Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Message from Thames Valley Quilters Guild

We received the following message from Thames Valley guild:

The Thames Valley Quilters are having a workshop on Tuesday March 10th, 9:30to 4 pm.
The technique is Tearless, Tearless Paper Piecing by Nancy Trowbridge.
There are 2 spots available, and cost is $40 for the day.
Please contact Susan Van Arkel at suvanar@hotmail.com if interested.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 12th, 2015

It was a cold and windy night, but we still had a good turnout for our February Meeting.  President Micki was away, so Lorna M very ably chaired the meeting.

Lorna M being pensive

Judy Balint from Cornerstone Quilts and More was the Merchant for the evening and she brought along many notions, gadgets and patterns for our perusal.

Judy and Elaine T at Judy's table

After break, instead of a Speaker, 6 of our guild members gave Demonstrations of quilting "Tips and Techniques".  There is an amazing amount of talent and knowledge in our guild and these 6 members shared some of theirs with us.
Kim Z demonstrating the 10 degree mini ruler

Lorna M demonstrating how to baste your quilt

Cathy S demonstrating how to make mitered borders

Anne L demonstrating how to join binding on an angle

Jacqui VMS demonstrating how to Paper Piece

Judy B demonstrating making leaf appliques with the Leaves Galore Template

We would like to congratulate guild member Lyndsey J.  She has accepted a position with the Library Department of Athabasca University in Alberta.  Good Luck in your new job and please come and visit us at a guild meeting when you are home for a visit.  Thank you to Lyndsey's mother, guild member Lorraine J., for providing us with cookies at break to celebrate.

Lyndsey's Author Quilt (picture taken in Sept 2014)

Gail ML shared an update regarding our London Roads raffle quilt.  It was won by Kaitlyn R.  Kaitlyn's Grandmother had purchased a block of tickets and put family members names on the tickets and Kaitlyn's was the ticket that was drawn.  She was presented with the quilt at Christmas and as you can tell, she absolutely loves it!

Kaitlyn R. with her London Roads Quilt

We had another great "Show and Tell" and then the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters, a special package donated by Judy and the gift basket.  Judy also donated a book to the Library.

Mibsie B's Orchestra Spectator Quilt

Pat F's Hexie Quilt

To see more pictures from the meeting click here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deb Beirnes Workshops

On Jan 9th & 10th, two different groups of LFQG members got together with
Deborah Beirnes for fun days of  "Scrap Magic"  We learned many new techniques to make scrappy blocks using our stash. These scrappy blocks can be turned into wonderful quilts.  Some of the techniques used were strip piecing, different methods for making 1/2 square triangles, flipped corners (that made bonus 1/2 square triangles), and double pinwheels.  Deb also showed us how to properly put a new blade in a rotary cutter.
Deborah teaching Sharon and Jo

Cindy F with one of her blocks

There were many great blocks being made and all the participants went home with some great resource material that they could use to continue using up their stash
Some of the many blocks that were made
To see more pictures from the workshops click here.

Inter-Guild Meeting

LFQG was asked to host this year's Inter-Guild Meeting.  At this meeting representatives from Ontario quilting guilds get together to discuss different subjects that affect their guilds.  We will be hosting this meeting on Mar 28th,2015.  On Friday the 16th of January the Organization Committee for the Inter-Guild Meeting got together for their 1st meeting.  Five guild members have also volunteered to look after the lunch and coffee breaks.  An email poster has been designed and sent out to the guilds.  The information has also been put on the Ontario Quilt Guild Facebook page.  A format for the Inter-guild meeting has been roughed out.  The next 2 months will be busy organizing the meeting!
The organizing committee for the Inter-Guild Meeting

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 8th, 2015

Our first guild meeting of 2015 was filled with information, inspiration and the chance to purchase some quilting necessities.
Our Merchant for the evening was Shirley Bobier from the Marsh Store in Coldstream.  She had lots of quilting goodies for sale.  She also told us about "Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day" on Jan 24th, 2015.
Shirley Bobier

President Micki A. told us that she and her husband had picked up our new trailer and had driven it to Pauline R.'s home to pick up our quilt frames.  They then drove the trailer back to their home where it is now stored in their barn.  In the spring, shelves will need to be built inside the trailer to properly store all of our equipment.
Our new guild trailer

Loading the trailer on a cold day

Micki also spoke about the executive for our 2015-16 quilting year.  Below is a note that she has written regarding the executive.
Now that a new year has started, it's time to think about our executive for September. Several of the present executive will be leaving their position. Only the Library and Community Outreach chairs will be returning. Therefore, we need to fill the positions of Blog, Secretary, Program and President. When I announced at the January meeting that most positions will need to be filled, two members came forward to do Membership and Treasurer.  The only pre-requisite is for the President's job. It requires the member to have served either on the present executive or a previous one.
Please think about serving on the executive. I will be discussing this further at the next few meetings.

Our Speaker for the evening was Deborah Beirnes from Elmira.  She presented a wonderful Trunk Show entitled "Scrap Magic Trunk Show".  She talked about her scrap system and showed us how beautiful quilts can be made from your stash.

Deborah Beirnes

Deborah's Spider Web Quilt

Deborah's Snail's Trail Quilt

To see more of Deborah's quilts click here.

After a short break where more stash enhancing was taking place at Shirley's tables, we had "Show and Tell" and the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters (donated by Shirley) and the gift basket.

Barb B.'s Quilt

Gail S.'s Dinosaur Quilt

To see more pictures of the meeting click here.

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2015 Meeting

The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held

Thursday, Jan 8th, 2015
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St

Our speaker for January is Deborah Beirnes  and she will be showing us her "Scrap Magic Trunk Show."  Deborah will also be teaching her Scrap Magic workshops on Friday, January 9 and Saturday January 10.  The same workshop will be held on both days and there are a few spots left on both Friday and Saturday.
The Merchant for the Month is Shirley Bobier from the Marsh Store.  To visit Shirley’s website click here.

Charlene O, who is a member of the Program Committee, has written the following description of our upcoming February Workshop:

"The Great Scrap Race Challenge"

Reality challenge shows such as Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and the Amazing Race  are becoming more and more popular and with that in mind we decided to run a challenge of our own.  In order to ensure everyone starts on an equal footing we are unable to give too many details, but be assured we have taken every step to ensure the challenge can be tried by all quilters no matter the skill level.  It is not necessarily how accurately or quickly you can sew that will win the challenge but how well one can strategize, make a plan and execute it that will win.
If you have ever pieced a quilt back to use up extra blocks and fabrics, taken a workshop of any kind, participated in last year’s placemat colour challenge or the “ A road runs through it challenge”, participated in a mystery quilt or other project then you have all the skills and tools needed to join the Scrap Race challenge.  As noted, most of the fabrics will be supplied. There is a short supply list available.

We have talked with Patti Carey of Northcott Fabrics and sent her an outline of the challenge.  They liked the concept and have generously agreed to sponsor our challenge.  The grand prize has been supplied by Northcott Fabrics - a basket of assorted fabrics valued at approximately $100.

This sounds like an interesting and fun challenge and will be a great way to spend a February Saturday!

President Micki spoke at the December meeting regarding the guild’s policy on inclement weather.  The policy is that the executive will make a decision as early as possible on whether to cancel a meeting and that decision will be posted on the blog.  Members should check the blog and not wait for a blog email notification, because it can take up to 14 hours for the email to reach you after a new blog entry has been posted.  If you have a guild friend who does not have computer access, please contact them to give them the cancellation update.

Information for the Meeting
*Sign-up sheets will be available for:
Jan 9th & 10th-Scrap Magic Workshops
Feb 28th-Great Scrap Race Challenge
April 10th & 11th-2 day Twisted Log Cabin Workshop
Remember to bring your cheque books
*Bring "Show and Tell" to share (no more than 2 items)
*Receive draw tickets (for a fat quarter) for bringing the following:
**Name Tag
**Notion of the Month- a 6" square piece of children's fabric for Community Outreach

Twisted Log Cabin Workshop Sample

See you at the meeting!






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 11th Meeting

Our December meeting was a fun social evening that included a "Placemat Parade", really yummy Christmas goodies and a hilarious Christmas Present Game.

This year we donated 110 placemats to Meals on Wheels.  Each placemat goes to a Meals on Wheels client along with their Christmas dinner.  We had a Placemat Parade so we could see all of the of beautiful placemats that were being donated.  Laura C. from Meals on Wheels accepted the placemats on behalf of their clients.

Donna M

Kim  Z

Laura C

To see more pictures of the Placemat Parade click here.

President Micki told us about receiving a thank you note and pictures from a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces who had received a Quilt of Valour made by our guild.  This particular quilt was worked on by Mibsie B. and Karen C.

We then had a break that included lots of Christmas goodies and time to socialize with our quilting friends.

Checking out the goodies table

After break we enjoyed a Christmas Present Game that included trying to open presents using strange utensils , oven mitts and being blindfolded.  It was hosted by Jolly Jingle Joan, who kept everyone "in stitches" with her antics.

Jolly Jingle Joan H.
First Contestants for the Game

Second Contestants for the Game

Down to the last 2 contestants

We ended the meeting with another wonderful "Show & Tell" and the drawing of the tickets for fat quarters and the gift basket.

Rose's Friendship Star Quilt

Melanie's Quilt

Kristyn's Swan Quilt

Debbie M's Oriental Quilt

To see more pictures of the meeting click here.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you in January.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Upcoming December Meeting

Upcoming December Meeting
The next meeting of the London Friendship Quilters Guild will be held
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
7.00 PM
at St George's Church on Dundas St
This meeting is our Christmas get together.  It is time to put down that needle and thread and stop worrying about all the gifts that you have to finish.  Come prepared to have some fun and enjoy the Christmas season with your quilting friends.

We will not be having a speaker or a vendor at the meeting.  It will be a social evening with goodies and juice, tea and water.

Please bring in your placemats to donate to Meals on Wheels.  Kathy V. will be putting labels on the placemats that come in.  We already have 65 placemats that have been donated and have their labels on.  A representative from Meals on Wheels will be there to receive the placemats and there is talk that we may have another Placemat Parade.  We haven't done that for a couple of years!

Information for the Meeting

**Bring in Placemats for Meals on Wheels
**Sign up sheets will be available for the following:
    Jan 9 or Jan 10 (same workshop being held on 2 different days)-
    workshop with Deborah Beirnes- "Scrap Magic Workshop"
    Feb 28th-The Great Canadian Scrap Challenge.
    Bring in your cheque book or cash if you are planning on signing up for either of these activities
**Bring in any Outreach quilts or pillowcases that you have been working.
**The Outreach Committee will have new quilt and pillowcase kits available to take home to  work on

**Bring in Show and Tell-we would really like to see Christmas Show and Tell ( something you have made in the past or something new for this year).  You can also bring in other non-Christmas Show and Tell.
Receive a draw ticket (for a fat quarter) for bringing in each of the following items:
*Notion of the Month-This month we are going to be making a donation to My Sister's Place, please bring in toiletries (soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, etc.-travel sizes are good) and-or feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads, Poise products)
*Name tag
*A mug-for your juice or tea.

See you at the Meeting!!!