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WQG General Meeting May 2021
Meeting Minutes
May 17, 2021


The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce Greenfield reminded members to mute themselves after they speak. 

Programs

Sue Hauser introduced the nights speaker, Lori Dickman and her program, “The 3 D’s: Dresdens, Diamonds and Drunkard’s Path”. Lori is from Rockford, IL. Lori shared techniques for creating these blocks and the templates available to make them easier. She explained by using templates you are able to get very accurate piecing. “Don’t be afraid to use your ugly fabrics in your stash buster quilts, they will surprise you.” Lori showed how to make Drunkard’s Path blocks without pins, however if they blocks are five inches or smaller, you will need to pin. Lori finished with a demonstration how to make a flange binding for quilts that will be used and washed often. Lori has many resources on her website: quiltingwithLori.com

Free Mystery Quilts: https://quiltingwithLori.com/category/mystery-quilts

Free e-book: https//quiltingwithLori.com

Flange binding how-to: http://quiltingwithLori.com/2019/03/26/make-flange-quilt-binding

No pin Drunkard’s Path tutorial: http://quiltingwithLori.com/2018/03/20/drunkards-path-quilt-patterns-made-easy/

Lori also offered coupons on her site for products, these coupons have no expiration date.

There were two questions from members.

“Does she snip the seams in the Drunkard’s Path?” Answer: No, because using a scant quarter inch seam makes it unnecessary.

“Is the Twinkling Stars pattern yours.” Answer: Yes

History Mystery

Jean Lasswell presented Part 2 of the Guild’s history.

(Text sent from Jean)

The Early Years

Our first public event was helping Cornell Estates with their quilt show in 2007. Steve Rice, Roni Andrews, Julie Mason, and Paula DiNovo assisted, along with help from other guild members. Proceeds were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Charity continued meeting to make quilts, and our membership increased to 60 by the end of the year. 

We continued to work on our 501 (c)) (3) application, and finally submitted it on April 2, 2008. See the signing here. We received our approval April 18, 2008. On April 26, we had our quilt show.

 In 2008, the show was turned over to our guild completely, with Cornell Estates providing advertising and the venue. Julie Mason donated a quilt for our raffle, shown here, that she designed on EQ. The next photos are from the 2008 show.

In March 2009, we participated in the rainy Hillsboro St Pats Day Parade to promote our guild.

As we grew, we began looking for a larger location. One of our members, Margret Boris, offered her church, so we began meeting in September at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Tell story of Sandi Carner and the mini raffle bowl.

In April 2009, Education Chair Marcia Gilliland presented a program and slide show on the history of quilting that she researched and wrote. This program has been given many times to various church and civic groups, as well as used as a teaching tool for Vernonia High students. Marcia and her committee developed a multi-week unit on quilting for the Vernonia students as part of a Folk Studies program. Which was repeated for several years.

Next month what happened in 2010, lots did!

TARTS is the art quilt group. They meet the second Monday, 11:00 am at Aloha Sew and Vac. Contact Jean for more info. 

Sunshine & Shadows

Susan Greathouse has first grandchild.  Denise Lancaster’s new grandson was born about a month ago. 

Jean Lasswell shared that member Paulina Kriebel has a show at Valley Art in Forest Grove, “it is lovely”. 

Birthdays

Judy shared the birthdays for May and June

President Message

Judy had the slate of Board Officers speak up and say hi. The election will be held in June with installation at the July Board meeting. Marianne Greenley (President), Cheryl Kraft (VP Charity), Sherry Smith (VP education), Karen Newton (Secretary), Joan Courtney (Treasurer), Sue Nichols and JudyQBlock

(Ways and Means), and Robbie Berg (Programs).

May’s Featured Business Member is JudyQ Block. Judy has recently become a certified instructor for Quiltworx. Judy shared some of her quilts and the local classes she is teaching. Her website is JudyQBlock.com. Judy is active on Facebook and encouraged members join in quilt discussions. 

Judy recognized all those who are making the newsletter exciting and informative. Tech Tips – Joyce Greenfield, Education Corner – Susan Greathouse, Featherweight Fanfare – Robbie Berg, Quilty Tips & Tricks –Julie Mason, Members Survey – Sharon Kennedy, History Mystery – Jean Lasswell, WQG

Fabric Sale – Nancy Stober, and Block of the Month – Deborah Bolton.

Vice President Education

Deborah received eight BOM’s of Fancy Flowers. Denise Hilde is the winner. May’s block is, “Road to California”.  Deborah shared an example, the colors will be Gold and Cream for “California Golden State.” 

Vice President Charity

Marilyn Alexander reported that Nancy Stober has sold more fabric and there will be photos in the newsletter of even more fabric for sale. It is the hope that an outdoor sale will happen in the near future. 

Programs

October 15-17 will be the Beach Retreat, watch the Newsletter for future details. Sue Hauser is working on some small workshops both in person and Zoom. Sewing Weekend is June 11-13, contact Heidi Nesheim if you are interested in attending. (This is a week earlier due to facility conflicts) Connie shared that adding the Zoom aspect to Sewing Saturdays and Weekends is a lot of work for Heidi and asked if anyone would like to help out, please contact Heidi. Connie has been asked by members if there will be a Guild Quilt Challenge and Mystery Quilt, she is working on these. Sue Hauser is working on some small workshops and Zoom.

Membership

There were 93 participants tonight. Chase announced two new members; Melinda Fish and Chris Torgeson. Chase also shared the new website will have areas that will be password protected for the use by registered members only. Chase asks if you want to update your directory photo or do not have a photo, please email your photo to her.

Show and Tell

Jayne Hogue provided a nice Show and Tell with four members submitting and sharing nine projects. Jayne reminds members to send photos to her by June 20th

Upcoming Events

June 21st General Meeting will be via Zoom

JudyQ reported to have the new website launched within the next 30 days. 

Minutes Approval

The April minutes stand approved as written. Any questions/corrections please submit to Heidi Nesheim.

“Let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see” – Unknown

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary

WQG General Meeting April 2021
Minutes
April 19, 2021

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm

Opening

President JudyQ welcomed everyone including members, new members and guests. The meeting will follow the new format: Featured Speaker/Event forward. ENJOY.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce reminded all participants to mute once you have spoken. Joyce reported that the board is looking into a hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting once we are allowed back inside the New Life Baptist Church, we would like to keep a Zoom presence.

Programs

Sue Hauser introduced our speaker, Lori DeJarnatt, with her program “Quilts Through the

Seasons”. Lori is from Madres, Oregon and was requested by several guild members. Sue keeps and appreciates all speaker recommendations. Lori has been quilting since 1993 and recognizes that her quilts have changed over the years. She shared her first and second quilts from classes she took in Sisters. Lori started a Blog “Humble Quilts” in 2009. In 2016 she began a Facebook group. Lori posts many free “quilt alongs” and free patterns on her blog and encouraged all to check her site.  As Lori shared her quilts, she gave tips, which included; wash and use your quilts, if you make an error embrace the error, it makes it yours, take your time “Great quilts cannot be rushed.” Lori emphasized, “What brings you joy is what matters for your quilting”. She suggested to try small quilts to learn new techniques, they take less fabric and time investment.  Lori answered a question regarding “y” seams and pre-washing fabrics (she only pre-washes red fabric). She had one quilt that the red ran and was told to put it in the bathtub with ¼ cup Dawn and as hot as you can get the water, weigh down the quilt to keep it under water for 24 hours and in some cases longer. She did this and all the red came out of her muslin. She uses a lot of Color Catchers. Her final question was in regards to applique, she does mainly machine, raw edge applique. 

Sunshine & Shadows

Alicia Johnson thanked Chase Lawrence for Zooming to her students and talking about quilting. Alicia gave a shout out to Heidi Nesheim and all others who organized the in-person Sewing Saturday. Linda Hall shared the loss of a co-worker, and guild member Connie Root to cancer last month.  Sue Nichols shared that on March 16th her grandson received his Master’s in Chemistry. Becky Leitl’s daughter had heart surgery at 15 and is need of additional heart surgery at 50. 

Birthdays

Judy did a screen share for the birthdays for April and May, acknowledging all members.

President Message

Sue Nichols and Karen Collier have been reaching out to all members for board elections. If you are interested, please contact Sue or Karen. All but one position has nominees, still looking for the Ways and Means chairperson. Sue read the job description for Ways and Means, if this feels like something you would like to do, please contact the nominating committee. We will be the announcing the slate of candidates at our May General Meeting, elections in June and installation in July.

Featured Business Member of the Month.

The April Business member is Paulina Brie Kriebel from Brie Kriebel Clothing. Paulina has been a guild member for 6-8 months. Paulina has been creating clothing with quilted images for 18 years and travels to quilt shows 18 times a year. 2020 changed this, Paulina began creating quilts and has completed approximately 60. She lives in Forest Grove and has a studio eight blocks from home. Paulina will have a show May 5- June 26 at the Valley Art Gallery in Forest Grove. Reservations will be required and she encouraged all to attend. She shared photos of her garments and quilts, her garments range from XS to XXL. 

History Mystery

Jean Lasswell and Clara Mashek will be presenting a short presentation each month about the guild’s history. This month Jean shared the beginning of the guild. Sharon’s Attic posted a notice for anyone who would be interested in starting a guild in the Hillsboro area. The interest meeting was held in January 2007 with the first meeting on April 16, 2007 and the Westside Quilters Guild was off and running. The meetings were held at Cornell Estates twice and month but changed to once a month three months later. Board members were President Jean Lasswell, VP Paula DiNovo, Secretary Roni Andrews and Treasurer Julie Mason. Joyce Gieszler had an attorney friend who volunteered to create the By-Laws.  Before the first official meeting the informal group helped with a quilt show at Cornell Estates. In December 2007 there was a flood in Vernonia and the guild donated 140 quilts. Jean shared a photo of the first meeting and looking forward to sharing more stories. There will be the full story from this month in the Newsletter.

The TARTS group has an exhibit at the Hillsboro Civic Center through April 26th. There are ten quilt with a COVID theme. The TARTS group is one that focuses on art quilts and is looking to expand. They will be meeting the second Monday, 11:00 am at Aloha Sew and Vac. If you would like more information and interested in joining contact Jean Lasswell or come to the meeting.

Technology

Joyce thanked everyone for getting used to the mute, screen sharing and other features of Zoom.

Mini Moments with Annie

Tonight’s poll: Where do you get most of your inspiration? Options: Nature, Imagination, Quilt Shows, Classes/Workshops, Books, Pinterest, Internet searches, Social Media or Retreats and Sewing Saturdays. The top responses: Books, Internet Searches, tie Social Media, and Classes/Workshops.

Vice President Education

Deborah received 10 BOMs, the winner was Cheryl Kraft. The new block is Floral Fancy and email blast of instructions will be out this week

Vice President Charity

No report

Programs

Sue Hauser stepped in for Connie. Upcoming speakers: May: Lori Dickman, June: Cheryl Malkowski, July: Trudy Cleveland. Robbie Berg will be offering a Featherweight maintenance class in the fall. The next Sewing Saturday is May 15th, and Sewing Weekend June 11th– 13th

Membership

Tonight, there were 96 in attendance. Current membership is 191. We welcomed three new members; Diana Pettibone, Chris Torgeson and Melinda Fish. There was one guest; Natalia Kasperovich

Minutes Approval

Minutes for the March general meeting are considered approved unless changes are given to Heidi. 

Show and Tell

We were giving a beautiful show and tell from four members with seven projects shared.

Upcoming Events

Judy is still checking with the church when we can be back in person, hopefully soon.

Announcements

The May 17th General Meeting to be by ZOOM

“Life can be simple and beautiful. Focus on the good things.” – Maxime Lagacé

The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 pm 

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary

WQG General Meeting March 2021
Minutes
March 15, 2021

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm.

Opening

JudyQ opened the meeting and welcomed members, guests. Judy said we will again continue our revised meeting format moving to bring our Featured Speaker/Event forward. This evening’s event will be the UFO Reveal presented by Patti Dobbs.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce Greenfield reminded all attendees to remain on mute unless you are speaking about your Show and Tell, Committee needs or other guild news. Once you are finished, be sure to mute yourself. If you do not want others to see you during the meeting, you are able to close the video and still see and hear the meeting.

Mini Moments with Annie

The question this month was “What is the number one reason why you have UFO’s in your closets?”.

1. I am stuck and don’t know what to do.

2. I am bored with this project.

3. I just took a class and want to work on that.

4. life got in my way

5. I don’t have the right piece of fabric to complete this project

6. Other

Many offered “Squirrel Syndrome” as the reason they are often distracted and begin yet another UFO.

Programs

JudyQ presented Patti Dobbs who was responsible for organizing the UFO Reveal this year. Jane Hoguedid a wonderful job in preparing the Power Point presentation of the quilts. Karen Collier had the greatest number of UFO’s at 35 quilts. There were 16 member participants showing a total of 45 quilts.

Participants included:

Julie Mason, Heidi Nesheim, Marilyn Hickman, Susan Greathouse, Toni Beattie, Patti Dobbs, Connie Gaebel, Bell Dvir, Karen Collier, Chase Lawrence, Donna Fairchild, Carolyn Drosd, Marta Lansing, Marilyn Alexander, Judy Block, and Kate Gandusky. The winners, Julie Mason, Karen Collier, and Patti Dobbs, each received a $20 gift certificate. Participating members included 1-3 pictures of their quilts in a

Powerpoint presentation by Jane Hogue.

Sunshine & Shadows

Carrie Townsend shared her sunshine about her mother.

Birthdays

JudyQ shared the birthdays for Mar/Apr.

President Message

JudyQ reminded us that our Quilt Exhibit at the Hillsboro Civic Center is available to view M-F, 8-5 and can also be viewed from outside through the lobby windows. These projects have CoVid related themes.

JudyQ reminded us that it’s always a good time to say thank you to someone that has given time to make your day easier. JudyQ also thanked everyone who has chosen to participate in our two Rewards Programs, Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards. JudyQ reminded everyone that Sue Nichols and Karen Collier, members if the Board Nominating Committee, will be reaching out to line up candidates for our 2021-22 Board and anyone interested should contact Sue or Karen.

Featured Business of the Month

The Featured Business Member of the Month is Streamline Quilting, owned by Dana Markunas. She said she loves the collaborate process in helping her customers complete the quilting of their quilts. For more information about Dana, Sharon Kennedy provides an in-depth interview with Dana in the Mar 2021 newsletter

Vice President Education

Susan Greathouse reported that there isn’t anything until schools go back to in person instruction. Alicia Johnson received a large amount of fabric and will sort and organize so that members may have the opportunity to “purchase” them for free.

Deborah Bolton drew 2 winning names for the 30 BOM’s, Cheryl Kraft and Tryna Hermanson. The April BOM is “Aunt Dinah”. The pattern will be in an email blast.

Vice President Charity

Marilyn Alexander reminded the membership that the guild received a large donation for fabrics. Nancy Stober posted the first fabrics for sale in the newsletter. Fabric will be available as first come, first serve.

Contact Nancy if you want to arrange a meeting at the storage unit to look through all the available fabric. Nancy said she would like to organize a parking lot sale, when conditions permit.

Programs/Workshops/Retreats

Connie Gaebel reminded everyone that the OR Gardens Retreat is April 9, and that everything is in place and ready to go. Sat Sewing will be this weekend, 03/20, via Zoom. Coonie said the speaker for April will

be Lauri Dejarney – Quilting for the Seasons and for June will be Lori Dickman – Dresden’s with Diamonds.

Membership

Chase said we are 187 current members. She welcomed our newest member, Terese Scollard, and guests, Ann Curtis and Judy Kholmeyer. Any questions regarding membership contact Chase. She said if anyone still needs a directory to contact her.

Minutes Approval

Show and Tell

Show and Tell had 3 members presenting 11 quilts. Jane Hogue did a wonderful job, again, with the Power Point presentation.

Announcements

The April 19 th General Meeting is expected to be by ZOOM. The church may be opening in some capacity soon.

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back” – Irish Wisdom

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Chase Lawrence, Membership Chair

WQG General Meeting February 2021
Minutes
February 15, 2021

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:31 pm.

Opening

JudyQ opened the meeting and welcomed members, guests and our Featured Speaker, Barbara Eikmeier. The agenda has been rearranged with the speaker earlier in the meeting then the business matters. 

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce Greenfield reminded all attendees to remain on mute unless you are speaking about your Show and Tell, Committee needs or other guild news. Once you are finished, be sure to mute yourself. If you do not want others to see you during the meeting, you are able to close the video and still see and hear the meeting. 

Programs

Sue Hauser introduced the Guest Speaker, Barb Eikmeier, coming to us from Kansas. Her presentation is, “It’s All in the Sashing.”

Barb thanked Sue for the invitation to speak from her home in Kansas which was at a high of 5 degrees today and now below zero. Barb presented numerous quilts showing different sashing techniques, many of which were creative shortcuts that added to the quilt’s appearance. Barb started quilting in 1984 by making a Sampler Quilt. As she progressed with her quilting, she realized many experience quilters did know how to put their quilts together or calculate fabric needs. Thus, launching her career in quilt making and sashing techniques. Barb showed a variety of sashing from; matching background fabric, cornerstones, triple, Garden Maze, appliqued vines and many more. She introduced a Star Ruler by Marti Michell and showed its different applications. Her presentation was full of ideas. She offered the guild a 20% discount to her online store, valid for one week, for a one time purchase. The code will be sent in an email blast.

Sunshine & Shadows

JudyQ stated that Penni Eagan is recovering from surgery.  Chase Lawrence shared; her youngest daughter was just accepted into Oregon State Veterinary School and is the 3rd generation Veterinarian in her family. Shirley Benson’s brother has passed away. Jean Lasswell invited everyone to a TARTS exhibition at Hillsboro’s Civic Center. The quilts will be on display through outer windows and have a COVID theme (how we felt). It will run March 8th until May 8th.

Birthdays

JudyQ shared the birthdays for February and March. 

President Message

“Tonight we will enjoy another great Show and Tell that Jane Hogue has arranged for us.

Thanks to those that have submitted your projects; including a special grouping of photos

from our Judy Niemeyer Virtual Guild Project… Stellar Snowflake.” The board Nominating Committee is Sue Nichols and Karen Collier. If you are interested in being on the board please let them know. 

The Featured Business Member of the Month is ChaseQuilts, owned by Chase Lawrence. Chase shared she was laid off in April as a TriMet lift driver due to COVID. She took this opportunity to proceed with her long arm quilting business. She does edge to edge quilting and has a lot of patterns to choose from, this also allows her to change the density of quilting easily. Chase offers a 20% discount for the first quilt you have quilted, for the 5th one it is 10% and if your give a referral it is a 10% discount. Chase thanked everyone who have brought quilts to her.

Mini Moments with Annie

Nothing this month

Technology

Joyce Greenfield ensured members that emails sent to the entire guild are private. Member’s email addresses are not available for commercial use, even if it is member to member. The addresses are used for guild business exclusively. 

Vice President Education

Susan Greathouse reported that there isn’t anything until schools go back to in person instruction. Alicia Johnson thanked the guild for the donations she received in 2019 to teach sewing to students at her school. She polled her school to see if there was an interest to continue this project and had 25 students sign up for the class even though it is virtual. They are very excited and productive.

Deborah Bolton drew a winning name for the 15 BOM’s, Susan Vosberg. The March BOM is green snowballs, colors are, spring green with a white background fabric. The pattern will be in an email blast. 

Vice President Charity

Marilyn Alexander reminded the membership that the guild received a large donation for fabrics. Nancy Stober posted the first fabrics for sale in the newsletter. Fabric will be available as first come, first serve. Contact Nancy if you want to arrange a meeting at the storage unit to look through all the available fabric. 

Programs/Workshops/Retreats

Connie Gaebel reminded the membership that this weekend is a virtual Sewing Weekend, the information, including Zoom links, were in the newsletter. Robbie Berg reported the Oregon Gardens Retreat will be in the same hall as in the past years due to the OG no longer in charge of renting the larger hall. 24 members have registered for the retreat, final payments are due March 15th. Only four members have signed up for the virtual retreat at a cost of $25. Robbie hopes more will sign up.

Membership

There were 93 in attendance tonight with one guest, Judy Coldmeyer. The alphabetical member list (by first name) was left out of the member directory. Chase provided this list and it was sent to the membership as an attachment. Any questions regarding membership contact Chase.

Minutes Approval

January minutes stand approved as written instead changes have been communicated to Heidi Nesheim.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell had 25 members presenting their 41 projects. There were 14 Stellar Snowflakes shared.

Upcoming Events

Connie reminded the membership; March is the UFO Revel. Send your $3.00 entry fee to Penni. Patty Dobbs needs your count (not quilt names) of completed quilts by March 8th. Send you three “top” quilt photos to Jane Hogue by March 11th.

Announcements

The March 15th General Meeting to be by ZOOM.

“Quilting… Is Painting with Needles” – Unknown

The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary

WQG General Meeting January 2021
Minutes
January 18, 2021

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm, from Kalispell, MT.

Opening

Judy welcomed everyone, including members, guests, new members and the featured speaker; Becky Goldsmith. Judy is at a class with Judy Niemeyer where Judy N. thanked our guild for the first virtual quilt class, she has four other guilds signed up to take the class.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce Greenfield reminded attendees to keep your mute button on so we do not hear everything going on in your space. There are small group Zoom meetings available; contact Joyce to set up a meeting. 

President Message

Judy asked for those interested in being a part of the nominating committee for board member positions to contact her. The following positions will be open for the 2021/22 board: President, Vice President Education, Vice President Charity, Secretary, Treasurer, Ways and Means. Judy thanked Renee Friberg for her service as Ways and Means, Renee stepped down earlier this month. 

Sunshine & Shadows

If you have a Sunshine or Shadow please post in Chat to be recognized. Chase has a sunshine; she has a new grandchild as of Christmas Day. Carol Sayles is recovering from knee replacement surgery and is doing well. Shirley Benson’s brother passed away.

Birthdays

Judy shared slides listing all those celebrating their birthdays in January and February.

Featured Business Member

This month’s featured business member is April Prestwich, My Little Quilt Shop. April introduced her business from her home work space. April’s business is machine quilting. She took a break for several months and is back quilting. She gave us a tour of her space. 

Mini Moments with Annie

None this month due to technical difficulties. (the poll would not load)

Vice President Education

Debbie Bolton drew names for the winner of January’s BOM, there were 25 blocks which allowed for two winners. The winners are Becky Leitl and LoisMarie Mayer. The February BOM is Weathervane using blue and white fabrics. Instructions to come, via an email blast.

Vice President Charity

No report

Programs

Connie shared there will be a virtual Sewing Weekend in February (19th, 20th and 21st), more information and links will be forthcoming in the newsletter and an email blast. The Oregon Gardens Retreat has been moved to April 9-11th. There is still room if you are interested in attending, contact Robbie Berg.  Toni Beattie reported on the first Zoom EQ meeting. She stated although a couple of members were not in attendance it went well and as she figures out the technical questions, she will ask for others to join. 

Membership

Chase Lawrence reported there are 181 members with 101 participants tonight. There is one new member; Diane Ruiz and two guests; Tiffany Wilson and Pia Dinon-Clark.  Chase reminded the membership; directories are available for pick up.  You may contact Chase in Beaverton, Susan Greathouse in Forest Grove and Heidi Nesheim in Hillsboro. Chase will also make other connections if these will not work for you. 

Minutes Approval

Minutes will stand as approved unless corrections were noted. Go to Westside quilters. Org to read the minutes.

Presentation

Coming to us from Sherman, Texas was Becky Goldsmith and her presentation, “It’s not a quilt ‘til it is quilted.” Becky shared many suggestions of what goes into quilting a quilt whether by machine or hand. She advised the fabric is part of the decision-making process, too busy and the quilting will not show up as well. Taking a walk through nature can provide many opportunities for quilting designs, be sure to have a notebook or take a photo, “Inspiration is everywhere.” She admits that a seam ripper is always close at hand. She removes stitches from the back and stated, “never quilt further than you are willing to rip out.” When selecting a batting always read the directions, do you pre-wash or not. Becky prefers to baste with thread and not pins, her husband does all her basting and binding work. Becky has several YouTube videos for more of her techniques and advise. 

Show and Tell

There were nine projects present by six members. There were several Rainbow themed quilts completed by the scrappy quilt group; Bits and Pieces. (contact Nancy Stober for more information)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming presentations: February; Barbara Eikmeier, “It’s all in the Sashing”. March will be the UFO Reveal. The cost for the UFO is $3, send to the P.O. Box for Penni. Email Patty Dobbs with the total number of UFO’s completed, drawings will be held for those participating. Submit photos of your top three UFO’s to Jane Hogue by March 12th

Announcements

February 15th General Meeting will be via Zoom. 

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” —Mark Twain

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary

WQG General Meeting December 2020
Meeting Minutes
December 21, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm

Opening

Welcome everyone. Tonight, is our special holiday program featuring our 2020 Angles Challenge. Thank you to Mona Woo and Connie Gaebel for organizing and presenting. Thank you to Jane Hogue for creating the PowerPoint Presentation.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce Greenfield was able to put members into breakout rooms before the meeting started, for smaller conversations. If you know how to change the name on the screen, please do so, it helps in taking attendance. Please keep your mute button on so we do not hear everything going on in your space.

Sunshine & Shadows

If you have a Sunshine or Shadow please post in Chat to be recognized. Chase has a sunshine; she has a new grandson and her daughter is due at any time. You may continue to post in the Chat feature if you have a sunshine or shadow, Judy will call on you before the end of the meeting. Heidi shared a sunshine by saying how much fun Zoom Sewing Saturdays have been and encourages everyone to join. Jane Hogue shared that her husband’s sister succumbed to COVID.  Joyce Greenfield’s daughter participated in clinical trials for the vaccine.

Birthdays

Judy presented a video wishing a happy birthday to all the December and January birthdays. She shared slides listing all those celebrating their birthdays.

President Message

There will be a brief show and tell since there were a few submissions. Judy introduced the Featured Business of the Month, Aloha Sew and Vac. This is a mother (Kimberly) and daughter (Melissa) owned business. Kim and Melissa shared interesting features of their shop. They enjoy helping everyone achieve their best success with their sewing machines and quilting projects. When you purchase a machine, they want to make sure you know how to use the machine. Kim stated that, “education is her passion” and Melissa has an eye for color. They plan to start free virtual events in the near future. Through Facebook there are live presentations on Monday and Wednesday at 4:00 pm.  They finished with an offer for WQG members. When you come into the shop between now and Christmas Eve and say or sing “Jingle Bells” you will receive a 40% discount on one purchased item. Judy thanked them for donating a sewing machine for our quilt shows.

Mini Moments with Annie

None this month.

Vice President Education

Debbie Bolton drew Becky Leitl’s name for the winner of December’s BOM. January’s BOM is Anvil. It will be a white with black prints and a black with white prints. Debbie said it will take about 30 minutes to create. Instructions to come.

Vice President Charity

No report

Programs

The Oregon Gardens Retreat has been moved to April 9-11th. There is still room if you are interested in attending, contact Robbie Berg.  Sewing Saturday will be on January 16th from 9 am to 6 pm. Heidi Nesheim welcomes you to attend via Zoom at any time during the day, even if only for a few minutes. Details will be in the newsletter and through an email. Nancy Stober and the “Bits and Pieces” scrap group will reveal their rainbow quilts in January. Contact Nancy to join this new group.

Membership

Chase Lawrence reported there are 181 members. Two guests, Tiffany Wilson and Dianna Ruiz, are attending tonight. Chase reminded the membership; directories are available for pick up.  You may contact Chase in Beaverton, Susan Greathouse in Forest Grove and Heidi Nesheim in Hillsboro. Chase will also make other connections if these will not work for you.

Minutes Approval

Minutes will stand as approved unless corrections were noted. Go to Westside quilters. Org to read the minutes.

Ways and Means

Renee Friberg reminded the membership to sign up for AmazonSmiles and Fred Meyer Rewards. These are direct donations to the guild based on member purchases. Members do not lose their rewards.

Renee thanked those who have already signed up.

Presentation

The annual quilt challenge was presented. The following members submitted their entries:

Carrie Townsend, Patty Dobbs, Susan Greathouse, Marilyn Hickman (2), Jean Lasswell, Karen McCarty, Linda O’Brien, Chase Lawrence, Alicia Johnson, Connie Gaebel(3), Debbie Sluyter, Bella Dvir(2), Tarka Ayers, AnnMarie Cowley, Julia Shepard, Jerri Bonser, Annie Tinnesand, and Carolyn Drosd.

Mona Woo thanked Carrie Townsend, Connie Gaebel, Jane Hogue and Joyce Greenfield for all their work on this presentation. Mona thanked all the participants for first virtual challenge and all members who voted and were patient.

Winner Best Use of Theme was Annie Tinnesand, she received a $45 gift card from Sharon’s Attic.

Winner Viewer’s Choice was Jean Lasswell, she received a $40 gift card from Aloha Sew and Vac.

Winners of the Random Draw received a $20 gift card from Cotton Cure; Marilyn Hickman and Jean Lasswell. Jean asked her draw be given to another person since she already won. Mono redrew and awarded the second gift card to Martha Robertson.

Connie also thanked Mona and Carrie for all their work. Connie has the gift cards and will reach out to the winners for distribution.  

Show and Tell

There were eight projects present by five members.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming presentations: January; Becky Goldsmith, Piece of Cake Quilting. February; Barbara Eikmeier, Barb’s Favorites, “It’s all in the Sashing”. March will be the UFO Reveal. Thank you, Sue Hauser for the great lineup, we know it takes a lot of work.

Jane Hogue and Jean Lasswell are working hard to bring door prizes to our Zoom meetings.

Announcements

January 18th General Meeting will be via Zoom.

Judy wished everyone a Wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season.

Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” Helen Steiner Rice

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary


WQG General Meeting November 2020

Meeting Minutes 

November 16, 2020 

Westside Quilt Guild General Meeting 

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm. 

Opening 

Joyce Greenfield directed members and guests into different pre-meeting breakout rooms. This allowed more connections with members and guests. Tonight’s meeting is being hosted from Sharon’s Attic. JudyQ welcomed members, new members, guests and our featured speakers, Judy and Judel Niemeyer. 

Zoom Host/Facilitator 

Tonight’s meeting is hosted by Joyce, along with our live in the field Co-Host Jennifer Haglund. Joyce reminded attendees, as you enter the meeting you will automatically be muted. This helps reduce the background noises, if you are not needing to speak, please stay on mute. If you are not receiving the Newsletter or Emails contact Joyce Greenfield, Judy Block or Chase Lawrence.  

Sunshine & Shadows 

Please use the “raise hand” feature in Zoom, then you will be asked to unmute to share.  Kathy Whisman and Linda O’Brien have grand puppies. Marci Yoder reported that Flo Christansen is doing better and had her grandson is living with her to help.  

Birthdays 

JudyQ recognized Nov/Dec birthdays 

President Message 

We are thankful that we as a Guild have the opportunity to virtually meetings, and exchange all that we 

do and enjoy the learnings and visual inspirations. Given the resent tightening restrictions here in our 

state, I feel especially grateful that we have each other and or ZOOM capabilities. Tonight, we will enjoy our fifth virtual Show and Tell that Jane Hogue has arranged for us. Thanks to those that have submitted your projects, it’s so great to see what’s going on. 

I am excited to share that Julie Mason presented a virtual presentation to the Sister’s Oregon Guild re: 

our Quilt Barn Trail. It was so well received that they hope to create their own quilt barn trail.  

It is very exciting to have special guest speakers, Judy and Judel Niemeyer who have created a new “corner” of their business at Quiltworx – Virtual Guild Presentations. I believe our Guild is their very first toenjoy. 

We are introducing our first Featured Business Member of the Month, Sharon’s Attic Quilt Shop. Sharon Rice (owner) and Claire Sheldon (manager), and are live broadcasting our ZOOM meeting at the shop.  

Sharon thanked the guild for hosting her store and for being a big part in keeping the store open. Sharon shared upcoming happenings including a Black Friday Weekend Sale. Sharon hopes to open the store’s online shopping capabilities. She offered to assist any customers who might need less contact trips into her store. If you need special accommodations, contact the store. 

Mini Moments with Annie 

Annie Tinnesand conducted the Mini Moments with Members. “Where do you do most of your sewing?” 

Poll Results: 

Kitchen/Dining room      4 

Bedroom                           25 

Living/Family room         16 

Basement                          5 

Attic                                   0 

Part of the garage          0 

Special Addition to house  0 

An extra detached sewing/quilting workspace  9 

Other 38   (attached sewing room, Sewing Saturday) 

Vice President Education 

Susan Greathouse shared there was an article submitted by Renee Friberg in the Newsletter talking about “Easy as 1-2-3: Teaching Kids to Sew.” (She teaches kids in her neighborhood) If you have anything  you want to share as related to the Education Center in the newsletter, send an email to Susan. Deb Bolton was having technical difficulties, no Block of the Month winner announced or the next month’s pattern. 

Vice President Charity 

Nothing to present 

Programs 

Robbie Berg shared that the OR Garden Retreat has 30 registered participants. She stated others could sign up until Monday November 23rd. A $50 deposit is due by November 25th, send to Robbie.  Robbie is offering a Virtual Retreat with seven sessions during OR Gardens for $25. Those who attend virtually will receive the same “swag bags” as those attending in person. 

Robbie shared that attendance to the Canon Beach Retreat, October 2021, might be done by lottery since space is limited.  

Connie Gaebel announced the cancellation of the upcoming Sewing Weekend (Nov 20-22) due to the latest COVID restrictions. Heidi Nesheim will provide opportunities for all members to Zoom during the weekend. The December Sewing Saturday has been cancelled. 

Membership 

Chase Lawrence announced the membership is at 181. There are 120 participants tonight. Five guests are attending.  If you do not have the current membership directory; contact Chase in Beaverton. Heidi in Hillsboro or Susan Greathouse in Forest Grove. 

Minutes Approval 

The October minutes will stand approved unless any dissensions. If there are corrections or additions, please contact Heidi. Minutes are located on the blog. 

Ways and Means 

Renee Friberg announce the cancellation of the December Holiday Boutique. She thanked everyone for making items, more information to come on how to store items for a future boutique/events.  

You can donate to our guild by designating WQG through Fred Meyer Rewards or Amazon Smile. You still receive all your reward points. This is easy cash for the Guild. 

Presentation 

Sue Hauser introduced tonight’s guest speakers, Judy and Judel Niemeyer.  

Judy thanked the guild for the opportunity to present. She hasn’t done presentations for years and is excited to do them. Judy started quilting at 19 when she made a baby quilt. In the past, she wanted nothing to do with a sewing machine but then her passion took off. She started off doing hand quilting and has quilted over 500. Judy talked about her technique evolution and the building of her family run company, Quiltworx. Judel shared a show of 20 quilts. In 2014 they started designing fabrics. Judy shared opportunities to learn through retreats in Montana, a week long University, and through Certified Instructors and Certified Stores.  Quiltster is a quilt designing program which is offering a one-month free coupon or $10 off a year membership, use; code VGP10.  Judy has created a virtual class for our guild which will start November 21st and continue until January 21st. Those who have signed up for the class can do it at their own pace. Information regarding logging in will be coming soon. If you have questions during the class you can leave a message for Judy or contact JudyQ or Carol Hattan.  

Judy Q thanked Judy and Judel then introduced Carol Hattan who is a WQG Member and local Certified Instructor of Quiltworx. Carol teaches Judy Niemeyer classes Sharon’s Attic.  

Judy Junkies – (Shirley Scott, Cindy McEntee OR Certified Instructors of Quiltworx and business 

partner Jennifer Reinhart) offering Judy Niemeyer Classes and Retreats throughout the state. 

JudyQ will become a Certified Instructor in 2021 and will be offering classes in the local area and 

soon workshops and monthly classes for our membership.  

Show and Tell 

Jane Hogue shared Show and Tell. There were eight presenters and 16 quilt projects. Due to the Challenge Contest there will be no Show and Tell in December.  

Upcoming Events 

Connie announced a last chance opportunity to place a group order for the Judy Niemeyer class supplies. She will be submitting an order on Wednesday November 18th. There is plenty of room for more members to sign up for the class.  

The Angles Challenge Quilt reveal will be happening at the December meeting. Send your photos to Jane Hogue, by December 10th, she will create a slide show. Members will have the ability to vote for “Best Use of Theme” and “Viewer’s Choice”. There will be two random drawings for participants. Winners will receive gift cards, from one of the following; Sharon’s Attic, Cotton Cure and Aloha Sew and Vac. 

Announcements 

Judy announced the WQG website will be previewed at the December Board meeting.  

The December General Meeting will be December 21st, via Zoom.  

…. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving 

 “Happiness only real when shared.” —Christopher McCandless 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 pm. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary 


WQG General Meeting October 2020

Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2020

Westside Quilt Guild General Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:30 pm

Opening

Judy welcomed everyone including members, new members, visiting guests and our featured speaker; Helene Knott.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Joyce Greenfield provided a review of procedures. She is working to have everyone in a “chat” prior to the meeting. Next month she will have groups of ten or so in the chats. If your computer won’t log in or it disconnects, you will need to shut down and rejoin. You will also need to erase any previous meeting links, Zoom will use an old link if it is available, be sure to check the email with the link and it is the most current link.

Sunshine & Shadows

Deb Bolton has a new grandson. He was born October 8th and is named Noah Scott. Marci Yoder just had her second cataract surgery today. Marci also shared that her two year old granddaughter has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Birthdays

Judy read off names of birthdays for October and November.

President Message

Tonight, Judy stated; we will enjoy our fourth show and tell, updates from board members and chairpersons and will hear from our guest speaker, Helene Knott. Beginning in November we will be featuring one of our business members; nominations are now being accepted. There will be a “tech news and tips” section in the newsletter. If you have a tech tip send it to Joyce Greenfield. Our website is underway. Any member may submit a “graphic option/idea” to use on the home page header. There will be more information in the November newsletter or contact Judy. Thank you to Sharon doing a great job on the newsletter.

Mini Moments with Annie

This month’s question was suggested by our guild’s secretary, Heidi Nesheim. “How long have you been quilting, (sewing not counted)?”  Poll responses:

0-2         1

3-6          5

7-15       17

16-25     19

26-40     23

41-50     12

Over 50   4

Vice President Education

Susan Greathouse went to the Oregon Historical Museum in Portland, prior to the riots that damaged the building and thieves took the Afro American Quilt. It was found but was damaged, restoration is underway. Contact the Oregon Historical Museum if you want to donate to this process. Susan asks if you are working with students, neighborhood kids and any other youth to create art/quilt projects, please send her details.

There were seven blocks of the month submitted, winner: Jane Patterson. Deb Bolton will send out an email blast with the next block of the month, they are due the Friday prior to our next general meeting.

Programs

Robbie Berg shared information for the Oregon Gardens (OG) retreat. Twenty-three have registered to attend in the Grand Hall. If you are having trouble with the online registration, send an email to Robbie with your name and if you want a single or double (roommate’s name if you know).

Robbie also shared about the Cannon Beach retreat in October 2021 at the Hallmark Canon Beach Resort and Day Spa. Center Diamond quilt shop will be providing some promotional items.

Connie provided an update on the Sewing Saturday which occurred on the 17th. It was well attended with nine attendees, everyone adhered to COVID safety precautions. The next event is a Sewing Weekend, November 20, 21 &22. Contact Heidi Nesheim if you would like to attend. Priority will be given to members who have not attended a Sewing Saturday or Weekend since they started again in July.

Connie explained the Compassion Quilts for guild members who lose a close family member. Several blocks in the quilt will be blank to be used for signatures and messages. Shirlene Harrington will spearhead this event, more information to come.

Membership

Chase introduced new members, Jennifer Hagland and Nancy Cutler. There are 171 registered members, with 90 participating tonight. There are two guests attending tonight. Guests are asked to join after attending two meetings. Directories that have not been picked up; there are several opportunities to get yours; contact Chase directly, go to the Senior Center in North Plains during Sewing Saturday/Weekend and see Heidi or contact Susan Greathouse if you live in the Forest Gove area.

Minutes Approval

The minutes for September’s meeting stand approved unless there are corrections. Any corrections; contact Heidi

Treasurer

Judy reported that Penni received a check for the guild from the Hillsboro Community Center in the amount of $746.44.

Quilt Show

Heidi is the quilt show chairperson. After discussion with a variety of members and the board, it was with a heavy heart she announced the Quilt Show for 2021 has been moved to 2022. There were too many unknows involved to have a successful show. Heidi is working on the possibility of a one-day drive thru quilt show in August 2021. Please contact Heidi if you would like to be involved. The boutique will be held at the Senior Center in North Plains on December 5th, keep making items to donate or for your commissions. The guild was given approx. 40, 12-inch blocks for the raffle quilt, anyone willing to put the blocks together for the top contact Heidi.

Presentation

Sue introduced Helene Knott a local artisan for her presentation of, “Sashiko, Boro and Beyond”. Helene has been quilting 48 years. She first tried Sashiko in 1999.  Helene shared many projects highlighting techniques of Sashiko, Scandinavian Darning, Kantha Embroidery, Circles, Boro and Embroidery on paper. Helene was asked what types of thread and needles she uses. She stated that some artists only use Sashiko thread but she feels if you can get the thread through the needle eye, use it. Sashiko needles or candle wicking needles would well. If your fabric is light you will need to stabilize it. Helene gave out two door prizes; winners, Bella Dvir and Martha Long.

Show and Tell

Jane Hogue hosted the show and tell. There were 17 quilts and 3 other projects showcased.

Upcoming Events

The challenge quilt contest reveal will take place in December during the Zoom meeting. More information to come.

The November speaker will be Judy Niemeyer. She is also providing a virtual workshop on her technique. The cost of the workshop will be $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Those attending the workshop will have full access, at any time, from November 21st to January 21st. Connie will send out an email blast with more information. If you need additional supplies JudyQ Block has some of them available through her website.

Announcements

The Hillsboro Arts magazine has an article about our guild on page 15.

Ann Marie Tomlin’s husband is a veteran and for Veteran’s Day there will be a Poker Run. The grand prize will be either a quilt or some ammunition. It will start at the Veteran’s Gateway, cost is $10, free hotdogs at the American Legion.

November meeting will be conducted via Zoom.

Judy left us with this quote, “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”  Unknown

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary

WQG General Meeting September 2020

Meeting Minutes 

September 21, 2020 

The meeting was called to order by JudyQ Block, President at 6:30 pm. 

Welcome everyone, including our new members and a great speaker. 

Zoom Host/Facilitator 

Joyce will keep everyone muted to keep out the background noise. Send her a message in chat if you need to ask a question or have something to say. 

Sunshine & Shadows 

If you have either a Sunshine or Shadow, post in CHAT to be recognized and unmute asked to speak. The guild presented a loving quilt from to Lori Haugsten for comfort in her recent loss of her dear husband. A Shadow was posted by Marilyn Alexander but not recognized, her mother passed away. 

Deborah Jones’ cousin lost home in the Gates fire. 

Birthdays 

JudyQ the “birthday fairy” recognized birthdays for September and October.  

President Message 

Tonight, we will enjoy our third virtual Show and Tell that Jane Hogue has arranged for us. We hope to expand on this and make it a tradition. Thanks to those that have submitted your projects. It is so great to see what’s going on. There will be “Mini Moments with Annie”.  We will have wonderful updates from the Board and Chairpersons. We are very excited for our Guest Speaker, Jen Carlton Bailey 

Mini Moments with Annie 

This is the first mini moment submitted by a member. If you have a topic for Mini Moments send them to Annie Tinnesand. Thank you to Jeri Bonser for submitting tonight’s question. We have talked about your stash, sewing machines and rulers. Tonight, it will be thread. How many of the large cones of thread do you have?   0 (12)    1-5(20)   6-12(9)   13-20(11)   21-35(8)   50(6)   100(6) 

Vice President Education 

Deborah Bolton presented the Block of the Month (BOM), there were 25 blocks submitted with 24 names for the drawing. Winner: Rhena Wilson. There will be an email at the end of the meeting on how to send the blocks to Rhena, including her address. Thank you for the large turnout. The October block was shown in two color ways. One with white and one with black. It was decided you can make either one. Directions will be in the newsletter.  

Vice President Charity 

Marilyn Alexander was contacted by Marcia Elliot regarding donating quilts to the fire victims. After some research they decided to donate 40 quilts to the United Way in Salem. Marcia and her sister took  

them to Salem, a huge thank you for their efforts. 

Programs 

Robbie Berg thanked the board for the work they are doing. Heidi Nesheim did a great job on the Sewing Weekend. The Oregon Garden organizers are working with the guild to have a retreat in February. There will be a poll to vote on three options. If there is enough interest Robbie will pursue the retreat and start taking deposits in October.  

#1 Choice: Have the retreat in a smaller room with 25 attendees. 

#2 Choice: Still have 60 attendees but in the Grand Hall (9000 sq ft). Everyone would have their own table, the OG with put up pipe and drape for separation. It will be a longer walk to the hall, a shuttle will be available for a fee. 

#3 Choice: Move the retreat to 2022, will not lose our deposit. 

COVID protocols per Marion County will be observed, whatever they are in February. The cost is about the same as previous years. There will to be a minimum of 25 attendees in order to move forward with the retreat. The Oregon Garden’s staff is trying hard to make this work for the guild. 

Anonymous Poll: 

Results: 

1:  22 yes   49 no   

2:  46 yes   38 no  

3:  40 yes   31 no   

Heidi recapped the Sewing Weekend. There were seven upstairs and five downstairs. Everyone wore masks, observed distancing, laughed, had fun and were pretty productive. There will be a Sewing Saturday on October 17th and a Sewing Weekend November 17th-19th. You will need to pre-register with Heidi  nesheim.sh@gmail.com . Those who have not attended a Sewing Saturday or Sewing Weekend (recently) will have priority.   

Sue Hauser talked about the October Speaker; Helene Knott. Although she has presented to the Guild in the past, this will be a new topic. She will present a modern approach to ancient art forms through the use of Sashiko, Boro and Beyond. 

Membership 

Chase Lawrence reported that we have 168 members. This includes two new business members; Pauline Kriebel and Laurie Hooper. There are five new members; Jan Cossette, Claire Sheldon, Carol Hattan, Erin Davis and Bonnie Rosatti. If you have any questions or issues with the directory or renewals, contact Chase. Those who did not receive information regarding the Zoom meeting, have not renewed, please encourage them to do so. Heidi handed out directories during the Sewing Weekend, another opportunity for pick up directories will occur this week. Chase will be at the New Life Baptist Church in Hillsboro on Thursday September 24th from 10 am-noon. Renee Friberg will be there on Saturday September 26th from 10:00 am to noon.   

Quilt Show vouchers arrived today, you can pick up them up at the directory distribution or make arrangements with Carol Sayles. If you still want to get in on the special voucher price, it will be available until October 1st, contact Carol.  

There were 92 participants in tonight’s meeting 

Minutes Approval 

Approval of August Minutes. will stand approved unless any dissensions. If corrections or additions, please contact Heidi.   

Presentation 

Our guest speaker tonight is Jen Carlton Bailey, “Master of Curves. Jen gave a wonderful overview of her travel through curves. Her journey into quilting started when her daughter was born and spent time in the NICU. She received a donated quilt. Jen stressed that it is important to donate quilts to the NICU, families are very grateful. Jen taught herself to quilt through the internet. Jen shared photos of her quilts and shared her creative process. At the end of her presentation she shared a 10-minute video of how to cut and sew curves. She will post the video on YouTube after the meeting. She is offering a 10% discount on products in her shop until October 1st, use the code WESTSIDEGUILD. Jen answered several questions from guild members, she gave one piece of advice; “Do what you want to do, ask yourself how important is this to me, make it your own, there are no rules, just do what works for you.” 

Jen encouraged members to email her any time with questions. They will all be answered but it might take a few days for her to respond. 

Show and Tell 

Jane Hogue provided a show and tell slide show with members telling about their projects. 10 members shared a total of 43 quilts. Please send your photos to Jane for next month’s show and tell. 

Announcements 

Progress is being made with our new WordPress Website. The October 19th General Meeting will be held via Zoom. 

JudyQ left with the following; “As Summer turns tomorrow into Fall…. Enjoy the colors”. 

 “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”- Albert Camus 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm 

Respectfully submitted, 

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary 

WQG General Meeting August 2020

Meeting Minutes

August 17, 2020

Westside Quilt Guild General Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Judy Block at 6:29 p.m.

Zoom Host/Facilitator

Judy is really excited about a fantastic evening. Joyce Greenfield is the new technology chairperson; she will be the Zoom Host tonight.

The Guild’s Zoom license came in at noon today. Those participating in tonight’s Zoom meeting will be muted to reduce background noise. You will have to unmute yourself if you need to talk. If you have questions for our guest speaker, send them through “Chat” and Joyce will read them to the speaker at the end of her presentation.

Sunshine & Shadows

None

Birthdays

Judy recognized the birthdays in August and September.

President Message

We will have our second show and tell tonight. Jane Hogue has done a magnificent job presenting the show and tell. Mini Moments with Annie will be conducted with a poll. We are excited to have Alex Anderson as our first Zoom Guest Speaker.

Mini Moments with Annie

We have all had the gift of time and have been stressed with things that have come into our lives. If you have had the time; “How many UFO’s have you finished”. Submit your response through the Zoom poll, there will be no option for zero or one.  Zoom did not save the results and they were not recorded here.

Mask Donations

Sue Nichols will no longer be available for donation drop off. If you have masks to donate you can take them to the Virginia Garcia Clinics or any other site of your choosing. Based on last month’s Mini Moments question our guild has made over 8,000 masks.

Vice President Education

Susan Greathouse reported no updates and turned it over to Deb Bolton for a block of the month (BOM) update. The March winner was Kate Grandusky. Deb hopes more members will participate in the BOM; there were four for March. The September block will be in the newsletter with instructions how to get your name in the drawing and then sending the block to the winner.

Membership

Chase Lawrence reported that she has received 141 member renewals. Reminder to business members; renew in order to receive advertising in the newsletter and blog. Renewasl are available continuously however, to have your photo in the directory, the deadline was tonight.

Minutes Approval

The minutes from July will stand as approved. If you have a correction please contact Heidi Nesheim.

Presentation

Alex Anderson joined via Zoom from California Bay Area. Alex has been the recipient of numerous awards relating to quilting. Alex presented her journey into and through quilting. She has hosted a television series, written books, taught classes and currently hosting an online show/classes. Alex explained the ‘alligator in her room’ when she was a small girl. She now equates it to a difficult problem or a technique yet to be learned and encouraged us to confront the alligator and just do it. She also shared that if a quilt is becoming unruly, “you are the captain of that quilt, take command and get it done”. Alex has offered our guild a discounted fee for her online class. The information will be emailed after tonight’s meeting.

Programs

Connie Gaebel thanked Sue Hauser for arranging our Zoom guest speakers. We have some great speakers scheduled for the future; Judy Niemeyer, Helene Knott, Becky Goldsmith and many more. Sewing Saturday happened this month with six participants. Heidi will do a Sewing Weekend, September 18-20. Friday starting at 3:00 pm. Members may attend one day or all three. There will be a set limit on attendees due to COVID guidelines. For more information see the newsletter or contact Heidi directly. Connie is still working with Oregon Gardens for the 2021 retreat. She would like those interested in attending to contact her, if there is not enough interest, she will re-evaluate having the retreat. The Cannon Beach Retreat is set for October 2021. Due to having a guest speaker in November the UFO challenge has been moved to December. This weekend will be the Sojourn sale at the North Plains Senior Center. Admission will be limited according to COVID guidelines, once someone leaves another one will be allowed to enter.

Show and Tell

Jane Hogue hosted show and tell. Members shared 15 quilts, and a handmade shelf/quilt rack. Alicia Johnson shared handmade linens and asked for suggestions how to make these into quilts or other projects. There were members who submitted items to Jane but she did not receive them. Jane will send an acknowledgment when she receives emails in order to not miss anyone in the future.

Upcoming Events

There is a committee working on our new website.

Next meeting will be through Zoom on September 21st.

Announcements

There were 122 participants in tonight’s meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Nesheim, Secretary