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Monday, October 24, 2016

October 13, 2016 Meeting

Our speaker for this month’s meeting was Carol Freer. She works as a Nurse Educator at Parkwood Hospital, in the Veterans’ Care division. As a guild, we do a lot of work for the Quilts of Valour, which go out to our country’s current serving and recently discharged military. Carol’s presentation gave us a glimpse into the lives of veterans from past conflicts, notably from World War 2 and Korea. She gave a Power Point Presentation of the history of Parkwood Hospital, and a very touching tribute to some of the Veterans who have called that facility home. The average age of the veterans in that facility is now 92. They are renovating some of the rooms on their veteran’s units to become comfortable and homey places where the veterans and their families may spend their last days together. With this in mind, Carol has asked if we as a guild, would work together to make some quilts using poppy themed fabrics, to be placed and used in these rooms. Carol is going to approach one of the legions who provide special funding for projects for the veterans, in order to procure the funds for the fabric for 6 quilts. We have the beginnings of some ideas for these quilts, including using the pattern found here. There will be more information provided about this, likely in January.
After Carol’s presentation, we had member show and tell.
Christine showed a plus sign quilt that she made.
Micki shoed a Quilt of Valour.
Jane showed her finished piece from Joni Newman’s Stained Glass Workshop.
Susan showed her red and black music themed quilt.
There are more photos of the meeting to be found  at the link meeting photos

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Sampler The Colorado Block

This week’s block is the Colorado.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric:  Cut 8  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
Dark Fabric:  Cut 8  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the light squares. Pair the light squares with the dark squares, right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the dark.

Arrange your squares as shown below and sew together.

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

Friday, October 14, 2016

Quilt show information

Last night at the monthly meeting, Rose gave out quite a lot of information about the quilt show, what needs to be done when and by whom. It was a lot of information to take in all at once, so I’m going to post it all here.

-we still need volunteers. some of the spots were filled in at the meeting, but there is still a need
-sign up with Joy L. joychristinelove at gmail dot com
-still looking for some ladder climbers and rack assemblers for set up on Thursday, starting at 10am and take down on Saturday after the show.
-if possible, do not bring a purse with you. Each volunteer will be loaned a neck pouch to wear during their shift. It will hold a phone, credit card, cash etc. These must be turned in at the end of the shift for someone else to use.
-if you have your own white gloves, bring them along
-please wear your guild name badge
-quilts must be in CLEAR plastic bags, not pillow cases or special bags and definitely not in green garbage bags.
-the quilt must have a label with your name clearly marked
-all quilts must have a hanging sleeve for display purposes. Instructions can be found in a tutorial here.
-other quilted items, i.e., challenges, old workshop display items etc. will be receipted.
-please bring in the 35 year challenge pieces as well.
-Where: Oakridge Presbyterian Church 970 Oxford Street West at Freele Street
-When: Wednesday October 19
-Time: 2:00-7:00 pm
PICK UP: (this information will be on the receipt)
-Where: Rose’s home. 44 Midale Crescent (north of Fanshawe Pk Rd and east of Adelaide in Grenfell)
-When: Sunday, October 23 2:00-5:00 pm
-a receipt will be issued for each quilt as proof of ownership. The receipt MUST be returned in order to pick up your quilted items. If someone else is picking up your entry(s), your receipt MUST accompany that person. NO EXCEPTIONS.
-all goodies should be in sealed, disposable containers. They may be dropped off on Thursday during set up, 10-4, or Friday morning.
-they can also be dropped off when you come in for your volunteer shift, if necessary

Thank you, everyone, in advance, for all your entries into the quilt show, and all your help for the running of it.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October meeting information

Our speaker for the October meeting is Carol Miller. We will also be holding a job fair, with information on the job descriptions for all the executive positions. We will answer the questions of who, what, where, when, why and how. The vendor for the meeting will be Lana from the Quilt Junction.

The comfort quilt committee continues to work putting together the blocks that have been donated. We are changing out the colours this month to purple/cream. The links and the side bars continue to be missing somewhere out in cyber space, so the link to the pattern for the block is still missing. I’ll put a link to the Friendship Star pattern here and I will also bring some print copies to the meeting with me.

Saturday, October 8th is the last day for registration forms for the quilt show. Please get them to Rose so your quilts can be enjoyed by us all.

If anyone happens to have any of their placemats for Meals on Wheels done, would you bring them to the meeting, please. Edith would like to use them in the quilt show display for the Outreach committee.

The notion for the month is something orange.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Sampler An Envelope Motif

The name of this one is given as “An Envelope Motif” in Barbara Brackman’s Block Base program. It probably has all kinds of other names as well.

Cutting Instructions:

Light Fabric #1:                                 cut 4 squares  @  2 3/8  x 2 3/8  inches
Light Fabric #2:                                 cut 4 squares  @  2 3/8  x 2 3/8  inches
Dark Fabric # 1, #2, #3 and #4          cut 2 squares  @ 2 3/8  x 2 3/8  inches


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the light  2 3/8 inch squares. Pair up the four light #1 fabrics with the dark #1 and dark #2 fabrics. Pair up the four light #2 fabrics with the dark #3 and dark #4 fabrics. Sew all these pairs with a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn diagonal lines. Cut them apart on the drawn line and press to the dark fabrics.

Arrange your triangle squares as shown below and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions.The large triangles on the outside are lights this time.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Blog problems

Good afternoon, everyone. The company that hosts our blog, blogger, is having issues. There have been multiple complaints from multiple bloggers stating that their link lists have suddenly vanished. Ours is one of those. I received a phone call today alerting me to the fact that the registration forms for the quilt show are no longer visible on the blog, which is when I discovered that not only was that link gone, but all the others as well. I have a message into Blogger asking for help. In the meantime, if you need copies of the registration forms for the quilt show, please email me at caleeshepherd at or Lorna  at lornamar at
Please complete your forms and have them to Rose by Saturday October 8th, at the latest. You can email your forms to her. She needs the time in order to be able to get all the documentation for the quilts ready in time. Waiting to hand your forms in until the next meeting will be too late. There is plenty of room for quilts left in the show. In fact, the number of entries for the show is down considerably from other years. Please, consider entering your work into the show.
 I’m truly sorry for the problems with the blog. I hope the hosting company, blogger, can figure out what their issue is and can fix it.
I’m also going to put a link here for the forms. I’m hoping it will work and that the link problems are only on the side bar information. Registration form