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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dear Sunbonnet Sue: Nosegay block

Dear Sunbonnet Sue:On the weekend I found these wonderful treasures at a thrift store in my mother's home town. I have seen the block before but I don't know what its name is or how to make templates for the background pieces. Can anyone give any suggestions. ( The finished block measures 9.25 inches and some are hand pieced and others are machine pieced)
Debbie S

Dear Debbie S:
What a great find! The block you have is called Nosegay. I found a 12inch block pattern here. How to make templates for your 9.25 block may be a little trickier. I will ask our readers to send in or make comments below for their advice.

If it were me, use the different fabric pieces that are already cut out:
1) pin to paper, trace
2) remove fabric, and cut out paper template
3) from paper template, using a rotary cutter and ruler for accuracy, cut off the quarter inch seam allowance, this will recreate the finished size.
4) make enough of these to create a block
5) like a jigsaw puzzle re-create the block on top of another piece of paper, you may want to use a glue stick to hold down the pieces so they don't move, (this would be the finished size of the block (I am guessing that the finished size should be closer to 9.5 inches)
6) with a ruler draw the outside edges of the block, and draw lines to fill in the empty spaces.
7) cut out your empty space, that is the finished size
8) glue your finished size block onto another piece of paper and add the quarter inch seam allowances
9) cut out your new template!

This is just one way to do it, if you have suggestions, please leave the details in the comments or email me and I will post it.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Writer seeking Quilting Stories

Dear Quilters,

Who doesn’t love a good quilting story?
I sure do—and that’s why I am in the process of developing a book filled with quilt stories that represent the voices of quilters from the many guilds currently operating in Ontario. I hope you will share your favorite quilting story with me so I can share it with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other quilters in Ontario.
Individually, we quilters are as unique as snowflakes, but together, our passion for quilting makes us all so much alike.
When I began researching my idea for this book, I discovered that there are more quilt guilds existing in Ontario than I had realized. As a quilting enthusiast and closet stash-collector, as well as a professional writer, I’ve been bitten by a “need bug:” a need to know more about the many other quilters around me, and a need to introduce us all of us to each other through the stories we have to tell. (And, yes, every person does have a story to tell.) Our stories are our voices, and through them, we can connect with each other, no matter the distance that separates us.

What are my requirements?
I am looking for stories that are happy, sad, hilarious or just plain entertaining.
Your story can be about you, a quilt you made for yourself or a family member or a friend, your stash, your quilt guild, a quilting event you attended—just as long as the theme remains centered on quilting.
You can write a couple of paragraphs, or you can write a few pages.
You can send your story to me via email or through regular mail, whichever is more convenient for you. I have included both my mailing and email addresses below.
I thank you in advance for participating in this exciting project, and I look forward to reading your story!

Donna M. Marrin
8 Fry Court
Markham, Ontario
L3P 4G9

donna dot marrin at staples dot ca

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Guild Banquet 2009

Susan Norman, a fibre artist from Paris, Ontario, was our guest speaker for the evening. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, she majored in textile design and fibre art, but it was when she took a course with Marion Spandjert on fibre collage and free motion embroidery, that her career as a "thread painter" took off.

Because she no longer has many of her earlier pieces, she began her talk with a slideshow of those earlier works. She started out small, her early pieces were the size of postcards. She really wanted to experiment on how she could portray energy, and experimented with light and dark and colour. Art history and historical elements can be found as components of her work such as three pieces that were created by using details of paintings by Degas, Cezanne and Monet. Growing up on a farm, she let her environment shape her art, taking to the fields and her neighbourhood with her camera and capturing those amazing moments of light and dark and translating her feelings of the moment into her art.

She joined the Brant Broderers Guild and eventually moved into making larger pieces and exhibiting her works. Her works have hung in the Homer Watson Gallery, Wellington County Museum, and the Greenwood Gallery, to name but a few. Her "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" Wedding dress was a favourite at the Wellington County Museum where it was displayed. Tourists liked to have their photo taken with it, despite it's sad statement of dashed dreams and broken marriages.

Below "The Devotion of Elaine", a shield cover for Sir Lancelot as described in a Tennyson poem.

Her current work involves transferring photos to fabric and enhancing them with thread work. Her latest inspiration comes from photos taken by Anthony VanEngen in Nicaragua, particularly photos of children living in abject poverty among the garbage dumps. Despite their environment, children still have dreams, they want to run and play and it is this hope that she tries to convey in her art. Below: Ultimas Palabras

Susan passed around a sample of a work in progress of thread art based on a photo of her daughter, so we could see how she sandwiches some fabric below some tulle and thread paints the details.

As an artist, she says it's important to keep experimenting, to keep it fresh and new and encourages us quilters to do the same! Never stop learning!
The LFQG thanks Susan Norman for her very informative and inspirational talk!

Guild Business
Rose made the announcement that the CQA has accepted our proposal for the alternative year Quilt Show to be held in London, Ontario in 2011 and hosted by the LFQG!!! Lots of work ahead but it's going to be fun!!! More details to follow in the coming months, stay tuned!
Thank You's
Cynthia thanked MaryLou for creating the lovely, hand-made thank you notes we give out during the year. Good job Mary Lou!

Rose thanked out-going President Cynthia for all the wonderful work she has done the past few years, the lovely gift baskets she has created for our draws, and all her tales of racing, moving, and cottage hunting. We wish her the best of luck with her new digs in New Brunswick and have made her promise to send photos of her adventures during the summer! Rose presented her with a gift from the membership.

See you all in September, but still keep checking the blog for Quilters on Vacation (send in your photos of quilty finds during the summer) and Dear Sunbonnet Sue for your quilt questions.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 14 Banquet

This month's meeting is the Guild Banquet at the Highland Golf and Country Club, doors open at 6PM and dinner starts at 7PM. Bring your tickets for the door prize draw. Directions can be found on Google maps here. Please note that the Highland has a dress code in effect of no denim or hats, also in my experience these banquet halls can be quite chilly, so do bring a sweater just in case. Our guest speaker is fibre artist Susan Norman.

There will be no show and share or postcard exchange, but if you still have any library books to return, please bring them.

See you there!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

May Postcards and Skills Building Workshop

On Saturday, May 23rd a few members volunteered to conduct skills building workshops. There was a morning and afternoon session held. I was fortunate to attend the afternoon session with Jo K teaching handquilting.

Cynthia was on hand to demo the "quilt as you go" technique.

Beth Y featured paper-piecing and her group made various potholders.

Sheila H was on hand to teach applique.

Thanks go to Sheila, Jo, Cynthia and Beth for volunteering their time and patience!