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Monday, February 15, 2010

February Postcards and other news...

Recently the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County, Texas contacted us to donate a block to be used for their theme quilt for their upcoming quilt show "Stitches Around the World". They asked that the block contains our guild name and location. Jill B volunteered to create this block which we sent to them last week. They have promised to send us a photo of the completed block.

The March workshop on Saturday, March 13 with Heather Stewart has been changed from Colour Theory to a Spiral Bargello Wallhanging. There is still room in this workshop as well as in her String Quilts for Soldiers. Contact Rose for supply list.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Rosemary Makhan Workshop

Friday, February, 12th 2010
Guild members enjoyed a fabulous workshop conducted by Rosemary Makhan.
Participants had a choice between 2 of the lovely blocks in her “ Woodland Creatures” collector series.

Rosemary not only explained in detail the freezer paper technique we would be using but demonstrated up close, exactly how to manipulate our fabrics to achieve the best results. She shared with us her method of getting those graceful, narrow stems and vines.

Throughout the day, Rosemary offered help and tips with our colour choices,how to handle the various challenges of appliquéing very small intricate shapes, thread choices, stitching and steps for proper finishing.

By the end of the day we were armed with the tools we would need to successfully complete our blocks at home.......and as if we were not inspired enough yet, Ruth M brought her beautifully completed Rose Sampler Supreme quilt (a Rosemary Makhan pattern) for us to see.....gorgeous isn't it?

Looks like we will likely be seeing a lot more appliqué during our “Show & Tell” segment at future guild meetings.
Submitted by Jill B.

Guest Speaker: Rosemary Makhan

I feel so bad, I was so wrapped up in taking photos and looking at Rosemary's amazing quilts that I actually wasn't listening to what she said, so this post may be lacking in details, I hope to make it up in photos...although photos cannot do justice to the finer details of her work.

Her work is exquisite! The details amazing! In this quilt top below, a tribute to Princess Diana after her death, you can see the amazing detail of the 3 dimensional flowers made from ribbons and a bit of bead work.

She's used all methods of applique from raw edge blanket applique to invisible thread machine applique. She hand quilts her pieces or she machine quilts her pieces. She loves them both. Her quilting only enhances her applique and never appears rushed or an afterthought.

Above, she often uses trapunto to emphasize her feathery quilting.

On the top side of this quilt she used invisible thread to machine applique the pieces, on the reverse side she used variegated thread for the machine quilting, to make the back equally amazing to look at.

After all these years of quilting she is trying to make her quilts more Canadian, as she notes there are not enough patterns out there there that are truly Canadian. She does this by choosing flowers, animals that are found here. She is even trying to create a repertoire of blocks that represent Canada or Canadian symbols.

Below, in this sampler, each of the blocks represent a province or territory of Canada.

Below, the bouquet contains Ontario wild flowers.

Below, is a wall hanging of the Nova Scotia Bluenose as seen on the Canadian dime, with Scottish thistles representing the Scottish heritage of the province, and Mayflower, the official provincial flower and wild blueberries the official berry native to Nova Scotia.

Rosemary recently sold her last copy of the book Biblical Blocks, she said she was sad to see it go it was almost like saying good-bye to a friend. She loves to see photos of other quilters' versions of her quilts and asks for quilters to send her their photos where she may share them on her blog.

You can view all the photos here.

On behalf of the LFQG, thank you Rosemary, for a wonderful trunk show!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 11, 7PM

Guest Speaker: Rosemary Makhan

Originally from Nova Scotia, Rosemary was taught quilt making by her mother, and spent many years teaching Family Studies at the high school level. She rekindled her love of quilting when she made a baby quilt for her daughter and soon she was teaching her friends and then teaching night school courses. With her students, she formed the Halton Quilters' Guild in 1977 and she won the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year award in 1993. She has written books through That Patchwork Place Publishing and published patterns through her own label Quilts by Rosemary. She will be selling some of her patterns and books at the meeting so come prepared! She will be doing an applique workshop on Friday, March 12 of a block from her very popular Woodland Creatures pattern.

Secret Notion:

In addition to wearing your nametag and chatelaine, donate a 6 inch red or pink fabric charm (square) and get a ticket each for the fat quarter draw and a chance to win a bag of red and pink charms! Happy Valentine's Day!


-Woodland Creatures Workshop with Rosemary Makhan, $30, Friday, February 12

-Quilt 'til You Wilt, Saturday, February 20, $60, Stoneridge Inn

-Kids Quilt Marathon, Saturday, February 27, FREE!

-Heather Stewart, Quilts of Valour String Quilts, Friday, March 12

-Heather Stewart, Colour Theory Workshop, $30, Saturday, March 13

-Renske Helmut, Landscape Applique Workshop, Friday, April 9, $30


-Fabric Postcards

-Row Robin

-Show and Share


Lynn D wants your selvages! The longer the better and should have at least 1/4 inch of fabric still on it. If you have selvages to spare, bring them to the next meeting and look for Lynn!


The February/March Newsletter will be sent out via email this week and available for pick up at the meeting for those not getting the e-version!