July block-of-the-month

Buttercup blockTVQG members are invited to make the buttercup block for our July block-of-the-month. Instructions are available in our members-only section. The finished block size is 9” x 9”. It’s suggested that you use a cream background, green for the leaf, yellow for the flower bud, and any color for the flower. We’ll hold a drawing for the blocks at our July 18th meeting.

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Brown bag auction at June meeting

paper bagTVQG’s June program is a brown bag auction. To participate in this auction simply bring any sewing or quilting items that you no longer need, use, or want to the June 20th General Meeting. Auction Items may include notions, rulers, templates, tools, all types of fabrics, patterns, thread, books, and sewing or quilting equipment. Used items are fine, as long as they are in usable condition.

Meeting attendees may purchase auction bid tickets and will be assigned an auction number. The cost of tickets is 5 for $1.00.

To bid on an item all you need to do is mark your tickets with your auction number, then drop a ticket into the brown bag sitting in front of the auction item you would like to bid on.

Members will be responsible for taking home unsold items, but we’re going to have a charity donation box where you may place your unsold items if you decide not to take them home with you.

The May meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20th, starting at 7 pm at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, OR.

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June block-of-the-month

Road to CaliforniaTVQG members are invited to make the Road to California block for our June block-of-the-month. Instructions are available in our members-only section. The finished block size is 12” x 12”. It’s suggested that you use sand and sea colors such as off white, tan, blue, teal, etc. We’ll hold a drawing for the blocks at our June 20th meeting.

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Karen Miller to speak at May meeting

Our guest speaker for the May meeting is Karen Miller, a quilt artist with expertise in Japanese quilting. Karen worked as a marine biologist at Oregon State University for many years, but came to realize that she was always an artist too. She says her art is often inspired by her scientific background.

Karen’s interest in textiles and all things Japanese extends back to her childhood. Fiber art gradually became her medium. She first took up embroidery, then quilting and surface design. In 1994 Karen was introduced to katazome, or stencil dyeing, which uses a paper stencil to apply rice paste resist before dyeing or painting the fabric. She prefers to make her own fabric with recognizable imagery and fine detail.

The May meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16th, starting at 7 pm at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, OR.

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May block-of-the-month

Calico puzzle blockTVQG members are invited to make the Calico Puzzle block for our May block-of-the-month. Instructions are available in our members-only section. The finished block size is 12” x 12”. It’s suggested that you use white-on-white, light green, and dark green fabrics. We’ll hold a drawing for the blocks at our May 16th meeting.

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Robin O’Neil to speak at April meeting

Torn quiltOur guest speaker for the April General Meeting is Robin O’Neil. Robin has a unique talent for finding and rescuing quilts that are worn or in need of repair. Using her techniques, worn quilts are returned back to beautiful and usable quilts. Robin’s presentation will include an overview of her techniques and a display of some of her rescued quilts.

The April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18th, starting at 7 pm at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, OR.

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April block-of-the-month

Bright hopes blockTVQG members are invited to make the Bright Hopes block for our April block-of-the-month. Instructions are available in our members-only section. The finished block size is 12” x 12”. It’s suggested that you use white or white-on-white center squares and 16 different medium, medium-dark, or dark fabrics. We’ll hold a drawing for the blocks at our April 18th meeting.

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March block-of-the-month

Antique title blockTVQG members are invited to make the antique title block for our March block-of-the-month. Instructions are available in our members-only section. The finished block size is 12” x 12”. LoisMarie distributed fabric for the block at the February meeting. Any members who want to make the block but didn’t receive the fabric should contact her. We’ll hold a drawing for the blocks at our March 21st meeting.

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Ann Shaw to speak at February meeting

Eagle quiltQuilt designer/teacher Ann Shaw will speak at the TVQG February meeting. Ann made her first quilt in the 1980s, starting out with the cathedral windows block. As her skills grew, she enjoyed being playful with traditional blocks, changing them in creative ways. She’s also made many pictorial quilts based on photographs. Check out Ann’s website for pictures of her amazing quilts and information about her classes.

Patterns for some of Ann’s quilts, including the eagle quilt shown here, are available from Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop in Vancouver.

The February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21st, starting at 7 pm at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, OR.

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January meeting cancelled

TVQGThe Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild January meeting has been canceled due to bad weather. January events, including the start of the Row By Row and UFO challenges, will be moved to our February meeting.

The monthly Block of the Month and Fat Quarter activities will move down one month; January’s will become February, and so on.

Hope to see you all next month. Stay safe and warm. And do some quilting!

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