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.
On a brisk Wednesday morning, the Thames Valley Quilters Guild held their final meeting of the 2021 calendar year on the patio of the Highland Golf & Country Club. Even though there were heaters in the ceiling, we all still wore our coats and mitts, and were warmed by the coffee, tea and pastries provided. Members enjoyed visiting with one another and seeing each other's Christmas creations.
Here are the pictures:
On a beautiful, crisp and sunny morning, the Thames Valley Quilters Guild met for their November meeting at Greenway Park. Members brought their lawn chairs, enjoyed browsing through the used magazines and books and library books, and held a short meeting. Here a few of our latest creations:
On a day that started out cool and cloudy but gradually warmed up to become a beautiful autumn morning, the guild once again met at Greenway Park. After the business meeting, members shared their beautiful quilted items. Unexpectedly, we were joined by a group of school children who sat front and centre as we shared our quilts. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy viewing everything and responded with lots of appreciative clapping before they ran off to play on the nearby climbers.
Once again, here is a display of the Thames Valley Quilt Guild member "Show and Share."
After not being able to meet together in person due to COVID restrictions, the first meeting of this quilt guild year took place on a beautiful sunny morning at Greenway Park. Each member brought her own chair and refreshments as well as quilt projects for Show and Share.
Our president brought us up to date on guild activities and spent time thanking various members of the guild for their efforts that helped keep members involved and quilting over the past year. She also handed out prizes for the online COVID Show & Share quilt show that went on our website.
Seeing one another's quilts up close at the end of the meeting and having the opportunity to visit one another in a safe setting made the morning very special.
Enjoy the photos below of many "Pandemic Quilts"
Pauline has made this beautiful wall hanging in response to our latest guild challenge using circles.
Eleaner has made another beautiful lap quilt from recycled velours, velvets and flannels.
Gail had enough bright colours left over from her rainbow quilt to make a placemat, a folded circle centrepiece
and two coasters.
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!