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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