SewDown Portland

I’ve never been much of a traveler; I am a homebody. Recently, I’ve been going out of my comfort zone and I have now traveled twice for sewing retreats. I’m getting hooked on traveling–at least for craftiness!

In early February I went to Portland for the MQG’s SewDown. What a blast! I came in a day early and stayed a day late to see the city and hit the local fabric stores. Boy, did I do that! I came with two bags, neither full, and left just able to squeeze everything in–don’t judge me ;D! I’m sure you can relate to my lack of “fabric control”.

It was quite a weekend just for the weather alone. 

It was the biggest snow storm in 12 years! 


The city looked beautiful, and for this Los Angeles ‘lifer’ it was such a treat.IMG_2948I really enjoyed Portland, from the kind locals to the delicious food. I sewed, chatted and ate my way through the weekend! Yippee!


The Voodoo Donuts didn’t hurt, either!

I had the chance to take a class in paper piecing from Lee Heinrich. Being too intimidated to try paper piecing on my own, this was wonderful. I was able to complete most of the Shooting Star mini quilt top below in the three hour time frame.


Julie Herman showed us the in’s-n-out’s of her SideKick ruler to make diamonds and triangles, in four sizes, with just one ruler–totally cool. We made this piece with Valerie Wells new line of fabric.



The next day we started with Sheri Lynn Wood in an round robin improv class. I left with an 18″x24″ start for an quilt top and a some new ideas on process. It was a great exercise on ‘making things work’ (thank you Tim Gunn) and following the story on the piece in front of you. She encouraged us to really look at what was a happening in the piece in front of us and add to it in a way that compliment its style, instead of bring our own signature to it regardless of how it integrated.


The last class was with the absolutely lovely and super talented Heather Jones. We had meet the prior year at The Makerie in Colorado, but I hadn’t been able to work in a class with her. This was quite a treat. Her straight forward style and clean modern aesthetic is fabulous. We made one of four blocks for her upcoming new pattern “You and Me”.


I came home with new friends, a greater appreciation of the weather–the snow was intense- and a wish that I had signed up for the next one in Nashville! Guess I’m going to have to wait for QuiltCon in Austin next year. Screenshot 2014-03-01 22.35.18

Happy Quilting and talk to you soon!