Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Quilty, Winter Night - Guild on March 4th, 2014

A small but mighty group gathered to Tuesday night to see some beautiful work and to hear a lot about the organization of our May quilt show.  The quilt show committee is doing a great job.
 
People seem to be scoffing the idea that I NEED to have our "Canadian Quilter" magazine first so that I can catalogue it for the library.  Skeptics, I say!
 
 
Here's the show and tell:

Eileen's beautiful quilt says spring is coming!   
Marg has been ticking UFOs off her list.


This cute snowman one might be appropriate to hang at the library in May the way the weather has been.
 
 
Debbie has been working of Christmas gifts for 2014.  I wonder how many of us are working on Christmas gifts for 2013!  LOL
Sharon showed these cross-stitched pictures with old Singer machines in them.  Beautiful and priceless.
Jaynie had show AND tell.  Her "show" is this beautiful piece.


And her "tell" is absolutely marvelous news.  The piece she showed us two months ago has been accepted into the juried Quilt Canada show which will be in St. Catherines in June.  Jaynie, we are so proud of your accomplishment.
 
Joanne had a photo of a baby quilt she made. 

Donna has a big grin on her face thanks to Lydia. 
Like Eileen's quilt, Verla's hanging says spring.
Our raffle quilt for the show is ready and members could take books of tickets to sell.  It should be an easy sell.
 
Our "poverty piecers" (Remember that term from Judy Morningstar?) didn't let leftover fabric go to waste as they used the leftovers to create the back.
Guild isn't just inspiration; it is also friendly chatter.
There are lessons too.  Here Colleen is setting up a video about layering your quilt on a table.
This next photo is totally in the wrong place.  Oh, well!  Fire me!  These cute potholders are part of Debbie's Christmas sewing.  I wonder how I can be added to her list.
See you next month!
 
 
 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mini Retreat - January 25, 2014

I popped into the mini-retreat held at the Junior High yesterday and those involved were piecing up a storm.  I got there before lunch so don't know what their catered meal was, but I did see the canteen was open because of a basketball tournament so maybe they got food vouchers for that!
 
Here are the ladies in action:
 




 


 
Debbie made this sweet bib and I'm going to steal the idea.  Is anyone else?  The boy's version has camouflage at the top.
 Here I'm checking if it comes in adult sizes.
I won't be at the next guild meeting because we'll be in New York City.  If anyone wants to join us, you can at www.brendaswitwalking.blogspot.ca
 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Guild Meeting on 35 Below January 7th

Guild members must have cabin fever for they showed up in droves regardless of the weather!  Way to go, my fellow, hardy quilters!
We started the evening with five stations which each member passed through learning a bit about...
perfect points from Darlene...
...continuous binding from Yvonne...

... batting from Jan...
...specialty rulers from Lydia...
...and paper piecing from me.
What a great way to get lots of information quickly.  Next month's meeting will be set up with five more stations so don't miss it.  (True confession:  I'll miss it because I'll be in New York that week; maybe someone could Youtube it.)
 
Then it was on to show-and-tell.  Debbie showed what she made for Christmas gifts including these square dance skirts.  Joking!  These tree skirts are lovely.


She also made some beautiful tree ornaments.
Finally she showed some hot pads.  When I checked my photos, I saw that they were black against her black sweater so you couldn't see them at all.  Ask her about the pattern; I've used the same pattern to make coasters and it's really cool.
 
Both Donna W. and I worked on New York Beauties.  Her Christmas one was made for a very important person.  Herself!  How often do we give away our creations instead of enjoying them ourselves?
My New York Beauty bag is for a theater fundraiser in Saskatoon.  I've made this pattern 18 times now and really should challenge myself with something else.  The problem is I LOVE THIS PATTERN!
Sharynne showed this quilt that Ethel made.  It looks so cosy and all of us in our row loved the colors and the border.
Yvonne finished her carpenter's wheel quilt from Jill's class last year.  Her beautiful rendition is inspiring me to get mine finished for the quilt show.

Elma showed this in beautiful, soft colors.
She brought one of her gorgeous porcelain dolls which has clothes crocheted out of regular sewing thread!  Wow, are the stitches fine!  I hope everyone peeked at the doll's slip and underpants.  They are equally exquisite.
Jaynie showed a quilt she made using a large print.  It was a perfect pattern for her fabric and the back of the quilt shows the uncut fabric.
 
 

Here's another creation of Jaynie's.
This fiber art is one Jaynie hopes will be accepted into a juried show.  How can it not be selected?
 
Some of us took Jaynie's class on creating cording and then using the cording to create landscapes.  In the next detail, you can see the cording even though the color is off.  Well done, our friend; well done.
 

Jan showed this photo of a quilt and we all assumed it is a modern quilt because of the color and layout.  Uh uh!  It's an antique quilt.
 
Then Jill showed a sample of what you will be making if you take her quilt-as-you-go class.  I took this class from her last year and it is so worthwhile.  Consider it.
I shouldn't be telling you this until I make a phone call myself, but since you are
my friends, I'll let you in on something that was mentioned at last night's meeting.  Contact Terry now if you want her to quilt some of your pieces for our May 9th - 10th quilt show.  Her business is very busy and you don't want to miss out.
 
Speaking of the show, there is an organizational meeting at Marg's tomorrow, Thursday, January 9th, at 7:30.  If you want to help organize, try to attend this meeting.
 
Finally, here is the winter edition of the Canadian magazine.  Check inside.
Here is a photo inside the magazine.  Look at the third woman from the right in the back row.  It's our Jaynie.  This photo is from the Fibre Art Network retreat that she attended on Gabriola Island.
Finally, I would like to mention that both Jaynie and Michele have fiber works in the James Weir People's Choice exhibit at the library.  Check it out!  The gallery is filled with incredible works in various media.