Sunday, June 18, 2017

Shop Hops

It's that time of year again! The Sunshine and Stitches Shop Hop is underway, and The Row by Row Experience is just around the corner. Make your plans to discover new shops and revisit old favorites.


Sunshine and Stitches runs now until July 1, 2017. Download your passport or pick one up at participating shops, such as The Pine Needle. Each shop has a free block kit, plus fun project kits for purchase. There's also drawings at each shop.

Share your shop hopping on social media: https://www.facebook.com/stitchesshophops/


Our July Fourth block can be incorporated into a sampler quilt, or used as a pocket on our fabric basket project.



Row By Row Experience



Row by Row runs June 21st through September 5th, 2017 (you have until October 31st to bring your completed quilt to a participating shop for potential prizes). Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Meet up with friends, discover new quilt shops, and have fun collecting rows! Check out the Row by Row website for prize information and all the pertinent details.


The Row by Row theme this year is On The Go! and we're going by trolley in honor of the trolley which connects Lake Oswego to Portland.

Monday, May 29, 2017

No May WMQC

FYI, Westside Modern Quilt Club would normally meet on May 31st (the last wednesday of the month) but because our retreats are happening at about the same time, we won;t be having a meeting this month.

Please join us next month, on June 28th, when we'll be back to our regular schedule.

We're always interested in ideas for speakers or programs, so please let any of us Pinecones know what you want to see and hear.

Thanks!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Small Projects

It's the time of year when it's hard to image surrounding yourself with a big, warm, quilt. But summer time and travels mean visiting friends, exploring quilt shops, and still spending some time at the sewing machine. So, we suggest some smaller projects perfect for giving as gifts, for using those special fabrics you've picked up, and for sewing up something quick and satisfying.

We've got quite a few kits and patterns for a variety of fun projects. 

Brand new is this Sew Adorable Fabric Basket which Pam has kitted up in a variety of fabric combos.




We've also got a super cute Iron Caddy and pressing station. Perfect for taking along to sewing retreats or sew days with friends.




The Take Four Placemat pattern is a great way to use all those fat quarters you've been collecting, or pick up one of the Squared Up kits in which we've already coordinated some fabulous fabrics.




And... who can resist a Potato Chip Bag kit? This practical little purse is so cute and easy to make that you won't be able to stop with just one!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spring/Summer Classes



It's May and our Spring/Summer class session is starting. Check out our class offerings under the Classes tab on our main website, or click here.

There's still room in our new Quiltmaking 101 class with Dawn White, and Linda Reinert is teaching two circle classes. These are the perfect opportunity to learn to quilt from the ground up, or to add a new technique to your sewing "toolbox."

Our Sew With series is a great way to get a little help or encouragement on those projects that may have stumped you, or that you just need the opportunity to get them done. The classes meet once a month with either Pam Raby, Linda Reinert, or Dawn White, who each have many years of sewing and quilting experience to share. Bring whatever project you want to work on, and your instructor will be there to help as needed. It's also a great way to connect with other quilters for camaraderie and sewing accountability!

Sign up online, or in the store. Check back as well because we'll probably be adding other one and two day workshops as the summer progresses.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fresh Fabrics For Spring

After a post-Puyallup Expo lull, new fabrics are arriving nearly daily!

Who's hungry for sushi? This fresh combo would make fun kitchen accessories like the French Flea Market Apron (which includes a kid size as well as an adult one), accents on towels, or maybe even some fun Pea Pod or other zip bags.



Maker Maker's graphically simple cats and dogs, and a collection of nubby linens from Lecien have a quiet, minimalist color palette perfect for totes and table runners.




Another lovely neutral collection is Destination Paris from Windham Fabrics. Are you dreaming of a European vacation yet?



Check out this purple and orange and blue from Robert Kaufman, Anthology, M&S (Australian), and P&B -- who knew they'd all look so rich and delicious together? Well, we kind of did.




We've refreshed our beachy blues and corals.


We've got a super cute collection of juvenile fabrics from Makower UK, mixed with some of our favorite basics, ready to be made into baby quilts and more!



And, Carrie Bloomston's Dreamer collection is finally here. We're making kits for our Hip To Dream and Lucy's Garden sample quilts, as well as having yardage for you to choose your own adventure!





Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Westside Modern Quilt Club March 2017

 We had a fun night in March, starting with some very silly texting for seniors jokes from Geri. 

Catching up on news, the Clark County Quilt Show is this weekend! Go check it out at the fairgrounds in Ridgefield, WA April 6—8.

The Mid-Valley Quilt Guild is having their annual show April 20—22 at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, OR.

Don't forget about our Aboriginality Challenge: bring in your quilt, garment, bag, etc, 40" wide or less, by April 15th. We'll display the works until June 15th. We'll have a viewer's choice winner too!

We're also thinking about our Transitions challenge for the Northwest Quilting Expo in September. Check previous blog posts for details, but basically, your modern quilt (any size) inspired by a family heirloom or otherwise inspirational older quilt is due by August 15th. We'll have our usual potluck and unveiling at Millennium Park. We'll pair the quilts with a poster of their inspiration. More details to come on the poster, but be thinking about having a photo that you can print out at COSTCO.

Lilly is coordinating an exhibit of our Tribal Winds challenge quilts at the Lake Oswego Library to celebrate their remodel. If you participated in tribal Winds and have not yet gotten your email info to Lilly, please call us at the shop to get connected.

For our main presentation, our own Kristin La Flamme led us through four steps to critiquing our quilts from an art point of view. Getting beyond "like" or "don't like" when we are analyzing our use of colors, scale, composition, or perhaps even intent, can help us grow as artists and makers. We learned to first Describe, then Analyze, then Interpret, and finally (if desired) Judge. Then we broke into four groups and practiced our investigative skills with a variety of Kristin's quilts. Moving around and discussing in small groups was a great change of pace.

Show and Tell was short but sweet, and our favorite part of the evening as always.


Cathy brought her flannel pinwheels which she had originally made as a class sample, and now it will be raffled at her church to support their Mission program.


Lorie and Lilly participated in our Quilt Till You Wilt pizza party. They used the "2 For One Best Friends" pattern which cleverly lets you cut once to make two quilts. These will be donated to the NW CARES program.


Mardi shared her Farmer's Wife quilt. The blocks all have meaning to her and many reflect specific likes such as fishing. Check out our Facebook page for another photo of this beauty!


Robin's Quilt As You Go "Family Album" is so fun and unique.


Theresa brought her pretty — and seasonally appropriate, "Road to Ireland."