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Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's a boy!!!


On Friday, December 12th...a Full Moon as well - Elizabeth M delivered a beautiful boy Luke S ...tipping the scales over the 9lb. mark.
Congratulations from your guild members!

December Postcards: Let it snow! Let it snow!






















Sunday, December 14, 2008

Call for Entry!

International Quilt Festival/Chicago
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
April 17 – 19, 2009

O CANADA
International Quilt Festival/Chicago plans to showcase Canadian quilts and their makers in a special juried exhibit, O Canada. This exhibit will be one of the highlights of Festival, April 17 – April 19, 2009, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. This exhibit is open to residents currently residing in Canada. You must reside in a Canadian province to be eligible for this exhibit.

They would like to invite you to participate in this exciting new exhibit focusing on the Canadian quilter. You may submit a total of five quilts for our consideration. Quilts need not be made specifically for this exhibit. Traditional or art, all quilts made by residents of Canada will be considered.

You can find the application form and all the information and rules of submission here.
Completed submissions with visuals must be received in their office by January 16, 2009.

Hands on Christmas 2008

Barb's Tree Ornament/Pin Cushion:
Rose's Hanging Mitten:



Christine's Folded Star Ornament:



Cynthia's Santa Ornament:


Carol's Chathedral Window Ornament:


Julia's Christmas Fabric Postcards:



Phyllis' Yo-Yo Tree Ornament:

(plus collected food items for food bank
and sample of Christmas Show and Share)
Jill's 'Holly Go Round' Wallhanging:

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings to all!
Many thanks to the Executive for all their time and effort in providing the workshops; to the members for bringing food items to be donated to the food bank and to Christine who will bring them there; to Christine and her elves for preparing snack for the evening, and to Beth for being photographer for the evening!


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 11, 7PM

Hands-on Christmas & Fellowship

The agenda for this meeting is as follows:
Guild business & News
Christmas Show and Share - bring your recent hand-made or quilted Christmas decorations or presents.
Break - Snack and tea will be provided.
Christmas decoration workshops - Each Executive member will be providing a decoration workshop; members were asked to sign up for their favourite at November's meeting. If you were unable to sign up then, spaces are still available for these workshops:

Cynthia M-R: Santa Ornament
Carol V: Cathedral Window Ornament
Barb A: Stuffed Tree Ornament/ pin cushion
Rose B: Mitten Wallhanging
Deb J: Holly Jolly Snowman
Christine R: Folded Star ornament
Julia C: Fabric postcards

Just email or call any one of these ladies to get a materials list or if you have any questions.

There are spaces available for these upcoming workshops:
Saturday,January 10th, Jill B will give helpful hints in machine quilting, cost: use your new found skills to quilt a Kids' Quilt.(oops sorry, this one is full, but there is a waiting list)
Saturday,February 21st, Quilt til you Wilt Day at the Stoneridge Inn, spend a day quilting in the luxury of the Stoneridge Inn, cost $60.
Saturday, March 28th, Anita Zobens returns to host an "Open Thread Bar".

Don't forget to bring:
1) Secret Notion: Please bring a non-perishable food item for the London Food Bank, we will also be giving out draw tickets for bringing your mug, chatelaine, and nametag.
2) Show and Share
3) Fabric postcard
4)Your materials for workshop
5) Christmas spirit!

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In case of cancellation due to bad weather conditions, that information will be posted on the blog, so check the blog before you head out. If you are unable to check, don't worry the executive will be calling each of the members to let you know.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Paducah Trip 2009

The Rouge Valley Quilters Guild out of Scarborough has arranged a 56 passenger bus trip to Paducah, Kentucky for April 21, 2009 for AQS Quilt Show, only 30 members are able to participate and have room for 20 more! If you are interested in going to Paducah, these are some of the details:

The Rouge Valley Quilters’ Guild 2009 bus trip leaves for Paducah, Kentucky on April 21st, returning to Toronto on April 27th. Paducah is a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts during the American Quilter’s Society Annual Quilt Show and Contest each April and 2009 is the AQS 25th Anniversary Celebration Show. There are still seats available on the bus and the invitation is now extended to non-members at a price of $885.00. The fee includes the two-day bus trip from Pickering (just east of Toronto) to Paducah return, including the overnight accommodation going and coming, three days hotel accommodation in Paducah (two to a room), two special restaurant dining room dinners, entry to the quilt show and, of course, a wonderful shopping opportunity. We're a friendly guild and would surely make your members welcome. For more information and to get a registration form contact the Rouge Valley quilters at ijackedw (at) rogers (dot) com.

Monday, November 24, 2008

President's Challenge: O Canada!

Show us what Canada means to you in a quilted item. Any quilted item will do, it is your choice, but:
1) it must include a maple leaf visible somewhere on the front of the piece;
2) it must not exceed 50x50 inches, or 200 inches total of all the sides;
3) it is due at our May 14, 2009 meeting.

November's postcards

16 beautiful postcards!



Keep an eye on your mailbox!


One of these beauties is on its way!





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Also, LFQG would like to welcome Coolen's Sewing Machines as one of our newest sponsors! The address of his new location can be found on the sidebar. Welcome!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Guest Speaker: Heather Stewart

Heather Stewart of the Oxford Quilters' Guild spoke to a full house at our last meeting. Members were thrilled to view her trunk show. Heather has been a member of the Oxford Quilters' Guild since 1988 and has been involved with Quilt Canada since 1990 in various roles including Registrar and teacher.



This quilt, "Remembering the Past", is a postage stamp quilt that was exhibited at the Teachers' Exhibit in Quilt Canada 2008 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She taught classes at Quilt Canada 1996 and 2004 as well. This piece contains 5319 pieces and, if you look closely, one maverick block, one block that is not quite like the others!





This "Spiral Bargello" is a quilt she designed to teach classes a technique developed by Chris Timmins.
Heather belongs to a stashbusting group that created this patriotic quilt to donate to Canadian Comfort and Remembrance Project. This organization donates quilts to mourning families of fallen Canadian soldiers. With two children in the military, she knows the value of a comfort quilt. She told her own story of fear and sadness, when mistakenly she received "the call no mother wants to hear" and she believed her son missing. Fortunately, he was not, but it was her son's quilt that gave her comfort during that time.





These little "Quiltlets" are from a class she teaches on design and colour.








This piece "Cobblestones" is the template for Saturday's workshop.


I visited the workshop this morning and all was quiet as everyone was gathered around listening to instruction. The key to this quilt and for that matter, any quilt that contains four-patch or nine-patch blocks, is in the quick piecing and cutting method that she teaches. Her philosophy is "I'd rather save time than fabric". When you produce over 2o quilts a year, you don't have a lot of time to waste!



She gave helpful hints on pressing, and cleaning your tools. She gave a quick demo on how to clean your rotary cutter safely, using a large fridge magnet, to remove the blade without ever touching it with your hands. "A fridge magnet should be in every quilter's sewing box."



Look at these proud cobblestones!

The LFQG would like to thank Heather for her marvelous trunk show and workshop! You can see all the photos here.


Viewers' Choice

Over 400 people visited our Harvest of Quilts 2008 Show and each was given a ballot and asked to choose their favourite piece in 4 different catagories. With over 200 entries, many people complained it was too difficult! Each entry was a joy to view and no one should feel left out; each had their fans!

The envelope please....

1st Place Bedsize: My Hexagon Quilt by Ruth M.


Honourable Mention Bedsize: Ottawa Valley Serenade by Liz V.

1st Prize Wallhanging: Earthbound by Jill B.

Honourable Mention Wallhanging: A Walk on the Wild Side by Lynda W.


1st Prize Miniature: Glen Etive by Jill B.


Honourable Mention Miniature: Viking's Bane by Jill B.

1st Prize Other Quilted Items: Purple Passion by Maria D.

Honourable Mention Other Quilted Items: Magic Tiles by Cynthia M-R.


Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to those who participated in this year's show! You can view a slideshow of the Viewers' Choice here, and this link has been added to the sidebar as well.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 13, 7PM

Guest Speaker Heather Stewart
Heather's original lecture has been changed to a trunk show. Heather Stewart is a quilter who turned her hobby into a profession. Her website says she is a fabric artist, quilt restorer and judge. She has served as a director of the CQA and has taught many workshops at Quilt Canada. She will also return on Saturday, November 15th, for her popular Cobblestones workshop. Places are still available and one can sign up at the meeting or contact Phyllis G. if you are interested, cost is $35.

This month's Secret Notion will be a poppy in honour of the men and women who have served and are serving in the Canadian Forces to protect our country and keep us free. Tickets will also be given for wearing your nametag and chatelaine.

A Harvest of Quilts 2008 Show was a great success! Rose will update us with the final numbers and of course, the winners of the viewer's choice awards will be announced and presented. Winners will be contacted before the show to bring their award winning quilts.

Hands-on Christmas is just around the corner! The executive will be giving workshops at the December meeting for various Christmas decorations. The various decorations will be on display at the November meeting with sign-up sheets. This turned out to be a fun time for everyone, check out last year's pics here.

Other Reminders:
- Postcards for postcard exchange
- 6 inch square of fabric for Lily's Memorial Quilt
- LFQGuild pins, only $5, a great memento of our wonderful guild!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blog Updates

Just a reminder folks to check out the sidebar on the right side of this blog, there you will find many handy links. For instance, if you need the instructions on how to make postcards for our monthly postcard exchange, just scroll down to the photo of the postcards and click on that photo and it will take you right to the instructions! The same goes for the upcoming January Guild Bingo, just click on the photo to get the instructions!

Other handy links include a slideshow of the Guild Challenge, links to our local quilt stores, as well as a list of upcoming quilt shows. We also have a growing list of guild members who have blogs and have links to them as well. This month, we welcome The Quilt Rat as a new blogger. If you are a guild member and have a blog, please contact me with your link and we will add it to our blog roll.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Harvest of Quilts 2008


It was another successful quilt show for the LFQG! Our members entered over 200 beautiful quilted items! The reception area was dedicated to our outreach program and featured quilts and quilt tops that will be donated to the Family and Children's Services of London Middlesex.




The main room featured all the big bed-sized quilts,



And we utilized every wall space and nook and cranny to feature wallhangings, miniatures and other quilted items.



There was a beautiful display dedicated to founding member Lily Wright and featured quilts made by her own hand:



A quilt show cannot be successful without the dedicated work of our volunteers! Many thanks goes out to our Quilt Show Committee: Rose B Chair, Lynda W Publicity, Penny H and Pauline L Toonie Table and Kids Quilts, June P and Charlene O Volunteers and Welcome Desk, and Karen W Registration, Carol Ann J Vendors, Lorraine S Tea Room;


and all the other members who volunteered at the Toonie Table, the Tea Room, the Welcome Desk, White Gloves, Set Up and Take Down, Transportation,etc...





And of course to our Vendors: The Quilt Place, Sew Creative, Delphi Wood Design, Heather Bell's Sewing & Dye Studio, Country Patchworks, Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe, Country Concessions, Palladinn Ridge Designs, and The Marsh Store!



Special thanks to Debbie and Pizza Vera for providing meals for the volunteers and vendors!





Great job!!








Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October Postcards

Here are this month's cornucopia of postcards:



Just a reminder, though, if you would like a postcard in return you need to include a return address on the back of your post card!