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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guild Smpler Quilt Introduction

This year, I would like to present a sampler quilt for guild members and for others who are interested, to work on through the coming year. The instructions will be presented here on the blog and won’t be printed out. I’m hoping this will bring more members to check out the blog more often. I am going to try and post the instructions for the blocks on the first and third Thursday of each month. If there happens to be a fifth Thursday, I’ll post a block then as well. This will give time for anyone wishing to make the blocks to get them done for the coming guild meetings. As an incentive, if you complete the blocks, bring them to the meeting and you will receive a free ticket for the fat quarter draws for each finished block from that previous month.

This is going to be the basic layout of the quilt. Each block will measure 12 inches, finished. The sampler block will be in the centre of each square.The sampler blocks themselves will all be based on a four patch grid, which will give the over all quilt some cohesiveness. Some will be very basic and easy, others more complex. I will give instructions for the sampler block and putting the entire block together once, and then in further posts, I will link back to the post showing how to put the entire block together. As shown here, fabric requirements would be 2.5 meters for the dark fabric and 2.5 meters for the light fabric. Of course, you can always go scrappy, in which case the outer large triangles will take 2 squares measuring 6 7/8 inches and the smaller triangles on the inside will take 2 squares measuring 5 1/8 inches.
I am going to be doing mine using a light grey and dark grey as the setting fabrics, and then will use scraps for doing the sampler centres. I’m planning on cutting all my setting fabrics ahead of time, so that they are all ready, and when the mood hits, all I need to do is sew. I’ll give those cutting instructions in a separate post, so they don’t get lost here at the bottom of this one. I hope lots of people will join in with this project.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Missing quilt....

Good afternoon, everyone. A couple of days ago a comment was left on the blog regarding a missing quilt.

" Did anyone find a quilt left behind at the May meeting? I've misplaced a queensized "falling charms" quilt. The quilting is done in McTavishing style. Thanks for checking. Teresa DeJong. dejong.teresa@gmail.com\"

In the meantime, I've been working on getting the lists on the right hand side bar ready for this year's activities. There are some new shops listed in the Ad Sponsors section. In the next day or two, I'll get the speakers and workshops for the first three months added on, and also some information about some different things that will be happening on the blog this year. I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the summer, (how did that happen, by the way? I could swear our banquet was just a week or two ago), and that we're all looking forward to a new year of guild activities and friendship.







Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Friendly Reminder.....

Does anyone else besides me find that there are way too many thoughts floating around my head and it's so hard to keep track and remember things? I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. That being the case, I'd like to remind everyone about the registration forms for this year's guild membership. They are found on the right hand side bar of the blog. You can click on the links, which will take you to a page that can be printed. Please print them off and mail them, along with your payment and the volunteer form, to Teresa. Her address is on the membership form.  The first meeting of the year is September 10th, so there is still time to get that form filled out and in the mail.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Registration and Volunteer forms for 2015-2016

I have uploaded this year's forms onto the right hand side bar. There is a link there for the registration form and a separate link for the volunteer form. Please take the time to print off and fill out both. As a guild, we operate completely by volunteers. Please, think of even one thing you could do, then fill out the form and send it in.


Click on the links, and they will take you to a page where you can print off the forms.

Quilt Canada 2016 is looking for Organizing Team Candidates

Hello All,

Lorna forwarded this email to me, thinking that some of our members might be interested in filling some of the positions that CQA is looking for in its organizing team. I have copied the email, in full to the blog, so that you can read it, and see if it might be something that you might consider  participating in.

Cathy

Please share this email with your quilting friends. 

 is coming to Toronto.  Be part of the Organizing Team!  
Venue:  The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON
Dates:  June 15 – 18, 2016 
For Quilt Canada 2016, the Board decided to take a new approach to planning this national event.  We hired a Conference Coordinator to manage the logistics of securing adequate space in Toronto, near the airport, booking the workshop teachers and vendors for the merchant mall.  Now comes the most important part -- organizing the quilts and all the other details! 
We are looking for your assistance in filling the very important roles listed below.  You will become part of the Organizing Committee who, along with the Board of Directors, will be Hosts of the Conference.  Please consider being part of the committee to make Quilt Canada 2016 the BEST CONFERENCE EVER! 
We need strong candidates for these Key Positions:   
National Juried Show Coordinator                       Concurrent Shows Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator                                              Publicity Coordinator
Workshop Coordinator Assistant                          Merchant Mall Coordinator Assistant
Logistics Coordinator                                                  Signage Coordinator
Tours and Events Coordinator
 A description of each position is available on the CQA/ACC website under Events:  http://www.canadianquilter.com/events/quilt-canada-2016-jobs.phpYou can participate in the Organizing Committee via email and electronic conferencing but will be needed on site for the conference.  (Accommodation will be provided when necessary.) The time commitment estimate for each position varies and is listed in the descriptions.   
The CQA Conference Coordinator, Liz Thompson, will work with all Coordinators and Assistants to make this one of the best Quilt Canada Conferences yet!   
To indicate your interest please complete the form below (Word and pdf versions are attached for your convenienceand send with: 
1. A letter outlining your previous volunteer positions held in quilting and non-quilting organizations; your skills and abilities applicable to this position; and the reasons you are interested in this position.
2. The name, phone number and e-mail (if available), of two work or volunteer experience references that would be able to confirm your skills in relation to the position requested.
 Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address_______________________________________________________________________
Town/City___________________________________ Province______ Postal Code____________
Phone ______________________________ E-mail_____________________________________
Are you a CQA/ACC Member:  yes_______  no  _______.
Do you belong to a Guild):  yes__________  no  _______
Position requested ______________________________

Reply by Sept 30, 2015 to:
Linda Schmidt, 802-2275 Atkinson St., Penticton, BC V2A 8R7
Thank you! 
Linda Schmidt
President
Canadian Quilters Association/
Association canadienne de la courtepointe

president@canadianquilter.com
http://www.canadianquilter.com
http://cqacanadianquilting.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quilt Sightings in Amsterdam

Hi all,

Well, it's more like quilt shop and quilt fabric sighting in this one. Kathy V. sent me these pictures, along with a description of where she was, and what she found. She says:

" Here are a few pictures of the quilt shop I visited in Amsterdam this spring. The place I went to was really 2 stores in one.

The one I took the pictures of sold only Dutch fabric. I have never seen anything else quite like it. It's quite flowery, chintz I guess you would call it.
I mainly purchased a lot of fat quarters that were pretty much the same but in different colours.
They also sold a very long 8 in. wide border fabric that I also bought.  I don't really remember the prices but it wasn't too bad. I will send you a picture of my purchases (on my ipad). I think I spent about $150 for what you will see in the picture but I don't really remember. ( I try not to think about that stuff too much)!
The other store which was on the sidewalk level was all stuff that is available here and I didn't even really look at it much because it was too expensive. It's bad enough to buy it in Canadian dollars so why pay double for it elsewhere?
I'm not too sure what I will do with my purchases but I hope I don't just let them sit in a drawer!
We also went to a fabric store in Bruges Belgium but it was also mainly American fabric and too expensive.
Those were the only stores I could find on the internet in that area."

Thanks for sharing, Kathy.







Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer Travels Quilt Sightings


During their travels this summer, Lorraine J. and her daughter Lyndsey were able to attend the Edmonton Festival of Quilts show. Lorraine sent in a few pictures of what they saw.
Here's a picture of Lyndsey, standing in front of a display of small quilts. The portrait ones look fabulous.

This pineapple variation has wonderful colours, and it looks like it took a well deserved prize.




This next one was made from 199 thin strips of batiks in order to depict the classic Alberta prairie landscape.

A quilt full of fun and beautiful houses and neighbourhoods.






This last picture is on one of their guild challenges. Lorraine also said that there were memorial quilts done for members who had dies recently. She states, "what a lovely idea".

If you have had any quilt sightings in your travels this summer, or are planning any, send the pictures and a brief description to me caleeshepherd @ gmail.com (remove the spaces in the address when emailing me.) I'm sure the rest of us would love to enjoy the eye candy.