Our first meeting of the 2021-2022 guild year was Wednesday September 22
Our guest speaker was Lise Bélanger http://en.libexpression.com
Lise: 'Everyone is creative; you just have to listen to your creativity. This lecture introduces you to my competition quilts, my creative process, and the techniques I use to create them. What is most important to me is to show you how it is possible to relax into the creative process, what I call making space, getting inspired and trusting yourself. You will see that I don't have all the answers when I start a project, and that's often best."
We welcome Zoom-ready visitors to our meetings for a $5 fee (payable by e-Transfer). To register as a visitor please contact our guild at email@example.com
Join our Guild for 2021-2022
Membership is now open for the September 2021 - June 2022 guild season.
If you are a current member and want to renew your membership, or if you'd like to become a member, you can do that now. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation our membership fee for the September 2021-June 2022 season is at the reduced rate of $15.
Our guild meetings will continue to be held remotely over Zoom during the fall and into the winter 2022 until the Covid-19 situation improves sufficiently for us to meet in person again.
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If you are a quilter, or you are interested in any type of quilting - traditional, modern, or specialties such as thread painting, please consider joining our quilt guild.
Read more about becoming a member and the benefits of membership, and do check out this web site for information about past and present guild activities.
You will receive a warm welcome to the Arnprior and District Quilters' Guild!
See the Blog for highlights and photos from our meetings and much more. And read about our Challenges and Charity projects, and see photos of Show-and-Tell projects.
Summer Scrap Challenge
The 16 guild members who participated in this challenge each received a paper bag of scraps in late June, to which they could add 1.5 m of a background fabric, and sashing, binding, and backing of their choice. The guild is providing batting and optionally backing, for these projects, many of which will be donated to a charity for distribution to their clients.
The participants submitted photos of their completed projects by August 27 and the big reveal of all of the quilts to the participants was on a Zoom call on September 1.
What a fun way to pass these hot summer days!
Recent Guild Meetings
At our June meeting we welcomed a very unique and entertaining guest speaker, Joan Statz from Alberta. Check out her patterns on her web site Joan’s Own Creations
We welcomed back a longtime favourite guest at our guild, Patti Carey Catch up with Patti's latest patterns and news on her web site Patti's Patchwork.
At our April meeting Elizabeth DeCroos introduced us to Pojagi, a traditional Korean textile art. Read more from Elizabeth on her web site Epida Studio.
Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts was our awesome guest speaker at our February guild meeting where she inspired us to become better quilters with lots of practical tips and a better understanding of recognizing our quilting strengths and weaknesses.
Our guild members have very generously made 46 Christmas-themed placemats for donation to local Meals-on-Wheels programs. Our members also made 100 festive fabric gift bags for a local food bank which will be filled with Christmas gifts.
Refer to our December newsletter for more information from our Charity team, and much more.
Our guild members have made 499 face masks for community members to wear when they're in the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital for essential visits such as blood work, and for The Grove Nursing Home. Thank you to our guild members and others in our community who have dug into their fabric stashes, and overcome earlier elastic shortages to contribute face masks to these Arnprior Regional Health institutions.
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Read about the amazing projects of individual members of our guild for other charitable causes in our May and June newsletters.
Thank you to our guild members who are sending in photos of their quilt projects to keep us inspired during this difficult time.
You can see the photos now in our Virtual Show & Tell gallery. Last updated September 7
Hang Out Your Quilts
Saturday March 21st was International Quilt Day and to celebrate, a quilter from Victoria BC asked quilters to hang their quilts outside that day. Our guild members were very happy to support this Canadian initiative, and we proudly hung out our quilts in our yards to brighten neighbourhoods in the Ottawa Valley.
Our January guild meeting featured tool and gadget demonstrations by 3 local quilt shop owners, the Blue Block Party blocks made by our members for future Charity projects and much more. See January 2020 Meeting Highlights on our Blog for more information and photos.
Quilts for our community
Lots was accomplished on our recent Charity project Sew Day where guild members got together to work on another of our Bethlehem Star quilts and "touch" quilts for local residents who are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, and to cut fabric for our next charity block initiative.
And just before Christmas, Christmas stockings, gift bags and placemats were delivered to local charities, and our guild donated 2 Bethlehem Star quilts for local couch-surfing homeless youth.
Check out our Blog for more photos and information about these recent charitable activities, and read more about our Charity projects on our Charity page.
Our Quilt Show
Congratulations to Sharon Huffman whose beautiful Dance of the Dragonflies quilt won the Viewer’s Choice award and the CQA ribbon.
And congratulations to Ann Hunter for her stunning Christmas Wedding Sampler quilt which was awarded the guild ribbon.
The lucky winner of the stunning raffle quilt is Lianne Wojuk of Renfrew!
Our annual "challenge" projects were due at our March guild meeting and many of these projects were on display at our quilt show. This year's challenges were a modern quilt, silhouette, UFO, and a star block preemie quilt. More photos & information
Quilt Canada 2020 will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from June 18-20, 2020
Greek Island Hillside Workshop
The November 2018 retreat at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark was enjoyed by all. More information and pictures
Sewing with Precision Workshop
The purpose of this October 30th workshop was to improve accuracy and was enjoyed by all participants. More information and pictures
Auction Quilt for Arnprior Hospital
Wednesday October 27
7 PM via Zoom
Guest Cheryl Arkison
Mini Maker Case
Saturday November 6
Wednesday November 24
7 PM via Zoom
Guest Brandy Maslowski
Wednesday December 15
7 PM via Zoom
Guest Melissa Marginet