Blog Sampler

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 12, 2017 meeting

Thanks go out to the program committee and to Shirley from the Marsh Store for this meeting. As mentioned in the information post, our speaker for this month had to cancel, so Joan Hillhorst agreed to come and speak for us. Well, Joan had to cancel as well, so our trusty program committee chairperson arranged for Shirley to speak. Thanks to both of them for quickly stepping up for us.
Also, before going into the happenings at the meeting, I want to issue thanks to all our members for the support you are giving to the comfort quilts committee. There were over 40 black and white with coloured centres handed in at the meeting. Thank you so much! And please, keep them coming.

Shirley gave a wonderful talk for us. She went into some of the trends that are new this year. Apparently, the colour of the year, according to the Pantone website, found here, the colour for this year is called “Greenery”. The website shows the colour and also a bunch of coordinating colours. It looks like a great place to go for colour inspiration. She showed us some new products that came out this year at Quilt Market, and also talked a bit about some of the quilty projects going on for Canada’s 150th  birthday celebrations. I’m going to do some digging, and get in touch with Shirley and see if I can’t get some of the posted with some links to information about them into the blog’s side bar. The she showed us some of her quilt projects. One of her easy quilts was an Irish Chain. This one was a colour wheel study where she took specific colours from the colour wheel and arranges them into a quilt. She did a series of quilt doing big and little sizes of the same blocks to make big and little quilts. She showed us a landscape quilt
and also a couple of projects using border print fabrics. There were many other fun quilts to see. I’ll give a link at the end of this post to our google photo album.
After Shirley finished showing all her wonderful quilts, we had member show and tell.
Rose showed a quilt as you go scrap project, to use up strips and strings of fabric, and also all those small bits of batting that result from trimming the edges of a finished quilt. What a great idea! Here’s the front 
and the back. Anne didn’t show a quilt, but instead showed us her chart that lists all her UFOs, WIPs, and other lists she’s made up to keep herself organized. 
Kim Showed us a finished pillow, made from Lorna McMahon’s workshop. 
Julia brought a finished Christmas quilt. Charlene showed a quilt that was made from a top that was originally made by her Grandmother. She inherited the top, and made it into a finished quilt. For more pictures from the meeting, go here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 2017 meeting info

Good afternoon, everyone.  Our first meeting of the new year is happening on the 12th.

Our speaker for this month, Andrea Manias, has had to cancel both her trunk show and her workshop for January. We are hoping to re-book her for later in the year, perhaps April.

Joan Hilhorst from Sew Creative in Mt Brydges will be the vendor.

There are four kits made up for the Veterans’ Poppy Quilts for the palliative care rooms at Parkwood Hospital. If you are a part of a group that gets together to sew, would you consider taking one of these kits to put together a top. It is a very easy and fast pattern to do. The kits with the fabric and the pattern will be available at the meeting.

Please bring with you your Friendship Star blocks for the comfort quilts, using the current colours black/white/coloured centre square, instructions and pictures found here. If you have purple ones, as well, bring those too.

The notion of the month is a snowflake. As always, remember your name tag and your chatelaine for free tickets for the fat quarter draws.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog Sampler Windmill

This week’s block is called Windmill. One of many blocks by this name.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric #1:   cut  2  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
                            cut 4   @  2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
Light fabric #2:   cut 2   @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
Dark fabric #1:    cut 2  @   2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
Dark fabric #2:    cut 2  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the light #1 and light #2   2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inch squares.
Pair the two light #1  2 3/8 inch squares with the two  dark #1  2 3/8 inch squares. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn lines. Cut these apart on the drawn lines and press towards the dark. Do the same thing with the two light #2 and the two dark #2  2 3/8 inch squares.

Take the light #2/dark#2 triangle squares and arrange them into a pinwheel as shown below and sew together.

Sew a  2 inch x 3 1/2 inch rectangle on either side of the pinwheel unit. Sew a light#1/dark#1 triangle square on either end of the remaining 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles, as shown below.

Sew these to either side of the windmill unit.

Go here for the finishing instructions.  The light large triangles are on the outside of this one.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Comfort Quilt new colours

The new colours for the comfort quilt blocks for the next few months will be blacks and whites with coloured centres. The centres should be a solid or a tone on tone in a bright colour. This will involve a slight change in the cutting instructions for the blocks. 
Black-      cut 4 @ 3 1/2 inches
White-     cut 4  @ 3 1/2 inches
Brights-   cut 2 @ 3 1/2 inches
The rest of the instructions as posted in the side bar remain the same.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 2016 Meeting

It was an ugly Christmas themed evening for the December meeting. Members were encouraged to wear their ugly/funky/festive Christmas sweaters to the meeting. The best, or worst depending on your point of view, were voted on. These three were the winners. 

The theme continued into the crafts.

 We had our annual parade of placements that were collected for the Meals on Wheels organization. We ended up with a total of 130 placemats.

And then there was show and tell. Joan, Bonnie and Yvonne Made up a quilt for the Veteran’s Care Palliative Care Rooms on a retreat they went on a few weeks ago.

Susan showed her finished pillow from the workshop led by Lorna McMahon.

Lorna showed her absolutely insane houses wall hanging. Those houses are tiny!

Toni showed her game character quilt.
For more pictures from the meeting, go here.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blog Sampler Virginia Reel

This week’s block is the Virginia Reel.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric:     Cut 1  @ 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches square. Cut this square twice on the diagonals
                         Cut 4  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square. Cut these squares once on the diagonal.
Dark fabric:     Cut 1  @ 4 1/4  x 4 1/4 inches square. Cut this square twice on the diagonals.
                         Cut 4  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches squares. Cut these in half once on the diagonal.

Using the photos below as a guide, pair up a light 2 3/8 inch triangle with each of the dark 4 1/4 inch triangles, right sides together. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on the long seams. Do the same with the dark 2 3/8 inch triangles and the light 4 1/4 inch triangles. You’ll end up with 8 units looking like this. Press towards the 2 3/8 inch triangle.
Pair up the remaining light 2 3/8 inch triangles with the dark 4 1/4 inch unit, and the dark 2 3/8 inch triangles with the light 4 1/4 inch units. 
Sew along the long seam on each one. You’ll end up with 8 units looking like this. Press towards the 2 3/8 inch triangle. You’ll end up with two sets of four flying geese, with opposite placement of the colours. Arrange these geese units as shown below, and sew together into pairs.

Arrange those pairs as shown, and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions. The dark triangles are on the outside this time.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 2016 Meeting information

This is going to be our Christmas meeting. There won’t be a speaker for this meeting. Instead there are some fun activities planed.

-Wear your fun/funky/ugly Christmas sweaters.
-Bring a basic hand sewing kit. There are some crafts planned.
-The vendor for the meeting is Shirley from the Marsh Store.

Here are a few reminders of other things to bring with you.
-a mug for coffee or tea
-placemats for Meals on Wheels
-notion of the month- personal hygiene items for My Sisters’ Place
-purple/cream Friendship Stars. This is the last month for purple/cream. The colour for January will be announced in a separate post.

See you Thursday.