Blog Sampler

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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Sampler Anvil

This week’s block is the Anvil.

Cutting Instructions.

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

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the light 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these, right sides together, with the dark 2 3/8 inch squares. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark fabric.

Referring to the photo below, make 4 pairs of triangle squares, in two sets. Note the direction of the light and dark sides of the triangles in the two different sets.

Referring to the photo below, sew a set of the triangle squares to the top and bottom of the medium   3 1/2 inch square.

Take the other set of triangle squares and sew a 2 x 2 inch square on either end, as shown below.

Sew these to the sides of the 3 1/2 inch square.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sew-in day reminder

Just a quick note to remind everyone about the sew-in day planned for this coming Saturday, November 26, 2016. It runs from 9am to 8pm. Bring your own lunch. This is a whatever you want to work on day, not specifically for a project for the guild. If you happen to have any of the purple/cram blocks done for the comfort quilts, could you bring them with you, please. A few of us from the comfort quilt committee will be working to assemble a quilt or two from the blocks. See you Saturday.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blog Sampler Road to Oklahoma

This week’s block is a quite well known one, Road to Oklahoma.

Cutting instructions:
Light fabric:   cut 6  @ 2 x 2 inches square
                       cut 2  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8  inches square
Dark fabric:    cut 6  @ 2 x 2 inches square
                        cut 2  @ 2 3/8 X 2 3/8 inches square

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these, right sides together, with the dark 2 3/8 inch squares. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the dark.

Lay out four of the light 2 inch squares and four of the dark 2 inch squares, as shown below, to make two four patch units.

Lay out the two remaining light and dark 2 inch squares, along with the triangles squares already made, as shown below, and sew together.

Lay out your four patches and your triangle square units as shown below, and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions. The outer triangles on this one are the darks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lorna McMahon Workshop

A group of very enthusiastic animal lovers gathered together on Friday, November 11 to make animals from fabric. The patterns for the animals were provided by Lorna. The colours and fabrics used for the animals were limited only by the participants’ fabric choices and imaginations. Some of us went literal, and some went very whimsical. It was a fun workshop, full of friends and learning and laughter.
Blue birds
and red birds
Literal elephant
Whimsical elephant
Literal dog
Whimsical dog
Two sizes of dogs. 
A large amount of the fun in the workshop was just seeing the variety of interpretation in the choices everyone made for their colours, fabrics and patterns. For more photos of the workshop, go to our Google Photo albums here

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nov. 10, 2016 Meeting

We were treated tonight to the announcement of the viewer’s choice awards from this years quilt show. In addition to that, was a wonderful talk and trunk show from Lorna McMahon, and the some show and tell. So, just a warning, this is going to be a photo heavy post.
First up, the awards from the quilt show.
Honourable mention-  Other quilted Items-  Linda W. for her appliquéd and quilted bag.

Honourable Mention- Miniatures- Anne L for her Cardinal.

Honourable Mention- Wall Hanging- Tiny C- Ocean Meets Lava

Honourable Mention- Small Quilt- Cathy S- La Passacaglia

Honourable Mention- Bed Quilts- Yvonne Y- Owls

First Place- Other Quilted Item- Deb M- Wool Appliquéd Table Mat

First Place- Miniature- Liz G Double Wedding Ring

First Place-Wall Hanging- Lorna M Twisted Log Cabin.

First Place- Small Quilt- Ruth M- Feathered Friends

First Place- Bed Sized- Anne L- Christmas In Times Square. This quilt also took the CQA Viewer’s Choice Best in Show.

After we saw all these wonderful quilts, we were treated to a trunk show by Lorna McMahon.
She has a wonderful modern style, focusing mostly on animals. They are all pieced using squares, rectangles and triangles; no paper piecing and no appliqué. She says she was inspired quite a bit by the designer Charlie Harper. She publishes patterns for quite a few of her designs. And, here’s the amazing thing, she’s only been quilting for 4 years. She’s also hosted a couple of sew alongs on her blog, for which she gives free patterns.

Elephant Parade

Mod Bear Paw, the free sew along pattern found here.


Some very guilty looking cats.


And if all that quilty goodness wasn’t enough, there was show and tell.
Cynthia shared her Foxes.

Jacqui shared one of her UFO finishes.

Toni showed her Thorgie..... part Thor the mythological character and part Corgi dog.

Kim brought her bag, made from the selvages she received in her box from a scrap challenge held a couple of years ago.

There was much more to see in this meeting. The rest of the photos can be found in the Google Photo album here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Vendor for November meeting

Just a quick post to say that our vendor for this Thursday evening is going to be Bert from Grantham Books. So there should be lots of inspiration at the meeting, between Bert’s books and Lorna McMahon’s patterns. So much fun.......