February 1st, 2011
A funny thing happened on my way to Portland Modern Quilt Guild at PNCA last summer - I met THE most amazing, talented, friendly, fun and enthusiastic women ever. One of those incredible PMQG women happens to be Cherri - and this last Saturday Cherri held an open house to celebrate her new studio with all her friends and PMQG members. The night before, I was excited like a kid who couldn’t sleep in anticipation for the big field trip the next day, and I almost put a dress out… and shiny shoes… and stockings… and then I remembered I hadn’t shaved my legs. Hello blue-jeans.
My first time to St. Johns - what a darling/artsy/quirky neighborhood. I fell in love. It was my first time across the St. Johns Bridge too (I’ve traveled under it, just never on it). As we enter the building, we can’t help but be in awe of the views, light, beams and space. Retreat fantasies begin.
Violet and her girls (one of which belongs to the pink boots, both of which belong to the peek’sters above).
Traci demos the party favors - adorable little color pencils.
I love when art happens… the coats, the quilts… all the colors go so beautifuly together. Planned? Spontaneous? Or maybe it just happened because someone put a bird on it.
A gorgeous quilted and embroidered prezzie for Cherri made by Jen.
Another prezzie for Cherri - Marcia made the cutest little bag (a mod’d mini version of Alicia Paulson’s Jane Market Bag - with birds on it and goodies inside, and it even matched what Marcia was wearing. Art happens yet again. Birds.
IRL tutorial… Jen shows us nifty tricks on putting in a zipper and making a clutch bag - which she gave to Tamara (after Jen finished it in only a handful of minutes). I worked hard at trying to convince Jen she needed to re-do the demo - about 8 more times.
Traci tutes her daughter - Social Media 101.
Cherri lets us all have a turn trying out her new Handiquilter long arm machine. Rachel so kindly gave everyone a quick lesson and lots of supportive guidance (thank you, Rachel!). Joan, Jill and Traci take a whirl. It’s so much fun, and dang it… now I want one, too.
Cherri’s inspiration board - it’s a like 3D version of Pinterest. I’d like to repin some of that FMF right onto my board.
Cherri tells us what’s the haps are on her inspiration wall - hopefully we’ve convinced her to do a tute on her blog to make that cool knot block. Cherri has a gift - she’s got insights and ideas and she knows how to convey them and share them. Cherri could find a way to make the phonebook into a work of art - and she’d be able to teach you how to do it, too. Even without a bird. I’ve learned some of the neatest things from Cherri - from how I look at things to how I do things. And she’s a kick in the pants and a kind soul on top of it. Everyone needs a Cherri in their life - and we’re so lucky she’s in ours!
Joan and Jen have also blogged about our amazing day, and have more to tell + have beautiful photos to see.
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