Monday, August 5, 2013

WestSide Modern July Meeting Notes

Challenge Block Entries 

Here are the blocks that were brought in using our challenge fabric.  
Two lucky winners won 12 blocks each 
and will be putting together stunning quilts.

Portland Bridges Now 

Geri gave some updates, information and tips about the bridge challenge. We are looking for a "modern" interpretation" of one of the Portland Bridges, not for a landscape quilt. Quilts are due April 1st, 2014 - because they might be traveling to Ireland before being shown at NW Quilting Expo. 

Here are some ways to get inspired.  


A Book
This is a great resource -  "Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts" by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. It has suggestions for how to design a quilt using a grid technique.  


 A Class
For those of us who would like a group process for designing our bridge quilt, Lisa Crnich will be teaching a class this Fall called the "4 C's of Quilt Design - Concept, Creativity, Construction, and Completion with a special emphasis on Bridges. Saturdays October 5 & 19, November 2 and December 7 from 10-1.  Cost is $60. Call the store to sign up for this class - before it hits our Fall Catalog!


A Boat Tour
Take a boat tour of the bridges to see them from the water.  Portland Boat Tours has a bridge tour that goes under 9 of Portland’s famous bridges. Learn about the history of the Willamette River while you relax and enjoy our incredible city.

A Party on August 10th
Get up close and personal with the Broadway Bridge 100th Birthday Celebration on August 10th.

Bike or Walk the Bridges on August 11th
 (includes walking option of Fremont and Steel Bridges

Still don't know where to start?   One suggestion for the faint of heart is to try designing a "modern quilt" table runner or place-mat first, rather than an entire quilt. Another suggestion is to design a "modern quilt" to donate to CARES Northwest.

Inspiring Blogs to Check Out

Pam Raby shared some more of her favorite blogs. 
Be sure to click on the blue links to check them out.

This video by Marci Baker from Alicia's Attic
 shows how to do perfect mitered bindings on all angles.
you won't want to miss

Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-up - August 15-19This event begins with a picnic in Laurelhurst, followed by mini-classes on Friday, charity and open sewing on Saturday, dinner and a Sunday Brunch.  $25 to Register.

The folks who sponsored QuiltCon in Austin are coming to Portland and sponsoring "SewDown Portland".  A SewDown is all inclusive weekend quilting getaway! A swanky hotel, meals and all workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with four teachers, a full load of workshops and tons of sewing fun! Can't make the entire weekend? Luncheon Lectures will be available too! registration will be open soon.  This event is February 7 to 9 at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.

Slide Show of Modern Quilts 
from Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2013
Modern Quilts at Sisters Quilt Show

Show and Tell