Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 is here!

If you are a Woolley Fiber Quilters member, or would like to be (we know you would!) please plan to pay your annual dues of $5 in January. Our membership year is the calendar year.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Home Town Cafe in downtown Sedro-Woolley (in the Upper Room). Please come! We're getting ready for another fabulous quilt show during the first weekend in June.

Friday, November 19, 2010

WFQ Annual Meeting December 8th

The "Annual Meeting" required by our bylaws will be held Wednesday, December 8th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Home Town Cafe in Sedro-Woolley. Members are encouraged to attend! We will elect directors for the coming year and continue to plan our next quilt show!

Our membership year is the calendar year so dues are due again in time for January 1st. Our dues are $5 per year! Such a bargain. If you're a Skagit County Quilter and you want to join us, come to our meeting! We typically meet once a month until about February when things heat up for the quilt show planning and then we meet twice a month.

Word on the street is that people are making quilts in anticipation of our 2011 show, which will again be held during the first week in June. Where will it be? No site selected yet, but we're committed to being downtown with the Blast from the Past festival.

Our show theme for 2011 is "Blast of Color" and this promises to be a fabulous theme! A challenge is in the works for those of you who love to meet a challenge, and we have lots of other plans in store.

Do you know a business who would like to be a sponsor of our show? Are you a business who would like to sponsor our show? If you're targeting the quilting community for your advertising, this is the place to be. Contact us via this blog for more info.

Above is a photo of our recent presentation to the Sedro-Woolley Eagles Club for their gracious help in our search for a venue for the 2010 show. What will they do with this great quilt designed by Julie Anderson? We can hardly wait to find out!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WFQ Meeting - show planning and fun!

The next meeting of the Woolley Fiber Quilters will be Wednesday, October 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Home Town Cafe in Sedro-Woolley. We're making plans for another spectacular quilt show during the first weekend of June in 2011! You are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the show! We also welcome sponsors and parties who are interested in being vendors (of quilting-related products and services) during the show. We had so much fun last time - don't miss out!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

More quilt shows

Here is a list I have compiled of upcoming quilting events in our region. If I have left off yours, plz send me the info!

Leavenworth Quilt Show – September 8 - 12
Innovations (commercial) – Tacoma Convention Center – September 15 – 18

Walla Walla Quilt Festival – September 17 - 19

Columbia River Gorge Quilters – Stevenson, WA – September 16 – 18

Project Linus Western Region Conference – Heathman Lodge Vancouver, WA – September 17-19

Cabin Fever Quilters – Port Townsend – September 17-18

Pieceful Discoverers – Aberdeen Museum – September 18 - 19

Northwest Quilting Expo (commercial) – Portland Expo Center – September 23 - 25

Washington Stars present Marianne Fons – SPSCC Olympia – September 24 - $20

Moonlight Quilters – Bellingham – September 24 – 25

9th Annual Duvall Outdoor Quilt Show – September 25

Ladies of the Lake – Longview, WA – October 1 - 3

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum Quilt Fest – October 1-3

Sea Pals “Whale of a Quilt Show” – Ocean Shores – October 1-3

NCWQG – Wenatchee Town Toyota Center – October 8-9

Tokeland Quilt Show – Bayshore RV Park – October 9-10

Washington State Quilters – Spokane County Fair & Expo Center – October 15 – 17

Gig Harbor Quilt Festival – Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church – October 15 - 16

Clark County Quilters Featured Artists Show – HH Hall Building, Vancouver – October 22 – 24

West Sound Quilters – Kitsap County Fairgrounds – October 22 – 24

Block Party Quilters – Issaquah – November 5-7

Rusty Barn Quilt & Sewing Festival (commercial) – Western WA Fairgrounds Puyallup – November 18 - 19

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Upcoming Quilt Shows in our area

Here are a couple of great shows coming up that you will want to get on your calendar!

Cabin Fever Quilters of Chimacum - 30th Quilt Show
September 17 and 18th at Jefferson County Fairgrounds,
4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend, Washington.
Suggested entry donation of $4.
The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
This year's featured quilter is Charlie Petersen.

The guild donates over 100 quilts a year to Hospice of East Jefferson County and to Child Protective Services.

Moonlight Quilters of Bellingham
September 24 & 25
Friday 9 - 7 and Saturday 9 - 5.
"Quilted from the Heart of the Northwest"
New Horizon Community Church, Guide Meridian & Horton Roads, Bellingham, WA
Admission $3.00

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WFQ Meeting August 18th

We'll have another meeting on Wednesday, August 18th, at the Home Town Cafe in Sedro-Woolley. 5:30 p.m for an hour or so. To review results, make plans, and talk quilts! Join us!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

BZB Quilt Show this weekend!

Here's a shout out to our friends in the Busy Bees Quilters - their annual show is July 30-July 31-August 1! This weekend! Held at the new Monroe High School again, this show is always a visual treat. Check out their web site for the whole scoop!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Embellished quilts

If you're a fan of dense quilting and intense embellishment, you loved these two quilts from the WFQ show! Linda Downing's lovingly embellished crazy quilt and Sharyn Erickson's lavishly created tree quilt. Both perfect and fascinating!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two quilt show statistics and two beautiful quilts

Many of you know that we had a "preliminary final count". The "final final count" is:

Blast of Blooms had 208 quilts in the show (exhibit portion)
We had a total of 730 attendees (including volunteers).

Here are the two GREAT One-Block-Wonder quilts that were seen in the show!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

By request - Summertime Blues!

So many people have commented on the Challenge Quilts at the Woolley Fibers Quilt Show! Everyone loves the pattern!

The group that meets at the SW Rodeo Grounds challenged themselves with this quilt. Londa reports that it is fun to make and we all certainly enjoyed the results! So we asked for the source of the pattern.

"Summertime Blues" appeared in the June 2009 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting, starting on page 37. Here is a link to their online version - showing color options and instructions for the a wall-hanging size:

I think I'll start on mine!

Dog quilts and a Dawg quilt

Here are some more memories of the Woolley Fiber Quilters show - dogs (and even Dawgs) were a popular theme!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Quilt Show memories

Here are some photos taken from the mezzanine in the Farrell Building (formerly JC Penney and Jungquist Furniture) during the quilt show. What fun to see them from above!

I can't tell you how many people mentioned to me...that they had purchased "unmentionables" on that mezzanine during the old JC Penney days. People were so happy to see the building in such good condition and in use for something as beautiful as a quilt show! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day three - winding down!

What a fun show we have had! With so many appreciative attendees and great weather - until today! Well, what better day to go to a quilt show than when it is raining! And in Washington, we plan for these things.

Here are three of our daily door prize winners, looking happy about their wins! We had many more prizes and winners than these - only these three people would stand still!

Should we Blast some quilts again next year? The consensus is, YES!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day two - the people have spoken!

What a great day to be at the Woolley Fibers Quilt show! In downtown Sedro-Woolley among the vintage cars, street vendors, jump rope contests, and everything!

Our People's Choice voting ran all day Friday and on Saturday through 3:00 p.m., giving all quilt show attendees an opportunity to select their favorites in five categories.

In addition, guest celebrity judges (using a broad definition of "celebrity") selected their favorites, too, for a special prize. Here are the winners!

WFQ People’s Choice winners

Small Quilts – less than 200” in circumference

1st Julie Anderson, Sedro-Woolley “View from Assisi”
2nd Karen Chestnut, Mount Vernon “Red Star Exploding”
3rd Julie Anderson, Sedro-Woolley “Sparkling Vases”

Large Quilts – greater than 200” in circumference

1st Sharyn Erickson, Mount Vernon “His Trees Through Mine Eyes”
2nd Jan Shuirman, Sedro-Woolley “The Tree of Life”
3rd Jennifer Chatt, Issaquah “All Tied Up”

Theme Quilts – “Blast of Blooms” (use of flowers)

1st Jan Sager, Mount Vernon “Garden Path”
2nd Londa Schultz, Sedro-Woolley “Summer Time Blues”
3rd Leola Stomieroski, Camano Island “Summer Times

Other – Wearables, table runners, aprons, purses, etc.

1st Peggy Toyne, Sedro-Woolley “Embellished Jacket”
2nd Teri Bever, Sedro-Woolley “House Coat”
3rd Charlotte Furchert, Sedro-Woolley “Chevron Jacket”

Youth – quilters under 18 years of age

1st Katie Swanson, Lyman “I made it for my Boy Friend”
2nd Caleb Berhow, Sedro-Woolley “My First Quilt”
3rd Naomi Stanfill, Sedro-Woolley “Crazy Quilt for Linus”

Celebrity Guest Judge Awards – each picked a personal favorite

Jina Williams, S-W Chamber of Commerce selected
Judy Steen, Bow “Rose Quilt”

Rick Lemley, S-W City Council selected
Jan Schuirman, Sedro-Woolley “The Tree of Life”

Brian Stiles, S-W Municipal Court selected
Norma Cook, Sedro-Woolley “Flower Garden”

Thanks to everyone for their participation and support! See you tomorrow for day three!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day one - Show is a success!

Our first day is over! And what a great day it was! So many from the community coming to find their quilts and their friends' quilts! And those who came to learn about quilting and why they should do it!
We appreciate their great enthusiasm and hope to see many more tomorrow. SWAN bike ride, vintage car show, street vendors, sidewalk sales, and so much more are happening tomorrow in Downtown Sedro-Woolley!


This is it! Quilt show day is here! Two hours until opening!

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and their friends for yesterday's remarkable setup process. The show is amazing and we filled every square foot with quilts, vendors, demos, our boutique, and a few surprises.

And thanks to our wonderful local quilters who submitted OVER 200 fabulous quilts for your viewing pleasure! We know you'll love it!

Get ready for Blast of Blooms!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Quilt Show Setup!

Today is the day that we fill the Farrell Building with beautiful quilts and exciting vendors! All happening now! We are 24.5 hours away from show opening. We know you'll want to come and see us in Downtown Sedro-Woolley!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Quilt Drop-Off Day details!

Our long day of accepting show entries was worth every minute! We have over 200 quilts in the show, exceeding our objective. Here, CJ adds some last minute binding to her quilt (don't tell her I did the same thing) and Teri measures an entry. If you're not a part of the quilt show committee, you're missing half the fun!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Quilt Drop-Off Day

Quilt drop-off day was busy and a great success! When you see our show, you'll be so impressed with the variety and talent of our local quilters! It's always fun to see what others have been working on and, of course, to get ideas for your own quilting!
We enjoyed working with all the happy quilters who dropped by at Cascade Fabrics to fulfill their registrations for the show. Quilters of all ages were there!
What a big weekend we have planned for you in downtown Sedro-Woolley!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quilt Show Vendors!

Here is a list of the vendors scheduled to be at "Blast of Blooms" - be sure to stop and say hello when you're touring the show!

Boomers Sewing & Vacuum
Lynda's Quilting, Knitting & Needle Craft
Teri Judd - Hand Dyed Fabrics & Portable Ironing Boards
Sew Dandy Vintage Machines

Naturals by K.C.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Opportunity Quilt!

Here is a preview of our spectacular Double Wedding Ring that will be the Woolley Fiber Quilters raffle quilt for 2010-2011! Tickets go on sale June 4, 2010 at the Blast of Blooms quilt show. This quilt is 92 inches square and is the loving work of an anonymous piecer and longarm quilted by local pro Patsi Hanseth.

The Sedro-Woolley American Legion Auxiliary and Woolley Fiber Quilters have partnered to bring you this opportunity. Be sure to see it at the quilt show in downtown Sedro-Woolley!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Getting Closer!

We are "all the buzz" in Sedro-Woolley this week, as the windows at our show venue were painted with a special message! Quilters always home in on the word "quilt", especially when it identifies a show or a shop!

Thanks to Sheila Stewart for our professional window decor. And the wood carving is just one of many you'll see in downtown Sedro-Woolley!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to Enter!

Word is spreading fast about the quilt show we have in store for you! If you're a quilter, enter a quilt or two! Or three! We have an registration form with all the details - hard copies of forms are available at Cascade Fabrics in Sedro-Woolley or you can ask for a soft copy by sending an inquiry to judyjj at [replace the "at" with the "at" sign - posted this way to discourage bot e'mail harvesters].

Remember that we need a photo of your finished quilt with the entry form. Attach a photo or print out a digital photo on the back of the form. So easy!

Tell your friends about the show so they can enter, too!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Quilters' Boutique

One of the great features of the Blast of Blooms quilt show will be a Quilters' Boutique! Local quilters will offer finished items for sale - one of the most commonly asked questions at quilt shows is, "Can I buy a quilt?"

There will be quilts and quilted items for sale through the show's boutique, all lovingly crafted by local folks. We also invite local quilters to contact us (through this blog) and place their items for sale with us. Details are available on inquiry.

Anticipation is really building for the quilt show and all of the other fun events on Blast from the Past weekend! You should plan to be in downtown Sedro-Woolley!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Quilt Show that Grew!

The Woolley Fibers Quilt Show has moved - slightly! North on Metcalf about 1.5 blocks.

The location for our show will now be 829 Metcalf, which is a large, former department store on the northeast corner of the intersection at Metcalf and State streets.

In Sedro-Woolley, this building is known as the former JC Penney store or the former Jungquist Furniture store.

While the building is in its transition to new retail occupants, the building's owner has agreed to let us have the quilt show in this location! So now we have lots of room to show you 200+ quilts, vendors, and demonstrations!

Come see us on June 4-5-6!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Quilt Show Advertising around Skagit County

The Woolley Fiber Quilters have been busy advertising our upcoming quilt show around the county! We are placing posters, "bookmarks", entry forms, and sponsorship rate cards everywhere we can think of!

On this lovely spring day, Linda Downing and Judy Johnson went to Marblemount, Concrete, and Lyman to put up some posters and talk up the show. We had such a warm reception wherever we went!

Here is Linda, placing a poster at Clark's Skagit River Cabins in Marblemount. Nicky, the guard cat, gave his approval!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blast of Blooms quilt show sponsors!

Thanks to our generous show sponsors who have helped us with time, talent, and funds! We are proud to be associated with:

Creekside Retirement Community
400 Gilkey RD
Burlington WA 98233

Cascade Fabrics
Paul and Bobi Kelley
824 Metcalf ST
Sedro-Woolley WA 98284

Judy Johnson
PO Box 529
Sedro-Woolley WA 98284

Creative Machine Quilting
Patsi Hanseth

Sponsorships are still available! If you're interested, e'mail for more information.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Woolley Fiber Quilters - Sedro-Woolley WA

Woolley Fiber Quilters are organized to promote quilting education in Sedro-Woolley, Washington and our surrounding area. We do this primarily through holding a quilt show!

The 2010 Quilt Show - "Blast of Blooms" - will be held June 4-5-6, during the city's fun downtown festival, "Blast From the Past".

We hope you'll come to see us. We're planning on showing 200 or more quilts, enticing you with vendors, and inspiring you with demonstrations.

Sedro-Woolley is a hotbed of quilting! You'll be amazed at how many individual quilters and quilting groups are represented at our show!

Blast From the Past offers a variety of activities - Antique Car Show, Live Music, Street Vendors, and a number of family-friendly things to do, all in the downtown core.

Watch this blog for more information about our organization and the quilt show, and be sure to visit us in downtown Sedro-Woolley on the first weekend in June!