<![CDATA[ARNPRIOR & DISTRICT QUILTERS' GUILD - Blog]]>Fri, 24 May 2024 22:33:40 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[April 2024 Guild Meeting]]>Sat, 27 Apr 2024 18:55:23 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/april-2024-guild-meetingAfter our winter Zoom meetings we happily returned to in person meetings on April 24th with a large enthusiastic turnout of 51 guild members and 6 guests. Picture
Our feature presentation was by Katrina Kahn, a founding member,  and past president of our guild, and the Quilter of Distinction at our 2019 Quilt Show. 

​The promotion for Katrina's 
Trunk Show presentation, Something from Nothing. Leaders and Enders - Quilts From 2” Squares,  

​"showcasing her quilts made in a "leaders and enders" style, using 2" squares, all made while piecing other quilts! You won't believe the beautiful scrappy quilts that result from this time saving and scrap busting technique! It will leave you feeling inspired to turn your left-over bits into beautiful, and painless, scrap quilts!"

​fully met our expectations and more.

A long time "sustainable quilter", Katrina is very disciplined and committed to minimizing waste fabric. She cuts up leftover fabric at the end of each new project into primarily 2" squares, slightly bigger squares for HSTs (half-square triangles) and 1 1/2" strips. She pieces all of the 2" squares as "leaders and enders" while she's piecing other quilts. Two patches expand to 4 patches and bigger as needed, all sewn as leaders and enders. While many people cut their scraps into 2 1/2" squares, Katrina prefers the mathematical flexibility of working in multiples of 2", and she's been doing this for a long time, before the popularity of jelly rolls. She cuts scraps with her AccuQuilt cutter using various dies and in creative ways.
All of these bits and pieces are organized and stored in plastic containers, and in little plastic mushroom containers.​
​Katrina started her trunk show with this stunning Christmas quilt. The centre is all 2" squares (1 1/2" finished) and the border is made from her 1 1/2" strip scraps. These projects take a while to complete (years!) but are well worth waiting for.
The 2" squares also make lovely sweatshirt-based jackets.
The scraps can be used in an infinite variety of creative designs.
Tina confirms that Katrina's QR code quilt, constructed a long time ago, still works and takes you to her web site blog Sunshower Quilts.
Katrina's designs often evolve as she goes and in this quilt, the white edges inside the pieced border, needed some unplanned adjustments.
Katrina uses a variety of neutral colors in her quilts, including chartreuse, red, grey, beige, brown, some golds and silvers, in addition to white. This is an example of a red neutral, Kona Paprika.
Katrina suggested making preemie quilts with alternating 16 patch scrap blocks and 6 1/2" squares of child-themed fabrics.
The 16 patch blocks can also be alternated with pinwheel blocks.
More photos of Katrina's quilts are in the gallery below.   Click/tap on an image to see it in full
Thank you Katrina for an excellent and most enjoyable and educational presentation.
You can see more of Katrina's work and link to her social media accounts, on her extensive web site blog Sunshower Quilts
Taking a closer look at Katrina's quilts
The Charity table welcomed bird blocks made by our members for the quilt that will be made and raffled off at our 2025 quilt show. The deadline for these blocks is June. They are stunning!
Many delightful preemie quilts were brought in. Thank you!
And we saw a nearly complete quilt made from the blocks produced at our November 2023 sew night challenge.
Block of the Month
Mary and Emma brought in their sample Blocks of the Month. Mary has completed all 12 of hers and she's put them together into 4 seasonal wall hangings.
Mary and her Blocks of the Month
Emma introduced this month's Hummingbird block (bottom right in the photo below) at the meeting.
Photos and templates for making the blocks are on the Block of the Month page.  The final 2 blocks will be introduced at the May and June meetings.
Sue had sign up sheets for the fall 2024 and winter 2025 retreats. Refer to the Retreats page for more information and online registration.
The meeting wrapped up with our draws and some happy winners!
Library prize - Brenda G
Gift Bag - Marilyn E
50-50 Draw - Anne C
Door Prizes  - $20 gift certificates from Sew Inspired - Shirley F and Katrina

Many thanks to those who brought the tasty snacks (surnames starting with L and M) and prepared the coffee and tea.
And thanks to the volunteers who held up the quilts: Wendy and Sandy for Katrina's quilts,  and Rennie and Sue H for Show and Tell.   Show and Tell photos
And thank you Emma, our guild photographer for these awesome photos. 

-- Janet Brownlee
<![CDATA[Winter 2024 Guild Meetings]]>Sun, 31 Mar 2024 04:00:00 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/winter-2024-guild-meetingsWe opted again this year to hold our 3 winter guild meetings remotely via Zoom.  These meetings featured excellent guest presentations, "door" prizes and draws for prizes from the Library.

Thank you Lucy for securing such compelling and informative speakers for us.
Our January meeting featured Bridget O’Flaherty, "The Sustainable Quilter" on "How to Make Our Passion for Quilting and Textiles More Sustainable".
Through captivating storytelling and visual examples of her own work, Bridget demonstrated how sustainability and artistic expression can harmoniously coexist. From repurposing fabrics to exploring innovative techniques, she showcased the incredible possibilities that emerge when creativity and sustainability intersect.  

There's lots of interesting information about Bridget on her Website 

Our speaker, Joanna Dermenjian, explored the valuable role quilters of all ages in Canadian communities, large and small, supported the war effort, particularly in the Second World War. Sharing information about this little documented area of quilting was of high interest to all attending. 
Joanna's extensive 
Suture and Selvedge Website provides access to her extensive research. 

Our March presentation was by Sandra Mollon, an award-winning quilter living in Northern California. In heer "Adapting an Image for an Art Quilt" lecture, she described in great detail the process for adapting an image or photograph into an Art Quilt.    Sandra's Web Site

<![CDATA[January 2024 Retreat]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:00:00 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/january-2024-retreatPicture
Our winter 2024 retreat was held at Spruceholme Inn, Fort-Coulonge, in Quebec, from January 29 to February 2nd, thanks to the efforts of Sue Hodgins, the organizer. Sue sent us a list of everything we needed to bring and also snacks and treats. 22 sewers attended, 16 from our guild and 6 others that quickly became our friends too!  

There was something each day to bring everyone together from walking around to check in on each others’ progress to a bit of clothes shopping at Jane Toller’s store in town. We shared tips and tricks throughout the time together, including: how to square up with the stripology ruler,  shown some neat borders, and easy patterns to use scraps up.

We had different activities each day: Show and Tell, strip dice game, and a trivia game, organized by Lucy. One of the most enjoyable aspects of coming together as a community was the communal eating time. We were told to each bring a placemat, which would be moved around by the staff as they set the tables. This enabled us to chat with new people at each meal, getting to connect with pretty much all the people at the retreat. It was a wonderful experience and we are grateful to Sue for organizing it. Looking forward to the next one in the fall!
-- Martha Palmer

Click/tap a photo in the gallery to see it in full.
<![CDATA[November 2023 Guild Meeting]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2023 22:07:31 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/november-2023-guild-meetingThis was a very active meeting! On November 22 we had a Charity project sew night combined with a challenge. The hall was set up with several sewing stations fitted with sewing machines and other equipment and tools that the members brought.
We were placed in teams of 2-4 people and our challenge was to make 12 blocks from the small paper bag containing instructions for a simple block, and strips of coloured and white fabrics. Tasks included cutting, pinning, sewing and (optionally) pressing. Each 12 1/2" block was assembled from 2 of the colourful individual units. The blocks were to be assembled in an alternating horizontal/vertical 3x4 configuration.
Away we went and the hall was filled with quiet chatter, laughter and heads down workers!
This first photo shows some of the blocks coming together.
Challenge Winners!
Congratulations to Brenda G and Debbie C who were the first, and only team to complete the challenge at the meeting!
Charity Project Kits
The challenge wasn't the only activity going on.
Some members chose to work on preparing and assembling kits for Charity quilts, placemats, and fidget quilts. The kits are available to any guild members who would like to make a quilt top (or an entire quilt) for one of our Charity initiatives, or a smaller item.
Charity fabric
Brenda, Georgene and Emma
Completed kits

The white background fabric for the bird blocks for our  2025 Charity raffle quilt was available.

​Coffee, tea and snacks were available throughout the evening.

The sample Christmas gifts that people brought were shown to share gift ideas.
There was even time for Show and Tell.  Show and Tell Photos
Marilyn, our Charity coordinator, showed a very creatively designed Charity quilt top that a member made incorporating a donated panel fabric.
The meeting wrapped up with our draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages - Jo P
Gift Basket - Barb H
50-50 Draw - Carolyn P
Door Prizes  - Jo P and Joyce M

Many thanks to those who brought the tasty snacks and prepared the coffee and tea.
And a very big thanks to Joyce Murray who organized the challenge including preparing the bags of fabric and instructions. Well done Joyce!
And special thanks to the meeting attendees who so happily worked together on our Charity sew night.

-- Janet Brownlee
<![CDATA[October 2023 Guild Meeting]]>Sat, 18 Nov 2023 02:32:44 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/october-2023-guild-meetingOur October 25th guild meeting was attended by 42 guild members and 5 guests.
Trunk Show
We were treated to an amazing trunk show by very creative and talented quilting sisters Cathy Price and Carol Darou. They make the most stunning quilts, each with its own interesting, and well told story. Carol and Cathy are very active and long time members of the Lanark County Quilters Guild and some of the quilts we saw were displayed at their quilt show in Smiths Falls in July.  And congratulations to Carol who placed 1st in the 'Books and Patterns' category at Quilt Canada in June. 
Carol and Cathy's colour preferences and quilting styles are often quite different and that was particularly evident in their different interpretations of various guild challenges.  Their trunk show featured about 40 of their creations and Carol and Cathy have generously allowed us to post a few photos of their work.
Thank you Carol and Cathy for a most fun and information evening.
The Tinners program kicked off with 12 participants.
And the 2nd Block of the Month (BOM) was revealed.  
Marilyn introduced the plan for our raffle quilt for our next "QUILTING IN THE VALLEY" quilt show in April 2025. Each participant will be given a 10" square of background material and we're to use our scraps to create a colourful bird block - pieced, appliqued, paper pieced or embroidered. The blocks are to be handed in at the April 2024 meeting, (early bird...) so there's time to finish and quilt another successful, beautiful Raffle quilt. 
The meeting wrapped up with our draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages - Cathy N
Gift Basket - Jacquie L
50-50 Draw - Mary C-P
Door Prizes  - Mary D and Joyce T

And many thanks to those who brought the tasty snacks and prepared the coffee and tea as we revived our pre-pandemic meeting refreshments.

<![CDATA[September 2023 Guild Meeting]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/september-2023-guild-meetingWe kicked off our 2023-2024 guild season with a well attended, information packed meeting on September 27.
Guest Presentation
We were treated to an excellent presentation by ​Madonna Oliver from Paisleys Quilt Shop  and some representatives of the sewing group from the St James Anglican Church in Carp, Gillian, Lois and Lise. They brought the five panels they handmade using a combination of appliqué, embroidery and quilting. Created to represent the four seasons in Carp, as well as Peace, Love, Hope, Joy and Faith, Madonna explained with slides the steps of their journey, including how they had obtained a grant for community involvement and evolved the idea of these panels.
​One of the group was an artist and the others had varying degrees of sewing experience. With time and collaboration, meeting at Paisleys weekly, they evolved the ideas which have resulted in these spectacular panels. They shared their experience of how they evolved and developed the vision for them, including helping the members of this group to develop the skills needed to sew these different techniques as well as connecting them to each other and their community. 
Madonna (R) and her team
These panels now hang in their  churches on a rotation. They answered questions and had the panels on display during our meeting, welcoming our members to come over for a closer look at the break.  We are grateful to Madonna and her sewing group for sharing their experience.
We were introduced to a number of programs for this year including the stained glass Block of the Month (BOM), the return of the popular Tinners block exchange, and a retreat.

There was a colourful display of the bags made for the 
Summer Presidents' Challenge issued to use in June by incoming co-presidents Anne and Joyce.

And great news when Lucy Shorey volunteered to take on the very important Programs leadership role! Thank you Lucy!
Click/tap a photo in the gallery to see it in full.
The 20 1/2" strips of fabric that we were asked to bring to the meeting were the focus of a dice game where a player from each table went home with their winnings of a stack of fabric strips.
Our break provided an opportunity to get a close look at the church panels. visit the Library, indulge in a little shopping at Madonna's pop-up Paisleys shop, check out the BOM sample block, and grab a drink and a snack.
There was a very inspiring Show-and-Tell - photos.
The meeting wrapped up with the door prize and 50-50 draws, and the draw for the Library "guess the number of pages" book.
What a wonderful start to our new guild year!
<![CDATA[June 2023 Guild Meeting]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/june-2023-guild-meetingWe had a marvelous end to our first full post-Covid guild year with an action packed meeting on June 21st. The meeting was well attended by many of our guild members, the visiting members of the Quilters Guild of Renfrew and Area, and several other guests.
We welcomed Bert of 
Grantham Books as a visiting featured shop and his extensive display of quilting books.  We were all invited to come early to have a good chance to browse and purchase books...and browse and purchase we did!
Trunk Show
​First on the official agenda of the evening was a trunk show by some of our visiting guests from the Quilters Guild of Renfrew and Area. They brought along some stunning quilts and entertained us with their very interesting stories.
And yes this is our ADQG member Chris Gordon showing some of her work! Chris is a member of both guilds. Thank you Chris for organizing most enjoyable trunk show.
Thank you to our guests from the Renfrew and Area guild for coming to our meeting and especially to those who treated us to an excellent trunk show.
The meeting featured a lengthy break for our yummy dessert buffet, a close up look at the trunk show quilts, more book browsing and buying, and some very social time.
Show and Tell
​There were still more quilts to see at our regular Show and Tell.
But it wasn't so "regular" after all as Brenda Davidson Payer showed us her amazing "Perfectly Imperfect" quilt freshly back from Quilt Canada, the 2023 Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA) national juried show in Halifax. Brenda was awarded first prize in the Traditional - Wall and Bed Quilt category. You can read more about it here on the CQA web site.
Congratulations Brenda!  Well done!
We're super excited that Brenda has volunteered to be our incoming guild Program executive so we'll be hearing lots from her over the next couple of years.
And after all of our work to complete projects for our quilt show, we were treated to a pleasantly surprising array of other stunning new quilts in Show and Tell.  These included the Tote-Me-Tote bags from our May workshop.
 You can see photos of all of the  Show and Tell quilts here.
A Little Business
During the short business part of the meeting, Nancy announced that we could keep out library books over the summer this year, provided that we return them in September.
PictureL to R Joyce and Anne in December 2022

We were delighted when Anne Cruickshank and Joyce Murray stepped forward to announce that they are taking on the roles of co-presidents! Anne has previously been president (twice!) and Joyce has served in multiple executive and organizational capacities, so we are very well positioned for next year, and very grateful that they are volunteering for this crucial role.
And they didn't waste any time in getting started as Anne announced a Summer 2023 Presidents' Challenge to make a bag (any pattern, any size) and bring it to the September guild meeting. And the Tote-Me-Tote bags are NOT eligible!

This was also our night to thank outgoing president Vickie for her excellent leadership for the past 2 years, including leading the committee for our recent very successful quilt show. All very well done Vickie, and very much appreciated.

The meeting wrapped up with our draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages in the 2 library books - Jane W
Gift Basket - Joanna V
50-50 Draw of $57 - Nancy
Door Prizes  - Diane A, Shirley F, Tina M, Allison K
Free 2023-2024 Guild Memberships - Brenda G, Shirley F

Thank You!
​A huge thank you goes out to everyone who brought the desserts, and to Joyce T and Wendy FB for doing kitchen duty - setting out the food and cleaning up afterwards.

​-- Janet Brownlee
<![CDATA[2022-2023 Challenges]]>Fri, 19 May 2023 21:55:04 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/2022-2023-challengesOur 3 "challenges" for this year wrapped up at our April 2023 guild meeting, with these projects all completed in time for our end of April Quilt Show. There was an amazing display of quilts and other items and we voted on our favourites with the winners awarded prizes.

This year we were given the opportunity to make the following guild-sponsored projects: 
  • A Block of the Month quilt
  • A Mystery Quilt
  • A challenge to making something, anything, from the leftover fabric from the Mystery Quilt.
All 3 projects were suitable for all skill levels.
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took on these projects and a big shout out to the makers of the prize winning pieces.
Emma Russell and Mary deVries did an awesome job of leading and coordinating these activities. Thank you both!

Block of the Month
This year's Block of the Month (BOM) featured 12 blocks, each finishing at 12", and each block was made from sixteen 3½” Half Square Triangles (HSTs). We made two blocks each month, with instructions for the first two being posted in August and the last two in January.
Emma and Mary brought their sample blocks to the fall in-person guild meetings. While they both used a single colour scheme - Mary's were blue, and Emma's were fall orange shades, we were encouraged to choose our own colours and use a single colour scheme like they did, or to vary our colours from block to block.
Participants assembled the blocks into the design of their choice along with borders, additional blocks, or background fabric.
​Photos of the blocks and the instructions are available here

The winners were:
1st  Allison Kubiseski
2nd  Brenda Davidson-Payer
3rd  Mary Moss

Here are the prize winning quilts.
1st Allison Kubiseski
2nd Brenda Davidson-Payer
3rd Mary Moss
Mystery Quilt
Mystery Quilts
The instructions for the blocks were made available in 3 parts from September through November 2022 and in December the mystery was revealed in the assembly instructions. This was a lovely pattern that made up at 36" square.

The winners were:
1st  Debbie Cauvier
2nd  Joanna Vlaming
3rd  Elizabeth Couture

Here are the prize winning quilts.
1st Debbie Cauvier
2nd Joanna Vlaming
3rd Elizabeth Couture
Mystery Quilt Scrap Challenge
Mystery Quilt Scrap Challenge projects

This challenge was a follow-on to the Mystery Quilt project and it was to:
"Use the scraps from your Mystery Quilt project to make something else such as a table runner or a table topper or anything of your choice."
The scraps included a number of leftover triangles and these are visible in the resulting projects.

The winners were:
1st  Jacquie Lavictoire
2nd  Sue Hodgins
3rd  Mary DeVries

Here are the prize winning quilts.
1st Jacquie Lavictoire
2nd Sue Hodgins
3rd Mary DeVries
<![CDATA[Retreat February 2023]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2023 04:00:00 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/retreat-february-2023Our first Guild retreat since January, 2020 was held at Spruceholme Inn in Fort Coulonge, Quebec from February 14 to 17. We were a small group with nine Guild members and two guests. A number of us worked on our Block of the Month, Mystery and Charity Quilts and others worked on projects ranging from bags to small wall hangings to table runners to larger quilts. I always enjoy attending these retreats; it is an opportunity to maybe get to know other Guild members a bit more, to have some laughs and to learn something new. There is always someone who will help you out if you need it or to provide an opinion out if you ask.
For those who have not been to a retreat at Spruceholme Inn before, it is a lovely place with plenty of accommodation for everyone to have their own room with bathroom, a very large conference room so everyone has plenty of space to set up their sewing equipment and the meals are quite good.
We hope that if further retreats are planned in the future that a few more Guild members will be able to attend; it is always a fun time.
Thank you to Joyce Murray for organizing the retreat.
-- Emma Russell
<![CDATA[December 2022 Guild Meeting]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMThttp://www.arnpriordistrictquiltersguild.com/blog/december-2022-guild-meetingWe rounded out this calendar year and our fall in person meetings with the welcome return of our traditional potluck Christmas meeting.
The hall was festively decorated with your charming Christmas themed quilts.
As usual the food was delicious and the dinner conversations enjoyed by all. Thank you to people with surnames beginning with A-L for bringing all of those sumptuous dishes for the potluck.
A highlight of the evening was the Christmas gift exchange game that Vickie organized.  The game started with everyone choosing one of the gifts from the stage and choosing a number that determined the order of play. 
A small selection of the gifts
On your turn you had the option of opening the gift you selected, or to trade it, still wrapped, for a gift already opened by someone else. There was a lot of laughter and trading until we all had an opened gift. 
We all posed at the end for a group photo with our gifts.
And we even captured a rare photo of Emma, our talented and dedicated photographer, when she handed her camera over to Vickie!
Our Show & Tell included several beautiful seasonal items and other lovely creations.
You can see photos of all of the quilts on the Show & Tell page.
The meeting wrapped up with our usual draws and some happy winners!

Guess the Number of Pages in the library book - Emma
Gift Basket - Jo
50-50 Draw of $29 - (I neglected to note the name. If you recall who won, please let me know!)
Door Prizes  Allison, Emma, Nancy, Joyce T, Jo, Rennie, Louise, Lucy, Georgene
Thank You!
​A huge thank you goes out to Joyce T and Tina M for doing kitchen duty -  setting out the food and cleaning up afterwards. And to Vickie for organizing the evening and for the fun gift exchange game!

-- Janet Brownlee, Communications