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Monthly Meetings

Join us  at the Calvary Lutheran Church at 2820 Donald Street East -located at the intersection of Donald Street and Edward Street. We will meet on the third Monday of each month, September through June – our meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Pre-meeting demos start at 6:30 pm (see below for details). All are welcome.  Click here for a full listing of the dates, time and location…

Our next meeting will be: Monday, December 11, 2017.  Download the December Quill 2017

Doors open at 5 pm to start bringing your yummy food in! Dinner is at 6 pm and the meeting is at 7 pm. Bring a plate, cup, and cutlery for yourself so you have something to eat off. Please label all food that contains things our members are allergic to: dairy, nuts, onions and garlic. You may also bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank. Remember to bring lots of cash money, there will be raffles and an auction of items from Alva Llewellyn’s estate. Cindy will also be raffling off a penguin family display of hers with proceeds going to Christmas Cheer. Tickets will be $2 or 3 for $5.

Guild Bags and Pins – We will be selling bags and pins with the new Guild logo! The bags are navy cotton with a zippered closure and will be available at a cost of $20 cash, exact change please! Pins are available at a cost of $5. Exact change would be appreciated.

Nametags – kits will be available at the meeting at a cost of $5.00. I am including the pattern again (click her for the Nametag Pattern). Please note it is reversed for paper piecing. If you need help, here is one good tutorial, http://ellisonlane.com/2013/08/beginningpaperpiecing.html

Click here for information about our past meetings and a schedule of our 2017-2018 meetings as well as details of our meetings from years past.

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Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts

Congratulations, we did it!  We beat last year’s total of 216 by 41 for a total of 257 stuffed animals and dolls with their quilts, pillowcases, sleeping bags and tote bags that were donated to the Christmas Cheer Fund. I’d also like to thank you all for your hard work so that we could give that many stuffed animals to Christmas Cheer.  Thanks also to the Committee for tying the stuffed animals up and for helping with the display.

Peggy

For more details about this and other Community Service Projects click here.

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Quilt Bee – join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 

10 am-4 pm at the Oliver Road Community Centre

The Quilt Bee is coming up.  Please plan to attend. I will have a sign up list at the January meeting. I will be in touch with the Quilt Bee organizing committee separately over the next few weeks to set a date for the kit assembly and for planning the quilt bee itself.

Thank you to everyone who has handed in a strawberry block. I’m looking forward to seeing these as finished quilts. These will be made into kits for finishing at the Quilt Bee.

If you finish quilt tops or kits that you have signed out, we need to know that they have been returned. I am going to try to set up a system to help me get the names of people who hand in completed tops or quilts. We may ask that you sign off a sheet of paper when you drop off your quilts in the pews at the church. We will establish a system over the next month or so in coordination with the Comfort Quilt committee. In the meantime, please continue to let me know.

Remember you can email me alopes@tbaytel.net if you need batting or backing to finish a quilt top from previous bees.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

Adrienne

For more information on Quilt Bees and our Community Projects – click here.

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Pre-Meeting Demos

Wendy and Cindy will be keeping with Alva’s tradition of demo’s before the meeting. We welcome others to join in as well.

Click here to download the information on the hexie demo that Cindy did at the November meeting – Hexi ornaments-Nov2017

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2017-2018 Classes

There are many classes arranged for this year – a Free Motion Class with Adrienne; a Bag Class with Peggy and Hand Quilting class with Jeannette.

In May, the Guild will be welcoming Julie Plotniko to it’s May meeting for a special demo.  As well she will be conducting 2 classes: Colour Blend Quilt and Botanical Free Motion Quilting Made Easy. 

** New Class added – May 21st – Thread Painting for Beginners “Harmony the Hedgehog”

For more information on these classes click here.

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Placemats – *New Patterns* added 

74 beautiful placemats were donated at our November meeting – a record number! Congratulations.  Due to the pot luck and other activities, we will not be distributing kits at this meeting but we will still collect completed placemats.  Check with us in the new year if you want additional kits at that tie.  In the meantime, have wonderful holidays!

Doris and Judy

Remember that you can view pictures of our donated placemats on our Flickr site. If you want to make placemats using your own fabrics and patterns, we will also have labels available for you to add.

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 Comfort Quilts

There were 8 comfort quilts and 13 squares turned in at the November meeting.

You can make any quilt square and then sandwich it with cotton or cotton/poly batting and a backing fabric to make a quilted square that should measure a minimum of 12.5 inches (so start with a 14 inch piece for backing and batting). Don’t trim your blocks as they may fray so blocks should be trimmed just prior to making the quilt tops. Almost any colours can be used but we recommend using a neutral backing and would like colours that will appeal to both males and females.In 2017-2018 we are launching a new project for next year called “Hope House”. We will be looking to donate bed and crib quilts for each room when they rebuild the facility after the fire.

To read more about our Comfort Quilts and other community projects click here.

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Superior Quilt Show 2017 Winners

 Dorothy Mills1st Place Viewers Choice  Flights of Fancy

Winner of the Quilt Show Challenge.

The Guild will be be hosting their next Quilt Show in 2019!

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