Tuesday, March 5, 2013

February 2013 Meeting Recap--Announcements

It was great to see so many members at our February meeting! It was a fun night both at our meeting and following the Instagram QuiltCon posts from our members in Austin. Just as our meeting was starting we were excited to learn that four of our PMQG members had won awards for their quilts! Congratulations to Monica Solorio-Snow (RonQuilt: The Ron Swanson Quilt, 1st Place,  Piecing - Large Quilts), Heather Davidson (Retro Modern Shapes, 3rd Place, Applique - Large Quilts), Megan Dye (Trajectory #2, 1st Place, Use of Negative Space - Large Quilts), Katie Sciarrino (Hannah, 3rd Place, Modern Traditionalism - Large Quilts). Read more about the quilts on the Modern Quilt Guild Blog. 

If you were not able to attend QuiltCon this year, Craftsy has partnered with the Modern Quilt Guild and has many of their lectures (including the awards ceremony) posted for free! Yes, you read that right - free! Take advantage of this amazing glimpse into the incredible experience of Quiltcon. You just need to sign up to be a member on Craftsy (also free). Here is the link: QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013

PMQG is now offering Business Memberships. This was suggested by a member of our business community and it has been a big hit! Welcome to the PMQG Family Cool Cottons, Just Quilting, Modern Domestic, SewPo, Bill Volckening, Quilt Appraisals, Good Night Quilts, and the Bear Creek Quilting Company. We look forward to learning more about your businesses in the up coming months.

And a warm PMQG Shout-Out to our Business Sponsors. These businesses offer generous discounts to our guild members: Bolt Fabric Boutique, Joann Fabrics, Lark Cottons, Modern Domestic, Pendelton Woolen Mill Store, PNCA, Sew, Mama, Sew, and SewPo. Be sure to call PNCA if you plan to register for a class in order to get your membership discount.

Sew Days
We are thrilled to announce Brittany has scheduled monthly Sew Days for our guild on the 1st Saturday of every month at Fabric Depot. Next up: March 2nd (oops! That was last weekend! Next one is April 6th.) It is always 9am to 9pm; PMQG members are free and guests are only $10. Not sure what to sew? Bring your Puzzle Blocks or request some from Mary Ann. She has lots of projects waiting for an adoptive home.

Gail Weiss announced the details for our 3rd Annual PMQG Special Exhibit at the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show. You can find all the details for how to enter your quilts on this post here: PMQG Special Exhibit Details. Gail is also taking volunteer shift sign-ups right now! Send your quilt submission via email by April 1st to:  2013sisterssubmission@gmail.com

PMQG Swag! T-shirts, Hoodies, Totes -- oh my! a big PMQG thank you to Gail Weiss and Phantom Chicken Screen Printing for printing up some super cool products to show off our guild pride! And just because she is so awesome, All proceeds from sales go to PMQG! Watch facebook for an announcement for her next scheduled print date: you can order anytime by clicking our fancy Swag button on the right side of our blog or on this link: Phantom Chicken PMQG Swag.

Double Date! 
Friday, April 12th, 1-6pm, happy hour afterwards. (Location is still being determined) Save the date for our first Quilt Documentation and Bylaw meeting. Susan Beal and Bill Volckening are teaming up to document and photograph your quilts. There will be a small fee of $15 per quilt to cover the costs of formally entering the quilts into the Oregon Quilt Project. You can sign up now on our new Documentation page.

With regards to our Bylaws, forty-two of you filled out our Bylaw Survey Part 1 (thank you!) and we have posted the Bylaw Survey Part 2 which will be up throughout the month of March. Your feedback is pivotal to determining the best structure for our guild and we just learned that we will be able to become a 501(c)3 thanks to the Modern Quilt Guild as soon as July, so it is also necessary in order to move forward with that! More details about that at our March meeting.

Pencil it in!!! The 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Meet-up will take place on August 15th -18th in

Portland, Oregon. We are in the very beginning stages of planning this so more details and plenty of volunteering opportunities to come!

February BOM Kim presented our February BOM the X Plus Block. This has been buzzing on Instagram lately and we wanted to join in the fun. Cutting details, layout diagram, tutorial and history of this block can be found on our BOM page by clicking on the block link or you can also get there from here: Feb BOM. We are also starting to see our first Bee Quilts made with our Jan BOM blocks to give. Way to go folks!

Sadly we had our first member memorial and took a moment to remember Cheryl Elgin. Her daughter and close friend were at our meeting to share Cheryl's last quilt and we were grateful for their lovely personal memories they shared with us. Peace be with the Elgin family and friends in your time of loss.

We were fortunate to have Christina Lane, aka The Sometimes Crafter, join us for a reprise of her presentation Adventures in Hexagons now re-fashioned as Adventures in English Paper Piecing. She shared many of her techniques in a detailed slide show with beautiful photographic images. Here is the link to her tutorial for how to stitch hexagons. Her first book, Quilting Happiness, which she co-authored with Diane Gilleland of Crafty Pod is coming out this summer and we can't wait to get our hands on it!

To compliment her presentation, guild members Gail Weiss (I Think Sew), Christina Camelli (A Few Scraps), Elsa Hart (A Fine Line) and Teresa Coats (Crinkle Dreams) lead small groups of members on a guided tour of paper piecing techniques. It was so much fun to learn all their different techniques and secrets! Christina has a fun paper piecing QAL on her blog: check that out here Sprockets Quilt Along. And extra points for guessing correctly who is behind that quilt block in the upper-right photo in the collage. She must have been feeling overwhelmed by the swarms of paparazzi!

Stay tuned for details about our 3rd Anniversary Meeting next month. We are planning a Quilt Con Recap, a new Michael Miller Challenge, some terrific giveaways and much more! Our next guild meeting will be March 21st at PNCA.

-- Michelle

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