Pardon our dust! This weekend, work is going on here at our TCQG web site. Wish me luck ...
Checklist for updates:
Set up Quilt Show Committee hub
Install and test QS registration forms
Beta-test first group: QSC members
Code, install and test QS registration script
Set up TCQG Members hub
MailChimp: get account, install module, beat head against wall repeatedly as integration process breaks down at every point, set up database, create signup blocks - acknowledge defeat, and return to the mailing list drawing board, aka SimpleNews.
Build and test document drops: members, quilt show committee
Bear with us as we create an information center for all things quilting ... and the Tri-City Quilters' Guild.
Hey, TCQG members! The November-December newsletter is now online!
Check it out to get all the latest Quilt Show news. Special stories highlight winning members--and don't miss our new feature, Mark's Quilt Shop Guide. It's your local guide to regional quilt shops, as seen by member Mark Palmer.
Our own Mark Palmer enjoyed a special surprise at the recent Spokane Quilt show. As Mark explains:
I entered three quilts in the Spokane Quilt Show. I saw the show on Friday with my sister-in-law and there weren't any awards on any of my quilts, no surprise.
When my sister-in-law picked up my quilts for me, however, there was a beautiful 2nd place WSQ (Washington State Quilters) ribbon on myred/black/white "Kaleidoscope" quilt. My sister-in-law was blown away, to say the least. Although awards have not been posted, it is my understanding that the 2nd place was a "People's Choice" award in the machine embroidered quilts category.
I really have to laugh, however, as the show theme was
"Quilts of Many Colors" and my quilt has a total of 3 colors! Maybe if I had 4 colors it would have taken 1st?
This watercolor wallhanging of her childhood home, “You CAN Go Home Again!”, won TCQG’s 2015 Best of Show and Best of Theme awards last year. This month, Karen's quilt was awarded a Judge’s Choice award at the 2016 Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland and took First Place in the Pictorial category at the 2016 Washington State Quilters’ show in Spokane.
The Tri-City Quilters’ Guild is pleased to announce the 2017 Member Featured Artist: Geneva Carroll. This year’s MFA was selected by TCQG member vote, following presentations by three MFA candidates at the September meetings.
On learning that she had been selected for this year’s Member Featured Artist, Geneva shared:
Date: October 11-12
Time: 10am - 4pm
Instructor: Betty Kuhlers
Cost: $40 (Guild Members) / $60 (Non-Members) plus cost of pattern and/or kit
Make amazing bags with this two-day workshop from Betty Kuhlers. Select a pre-assembled kit to make it easy, or use Betty's patterns with your own choice of materials to customize your bag. Kit and/or pattern fee must be paid to instructor.
Details are still being finalized, but reservations are now being accepted. To register, print the registration form at right, and mail to Christ Cowan, TCQG treasurer.
Been waiting to catch up with all the news at the Tri-City Quilters' Guild?
In this issue, read interviews with our Member Featured Artist candidates for the 2017 Quilt Show ... and don't forget to vote! 2017 Executive Offices are up for election; return ballots to the September meetings, or mail to the address provided.
Geneticists have yet to discover the quilter gene. That’s probably because they haven’t met Ethel Ferger. Quilting is in her DNA.
Raised in Hermiston, Oregon, Ethel has been sewing and quilting nearly all of her life. “Growing up, we just always did it. It was part of our daily activities,” she says of herself and her siblings. “Back then you sewed and cooked and quilted.”
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Instructor: Suzi Soderlund, Marbled Arts
Cost: $60 (Guild Members) / $80 (Non-Members)
Bring a new wave of color and motion to your quilting, with this full-day workshop from Suzi Soderlund. This class is intended to explore using Shiva Paintstiks and stencils. You will learn a variety of simple techniques using different types of stencils, Paintstiks, and brushes on fabrics; care and use of Paintstiks; and explore the differences between Matte and Iridescent Paintstiks.
Details are still being finalized, but reservations are now being accepted. Contact Jo Matthias, Guild Workshop Chair, for more information.
The TCQG 2017 Quilt Show will be held at Three Rivers Convention Center on March 24-25; many happy merchants will also return for a celebration of “Quilting Economic$”, selected as the 2017 Quilt Show theme.
Show chair Laurel Sutton chose the theme in part to fulfill the “educational” thrust of the guild mission. “We can inform the public about how quilting and quilters influence the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services (topics studied by the science of economics).”