Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Website Updates and December Workshop Photos

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday! First, there are a couple of large updates to the website to tell you about:

  • The Guild Trips & Retreats page has been updated with all the information about our next trip to Elim Lodge in October 2013. Ingrid will be taking the first deposit at our January general meeting, so now is the time to start thinking about it!
  • The Program & Speakers page is now up to date with all the scheduled speakers and activities for the rest of the year. Please note that during the month of January Sally will be taking table reservations for the February Garage Sale. Or, as always, you may email us at and your email will be forwarded to the correct person.
Our first workshop of the year was on December 1, 2012 with Kelly Dumaresq, who was back to teach more of the Square-in-a-Square technique:

Our fearless teacher, Kelly!
Anything but square, that's what the Square-in-a-Square workshop was. Although we had a few initial bumps in the setting up in our new location, a good time was had by all!  Thank you to everyone for your patience.

Samples of the most popular "options" of the technique were completed.

This quilt that Kelly showed was particularly memorable:

Hopefully Kelly left everyone with enough skills that we will see some finished projects at the January general meeting!

The next RVQG workshop will be February 16, 2013, when Trisha DellaVella and Mary Eeg will demonstrate their Colourplay Weekender Bag. Please visit the Workshops page to read more.

Happy sewing everyone!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Our Children's Placemats are a Hit!

Here's Barb, who volunteers at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, receiving the 42 placemats (25 from the Presidents' Challenge, and an additional 17 made for Quilts from the Heart with children's fabric) that were donated by our guild:

The day after our Co-President Chris dropped them off, she received a phone call saying that a little boy had come in for a needle and was crying. They gave him one of the placemats and while he was looking at it, they gave him the needle and he didn't even notice it happening as he was so enthralled with the placemat! I hope all your gifts this year will be as well received!

Thanks again to everyone who participated. Happy holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

November 26 Show & Tell Photos

We had a great turn out for Show & Tell at our November 26 meeting. Twenty one quilted items in all! Louise brought in a great quilted shoulder bag...

...and everyone else had quilts. Please scroll down or click the link to see them all!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Presidents' Challenge Results

We had excellent participation in our Presidents' Challenge this fall! Members were asked to make a children's placemat with the theme of Children's Literature. You may read the details of the challenge in our first post about it.

25 entries were received. Members chose their three favourites, and when all the votes were tallied three winners were chosen. Congratulations to Vi, whose two-sided placemat won first place:

Congratulations, Vi!
Keep reading to see close ups of both sides of Vi's winning entry, as well as the second and third place winners and all the other entries!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 26 Meeting Summary

We all had lots to do at our first potluck meeting on Monday! Members enjoyed the great food brought in by those of us in the first half (A to K) of the alphabet.  Our Membership Co-ordinator Hetty has some mouthwatering photos of the spread on her blog here.

Meanwhile, upstairs everyone had the chance to vote on their three favourite children's placemats from the 25 excellent Presidents' Challenge entries that were submitted. Most of us found it difficult to only choose three! Watch for a separate post in the next day or so with the details on the winning entries and a complete set of photos.

After the voting Elaine led us in three rounds of Fat Quarter Bingo. Congratulations to Andrea and Hazel, who won rounds one and two, and to Trinda and Francis, who tied in round three:

Our Bee Night participants have been getting good use from the seminole-pieced Secret Santa Stocking pattern that was shared earlier this month:

The next Bee Night on January 14, 2013 is already full, but you may contact Janet or Terry if you would like to be added to the waiting list. The project in January will be a joint effort with Quilts from the Heart, and members will make either a disappearing nine patch quilt from 5" squares, or one of the Quilts from the Heart kits from Carole. Either way, the quilts will go to one of our regular Quilts from the Heart charities.

Ingrid is now taking sign ups for our retreat at Elim Lodge next fall, 2013. More information will be added to the website at the end of next week, but in the meantime you can email us at for more information.

This month's Block of the Month is a sailboat, representing the month of August in our Calendar quilt. If you missed your copy of the paper pattern, you can download it from our Block of the Month page, along with all the previous blocks.

Several members brought in projects for Show & Tell, and those photos will be posted next week. For now, I will leave you with some of the Blocks of the Month from earlier in the year that were brought in for display. Happy sewing everyone, and have a great holiday season!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Getting Hungry?

The General Meeting tomorrow, Monday November 26, 2012, will be our first potluck meeting. Potluck meetings are for members only, but there are still a few places left if you would like to join. More information and the Membership Form can be found on our Membership page.

Members, including any new members, whose last name is in the range from A to K are requested to bring one dish to share at the potluck. Everyone else will bring food for the second potluck in May. All the details about the potluck can be found on our Program page. Remember to bring your own plate, mug and cutlery.

Even if you can't join the potluck due to allergies or dietary restrictions, there will still be lots to do!

  • Children's placemats for the Presidents' Challenge will be submitted to Chris and Laura, and displayed. The winner will be chosen by Viewer's Choice, so don't forget to vote!
  • At 7:30 pm there will be Fat Quarter Bingo upstairs with Elaine. Bring one (and only one) fat quarter to exchange for your bingo card.
  • The new Block of the Month will be available, and blocks from last month will be displayed.
  • Bee Night organizers Janet and Terry will be taking sign ups for the next Bee Night on January 14, 2013.
  • Drop off your completed Quilt from the Heart.

The evening will end with Show & Tell in the main hall. Please note that due to the potluck, there will be no prior display of Show & Tell projects downstairs. We will do our best to take Show & Tell photos upstairs this time only.

It's going to be a fun and busy night. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 2012 Bee Night

Our November Bee Night project was a Secret Santa stocking.  We had a full house for this Christmas project! Bee Night participants used seminole patchwork to create small but appealing stockings for decoration or to fill with small presents for the coming Christmas season. The secret is out: you can obtain a free download of this pattern by Moda right here!

Friday, November 02, 2012

November Updates

There are a few new updates to the website to tell you about.

  • The November 2012 newsletter can now be found on the Newsletters page.
  • Significant updates have been made to the Program & Speakers page, including everything you need to know about the November potluck.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to be our Workshops Convenor, and chair the next Quilt Show.  Please visit the Executive page to read more.
Happy sewing!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 22 Show & Tell Photos

Here are the photos of the quilted items that members brought in for Show & Tell at the October General Meeting.  Thank you to everyone for bringing them downstairs before the meeting, and special thanks to Pat for filling in as the photographer!

Our first quilt is a wall hanging called "Twilight Star" that Liz brought in:

Please scroll down or click through to see the rest of the quilts!

Children's Literature Placemat Challenge

Our Presidents' Challenge this year is to make a child’s placemat using a theme from children's literature. This could be from a children’s picture book, novel, nursery rhyme, poem or song. Everyone can bring their completed placemat to the November meeting, where members will vote for their favourite. Here's a couple of examples that our Co-Presidents have created:

Members may enter one placemat, with the idea of donating it to the children’s department of a local hospital to use for their patients. The title of your placemat will be the name of the piece of literature you have chosen, e.g. “Humpty Dumpty.” Appliqué, piece blocks, use specific fabric or whatever you choose, and of course add your imagination. We can't wait to see everyone's ideas!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lisette Wins McCall's Quilt Design Star!

Our own Lisette Leveille, a new member at Rouge Valley Quilters' Guild, has just been named the Grand Prize Winner in the Amateur category of the McCall's Quilt Design Star 2012 competition.

Please scroll down or click through to read about my chat with Lisette and see all four quilts that she entered in the competition.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 22 Meeting Summary

Here's Patti Carey with one of the many quilts she showed at our General Meeting on October 22.  By all reports there were a lot of great ideas shown! I am sorry I missed it.

The workshops page has been updated to include all the information on our February workshop, the Colourplay Weekender Bag with Trisha DellaVella and Mary Eeg. There are still spaces for those who would like to sign up!  Click here to read more.

The next block in our calendar BOM is a candle.  If you didn't get your copy at the meeting, you can also find it on the Block of the Month page.

I received a lot of great photos of the Show & Tell quilts.  Watch for them early next week.  Happy sewing everyone!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Unusual Fabrics?

Have you ever wondered what to do with those panels, patches, stripes and scenics that you see in the quilt shop or have in your stash? Come and see our speaker Patti Carey from Northcott at the General Meeting this Monday. Using a trunk show, Patti will spark your creativity and fill your head with ideas on how to use those unusual fabrics.

Members who have not already done so may pick up their 2012-13 Membership Card at the front desk.  All members are reminded to wear their cards to be eligible for a draw for the door prize.  Guests are also welcome for a $5 fee.

Other things to do at the meeting include:
  • Bring in your completed Block of the Month from last time, and pick up the instructions for the next one.
  • Sign up to make a beautiful quilted Christmas stocking, designed by Moda, at the next Bee Night.
  • Bring your latest completed projects for Show & Tell.
  • Visit the new Historian's Corner on the lower level to view photos from the first days of the guild, and a previous quilt show.
  • Return your Library books, or borrow a new one. Remember, Library books are loaned for one month only.
And of course, remember to bring your mug for coffee or tea downstairs at the break. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 2012 Bee Night

Our last Bee Night was on Monday, October 15. Terry Skelton helped an enthusiastic group of 18 guild members make quilted sewing machine mats. There was such a variety of colours and prints. It was obvious from the conversation and laughter that everyone had a good time!

The next Bee Night will be on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. We will be making

Friday, October 12, 2012


There is a variety of updated information that is now available on our website.

  • Information about Kelly Dumaresq's Square in a Square workshop on December 1 has been added to our Workshops page. There are still a few spaces available!
  • The Guild Trips page has been updated with the information about our planned trip to the AQS show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • A few more links to member's websites have been added to the Quilting Links page. If you are a member and would like your blog or website added to the list, please email us at
  • New information about upcoming speakers has been added to our Program page.
  • There was a correction to the latest Block of the Month pattern, "Fall Leaves."  You can find the updated version in the October 2012 newsletter or on the BOM page.

Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

September Show & Tell Photos

Here are some photos from the Show & Tell part of the meeting on September 24, 2012. Only quilts that were brought downstairs for display before the meeting were able to be photographed.

You may click any of the photos to see them larger.

Linda brought her large, 96", beige star quilt, which was hand quilted. It was given as a wedding present last weekend:

Elaine showed a brightly coloured lap quilt named "Chicks and Batik:"

Jane brought in her "Treasure Trove" lap quilt, which was designed to be made from 2 1/2" strips:

Sandie showed two lap quilts.  The first is "Playing Around," from a Fons & Porter pattern, and the second, "Spinning Flowers," is made from flannels:

Megan's flannel quilt "Bears in the Woods," is her own design, inspired by Kelly DuMaresq's Square in a Square presentation last year. It is destined for Quilts of Valour:

Louise showed a panel quilt, "Summer Nights and Northern Lights," with two co-ordinating pillow covers, that will be used at the cottage:

And finally, Susan brought in two quilts that she had finished on behalf of the son of our former member Ann Mitchell. The watercolour wall hanging just needed quilting, which Susan did herself. The blocks for the sampler quilt were all done, and Susan joined them and added the borders, then sent it out for long-arm quilting:

Thank very much to everyone who brought in their quilts!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

October Bee Night

Janet and Terry would like you to know that the next Bee Night on October 15 is full.  You can still contact them if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Happy sewing everyone!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September Meeting Summary

We had a full house for our first General Meeting of the year yesterday. It was great to see everyone again! Our featured speaker, Lisa Hill of Soft Impressions, brought three long tables full of new and useful quilting and sewing notions. Everyone appreciated the fact that Lisa had used many of them herself. Judging from the long line at the cash register during the break and even after the meeting ended, many members went home with a new gadget to try!

On display at the Block of the Month table were the six blocks from last year, as well as the latest Fall Leaves block (in the upper lefthand corner):

If you didn't get your copy of the new pattern, you can find it on the updated Block of the Month page here.

Janet and Terry also announced the project for the first Bee Night on October 15.  Participants will use their own fabrics to make a sewing machine mat like this one:

There are still a few spaces left for Bee Night, so contact Janet or Terry to sign up. There is a bit of homework to do before the night.

Co-Presidents Chris and Laura announced their President's Challenge for this year. The theme is Children's Literature. Members are invited to make a childrens' placemat inspired by a favourite childrens' book, poem, or song, and bring it to our November meeting. The winner will be selected by Viewers' Choice, and all members at the meeting will have the chance to vote on their favourite.

Our Vice President and Special Projects Co-ordinator Nicole announced that the trip to Paducah next April has been cancelled, and another trip is proposed instead.  The full details will be posted soon.

We are still looking for a Workshop Convenor. Irene, who has kindly stepped in to help organize our October workshop with Martha Schellingerhoud, announced that there seems to be more interest in a week day workshop rather than the Saturday one. So the date for that may change, stay tuned for further details.

Librarian Frances reminded everyone to bring any overdue library books to the next meeting. Anyone who still has an overdue book after that will have their name posted on the dreaded list in the November newsletter!

Membership Convenors Sylvia and Hetty let us know that we are already up to around 180 members, and that several new members have joined the Guild. Our membership for the year is capped at 200, so if you or any of your friends are still intending to join, don't delay!

Carole, who is managing our Quilts from the Heart project this year, has a few quilt tops that need quilting.  Batting and backing will be provided, so please contact her if you can help out.

Finally, we had a great turn out for Show & Tell. Watch this space for the photos next week.

See you next time!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Reminder - General Meeting on Monday

Our first General Meeting of the year will be held this Monday, September 24, from 7:00 pm to around 9:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:45 pm.  Click here for a general meeting description and a map to our Altona Road location.

Members who have already renewed can pick up their 2012-13 membership cards.  Please remember your permanent name tags as well.  New members and returning members who have not yet renewed can hand in their forms and payment at the membership desk in the lobby. Click here to download a copy of the Membership Form.

Our featured speaker will be Lisa Hill from Soft Impressions.  Please click here to visit the Program page for more information.

Other things to do at the meeting include:

And of course, remember to bring your mug for coffee or tea downstairs at the break.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, September 21, 2012

October Workshop Announced

The next workshop has been confirmed for October 27, 2012.  Martha Schellingerhoud will back at the Guild to teach "Stripping the Beauty:"

"Stripping the Beauty" by Martha Schellingerhoud
Please visit our Workshops page (found on the left side of the screen under the Guild logo) to read all the details, or just click here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Workshop Convenor

Our Guild is now looking for someone to step into the Workshop Convenor position for this year and next. This is a great job for two people to do together, as it requires a car and carrying the workshop supplies from their storage place at Altona Road to the workshop venue.

We have one workshop for the end of October already organized, but after that there will be no further workshops until the position is filled. Please click here to read the full job description. Anyone who is interested or who would like more information, can email us at, or contact our Co-President Chris directly.

As you know, our Guild is run entirely by volunteers, so here's your chance to bring in some of the teachers that you'd like to see at the Guild!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

September 15 Workshop Cancelled

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our September 15 Workshop, Scrap Magic, due to low enrollment.  Any members who have already paid for the workshop should contact our Co-President Chris to arrange a refund.  She will be distributing the refund cheques at the first General Meeting on September 24, 2012.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Welcome to the new Rouge Valley Quilters' Guild website!  This is where you will find all the latest news about our guild, reminders of upcoming events, and recent photos.  Please take a moment to look around.

Here on the home page you will find "What's New."  The most recent information is always first.  If you enter your email address under "Follow by Email" on the top right side of the page, you will be notified of updates to the "What's New" page.  This will include important notifications such as meeting and workshop changes or cancellations, as well as meeting reminders, summaries and photos.  If you are on Twitter or Facebook, you also have the option of following us through those services using the links on the right.

On the left side of the page, under the guild logo, is a list of pages with further information about the guild.  There you will find things like the meeting schedules, information about upcoming speakers and workshops, and links to recent and past newsletters.  These pages will be updated throughout the year as more events become finalized.

This website is for you, our members!  Please add this page to your bookmarks and refer back here any time you have a question about something at the guild.  Happy sewing!