We just got back from a vacation in Northern Ontario. Before you get all excited and say "oh they must have beautiful fall colours" the answer is no, they don't have the variety of tree species we have so in the North in the fall you have two choices of trees - green and yellow.
I love Fall because I enjoy the parade of the seasons, but also because Fall means quilting season is back with a vengeance. Paulette and I recently celebrated our 6th Quiltversary. Here's a picture of me on the day that we bought the sewing machine six years ago that started it all for us.
We now own much more than just that one machine, but it's still going strong as Paulette's backup machine.
And how can you not love the fall colours? They are always so inspiring - I've seen so many beautiful quilt ideas on Pinterest using them all.
We had our first meeting on Zoom - 34 members in attendance. It's not as fun and as social as regular meetings, but for the next while it's either Zoom or no meetings at all. So Zoom it is.
We hope to see everyone at our next meeting. Our guest speaker will be "Zooming" in to join us from Pickton. One nice feature of Zoom is that we aren't paying travel and hotels for guest speakers. In addition we could enlist speakers from ANYWHERE in the world.
Take care & happy 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
Next Meeting November 25
September Meeting Highlights
2020 Challenges in the Park
Meeting Location & More
Wednesday November 25
7 PM via Zoom
Wednesday December 9
7 PM via Zoom