Two more for outreach quilts finished. Thanks to Julie from London and Gail from Mount Brydges.
Trish Gamble delivered 15 quilts made for our Outreach Program to Anova: Second Stage Housing
and then Anova passed seven of those off to Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
Marlene Dunlap just finished this quilt (44" by 50") for the Outreach Program. Her plan is to make up quilt kits like this for the fall.
Boy, the ladies are still finishing quilts for outreach!
If your clean scraps are too small to become part of your stash, Glen Gorman 226 600 0136 will take them off of your hands for a project he is working on for his son.
We arrived and signed in for our last meeting of the year.
Marlene Dunlap and Trish Gamble lead the TVQG Outreach Program. Marlene let us know, this year the guild made:
Libby Thorne and Barbara Smith have a huge job maintaining our library. It would be very much appreciated if all items out for any length of time, be returned. Please consider giving them a hand when our fall meetings start.
Members Show and Share
Deb Owen’s opened our very first Let’s Quilt Day in two years at the Westview Baptist Church, our new location. We had time to interact with one another, browse in the library and observe two demonstrations.
How to make half square triangles was shown to us by Marlene Dunlap. The easy angle ruler and companion angle ruler were used together. This method wastes nothing.
There are many videos on line to explain how to use the easy angle ruler, here are two:
Dorothy Maynard demonstrated how to weave with fabric strips. This technique was inspired by watching a YouTube video showing women in Senegal weaving grass baskets. One-inch strips of fabric, cut on the straight grain, are pressed through the 1/2 inch Clover bias tape maker to ensure they are all exactly the same width and then the strips are pinned and woven onto the sticky side of fusible interfacing. She also demonstrated how to put the backing on to produce pillows, placemats, coasters, etc.
On a beautiful spring morning in May, 58 members of the Thames Valley Quilters Guild attended our May meeting in the auditorium of Westview Baptist Church, our spacious new location going forward.
Yvette Glynnn welcomed everyone and introduced our guest speaker, Kristyn McCoy, owner of Melon Patch Quilts. Kristyn is the past president and current member of our local Modern Quilt Guild. She shared that she started out as a traditional quilter and started taking design courses which led her into producing award winning pieces that have been featured in art galleries, museums, and quilt shows. One of her small quilts, Pickled Peppers, is included in the book Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century by The Modern Quilt Guild.
Several of the quilts she shared with us were "statement quilts" featuring her artistic rendering of various current social issues. Others she called "improv quilts," all beautifully designed and quilted.
After this enjoyable and inspiring presentation, we took a short break, and ended our time together with Show & Share, appreciating the beautiful handiwork from our own quilters.
Goodbye to Wesley Knox, packing up our library and miscellaneous for the move to Westview Baptist Church at 1000 Wonderland Road South.
We arrived with our masks on and signed in for our first indoor and in person meeting since March 2020.
The president welcomed us to the the Highland Golf and Country club. During the last two years members found ways to stay connected by outdoor gatherings organized by the Guild, small group gatherings, the Mystery Quilt through the “Stitcharie” store in Petrolia, Social Media, etc.
Sharon Agla - our guest speaker
Our presenter was Sharon Agla from Listowel who is a retired Family Studies Teacher. Sharon is a member of the Waterloo County Quilt Guild and the Elmira Needle Sisters Quilt Guild. In 2005, she came to quilting as a way of dealing with health issues. She uses a number of different techniques such as painting (uses Acrylic Paint with Fabric Medium), colouring on fabric with crayons, embroidery and more. Enjoy the photos
Sharon uses 3 squares made into triangles as an alternate method to hang quilts. Only 3 hand stitches required. Here is a link for doing it. See photo below.
The Outreach Project for this Guild year is making quilts for the Nshwaasnangong Child Care Centre on Hill Street, London. Below are the photos of a few of the donated quilts.
If you are interested in making the star quilt as shown below, here is the link to make it.
Members Show and Share
Our members have been busy stitching – quilts, bags, wallets, wall hangings, other textile art pieces and a framed quilt too. Here are photos of our members show and share.
The Thames Valley Quilters Guild
We hope to stay connected with all TVQG Members and anyone interested in quilting.
We're a Member of the Canadian Quilters' Association!