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Friday, June 2, 2017

End of the year Banquet

It’s that time again, when our regular meetings are finished and we celebrate the end of our guild activities year with our annual banquet.
It is coming up fast on June 8th at the Oasis Cafe at Fanshawe College. The easiest way is to enter the college grounds from Cheapside Street. Parking is free after 6 pm.
Registration and cocktail hour begin at 6 pm. It is a cash bar. There is also a non-alcoholic beverage station with water and various soft drinks. Dinner begins at 7 pm. It is a plated dinner, beginning with salad and then the main course. Once again there will be a dessert station with several choices. We will then enjoy our speaker, Judy Lyons.
If anyone would like to bring their challenge or any Canada 150 quilts or Canadiana quilts to display, that would be great. If you have any new quilts you have finished, bring them and display them. There is lots of space and it will add a nice touch to the evening.
See you at the banquet.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 11 2017 Meeting -Guild Challenge


I will be posting instead of Cathy, this month. I did not realize this at the start of the meeting and did not take notes of the AGM, the details of the new executive will have to wait for another day. I did take photos of the Guild Challenge and our guest speaker and that is what I will present here.

Each year the guild offers a guild challenge and this year it was to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Lorraine S introduced our guest speaker Mildred Caldwell, a retired school teacher who showed us her mother's handmade Centennial quilt from 1967. Her quilt was so popular, her mother made 3 of them in one summer!

14 guild members took on the challenge to make a quilted item that was to be 150 cm in circumference and had to feature an item that represented a Canadian story. Each quilt had a story attached.  The membership voted on the quilts at break time and after break the entrants each presented their quilts. The winners were:

First Place: Anne L.

2nd Place: Tiny C.

3rd Place: Beth Y.

The 4th place winners:

From Left to Right,
Row 1: Thank you Candi R for making 2 Canada cakes for break time!, Maureen H., Lorraine S,, Jacquie VMS
Row 2: Susan D, Candi R., Bonnie H., Kim Z.
Row 3: Rachel M., Carol V., Lorna, Charlene O

Congratulations and well done! to all those that participated. 

During Show and Tell, Maureen showed us another Centennial Quilt. This one was commissioned by her father from an employee's wife...the name of the maker is not known, but was First Nations born.

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 6th, 2017 meeting

Our speaker for this evening was the very interesting Andrea Manias. She shared with us her quilting journey,  for which she puts the blame squarely on our member Micki A., who introduced her to the art/addiction of quilting. She said she was always a sewer, starting off with making doll clothes and then moving on to making her own clothes. She shared with us some of her quilts, from when she first started until the present.  Her grandmother was a quilter and an embroiderer. This gorgeous quilt, which is 100 years old, was passed on to Andrea from her grandmother. Andrea’s first quilt was from an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day book, a log cabin. She moved on from there to do another log cabin, and then into some samplers. 

She does her own machine quilting on her domestic sewing machine. This Double Wedding Ring was done in sections on her domestic machine.
In addition to quilting, Andrea also has a love for embroidery and embellishments. She took part in one of our workshops a few years ago doing “Manipulated Landscapes”. This was her result. 
She takes part in all kinds of workshops and learning experiences and has branched out from doing traditional quilts into much more art and expressive quilts, although she believes all quilts are art and all quilters are artists. She is using some very innovative techniques, including using photographs, shrunk down very small, to make the bricks in this building. It was a fascinating trunk show. She says she is developing some teaching workshops of her own and they would be wonderful to take.
After Andrea’s presentation, we had member show and tell. Micki A. showed a wonderful scrap quilt, made in her attempt to use up her 2 1/2 inch scraps.
Maureen H. showed her project that she made last year. There was a block pattern released every single day of the year. Some of them are 3 inch blocks with the teeny tiniest of pieces.

Linda W. showed us a bag she made using what sounded like a very interesting process. Might be a good idea for a workshop......
Tiny C. showed us some quilts she made from a book called “Quilted Symphony”. 
Toni showed a quilt made from the Legend of Zelda. To see more photos of Andrea’s trunk show and also from the show and tell, go here

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Meeting Information

Please remember that the meeting date for this month is one week early. We’ll be meeting April 6th.
This month’s speaker is Andrea Manias, talking about “Stupendous Stitches”. She will be holding a workshop on the same subject Saturday, April 8th.
For this month’s meeting, please bring in any finished slab blocks you may have. This is the last date for handing them in at a meeting. Any further blocks you make will need to be given to Rose B. By April 30th, at the latest.
The comfort quilt committee has enough blocks and quilts to be going on with, so we will be taking a break from making Friendship Star blocks.
As usual, please bring your name tag, chatelaine and the notion of the month.
This month’s “notion” is to wear a flower or flowers.
See you Thursday.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Outreach sewing day, March 25, 2017

A large group of members from the guild met on Saturday to work together on a large variety of outreach projects. We worked on slab blocks for the Canadian Quilters Association. Our notion of the month for the March meeting was a strip of green fabric. This pile of fabric turned into a lovely slab block quilt.
Charlene is ironing up the borders for one of our comfort quilts, given to members.
There were also children’s aid quilts and Veteran’s quilts,
 including this finish by Mibsie. 
It’s amazing the amount of work that can be done by a committed and dedicated group of quilters. Add to that, companionship, talk and laughter, and how could it possibly get any better. Thanks everyone.
To see more pictures, go here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 9, 2017 Meeting

We had a very interesting speaker at our meeting this month. She admits she’s not a quilter, and yet, she makes quilts. She makes quilts out of wood and paint. Her name is Cheryl Gardiner, and her business is called Gardiner’s GateShe produces pieces that range from 18 inches, suitable for handing on a goat or a door or a shed, all the way up to 8 feet, that hang on barns. She brought a sample of some of her pieces, which I was able to photograph. The rest of her presentation was a powerpoint slide show, which doesn’t photograph well. There are lots more photos on her web page, though.                                       After her presentation, we had our member show and tell. Unfortunately, I was sitting off to the side a bit too much, so some of the photos aren’t the greatest. Micki A brought a wonderful scrappy quilt, which I believe she said she was donating.
Carol V. brought her finished Flip and Sew project she started in a Jacqui Gering workshop the guild held a few years ago.
Anne L. brought a sweet baby quilt with the cutest elephant on it.
Maureen H. brought her finished leaders/enders Tumbler quilt.
Linda W. brought her finished Snowy Days quilt. There is all kinds of beautiful embroidery on it which the pictures unfortunately don’t show.
Charlene O brought a finished plus sign quilt.

 For more photos from the meeting go here

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March meeting information

Our speaker for this month will be Cheryl Gardiner, from Gardiner’s Gate Barn Quilts. She will be doing a slide show presentation on her designs for the quilt blocks that are found hanging on the outside of barns. We’ve all noted these in our travels around the province. Now we’ll see how they are produced.

Our workshop this month is by Kellie Richardson, from Joyce’s Sewing Centre. She will be doing a class on machine quilting on your domestic machine. The date is Saturday, March 11th.

March 25th is scheduled for a sewing day devoted to our outreach programs. The committee will be there with kits to be made for Quilts of Valour and for Children’s Aid. There will also be some work done on slab blocks for the CQA’s project of doing 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald houses. If you have fabrics that you would like to bring for these, by all means bring them along.

Please remember that our meeting and workshop for the month of April are going to be in the first week, rather then the second, due to the dates of Easter. Our speaker and workshop teacher for April is Andrea Manias. The topic is “Stupendous Stitches”.

For the March meeting, please bring with you:

-completed slab blocks. The blocks turned in at the last meeting made up 2 of the large sized quilts.
-comfort quilt Friendship Star blocks, continuing in the black/white with a bright colour in the centre square. We have received enough of these to do up 2 quilts, with a few left over to go into a third. SO this month’s blocks should make enough for that third quilt.
-notion of the month- a piece of green fabric suitable for sewing into a slab block. This could be a strip of fabric, or a square or rectangle, no smaller than 2 inches please.