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 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 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!