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Monday, April 25, 2011

Bev White's Presentation at the April Guild meeting

Bev White, from Elginfield, ON was our speaker at the April London Friendship Guild Meeting. She was a wonderful, down to earth, encouraging speaker and had lots of quilts with her for her trunk show. Bev experiments with a number of different styles and mediums, so there was something to delight everyone in the guild. Here is Bev ready to begin her trunk show:

Finding the right quilt to match the story:

A lovely stars quilt:

There were lots of large quilts.....

.....and small quilts:

This was an awesome quilt with small pockets....inside each pocket is a plastic bread tie (did I mention that she uses a variety of items for her quilts? :-):

Rose with another one of Bev's little quilts:

A lovely striped quilt....sorry about the colour on this quilt...the fluorescent lights do strange things to the colours :-(.

There are more photos on our web album.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bev White's Crazy quilt workshop

Friday, April, 15th 2011

On this day, guild members enjoyed a fabulous workshop conducted by Bev White.
Bev is a wonderfully talented fibre artist and terrific instructor with wealth of knowledge on many topics and we were happily soaking it all in. It was a relaxed day, filled with fun, laughter and absolutely NO mistakes......mistakes just don't happen in Bev's workshop........they are all opportunities...... each and every one!
Bev not only explained and demonstrated in detail, crazy quilting techniques, but also provided one on one guidance as we took our threaded needles to cloth. She taught us how to “tame” our thread, provided us with many tips including the use of various thread types.......and even quizzed us to be certain we were paying attention.
Once we were able to master (well almost) some basic hand embroidery stitches, Bev showed us how these basic stitches could be combined to create an infinite array of designs that we will be able incorporate into our work.
Bev also shared with us, photos and information regarding an Organization that she is very passionate about called Sleeping Children Around The can learn more about this worthwhile organization here

Throughout the day, Bev offered help, encouragement and inspiration, giving us confidence to handle the various challenges we might face as we put together our bits and pieces. As a matter of fact, each participant is probably home now searching through their junk drawers for all sorts of fantastic treasure that will gain new life on their crazy quilt projects.

while Bev does not have a web site, you can visit her Flickr page here
where she shares not only her spectacular works but some amazing photographic work as well

Contributed by Jill Buckley

Monday, April 11, 2011

Next Meeting - Thursday, April 14, 2011

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild will be held Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. at St. George's Presbyterian Church on Dundas Street. Our guest speaker for the evening is Bev White from Port Elgin, ON and she will be speaking on Crazy Quilts.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up for her Crazy Quilt class on Friday, April 15th. Click here for information on this class and what you will need to bring for the class.

Nominations will be accepted for Vice President, Quilt Show Coordinator, Program Committee, Membership, Library and Newsletter. If you were missed with a call this weekend, your questions can be answered at the meeting :-).

A discussion will also be held on the revised constitution, so bring your questions and suggestions. Copies will be available for those who did not receive one. Voting will take place in May.

Don't forget.......

Notion of the month - Daffodil yellow

Change and Chequebook for signups and tickets

Name tag and library books

Reminder: Are you all working on your President's Challenge? There are more kits/instructions available. They are due in one month!

CQA is coming up quickly - sign up!

We are pleased to report that the goal of 400 leaf bowls has been met ....and then some! We look forward to putting the extras to good use by giving them to show attendees, volunteers, and possibly to add to the workshop goody bags. We also have an exciting idea on how to use them for the banquet decor.

We are ever so thankful to all the quilters who generously made fabric leaf bowls for Quilt Ontario 2011!


A reminder that the deadline for Quilt Ontario day trips is fast approaching!

If you are interested in participating in one of the day trips, you will need to register no later than April 30th. Information regarding the day trips and the registration form can be found on the Quilt Ontario 2011 blog by following this link

Be sure to sign up for quilt workshops with some of Canada's best teachers, a Lecture and Trunk Show with Karen Combs, and "Meet The Teachers" Reception. Spaces are limited. The deadline to register for these events is May 15, 2011. For complete details and registration information, visit the CQA website at, then click on the "Quilt Ontario 2011" button.

In addition, tickets are still available for the Gala Banquet on Saturday, May 28th... but maybe not for much longer! The highlight of the evening will be a performance by folk-pop duo, Dala! ( Juno-nominated and Canadian Folk Music's Vocal Group of the Year, Dala has been capturing hearts across Canada and the U.S. Don't miss your chance to enjoy a lovely dinner with fellow quilters and the sweet sounds of Dala! Tickets are available through the CQA website or follow this link to take you directly to the registration form for Quilt Ontario events.

Friday, April 8, 2011

...Have you decided yet????

The time has come to jump in with both feet and get involved with your quilt guild. Great opportunity to make new friends, get to know others in the guild and have fun!!

One of the executive members will be calling you in the next few days to chat. This is your chance to ask questions and find the perfect fit for you. Some of the jobs seem a little intimidating, but there is lots of help available and it can be an exciting opportunity to learn a new skill. Even if you can't make it to every meeting, someone else will fill in for you.

Can we count on you??