President's Message - June 2017
This newsletter blurb is coming to you live from Quilt Canada. I have seen a few people from our guild as well as folks from the Ottawa area. This is my second day here and there is so much to talk about and be inspired by.
I would like to highlight the Youth Challenge. I was blown away by the quilts. A group from Belleville worked with 10 youth aged 5 and up and created some fantastic pieces. They worked on PD days and went through machine safety, cutting and then piecing and appliqué. I have long wanted to get a group like this underway and feel inspired to do so in our area.
Then there's the Trend Tex challenge where I saw work by one of our members.
The Ottawa Modern Guild has a special exhibit as do Quilts of Valour, Fibre Art Network, and Cantik Batiks.
Of course, what would a quilt show be without shopping! I may have done a bit of that!
Getting to guild business, I want to thank everyone who came forward for next year. I look forward to sitting in the audience for a while... I will try to keep up with my UFO's and have things for show and tell.
Enjoy the summer & happy quilting,
Quilt Canada 2017
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.
Quilting in the Valley Quilt Show - April 29-30, 2017
To visitors to our show, thank you for coming and we hope that you enjoyed your visit. And to our guild members who provided quilts for the show, volunteered over the weekend, or on the organizing committee, all your contributions were truly appreciated.
Show visitors voted for Viewer's Choice, Best Baby Quilt, and Best Other Quilted item. Prize winners are pictured below.
Canada's Big Quilt Bee
Our guild is participating in the Canadian Quilters' Associations Big Quilt Bee to make quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada, in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
Guilds from across Canada will be making and donating 12 1/2 inch blocks incorporating at least one piece of a special Canada fabric.
Refer to the CQA web site for more information, including sample blocks using the special Canada quilt fabric that we’ll all be using, and instructions for the blocks using a “slab block pattern” compliments of Cheryl Arkison.
Our guild members have been busy constructing blocks for these quilts. Approximately 135 blocks were constructed at our very successful "slab block" workshop in early February bringing our total to about 200 blocks.
At our hands-on February guild meeting, our guild members assembled the blocks into 13 quilt tops for the Big Quilt Bee. Way to go quilters! Those kids at Ronald McDonald House Charities are going to love them!
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