"Zentangles" - who would have thought that this fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns could apply to quilting! Our feature today was our own Kathie Morgan who did a great job of guiding us through the process of creating tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. She then shared many of her own projects that she and others have made using this same concept. We enjoyed the fun of sitting at tables and applying pencil to paper, discovering skills we didn't know we possessed.
And then there is Show & Share - always a delight to view:
A wintry morning found over 40 guild members present at our December Social. Members sat at tables decorated by greenery centrepieces created by Gwen and the Christmas brunch table was laden with goodies brought in by members and another beautiful centrepiece created by Kathy.
After a short business meeting, Gwen donned her Santa cap and read from her "Naughty and Nice" list, acknowledging all of those serving the guild in so many ways. They were all, of course, on the "Nice" list and rewarded with a candy cane.
Ellen and Donna presented some of the history of their involvement in Victoria's Quilts and introduced Fred Slater who delivers these quilts to the recipients in the London area. Fred also displayed a beautiful quilt done by his sister, entitled "Wild Tymes."
The group then enjoyed an extended brunch time followed by Show and Share. A very festive morning was had by all!
Enjoy photos of our morning below.
Guild members enjoyed a full day workshop learning the Disappearing Nine Patch with Jim Spearman. See some photos below:
Thumbs up to our great program committee. On Nov. 8, we enjoyed a "Backpack" quilt show by quiltmaker Bill Stearman from the Belleville area. His quilts have been shown in Houston, Chicago and the UK in the few years he has been quilting .
Many of his quilts were based on the disappearing nine patch design interpreted in different ways and in his own dyed fabrics. Other quilts reflected his emotions, felt in special moments inspired by music, artists, or children.
Each quilt was a accompanied by the unique story that inspired it and were highlights of the program. All quilts were enhanced with the beautiful thread designs of Deanna Gaudaur.
Everyone enjoyed hearing of his adventures through life.
A few photos of his work below:
On a beautiful cool fall morning, members gathered to stitch and share, help pin two queen-sized quilts and take part in the "Rip, fold, snip, tear and pass" method of sharing fabrics for a quilt project. Below you can see members enjoying this!
In spite of the rainy weather, 80 members made it to the second meeting of the year. Trisha and Mary from Harebrained Happenings were our delightful speakers, two women with a passion for craft, animals and creating quilts, bags, wallhangings and patterns. We heard of their individual and joint quilting histories, watched their slide show and saw a display of many completed pieces, full of humour and whimsy. During break, members enjoyed looking through their large pattern collection. Quite a few were purchased so we can look forward to the interpretations our members will bring to the designs. If you missed the meeting, be sure to check out their website, http://www.harebrainedhappenings.com.
The business meeting followed break. Gail provided an overview of the constitution revision which will be voted on in November. All members are encouraged to look this over and submit comments or questions in writing to the executive before the next meeting. Let's Quilt Day in two weeks will involve groups of 7 participating in the "Snip, Rip, Pass, Toss..." for which each person will be required to bring in one metre of fabric. Jannet provided three Tips of the Month: make a photo album of all quilts you make, use Basting Spray for smooth backs and plan the quilting in your borders using paper folded into sections. Questionnaires (84) filled in last month indicate that we are all "intermediate" quilters, even someone who has been quilting for 65 years - how humble we are! The November workshop is filled but a wait list is being compiled. Pat Palmer will be doing a Kaleidoscope quilt workshop in January but there are only 6 spots left. Brenda correctly identified the Dresden Plate in "Name the Block" after it was determined that Barb couldn't be a contestant two months in a row. Show and Share was wonderful, as always.
Some Samples of Harebrained Happenings
Show and Share
Our morning was relaxed as members worked on projects, chatted, and spent time in the library. Brenda and Betty demonstrated the "hot dog" pillowcase method for our new members and we enjoyed refreshments faithfully organized by our refreshment committee.
Our first guild meeting for 2017-2018 took place on a beautiful September morning. Lovely little quilted pumpkin centrepieces decorated each table. The room soon filled with happy chatter as members and visitors signed in. Members received their new membership cards and everyone chose a quilt block piece and set about finding others in the same colour grouping. Then each group settled in at tables set for nine and assembled their pieces into a quilt block. With a facilitator at each table, the group got to know one another by sharing some of their quilting journey as well as a project that they were working on or had completed. Members also filled in a short survey and played a fun match-up game. People sitting in the stickered chair at each table went home with the centrepiece.
Lastly, Ellen James explained the “Fold, Snip, Rip, Pass, Drop and Give” technique and seven volunteers demonstrated.
The business meeting followed our break time, and ended with a fun “Name that Block” game. Barbara Cowlan was the lucky winner of the prize. Our time together ended with our ever popular Show and Share. An exciting start to our new guild year! Some photos below:
The Guild's June meeting featured Marci Majoor, the London representative of Quilts of Valour. She shared some of the history of the organization and the labelling that is placed on the back of each quilt. She shares one of their quilts below.
Members enjoyed an extended social time with a delicious potluck brunch. In wrapping up our "Year of Celebration" and recognizing Canada 150, we watched "The Log Driver's Waltz," a delightful animated video of the iconic Canadian folk song. A slide show of our quilt show, Quilting in the Village 2017, was also presented. A fun draw took place with Chloe Truman winning a gift basket. Another gift basket was presented to Betty Huygen in recognition of her many contributions to the guild over the years.
Show and Share included not only new quilted items, but also a sharing of favourite notions. This was a morning of fun, food and fellowship. A great way to end a very eventful guild year. Enjoy some of our Show & Share quilts below:
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