September Meeting Guest

I’m Katie Pedersen, Quilting Omnivore, Teacher and Artist

katie Pedersen

I like to quilt, A LOT.  I like to share what I’ve learned and I truly believe anyone who wants to quilt can, no matter their skill level. To develop and grow our art we need the space, quality tools and time to routinely practice.  It all starts with sewing two pieces of fabric together.

My teaching and quilt designs fuse the tradition rooted in my childhood with improvisational techniques and a modern aesthetic.  I teach fun workshops as accessible to all levels, locally and nationally.

I’m a maker, always been.  I was the child content for hours with pompoms, goggly eyes and a bottle of glue.  My mom and her posse of friends provided daily doses of creative inspiration, whether hand-stitching over a cuppa tea, quilting in our TV room or working on the latest crafting craze, they were always creating.

After moving to Seattle I found myself purchasing a stack of fabric and true to form, with little research I just dove in.  What developed were not the classic quilt designs I’d watched my mother create, but a fusing of it with my quirky way of seeing.  Since then no day is complete until at least two pieces of fabric are sewn together.

Quilting can be a solitary adventure and I felt the need to surround myself with other quilters that desired company too, so in 2009 I started teaching modern and improvisational quilting workshops in Seattle.  I’ve been the featured artist at multiple shows, am a founding member and former president of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, and my quilts have been shown and awarded at QuiltCon.  In 2013 I wrote the award winning book, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts with Jacquie Gering and have since been published in American Patchwork and Quilting, Sew Mama Sew and other publications.  I continue to teach modern and improvisational quilting classes accessible to all ages and levels in my Seattle Quilting Studio, locally, nationally and internationally.


September meeting coming up

We will meeting September 14th at the Hillcrest Church on 13th Street in Mount Vernon, Washington.  The speaker is unknown at the moment, but will surely be inspiring.

Sign in is 9:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10 a.m.  Bring a sack lunch.

$7 for guests

This is a no-host meeting which means a local Quilt Guild is not providing helping hands.  If you are a member of NQC, please bring a snack for the lunch table and an item or two for the Auffle (cross between raffle and auction).  If you can help set up and/or tear down arrive early — doors will be open at 8:30.

Correction May Meeting date is May 11

When:                    Saturday, May 11, 2019

Who:                       Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter

Where:                  St. Faith Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC

Time:                       Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  Program starts at 10:00 a.m.


Cathy Miller is a Canadian quilter and folksinger from Victoria British Columbia. Since September 2000 she and her musician husband John have toured a program of songs, stories and quilts to guilds and quilting events across North America, Australia and New Zealand, the UK and Germany.

They have performed at over 800 quilting events for more than 70,000 quilters worldwide. These include appearances at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, Quilt Canada, and “The Quilt Show” with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.

To date Cathy has released five CDs of songs about quilting and a book of her songs and stories. The songs range from the historical, through the poignant, to the drop-dead funny!


St. Faith’s Anglican Church, 7284 Cypress St., Vancouver, B. C.  Remember there is an elevator available if needed—just ask!

Take 1-5 North into Canada to Vancouver via the Peace Arch crossing.   I-5 North becomes Provincial Route 99N. Continue north (you will go through a tunnel, then cross the Oak Street Bridge), after the bridge, turn left at W. 57th and continue west.  Turn right onto Cypress.   St. Faith’s church is located at Cypress and W 57th, before you reach the railroad tracks.


Exchange Block

Auffle items

Show and Share Items

Name Tag

Cash for Auffle

Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership.

$7 for non-members and for guests. (US Funds please)

Bag lunch.

The NQC Meeting is coming up

Just a quick reminder that we are meeting in Lynden at the Senior Center, Saturday, March 9th.  Sign in is 9:30 am and the meeting starts at 10 am.  If you can come early to help set-up that would be appreciated.  People should be there around 8:30 for setting up.

Consider bringing a guest to hear our speaker.

Retreat sign up

I have emailed out the registration form to sign up for our October Retreat.  Contact me if you did not receive it.  There will be copies at the March meeting since sign ups begin at that meeting. You must be a member in good standing by Feb. 1 to attend.  The deposit is $75 with the balance due August 1.

Thanks.  Joy Neal, Retreat Chair

March Meeting

When:                    Saturday, March 9, 2019

Who:                       Geoff Hamada, Quilter

Where:                 Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover Street, Lynden

Time:                       Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  Program starts at 10:00 a.m.


Geoff Hamada began quilting in the late 1980’s. In the 1990’s, he was Chair of Panelmaking for the Seattle Chapter of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1995, Geoff took up Hawaiian quilting, working with master quilters in Honolulu and Hilo. In 2008, Geoff discovered the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum subsequently serving on its Board from 2010–2014. In 2012 and 2018, he and the Museum’s then Curator, Kathleen Kok, co-curated exhibits of quilts by men–MATERIAL MEN 1 & 2.  Geoff has spent years researching the long–and often surprising–history of men in quilting, which allows him to bring a fuller context to his trunk show and the story of his journey as a quilter.

DIRECTIONS—Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover:

From the north: Take I-5 to exit #270 (Birch Bay-Lynden Rd). Go east on Birch Bay-Lynden Road to Meridian Street (WA 539). Go left on Meridian to Front St.  Turn right on Front (between two cemeteries) and travel on Front to 4th.  Turn left on 4th. The Community/Senior Center is at the corner of 4th and Grover.

From the south: Take I-5 to the Bellis Fair/Meridian Exit #256A Take Meridian (WA 539) north to Front St. Turn right on Front (between two cemeteries) and travel on Front to 4th.  Turn left on 4th. The Community/Senior Center is at the corner of 4th and Grover.

BRING TO THE MEETING (no host meeting, please bring auffle items & snacks):

Exchange Block

Auffle items

Snacks to share

Show and Share Items

Name Tag, Cash for Auffle

Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership.  $7 for non-members and for guests.

Bag lunch.