The London Friendship Quilters Guild is a non-profit organization whose aims are to promote an appreciation for the art and craftsmanship of patchwork and quilting; provide educational opportunities in the art of quilting; and provide a forum for friendly exchange of ideas and information.
A small, but enthusiastic group of us met on Saturday for some time for sewing, quilting, fun and conversation. It was great to see some quilty friends mid-summer.
Mother and daughter, Lyndsey and Lorraine. Cindy,
Susan and Edith,
and Gail were just a few of those attending.
I hope everyone has been having a fabulous summer, so far.
The guild is hosting a summer sew-in day at the church this coming Saturday, July 22nd. The times are from 9am to 4pm. There will be outreach projects there to work on, or you are more than welcome to bring your own. Also, bring your own lunch. If you can’t be there for the whole day, feel free to drop in for an hour or two. Maybe bring a hand work project and sit and visit for an hour or two.
Edith is asking for those attending to bring back any outreach projects that you have that may be finished.
Hope to see lots of people on Saturday, and have a chance to catch up on what’s happening. See you then.
On June 27th, 2017, Lorna M, Bonnie H, and Cathy S attended a meeting of the Resident’s Council at Parkwood Hospital, Western Counties Wing where the veterans live. We presented the council with the poppy quilts that the guild made for the palliative care rooms. They were very gratefully received. We were able to get some pictures of the quilts in place in one of the rooms, along with the lady who is president of the Veteran’s resident council. Thanks, so much to Carol Miller for approaching us to do this project. And also, a huge thanks go to our guild for supporting this cause and to all who worked on the quilts. Great job, everyone! To see more photos of the quilts in place in the room, go to our group photos page here.
It’s that time again, when our regular meetings are finished and we celebrate the end of our guild activities year with our annual banquet.
It is coming up fast on June 8th at the Oasis Cafe at Fanshawe College. The easiest way is to enter the college grounds from Cheapside Street. Parking is free after 6 pm.
Registration and cocktail hour begin at 6 pm. It is a cash bar. There is also a non-alcoholic beverage station with water and various soft drinks. Dinner begins at 7 pm. It is a plated dinner, beginning with salad and then the main course. Once again there will be a dessert station with several choices. We will then enjoy our speaker, Judy Lyons.
If anyone would like to bring their challenge or any Canada 150 quilts or Canadiana quilts to display, that would be great. If you have any new quilts you have finished, bring them and display them. There is lots of space and it will add a nice touch to the evening.
See you at the banquet.
I will be posting instead of Cathy, this month. I did not realize this at the start of the meeting and did not take notes of the AGM, the details of the new executive will have to wait for another day. I did take photos of the Guild Challenge and our guest speaker and that is what I will present here.
Each year the guild offers a guild challenge and this year it was to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Lorraine S introduced our guest speaker Mildred Caldwell, a retired school teacher who showed us her mother's handmade Centennial quilt from 1967. Her quilt was so popular, her mother made 3 of them in one summer!
14 guild members took on the challenge to make a quilted item that was to be 150 cm in circumference and had to feature an item that represented a Canadian story. Each quilt had a story attached. The membership voted on the quilts at break time and after break the entrants each presented their quilts. The winners were:
First Place: Anne L.
2nd Place: Tiny C.
3rd Place: Beth Y.
The 4th place winners:
From Left to Right,
Row 1: Thank you Candi R for making 2 Canada cakes for break time!, Maureen H., Lorraine S,, Jacquie VMS
Row 2: Susan D, Candi R., Bonnie H., Kim Z.
Row 3: Rachel M., Carol V., Lorna, Charlene O
Congratulations and well done! to all those that participated.
During Show and Tell, Maureen showed us another Centennial Quilt. This one was commissioned by her father from an employee's wife...the name of the maker is not known, but was First Nations born.
Our speaker for this evening was the very interesting Andrea Manias. She shared with us her quilting journey, for which she puts the blame squarely on our member Micki A., who introduced her to the art/addiction of quilting. She said she was always a sewer, starting off with making doll clothes and then moving on to making her own clothes. She shared with us some of her quilts, from when she first started until the present. Her grandmother was a quilter and an embroiderer. This gorgeous quilt, which is 100 years old, was passed on to Andrea from her grandmother. Andrea’s first quilt was from an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day book, a log cabin. She moved on from there to do another log cabin, and then into some samplers.
She does her own machine quilting on her domestic sewing machine. This Double Wedding Ring was done in sections on her domestic machine.
In addition to quilting, Andrea also has a love for embroidery and embellishments. She took part in one of our workshops a few years ago doing “Manipulated Landscapes”. This was her result.
She takes part in all kinds of workshops and learning experiences and has branched out from doing traditional quilts into much more art and expressive quilts, although she believes all quilts are art and all quilters are artists. She is using some very innovative techniques, including using photographs, shrunk down very small, to make the bricks in this building. It was a fascinating trunk show. She says she is developing some teaching workshops of her own and they would be wonderful to take.
After Andrea’s presentation, we had member show and tell. Micki A. showed a wonderful scrap quilt, made in her attempt to use up her 2 1/2 inch scraps. Maureen H. showed her project that she made last year. There was a block pattern released every single day of the year. Some of them are 3 inch blocks with the teeny tiniest of pieces.
Linda W. showed us a bag she made using what sounded like a very interesting process. Might be a good idea for a workshop......
Tiny C. showed us some quilts she made from a book called “Quilted Symphony”. Toni showed a quilt made from the Legend of Zelda. To see more photos of Andrea’s trunk show and also from the show and tell, go here
Please remember that the meeting date for this month is one week early. We’ll be meeting April 6th.
This month’s speaker is Andrea Manias, talking about “Stupendous Stitches”. She will be holding a workshop on the same subject Saturday, April 8th.
For this month’s meeting, please bring in any finished slab blocks you may have. This is the last date for handing them in at a meeting. Any further blocks you make will need to be given to Rose B. By April 30th, at the latest.
The comfort quilt committee has enough blocks and quilts to be going on with, so we will be taking a break from making Friendship Star blocks.
As usual, please bring your name tag, chatelaine and the notion of the month.
This month’s “notion” is to wear a flower or flowers.
See you Thursday.