Monday, April 14, 2014

STITCH AND FLIP workshop with Jacquie Gering

Saturday, April 12th dawned bright and early for a group of excited LFQG quilters as we set up our sewing machines and lovingly arranged our fabric scraps for a workshop with Jacquie Gering of Chicago.  We had a wonderful time.  Jacquie is such a great teacher and was there with us every step of the way giving us encouragement and ideas and helping us figure out which way on earth this triangle should face!!  There was lots of laughter (and some coffee!) to chase away any remnants of grogginess.

Jacqui getting ready to teach :-)

Jacquie began by explaining how to make the various units and then set us loose chain piecing the units so we could begin experimenting with layouts.  That's when the real buzz began around the room and we were able to look around and see lots of cool ideas percolating on various design walls.  We learned the importance of pinning the units to the design walls as some of us had the misfortune of having them flutter to the ground. 

explaining the various block types that can be made

 ........what happens if you flip the different style blocks around

showing various layouts and designs

Lorna's layout

Tiny making letters

Carol is trying out a wedding ring   
Rose got her first swirl sewn together

Thank you Jacquie for coming to Canada to inspire us!  It was a wonderful day.  To see more pictures of the workshop day, click here

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 10th, 2014 Meeting

Last Thursday's meeting was just fantastic!!
It started with lots of action happening at our "Vendor for the Month" tables.
Pam Denesyk from "Mad About Patchwork" in Stittsville was visiting us again.
There were lots of purchases being made.
To visit Pam's website click here.


Next was a mini Trunk Show of the "Quilts Of Valour" that have been made over the past year by guild members.  The quilts will be delivered in May.

Mibsie and Edith showed us the block that we will be making for next years Quilts of Valour.
Edith with the new Quilts of Valour block
 To see more pictures of the Quilts of Valour, click here.

After the break, Jacquie Gering, our speaker for the evening was introduced.  Jacquie is originally from Kansas and is now living in Chicago.  We are honoured to be the first international guild to have Jacquie as a speaker,  It was very interesting hearing about Jacquie's background and how her family has influenced her quilting.  Her "Modern Quilting" style  with unique quilting techniques and fabric choices showed us a new and different approach to quilting.  It was a wonderful talk and trunk show!  To visit Jacquie's blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, click here.
Jacquie Gering

Television quilt


To see more of Jacquie's quilts click here.

The meeting ended with another great "Show and Tell".

Karen W's Quilt

Deb R.'s Quilt
To see more pictures from the meeting and from Show and Tell, click here.
See you in May at our next meeting.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April/May 2014 Newsletter

The April/May 2014 newsletter has been posted.  Go to the "Newsletter" section on the right sidebar to access the newsletter.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 2014 Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
Our Speaker for the Meeting is Jacquie Gering from Kansas City.  Her lecture is titled "Quilting Modern, Honouring Tradition. To learn more about Jacquie, click here to go to her blog.
Our Vendor for the Meeting is Pam Denesyk from Mad About Patchwork in Stittsville, Ontario.
To view Pam's website, click here
We will have a special Quilts of Valour Show and Tell at the meeting. The quilts that have been made by guild members will be delivered in May.

Cathy S. has asked that the link to the pattern for the "London Roads" quilt block be put on the blog again.  All guild members are asked to contribute a block by the May Meeting, so that the quilt can be put together during the summer.  Click here for the pattern.
April is the beginning of Quilt Show season and in the next few weeks there will be quilt shows in Ontario that you might like to visit. 
They include:
April 11-12 in Shedden
April 12-13 in Orillia
April 24-26 in St Marys
May 2-3 in Chatham
May9-11 in Ottawa
For more information on these shows check the links on the right sidebar.
There also will be a special show on April 19th from 2-4 PM.  June Klassen, who was a long time guild member, is having a Show of her Quilts to celebrate her 80th Birthday.  It will be held at Wesley Knox Church, 91 Askin St, London.
Information for the meeting:
*Sign-up sheets for-
The June 14th Bus trip to  Quilt Canada 2014 in St.Catharines
Tickets for our annual Banquet (June 12th)
will be available-remember to bring your cheque books
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share with other members (no more than 2 items)
*London Roads blocks
*2 1/2" X WOF strips in autumn colours for next years Quilts of Valour
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following items-
    ** Name tag
    **"Notion of the Month"-  A Daffodil-(a real one, a plastic one, a quilted one, whatever kind you have)

See you Thursday!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Anne Lyons Workshop-March 29th, 2014

Anne Lyons wasn't kidding when she named her March 29th workshop "Quilting Tips, Tricks and Other Stuff".  It was a day packed with information on useful tools, storage ideas and dollar store finds.  She taught several ways to make flying geese and half square triangles, introduced paper piecing and demonstrated a disappearing four patch and nine patch, easy log cabin construction, a fast and fun landscape and a new technique for basting a quilt.  Amazingly there was also time to work on two projects-a fast and fun table topper of baby blanket depending on fabric used and a border print table topper with mitred corners.  Everyone agreed it was a most informative and fun filled day.  Anne was both patient and accommodating and she even brought cookies.

Lorna M.


Debbie D
Brenda H with a completed mitred corner

Cindy F and her completed Table Topper

To see more pictures from the workshop click here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 13th, 2014 Meeting

Last Thursday's Meeting was filled with Information and Inspiration.
President Micki let us know that guild members have stepped forward to fill all of the Executive Positions except for Vice President (and possibly Newsletter) for the 2014/15 Guild year.  She also told us that the committee formed to revise the Constitution has finished the revision and that the proposed new Constitution is on the Blog (right sidebar).
Program Coordinator Lorna  told us about our Guild Banquet that will be held on June12th,2014 at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. We will have a Buffet Dinner and see a Trunk Show of some of the 300 antique quilts in the Village's Collection.
Lorna also let us know that the Bus Trip to Quilt Canada has been opened up to the public.  She will be letting other local guilds know about the openings.
Quilt Show Coordinator Charlene gave us an update on our Quilt Show and introduced the "London Roads" Quilt that we will be making for the Quilt Show. To see the pattern for the block click here.


London Roads Block
Outreach Program Coordinator Edith and Outreach Program Member Mibsie showed us the Quilt that they are going to use for upcoming "Quilts of Valour". They are asking guild members to donate 2 1/2" by WOF strips of fabric in "fall colours (orange, gold, brown, dark red, dark green).
Edith and Mibsie with the new "Quilts of Valour" Pattern

Program Committee Member Jacqui reminded us about the " Road Runs Through It" Challenge.  The challenge quilt is due by the May Guild Meeting.  To see the rules for the challenge go to the link on the right sidebar.
Our Vendor for the evening was Joan from Sew Creative in Mount Brydges.  Guild members were having a good time examining and purchasing  "Quilty Stuff"
Joan from Sew Creative

The highlight of the meeting was the two Trunk Shows by Guild members Carol V and Ruth M.
What amazing quilts!!
Ruth showed her quilts first. She started with one of her early quilts and continued with her progression through piecing, hand quilting, hand applique and machine quilting.
Ruth's Quilts

 To see more of Ruth's quilts, click here.

Carol's quilts included hand and machine quilting, applique and embroidery all done with her improvisational and unique style.  Her T-shirt quilts, comic book quilts and quilts with words were very eye-catching and interesting.
Carol's Quilts

To see more of Carol's quilt's, click here
It was wonderful to see the quilts of two very talented women.  Ruth and Carol have different styles, but are both at the top of their game!!!
The meeting ended with another great "Show and Tell".
Barb A with her quilt

Lynda W describing her quilt

To see more pictures from the meeting and from Show and Tell, click here
See you in April at our next Guild meeting.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wool Applique Projects

At the March meeting, Jill Buckley, "Quilt Artist Extraordinaire" was a guest.  Guild members who had participated in Jill's Workshop, "Embellished Wool Applique", brought in their projects to show her.  Some of the projects were finished and some were still works in progress, but all were beautiful  and it was great to see them.



Sorry the colour is so "yellow".  I couldn't seem to get the colour changed to a more normal hue.
Thanks again Jill for a wonderful workshop!!!