SewDown Portland: Classes

What a fun group of teachers we had! Check out the great class pictures below. Thank you Sherri Lynn, Lee, Heather, and Julie. You are all so talented and inspirational!

Sherri Lynns class

Sherri Lynn Wood: Improv Round Robin
An improvisational twist on the Round Robin.

Julies class

Julie Herman: Sidekick Sampler Workshop
This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes!

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Lee Heinrich: Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini
Learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts.

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Heather Jones: Modern Strip Piecing
Use strip piecing to make quick modern quilting projects with bold designs.

Thank you Julie, Mo, Jessica, Farah, Pink Chalk, Lee and Kristin for the use of your photos.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

 

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

SewDown Portland: It’s a wrap!

Its been a few days since the end of SewDown Portland. It was sad to say good bye and really hard to come back to “real life”. But spending time with all the amazing teachers, lecturers, and students made it all worth while. The inspiration can most certainly keep us all going for awhile.

The weekend started off with a freak snow storm in Portland that shut down most of the city.

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That didn’t stop people from shopping, sewing and having a great time on Friday night.

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Friday night hand sewing.

Friday night hand sewing.

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs pop up shop.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

In addition to classes, participates were treated to three inspiring lectures. Violet Craft spoke about her journey to becoming a fabric designer, Valori Wells shared her story and inspiration around her latest collection, and Bill Volckening shared his stunning collection of vintage quilts.

Violet Craft sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant.

Violet Craft, Saturday Lunch Lecturer sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant

Valori Wells, dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

Valori Wells, Saturday dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

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Bill Volckening Sunday lunch lecturer. Sharing his collection called Masterpiece Quilts, Modernism in American Patchwork.

 

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

 

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

Drygoods Design: SewDown Portland Shop Sponsor

Drygoods Design has been hard at work preparing for SewDown Portland. They will be right outside the classrooms waiting to assist you in any of your hoarding fabric needs. They will have bundles, scrap packs, kits and anything else you might need for your classes and open sew!

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About Drygoods Design

At Drygoods Design it’s simple. We’re about you, the customer, and finding delightful fabrics and goods. We don’t carry every fabric or gift made, but if it is on our shelves, it means we love it and hope you will too!
We’re located in Seattle, WA and serve our fun group of customers at our storefront in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and all across the globe from www.drygoodsdesignonline.com. We pride ourselves on fast, affordable shipping and prompt service.

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If you want to visit our storefront, we are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 to 6 and Sundays, 10 to 4. 

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Store and studio address: 5308 Ballard Avenue NW, Studio 1…Seattle, WA 98107

Store phone number: (206) 535-6950

Store email: shop@drygoodsdesignonline.com

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Make sure to check your swag bags for a special gift from Drygoods!

All  photos are thanks to Rendy Tucker Photography.

Even MORE Riley Blake Challenge Photos!

What? You want more beautiful photos from the Riley Blake fabric challenge?! Sure thing….check it out. We really do have some pretty talented members!

Amanda Headrick

Designed and made by Amanda Headrick of the Knoxville MQG

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Designed and made by Bethany Smith of the Triangle MQG

Crystal Prior

Designed and made by Crystal Prior of the Canberra MQG

Denise Bane

Designed and made by Denise Bane of the Kansas City MQG

Neva Asinari

Designed and made by Neva Asinari of the Central Jersey MQG

The Details:
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!

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Interested in becoming a member? Join here.

More photos of the MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge…

Yesterday you saw some beautiful work from our fantastic MQG members.  Just incase you need a little more inspiration or just want to enjoy the pretty sites…

Laurel aka MohairMama

Designed and made by Laurel Rudolph an Individual Member of the MQG

 

Adelle Amison

Designed and made by Adelle Amison of the Tampa MQG

 

Delores Hamilton

Designed and made by Delores Hamilton of the Triangle MQG

 

Denise Bane

Designed and made by Denise Bane of the Kansas City MQG

 

Josée Carrier

Design and made by Josée Carrier of the Montreal MQG

 

Munaiba Khan

Designed and made by Munaiba Khan of the Greater Western Sydney MQG

 


The Details:
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!

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Interested in becoming a member? Join here.

MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The deadline for the Riley Blake challenge is quickly approaching.

Still haven’t decided what you are going to make? (I haven’t either!) Don’t worry, there are still 25 days left, which really is almost a whole month!

If you haven’t checked out the Community site to see what your fellow MQG’ers have made, or you are not yet a member (join now), here are some photos to inspire and motivate you. So come on…

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Thank you  to our members for letting us use their photos and share their talents!
Shannon Page
Quilt designed & made by Shannon Page of the Dallas MQG
Melissa Corry

Quilt designed & made by Melissa Corry an Individual member of the MQG

Linda Hungerford

Quilt designed & made by Linda Hungerford an Individual member of the MQG

Grace Lainhart

Quilt designed & made by Grace Lainhart a member of the Seattle MQG

Georgia MacDonald

Quilt designed & made by Georgia MacDonald of the Tampa MQG

Lesley Latham

Pillow designed & made by Lesley Latham of the Kansas City MQG

Just incase you need the details!
  • Deadline: February 17, 2014
  • Completed photos must be posted in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site here.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!
  • Ten finalists will be announced February 19, 2014.
  • Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.

Thanks to Riley Blake Designs  for the support of the MQG and for sponsoring our love of fabric and quilting!

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Interested in becoming a member? Join here.

MQG Member Spotlight: Christa Watson

Christa Watson is one of our great individual members. She is very active on our Community site sharing projects, engaging with others, and spreading her knowledge. Christa is also one of 12 pattern designers chosen to design a quilt pattern just for MQG members! (This is a new benefit just released to our members yesterday.) Join us in celebrating her talents and skills!

Tell us a bit about your self.

I live in Las Vegas with my hubby and 3 kids. Although I’ve called myself a quilter for nearly 20 years, I feel like I’ve just started! The modern movement has rekindled my excitement for the art of quilting and has helped me re-focus and finally find my niche.

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Charming Chevrons, my first “modern quilt” and my entry into QuiltCon. It was later awarded a ribbon in my traditional guild’s quilt show for their modern category.

When did you become a MQG member? Do you belong to a guild or are you an individual member?

I joined my local group, the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild, in February as soon as I returned home from QuiltCon. Once I realized how amazing it was to connect with other modern quilters in person, I sought them out as soon as I could. While they are currently debating joining the MQG, I decided to sign up as an individual member so that I wouldn’t miss out on any of the fun!

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String of Pearls, one of my blog Quilt Alongs. It was awarded an honorable mention for “Machine Quilting the Modern Way” at MQX Pacific Northwest in October.

When did you first find modern quilting?

I first discovered the modern movement several years ago when browsing online looking for ideas on how to promote some Amy Butler fabrics I was selling in my store. For some weird reason, I had it in my mind that hip, swanky sewers were only into making totes, clothing and accessories (which I love to use but don’t enjoy making myself). I didn’t realize at the time that they were quilters, too, so I quickly put it out of my mind (much to my regret now).

It wasn’t until years later with the announcement of QuiltCon that I finally started paying attention to Modern Quilting. Not knowing a soul, I immediately signed up to go, knowing it would somehow all work out. That’s probably the best decision I made because while there, I met so many like minds that are now dear friends. I also made several important industry connections that are starting to open up additional career opportunities for me.

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Colorful Chevrons, (a larger remake of Charming Chevrons), which appeared on the November cover of Quilty Magazine.

What is your favorite part of the quilt making process?

Hands-down, my favorite part making a quilt is the machine quilting. I love the texture that quilting adds to the surface, and I enjoy the freedom of quilting organic looking, modern designs without marking.

In fact, one of the things I love most about the modern quilting movement is the renewed emphasis on making an entire quilt from start to finish! No matter our skill levels, we can all make something both beautiful and functional with our own hands.

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Free Motion Quilting Modern Trees, my latest blog Quilt Along.

How do you educate yourself on new techniques?

I read as many quilting magazines and books as I can, take as many classes as I have time for, (both in person and online), and follow as many blogs as possible. Everyone has something unique to share and I love the feeling of community I get when associating with like-minded souls.

Where do you find inspiration?

I’m drawn to simple geometric shapes with clean lines. I love the possibilities of how they can be re-combined to create new graphic images with bright colors in bold forms. Whenever I get an idea in my head, I quickly sketch it out it EQ7 and start playing around with all of the possibilities. Before I know it, I have a plethora of designs that I’ll probably never get around to making!

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Computerized sketch of an optical illusion quilt I designed, based on a game found on the back of a kids’ menu at a restaurant. I hope to make this quilt… someday!

What is your most used and favorite quilting tool?

My most important tool is my drop-in sewing table. It allows me enough room to spread out my quilts and go to town with the machine quilting. The window I sew under lets in lots of natural light during the afternoon which is my favorite time to sew.

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My drop-in sewing table. I’ve had it for about 15 years and it accommodates whatever machine I’m using at the time.

What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while sewing?

I can’t think of a funny story to share but I can think of a painful one – I’ve free-motion quilted through my finger before when I wasn’t paying attention. Ouch! I’m not repeating that mistake, that’s for sure!

Show us your sewing space!

I sew in our upstairs loft area. It’s a nice big open room with plenty of floor space to set up basting tables and my oversized ironing board. The wooden railings are the perfect place to display my quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted.

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Overview of my sewing room in action. That’s my daughter’s sewing desk under the smaller window.

At the end of the day, I like having everything put away, behind closed doors and tucked into corners. If there’s too much visual clutter, it really stresses me out. I guess that’s why I love negative space in quilts so much, too. It gives the eyes a place to rest.

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Everything put away and tidied up.

What sewing machine do you sew on?

I recently upgraded to a Bernina 710 which has about 3.5 more inches of throat space than my older machine. It’s wonderful for free-motion quilting! I also enjoy using my singer featherweight for piecing when I take classes or go to retreats.

If you could take a class from anyone in the quilting world who would it be?

Angela Walters – I got to fulfill that wish earlier in the year when I took her machine quilting class at QuiltCon. Another on my list is Jacquie Gering, from whom I’m going to take a class at Road to California in January. I’d also enjoy learning from Alissa Haight Carlton. I love her minimalist aesthetic.

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Angela Walters scrunched down so as to not make me appear so short!

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Modern Trees was part of a quilt along series I host on my blog where I write step by step tutorials on how to make a complete quilt from start to finish.
Machine quilting is my passion and this quilt allowed me to have lots of fun quilting all that negative space!

Stay up to date with Christa:

Blog: Christa Quilts Blog

Flickr: Christas Quilt Along

Store: Christa Quilts 

SewDown Portland: Julie Herman

Julie Herman lives in the San Diego and started sewing in 2002 and blogging in 2009. The goal when she started her blog was to share her quilts & have a journal of them. Since starting her blog she has been published in many magazines, started her own pattern company, and developed the Hex N More Ruler. Her book “Skip the Borders” was released in August of 2012. To read more about Julie, check out her blog jaybirdquilts.com.

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A bit about Julie’s class:

In the Sidekick Sampler Workshop students will learn to use the Sidekick Ruler.This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes! As a result it gives you limitless possibilities. All of the pieces can be rotary cut from strips. In addition to developing the ruler I also have designed many patterns to go with it. The class is divided into two parts. In the first part of class you will learn how to cut Diamonds, Triangles, and Half Triangles. In the second part of class you will use the fabric provided with the class kit to create a small project using the Sidekick. Students can expect to create a small project or blocks during the class. 

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SewDown Portland is bound to be amazing with all our fantastic teachers! We are sold out but do still have space in our lecture series. Sign up for those here.