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Quilt Show 1999

25th Annual Show

The Oregon Quilt

One of the quilts shown this year was "The Oregon Quilt". The story of this quilt:

From a seed an idea grows -- and so does a quilt when an idea is planted.

While traveling on the East Coast in 1972, DeLoris and Herb Stude saw the "Hudson River Quilt" made in 1969-72 which had many scenes of New York state. When DeLoris returned to Oregon, she knew a seed had been planted. She approached a group of quilters with the idea of creating a quilt depicting some of Oregon's history and geographical significance.

Over the next two years, 21 ladies designed, pieced and stitched 30 blocks into a quilt. These ladies had varying degrees of experience; some were artists, some were involved in the quilting business in the Portland area, and many just enjoyed the activity and camaraderie of the group.

At each gathering, pieces of cloth were discussed for color, type and use, and shared for the many blocks. The quilt is bordered in blue and backed with gold -- representing the official colors of Oregon.

As the quilt neared completion, the ladies planned a quilt show. Portland Community College, then located at 12000 SW 49th Avenue, requested the show be held on the college campus the spring of 1974. Held March 3-27, 1974, with over 10,000 attending, the show as an overwhelming success for these ladies! The women, excited by this interest in quilting, planned a gathering held at Lloyd Center with the hopes of starting more quilting groups. When this meeting concluded, more than 140 people had joined together as several of these groups. And so was born the NorthWest Quilt Guild in September of 1974!

Mrs Stude, on behalf of the group, presented "The Oregon Quilt" to then governor Tom McCall for the State of Oregon, to hang in the Capitol. It was later given to the Oregon Historical Society, where it is kept at this time, to be viewed by all.

...From the NWQ 25th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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The Oregon Quilt
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Katie Wolf
Featured Quilter

Katie Wolf's quilting life brings to mind warm fuzzy thoughts. She is warm, caring and a natural teacher wanting everybody to enjoy quilting as much as she does. She approaches quilting in a positive way and loves helping others.

Katie began quilting in 1981 taking a beginners quilting class from Vera Enghouse at Vera's shop in St. Johns where, Katie was astonished to learn, she featured all 100% cotton yardage. That class was all it took -- Katie was off and running.

Katie has three daughters, two stepdaughters, five granddaughters and two great grandchildren, a boy and a girl, and she has made quilts for each of them. Several quilts feature a heart with a photo transfer of herself and the child for which the quilt was intended. If a child has "helped" with the stitching, those precious stitches are zealously guarded, and not to be removed. This is a very important part of the quilt, no matter their size or quality.

Quilts are featured throughout her home, on couches, on beds, stacked on shelves, on the dining room table and of course on the walls. Her home is a veritable gallery.

Katie loves rescuing and restoring old quilts. Her family and friends are always on the lookout to find old quilts for her in their travels. Her restored, much beloved quilts now number fifty or more and all her quilts "talk to her". She feels each one has a story to tell and she listens well to where they were made and what they've encountered during their lives.

We in Northwest Quilters are very fortunate to have Katie as a member, sharing her knowledge and love of quilting with all of us.

...From the NWQ 25th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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Judy Robertson -- Unique Fabric Makes Unique Quilts

Judy is from Washington State and is the owner of Just Imagination. She is one of the vendors in our Merchant Mall. She hand dyes her own fabric and will share with us a little about her business and show us many examples of how her fabrics can be used.

Elaine Spence -- Art To Wear

Elaine has been a designer for five years in the Fairfield Fashion Show. She won Best of Show in Rags to Riches in Tacoma, Washinton. She is well known in the area for her unusual and very wearable art.

Barbara Wood -- Designing A Sewing Studio

After much research Barbara recently remodeled a part of her home and added a sewing studio. She will share her ideas and also show slides of several other sewing studios of Northwest Quilters members.

...From the NWQ 25th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

Betty Blais Freezer Paper Applique
Jamie Davis Baltimore Applique Flowers
Janet Irwin Hand Applique
Helene Knott Watercolor Quilts
Learn how to Create a Fabric Booklet
Jean MacTarnahan Learn all about making Miniature Quilts
Joy Nichols Hand Applique
Machine Piecing
Hand Quilting
Beth Nimmo Learn all about making Miniature Quilts
Sandy Ray Blind Hem Applique
Priscilla Schrock Miniatures Trunk Show
Suzette Decourcy Shoulders Stitches of Crazy Patches
Silk Ribbon Embroidery
Lorle Starling Sewing Notions for Quilters
Lori Stephans Red Work Embroidery
...From the NWQ 26th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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