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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blog Sampler Aircraft Block

This week’s block is called Aircraft, according to Barbara Brackman’s Block Base.

Cutting Instructions:

Light Fabric- cut 1 square @ 3 7/8 inches. Cut this square in half on the diagonal.
                      cut 5 squares @ 2 3/8 inches. Cut 3 of these in half on the diagonal.
Dark Fabric- cut 2 squares @ 3 7/8 inches. Cut these squares in half on the diagonal
                      cut 2 squares @  2 3/8 inches

You will have a leftover 3 7/8 inch light triangle.

Take the 2 light 2 3/8 inch squares and draw a line across the square on the diagonal. Place these right sides together with the 2 3/8 inch dark squares and sew a scant 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn line. Cut in half on the drawn line and press towards the dark side of the triangle square. You will have one of these triangle squares extra.

Arrange these triangle squares with the light 2 3/8 inch triangles as shown in the photo below. Make three of these units.

 Take these three units and one light 3 7/8 inch triangle and match them up with the four dark 3 7/8 inch triangles as shown in the picture below and sew together into the finished triangle square units. Lay those units out as shown in the photo below and sew together to finish the sampler square.

Go here to find the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that this square has the  dark triangles on the outside.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Membership List Reminder

During our December meeting Lorna mentioned that Teresa is putting together a membership list that will be handed out to the guild membership. If you do not want your information on this membership list, please contact Teresa at her email

Thank you.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 2015 Christmas Meeting

We gathered together on December 10th for our Christmas meeting.  And it started off with a bang. Back at the beginning of the year, Lorna, our fearless president, suggested that we donate some quilts to a needy family for Christmas. She passed out a pattern for a very simple block and asked guild members to make some blocks, and have them in her hands by the November meeting. Our members went home, and made enough blocks for not one, but two quilts. We ended up with 2 families that we were donating quilts for. Between the quilts that had been done for community outreach and the ones that Lorna organized, we met the number needed for both families. Well done everyone!! And then, if that wasn’t enough, the membership donated over 120 placemats for Meals on Wheels. There were also donations for My Sisters’ Place. We needed 300 stockings in order for everyone at My Sisters’ Place to receive one. We ended up with 425 stockings. In addition to all this, were donations of toiletries to also go to My Sisters’ Place. The table was full of the donations. What a fabulous giving group we have for our membership!
We then took a break for some goodies, some tea or other beverages and some shopping. Shirley from the Marsh Store was our vendor. 
After the break, the program committee had organized various Christmas crafts that we could participate in. There were some felt ornaments, 

napkin or paper folding, and a yoyo Christmas tree, to name a few.
A group of our members swapped post cards with a guild over in London England, and they showed what they received.
After all this there was still show and tell to see.

It was a wonderful meeting, packed full of all kinds of activities. There are more pictures of the meeting in the Picassa web album here.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend Reading

This weekend’s links are all about Christmas craft and decoration ideas. A continuation of our meeting theme from the past week. Have fun.

Origami fabric ornament
Prairie Point Ornament
Sewing Machine Ornament
Fabric Ornament
Pinecone Ornament
Felt Christmas Tree

Monday, December 7, 2015

Guild meeting week reminders

Good afternoon everyone.  Our Christmas guild meeting is this week, and there’s a list here to remind you of the various things you need to bring to the meeting.

1. Christmas stocking for My Sisters Place

2. Donations for My Sisters Place- shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, razors, new underwear (all sizes), hair brushed, pony tail holders, poise and depend pads (all sizes), gloves and mittens and socks.

3. Placemats for Meals on Wheels

4. Basic sewing kit to use for crafts at meeting- needle, thread, scissors for paper.

5. Mug for tea.

6. Checkbook to sign up for January’s workshop for Liberated Baskets.

As always, bring your name tag, your Chatelaine and your most recent blocks from the Blog Sampler, which would be the Turnstile and Flying X.  Each of those items will get you a ticket on the fat quarter draws.

There will be a social time during the meeting, with treats. The vendor for the meeting is Shirley from The Marsh Store.

See you all Thursday.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Blog Sampler Turnstile Block

This weeks block is the Turnstile Block.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric:    cut 2 squares   @ 3 7/8 inches. Cut these squares once along the diagonal.
                        cut 1 square   @  4 1/4 inches. Cut this square twice along the diagonals
Dark Fabric:  cut 1 square   @ 4 1/4 inches. Cut this square twice along the diagonals.

Assembly Instructions:

 Take the four triangles cut from the 4 1/4 inch light square and place them right sides together with the four triangles cut from the dark 4 1/4 inch square. In order to get the pieces to spin in the same direction, the orientation on the pieces as they go through your sewing machine is important. Please note the picture below. 
All of these pieces should go through this way, light on top and dark on bottom. The long edge of the triangles will be facing to the top and off to the left. You will be sewing down the shorter edge, from the narrow triangular tip down to the square bottom edge. Press towards the dark triangle.
Arrange these quarter square triangle units with the triangles cut from the light 3 7/8 inch squares, as shown in the photo.  Again, the orientation of these is important.Sew together along the long seams. Press towards the large light triangle.
Arrange your triangle units as shown, and sew together. Once more, the orientation of these is important.
Go here to find the instructions for finishing the block, keeping in mind that this block has the light large triangles on the outside edge.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November 2015 sew-in day

Last Saturday we had our fall sew-in day. There were about 20 ladies participating, working on all kinds of various projects. I thought I had taken more pictures than I did, but then I was only able to be there for a couple of hours. I seem to have done more talking than picture taking. I also seem to have taken more pictures of projects than I did of people.
Lorna M. and Tiny C. both brought their projects from the workshop we had in November taught by Karen Howes. This one in Lorna’s
and this is Tiny’s. 
Deb M. was working on an appliqué piece.
Lisa was working on some placements for the Meals on Wheels.
Gail was working on a table runner, destined to be a Christmas gift. This was one of the blocks for it.
Christine R. was working on a Disappearing Nine Patch.
Anne L. was doing a Christmas wall hanging, or maybe it was a lap quilt, I’ve forgotten that part.
Carol V. was working on her project from Jacqui Gering’s workshop from last year. She was laying it out in preparation for pin basting.
Maureen was slicing up some strip sets.
 I’m not sure what they were for, but if I had to guess, I’d say a Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trips.
Charlene O. was working on her La Passacaglia,
trying to figure out what to do with the borders.
I’m sure you can get a really good idea of the fun being had from these few pictures. The machines were humming and some really interesting conversations were going on. I happened to overhear one interesting conversation discussing Pierce Brosnan..........  I wish I’d gotten around to everyone, and I wish I’d been able to be there longer.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Weekend Reading

In my browsing around the internet, Facebook and blogs in the last little while, I’ve come across a few fun tutorials for making various quilt blocks and other useful objects. I’ll share a few of them here.

Four Patch Charm Square Quilt This is a great way to use up any charm packs you may have hanging around.
Denim Storage bins Do you have any old jeans hanging around? This is a good way to use them.
Faux Piped Binding Technique This is the technique I use on all my quilts.
Charm Pack Quilt idea Here’s another idea for those unused charm packs.
Trash to Treasure quilt blocks Here’s a great way to use up all those odd shapes leftover scraps we all seem to have hanging around.
Dots from Charm Packs And yet more uses for charm packs.

Have fun reading.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blog Sampler Flying X

This week’s block is called Flying X

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric- cut four squares @  2 inches x 2 inches
                     cut four squares @ 2 3/8 inches x 2 3/8 inches
Dark fabric- cut four squares @ 2 inches x 2 inches
                     cut four squares @ 2 3/8 inches x 2 3/8 inches

Take the four light squares measuring 2 3/8 inches and draw a diagonal line on each. Place these squares right sides together with the dark 2 3/8 inch squares and sew a scant 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn line. Cut these apart on the drawn line, and press towards the dark side of the triangle square. These should measure 2 inches square at this point.

Arrange your finished triangle squares with the 2 inch light and dark squares as shown in photo below and sew together.

Go here to find the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that this block has the dark triangles on the outside of the block.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Karen Howes English Paper Piecing Workshop

So, I have to apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures, and also the fact that there are so few of them. I’ve been trying to adjust the settings on the guild’s camera to reduce the amount of yellow in the pictures taken in the evening under the fluorescent lights during the meetings. Apparently that new setting doesn’t like to be used during daylight hours. Note to self.....  change the settings back for daylight pictures or use a different camera. As far as the number of pictures, I was so involved in doing the workshop, that I forgot about documenting it. And that is just proof of how good the workshop was!
The workshop was all about English Paper Piecing, also known as EPP. It isn’t just your average Grandmother’s Flower Garden any more. Karen started off showing us the basics of EPP.... the types of paper to use, how to fold our fabrics over the paper and basting them in place. She provided all the papers, gave us pre-basted pieces to show the different methods and then gave us three more pieces of paper and fabrics so that we could practice our basting and  practice the whip stitch for sewing them together. She took us through the process of fussy cutting motifs from various fabrics to achieve secondary designs and kaleidoscopic effects. Again, she provided the essentials for doing this particular technique, window templates for isolating the different parts of our fabrics, clear templates to draw around and the papers needed for making the hexagon rosettes. I think it was at this point that we broke for lunch. It was also at this point that I got so involved in playing with fabric and paper that the picture taking got eclipsed by the hexagon process.
After lunch she took us through the process for making six pieced hexagon variations. We had done homework before the workshop, so we had our fabric strips and pieces all ready for making our variations, which can be seen in Karen’s sample pieces. Karen was a great teacher, full of enthusiasm for her subject. The preparation she put into the workshop, and the materials that she provided to the participants left us in no doubt how to proceed and also were excellent for taking home for further work. Thank you Karen!
I also want to give a large shout out to Karen’s friend Debra. She was helpful during the workshop, kept Karen company when she wasn’t with us, and also did all the driving for Karen, both to get her here and home again, and also around the city while they were here. Thanks Debra!

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 12th Meeting

We all gathered together November 12th for our monthly meeting. As Snoopy the dog, from the Peanuts comic strip would say, it was a dark and windy night...... After all the executive reports were done, we were treated to a parade                   of all the quilts that have been finished for our Community Outreach Committee.                                 I forget the number of finished quilts that were shown, but it was at least a dozen. After seeing all those wonderful quilts, we took a break for shopping at our vendor of the month, Stitcharie from Wyoming. They now have joined our group of vendors who have a link on our right hand side bar.
After our break we were treated to a trunk show by Karen Howes. Karen blogs at Faeries and Fibres. Her blog is a wonderful read, and the pictures of her works are fabulous. To actually be able to see them in person was an awesome experience. There is so much detail in her quilts that pictures simply can’t do justice to. I have left all these pictures at the higher resolution, so they can be clicked on and “biggie sized” for a more detailed look. This is my personal favourite. She calls it 81 the Giant Monstrosity. It is full of hexagons, six sided stars and appliquéd baskets and flowers, all done by hand and then hand stitched to backgrounds. Like I said, pictures don’t do it justice. On closer inspection, there are butterflies among the flower baskets and an even closer look shows that there are butterflies scattered among the hexagons and stars. They are fussy cut from fabrics and then appliquéd in place. This next one was made from six sided stars and pieced hexagons. The colour on this one is way off, I think, but you can get the idea. The last one I’m showing here on the blog was a small piece that she did for her Mom, who loves bees. 
After Karen’s trunk show, we had member show and tell. Lyndsey J. brought her Jane Austen quilt to show. That border...... it’s full of one inch diamonds! Kim Z. showed a table runner. The details have unfortunately escaped from my mind. Susan D. showed us a quilt that she made for her daughter’s 31st birthday. Susan just finished it..... her daughter is now 40. There are many more photos from the meeting and the trunk show on our Picassa page here.