Upon entering the room, you could just feel the energy in the air as members interacted with one another, working on personal projects, pinning a quilt and checking out the library. Chloe demonstrated her method of English Paper Piecing and answered lots of questions to a very attentive group. Projects were laid out to inspire us all towards making items for the boutique in our upcoming quilt show and Jannet was available with some fidget quilt ideas. And coffee, tea and light snacks were available to round out the morning. A few photos below:
Our guest, Judy Lyons, Quilt Appraiser & Lecturer began the morning by presenting examples of colour theory, and throughout her presentation, she illustrated how colours, patterns and fabric quality have all changed throughout the years and how these traits help in identifying the era in which a quilt was made. Her samples included quilts made with fabrics such as crimplene, printed feed bags, cigarette silks and men’s suiting.
Judy’s passion for Canadian quilts and original Canadian quilt patterns shone through. She shared samples of wartime quilts such as the Patriotic Victory Quilt, a Canadian Centennial Quilt and shared several books that served as great resources.
Among other things, Judy explained the difference between an Insurance Appraisal and a Market Appraisal. We really learned a lot today about quilt quality and quilting history from a very knowledgeable expert!
Enjoy some of her beautiful creations below.
Our business meeting followed and included an introduction of our full slate of Quilt Show Committee members plus one of our favourite parts of the meeting, Show & Share of our members work. See those samples below:
We had an excellent turn out for our Let’s Quilt Day September 26th. A prairie points demo by Jannet Trewartha was the featured activity and our members showed a lot of interest in this technique.
At another table, pieces of a Kaleidoscope Quilt were laid out by Deb and many members (perhaps too many) stopped by to offer an alternate arrangement. Susan helped with verbal encouragement.
Gail had lots of help pinning a quilt, making it ready for machine quilting. We should see it soon at Show and Share.
Our president had a private lesson in needle turn appliqué. This is a real example of how help is always available at these casual meeting days. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance if needed.
The library was very busy as often we don’t get time to browse on regular meeting days. Barb has already purchased two new books that were recommended by our September presenter, Joyce O’Connell. They will be ready for borrowing in October. Always lots of older books and magazines available for purchase too, with profits directed right back to the library.
Of course we had tea and coffee and a choice of four treats including some melon pieces which was rather special.
Our guest presenter this morning was Joyce O’Connell, a national and international award winning quilt artist. She began by sharing her personal journey through quilting, beginning with a “Quilt in a Day” Eleanor Burns workshop which resulted in a beautiful queen-sized log cabin quilt. Following this, Joyce then went on to do a Lone Star quilt and did her first Bargello. She encouraged us to try new techniques, explaining her own journey to developing new skills and interests.
Assisted by her husband, Mark, Joyce displayed many of her creations, including quilts of significance such as a commissioned quilt for Stephen Lewis’ “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” initiative, and others relating to Britain and the war years.
With 103 in attendance at this morning’s meeting, we were all blown away by her work. You can find our more about Joyce on her website here.
See more of her creations below:
Many of our members were busy over the summer finishing quilts and quilty items. See their work below:
We started our morning listening to our guest speaker, Trina O'Rourke, owner of The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop in Seaforth. Trina explained, with the use of slides, her journey into owning a quilt shop, from purchasing a property and renovating it into the thriving business it is today. Bringing in the Van Gogh Cherrywood Exhibit last November was a major feat and coverage on the news really contributed to a great attendance and has put the quilt shop on the map. This story inspired us and after her presentation, we were able to purchase her beautiful quality products. At this point, Trina's shop is the only distributor of the Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric here in Canada and she reminded us that her store is only 40 minutes north of Masonville. She is pictured above with her assistant, Janice Dunbar.
Following this presentation, the members enjoyed an extended coffee break and brunch, followed by the business meeting with lots of numbers drawn for plants and some Cherrywood fabric and the fun "Name that Square."
Below are samples of Show & Share by our members - enjoy!
On Thursday, May 24, three of our guild members participated in the class "Watercolor on Fabric, Applique & Embroidery" with Icelandic instructor, Adsis Finnadottir.
Holding up their works in progress are Dale, Gail, Adsis and Anita. A fun morning of learning!
Members engaged in many of their usual activities on our May Let's Quilt Day, visiting with one another, pinning quilts, and spending time in the library. Here we see one of our members appreciating the machine quilting that was done on her quilt. She has taken it home to bind it and we will probably soon get to admire the finished product.
The theme is: Make it BIG, Make it small
Four of our members each have made a piece for this exhibit. One of the pieces is featured on one of the posters. Show is on till June 9th, 2018.
More information about the show here.
Jim Wilford - what a charming, prolific, talented and diverse quilter! His quilting journey began in 1991 when he made 100 sets of placemats for a shop in Kingsville. Having been an art teacher and an avid bridge player, he brings artistry, intelligence and precision to his work.
Log cabin is one of Jim’s favourites, and he particularly enjoys working on them on his treadle machine at his cottage in the summer where there is no electricity.
Hand and machine piecing, quilting and appliqué appear in Jim’s quilts and he still takes workshops but never does things exactly as instructed.
Jim is a Canadian stamp collector and a stamp was the inspiration for the first piece in this series of photos, with the horse modified into a kicking posture.
Art quilts are part of his collection too.
Colour gradations are skilfully done in the Ribbon workshop that Jim has taught.
Each tiny fused rectangle represents a brush stroke.
Black, white and gray is a favourite colour combination.
The last photo, “Portal” is comprised of 7000 5/8” squares and some hand-dyed fabrics.
In the meeting, following Jim’s wonderful presentation, we were reminded that it is time to renew memberships and our year-end social is next month.
Another great show and share of our members creations.
Here is a little heartwarmer about the first quilt.
The blocks made by Connie Jefferess were purchased at our annual auction. Our member who is making it into a quilt is also gathering more information about the blocks and Connie Jefferess. Connie Jefferess was a long standing member of the Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London prior to her death earlier this year.
Our relaxed morning involved guild members doing handwork and visiting with one another. Library inventory was done today with the help of extra volunteers.
As well, Gail Kreek shared some of her knowledge on EQ7, the computer quilt designing program.
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