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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Quilt til you Wilt



Last month's Quilt til you Wilt at the Stoneridge might be described as a quilter's dream; a cozy amosphere in which to spend 12+ hours quilting and friends to share it with.There were no meals to cook and no dishes to wash. All we had to do was eat and enjoy! Mix it all up with fun and laughter and it was a perfect day. Who could ask for more?!


Twenty-five members participated. We worked on various projects and were all quite productive. Phyllis machine-quilted a beautiful batik oak leaf quilt and worked on a Kids' Quilt.


Lorraine S. put together a warm flannel kit she'd had for years. Rose and Karen W. stacked and whacked kitties (no animals were harmed during this activity!).


Paulette showed off her fine applique technique. Lynn D. completed a super "I-Spy" quilt for her grand-daughter.

Barb A. whipped up a quilt for her grandbaby-to-be in no time flat.
Erica worked on her curved log cabin.
Christine R. made a block for the Bushfire project and finished some of her many UFO's.


All in all, it was a great day. Can't wait til next time!
Submitted by Christine R.

Friendship Table Runner

Here are photos of Cynthia's Friendship Table Runner as reference for her workshop on Saturday, May 2nd. The cost to take the workshop is only $5. Sign up sheets will be available at the next meeting and a materials list will be provided when you sign up.

front with no applique


back

sample with applique




March Postcards





18 Postcards! Must be a record!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Jacqui and Jake's Antique Sewing Machines

Jacqui and Jake have been married for 30 years. Jacqui has been sewing since she was 7 years old. She learned to sew doll clothes on a Singer treadle machine and continued to sew making garments for a growing family. She has been making quilts for 20 years and teaches classes from her home. Jake worked in landscape maintenance for over 20 years, but recently completed his Bachelor of Education and currently teaches high school science.

They started collecting sewing machines about 13 years ago. Avid yard sale shoppers, the first sewing machine they bought was a Singer Featherweight 222 with a free arm. They bought it because Jacqui thought it was "very cute" and didn't pay too much for it. They didn't know what a find they had until Jacqui did some research afterwards on the internet and found out it was quite valuable. Buying sewing machines became a bit of an addiction, picking up all they could find; but eventually they had to limit their purchases and currently they concentrate on Canadian built sewing machines. They currently own 150 sewing machines from 30 - 140 years old as well as 70-80 toy sewing machines. Jake has always been fascinated with things mechanical and soon became expert in the maintenance and repair of sewing machines. He does not actively sew, but appreciates a good stitch.






Using powerpoint, Jake took us on historical tour of the sewing machine. At one point there were 34 known manufacturers of sewing machines in Canada, and the majority of them were in Ontario. It was fascinating to learn that the Singer plant in Quebec used actual wood native to Quebec for the cabinets of their sewing machines and that the 'parlour cabinet' design to hide the machines were invented because the former wooden covers for sewing machines became nicknamed 'coffin covers' and reminded people of baby coffins. Jake and Jacqui own some very rare samples of Canadian built machines.

Jacqui soon found out that one hobby can quickly turn into another hobby. She has found herself collecting other sewing machine related items, such as antique treadle scarves, threads, buttons, sewing machine oil cans, to name but a few. She found that the internet can bring collectors together. Jacqui currently participates in a few groups such as Treadleon, an internet list and webpage dedicated to sewing on "people powered" machines. Another group is Canadian Sewing Machine Collector's Society, which concentrates on the history of the Canadian sewing machine industry. She participates in block exchanges with other treadle owners. Jacqui does most of her quilting and piecing on her treadle machines. Jacqui treated us to a trunk show of some of these quilts. She loves these block exchanges " as it forces us to use our machines". Typically a block will have a signature portion where the participant signs their name, city, and the machine used to make the block.







Jacqui has also designed her own pattern which is available through her website. This is just one version made recently.




Jacqui and Jake ended their presentation with Q&A and an informative handout on sewing machine maintenance. If you are interested in purchasing previously owned machines they have a for sale blog here.


The LFQG would like to thank Jacqui and Jake for a wonderful presentation!


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Other Business:

Outreach
Penny and Elaine report that at their Batting Up Kids' Quilt meeting recently, 20 quilt kits were made ready to be handed out to volunteers! Ask for your kit now! And another 20 quilts were dropped off at Children's Aid! Thanks to all who worked on kids' quilts!



(Here is one of the kids' quilts, machine quilted by one of Jill's workshop participants)

Quilts of Valour

New member Teresa dJ would like to work with other members on a Quilts of Valour project. Anyone who is interested can contact her or let me know and I can pass it on to her.

Reminder

Next month's meeting date is moved to Thursday, April 16.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 12, 7PM

Guest Speaker: Our own Jacquie V-S and her husband Jake buy and sell antique sewing machines. They will be bringing in some machines to show us and will also talk about care and maintenance of your sewing machine. So if you have any questions about that sewing machine you've just inherited, write down as much info about the machine as possible and perhaps they can answer your questions. I'm looking forward to this informative demonstration and discussion!

Secret Notion: It's not easy being green! In celebration of St Patrick's day, the secret notion is a bobbin with green thread! Tickets for the draw will also be given for wearing your nametag and chatelaine.

Sign-ups:
Monday, March 9, 7PM Batt-up Kids' Quilts with Penny, cost, your time; reward, comfort to a child in need.
Saturday, March 28, Anita Zobens' Open Thread Bar workshop, cost $25
Saturday, May 2, President's Workshop Table Runner, cost $5
Saturday, May 23 Skills Building Workshops, cost $5
Thursday, June 11 Banquet, Highland Country Club, guest speaker Susan Norman, cost $40

Reminders:
Show 'n Share
Fabric Postcards
Library book returns...just a reminder, there is a fee for late books.