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.
A packed house and lots of fun ensued this morning as the guild held its annual auction. Lots of fabric collectors enjoyed bidding on the great selection of fabric, tools and notions Once again, Betty served as auctioneer and her helpers did a splendid job sorting, displaying and delivering the goods to the highest bidders. A good time was had by all!
We also enjoyed our members' creations in a brief Show & Share:
Besides the opportunity to visit with one another and work on projects, we enjoyed a delightful presentation from Jan and Bea Bender. As representatives of the Ailsa Craig Quilt & Fibre Arts Festival, they shared a sampling of some of the quilts which will be part of the "Quilts of Iceland" display coming up in May. They also summarized a list of the workshops being offered. This really added to our morning. Thank you ladies!
This morning we thoroughly enjoyed the Trunk Show “Add the Pizzaz Factor” featuring Jennifer Houlden, Quilt Designer and Textile Artist. Jennifer shared many of her quilts, featuring different textures, patterns and value, many embellished with couching and other mixed media. Several of her creations were developed using tissue boxes as her inspiration and included geometric, whimsical designs.
Jennifer shared that she made her first quilt at the age of 12, then, several years later, she was reintroduced to quilting while living in Yellowknife. Attending classes and learning new techniques broadened her horizons and her talents were expanded even further when she moved to the Australian Outback.
She explained that she uses the colour wheel to create stunning colour combinations and contrasts and loves geometric designs and creating a feeling of movement in her work.
Be sure to visit Jennifer’s website, www.quiltsbyjen.ca to learn more about her and her work. Enjoy some photos below from her morning at our guild.
Enjoy the quilts of our membership - Show & Share:
This month’s “Let’s Quilt Day” was a fidget quilt day. Marlene had several kits ready with six inch pre-embellished squares to be joined and backed. With everything prepared ahead the sewing went quickly for the sewers and their assistants. Brenda supervised and kept us supplied as needed and allowed a 15 minute coffee break.
The program committee was seen fine tuning next year’s programs.
The rest of the group were busy with their handwork and constant chatter.
As usual the refreshment committee members supplied us with coffee and treats.
February 14 was a treat as our program was four demonstrations by capable members of our Guild.
Dorothy Maynard showed us a unique 2 colour zipper pouch. She had several in different sizes and colour combinations. Well written instructions accompanied her demonstration.
Ellen James shared information about Log Cabin quilts. She used many colourful fabric blocks to show several configurations for a log cabin quilt.
Chloe Truman demonstrated her method of making mitred borders on a quilt. She uses the diagonal lines on a large square ruler to good advantage.
Gwen McCall demonstrated Double Disappearing Nine Patch techniques, shared from a workshop by Bill Stearman. She used striking red black and white, full sized blocks to reveal his method of cutting and reassembling blocks.
Our guild gains from the work of our members. Thank You for sharing your skills.
Show & Share:
A relaxing morning ensued as members helped one another to pin quilts and had an opportunity to shop as our vendor, Michaelanne Hathaway, of "Stache Fabric & Notions", brought in a selection of fabrics and notions.
"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:
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