Friday, August 20, 2010

Free Motion Commotion

Fifty-three Portland Modern Quilters attended the August 19 meeting at PNCA.  Christina started the meeting off with a presentation on free motion quilting on your home sewing machine.  After a powerpoint presentation 

and some discussion,

Christina sat down at her sewing machine for a demonstration.  Thanks to PNCA, a camera recorded her stitching and the picture was projected onto the wall for all to see. 

Christina demonstrated a variety of stitches, including writing words in cursive.

And then members got to try out their own skills at one of several stations.
Here Traci has fun practicing her technique.

The FMQ giveaway was won by Anne.

Show and Tell brought out a lot of beautiful quilts, laughter, and even a few tears.

Elsa shared this quilt top from the 20s.

Jill made this version of Elizabeth's New Wave quilt with vintage sheets that her parents owned before they were married.

Jill also brought the doll quilt she made for her daughter to match painting on her bedroom walls.

This is Megan's version of the New Wave quilt and is her first quilt with free motion quilting.

This is Tania's woven quilt, based on a Kaffe Fassett design.

Kristen made this quilt with the Kona Cotton solid charm squares that she won at a previous meeting.

Lisa made a Halloween version of the New Wave quilt and a pillow to go with it

and this baby quilt top.  Unfortunately the niece for whom this was intended was never born, so Lisa is donating it to a member who will finish it for charity.  

Gail made this quilted hexagon pillow cover, including the screen printing.

Liz showed this quilt top, originally started by her grandmother and finished by Liz and her mother.

Elizabeth put together this quilt top with blocks from a quilting bee.
It is sashed with light pink on the front

and red on the back.

This is Katie's quilt-as-you-go quilt.

Heather showed what can be accomplished with an AccuQuilt system, 

as well as her Swiss Army quilt.

Jeri made this quilt using Elizabeth's Paint Box pattern.

Becky's baby quilt.

Christina made this quilt with friends.

Lee stepped out of her comfort zone to make this I-Spy quilt in primary colors for her niece's bedroom.

Jen shared this quilt made from vintage sheets

and this wedding quilt made with blocks designed around the couple's initials (S & P).

Tamara made this quilt for her son from a Honeycomb pattern designed by Lee.

After show and tell, we swapped 1" hexagons:

and helped ourselves to fabric samples donated by Free Spirit.
Thank you so much, Free Spirit!

Elizabeth gave an announcement about Project Modern.

September Sewing Night:
September 11 (one week later due to Labor Day)
There will be a giveaway.

September meeting:
September 16 -- Elizabeth will demonstrate how to dye fabric in cups.

Keep on stitching, Portland Modern Quilters!

Note:  I have tried to link to blogs whenever possible.  If there is a photo of you and your quilt above and it is not linked to your blog, please let me know and I will add it.


  1. Looks like an amazing meeting! I'm so impressed that you posted about it already. We had our 3rd meeting of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild yesterday too. I'd love to know how to project someone's sewing demo onto a screen - very cool!

  2. Great meeting - great recap!

  3. Great post Joan!!! I cannot believe ho many quilts were shown last night. The group is growing so fast. And all the quilts are just beautiful.
    Thank you Christina for teh free motion quilting introduction

  4. Joan,
    Great post and great photos. Thank you.
    Is there any Free Spirit fabric left? I completely missed seeing it....
    Thanks also to Christina and the other FMQs. The demo was great.

  5. That was a great meeting last night! Thanks to everyone involved in organizing, and thanks to Christina, and the other ladies who demoed!! I learned so much, and was really inspired.

  6. What a wonderful evening, and great recap, Joan! Thank you Christina for your amazing presentation - I learned so much! And thank you to Heather at one of the demo tables who was so helpful with teaching me. Who knew I could free motion machine quilt a peeing sitting moose in a super hero cape!

    Thank you to everyone who works so hard to put on such an awesome evening. What an awesome group of quilters... the highlight of my month!

  7. Great photos, Joan, and so quickly done. Lovely quilts, all, and thank you Christina for a very informative presentation.

  8. You are all having so much fun! Wonderful show and tell! Thank you for sharing with us ; )

  9. Thank you for inviting me and for such a well organized meeting. You all are amazing! Now let's see that moose!

  10. Christina's presentation and demo were great! Each month I think 'This was my favorite meeting' and this was no exception. What a great group! Thank you to everyone who organized and worked so hard to pull this one off.

  11. Sadly I missed the Free Spirit fabric--had to step out right after the hexies swap. The rest was great--the presentation was awesome and I loved the use of technology to let us see Christina quilt live! Also thanks to the other lovely ladies who shared their machines and talents. I had lots of fun!

  12. What an awesome meeting!! I am from the AtlMQG and I was wondering how you got a connection with a fabric shop to giveaway fabric samples to your group. Does one of your members work there, or were you doing a special project they were supporting?


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