Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SNEAK PEAK

You may have scrolled down and seen photos of some of the great items for sale in our Pioneer Quilters' boutique at past years' shows.  There are always so many delightful handmade gems!

Today I stopped in at the boutique meeting and was able to see a few of the amazing items this gifted group of Pioneer Quilters has made for this year's show.  Much more was already boxed away.  But here's your sneak preview of what was out today.
















We hope you're as excited as we are!  Only 5 weeks to go!  You've got it on your calendar, right?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

QUILT SHOW ENTRY FORMS ARE DUE AUGUST 1

Entry forms for our September quilt show are due this Thursday!

If you have quilts to enter, but haven't gotten your hands on the entry form yet, not to worry.  Just email quilterspioneer@gmail.com and request one.  We'll send one to you as a PDF.  Remember to submit it by August 1st!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

OUR QUILT SHOW FLYERS


These colorful show flyers give you information on what will be happening each day during our September show.  Of course all day every day you'll be able to view gorgeous quilts, and we're always demonstrating hand quilting around a frame.

Every year we raffle off quilt blocks.  We're especially taken with how gorgeous this year's blocks are--four are shown on the flyer below.  These are hand appliquéd and embroidered by Pioneer Quilters, and they're still coming in.  You can see others on our Pioneer Quilters Facebook page.

They're going to make one spectacular quilt! Tickets will be on sale throughout the show, but you can also purchase them now from Pioneer Quilters.



Saturday, June 1, 2019

THE NEW VENUE, A CLASS FOR YOU . . . and FACEBOOK!

OUR NEW QUILT SHOW SPACE

We Pioneer Quilters are quite excited about the possibilities inherent in holding our show in a much larger venue in September.  A  few weeks ago, we got a chance to visit that space, the Cottage Grove Armory, and we were all delighted with those possibilities.






One of the many wonderful features of the Armory is a large room where we can gather groups for classes/workshops.  


OUR FIRST QUILT SHOW WORKSHOP


We'll still have daily speakers and demonstrations twice a day, but now with this wonderful classroom, a third feature is being added--our first quilt show workshop!

Mindy Reeves has offered to teach a paper-pieced Farmhouse Window table runner workshop.
  


The class will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 10 to 4.

The pattern and paper piecing supplies will be available at the workshop.  Participants will complete at least one Compass Rose block.

Registration is now open.  Registrations will be accepted in the order received.   Please email Robin Fouquette (weaverlady@q.com) for a registration form.


QUILT ENTRIES


Will you have a quilt ready for this year's September 18-21 show?  We are now accepting entries.  If you'd like an entry form, please request one at this email:  quilterspioneer@gmail.com.  We'll email it to you as a PDF.


JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP


Pioneer Quilters now has a Facebook group!  This blog and that Facebook page are both great places to see photos and read about what our group is up to in its 5th decade!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

ANNOUNCING OUR 2019 QUILT SHOW

Our 2019 show will be held 
Thursday--Saturday, September 19-21, 
at the Cottage Grove Armory.  


Do mark these three days on your calendar!  



We're quite excited to be holding our 2019 show 
at this new venue, 
where we'll be able to offer you more:



Wonderful quilts--
by Pioneer Quilters and other community members
Fascinating speakers
Instructive demonstrations
Detailed paper-piecing workshop
Appealing hand-crafted gifts in our boutique
Enticing raffle of colorful hand-appliquéd blocks
Vendors offering their yummy wares to our show attendees
And, of course, delightful hand quilting in a frame--our speciality!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

ROLLING, ROLLING, ROLLING . . .

ROLLING


A few folks were trying to envision how one quilts the center of the quilt.  "You need somebody with very long arms?"

We attempted to explain how we roll the boards at two opposite sides of the quilt as we go along.  

I thought these two photos would be informative--they're of the quilt when our show started, and about an hour before the end--six days later.  Hand quilting isn't for the impatient!






RAFFLE BLOCKS


Our 30 hand-appliquéd pomegranate blocks were won by Jill.  Congratulations, Jill!  We hope the quilt they'll become will be finished and entered in our show next year!



THANK YOU


Thank you for attending our 2018 show and following our blog.  I hope you've enjoyed both.  Dates and information about our 2019 show will be posted here once we begin making plans.




Saturday, April 21, 2018

STAIRS

LITTLE QUILTS


The Patch Madams is a group of quilting friends.  Every year they select a theme and challenge themselves to create a small quilt inspired by that theme.  

Most years, including this one, you can view and enjoy these creations (and others) hung on the wall above the gorgeous wooden staircase at the southeast corner of the museum.

Not all of the tiny quilts entered in the show are from the Patch Madams, however.  There are small quilts scattered throughout the museum.  So many have interesting stories--be sure to read about them in your show catalog!  









Harry Potter fans--be sure to read catalog info on this one


This one has over 500 pieces in it!

This whole quilt measure 6.25" x 7.75".  That's why I'm using a tiny font.





LABELS


Once you make it to the top of the stairs, you've got more delights in store--great quilts!  At least two of the quilts upstairs have labels that will enrich your enjoyment of viewing them.  

The label on the back of the International Sunbonnet Sue (#21) tells you the countries each Sue represents.   The Washington Apple quilt (#58) has an exquisitely hand-embroidered label.   

Ask the Pioneer Quilter wearing white gloves to show you these labels.


HOW ABOUT YOU?  DO YOU REMEMBER TO LABEL?


We Pioneer Quilters are adamant about labeling quilts.  We even have a poster where we sign our names, not as we finish a quilt, but as we label it.  The more information you can put on a label, the better:

Maker (and quilter, if different)
Date
Location 
For--person and/or occasion

And there are so many other things you can include--the name of the quilt, the quiltmaker's relationship to recipient, inspiration for the quilt, care instructions, name of pattern, fabric content, special note of affection for the recipient, a favorite saying, etc.  If the source of fabrics is unusual (like from someone's clothing,  purchased on a trip, from a fabric exchange, or inherited from a relative), note that.  If it's a friendship/signature quilt, what is the relationship between the block makers and each other or the quilt owner?  If one person began the quilt and another completed it years later, the label should reflect that, with dates as accurate as you can come up with.  The more information on a label, the more you'll delight someone in the future.  Use special ink pens, like Micron Pigma, or machine or hand embroider--your creativity can shine here too.

There are so many different types of labels you can use--many are preprinted--you just write in your details.  Some are done using a block like those on the front of the quilt.  Others are just written on a piece of muslin.  Some people piece the label into the backing, before the layers are quilted.  Others attach it after the quilting is finished.  Some even construct a fabric envelope and have information on and in that.  One of my favorites includes a photo of the young quilt recipient with her grandma--the quiltmaker, a delightful piece of family history.

The internet can give you lots of inspiration on labels--how to make them, information to include, and photos.  Try Googling ("quilt labels" and "quilt label information"), and visit Pinterest to see the variety!