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Monday, December 28, 2009

Updates from Children's Aid and Meals on Wheels

Friends at CAS sent us these photos of our Kid's Quilts in use!

And in the London Free Press on Saturday, December 26, there was this wonderful thank you letter from Meals on Wheels mentioning the placemats donated by the "merry bunch of elves at the London Friendship Quilters Guild".

(if you click on the article, you should get a larger, easier to read version)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Guild Business

Congratulations Jill Buckley, winner of our CQA/ACC Quilt Ontario 2011 London Logo contest! Jill received a $100 cheque and she will be acknowledged on the CQA/ACC website and call for entry. This logo will appear on flyers, posters, and promotional items for this event!

We asked members of the LFQG, Huron Perth, Thames Valley, and Oxford guilds help in creating a logo for this upcoming quilt event! It was up to the Local Organizing Committee members to choose the best one. We received only 4 entries and yet it was still a very hard decision to make. Each one had very creative ideas on how to express London and quilting. Other than myself, who received the entries, no one on the committee knew who the artists were or from what guild they came from when choosing their favourite.

We asked for all the logos to be in black and white and after we chose the winner, we then, as a committee chose the colours. The logos have been submitted to the CQA/ACC for ultimate approval and then their graphics people will tighten up the design....and yes we will be making a pin from this design!

The LOC would like to thank Linda Robertson, Theodora Rijkhoff and Pauline Hitsman all from the Huron Perth Quilters Guild for their beautiful entries in this contest!


Rose announced the president's challenge for the May AGM:

Using the theme of London and/or Southwestern Ontario, make a 12 inch square finished block. Any colour, design, or block that reminds you of London or Southwestern Ontario. These blocks will hang together as the guild's presentation to those that visit the CQA/ACC Quilt Ontario 2011 London event!

It was also announced that the guild has arranged to have Bonnie Hunter of as a guest speaker in September 2012! She will be doing 2 days of workshops! She is the queen of scrap quilts and by the time she visits us she will have had 3 books published.

Thanks to all our members who donated non-perishable food items or toys!

We had a wonderful show and share of christmas decorations and quilts. Here is a photo of 5 completed bags from Brenda's tote bag workshop:

Reminder for January's meeting, Quilt Bingo and Bazaar:

Bring a priced donation of quilty supplies or fabric for the bazaar table and your fabric bingo card, instructions are on the sidebar or here.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

A Parade of Gifts

Our 2 special guests were Christine Poier from Meals on Wheels and Pat Finch from Children's Aid Society of London. As Christine explained the services that Meals on Wheels offers their clients, the LFQG presented a special show and share of the wonderful placemats made by our members.

Meals on Wheels serves over 1000 frozen meals and 1000 hot meals per week, that's for 2000 clients a year! On Christmas day, a full staff and team of volunteers are available to present to each client a free turkey meal with all the trimmings and a gift bag created by London Hydro. Our placemats will be included in that gift bag! The LFQG counted 128 placemats, but two more were added after the bindings were finished during the meeting, making the total donation of 130 placemats to Meals on Wheels, great job ladies! You can view the placemats here.

Pat Finch was also on hand to witness a parade of children's quilts made by our members. Every month quilts for kids are turned in to be donated to the Children's Aid Society of London. Pat explained to us that there are 2 ways that these quilts are passed onto families. One is when the quilts are given to the babies and children that come into the care of the CAS and the other is through their Infant Care and Parenting program. Graduates of this program receive one of these quilts. The LFQG donates around 70 of these quilts to CAS a year.

Many thanks to Christine and Pat for attending our meeting and receiving these gifts.

A final word on donation quilts...Last year Teresa asked members for help to complete a Quilt of Valour commissioned by her school principal. Teresa made up kits for each block and members took them home to complete them and then brought them back. She brought the completed quilt top in for show and share.

Members will have another chance to donate to the Quilts of Valour project on Friday, March 12. Heather Stewart will be doing 2 workshops one of which will be string quilting techniques; the fee is the donation of the project to Quilts of Valour. Members can work together in groups on completing the project. First chance goes to those who sign up for her other workshop, Saturday, March 13, on colour principles.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 10, 7PM

Celebrate the gift of Giving! Representatives from Meals on Wheels and Childrens' Aid will be on hand at our Christmas meeting to receive the quilted donations from our members. They will speak about their organizations and the impact our donations have on their clients.

Last call for quilted placemats for Meals on Wheels.

Please bring a half dozen treats to share, juice and tea will be available, but if you can bring your own mug, it will cut down on the garbage at the end of the evening.

Secret Notion: Please bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Food Bank or an unwrapped toy or book as a donation to the Salvation Army toy drive. Tickets will be given out for bringing the Secret Notion, wearing your name tag, and for wearing your chatelaine*

* If you have not made a chatelaine, updated and easier instructions for making a chatelaine will be available at the registration desk.

Newsletter: The December/January newsletter will be sent out by email this week, those that do not receive it by email can pick up your hard copy at the registration table.

Fabric Postcard Exchange, see instructions on sidebar; this is a fun way to receive quilty correspondance from other members.

Show and Share theme: Christmas Past and Present, show off your favourite quilted Christmas decorations or presents you've received or made.

1) Row Robin: January to summer, cost: your scraps, time and creativity!
2) Friday, February 12. 2010 Rosemary Makhan, cost TBA
3) Saturday, February 20, 2010 Quilt 'til You Wilt, Stoneridge Inn, $60, meals included
4) Friday, March 12, 2010, Quilts of Valour with Heather Stewart, cost: the donation of the project to Quilts of Valour
5) Saturday, March 13, 2010 Heather Stewart "Colour for Quilters", cost $30

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brenda Miller: Among Brenda's Quilts

It's been 3 years since Brenda Miller visited our guild. That was her first trunk show ever! She has come along way since then and she had suitcases of quilts and tote bags to show us.

She recounted her journey of quiltmaker to pattern designer and distributor. Sharing with us the many lessons she learned on the way.

She talked about how hard it was and is to anticipate your customers needs and wants, experimenting with complicated patterns vs. easy and quick patterns, block of the month patterns, tote bags, and pillows. Below the Northwinds pattern is available as a block of the month pattern.

Here is a neat idea of a casserole warmer and tote that doubles as a table runner! One of the guild members had made this as a shower gift, that was very well received by the bride-to-be!

Many thanks to Linda Bartlett from Quilts and Calicos for having Brenda's patterns available at the meeting!
Brenda came back on Saturday for the Out and About Bag workshop. Look at these amazing bags! Great job Ladies!

The LFQGuild would like to thank Brenda Miller for her wonderful trunkshow and workshop!

Guild Business:
Kids Quilts

Each month members hand in finished quilts that are donated to the local Children's Aid Society. Different types of kits are available at each meeting, from piecing to binding to quilting, you don't have to make a whole quilt yourself....Just see Penny for details.

Row Robin:

At next month's meeting we will finalize the sign up for a Row Robin activity starting with the January meeting. Some members are unfamiliar with a row robin or a round robin. Four members showed their Round Robin results. These 4 ladies started with a centre square, passed it on, added 2 borders and passed it on, etc. creating a medallion quilt. Our activity will start with a row of blocks, pass it on, add a row and pass it on, etc creating a row quilt...It will be a lot of fun!

Lily's Memorial Quilt

Karen showed us the progress so far on Lily's Memorial Quilt. Lily Wright a founding member of LFQG passed away from cancer in April of 2008. It was decided that a quilt would be made in honour of Lily and submitted to The Quilt project in Stratford. Diane Carson a relative of Lily will machine quilt it.

Don't forget to have your placemats finished for the December meeting. A spokesperson for Meals on Wheels will be on hand to receive our donation of placemats.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 12, 7PM

Guest Speaker
Brenda Miller from Among Brenda's Quilts will update us on her latest projects as well as present a trunk show. Linda Bartlett from Quilts and Calicos will also be present for those who may wish to buy Brenda's patterns, so for convenience you may want to bring extra cash!

The Secret Notion, this month, is a poppy in remembrance of soldiers who gave their lives in the line of duty. I found this wonderful tutorial on line if anyone would like to make their own poppy here. Draw tickets for fat quarters will also be given for wearing your name tag and/or a chatelaine.

Sign ups
Saturday, November 14, Brenda Miller's "Out and About Bag" tote bag workshop.
Row Robin to begin in January, cost is free, open to all members of all skill levels.

Fabric Postcard Exchange
Show and Share
Placemats Challenge for Meals on Wheels due at December Meeting.

Quilters Connection Magazine
Jacquie VMS has extra copies of the hard to find #1 issue of the new Canadian Quilters Connection Magazine for sale at $7. To reserve and pick up your copy at the meeting please email Jacquie or the guild by Wednesday, November 11, please bring cash, thanks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Quilt 'til You Wilt: Saturday November 8, 2009

Just a reminder to those who have signed up for Quilt 'til You Wilt at the Best Western Stoneridge Inn in Lambeth:

Saturday, November 8, doors open at 8AM and we have the room until 9PM, lunch and dinner are provided. There are plenty of outlets, but it is not a bad idea to bring an extra extension cord. Bring whatever you need to work on your projects, from sewing machines to fabric. This day is for you!

It is best to park and unload around the back entrance.

See you there!


Also this just in!

Guild member Cynthia N. has her own quilt show up in the Spencer Gallery at D.B. Weldon Library at UWO. Read more about it here. Her quilts will be on display until mid-December! Great work Cynthia!!

Cynthia made this award winning piece for the Guild Challenge in 2008 and is one of the quilts on display in the Spencer Gallery.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Disappearing 9 Patch Workshop

Rose with Instructor Karen

Thanks to Karen for presenting this wonderful workshop

and to Gail and Christine for the photos.