Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quilting Adventures in Portland

Earlier this month, I was away having fun at the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-Up in Portland.  What a blast! It was fun hanging out with my CMQG peeps and meeting other blog/Facebook/Instagram friends! So many activities -- Charity sewing, personal sewing, prize giveaways, social time, classes, and goody bags!  Even a champagne brunch! So Much Fun! I didn't want it to end, yet I wanted to get back home. I even drove across two bridges while I was away, and I didn't have a panic attack! Ha ha! Not that I've actually had a panic attack on a bridge, but I dislike them very much, especially if I'm in the driver's seat! 

As part of the meet-up, those who wanted to participate in the tote swap were given a half yard of the new Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Denim, donated by Robert Kaufman. I used the Valori Wells Marrakech fabric that I picked up at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in July to add to the denim.  I absolutely love both of these fabrics!!!
The bag that I received was made by Cath at Wombat Quilts. This was her first tote ever, and I think she did an excellent job! Don't you? 
This is the banner that our guild (Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild) made to hang at Modern Domestic in Portland, where the meet-up was being held (You really should check that place out!) Pretty awesome, don't ya think? We'll add to it in the future, I'm sure, to make it even more awesome. 
On Saturday, there was a charity sew and a personal sew. There was a shuttle available to take us to either place throughout the day. Here are some of the blocks that were made at the charity sew. Mine is the green one on the 4th row. I neglected to take any additional pictures that are worth posting :(
When I got home, the first thing my husband said was that he was sorry the house was a mess. But then I walked in and saw that my son was also there, and they had been working on the kitchen as part of my month-long birthday celebration.  Yes, even they know that my birthday lasts all month long :) My son and I had already painted most of the kitchen and dining room an off-white (painting over red), but they added the beadboard while I was gone and finished the painting of the walls! I LOVE these guys!  What a nice surprise! The area where the beadboard is covering was nothing but an empty space (aka dust collector), so now I can hang pretty things up there instead :) It's not complete - still need trim and paint - but it's so close! And here I thought he was working out in his garden all weekend. 
After spending the weekend in Portland, I decided that I just really need to get up there more often. There's so much to do, and it definitely can't be done in a weekend, especially if you want to get some sewing time in. I'm hoping to get up there for the NW Quilting Expo in September, and maybe SewDown in February. At the time I'm writing this, it's the last day of my birthday month. It's been one of the best birthday months ever! Happy Birthday to Me! 


  1. Wow, the kitchen looks awesome!!

    Glad you had a good time in Portland--I LOVE Portland!

    The guild banner turned out great! And to think I was there at the beginning! ;)

  2. I adore that bag you made! And your kitchen looks great! I will be painting my cupboards off-white as well. I just have to find the right shade. It isn't easy!

  3. Champagne brunch? Wow!!! Sounds like you had a great finish for your birthday month:)

    I am going to the Riley Blake Fabric Fest in Las Vegas next week for my birthday (the 10th). I cannot wait!!!

  4. Sounds like you had so much fun!!! How cool that it was during your birthday month too. btw, August will never be the same for me again.. I will forever think of it as "your birthday month." :)


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