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Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekend Reading

You may have noticed that the bog looks a little different. I’ve changed the layout, adding a second side bar to the left hand side of the blog. The one side bar that was there originally was getting quite long, and hard to find things on. I’m going to try and get a bit of an organized system for the side bars, although I haven’t quite yet figured out what that will be. The first thought was guild information on one side and workshop, speaker and other things on the other side. Bear with me for a while as I sort it out. The kick that started this was the need for a list of upcoming quilt shows. I’ll be working on adding those in the coming days. Adding those onto the single side bar would have made scrolling down to find things even longer. There actually is an option to add a third side bar, which I might end up doing. As I said, bear with me while I sort it out. There is a link to the Canadian Quilters’ Association with a calendar showing all the upcoming quilts shows, colour coded according to province. This is where I’ll be getting the information for our blog. Go here to find the calendar. It’s going to take a while to add them all into the blog. I’ll add the ones that are within a 2 hour drive. If you are going to be travelling further than that this year, check the CQA calendar to see if there are any shows in the area where you’re going to be. I’ll include that CQA link at the top of the list that will be on the side bar so you don’t have to hunt for this post in order to find it later.

In the meantime, I have a selection of sites with free quilt patterns here for your enjoyment.

Bonnie Hunter
Quilters Cache
Hoffman Free Patterns
Timeless Treasures Free Patterns
Fons and Porter
All People Quilt
Quilt in a Day
Riley Blake Free Patterns
Moda Bake Shop

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stained Glass Workshop with Joni Newman.

On April 15th a group of us, maybe 15, met to work on a variety of stained glass quilts designed by Joni Newman. We had all done our homework, which involved tracing the design onto our black fabric and again onto our fusible web. That meant that, after a bit of guidance on how to proceed from Joni, we were ready to start cutting and placing our fabrics. It was so much fun to see the variety in the designs chosen, and also the variety of fabrics. Some of us bought kits from Joni, and some of us brought our own fabrics. Susan, 
Edith, Yvonne 
and Lorraine are all hard at play with their fabrics, scissors and irons. Any of these pictures can be clicked on to be biggie sized. Some of us fused our pieces down as we went, and some pinned, wanting to make sure that everything was where they wanted first. I didn’t keep track of who was doing which project, so the rest of these are pictures at various stages of construction. It was a great workshop, with Joni as an instructive and fun teacher. For more pictures, go to out group’s google photos page here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Sampler Four H

Here’s the next block in the sampler series, called Four H.

Cutting Instructions

Light fabric:            cut 8 squares      @ 1 1/2 inches
Dark fabric #1:        cut 2 squares     @ 1 1/2 inches
                                cut 4 rectangles @ 1 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
Dark fabric #2:        cut 2 squares    @ 1 1/2 inches
                               cut 4 rectangles @ 1 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches

Sew a light 1 1/2 inch square to opposite sides of each dark 1 1/2 inch square, as shown below.

Then, arrange the  dark 1 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch rectangles as shown below, and sew together.

Arrange your finished H blocks as shown, and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions. The darks are on the outside for this one.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 14, 2016 Guild Meeting

We tried a bit of a change in format this meeting. We had reports only from executive members who had something to report. Rather than waiting to be called, they were up at the front, ready to give their reports. It made quite a difference in the time it took. The other thing we tried this time round was to extend the break time to 30 minutes. That gave us time to shop with the vendor, check out the library, check out the new bulletin board containing announcements, check out what’s happening at the programme committee table and do some old fashioned visiting with each other. It seemed a lot more relaxed and less rushed doing it this way.
After the break we heard from our speaker for the evening, Joni Newman. She told us that she has been sewing for most of her life, starting with making clothes and doing embroidery. She got her first sewing machine by offering to sew clothes for her mother on it. She showed us one of her first quilt, a Garden Twist, a pattern that was quite popular in the 80s. From there she branched out into a more art quilt approach, drawing her inspiration from nature. Her designs come from her own travels, places and things 
that she’s seen which she then translates into her designs. Both the Poppies and the Sunflowers are dimensional, with the blooms seeming to grow right from the quilts. The Columbines are quite small, and have beading added to them. She’s done numerous designs for the Row By Row quilts that are quite popular to collect while travelling during summer vacations. Most of them are done with her now signature stained glass technique. This next one is just plain fun. It’s called “It’s All About the Beer”. There were also some of her landscape stained glass quilts to be admired. I can’t remember the name of this one, but it’s gorgeous. And then there’s the moose, so incredibly detailed. One of my favourites from her quilts was one based on some of the songs by The Beatles. Can you name the tunes represented in each row?
After Joni finished her presentation, we had member show and tell.
Gail showed her “In the Coop”, Rose showed a bag she’d made,  Micki Showed one of her UFO finishes and Susan showed her sampler fro a Jennifer Chiaverini book. There are lots more pictures of the April meeting here on our Group photos page.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Information for April’s Meeting

This month’s speaker is Joni Newman. She has a website called Quirks and Quilts. Joni will be giving a talk at the Thursday evening meeting and the a workshop teaching her stained glass technique on Friday. Our vendor for the evening will be Joan from Sew Creative in Mt. Bridges.

The Outreach committee is requesting some donations of fabric strips. To be specific they are requesting
A:    one strip of fabric cut at 2 1/2 inches across the full width of the fabric, so it would measure 2 1/2 x 40-ish. This one strip would be a neutral cream or white solid or tone on tone.
B:   two strips cut from the same fabric in either dark or medium tones. These strips from the same fabric would need to measure 2 1/2 inches across the full width of the fabric. So, that would be two  strips 2 1/2 x 40-ish inches. I say 40-ish because width of fabric can be anywhere from 40 to 44 inches wide. Please bring these with you to the meeting.

The banquet has been booked this year at the Fanshawe College Student Union Cafe on June 9th, starting at 6 pm. More information will be available at the meeting. Tickets are $40.00.

Both the Programme Committee and the Outreach Committee are looking for volunteers for next year. Please think about serving on one of these committees. What happens in our meetings, the speakers and the workshops are all planned by the Programme Committee. They need 4 or 5 people to work with them for ideas on speakers and activities. It’s amazing how the ideas develop when there is a group of quilters in the room. This was the first committee I served on as a new and very shy guild member, and it was an amazing experience. Please think about it and approach Lorna Martin or Susan Day.
Also, for the Outreach Committee, some of the quilts that go out from them are donated, but they also among themselves do quite a bit of sewing. Then there are the fabrics to cut, the quilt batts and backings to get together and sandwiched so the quilts can go out for quilting. If you can donate some of your time to the sewing and assembly of the various projects that the work on, please consider working with them. Please approach Lorna Martin or Edith Ward if you can give them some of your time.

Our notion of the month is two six inch squares of quilter’s cotton fabric. These will be used as Quilters’ Candy at the quilt show. As usual, wear your name tag, bring your chatelaine and the quilt squares for the blog sampler and receive free tickets for the fat quarter draws.

See you Thursday.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blog Sampler Squares Within Squares

Here’s this week’s sampler block, Squares Within Squares.

Cutting Instructions

Dark fabric:                    cut 1  square     @  3 1/2 inches
Light fabric #1               cut 2 squares     @ 2 inches
                                       cut 2 rectangles @ 2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
Light fabric #2               cut 2 squares     @  2 inches
                                       cut 2 rectangles @ 2 inches x 3 1/2 inches

Sew the light fabric #1 and light fabric #2 rectangles together as shown in the picture below. Sew the light squares together also as shown in the picture.

Arrange the 2 inch square units on either side of the 3 1/2 inch square as shown and sew together. Take note of the fabric colour placement.

Arrange the rectangle units as shown below and sew together. Again, take note of the colour placement.

 Go here for the finishing instructions, taking note that the light large triangles are on the outside of this one.