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Friday, March 16, 2018

March 2018 meeting.

 Guest speaker was Brenda  from Among Brenda’s Quilts & Bags.  She spoke about  her 2 trips to China and presented some of her quilts and bags.

Show and tell

Gail's Poppy Quilt
Lucille's owl quilt made with left over pieces

Lucille's cat quilt 

 back of Gail’s “Embracing the Chaos” quilt 

Front of Gail’s “Embracing the Chaos” quilt 


Sunday, March 11, 2018

April Meeting and workshop Thread Painting with Kathy Tidswell

April 12, 2018 Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Cathy Tidswell  Thread Painting.

Vendor: Kaleidoscope of Quilts

Notion of the month: Spring Bonnet  -  bring one or make one.

Workshop on April 13:  Thread Painting with Kathy Tidswell at St. George's Presbyterian Church 1475 Dundas Street  London   9 am - 4 pm. Don't forget to bring your lunch.

Cost:  $40.00 for members
           $50.00 for non-members
Please contact Kim Zwicker to register.

Many aspects of design in landscapes will be discussed including composition, depth, perspective and use of colour. After this, students will learn the basics of free motion embroidery to create landscapes. They will
complete a sampler (seen below) as they learn to make grasses, leaves, flowers, weeds, trees, etc. Some may choose to spend the entire day perfecting free motion stitches but for those who wish, a landscape such as pictured below can be started. Original design is encouraged.

Comprehensive notes are provided.

Darning feet.  Kathy's favourite is the 3rd one.


1. Zigzag sewing machine and its' manual.

2. Darning foot. 

3. New machine embroidery needles 75/11 or 90/14 if you are using rayon embroidery
threads. Metallic or metafil needles if you want to use metallic threads.

4. 7 inch to 10 inch slim wooden embroidery hoop. A regular hoop will NOT substitute. It
is too wide to pass under the presser foot. I will have some hoops available for sale that I
bring back from the UK.

5. You will be making samples of weeds, trees , flowers, texture in water etc. so bring
threads in greens (several shades), browns, black, white, yellows, blues etc. If you have
rayon embroidery and metallic threads in these colours, bring them, but it's not necessary to purchase them especially for this class. Instead, bring threads from your stash in these colours. 

6. Several squares of muslin or plain light cotton approx. 12 inches square and several
pieces of stabilizer such as tear- away to back your pieces. 

7. Scissors, pins, ruler etc. ie normal sewing kit.

8. If you plan to start the 5 inch by 7 inch landscape, you will need small pieces for sky, mountain and water. Some people prefer to spend the time perfecting the sampler. In that case you won’t need this fabric.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March 8 meeting and March 9 Everything Goes Bag workshop with Brenda Miller

Just a reminder that Suzanne French from Knit Stitch. 232 Wharncliffe Road South, London, Ontario will be our vendor at the March 8 meeting and  All sales are cash only.

More information on March 9th Everything Goes Bag workshop 

Practically everything but the kitchen sink fits into this roomy bag. Two padded pockets inside cleverly hold your tablet or ereader. A zippered security pocket holds your valuables and there's tons of inner space for your
everyday purse stuff. Zip it up at the top for a sleek and secure look. This bag fits under an
airplane seat. You'll be carrying your bag home on your arm at the end of class! Measures 14 ½"W x 12"H x 5"D

Here's what you'll learn as you sew:
 Create a zippered top closure
 Make double padded straps
 Machine echo quilt
 Learn how to work with foam stabilizer
 Make a fully finished lined bag
 Insert a pocket zipper

 Main Fabric: 1 yard, .9m
 Contrast Fabric: 7/8 yard, .75m
 Lining (also seen on pocket): 1 1/8 yard, 1m
 Sew-in Foam Stabilizer like Bosal or Annies Soft and Stable: 18" x 58"
 Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus fusible fleece: 7/8 yard, 1 m
 Two 1" - 1¼" D rings
 One 22" bag zipper, One 14" bag zipper – 

Brenda will bring zippers to class
 Matching threads
 ¼" Foot, Zipper Foot, Walking Foot
 Rotary cutting supplies – rulers, cutting mat, rotary cutter
 Basic sewing supplies
 Bring your heaviest duty sewing machine to sew through multiple layers

Here are the things you need to do before class.
Buy your pattern and notions
 Cut out all fabric, the Pellon Thermolam Plus, the foam stabilizer and label each of
the pieces

Items to purchase ahead of time from Brenda (Via Kim Zwicker)  Please contact Kim ASAP so that they know numbers to be ordered.
Pattern $10.99
In-R-Form Sew-in Foam Stabilizer 36” x 58"  $24.99 (enough to make 2 bags)
Pellon Fusible Thermolam .7m - $12.00
Rectangle Rings $4.99 (brass or black nickel)
Total with tax  $59.86

Zippers in 32 colors will be available at class.  

If you have already registered and have any of these items please contact Kim

Monday, February 19, 2018

March 8th Meeting.

Brenda from Among Brenda's Quilts and Bags will be our guest speaker in March.  

Early in 2014, and again in 2015,
Brenda, from Among Brenda’s Quilts & Bags was invited to promote the art of quitting and bag making to the Chinese people in China's textile city Shaozing. Hear the surprising story of how she was chosen to represent Canada in China. Listen to her talk about her travels, the people she met and about her impressions of quilting in the area. See the 52 items shown in China from Brenda’s own design collection while there. Learn a little about doing business in China while enjoying 183 full color slides. Spend a fun filled hour, punctuated with lots of laughs while finding out about a whole new world of quilting.

She will be hosting a bag making workshop the next day. Check out her web site for a taste of what's to come. (specific bag to be made is still being determined  -  stay tuned)  

Contact Kim Zwicker to register for this exciting workshop.  

Knit Stitch will be our vendor, but please note that she doesn't have facilities to accept debit/ cash only

Don't forget to bring: 
 Name tag 
Notion of the Month:   wear something that's green.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Quilts from February meeting

Following are the amazing quilts that were part of our show and tell at the February meeting.

Lorraine w 
Lorraine W.




Susan C. 
Susan C

Yvonne Y

Anne L and Nancy P.

Irene W
Joy L

Cathy V.

Friday, January 26, 2018

February 8, 2018 Meeting: Rummage Sale

Speaker is Pat Ferry who will also be leading the Fresh Start workshop on Saturday February 10th.

There isn't a vendor for this meeting  as we will be having a rummage sale.  Please bring any items you wish to donate to this sale clearly marked with a price.  All unsold items must be picked up at the end of the meeting. 

The  Outreach committee would appreciate it, if members could donate 3.5" width of fabric strips of prewashed good quality cotton in any of the following colours:- navy, burgundy, green, brown or cream.  These will be used for the guild quilts of valours that we hope to have some work done on at the Outreach Sew-in day on the 17th.

Don't forget to bring: 

  •  Name tag 

  • Chatelaine 

  • Notion of the month:   6 1/2" Heart Block:  there will be a draw and the winner will be able to take home all the blocks.

Log Cabin Shaped Heart Quilt block

Scrappy hearts quilt squares - would be very cute "wonky" style. This tutorial includes all the math to make many different sizes of heart blocks.

Images from Pinterest.  

Thursday, January 25, 2018

FRESH STARTS: Feb 10. 10am to 4

When:  Saturday February 10, 10 am - 4

Instructor:  Pat Ferry

Cost:  $30.00  (please bring your own lunch)

Review the terminology, tools and basic techniques for accurate cutting and piecing.  Learn rotary cutter safety, and demystify rulers for precision measuring.

Build or refresh your piecing skills with techiques like the elusive scant 1/4", string piecing, strip sets, bias seams, seam alignment, squaring up.  We will also tackle some pressing matters.

Patterns will be provided to test piece 6" classic quilt blocks such as:  bow tie, 9 patch, pinwheel, snowball, hourglass, flying geese, which could be used to create a sampler by adding sashing, cornerstones and borders. Learn how to finish it with simple machine quilting and binding.  (Additional patterns available for a small fee)

Supplies list 
  • sewing machine in good working order, bobbins, size 90/14 needle.
  • 1/4" foot and a walking foot are helpful but not necessary
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • rotary cutting rulers - 6 1/2 x 24" and a square ruler min. 6 1/2" or larger.
  • scissors, pins, stitch remover, pencils - light and dark
  • thread - neutral
  • 4 to 8 pieces  .25 to .50 mtr approx.  or fat quarters, plus scraps a coordinated mix of light/med/dark prints and solids.
  • Optional if later you wish to make a sampler quilt from your test blocks 
    • .35 mtr for sashing - solid
    • .35 mtr for outside borders
    • 1 mtr for backing/binding - coordinating
    • 1 mtr batting  45" wide
If you haven't already registered for this class and wish to do so, please contact Kim   Zwicker     at