Thursday, April 24, 2014

Central Oregon Shop Hop

It's rainy and cold, what could be better than a weekend spent fabric shopping?

central Oregon Quilt shop Hop

This weekend April 24th-27th is the wonderfully fun Central Oregon Shop Hop.

There are 7 Participating shops. Click the link to visit the shop website:




Visit all shops and get your card stamped and be entered to win some very generous prizes (a sewing machine, and shopping spree gift cards!). Many shops also do their own give aways. There's often shopping specials and fun refreshments at each shop as well. 

When you visit each shop, you will receive a free fat 1/8th of batik fabric, and a free pattern. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday: T-Shirt Quilts!

On Wednesdays we share works in progress by guild members. Enjoy!

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Kayla is making this T-shirt quilt (sashed with our favorite Quilter's Linen) for her cousin. 

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Christy cut up the logos from her Tshirts into 6" squares and is laying them out in this fun pattern that radiates from the center of the quilt. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday, Modern Metallics

On Wednesdays we feature works in progress by guild members. Today we're featuring the WIPs for the Modern Metallic Challenge. These are for a group exhibit at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland in August. Modern Quilt Guilds in the Pacific Northwest were invited to participate, and we are very grateful to our fabric sponsor Robert Kaufman for donating the Quilter's Linen Metallic that we were provided and used in our challenge quilts. Check out the Modern Metallic Blog for more information about the rest of the guilds participating in the challenge.

Up first is Katy's challenge. It's reversible, so she's still trying to decide which side is the front. Both are awesome! The navy is stunning! with the metallic quilter's linen.



My (Lindsey) quilt has these elongated hexagons on the back. The front was inspired by seeing a brick pattern on a building exterior in Warm Springs, Oregon as I was driving and day-dreaming about what to do for the front of this quilt. I quilted the white space (the white is a Robert Kaufman Textures, and it's wonderful!) with a paisley design, and now I'm in the process of hand quilting the diagonals.

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Shannon used a cool technique where she made big pinwheels and sliced 'em up to make the blocks for this:
Shannon's modern metallic work in progress

Sarah G has a really cool plan
Sarah g's modern metallic

And Sarah P does, as well!

Kristin is using this gorgeous silk with hers:


And Amy is planning on using the Mini Hex n More ruler for hers. Until she starts, she's carrying it around on her bag. What a cute accessory!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Meeting Reminder

It's the third tuesday, and that means we're meeting at the Stitchin' Post from 5pm to 8pm.

Who: You! Members and guests
What: meeting and sewing time
When: Tuesday, April 15th 5pm to 8pm, business at 6pm
Where: Stitchin' Post in Sisters
What to bring: food, drink, a project to work on, show and tell, your finished fabric post card, and your finished house block.

Agenda:
--if you signed up, get your fabric for the Michael Miller MQG challenge from Susan
--Turn in your fabric post card for the Wish Upon a Card. (Due on the 15th)
--Turn in your block for the group Ronald McDonald House auction quilt to Kayla (due the 15th)
--COMQG Banner
--Show and Tell

See ya there!

colton's cougar quilt

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Members share their space

Welcome to the series where members share their sewing space. Today is my (Lindsey) turn. Enjoy!

I sew in a spare room. I spend more time in here than any other room in the house when I'm home just hanging out, so it has more than just my sewing. I like to keep most things stored out of sight in the closet. If I let the room get too cluttered, it's not fun for me to sew or spend time in here. Here's the two sides of my closet: on the top shelf I have my projects in shoe boxes or bags, along with yarn and a few other assorted items. The works in progress in the closet tend to be long term projects: one's that I've put on the back burner, or long term projects like blocks of the month. The floor has a couple of tubs with my fabric. I don't have a big stash and I like to make sure it doesn't outgrow those tubs. I want to hoard fabric but I try to resist! In there is also my spare sewing machine, my ironing board, my roll of batting, finished projects. The room is small, and during the winter I leave my bike on the trainer so it's a bit crowded at the moment.

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On the other side of the room, I have some mini quilts on the wall by the window. That chair always has my most current works in progress on it, ones that need quilting or binding, and I have recently put a dent in that pile so there is only one quilt needing binding right now. I got that curtain wire and clips from IKEA and love it for hanging little blocks and fun, inspiring things along that entire wall. Those dogs are always laying on the futon, keeping me company when I'm in here.
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My sewing machine (a Baby Lock Melody) sits on a small desk from IKEA. I actually love the desk's small size because when I'm free motion quilting, I can jam the quilt in the corner against the wall instead of worrying about the quilt falling off the table. This desk has a keyboard tray that is really handy for storing notions or extra fabric when sewing.
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Next to the desk is my bookshelf that has more fabric storage and other things. This is where most works in progress that I'm just starting hang out until they're too big for a shelf. I also have some precuts and bundles on the shelves. I really try to keep the top of the shelf cleared off so that it's space I can use. I really don't like clutter so I prefer to keep everything put away or in the closet so that the clutter doesn't get too bad.
You can also see my design wall (a flannel-backed tablecloth) with the Modern Metallic challenge.
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You'll probably notice: I don't have any cutting table in here! I don't have room with the current set up, although sometimes I will cut on top of the bookshelf if the pieces are small enough for my small, rotating mat. Instead, I usually cut on my kitchen island.
Thanks for taking the tour of my sewing room!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Absolute Bag

On Wednesdays we feature works in progress by guild members. Today we're featuring the Absolute Bag. Marilyn, Quiltworks owner, developed this pattern and taught us the class in late March. Marilyn sells the pattern and a kit of pre-cut Soft and Stable at Quiltworks.

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Check out some of the great Absolute Bags made during the class!

Janice and Erin both made theirs with Tula Pink's Acacia fabric and it looks so great!
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This is one of Susan's, she's planning on making a bunch
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And Kristin's:
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and Corni's
Corni's absolute bag

What a great, fun class! Thanks Marilyn!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Novel Idea Exhibit at Quiltworks

Every year, the Deschutes Public Library chooses a book for a community reading event called A Novel Idea...Read Together. This year the book chosen was The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

Some of the Novel Idea festivities are art exhibits around the community, and the Quiltworks gallery features quilts inspired by the book for the month of April. A few of our guild members participated in the exhibit.

See them in person at Quiltworks until the end of April.

Five Geese by Lindsey
5 Geese

Celestial Sisters by Leotie
celestial Sisters by Leotie

Longing for Connection by Kristin
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Signs of Hope by Shannon
Signs of Hope by Shannon

Hope by Erin B
Hope by Erin B.

Jasper's Quilts by Janice
Jasper's Quilts by Janice

To Hig, With Love by Katy
To Hig, With Love by Katy

Help from Above by Amber
Help from Above by Amber