Saturday, April 30, 2016

Westside Modern Quilt Club April 2016

April's meeting was again a full house. Thank you to all our members who consistently come out for community and inspiration!

Rachel Kerley filled in for Geri this month as our MC -- including a joke she learned from the inimitable Gwen Marsten at a recent workshop in Sisters.

Rachel reflected on last month's field trip to the Portland Art museum and what the Edward Curtis exhibit meant to her. We also discussed the parameters of this year's challenge which are as follows:
• The 2016 WestSide Modern Club Challenge is Modern Heritage and will debut at Northwest Quilting Expo in September 22-24 2016. 
• The challenge is open to anyone wishing to honor the heritage of the Northwest Native Americans in a Modern Quilt format (please avoid decidedly pictorial solutions). 
• Your piece must measure either 32x44 or 48x66 and use a minimum of 1/4 yard of the Benartex fabric Sevilla in gold or gold and white (see the photo below).

• It must also have a 4 inch sleeve attached to the back of the quilt for hanging. 
• We also request you enroll with The Pine Needle to participate at the time you receive your fabric  
• The initial due date for the finished piece will be by August 31 at which time we will have the Big Reveal potluck party at Millennium Park in Lake Oswego at 6pm.
Several members also let us know that the Washington State History Museum and Mary Hill have applicable exhibits right now which are a super resource.

Molly O'Dea of the Mid Valley Quilt Guild in Salem is looking for volunteers to help out at the Quilt Walk at the State Fair August 26th through Sept 5th. There are three shifts per day and volunteers get parking. The quilt guild alone cannot fill the need for white glove and desk volunteers and so encourages anyone within a reasonable distance of Salem (or who plan on coming to the Fair anyway) to spend some time supporting our quilting community. Please contact Molly via the Guild's website, or call Kristin at The Pine Needle for Molly's contact info.

Rachel talked a little about social media and how she chooses to use (or not). She uses Pinterest to collect ideas and inspiration such as the board of triangle patchwork she recently created in preparation for her workshop with Gwen. Facebook and Instagram are great for connecting with people who have similar interests, but can also create dissatisfaction when we make too many comparisons of other people's work to our own. Right now Rachel is concentrating on making connections in real life -- through workshops and local groups. This segued well into my talk about my experience as a member of an online group of quilters that became a real life group of friends.

This month's guest speaker was me, Kristin La Flamme. I brought selected artwork from Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge, and spoke about how our group formed, how we managed it, and what we accomplished. While we eventually exhibited our work internationally and wrote a book about our experience working together, our group had pretty humble beginnings with the only goal being to challenge ourselves artistically. The model of a small group of like minded people with an attainable goal is achievable both online and in real-life. Consider forming a group (perhaps here at The Pine Needle) to try some "No-Rules Patchwork," or slow (hand) stitching. Or maybe look online to form a geographically diverse group. What worked well for Twelve by Twelve was to have a public space (our blog) to share our work and a private space (Yahoo in our case, but a private Facebook page could also work) to negotiate the details and boring stuff. Think about a small group as a way to create community and make connections.

Show and Tell:

Karen Y shared an experimental little piece inspired by Rachel's talk in February!

Elisa shared two older quilts which she had recently finished. The first was her own, started by hand in 1995 and the second was an estate sale find which she brought back to life.

Deslee W told us about her first quilt -- a log cabin made with 1" strips which she hated. Then she shared her most recent finish, a log cabin made with only one block and much wider strips, which she loves! (BTW, it's our Tahoe pattern).

Carol showed off her Fancy Foxes made with Kaffe Fasset fabrics --wow!

Susan B's quilt started as free cut ovoids and soon developed a personality of it's own Even it's back decided to become a front and now she's got two stunning quilts.

Deb S shared a graphic quilt of her own design inspired by photos of bridges in Jefferson.

Sharon shared two quilts made for her neices in their favorite colors.

Janet M shared her 30s fabric quilt which had been languishing. Yay for finishes!

And Carol brought her One Block Wonder quilt which she repurposed and used to test her longarm quilting.

Thank you to everyone who brought your quilts to share -- it is always inspiring.

See you next month.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


313 quilts were sewn by our generous customers and friends for the Cares Northwest program last year! 

You can be a part of it too! Pick up a free bag of fabric, complete your quilt, and donate it to this valuable program that helps kids in need! Stop by today

Here are a few quilts our lovely customers have made recently:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Westside Modern at the Museum

March's field trip was a super outing. We had great weather while waiting for our appointed tour time, and we had an excellent turnout of at least 20 people.

The Portland Art Museum's current exhibit of Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy was perfect inspiration for our club challenge inspired by Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Our docents guided us through the extensive display of images from Edward Curtis' portfolios (did you know the PAM was bequeathed the entire collection?) as well as created a bridge to the present with contemporary responses by artists Wendy Red Star, Will Williams, and Zig Jackson. Afterwards we browsed even more indigenous American work in an upstairs permanent collection. It was such a treat to have this opportunity in our city, and for  The Pine Needle to be able to, as a quilt shop, facilitate an event like this. We hope that we'll be able to offer our community more opportunities like this in the future.

Enjoy some photos from our museum visit:

One of the Curtis books in front of a photo by Zig Jackson

One of our docents in front of a huge graphic by Wendy Red Star

Talking about the relationship between the Curtis portraits (on the left) and Jackson's photos (on the right).

Deslee and friend discussing Wendy Red Star's interpretation of Curtis' portraits.
In another part of the museum we found this very quilty outfit by Wendy Red Star!

Native baskets gave us plenty of design inspiration as well.

April will be back on schedule with our normal meeting the last Wednesday of the month, at 6:00, in the shop. Our speaker will be our very own Pinecone, Kristin La Flamme who will share her experience finding inspiration and community as part of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Westside Modern Quilt Club Field Trip!

Join us for a very special event sponsored by the WestSide Modern Quilt Club!

March 30th
(no evening meeting)

12:00 noon
(tour 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Join us as we are guided through this major exhibition featuring contemporary photographs by Native American photographers Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, and Will Wilson in dialogue with photographs from Edward Sheriff Curtis' renowned body of work The North American Indian.

This timely exhibition and associated educational programming will ask visitors to consider Curtis' continuing influence on the interpretation of Native American culture while highlighting contemporary reactions to his complex role within the history of representation of indigenous peoples. 

This event will tie into our Native American-themed Challenge for the NW Quilting Expo and hopefully prove to be inspirational in helping you to design your quilt. 

$16.00 per person
Call 503-635-1353 to reserve your spot
(credit card will be charged)
$20 at door after March 24th

Everyone is welcome! 
Bring a friend!
Join our quilting community!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring at The Pine Needle

Spring has definitely sprung at The Pine Needle! We're re-stocking after the whirlwind that was the Sewing and Stitch Expo in Puyallup, WA and there's lots of sunny colors and cute animals just in time for spring projects.

Bunnies and birdies and butterflies, oh my!

Summer Roads is our newest kit using our Crossroads pattern. It looks great in soft, springtime colors (to include the pink chosen by Pantone to be one of the colors for 2016).

Pink paired with grey and a deeper red says spring fling! Valentine's Day may have passed, but romance can still be in the air.

We've still got Katya kits and Quick Curve rulers for this stunner of a quilt. Some new cheery retro looking fabrics fit right in to the mix.

Spring means babies, and we've got lots of adorable flannels, and self-binding baby blanket kits that are perfect last minute shower gifts.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

While the Cat's Away...

While the cat's away the mice will play! Geri and crew are at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA this weekend, and while they are working hard there, the Pinecones staying behind at the shop are having a sale!

Selected fabrics with (all these in the photo above) are a mere $4.99 per yard. We've also got Marcia Derse half yards, selected fat quarters, our Awesome Odds, and fabric by the ounce all discounted 40% to 50% off. And, for those who like to add a little texture to their work we've got a table full of interior design samples for 50 cents each.

If you can't make it to Puyallup, we hope to see you in the shop in Lake Oswego February 25th through 27th.