Monthly Guild Meeting Programs

  Future programs scheduled for general membership meetings:

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

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

Our July speaker will be 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 will teach two classes:

Jessica will teach students to make her All Around Tote Bag on Sunday, July 15 at the North Plains Senior Center.  Cost is  $25 to the guild and a $10 pattern fee to Jessica at the class.

There are spaces available for this class.  To register, call Sue @ 503-730-6068

Class supply list can be found HERE.


 On Monday, July, 16, from 9am-noon at the New Life Baptist Church is North Plains (where our guild meeting is held), Jessica will speak on fusibles, interfacing, and hardware used in making wallets, bags, and totes.  Participants will not be making anything and there are no supplies required to bring.  This is a lecture/ demonstration and there will be ample opportunity to view samples of bags and ask questions.  Members and non members are welcome.  Cost is $15.00 payable to the guild.  To register, contact Sue @ 503-730-6068.

 August, 2018  Annual Brown Bag Extravaganza

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This is the month we anticipate all year!  Our annual Brow Bag sale is finally here!  The evening will consist of Silent Auction (ongoing bidding), Brown Bag Auction (tickets are drawn), and "Ticket and Take It" items (purchase with a ticket).

It's an evening of fun and friendship, we all leave with new treasures, and the guild benefits from ticket sales.  BRING YOUR FRIENDS!  This event is open to all!  No membership required to participate.

September, 2018  Nancy Goldsworthy- Batting, Needles and Thread

October, 2018  Mickey Depree

November, 2018  Annual UFO Contest Reveal

December, 2018  Annual Holiday Party

Past programs enjoyed by members and visitors to our monthly guild meetings:

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

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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.  


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.

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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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