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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Postcards in the mail

An ongoing project of the LFQG is monthly postcards. Each month, members can make a postcard and drop it off at the meeting. The coordinator mails one to each of the participants and they get a fun piece of mail! Here are September's postcards:

October's postcards:

November's postcards:

December's postcards:

Why not try one of these litle works of art and start a lovely collection to display in your sewing room, courtesy of your fellow guild members. Instructions are available - just ask at the registration desk at the meeting next month.

Monday, December 13, 2010

President's Challenge 2011

President’s Challenge 2010/2011

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the LFQG

1. Both fabrics must be visible on the front of the quilted item. You may use additional fabrics of your own.

2. The finished piece must include at least one (1) dimension of 30 inches (30”)

3. The design may be original and any combination of machine and/or hand piecing, appliqué or quilting. Embellishments may also be used.

4. The quilted item must be completely finished, including all aspects of quilting, binding and needlework.

5. Identifying label must be attached to the back with relevant information.

6. Due Date is the regular guild meeting in May 2011.

7. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd based on votes of the members present at the May meeting.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Meeting 2010

The London Friendship Quilt Guild help a wonderful December meeting last night. It was a nice, relaxed evening with plenty of time to socialize and some fun games and wonderful show and tell. Laurel, from London Meals on Wheels attended to accept our donation of lots of placemats for their clients. Here she is sharing how the placemats brought so much joy to their clients last year!

We held a parade of placemats so everyone could see the awesome work that was done. Here Laurel is holding up one of the placemats from a growing pile on the table (update 12/14/11 we made a total of 116 placemats!!):

.....lots and lots of placemats:

Kids quilts were also shown. These will be donated to the Children's Aid:

These four ladies led us in a rousing quilter's version of Jingle Bells. We were not allowed to have snacks until we sang!!

It was well worth the effort!!

We had a young man as guest tonight and he pitched right in arranging the juice boxes artistically!! Great work!

Rose presented the President's Challenge and we all received two F8ths with instructions for the challenge which is due for the May meeting. Instructions will be posted on the blog soon:

A wild game of "Toss the Fat quarter" was enjoyed by all:

Chris dropped in to Fabricland before the meeting and only bought what she went in for!! We were very proud of her :-):

Check out more pictures of the evening on our web album.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

NEXT MEETING - December 9, 2010 7:00 p.m.

The next meeting of the LFQG will be held Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. This will be our Christmas get together. A representative will be on hand to receive our quilted placemats, so be sure to bring them along! We hope to have a parade of placemats for show and tell. The President's Challenge will also be revealed and all the details will be explained and there will be a FQ toss. We will also share some special treats and the guild will supply drinks for our break time.

* Notion of the month- Something for the hungry and something for the needy! Bring a non perishable item for donation and 1/2 doz baked goods to share with members. 2 draw tickets if you bring both :-)

* Show and tell - Bring Christmas show and tell items

* Pillowcases and placemats

* Cheque book to sign up for workshops

* Postcards

* Money for draw tickets (The draw prizes are awesome!)

*"Secret" password is UFO :-)

* Guests - You are more than welcome to bring a guest along to meetings. Be sure to sign in at the registration table. Free is $5.00 for visitors.

Advance notice: February 11, 2011 there will be a workshop on making fabric leaf bowls. The fee for the workshop is just $15.00 materials included. Make 2 bowls........one to donate to the CQA event and one for yourself. Jill Buckley will be leading this Friday workshop that will be split into 2 a half day workshops, your choice of a morning or afternoon session. A great opportunity to learn a new skill and help out at the same time!

Advance notice: Kid's Quilt Marathon sewing day: January 29th, 2011

OK, test your problem solving skills!! "What does the gingerbread man put on his bed?" If you have figured it out, post the answer in the comments. The correct answer will be announced at the meeting. (Board members may not post the answer!!)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quilt til you Wilt

Some photos of the recent Quilt til you Wilt at the Stoneridge Inn. Thanks Teresa for taking pictures! Teresa's talents were put into action repairing a little flower girl's dress. Every wedding reception should have a bunch of quilters handy :-).







Thursday, November 11, 2010

Come and Hear Val Hearder speak on Saturday


SPECIAL EVENT sponsored by the London Grands
Talk and Sale featuring Valerie Hearder
November 13, 2010- from 2:00-4:00pm
Admission by Donation for the Stephen Lewis Foundation
Wemple Lounge, King’s University College
Free parking
Phone: 519-673-1622


Valerie is a well-known quilter, best known for her beautiful quilted imports and sells unique hand embroidered textiles, landscapes. Shebeadwork and dolls from South Africa. They tell the stories of the daily lives of women – their culture, sorrows and joy. The makers are all affected to some degree by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They are grandmothers and mothers, often supporting a dozen or more people with their handwork. The self-esteem that grows from being able to sell their handwork to support their families is truly life changing. The healing comes from expressing their stories through their art.
Your purchases support a dignified income for South African women. The work is done mostly in communities where they care for their families and where there are simply no jobs available. All work is bought on a fair trade basis. 15% of the profits from the sales is donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and goes back to Africa to support the Grandmother-to-Grandmother Campaign - truly a win-win for everyone.

Pictured here are a few of her quilts:





Sunday, November 7, 2010

NEXT MEETING - November 11, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.

London Friendship Quilt Guild meets this Thursday, November 11th @7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Valerie Hearder - 'A Landscape Journey - A sense of place'. Valerie will also be presenting a workshop on Friday entitled: Collage: Small Scale Art Quilt.

Maria D is our friendly hostess/greeter at the door this month. If you have any questions at all about the guild or where to go, just ask Maria when you arrive and she'll be happy to direct you.

For our new members: Please do ask lots of questions. Our group is quite large and many of us have not been members all that long and it's easy to miss newcomers.

For our longer term members: Please keep an eye out for new members and invite them to sit with you and help them learn about the guild.

Reminders:

* Notion of the month is wear a poppy :-)

* Show and tell projects

* Pillowcases and placemats

* Cheque book to sign up for workshops

* Postcards

* Money for draw tickets (The draw prizes are awesome!)

Val will also be in town on Saturday for a special event. Check out the information below:

SPECIAL EVENT sponsored by the London Grands
Talk and Sale featuring Valerie Hearder
November 13, 2010- from 2:00-4:00pm
Admission by Donation for the Stephen Lewis Foundation
Wemple Lounge, King’s University College
Free parking
Phone: 519-673-1622


Valerie is a well-known quilter, best known for her beautiful quilted imports and sells unique hand embroidered textiles, landscapes. Shebeadwork and dolls from South Africa. They tell the stories of the daily lives of women – their culture, sorrows and joy. The makers are all affected to some degree by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They are grandmothers and mothers, often supporting a dozen or more people with their handwork. The self-esteem that grows from being able to sell their handwork to support their families is truly life changing. The healing comes from expressing their stories through their art.
Your purchases support a dignified income for South African women. The work is done mostly in communities where they care for their families and where there are simply no jobs available. All work is bought on a fair trade basis. 15% of the profits from the sales is donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and goes back to Africa to support the Grandmother-to-Grandmother Campaign - truly a win-win for everyone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Karen Llewellyn Parsons - Scrappy Quilt

On October 16th, Karen Llewellyn Parson taught a class for our guild. They made scrappy pinwheels and a good time was had by all. Thanks Gail for supplying the photos of the day:






















Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Silk Road Adventure

The Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London presents
A Silk Road Adventure
Thursday, November 4, 2010 7:30 PM


Of all of the stops along the Silk Road, Uzbekistan is the one most renowned for its textiles.
Vedat Karadag, an inveterate and experienced traveller, is an enthusiastic promoter of the
appreciation of the Silk Road, its textiles and Oriental Rugs, and he loves to expose others to
the many varied aspects of Turkic culture, and to the history, food and artistic traditions of
Central Asia.

His degree from Ankara Gazi University is in business, but by the early 1980s, he had embarked
on his long love affair with textiles and rugs. He has been a participant and speaker at the meetings of many rug and textile societies in the USA, and has attended numerous international
textile conferences in Europe and America. He recently delivered a lecture at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York, and regularly works with textile museums in Washington, Santa Fe
and many other places in the US.

He will talk to The Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild and guests about his travels to explore woven
and non-woven textiles and material culture in Uzbekistan, including ikat weaving, suzani
embroidery and a variety of other works produced by local artists. He will also show us a few of
the spectacular buildings of the area that are covered in the exquisite ceramic tiles produced by
local artisans.

Everyone welcome
St James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St., London
$5.00 admission at the door

Friday, October 22, 2010

Quilt show Awards

Viewer's Choice
2010 Harvest of Quilts Show Awards

-presented at our October meeting-

The Quilt show Committee did an amazing job of making up these beautiful 'ribbons' for each member that won an award!

Maria won Viewer's Choice in the Bed Quilts category as well as 'Best of show' for "Beyond the Borders - Tulip Garden".

Lorna was absent and won honourable mention for "Jane Austen".

Tiny's "Frog Water Ballet" won Viewer's Choice in the Wallhanging category.

Ruth won honourable mention for "Somerset".

Pat F's "Origami Flowers" won the Viewer's Choice for Miniatures.

Beth won honourable mention for her miniature, "Father".

Jacqui won Viewer's Choice for "Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin" in the other quilted items category.

Gail's "Sitting on the Edge" cover for a sewing machine stool made with selvages won honourable mention.

Ruth's "Star Light, Star Bright" received the award for Best Applique.

Ruth's "Baltimore Bunnies" tied with the above "Somerset" for the Best Handquilting award:


Beth won the Best Machine Quilting Award for "Diamond Log Cabins".


Congratulations to all the award winners! The quilts were awesome.