Last weekend, Susan, Kristin, and Lindsey attended the MQG SewDown Portland. The weather wasn't ideal for a trip across the mountains, but Portland was beautiful in the snow and luckily everyone arrived safely.
...But we were able to stay warm and cozy at the Nines.
Modern Domestic and Bernina set up some beautiful sewing machines for us to use in the workshops and during open sew each night.
We ate some wonderful food. During the meals we enjoyed excellent lectures from Violet Craft, Valori Wells, and Bill Volckening.
Violet spoke about her personal journey as a fabric designer. She shared some beautiful quilts and showed us some of her patterns.
Valori spoke about her design process for her latest line Quill with Robert Kaufman. Her quilts and fabrics are amazing.
Bill is a quilt collector, and he shared vintage quilts from his collection from the early 1900s to the 1970s that show modern elements. His collection was beautiful and insipring! See Bill's blog post for more pictures of the quilts he shared with us.