January 9th meeting in Anacortes


HOSTED BY: Fidalgo Island Quilters
WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2016
WHO: Sylvia Pippen
WHERE: Anacortes Christian Church, Anacortes, WA
TIME: Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m.

My quilts are an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional Japanese sashiko, appliqué, hand-dyed and printed fabric, and embroidery embellishment. My quilting career began in Hawai’i, inspired by the polyglot cultures and flamboyant flora of the islands. I am influenced by embroidered and appliquéd Tahitian Tifaifai, Japanese design, and the exquisite symmetry of Hawaiian quilts. I was introduced to Japanese design, sashiko, and the fine art of quilt making by my mother Kitty Pippen, who has been my inspiration and mentor all my life.

My latest exciting discovery is cyanotype sun printing, a technique that produces imagery in shades of blue and white, perfect when combined with sashiko. It is a simple process and very popular with all of my workshop students.

From I-5 take the Hwy 20 exit to Anacortes. At the round-about in Anacortes, turn right onto Commercial Ave. which is the main road through town. Turn left on 12th. Turn left on “M”. The church is on the corner of “M” and 12th.

Show and Share Items
Name Tag
Cash for Auffle (you are welcome to bring items for the auffle)
Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership. $7 for non-members and for guests. Bag lunch. Beverages and dessert only will be provided by the hosting group.

Next meeting will be November 14


Hosted By:             EverGreen Quilters
When:                     Saturday, November 14, 2015
Who:                       JB Sharf
Where:                    Washington Educational Credit Union, Ferndale
Time:                       Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m.
Program:                 Celebrate Silk!

In 1999 JB bought a Bernina sewing machine and loved it. This led to learning to quilt, taking many classes from fabulous instructors and beginning to teach others what she had learned. JB began learning about silk and how to use this glorious fabric in quilting and so began her passion of celebrating silk in quilts.

She joined the Silk Study Tour to Japan in May of 2011 to learn all about reeling, weaving, and the history of silk. Long an admirer of things Japanese she loves to create elegant applique patterns in the Asian style.

DIRECTIONS to WECU at 5659 Barrett Rd, Ferndale, WA:

Driving South: Exit 262 (Main St) Turn left on Main and cross I-5 to light. Turn right onto Pacific Hwy. Turn right into WECU parking lot.

Driving North: Exit 262 (Main St) Exit lane makes a 180 degree turn to Main. Go straight through the light across Main onto Pacific Hwy. Turn right into WECU parking lot.

Dues are $30/year (See dues payment form in this newsletter) We will NOT be collected dues at the Retreat so mail them in or pay at a meeting. Dues must be paid up by the 1st of February to continue to receive the newletter AND to be allowed to sign up for the Retreat in 2016. Due to heavy demand for retreat seats we will give preference to current active members (remember we take attendance at the meetings).

Exchange Block (see instructions attached)
Show and Share Items
Name Tag, Cash for auffle & Flea Market
Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership. $7 for non-members and for guests.
Bag lunch. Beverages and dessert only will be provided by the hosting group.

September Meeting


Host:        Members-at-large

When:      Saturday, September 12, 2015

Program:  Susan Mayer “Tips for a Perfect Quilt”

Where:     Hillcrest Church, 1830 S. 13th St., Mt Vernon, WA

Time:       Registration starts at 9:30 am.  Program starts at 10 am.

Fee:         $7 for non-members and guests, admission part of paid NQC

Bring:       Sack lunch, show and share items, exchange block and money
for Auffle

Susan is a quilt maker, quilt instructor, and pattern designer who will share with us her techniques and ideas from color to design for creating a perfect quilt.   She has taught quilting for 17 years and is a prolific pattern designer.  She is noted for her method of creating quilts on point.  Her patterns have been printed in such magazines as Quilter’s World, Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, and American Quilters.  Her most recent magazine pattern, Raspberry Sorbet, is featured on the cover of the summer 2015 issue of Quilter’s World.  She will be bringing “LOTS” of quilts to inspire us.

Retreat information


If you are signed up for the retreat you probably are wondering about when, where and what. Here is what you need to know. If you have any questions e-mail Elsie Sand or Joy Neal.

[Newsflash: Retreat 2015 is already fully subscribed; it sold out the day registration opened. Please be sure to send the balance of your payment in US funds by August 1, 2015 to: Carolyn Weatherly, 980 West Beach Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239. Your registration form will show you the balance owing.]

Retreat Info: The Northwest Quilt Connection holds its retreat every October in beautiful Bellingham, Washington at The Firs retreat center. Quilters enjoy accommodation, three meals a day, snacks and lots of time for sewing, chatting and shopping at local quilt shops. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. on the first day of retreat, with check-out by 3:00 pm on the last day.
Here’s a link to the website for The Firs so you can see the cosy accommodations. No need to bring bedding or towels … they’re provided. http://www.thefirs.org/
Silent Auction at Retreat: The retreat features a silent auction where quilters can pick up new treasures or say good-bye to old ones. All the money goes to the seller (no commission), so bring your gently used sewing-related items, large and small and have some fun with this. The silent auction table gives you a chance to get up and stretch while checking out the latest bids.

Massage: A masseuse will be available by appointment to pamper you with a massage.

Demos at Retreat: There are always some short sewing related demos of new patterns and ideas. If you have a “pearl of wisdom” to share and did not put it on your registration form, please send a note to Elsie Sands at esands@shaw.ca and bring needed demo materials with you to the retreat.
Finish some UFO’s; start a new project, rest and recharge your batteries; walk around the property; walk to the shore; admire the fall foliage; shop at local quilt stores; learn more about your sister quilters (sometimes MORE than you wanted to know!); eat some fabulous food, GROAN!
What to Bring:
Sewing machine with power cord and foot pedal, extension table and machine supplies
Surge protector, extension cord and chargers for your cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.
Design wall, if desired. A piece of flannel, cotton blend batting or flannel-backed tablecloth works well.
Sewing projects with all the fabric, notions, thread, etc. you need to sew them. There are fabric stores nearby in case you forget something.
Portable light; camera
Rotary cutter and rulers (We will have stations set up for cutting or bring items for your personal use at your table.)
Full size ironing boards are set up for communal use but you might want a small craft-sized iron and pressing surface.
Adjustable chair or seat cushion for comfort and posture
Snacks to share at communal snack table, if desired. Let’s consider some healthy alternatives.
Coffee, tea, cocoa and ice water are available. There is a soda machine where soda can be purchased. If you need other beverages you need to pack them. It’s nice to have an insulated travel mug for hot beverages at your sewing station.
There is a mini-fridge in the sewing area.
Extra pillow, if desired. Linens and towels are supplied but you might want to sleep under your own quilt.
Toiletries and medications. A list of your current medications that your room mate could find is helpful. Each cabin has a bathroom.
Clothes: Pack layers for rain or shine. Pajamas and/or sweats.
Sturdy walking shoes. It’s a short walk to cabins and dining room.
Materials for any sewing demos.
Silent Auction items. All profits go to you. Bring small US bills for purchases.
Massage available. Bring $$

Board Meeting, Monday, March 30


Just a reminder, our NQC board meeting will start at 10 a.m. Monday in Sedro Woolley, 100 West State Street, Suite C.

For directions it is easiest to take Hwy 20 exit off I-5 (Burlington/Anacortes) this is the Haggen store exit.  Head toward Burlington and at the light by the shell station turn left onto Burlington Blvd. Stay in the right lane and there will be a right turn only lane come up in about three or so blocks with a sign saying North Cascade Hwy, it may say Sedro Woolley as well. Any way you are taking Hwy 20 East.  Just before you get to Sedro Woolley proper you will take a right on W State Street.  You will pass McDonald’s on your left and some bright yellow buildings on your right.  There is a shell station on the left at that corner, there is a sign, and it has a light.  When you turn right onto W. State St you will cross the RR tracks and shortly hit a light which says hwy 9.  Continue on W. State Street about one block further.  There will be a small market on your right, then a large lumber yard.  Turn into the parking lot of the Iron Skillet which is across the street from the lumber yard and our office is in that parking lot in the little complex next to the Iron Skillet. Last office before the RR tracks.  If you cross the RR tracks you have gone to far.  There is now a lovely metal bookdrop in front of the office so you will know you are in the right spot.