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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 11th Meeting

Our December meeting was a fun social evening that included a "Placemat Parade", really yummy Christmas goodies and a hilarious Christmas Present Game.

This year we donated 110 placemats to Meals on Wheels.  Each placemat goes to a Meals on Wheels client along with their Christmas dinner.  We had a Placemat Parade so we could see all of the of beautiful placemats that were being donated.  Laura C. from Meals on Wheels accepted the placemats on behalf of their clients.

Donna M

Kim  Z

Laura C

To see more pictures of the Placemat Parade click here.

President Micki told us about receiving a thank you note and pictures from a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces who had received a Quilt of Valour made by our guild.  This particular quilt was worked on by Mibsie B. and Karen C.

We then had a break that included lots of Christmas goodies and time to socialize with our quilting friends.

Checking out the goodies table

After break we enjoyed a Christmas Present Game that included trying to open presents using strange utensils , oven mitts and being blindfolded.  It was hosted by Jolly Jingle Joan, who kept everyone "in stitches" with her antics.

Jolly Jingle Joan H.
First Contestants for the Game

Second Contestants for the Game

Down to the last 2 contestants

We ended the meeting with another wonderful "Show & Tell" and the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters and the gift basket.

Rose's Friendship Star Quilt

Melanie's Quilt

Kristyn's Swan Quilt

Debbie M's Oriental Quilt

To see more pictures of the meeting click here.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you in January.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Upcoming December Meeting

Upcoming December Meeting
The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
This meeting is our Christmas get together.  It is time to put down that needle and thread and stop worrying about all the gifts that you have to finish.  Come prepared to have some fun and enjoy the Christmas season with your quilting friends.

We will not be having a speaker or a vendor at the meeting.  It will be a social evening with goodies and juice, tea and water.

Please bring in your placemats to donate to Meals on Wheels.  Kathy V. will be putting labels on the placemats that come in.  We already have 65 placemats that have been donated and have their labels on.  A representative from Meals on Wheels will be there to receive the placemats and there is talk that we may have another Placemat Parade.  We haven't done that for a couple of years!

Information for the Meeting

**Bring in Placemats for Meals on Wheels
**Sign up sheets will be available for the following:
    Jan 9 or Jan 10 (same workshop being held on 2 different days)-
    workshop with Deborah Beirnes- "Scrap Magic Workshop"
    Feb 28th-The Great Canadian Scrap Challenge.
    Bring in your cheque book or cash if you are planning on signing up for either of these activities
**Bring in any Outreach quilts or pillowcases that you have been working.
**The Outreach Committee will have new quilt and pillowcase kits available to take home to  work on

**Bring in Show and Tell-we would really like to see Christmas Show and Tell ( something you have made in the past or something new for this year).  You can also bring in other non-Christmas Show and Tell.
Receive a draw ticket (for a fat quarter) for bringing in each of the following items:
*Notion of the Month-This month we are going to be making a donation to My Sister's Place, please bring in toiletries (soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, etc.-travel sizes are good) and-or feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads, Poise products)
*Name tag
*A mug-for your juice or tea.

See you at the Meeting!!!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sew-In Days, Nov 28th & 29th, 2014

Sew-In Days


The following is report of the Sew-In days by Cathy S. held at St George's Church on Nov 28 & 29th

Last Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28th and 29th, the guild hosted two sew-in days. Some of us participated in both days. It was like going to a retreat, except we got to go home to our own comfy beds at the end of each day.  There were twelve participating on Friday, and 18 on Saturday. On both days there was lots of fun, conversation and laughter to go along with the sound of sewing machine motors. And on occasion, everyone was so involved in what they were doing that the only sound to be heard was the sewing machine motors reving. Maureen wasn't able to be there, so there aren't as many photos as usual. Here's a selection of what a few of the participants were working on:

Tiny C. worked on quilting her snow people piece.
Gail and Megan G. were working with a panel of Audrey Hepburn pictures
Mibsie B. worked on, and finished a couple of projects...... some blocks for a Quilt of Valour, and another quilt for the Children's Aid.
Kathy V. worked on her paper piecing skills for the Row of the Month quilt.
Debbie M. finished a quilt, as did Cathy S.
Another member, seen hiding her identity behind her quilt, finished her Spinning Four Patch
Lorna worked on a wall hanging which she is calling "From One Old Bird to Another"

To see more pictures from the Sew-In days, click here.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Susan Clark Curved Flying Geese Workshop

One of Susan Clark's Curved Flying Geese Quilts

On Saturday, Nov 15th, 2014 an enthusiastic group of LFQG members joined Susan Clark to learn about creating Curved Flying Geese units to enhance their quilts.

Susan Clark

Some of the participants started by making a background for their quilt by including "orphan blocks" along with neutral fabrics.  Other members used a solid background.

Jacqui designing her background fabric

Charlene designing her background fabric

Then it was on to designing the curves on paper and then learning or remembering how to do paper piecing.

Lynda paper piecing her flying geese

The paper piecing continued until the desired strip of flying geese were made.

Amalia striking a pose with her geese

The last step was inserting the curved strip of flying geese into the background fabric.

Lorna's flying geese ready for insertion

It was an enjoyable day and a wonderful workshop with a great teacher.  It was inspiring to learn a new technique that will be a fun addition to our quilting skills.

Jacqui's first set of Flying Geese  flying into her House block

Cathy's Flying Geese added to her New York Beauty Blocks

Christine's Geese taking Flight across her quilt

To see more pictures from the workshop click here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov 13th meeting

President Micki A. opened the meeting with a "WOW". "Wow" for how great our
Quilt Show was and how great a job the Quilt Show Committee and the Volunteers did.  She the turned the podium over to Charlene, the Quilt Show Coordinator, who gave us the breakdown on the results of the Quilt Show and told us about some of her most memorable moments from the show.
Quilt Show Chair Charlene O


Micki then introduced us to Lisa Hill.  Lisa is from Tilbury, ON and her business is called Soft Impressions by Lisa.  Lisa was both our speaker and vendor for the evening.  Her talk was entitled "Gizmos and Gadgets".  She filled us in on some new tools available for quilting and also some or her favourite tools and products.
Lisa Hill

Break time was busy with members signing up for workshops and shopping at Lisa's tables.
Sue, Helen, Micki and Lorraine checking out the quilting goodies 

After break, Charlene and Micki introduced the winners and honourable mentions from the different categories form the Quilt Show.  Each of the winners was presented with a beautiful award made by Gail ML and Joan H.

The Winners are:
Bed quilts:  Tiny C - One Block Wonder
Tiny C

Small quilts:  Megan G-Elephant Shoes
Megan G

Wallhanging:  Jacquie VMS - Mexican Star
Jacqui VMS

Miniatures:  Lorraine S - Grandma's Flower Garden
Lorraine S

Other quilted items:  Lynda W- Autumn Pumpkin
Lynda W

The Honourable Mentions are:
Bed quilts :  Ruth M - Tranquil Garden
Ruth M

Small quilts:   Cynthia N - Felines and Flutterbies
Cynthia N

Wallhanging:  Cathy S-In Full Bloom
Cathy S

Miniatures:  Anne L - Little Shop of Horrors
Anne L

Other quilted items:  Angie S - Art Bowls
Angie S

Lynda W. was also the recipient of the CQA Award for Viewers' Choice for her Autumn Pumpkin.
Lynda W

The meeting ended with "Show and Tell" and the drawing of tickets for fat quarters and the gift basket. Our Show and Tell was enhanced by Lisa Hill showing us some of her quilts.

Kathy V's Baby Goldfish Quilt

Chris A's Autumn Dresden Plate Quilt

Donna M's Lighted Christmas Wallhanging

Lisa Hill's Table Topper
To see more pictures from the meeting and from Show and Tell, click here.

See you at the December meeting!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Upcoming November Meeting

Upcoming November Meeting
The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, November 13, 2014
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
The Speaker for our November meeting is Lisa Hill. Lisa is from Tilbury, ON.  Her business is called "Soft Impressions by Lisa".  Lisa's talk is about
"Gizmos and Gadgets".  Lisa will also be the vendor for the meeting.  Lisa can accept cash and credit cards only.
Edith, our Community Outreach Chair, has asked anyone who has their placemats finished for Meals on Wheels to please bring them to the November meeting, so that labels can be put on them.  Placemats will still be accepted at the December meeting.
Pillowcases and placemats donated by guild members for the Members' Boutique at our Quilt Show that did not sell will be donated to the Children's Aid and to Meals on Wheels. All other items that weren't sold will be donated to Wellspring (a group that supports cancer patients, cancer survivors and their families). 
Rachel and Kim (our guild librarians) have been working hard to update the electronic list of library books.  This should be available on the right sidebar by the meeting.
The only upcoming Quilt Show we have listed is on Nov 14&15, 2014 in Toronto. It is called "A Celebration of Quilts XII" and is being put on by the York Heritage Quilters Guild.  See the right sidebar for more information.
Information for the meeting
** Bring in placemats for Meals on Wheels
**Sign-up sheets for the following will be available:
   Nov 28,29-Sew in Days

  Canadiana Mystery Row Quilt
  Jan 9 or Jan 10 (same workshop being held on 2 different days)-
  workshop with Deborah Beirnes- "Scrap Magic Workshop"
  Bring your cheque book or cash if you are planning on signing up for any or all of these activities.
**Bring in any Outreach quilts or pillowcases that you have been working.
**The Outreach Committee will have new quilt and pillowcase kits available to take home to  work on
**Bring "Show and Tell"-because of how busy this meeting is going to be, please limit your Show and Tell to 2 items.
Receive a draw ticket (for a fat quarter) for bringing each of the following items:
*Notion of the Month- A Poppy-(yes, Remembrance Day will have passed, but especially this year we need to continue to remember)
*Name tag
See you at the meeting!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Road to Friendships Quilt Show 2014

What a great show!  That was one of many compliments heard from people who attended our LFQG Quilt Show on October 17th & 18th.  Congratulations and thank you to Quilt Show Chairperson Charlene and her committee for all of their hard work.  It made this event a huge success.  Thank you also to all of the guild members who volunteered their time and talents working in the different areas of the quilt show.

Liz G and Ruth M at the Welcome Table

Lorraine J and Kathy V at the Information Table

Micki A in action at the Tea Room

Donna M at the Members' Booth

To see more pictures of the quilt show, click here.

The following is a quilt show report form Charlene.

"A Road to Friendships" was the theme of our bi-annual quilt show held on October 17th and 18th at Oakridge Presbyterian Church.  Judging from  comments received  during the 2 days of the show and the days following I think saying our show was a success is an understatement.  Over 530 guests attended the quilt show which featured 11 vendors, an antique sewing machine display,  demonstrations and a display of over 140 quilts of all sizes.
One of the main focuses of the quilt show committee was to illustrate to our guests who we are as a community.  This was the theme behind the main hall displays which featured an information table as well as Community Outreach and Program Committee displays.
Another focus of the show was a Raffle Quilt featured beside the Welcome desk.  This quilt was made of red and white London Road blocks donated by members.  The quilt was won by Kaitlyn Robinson of London.

For members of the quilt show committee there were many moments over the two days where compliments from our guests were touching and almost overwhelming.  One of the best moments for me came when I was showing a non-quilter around the quilts on display -- she was in awe and stated that she had no idea of what quilting really was until then.  That to me illustrated our success and showed one more person what a beautiful quilt can be."

Charlene O-Quilt Show Chairperson Extraordinaire!

Of course, the main focus of the show was the Quilts!  It was a wonderful display of  talent and diversity.

Ring Around the Posies-Lynda W

Anniversary Quilt-Micki A

Black and White-Karen C.

Sewing Basket-Gail ML
Buzz Bee-Cynthia N
Busted-Kristyn M.

Petals and Circles-Kay S


To see more pictures of the quilts click here.
I attempted to take a picture of every quilt or quilted item on display.  If I missed your quilt, I apologize.  Please let me know and I will take a picture of it at the next guild meeting and include it in the album.