Friday, December 30, 2011

Kathy McNeil visits WFQ!!

Woolley Fiber Quilters will host Kathy McNeil for an evening of creativity on Friday, January 20, 2012!

Come and enjoy an internationally-famous quilter tell about her inspirations and techniques!

$10 admission, refreshments provided.

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific in Sedro-Woolley.

To find out more about Kathy's work, visit her web site at:

To get more information about pre-registering for the evening lecture, leave a comment here!

~~this entry was edited on January 15, 2012 to change the location to the S-W Community Center.  Please park in the Municipal Lot between the Library, the Senior Center, and the Community Center.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WFQ 2012 Quilt Challenge - Books!

The criteria for our 2012 quilting challenge have been released, and this year we're focusing on books!  Reading and quilting go together - so many quilters are avid readers and many even listen to audio books while quilting! 

Choose a favorite or one that inspires you and refer to the set of criteria below.  We have an opportunity to hang these quilts in participating businesses during the Sedro-Woolley Story Walk on March 10, 2012 and to also hang them as part of the Challenge category at our 2012 quilt show, June 1-2-3.

Complete your entry by February 29th (it's always fun to use that as an important date) and turn it in at Cascade Fabrics with a copy of the entry form - also available at Cascade Fabrics.

There is no limit on the number of times you can enter and EVERYONE is invited to participate!  Share this info with other local quilters of all ages and be inspired by books!

Sedro-Woolley Story-Walk
2012 Challenge Registration Form

The fine print: Using a book for your inspiration, make a quilt depicting some aspect of the book. You can use the cover, general story line, specific setting/scene in the book, title of the book or a character of the book to symbolize the book. There are no size restrictions on the quilt.

The quilt must have a hanging sleeve and if possible provide the rod also (doweling, cut to size, with 2 eye screws in each end works great), but please note, that depending on the store your quilt is placed in, we may use tacks or push pins to hang the quilt.

A copy of the cover of the book must be incorporated into the label on the back of the quilt.

This form must accompany the quilt. Please turn the completed quilt into Cascade Fabrics by February 29, 2012.

There is no limit on the number of times you can enter.



Phone:                                      Email:                                              

Name of quilt:                                                                                   

Title of book used:                                                                            

My inspiration came from:

r The cover

r The general story line

r A specific setting/scene in the book (page(s) _______)

r The title of the book

r A Character in the book (Who?__________________)

Questions? Contact Teri Bever – 360-856-4567 or Judy Johnson – 360-422-3788

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Woolley Fiber Quilters host Kathy McNeil!

Woolley Fiber Quilters are bringing Northwest quilter and author Kathy McNeil to Sedro-Woolley for an evening lecture January 20, 2012 and a two-day quilting class, January 21-22, 2012.  McNeil is widely known for her expertise in landscape quilting and innovative techniques.  Students will provide a photograph from which they would like to create a landscape quilt and McNeil will guide them through the process over two days. 

Lecture only $10; full class and lecture package $80.  For more information and to preregister/prepay contact Teri Bever at 360-770-1893 or Judy Johnson at 360-422-3788.  Space is limited for the two-day class. 

Supply list and more information will be provided upon registration.  Lunch and refreshments included for the Saturday and Sunday class.  Refreshments for the lecture only. 

Underwritten in part by Woolley Fiber Quilters, the class will be held in Sedro-Woolley at a location to be announced.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

WFQ meets Sept. 21st

We're getting back in the groove of quilt show planning with a meeting on Wednesday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m. At the Home Town Cafe. Come join us! We'll be talking about the 2012 quilt show and our newest "challenge" idea!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cascade Fabrics in Sedro-Woolley - remembering Paul Kelley

There was a wonderful memorial service today for our friend, Paul Kelley, at Riverfront Park in Sedro-Woolley.  He and his wife, Bobi, have been the owners of Cascade Fabrics for many years.  Cascade Fabrics is our "LQS" and we appreciate Paul and Bobi's support of the intensive quilting community here.  Paul passed away on July 26th and we'll miss him so much.  He was an old-style, customer-service-oriented type of small town business owner and the entire community knew and respected him. 

Here are two photos of a quilt that local quilters made for Paul when he celebrated 20 years as Cascade Fabrics.  Bobi requested that it be displayed at his service. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

2012 Quilt Show Theme - BLAST OF STARS

Get ready for a galaxy of beautiful quilts!  WFQ has selected our quilt show theme for 2012 and it is BLAST OF STARS!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Quilt Shows in our area - this weekend and next!

Some quick news about upcoming local quilt shows!!

Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild
2011 Show “Quilts in the Valley” at Tradex. Friday June 10th (10am – 7pm) and Saturday June 11th (10am – 5pm). Admission $5, Parking $5. There will be quilting demos, featured quilters, a big merchant mall and a special display of Quilts of Valour.

Whistler Valley Quilters’ Guild
“Quilts in the Mountains” on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th (9:30am – 5:30pm) at Whistler Secondary School (8000 Alpine Way). $6 daily or $10 2-day pass. Husbands free. Quilts, workshops, a merchants’ mall and an antique quilt exhibit are planned.

Treasure Makers of Whidbey IslandTreasures of Whidbey Island Quilt Show 
Father's Day Weekend, that is Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th.
The show will be located again at the Elks Lodge at 155 NE Ernst Street in Oak Harbor, WA, The hours are: Friday, 1-7 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM.

The Elks will be serving lunch entrees and beverages on site, for sale. Profits from the show will be donated to the Whidbey Island Treasure Makers Guild's charity - the neonatal unit at UW. Members are making quilts to cover the incubators and as gifts to parents of the infants.

Free parking is provided and the building is handicapped accessible.
For more information:
Please contact Quilt Show Manager, Debra Staley
360 675-7216 at the Quilters Workshop

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2011 Quilt Show day 3 - the end!

What a great quilt show! 
Thanks to the quilters who shared their work, the attendees who appreciated the quilts, the vendors who kept us hopping with ideas, and the VOLUNTEERS who made the show run like a fine clock.

It takes SO MANY people to put on a great show like this and we appreciate them all.  Lots of non-quilters volunteer, just because they have a quilter in their lives or because they just like the fun of a quilt show! 

Sedro-Woolley's Blast from the Past vintage car show was Sunday, June 5th, and it attracted folks from all over the region.  More than 160 cars were on display - these photos were taken at about 8:00 in the morning when entries were still coming in.  Later, the streets were jam-packed!!

Finally, at 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, we broke down the show and returned all the quilts.  Monday morning, when it was time to take the quilt stands back to Fidalgo Island Quilters (they were rentals!), 10 volunteers showed up at 8:30 in the morning to do the loading and transport, and to do some final cleaning on the buildings!  What would we do without them?

Check back on this blog for some photos of fabulous quilts!  And think about what quilts you will enter next year.  Come on in!  Woolley Fiber Quilters 2012 quilt show will be June 1-2-3 in Downtown Sedro-Woolley!

PS  Don't freak out about "where" the quilt show will be.  It will be downtown.  All you need to do is come to Metcalf Street and look for the signs that say "Quilt Show".  We'll find a building (or two) and be ready to greet YOU!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 Quilt Show - day 2.5!!!

As of Saturday afternoon we knew the results of the People's Choice and celebrity judges' voting, as well as the winner of the 2011 raffle quilt!  Here's the list!

Woolley Fiber Quilters 2011 Quilt Show
People’s Choice and Celebrity Judges’ Choices

People’s Choice
Category: Theme “Blast of Color”

1st   Lisa Anderson   Mount Vernon   “Folded Log Cabin Tablerunner”
2nd   Louise Harris   Sedro-Woolley  “Circles Matter”
3rd   Jannette Kramer   Anacortes   “Tulip Fields”

Category: Youth (under 19 years of age)

1st   Ryleigh McComas   Stanwood  “Ryleigh’s Dogs”
2nd   Cody Cunningham   Arlington   “Color Confusion Sudoku”
3rd   Katie Swanson   Lyman   “A Sayonara to my Sister from Japan”

Category: Large (200 or more inches in circumference)

1st   Heather Rogers   Sedro-Woolley   “Oriental Winding Ways”
2nd  Elinor Nakis   Sedro-Woolley   “Pansy Frenzy”
3rd   Cheryl Treadway   Burlington   “Blue and Yellow Flowers”

Category: Small (under 200 inches in circumference)

1st   Roxanne Freberg   Stanwood   “Roxanne’s Sewing Machine”
2nd   Heather Rogers   Sedro-Woolley  “Fractured Garden”
3rd   Leola Stomieroski  Camano Island   “Dog on a Mission”

Category: Miniature

1st   Roxanne Freberg   Stanwood   “Wash Day”
2nd   Roxanne Freberg   Stanwood   “Watering Can”
3rd  Linda Downing   Sedro-Woolley  “Log Cabin”

Category: Other

1st   Teri Bever   Sedro-Woolley   “Chickens on my Table”
2nd   Noni Moody   Sedro-Woolley   “Mama’s Jacket”
3rd   Teri Bever   Sedro-Woolley   “Travel Ensemble”

Category: Challenge (must include an item from a dollar-type store)

1st   Jan Sager   Mount Vernon   “Fish the Skagit”
2nd   Bonita Yeager   Concrete   “I saw what you did”
3rd   Judy Johnson   Sedro-Woolley  “Teddie in Repose”

Judge’s Choice

Selected by judge: David Bricka
Shawnie Kaminski   Mount Vernon   “Stars and Stripes”

Selected by judge: Debbie Allen
Kathleen Rathvon   Concrete   “Applique Houses”

Selected by judge: Paul Kelley
Judy Steen   Bow   “Charming Fractions”

Congratulations to Dennis Jones of Oak Harbor who won the 2011 raffle quilt – Blue and White Double Wedding Ring. He purchased his ticket at the Sedro-Woolley American Legion. His ticket was drawn by quilter Amelita Smith of Sedro-Woolley.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

2011 Quilt Show - Day Two!!

We had spectacular weather today - so welcome after the 9-month winter we have endured here in the Pacific Northwest.  So glad that Sedro-Woolley's Blast from the Past festival is enjoying perfect weather for the event!

At the quilt show, we had enthusiastic attendees, dedicated volunteers, and tempting vendors!

Today was the closing of the People's Choice voting.  Ribbons have been awarded - including the Judge's Choices from our three local celebrity judges - and the list of winners will be published tomorrow. 

In the meantime, here are photos of a few of the custom-decorated clothespins we use to hold the artists' statements to the quilts.  They're a little souvenir for each exhibitor, and each one is different!  We can't thank you enough for sharing your beautiful quilts with us; these clothespins are just a little reminder for you of how much you're appreciated.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Woolley Fiber Quilters 2011 Quilt show opens! Blast of Color!

Blast of Color has opened and it's a hit!  What a great day for a quilt show - beautiful weather and lots of folks eager to get out and explore Sedro-Woolley's Blast from the Past festival. 

Here are just a few photos to whet your appetite for the visual treat we have for you. 

Make sure you come to Downtown Sedro-Woolley this weekend for vintage cars, a bicycle fun ride, street vendors, kids' contests, and so much more!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Where is the Woolley Fiber Quilters Quilt Show?? June 3-4-5

It will be in Downtown Sedro-Woolley!  Truly, that's what you need to know to find it!

Our downtown core is Metcalf Street - about three blocks long.  Part of the street will be blocked off to traffic and filled with food vendors and other enticements - all for the annual Blast From the Past celebration.

If you want to put an address into your GPS, the quilt show will be at 807 and 817 Metcalf Street.  Two locations!  We need a lot of room to put up all of the quilts! 

If you are familiar with Sedro-Woolley's downtown core, these two addresses are the former Courier Times building and the former Oliver Hammer building (OH moved one address south - yes, you can still shop there and they are bigger than ever!).  The Courier Times, Sedro-Woolley's weekly newspaper, is now published at the location of its parent company in Mount Vernon.

So just come to downtown Sedro-Woolley and look for the signs that say "quilt show".  There is plenty of parking in the municipal parking lots just off Metcalf.  Blast from the Past is a festival for strolling, and you'll enjoy the downtown ambiance!  Look for the vintage car show on Sunday, just off Metcalf, in front of the Sedro-Woolley Museum (intersection of Woodworth and Murdock).  Lots of restaurants, lots of family fun!  Come early!  Stay late!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quilt Show Registrations - there's still time!

We are still accepting quilt entries for the show! Please complete a form - available at Cascade Fabrics in downtown Sedro-Woolley - and drop off the form, there, too! You'll need the dimensions of your quilt and a photo of your quilt. Turn-in day is Tuesday, May 31st and you'll need to add a sleeve to your quilt before you bring it to Cascade Fabrics that day.

Our objective is to include quilts from as many local quilters as possible - don't be shy! Quilters are inspired by seeing others' hard work and we would love to see yours!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blast of Color - time to register your quilts!

As the Blast of Color quilt show approaches, so do deadlines!

Quilt registration forms are due May 16, 2011 at Cascade Fabrics in Sedro-Woolley. Or give them to Teri Bever or Peggy Toyne, who are the Registration Divas.

Quilt turn-in day is May 31 at Cascade Fabrics.

Need to mail a form? Mail it to Peggy Toyne at the address listed on the form.

Need a form? There are lots at Cascade Fabrics and an electronic copy (MS Word format) has been sent to every WFQ member - plus a few more people! Ask any member to e'mail it to you!

A photo of your quilt MUST accompany the registration form! This is pretty standard in quilt shows. An easy way to do it is to print a digital photo on the BACK of your completed form. Then they'll never be separated! If you have a separate photo, be sure to put identifying info on the back of it so we can match it to the form if they become separated.

Quilt not quite done? You can take a photo of the "top" and submit it with the form on May 16th. Then finish the quilt by turn-in day!

Each quilt MUST have a hanging sleeve on the back (at the top...) that is at least 4 inches high and runs the length of the quilt. See form for details. This is also a standard feature in quilt shows.

Choose one category for your entry. Categories this year are:

Large - those quilts over 200 inches in circumference
Small - those quilts that are 41 inches to 199 inches in circumference
Miniature - those quilts that are 1 inch to 40 inches in circumference
Theme - any quilt that you want entered under our theme, "Blast of Color"
Challenge - any quilt that you want entered as meeting the rules for our special challenge (see previous post)
Youth - any quilt made by a person UNDER 19 years of age
Other - this category is for anything that is not described above - probably totes, wearables, pillows, and other fiber creations that are not quilts with a measurable circumference

These categories are for the "People's Choice" voting that will take place on Friday and until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Votes will be tallied after 2 p.m. and winners announced at 3 p.m. when we'll also pin the ribbons on the winners!

We also have three Very Important Celebrity Judges from the community who will each choose a favorite and a ribbon will be awarded for Judges' choices, too.

Winners receive a handcrafted award ribbon and glory!

We'll use the entry forms to begin the process of laying out the show, so it's critical that you turn in your forms by the deadline. If you have questions, ask Peggy (her number is on the form).

All quilters are welcome to enter! Please show your quilts with pride! Don't worry about your skill level or competing with others. This show is for FUN, which is why we also have the People's Choice voting. That makes it fun for quilt-appreciators, too!

Thanks for participating! Last year the quilt show was the talk of the town and we want to show everyone what we have been doing all during this LONG winter!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

WFQ Quilt Show gets closer!

Our 2011 theme is "Blast of Color" and the artwork for our poster really illustrates the theme! Thanks to artist Gary Daum and his great talent, we're inviting everyone to come and see our colorful quilts!

Friday, March 25, 2011

local quilt shows coming up!

April 8-9, 2011

180 Quilts ... Raffle ... Vendors. Come and enjoy!

Stanwood Middle School
9405 271st Street NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
Featured quilters: Cama Quilters

Clark County Quilters’ 36th Annual Quilt Show
Theme: “It’s a Beautiful Day”

April 7-8-9, 2011 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vancouver Church of Christ 9019 NE 86th ST, Vancouver WA

200 quilts on display, vendors, free parking, demonstrations

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quilters Flash Mob Parade!

It's National Quilting Day! So to celebrate we had a quilters' flash mob parade in downtown Sedro-Woolley! 14 intrepid members of WFQ (and friends) paraded the six blocks (three down- three back) to celebrate our DAY and to advertise the quilt show coming in June. The only National Quilting Day parade in America!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Here are some upcoming quilt shows in the Pacific Northwest that you'll want to attend!

Peninsula Quilt Guild Quilt Show
March 18-19-20, 2011
Theme “Quilting at the Beach”
Over 100 quilts will be on display.
Demonstrations, raffle quilt.
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake ST
Ilwaco WA 98624
Admission: Free

Quilters Anonymous 30th Annual Quilt Show
Theme: Quilters Without Borders”
March 18-20, Friday and Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4
Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe WA
Admission $7 – good for three days
Over 550 quilts on display
Vendors, demonstrations, featured artist Maurine Roy, Honored member Bunnie Johanson

Tri-Cities Quilters’ Guild 28th annual quilt show
Theme: Sew Many Scraps…Sew a Patchwork Quilt
Friday, March 18, 2011 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 19th, 2011 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 West Grandridge BLVD, Kennewick WA
Vendors, demonstrations, door prizes, special exhibit of aprons, silent auction, challenge quilt, potholder sale.
National Featured Artist: Quilts of Jackie Robinson
Member Featured Artist: Darlene Smith

Clark County Quilters’ 36th Annual Quilt Show
Theme: “It’s a Beautiful Day”
April 7-8-9, 2011 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vancouver Church of Christ 9019 NE 86th ST, Vancouver WA
200 quilts on display, vendors, free parking, demonstrations

Quilt Show Challenge

We can hardly wait until June 3-4-5, when the Woolley Fiber Quilters will have their 2nd annual show! So to get ready, we are having a quilt challenge - these entries will be exhibited at the show and will be subject to voting by the public. Here are the rules:

Finished piece must be 100 inches or less in diameter.
Quilt must contain at least one item purchased from a dollar-type store - visible on the front.
Quilt must have a label on the back that includes the receipt for the item you purchased.

That's it! Start those creative engines humming! And finish those other entries for the show - entry details coming in a future post. But soon!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Margaret Miller Easy Pieces Workshop - it was great!

We had such a great lecture and workshop this weekend with the legendary Margaret Miller. She showed us how to play with color and to quickly construct quilt blocks that show off our fabric collections!

Woolley Fiber Quilters will have more opportunities to learn from accomplished quilt teachers like Margaret. Join us!