Monday, July 27, 2015

June 2015 WestSide Modern Quilt Club Meeting

Guest Speaker - Marie Deatherage

Marie has been quilting seriously for 6 years. She tends not to be a "social" quilter and after retirement became a hermit to finish all of her projects. Now, more recently, she is focused on marketing her new book, Pieces of Portland.

When she was younger, she watched her grandmother quilt. G'ma was a hand-quilter (stitching 16 stitches an inch) and quilted on a frame that took up the entire living room. Her mother also became a quilter after she retired.

When Marie started quilting, she really had no plan. She only took one class and just dove right in.

 "Window Frames" (on left) was one of her 1st quilts. 

The challenge quilt pictured on the right was made out of one "layer cake".

Marie then "discovered" Kaffe Fassett's fabulous fabrics (on left). They were so colorful and bold.

"Zipper" (on right) was simple and with bright peacock colors.

Marie then started getting back into more solids and created this log cabin (on left).

Further expanding on her love of solids, she created this quilt on the right and the one pictured below left.

Marie then got re-intrigued by Kaffe Fassett prints and created this small throw (right).

Marie had so many quilts she decided she would like to have a show and approached a mattress store in the Pearl District and showed them on the 1st Thursday Art Walk.

A friend was taking pictures of quilts around Portland and the idea for her book was born. One-of-a-kind quilts are a special feature in the book. This disappearing nine-patch (left), was made for the book and the quilts in the book are based on experiences of places and people around Portland.

Marie found a printer in Illinois and has just received the first printing at the beginning of June. She is working on a website: The website for the book is

Tips and Tricks

  • Lay paint chips around the project to match them. Then bring the paint chips with you when shopping for fabric. You can even share the paint chips with others for joint projects.
  • Save your selvages when cutting them from fabric. If you run out of fabric, you will be able to find it again using the numbers from the selvage.
  • Don't over-buy your Wonder-Under! Buy what you need! Soft-fuse is also a great product. Remember: don't use fabric softener on fused items!
  • Throw a fabric sheet in the dryer with your project - it is great at taking off animal hair.

Show and Tell

"Speed Dating"

Scrap Bag quilt
Lauren Teubner created "Speed Dating" (left) in the Studio 429 class. 8 different people worked on it. They each had one hour to work on it.

Colleen Barnhardt created this scrap bag quilt in two motifs: a traditional one (pictured on right) and a more organic one.

Betsy Biller
Disappear 9-patch
Betsy Biller created this modern design using bright fabrics (left).

Kathy White created this red, white, and blue disappearing 9-patch that she is donating to Quilts of Valor.

Connie Brown's grandmother made this 48-state quilt (left)so Connie had to finish it up making pillows for Hawaii and Alaska!

Connie also finished this quilt (right) for her nephew. 

 Karen Nelson created this quilt (left) in Rachel Kerley's "Splat" class.

Kay Wagner utilized hand-dyed fabrics and fused them into this amazing wall hanging.


Malory Jarboe finished this blue and gray quilt adapting The View pattern to fit her needs. Both sides were of equal interest!

 Ellen Kane self-quilted her "lightening" quilt (left).

Pam Raby finished her "Sequoia" quilt. She will be teaching a class in the fall featuring this pattern (soon to be in the store).

 Pam shows off the "Splat" quilt made for her by a dozen people including Rachel Kerley. When Pam saw Rachel's original quilt hanging in the store, she immediately fell in love with it and conspired how to get one for herself. Little did she know one was being made for her as a gift!

Fat Quarter Raffle

The group was asked to bring a fat quarter in either red or yellow. The fabric was assembled and Betsy Biller was the big winner of the fat quarter collection! Congrats, Betsy!

There were no other announcements or business.

Next Westside Modern meeting will be Wedsday, July 29th.

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