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 February 2012


Editor: Kristin Shields            www.quiltsqq.com              President: Martha Sanders


Our Next Guild Meeting is Monday, February 13, 2012.


Fat Quarter drawing for February- They Call it Puppy Love

Fat quarter themes are a little different this year. We’ll give you a song title that should evoke a theme or idea. Use your imagination and have a little fun. Bring your fat quarter to the meeting with your name pinned on or you can use an address sticker.

President’s Message

Martha S.

a sweater covered with thread snippets is a sign of a happy quilter”

We simply love to quilt. How do we explain to non-quilters that we love to take a piece of cloth, cut it up into a myriad of pieces, and then sew it back together again? We are construction workers, needing a collection of tools and rulers that a carpenter would envy. We have all sizes of rotary cutters we use like saws. We are architects drawing out patterns and sketches. We are surgeons with scissors and we suture our seams. We engineer our sewing machines to get just the right tension and stitch. We use fabric to electrify our quilts with light and bright mixed with dark and dusk. We are artists who dream in color and cherish the freedom we use to design. We are mothers agonizing over which fabric in our stash should be saved for next time and which should be sent to our cutting mats to grow into a wonderful new design. We are stockbrokers, willing to invest in that fabulous new fabric, risking that it may be held in our stash. We simply love to quilt.


Notes: At February’s meeting we’ll have our 2012 raffle quilt on display and hope to have the raffle tickets available for you. This year the tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. Don’t forget your membership dues if you haven’t already paid.

The board is still seeking volunteers for a variety of programs this year – hospitality, fundraising and the craft project.

February 3rd is a big night for quilting in Bend with several of our members showing quilts at Quiltworks and Arts Central and Bend City Hall. If you haven’t seen the Journeys quilt group display at Sisters Art Works, it’s a wonderful trip-worthy show.


Important Reminders

The meeting begins at 6:45 pm.  Unless you are assisting with setup, please don’t enter the meeting room before 6:15 pm.  When you arrive at the meeting, remember to check-in at the membership table and pick up your door prize ticket if you are wearing your cloth nametag.   As always, please turn your cell phones off during the meeting.



Jane D. and Shannon P.

Judie D. and Anita F. have volunteered to bring beverages.  Kate M., Cindy O. and Janelle R. have volunteered to bring snacks. If you find you are not able to bring what you volunteered to contribute, please call Jane D. or Shannon P.



Kate M., Kim M., Loesje A., Catherine E. and Gayle G.

Please let any of us know if you have contact information changes so we can update our roster. It is also that time of year to pay dues. We are ready to help you at the sign-in table at the February meeting. Remember to bring your checkbook. The fat quarter theme for February is "They Call it Puppy Love". Be sure to thank our wonderful local businesses for providing door prizes each month!


2012 Quilt Retreat

Jill M. and Barb P.


The Guild's 2012 Retreat is almost here!  There is still time to register for the full retreat: two nights, three days, meals and SEWING, for $250!  This year it is also possible to registration for day-attendance only: three days, meals, SEWING but no overnight sleeping room for $150.  So, if you were thinking about participating, now is the time to send your money and registration form.  For those of you who have paid a deposit, please know that the balance of your registration fee should be paid by February 15.  The annual Retreat is a wonderful time to finish up UFOs, start/finish a new project, and sew - almost non-stop - with other quilting friends.  Please call Barb P. or Jill M. with any questions!  We are looking forward to hosting you at the Seventh Mt Resort this March 23-25!


Community Quilts

 Karen F.

Community quilts meets on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at Nativity Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your basic sewing supplies and your lunch and join in the fun! Thanks again for all of your time and effort last year. The charities we donate to are always so happy to get your quilts. There is so much need for them. Hope to see you there.


Community Food Drive

Diana L.

At February’s meeting, please continue to bring canned peaches or pears for the food pantry.  Canned food items are the best choice for the pantry as the church can buy dried items such as rice and beans at very low prices.  They also received donations of bread products and occasionally fresh fruits and veggies.  Any food donations are accepted, but if you don't have time to shop, please consider dropping a $1.00 in the box to help the food pantry.  Thank you.


Health Kit Bag Update

Susan M. and Mary Ann B.


Thank you for helping make over 120 Health Kit Bags

We want to thank everyone who helped make bags or contributed items for our Health Kit Bags for the community, which were donated at our December meeting.   We were able to put together more than 120 kits!   We have distributed over half of them to Bethlehem Inn, Bend Community Center, and Saving Grace.   The remaining bags will be distributed through the FAN advocates at local schools.  Thank you again for your generous help---we may have to do this project again sometime!


Our Guild Library

Linda M.

The February raffle book is Wonky One-Block Quilts by Marlous Carter. This book highlights a simple technique that yields dramatic results.  Raffle tickets are $1 each/6 for $5. The book added to the library this month is: Hand-Appliqued Quilts: Whimsical Designs & Simple Techniques by Tonye Belinda Phillips. In addition, we will have a selection of books to check out and you may return any books previously checked out. Thank you for your support of the Guild Library.



Kayla H.

February- Elizabeth Hartman will be here from Portland as our guest speaker.  You can find out more about her and her work at www.ohfransson.com.   Also, Robin from Kids Center will be here at the start of the meeting to tell us how our Community Quilt Program impacts them.

March- Jean Wells from Sisters will be our featured guest.  She has a great program in store and will bring some new fabric to show us from Valori Wells' new line.

April- Maggie Ball will be here from Bainbridge Island, Washington.  Maggie is well known for her outreach and involvement with Quilters without Borders in Mongolia.  To check out more visit: www.dragonflyquilts.com.



Lisa N.

We still have a few spots left for the Modern Mosaic Floor Pillow workshop with Elizabeth Hartman.  Join us on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Bend Park and Rec's community room for modern cutting and piecing techniques.  The fee is $30.  Elizabeth is an up and coming quilter from Portland with a new book coming out this summer.  She is also well known for her popular blog www.ohfranson.com.  Please contact Lisa N. if you are interested in participating.


Don't miss the Kaleidoscopic Pinwheels workshop with Maggie Ball from Bainbridge Island, Washington on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.    You will love creating these beautiful pinwheels that were inspired by Bethany Reynold's Magic Stack 'N Whack.  Maggie has devised a simple and forgiving technique for making pinwheels that float on the background.  The fee is $55.  If interested, bring a check to the February Guild meeting or send it to Lisa N.  We hope you can join us!


2012 Quilt Challenge

Sylvia K. and Janelle R.


The 2012 Quilt Challenge promises to be a really fun and colorful event. We have decided to have a theme of children’s story books. Participants choose a story from one of their own favorites or one that they have read to anyone else. Picture books and children's chapter books fit the criteria. Participants can use any type of technique but all work must be done by only that person. The dimensions for the quilt are to be a minimum of 36 inches on any side and a maximum of 60 inches on any one side. We would like to exhibit the book along with the quilt. All quilts entries are due on or before the July Guild Meeting.

The quilts will be judged on best use of theme, quilting, and overall workmanship. They will also be judged by the public at the 2012 Quilt Show in the Park for a Viewer’s Choice award.

We look forward to seeing many wonderful interpretations of some great children’s literature. If you have any questions, please call Sylvia or Janelle.


Caring Corner

Libby S.

If you have any news among our guild members or previous members, such as births, weddings, illness or passing, please contact Libby S. 541-330-8186 (eseitz@bendbroadband.com) and a card will be mailed on behalf of our Guild.

We are sorry to hear about the passing of Marie J.’s Mother-in-Law and Kris L.’s Mother-in- law. 

We are happy to hear about Joan and Gary W.’s 60th anniversary on January 20th.


Community Baby Shower

Pris B.

Soroptimist International of Bend (www.sibend.org), a nonprofit service organization, is having its 7th annual Community Baby Shower!  We collect necessary supplies for mothers who cannot afford them.  Many women have no resources at all for their new baby.  Maybe she has fled domestic violence, or poverty has made it impossible to prepare for a baby.  In this economy, there are more needy families than before.

I’m asking our guild members to make a simple baby quilt or fleece blanket, or to knit/crochet a baby blanket.  Please bring your donations to the April guild meeting, and I will give you a tax-receipt.  Later donations will be welcomed also.

Help women who are in need to celebrate their new babies!   Thanks!


Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Liaison

Candy W.


With the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show just around the corner, be sure to find out how to enter quilts, a postcard, or a Small Wonder by reading the brochure sent out with the Quilter's Affair information or go to the quilt show website- www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org.  There are many opportunities for you to participate!  Our special exhibit will consist of our past president quilts.  Volunteers are needed for all aspects...be thinking of how you would like to assist.  And, don’t forget to drop by Arts Central (the old Mirror Pond Gallery) during the month of February to view the "Fabrications" juried show of contemporary and art quilts sponsored by the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.


February Birthday Wishes- Happy Birthday to All!

Gail R. 2/2

Jean E. 2/3

Suzi T. 2/7

Marla R. 2/8

Jane L. 2/10

Kim. M. 2/10

Val S. 2/12

Jill M. 2/12

Kayla H. 2/16

Annemarie N. 2/17

Linda M. 2/18

Laurie T. 2/25 


Coming Events


Fabrications- The Art of Quilting                                    opening Friday, February 3, 2012

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has partnered with Arts Central to host the first juried art quilt exhibit to be held in Bend, Oregon. Fabrications – The Art of Quilting opens at Arts Central on Friday February 3rd. Attend opening night from 5pm to 8pm to meet the artists, explore their creative processes and preview the premier showing of the 2012 SOQS poster art work and raffle quilt. The exhibit will showcase artists from around Central Oregon throughout the month of February. (Arts Central, 875 NW Brooks St. – located in downtown Bend between the two Mirror Pond parking lots – is open Wed – Sat, 11am to 4pm)


Stitching Stars Quilt Show                                                               March 30 & 31, 2012

The Tri City Quilters’ Guild presents this show at the Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA.  Hours are Friday, 10-6 and Saturday, 10-5.  www.tcquilters.com


Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show                                                               Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy New Quilting Year!  Our entry flier for the 2012 show is 'on the street' and contains lots of GREAT info about the 2012 show.  Highlights include:


  • ·       "Men Under the Quilts" 18 month Calendar and Calendar Premiere Party (use your imagination!).
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Check out the show’s website at www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org for all the information and to download a pdf of the flier.


MBQG Quilt Show in the Park                                                     Saturday, August 18, 2012

Save the date for our annual quilt show, a fun and inspiring event! We’ll have over 100 quilts, a featured quilter, a challenge quilt display and the drawing for our raffle quilt.  This event requires participation from all of us, so be sure to chip in when the sign-up sheets come around!


Shop News

(Alphabetically by store name, rotated monthly)


Cynthia’s Sewing Center

20225 Badger Road (inside BJ’s), Bend             541-383-1999                                     www.cynthiassewingcenter.com


Check our website for special classes, demonstrations and new products available.   We welcome you to visit our store for new product demos and information.

~Cynthia, Jerry, Lisa, Ann, Bob, Kris, and Elaine


High Mountain Fabric

1542 S Hwy 97, Redmond                                    541-548-6909                                    no website


Until April all regularly priced fabrics are 25% off with a minimum ½ yard cut. 'Sit and Sew' is on Thursdays at 10am. This is a project based class with kits. The kits cost between $5- $7. Recent examples have been pillow cases and a table runner. "Drop in and see what's happening."




Homestead Quilts

51425 Hwy. 97, La Pine                                    541-536-2360                                     www.homesteadquiltsonline.com


Come on down and see our new fabrics for spring!


~Cathy and Staff


Material Girl Fabrics

515 SW Cascade Ave., Redmond                         541-923-1600                          www.material-girl-fabrics.com


We look forward to seeing you soon. You may also check out our website to see what’s new in fabrics and classes!


~Leslie and Staff


Morrows Sewing & Vacuum Center

304 NE 3rd St., Bend                                                 541-382-3882                                     www.morrowsewingandvacuum.com


We look forward to seeing you this month---stop by and see our new products.

~Happy Sewing---Karen


Quilters Attic

8154 11th ST.  Suite #1, Terrebonne                        541-548-8119                                     www.quiltersattic.net

Drive up to Terrebonne to see our new fabrics. 541-548-8119. Store hours: 10am-5pm   Monday-Saturday

~Kathy & friends


The Quilt Shack

1211 NW Madras Hwy, Prineville                                     541-447-1338                                     www.thequiltshack.com


Happy New Year 2012,

We have been so excited to finally get moved into our new building on Madras Hwy.  We are still working on the finishing touches and plan on having it paved & landscaped this summer.  We are having our Grand Opening on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. 

See you soon,


~Rhonda, Friends and Family



926 NE Greenwood Ave., Bend                         541-728-0527                                     www.quiltworks.com


QuiltWorks Quilt Gallery’s First Friday Reception will be February 3 from 5 to 7 PM. Our Featured Quilter will be Sally Rogers. Sally’s loves tradition and her piecing is always perfect. The theme/group exhibit is Red, White, Pink and Hearts!

QuiltWorks Classes - Drop by the shop or look at our website to see the schedule for our winter classes; we have something for everyone.

QuiltWorks Novel Idea is just getting started. It’s not too late to join us, contact Marilyn for more info.

Visit our website at www.quiltworks.com and while you are there look at our photo blog and our testimonials from visitors to the gallery. We are pretty tickled about all the wonderful things people have said about the gallery and our shop.

Thanks for supporting QuiltWorks.

~Marilyn, Dave and the gals from QuiltWorks




Sew Many Quilts and Bernina Center

1375 SE Wilson #170, Bend                                     541-385-7166                                     www.sewmanyquiltsinbend.com

Looks like maybe our winter snows have finally arrived. We are excited about what 2012 will bring. New samples are being made for the shop featuring new lines of fabric. You will soon be receiving an e-mail with our upcoming Blocks of the Month, with a class schedule to follow soon after that. If you aren't on our e-mail list and want to be, just send a note to us at customerservice@sewmanyquiltsinbend.com.

We want to thank all of you who helped make mastectomy bags and chemo quilts. We feel that it's important that as a quilting community we support those who are fighting cancer. Remember to bring in your finished projects - we love seeing what you have created and are always there to help with any quilting, piecing, appliqué, or other issues that may arise as you are working on your projects.

For January our Bernina "Feet"-ure is 15% off any pin tuck foot. They are so versatile.

We hope to see you soon.

~Gail, Sharon, and Staff


Stitchin' Post

311 W Cascade, Sisters                                     541-549-6061                                     www.stitchinpost.com


It’s February…time to start preparing for Quilt Show!


Our classroom is a buzzin’ with new spring classes!   You won’t want to miss Ann Richardson’s Fabric Postcard class, and then perhaps donate a fabric postcard to the “Wish Upon A Card” Silent Auction & Sale.  Jean is teaching a workshop in February, called “Simply the Land.”  For details on all of our spring classes, go to: www.stitchinpost.com/classes.


New fabrics arriving in February:

  • Kate Spain’s new line “Good Fortune”           
  • Batiks from Kaufman and Island Batiks
  • David Butler’s first line of fabric from Westminster, called “Curious Nature”
  • New lines from Moda (“Twirl”, “Funky Monkey”, and a William Morris collection)
  • New pieces of Serenity Collection from Schenck
  • And several other pieces!


The following are some exciting, upcoming workshops at the Stitchin’ Post:


Karla Alexander ~ March 22-25
     • Wavelength
     • Village News
     • Presentation & Trunk Show

Barbara Shapel ~ April 4-7
    • The Art of Machine Quilting
    • Waterdance

Laura Wasilowski ~ April 19 - 21
    • Stitch After Fusing
    • Tiny Homes
    • So Many Chickens, So Little Time Lecture & Trunk Show

For details & registration, check our website http://www.stitchinpost.com/retreats.html  or call us at 541.549.6061.

~Happy Quilting!   The Stitchin’ Post Staff


BJ's Quilt Basket

20225 Badger Road, Bend                                     541-383-4310                           www.bjsquiltbasket.com


Well, now that winter is finally upon us for sure – it’s time to hunker down & quilt!  What a great time to get some projects completed!  If you need something new to work on, we are still taking sign-ups for our First Saturday Block of the Month & would love to have you join us.  It’s a great way to get free fabric, work on a quilt a little at a time, and meet new quilting friends!  Join us Feb 4th at either 8:30am or 10am.  We also have a new teacher with us, Shannon Poe, who is going to teach you how to “quilt as you go”!  Let’s start with a table runner for Valentine’s Day & sign up for the class on either Jan. 28th or Feb 4th for a “Fast & Furious” way to quilt!  Also, still accepting sign-ups for Festival in July – they are filling fast – check our website for further details:  www.bjsquiltbasket.com – see you at BJ’s – it’s the quilting place to be!!  “The Inspiration Team” at BJ’s!

~Vicki & Staff