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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dear Sunbonnet Sue: Centennial Quilts

My Mother-in-law gave me a big bag of fabric today, and said it was for a "Centennial Quilt" that she started in 1967. There's no pattern, and I've never heard of such a thing. I wondered if one of the membership can advise me on how to complete it.
There are large triangle (60 degree triangles), 8 each of multiple patterned fabrics, each triangle has been turned under on all sides and basted, so I'm wondering if these were to be appliquéd? My Mother-in-law doesn't remember what she had in mind, only mentioned something about maple leaves. I seem to think there was a Centennial logo that was triangles shaping a maple leaf - so maybe that's it?

Nancy-Rose
www.myquiltblog.com/nancyrose

Dear Nancy-Rose:
This Sunbonnet Sue was only 3 during the Canadian Centennial in 1967, so cannot personally remember any Quilt patterns available commemorating the event :) But you are right about the logo made of triangles. I found this logo on wikipedia, here. I put this question out to the membership to search back in their memories for any quilt patterns that may have commemorated this event. Please e-mail me if you can help or feel free to comment on this post.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Full House!


Welcome back ladies! and new members, too! It was a full house for our first meeting, so full that we got a late start and ended late! But it was worth it to see the projects that our members have been working on over the summer and the Tiny Treasures that Pat Menary brought for her trunk show.

Because Pat's work is so tiny, a clothesline was hung up in the middle of the room so members could get a better look at all her minis.

Pat has been fascinated with miniatures ever since she acquired her first doll quilt as a child. She moved from collecting doll quilts, to making doll quilts, to collecting fabrics to make mini quilts. She explained that a true mini quilt should be to scale, from the stitches to the thinnest threads, small prints, and proportion of blocks and sashing. Even the batting can be a problem, as the smaller the quilt is, the stiffer the quilt gets. She has resorted to separating her batting into a thinner layers in order to get a good "drape" to the tiny quilt.



These details are very important if you plan on entering your minis to be judged. Pat has won many ribbons for her tiny quilts and was a regular contributor to the now defunct Miniature Quilts Magazine.


Pat's quilting has evolved over time, and she is moving away from traditional blocks and into more abstract fiber art, some of which she has framed and displayed on the tables.

Below our members volunteer to walk around with some of these tiny quilts so we could get a better look.


Just when you thought they could get no smaller!


Amazing work! The LFQG would like to thank Pat Menary for visiting our guild and sharing her Tiny Treasures, and staying so late! Thanks again!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

September Post Card Swap

There were 7 fabric Postcards dropped in the mail box today during our first guild meeting of the year.

All of these images are "clickable" if you would like a closer look.








It will be a surprise to see which one you find in your mail box. Please join us and bring a return addressed Fabric Post Card to the next guild meeting!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Welcome Back Quilters!

At last tally, almost 80 members have already renewed their memberships! Good going! Those that sent in their forms early are eligible for a draw held at our first meeting, Thursday, September 13th. The prize is your membership fees back!

Our first meeting is Thursday, September 13 at 7PM. Remember this is 15 minutes earlier than last year; as our membership grows it is becoming prudent to start earlier and have the sign up business a more orderly process. The doors open at 6:15 and the library will be open, so you have more time to look at the books and chat with friends.

The executive will be providing snack at this meeting as well as tea and juice, other wise you are free to bring your own drinks.

Please remember to bring all or some of the following items:
1) $$$ for membership if you have not already signed up.

2) Name tag (so we can remember your names, the membership is getting larger), chatelaine (because we are proud to wear our colours), your own mug (to help keep the landfills clear of styrofoam and paper cups), and the Secret Notion (to encourage regular visits to this blog). Each item brought earns you a ticket for a fat quarter draw!

3) Secret Notion is a.....tape measure.

4) Bring in any completed Kids' Quilts.

5) A fabric postcard for the Postcard swap. Drop off a postcard to the guild and receive another one back in the mail! Keep the address blank but sign your own, so we know to whom to send a card. To help keep the costs down, feel free to affix a real stamp to the post card, otherwise we will provide.

6) $$$ for basket draw, tickets are 50 cents each or 3 for a dollar.

7) Show and Share, bring the quilty things you completed this summer!

Please check out the sidebar on the right for a listing of the Guild's sponsors. These sponsors help to defray the costs of producing our newsletter. These people deserve our support in return. Please check them out first when looking for your quilting needs!

I have posted a sneak peek at our guest speakers, with links to their websites if they have one, also in the sidebar. An updated list will be available after the first meeting.

Look forward to seeing you all soon!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Postcards reminder!

We will have a "mail box" at our monthly meetings for members to share Fabric Post Cards. Make sure that you have a return address on the card, leave a blank spot for us to write in the address of the recipient and watch your mailbox!

Everyone who deposits a card will have one mailed back to them.

Make 1 or 3 or ? they are fun and addictive! If you are not quite sure please visit this blog post for more details.