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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Interguild Meeting hosted by London Friendship Quilt Guild

Today the London Friendship Guild hosted the Southwestern Ontario Interguild meeting which is held yearly to exchange ideas.  It was a great day as approximately 55 people made their way to London on this sunny, but cold spring day.  Inside however, there was a warm atmosphere as everyone mingled and shared stories, ideas and food!

Maureen ready at the registration table
Kitchen ladies preparing lunch

Meeting new people

Everyone had letters, numbers, colours and shapes on their nametags directing them to various tables for discussion groups

President of the LFQG, Micki, welcoming all the guests

Delicious lunch to enjoy

It was a very informative day sharing ideas in four different areas:  Guild program, quilt show, communication in the guild and a 'bits and pieces' category.  Lots of notes were jotted down and will be shared with guilds.  Next year's hosts will be Hamilton Quilt Guild.
More photos of the day can be viewed here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 12th, 2015 Meeting

President Micki A. was back from her winter vacation on the Bruce Peninsula and she chaired an interesting meeting.  She informed us that several guild members have expressed an interest in becoming members of the executive for the quilting year 2015-16.  The only position that no one has so far showed an interest in chairing is the Program Committee.  Lynda W. has agreed to head a committee that will contact by phone all members of the guild regarding holding a position on the executive.

Micki had Nancy P. come up to the front to show us her Chatelaine.  Free patterns were available for the Chatelaine at the Welcome table. Micki discussed the uses of the Chatelaine, one of which is a ticket for the fat quarter draw!
Nancy P.'s Chatelaine

Mibsie B. spoke to us about Quilts of Valour and asked for volunteers to piece QOV from kits that she had prepared.  There are also some QOV tops sewn together that need to be quilted.

Mibsie B talking about QOV

The vendor for our meeting was Michelle from Kallisti Quilts in Waterloo.  There was a lot of interest in the Japanese and African fabrics that are Michelle's specialty.

Michelle from Kallisti Quilts

After break, June Klassen (a Lifetime Member of LFQG) presented a Trunk Show of her quilts.
June K.'s Trunk Show

It was interesting to find a picture of a block that June had made in 1990 in one of our guild albums (in the library).  This block was selected to be in the "Friendship Quilt" made by Halton Quilt Guild that was the subject of the last blog post.  June showed us a sampling of her wonderful quilts and explained the different techniques she used in making her quilts including English paper piecing,  3D fabric flowers, hand and machine quilting and many more.  Of particular interest was her "Lifetime Quilt" that is still a work in progress.  Many thanks to June for the inspiration and for all the knowledge and encouragement she has provided to guild!

June's paper pieced Christmas Cactus Quilt

June's "Lifetime Quilt"

June's Celtic Interlace Quilt

June explaining about documenting her quilts

To see more of June's quilts click here.

After June's talk, we had "Show and Tell" and the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters and the gift basket.

Jacqui VMS with the quilt she made from vintage Grandmothers' Flower Blocks

Lynda W. and her "Masculine" Quilt

Christine G with her Table Topper

To see more pictures of the meeting click here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Still Friends

London Friendship Quilters' Guild received the following email from The Halton Quilters Guild.  If any of our present members remember this Quilt and the part that LFQG played in it, we would love to hear about it.

Still Friends - 25 years later!
Your Guild was one of the 60 Quilt Guilds that took  part in the Friendship Quilt.  Along with two individuals, there was a block representing every Province and Territory in Canada.  You can see it again at our Quilt Show!
Halton Quilters Guild presents “Stitches in Our Time”.  The Quilt Show will be held at the Crossroads Centre, Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Friendship Quilt project was started in the Spring of 1990.  Along with your block, you submitted information about your Guild ie. General information, format of meetings, block done by, and anything of special interest about your Guild or area.    The information gathered was compiled into a book and keyed to the blocks in each panel.
In 1991, the Friendship Quilt with the information book was ready to travel and for the next four years, it travelled back and forth across Canada to be featured at participants’ Quilt Shows or special events.
We thought your Guild members, if they were in the area,  might be interested in seeing The Friendship Quilt displayed  and reading the information book from 25 years ago. 
For more information on the Quilt Show, visit our website at

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
Our speaker for the evening is June Klassen.  June is "Lifetime Member" of LFQG.  She joined the guild in 1982.  June will be presenting a Trunk Show of her work.
Our vendor for the evening is Michelle Dunn from Kallisti Quilts.  Michelle specializes in Japanese and African prints.  To visit Michelle's website click here.
On April 25th we will be having a Community Outreach Sew in Day.  There is no charge for this day. It will be held from 9AM-4PM.  Come for the whole day, half a day or just a couple of hours.
Edith and her committee will have quilt top kits to sew, quilts that need to be sandwiched and quilts that are ready for quilting. 
On April 10th & 11th, Jennifer Houlden will be teaching a 2 day Workshop titled Twisted Log Cabin.
It has been decided to let guild members come for only 1 day of the workshop (either Friday or Saturday).  The cost for the 2 day workshop is $65.00, for attending only 1 day the cost will be $40.00.
Now that spring is almost here, the quilt show season is starting again. 
The following shows are being held in March:
Mar 20-21,2015, Oshawa, ON, Quilts from the Heart
Mar 27-29,2015, Etobicoke, ON, Quilt Fever 2015
Mar28-29,2015, Newmarket, ON, Oh My Stars Quilt Show
Check the right sidebar for links to these shows.
Information for the Meeting
*Sign-up sheets will be available for the following:
April 10th & 11th, 2 or 1 day Twisted Log Cabin Workshop
June 11th, LFQG Annual Banquet being held at Greenhills Golf Club
Remember to bring your cheque books
*Members who participated in the Amazing Scrap Challenge, please bring in your quilt tops
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share (no more than 2 items)
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing in the following:
**Name Tag
**Wear something GREEN
See you at the meeting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Amazing Scrap Challenge

A group of LFQG members got together on Feb 28th to participate in the Amazing Scrap Challenge.
Each participant was given a bag of poker chips and a Bingo Card Challenge Sheet.  Each square of the Bingo Card had a different quilt themed challenge (eg-make a 9 patch, make a friendship star, make prairie points). 
We were also given a cheat sheet with diagrams of different blocks (without measurements).
Cheat Sheet

We were allowed to use 1 metre of a background fabric and 1 fat quarter of our own fabric.  We then had to pick a closed mystery box that contained scraps of fabric (most boxes were either colour or theme coordinated).  The boxes had been weighed so everyone started with the same weight of fabric.

Mystery Boxes of Fabric

 We were each  given a fat quarter of the same fabric that was donated by Northcott Fabrics.

Fat quarter donated by Northcott Fabrics

The object of the Challenge was to accumulate as many poker chips as possible by making a quilt top at least 96" in circumference using as much of the fabric in the box and to include as many of the challenges from the bingo card as possible.  For each challenge completed you received a poker chip and for each line of the card completed you received 4 chips.
You could also spend chips by buying fabric from the scrap fabric pile or by looking through some books for inspiration.  All of the fabric scraps for the mystery boxes and for the scrap pile were donated by the members of the Program Committee from their own stashes!
The scrap pile

If you didn't like the fabrics in your mystery box you could turn it in and buy another closed box (1 time only).
All morning there was a flurry of activity as quilters formulated plans, measured and cut fabrics and started making blocks.  Every hour there was a draw for a door prize.

Erika measuring her fabric

Lorraine making Hexies

Evelyn making 9 patches

At noon we stopped for a lunch break, then it was back to the sewing machines.  Everyone was trying to get their tops together and finish the challenges to get as many poker chips as possible.
At 4 PM the Challenge ended and every scrap of unused fabric was put back into the boxes.  Each box was reweighed and chips were awarded for the percentage of fabric used.  The quilt tops were measured and those that met or exceeded the required size were given more chips.

Helen's Little Boy Quilt Top

Edith's Elvis Themed Quilt Top

Mary's House and Garden Quilt top

Each quilter's chips were counted and Maureen H. was awarded first prize for accumulating 63 chips.
Maureen's Blue Blocks Quilt top
 Maureen received a lovely basket of fabric donated by Northcott Fabrics.
Fabric Basket prize

We were then treated to a wonderful dinner of Lasagna and Caeser Salad supplied by Debbie M from Pizza Vera  and a lovely "Go Scrappers Go" cake.
Debbie M serving Lasagna to Erika

"Go Scrappers Go" Cake

It was a Fun and "Challenging" day.

Scrappers and their Tops

 Many thanks to Charlene O. for coming up with this great idea and to the rest of the Program Committee for all of their hard work in putting this day together!!

3 members of our hard working Program Committee
Charlene, Lorna and Megan


 To see more pictures from The Amazing Scrap Challenge click here.