August Happenings

Hot on the heels of a busy three sew-in July, we’ve got more fun in August including a thing we call the EPIC PNW MQG Meetup. What a great way to round out summer in Seattle!

August 8 – Giving Committee Sew-In at Quiltworks Northwest

August 12 – Monthly meeting at Greenwood Senior Center

August 20 – 23 – Convergence of PNW MQG quilters at the #EPICMeetup2015

August 22 – Quilt drop off for Bainbridge Quilt Festival. Our BIMQG neighbors will be at meetup and have offered to ferry our quilts over the Sound for us. Thank you! Bring your entered quilts to the meetup sew-in.

August 29 – Sew-in at Quiltworks Northwest

As always, find the time and location details on our calendar page. Hope to see you at one or more events this month!

Looking even further forward, don’t forget London MQG swap blocks are due at the September meeting.

Bainbridge Quilt Festival


We welcome Kathy Dwyer of the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild for a guest post.

Show your quilts…Sell your quilts. Join the third annual Bainbridge Quilt Festival Saturday, September 12, 2015. Enter your quilts now through August 30 at the show website and sell entries if you wish. BQF is a non-juried and non-judged celebration of all styles of pieced and quilted flat works…quilts from 10“ x 12” to 80″ x 88”.

Lovely raffle quilt and runner Seashore Dreams as well.

Bainbridge Island MQG members will be at the PNW Meetup to collect registered quilts. That’s a bit shorter window but saves a trip to turn in your quilts.

See you August 22 AND September 12!

Tula* is coming to meetup!

There is a sweet new addition to our already #EPIC meetup:

a Tula* Pink Bernina machine giveaway!!


All Meetup attendees who check in at registration by Saturday afternoon are in on the giveaway to go home from the weekend a very happy sewer of a (drum roll insertion here) Limited Edition Tula Pink 350 SE Bernina courtesy of our friends at Sewing Machine Service / Bernina of Renton. This will be given away on Saturday afternoon of Meetup weekend.


Valued @ $1900 US, she is a beauty and is becoming hard to find except for here. Bernina of Renton has a few more left and has very generously offered one to a very lucky Meetup goer. Maybe you’ll be the one to take this little lady home!

Standard accessories for the 350 SE includes the slide-on extension table, the practical Free Hand System (FHS), the BERNINA walking foot as well as two additional feet for quilting and patchwork. This is a fantastic machine for quilters. Sew and embellish all fabric types with ease; create quilt projects, bags, and clothing! Two sewing alphabets are also available, perfect for quilt labels.


So if you were even thinking of heading to Seattle, here is a very good push…we’d love to see you here. Registration is still open (and yes, there are still swag bags)!

Face it, it’s going to be #reasonablyEPIC, so you should probably get in on the fun. Can’t wait to see you all next month!


PNW MQG Meetup: What to pack…

Yes, folks, we are less than five weeks away from the annual PNW MQG meetup.  As this year’s host, Seattle MQG is planning a weekend full of EPIC activities including swaps, shop hops, behind-the-scenes tours, and an all day sew-in!  Oh, and don’t forget the swag!  We still have space available so if you haven’t registered yet there’s still time do so here.

How much stuff does one quilter need?  Photo by Megan Vanderburg

How much stuff does one quilter need? Photo by Megan Vanderburg

Are you packed and ready to go?  For those of you who like to plan ahead, here is a list of essentials to bring with you.

Since we’re having crazy hot weather in the PNW this year don’t forget the following:
* Sunglasses and sunscreen
* Light jacket just in case it sprinkles. (Oh and it does cool off in the evening.)
* Swimsuit (if you’re staying at the Silver Cloud Inn there’s a pool!)

* Reusable water bottle to stay hydrated

Items you will need throughout the weekend, August 20-23:
* Buttons for swapping
* Your MQG membership card (some shops give discounts with proof of membership)
* Your handmade name tag, if you wish to show it off.  (Don’t worry if you forget this one as we’ll be handing out name badges, too)
* A handmade lanyard for your name badge, if you have one.
* Your guild’s namesake quilt or banner to display
* Your guild’s raffle quilt, if you have one

* A camera to capture all of the action – #EPICmeetup2015

For Thursday, August 20:
* Food to share at the potluck picnic (newly added event)
* A folding chair or quilt to sit on
* Handwork or other project to work on while you visit

* Your favorite modern quilt or recent finish for sew-and-tell

For Friday, August 21:
* A finished notebook cover with notebook for the swap (don’t forget to wrap it in a paper bag).

* Appetizer or dessert to share

For Saturday, August 22:
* Sewing machine and accessories (including bobbins and extra needles)
* Power cord and foot pedal
* Extension cord/surge protector
* Small table lamp for extra light
* Project to work on
* Cutting tools and rulers

* Neutral color thread for charity sewing

Items provided for sew-in
* Irons
* Ironing boards
* Large cutting mats
* Limited design wall space

* Fabric for charity blocks

More details will be coming soon for the following activities:
* Shop hop
* Charity block project

* Demos

Happy packing and we can’t wait to see everyone in August!!

Space Needle by Megan Vanderburg

Space Needle by Megan Vanderburg

July 2015 BOM

This month we are putting together a fun flock of flying geese, designed by Louise. She’s provided directions for 2 different layouts so you should feel free to make it your own. Louise added the random version onto hers:

Yeechi has been kind enough to create coloring pages for both versions for you – please click on either of these to go to the full PDF instructions for this border. Make sure you are sharing pictures of your progress on instagram with #SeaMQGBOM or just check out that hashtag for a little inspiration (you should be able to click on it even if you do not have instagram). We have some beautiful quilts in progress! See you back here in a few weeks with instructions for August’s border.

July reg

july random

July Meeting Reminder

Yep, it’s that time again. Time for our monthly meeting!

When: Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 pm. Social time starts at 6:30

Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Pre-meeting meetup at The Yard Café at 5:30. First to arrive – please grab a big table

On the Agenda: Continue reading

July Happenings


One Hour Basket swaps spotted on Instagram. From left to right: Jaci (@j_bartol), Amber (@greenamberdawn), Jonna (new member! @bespokeoutlaw). How is yours coming along?

After the meeting, June was kinda quiet in the Seattle MQG world but we’re going to be a lot busier in July. And then August, well, let’s just say it will be EPIC. Any way, on to what we’ve got going on in July. Continue reading