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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Quilter's on Vacation: March Break

If you are in Toronto, you might want to check this out: Hogg's Hollow Disaster Quilt by fibre artist Laurie Swim, just take the subway to the York Mills Station. Housed in glass this 2-6 metre quilt marks the 50th anniversary of an accident that took place 10 metres underground killing 5 Italian immigrant workers while digging out a water main for the city. You can read the story here.

And if you are ever in Florida, Cynthia M-R discovered Nana's Quilts in Brooksville while on a 3 hour trip to Daytona.

Thanks Cynthia, for the photos!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

String Quilts for Soldiers

Heather has a son and daughter-in-law in the Canadian Air Force, so one of her passions is contributing as much as she can to the Quilts of Valour initiative. This initiative donates quilts to wounded Canadian soldiers. Heather donated her time and expertise to show us how to make a string quilt, the participants had to promise to donate these quilts to the initiative.

Some of us wanted to work together to make a quilt and others wanted to work on a solo project.

All day long we sewed blocks!

but in the end everyone donated blocks to make at least one group quilt,

made up of 48 blocks!

I look forward to seeing the other completed projects at show and tell!

Guest Speaker: Heather Stewart

Heather gave us the low down on batting. She is surprised how little discussion there is of batting. She believes that batting can make or break a quilt in terms of durability, aesthetics, and practicality. An ill-chosen batting can turn an award winning quilt into an amateur presentation; she showed us a photo of a quilt where the seams on the back show through to the front of quilt because the batting was not dense enough, judges would notice if this example had been in a competition.

That is not to say there is only one "right" type of batting, it depends on various factors: the purpose of the quilt, wallhanging vs bed quilt, heirloom quilt or even competition quilt; how often it will be washed; machine quilting vs handquilting; how much warmth you want from the quilt; adult vs baby quilt; and so on.

Researching the different types of batting, she found that although the manufacturers do a lot of research and testing of their battings, the consumer cannot access this information readily and that there are no government regulated standards. Heather took matters into her own hands by doing her own testing of battings. She made 12 inch sandwiches with various brands of battings and added some machine quilting, washed and dried them testing them for shrinkage.

She also took pieces of batting and a stop watch to her backyard and held a flame to them to see how quickly they burned! She found to her surprise many of the so-called green products, many of which contain bamboo, have a high flammability or high melt factor. Not surprisingly, Polyester batting has a high melt factor and also a high bearding factor. This is useful information when choosing a batting for a child's quilt or for the quilt you want to snuggle under near the fireplace.

Heather stayed during break to answer any questions and she previewed her 2 workshop quilts.

Thank you Heather, for a very informative lecture!

Guild Business

Thursday's meeting was a fun filled one. Lynn D set up a small postcard show to encourage fellow members to participate in the guild's fabric postcard exchange.

It's not easy being green, but there's nothing like a free fat quarter to bring out a quilter's true colours!

Another dazzling display of kids's quilts finished and ready to go to CAS! I heard Penny say this year is one of our most prolific! Thanks go to all who donate their time and effort in making these wonderful treasures!

Kids' Quilts Marathon

On Saturday, February 27, the Outreach committee hosted a Kids' Quilts Marathon.
Stations were set up for basting, cutting, sewing and machine quilting.
About 15 women participated
and 6 tops were completed.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 11, 7PM

Guest Speaker
CQA/ACC 2009 Quilt Teacher of the Year, Heather Stewart will be giving us the inside story on batting! She will show us many samples and giving us the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of batting.

Secret Notion
Wear something green in celebration of St Patrick's Day and receive a ticket for the fat quarter draw. You will also receive tickets for wearing your chatelaine and nametag.

Friday, March 12, Heather Stewart, String quilts for Quilts of Valour, cost the donation of the quilt. Spaces still available!
Saturday, March 13, Heather Stewart, Spiral Bargello Wallhanging, cost $30, almost full!
Friday, April 9, Renske Helmuth, Landscape applique, cost $30, spaces still available!

Make a fabric postcard, and receive another in the mail! Great fun! Lynn D requests anyone who has received fabric postcards in the past to bring them along to this meeting to be shown off in a display.

-Row Robin
-Fabric postcard
-Show and Share