Blog Sampler

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 22nd sew-in day

A small, but enthusiastic group of us met on Saturday for some time for sewing, quilting, fun and conversation. It was great to see some quilty friends mid-summer.
Mother and daughter, Lyndsey and Lorraine. Cindy, 
Susan and Edith,
and Gail were just a few of those attending.

More photos here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer sew-in day

I hope everyone has been having a fabulous summer, so far.
The guild is hosting a summer sew-in day at the church this coming Saturday, July 22nd. The times are from 9am to 4pm. There will be outreach projects there to work on, or you are more than welcome to bring your own. Also, bring your own lunch. If you can’t be there for the whole day, feel free to drop in for an hour or two. Maybe bring a hand work project and sit and visit for an hour or two.
Edith is asking for those attending to bring back any outreach projects that you have that may be finished.
Hope to see lots of people on Saturday, and have a chance to catch up on what’s happening. See you then.

Veterans’ Poppy Quilts Delivered

On June 27th, 2017, Lorna M, Bonnie H, and Cathy S attended a meeting of the Resident’s Council at Parkwood Hospital, Western Counties Wing where the veterans live. We presented the council with the poppy quilts that the guild made for the palliative care rooms. They were very gratefully received.  We were able to get some pictures of the quilts in place in one of the rooms, along with the lady who is president of the Veteran’s resident council. Thanks, so much to Carol Miller for approaching us to do this project. And also, a huge thanks go to our guild for supporting this cause and to all who worked on the quilts. Great job, everyone! To see more photos of the quilts in place in the room, go to our group photos page here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

End of the year Banquet

It’s that time again, when our regular meetings are finished and we celebrate the end of our guild activities year with our annual banquet.
It is coming up fast on June 8th at the Oasis Cafe at Fanshawe College. The easiest way is to enter the college grounds from Cheapside Street. Parking is free after 6 pm.
Registration and cocktail hour begin at 6 pm. It is a cash bar. There is also a non-alcoholic beverage station with water and various soft drinks. Dinner begins at 7 pm. It is a plated dinner, beginning with salad and then the main course. Once again there will be a dessert station with several choices. We will then enjoy our speaker, Judy Lyons.
If anyone would like to bring their challenge or any Canada 150 quilts or Canadiana quilts to display, that would be great. If you have any new quilts you have finished, bring them and display them. There is lots of space and it will add a nice touch to the evening.
See you at the banquet.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 11 2017 Meeting -Guild Challenge


I will be posting instead of Cathy, this month. I did not realize this at the start of the meeting and did not take notes of the AGM, the details of the new executive will have to wait for another day. I did take photos of the Guild Challenge and our guest speaker and that is what I will present here.

Each year the guild offers a guild challenge and this year it was to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Lorraine S introduced our guest speaker Mildred Caldwell, a retired school teacher who showed us her mother's handmade Centennial quilt from 1967. Her quilt was so popular, her mother made 3 of them in one summer!

14 guild members took on the challenge to make a quilted item that was to be 150 cm in circumference and had to feature an item that represented a Canadian story. Each quilt had a story attached.  The membership voted on the quilts at break time and after break the entrants each presented their quilts. The winners were:

First Place: Anne L.

2nd Place: Tiny C.

3rd Place: Beth Y.

The 4th place winners:

From Left to Right,
Row 1: Thank you Candi R for making 2 Canada cakes for break time!, Maureen H., Lorraine S,, Jacquie VMS
Row 2: Susan D, Candi R., Bonnie H., Kim Z.
Row 3: Rachel M., Carol V., Lorna, Charlene O

Congratulations and well done! to all those that participated. 

During Show and Tell, Maureen showed us another Centennial Quilt. This one was commissioned by her father from an employee's wife...the name of the maker is not known, but was First Nations born.

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 6th, 2017 meeting

Our speaker for this evening was the very interesting Andrea Manias. She shared with us her quilting journey,  for which she puts the blame squarely on our member Micki A., who introduced her to the art/addiction of quilting. She said she was always a sewer, starting off with making doll clothes and then moving on to making her own clothes. She shared with us some of her quilts, from when she first started until the present.  Her grandmother was a quilter and an embroiderer. This gorgeous quilt, which is 100 years old, was passed on to Andrea from her grandmother. Andrea’s first quilt was from an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day book, a log cabin. She moved on from there to do another log cabin, and then into some samplers. 

She does her own machine quilting on her domestic sewing machine. This Double Wedding Ring was done in sections on her domestic machine.
In addition to quilting, Andrea also has a love for embroidery and embellishments. She took part in one of our workshops a few years ago doing “Manipulated Landscapes”. This was her result. 
She takes part in all kinds of workshops and learning experiences and has branched out from doing traditional quilts into much more art and expressive quilts, although she believes all quilts are art and all quilters are artists. She is using some very innovative techniques, including using photographs, shrunk down very small, to make the bricks in this building. It was a fascinating trunk show. She says she is developing some teaching workshops of her own and they would be wonderful to take.
After Andrea’s presentation, we had member show and tell. Micki A. showed a wonderful scrap quilt, made in her attempt to use up her 2 1/2 inch scraps.
Maureen H. showed her project that she made last year. There was a block pattern released every single day of the year. Some of them are 3 inch blocks with the teeny tiniest of pieces.

Linda W. showed us a bag she made using what sounded like a very interesting process. Might be a good idea for a workshop......
Tiny C. showed us some quilts she made from a book called “Quilted Symphony”. 
Toni showed a quilt made from the Legend of Zelda. To see more photos of Andrea’s trunk show and also from the show and tell, go here

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Meeting Information

Please remember that the meeting date for this month is one week early. We’ll be meeting April 6th.
This month’s speaker is Andrea Manias, talking about “Stupendous Stitches”. She will be holding a workshop on the same subject Saturday, April 8th.
For this month’s meeting, please bring in any finished slab blocks you may have. This is the last date for handing them in at a meeting. Any further blocks you make will need to be given to Rose B. By April 30th, at the latest.
The comfort quilt committee has enough blocks and quilts to be going on with, so we will be taking a break from making Friendship Star blocks.
As usual, please bring your name tag, chatelaine and the notion of the month.
This month’s “notion” is to wear a flower or flowers.
See you Thursday.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Outreach sewing day, March 25, 2017

A large group of members from the guild met on Saturday to work together on a large variety of outreach projects. We worked on slab blocks for the Canadian Quilters Association. Our notion of the month for the March meeting was a strip of green fabric. This pile of fabric turned into a lovely slab block quilt.
Charlene is ironing up the borders for one of our comfort quilts, given to members.
There were also children’s aid quilts and Veteran’s quilts,
 including this finish by Mibsie. 
It’s amazing the amount of work that can be done by a committed and dedicated group of quilters. Add to that, companionship, talk and laughter, and how could it possibly get any better. Thanks everyone.
To see more pictures, go here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 9, 2017 Meeting

We had a very interesting speaker at our meeting this month. She admits she’s not a quilter, and yet, she makes quilts. She makes quilts out of wood and paint. Her name is Cheryl Gardiner, and her business is called Gardiner’s GateShe produces pieces that range from 18 inches, suitable for handing on a goat or a door or a shed, all the way up to 8 feet, that hang on barns. She brought a sample of some of her pieces, which I was able to photograph. The rest of her presentation was a powerpoint slide show, which doesn’t photograph well. There are lots more photos on her web page, though.                                       After her presentation, we had our member show and tell. Unfortunately, I was sitting off to the side a bit too much, so some of the photos aren’t the greatest. Micki A brought a wonderful scrappy quilt, which I believe she said she was donating.
Carol V. brought her finished Flip and Sew project she started in a Jacqui Gering workshop the guild held a few years ago.
Anne L. brought a sweet baby quilt with the cutest elephant on it.
Maureen H. brought her finished leaders/enders Tumbler quilt.
Linda W. brought her finished Snowy Days quilt. There is all kinds of beautiful embroidery on it which the pictures unfortunately don’t show.
Charlene O brought a finished plus sign quilt.

 For more photos from the meeting go here

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March meeting information

Our speaker for this month will be Cheryl Gardiner, from Gardiner’s Gate Barn Quilts. She will be doing a slide show presentation on her designs for the quilt blocks that are found hanging on the outside of barns. We’ve all noted these in our travels around the province. Now we’ll see how they are produced.

Our workshop this month is by Kellie Richardson, from Joyce’s Sewing Centre. She will be doing a class on machine quilting on your domestic machine. The date is Saturday, March 11th.

March 25th is scheduled for a sewing day devoted to our outreach programs. The committee will be there with kits to be made for Quilts of Valour and for Children’s Aid. There will also be some work done on slab blocks for the CQA’s project of doing 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald houses. If you have fabrics that you would like to bring for these, by all means bring them along.

Please remember that our meeting and workshop for the month of April are going to be in the first week, rather then the second, due to the dates of Easter. Our speaker and workshop teacher for April is Andrea Manias. The topic is “Stupendous Stitches”.

For the March meeting, please bring with you:

-completed slab blocks. The blocks turned in at the last meeting made up 2 of the large sized quilts.
-comfort quilt Friendship Star blocks, continuing in the black/white with a bright colour in the centre square. We have received enough of these to do up 2 quilts, with a few left over to go into a third. SO this month’s blocks should make enough for that third quilt.
-notion of the month- a piece of green fabric suitable for sewing into a slab block. This could be a strip of fabric, or a square or rectangle, no smaller than 2 inches please.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Blog Sampler, borders delayed.

I want to post a notice and an apology that the final post for the borders of the blog sampler quilt will be delayed a week or two. One of our members is testing them for me, to make sure they are posted without errors. I don’t want to pressure her to get them finished faster than she is able to go. I hope this doesn’t cause anyone any problems or inconvenience. Thank you for your participation in this project, and for your patience.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blog sampler borders

It’s almost done!

Cutting Instructions:

Fabric A-   cut 8  @ 3 1/2 inches across the full width of the fabric
              -  cut  3  @ 7 1/4 inches across the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 13 7 1/4 inch squares. Cut theses squares across each diagonal, giving 4 triangles out of each square.

Fabric B-  cut  3  @ 7 1/4 inches across the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 14 7 1/4 inch        
                squares. Cut these squares across each diagonal, giving 4 triangles out of each square.

Fabric C-  cut 10  @  3 1/2 inches across the full width of the fabric.
               - cut 3   @  7 1/4 inches across the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 13 7 1/4 inch squares. Cut these squares across each diagonal, giving 4 triangles from each square.
               - cut 2 squares  @  6 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches.

Fabric D-  cut  3  @ 7 1/4 inches across the full width of the fabric. Cut these strips into 14 7 1/4
                inch squares. Cut these squares across each diagonal, giving 4 triangles from each square.

Binding- cut 10  @  2 1/2 inches across the full width of the fabric.

Sew the Fabric A 3 1/2 inch strips end to end. From these long lengths, cut 2  @  66 1/2 inches and
2  @  84 1/2 inches.  Sew the 84 1/2 inch borders to the sides of the quilt. Press to the border fabric. Sew the 66 1/2 inch borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press to the borders.

Corner Border Squares, using triangles already cut, make four.
Fabric B  -  4 triangles
Fabric D  -  4 triangles
Fabric C  -  2  6 7/8 inch squares, cut once on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles.

Lay the triangles out as shown in the photo below. Sew the Fabric D triangle to the Fabric B triangle, keeping the fabric orientation as shown in the picture below. Sew the Fabric C triangle to the the long edge. Press towards Fabric C.
Quarter Square Triangles, make 52

Lay out your fabrics as shown in the diagram below. It is important that all the colours are in the same place in each finished unit.

Take a B triangle and place it, right sides together, with the A triangle. Feed it through the sewing machine with the fabrics orientated as shown in the photo below. The A fabric will be on the bottom, and the B fabric on the top, as shown. The long angles of the fabrics will be off to the left of your sewing line, facing  towards the back of your sewing machine. Sew down the short side, as shown in the photo below. Make all 52 in this exact same way. Press towards Fabric A.

Place a fabric C triangle right sides together with a Fabric D triangle, as shown in the photo below. Fabric D will be on the bottom, with fabric C on top.
The long angles of the fabric will again be off to the left of the sewing line, but will this time be facing the front of your sewing machine.
For all of the colours of the triangles to be in the same spot in the finished blocks, it is important that they be sewn in the same way. Make 52 of these. Press towards Fabric C.

Sew these two triangle units together as show. Make 52.

Lay out the side borders as shown, using 15 quarter square triangles per side. Make 2 as shown.
Sew to the sides of the quilt, with the fabric A triangles up against the fabric A borders.

Lay out the top and bottom borders as shown, using 11 quarter square triangles and 2 corner units. Check for proper positioning of the various colours. Make 2

Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Sew the 3 1/2 inch fabric strips end to end.
Cut 2  @  102 1/2 for the sides, and sew to the sides of the quilt.
Cut 2  @  84 1/2 for the top and bottom, and sew to quilt.
 Quilt as desired, and bind as usual.