Thursday, October 30, 2014

PMQG October 2014 Menucha Retreat Recap

PMQG Members had our first official guild retreat earlier this month at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. It was 48 hours of gorgeous views, delicious meals, visiting with friends, and almost non-stop sewing! Here are some pictures of the fun we had, and don't miss the announcement at the bottom of the post about our next retreat!

The views were amazing and most people managed to slip away from their machines for at least one walk on the grounds at Menucha. The officers arrived early on Friday to get ready (and take selfies outside!)

A few views of the workroom we sewed in all weekend. The balcony that was open to the second floor was a great spot to hang finished and in progress quilts from!

L-R: Pretty fabric just begging to be photographed, Secretary Kelly holding up her finished Guild Medallion quilt, and some blocks in progress from Tracie on one of the design walls.

L-R: Heather's Finished Lizzy House Meadow top, Elisa's Color Wheel Top, and Anne's Plus Quilt after finishing the last of the  hand stitched binding in a cozy nook on the balcony!

Our Wonderful sponsors helped make the Goodie Bags and Door Prizes overflow with wonderful products!

Soak Wash donated Flatter for our ironing stations and Nail Polish. Michelle had cats and bubbles stamped on her nails with the Denyse Schmidt curated set of Soak Polish.

PMQG member and Sew Mama Sew Proprietress, Kristin, sponsored our candy table, and boy, did she deliver! She set out a beautiful, Haloween themed spread of candy and other treats that we enjoyed all weekend!

The results from a little improv exercise, and we made sure to never be late to meals with such yummy food on the menu!

VP Suzanne got more work done on her epic Spiderweb quilt!

It was quite the weekend for working on Guild Medallion Quilts! Kory and Brittany's Medallions

Ok, so after looking at all those awesome pics, you're probably thinking, "Self, that looks like a lot of fun, I need to get in on the next retreat!" (Or maybe, "Self, that was really fun, we have to make sure to attend the next retreat as well!). Well, you are in luck then, because the next PMQG retreat is already scheduled! We will return to Menucha the last weekend of February and do it all again! Sign-ups will open sometime next week, so keep your eyes peeled for an email and blog post in the next few days announcing it!  Menucha is so popular that is the only weekend we could get in all of 2015! We are also looking into having a Fall 2015 guild retreat at a difference venue.

Thanks to Gail, Jolene, Michelle, and Suzanne for sharing their pictures for the blog!

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 responsible for 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 responsible for 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 responsible for 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!