We are meeting in person!

March 25th will be our first in person meeting (outside of our retreat). Are we excited!

We will be meeting at the new Central Skagit Sedro Woolley Library, 110 West State St., Sedro Woolley. Lots of parking, all one level and a closed off large meeting room.

Everyone is welcome. We will begin collecting $30 in dues at that meeting and future meetings will require a $7 guest charge if you are not a member. You will find a membership form under About.

Our guest will be Marcia Derse, https://www.marciaderse.com/. Marcia is a fabric designer and quilt maker. She recently relocated from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. You may recognize her line printed by Windham fabrics. She will share how she got into the fabric business. Always designing, she hopes to have some of her new line to share with us. She always brings lots of fabric to sell so bring your pocketbook.

If you have made anything out of her fabrics, she would love to see it so be sure to bring it to show. As long as I am mentioning it, bring some general show and share. I am eager to see what you have been working on.I will be asking for volunteers to take on jobs as we get back. We need people to take on the lotto block, the auffle, a membership chair, a program chair, newsletter, and a locations person. The survey results said you wanted to continue to move around so we need places to meet. I have tentatively got a program and location for May and would be happy to work with someone to set up the next two.

I hope you will join us.

Joy Neal, NQC President

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NQC Retreat

It is with a heavy heart I am cancelling the 2020 NQC Retreat at the Firs.  The deposit has been rolled over and we are booked for Oct 18-21, 2021.  An email has gone out to the people who made a deposit for the retreat, so please look for it.

Meetings Cancelled

Our May meeting is cancelled due to the stay at home order in place.  Of course that includes the class with Amy Bradley.  Stay tuned as we hope to get back to meeting in the Fall.  The annual retreat at the Firs in October is still on for the time being.

Stay home and be safe.

March Meeting Cancelled

The March 14th meeting to be held in Lynden has been cancelled due to the spread of the virus in Washington State.  Amy Bradley’s class and her appearance with NQC have been moved to May 15 and 16 respectively.  The May meeting will be held on Orcas Island instead of in Canada.

Retreat registration and deposit, which were to be turned in at the meeting, can be mailed in to Joy.  If you need a form contact Joy at sewjoyful@gmail.com.

March 14, 2020 Meeting with Amy Bradley

The next NQC meeting will be Saturday, March 14 at the Senior Center in Lynden, Washington.  Sign in at 9:30  a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m.  We run until 1:30 or 2 p.m. depending on the program length.

Guests are $7.  NQC members are free. This is a no host meeting, so NQC members should consider bringing snacks for the lunch break, as well as items for the auffle.  All attendees need to bring a sack lunch.

Amy Bradley is coming to the NQC March meeting.  Set your calendars for Amy Bradley! She’ll wow us with her fun and funky designs.

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 Taken from AmyBradleyDesigns.com

Amy graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in fine arts / graphic design. She started sewing at age 9 and began quilting in the 80s.  Amy’s inspiration for her first quilt design, Dazzling Dogs, was to create a gift for her husband John’s veterinary clinic.  She started her business with that quilt pattern in 2002 and has been having a blast ever since.  Amy’s daughter Ashley joined her in 2003 and they have been working together since then.  Amy and Ashley work really hard to bring you fun designs with great instructions. Amy’s mother Dorothy attends Quilt Market and helps choose colors for every quilt.  Amy loves designing whimsical, crazy quilts and is always looking for her next comical character.

January 11, 2020 Meeting

tonya alexander quiltOur speaker in January is Tonya Alexander, quilter, designer, and fabric lover.      She is the author of Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts and her popular Stash Lab Manual Series featuring a contemporary and creative approach to string quilts.   www.stashlabquilts.com

Note the change in meeting location!  Meeting is Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the First Baptist Church, 511 State Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA.  Registration starts at 9:30 am, program starts at 10 am.  Guests are $7, members attend free.

Bring a sack lunch, Show & Share and cash for the Auffle.

Remember membership is due. Make sure you get your newsletter, bring your $25 to the meeting.

Next meeting November 16

NORTHWEST QUILT CONNECTION NOVEMBER 16, 2019
WHEN:  Saturday, November 16, 2019
HOSTS:  EverGreen Quilters
WHO:   Jenny Pedigo
WHERE: WECU, Ferndale, WA
TIME:   Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  Program starts at 10:00 a.m.
PROGRAM:  Sew Kind of Wonderful
WECU FERNDALE, 5659 Pacific Highway, Ferndale WA. 98248
Take Exit #262
Continue straight onto Pacific Rd for 364 feet
Turn R for 151 feet
5659 Pacific Highway.
Please do not park directly in front of the building.  These spots are saved for banking customers.

 

SPEAKER:
Jenny Pedigo / Sew Kind of Wonderful
How it All Started
The Quick Curve Ruler was the brain-child of Jenny when she wanted to find an easier way to consistently cut curves that would be easy to sew.  The first Quick Curve Ruler and pattern Urban Escape were sold in 2011.  Since then thousands of Quick Curve Rulers and QCR patterns have been sold worldwide to quilters who have fallen in love with curved piecing using the easy techniques of the Quick Curve Ruler.  There are over 35 patterns which all use just one ruler – the Quick Curve Ruler!  Spring 2013 was significant with the release of our easy double wedding ring best selling quilt pattern – Metro Rings and in 2014 the release of our first book Contemporary Curved Quilts published by Landauer Publishing.
We love combining curved piecing with straight line piecing to give variety and beauty to the project.  We developed the Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) to make cutting curves fast, easy and consistent.  Our QCR techniques of Cut-Sew-Square-Up allow for working with the bias, and the square-up step ensures blocks are consistent for piecing the final product. We are now excited to introduce the new Wonder Curve Ruler and projects to follow.
BRING TO MEETING:
Exchange block (see instructions attached)
Show & Share items
Name tag
Cash for Auffle (free ticket with your name tag)
Admission for NQC members is paid for with membership.  $7.00 for nonmembers and for guests.
Remember to bring your Bag Lunch.

September Meeting Guest

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

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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.