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Thursday, August 7, 2014

July WestSide Modern Meeting Notes

July 22nd WestSide Modern Meeting
New Fall Classes at The Pine Needle

Geri announced some upcoming classes with Violet Craft, Cristina Cameli and Rachel Kerley. They will fill fast and WSM has first option on them.  Click to register.

Violet Craft
Cristina Cameli 
Rachel Kerley     

Bridges of Portland - "The Big Reveal"  
Wednesday August 27th at Millennium Park  
(bring your quilt in a bag so no one can peak)
6:00 potluck.... Bring anything you'd like to share. All are welcome.

Challenge - American Made Brand Challenge - Pillow Palooza
Make a pillow …..of any size for yourself…..for your home……
Bring it in to win at the big reveal in August.
It will be a viewer’s choice……. the winner gets one of the stacks of fabrics.

Show and Tell

Kathy hand dyed her swift fabric for the Bridge Challenge

Barbara's Bright Marbled Star with straight line quilting

Jennifer's Michael Miller Challenge

Guest Speaker - Michelle Freedman - Gen Q Magazine

Michelle is a contributor to Generation Q magazine and Stitch 'n Swap. She has a background in art and textile design for apparel.

She shared drawings of some of her favorite fabric designs that she made for Fred Meyer, Hannah Anderson, Lucy Activewear. She has made lots of apparel.

Her first quilt squares were out of brown calicoes. She keeps it on her wall for inspiration. (left)

Violet Craft invited her to a modern quilt guild meeting... but she had never quilted.

She fell in love with quilting.

She showed her sketch book which inspired this tic-tac-toe quilt. (right)

A tempera tea cup inspired 
a quilt out of Pendleton wool. (left) 

She used a needle made for sail boat sails.

She joined two bees (by mistake) and sewed  2 blocks a month.

She didn't know any of the rules or terms.

This quilt was Inspired by Hawaii (right) She Loves HST's she played around with them. This is called "Shoreline" was in Stitches magazine last summer.

Inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge called "Trip Around the Sun" (left) with wonky flying geese. She added hand stitching and pebble quilting

When thinking about design, she plays the game... Name that tune. How many ways can I make this block? Or change it? Or name it?

She gave us each a copy of the premiere issue of Gen Q magazine!!!!!

She showed us the quilt on the cover of the latest Gen Q Magazine. (left) She used Dear Stella's dots... Finished 6" blocks. This used some of her favorite techniques. Called the "Color Carnival Row Along".  Quilted by Rachel Kerley.

There are submission guidelines on the Gen Q website for us to submit our own ideas.

Questions.... What trends do you see coming?
  • Navy blue, purple, inky rich colors. 
  • Butterflies
  • Deer antlers
  • the same block but in different sizes - blocks within blocks
  • Sew mama sew has a good trend report
  • hand dyed fabric
  • Artisan hand sewing  to add some interest (especially on solid colors)
  • Mixing of materials
  • Sashiko stitching

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WestSide Modern June Meeting

Notes from June WestSide Modern Club Meeting

The Northwest Quilting Expo is just around the corner.

  •  Classes are online and can be signed up for here.
  • There is going to be a wearable art show and wine tasting Friday night the 26th,
  • Laura Wasilowski is one of our featured guest speakers and teacher
  • Our Bridge quilts are a featured exhibit -- we need some more Sellwood and Burnside. We need the quilts in August beginning Aug 15th, and for sure by Sept 1.
  • The great reveal will be in August - date TBA

 Row by Row Experience begins July 1 nation-wide shop hop.  This is our row.

Hi-lites of new books and patterns and fabrics:

American Made Brand
at a great price of $7.75
Stitch 'N Swap By: Jake Finch
Daily Zen: Quilts & Projects

Best tool = seam roller It's arched so it doesn't score the fabric. Great for short seams and paper piecing and pressing seams open also great with shapes with bias edges. Steam will stretch the seams, this doesn't! 

We're offering a Machine Quilting class this Fall- by Christina Cameli, author of "First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting". This is a great book with do-able projects.  Buckets, pillows table runners. She's very encouraging. 

Show and Tell

Terry's Intuitive Quilt

Linda's Modern Quilt
Mallory's Retreat Quilt
 Maxine shared two quilt tops made with the same fabrics.

Pam's Blue and Yellow Batik Star
Ellen's off-centered circles quilted by Debbie Scroggy

Guest Speaker - Violet Craft 

Violet (the designer of the bridge fabric), showed us her 4th line of fabrics called Brambleberry Ridge - due to be released soon.  It depicts her love of mid century, her grandmother's aqua blue house, mirrored gold tiles, and costume jewelry.  All of her collections have to do with Portland and the Northwest. This collection is very soft.

She also shared some quilts and pillows made with this fabric.

Breeze Blossoms Pillows
Broken Herringbone -class coming this Fall to the Pine Needle
Breeze Blossoms

Forest Abstractions - Block of the Month Class coming this Fall to The Pine Needle

July Meeting - DATE CHANGE

Tuesday, July 22nd is our next meeting 
with guest speaker Michelle Friedman from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild who will talk about Improvisational Quilting.

Monday, June 16, 2014

WestSide Modern May Meeting Notes

Hi-Lights and Emerging Trends from Quilt Market

  • Cotton and Steel by RJR
    5 designers. Watch for their fabric in September.
  • American Made Brand
    Solids by Clothworks in Seattle

Having trouble finding fabric that is truly Made in USA? Look no further. American Made Brand Fabric by Clothworks is here. 100% cotton shirting, grown in America, woven in America, dyed in America, and at a price point you can afford. Now that’s cause for a quilting celebration! Let’s raise the Betsy Ross. But first take a minute to run your hand across some beautifully soft cotton made by your neighbor. It feels wonderful and is only available at independent quilt shops and other fine fabric retailers.

* We'll be getting packets of solids of these at our June WSM meeting! The challenge will be to bring a small quilt to the Fall Open House.

Click here to see the AMB fabrics we have now.

They're doing a blog tour of all 50 states.  Check it out here!

  • Stitchery is in!  We're seeing lots of substantial stitchery on quilts, not red-work style but to accent your quilt.  This book is a good resource and is in our shop and on our website.

  • Hexagons are Huge 
    Big or small, hexagons are everywhere.  We'll be offering our Sexy Hexies class again this fall.

  • Civil War/Period Pieces are coming back and being used in different ways.  Mix them with large scale prints and solids.
    Here's what we have now!  Reproduction Fabrics

  • Houndstooth is everywhere!  Cozy Cotton Houndstooth

  • Low Volume Prints are being used for backgrounds.
    Here are some starter staks.

  • It's the Year of the Deer! 
    are showing up everywhere.

  •  Metallics are making a comeback.  Look for subtle dustings and tone on tones. These will mix well with other cottons.

    Batting! Batting! Batting!
    Carol Parks and Janet Murdock gave us all kinds of information about batting.  
    • Did you know that batting is directional and has a top and a bottom?
    • The smooth side goes down if there's a scrim on the outside.
      (Scrim is the binder or thin netting/fabric that the cotton is needle punched through for stability. It is sometimes on the outside and sometimes on the inside of the batting)
    • If the scrim is inside the batting, the ball side goes down.
    • Dark fabrics can show more bearding, so use dark batting.
    • If you want lots of loft and to see definition with your quilting, double batt it.  Put the wool on the bottom and a cotton or poly on top.
    • If you are making an "Art Quilt" or want a flat quilt, use a thin batt or even a flannel, just so the stitches have something to sink into.
    • The crinkled look comes from the bating shrinking when washed.  Check the packaging for shrinkage percentage. Pre-wasehd fabric with non-preshrunk batting achieves the best "pucker".
    • Wool batting is actually the coolest and lightest batt because it breathes.
    • Heat Press Batting Tape is a fantastic product for joining scraps of batt together. "It's the duck tape of batting."
    • Silk and wool batts are nice for hand stitching.
    • The tighter the quilting, the less warm and cuddly the quilt will be.

      New Books just in:
      Click on the book to get more information and look inside.

    Show And Tell

    Betsy's Mystery Quilt - She didn't like it until Janet Murdock quilted it.

    Elisa's Fall Leaves

    Janet's Scrap Cross Quilt - with low volume background fabrics

    Carol made a cross quilt using scraps and a low volume background fabric. She calls it  "O-Positive"

    Lauren - used Marcia Derse fabrics

    Mallory's - Pop Rocks