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 and we will include it in a blog post.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Banquet Reminder

This is a reminder about our annual banquet on June 11th at Greenhills Golf Course in Lambeth.  Tickets are still available until May 31st. Contact Lorna ( or Charlene (  for more tickets.

Upcoming Quilt Shows

May 29-30, Sarnia, ON- A Feast for the Eyes Quilt Show
June 5-6, Fergus, ON-Quilts on the Grand
June 6-7, Alliston, ON, Stitching Among Friends Quilt Show
June 12-13, Sharon, ON, Evolution of Quilting

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

April 25th Sew-In Day and May 14th AGM


Here is a report from Edith W. regarding the Sew-In Day

On  April 25th about a dozen of us gathered for a time of working on various Outreach projects.  Some came for the day, some for just a few hours.  Mibsie had a number of kits for Quilts of Valour and quickly had several gals working on putting those together.  Elaine made several Q of V pillowcases.  Others worked on quilting, sandwiching and basting, marking stitching lines for half square triangles, and hand stitching binding.  Several projects went home for further work.
A huge “Thank you” to all those who participated in a fun and profitable day for our Outreach Program.

Penny H putting a binding on a quilt

Lorraine J piecing a QOV
To see more pictures from the Sew-In Day click here.

May 14th Annual General Meeting

May's meeting was our AGM.  The Outgoing Executive members gave their annual reports.
Lorna giving her report

Micki giving her report

There then was a call for more nominations for the 2015-16 executive.  No more nominations were received.  The guild members who had previously volunteered to hold a position were accepted and the 2015-16 was presented. They include: President-Lorna M, Vice President-Angie S, Secretary-Sharon R, Treasurer-Mary W, Program Committee-Brenda H, Membership-Teresa B, Library-Kim Z & Rachel M, Blog-Cathy Shepherd and Community Outreach-Edith W.
With this New Executive in place, the guild can look forward to another great year!

New Executive Members
Cathy, Teresa, Mary , Sharon, Lorna

New Executive Members
Kim, Rachel, Edith

Joan H. then presented a short demonstration about making computer generated labels for our quilts.  There was a discussion about different products and different methods that can be used.
Joan H demonstrating a computer program

We then had a break where we were treated to some wonderful goodies brought in by some of our guild members.  After break, members of the outgoing and incoming Program Committee presented a Trunk Show. They each showed one of their first quilts and one of their newest quilts.  It was great to see how everyone's skills and have developed over their quilting careers.
One of Anne's first quilts

Tiny's latest quilt

One of Susan's first quilts

Cathy's Insanity Quilt

Cathy's latest finish-The Canada Quilt

We then had a really fun Auction. President Micki was the auctioneer and Teresa D. held up the articles for sale.  Some of the items that were auctioned were surplus from the guild and the rest were donated by guild member Lynette F. who is moving and has to downsize.  The money raised by the auction (more than $100.00) will be given to the Community Outreach Committee for supplies. Thank you Lynette for donating these great quilting items!

Teresa D and Micki auctioning the ironing boards

Teresa D and Micki auctioning the Quilt Stand

The meeting ended with another great Show and Tell and the draws for the fat quarters and the prize basket.

Ruth's Modern Quilt

Jacqui's Blooming 9 Patch

Cynthia's May Flowers

Helen's Peter Rabbit Baby Quilt

To see more pictures from the meeting, click here.

See you at the June Banquet.

Friday, May 8, 2015

May Meeting

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

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
The May meeting is our Annual General Meeting where we discuss changes that may need to be made within the Guild. The Guild Members who have volunteered to be on the 2015-16 Executive will be presented.  However, nominations from the floor for all positions will be accepted and if necessary, a vote will be held.
Each member of the 2014/2015 executive will be giving a short report regarding their position.
Joan H, a member of the guild will be giving a short demonstration on "How to Make a Computerized Quilt Label"
The Members of the Program Committee are presenting a Mini Trunk Show.  Each Committee Member will show 2 of their quilts.
There will not be a vendor at this meeting.
Kim Z. and Rachel M., our Librarians, want to remind all guild members who have books out of the Library, that they need to be returned by the May Meeting.  Also, no books can be taken out at the May Meeting.
We will be having "tea, juice and treats" at break time this meeting, so remember to bring your own mug.
Our June Banquet is being held at Greenhills Golf Course in Lambeth.  There will be a cash bar at 6PM and dinner at 7PM. Tickets are $40.00.  Our Guest speaker at the Banquet is Esther Bryan who initiated the "Quilt of Belonging Project"  To see more information about Esther and the Quilt go to .
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, there will be a Free Sewing Day at the church.  This will be a time to work on your own projects and connect with guild members that you don't see during the summer months. It will run from 9AM until 4PM and remember to bring your own lunch.
Upcoming Quilt Shows
May 18-23, Ailsa Craig-Quilts of France
May 29-30, Sarnia-A Feast for the Eye Quilt Show
June 5-6, Fergus-Quilts on the Grand
June 6-7, Alliston-Stitching Among Friends
June 12-13, Sharon, ON-Evolution of Quilting
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
*Mark your Calendar for July 25th's Free sewing day 
*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
**Your Mug for Break time
** Notion of the Month -a flower (a real one, a fake one, fabric with flowers)
See you at the meeting!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Jennifer Houlden Blog Post and Sew-In day Reminder

Jennifer has written a wonderful blog post about her visit to our guild and the workshop that she taught. To see her blog click here.

On Saturday April 25th there will be a Sew-In Day at the church from 9-4.  This is all about helping with our Community Outreach Program.  Edith and her Committee will have quilts to sew together, quilts to sandwich, quilts that need to be quilted and quilts to bind.  There is no charge for the day, come for an hour or for the whole day, whatever time you can spare. Bring your own lunch and come enjoy some time working with other guild members.