Friday, November 22, 2013

RVQG bulletin

Due to Newsletter office not being filled the Executive would like to keep communication going with our members, we have come up with an idea of a Bulletin to communicate points of interest that will be coming months to follow, we hope this will inform you of our Events in a simple way.

The secretary has sent out an email on access and updates that can be found on our page with your id and password please take time to read these documents it is information about your guild.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday your Executive.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meeting Monday Nov 25th with your blogger updates.

Hello RVQG members you will see some of the updates have been loaded the most important is the BOM you will now be able to retrieve the instructions for Sept, Oct, Nov and Jan blocks!

Updates on what our workshops, bee night and programs are listed. Please take a minute and view the quilts that were done for QOV on Nov llth these ladies worked hard and they quilts are beautiful!

Hope you all will be able to come out and enjoy what our members like to cook for our Pot Luck, gather some incentive in what our Past Presidents will be displaying.

RVQG Executive.

Monday Nov 25, 2014 Member Pot Luck


Once again our Annual Pot Luck Dinner is upon us.  All members who's last name begins with the letter (L  -   Z) in the alphabet ,  please bring your favourite dish to share with everyone.  Tea/Coffee will be served. 

All members, don't forget to bring your own plate, cup, and cutlery.

Hope to see everyone there. 
RVQG Social Committee

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bee Night Monday Oct 21, 2013

Bee Night Coordinators Anne Marie and Elaine hope that many members can make it out to our Bee Night, directions on preparation for the Strip placemats were given out at the last meeting, come and enjoy some sewing and chatting on Bee Night.

If you would like to see a picture of what we are creating you can click on Bee Night on the side bar these would also be great for the Meals on Wheels donation.

Come out and enjoy the fun!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sept BOM

Here are great block examples of Sept BOM aren`t they awesome!! Carol and Carol work very hard to give us the great blocks they are displaying for us this year. You can also be creative as you can see by Carol`s bag she is holding!!
RVQG Sept BOM on top aren`t they beautiful!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Workshop Sat Oct 26, 2013


We have only 3 ladies signed up so far, we would like to see more response to the workshop with a guild of over 150 members we are hoping to see 15-20 workshop enthusiasts. 
Jean Humpage and Laura Green have taught in many BOM series and have had a great success in attendance with these yearly classes.  Don`t miss out on another great workshop by these duo quilters. Fun with a new technique what better way to spend a Saturday.
 
Click on Workshop on the sidebar and then click on the attachment to see the Bento Quilt with further information.
 
RVQG Workshop Coordinators, Liz and Linda.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Guest Speaker for Monday Sept 23, 2013



Sheila O Hagan  will be presenting “How Batiks are made” a slide show and presentation of Batik Quilts.  Come and learn how much effort goes into making the beautiful batiks that quilters love. Sheila  is a  sales rep for J.N. Harper from Montreal,  distributors of Robert Kaufman, Timeless Treasures, Riley Blake , Shannon Fabrics and Quilters Dream Batting.

RVQG Show Challenge Kits Information

 


Quilt Show Challenge Kits will be available for purchase ($10) at the September guild meeting. Bring your money, and creative juices and join into a fun challenge. Rules and details will be provided at the meeting.
 
 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Raffle Tickets

By now you may have seen our new raffle quilt, Spring Breeze, that will be raffled off in conjunction with our 2014 quilt show, Rhapsody of Quilts, on April 5 and 6, 2014. If not, it will be on display at our first General Meeting on September 23, 2013. It is worth seeing up close!

Now the Quilt Show Committee is ready to ask for your help with selling the tickets! Tickets will be $2 each, and all proceeds will go to support our Quilts from the Heart charity program. Members can pick up raffle ticket books at the first meeting. We really appreciate your support with this great community program!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Placemat Duet Workshop

Our second workshop of the year will be this clever placemat duet, taught by Irene Dewar, RVQG member and owner of Brambleberry Cottage Quilts:


The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 23, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The workshop location will be Grace Presbyterian Church, 447 Port Union Road in Scarborough, ON. Please note that this is a different location than the October workshop! For directions, please see the map further down.

Class cost is $25, and Workshop Co-ordinators Liz and Linda will be accepting sign ups beginning at the first General Meeting of the year on September 23, 2013.



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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Bento Box Quilt Workshop

In our first workshop of the new guild year, RVQG members Laura and Jean will teach you how to make this graphic Bento Box pattern quilt:


You can make your quilt in any size. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  The class location will be the new Log Cabin Yardage store, 425 Whitevale Road, Whitevale (just north of Pickering). Please see the map below for directions.

Class cost is $25, and Workshop Co-ordinators Liz and Linda will be accepting sign ups starting at the General Meeting on September 23, 2013.



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Friday, September 06, 2013

Quilts for Calgary

Are you ready for the new season at the Rouge Valley Quilters' Guild? The RVQG Executive has already met and is working hard to prepare for the first meeting on September 23, 2013. Save the date, and check the Meeting Schedule for the full year's calendar.

What did you do on your summer break? A few RVQG members got together recently and made several quilts to send to Calgary as part of their flood relief program:


Here are Bonnie, Laura, Jean, Tina and Sally with a selection of the 19 quilts they made with fabric and batting donated by Laura and Jean. Donna, Bea and Janet also helped sew the quilts. They were all quilted by Jean and Laura.

Liz and Carole added three quilts from our Quilts from the Heart program:


With another three previously made quilts that were donated, the group was proud to bring 25 quilts in total to the collection point at Country Concessions in Cookstown, ON. They will be accepting quilts there until September 14, 2013, if you would like to donate a quilt as well. Great job, ladies!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Raffle Quilt Completed!

SPRING BREEZE


As we are all enjoying the summer, the Quilt Show Committee members are working hard in the background, mostly during the rainy days, to fulfill the Quilt Show requirements.

We are pleased to present to all Guild members the 2014 raffle quilt, Spring Breeze, which was designed, pieced and quilted by our own Lisette Léveillé, winner of the 2012 McCall's Design Star Challenge. Please click the photo to see it larger. Quilt Appraiser Judy Lyons has appraised the quilt at a market value of $1700. The raffle draw will be held on April 6, 2014, in the final hour of our quilt show, Rhapsody of Quilts, at the Pickering Recreation Complex on Valley Farm Road.

The front of quilt is made up entirely of batik fabrics from the Cantik Batiks collection. A number of techniques were used in the quilt: piecing, raw edge appliqué, strip weaving, dimensional pinwheels and flying geese, and free motion quilting.

Look forward to seeing it displayed at the September Guild meeting. Members will also be able to pick up raffle tickets to sell, along with postcards for our quilt show. 

For anyone attending the Quilts at the Creek event this weekend, Lisette will also present the Spring Breeze Quilt during her trunk show on August 10th. For more information about Quilts at the Creek, please click here.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer. See you in September!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Quilt Show - Save the Date


Save the date! The next Rouge Valley Quilters' Guild quilt show has been confirmed for Saturday April 5 and Sunday April 6, 2014. This will be two weeks after March Break, and two weeks before Easter.

Joanne won the contest to name the show with her great title, "Rhapsody of Quilts." Congratulations, Joanne!

Our show will be at a new location this year, the Pickering Recreation Complex at 1867 Valley Farm Road in Pickering, Ontario. This will give us a larger, fully accessible space with room for more vendors and plenty of quilts!

The Quilt Show Committee is busy firming up all the details, and the raffle quilt is pieced and about to be quilted. So, what can you do?
  1. Finish your quilts, UFOs (unfinished objects) or PhD's (projects half done), and get them ready for the show.
  2. Prepare to be involved, we will need volunteers for various tasks during the Quilt Show. 
  3. For those who are in quilting production or have items for sale, the Guild Boutique will be back.
  4. We will also be seeking donations of your best quilted items for the Penny Sales, and cookies and pastries for the Bake Sale.
  5. Plan to put your creativity to task with the Quilt Challenge! Details to come. 
  6. And, don't forget to inform your family and friends of next year's event!
We're looking forward to a fun show. See you, and your quilts, there!


Saturday, June 08, 2013

June 1 Workshop Report


On June 1, 2013, the workshop ladies made a few miniature blocks using freezer paper, the "add a quarter" ruler, and folding techniques to get the same results as traditional paper piecing. You have to look very closely at the picture to see our tiny 2" blocks!

Best of all, we had no paper to pick out! Marnie Hicks was a great instructor who showed us lots of miniature quilts that she made using this technique. Thanks to everyone who came out to our last workshop of the year.

We are still in the planning stages of our workshop schedule for next year. If you have anything you would like to see us do, please drop us a line at rvqginfo@gmail.com. Happy sewing!

Monday, June 03, 2013

May 27 Meeting Summary



Pat Reynolds, shown here with her piece Spring Splendour, was our speaker at the busy last meeting of the year, which included the formal AGM, a dessert potluck, and the winners of our second Presidents' Challenge. Please scroll down to see all the winners with their journal quilt entries.

Pat shared her quilting journey with us, which started in 2000 as a knitter making a sweater with a quilted body, and ended with her most recent art show submission, dimensional art featuring tree bark and leaves. Pat’s trunk show presentation was supplemented with a slide show of additional pieces. Techniques included bargello, colourwash, convergence, applique, thread painting, embroidery with dimensions added through scrunching, fabric weaving, trapunto and machine quilting. Pat’s work has all been done on a domestic machine!

Some of Pat's colourwash pieces included up to five hundred 1.25 – 2” squares in the background. On many of these complex and detailed projects, she makes two at a time! (Easy to do two when you have all the supplies collected, and you would probably never do it again -- smart lady.)

Nature has been the focus on Pat’s projects – with osprey, loons, trees and moving water expertly depicted with metallic or reflective threads and crystal embellishments. The architecture of old barns and buildings (school houses, log chutes and dams) are another subject that Pat has worked on in smaller wall hangings that are created using her “Building Blocks” process.

Pat is an active member of the Haliburton Highlands Quilt Guild and teaches several techniques through quilt shops and guilds. What a treat to have Pat visit and display this amazing range of prize winning creative treasures to our members. You can find Pat's website at www.lakeviewstudio.ca. We hope that your creative juices were inspired!

There was certainly lots of creativity shown in the entries for our second Presidents' Challenge. The challenge was to produce a journal quilt, which is a small quilt, about 8.5" by 11". First prize went to Marj, for her piece "Quilt Out Loud:"


Penny won second place with "Lavender Fields:"


And Lisette rounded out the top three with "Zendoodle Chick:"


You may click any photo to see it larger.

Thanks to everyone for their participation this year! Don't forget to mail in your membership renewals if you have not already renewed. New members are also now being accepted. Have a great summer and we'll see you in the fall!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 2013 Bee Night Photos



May 13, 2013 was our last Bee Night of the year. Margaret, our guild secretary, showed us how to create attractive potholders in either a tulip or poinsettia design. The results were colourful and helped remind us that summer is on its way. Thanks to everyone who came out on a cold windy evening!

Please scroll down or click the link to see the rest of the photos.

Friday, May 03, 2013

April 27 Workshop Photos

Here are a few photos from the April 27 LeMoyne Star workshop with Leianne McCallum.  Ours stars came out perfect! 



April 22 Show & Tell Photos

We had a great turn out for Show & Tell in April, with 14 quilts of all sizes on display! This first one is from one of our Membership Co-ordinators, Hetty. It's a cot-sized quilt called "Jungle Path:"


Please click the link or scroll down to see the rest!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

April 22 Meeting Summary

A taste of Africa!


This month’s guest speaker, Garnet Smalley, from The London International Quilt Festival, provided an entertaining and educational trip to Africa through a selection of quilts from many African countries. They were just a small sample from a group of over 150 quilts that will be featured at the London International Quilt Festival, in London Ontario – June 12-15, 2013.

Quilts styles were varied, but the colours were bright and exciting. Quilts included beading, stamping, metal embellishments, and fabric weaving. Many featured native wild life – giraffe, elephant, landscapes or the typical daily chores of the women including water carrying using jugs on the head, or celebration in dance. Stories from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia, and Uganda were depicted through beautiful graphic quilts.

Garnet shared his African travel stories in pulling this collection together – including tales about pot holes that were way beyond the size that we manoeuvered through our parking lot. The show collection of quilts is still growing with quilts from Nigeria...that were made by men! The show displays will provide details on each quilt, as well as workshops, lectures and vendors – some featuring African fabrics.

It was a great presentation exposing us to a taste of Africa through quilters’ efforts from around the world! For more details please visit the show website here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 22 Meeting Reminder

Our speaker this Monday will be Garnet Smalley, from the London International Quilt Festival. Garnet will be presenting the trunk show "Out of Africa," which features many of the quilts from Africa that will be displayed at the London International Quilt Festival June 12-15, 2013.

At the break, Garnet will be selling a selection of fat quarters and jelly rolls, as well as batiks on the bolt for $10 per metre. Payments by cash, cheque or credit card will be accepted.

While you are at the meeting, why not take a few minutes to learn more about one of the open positions that we have on the Executive for next year? Whether you are a long time member or new to the guild, we will appreciate your help! The following positions are open:
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Facilities
  • Newsletter
  • Social
  • Display (Show & Tell)
  • Library
  • Block of the Month (yes, it's open again)
Also, for Bee Night we have one volunteer, Elaine, who would like a partner to share the position. Plus, the Quilt Show Planning Committee still has a few open spots, so you may speak to Lisette about those. There's plenty of opportunity to be involved!

And as always, don't forget to
  • Bring in your completed Block of the Month,
  • Sign up for the last Bee Night of the year,
  • Bring in your completed Quilts from the Heart project,
  • Sign up for one (or both!) of our upcoming workshops,
  • Return your library books, and borrow up to 3 more for the next month,
  • Bring in your recently completed project for Show & Tell. Remember, only projects brought downstairs before the meeting can be photographed.
  • And, bring your own mug for coffee or tea downstairs at the break.
See you there!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Bee Night Photos


At the April Bee Night Laura taught us the new technique of self binding baby blankets that you see here. The self binding method is quick and easy and produces surprise mitred corners after a few strategic stitches and clips. This method can also be used to make other handy gift ideas as well such as table runners and placemats.

Please click the link or scroll down for more great photos from April, and a preview of the next project for May!

Monday, April 08, 2013

New Library Books

Our Librarian Frances has been busy acquiring some new books for the RVQG library. The library can be found on the lower level at most general meetings. Borrowing privileges are restricted to members only. For full details on the procedures, please visit our Library page here.

One of the great "perks" of being the RVQG Librarian is that you have quite a bit of discretion in how to spend the new books budget each year. This is Frances' last year as Librarian, and we are looking for a volunteer to take it over for the next two years. Please email us at rvqginfo@gmail.com to learn more or to volunteer.

These are some of the new books we've received:

Schnibbles Times Two, Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares, by Carrie L. Nelson

Another Bite of Schnibbles, 24 Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares, by Carrie L. Nelson

Best of Fons & Porter: Tabletop Quilts, by Fons & Porter

Oh My Stars, by Marci Baker

130 Mini Quilt Blocks, by Susan Briscoe

Scrap Basket Sensations, by Kim Brackett

Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles, by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

March 25 Show & Tell Photos

We had a nice selection of projects at Show & Tell on March 25. Elaine brought in her beautiful miniature quilt, "Complementary Stars":


It is only 12" square, and the inner purple border is 1/4" wide! Please click the link or scroll down to see the rest of the projects.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

March 25 Meeting Summary


Our March 25 speaker was Brenda Miller of Among Brenda’s Quilts & Bags – Designer extraordinaire!

Brenda provided a trunk show with bags, quilts, table runners, place mats and wall-hangings galore, featuring a vast range with something for everyone. Brenda’s bags contain a wide variety of functional pockets, zippers, drawstrings, decorative rings, elastics and even one with a soft waterproof liner used for a cooler bag or baby change pad. Brenda’s beautiful bag samples demonstrated their multi-functionality appropriate for either a little girl, or a ladies elegant evening bag – all determined by the fabric and embellishment choices. Members were in awe of the “Monster Bag” that could hold up to two queen sized quilts! Brenda noted that this bag has two handles, which would allow sharing the load, if it got too heavy for one.

Working with Hoffman fabrics of California, Brenda developed several quilt patterns using either Bali Pops, or 5” squares from Hoffman. Brenda also designed a series of patterns with red work embroidery. Quilt patterns ranged from traditional rail fence inspired to modern solid colour combinations, block of the month and quilt-as-you-go styles. Brenda’s inspirations included her pets (cat and dog), international influences (Oriental, Mexican) and even candy – McIntosh’s toffee box colours. The range of styles was impressive!

Brenda offered her patterns, notions, fabric and bag supplies for sale during the break, with the help of her friend Janet. Many members lined up to purchase new project plans and supplies. We hope to see some of the finished projects in the near future!

The last Block of the Month for our 12 month Calendar Quilt was distributed at the meeting. The butterfly design is courtesy of The Quilter's Cache. It is available now on our Block of the Month page. Now that all the blocks are finalized, we are looking forward to seeing some completed tops at future meetings!

The next Bee Night, "All Things Baby," is already full. Stay tuned to hear what's scheduled for the last Bee Night of the year in May.

We are recruiting for several positions on the Executive Committee:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Facilities
  • Newsletter
  • Social
  • Display
  • Bee Night
  • Library

And there are two positions left to fill on the Quilt Show Committee as well:

  • Show Program/Activities
  • Guild Auction/Fundraising

To volunteer or just to learn more about any of the positions, please email us at rvqginfo@gmail.com.

It was another great meeting! Watch for the Show & Tell photos later this week. Until then, happy sewing!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

March 25 Meeting Reminder

This Monday's speaker is Brenda M. Miller, a self-professed sewing junky, who is the designer of the Among Brenda’s Quilts & Bags pattern line. Working closely with Hoffman California Fabrics, she is widely known for her functional and exquisitely made bags. Attention to detail and Brenda’s ‘no raw edge ’philosophy results in a professional and custom made look. Brenda has been teaching, designing and lecturing since 2005 and is a Baby Lock Ambassador in Canada. 

Brenda's presentation will be “Developing the Designer in You.”Using her design journey as an example, with all its pitfalls and successes, Brenda will suggest ways to become aware of our own creative possibilities. Brenda will share some of her own creations and some inherited quilts that inspired her. Brenda's patterns will also be available for sale at the break.

Learn more about Brenda at www.amongbrendasquilts.com.

Show & Tell is back on this month, so we are looking forward to catching up with all your projects! Please remember that only projects that are brought for display downstairs before the meeting can be photographed.

And as always, don't forget to 
  • Bring in your completed Block of the Month from last month, and pick up the next one, which is the last in the series,
  • Sign up for the next Bee Night,
  • Bring in your completed Quilts from the Heart project,
  • Sign up for one (or both!) of our upcoming workshops, and,
  • Bring your own mug for coffee or tea downstairs at the break.
See you there!

Friday, March 01, 2013

February 25 Meeting Summary


Here's our Quilter of the Month Lisette Leveille with her quilt Graffiti, which was one of her three winning entries in the 2012 McCalls Quilt Design Star competition. Lisette also showed us a few of her other quilts, which demonstrated a family love of quilting. Two quilts included blocks made with her three sisters, and some orphan blocks made by her mother. The sisters participated annually in seasonal row quilts, and round robin quilts. It was very nice to see how quilting has kept the sisters close, even though they now live far apart.

Lisette has also volunteered to be our Quilt Show Chair. She is looking for volunteers to be on the Quilt Show Committee, so please contact her directly or email us at rvqginfo@gmail.com to learn more or to indicate your interest.

The second half of the meeting was buzzing as members hustled downstairs to scout out the deals offered by the ten members who hosted sales tables at our Garage Sale. There were lots of smiling ladies as we all bought or sold a variety of sewing supplies – patterns, notions and, of course, fabric! Thanks to all the participants and those who helped to set up and tear down. You made this event a success!

We are down to the second last block in our Calendar Quilt Block of the Month. This one celebrates Canada Day, and gives you a chance to be creative with beads, sequins or other embellishments. Members may download the pattern from the Block of the Month page.

Our Quilts from the Heart Co-ordinator Carole reported that this month we received 19 quilts and 13 placemats for our charitable programs. Thanks so much to everyone who contributes to these great causes! Not only do they help people in immediate need, but they also spread awareness about quilting in general.

There is also still room for Bee Night on March 18. By popular request, Rick McBride will be back to give a seminar on sewing machine maintenance. You do not need to bring your machine for the seminar, however, if your machine needs a tune up, you may bring it along to receive a discounted rate for service. Please contact Bee Night Co-ordinators Janet or Terry for more info, or to sign up.

We hope you've all started to think about your entry for the next Presidents' Challenge. The deadline will sneak up on you, so now is the time to get started!

In summary, a great time was had by all! I'll leave you with a few BOM blocks that were brought in for display from previous months. See you next time!


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Canadian Wartime Quilts

Toronto-based blogger Dolores recently shared this story from ITV in Britain. It is about an exhibit of quilts made by Canadian women during World War II and sent to Britain at the time of the Blitz. I think you'll all enjoy it too! Click the link below to view the video:

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2013-02-21/canadian-quilts-for-blitz-families/

Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 25 Meeting Reminder

We will once again be hosting our popular Garage Sale event at the February General Meeting. Several members have rented tables so they can sell off their extra stash and sewing supplies at discount prices! Members who wish to shop are encouraged to bring small bills and their own bags. Please note that there will be no shopping until after the break!

Before the break we will be featuring our Quilter of the Month, Lisette Leveille. In addition to her recent big win in the McCall's Design Star Challenge, Lisette has a large body of work to share with us. It will be fun to see some of her early quilts as well!

Due to the Garage Sale, there will be no member Show & Tell at this meeting. The library, however, will still be open. Click here to view our new library webpage and learn a little more about how the library works.

Monica will be collecting feedback about the proposed change to the election schedule. You can read about it in the newsletter or right here.

And as always, don't forget to
  • Bring in your completed Block of the Month from last month, and pick up the next one,
  • Sign up for the next Bee Night,
  • Bring in your completed Quilts from the Heart project,
  • Bring your own mug for coffee or tea, and
  • Sign up for one (or both!) of our upcoming workshops. Trisha very kindly sent another photo from the last workshop. You'll see these great bags in person at the meeting!


See you Monday!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Proposed Change to RVQG Elections

The RVQG Executive is exploring the idea of changing the RVQG election procedure. Over the next week we are gathering feedback before we finalize the exact wording changes to the RVQG constitution. All members are encouraged to read the proposal below, and contact Monica with any considerations or feedback by March 1. You can reach her by email at rvqgweb@gmail.com.

The Proposed Change
  • Move the elections to the March General Meeting, ahead of the regular Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May.
  • Incoming executives will be elected in March, but not "sworn in" until the AGM in May.

Why?

We want to make it easier to serve on the RVQG Executive. We recognize that some jobs, such as the newsletter and website, require a bit more training. So we want to provide a transition period before the summer break where the new executives can work side by side with the outgoing executive for two months. Then they can learn everything there is to learn in a hands-on environment. You never really know what questions you will have until you start doing the job! The new election format will provide continuity, preserve "best practices," and smooth the transition for members who are considering a term on the Executive.

We want to hear your thoughts about this. Please direct any feedback to Monica, who is collecting it for discussion at the next Executive Meeting. Thanks!

Monday, February 18, 2013

February 16 Workshop Photo



Fifteen ladies came to the workshop on Feb. 16 to make The Weekender Bag, with Trish Della-Vella and Mary Eeg. It was a busy day, with sewing on straps, inserting zippers, and adding pockets. The fabrics were great! You'll see the finished bags at the meeting on Feb. 25.

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Presidents' Challenge

We would like thank all of you who participated in the last Presidents’ Challenge. You sure make our jobs easy. It was wonderful to see all the entries. Hopefully we will have the same or more participation in our next challenge, due for the May meeting. Once again it will be a viewers' choice. Who best to critique our work but the very ones that care and appreciate our efforts!


Journal Quilt Challenge

Make a Journal Quilt and bring it in to our May General Meeting (May 27, 2013). The size should be 8½” x 11”, labelled on the back giving the technique or experience and of course your name and the date.


What is a Journal Quilt?

These pictures are of journal quilts made by our Membership Co-ordinator Hetty. A Journal Quilt is a mini quilt which shows off a particular quilting technique, material, theme or style. It can depict an experience. The concept is described on the internet as
“... a free-form exercise in creativity, specifically planned to encourage quilt artists to stretch and grow by trying new methods; by experimenting with color, image, composition, materials, and/or techniques.”
Keeping journal quilts is a great way to record your experimental work and see how you progress with new techniques. Labeling these mini quilts with details and the date is a way of seeing your growth through quilting.

We're very excited to see what everyone comes up with. Happy sewing!

Friday, February 08, 2013

January 28 Show & Tell Photos

Our January Show & Tell was small, but diversified! Dorothy brought three small wall quilts she made as a gift:


Scroll down or click the link to see the other two, and the rest of the quilts!

Friday, February 01, 2013

January 28 Meeting Summary

The weather co-operated, and we had a large turn-out on Monday. Our guest speaker was Tiffany Tuttle, who shared her extensive trunk show and passion for quilting with us:


I think we were all charmed by her enthusiasm! The presentation was lively and well-received. You can find better pictures of the presentation, and many of the quilts, on Tiffany's blog here.

The Bee Night ladies displayed some of their disappearing nine patch quilts that were made for Quilts from the Heart. These are the same kits that you can pick up from Carole, although the fabrics may vary:


For the next Bee Night on February 11, 2013, Dorothy will be teaching the four-sided placemat:


There is still room for more in this class, so please contact Janet or Terry to sign up.

Terry also brought in her completed sailboat Block of the Month from last time:


Terry has been finishing all her blocks as mini quilts, which is a good alternative if you don't want to make a large quilt. The next Block of the Month is for April:


You can find this pattern, and all the previous Block of the Month patterns, on the Block of the Month page here.

In other news, two new workshops and a new Presidents' Challenge were announced. Watch for more details on them soon. And as always, the Show & Tell photos will be posted next week. Happy sewing!