Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Twisted Log Cabin Workshop, April 10-11th, 2015

On Friday and Saturday, April 10th and 11th, a group of Quilters got together with Jennifer Houlden for a great workshop.  Twisted Log Cabin is a paper pieced quilt and a bit of a challenge, but what a wonderful finished product.

Jennifer's Quilt 

Here is a note from Lorna M. regarding the workshop:

Ten ladies gathered with Jennifer Houlden in the basement of the church on Friday morning and suddenly started dancing and singing, “Let’s Do the Twist!” Well, that’s not exactly what happened, but we had a great time making and then turning the twisted log cabin blocks. The more we turned and twisted the more amazed we were by the number of possible designs we could produce. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful workshop, and several participants are already making plans to try a second version of the design.

Maria cutting strips

Cindy's Paper Pieced Block

To read what Cathy S. says about the workshop, click here to read her blog.

Some Works in Progress

To see more pictures from the workshop click here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 9th, 2015 Meeting

President Micki A. started the meeting with the exciting news that guild members have stepped forward and showed an interest in becoming the chairperson for all of the executive positions for the 2015-16 guild year.  Any other guild members who are interested in chairing an executive position, please contact Micki.

Program Chair Lorna talked about the Canadiana Row Quilt that members having been working on this year.  There were some wonderful examples of some of the rows that have been completed by guild members on display.  It was great to see how each member personalized her own quilt.

Yvonne's Prairie Row

The vendor for the evening was Karen from Kaleidoscope of Quilts in Exeter, ON.  There was a lot of interest in the "Tilda" fabrics that they carry.

Karen from Kaleidoscope of Quilts

Our speaker for the evening was Jennifer Houlden from the Oro-Mendote area (near Orillia, ON).  Jennifer has led an interesting life, living in such diverse areas as the Canadian Arctic and the Australian Outback.  She owns a business called "Quilts by Jen".  Jennifer designs quilt patterns, teaches quilting workshops and makes custom quilts.  Her wonderful trunk show highlighted her use of colour and showed how she has been influenced by the places that she has lived.
Jennifer Houlden

Purely Canadian Quilt

Shuffled Bricks Quilt

Animal Party Quilt

Jacaranda Tree Quilt

To see more of Jennifer's quilts, click here.
After break we had "Show and Tell" and the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters and the gift basket.
Debbie D's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt

Teresa B's Apron made from her Green Mystery Box

Teresa D's Quilt

Micki's Woodland Clover Quilt

To see more pictures from the meeting, click here.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
Our speaker for the evening is Jennifer Houden.  Jennifer's talk is called "Creating Contrast in Your Quilts".  Jennifer will also be teaching a "Twisted Log Cabin" workshop on April 10th and 11th.  To learn more about Jennifer and to read her blog go to .
Our vendor for the evening is Karen from Kaleidoscope of Quilts from Exeter, ON. To visit Kaleidoscopes' website click here.
Quilt show season is well underway. Here is a list of upcoming quilt shows in the area:
April 16-17-Exeter, ON-Heritage Quilt Exhibit
April 24-24-London, ON-Embroiderers' Textile Exhibit
April 24-25-Mississauga, ON-Creative Festival
May 1-2-London, ON-Quilting in the Village.
May 1-3-Windsor, ON-Think Outside the Block Show
May 1-2-Guelph, ON-Gathering of the Quilts Show
May 2-3-Burlington,ON-Stitches In Our Time Show
May 7-9-Ingersoll, ON-Pieces of Magic Show
Check the right sidebar for links to these shows.
Information for the meeting:
*Sign up sheets will be available for the following:
June 11th, LFQG Annual Banquet being held at Greenhills Golf Club
(remember friends are welcome at the banquet)
Remember to bring your cheque books
*Community Outreach Sew-In Day-April 25th-no charge
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share (no more than 2 items)
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing in the following:
**Name Tag
** Notion of the Month -a written suggestion for a speaker, workshop or program idea
See you at the meeting!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Interguild Meeting hosted by London Friendship Quilt Guild

Today the London Friendship Guild hosted the Southwestern Ontario Interguild meeting which is held yearly to exchange ideas.  It was a great day as approximately 55 people made their way to London on this sunny, but cold spring day.  Inside however, there was a warm atmosphere as everyone mingled and shared stories, ideas and food!

Maureen ready at the registration table
Kitchen ladies preparing lunch

Meeting new people

Everyone had letters, numbers, colours and shapes on their nametags directing them to various tables for discussion groups

President of the LFQG, Micki, welcoming all the guests

Delicious lunch to enjoy

It was a very informative day sharing ideas in four different areas:  Guild program, quilt show, communication in the guild and a 'bits and pieces' category.  Lots of notes were jotted down and will be shared with guilds.  Next year's hosts will be Hamilton Quilt Guild.
More photos of the day can be viewed here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 12th, 2015 Meeting

President Micki A. was back from her winter vacation on the Bruce Peninsula and she chaired an interesting meeting.  She informed us that several guild members have expressed an interest in becoming members of the executive for the quilting year 2015-16.  The only position that no one has so far showed an interest in chairing is the Program Committee.  Lynda W. has agreed to head a committee that will contact by phone all members of the guild regarding holding a position on the executive.

Micki had Nancy P. come up to the front to show us her Chatelaine.  Free patterns were available for the Chatelaine at the Welcome table. Micki discussed the uses of the Chatelaine, one of which is a ticket for the fat quarter draw!
Nancy P.'s Chatelaine

Mibsie B. spoke to us about Quilts of Valour and asked for volunteers to piece QOV from kits that she had prepared.  There are also some QOV tops sewn together that need to be quilted.

Mibsie B talking about QOV

The vendor for our meeting was Michelle from Kallisti Quilts in Waterloo.  There was a lot of interest in the Japanese and African fabrics that are Michelle's specialty.

Michelle from Kallisti Quilts

After break, June Klassen (a Lifetime Member of LFQG) presented a Trunk Show of her quilts.
June K.'s Trunk Show

It was interesting to find a picture of a block that June had made in 1990 in one of our guild albums (in the library).  This block was selected to be in the "Friendship Quilt" made by Halton Quilt Guild that was the subject of the last blog post.  June showed us a sampling of her wonderful quilts and explained the different techniques she used in making her quilts including English paper piecing,  3D fabric flowers, hand and machine quilting and many more.  Of particular interest was her "Lifetime Quilt" that is still a work in progress.  Many thanks to June for the inspiration and for all the knowledge and encouragement she has provided to guild!

June's paper pieced Christmas Cactus Quilt

June's "Lifetime Quilt"

June's Celtic Interlace Quilt

June explaining about documenting her quilts

To see more of June's quilts click here.

After June's talk, we had "Show and Tell" and the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters and the gift basket.

Jacqui VMS with the quilt she made from vintage Grandmothers' Flower Blocks

Lynda W. and her "Masculine" Quilt

Christine G with her Table Topper

To see more pictures of the meeting click here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Still Friends

London Friendship Quilters' Guild received the following email from The Halton Quilters Guild.  If any of our present members remember this Quilt and the part that LFQG played in it, we would love to hear about it.

Still Friends - 25 years later!
Your Guild was one of the 60 Quilt Guilds that took  part in the Friendship Quilt.  Along with two individuals, there was a block representing every Province and Territory in Canada.  You can see it again at our Quilt Show!
Halton Quilters Guild presents “Stitches in Our Time”.  The Quilt Show will be held at the Crossroads Centre, Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Friendship Quilt project was started in the Spring of 1990.  Along with your block, you submitted information about your Guild ie. General information, format of meetings, block done by, and anything of special interest about your Guild or area.    The information gathered was compiled into a book and keyed to the blocks in each panel.
In 1991, the Friendship Quilt with the information book was ready to travel and for the next four years, it travelled back and forth across Canada to be featured at participants’ Quilt Shows or special events.
We thought your Guild members, if they were in the area,  might be interested in seeing The Friendship Quilt displayed  and reading the information book from 25 years ago. 
For more information on the Quilt Show, visit our website at

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
Our speaker for the evening is June Klassen.  June is "Lifetime Member" of LFQG.  She joined the guild in 1982.  June will be presenting a Trunk Show of her work.
Our vendor for the evening is Michelle Dunn from Kallisti Quilts.  Michelle specializes in Japanese and African prints.  To visit Michelle's website click here.
On April 25th we will be having a Community Outreach Sew in Day.  There is no charge for this day. It will be held from 9AM-4PM.  Come for the whole day, half a day or just a couple of hours.
Edith and her committee will have quilt top kits to sew, quilts that need to be sandwiched and quilts that are ready for quilting. 
On April 10th & 11th, Jennifer Houlden will be teaching a 2 day Workshop titled Twisted Log Cabin.
It has been decided to let guild members come for only 1 day of the workshop (either Friday or Saturday).  The cost for the 2 day workshop is $65.00, for attending only 1 day the cost will be $40.00.
Now that spring is almost here, the quilt show season is starting again. 
The following shows are being held in March:
Mar 20-21,2015, Oshawa, ON, Quilts from the Heart
Mar 27-29,2015, Etobicoke, ON, Quilt Fever 2015
Mar28-29,2015, Newmarket, ON, Oh My Stars Quilt Show
Check the right sidebar for links to these shows.
Information for the Meeting
*Sign-up sheets will be available for the following:
April 10th & 11th, 2 or 1 day Twisted Log Cabin Workshop
June 11th, LFQG Annual Banquet being held at Greenhills Golf Club
Remember to bring your cheque books
*Members who participated in the Amazing Scrap Challenge, please bring in your quilt tops
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share (no more than 2 items)
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing in the following:
**Name Tag
**Wear something GREEN
See you at the meeting!