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Thursday, May 26, 2011

....only a few days left!

Only a few days left to check out the CQA Quilt Ontario show at the University of Western Ontario in London and the Quilts of the Netherlands Show in Ailsa Craig! Both shows are absolutely fabulous and well worth your time to go. Lots of beautiful quilts to see, friendly people to socialize with, vendor's booths to browse and good food to eat!

Monday, May 23, 2011


This is the big week we've all been waiting for!

The Quilts of the Netherlands show opens today. Click here for all the info you will need on what's going on at what time.

The CQA (Canadian Quilter's Association) Quilt Ontario starts on Wednesday. Click here to read the blog with all the information and driving directions, etc.

And, if you're still not overloaded by then, there's a quilt show on in St. Jacob's as well as the Mennonite Relief Quilt auction this coming weekend.

Have a great Quilty week!! Check out the article in London Free Press about the shows.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kenya Quilt Guild

Our guild made a donation to the Female Fistula Centre at Kenyatta National Hospital, which is the main public hospital in Nairobi via the Kenya Quilt Guild. Our donation can make such a difference there. You can read more info on this guild at the link above. They meet in Nairobi, Kenya. The guild also sent two videos which are in our guild library.

Our guild is exploring possible ways of connecting with the Kenya Quilt Guild and getting to know one another on an international level.

Here is a little more information on Fistula:

Obstetric fistula is an injury resulting from childbirth which occurs when emergency obstetric care is not available to women who develop complications during childbirth. Typically the baby dies, and the woman is left with chronic incontinence. Because of her inability to control her urine or faeces, she is often abandoned or neglected by her husband and family and ostracized by her community. Left untreated, obstetric fistula can lead to frequent ulcerations and infections, and kidney disease.. These medical consequences, coupled with social and economic problems, contribute to a general decline in health and well-being that frequently results in early death.

In Kenya, many young girls living in remote rural communities are married when they reach puberty, and they generally become pregnant shortly afterwards. A combination of poverty and childbearing before the pelvis is fully developed, combined with malnutrition, small stature and general poor health, all contribute to obstructed labour and obstetric fistula.

Kenya records at least 1,000 new fistula cases annually, with thousands of cases pending surgery. The cost of fistula surgery is approximately $100, however, even this small amount is way beyond many women living in rural communities. The Kenya Quilt Guild has been donating funds to Kijabe Mission Hospital, but there also a number of other mission hospitals in Kenya that will perform the surgery at low cost for women that are unable to pay. We arranged for the funds to be sent to the Kenya Quilt Guild to donate on our behalf and also to ensure the money is used appropriately.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eldon House is offering a Hand Quilting Workshop!

Hand Quilting Workshop
Sunday May 22, 2011, 1:00-3:00pm

Learn the history and practise of hand quilting and create your own log-cabin coaster. This workshop is led by Lorraine Swanson and takes place in the Eldon House Interpretive Centre.

Cost: $20 per person including all supplies. Space is limited; pre-register by calling 519.661.0333.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Next meeting - Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m.

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild will be held Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. at St. George's Presbyterian Church on Dundas Street. This will be our Annual General Meeting and voting will take place for our favourite entries in the President's Challenge.

Nominations - We are still in need of nominations for Vice - President, as well as Program Coordinator. We have members that have volunteered to let their name stand for the other positions, but nominations can still be made at the AGM for any of the positions. Another volunteer is needed to help with tickets at the registration table starting in September as well as someone to take care of the Postcard program. Here is your chance to get involved with the guild, make new friends and have fun!

We will also vote on the revised and updated Guild Constitution.

President's Challenge - Please bring along your entry in a bag and give it to Rose, our President. Attach a note (without your name) with any description and how you met the measurement of 30 in your entry. Cover any identifying info on your quilt. We will vote on our favourites during the break. We look forward to seeing all the clever interpretations of the theme!

Don't forget.......

Notion of the month - Spring Flowers - interpret this any way you like

Change for draw tickets

for the June banquet tickets. You will have a choice of Salmon or Chicken Breast. Please advise with any dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket.

Chequebook for tickets for the CQA - Phyllis Grover will have tickets available for various events.

Name tag

Library Books - last chance to bring back your library books!

Pillowcases for challenge - this is the last month for bringing pillowcases for the challenge that Mickey organized. She will not be able to come to this meeting, so give your pillowcases to Maureen. You can continue to make pillowcases after this month for the Kid's Quilt program as they are very popular.

Refreshments - Cake and juice will be provided for all our members at this meeting.

Show and tell - last chance for the year for show and tell!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Kid's Quilts

In January, the London Friendship Quilt Guild spent a day working on the Kid's quilts that are donated for use by children in stressful circumstances. Penny and Elaine take care of the Kid's Quilts and make up kits for members to take home and piece, or sandwich quilt tops for members to try out their quilting skills. Bindings are also prepared for those that love to do the bindings. Several times a year a day long sewing bee is organized and a lot of work is accomplished! This year so far, 70 quilts have been donated as well as a number of pillowcases. Great work LFQG! Thanks for taking the pictures for the blog, Maria.





Another quilt together

Quilter's On Vacation

From April 1st til April 11th, 2011, Maureen Haynes visited her sister in Nanaimo, BC. Her sister Barb took her sight seeing and shopping to various quilt shops on Vancouver Island and some on the Sunshine Coast part of mainland BC. Included are pictures of Maureen at some of the shops they visited.

Sweet Pea Quilting in Ladysmith

Gramma’s Quilting Cupboard in Parksville

Galena Bay Novelty Fabrics in Powell River

Carola’s Quilt Shop in Gibson’s Landing (home of the Beachcombers)