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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Weekend Reading

I’m a little late with this post, but it is officially still the weekend, so it counts. At the last guild meeting, Rose gave a report about the planning of the quilt show in October. One of the things she mentioned was that we would be doing a Members’ Boutique again. So, I spent some time searching out different ideas that would work for sale at the boutique. Most of them are fairly easy projects that would sell for small amounts. Also, some of the ideas from one of the past weekend reading issues, the one that had patterns for pin cushions would work as well.

Pin cushion weekend reading
Quilted Magnets
Microwave Bowl pads
Fabric Boxes
Crayon Rolls
Knitter’s Christmas Ornament
Tea Light Ornaments
Clothes Pin Magnets. A trip through a scrap booking aisle would be good for these. Also a great idea for display purposes.
Pot Holder

I’ve put a label on this post for boutique ideas, so it will show up in the labels section, found at the bottom of the blog.

Friday, January 22, 2016

January 14th Guild meeting

We met on Thursday evening for the first meeting of 2016. Both President Lorna and Vice-president Angie were absent, so Teresa B. chaired the meeting. Of special interest from the executive reports were the notes of appreciation received from My Sisters’ Place, Rothholme Women’s and Family Shelter and also from Children’s Aid. All were grateful for the donations received. Our vendor for the evening was Trina from the Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop in Seaforth.
Our program for the evening was mini trunk shows from three of our members.
Cathy S. has been quilting for over 30 years. For the last ten years she has been a long arm quilter. In most areas, she states she is “self taught”. She showed a selection of her quilts, showing various techniques she’s tried over the years. A 50th Anniversary quilt using photo transfers. The centre block section is a design from Judy Martin. The rest of the stars use the sizes found in the centre section. It was hand quilted. Cactus Rose, a pattern from Judy Niemeyer. All of the blocks were paper pieced. Then the flowers were added with needle turn appliqué. It was long arm quilted. It took first prize at the Western Fair several years ago. Endless Chain, a design by Emilie Richards. In the original pattern, the coloured wedges were made from a striped fabric. In this quilt, the wedges were string pieced to get the striped effect. 
The Canadiana Quilt from last year’s program. 
La Passacaglia, an English paper pieced design by Willyne Hammerstein. 
Jacqui V. came next, showing a selection of quilts she has made over the years. She sews primarily on antique machines, doing most of her piecing and machine quilting on a foot powered treadle machine. She loves doing One Block Wonder quilts. This is one of many that she has done. 
Jacqui called this next one “Leftovers”. She had made a quilt using circles cut from squares and didn’t have the heart to throw out the leftovers. So she arranged them onto a background and stitched them down.

This quilt is made with tiny log cabin blocks. All had to be arranged on a design wall so that the colours would be in the proper place. This next one is called Indian Orange Peel, 
the result of a class/workshop she took a number of years ago. 
This next one is the result of a Bonnie Hunter challenge to use tumblers as leaders/enders for making a quilt.
Our next trunk show was from Joan who owns the quilt shop in Mt. Bridges. The first two quilts pictured here are from blocks from shop hops. I love the settings she has used for them, and also the border treatments. This next quilt is a design from Crabapple Hill Studios and is called Snow Days. As a change of pace from doing large bed sized quilts, she did up this bed runner.
And then, there is this gorgeous sampler. I believe it is the Farmer’s Wife Sampler. If I am wrong, please correct me.
After all that quilty goodness, we were treated to some member show and tell. These are just three os them. There was this gorgeous medallion quilt, 
a spring wall hanging
 and a child’s quilt.There are lots more photos of the evening to be found on our Picassa web page here.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Blog Sampler Next Door Neighbour

This week’s block is named Next Door Neighbour. It’s a bit more complex than the others we’ve done so far.

Cutting instructions:

Dark Fabric-                      cut 4 rectangles @ 2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
                                          cut 8 squares  @  2 3/8 inches
Medium Fabric #1-           cut 1 square  @ 4 1/4 inch
                                          cut 2 squares  @ 2 inches
Medium Fabric #2-           cut 1 square    @ 4 1/4 inches
                                          cut 2 squares  @ 2 inches

Begin by drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the medium fabric 2 inch squares. Pair each of these squares right sides together with the dark 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles. It is important that the lines be going in the direction shown in the picture below, from top right to bottom left, and on the right hand end of the rectangle. 
Sew on the drawn line of each of these squares. Trim 1/4 inch away from the drawn line and press towards the triangle.

Next you’ll be making some flying geese. These can be made using a stitch and flip method, however I personally don’t like the amount of waste involved using that method, so I’ll be doing the “no waste” method here.

Take your 8 dark 2 3/8 inch squares and draw a diagonal line through the centre of each one. Position two of these squares right sides together on each of your 4 1/4 inch squares as shown in the picture below.

 My fabric is really dark, so the line doesn’t show up in the picture very well, but it is there. The line should go through the diagonal of the 4 1/4 inch square. It will overlap in the middle. Pin these squares in place to keep them from moving if you need to. A corner of each square will overlap in the middle. That’s OK. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line through both of the small triangles. Cut these apart on the drawn line. Press towards the dark triangles.

 You’ll end up with four funny looking partial geese units like those shown below. Take your remaining dark 2 3/8 inch squares and position them as shown on your partial geese units.
The drawn line on the dark fabric will go from the point of your medium fabric square and down to in between the dark triangles. Sew 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn line, as shown. Do this on all four partial geese units. Cut them apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark triangles.

You will now have eight flying geese, four of each medium colour. You’ll use two of each for this block. Set aside the other four geese for the next block in the series.
Arrange your pieces as shown below and sew together.
Go here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that the light fabrics are the outer triangles on this one.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liberated Baskets Workshop and Program Information

On Saturday January 16th, a group of quilters met at St Georges Church for a workshop on Liberated Baskets with Gail McHardy-Leitch. We all learned to create baskets with machine appliquéd bias handles but the resulting blocks were quite unique. To see more pictures of the workshop, please click on this link to Gail’s blog
There are several workshops coming up in the next few months. On Saturday Feb. 27th Charlene O’Donnell is leading “The London Caper”, a guild challenge day which is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics. “We don’t want to give them too many details and spoil the surprise,  but we can promise a day of mystery, challenges, fun, fine dining and prizes.” The challenge is one that can be enjoyed by all skin levels and the cost for the day is $25.00.
On Friday March 11, All Cote is leading a Quilted Rug workshop. All is a fibre artist and innovated teacher from the Niagara region. Participants in the workshop will create “one of a kind” quilted rugs using several layers of fabric, fabric marker, scissors and decorative stitches and embellishments. The cost of the workshop is $40.00. For more information about Al Cote and his Quilted Rug class, check out his website at! 
Finally, although June seems so far away, sign-ups have already begun for our bus trip to Quilt Canada on Saturday June 18th. This year, Quilt Canada is being held at the International Centre in Toronto. The cost of the bus trip is $75.00 and includes admission to the show, dinner on the way home and all taxes and gratuities. For more information about Quilt Canada, check out the CQA website at

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Message from the Quilt Show Coordinator

Rose sent this email earlier today with the following request regarding 2 vacant spots on the quilt show committee.

 The quilt show will be October 20 to October 22, 2016. Set up will be October 20 with the show actually open for business on October 21. I know that some members needed that information before considering to commit.

Still needed is a Logistics member. This person would work with the registrar and volunteer committee members. It involves organizing the set up of the displays, ensuring the secure and safe handling of all the entries; organizing the take down and overseeing the packing up of the stands and all other equipment. This is all done with the support of the other committee members.

Also needed is an Awards member. This person would work directly with the registrar and is charged with arranging prizes and awards, including ribbons, as set out by the committee. The CQA/ACC rosette award is to be requested from the CQA publicity director. This could be a fun and challenging job.

Please contact Rose B...the 1st meeting will be January 14 at 6 pm, just prior to the guild meeting.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Blog Sampler Pinwheels

This weeks block is a variation on the Pinwheel block we’ve already done.

Cutting instructions:

Light fabric- cut 2 squares @ 3 1/2 inches
                      cut 4 squares @ 2 3/8 inches
Dark Fabric- cut 4 squares @ 2 3/8 inches

Draw a diagonal line on each of the light 2 3/8 inch squares. Place these 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 apart on the drawn line and press to the dark side of the triangle square.

Arrange these triangle squares as shown to make two pinwheel units.

Arrange these pinwheel units as shown and sew together into finished sampler square.

Go here to find the instructions for finishing this block, keeping in mind that the light triangles are on the outside of this block.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Membership list reminder, and first meeting of the year

Good afternoon everyone, and Happy New year!!
Teresa is getting a new Membership list together and is planning on having it ready to hand out at the meeting on January 14th. Please note!!! If you do not wish your information to be on that list for public distribution to the rest of the guild, please notify Teresa before the 8th of January. This is the last call, since she is planning on printing off the lists after that date. Her email is  

Information for the first meeting of the new year:

Notion of the month......... snowflakes
Vendor..... Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop in Seaforth
Program will consist of a trunk show by members.
Tickets for the bus trip to Quilt Canada on June 18th will be available for $75.00.
There is still space available in Gail’s Liberated Baskets Workshop for Jan. 16th.

That’s it for now. See you on the 14th.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Weekend Reading

It’s the end of one year and the beginning of another. Happy New Year to everyone! Do any of you make resolutions or goals for the beginning of a new year? If you do and if that goal is to get your stash more organized, grab your favourite beverage, and scan through the selection of links found below. There are some really good ideas here, some of which I use.

Fabric folding
Organizer Baskets Tutorial
Fabric Storage
More fabric folding ideas
Scrap Storage ideas from Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Crazy Mom Quilts scrap storage ideas
Bonnie Hunter Leader/ender method
Bonnie Hunter Scrap User system