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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Russian Quilt Show - Ailsa Craig

I hope many of you were able to visit the Russian Quilt Show put on by Cotton by Post in Ailsa Craig!

I made it out there and the quilts were amazing! The fabrics and the styles were so different than what we usually see here. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos of the the quilt show, so I cannot post anything here, but I recommend you visit our Linda G's blog as she posted about her experiences taking a couple of the classes. Also, here is the article that appeared in the Saturday's Free Press.

And here again is the Russian Quilters' website.

...This just in! Gail sent me these photos from the Fashion Show:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Change of venue!

This just in! Our UFO Madness day on October 27 will be held at Rowntree Memorial Church, 156 Elliot St at Cheapside instead of St. George's. This is the same church where our last quilt show was held.

Also there is still spaces available in Kathleen Bissett's workshop "Rhthyms in Stained Glass-Modular Coffee Table Quilts". This workshop will be held on Friday, November 9th, and the cost is a very reasonable $25.00 for members! The supply list is available from our VP: Rose B. Kathleen Bissett will be presenting her "The Colour of my Quilts" lecture and trunk show on the Thursday, November 8th guild meeting.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Guest Speaker: Beverly White

Beverly White started quilting in 1990 when she moved to Port Elgin from Toronto. She got hooked into quilting by taking a "Quilt in a day" class. Soon she was taking classes, joining the local quilt guild, and eventually on the executive of the Bluewater Guild in Owen Sound.

She had a strong interest in Crazy quilts, learning as much as she could about them. She made one crazy quilt out of corduroy and was asked to enter it in Quilt Canada in Thunder Bay, in the category of "Unconventional Materials". She will use anything to embellish her quilts, showing us samples with chicken bones, broken china found in her garden to little doll shoes. "If you call it 'found objects', it is accepted in the art world!", she joked. "Weird, but there it is."

Her other passion in quilting was paper pieced log cabin quilts. She taught this technique for many years. She showed us many examples, where she experimented with colour placement and even piping; she wanted the logs to look more like real logs. In the photo below she combined her paper pieced log cabin with another's technique in this guild challenge to "use more yellow".

She showed us many examples of where she experimented with dye resist and discharge dye techniques, using freezer paper templates as a resist. Below, she cut out templates of a polar bear and a loon, calling this piece "A Loonie and a Toonie". You can see how she used her signature log cabins to frame this piece. Many of her other 'resist' pieces she uses snowflake templates, they're a favourite as they are easy and fun to make.

She did a whole series of pieces in various techniques that are inspired by books she has read and famous or important Canadians, including Emily Carr, Pauline Johnson, Maude Lewis, Gabrielle Roy; never copying but inspired by.

As an artist, she is always experimenting with new ways to express herself. She showed us a series of "thread paintings", drawing with her sewing machine.

Some may contain a few embellishments, here below, she added two three-dimensional children running through the trees.

Below is one of my favourites from her trunk show, "Snowstorm". She created the haziness by placing tulle over the piece and making snowflakes with french knots.

Very modest about her accomplishments and honest about her mistakes, she told us some very funny stories about experimentation, and learning as you go. Bev donates all the money she makes to the charity "Sleeping Children around the world". They do not spend any of their money advertising and create baskets of useful things to give to needy children in Africa.

What a wonderful woman, what a wonderful trunk show!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Next Meeting: October 11

Guest Speaker: Beverly White
Currently residing in Port Elgin, she is an artist and photographer, who has been quilting since 1990. Interested in all aspects of quilting, focusing on crazy quilts and art quilts. She has also been involved in curating and organizing juried exhibitions of fabric art. She has also taught at the Southampton Art School.

UFO Madness:
We will be offering 2 chances to get together and finish those UFO's! Saturday, October 27th and Saturday, November 24th, 9-4. The cost for each is $10.00 and it is bring your own lunch! Payment is due upon registration! This is a good time to work on those Christmas presents!

Fabric Postcards:
If you didn't get a postcard made in time for last month's meeting, don't fret! We will have a postcard swap every meeting this year! So drop one off in the mailbox at the meeting and receive one back in your mailbox at home delivered by Canada Post! see August 2nd post.

Secret Notion: Seam ripper
Don't forget these items will net you tickets for the fat quarter draw: Secret Notion, Chatelaine, Name Tag, and bring your own Beverage (there will be no snack provided at this meeting).

2007-8 Schedule of Events:
October 11: Beverly White Trunk Show
October 27: UFO Madness
November 8: Kathleen Bissett guest speaker
November 9: Kathleen Bissett "Modular Coffee Table Quilts" workshop, 9-4
November 24: UFO Madness
December 13: Christmas Show and Tell, "Hands on Christmas" decorations workshops
January 10: Fabric Bingo, and Rummage Sale
February 14: John Willard guest speaker
February 15: "Spontaneous Geometrics" workshop
March 13: Reta Budd guest speaker
March 15: President's workshop
April 10: Kay Hannah guest speaker
April 11: "Stashbusters" workshop
May 8: Challenge due date with Presentations
June 12: Banquet with guest speaker: Paulette Ecclestone "Canadian Designers"

Quilt Accomplishments!
We would like to congratulate the following for taking home ribbons from the Western Fair for their quilts and crafts:

Linda G:
1st Place: Quilt that tells a Story

2nd Place: Large quilt, hand quilted. Linda has donated this quilt to be raffled to raise money for the Faith Tilk Memorial foundation. The raffle will be held on October 20. Linda will keep us posted on its progress. Way to go!

Cynthia M-R
1st Place: Novelty Item, wooden or otherwise, "The Richardson Jig

1st Place: Quilting Wallhanging, "Home and Harvest"

1st Place: Any other item, any material "Christmas in September"

2nd Place: Sewing, "Vintage Apron" from a 1944 pattern

Elaine T
1st Place Machine quilted: "Bento Box Quilt". She was reserve champion!