We saw lots of quilts at this meeting from our guest speaker Sherri Hisey, our own members' show-and-tell, and completed preemie quilts, along with many participants in block-of-the-month and the decorative stitch exchange.
And Mary deVries shared some of the work done at the recent sew day for the raffle quilt for our 2019 quilt show. Here are 2 completed "around the town" blocks designed by Mary. Read more about this very productive day in an earlier blog entry.
Sherri Hisey, our guest presenter is a quilt designer with her own company Border Creek Station patterns. Sherri shared with us the importance of balance in a quilt's visual space, how to keep it simple when decoding the math and some basic rules of thumb of quilt designing, and guidelines for setting quilts and borders.
Getting it together in a unique and personal way is key to Sherri's distinctive teaching style-- there is always a way to process your creative thoughts and ideas into a finished project just let your imagination soar!
We appreciated her very detailed hand out that documents various terms such as coping (the addition of fabric strips that build up or correct sizes of blocks, quilt centres, or borders to achieve a desired size), along with "quilt math". And her tips such as photocopying a quilt pattern in black, white and grey, to really see the design values, and volume (the difference between the lightest and darkest fabrics in a quilt to ensure sufficient contrast), and to help you decide where you need print and solid fabrics.
Sherri's quilts showcased a number of her quilt patterns, many of which she brought along to sell.
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The leaves are gone, the sun beds early, and the snow is not far away. I have selected my images for the Presidents challenge, “Sea Side”, my happy place. I’m gathering my fabric and my pattern which I hope to show you soon. Here is the image I have selected from a magazine to inspire my quilt. I hope many of you will participate as well.
We are very excited about our guest speaker this month. Sherri Hisey will be at the meeting to speak about settings and borders as well as present a trunk show. You can read more in the programs section of this newsletter.
We are pleased to see so many new members. Janet Brownlee has graciously agreed to take on the role of Ambassador to help our new friends get acquainted with the guild offerings and our group. If you see Janet with a new member, please introduce yourself to make our new friends feel more at home and find out about their interest in quilting.
If we need to cancel a meeting due to bad weather, we will send out an email around noon to advise the members. Since many of you arrive with a friend, if you see an email about the cancellation, help out others that may not check their email often and let them know. If you personally feel the weather is not good for traveling, your safety must be the first priority, do not venture out to the meeting.
Fifteen keen sewers met at Island View Suites retirement residence in Arnprior for a Sew Day on Thursday Nov 16th.
We worked at paper piecing wedge shaped blocks for the quilt we will be raffling in 2019. Mary DeVries and Rennie Hickey are the genii behind this project. 12 wedges will be joined to make a circle of buildings in the "community" this quilt represents. I worked on a school, church and house with a double window. The quilt will be a real eye-catcher.
While working in the activity room our group of quilters were visited by many residents interested to see our work. We enjoyed pizza and salad from Mama Rosa's.
Thanks to Island View for inviting us to meet without charge. We appreciate the generosity shown to our Guild.
-- Chris Gordon
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The November 6-9 retreat at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark was enjoyed by all. The food was great. We all worked on projects that we brought. We shared techniques with one another. Played a game of BINGO each night and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow Quilters. I think I can truly say we all had a great time!
-- Joanna Vlaming
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Our guild was in full swing at our October meeting.
Many members have been busy making block-of-the-month blocks, blocks for the decorative stitch exchange, and for our charity outreach initiatives, little preemie quilts and wheelchair lap quilts.
Our guest speaker Wendy Foster Birch educated us on the usage of different types of threads and offered a multitude of tips and techniques for machine quilting.
Wendy illustrated thread and machine quilting concepts with her entertaining and informative trunk show which featured her beautiful and creative art quilts and her love of free motion quilting. Her work is bright and is often inspired by nature.
She uses a wide variety of materials in her quilts and all types of threads including cotton, polyester, metallic and her preference for varigated threads.
Wendy kindly provided her detailed notes on thread usage and also a link to a Superior Threads Troubleshooting Guide.
Wendy's quilts vary from traditional patterns to modern and often with a whimsical touch.
Wendy's personal quest for a wide variety of threads led her to become a Superior Thread supplier. Her threads were welcomed at the meeting!
More of Wendy's quilts are pictured in this gallery. Click or tap a photo to view it in full.
Congratulations to our guild members, Mary deVries and Brenda Payer who have achieved tremendous success and recognition with their prize winning quilts. Well done!
Mary deVries' "Something from Nothing" star quilt received Grand Champion at the Renfrew and Cobden fairs.
And Mary's "Granny's Stars" quilt received Reserved Grand Champion at the Renfrew Fair.
Brenda Payer has had a very successful year with multiple awards.
Her applique quilt was awarded Grand Champion at Carp Fair in September.
Brenda entered Northcott's 2 challenges in 2017.
Her entry in the quilt of valour challenge placed second. This challenge was on display at Quilt Canada and the show visitors voted, This quilt will be donated to a veteran,
Brenda also entered Northcott's Trans Canada Block Party Challenge and was one of 13 finalists in the open voting on the internet.
And Brenda won Viewer's Choice at Quilt Canada for her entry in a modern quilt challenge.
Welcome quilters! As I write this, fall is upon us. The foliage is starting to change as well as the weather. I hope you are inspired to capture some of that autumn beauty in a quilt to admire all year.
Last month, the challenges were announced and they will be fun to make and to see at the end of the year. Planning a quilt around a theme or pattern is a creative way to stretch your quilting imagination. Read about them and please consider participating!
I have started planning my President's Challenge quilt which I will share with you as I go along. This month I will share my magazine inspiration image. The beach is my true happy place which is why I have selected this image. I hope you are looking for your inspiration image and will participate in the challenge.
Our first retreat is coming up and I can see everyone is looking forward to the event. This is the opportunity to get away and focus on your quilt work, get some tips and tricks from fellow quilters and socialize with new and old friends. There is still some room available so if you are interested in attending, you can see Joanna Vlaming at our October meeting.
Please don’t forget to sign up to bring something sweet or savory for sharing with other members at a meeting. I am certain that, like your quilts, you all have something great you can share. Just see one of our kitchen volunteers and let them know what you could bring (preferably nut free).
Looking forward to seeing all of you at our October 25th meeting.
Our 2017-2018 guild season kicked off with lots of information about this year's exciting and creative challenges, a new decorative stitch exchange, and the opportunities to contribute important charity projects.
We enjoyed a fascinating and inspiring presentation by Krista Zaleski, a local creative pattern designer, and long arm quilter. Krista took us along her quilting journey from her first quilt to her latest modern designs.
Krista's quilts often feature curves and circles - all pieced.
Krista is an active member of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild.
Krista frequently mentioned the inspiration she took from Judy Laquidara's Patchwork Times blog.
You can keep up with Krista's projects, read more about the quilts pictured here, and purchase her patterns on her blog.
More of Krista's quilts are pictured in this gallery. Click or tap a photo to view it in full.
Welcome to the Arnprior & District Quilters' Guild 2017-2018 season.
Fall seems to have arrived quickly and I hope you find great inspiration for your quilts in the changing colours of our landscape. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me to participate in the guild executive. I believe these next couple of years are going to be exciting. The executive met earlier this month and I can tell you each of them were implementing great ideas and I know you will be pleased. I will leave it to them to present their plans.
One of my personal goals and interest is to increase our membership. There are many quilters of all level in our community and I would like to have them join our guild and share their experience and works with us. The people in our guild are truly friendly and inclusive so I know they would love to be part of our community. I would also like to see more youths get involved in our guild. I will develop a strategy and a plan to see how this can be done. I hope to have something to share with you by December. If you have any ideas on how we could improve the way the guild operates, events we should consider hosting or how we might increase our membership, the executive team is available and you can contact me any time to chat and share your ideas.
As this year’s president, I am issuing a challenge to the members of our guild to design a project using a page from a non quilting related magazine or book as the inspiration. The challenge is to make a quilted project that relates to something on that page - it could be color related, based on a word or phrase on the page, based on a picture on the page, etc. When you submit your challenge project, I would like you to include the page from the magazine and a short write-up of how it related.
I look forward to seeing all of you on September 27th at our first meeting of this season. Please don’t forget your beverage mug and your beautiful items for show and tell. The executive will provide the snacks.
Congratulations to our guild member Rennie Hickey for her prize winning quilt "Refuge" at Quilt Canada, the Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA) national juried show in Toronto, June 14-17.
"My garden is my refuge for 3 months of the year and I often feel inspired by it for my creative endeavors! I wanted to capture how sunlight brings my garden to life and so this quilt came to be. I used raw edge applique, thread painting, and Inktense pencils in the making of this quilt." -- Rennie Hickey
Rennie's "Album" quilt was entered in the TrendTex Challenge where the theme was "Stitching A Canadian Memory" .
Best of Show was won by Colette Dumont of Saint-Romain, QCwith her beautiful "Fleur de Glace".
And more photos provided by Brigid. Click on an image to view the entire photo.