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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 12th, 2013 Meeting

Our December meeting was a fun and inspirational evening.  We started the meeting with the "Placemat Colour Challenge".  Each placemat was displayed along with the greeting card that was the colour inspiration for the placemat.  The guild members voted for the placemat that they felt most closely followed the colour scheme of the greeting card.  The first place winner was Megan R.. Second place winner was Lorna M.  There was a 3 way tie for 3rd place- the 3rd place winners were Tiny C, Cathy S and Edith W.


Megan R

Lorna M

Tiny C

Edith W.


Cathy S.

A total of 112 placemats were donated to Meals on Wheels.  Laura D. from Meals on Wheels accepted the placemats. She told us about how much their clients appreciated receiving the placemats along with their meal on Christmas Day

Laura D.

To see pictures of all the Colour Challenge Placemats click here.
After a break that included some great Christmas goodies and some retail therapy, we had the LFQG version of “The Price is Right”.  Our hosts for the game were Jingle and Belle (Barb A and Rose B).  The “contestants” gave their guess on the price of a quilting item.  The contestant with the closest price without going over won the prize.   The commentary from Jingle and Belle was hilarious.  The “Price is Right” was a very fun part of the evening.

Game Show Sign

Belle and Jingle

Some of the Contestants

We finished the evening with Show and Tell that featured lots of Christmas quilts that included gifts and Christmas d├ęcor items.
To see more pictures of the December meeting click here.
See you all in the New Year!!!




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dec 2013/Jan 2014 Newsletter

The Dec 2013/Jan 2014 newsletter has been posted.  Check the sidebar under the heading "newsletters".  If you have trouble opening it, email the blog editor.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Next meeting-Dec 12, 2013

                      The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, Dec 12th, 2013
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St.
Come and join us for an evening of friendship, giving, inspiration, goodies, fun and shopping!
We will be joined by a representative from Meals on Wheels.  We will first have voting on the placemats made for the "Colour Challenge".  After the voting has taken place the Colour Challenge Placemats and all of the other placemats made by our guild members will be given to the Meals on Wheels representative.  They will be distributed to the Meals on Wheels clients when they receive their Christmas meal.
Guild members participating in the Colour Challenge are reminded to bring their card along with their placemat, so the voters can compare the colours in the card to those in the placemat.  The card will be returned to the participating guild member after voting is finished.
Our vendor for the evening is Chantelle from Hyggeligt.  Check out her website at
November's Sew-In Day was a great success, so we will be having another one on Feb 22, 2014.
Chris Alloway, our secretary, has had to resign because of family difficulties.  If there is a guild member who could help out on the executive for the remainder of the year, please speak to Micki A.

Information for the meeting:
*Sign-up sheet for  the February "Sew-In" will be available-remember to bring your cheque books.
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share with other members (no more than 2 items)
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following items-
    ** Name tag
    ** A Mug for tea or juice
    **"Notion of the Month"-Non-perishable food item to donate to St George's Outreach Program
See you Thursday!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sew-in Day, Nov 23, 2013

On Saturday, Nov 23rd,  21 members of the LFQG met together at St. George's Church for a day of sewing and friendship.  The "weather outside was frightful" but inside the sewing machines were humming and the room was filled laughter and creativity.
A very big "Thank You" to Lorna M for organizing the day and baking great muffins for snack time and wonderful apple crisp for dessert.

Lorna-making sure we were all well hydrated !!

  Many of the ladies were working on Christmas gifts and also on Placemats to be donated to "Meals on Wheels"
Debbie's Advent calendar

Penny admiring Carol's pillowcase 

 Nancy's Christmas Stocking

Everyone got a lot accomplished-it was a very enjoyable and productive day!
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Applique Buffet Workshop with Anita Zobens

On Saturday Nov 9th twenty quilters (guild members and friends) enjoyed a wonderful workshop taught by Anita Zobens.   The class was called "Applique Buffet".
In the morning we learned techniques for Invisible Machine Applique and Fusible Applique.  We learned about using wash-away templates, glue sticks and invisible thread.
In the afternoon we experimented with threads of different weights and fibers while sewing decorative stitches.  It was very interesting to see how a decorative stitch could look completely different depending upon the thread that was used.  It was also a great way to become more familiar with your own machine and the decorative stitches that you hardly ever use.

Anita demonstrating the use of a template.
Debbie ironing her applique
Angie's applique done with a decorative stitch.

Christine checking out a spool of thread

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

November meeting

Our November meeting was held last Thursday at Oakridge Presbyterian Church.  The room we were in was nice and bright and many members made positive comments about the location.
President Micki spoke to us about using this church for a
 Quilt Show in October 2014.  This also met with approval from the members.  Charlene O. has volunteered to be the Chairperson for the quilt show as long as she gets lots of help!  Thanks, Charlene!!!
Lorna told us about the results of last months questionnaire.   The results indicate that the bus trip to the CQA show in June, "Sew in Days" at the church and a June Banquet are events that the membership would like to participate in.  Tickets for the bus trip will go on sale in January.

Anita Zobens from Cotton Mill Threadworks in Dundas, ON was our speaker for the evening.  Her talk "Choosing Threads Fearlessly" was very informative and should open up many of us to using different threads in our quilts.
Anita was also our vendor for the meeting and her beautiful display of threads made it easy to pick the perfect thread for the next project on everyone's "to do" list.
Anita has shared a document with us that includes a lot of the information that she told us during her talk.  It is named "Thread Education by Dr Bob 2012".  It is  "Posted with permission from Bob Purcell,".  It is a large document, so it might take some time to open.  To view the document go to the
 "Miscellaneous Links" section on the right sidebar.

Anita Zobens

Looking over all the threads
As always, Show and Tell was wonderful!


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Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 14th Meeting

Please Note:
The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters' Guild will be held on:
Thursday, Nov 14th 2013
Oakridge Presbyterian Church
970 Oxford St W
London, ON
(Just east of Oakridge Secondary School)
(also accessible off of Freele St)
Our Speaker for the evening will be Anita Zobens from "Cotton Mill Threadworks". 
 Her topic will be "Choosing Threads Fearlessly". 
 To view Anita's newsletter click here.
Anita will also be our Vendor for the meeting. She will have her table ready for retail therapy by 6:30PM!!!
 Anita has said that if  there is anything special you want her to bring, to contact her at:
Placemats for Meals on Wheels
For the last several years we have been making placemats for Meals on Wheels to give to their clients with their Christmas meals.  We are hoping that all members will contribute at least one placemat.  Some members are participating in the "Placemat Colour Challenge" and while we encourage members to do this, it is not necessary.  You can make a placemat with any fabric and in any style that you wish.  For inspiration here are some photos of placemats that were donated in previous years.

Apples for the Foodbank
Hip hip hooray-we donated 74lbs of apples in October !!!
Information for the meeting:
*Sign-up sheets for  the November "Sew-In" and the January Jill Buckley workshop will be available-remember to bring your cheque books.
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share with other members (no more than 2 items)
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following items-
    ** Name tag
    **"Notion of the Month"-a spool of red thread
See you Thursday!!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jackie White Workshop-3D Embellishments

After seeing Jackie's quilts with all the 3D embellishments, on the Thursday evening, we were able to learn some of her techniques at the workshop on Friday.  She showed us how to make various flowers. We learned about zipper flowers, pinwheels, twist and turn flowers and double and triple fold flowers and ribbon flowers. We also made twirlies (spiral stems) and leaves. We were all amazed what Jackie could make using everyday household items like buttons, ribbons, zippers, toothpicks, puzzle pieces and empty spools.  We actually made  6 – 8 different flowers and were shown how to make at least 12 more. It was a fun workshop that provided us with lots of ideas.

Micki A.

Jackie explaining a technique
Micki hard at work

Pointing out different techniques

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Meeting

Our October meeting was held last week and there was lots of interesting things to hear about, see and discuss.  We were all asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding what activities we would be interested in-what type of banquet, what type of "quilt til you wilt" and a possible bus trip to the CQA show.
Jackie White from Manitoulin Island was our speaker for the evening.  She spoke about CQA and the importance of individuals becoming members. Then, she talked about her "Journey of a Quilter".  The quilt show that accompanied her talk was quite amazing. It included many quilts with her signature embellishments.

Retail therapy with Heather from "The Quilt Place"

Talking things over at the Library Table

Jackie White-our speaker for the evening

One of Jackie's Quilts

Jackie's 3D flower quilt

One of Jackie's 3D embellished quilts

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

The next 3 quilts were shown at "Show and Tell", but because of camera problems,
I asked Erika and Jacqui to send me their pictures.
All 3 quilts were made from the same pattern,
Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street.

Maureen's quilt

Erika's quilt
Jacqui's quilt

To see more pictures, click here

There are still some spots available in Anita Zoben's workshop "Applique Buffet" on Nov. 9th at Oakridge Presbyterian Church.  These spots are now available to non-members.  For more information contact Charlene.

Friday, October 11, 2013

October/November 2013 newsletter

The October/November 2013 newsletter has been posted.  Check the sidebar under the heading "newsletters".  If you have trouble opening it, email the blog editor.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, Oct 10th, 2013
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St.
Our Guest Speaker will be Jackie White from Manitoulin Island.
Her topic will be "Journey of a Quilter".
On Friday, Oct 11, 2013, Jackie will be teaching a Workshop-"3D Embellishments".
There are still some spaces left for this workshop.  Click here for information from Jackie's blog about this workshop.   Email Charlene for a supply sheet and to sign up for this workshop.
The vendor for the October meeting will be Heather from The Quilt Place in Shakespeare, On.
Click here to check out Heather's store.
Cathy S (a member of the Program Committee), will tell us about our
"Placemat Challenge".
Information for the meeting:
*Sign-up sheets for the October and November workshops and the November "Quilt til You Wilt" will be available-remember to bring your check books.
*Bring "Show & Tell" to share with other members (no more than 2 items).
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following items-
    ** Name tag
    ** Notion of the Month-apples that will be donated to the London Food Bank
See you on Thursday!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Becky Goldsmith Workshop-Sept 13,2013

After an informative lecture on "colour" on Thursday night, Becky Goldsmith returned on Friday morning for a workshop. Our project was a small 8"x8" block called "Happy Houses"
We learned a variety of hand applique techniques including easy template making, placement overlays, reverse applique and cutaway applique.  I'm sure we were all overwhelmed with all the information! It was a great workshop!
Micki A
Becky Goldsmith

Technique discussion?
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

September Meeting with Becky Goldsmith

Our first meeting of the 2013-14 guild year was busy and filled with information, inspiration and eye-candy.  It was very nice to see some returning members as well as some new members.  Our speaker for the evening was Becky Goldsmith from Piece O' Cake Designs from Texas.  Her talk was about "Colour"-it was  interesting, amusing and filled with inspiration.

Retail therapy before meeting

President Micki A.

Shirley B. from the Marsh Store

Christine G-Winner of our free membership

Becky Goldsmith-our speaker for the evening

One of Becky's wonderful quilts

Gail M.'s Show and Tell

Jacqui VMS's Show and Tell

Rose B's Show and Tell

Carol V's 9 patch swap mystery quilt

To see more pictures from the September meeting click here