Pioneer Quilters Boutique is Amazing!

Remember the Jellyroll Quilt?  Within the first hour we had a bid of $175 for it.  The prospective buyer very graciously suggested we continue to display the quilt and accept further bids on it throughout the show.  So we have a silent auction set up for that quilt!  If you would like to bid on the quilt, simply speak with the Lane County Historical Museum staff to place a bid.  Yes, we’re very excited!!

AND the Boutique items are just as wonderful this year as in past years:

Aren't these fabric bowls beautiful?

Aren’t these fabric bowls beautiful?

We also have wonderful sets of coasters, made using the same technique, in many colors!

Show your loyalty with a pincushion!

Show your loyalty with a pincushion!

"For the Love of Yo-Yo's"

“For the Love of Yo-Yo’s”

We still have some wonderful bags for you to choose from.  Here is one made of selvedges:

Selvedge edge zippered bag

Selvedge edge zippered bag

You can't have too many pincushions...

You can’t have too many pincushions…

Even the most expensive boutique items (in the $20 range) are priced at less than the supplies to make them.  The Pioneer Quilters group works throughout the year to create these delightful and useful items for our sewing pleasure.  100% of the proceeds are donated to the Museum!

“Our Quilting Family” a Stunning Success!

The Pioneer Quilters Unbroken Thread Quilt Show, “Our Quilting Family,” opened to an enthusiastic crowd of quilt lovers this past Tuesday, April 23, 2013!  Our featured quilters, Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle, were busy throughout the day, sharing their wonderful exhibit with attendees.

Featured Quilters Joyce Garret and Jamie Wagle

The Featured Quilters display area. Jamie’s Celtic Applique quilt is shown on the right and Joyce’s “Leaves” hanging on the left.

These sisters have done many projects together throughout the years, and in many cases have their quilts displayed side by side, as the Twisted Ribbon Bargello quilts are.

Twisted Ribbon Bargello.  Jamie's is on the right

Twisted Ribbon Bargello. Jamie’s is on the right

Signature Quilts.  Which one is Joyce's?

Signature Quilts. Which one is Joyce’s?

Throughout the day their display area has been very busy as show attendees stop to view their work and discuss it with them.

Joyce (on the right) at the exhibit

Joyce (on the right) at the exhibit 

Jamie, comparing signature quilts both she and Joyce have displayed

Jamie, comparing signature quilts both she and Joyce have displayed

Another stunner!  Whose is it?

Another stunner! Whose is it?

Jessica Beaudet is the Star of the Day!

We enjoyed a thrilling presentation by Eugene Modern Quilt Guild President Jessica Beaudet Wednesday afternoon, “The Modern Quilt Movement & Trunk Show.”  And what a trunk show she shared with us!

Jessica is an accomplished and passionate speaker; I am so very glad I was able to hear her presentation:

Jessica Beaudet

Jessica Beaudet

She very generously shared her knowledge of the Modern Quilt Movement, reminding the audience that we all speak the same quilting language, no matter what the form of our communication is: in person, by telephone, or by internet connection.  She uses the internet as a tool to enhance and share her quilting knowledge with quilters worldwide.

Jeanne Wong introducing Jessica

Jeanne Wong introducing Jessica

And here are some of the quilts!  (Please excuse the head views — every seat was taken today!)

This "Improvised Chair" quilt is shown sideways to display the hour that belongs just to Jessica

This “Improvised Chair” quilt is shown sideways to display the hour that belongs just to Jessica

Isn't this compelling?

Isn’t this compelling?

Note the setting of the bolder blocks -- just a slightly different take

Note the setting of the bolder blocks — just a slightly different take

A traditional block, and really, a red & green quilt, but with a definite edge!

A traditional block, a red & green quilt, but with a definite color edge!

We thank Jessica profusely, for her presentation at the show today!  Our community is so fortunate to have such a talented and generous quilter in our midst!

And lastly, exhibited in our show, is a marvelous quilt by Jenny Bonynge (quilted by Cynthia Brunz) in the modern aesthetic.

"First Flight" by Jenny Bonynge

“First Flight” by Jenny Bonynge

On With the Show!!

The Pioneer Quilters show, “Our Quilting Family,” begins Tuesday morning, April 23, at the Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene, Oregon!  Today the show was hung, a quilt set up for us to work on during the show, and the Pioneer Quilters Boutique was set up!  We are ready!

This show is the largest fundraiser of each year for the Museum.  Our dedicated group works all year to provide Boutique items to sell during the show, and 100% of all those proceeds go to the Museum.  In addition, the Museum has purchased a few hard-to-find quilting books you might be interested in:

This one will go in my collection, by Gwen Marston

This one will go in my collection, by Gwen Marston


Barbara Brackman’s books belong in all our libraries. She is the authority on quilt blocks


Another Brackman I need to own…


This one is delightful!


A DVD! The staff was thinking of quilt visitors when they stocked up…


This is a great DVD, what a talent!


This whole shelf is filled with quilting goodies. They even have a sewing machine pencil sharpener!

Here are just a few photos from setup:


Our quilt take-in crew, ready for some action.


Our featured quilters Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle. Barbara Ganzel is sitting in the middle.

I will have some photos of Boutique items for you tomorrow, but for now I’ll show you a quilt that John sewed and I quilted.  This is his first Jellyroll quilt, all in soft pastel batiks.  He likes to use Minky backing, because it is so soft and cuddly.  I added some fancy quilting, and we are offering it for sale at the quilt show.  All proceeds will go to the Museum!


It measures 55×63, just the right size for a lap quilt


Here’s a closeup of the center quilting from the front


I really love quilting…I got a little carried away with this one…


A bit of the back


The photos don’t show the color accurately. The Minky back is a nice lavender.

So here’s the deal.  The materials and quilting for this quilt would come to over $250.  I donated my quilting time, and the materials, and John donated the sewing time.  We’re offering this work of art (that you can snuggle with) for $175.  And, yes, you can buy it by calling me.  But I’ll be at the quilt show all week, so if you really want t, come to the show!  Soon!


The crew loading the quilt for our group to work on during the show


These are the raffle blocks we are offering this year. The blocks were made using the original 1929 Nancy Page patterns, printed in the Portland Oregonian. There was a contest and monetary prize for the best quilt. We have two quilts hanging beside the blocks that were made during that contest!
Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and the winner will also receive some coordinating fabric yadage!

So this all starts tomorrow morning at 10!  Admission is $5 per person.  You can buy a weekly pass for $10 and come several times to enjoy the speaker presentations and demonstrations.  See you there!


Red & White Delight

This quilt belongs to Ann P. who asked me to put feathers on it.  Twist my arm!  Please, could I put feathers on it?  Ann is one of those quilters who does everything right.  She trims the extra threads from the seam allowances on the back.  The quilt and back are pressed and folded carefully to avoid any extra wrinkling of the fabric. She pays careful attention to each detail, and that really makes a difference in the finished quilt.


The quilt and backing are square.  All these details take time and effort, but they really make a difference when I begin to work on the quilt.

I placed a feathered wreath in the center of the “plain” block, and a feathered “V” shape from the center of the “X” block.  That combined nicely with the feathered wreath to create an extended design.

Feathered Wreath

Feathered Wreath

Inside the red chain patches I put a very small continuous feather sprig to create a continuity of movement.

Detail of "X" block

Detail of “X” block

Ann used a double sawtooth border for this quilt, a feature that elevates the quilt visually.  I wanted the sawtooth to show and puff a bit, so I put a very simple continuous curve in it.

Ann's Extra Touch

Ann’s Extra Touch

Then I placed a very curvy feather along the entire border, again adding movement and softness.

This entire quilt was a pleasure to work on, and I’m very pleased with the results.  It is, however, difficult to see your quilting when you’re working with toile, so I had to work without the machine light on — otherwise I couldn’t see the stitches!

Here's a little bit of the back!

Here’s a little bit of the back!

Look for this quilt at the Pioneer Quilters’ 37th Annual Unbroken Thread Quilt Show, April 23-28, 2013, at the Lane County Historical Museum, Lane County Fairgrounds.  The show opens at 10am and closes at 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.  Sunday, the last day of the show, the hours are 10am through 4pm.

Our Quilting Family

Pioneers Logo 2-1

April 23-28, 2013, the 37th Annual Unbroken Thread Quilt Show will be presented by the Pioneer Quilters and Lane County Historical Society and Museum.  The theme this year is “Our Quilting Family,” appropriate for our featured quilters, sisters Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle.

Joyce and Jamie have an impressive body of work to share during this show.  They have been members of Pioneer Quilters for many years, and have accumulated a number of friendship quilts and projects done together, but with individual style.  You will be astonished at the breadth of their work!

Our show will exhibit over 100 quilts, made by quilters in our local area as well as Pioneer Quilters.  Each year the show is a fabulous display of local talent.

The Pioneer Quilters enjoy sharing quilting knowledge with the public, so  each day the show features demonstrations and speaker presentations.

Speaker presentations are each day from 1-2, and every one is a “must-attend” this year.

Mary Maxwell's "A World View" presentation and trunk show, 2012

Mary Maxwell’s “A World View” presentation and trunk show, 2012

Tuesday April 23 features Art Quilter Sheila Steers (last year’s featured quilter) speaking on “What if…”

Sheila began quilting in 1976, and has studied color theory and taken workshops from internationally known instructors, using that information to challenge herself with each project.  You will enjoy insights into Sheila’s creative process as she asks the inner question, “What if…”

Demonstrations run from 10:30-12 and from 2-3:30.  Each demo will show a technique or project, with tips and information for you to try at home.

Jayne Scoggin's demo on Small Purses

Jayne Scoggin’s demo on Small Purses 2012

Tuesday April 23, will feature “BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag” demonstration by Merline Smith from 10:30-12, and “Embroidery 101” by Jeanette Singler from 2-3:30.

Everywhere you look you will see quilts and more quilts.  The Museum also exhibits quilts from its wonderful collection.

And of course, the Pioneer Quilters are on hand, working on a quilt in the frame!

Hand Quilting each day during the show

Hand Quilting each day during the show

This photo captures the essence of hand quilting at a frame.  Quilting & Talking...

This photo captures the essence of hand quilting at a frame. Quilting & Talking…

And more Quilting!

And more Quilting!

We hope you will join us!


Just a Couple More

This is another wonderful quilt by Jan G! You won’t find any intense feathers or bubbles or other quilting designs here; the quilting is and should be background, to emphasize the subject of the quilt, and hopefully enhance it.  I can imagine this quilt in a dog-lover’s home:

The Golden Lab

Golden Days

This dog looks so true to life, I can almost feel its happy disposition.  The green kerchief around its neck, and almost smile make me think I’m about to get a big loving lick, or maybe a request to go run in the park.

Closeup of the fur

Closeup of the fur

The eyes sparkle!

The eyes sparkle!

And yet another quilt by Jan G, a nice throw quilt showcasing beautiful batik fabrics:

Very nice color choices!

Very nice color choices!

The quilting is an allover feather and swirl design, inspired by the fabrics.  You can see a little bit of it in this closeup:

A little bit of fun here

A little bit of fun here

Even though the quilting isn’t dominant for these two quilts, it still plays an important supporting role, and I still have a lot of fun with little extra touches that can be viewed up close.

Random Quiltings

These quilts were done during December 2012 and January 2013, but haven’t been published yet.

Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

Quilting Closeup

Quilting Closeup

Quilting on the Back

Quilting on the Back

I’ve quilted this quilt one time before, and I was very happy to see another one come to my frame.  I’d like to make this quilt for myself, it’s just very beautiful. Here’s a little bit of the sky:

Morning Stars

Morning Stars

And this quilt was done in January, a raffle quilt for the Daffodil Festival held each year at the Long Tom Grange, Junction City, Oregon.  This was a five-part block of the month quilt through a magazine.  The group followed the pattern, then in the last segment there was a note that the patterns for months 3 and 4 were published in the wrong size…oops…

Daffodil Quilt

Daffodil Quilt


I love these roses


The Cardinal and the Butterfly are just wonderful!

When you look at the overall view of the quilt, you can see the amount of work that went into each block.  I could only imagine the amount of juggling the quilting group, led by Elenita Saltmarsh, had to do to make those pieces fit together seamlessly.  I did have a copy of the magazine on hand and could see the very slight differences necessitated by the magazine’s mistake.  The quilt is extremely beautiful, and I know its new owner loves it!

I still have a few more quilts to show; I’ll share them in a followup post.

Yellow Brick Road

It’s a tried and true classic pattern, yes? And a good pattern for a new quilter.

So I talked it up…I showed John pictures of it. I looked around and finally found the pattern in my attic storage area. I haven’t gotten permission to show a photo of the pattern, but here is a photo (from a free images page) of a Yellow Brick Road quilt:

This is a nice example of the classic quilt pattern

This is a nice example of the classic quilt pattern

So he looked at the pattern. Then he pulled fabrics from my stash:

This is my stash, or most of it...

This is my stash, or most of it…

He likes blue, so he was working with blues. I had forgotten there is quite a bit of cutting initially  And, since I’ve been sewing for over 50 years, it’s hard for me to remember that he hasn’t learned to read patterns…so it was slow going there. By the time he had all the pieces cut out, he wasn’t interested in constructing the blocks.

Patches on the Design Wall

Patches on the Design Wall

So he just put the patches up and kept working on them. I was a little flustered at this point. I really wanted him to get the idea of making a block, and using those blocks to construct a quilt. Er, umm…he was breaking the rules. Well I shouldn’t be surprised about that!

Yes, very nice!

Quilt Number Two

So he just kept at it. and pretty soon a top emerged. He had controlled, for the most part, the placement of the values, and created a design he liked. Of course, this needed to go to the top of my quilting queue. So here’s a closeup of the quilting:


And one of the back:


The back is a deep blue flannel we bought at Joy of Quilting in Florence, Oregon. Just right for this top. So there’s Quilt Number Two for John, another really pretty piece.

Leaves & Life

I have been very busy this winter: John had been in the hospital for 18 days during December, and I worked very little during that time. Just enough to meet Christmas deadlines for clients, and putting aside quilts that could wait. So I started the new year about four quilts behind, and soon zoomed to six quilts behind. January 1st my folks moved to Cottage Grove, and came to live with us until they can move into their home here.

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

The move to their home here has been complicated: first it had to clear escrow. Then they wanted a little work done on it. Then they found the entire foundation was rotten…so they’ve been delayed moving to their house, but we now have two Lowrey organs in our home. Mom & Dad love GoodWill. They visit nearly every day.  It’s amazing the bargains you find there.

Mom's Lowrey Organ on the right, John's on the left...

Mom’s Lowrey Organ on the right,  John’s on the left…

In addition to collecting organs, teaching John to quilt, and working on my clients’ quilts, I’ve also been relearning to cook dinner for four every night! It’s been a very intense time. John and I also started going to the gym and working out…it’s been busy, but good. Very good. And just because you’re probably wondering, we’re all getting along very well.

That’s just the lead-up to show you what I’ve just finished, a quilt for a very special client, Joyce Garrett. Joyce and her sister Jamie are the featured quilters at this year’s Pioneer Quilters’ show (um, yes, I am the chairperson), and I’m quilting a quilt for each of them. Here is Joyce’s:

$5 Sampler BOM Quilt

$5 Sampler BOM Quilt, maybe 2002

I was working at Quilter’s Junction in Junction City, Oregon, when they hosted this $5 Sampler quilt.  You began the quilt by paying $5 for the first block kit.  The next month you brought your completed block to their meeting and were issued another block kit.  This is one of my favorite quilts, and I have one of my own from that time.

Jamie made some wonderful quilting space for me to play with

Joyce made some wonderful quilting space for me to play with – note the doubled cross-hatch lines


I became very attached to this feather-fern motif and used it throughout the quilt. Each cornerstone is an individual motif


These half stars are fantastic, aren’t they? More feathers, more tendrils, lots more quilting!

Apparently neither Joyce nor Jamie make small quilts! And in fact, most of the quilts in my queue are large  I have a Grandmother’s Flower Garden that just arrived yesterday that is 100×101. “The better to quilt upon, my dear!”

The really good news is I’m now only three quilts behind.