be immersed in the quilting world in a whole new way.
Swan began producing patterns for sale in early 2013 and regularly exhibits her work in local shows.  She teaches in Tucson, offering classes in appliqué, color, hand quilting, and decorative stitches. She also enjoys commission work on a limited basis.
On any given day, you can find this quilt artist half buried in fabric, brandishing her needle and thread, and otherwise surrounded by implements of creativity.

October, 2017- Cathy Ware- Wool Applique Artist

November, 2017  "Hand Applique and Hawaiian Quilting"  Nancy Lee Chong

     Well known Hawaiian Quilter and hand applique artist and teacher, Nancy Lee Chong, will speak and share an extensive trunk show of her exquisite work at our November guild meeting.

Nancy Lee Chong

Nancy loves teaching applique! Her mission to make sure quilters and needleworkers of all kinds learn just how easy and fun applique really is when it is not complicated by all kinds of extraneous tools and steps.  Nancy learned to make Hawaiian Quilts from Margaret Luika Kamaka in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, between 1978 and 1981. Calling on her degree in Education, she began teaching Hawaiian quiltmaking in 1982, when she moved to the Seattle, Washington area with her husband and daughter. In 1988, she made her first pieced quilt, and has been making both traditional and art quilts since. Hawaiian quilting and applique quilts continue to be her specialty. Her pieced and appliqued quilts have appeared in magazines, quilt books, and have traveled throughout the United States and to other countries.

You can see more about Nancy on her webpage,

Nancy will be teaching workshops on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19th.

December, 2017  Holiday Party

January, 2016  "Redwork" Jean Gordon
February, 2016  "Casting Shadows" Colleen Wise
March, 2016  Annual Brown Bag Extravaganza  chaired by Sandi Carner
April, 2016  "Quilts That Tell a Story"  Anne Sonner
May, 2016  "Global Dances" Helene Knott
June, 2016  Annual Challenge- the Number 9  Hosted by Clara Mashek
July, 2016  "Paper Piecing"  Cheryl Peck
August, 2016  Annual UFO Contest Reveal  Hosted by Marlene Thomas
September, 2016  "The Value of Color"  Michele Crawford
October, 2016  "ZigZag Pizzazz" Kathie Kerler
November, 2016  "Vintage Quilts"  Hosted by Barbara Sanders
December, 2016  Annual Holiday Party

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