Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Zion Mennonite Quilt Show 2015

Friendship time with quilting friends,a trip to Whiskey Hill, in Hubbard, Oregon and the Zion Mennonite Quilt Workshop.

The Zion Mennonite Quilt Workshop, as the members prefer to call it, is really a lovely little quilt show, combined with helpful hand quilters and wonderful advice as well as wonderful quilts. 

You have the chance to see some lovely vintage quilts with great charm, as well as more modern ones. And the ladies of the church cook up and serve a wonderful home cooked meal for the cost of a simple donation.

 There are wonderful vintage quilts mixed in with new and often even quite modern ones.

 And there is the absolute charm of seeing some of the older Mennonite quilters still hand quilting and teaching others their special techniques after all of their years of making quilts and quilting.

And I really love knowing that this was the original group of Mennonite women quilters who first worked with Gwen Marston, decades ago, and taught her to quilt. She has written about them in one of her books and described their skill and their patience.

Back then it was all with simply drawn pencil on cardboard templates and they have boxes and boxes of them, still. We are welcomed to trace as many as we want, but it is, of course, the fun of just seeing these vintage pieces that is the most fun.



  The same is true of the quilts. One from 1917 with a later dated of 1957 added. I wondered out loud one year......"I wonder if it took the quilter that long to hand quilt and finish it?' and a stranger next to me answers..'it would have taken me a heck of a lot longer than that!"

My friends and I wandered the rows looking at the older quilts mixed in with the newer ones, with old sock monkeys, and simple yo you dolls, sitting in vintage strollers and high chairs while modern lamb toys and a teddy bear cozy up to other pieces.


The merging of the old and the new is reflected in all of our faces. In a visit from 2007, there was a beautiful Mennonite woman hand quilting in her traditional sheer bonnet, while the middle aged in quilted jackets and vests, merged with the new young quilters and the tiny tots played with scrap fabrics on the long tables.

And there are always quilters hand quilting, drawing templates, or making hand sewn blocks. And this visit, I actually visited with a quilter using a modern plastic template as she graciously showed me how she used different colored pencils to trace her lines..changing colors as needed in order for them to show up.

The wonderful church ladies always proved a home made lunch...soup, bread, a dessert, and drinks. And all donations go to their mission in Bolivia. A wonderful way to have a simple but nutritious lunch and do good at the same time.

An during extra fun years, we find quilters from our Mid-Valley Quilt Guild group from Salem, to sit a spell and enjoy a nice lunch, a cup of tea,  and relaxing conversation.

And then it's time, to stretch our legs, and discover a few more quilts or perhaps a technique table and sharing of tips, that we hadn't discovered yet! 


And then I saw this little lady!

She was stuffed, too! Literally!!  

Oh no! Don't look Edith, Dorothy, Little Nell, Ping, Pia, Matilda and Penelope! 

 Zion Mennonite Quilt Show 2014 and a Cougar Sighting!

Zion Mennonite Quilt Show 2012

A Gaggle of Ladies' Aid Quilters: A Wonky Quilt Time
 ...my original prose/poem about our adventures in 2007

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quilting Acronyms: Updated 2015

Quilting Acronyms
©original list by
Michele Bilyeu

Please 'Link To' Only: Quilting Acronyms: Updated 2015
My own compilation after years of saves and many of these I came up with!

    (RIP: AAQI=The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative which ran from 2006 through 2013)
    • APQ=Auto Pilot Quilting: few decisions required.Shift into no brainer mode if you have that speed
    • BGGD=Bagged=done deal, no regrets, just credit card bills now
    • BF=Background Fabric (thanks Quiltshopgal in SoCal)
    • BOB=Beginner's Only Block
    • BOM=Block of the Month
    • Brain Dead Quilting=Auto Pilot quilting on overdose
    • Candy Bars=Stacks of 2 1/2" x 5" fabric packs, (thanks Heidi in Germany for + on charms)
    • Charms=Small pieces of fabric, usually 5" squares or hexagons, all different fabrics in the pack
    • Charm packs=package of pre-cut charm 5" squares: Mini's are 2 1/2"squares in a pack
    • CQ=Crazy Quilting (traditional quilt pattern with embellishments)
    • COC=Cream on Cream
    • DJ=Dear Jane (a traditional quilt pattern)
    • D4P=Double Four Patch  
    • D4P/D9P/D16=Disappearing Four Patch, 9 Patch, 16 Patch and D/TTV=D/Twist/Turn Variations
    • DIC=Double Irish Chain
    • Dimes=10" squares
    • DIY=Do It Yourself
    • DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine
    • DWI=Design Wall Indecision
    • EQ=Electric Quilting software, now EQ5,6, or 7
    • F8=Fat 1/8th or 9"x 22"
    • FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
    • FIU=Finish It Up
    • FLIMSY=pieced top
    • FM=Free Motion, quilting random stippling,swirls etc: w/w/o dropped feeddogs, usually on a GSM
    • FQ=Fat Quarter, 18" x 22" of fabric, sold by unit
    • Frog Stitching=rip it, rip it....ripping stitches out
    • FW=Featherweight (Singer) sewing machine
    • FW=Fusible Web (take care to iron this one, sew with the above)
    • Giterdone=Get 'er Done! Term most often used for ancient or dreaded projects
    • GFG=Grandmother's Flower Garden, a traditional quilt pattern
    • GTMA=Great Minds Think Alike
    • HP=Hand Piecing
    • HQ=Hand Quilting
    • HST=Half-Square Triangle
    • HSY=Haven't Started Yet
    • Jelly Rolls=pre-cut 21/2" x 42" fabric strips, rolled up and sold in a set
    • LA=Long Armer, professional machine quilter
    • LAQ=Long Arm Quilting machine
    • LC=Layer Cakes, a pile of co-ordinating 10" squares
    • LQ or LibQ=Liberated Quiltmaking, free form quilting without striving for precision or perfection
    • LQS=Local Quilt Shop
    • MAQ=Mid-Arm Quilter
    • Mean Sandwich=quilting with one nice comment between two mean ones
    • Mind Sorbet= a project that is easy and cleanses your creative palette.
    • Nickles=5" squares
    • NQR=Not Quilt Related, as in board or group off topic, topic and it's opposite QR
    • OBW=One-Block Wonder
    • One Night Stand=a really fast project,often unplanned,may feel good now but not so good later
    • Orphans=leftovers in LQ ,happily co-exist without judgement or prejudice of any kind in PD
    • OSMG=old sewing machine guy, your go-to fellow for repairs
    • OT=quilters talking off topic constitute 99% of classtime but you learn a lot
    • PD= Parts Dept: collaborative quilting term for pre-made blocks, sashings, bindings or trim pieces that can be put together and live in harmony in new quilts. First used by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran in their Collaborative Quilting books.
    • PFD=fabric that is Prepared For Dying
    • PHD=Project Half Done
    • PIGS=Projects in Grocery Sacks
    • PIM=Project in Mind
    • PIPs=Project in Progress
    • PITs=Projects in Totes
    • PIW=Project in Waiting (not yet a WIP)
    • PP=Paper Piecing
    • QADD=Quilter's Attention Deficit Disorder speaks for itself. Guilty as charged! (GAC)
    • QAYG=Quilt As You Go: sewing together one QS to another to another to another
    • QS=Quilt Sandwich: Top and Bottom with batty goods in the middle to make a quilt
    • QUIMM=Quilt In My Mind (only)
    • QUTD=Question Of The Day: quilting group or board top for discussion that day
    • QR=Quilt Related and NQR: it's opposite
    • Quilt Candy=Small charm pieces of fabric, folded up to look like candy
    • QST=Quarter Square Triangles
    • RR=Round Robin (quilt exchange, passing around a group taking turns with it)
    • RS=Rote Sewing: quilters on auto pilot, drugs, or asleep at the flywheel
    • SABLE=Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    • SAQM=Small Arm Quilting Machine
    • SaS=Steam a Seam iron on double faced interfacing/non stitching product
    • SEX=Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)
    • SID=Stitch In (the) Ditch, quilting technique
    • Siggies=Squares of fabric with signatures and other info on them
    • SnW=Stack 'n Whack, pile them up and cut them all at once block pattern
    • SOZZLD=SO.. ZZed.. Left Everything Disastered=for Clare (i.e.no more wine/whine)
    • SQ=Simply Quilts
    • Squishy=Envelopes filled with swap fabric or gifts sent/received in the mail
    • STASH=Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
    • SUI=Shopping Under Influence (usually with a friend)
    • SWAN=Swap Without a Name
    • TBQ=To Be Quilted
    • TGIF=Thank Goodness It’s Finished!
    • TIC=Triple Irish Chain, a traditional quilt pattern
    • TFQ=The Fabric Queen...you know who she is.
    • TOAD=Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust
    • TOT=Tone-on-Tone
    • TUFO=Tuesday UFO night, also WUFO etc.
    • Turnovers=6"triangles fabrics in a pack
    • UFO=UnFinished Object
    • USO=UnStarted Object
    • WHIM=Work Hidden In Mind
    • WHIMM=Work Hidden In My Mind
    • WIP=Work In Progress
    • WISP=Work In Slow Progress
    • WIVSP=Work In Very Slow Progress
    • WIWMI=Wish It Would Make Itself
    • WOA=Work Of Art
    • WOF=Width of Fabric
    • WOMBAT=Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
    • WOW=White On White
    • WWIT=What Was I Thinking
    • WWO=Going to Quilt Shop "WWO"..with or without you!
    • VIP=Very Import Project
    • YBR=Yellow Brick Road, a popular quilting pattern
    • YoYo=a circle of fabric, gathered and sewn into a puffy circle; also one who makes them
    • ZZPD=Zipped, need just a little nap before I'm BGGD..bagged
    • ZZPPD=Zapped, hit the wall, now assuming prone position

    • ZZZAPB=ZeeeZaPhotoBelow (Clare passed the wine. Clare!!)
    • 401 F=Fabric for Retirement
    • 401 P= Patterns for retirement
    • ........ 

    But the I've got the
    Quilting Acronyms: Updated for 2015

    © This compilation by Michele M. Bilyeu 2007,2010,2014,2015