Friday, October 17, 2014

We Want YOU To Be A 2015 PMQG Officer!

It's self-nomination time! We're getting ready to select our 2015 officers and we want YOU! We are accepting self-nominations now through November 15th, and we will vote on officers at the November meeting.

1.) You must be a PMQG member in good standing, and have been a member for at least 6 months.

That's it!

Other qualities that are great to have in an officer are: communication, teamwork, leadership, blogging, photography, speaking in front of groups, organization (not all skills needed for all positions).

So what are you committing to exactly? You're committing to one year of being an officer, which is attending one guild meeting and one officer meeting per  month. It's also great if you can attend as many other guild events as possible, such as Sew Days,  Charity Sews, Hand Sew Happy Hours, and New Member Mixers.

You're also committing to meeting a ton of new people and making new friends! The friends I've made in the last two years are amazing, and it's kind of awesome how much fun we can have while planning (and running!) a meeting. If you need a little push to get out and meet people, this is a wonderful way to do so.

Fun fact: Have you noticed we don't use the term "board" anymore, and rather only say "officer?" Well, that's because according to the bylaws we drafted last year, we have a board of directors and it's different (a bit) from the current officers! The actual board is made up of 10 people: the current year's officers and the officers of the previous year (so that means this year's board is only 9 people I guess, since I am counted twice since I was an officer last year!)

To self-nominate for a 2015 officer position, please carefully read the officer descriptions below and then fill out the self-nomination form.

Remember, these positions can be flexible! Your group of officers can share and trade duties as long as everything is taken care of! Maybe the secretary isn’t as comfortable with taking pictures as the Programs Coordinator, so they switch from the “assigned” tasks(we did that this year). Each team of officers can see what works for them, don’t count yourself out of a position because one part of it doesn’t fit you. Also keep in mind that we've cut down on some of the work by sharing out some of the current jobs of President, Treasurer, and Programs Coordinator into Committee Chairs for 2015.

Duties of President
  • Arranges meeting locations, sew days, and other events
  • Leads meetings
  • Keep insurance policy updated 
  • Helps VP with blogging and other social media
  • Makes sure other officers know their assigned duties and are carrying them out
  • Checks email daily and replies to members, sponsors, guests, etc
  • Note: no longer in charge of retreats and workshops

Duties of Vice President
  • In charge of blog and all social media
  • Helps run meetings
  • Runs meetings in case president can not attend
  • Is main liaison with business members

Duties of Secretary
  • Takes minutes at Officer Meeting
  • In charge of Show and Tell
  • Head of Procurement, works with sponsors to get door prizes and other items
  • Takes photos of Show and Tell and uploads to Flickr

Duties of Treasurer
  • Must be an accountant!
  • Makes and keeps track of the budget
  • Approves other officers' spending
  • Files taxes
  • Deposits checks at bank and checks PO Box once a week
  • Note: no longer in charge of membership

 Duties of Programs Coordinator
  • In charge of challenges and swaps
  • Works on getting speakers unto town and setting up other meeting presentations
  • Supervises the Charity Coordinator and the Quilt Show Coordinators
  • Note: no longer in charge of charity sews

All Positions 
  • Must be able to attend monthly meetings and officer meetings
  • Must be able to work as part of a tight knit group, have good communication and be flexible
  • Must be a PMQG member in good standing and have been a member for at least 6 months

October Meeting Announcements

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Mollie Makes Embroidery

 I've seen Mollie Makes Embroidery popping up all over the internet lately, so I was extra excited to review a copy for PMQG! This book contains projects from many different fiber artists, including Alyssa Thomas. The first half has projects, many based on nature, animals, or geometric designs, and the second half is all about technique.

Some of my favorite projects from the first half of the book are the animals, particularly the whimsical Polar Bear and Owl with Umbrellas and the Mama and Baby Owl projects. The variety of stitches and colors used in the various projects are very inspiring and make you want to go grab a needle and floss and get started!


The technique section covers all of the basic stitches with really clear pictures and diagrams. There are also sections on Crewelwork Embroidery (stitched with wool thread), Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Counted Cross Stitch, Canvaswork, Bargello, and Free Motion Embroidery. As quilters, we may have a special interest in the last two. I had only heard of Bargello quilting before, but the Bargello Embroidery in Mollie Makes Embroidery is quite striking and beautiful!


One thing I really appreciate about this book is the suggestions for the completed project. So often I finish an embroidery project and am not sure what to do with. I usually resort to hanging it on the wall or leaving it to languish forever in a drawer. Although various framed embroidery art is featured in this book, there are also projects for a runner, pillow, throw blanket, tea cozy, greeting cards, and even a phone case, among others!


I will definitely have to purchase a copy of Mollie Makes Embroidery for my own craft book library, because we'll be giving away this copy at our PMQG meeting tonight! All members will have a chance to win in the door prize drawing!


Thanks to Interweave/F+W for donating this review copy to PMQG


About the Authors
"Mollie Makes is a lifestyle and craft magazine for those who live and love handmade.Mollie Makes brings readers the best of craft online, a look inside the homes of the world’s most creative crafters, tutorials on inspiring makes, round ups of the most covetable stash and tours of the crafty capitals of the world. For more information on Mollie Makes, please visit"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Meeting Reminder

It's true.  Photo courtesy of Sam Hunter

How do you calculate the value of a handmade quilt? And why do so many people undercharge for their work? At the guild meeting on Thursday our own Sam Hunter (Hunter's Design Studio) will talk to us about valuing our craft and how we can all help make sure that quilters are paid what they're worth.

Thursday, October 16
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:

  • Sew Worth It presentation by Sam Hunter
  • Why you should be a PMQG officer next year
  • Excellent giveaways
  • Post-meeting socializing at the Radio Room

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Any charity quilts or donations for Raphael House
  • A mug for coffee or tea
  • Your quilts for show and tell, of course! 


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

Modern Domestic Discount

Modern Domestic will offer PMQG members 20% off their purchase on Thursday. They'll also be open until 7 p.m., so stop by before the meeting! 1408 NE Alberta St. 

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Susan Beal at Pendelton Store

PMQG member Susan Beal, author of Hand-Stitched Home, is having an event at the Pendelton Woolen Mill Store on Saturday. Have your copy of the book autographed, see the projects in person, learn about working with wool, and maybe shop for some beautiful fabric to make a wool quilt of your own! 

Hand-Stitched Home book signing with author Susan Beal
Saturday, October 11
1 to 5 p.m.
8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Business Member Spotlight: Cool Cottons

Cool Cottons is our business member for October. Thanks to owner Marie for supporting PMQG--and for telling us a little more about this wonderful fabric shop!

It's the best fabric shop on Hawthorne! 

What makes your business special or different than others in your industry?  
I would like to think it our exceptional customer service. Our employees Linda Nussbaum & Teresa Coates are supremely talented, helping you choose the perfect fabrics just scratches the surface of their many areas of expertise. Plus we're in a great old house that showcases fabric beautifully.        

How long have you been doing this?  
I can't believe it but we are coming up on 8 years! 

What's the most important thing you’ve had to learn to do your job well?   
Pick one thing and try to do it  really well rather than doing a lot of things half way. Since we are a small space, we concentrate on cool modern fabrics and leave the buttons, trims, etc. to other shops that do those well.                                             

What do you see as a significant aesthetic trend right now?   
I don't see anything specific. Maybe things are in transition but everyone seems to be all over the place ... it makes things very interesting. 

What’s the strangest thing a customer has ever asked you?  
I had a guy ask me to hem his pants while he was wearing them. 

Any new products or services you’d like to mention?  
Since Teresa has come on board there has been talk of bringing back some classes/instruction/groups/allaroundfunstuff.  Nothing solid yet, but we'll post on our website and facebook when we have specifics.  Oh, and watch for a birthday promotion in 2015 ( get the presents).    

Why do you like being a business member of PMQG?  
I think the PMQG does a good job of highlighting local shops and encouraging members to shop local. As a small business I cannot tell you how much that means to us.  Thank you.  In turn,  I am happy to support the guild.  I love seeing the projects you all are working on.  I especially love the medallion-along, what a great alternative to a block of the month.                                                       

If you couldn’t work in the quilting/sewing world, what would your dream job be?  
None ... I would retire and have the best small garden in the world! 

Business Info:

Cool Cottons
2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214