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Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Memorial to a Wonderful Woman

By Barb Attard

This is a sad entry, yet at the same time, I hope an uplifting one. It's a tribute to a quilting friend of mine, Lily Wright, who passed away on Wednesday evening.

Lily is a charter member of our guild, and I say "is", because whether she is with us physically or not, she will always be a member of the guild. She was the one who helped start and build the guild to its present strength. I met Lily in the late 1980's when I joined the guild. Cheerful and lively, generous with her time and skills, she symbolized everything that we aspire to as a guild. Workshops, baby quilt bees, quilting bees: Lily was always there. Her work was superb, all her quilts were hand-quilted with love, and are a wonderful legacy of a life well-lived.
I went and saw Lily when she was in palliative care at the hospital. She was sleeping, her husband keeping watch, and she was so thin and weary looking, that my heart just broke to see her. But then I noticed on the table near her bed were some patches, cut and hand-pieced. Quilting books spilled out of the closet, along with one of Lily's quilts. On the bed was a second quilt she'd hand-quilted. Then Lily woke up and after a few groggy minutes, the spark came back into her eyes, and I thought, aha! Here is Lily! We chatted about quilts and guild business and had a lovely visit.

At our May meeting, I will see Lily, a member of our guild, hands busy knitting, or finishing off that last bit of binding on a quilt for a beloved grandchild, chatting and laughing with guild members. I am so sad for the loss of Lily, but at the same time,I welcome that sadness because it means I am grateful to have had the pleasure of Lily in my life.

Lily with Susan, Christmas workshop, 2007

Friday, April 18, 2008

Founding Member Dies...

It is with great regret, I inform you that founding member Lily Wright has passed away. She died at her home on Wednesday, April 16th. Cynthia M-R has sent a sympathy card on behalf of the guild and will be requesting that the guild makes a donation to the Cancer Society in her honour. If any members would like to attend her memorial service, I have copied the obituary from the London Free Press below with the details. Lily will be greatly missed by us all.


WRIGHT At her residence on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Lillian Blanche "Lily" (MacGregor) Wright of London in her 62nd year. Beloved wife of Donald Wright. Dear mother of Angela Cribar and her husband Stephen of London, Jennifer Eriksen and her husband David of Baden, Matthew Wright and his wife Carolyne of Woodstock, Nicholas Wright, Jonathan Wright, Michael Wright and Katelyn Wright all of London. Dear sister of Ralph MacGregor of Parkhill, Bonnie Luke and her husband Rick of Newmarket, Garry MacGregor and his wife Marilyn of Strathroy, Clifford MacGregor and his wife Myra of Morrice, Mi. and Peter MacGregor of Ailsa Craig. Also loved by her grandchildren, Jackson and Stella Cribar, Alexandra, Charlotte and Samuel Eriksen and Benjamin Wright. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Sunday, April 20th. A memorial service will be held at Calvary United Church, 290 Ridout Street South, London on Monday, April 21st at 1:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London, ON N6C 2R6, Calvary United Church Memorial Fund, 290 Ridout Street South, London, ON N6C 3Z1 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences accepted at www.amgfh VIEW Ad as seen in The London Free Press Published: Apr 18, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

President's Workshop: Russian Rugs

Cynthia M-R has arranged for Gail M-L to do a workshop on those wonderful handmade Russian Rugs that were seen at The Russian Quilt Show in Ailsa Craig last October. We are sorry for the short notice, but it only became known to us this week, that the church would be available.

Where: St George's Presbyterian Church
When: Saturday, May 3, 9AM - Noon
Cost: Free to LFQG members only!

Supplies needed:
-No machines needed all is hand sewn!
-one 12' square of muslin
-scraps of 12-14 different colours
-thread to match scraps

If you would like to attend this workshop, please email us at lfqguild at yahoo .ca

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Guest Speaker: Kay Hannah

Although she was taught to knit, embroider, and sew since the age of 5, Kay Hannah has been quilting only since 1990. She grew up in Toronto and showed us her first "sewing machine". Her grandmother moved in with them when she was young and can remember her grandmother working at the quilting frame in her room. Her grandmother was of the type that you used whatever you had on hand to make a quilt, old shirts, dresses, ties, etc, and you used them, you didn't hang them on the wall. Consequently, they became well worn fast. None of her grandmother's quilts survived to this day, all Kay has left is one beautiful piece of crochet work.

The spirit of her grandmother lives on in Kay's many scrap quilts. While making one quilt she is already preparing for the next 2 quilts, she can make out of those fabrics. She will make many versions of a similar theme, all gifts destined for members of her family. Here are 5 different versions of the "No Guilt Quilt" or "Curved Log Cabin".

After attending many workshops, and working in a quilt store, she felt ready to offer quilt retreats to others. The retreats would be 3 days and offer many choices.

She likes the quick and easy patterns that when completed make stunning tops. Here she shows what you can do with some "stack 'n whack"; they make great centre for stars, one side of tumbling blocks and gift boxes.

Here are 3 versions of "Nifty Nine Patches":

Her green version of "Shakespeare in the park" drew many ah's from the audience. She altered the pattern slightly and renamed it "Capture the Stars". (Coincidentally, guild member Nancy, brought her completed "Shakespeare Rocks the Park" for show and tell that same evening!)

Another audience pleaser was her award winning "Trip around the Garden", combining Trip around the World, Colourwash, and Bargello quilting techniques, or as she says: colour wash, done the easy way". It won Viewers' Choice in the Halton Hills Guild Show in 2004.

Kay is an amazing and prolific quilter. She asked everyone to stand up and then to sit down if you had less than 5 UFO's, then if you had less than 10, 20, and 5o UFO's, until there was only Kay and Jacqui V-S left standing. Jacqui confessed that her husband counted 65 UFO's in her house! "Well" Kay says, "I got you beat, I stopped counting at 100! I am always the last woman standing in this contest". It is true many of the quilts she showed us were in various stages of completion, she definitely knows how to use up her stash effectively, but I am afraid there is no hope of ever having no UFO's!

The LFQG would like to thank Kay for her wonderful trunk show and staying to do a workshop on Friday!

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Other Guild business:
Thanks ladies for bringing in your 6" WOF (width of fabric) to be used as quilter's candy for the upcoming quilt show! Also, now available are the registration forms for your quilt submissions for the show. If you need more or didn't get one please contact Karen W or Maria DeS. If you would like to volunteer for the show and if you have more 6" strips to contribute, please contact June P.

Rose presented the slate of candidates for next year's executive:
President: Cynthia M-R (returning)
Vice-President: Rose B. (returning)
Secretary: Christine R (former Newsletter)
Treasurer: Phyllis G (final year)
Community Outreach: Penny H. (returning) and Elaine T (new)
Newsletter: Jill B (new)
Website/Blog: Carol V (returning)
Membership: Deb J (returning)
Library: Beth Y (new) and Julia C. (new)

May's AGM Meeting:
Guild Challenge due and library books due.

A heart-felt thank you to Mary-Lou V. for hand making our thank you cards!

CQA Table Topper Donation

What a great way to spend Saturday, March 15th, National Quilt Day! Barb from Babs 'n Jas Designs donated her time and a very lovely pattern so that each of us could make a table topper to be used as donations to CQA's Quilt Canada 2008 in Newfoundland.

Barb started the morning off with a demonstration of 3 techniques of applique for the circles, each person choosing the method that suit them best. An especially helpful lesson for those who were beginners.

Each person was able to complete the top at this workshop, some even completing 2 tops!

Each person was asked to bring their finished table topper to April's meeting for a photo shoot!

Cynthia presented Barb with a token of the guild's thanks for donating her time and pattern! The Guild would also like to thank all the members who donated the following items:

5 more table toppers
1 table runner
8 buttoned bags
3 quilted pincushions
1 finger pincushion
1 measuring tape
2 seam rippers
16 hot drink holders
2 Christmas pincushions
2 placemats
Great job ladies!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 10th, 7PM

Guest Speaker: "No More UFO's" with Kay Hannah. Kay is a member of the Halton Hills Quilters Guild and describes herself as a Quilt Educator. She will hold a workshop on Friday, April 11th, cost $25, contact Phyllis G. for availability.

Secret Notion: Our Quilt Show Committee has asked that our Secret Notion this month be your 6 inch strip of fabric that will be used for quilter's candy for the Quilt Show in October. You will receive one fat quarter draw ticket if you bring your 6 inch strip of fabric to this meeting; you will also receive tickets each for wearing your name tag and your chatelaine!

CQA donations are due at this meeting! If you participated in Barb's table topper workshop, your completed table topper is to be brought. We would like to make a group photo of the participants and their completed table toppers. I will make a complete blog posting of the workshop with photos after the next meeting. It was a great way to spend National Quilting Day! We all had a lot of fun!

Our fabric postcard exchange has been a great success and continues until June. Make a postcard, drop it in the box and receive another in the mail! Last month's beautiful postcards were sent to founding member Lily W. who is currently battling cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lily!

Tickets for our June 12th banquet at the Stoneridge Inn, with guest speaker Paulette Eccleston, go on sale at this month's meeting. Don't forget your cheque books! Cost is 35$.

Outreach: Penny H. is having a meeting at her house, on Monday, April 14th, to "batt-up" kids' quilts. If you would like to help, please see Penny at the Kids' Quilts table at the next meeting.