Friday, August 22, 2014

My first quilt

Welcome to our new blog series where we're featuring the first quilt made by guild members. Today it's Kayla, our guild president. Enjoy!

I made this quilt in 2007. I didn't know anyone who quilted, but I thought I may enjoy it. I was really looking for something to give me short breaks between my research at the time. 

I learned a lot from this quilt. It's best not to make your first quilt with tiny 1.5x3" flying geese. It's best to iron. Lots of prints are not great. It's nice to have different tones. Flannel backs may not be best for a cotton top. Flannel bindings are even worse. I also learned the difference between piecing and quilting because at the time I had no idea that a machine could sandwich the layers together, so this quilt is actually tied. 

We call it the ugly quilt, but cannot seem to part with it. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mt. Bachelor Quilters' Guild: Quilt Show in the Park

The Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild had their quilt show this past weekend.
 It was a great show! Hopefully you were able to stop and see the quilts.

They invited our group to have a special exhibit.

Meeting in the Park! Recap.

Thanks all for a lovely evening in the park last night!

Things we discussed: 
--look at the blog (right up there ^^) 
for information on the Gee's Bend inspired quilt challenge for 2015
--Look for an email asking for nominations for the board members for 2015
--next month we'll return to our normal schedule of First Tuesday Quiltworks, Third Tuesday Stitchin' Post.

Hillary made the Modern X quilt and is working on quilting it.
This was a free pattern by Christa Watson that was distributed
to MQG members back in March. 

Hillary was also working on this cute My Little Pony cross stitch.

This was Bernadette's first meeting, and she brought her first quilt
 (made a few years ago) for show and tell. 

Kat's showed us some samples from her recent booth, including a
kid's sample quilt and a Christmas sample quilt

Kayla and Lindsey's Star Fall Quilts

Laurie's quilt

Lindsey's Tula 100 blocks in a quilt (and Logan the golden retriever)

PNW MQG Meet up Information

The PNW MQG Meet up is this weekend! It's hosted by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

Go to the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild blog for all the information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ohio Star Made Modern Exhibit

Last weekend, on Saturday August 16th, was our second time exhibiting our Ohio Star Made Modern challenge quilts. They were a special group exhibit at the Mt Bachelor Quilter's Guild quilt show.
The first was last month at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, and next month we will be hanging in the QuiltWorks gallery for the entire month of September.

There's just something so wonderful about seeing the quilts outside in the Central Oregon sunshine!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

See you Tuesday!

It's the third tuesday, and we're meeting in the park to take advantage of these wonderful summer evenings!

When: 5pm, Tuesday August 19th. 
Where: Pilot Butte State Park
Who: All of you
What: some hand sewing and your dinner
Bonus:  Kayla will bring desert

We hope to see you there, and don't forget your show and tell.

Christy wrangling her quilt in the breeze at our last meeting in the park.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My First Quilt

Welcome to a blog series where we feature members and their first quilt, ever! Enjoy! Today it's me, Lindsey.

I have been knitting since freshman year in high school, and I got a sewing machine for Christmas when I was in my 20s, because I saw that many knitters sewed linings for bags or similar small projects related to their knitting. I had seen Amy Butler fabric around, and I thought it was so cool, but I never knew what to do with it!  

In 2006 I moved to a small town in Montana for the summer, and there wasn't a knitting shop, but I wandered into the quilt shop one day thinking maybe they could help me fill that crafting need. The woman there was so helpful, sent me away with a new cutting mat, rotary cutter, a few yards of batik fabric, and a log cabin quilt pattern that was literally written for little kids. After spending a few hours with my sewing machine manual (I had no idea that sewing machines needed bobbin thread! I never took home ec., I had never used a sewing machine before), I was up and running. I knew right away that for all this effort, the quilt would be gifted to someone who would really appreciate it, so I gave it to my grandma. Grandma was quilter and also sewed a lot of clothing for her family. I visited her this summer, and made sure to get some pictures.

My very first quilt

Grandma and I

After making that quilt, and two more for Christmas gifts for my family that year, I didn't sew again until I moved here to Bend. I was shopping for yarn at the Stitchin' Post in 2011 and saw a quilting class for that weekend. I figured I could fake my way through it (after all, I had figured out my bobbin!). It was that fall that I discovered the Modern Quilt Guild, and the rest is history!