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Monday, January 27, 2014

Niagara Heritage Quilters' Guild

We received the following email from the Niagara Heritage Quilters' Guild.  Note that the cost for visitors was not included, so if interested please contact Lolly.


On Monday, January 20, 2014 8:23:10 AM, Lolly Challice <nhpublic@vaxxine.com> wrote:
 
Our February meeting features Pamela Allen, a full-time artist who discovered fabric in 2002. She has exhibited internationally and has had her work published in several quilting magazines. Join us Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. Lots of fun for all, so don't miss this meeting. Meetings are held at the Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue, St. Catharines, ON. Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Come join us!
Thanks very much,
Lolly Challice
Publicity Chair

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wool Applique Workshop with Jill Buckley

On Jan 18th, 2014, 23 LFQG members got together to learn wool applique and embellishments on cotton.  The very talented Jill Buckley was our teacher and the designer of the project that we worked on.
 
Jill Buckley





Jill's Samples

Jill told us about different ways of marking the applique design onto the cotton. One of her preferred methods is using the "Pounce" chalk method.  With Jill's help, the design was quickly "pounced" onto all of our cotton background fabric.

Design marked onto background fabric 

The  applique pieces were then cut from the wool and whip stitched onto the cotton using a fine and matching thread.  Jill taught us 6 embroidery stitches (running stitch, seed stitch, blanket stitch, fly stitch, French knot and bullion stitch).  After a discussion about different threads and the best way to use them, we were turned loose to use our own creativity and imagination to embellish our wall hanging.



 Jacqui and Lorna hard at work 



 Kathy and Angie concentrating on their stitches


At the end of the day, Jill gave a short talk about dying your own threads to allow you to get more variations then are available commercially.
It was a fun and inspiring day.  It was great to learn (or attempt to learn) some new skills and to slow things down a bit and do some handwork.


To see Jill's blog posting about the workshop, click here,
To see Gail ML's blog posting about the workshop, click here.
 





To see more pictures click here 


Thanks Jill, for a great day-I will master that French Knot one of these days!!!















Saturday, January 25, 2014

Challenge 2014 - A Road Runs Through It

The guidelines are posted for the Guild Challenge which is due at our May meeting.  Put on your thinking caps and use your imagination and enjoy the process of stretching the brain and the creativity :-).  The link to the document is on the side bar just below the newsletter links.  Looking forward to lots of participation.  The entries will be displayed at our Quilt show in October and the organizers are reporting lots of wall space that will need to be covered.  Enjoy the challenge!!!  If you have any questions at all, click here

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 2014 Meeting

The January meeting of the London Friendship Quilters' Guild was held January 9th.  Our guest speaker was Jill Buckley.  Jill shared her evolution as a quilter with us.  Jill had worked in sewing factories and then started her own business sewing wedding dresses, costumes and other garments.  Jill made her first quilt after she retired from her sewing business.  She then joined the LFQG and has been making innovative and artistic quilts ever since.  Jill loves to be challenged and has participated in and won many prizes competing in "Quilt Challenges".  She is now "Artist in  Residence" for CQA and provides a new quilt pattern in every issue of the CQA newsletter.


Jill Buckley


Jill's first quilt

 
 

Jill's Quilt-"Graffiti"


Jill's Quilt-"In Stitches"
 
 
Jill has generously made a free give away PDF pattern for "In Stitches". Find it here.
(I found that the PDF was very slow to download, but if I clicked on the "print" icon (upper left), the pattern opened and I could then print it.-Maureen)
To see the rest of Jill's Quilts click here.
 
 
Our Vendor for the evening was Joyce from Joyce's Sewing Shop.
 

Joyce


Joyce donated a lovely quilter's tote as a raffle prize at the guild meeting.
Krysten McCoy from Melon Patch Quilts donated a voucher for machine quilting as a raffle prize at the guild meeting.


Jacqui VMS from the Program Committee told us about a new upcoming Guild Challenge.  It is called "A Road Runs Through It".  Stay tuned for further details from Jacqui.



Jacqui VMS

The evening ended with "Show and Tell" that, as always, was wonderful and inspirational.

Cynthia N.'s Tree Skirt and Table Runner



Christine's Baby Quilt for her new Grandson


To see more pictures of January's Show and Tell, click here.


Remember that the February Meeting is our Annual Rummage Sale to raise money for our Community Outreach Program.  Please take time to check out your quilting stash of fabric, threads, notions, patterns and books.  If there is anything you are no longer using or need, please consider donating it to a very worthwhile cause.

See you in February!

 
 





 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thames Valley Guild

We received this email today from Susan at the Thames Valley Guild:

We are having a workshop with Vivian Tserotas on February 13th from 09:30-4 pm, and have 2 spots available.
The cost is $40 plus a materials fee of $20-25.
I was wondering if you could post this info for your members, in case someone is interested in attending.
They can contact me at suvanar@hotmail.com.

Please contact Susan if interested

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Library Links

Patricia B. (our Guild Librarian) and her helpers have gone through the library and organized all the books.  Pat has made lists of the books and with Maria D's computer help, we now have an online catalogue. 
There are 3 sections to the catalogue and each has it's own link.  The links are:
1)- Instructional quilting books, 2)-Non-fiction, Fiction and History books and 3)-CDs, DVDs, and Videos.
These lists will be kept updated as books are added or removed.
You can find the links to the book lists on the right sidebar of the Blog under a new category-"Library Links"
This has been a huge and time consuming job.  Thanks Pat and helpers for all your work! 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Next meeting-Jan 9th, 2014

Next meeting-Jan 9th, 2014
                      The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014
at
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
 
 
 
Our speaker for the evening is Jill Buckley.  Jill is the "Artist in Residence" for CQA.  She is also a former member of the LFQG.  Her topic will be "My Evolution as a Quilter".  To view Jill's blog click here.
 
Our Vendor for the evening will be Joyce's Sewing Shop from Wortley Village in London.
To view Joyce's website, click here.
 
Kay S. (one of our new members this year), is collecting empty thread spools for her granddaughter's Grade 2 Science Project.  All empty spools (plastic and wood) will be appreciated.
Kay will bring a labelled shopping bag  for the spools to each meeting for the rest of the quilting year.
 
Information for the meeting:
*Sign-up sheets for the February 22nd "Sew-In" and the June 14th Bus trip to 

 Quilt Canada 2014 in St.Catharines will be available-
 remember to bring your cheque books.
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share with other members (no more than 2 items)
*Empty thread spools for Kay's granddaughter
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following items-
    ** Name tag
    **Chatelaine
    **"Notion of the Month"- SNOW-anything snow related (except the real thing) 
          -e.g.-a picture, fabric, a paper-cut snowflake

 

See you Thursday!!!