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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spinning Four Patch Workshop

Approximately 20 of the London Friendship Quilt Guild's members met at the Church today for a Spinning Four Patch workshop taught by Jacqui VMS. We had a great day playing with fabric and colour! What fun to see all those awesome fabrics turn into beautiful blocks. Here are a few photos of the results of today's accomplishments:

Lynne's pretty blocks from a lovely Japanese print:

Chris also used a Japanese print with cool vases:

Another Japanese print:

Rose used a lovely soft fabric:

Karen's fall pumpkins:

Three people used this vibrant print:

Evelyn started with this fabric:

Cynthia really got into the cutting!!!!

This fabric may glow in the dark! This fabric was very striking:

Some of the blocks on the flannel wall:

More photos can be seen here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rescheduled Spinning Four Patch Workshop this Saturday

Just a reminder that the Spinning Four Patch workshop that was rescheduled from January will be held THIS Saturday, March 31st at St. George's Presbyterian Church from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch or pick something up at noon.

Frieda Anderson Workshop opportunity

It is not too late to register for workshops with Frieda Anderson. Please contact Kiyomi Sakamoto at to register.
Workshops are held at the Latvian Center in Toronto in the Victoria Park and Eglinton area. Please see YHQG website for more info –
Workshop Tuesday April 17 9:30 – 3:30
Small Autumn Mums $75 (Kit Fee $30 payable at class)

Autumn is rich in glorious colour. In this workshop students will assemble a delightful autumn collage using free form fusing techniques. The deep hues and bright accents will grace their walls for years to come. The specially hand dyed 100% cotton is provided in the kit, so only a minimum of supplies are necessary to enjoy the experience.
Workshop Wednesday April 18 9:30-3:30 Free Form
Free Form Fusible Collage $85 (Kit Fee $30 payable at class)
Fusing small wall quilts is fun, easy and liberating. In this custom designed class Frieda will share her tips and tricks on how to do several different methods of collage fusing that will make it so easy to translate the your ideas into wonderful creations. By using the specially hand dyed fabrics in the kit and Wonder Under fusible web, you will create a one of a kind wall quilt. A special dying process creates multiple colours on one piece of fabric, thereby creating a water colour effect in just the right colours for your work.
Use one of Frieda's award winning designs pictured here as a jumping off point to get started on your own original design.

Friday, March 23, 2012

David Taylor is coming to Windsor - workshop

On April 3rd at 12:30 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. the Windsor Guild will be hosting a David Taylor Trunk Show. The cost to non-members is only $5.00. It will be a great chance to see some gorgeous quilts!
Also, on April 4th David is holding a workshop called “Floral Pictoral Applique” that will teach about his award winning applique techniques. The workshop is for all levels of expertise and covers hand and fusible applique. The cost to non-members is $55.00 It is being held at the Maryvale Community Room from 9:30 until 4:00.
And, on April 5th David will be holding a workshop on Free Motion Quilting. The workshop is for all levels of expertise. The cost to non-members is $55.00 It is being held at the Maryvale Community Room from 9:30 until 4:00.
**There is still space available in the workshops . If you are interested, please email Lynn Mills at Or call her at 519-979-7550.

Lorraine Roy comes to St. Mary's...workshop and trunk show

Piecemakers 2012 Quilt Show is thrilled to have Lorraine Roy instructing a workshop in collage technique. We sill have a few spaces left and ask that you share this information with your guild membership.
Lorraine will be teaching two one day workshops on Basic Collage with Nets on Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $50 plus a $2 kit fee payable at class. Participants learn a very easy and quick technique using small bits of fabrics and threads captured under transparent tulle and machine stitched. The effect is like “painting with fabric” and offers a great number of possible uses – such as wall hangings, wall quilts, etc.
Please take a moment to visit Lorraine’s site
Lorraine Roy is also offering a trunk show on Friday, April 27th at 7 p.m. in the End Zone Room at the Pyramid Recreation Complex in Stl Marys “Stitching the Sylvan Spirit”. Cost is $5.00
Please contact Sandra Thomas at or call 519 243-2707

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kathy Wagner's miniature workshop

On Friday, the LFQG was treated to an intense, mind boggling lesson in quilter's thriftiness!! We have a whole new way of looking at garbage! Unbelievable, what this talented quilter comes up with from the trimmings of half square triangle blocks!!!!! And, it's not difficult either....well at least if you stick to the trimmings and don't try to make tulip blocks from 3/4" finished triangle squares with 16 units to a tiny tulip!! Lynne and Jacqui were crazy enough to tackle that block and what fun we had LOL. Our minds were whirling with the possibilites. We had a wonderful day. Here is Kathy with the introduction and hints on how to pick up those tiny pieces :-)!

Nancy is concentrating on cutting:

Karen is smiling and seems to be enjoying this:

Pauline and Micki working hard:

Beth and her lovely turquoise 9 patch blocks:

check out the concentration :-)

Jacqui trying to hang on to the 3/4" squares and get them into the machine:

Gail trimming half square triangles:

Mary contemplating the next instructions with her lovely pile of 9 patches ready:

Barb working on her blocks:

A few of Kathy's little quilts:

Click here for more pictures of the workshop day. Now to see if we can get a few of these little quilts done for show and tell at the next meeting.

Kathy Wagner comes to town.......

The London Friendship Quilt Guild had the privilege of hosting Kathy Wagner at our guild meeting on Thursday evening. Kathy presented a trunk show of her delightful quilts - larger and teeny tiny! She began by asking everyone if they considered themselves creative and artistic. By the time she finished her trunk show, and asked the question again, many of us were a little less timid in raising our hands :-). Here is Kathy showing a couple of her small blocks:

Lynda showing a happy little quilt:

Jacqui holding up a tiny storm at sea:

closeup of the Storm at Sea:

A tiny Buzz saw quilt:

Show and tell is always a highlight at the guild. It gives us lots of inspiration to make different quilts and to see what everyone has accomplished. Here is Rose's quilt from the Robyn Pandolph workshop a few years ago (maybe there's hope for the rest of us finishing ours LOL):

Carol is working on a cool quilt:

A quilt by Nancy:

A new quilt shop is opening in Hyde Park, London on March 17th...a free pattern for this quilt designed by Jill Buckley will be available! That's exciting news to hear of another quilt shop opening....

For more pictures of the meeting and show and tell, see the web album here. Kathy has also done a blog post on her visit to our guild. Check it out here.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Next meeting - March 8, 2012

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild will be held Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at St. George's Church on Dundas Street at 7:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Kathy Wagner and her trunk show is entitled, "Replenishing the Well - Quilting & Creativity". Kathy keeps a blog here. She always has interesting things to share on her blog and we are in for a treat at our guild!

Friday, March 9th, Kathy will be teaching a class on Miniature Scraps at St. George's Church from 9:00 a.m. (not 8:00 :-) - 4:00 p.m. There are still a few spaces left for the workshop, so you can still sign up. See post on the workshop here which includes a link for signup. Bring your lunch or pop out at noon to pick something up.

It is getting closer to that time of the year when volunteers are needed to fill executive positions for the guild. If you would love to get involved with the guild and join the enthusiastic ladies on the executive, please speak to Pauline Radley. She would love to hear from you! No experience necessary.

NOTION OF THE MONTH: wear something green!

Vendor of the month is Cherished Pieces so don't forget to bring shopping money. Sorry, I had the wrong vendor for this month! Cherished Pieces is the correct one.

Please remember to bring:
* 6 ½ X 12 ½” rectangles as a contribution for the quilts of valor project, in fall colours of brown, red, gold, and green
* library books
* magazines to donate and money to purchase these (a bargain at 25c each!)
* cheque book to sign up for workshops
* show and tell
* name tag
* donation for CQA
(this is the last month for donating)

March 31st, 2012 - the rescheduled Spinning Four Patch Workshop led by Jacqui VMS at St. George's Church, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Again, bring a lunch or purchase one. If you have an extension cord, please bring it along.

On April 21st, Mibsie Booth will be doing a workshop on a simple bag. Signups will be available at the meeting. This would be a wonderful class to take with a young quilter - your daughter, niece, young neighbour, friend.....or perhaps your Mom or Aunt!

March 24th, 2012 - Quilts of Valour workshop - led by Christine Rachar at St. George's Church 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring a lunch or pop out at lunch to purchase one.

Here is a note from Christine about the workshop: In honour and to provide comfort to our service people, members of the London Friendship Quilters' Guild are invited to participate in a "Quilts of Valour Sewing Bee" on Saturday, March 24th from 9am to 3pm at St George's Presbyterian Church. On this day, we will work together to create blocks, assembling them into at least one cozy quilt by day's end.
Please bring with you:
- sewing machine loaded with dark thread (grey, green, or brown)
-basic sewing kit
-cutting board
-rotary cutter
Participants will be given a copy of the pattern to take home with them.
Sign-up for this FREE workshop will be available at our March 8th meeting.

Click here to email for information and to register.