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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blog Sampler Road to Oklahoma

This week’s block is a quite well known one, Road to Oklahoma.

Cutting instructions:
Light fabric:   cut 6  @ 2 x 2 inches square
                       cut 2  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8  inches square
Dark fabric:    cut 6  @ 2 x 2 inches square
                        cut 2  @ 2 3/8 X 2 3/8 inches square

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these, right sides together, with the dark 2 3/8 inch squares. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the dark.

Lay out four of the light 2 inch squares and four of the dark 2 inch squares, as shown below, to make two four patch units.

Lay out the two remaining light and dark 2 inch squares, along with the triangles squares already made, as shown below, and sew together.

Lay out your four patches and your triangle square units as shown below, and sew together.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lorna McMahon Workshop

A group of very enthusiastic animal lovers gathered together on Friday, November 11 to make animals from fabric. The patterns for the animals were provided by Lorna. The colours and fabrics used for the animals were limited only by the participants’ fabric choices and imaginations. Some of us went literal, and some went very whimsical. It was a fun workshop, full of friends and learning and laughter.
Blue birds
and red birds
Literal elephant
Whimsical elephant
Literal dog
Whimsical dog
Two sizes of dogs. 
A large amount of the fun in the workshop was just seeing the variety of interpretation in the choices everyone made for their colours, fabrics and patterns. For more photos of the workshop, go to our Google Photo albums here

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nov. 10, 2016 Meeting

We were treated tonight to the announcement of the viewer’s choice awards from this years quilt show. In addition to that, was a wonderful talk and trunk show from Lorna McMahon, and the some show and tell. So, just a warning, this is going to be a photo heavy post.
First up, the awards from the quilt show.
Honourable mention-  Other quilted Items-  Linda W. for her appliquéd and quilted bag.

Honourable Mention- Miniatures- Anne L for her Cardinal.

Honourable Mention- Wall Hanging- Tiny C- Ocean Meets Lava

Honourable Mention- Small Quilt- Cathy S- La Passacaglia

Honourable Mention- Bed Quilts- Yvonne Y- Owls

First Place- Other Quilted Item- Deb M- Wool Appliquéd Table Mat

First Place- Miniature- Liz G Double Wedding Ring

First Place-Wall Hanging- Lorna M Twisted Log Cabin.

First Place- Small Quilt- Ruth M- Feathered Friends

First Place- Bed Sized- Anne L- Christmas In Times Square. This quilt also took the CQA Viewer’s Choice Best in Show.

After we saw all these wonderful quilts, we were treated to a trunk show by Lorna McMahon.
She has a wonderful modern style, focusing mostly on animals. They are all pieced using squares, rectangles and triangles; no paper piecing and no appliqué. She says she was inspired quite a bit by the designer Charlie Harper. She publishes patterns for quite a few of her designs. And, here’s the amazing thing, she’s only been quilting for 4 years. She’s also hosted a couple of sew alongs on her blog, for which she gives free patterns.

Elephant Parade

Mod Bear Paw, the free sew along pattern found here.


Some very guilty looking cats.


And if all that quilty goodness wasn’t enough, there was show and tell.
Cynthia shared her Foxes.

Jacqui shared one of her UFO finishes.

Toni showed her Thorgie..... part Thor the mythological character and part Corgi dog.

Kim brought her bag, made from the selvages she received in her box from a scrap challenge held a couple of years ago.

There was much more to see in this meeting. The rest of the photos can be found in the Google Photo album here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Vendor for November meeting

Just a quick post to say that our vendor for this Thursday evening is going to be Bert from Grantham Books. So there should be lots of inspiration at the meeting, between Bert’s books and Lorna McMahon’s patterns. So much fun.......

Friday, November 4, 2016

November Meeting Information

Our speaker for the November meeting is going to be Lorna McMahon from Sew Fresh Quilts. She will be doing a trunk show of her quilts on Thursday evening and a workshop on Friday.

Workshop info- Friday Nov. 11th  from 10am to 4pm. Please bring your own lunch. If you are interested in a spot in this workshop, Lyndsey J wants to sell her spot. Please contact her ljanzen5 at gmail dot com.

Sewing day- Saturday Nov. 26th  9am to 8 pm. Supper will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Comfort quilts- we are still collecting blocks for these quilts. The colour for the next few sets remains purple and cream. Instructions for the blocks are back in a link on the left hand side bar. Please bring your blocks to the meeting and give to Cathy Shepherd.

Quilt show- it was a fabulous show, and the quilts displayed were all stunning. There is a link here to see the photos from the show. I tried to get a picture of all the member quilts on display. I will also put a link to the quilt show photos in the left hand side bar.

We are continuing to collect place mats for the Meals on Wheels Christmas delivery. They don’t necessarily have to be Christmas themed. If you have yours done, please bring them with you.

Notion of the month for Nov.- poppies
Notion of the month for Dec.- donation of toiletries for My Sisters’ Place.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Blog Sampler Another Pinwheel

This week’s block really is named Another Pinwheel.

Cutting Instructions:

Light #1:  cut 4  @  2 x 2 inches square
                 cut 2  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square
Light #2:  cut 4  @  2 x 2 inches square
Dark:        cut 4  @ 2 x 2 inches square
                 cut 2  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches square

Draw a diagonal line on the wring side of the light #1 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these two light squares with the 2 dark 2 3/8 inch squares, right sides together. 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 light #1, light #2 and the dark 2 inch squares and your triangle squares as shown below. Sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions. The large outside squares on this one are the lights.