Friday, January 12, 2018

December & January meetings

Goodness knows where the time went, but I neglected to update the blog from our December meeting.  You're getting a two-fer in this post.

DECEMBER:
Our mission after filling our bellies with a pot luck supper was to make a felt Christmas ornament.
Many little felt squares strung on a heavy thread.

Our fearless leader of the project - just too darned happy for words. 😀
JANUARY
We were educated by Anita Zobens of Cotton Mill Threadworks on the subject of threads & quilting.

She brought a good supply of stock for us to shop from.  I started out the night with money in my wallet, but Anita went home with it in hers.  Heh, heh, heh.

We also had the showing of Challenge #1 - the Kleenex Box Challenge.

Ten members brought in completed quilts that were made using inspiration from a Kleenex box.  Sadly, I think a few quilts have turned into UFOs...hopefully we will see them in the coming months.

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY

  • We will have two demo stations set up and they will run for a half hour each.  One will cover Paper Piecing and the other will cover Scalloped Borders.
  • Signup will be open for Challenge #2 - Leftover Bits & UFOs.  Sign up and pay $5.00 for each project you register.  Completed projects have a June 2018 deadline.  Each completed project between February and June will get you one ballot.  We will be drawing for the amount paid into the pot.  If there is a substantial amount we'll draw more than one number and split the pot between the winners.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November Teaching Stations

A major purpose of a guild is to share knowledge that will help all of us be better quilters.  To this end we occasionally have teaching stations and the members rotate between them.

Station #1 was dealing with practicing good physical positioning - ergonomics.


Station #2 taught the basics of making a mitered border.


NEXT MEETING DECEMBER 13th - 6 PM

  • Pot Luck Supper - don't forget to bring not only your food item, but also your plate(s) and cutlery.  We want to avoid washing dishes at the church.
  • A Christmas craft-making session will follow the meal.
  • Bring the pillowcases and any other items you wish to donate to Martha House women's shelter.  Sharon has generously offered to deliver them to the shelter.
  • Bring some extra cash.  We will be offering for sale some of the estate items from Christine.
  • REMINDER - The Kleenex Box Challenge will be due at the January meeting.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October's meeting

Is this the cutest little quilt, or what?

One of our members (our President, actually) took the BIG prize at the Caledonia Fair with this beauty - hand quilted!

Our guest speaker was Karen from the Quilted Cardinal quilt shop.  She gave us a wonderful trunk show, and brought a ton of items from her shop.

Karen has plenty of classes running, so check out her web site if you want to learn a new technique.

November 8th: we will be running two 'demo' stations - one will teach Mitered Borders and the other will teach Sewing Ergonomics.  The meeting starts at 7 pm.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Season Startup

We made a quilt for the Caledonia Fair. This is a fundraiser for the fair and will be raffled off.

Show & Share in September is always pretty substantial.

Apparently, the members were inside getting their projects finished all summer.

Lots of cozy couches this fall.

Little kennel quilts.  The Quilt Pattern Magazine has taken this on as their (ahem) PET PROJECT.
Link HERE for info.

These are the touchy-feely quilts for people with alzheimers.  They are made for nursing homes, and help people with dementia who need to fidget with something.  Fabrics are very tactile - courderoy, velvet, satin, fleece.

OUTREACH
We invite the members to make pillowcases for women or children which will be collected at the December meeting. These may include an inexpensive gift if you wish.  The plan is to deliver these to Martha House, one of the women's shelters in Hamilton.  They are also in need of linens such as bedding and towels.  Again, if you wish, donations of personal care items are always appreciated.  All collected items will be delivered to the shelter after the December meeting.

The guild will be having two challenges this year.  The first one will be due at the January meeting.

CHALLENGE #1 - The Kleenex Box Challenge
Many kleenex boxes were collected and the members made a selection from the pile.  They will make a quilt based on either the colour scheme of the box, or the theme of the box.  Minimum size the quilt must have a perimeter of at least 144".
Challenge #2 will be introduced later.

PROGRAM:

  • October meeting:  the Quilted Cardinal quilt shop will be our guest speaker.  Bring money.  Not that you need any more fabric, ha ha ha.
  • November meeting:  two teaching stations - one for Mitered Borders and one for Sewing Ergonomics.
  • December meeting:  Christmas pot luck supper.  After supper we'll have a Christmas craft project.  Donations for the women's shelter will be collected, too.




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Season Starts Wednesday Sept. 13th

If you want to see what we're all about please join us Wednesday evening - we start at 7 pm.
Meeting information is located on the right hand sidebar.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

the June Challenges & Summer Meetings

So, I missed the June meeting because I was in Toronto at Quilt Canada.  I had my spies taking pics at the meeting!

QUILTS COMPLETED FROM THE PANEL CHALLENGE
We've got 16 quilts made from panels that will be donated to Victim Services.  The plan is to have a representative come to our September meeting to receive the quilts and give us a short talk about what their organization provides to the community.

These are the two WINNERS from the Panel Challenge.

There seems to have been TONS of submissions for the Canada 150 Challenge.

We had four WINNERS for that challenge.
Hah.  Just wait until September, ladies, to see what your CHALLENGE will be for the coming year.

JULY AND AUGUST

We don't have meetings in the summer, but we DO have sewing days on our regular meeting dates.  Click on the Meeting Dates 2017 page (at the top) to see what's happening and when.  Then we'll see everyone back in September for the start of our new season!

Monday, June 12, 2017

May & June

May saw the return of one of our founding members - Margaret Mackenzie.

She came to teach us a thing or two about colour.

She brought about four thousand fat quarters for us to play with.

Then, (horrors!) she made us figure out how to turn our cell phone cameras to Black & White.

We had so much fun.  And hopefully, we learned a little something too.

June 14th will be our season-ending pot luck supper.  The challenges are due and will involve PRIZES.  Bring your own dishes & cutlery to keep the washing up to a minimum.  And food.  Don't forget to bring food.