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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quilters on Vacation

For quilters, vacation trips extend beyond the summer months. It's a vacation every time we can go on a road trip and shop hop. Maureen H. and her husband took a few days vacation earlier this month and did some shop hopping.  She sent me an email describing their travels. I'll let her own words tell you about it.

If you are still doing Quilters on Vacation, here are some pictures of our latest camping trip.  We do lots of day trips while camping and stopping at quilt shops is always a priority!
The first and 2nd photos are from Threads that Bind in Maxwell, ON

3rd photo- a Mennonite quilt shop near Tiverton

4th and 5th-another Mennonite shop not far from Kincardine, the 5th pic shows some of their other goods that are for sale

6th photo should be for the Woodworker on Vacation site-one of Dave's favourite places-Welbecks Sawmill and Store near Durham

We also stopped at Quilters Line in Markdale and Shoreline Quilts in Port Elgin

Thanks, Maureen, for showing us those pictures.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekend Reading.....

A few weeks ago, while surfing around in bogland, I came across a blog hop all about pin cushions. I know, pincushions aren't very exciting. But the variety, and the tutorials to make some of them fascinated me. I'll share some links to some of them below. Even if you don't want to make any, some of them are quite fun to look at. Wouldn't some of these be great for the member's boutique for the next quilt show?

Couch pincushion
Cupcake Pincushion
Hexie Caddy Pincushion
Cake Pincushion
Pincushion in a cup
Tiny Worlds pincushions No instructions for this one, just some fun eye candy.
Bird Pincushions
Cube Caddy/pincushion
Owl Pincushion
Cottage pincushion

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Blog Settings changes

I've had to change a few of the settings here on the blog. The biggest change has been to the comments sections. To those of you that leave comments here, or on other blogs, you know that there is this thing called "Word verification" where you have to type in the letters from a word, or number displayed in a box. It's annoying, it's a pain in the neck, and I hate it. However, it filters out those who like to send spam and junk emails. I've been receiving some of those since the email notice for the comments go to my email address. So, as much as I hate to do it, to stop them I've added the dreaded word verification process to the comment page on this blog.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Workshop information for October and November

I received an email from Lorraine J. with information about some of the details for the program for this fall.

The guild is pleased to be able to offer a number of workshops this fall.
On Saturday October 24, Cynthia McNair is offering a workshop on Manipulated Fabric Landscapes.  The workshop will run from 9 am to 4 pm and will be held at Oakridge Presbyterian Church.  Cost of the workshop is $40. Please note the change of venue for this event. There are 2 spots left for this workshop.
On Friday November 13, Karen Howes is offering a workshop on English Paper Piecing.  This workshop will be held at St. George’s Presbyterian Church from 9 am to 4 pm. Cost of this workshop is $40. Also, if any guild members might be interested in billeting our speaker around this time, please let one of the program committee members know.
Also, our first Sew In Day of the year will be held on Saturday November 28 at St. George’s Presbyterian Church from 9 am to 9 pm.  Bring your own projects or plan to work on one of our guild projects.  Bring your own lunch.  Dinner will be provided.  Cost of this event is $25.

For all of our workshops and events, you are considered to be registered once your payment is received. No refunds will be provided should you be unable to attend an event. If you have any questions or to register for one of these events, please email Lorraine J. at

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Roman Square and Finished block instructions.

This is the first set of instructions for the LFQG Blog Sampler. In this post I'll give the instructions for the sampler square, as well as putting the whole block together. For the rest of the squares, I'll give you the instructions for the sampler section, and then refer you back to this page for how to put it together into the finished block. This instruction sheet shows the setting triangles as dark on the outside and light on the inside. Please note that this will change every other block. The colouring for the setting triangles will be shown for each block in the finished block photo at the beginning of each page.

This week's sampler block is named "Roman Square" in Block Base.

Cut 12 rectangles of various fabrics measuring 1 1/2 inches  x  3 1/2 inches.

Block Assembly:

Sew these rectangles of fabric along the long length into sets of three.
Arrange these sets as shown in the photo and sew together. Your block at this point should measure 6 1/2 inches.

Finish Assembly:

Take two of the 5 1/8 inch triangles and sew to opposite sides of your centre unit.
Press towards the triangles. Take the other two  5  1/8 inch triangles and sew to the remaining sides. 
Press towards the triangles.

Take two of the 6 7/8 inch triangles and sew to opposite sides of your block. Press towards the triangles.
Take the remaining 6 7/8 triangles and sew to the other opposite sides. Press towards the triangles.
Your block is now finished, and should measure 12 1/2 inches square.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 10, 2015 Guild Metting

We all gathered for our first meeting of the year, September 10th. It is so hard to believe that the summer is over, and we've already had our first meeting. Time is going by so fast, I don't even seem to be able to catch my breath. Anyone else feel like that? We were warmly welcomed to the first meeting by our new President, Lorna.
We had the reports from the various executive members, which took a bit of time being the first meeting. After a break of tea and goodies, (someone suggested that adding in a glass of wine might be a good idea), we welcomed our speaker for the evening, Cynthia McNair. She began her talk explaining that she started as a porcelain and china restorationist, while living in England, before moving to Canada. After moving to Canada, she joined a quilt guild, and began her quilt journey making traditional quilts. This bargello is an example of one of her traditional pieces. She soon began to branch out into the more "artsy" landscape style quilts. This one being one of her first. She then branched out into other landscapes besides florals. She did this one of buildings growing from the ground, as it seems they do when a city has a building boom going on. She went on to talk about exploring dying and painting on her fabrics, including a technique called "ice dying" She gave us a brief explanation of the process. This scene is based on a piece of ice dyed fabric that, when she looked at it, reminded her of a sunrise. Here's another ice dyed piece, with some stencils added to it.
She became inspired to branch off onto a different journey after a trip to Israel. This gorgeous piece was just one of many she showed.
She was a wonderful, informative and fun speaker. Her work is beautiful, and her English accent added to the fun, as did her husband Stewart,  who came along as her quilt holder-upper assistant, also with a charming English accent.
After Cynthia finished her talk, we had members show and share of what they'd been working on over the summer. Nancy P. showed her completed Twisted Log Cabins, made from a workshop from last year.    Amalia showed her quilt. I'm not sure of the name, but it had tons of little tiny little squares in it. Cynthia N. showed three McKenna Ryan designed cat themed wall hangings. This is just one of them.
Susan D. showed her Austin wall hanging 
and Mibsie B. showed her quilt based on the pattern Jumping Jacks, perfect for a little girl.
Lorna brought her finished Canadiana quilt, made from the mystery design that ran all last year. She took it and put her own spin and interpretation on it. 
There are many more pictures from Cynthia's trunk show and also from the members' show and share that can be found at the LFQG Picasa photo page.  For some strange reason, it is dated August 30th, 2015, and I have yet to figure out how to change the title of the album. I've also just discovered that the link I tried to put in here isn't live. I have to figure out how to change the privacy setting on the album. I'll put the link in here once I've figured it out.
It was a great first meeting to the year. If the rest of this year is the same, we're in for a great time!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Guild Sampler fabric Requirements and cutting Instructions

Guild Sampler Fabric Requirements and Beginning Cutting Instructions

This quilt is made up of 35 squares measuring 12 inches finished. Eighteen of the blocks have dark on the outside, and 17 have light on the outside. Feel free to change around the colours, or the numer of squares you make. For the quilt to be made as presented you will need 2.5 meters of a dark fabric and 2.5 meters of a light fabric for the setting triangles for each block.


Dark Fabric:

Cut 6 strips @ 6 7/8 inches from the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 36 squares measuring 6 7/8 inches. Cut these squares in half once along the diagonal. These half square triangles will be used for the outer setting triangles.

Cut 5 strips @ 5 1/8 inches from the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 34 squares measuring 5 1/8 inches. Cut these squares in half once along the diagonal. These smaller half square triangles will be used as the inner setting triangles.

Light Fabric:

Cut 6 strips @ 6 7/8 inches from the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 34 squares measuring 6 7/8 inches. Cut these squares in half once along the diagonal. These half square triangles will be used for the outer setting triangles.

Cut 5 strips @ 5 1/8 inches from the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 36 squares measuring 5 1/8 inches. Cut these squares in half once along the diagonal. Once all these are cut, you have the pieces that you need to put all your sampler blocks together. The first sampler block will come out on the 17th of September.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 10th Meeting

The first meeting of our year on September 10th is fast approaching. There will be a lot going on at this first meeting, and I wanted to give a bit of a heads up as to what's going on, and what you need to remember to bring.
First off, if you haven't sent them in already, go to the right hand side bar of the blog and print off the membership renewal form, and also the volunteer form. Teresa will be collecting these, as well as your membership fees.
Second, the program committee will have sign up sheets ready for the upcoming workshops, so come prepared with cash or cheque to sign up. Cynthia McNair, our speaker for this meeting, will be offering a workshop called "Manipulated Landscapes" in October. Karen Howes, our speaker for November, will be doing a workshop on English Paper Piecing.
Third, remember to bring your name tag and your chatelaine. You'll get free tickets for the fat quarter draw for each of those items. There will be tea and juice and water and goodies at this meeting, so remember to bring your own tea cup.
Fourth, the notion of the month is Apples. Bring one, or a bag of them. They will be donated to the Food Bank.
Fifth, for those of you who were working on the Canadiana quilt last year, bring your  quilt tops or finished quilts to the meeting so we can all see and admire.
As always, there will be show and share for quilts you have been working on. Keep to two items per person, so that everyone who wants to share, will have the opportunity.
See you all on Thursday.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Quilters on Vacation

Micki emailed me a couple of pictures that she took while on her travels through Europe. She says:
"The first one was taken in England.  We were visiting friends and were in Canterbury and saw a farmers market.  As we strolled through it, I found this stall that was selling fabric from large bolts.  Price was quite reasonable but I did not buy anything! 

The last picture was taken in Rouen, France.  We were on a walking tour and happened upon this quilt store.  After the tour we went back only to discover the store was closed due to holidays.  I took this picture thru' the window.

She also sent a couple of pictures of the trailer the guild purchased last year for storing our quilt show supplies. Ray Campbell and a friend of his did a great job of building some shelves into it, and helping to get it organized. A great big thanks from all of us goes out to them.

Micki says that " Ray Campbell (Tiny's husband ) came with his friend Frank, and together they worked on putting shelves into our new trailer.   I then, did an inventory of everything we had and put in into the trailer in some kind of order. Looks good, eh! Last week Lorna and I went to Edith's and picked up the remaining quilt show stuff and it too is now in the trailer.  Everything in one spot!"
Come next year, and quilt show time, this is going to make life so much easier for those who are setting up and tearing down. No more scrambling around to find vehicles big enough to carry everything!
Thanks Micki, for the pictures of your travels and the update on the trailer.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guild Smpler Quilt Introduction

This year, I would like to present a sampler quilt for guild members and for others who are interested, to work on through the coming year. The instructions will be presented here on the blog and won’t be printed out. I’m hoping this will bring more members to check out the blog more often. I am going to try and post the instructions for the blocks on the first and third Thursday of each month. If there happens to be a fifth Thursday, I’ll post a block then as well. This will give time for anyone wishing to make the blocks to get them done for the coming guild meetings. As an incentive, if you complete the blocks, bring them to the meeting and you will receive a free ticket for the fat quarter draws for each finished block from that previous month.

This is going to be the basic layout of the quilt. Each block will measure 12 inches, finished. The sampler block will be in the centre of each square.The sampler blocks themselves will all be based on a four patch grid, which will give the over all quilt some cohesiveness. Some will be very basic and easy, others more complex. I will give instructions for the sampler block and putting the entire block together once, and then in further posts, I will link back to the post showing how to put the entire block together. As shown here, fabric requirements would be 2.5 meters for the dark fabric and 2.5 meters for the light fabric. Of course, you can always go scrappy, in which case the outer large triangles will take 2 squares measuring 6 7/8 inches and the smaller triangles on the inside will take 2 squares measuring 5 1/8 inches.
I am going to be doing mine using a light grey and dark grey as the setting fabrics, and then will use scraps for doing the sampler centres. I’m planning on cutting all my setting fabrics ahead of time, so that they are all ready, and when the mood hits, all I need to do is sew. I’ll give those cutting instructions in a separate post, so they don’t get lost here at the bottom of this one. I hope lots of people will join in with this project.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Missing quilt....

Good afternoon, everyone. A couple of days ago a comment was left on the blog regarding a missing quilt.

" Did anyone find a quilt left behind at the May meeting? I've misplaced a queensized "falling charms" quilt. The quilting is done in McTavishing style. Thanks for checking. Teresa DeJong.\"

In the meantime, I've been working on getting the lists on the right hand side bar ready for this year's activities. There are some new shops listed in the Ad Sponsors section. In the next day or two, I'll get the speakers and workshops for the first three months added on, and also some information about some different things that will be happening on the blog this year. I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the summer, (how did that happen, by the way? I could swear our banquet was just a week or two ago), and that we're all looking forward to a new year of guild activities and friendship.