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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Manipulated Landscapes Workshop

On Saturday, October 24th, a group of ladies from the guild joined Cynthia McNair for a workshop based on her technique for doing landscapes. Unfortunately, I was’t able to be there, but Lorna M. kindly took some pictures to share with us.
Here are  Cynthia and Bonnie working on their pieces
Yvonne and Lynda went shopping through Cynthia’s stash looking for the perfect goodies to add to their landscapes.                                        Here’s Liz cutting out hundreds of leaves for her tree.and Sharon with some glorious colours.

At the end of the day, the landscapes went up on the wall, for Cynthia to examine and for all to see. Lorna says that Cynthia was a great teacher and that everyone had fun. She said that for many in the workshop, they were trying something totally new. From here, it looks like everyone did a great job. To see more pictures of the workshop, go here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekend Reading

This weekends reading list is all about eye candy. Take a look at some of these gorgeous quilts that are truly amazing. Some of these links are to individual quilts, and some of them are to people’s blogs who have taken pictures at quilt shows. These are some that I found to be jaw droopingly gorgeous.
Grab a cup or glass of something and have fun at these virtual quilt shows.

Embroidered Cakes
Quilt show day four
Quilt show day 3
Quilt show day 2
Quilt show day 1
Houston Quilt Show, 2014

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hour Glass Sampler Block

This week's block is the Hour Glass block. The names for these blocks, by the way, are coming from the Electric Quilt software.

Cutting Instructions:

Light Fabric:  cut 1 rectangle  @ 2 inches by 9 inches
                       cut 1 square  @ 3 7/8 inches
Dark Fabric:  cut 1 rectangle  @ 2 inches by 9 inches
                      cut 1 square @ 3 7/8 inches

Assembly Instructions:

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light 3 7/8 inch square. Place right sides together with the dark 3 7/8 inch square and sew a scant 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark triangle. 
Place the two   2 inch by 9 inch rectangles right sides together and sew along the length of the strips. Cut this strip into four   2 inch segments. 
Sew these segments into two four patch units.
Arrange your four patches and triangles as shown, and sew together. 
Go here for the instructions to finish your block, keeping in mind that this block has the dark triangles on the outside.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Christmas donation quilt instructions

During the October 8th meeting, Lorna proposed that we as a guild support a family at Christmas by giving quilts to the children and also a full sized quilt to the adults in the family. Lorna handed out a pattern for blocks for the adult sized quilt and requested that the blocks be returned at the November meeting. That way the quilt can be assembled and quilted in time for giving at Christmas. In case you missed the meeting, or have misplaced your instructions, here they are:

October 8th,2015 Guild Meeting

President Lorna M. started the meeting by bringing us up to date on guild matters.  This included the sad news about the death of long-time guild member Karen W.  A motion was passed by the members to make a donation in Karen's name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

President Lorna M
The other members of the executive then gave their reports.
Librarian Kim Z

Lorna introduced Heather, our Vendor for the Evening.  Heather is the owner of
"The Quilt Place" in Shakespeare.
Heather from "The Quilt Place"

Our speaker for the evening was Noshi Galanti.
Noshi Galanti

 Noshi's Talk and Trunk Show was called "Airport Security Stole My Scissors".  Her talk was both funny and informative.  Noshi told us about her experiences as a new immigrant to Canada and becoming involved in quilting in Canada.  She also told us about travelling back and forth every year to India and the quilts that she started in Canada, worked on while in airplanes between Canada and India and then brought back to Canada to finish.  Her Trunk Show was fantastic and was highlighted by her use of colour, both hand and machine quilting and by putting her own spin on traditional quilt patterns.  Her quilts that featured traditional Indian motifs were especially interesting.

Noshi's Redwork Dancing Indian Ladies

Indian Lady Quilt

One Block Wonder Quilt

We finished the evening with "Show and Tell" and the ticket draws for fat quarters and the gift basket.
Gayle's Baby Quilt

Joe's Quilt

Christine R's Halloween Quilt

We're still having issues with sharing the pictures that are uploaded into the Picassa web albums that store the rest of the photos we've been taking during our meetings. The links are showing up as not available  to people who don't have access to the links, which is really strange. I think google, which is the company that runs both blogger and picas web albums, have changed some of the privacy settings allowing access to their various products.

EDIT: I'm hoping I've found the fix to the photo sharing problem. To view further pictures of Noshi Gulanti's quilts click here.
To view more pictures of the meeting click here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Weekend Reading.

In the past couple of weeks I was with a group of quilters where the conversation turned to bleeding colours in quilts when they are washed. It immediately brought to mind this article I read on Vicki Welsh's Blog Field Trips in Fiber. Vicki is an incredibly gifted quilter, and she also sells her own hand dyed fabric. She has researched the topic in depth and has found the best way of saving a bleeding quilt. I don't have any affiliation with her. But I have had occasion to use her method. I had a quilt ruined, or so I thought, by the blue dye in the backing fabric running. It turned all the creams and whites in the quilt an ugly shade of blueish grey. I figured I didn't have anything to lose, so I tried her method, and was amazed at how well it worked, and at how much dye was released into the water. There are a few links here all to Vicki's blog. The first couple of links are examples of quilts that she owns that have had issues with fabric colours bleeding that her method has fixed. The third is a detailed explanation of the research she put into finding the fix. The fourth link is the printable instructions.

The Fabric Burped
Catastrophe Averted
Bleeding Quilts, the Fix is in
Save My Bleeding Quilt

I hope you never have to use this, but I can speak from experience, it works.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October meeting information

This month our speaker is Noshi Gulanti. She doesn't have a website or an online presence. But I have come across her name while reading other blogs, and all enjoyed her presentation. I must admit that her title, "Airport Security Stole My Scissors" has me intrigued.
Our vendor this month is Heather from The Quilt Place in Shakespeare. The link to her store is
 down on the right hand side bar of the blog, if you want to go for a virtual visit.
The notion of the month is anything ORANGE, for a free ticket for the fat quarters draws. If you have your name tag, and your chatelaine, you'll get a free ticket for each of those items. And if you have finished your blocks for the blog sampler, bring them along for a free ticket for each of those as well. That's a potential for five free tickets for the fat quarter draws.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Broken Dishes Sampler Block

The Blog Sampler Block this time is called Broken Dishes.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric:  cut    2  squares  @  3 7/8 inches
Dark Fabric:  cut    2 squares  @  3 7/8 inches.

Block Assembly:

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the light squares.
 Place each of these light squares right sides together with the dark squares. 
Sew a scant 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut these apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark triangle. 
Arrange your triangle units as shown as shown and sew together. 
Go here to find the instructions for finishing the block, keeping in mind that the light fabric is on the outside, and the dark fabric on the inside for this block.