Announcing SewDown Portland!

We are so excited to announce the line up for the Portland SewDown!

The amazing instructors are:


Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist who lives in Oakland, California, where she improvises quilts as a life practice and blogs about it at Dainty Time. She has an MFA in sculpture from Bard College, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University, and teaches regularly at Penland School of Craft. Sherri’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. She has been making and selling quilts professionally for 20 years. Learn more at

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Heather Jones is a designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She is often inspired by everyday places and things that many people wouldn’t even notice (think an old metal silo or a painted grid in the parking lot of a big-box retailer), and is always excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into her work. Heather has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. Her modern quilting patterns are available at a number of online locations and she will soon be bringing the Heather Jones Studio patterns to print as well. Heather is currently working on her first solo publication, which is scheduled for a fall 2015 release. Learn more at

lee squareLee Heinrich is a quilt designer, author, and blogger. Her book “Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks”—co-authored with Faith Jones and Katie Clark Blakesley—will be out in December 2013. She also has a line of patterns now available, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Quilt Magazine, and Quiltmaker. Lee loves the burgeoning area of “modern traditionalism” and wants to help quilters think outside the grid when it comes to traditional blocks. Stay up to date with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

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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

The fantastic lecturers are:

violet squareViolet Craft was born in the Old West into a ridiculously talented family of weekend artists and musicians. She was always drawn to art, craft and make-ing, but pursued her education in business and finance. As often happens, the birth of her first daughter compelled her to seek out her passion in design. Violet’s first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in Spring 2011 along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle Sewing Patterns. She teaches sewing and design workshops and is an active member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. Learn more at

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Valori Wells is a professional quilter, author, fabric and pattern designer, painter and photographer. She also co-owns The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, with her mother. Valori came into quilting through osmosis, having a mother who shared her love of quilting and opened the Stitchin’ Post in 1975. She has been designing fabric, writing quilting books and patterns for 14 years, presenting a new look to the quilting and sewing world. Valori lives and works in Sisters, Oregon, with her husband and three children. Learn more at

Bill SquareBill Volckening is a quilt collector who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has collected quilts since 1989, and his collection includes more than 250 quilts made between 1780 and 2012. Bill studied art and photography at Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts in New York (BFA), and New York University / International Center of Photography (MA). Quilts from his collection have been included in exhibitions and publications around the world, with solo exhibitions at the Benton County Museum (2011) and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (2013). Bill was recently featured in Quilters Newsletter and Generation Q Magazine. He blogs about quilts at Wonkyworld, and as a guest blogger for Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. Read more about Bill at

Portland SewDown registration will be opening on September 12, 2013! We hope to see you there!

What are the SewDowns? An all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway! A swanky hotel, all meals and workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with four teachers, a full load of workshops and lectures, plus spend time sewing with your friends at the open sew nights!

Can’t make the entire weekend? Lunch and dinner lectures will be available too!

The Portland SewDown dates are February 7th 2014 to February 9th 2014.

Full Package Cost:
Shared room: $750 MQG members/$935 non-members
Single room: $960 MQG members/$1200 non-members

What you get!
Four workshops with our amazing teachers
Six delicious meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
Three informative lectures
Two nights at a fantastic hotel
Two fun nights of open sewing time!
1 great swag bag

Local Package (No Hotel) Cost:
$480 MQG members/$600 non-members

What you get!
Four workshops with our amazing teachers,
Four delicious meals (2 lunches, 2 dinners),
Three informative lectures,
Two fun nights of open sewing time,
And 1 great swag bag!

Please note we have a limited number of local packages available.

Lectures Only
Luncheon Lectures $50
Dinner Lecture $90

The Nines Hotel
525 SW Morrison St
Portland Oregon 97204
United States

For workshop descriptions, schedule and pricing, please visit the SewDown Portland website.

Sewing machines will be generously provided by: