Blog Sampler

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Feb. 9, 2017 meeting

This meeting was our annual rummage sale. Members brought things they wanted to sell, that hopefully another member would want. The funds raised go to our outreach committee, which looks after the Quilts of Colour, quilts and pillow cases for Children’s aid and also the comfort quilts for our members. We had a large amount of goods for sale, and a large numberof members shopping. 
After the rummage sale, Lorna was able to announce that there are volunteers to fill almost all the executive positions for next year! What a great group of quilters we have. Thank you to all who have come forward, willing to give of their time and talents.

Show and tell was next. Gail M showed us a couple of zipper pouches she’d made, as well as some pincushions. 
Susan showed the blocks she’s making for Lorna McMahon’s Christmas sew along.
Anne L showed her finished stained glass wall hanging, started in a workshop last year.
Kim Z showed us her Christmas tree skirts.
Jacqui V showed us her finished Canadiana Row quilt.
Gail S showed a Christmas table runner
And this lady, unfortunately I don’t know her name, showed us her snowball Christmas themed quilt. For more photos from the meeting, go here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Sampler Big Dipper

This is the last of the blocks for the sampler, called Big Dipper. At the end of this post, I’ll give the fabric requirements for the borders, and also quilt assembly instructions.

Cutting Instructions:

Light fabric:      cut 2  @  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches
Dark fabric #1:  cut 1  @  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches
Dark fabric #2:  cut 1  @  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the light squares. Pair these up with the dark fabrics, 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 towards the dark fabrics. You will have two pairs of triangle squares.

Take one of these pairs of triangle squares. On the wrong side of one, draw a diagonal line through both fabrics.

Pair this, right sides together, with the second of the pair, with the fabrics opposite to each other, as shown in the photo below.
Line up all the edges, and the opposing seamsin the middle, and then sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line.
Cut apart on the drawn line. You will now have a pair of quarter triangle squares.

Repeat this procedure with the second pair of triangle squares.
Arrange the quarter triangle squares as shown, and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions. This last square has the large dark triangles on the outside.

Arrange your blocks as shown in the picture below. Pinning at the meeting points of the triangles is very helpful in getting the points to match. The quilt, as shown with borders added, measures 84x108. Before borders it measures 60x84.
For borders as shown in the picture you will need:

Fabric A, shown as light grey,                 1 3/4 yards
Fabric B, shown as mauve,                      3/4 yards
Fabric C, shown as dark purple,              1 3/4  yards for border
Fabric D, shown as light yellow/cream,   3/4 yards
Binding                                                      3/4 yards
Instructions for cutting the borders and sewing the pieced border units will be in the next post.

Monday, February 6, 2017

February 9th, 2017 meeting information

This week is our rummage sale, the proceeds of which go to the Outreach Committee.
     -please have a price on everything you bring to sell.
     -whatever does not sell must go back home with you.
Please also bring with you any of the slab blocks that you have finished.
The colours for the comfort quilt blocks remain the blacks and whites with the coloured centres, as shown here. Please bring those with you as well.

The Workshop for February is the Scrap Challenge. The prize for this is a fat quarter bundle of Northcott Canada 150 fabric. The cost for this is $25.00. Lunch will be provided.

The speaker for our March meeting will be Cheryl Gardner. She specializes in doing the barn quilt paintings.
The workshop for March is on the 11th, and will be taught by Kelley Richardson from Joyces Sewing Shop. She will be teaching machine quilting.

There will be an Outreach sewing day on March 25th. Part of this day will be spent sewing slab blocks and the rest will be spent on Outreach projects.

There are multiple positions coming up for next year’s executive. Please read over the list, and seriously consider volunteering your time for the functioning of your guild.
 We need: Library
                  Blog editor
                  Program Chairperson
                  Vice President

The notion for the month is something to sell at the rummage sale.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blog Sampler Mr Roosevelt’s Necktie

This week’s block is named Mr Roosevelt’s Necktie.
Unfortunately, when I made this block, I didn’t realize that the colours were so close together. I’ve played with the contrast in the photos to show the colours a bit better.

Cutting instructions:

Light fabric:        cut 8  @ 2 inches x 2 inches
                            cut 1  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches. Cut this square in half on the diagonal.
Dark fabric #1:   cut 2  @ 2 inches x 2 inches
                            cut 2  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches. Cut one of these in half on the diagonal
Dark fabric #2:   cut 2  @ 2 inches x 2 inches
                           cut 2  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches. Cut one of these in half on the diagonal

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

Pair a light 2 3/8 inch triangle with a dark #1 triangle and with a dark #2 triangle. There will be a triangle left over from each of the dark fabrics.

Sew these together.

The photo of my block was not distinct enough to show the placement of the fabrics, so I’ve used an Electic Quilt 7 drawing instead. Arrange your fabrics as shown in the picture, and sew together.

Go here for the finishing instructions. The large triangles on the outside are light.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blog Sampler Double Cross

This week’s block is named Double Cross.

Cutting Instructions:

Light  fabric:        cut 7  @ 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches. Cut 2 of these squares in half on the diagonal
Medium fabric:    cut 1  @ 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches. Cut this square in half on the diagonal
Dark fabric:         cut 5  @  2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 5 uncut light 2 3/8 inch squares. Pair these up, right sides together, with the 5 dark 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inch squares.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut these apart on the drawn line and press towards the dark.

Arrange  8 of the triangle squares as shown below and sew together.

Arrange the remaining 2 triangle squares with the light triangles as shown below. Sew together. Watch the orientation of the various units carefully.

Pair these finished triangle units with the 2 medium 3 7/8 inch triangles and sew together.

Arrange the finished units as shown below and sew together.

Go  here for the finishing instructions, keeping in mind that the large outer triangles are the dark fabric this time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 12, 2017 meeting

Thanks go out to the program committee and to Shirley from the Marsh Store for this meeting. As mentioned in the information post, our speaker for this month had to cancel, so Joan Hillhorst agreed to come and speak for us. Well, Joan had to cancel as well, so our trusty program committee chairperson arranged for Shirley to speak. Thanks to both of them for quickly stepping up for us.
Also, before going into the happenings at the meeting, I want to issue thanks to all our members for the support you are giving to the comfort quilts committee. There were over 40 black and white with coloured centres handed in at the meeting. Thank you so much! And please, keep them coming.

Shirley gave a wonderful talk for us. She went into some of the trends that are new this year. Apparently, the colour of the year, according to the Pantone website, found here, the colour for this year is called “Greenery”. The website shows the colour and also a bunch of coordinating colours. It looks like a great place to go for colour inspiration. She showed us some new products that came out this year at Quilt Market, and also talked a bit about some of the quilty projects going on for Canada’s 150th  birthday celebrations. I’m going to do some digging, and get in touch with Shirley and see if I can’t get some of the posted with some links to information about them into the blog’s side bar. The she showed us some of her quilt projects. One of her easy quilts was an Irish Chain. This one was a colour wheel study where she took specific colours from the colour wheel and arranges them into a quilt. She did a series of quilt doing big and little sizes of the same blocks to make big and little quilts. She showed us a landscape quilt
and also a couple of projects using border print fabrics. There were many other fun quilts to see. I’ll give a link at the end of this post to our google photo album.
After Shirley finished showing all her wonderful quilts, we had member show and tell.
Rose showed a quilt as you go scrap project, to use up strips and strings of fabric, and also all those small bits of batting that result from trimming the edges of a finished quilt. What a great idea! Here’s the front 
and the back. Anne didn’t show a quilt, but instead showed us her chart that lists all her UFOs, WIPs, and other lists she’s made up to keep herself organized. 
Kim Showed us a finished pillow, made from Lorna McMahon’s workshop. 
Julia brought a finished Christmas quilt. Charlene showed a quilt that was made from a top that was originally made by her Grandmother. She inherited the top, and made it into a finished quilt. For more pictures from the meeting, go here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 2017 meeting info

Good afternoon, everyone.  Our first meeting of the new year is happening on the 12th.

Our speaker for this month, Andrea Manias, has had to cancel both her trunk show and her workshop for January. We are hoping to re-book her for later in the year, perhaps April.

Joan Hilhorst from Sew Creative in Mt Brydges will be the vendor.

There are four kits made up for the Veterans’ Poppy Quilts for the palliative care rooms at Parkwood Hospital. If you are a part of a group that gets together to sew, would you consider taking one of these kits to put together a top. It is a very easy and fast pattern to do. The kits with the fabric and the pattern will be available at the meeting.

Please bring with you your Friendship Star blocks for the comfort quilts, using the current colours black/white/coloured centre square, instructions and pictures found here. If you have purple ones, as well, bring those too.

The notion of the month is a snowflake. As always, remember your name tag and your chatelaine for free tickets for the fat quarter draws.