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!