Friday, July 31, 2015

July Sew-in Day

Somewhere between 12-15 ladies got together on July 25th for a mid-summer sewing day. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend for the full day. But I did pop in at about 3pm to get a few pictures of what they were up to. Some of the attendees had left, but a few die-hards were still there.

Lorna was there, working on finishing up her Canadiana Row Quilt form last year. She was also working on machine quilting a Quilt of Valour. 

Joy was there, working on a child's quilt, made of dragon fabrics. Here's a close up of the dragons, great fabric for any child.


Barb was there, working on a quilt made of Economy Blocks.



Edith and Penny were both there, with a large supply of quilts for our Children's Aid outreach and also for Quilts of Valour. Edith was preparing a couple of backs for children's quilts.

Lisa was working on a quilt and pillow case for the Children's Aid.


Another of the ladies was working on this quilt for one of her grand children, I believe is what she said. Unfortunately, I've forgotten who that was. Can anybody enlighten me, and I'll edit this and add her name. I must confess here and now to being terrible at remembering names.

The same goes for this next quilt, I've forgotten who was working on it, but it sure is a great pattern. Four patches and Snow Ball blocks, combined to look like Bow Ties.

It looks like a good and productive day was had by all. I'm sorry I wasn't able to be there for the day.

















Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quilt Sightings by Members

 While my husband and I were on vacation a week or so ago, we visited Upper Canada Village. The houses all had reproduction antique quilts on the beds, appropriate for the time frame of 1850-1880. They were gorgeous to look at. I've included the pictures I took here. I hope you enjoy. If any of you are out and about on your summer travels, and have any quilt sightings, send an email to me caleeshepherd@gmail.com with a description of where you were and what you were doing, and I'll post it here on the guild blog.




Monday, July 27, 2015

Cheryl Arkinson Lecture, Nov. 5, 2015

Hello everyone, this is Cathy Shepherd, your new blog editor doing my first post for this blog. And it's an exciting one! Cheryl Arkinson, the co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts, is coming to our area in November. The London Modern Quilt Guild has tickets available for her lecture and trunk show on Nov. 5th at 7 pm. They are kindly giving us the opportunity to experience this trunk show and lecture with them. The page on their blog with the information about the location and ticket prices can be found by clicking here. The tickets are $12.50. The lecture and trunk show will be held at the East Lions Artisan Centre, 1731 Churchill Ave. here in London. You can find out more information about Cheryl at her website here. I already have my ticket. Will I see you there?

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 9th Crossover Meeting

On July 9th, 12 members of the outgoing 2014-15 executive and the incoming 2015-16 executive met at Edith W's home for the annual crossover meeting.  We enjoyed a great potluck dinner and then held an executive meeting where knowledge and lots of paperwork was exchanged.
Edith gave us a final report regarding our Community Outreach numbers for the year.  A total of 54 quilts, 102 pillowcases, 112 placemats and 5 Quilts of Valour were donated during the 2014-15 year.
Amalia let us know that the membership for the guild stood at 119 at the end of the year. 
Membership Registration Forms for the 2015-16 guild year will be available on the blog in early August.
Enjoying the Potluck dinner

Enjoying the Potluck dinner

Amalia at the dessert table
To see more pictures of the meeting click here.

Reminder-There will be a Sew-In-Day on July 25th at the church. This is a free event from 9-4!  Bring your lunch and your own sewing project or Edith will have some Community Outreach projects you can work on.

 

Kim Z (one of our Librarians) will be at the church on the Sew-in-Day on July 25th organizing the library.  If anyone knows of a high school student who needs volunteer hours and would like to give Kim a hand, contact her at kjzwicker1164@live.ca.


Quilter on Vacation-Incoming President Lorna M. shared a picture taken while on vacation in Vancouver in June with her daughter Valerie. Lorna was at "The Cloth Shop", a quilt store on Granville Island in Vancouver.
Lorna in Vancouver


On a personal note-This is my last blog posting as the Blog Editor for LFQG.  I want to thank all of the members of the guild for the support that I have received over the last 2 years.  I have enjoyed this very much and have increased my computer skills a lot!  Cathy S. is taking over as Blog Editor and I know she'll do a great job.  I hear she has some new ideas to keep the Blog fresh and relevant.
All further inquiries and requests regarding the blog should be sent to Cathy at caleeshepherd@gmail.com.
Thanks so much,
Maureen




Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 11th, 2015 Annual Banquet

On Thursday, June 11th, we finished the 2014-2015 guild year with our annual banquet at the Greenhills Golf Club.

There was lots of socializing going on before dinner.



 

After dinner, Lorna M introduced our speaker for the evening, Esther Bryan.

Esther Bryan
 
Esther is the designer and the driving force behind the "Quilt of Belonging".  The following is a quote from the website:
The Quilt of Belonging is a collaborative work of art that recognizes Canada's diversity, celebrates our common humanity and promotes harmony and compassion among people.

Esther told us the story of the quilt-her inspiration, the many volunteers, the gathering of the blocks, the construction of the quilt and the displaying of the quilt.

The Quilt of Belonging on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilization


From the website:
Quilt of Belonging is 120 foot (36 metres) long collaborative textile art project, a richly hued portrait of the human family. Its 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world at the dawn of the new Millennium.
To read more about the Quilt, click here.

Thank you to the Program Committee for organizing a wonderful end to our guild year that celebrated Canada and a special thanks to Anne L for making the Fat Quarter Lollipops that were at every place setting.
Fat Quarter Lollipops

To see more pictures from the banquet click here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mennonite Relief Sale

The annual New Hamburg Mennonite Relief sale was held on May 29th & 30th, 2015.
Over 200 quilts were donated for the quilt auction.  The relief sale raised approximately $350,000 that will go to the Mennonite Central Committee's work around the world.  The featured quilt at the auction is called "Threads of Africa".  It was designed and coordinated by Renske Helmuth and the individual blocks were made by members of the Waterloo County Quilters' Guild.

Click here to see the exciting auction of  "Threads of Africa".

Upcoming Quilt Shows

June 12-13,Sharon, ON, Evolution of Quilts
June 25-28, Port Franks, ON, North Lambton Quilters Guild Show
July 18-19,Toronto, ON, Quilts at the Creek
Sept 12-13, Bobcaygen, ON, Harvest of Quilts
Sept 18-19,St Marys, ON, Quilt Xtravaganza

Check the links on the right sidebar for more information about these quilt shows.
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Quilters on Vacation

Over the last couple of months, 2 of our guild members have gone on vacations that included some quilting adventures.

First was Kim Z, who had promised to take her daughter to New York City for her 16th birthday.
She was able to satisfy her fabric cravings while there.
Kim in NYC

Kim wrote:
While Vacationing in New York City with my daughter Victoria , I was able to find a quilt store called  "The City Quilter", what a great store and worth the small detour. You can see in the background they have an extensive collection of fabrics depicting something about New York and yes, I did indulge in a small amount of fabric.

Second was Gail ML, who along with her husband ,went for a trip into the South East US.  She had some quilting adventures in North Carolina, the Great Smokey Mountains and Virginia.  One of the highlights of her trip was meeting Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame.

Gail and Bonnie in North Carolina

To read Bonnie's Blog posting about the meeting, click here.
Gail also blogged about her adventures in 3 different posts.  Her meeting with Bonnie can be found here.  Gail wrote about doing working on a Sashiko project while traveling here.  Her last post is about visiting a quilt store in Lexington Virginia, see it here.
 
 
If you have any quilting adventures that you would like to share over the summer, take lots of pictures, write a short note and email me at maureeneh52@hotmail.com and we will include it in a blog post.