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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, January 15, 2018.
Download the Quill-January2018.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need batting or backing to finish a quilt top from previous bees.
Thanks and keep up the great work.
For more information on Quilt Bees and our Community Projects – click here.
Upcoming Quilt Shows
Click here to view some upcoming quilt shows near and far.
2017-2018 Classes – **NEW CLASSES ADDED
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. Click here for more details.
In May 2018, 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.
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.
The Teddy Bear Committee has decided to take over programming for the February Guild meeting and we thought this would be a good way to get you started on your teddy bear quilt for next November. For the February meeting you need to bring a pair of scissors and 1 metre of fabric. Since this will be for a child it would be nice to bring a primary colour or children’s fabric. We will be in groups of 5-6 (depending on how many people plan on participating) so if you like, you could get together with your friends and choose coordinating fabric. You will start with a metre of fabric and go home with a metre of assorted fabrics. There will be more explanation at Guild and at the February meeting. See you there.
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
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.
The library has been blessed with donations of previously loved books and magazines. Some have been added to the library and will be displayed at the January meeting as new books to the library.
Duplicate books and quilting magazines have been reasonably priced and will be available for sale in the library at the January general meeting. Check-out the free bin!
Valentines Day is coming so there will be books on display at the January meeting highlighting hearts as well as the program topic this month – recycled ties.
Maria and Barb
There were 2 comfort quilts and 12 squares turned in at the December meeting.
Thanks to Jannette and Marie for the ideas for blocks but remember that 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.
Superior Quilt Show 2017 Winners
Dorothy Mills – 1st Place Viewers Choice Flights of Fancy
Winner of the Quilt Show Challenge.
The Guild will be be hosting their next Quilt Show in 2019!