Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Giveaway: Mini Hex N' More, 'N More

Lisa's "Mini Northern Lights" detail. Pattern by JayBird Quilts.

PMQG Treasurer Lisa here. At February’s SewDown I was introduced to Julie Hermand and her amazing rulers. I had so much fun with the class that I bought one of her Mini Hex N’ More rulers to play with. The ruler cuts three different shapes in four different sizes, and while the resulting patterns looks complex, the ruler is surprisingly simple and easy to use. 

first you cut ... 

As an example, I made a mini-quilt from Jaybird Quilts’ “Mini Northern Lights” pattern. I love how complex the piecing looks, yet the way the pieces sew together in Julie’s clever patterns is very simple and easy to master. 

...then you sew! Easy! 

I used a mix of different designers’ fabrics and some solids. Next time, using this kind of pattern I would likely use all solids, so the pattern really pops. 

Et voila! So cute! 

At the April guild meeting, one lucky person will win three patterns from JayBird Quilts, the “Mini Hex N’ More” ruler and the Jaybird charm pack of cotton solids from Kona in the Jaybird Quilts’ “Night Sky Palette.” 

All this could be yours ... 

 Be sure to check out the giveaways at this month’s meeting for your chance to win all this and more!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April Meeting Reminder

1970s Scrappy Snake Trails, courtesy of Bill Volckening

Please join us for our April guild meeting! Bill Volckening, quilt historian and PMQG member, is going to show us some funky vintage quilts and talk about “Quilting in the 1970's: When bed quilts became works of art.”

Thursday, April 24
7:00 p.m.


The meeting will be in the community center, which is behind the main church building. There are two parking lots.

What’s in store:
  • Trunk show with quilt historian Bill Volckening
  • A sneak peek of Violet Craft's new fabric line
  • Pincushion swap
  • MORE challenge fabric
  • Fabulous prizes
  • Show and tell
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room

Don’t forget to bring:
Bowties, c. 1970s, Texas, courtesy of Bill Volckening

 Sisters Deadline Extended!

Submissions for the PMQG Special Exhibit at the Sisters Quilt Show are now due May 2.

Upcoming Events

April Open Sew
Saturday, April 26  (please note date change!)
9 am to 9 pm
Fabric Depot 

New Member Mixer 
Friday, May 2nd
5 pm to 8 pm
Modern Domestic

Modern Domestic discount:
Modern Domestic will offer 25% off on Thursday as part of their anniversary sale. Visit them at 1408 NE Alberta—just down the street from St. Andrews!

Guests and non-members are welcome at the guild meeting. Guests are free for the first visit; $5 for each visit after that.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Questions? E-mail us at

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show: PMQG Exhibit Deadline MAY 2

Sisters Quilt Show 2012

 *Updated deadlines below * 

PMQG will have a special exhibit at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show again this year. The show is on Saturday, July 12. We have room for 16 quilts (maybe more), which will be selected by a jury to best represent the range of modern quilting done by PMQG members.

To submit a quilt for the PMQG exhibit

Send an email to Gail Weiss ( with PMQG SISTERS SUBMISSION in the subject line. Please include the following information:

1. Your Name
2. Phone Number
3. Email Address
4. Quilt Name
5. Quilt Size
6. Quilt Description
7. Three photos (one front / one back / one close-up); no bigger than 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels.

Entries for the PMQG exhibit are due by APRIL 23  May 2.

Note: only current PMQG members are eligible for inclusion in the special exhibit. (Not a member? Join us!)

Entrants will be notified whether their quilt has been selected by April 28  May 7.

If your quilt is selected for the PMQG exhibit:

  1. Register the quilt on the Sisters website by May 1 May 9, choosing the SPECIAL CATEGORY option. Here's all the information on how to register.
  2. Pay an entry fee of $5 to PMQG to cover shipping costs. 
  3. Drop-off locations and dates will be announced soon!  

If your quilt is not selected for the PMQG exhibit:

You can still be a part of the general quilt show! Just register on the Sisters site any time before June 1. 

Hope to see you--and your quilts--in Sisters! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pincushion Swap for April Meeting

Faux Cathedral Windows from Diary of a Quilt Maven

Everyone needs another pincushion, especially if it's super cute!

We'll have a pincushion swap at our April meeting (Thursday, April 24). Here's how to participate:

1. Make a pincushion.

2. Put it in a brown bag. (The mystery makes swapping more exciting!)

3. Bring it to the April meeting.

4. Pick a bag and get a pincushion to keep!

Need some inspiration? Here are some pincushion tutorials to get you started. Share the links you like using the blue button below!

Double Tulip paper-pieced pincushion from

Jar pincushions from Doodle Craft

Also, try looking through your sewing books--they often include pincushion patterns.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Medallion Along: March/Round 2

Round 2: X Blocks

Before beginning this round, be sure your quilt top is currently at 20.5 inches. 
The March round consists of (24) 4.5 inch “X” blocks. 

Step 1: Stitch the Blocks

Make 24 blocks in either Option A or B.

Option A:  Paper Pieced X Blocks

Elsa's Medallion, Paper Pieced

Option B: Traditionally Pieced Blocks

  • For each block cut:
      (1) strip 2 inches by 6 inches in your X fabric
      (1) strip 2 inches by 7 inches in your X fabric
      (1) 4 inch square (sliced in half on the diagonal) in your background fabric 

    • Sew each side of the two pieces of the square to the six inch strip, centering the pieces on the strip. Press the seams to the outside
    • Slice the block on half on the opposite diagonal and insert the 7 inch strip. Sew back together and press the seams to the center.
    • Square the block up to 4.5 inches 

  • Stitch 24 blocks and then go to step 2

Mary Ann's Medallion, Traditionally Pieced

Step 2: Make the Borders
  • Sew your blocks into 2 rows of 5 blocks and 2 rows of 7 blocks.
  • —Attach the rows of 5 blocks onto the left and right sides of your medallion. Press seams outward or open.
  • —Attach the rows of 7 blocks onto the top and bottom of your medallion. Press seams outward or open. 
  • —Your medallion should now measure 28.5 inches! 

Tania's Medallion, Paper Pieced

To Further Customize your Medallion, Try:
  • —Making your traditional pieced blocks with “wonky” cuts (remember to cut more generously sized pieces of fabric to start with.
  • —Using a “Stitch and Flip” method on the corners of Option B to make it look more like Option A (start with a small square, pin to corner of block, stitch on diagonal of square and trim to 1/4inch).
  • —Making only 20 blocks and including 4 cornerstones of solid blocks or your choice of pattern.
Anne's Medallion, Traditionally Pieced with solid Cornerstones, 
and X strips were reduced by 1/2 inch before sewing