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Friday, December 2, 2011

Next meeting - December 8, 2011 Christmas meeting!

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild is our Christmas meeting and will be held Thursday, December 8, 2011. The Program Committee has an exciting evening planned with lots of new ideas to provide a relaxed, quilty, fun evening for December.

There will not be a guild Quilt Show in 2012. We hope to have our next show in the fall of 2013.

Shirley from the Marsh Store will be our vendor for the evening, so we can also go shopping for that special Christmas gift for a friend or for ourselves :-).

Advance notices:

*next Quilt til you Wilt is Feb. 18, 2012. Sign ups will be available at the meeting.
*Rummage sale for Community Outreach supplies - February meeting. Start gathering up your unwanted quilty items and price them.
*a Spinning Four Patch Workshop will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2013 by Jacqui VMS. Samples of quilt blocks and fabrics will be shown at the meeting. The cost is $30.00 and sign ups are available at the December and January meetings.

Bring to the Meeting:

*Notion of the Month: food bank items.
*a favourite quilt gadget or notion. Be prepared to share with your table why you like it.
*6 squares or cookies to share for break time.
*mug for tea
*magazines you would like to get rid of. These will be sold at the meetings for a quarter. Proceeds for guild projects :-).
*Show and Tell
*cheque book
to sign up for workshops and change for tickets.
*pillowcases for Kid's quilts
*placemats for Meals on Wheels!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lob Cabin Quilt disply at Wellington County Museum

The Wellington County Museum in Fergus has a small but wonderful display of old log cabin quilts. The rest of the Museum has some very interesting displays as well. Here is the description from their web page:

"Building Warmth: Log Cabin Quilts

Sep 10, 2011 - Mar 25, 2012

Enjoy the beauty, and appreciate the skill and mastery of quilting in Wellington County. Building Warmth: A Log Cabin Quilt Exhibit opens at Wellington County Museum and Archives on September 10, 2011.

“It could be said that quilts created in “log cabin” patterns were built as much as they were sewn.” stated Susan Dunlop, Curator. “The log cabin pattern was inspired by the first settler homes. The log walls provided the shelter from the elements and the kitchen hearth gave light and warmth.”

Based upon this image of warmth and protection, women created the log cabin quilt pattern from thousands of scraps. Colourful strips were sewn together as the “walls” of the cabin. In the centre was placed a red square – the hearth, considered the heart of the home.

Today we treasure these quilts as exquisitely balanced designs rich in colour, texture and history. Many examples will be on display until March 25, 2012."

Directions to the Museum are available here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Quilt til you Wilt

Quilt til you Wilt was held at the Stoneridge Inn on Saturday, November 19, 2011 and a great time was had by all. Amelia made 21 pillowcases!!

The food was great as usual:

Another pillowcase by Carol:

Rose and Karen are in Christmas mode:

Through the Trees from the workshop this month:

You can see many more pictures on our Picasa Web Album.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MadAboutPatchwork workshop

On Saturday, November 12th, Pam Denesyk of MadAboutPatchwork taught a workshop for the London Friendship Quilt guild members. We gathered around Pam to get our instructions for the morning class which was called "Through the Trees".

Gail and Karen cutting their fabrics:

Pam explaining our afternoon project, Quartered Squares:

Decisions, Decisions! Pam had her fabrics there which made selection a lot easier and our wallets a lot lighter to carry!! :-)

Christine was very organized before the workshop!

Sewing the strips together. It was great seeing everyone's different colour combinations.

Lovely black and white combination, but the polka dots and stripes were making Elaine dizzy :-):

Penny concentrating:

Micki's very pretty colours:

A batik version:

Another black and white version:

Jacqui's through the trees layout:

Making that first cut:

It was a great workshop and a lot was accomplished. Looking forward to show and tell at our next meeting! For more photos check out the link here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November Guild Meeting - MadAboutPatchwork

The November meeting of the London Friendship Guild was held at Chalmers Presbyterian Church instead of our usual location. Hopefully everyone remembered! We did have a good number of ladies present. Everyone pitched in to help set up. Thanks so much ladies for going with the flow and helping out by taking chairs along and getting the room cleaned up at the end of the evening. Here are several of the ladies getting things set up:

Our able Co President, Barb A. led the meeting this month. She even did a little dancing for us LOL! Thanks Barb for keeping us all on track this month.

Our speaker this month was Pam D. from MadAboutPatchwork. She did a great trunk show of her journey with quilting.

This was Pam's first quilt and was very traditional:

Her style soon evolved into more modern quilts with a lot of them made with solids and no borders:

She uses very simple shapes and patterns but the quilts look very sophisticated:

The sliced fruit pattern in very pretty colours:

The colours on the photo are a bit off due to the lighting. This was a very fun quilt done in the tumbler block pattern:

Chris and Amelia are making sure everyone got their tickets at the break:

...and we got to shop Pam's store...look at those yummy colours!

Many of us went home with much lighter pocket books after the class!!

More photos of the evening can be seen on our Picasa web album.

We also had an amazing show and tell! Check out this has more than 10,000 pieces in it!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Textile Museum Sale

Hello there,

This is Alexandra from the Textile Museum of Canada. Next month, we’re hosting a fabric sale with a fabulous selection of beads, buttons, sewing and decorator fabrics at 401 Richmond. The sale will take place on Saturday December 10, 10am - 4pm at 401 Richmond. The sale will be located in the TMC Volunteer Workroom, Suite 1B (in the basement) and all proceeds support the Museum.

There will also be a collection of lace, wool and plenty of holiday gift ideas. Purchase a TMC membership for the textile enthusiast or a one-of-a-kind mola from Panama. Better yet, purchase unique fabrics to use as gift wrapping!
Be sure to drop by and check us out. Click here for the website announcement.
Thanks for your time,

Alexandra Lopes
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

t. 416-599-5321 x2239
f. 416-599-2911

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Interview with Kathy Wylie

Click here to listen to an interview with Kathy Wylie about her winning quilt at the Houston Quilt show.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Next Meeting - Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 NOTE VENUE CHANGE

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m.


It will be at Chalmer's Presbyterian Church, 342 Pond Mills Road, London. It is located at the corner of Pond Mills Road and Commissioner's Road. If you need directions from your home, type the address into Google or Mapquest to find it.

Pam Denesyk of MadAboutPatchwork will be the speaker for our meeting and will also be teaching her workshop at Chalmers Church on Saturday, November 12. Click here for information on the workshop. There are a few spaces left. Bring a friend along! Members pay $35.00 and non-members $45.00.

MadAboutPatchwork will also be the guest vendor at our meeting! Click here to check out Pam's website.

"Notion" of the month #1-a poppy, #2-a folding chair (because there is another meeting in the church on Thursday night-there may not be enough chairs to go around :-). You will get a free ticket for each item.

There are still a few places available for Quilt til you Wilt-Nov 19th

Bring place mats for Meals on Wheels to Nov and Dec meetings (November if possible so labels can be attached before the Dec meeting)

Bring in pillowcases for distribution by the Charity Quilt Committee.

We are also still looking for a Vice President and Quilt show coordinator..... Ask any one of the executive members for information on those positions.

See you Thursday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Congratulations to Kathy Wylie!

Congratulations goes to Kathy K. Wylie for her big win at the Houston Quilt Festival! Click on the link to see her award winning quilt.Link

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Important Information regarding November Meeting and Workshop

Please note that the November meeting of the LFQG will NOT be held in our usual place. It will be at Chalmer's Presbyterian Church, 342 Pond Mills Road, London. It is located at the corner of Pond Mills Road and Commissioner's Road. If you need directions from your home, type the address into Google or Mapquest to find it.

Pam Denesyk from MadAboutPatchwork, will be our speaker for the November meeting. She will also be conducting a workshop on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. This workshop will also be held at Chalmer's Presbysterian Church!!

There will be two different quilt methods taught on that date: "Through the Trees"

and "Quartered Squares":

The workshop is open to members of the guild for $35.00. There are a few spots left in the workshop so non members of the guild are welcome to join for $45.00.

Click here to email for information and to register.


LFQG Meeting October 2011

The London Friendship Quilt Guild met on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Our capable Co-President, Linda W. did a great job of leading the meeting and keeping us all on track!

The registration table is a busy place before the meeting and at breaks! We need to get those tickets, bring our postcards, notion of the month (apples this time for the food bank) and sign up for classes!
This year, we have a new feature at our meetings. Each month a different local quilt shop is invited to set up a sale table. This month we had Linda from Quilts and Calicos in Exeter, ON.

Linda brought an assortment of goodies to tempt us and the table was a busy place!

Our speaker for the evening was Kathy Wylie. Kathy entertained us with a wonderful power point presentation of her quilts and also had a number of her quilts there for us to admire. Here is Kathy:

Here are just some of the beautiful quilts she brought for us to see:

This quilt is called "Trinity". Each hexagon was produced by printing its unique colour formula onto white cotton with an inkjet printer!

Lovely quilting on this quilt:

Another beauty:

The quilt that is featured on the cover of Kathy's book, Sewflakes:

This quilt is based on Psalm 23. Isn't the back just the perfect fabric with all those grazing sheep?

Thanks Kathy for an inspiring presentation and for teaching a workshop the next day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kathy Wylie's Sewflakes Workshop

After seeing Kathy K Wylie's presentation on Thursday evening you can be certain that those of us signed up to attend her workshop were quite excited at the prospect of learning the techniques that Kathy was about to share. Before the end of the day, we too, were going to be able to design our very own “sewflakes”!

The morning began with us all happily folding paper, a quick math lesson taught us the number of repeats various folds and angles would yield. In no time at all we had mastered the folds needed to create sewflakes that would give us 4, 6, 8 12 and even a little tricky 5 repeat design.

Armed with demonstrations, lots of samples, clear instructions, along with Kathy's guidance and
encouragement, we were set loose to fold, draw, cut and design. Not only sewflakes but wonderful frames as well.

Little bits of paper were everywhere as amazing images began to emerge. There were circles of
snowmen, cats, flowers, leaves, apples, insects, hearts, and angels. It was so much fun to watch as each new design was pinned to the board for all to see, admire and be inspired by.

Lunch time!

After lunch we were treated to some up close time with Kathy's quilts as she explained her techniques in greater detail and shared a few extra tips with us. She even gave us a demonstration of her preferred method for needle turn applique.

Then it was back to our papers; we were about to take our design onto the next step. It was time to tweak our designs and turn them into patterns. Patterns we could then render in fabric, creating our very own one of a kind sewflake quilt block. Can't wait to see these gems at the next show and tell!

....with thanks to Jill B and Chris B for the write and photographs