West side Quilters

Future Programs & Speakers

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Our meetings are Third Monday of the Month

Harvest Community Church
8215 NE Quatama St., Hillsboro, OR 97006

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm with social time starting at 6:00


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March 18, 2024

Susan Beal

Harvest Community Church, Hillsboro
Meeting starts at 6:30; Social time 6:00

Our guest for March is the multitalented Susan Beal. Susan will be speaking to us about quilts (of course) and about how we can document the history of our own quilts. She will also have books and other unique items for quilters available for purchase.
Susan and her family live in Portland, Oregon. She’s a freelance writer and loves to make things! Susan is the author of nine craft books, she teaches online for guilds and maker spaces, and filmed a log cabin series for Creativebug. On top of that she is an active volunteer in the PMQG and is her daughter’s Girl Scout Leader.

In her spare time, she loves to sew clothes, make quilts, embroider, read, and drink coffee.
Read more about this crafty dynamo on her website,

And be sure to attend the March guild meeting to meet and hear this engaging speaker.

Past Programs & Speakers

February 19, 2024

Ken Casey
Harvest Community Church, Hillsboro
Meeting starts at 6:30; Social time 6:00
Ken Casey is our speaker February 19 meeting and his workshop rescheduled to March 23.

WQG is kicking off our 2024 program year with an inspiring trunk show by Eugene quilter, Ken Casey.  Ken is a native of Phoenix, AZ and has been quilting for over 35 years.  He grew up making articles of clothing for his stuffed rabbit then for himself.  In his early twenties, he worked in stained glass, and then began quilting after it was suggested to him by his sister.
In his quilting journey, he spent several summers at a Quilt Camp in Flagstaff, taking classes from internationally known teachers; further developed his skills. He has had quilts in shows across the country and is a certified instructor for AnglePlay Templates. Ken spent many years teaching and helping other quilters. He is currently expanding his horizons teaching the craft and quilting for others. He is a member of Emerald Valley Quilters and the Eugene Modern Quilt Guild.  Quilting is a constantly changing and challenging art form for Ken.  He LOVES to play with color and use unexpected combinations. He likes challenging himself to try new techniques as often as he can.  Ken is a retired elementary school teacher, and lives in Eugene with his husband Ron; and their sweet and comical dogs Gracie and Glady.

Ken will be teaching a workshop to make a “Crown and Anchor” quilt March 23

Click HERE for more information.

December 18, 2023

Holiday Celebration
Harvest Community Church, Hillsboro
Meeting starts at 6:30; Social time 6:00

The 2023 WQG Holiday Party will be held at our regular meeting time and place on December 18.  If you’d like to participate in a gift exchange – strictly voluntary – please bring a quilt-related gift with a value of $15 to the party, wrapped in a gift bag.  The exchange will take place during the meeting.  There will be cookies and other sweet treats to enjoy.  Guild members will be providing demonstrations of some helpful tips and tricks.  Feel free to wear your favorite holiday garb (ugly sweaters included!)  Don’t miss the fun!  For more info contact Carrie Townsend ( in the directory).

November 20, 2023

November 20, 2023 General Guild Meeting
UFO Reveal
Harvest Community Church, Hillsboro
Meeting starts at 6:30; Social time 6:00

The time has finally come!  It’s one of the greatest events of our year!  Connie has been cheering us on for almost a year and this is the evening we get to show everyone what Un-Finished Objects we have turned into Finished Objects.  It doesn’t matter if you have finished one quilt, or one hundred (Ha!), we want to share in your success.  Please bring no more than 3 completed UFO’s to show from the stage, but if you want to show others to your friends at the break- that would be great.

October 16, 2023

Lecture and Trunk Show: “Piecing to the Edge, Pieced Borders”

Spanning the combined years of work including two published books on quilts designed with pieced borders, Sheila will share her ideas about the advantages of making quilts with this approach.

Many of our guild members might remember Sheila from her Barn Quilt workshop several years ago where we painted wood blocks to hang outdoors.  For this visit, she’ll show us what she has done with fabric!  Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an evening with this talented artist!

Sheila will have a vending table and will be bringing books, patterns, and kits with wood frames and instructions to make a barn quilt block on your own.

Find Sheila at:

FB: Sheila Sinclair Snyder

IG: Sheila Sinclair Snyder

September 14, 2023

We gathered onto the stage (we wouldn’t all fit up there now!).  When Pastor Brad was ready to take the photo, we pulled our masks down, the camera clicked, and our masks went right back up.


Join us in September for a trip down memory lane, as we wave farewell to the Aloha Faith Center and remember all of the good times we had in this wonderful facility.  The Faith Center welcomed us when the pandemic was evolving to a stage that allowed us to meet in person once again.  It was the perfect space for us, as our in-person numbers were lower than when we met at the New Life church.  It’s now time for us to move on to a facility that will accommodate our growing guild (now more than 200 members!)  We want to express our gratitude to the pastor and congregation for sharing their facility with us and we will carry many fond memories of our time there.

Do you remember that first meeting?  As we wore our masks, our eyes did the smiling for us.  The atmosphere was charged with emotion and friendship filled the air.  Our program that evening was sharing quilts we made during all that time we had at home in our sewing spaces.  After the parade of quilts, Pastor Brad spoke a few words of welcome to our group.  He said that he was touched to see the beauty that we made out of a time of ugliness.  Those words are one of the greatest memories from our time at the Aloha Faith Center.


We’ve all heard that phrase.  And we all know that our quilts talk to us.  Quits evoke memories- especially for the maker of the quilt.  Our first program at the Faith Center was sharing our quilts with each other, so it’s fitting that our last program at this facility is to do the same thing.  But this time, we want to share quilts that instantly remind us of something.  They can remind us of a person, an event in our lives, something that we learned, fabric or a scene from a vacation, a person who is gone, a person just entering the world, or any other memory you have.  Bring that special quilt to the September meeting and share your memory.

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August 10, 2023  Karen McCarty Appli-Piecing

Karen McCarty

Karen is a member of our guild and we are excited to welcome her “home” from her winter in Arizona (She missed all of the snow and ice we had this past winter!).  Karen is sure to warm our quilty hearts with her beautiful appli-pieced art quilts.  She first became interested in the appli-piecing technique when our guild welcomed Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry in 2017.  Caryl was a memorable speaker and she explained to us that she had retired from teaching workshops.  In an amazing act of generosity, Caryl posted the complete instructions for the technique on her website so that quilters would continue to learn from her for years to come. It was a huge file, and proved to be intimidating for many.  So it’s Karen to the rescue!  Karen has embraced this technique and loves to lecture and teach workshops, clearly explaining the process and making it fun for all!

Karen will be bringing a trunk show for us at our August meeting


July 13, 2023
Anya Doll – My Journey as a Fiber Artist

Join us for the July general meeting and you might just feel as though you have stepped into an art gallery. Anya Doll will take us through a bit of her life journey as expressed through fiber art.

The daughter of an artist and a banker/farmer, Anya Doll has sought creative reconciliation of dichotomy through art from a very early age. She received simultaneous Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology and Elementary Education, which taught her that exploration of life’s dilemmas, is much more effective while finger-painting with chocolate pudding, and that perhaps children’s book authors are among our best philosophers.

In 2014, in response to the destructive powers of mental illness in her family, Anya turned to art as a path to learning how to love better while walking through hell.

“Working with fibers has led me to explore other fibrous materials as well as exploration of glazing techniques in painting. All my art orients the observer to look beneath the surface of the human condition, to find the fierceness of love as well as the tenderness, where is the balance of what sustains us through the chaos.”  Anya Doll

June 8, 2023
Erin Eggenburg, Visible Mending & Embroidery

Erin Eggenburg, (sometimes called “wrenbird”, hence the name of her business) has always been “crafty”. In 2011, she fell in love with hand embroidery. Erin thought it might be fun to hand embroider some hankies for her Etsy shop.  Fun fact- Since then, Erin has hand embroidered more than 15,000 hankies!

Then in 2018, while working at a local creative reuse non-profit, she found a way to blend embroidery and upcycling/reuse, called visible mending. She was able to salvage her favorite pair of jeans with a few patches and some embroidery.

The rest, as they say, is history.  Along the way, Erin has authored a book, and now lectures, teaches, and creates patterns and kits which are available on her website and on her Etsy site.  She volunteers much of her time to various causes and donates a portion of her sales to various non-profits.

We’re excited to see Erin’s work at the June guild meeting.  She will have a vending table that evening and we also have her scheduled for a workshop on Friday morning, June 16, 2023. Check our Workshops page for more info and to sign up for her workshop.

You can find Erin at wrenbirdarts on FB, IG, and YouTube, and Etsy, as well as on her website (

May 11, 2023  Reba Worotikan of Quilt Batiks

Reba Worotikan, Owner/Founder of Quilt Batiks

Quilt Batiks is a small, family owned business with deep roots in Indonesia.  Upon their return to the Pacific Northwest to raise their family, they knew they couldn’t leave behind many of the wonderful experiences they had abroad, batiks being a big one!

It has truly been Reba’s passion to see batiks come to life, whether a quilt, clothing or various other projects.   We at Westside Quilters’ Guild will be treated to a wonderful evening of learning and fun when Reba Worotikan visits with us.  She will show us how batiks are made- start to finish, and she will have “eye candy” that will be sure to temp any batik lover!  Don’t miss this educational and fun evening!

March 9, 2023  Jenny Jo Lamb

April 13, 2023  Challenge Presentation

The One Hot Tamale Challenge Presentation!!

Join us to see what amazing projects will be revealed for the annual challenge — This Year — One Hot Tamale – let’s see what people came up with as their interpretation!!

Meet our March 9, 2023 speaker, Jennie Jo Lamb:
Sewing has always been an influential part of Jennie Jo’s life. Growing up, there wasn’t a time she could remember that her grandmother, mother, and aunt weren’t sewing or creating their next masterpiece. Naturally, she began with handwork; that evolved into garment sewing. Not long thereafter she began quilting and the rest was history!
In the last twenty-five years quilting has become her passion. Now, designing beautiful patterns is also a huge part of that passion. Jennie Jo is employed full-time and the older she gets the more she realizes how important this creative outlet is for her. It grounds her and helps her focus. She loves being able to share this passion with others, whether it be teaching or gifting her knowledge and quilts. To her, giving a quilt is like giving a hug, only it lasts even when she can’t be with that person.
Jennie Jo lives in the Pacific Northwest on a few acres in the country. She and her husband have four grown children, a couple (so far) bonus children, and a flock of grandkids that are all their pride and joy. They are working on a small farm that is ever expanding. Jennie Jo says she wakes up every day feeling blessed to watch her family and business grow!
Don’t miss this enthusiastic speaker! She’ll tell us how she got into pattern design, and share a trunk show of her “happy quilts”.

February 9, 2023  Kelly Cole

The presenter for our February, 2023 meeting was Kelly Cole.  Kelly is the creator of Vintage Fabric Studios in Portland, OR. Vintage Fabric Studio’s mission is to get beautiful vintage textiles into the hands of quilters, sewers, and crafters before they enter the landfill. In the shop, you will discover Kelly’s custom color fat quarter bundles, die-cut charm square packs, and sewing kits for vintage fabric lovers everywhere.
She has this to say about herself:  “My name is Kelly Cole and I am the creator of the Vintage Fabric Studio. My skills as an experienced quilter and seamstress, along with my love of all things vintage, have come together to bring the fabric community the ultimate source of vintage textiles packaged for the modern sewer and crafter. 
Her vintage sheets quilts were amazing!
Where to find Kelly:
IG:  Kelly_vintagefabricstudio
FB: vintagefabricstudio