Thursday, December 11, 2008

December 10th meeting

I was so excited to get to the church today because I knew we had our FIRST PIECE OF MAIL waiting for us in our new mail slot at the church.

Ha ha ha ha... it's junk mail from the County, wanting us to advertise. Will someone out there please send us some quilt-related mail? Bookmarks for a quilt show, maybe? Entry forms for a challenge? Anybody???

This is a great shot of three of Santa's elves: Lydia, Barb and Irene.

Lydia is our not-so-secret Santa. She put together a great little Christmas baggie for everyone.

And Monica (did she have help??? Inquiring minds want to know) provided everyone with their own Christmas napkin to get us through our pot luck supper. How cute is that!! Making 30-some of those took a whole bunch of time and energy.

And, of course, Janet had our cook book CDs ready for us. I forgot to buy mine (actually, I was sidelined by someone and never made it back over there) and I forgot to take a photo of the lovely stack of CDs. Thank you Janet, I'll get my copy from you later.

I'm pretty sure we have the BEST guild in the country. I hope our habits of helping, sharing and volunteering continue through the years to come.

Merry Christmas everyone! See you in January.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

November 12th Judy Lyons, Quilt Appraiser

We started our day sewing.

Judy Lyons arrived around 3 pm and started work on a few appraisals.

We had supper at 6:00 from Cafe Amore. Apparently we've eaten it all.

Show & Share - here is Mary's oh-so-cute cherry quilt.

And Hanna has more placemats for Meals-on-Wheels.

Here is our Quilt of Valour, all completed and ready to go.

Judy got on with her trunk show - educational AND entertaining.


Join us on Wednesday Nov. 26th - 9:30 am - $10.00.
Sew your brains out (well, maybe not that much) until 4:30.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Guild Cookbook

Just to let you know the Cookbook is coming along very nicely and will be done for the Christmas meeting. Thanks to Anne Jay for the great Clip Art site. The pictures are cute and there are a few surprise pictures for some of the gals who belong to a special club. No Charlotte, you are not in that club yet, but soon!

This is your very last chance to get recipes in girls. I will no longer take them after Oct 31. If you would like to proof read your recipe I will have my laptop at the November sewing day. Come and have a sneak peak.

Happy sewing


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sewing Day & Quilt of Valor

On our guild day, those who wish can come anytime after 9:30 am and sew all day, on whatever they want. This month we had a project to work on - a quilt being donated to Quilts of Valor.

The project arrived with Helen at 10:35.

Sue was SO EXCITED to be the first one to start sewing.

Lydia needed a little pick-me-up light.

Mary. Poor Mary sewing two lights together. No, Mary. Unsew please.

Helen ironing.
Barb cross-cutting the stripsets.

Charlotte sewing blocks together.

Dineke sewing blocks together.

Sue telling Charlotte how it SHOULD be done.

Dineke and Mary - obviously not pleased with the arrangement of strips.

Floris Ann. Yes, she really is this happy. Always.

Barb owns the local quilt shop and has generously donated batting for the quilt. Yay Barb!

Anne comes in late, walks over to the top and says "hey, these blocks are wrong!"

3:00 pm, the blocks are fixed and the borders are finished. Good job everyone. THANK YOU.

Monday, October 6, 2008

baby lock......nice

well...good thing that you are getting that new machine.....I am still working on Hannas angel from last years I won't complain...yet....

Machine Blues

To my toter buddies

Since both my sewing machines have been down and out Irene's toter will not have my block in it. Not to worry I will put it in for November meeting. thrilled to say I am picking up my brand new Baby Lock Espire Monday afternoon. Can't wait, how exciting to get a new machine that actual does what it is suppose to do. Thanks Girls, see you on sewing day!!

Janet Cook

Plans for Guild Sewing Day, Oct 8th

I am hoping the gals who come for sewing day will help me with this quilt, which will be donated to the Quilts of Valor program, Canadian branch. The quilt will finish around 65" x 74". The top has been cut from my stash (which has not noticed anything missing!). With luck, someone will offer to piece a backing (min 70" x 79" please). With MORE luck, the guild will offer to pay for the batting, so that I may offer to donate the quilting. And someone with loving fingers could perhaps do the binding.

Where did this whole idea come from? I was reading the blog of Kimmy Brunner and was shamed by my apathy towards our soldiers. The original design for the quilt top is by Alycia but I've rewritten the instructions for quicker (I hope) piecing.

The guilds where I have a contact will also be getting a wee challenge from me. We ALL have large stashes and have an opportunity to make a difference.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Guild 'Show & Tell'

Bumper pads to go with the quilt.

Very challenging border.

Show & Tell of Little People Quilts

Proud of their work.

Guild 'Show & Tell'

Marian Cole from Burlington taught a small landscape one evening.

Lydia and Irene with their purses.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Caledonia Grand River Quilters’ Guild
Est. September 2005


Volume 4 Issue 3 Grace United Church, Caithness St. East 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Mission Statement: The Caledonia Grand River Quilters’ Guild is a fellowship, which, through the medium of quilting, promotes social interaction, educational opportunities, artistic development, and community service through each individual’s personal commitment and contribution.

A message from our President: On November 11th I vow to remember our veterans. My Dad was one, my father in-law, uncles, and friends. I am sure we all know someone who served. When the big wars were over they came home to open arms, ticker tape parades and hero welcomes. Today we have Canadians fighting another war for different reasons. I have a relative there and I am almost positive that when that war finally ends there will be no ticker tape parades for them. On the 11th I will remember the past and the present, the ones who have died, the ones who have survived and the ones who are still fighting. Irene

President: Irene McDonald
Vice-President: Hanna Nudds
Past President: Charlotte Ruigrok

Toter Exchange – Charlotte Ruigrok
7” Half-Square Triangle Exchange – Floris Ann Dawson
Beginners’ Club – Sue Rummerfield (Beginners be sure to come early, at 7:00 pm, for Sue’s club)
Sewing Day/Dinner Organizer – Monica
UFO Sewing Day Organizer – Helen Hubert
Block-of-the-Month Organizer – Charlotte Ruigrok
Block Presenter for November – HANNA
Forget-Me-Not Club – Madeline
Charity Projects – Placemats for Meals-on-Wheels (for help see Floris Ann before the meeting). We are also making Quilts of Valour (see Helen about this.). Don’t forget your favourite pattern for our “Fair” quilt.
Draw Table: Lydia St. Onge-Baker
Show & Share: Lois Douglas

Half-Square Triangles – you will need to bring 16 (1/2 sq. triangles) to the meeting. 15 for swap and 1 for the guild. If you have any questions please contact Floris Ann. Thank you.

Quilt of Valor – Lydia has made a quilt to be donated to the Quilt of Valour for wounded servicemen and women. Henriette Burtenwerf who owns Country Quilt Shop in Wellandport had very kindly donated the quilt batt for this quilt. Helen Hubert has given us a copy of the pattern she used to make the quilt. See .pdf files attached.


(Tea, coffee, milk & sugar are supplied by the Social Coordinators: Monica & Madeline)
November treat ladies are: Hanna & Charlotte
Everyone, remember to bring your mug!
Sewing Days -.-.-.-.On the Wednesday of our meeting, we will continue to have a sewing day, from 9:30 a.m. We will cater-in dinner for 6:00 p.m. Sewing day fee is $5 and dinner fee will be around $15. Let Monica know if you have a food allergy. The general meeting follows at 7:30 p.m.

Do you have too many UFO’s? We have enough interest for EXTRA sewing days STRICTLY FOR WORKING ON YOUR UFO’s. Dates (the 4th Wednesday) from 9:30–5:00: Nov. 26th,
Jan. 28th, March 25, May 27. (Helen Hubert). Cost for anyone joining us is $10.00/day.

Words of Wisdom … Great ideas are found in our Library!
Help our Library--Save your Receipts...
0 from purchases at The Little Quilt Shoppe in Caledonia - for every $400 in receipts, we get a $40 credit toward books, and
0 from purchases at Quilters' Haven in Renton - for every $500 worth of receipts collected, our Guild gets a $50 credit toward books for our library.
Place your receipts in the envelopes at the library table at our meetings (or just hand them to Lorraine Johnson).
0Donating Quilting related magazines – should be less than 2 years old.
WHAT’S NEW IN OUR LIBRARY? I'm planning my book purchasing outings to both The Little Quilt Shoppe and Quilters' Haven in the near future. If you have any suggestions about what books I could try to obtain for the Caledonia Quilt Guild's library, please forward those suggestions along to me.
Suggestions already rec'd: French Braid book, book on stack 'n whack, and book on some items eg: table runners/placements. If you know of titles I should look for, let me know.
Thanks, Lorraine

“THE DIRTY DOZEN CHALLENGE”, quilt to be *completed by June 2009
- minimum quilt size is 36” x 36”
- you must have some of all 12 fabrics in your quilt top
- you can add up to 3 additional fabrics (includes binding but not backing)
$10 fine if you do not bring your completed quilt (quilted and bound) for
Show & Share in June. !!! Prizes will be awarded !!!

“SEW HEAR THIS” … Congratulations!
· Judy Lyons is a certified quilt appraiser and will be our guest speaker on November 12th. Appraisals will be available prior to our meeting. Appointments are scheduled in half hour time slots and the latest appointment will be 5:30. Verbal appraisals are $25.00, written appraisals are $50.00. If you are interested in having an appraisal done, let Helen Hubert know and she will send you the form Judy needs completed beforehand. The deadline to book an appraisal is Friday November 7th. And remember, you will need to be here with your quilt at your appointment time.
· Missing – a turntable cutting mat from a workshop a few months ago, belonging to Lydia.
· Grace United Church has agreed to having our mail delivered to their address. This is great news!
(Let Anne know if you have some news you would like to share with the guild.)

GUILD COOKBOOK – Janet says the cookbook is ready for final checking at the November meeting. The cookbook will be available at the December meeting. Yahoo! Think about this as a great stocking stuffer for your family and friends.

Don’t forget to bring your toonies for our draw table. For tickets, see Lydia before the meeting starts.
Show & Share – bring in your quilted items to Show & Share and your name could be drawn for a free pick out of our “goodie toter”!
- October winner – Barb Lister

TIPS: A Word About Backing FabricRemember quilt backing fabric should be about 6 inches larger than the top. This means if your quilt top measures 50” X 50” the backing fabric should measure 56” X 56”. Never use the selvage edge when constructing any part of your quilt. Another thing to keep in mind is that a single seam running across the back (either horizontally or vertically) will receive a lot of stress. To reduce the stress on the seam and extend the life of your quilt, create a backing with 2 seams in which no seam runs through the middle.


Ann Macdonald says …
“Quilters make great comforters.”
· Lydia says …check out these sites
· Helen says - Quilt labels are printed every week, free to download.

AROUND-THE-TOWN NEWS: It looks as though we go from November 2008 to May 2009 before we have some shows to go to, but we will keep looking, I’m sure something else will pop-up soon…

Nov 7-9/08 Toronto A Celebration of Quilts X Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, 6 Garamond Court (Don Mills and Eglinton area) Fri 10-9 Sat 10-5 Sun 10-4. Merchant Mall, silent auction, quilt draw for attendees & more! York Heritage QG. See website: mailto:

May 2-3/09 Brampton The Quilted Odyssey Jim Archdekin Rec Centre 292 Conestoga Dr. Sat 1-5. Sun 10-4. Vendors, door prizes, tea room, raffle quilt, mini quilts raffle & more. Adm $5. Brampton QG. or Elaine 905.819.9703 May 1-2/09 Lucknow Hats off to Quilting Lucknow Community Centre Fri 10-8 Sat 10-4 Featuring: Quilts, Wall Hangings, Merchant's Mall, Viewer's Choice, Lunch Room Adm $4 5 Star QG Volaine Hodgins, (519) 395-5479 May 8-10/09 Peterborough Feelings in Fabric 2009: Memories of Mom. Evinrude Centre, Monaghan & Lansdowne Sts., Fri 6-9 Sat 10-5 Sun10-4. Quilt display, redwork display, block challenge, demonstrations, members boutique, tea room, large vendor’s area. Kawartha Quiltmakers QG, Contact:

Block-of-the-Month Presenters:
December Helen
January Lydia
February Bernadette
March Anne J.
April Lydia
May Mary R.

Block-of-the-Month Winner for October was … Lois. Congratulations!

We are now adding the previous month’s meeting minutes to the newsletter. We ask that you read them before this month’s meeting and be prepared to amend/accept the minutes as recorded. By doing this we reduce the time spent reading them at the meeting. This gives us added time for our program. Which, as we all know, “is a good thing”. Thank you.

If you have something quilt-related to sell or advertise in the newsletter let me know by the 1st of each month. The cost is 3 fat quarters or $5 for space, $7.50 for half a page or $10 for a full page. If you know someone who would be interested in advertising in our newsletter please let me know. If you have a great tip or a super website, please let me know.
Thanks, Anne J
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Sept 10th meeting

Our meeting on Sept. 10th will start at 7:30 pm. Please come out and see what the guild has to offer you. This is the first meeting of the season and membership $$ will be due if you have not paid yet. The cost is $35 for the year. If you are not sure you want to join you may pay a $4 visitor fee instead. Bring your coffee cup so we don't have to wash dishes (bleaghhh). Anne Jay is busy working on our newsletter and it should be sent out to members soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Our New Fearless Leader

Here's Irene, our new President. She also happens to be in my Red Hat group (Caledonia River Belles). Party girl, it appears, no???