We kicked off our 2016-2017 guild season on Wednesday September 29 with a great turn out to hear about the programs and challenges, to share what we've been making over the summer, and to enjoy a fascinating trunk show.
The striking blue quilt that we'll be raffling off at our quilt show in April 2017 is now complete and was on display. The pattern was custom designed by Brigid Whitnall, blocks were pieced over the summer by Penny Carruthers, Chris Gordon, and Janet Brownlee, and it was assembled by Chris. Mary Stanton did an awesome job of quilting it and she also provided the thread and the perfectly coordinating backing from her stash. Thank you Mary for your very generous contributions.
Show and tell was, as always, very inspiring and well received. You can see photos of all of the projects in OUR QUILTS.
Paul Leger Trunk Show
Our program featured guest quilter Paul Leger who presented a very entertaining and interesting trunk show. We believe that Paul brought 2 "firsts" to our guild - a male guest speaker, and a selfie!
Paul started quilting 26 years ago when he was stationed with the Canadian Armed Forces in Victoria BC. He took his first course 4 years after starting to quilt. Until that point Paul instructed himself to quilt (with a little help from his mother.)
Over the years Paul's quilting skills and styles have changed. He still likes traditional quilting but is now dabbling in the modern. Now Paul teaches, designs and gives presentations and is an active participant in the international quilting community. Paul's trunk show charted his quilting journey over the years. Starting from his first quilt, which was made from his shirts, we saw his unique and varied designs. Paul's thirst for new ideas and learning was evident throughout his show. He's always looking for something new and avoids repeating the same thing over and over. He also has a slight aversion to the "A" thing (applique!)
Paul donated a quilt to the University of Moncton's Acadian Museum, which honours the families who founded l'Acadie and includes the names of 305 of the 800 founding families. You can see a photo of this quilt on Paul's web site.
Here are some of the quilts that Paul included in his trunk show. Click on a photo to enlarge it. More photos of his fascinating quilts can be found on Paul's web site.
-- Janet Brownlee