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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

Monday, October 10, 2011

NEXT MEETING - Thursday, October 13, 2011

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at St. George's Presbyterian Church. Our guest speaker will be Kathy Wylie and her lecture will be entitled "Beauty is all Around". Check out Kathy's web site here.

On Friday, October 14, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kathy will be teaching a workshop on her Sewflakes method of applique. Remember the fun we used to have making paper snowflakes in elementary school? Now you can do the same and quilt your snowflakes! Here is the link for one of her classes and at the top right of the page is a supply list to give you an idea what you'd need for the class. There are a few spaces left in the class ($35.00 for members; $45.00 for non-members of the guild).

Click here to email for information and to register.

As a new feature this year, we have invited various vendors to be at some of our meetings. This month we will have Quilts and Calicos of Exeter, ON. Bring your pennies along to shop til you drop!

The Mystery block of the Month has arrived. If you have signed up for this program, you can pick up your first installment of the instructions at the meeting.

We will also be participating in the annual placemats for Meals on Wheels. Bring your placemats in to any meeting. The last call for this is the December meeting.

Pillowcases and Kid's quilts will be accepted at each meeting and there are usually kits or quilts to finish available from Penny and Edith.

Notion of the Month is apples for the Food Bank.

Don't forget show and tell and library books, money to sign up for workshops. Pam Denysk from MadAboutPatchwork will be doing a workshop on Saturday, November 12th (Through the Trees and Quartered Squares) and Quilt til you Wilt is on Saturday, November 19th. Be sure to remember your cheque book to secure your spot.

Advance notice: The November meeting will be held at Chalmers Presbyterian Church on Pond Mills Rd and Commissioners. The November workshop on the 12th will also be held there.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Glenda Spencer at our September meeting...

Our guest speaker gave an entertaining talk, taking us through her quilting journey via her trunk show.

We had a full house of happy quilters eager to begin another year of learning, laughing and fellowship. Co-president Lynda Wadden welcomed the group and led the meeting. The programme committee worked diligently over the summer putting together an exciting programme for the upcoming guild year. A snack of fresh veggies and fruit was enjoyed at break time.

We started our year off by inviting Glenda Spencer from Craighurst to speak about mystery quilts. Glenda started a cottage industry in 1987 called Stone Cottage Crafts, when she was a stay at home mom, making children's clothing and doing alterations. Over time her focus changed to custom sewing, making home decorating items and boat tops and interiors. In 2006, Glenda decided if she was going to work she might as well do something that she really enjoyed and that was quilting. She told us her first quilt was just a big blob! She didn't know how to quilt the three layers together so just sewed around the edges and turned it inside out! It was a gift for her sister and surprisingly she still has it. Glenda soon learned about tying quilts and now has advanced to machine quilting. As with all of us, our quilts improve over the years. She no longer works from home but has continued her business at her store in Craighurst . She started to design mystery quilts for her shop and now it has developed into another sideline. These mystery quilts start with a centre block then continue over 6 months with new instructions each time. The mystery quilt this time is called Stars for My Friends. We have ordered our patterns and will start in October. There was enthusiastic sign up for the block of the month program. Thanks to those who helped hold up the quilts ( Barb, Micki, Mibsie). Volunteers for next month?

Our notion of the month was pincushions!