West side Quilters

Quotes from Oprah Winfrey on Challenges:

It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher and higher, the law of averages predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.

Now, when you’re down there in the hole, it looks like failure. When that moment comes, it’s okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. But then, here’s the key: Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are.”

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.

Although there may be tragedy in your life, there’s always a possibility to triumph. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.

Contact: Darcie Casper 

Here are the Monthly Prompts –
Hi Block Swapers! Here are some prompts to make this a little more interesting. You don’t have to do the monthly prompt, you can just go with your own preferences, but I thought it would be fun and challenging to up the ante a bit. 

January – Make whatevery you want – learn the process
February – Make your stars with the center and star points with all the same fabric – you can use a different fabric for each block, just keep it the same within the block.
March – Make your stars with no repeat fabrics – each point a different fabric and the center different from all of the points
April –  Make an economy block in the center. Remember, your center block should be finish at 4 inches, which makes it 4.5 inches unfinished. Here’s a website with a video and written tutorial as well as a chart on how to cut your squares to get to the right size.  
May – Make eight 6 inch (finished size, unfinished 6.5 inches)  squares and join them together in a 4 patch to make each large block – you can use the original tutorial (above) for cutting instructions.  Click Here for a printable pdf of instructions.
June – Make the centers of your block a wonky log cabin

2024 Wonky Star Block Swap!

Join us in a new quilt along challenge activity for 2024!
At the January meeting we are launching a Wonky Star Block Swap. A Block Swap is a project where quilters make and contribute blocks. The blocks are collected by the leader who mixes them up and re-distributes them at the end. Each member ends up with the other quilters’ blocks. It’s a great way to share our skills and creativity with each other.
We will do 2 blocks a month for 6 months. Watch the Wednesday Patch and attend the general meetings for sewing instructions and prompts to change it a bit each month. Examples of prompts could include: make your star all the same color, don’t use any repeating fabrics in the star point, make the star center a 9 patch, etc.

Click Here for the full information (printable document)

Click Here to go to the tutorial

Have Fun!! 


Sharons quilt shop

Quilt Show Challenge –
Grow me a Garden!

Theme: Grow Me A Garden
Size: 24” x 24” or smaller

The 2024 WQG Quilt Show “Grow me a Garden” Challenge, challenges you to make a quilt which expresses your garden.  Your quilt must be 24’x24’ or smaller; it can be any shape, and it must be finished in order to present it at the quilt show challenge reveal.  The reveal will take place at the October 25, October 26 quilt show.

The challenge quilts will be accepted starting in mid-September 2024 when the committee collects quilts for the show.  Anyone who attends the Westside Quilt show will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite.

Questions?  Contact Melinda Fish:

UFO – UnFinished Object Challenge

Our 2023 UFO challenge was a great success!  over 100 UFOs were finished!! Check our Facebook page to see photos of the ones presented at the November 2023 meeting.


UFO is a project that you previously started and not completed…….not fabric in a bag yet to be started or a pattern you would like to make some day. The challenge is designated for a quilting project. However, if you have a clothing item that is quilted or you have a bag that is quilted, those would be considered UFO’s……the key phrase is ‘quilted” and they must have been started in time past.
To qualify for a completed UFO it must meet the following: the quilt (or item) must be quilted, the binding on, and a label. I understand some quilters do not label your quilts so we would let you skate by with that one.. 

Your 2024 UFO Challenge with Westside Quilt Guild has officially begun. UFO (Unfinished Objects) is a very familiar term to most quilters. Some of those projects become UFO’s because we just haven’t had the time to finish them; some we have become “disenchanted” with; and then some just get buried in our zeal with new fabrics and new projects. So, your challenge is to unbury those projects, identify them and make a list for yourself.
Remember this is “your” challenge and we are all here to support and cheer you on. There is no quilt police among us and you can join in the fun, work at your own pace, and take pride in what you accomplish….even if that is just merely making your list. It all helps for you to recognize what “lives” in your “happy place”.

Please let me know if you would like to join the challenge adventure by emailing me a copy of your list (or just let me know how many are on your list). The UFO celebration and reveal will be at the guild meeting in November 2024.
I will probably pop up from time-to-time with a fun, or even frustrating, event that you can join along with if you choose.
So Quilting People….start your sewing machine, get ready, and start finishing those pesky projects.
Any questions or suggestions, please contact Connie Gaebel (info in the directory).

Click Here for a form for your use or you can send me what you have. Please send by email: to Connie Gaebel(lookup in the directory) or snail mail to the Guild: PO Box 2231, Hillsboro OR 97123.

This challenge is on the honor system, no quilting police here. Around the first of November I will ask each participant to let me know how many you completed, and maybe some other info. Although we are all excited and interested in your completed projects; each of us will only be able to show three (3) completed projects at the reveal meeting – time issues and all. If you have any questions or need clarification, contact me by email or phone. The challenge is on and I’m excited to see what we all accomplish.  

Woman Quilting

Contact: Connie Gaebel ( in the directory)

2023 Temperature Quilt Challenge

 The reveal (on April 15, 2024 ) was fabulous – an amazing display of styles and creativity.  Check our Facebook page for photos! ( or see the Facebook feed on this website Home Page). 

If you want to make one on your own here is some info for you

Click Here to see a document for lots of info, tips and tricks.
Here are some great links:
Chart for recording your fabric choices and tracking the temperature: Click Here 
One example design: French Braid on You Tube

Here are some links for temperature information:
Farmers’ Almanac Weather History Archive
National Weather Service


Please post what you have on our Facebook group, so we can ohh and ahh. If you sign up from our website, you can be in the drawing for monthly prizes. (Or let Sherry know to add you to the list.)
You will be amazed at the variety of styles. Be careful, though, the fun is infectious; and we might be using some of our precious stash and need to buy more!
Sherry Smith

Sewing Saturday

Sherry’s temperature quilt fabrics, plan and finished quilt!

Sharons quilt shop

Contact: Toni Beattie

Annual Challenge- 2024
Creative Cabins!

Theme: Creative Cabins
Size: 36” x 36” or smaller

The 2024 Westside Quilt challenge – Challenges you to be as creative as you can using at least one Log cabin block.
The Rules:  Quilt must be 36×36 or smaller.  it can be any shape.  It must be finished to present at the challenge reveal.  The quilt must contain at least one log cabin or log cabin variation block.

The reveal was  at the April 2024 meeting
It was Amazing.  We will do an Annual Challenge again next year.

The Theme will be posted later in the year.  stay tuned!

May the force of Creativity be with you!