Friday, November 20, 2015

August Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild 

August Meeting 2015 

Block of the Month

Show and Tell

The Program
Geri Grasvik, Pine Needle Quilt Shop, Flannel Quilts

Marys River Quilt Guild      
General Membership Meeting August 27, 2015    

Guild President, Sheri P., called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

Sheri asked if there were any new members and/or visitors and 4 visitors stood and introduced


Gail B., Treasurer, is on vacation so Sheri has the check book for those needing reimbursements. There are some upcoming workshops in Springfield done by Marsha McCloskey and the flyers are available on the back table.  A sign-up sheet for setting up and taking down the chairs for the meetings was available on the back table.  Sheri then expressed a need for volunteers to sign up for upcoming Board vacancies.

She reiterated that the Guild is a volunteer organization and encouraged all to consider the openings. An option might be to share a position to make the load lighter!  The following positions are available: Vice-President, Programs and Marketing. If you are interested in the Vice-President position, please contact Sheri, Carmen S. or Beth R. If you are interested in the Programs position, please contact Harriet as you would be working with her in 2016 including obtaining speakers for 2017 and then become Chairperson in 2017. If you are interested in the Marketing position, please contact Jo C. as you would be working with her on marketing the Raffle Quilt and organizing venues in 2016 and then become Chairperson in 2017.

Regarding Quilts in the Garden, the committee will need your help shortly for ideas for themes for each garden. There is discussion about having gardens grouped in two different areas, one near the Corvallis Country Club and one in central Corvallis. Proposed dates are June 25th and July 23rd, 2016.

Sheri brought up the fact there seems to be some concern about continuing with Quilt County in the future. There appears to have been difficulty filling this year’s show and she feels there needs to be further discussion about this event. There was discussion immediately raising issues about the need for further details about this event and more advanced notice of the themes, etc. so members would have adequate time to make the quilts in advance. Marcia G. offered to continue to organize this event yet asked for members’ input and support to make this event successful.


Challenge Committee:  Judy J. reported the committee is meeting and getting ready for the next challenge. October is Challenge Quilt month! There will be awards for different categories. Bring your $10 for your packet!

Marketing: Jo C. reported that the Raffle Quilt will be on display at the Benton County Historical Museum except for September 11-12-13 when it will be at the Philomath Scout Lodge. Most volunteer positions have been filled yet she still needs a couple of volunteers. Total ticket sales to date are $1917 of which $370 originated from sales at the Benton County Fair. The Quilt will be also displayed at a quilt shop at the Coast and then the Philomath Quilt Show. Jo is still looking for volunteers for next year’s marketing team.

Raffle Quilt 2016: Jean M. reported that the lap size quilt is in progress with an anticipated completion date of December, 2015 or January 2016.

Round Robin: Cindy G. reported that the quilts are stunning and amazing! Photos will follow. It is now time to begin thinking about participating in next year’s Round Robin. The committee meets every two months commencing in January. There is a flyer available this evening to explain this further and a sign-up list is being circulated this evening. The deadline for signing up for Round Robin is December 31st. This year’s quilts will be presented at the November meeting this year.

Library: Karen G. reported there are three additions to our library which all deal with improvisational quilting styles and techniques.

Programs: Harriet P. reported that the speaker for the next meeting in September will be Donna Cherry from Bend who creates “artscape” quilts.

Block of the Month: Shelley B. reported there are 8 full quilts so far and she expressed her appreciation to all those who are participating. “Keep it up”, she said! The theme of this year is “It takes a village”.

Sharon F. is the winner of the drawing.

Hospitality: Phyllis P. held the drawing and presented a $10 gift certificate to Meryl and two fat quarters were awarded to Carmen S.

Show and Tell: On behalf of the Service Committee, Lynn G. reported there are some exquisite quilts being displayed at the Philomath Library. And she encouraged members to volunteer to quilt some of the quilts made by the Service Committee. Several lovely Service Committee quilts were shared at Show and Tell.

 In addition, there were approximately 10 beautifully finished quilt projects shared by members at Show and Tell at this month’s meeting.

After a short break, Harriet introduced Geri Grasvik, owner of The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego, OR as well as a coordinator for the 2015 Northwest Quilting Expo. She spoke to the guild members about what it takes to make flannel quilts. Geri was originally a Buyer for Nordstrom and knew nothing about quilting when 23 years ago someone approached her about opening a quilt shop. The rest is history. She encourages quilters to buy good flannel – don’t compromise on the fabric. She recommends the following flannels: Maywood Studios: Woolie (which don’t pill or shrink).) Also, she likes In The Beginning, Clockworks, Robert Kauffman and Andover.  Whenever you are able, buy light colored flannels as they are more difficult to find. And always buy a tiny bit more fabric than what you need.

Wash first? If you buy good fabric, she does not suggest washing first. Geri also suggests using a stitch setting of 3”. And it is “okay” to pin flannel fabrics! Measure often. Press, don’t iron; and press seams open. Use bigger block patterns when using flannel. And her favorite batting for use with flannels is wool; it is light, airy and shows the quilting well. (Though it is one’s personal choice.) Have your machine cleaned regularly. She likes using a 80-12 jeans/denim needle. Flannel tends to dull the needle as well as the rotary cutter so change the needle/blade often.  Use Best Press spray when you cut your fabric. Spray on the back before pressing. Use Steady Betty (rubberized pressing mat which can be used on all  fabrics) for best press. She recommends using a 50 weight thread and use a full ¼ inch seam. Don’t over-quilt! Avoid drying flannel quilts in the dryer….let quilt air dry.

Geri encouraged all to attend the 2015 Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, OR on 9/22-23-24. There will be over 700 quilts on display along with classes and lectures. “Portland, the Pearl” is this year’s theme. And lots of gifts will be given away! Geri offered 4 tickets to the Expo in a drawing and the 4 winners were Sharon F., Phyllis P., Beth R. and Jan A.

Next general membership meeting is September 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Carmen S. will preside in Sheri’s

Next Board meeting is September 2nd at 6:30 pm at Sheri’s home.

The meeting was closed at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jan C.

Round Robin

Welcome to MRQG
Round Robin -- Round Four 2015












Photos by Naomi W.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

July Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild 

July Meeting 2015

Block of the Month

Show and Tell

Mary’s River Quilt Guild
General Meeting, July 23, 2015

President Sheri P. called the meeting to order after a membership potluck at Philomath Park.

One guest and one new member (Theresa W.)

Treasurer:  Gail is giving the checkbook to Sheri for the month.  If you need a reimbursement, please contact Sheri until the August general meeting.

Volunteer positions needing to be filled:

  • Vice President – Contact Carmen S. if you are interested in this position
  • Programs – Harriet and Jan A. have filled the programs for 2016 and are looking for someone to mentor next year to take on the Program committee for 2017-2018.  They would show you the process of signing up a speaker for 2017 and how to support the speaker during their visit. 
  •  Marketing – Jo C. would like to mentor someone next year to take on the job of Marketing the Raffle Quilt and organizing the already established venues.  She feels that having a rotation of an experienced person with a new recruit in this position will make it less overwhelming. 
  •  QnG 2016 – Beth R. is looking for volunteers to be on the committee that will make decisions for the event in the next few months.  More volunteers will be needed as we get closer to the actual date of the event in 2016.
  • Benton County Fair – Beth R. is organizing the volunteers for this Raffle Quilt location.  Volunteers are still needed for Wed, July 29 and Sat, Aug 1.  Signup genius is one way to sign up for this event.  You receive free admission to the fair and free parking if you volunteer at the Fair.
  • Scout Lodge – Jo C. is organizing volunteers for this Raffle Quilt location.  Dates are Sept 11-13.  Remember there is an incentive to volunteer in areas that support the Raffle Quilt.  There will be a raffle of a small quilt and possible other items for those who sell tickets either thru membership packets or at an event and for those that worked on the quilt.

Marketing committee:  The raffle quilt has sold 1647 tickets for a total of $1410.  The Pharmacy hung 101 quilts.  Members sold 29 quilts for a total of $4200.  The Melanoma Quilt has an interested buyer as does one of the Service committee’s quilts that came back.

Challenge committee:  The next cycle begins in August.  Judy J. is looking for volunteers to help determine the theme, buy fabric and make packets up for sale at the October meeting.

Quilt County:  Marcia G. discussed discontinuing this event.  There has been less Guild participation in the event – this year only 9/22 events are Guild related; 3 of those are only 2 day shows.  The remaining shows are being organized by other art organizations, businesses and groups.  The Guild board has discussed this and is recommending that this year be the final year.  The Museum will still continue to have a quilt show in September.  There will be a vote in August at the General meeting on whether to dissolve this committee.

A possible replacement activity would be for the Guild to sponsor Arin Hedsell who is wanting to start a Jr. Quilt Guild starting with the 24 students she currently is teaching sewing with through Parks and Rec.  Marcia G. suggested that the Guild library look through its inventory and see whether there are beginner books that could be donated to the Jr. Guild.  She also suggested that there are several members of the Guild that would be great resources for the students in giving a lecture or demonstrating techniques.

Round Robin:   August is the last rotation.  Cindy G. says that the “basket of castoffs” needs items and committee members should think about whether they have something in their stash that might be interesting to put in the basket.  Sign ups for Round Robin are due by Dec 31.  In November, the committee will be showing the fruits of their labor.

Block of the Month:  Shelley reported that 12 blocks were handed in this month and 94 so far this year.  Another gift certificate will go in the box for the end of the year drawing.  Cindy G. won the July BOM.  Next month is a houseboat.  Feel free to embellish.

Hospitality:  Meryl won the 2 fat quarters; freshly minted new member Theresa W. won the QWP gift certificate.

Program:  Next month is Geri Grasvik.  Geri loves all fabrics but flannel is her favorite.  She will discuss the proper way to sew with flannel and the manufacturers to watch for.  Geri owns a quilt store and is an organizer of the PNW Expo that takes place in September.

Service:  Emily M. reminds those who work on a Service quilt that they can choose a fat quarter as a reward.  All the quilts that needed binding were checked out and she has 3 small quilts that need machine quilting.  Because of recent additional requests, the inventory is low and the committee is looking for help to complete these projects so that they have more quilts to hang at the Philomath Library for Quilt County on August 6.

Museum proposal:  Terry Thomas (via Marcia G) informs the Guild that October begins a year long exhibit on Flight.  She proposes that members of the Guild read West with the Night by Beryl Markham and then create a quilt that represents the book to them.  This book is considered a classic of outdoor literature.  Markham was the first woman to fly the Atlantic east to west in a solo non-stop flight.  She is celebrated as an aviation pioneer.

Show and Tell

Dime Auction was led by Marcia G.  Members had a great time outbidding for items with their dimes and requested that this activity be repeated.

Next General Meeting is August 27.
Next Board meeting is September 2.

Respectfully submitted by Lisa U.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

June Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild 
June Meeting 2015

Block of the Month

Show and Tell
Service Committee

Future Raffle Quilt


Program : Quilters Eye
 Karen Roberts from the Quilt Loft in Albany, and Marilyn Hill

JUNE 25, 2015

Guild Vice-President, Carmen S., called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm as MRQG President, Sheri P., was out of town. Carmen then provided an overview of the evening's agenda.

After Carmen inquired as to any new members or visitors, Holly S.  introduced herself as a visitor.

There were no Board Reports.

  • Block of the Month: Linda B. reported that this month's design is "House in the Pine". Patterns were  available at the meeting. The Raffle Drawing winner was Sharon Fries.
  • Library: Karen G.  reported there were three new books available this month.
  • Service Committee: Emily M.  reported there were  several quilts completed and she expressed appreciation to those who helped in this project. She further noted that any help is appreciated to help finish other quilts and especially those quilts to be on display at the Library.
  • 2016 Raffle Quilt: Jean M.  reported that the 2016 Raffle Quilt would incorporate the "shell" of another quilt and she asked for help in the further design of that quilt.
  • 2015 Raffle Quilt: Jo C.  reported that Carmen S. has placed a sign up list on-line today for volunteers to sign up to sell raffle tickets for the  2015 quilt raffle at such venues as the Sisters Quilt Show, the Benton County Fair, Coburg, etc. The sign up list was also passed around at the meeting for members to sign up.
  • Quilt County 2015: Marcia G. reported there are 4000 advertising flyers to distribute. Any help distributing them would be appreciated. The shows for this year included: "Temptations"  at Burst Candy; the Library show," Two to Tango", and the Sisters Quilt Show.  Teresa requested that those participating were to bring your quilts for the Library show to next month's meeting. And Marcia requested that all bring their quilts for the Sisters Quilt Show to her.  All quilts being taken to the Sisters Quilt Show this year are for sale.
  • Secret Sisters:  Jan A.M. reported on the outing to the Coast this week. If you are interested in joining Secret Sisters, there is a form to complete and can be found on the website. Applications may be submitted in January.
  • Programs: Jan A.M. further reported that next month's meeting will be a picnic at the Philomath Park . Carpooling is advised as parking is limited. MRQ Guild  will provide the main dish…..pulled pork and buns. Members are requested to bring drinks, side dishes and dessert. The time of the next meeting will be at 5:30 pm. Further information about this event may be found in the newsletter. Members were encouraged to bring baggies of at least 5 strips (1-1/2-2" strips) to swap for the "Strip exchange"! An  Auction will also be held using dimes so all were encouraged to start collecting their dimes!
  • Harriet P.  reported on the next workshop. It is scheduled for September and will be either the  day before or day after the general membership meeting. Donna Cherry  will be highlighting her landscape/artscape quilts. Her work can be found at Donna Cherry Designs. Com.  The workshop will be presented at a very reasonable cost and details are to follow by e-mail. Harriet also reported that Marsha McCloskey would be conducting a workshop and class in Springfield on October 3rd, and October 5th and 6th. Flyers are available at tonight's meeting.
  • Phyllis P.  conducted the drawing for two fat quarters. Nancy B.  and Sharon H. were the winners of those drawings.
  • Carmen offered thoughts about the "strange language" we speak. It was a wonderful play on words! She invites us to "play" and not “work”. She expressed the Board's  appreciation for all of the wonderful work members  are doing. And she expressed the  need for more volunteers to make the Guild even more successful. Upcoming positions available include: Vice-President, Secretary,  Secret Sister Chairperson,  planning Chairperson for the 2017 raffle quilt and any other ideas for other programs. There is also a need for a new Program person or persons. The Program Committee is presently  in good shape – some programs are already booked through 2016. It would be nice if someone could shadow Jan and Harriet in 2015 so they would be able to focus on securing the 2017 programs.  Any  and all volunteers will be appreciated!
Members shared many wonderful creations. There were 13 quilts shown in all!

Carmen then introduced Harriet P. to introduce the evening's program.

Harriet P. then introduced  Karen Roberts from the Quilt Loft in Albany, and her friend, Marilyn Hill. Karen and Marilyn are participating in a book club, "Quilters Eye", and making quilts created on the basis of the themes in the books they have read. They jointly shared their experiences and their quilts along with some quilts made by other members of "Quilters Eye". They reported that" Quilters Eye", their book club, will be 7 years old in September. They have found that this creative environment encourages them to try new techniques and "think outside of the box". And they emphasized the importance of choosing books that were full of imagery. Their structure includes reading the book, discussing it, coming up with a quilt design and then making their individual quilts. Each member usually reads the chosen 2-3 books and  makes 2-3 quilts per year. They offered a sample of their book list to the members.  Lots of lovely quilts were shown and enjoyed!

Vice-President Carmen S.  adjourned the meeting  at 8:43 pm.

Respectfully submitted,