Patchwork paradise looms in Hillsboro
Quilters and quilt lovers unite.
The Westside Quilters Guild presents its 2017 show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8 at the Tuality Community Hospital Health Education Center, 334 S.E. Eighth Ave., in Hillsboro.
The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $6, with a $1 off coupon available online at www.westsidequilters.org.
Featured speakers this year are quilters Violet Craft and AnnMarie Cowley.
Craft is a licensed fabric designer and distributes her own line of sewing patterns. Her children's apparel line, Kung Fu Bambini, reached boutiques in 2004. Her first fabric collection debuted with Michael Miller Fabrics in spring 2011, along with the first Violet Craft Distinctive Lifestyle sewing patterns. Craft will speak at 11 a.m. both days.
Cowley is a longtime member of WQG and a prolific modern quilter. She often uses commercial patterns, but loves a good challenge. She'll share a variety of her quilting experiences along with a trunk show. Cowley will present at 1 p.m. both days.
In addition to more than 150 quilts on display, there will be a raffle of the "All Things Oregon" quilt, door prizes and baskets, a sale of guild-made items, vendors, and a display of antique and modern dolls — and doll quilts — from Marcia Elliott's collection.
The Westside Quilters Guild has a membership of around 200, and this is the fifth of the group's biennial shows.
The nonprofit group seeks to promote the art of quilting through education and community service outreach, says guild member Jean Lasswell.
"Everyone has a memory of a childhood quilt," she said. Lasswell added that many quilters get started when they have a child and make a baby quilt. "It's addictive — like any other hobby. You can create something with fabric and thread that's a work of art."
WQG is the impetus behind the Quilt Barn Trail of Oregon's Washington County, a backroads route that takes sightseers past 40 large painted quilt blocks mounted on barns. Lasswell said the group's goal is to hang a total of 60 blocks. For more information on the Quilt Barn Trail, visit www.quiltbarnswc.blogspot.com.
The group has many sub-groups that meet to make charity quilts to donate, including recently sending books to a quilt shop in Texas that will assemble them for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
In addition, guild members travel to area schools to do educational outreach, hold a free sewing day monthly at North Plains Senior Center and meet every second Monday at the Spring at Tanasbourne to sew blocks for charity projects.
Additional information on the guild and its activities is at www.westsidequilters.org.