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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Banquet Reminder.

I received a request from Lorraine that I put up a reminder about our year end banquet and let you know that tickets are still available. It will be held Thursday, June 9th at Fanshawe College’s Oasis Cafe, beginning around 6pm. Dinner will be at 7pm. This year’s speakers are Judy Pearce and Louise Miller, members of the organizing committee for the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction. Judy and Louise will be showing photos of same of the amazing quilts from this year’s auction. To find out more about the auction, you can check out the link at Tickets are $40.00 and members are welcome to bring a guest. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased until June 1st by emailing. Here’s a map of the Fanshawe College Campus. The Cafe is up in the top of the map, just to the left of centre, in the yellowish square marked SC.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blog Sampler Mosaic #18

Here’s this week’s block. I have no idea why it is called Mosaic #18, but that’s what the Electric Quilt  Software calls it.

Cutting Instructions:

Lightest Fabric:     cut 2  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches
Light Fabric:         cut 6  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches
Medium Fabric:    cut 4   @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches
Dark Fabric:          cut 4   @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the light squares. Pair up the 2 lightest fabric squares with two of the medium fabrics. Pair up the rest of the light fabric squares with the remaining medium and dark fabrics.
Place your pairs right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn lines on the light fabrics. Cut these apart on the drawn lines and press towards the dark fabrics. Arrange your triangle squares as shown in the photo below and sew together. Pay close attention as you arrange and sew them together. It’s easy to get one turned the wrong way.
 Go here for the finishing instructions. The large dark triangles are on the outside of this one.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 14, 2016 Outreach Committee Sewing Day

A group of quilters met on May 14th to work on projects for the outreach committee. Lorna sent me some pictures of some of the people and projects. It looks like everyone had a fabulous time and got lots done.

Guild Meeting, May 12, 2016

This month was the time for our annual business meeting. We had the report from the various committees on the executive, and then voted on the members for next year’s executive. They have all stayed the same, with the exception of Anne L. will remain on the program committee, but will no longer be co-chair person. We finished all the business in record time, in order to be able to take advantage of the wonderful treats and to shop till we dropped.
Due to the February meeting being cancelled, we had to postpone our annual rummage sale. In addition to articles our members brought for sale, Karen W.’s family donated her fabrics, patterns and other odds and ends to be sold at the rummage sale. All of the proceeds go to our outreach committee 
in order to finance their needs for fabrics and battings for all the quilts that go to so many great causes. The tables were pretty empty by the time the sale was over.
After the rummage sale we had member show and tell.
A shop hop sampler, I think by Maureen H. If I’m wrong, let me know and I’ll change it. Pam S, a new member this year, brought her Disappearing four Patch and also a modern quilt that she’d made.  Gail brought a quilt top that she put together for the evacuees at Fort MacMurray. Anne brought her stained glass moose from last month’s workshop with Joni N. Lorraine brought her rug from the workshop in March with All Cote.
There are more pictures from the May meeting on our photo sharing page here. Some of them aren’t the greatest, as I’m getting used to using the new camera. So far, it seems to be working well. Any issues with the pictures have been user error.
Also, I received a comment on the blog from Pat F. stating that she bought an Attic Windows tool from at the rummage sale. She says that the instructions for the tool are there, but the actual tool is missing. Anyone have a triangular ruler tool that they can’t account for?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Banquet Information

This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday June 9th at Fanshawe College in the Oasis Cafe. Plan to arrive at 6 pm. A map showing the location of the cafe and parking will be available at the next guild meeting. Parking is free after 6 pm.

This year’s speakers will be Judy Pearce and Louise Miller. They are members of the organizing committee for the New Hamberg Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction which takes place every May and raises funds for international relief projects. Judy and Louise will have a powerpoint presentation that includes photos of quilts from this year’s auction. To find out more about the auction, you can check out the link at
Tickets for the banquet are $40.00. Guests who are not guild members are welcome.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Meeting information

For our meeting on May 12th, we are having our annual business meeting, followed by the rummage sale. Included in this rummage sale are items from Karen W. These were donated to the guild by Karen’s family and the proceeds generated from the sale of her quilting stash are to go to the Community Outreach Committee. Please bring any items you wish to sell at the rummage sale. They should be already clearly priced. Anything that does not sell should go back home with you. So, come prepared to shop. 
The notion of the month for May is in keeping with the shopping theme........ an eco-friendly shopping bag to hold all your rummage sale purchases.
The library committee is asking that you please remember to bring back any outstanding library books.
There are a couple of other pieces of news to share here. The Community Outreach Program is having a sewing day on May 14th. They will have numerous projects with them in various stages, needing willing hands to work on them. This is a guild sponsored event, with no charge to members for attending. Bring your own lunch.
Also, seats on the bus for the trip to Quilt Canada are sold out, and there are a couple of people on a waiting list.
There are still tickets available for the banquet in June. More details on this will be available at the meeting.
See you all on Thursday.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Blog Sampler Dutchman’s Puzzle

Here is the Dutchman’s Puzzle block.

Cutting Instructions:

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

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 8  2 3/8 inch light fabrics. Use the same construction method found in the second part of the Next Door Neighbour block here to make your flying geese units. The difference will be that you are using light 2 3/8 inch squares on top of your dark 4 1/4 inch squares.
Arrange your flying geese units as shown below and sew them together.
 Go here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that this block has the light large triangles on the outside.