Blog Sampler

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Weekend Reading

Out in blogland, there are things called link parties. If you are familiar with these you can skip this next bit while I explain what they are. A blogger will write a post about some thing, celebrating hand stitching for example. Then that blogger will invite others to add links to their blogs talking about and showing their projects in a similar theme. The themes vary considerably,. It can be about works in progress, scrap quilts, hexagon piecing, finish celebrations. I’ve included links to some recent links parties here. The posts are almost always interesting and full of inspiration. The ones listed below here are favourites of mine, which I’ve participated in off and on over the years. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage, and take a trip blog surfing through all kinds of links.

A Canadian only link up at The Needle and Thread Network. This one happens every Wednesday. Click on the title below any of the small thumbnail pictures to go to that person’s blog. It works that way on all of the links parties.

This site, hosted by Lorna at Let’s Bee Social is also a Canadian blog, but she doesn’t limit her link ups to Canadians only. Scroll down to the end of the post that she wrote to find the link party. You may notice that there are duplicate entries from party to party. As an interesting side note, Lorna from this blog is coming to our guild to speak next year. She hosts this party weekly, as well

Kathy’s Quilts hosts a Slow Sunday Stitching links party every Sunday. It’s for hand stitching only. As a point of interest, she too is Canadian.

Angela at SoScrappy hosts a party every Saturday for people to show what they are doing for their Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Every months she picks a colour and then challenges quilters to make blocks or quilts out of their scraps and fabrics of that colour.

Amandajean, who blogs at Crazy Mom Quilts, hosts a weekly party to celebrate finished projects called Finish it up Friday. There are no pictures in her link ups, just the titles, which will take you to the person’s blog. Incidentally, Amandajean is the co-author of the book Sunday Morning Quilts, which I believe is in our library.

Judy, who blogs at Patchwork Times hosts a whole series of parties on various days. on Mondays she hosts Design Wall Mondays.

I hope you have fun reading through all these posts and get inspired.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Al Cote Workshop

On March 11, 2016, a group of quilters met with workshop leader Al Cote to work on quilted rugs. I really wanted to go to this workshop, but couldn’t make it. All the reports I’ve heard from various people have said that it was great, awesome, fun and inspiring. Sounds like a good one to me. There are a few in progress pictures here, as well as some individual spotlights. I’m hoping we’ll see a few completed projects at the April meeting show and tell.


 


















Thursday, March 17, 2016

Blog Sampler Spinner

This week’s block is named Spinner.


Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric:       cut  2  squares  @  3 7/8 inches. Cut these squares in half once on the diagonal.
Medium fabric:  cut 4 squares    @  2 3/8 inches. Cut these squares in half once on the diagonal.
Dark fabric:       cut  4  squares  @  2 inches


Sew the 2 3/8 inch medium fabric triangles to each of the 2 inch dark squares as shown in the picture below.

Arrange these triangle/square units with the 3 7/8 inch light fabric triangles as shown below and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that this block has the dark large triangles on the outside.







Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 10, 2016 Guild meeting


We met Thursday evening for a great evening of quilty sharing - quilts from members for our charities,  ideas for the boutique table at the upcoming quilt show in October.
We were advised that small and inexpensive items were what sold the best the last time we did this. Also, if we’re making anything that is going into the microwave to heat up, we need to be using cotton thread. Polyester thread has a tendency to melt.

Oh, and just for fun, how many of us could wear this t-shirt? Most of us, I’d wager.
We were treated to a wonderful trunk show by Al Cote’.  He’s only been quilting for the last 11 or 12 years. Before that, apparently he didn’t even know how to sew. He does have an arts education background, and it sure shows in his work. He and his wife owned a quilt shop for a few years, and his quilting sprang out from that. 
This was his first quilt. And this next one was done as a round robin. 
These next few pictures are done using his rug making technique, which he shared in his workshop.

 
He’s done some gorgeous art quilts, as well, some more abstract than others.






After Al was finished showing his beautiful work, we were treated to member show and tell. Jacqui brought her finished Indian Orange Peel, the result of a workshop done quite a few years ago.

Joe brought a Chevron Baby quilt.
Anne brought her finished Liberated Baskets quilt, the result of a workshop led by Gail, one of our members, in February of 2016.
And Lorna brought her finished hexagon quilt, the result of a workshop by Karen Howes, held in November of 2015. There are lots more photos of Al Cote’s workshop and also more show and tell pictures on the guild’s Picassa page here.






















Thursday, March 10, 2016

The "London Caper"

Back on Saturday February 27th, a group of adventurous quilters met for the London Caper. Adventurous, because they didn’t know anything about what would be happening during that day, other than it was going to be a challenge sort of day. The first thing they were all given was a cereal box. Inside the cereal box they found a regular ruler, a pencil, a paper pattern and the guidelines. After receiving these things, along with a piece of chocolate to make everything go down a little better, they were told the hard part of the challenge. All rotary cutters and all rulers, other than the one provided in their cereal boxes were to be put away. They were all doing a trip down memory lane to pre-modern quilting times. The cereal boxes provided the material for the old time templates they needed to make in order to do their quilting assignments. There were points to be gathered by various means along the way, as they made the more traditional quilt blocks.   Drunkard’s Path,
Dresden Plate,
Churn Dash,

Baskets
and Sunbonnet Sue.

A good time was had by all. But I’m pretty sure that everyone was glad that, when the day was over, they were able to get all their rulers and rotary cutters back and return to 2016. To see more pictures, go to the Picassa page here.


















Monday, March 7, 2016

March meeting information

This month’s speaker and workshop teacher is Al Cote. His workshop will be held on Friday, March 11th. The sign up sheets will be available on Thursday evening. Also available on Thursday evening will be sign up sheets for the workshops in April by Joni Newman and the bus trip to Quilt Canada in June. The vendor for the March meeting is Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe from Stratford.
The notion for the month is anything that “shows your Irish spirit”. Bring your name tag, your chatelaine and your blocks for the blog sampler, and receive free tickets for the fat quarter draws.
That’s all for now. See you Thursday.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Blog Sampler Crosses and Losses

This week’s block is called Crosses and Losses.

Cutting Instructions:

Light Fabric #1:             cut 1 square   @ 3 7/8 inches
Light Fabric #2:             cut 2 squares  @ 2 3/8 inches
                                       cut 4 squares  @ 2   inches
Dark Fabric #1:              cut 1 square   @ 3 7/8 inches
Dark Fabric #2:              cut 2 squares  @ 2 3/8 inches


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light 3 7/8 inch square and also on the wrong side of the  two light 2 3/8 inch squares.  Pair up the light and dark 3 7/8 inch squares, right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Do the same with the 2 3/8 inch light and dark squares. Cut all of these apart on the drawn lines and press towards the dark triangles.

Arrange as shown in the photo below and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that this block has the light triangles on the outside.