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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer 2016 sew-in day

About 20 quilters gathered together on July 23rd to catch up on summer happenings and sew a few stitches on a variety of projects. We sewed on Quilts of Valour, Comfort Quilts for the guild and some of our own personal projects. It’s always a good opportunity to use the large tables to lay out a project, or baste a project, without having to crawl around on the floor. What’s more, it’s fun, and a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones and get to know each other better. There are more photos of the sew-in day here.













Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blog Sampler Blockade


Here is this week’s block, called Blockade.

Cutting Instructions:

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

Assembly:

Draw a diagonal line down the centre of each of your light 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these squares up with the dark 2 3/8 inch square and with 3 of the medium 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 your seams towards the darker fabrics.

Take your 4 remaining medium fabric 2 3/8 inch squares and draw a diagonal line through the middle of each. Using the method described here, pair them up with the dark 4 1/4 inch square to make 4 flying geese units.

Arrange your pieces as shown below, and sew together, first into quarter sections and then to make the complete block.
Go here for the finishing instructions. The dark triangles are on the outside for this one.
            


Monday, July 18, 2016

A couple of announcements and reminders

We have a new sponsor listed in the links to various businesses and shops. It’s called Knit Stitch. Check it out, when you get a minute. The rest of the links to our other sponsors are found in a list about halfway down the right hand side bar.

Rose B. who is chairing the quilt show committee, wants to put up a display of various challenges the guild has done over the years. She has requested that we go through our quilts and find any challenge pieces that we have done. If you have them, these can go back in time as far as possible. Are you thinking about the show yet? Have you decided what quilts to enter? Are you thinking about the 35th anniversary challenge piece? What about getting items together for the members’ boutique?

I just want to give a quick reminder about the sew-in day on Saturday, July 23rd from 9am to 4 pm. Bring your lunch. This is a free sewing day, there’s no charge for it and no time line. Come when you can, for the entire day or just an hour or two. Visit with some old friends and make some new ones and catch up on what has been happening over the summer. If you are planning on coming, would you take a few minutes and make a set of comfort quilt blocks. The link to the colours is found here. The instructions are found close to the top of the right hand side bar. Please bring them with you. A few of the comfort quilt committee members will be there working to put some blocks together into quilts. If you can’t be there on Saturday, please bring your blocks to the first meeting of the year in September.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Blog Sampler Susannah


This week’s block is called Susannah. There is an error in the picture of the finished block here below. The light squares in the sampler block should all be in the outer corners. One of mine got turned the wrong way during construction. The picture at the end of this post showing the layout also has one of the light squares is the wrong place. They should all be in the outer corners.


Cutting Instructions:

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



Take two of the light fabric #1   2 inch squares and two of the light fabric #2  2 inch squares and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each. Following the picture placement below, place these light squares right sides together with the 2 x 3 1/2 inch dark fabric rectangles and sew on the diagonal line. Pay close attention to the direction of the sewing line. Trim 1/4 inch away from the drawn line and press towards the triangle.

Pair the remaining light squares with the 4 dark 2 x 2 inch squares, right sides together and sew into pairs.

Arrange these pairs with the rectangle units as shown in the photo below, and sew together. Pay attention to the placement of the light fabrics, as I clearly did not. The light square in the bottom left section of the photo here is in the wrong spot. It should be flipped so that the light square is in the left bottom corner.

Go here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that the large triangles on the outside of this block are the light fabric.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Mid-summer reminders and news

Our president, Lorna, and also the programme committee and quilt show committee have asked for a few reminders to be posted onto the blog.

Unfortunately, due to the June 30th fire at the plaza in Hyde Park, Cornerstone Quilts is closed. We are thinking of Judy as she deals with this devastating event.

A reminder about our free Sewing Day at the church on July 23 from 9:00 to 4:00. Bring your own lunch and stay for the day or drop in for a few hours. Work on your own projects or help with some community outreach and comfort quilts sewing. It’s a great opportunity to meet some new friends and catch up with old acquaintances. If you are coming, would you please check out the blocks for the comfort quilts, posted here. The current colours and the link to the instructions are on that page. Please make up a few, if you can, and bring them with you. We’ll be putting some quilts together from the blocks.

We hope you are working on your challenge piece to celebrate 35 years of London Friendship Quilters Guild. Use your own interpretation of the theme
  35 and create a small quilt no bigger than 70 inches in total perimeter. Please attach a short explanation of your design and bring it to the September meeting. Do not attach your name to the quilt. Members will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite piece. These challenge quilts will be on display at our quilt show in October.

The quilt show registration form is on the blog. Print off copies, and consider which of your quilts you would like to enter into the show.

Charlene O. appreciates your help in distributing bookmarks to quilt shops etc. Please let her know about locations you have covered and contact her if you need more bookmarks.

We are looking for members who would be willing to do techniques demonstrations at the quilt show e.g. basting a quilt, paper piecing, hand piecing, hand quilting. Please contact Julia C.

If you completed your Canadiana Row Quilt, please consider entering it in the show. We would like a display of these wonderful quilts.

Thanks everyone.