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Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Harvest of Quilts 2008

It was another successful quilt show for the LFQG! Our members entered over 200 beautiful quilted items! The reception area was dedicated to our outreach program and featured quilts and quilt tops that will be donated to the Family and Children's Services of London Middlesex.

The main room featured all the big bed-sized quilts,

And we utilized every wall space and nook and cranny to feature wallhangings, miniatures and other quilted items.

There was a beautiful display dedicated to founding member Lily Wright and featured quilts made by her own hand:

A quilt show cannot be successful without the dedicated work of our volunteers! Many thanks goes out to our Quilt Show Committee: Rose B Chair, Lynda W Publicity, Penny H and Pauline L Toonie Table and Kids Quilts, June P and Charlene O Volunteers and Welcome Desk, and Karen W Registration, Carol Ann J Vendors, Lorraine S Tea Room;

and all the other members who volunteered at the Toonie Table, the Tea Room, the Welcome Desk, White Gloves, Set Up and Take Down, Transportation,etc...

And of course to our Vendors: The Quilt Place, Sew Creative, Delphi Wood Design, Heather Bell's Sewing & Dye Studio, Country Patchworks, Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe, Country Concessions, Palladinn Ridge Designs, and The Marsh Store!

Special thanks to Debbie and Pizza Vera for providing meals for the volunteers and vendors!

Great job!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October Postcards

Here are this month's cornucopia of postcards:

Just a reminder, though, if you would like a postcard in return you need to include a return address on the back of your post card!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Quilt in Memory of Lily Wright

In honour of Lily Wright, who passed away of cancer this past year, our guild has plans to make a simple quilt in her memory to donate to The Quilt in Stratford. These donated quilts are then auctioned to raise money for support for people living with cancer.
Members who wish to participate are asked to contribute 6 in sqares of fabric, over 300 squares will be needed to complete this quilt! These fabrics should represent Lily and what she most gained pleasure from, such things as gardening, antiques, knitting, needlework, chrochet, embroidery, family, grandchildren, home, etc and of course quiting. A Moda antique red fabric will be used for the backing, so Moda fabrics will be a great choice. All fabric will be collected by Karen C. and a place of honour will be set up at a table each month.
We hope to have all the fabric we need by January 1st and then a get together for members on a Saturday, will be arranged to piece the quilt. Backing and batting will be provided by the guild, Karen C will be doing the machine quilting, Cynthia M-R has volunteered to do some applique, but are still seeking more volunteers, please speak to Karen C. if you would like to participate. We hope to donate this quilt to The Quilt 2010.

Guest Speaker: Anita Zobens

Everything you wanted to know about thread and then some! Anita Zobens is the woman to ask. As the Canadian educator for Superior Threads, she travels across Canada giving lectures about threads and attends as many quilt shows "as humanly possible" as a vendor for Cotton Mill Threadworks.

She gave a very enthusiastic and informed talk on the different types of threads available, natural vs man-made, and their properties. She explained how to understand the different ways thread is measured, as well as the different types of threads and where best to use them. She dispelled the myths of polyester thread, it is not as evil as we may think, but saved her criticisms for invisible nylon threads. She says that polyester invisible thread holds up longer and keeps it colour, whereas nylon invisible thread will yellow over time and become check your labels! She passed out samples of machine quilted squares using different threads, to see how they look. Very handy!

Anita invites you to contact her anytime, if you have any questions about threads, at 1-866-356-6708. She also suggests you to check out Superior Threads website, under education, and printing off the information you find there and keeping it handy as guide. Great idea!


Here are the latest completed kids quilts:

Great job ladies!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Email Newsletter

The newsletter has been emailed to those who signed up to receive it via email. A few have bounced back, so if you have not received it and you thought you should please contact Jill B. to confirm. Also you might want to check your spam box and make sure Jill's email and the guild's email is on your list of contacts and address book. It's a fabulous issue, you don't want to miss it!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 9th, 7PM

Guest Speaker:
Our guest speaker will be Anita Zobens from Cotton Mill Threadworks. She will giving us the scoop on all things threads; she is the Canadian Educator for Superior Threads. It should be very informative. Anita will be bringing thread with her that will be available for purchase, so it might be helpful to bring cash in small denominations to help out for change.

Secret Notion for will be freezable snacks for the Guild Show's Tea Room, you know... a dozen or two cookies or tarts, or a loaf or 2 of banana bread or zucchini loaf or carrot cake, that sort of thing. Bring some snacks and receive a ticket for the draw of fat quarters! Tickets for the fat quarter draw will be received for bringing your name-tag, and chatelaine as well.

Quilt Show Reminders:
1) Registration for your entries are due by October 9th to Karen W.
2) Drop off deadline for the entries is not until Oct 22 between 4-7PM at the Rowntree Memorial Church.
3) Penny H and Pauline are still accepting donations of something quilty for the Toonie Table.
4) Volunteers needed for welcome desk, white glove, tea room, and Toonie Table, set up and dismantle, so please speak to Charlene O or June P if you have some free time!

Other Reminders:
-Don't forget to drop off a fabric postcard and get another one back in the mail! so much better than bills!
- Show and share!