I hope this newsletter finds everyone healthy and well in our Covid times. It’s a challenge to get out and about in these masked, socially distanced, washing our hands often (while singing “Happy Birthday” twice to time it properly).
So this is part of what is on my sewing table right now. I have begun a quilt (84”x84” in size). There are 3,974 pieces that will eventually be a quilt top.
Paulette and I are different in our quilting styles and interests. Paulette loves smaller, quicker projects that suit her attention span. She loves projects that work up quick and show quick beautiful results. She makes a lot of table runners and placemats and such (and quilts too from time to time). I make mostly king-sized quilt tops. Any pattern I see I envision as a king-sized quilt. My problem is that right now I have about 1,500 projects in my backlog because I keep seeing more and more quilt ideas that I file away. And we have a box full of quilt tops (flimsies as some call them) filed away for when the day comes that we own a longarm of our own.
Have you attended one of our Zoom on-line quilt meetings? Less than half of you have. I know that on-line meetings aren’t the same as “in person” meetings, but until the Covid restrictions are eased quite a bit they are the best we can do. Last month we had quite an interesting trunk show from Bill Stearman. The great feature of the speakers we can get via Zoom is that we can get speakers from literally anywhere in the world because we aren’t paying for travel.
We hope to see you all at our November Zoom meeting. We are far from “Zoom Wizards” but we are learning more and getting better at it every month. We should master it completely about the time we ditch it and go back to “real meetings” hahaha.
Stay safe and keep quilting!
-- Frank McCarron, President
While Quilt Canada 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19, the Canadian Quilters' Association is presenting some aspects of the show in a virtual manner.
Online Viewers' Choice voting is taking place now for these challenges.
2020 Gateway To Adventure Challenge
This is the guild member challenge. We are delighted that our own guild member Emma Russell's entry is representing our guild in this challenge.
Online Viewers' Choice voting October 19-31
2020 Try-A-Triad Challenge
Online Viewers' Choice voting October 13-27
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.
Face mask instructions
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.
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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 December 9
7 PM via Zoom
Holiday party with Show & Tell
Wednesday January 27, 2021
7 PM via Zoom
Guest Peter Byrne