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Thursday, May 29, 2014

June Guild Activities

 June is almost upon us and with it our two final events of the year. Our annual banquet is on Thursday, June 12 in the Millar Barn at Fanshawe Pioneer Village at 7:00 p.m. You can enter the park without charge by explaining that you are attending an event at the Village. Punch will be available prior to dinner. Following our meal we will move to the Visitor’s Centre for a viewing of the antique quilt collection housed there.
If you wish to donate feminine hygiene products to Tampon Tuesday (or in this case Tampon Thursday) you may bring them to the banquet and Yvette will deliver them for us.

On Saturday, June 14 we are off to Quilt Canada! The bus leaves the Ramada Inn promptly at 7:30 a.m. Please plan to be there a few minutes early and carpool if possible. We will be making a quick stop in Woodstock to pick up a couple of passengers and hope to arrive in St Catharines by 10:00 a.m. We are scheduled to return to London at 7:30 p.m. We suggest you bring your lunch with you. There are a few seats available on the bus so if you have been undecided there is still time to make arrangements. Contact Lorna at  What a wonderful way to usher in the summer – a day filled with fun, friendship, and inspiration!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Information for Guild Members

The Registration Form for Quilt Entries for our Quilt Show is now available.  It is on the right sidebar under Miscellaneous Links.

Beve J has forwarded a link to the Western Fair 2014 Competition list.  Included are some quilting categories.  Find it at:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 8th, 2014 Meeting

Last Thursday's Meeting was our Annual General Meeting.  There were discussions regarding important topics relevant to the 2013-14 year and to the upcoming (2014-15) year. 
The revised Constitution was accepted by the members. To read the Constitution see the right side bar.
There was also a discussion about the Newsletter.  Although some of the members find the Newsletter to be very worthwhile, our Newsletter Editor Beve J received very little input from the members over the past year. President Micki A, asked if there was anyone willing to be the Newsletter Editor for 2014-15.There was no volunteer from the membership.  A motion was made to put the Newsletter on hold for the upcoming year and to revisit it at the end of the year.  This motion was passed.
There was a discussion regarding replacing some of our Quilt Stands that have warped.  A motion was presented to allow up to $2000.00 to be used to replace some of the Quilt Stands.  This motion passed.
President Micki then asked if there were any nominations from the floor for any of the Executive positions for the upcoming year. There were no nominations from the floor.  Micki then presented the members who have volunteered to be on the Executive for 2014-15. 
They are:
President-Micki A.
Vice President-vacant
Program Chair-Lorna M.
Treasurer-Kathy V.
Secretary-Yvette D.
Membership-Amalia S.
Community Outreach Chair-Edith W.
Librarian-Kim Z. and Rachel M.
Blog Editor-Maureen H.
Newsletter Editor-vacant
Quilt Show Chair-Charlene O.
This executive has been accepted by the guild.
The outgoing executive then read their end of the year reports.  These reports are available to be read in the Library.

Included in Edith W's year end report (Community Outreach) were some very impressive numbers regarding the donations made during the past year.  They include Quilts donated to Childrens Aid-43, Quilts donated to Quilts of Valour-11, Quilt donated to a veteran at Parkwood Hospital-1, Pillowcases donated to Childrens Aid and
QOV-104 and Placemats donated to Meals On Wheels-112.
Edith W and Jack Cox from QOV

Thank you to Edith and her committee and to all members who donated their time and expertise over the past year.

Yvette D told us about "Tampon Tuesdays", an initiative to help the London Food Bank gather donations of feminine hygiene products.  Guild members who are attending the June Banquet are asked to bring one container of a feminine hygiene product.  We may continue this in the new guild year.  We may be able to use this initiative to promote our Quilt Show.  Yvette will keep us updated.

Charlene (Quilt Show Chair) gave us an update on the Quilt Show.  She has been able to get a license to allow us to have a raffle of our "London Roads Quilt".  In August and September guild members will be going to local malls to sell raffle tickets.  The committee has been working on a brochure about the guild that they will be able to hand out to interested people in the malls and at the quilt show.  Edith W. who is in charge of organizing volunteers for the quilt show will now start to sign up anyone who wants a specific time slot.

Some of the donated "London Road" blocks ready to be sewn into quilt

We had 2 special guests at the meeting. They were Pat O. and Pat P. from the Elgin Piecemakers.
Jacqui VMS introducing Pat O. and Pat P.

They were the Judges for our "A Road Runs Through It" Challenge.  They brought some of their own quilts to show us.

(Sorry for the over exposure on some of the pictures, I was having camera difficulties)

"Road Runs Through It Challenge"

The 2 Pats had 4 categories in which to pick winners and there also was a Viewers Choice category.  There were 13 entries submitted by guild members. I am sure that their decisions were not easy, all of the quilts were wonderful.
Lorna, Maureen, Tiny and Cathy with their Challenge Quilts

The winners were Lorna M-Best Use of Space, Cathy S-Best Use of Quilting as an Enhancement of Piece, Maureen H-Best Interpretation of Theme and Tiny C who won both Judges' Choice and Viewers' Choice.
To  see all of the Challenge Quilts, click here.

The meeting ended with more great Show and Tell and with our draws for fat quarters and the gift basket.
Cynthia's Cat Quilt

Lyndsey's Quilt

Teresa's Rag Quilt

Betty's Stars for My Friends Quilt

Micki and Penny with her Quilt

To see more pictures from the meeting and Show and Tell click here.

See you at Fanshawe Pioneer Village for our Banquet in June!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Upcoming May Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
The May meeting is our Annual General Meeting where we discuss changes that may need to be made within the Guild.  This year we need to update our Constitution.  Please read the updated Constitution on the right sidebar so that you can join in the discussion.  We will also be discussing the Newsletter.  The discussion will include whether we need to continue having a newsletter, what should be included in the content of the newsletter and if there is a Guild Member who is willing to be the Newsletter Editor.
The Guild Members who have volunteered to be on the 2014-15 Executive will be presented.  However, nominations from the floor for all positions will be accepted and if necessary, a vote will be held.
Also, at this meeting we will be seeing the Challenge Quilts made by Guild Members for the "Road Runs Through It" challenge.  There will be prizes awarded in 5 different categories for this challenge.
We will be having "tea, juice and treats" at break time during this meeting, so remember to bring your own mug.
Pat B., our Librarian, wants to remind all guild members who have books out of the Library, that they need to be returned by the May Meeting.  Also, no books can be taken out at the May Meeting.
Upcoming Quilt Shows taking place in Ontario include:
May 9-11 in Ottawa
May 19-24 in Ailsa Craig
June 6-7 in Mildmay
June 11-14 in St Catharines
For more information on these shows check the links on the right sidebar.
Information for the meeting:
*Sign-up sheets for-
The June 14th Bus trip to  Quilt Canada 2014 in St.Catharines
Tickets for our annual Banquet (June 12th)
will be available-remember to bring your cheque books
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share with other members (no more than 2 items)
*London Roads blocks for our Quilt Show Raffle Quilt
*2 1/2" X WOF strips in autumn colours for next years Quilts of Valour
*Wine bags for CQA
*All Library Books
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following items-
    ** Name tag
    ** A Mug for break time
    **"Notion of the Month"-  A 6 1/2" square of quilt shop quality cotton fabric ( to be used as     Quilters' Candy for our Quilt Show)

See you Thursday!!